Best of the Web 5/4/12

Another week, and some more great posts.  Here are my favorites from the past 7 days.

Training vs Experience (thetruthaboutguns.com) – The Truth About Guns republished an article from Active Response Training that points out that not all bad guys are untrained slackers; many in fact do have training on their side as well.  Even more thought-provoking, they ‘train’ in the environment in which they operate, not the square range like many of us.  To top it off, they have more experience as well.  Maybe our opponents are training harder than us after all.

Real World Usage of the EDC Trauma Kit by a First Responder (ITS Tactical) – One of ITS Tactical’s readers wrote a detailed account of his usage of his ITS Tactical EDC Trauma Kit in a real situation.  Immediately it points out how important it is to have some medical training (and carry the tools of the trade).  This story also shows that training scars can affect things outside of combatives.  Bottom line: if you carry any piece of medical gear with you, make sure you know how to use it.  Opening your tourniquet and looking at it for the first time while someone is bleeding to death might be too late.

Best of The Web 4/27/12

This week provided some excellent posts on training. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite blog posts from across the web over the past 7 days. Please feel free to email me if you have come across a great post that you would like to share.

Permission to Miss (pistol-training.com) – Todd at pistol-training.com makes some excellent points about working on improving speed. Sometimes when pushing your boundries you need to expect to miss now and again.

The scars of others should teach us caution (When The Balloon Goes Up) – WTBGU touches on a subject I feel very strongly about. Training scars – in other words bad habits that are created by the ways we train – have plenty of opportunities to form. Good training will mitigate the formation of these training scars.

Sandbags: Unconventional Tools for Functional Strength (ITS Tactical) – Jake Saenz wrote an excellent primer to training with sandbags. Functional strength is crucial to preparing for self-defense encounters (if you want to be well prepared that is). Sandbags provide dynamic resistance and get us out of the mechanical form of conventional exercises.

Best of The Web 4/20/12

Last week’s Best of the Web was well received, so I’m giving it another go. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite blog posts from across the web over the past 7 days. Not too many training related posts jumped out at me this week – in the future please feel free to email me if you have come across a great post that you would like to share.

Using competition to learn to develop a game plan (When The Balloon Goes Up) – WTBGU discusses using competition to develop problem solving skills. All self-defense scenarios ultimately are high-stakes puzzles. The ability to solve these puzzles under pressure is key to survival.

5 Important Skills for Protecting Yourself (Stuff From Hsoi) – Hsoi provides some great tips for preparing to keep yourself alive on the street. He points out how mindset trumps equipment when it comes to self-defense.

 

Best of The Web 4/13/12

I’m going to try something different this week. Below I have rounded up some of my favorite blog posts from across the web over the past 7 days. I’m considering making this a regular part of the blog, so let me know if you like the idea.

Speed vs. Accuracy (Gun Nuts Media) – Caleb discusses the balance of speed vs accuracy for competitive shooting. The same debate applies to defensive shooting, though the parameters do change slightly.

Learning vs Skill Building vs Maintenance (pistol-training.com) – Todd over at pistol-training.com wrote a great writeup comparing what I would call phases of training. He discusses the difference between learning new skills, working on improving and refining those skills, and working to maintain a current skill set.

Get her a revolver, it’s simple! (When The Balloon Goes Up) – You all know my own feelings on revolvers so it’s no surprise that I agree whole heartedly with this post. WTBGU dissects the revolver and shows not only why it isn’t a superior platform, but why the myth that a revolver makes a great gun for a woman is bunch of garbage.

 

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