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Mike is a police SWAT team member, K9 handler, and tactical medic. Jim is an Air Force pilot with a background in close air support and combat search and rescue. Our goal is to elevate the conversation about all things tactical for public safety, military, and concerned citizens. Join us to hear lessons learned about decision making, critical thinking, problem solving, leadership, and teamwork.

Episode Date
31: Scopes 101 with Riton Optics
01:21:11

Brady Speth is the owner of Riton Optics and he's going to teach us some nomenclature and terminology about scopes and optics. We're also going to hear how Brady started Riton and learn about his background and the company's design process. They offer high quality glass from Japan backed by a lifetime warranty and these products are built tough with the end-user in mind. Even if you already own a scope, check out our interview with Brady to learn something new about optics. There are a lot of good products on the market, but in true TacTangents style we hope that People and Ideas drive your Hardware choices, which is why you need to hear what Brady has to say. By the way, Riton sponsors the podcast and helps us deliver great content, so we hope you'll give this one a listen.

Remember that we publish new episodes on the 1st and the 15th of every month! Find us on Facebook @TacTangents or email us at info@tacticaltangents.com

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Dec 15, 2018
30: Reality Based Training with Role Players and OPFOR
01:09:59

What about "reality" are you trying to simulate when you run scenario based training? How do you explain to your role players what you want them to do? These are some of the questions we are going to address in this episode about training with role players and opposition forces. Using reality based training is an invaluable tool and one of the areas often neglected beyond initial training in the military and public safety. Good training relies heavily on dedicated instructors and quality role players. 

Red Flag article

RAND Research

Boyd's Organic Design for Command and Control

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Intro music credit Bensound.com

Dec 01, 2018
29: Shivworks Extreme Close Quarters Concepts (ECQC)
01:10:10

Earlier this year we had Craig Douglas on the show to talk a little about his expertise in the self-defense world. Craig runs a company called Shivworks, and their flagship course is called Extreme Close Quarters Concepts (ECQC). ECQC specializes in clinched/entangled or "0-5 feet" fights that often involve knives and guns. Jim went to ECQC and tonight we're talking about his after-action report and lessons learned. Check out why ECQC is one of the best self-defense courses available. 

Previous Episodes mentioned: Road Rage (6), Massad Ayoob (14), Craig Douglas (21)

Fast Transients Bulletins mentioned: Situational Awareness, The Tactical Athlete

Videos (also search Facebook and Youtube): http://shivworks.com/class-videos/

Check out our sponsor, Riton Optics! Use the discount code TacTangents and be sure to tell them that we sent you. Remember that we publish new episodes on the 1st and the 15th of every month! Find us on Facebook @TacTangents or email us at info@tacticaltangents.com

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Nov 15, 2018
28: Are you Type-A? What is the "Tactical" Personality?
01:12:02

A lot of people think that being a "Type-A" has something to do with a hierarchy or "alpha dog," but it turns out, that's not really it. In this episode, Mike and Jim break down what Type A really means, and what traits we see in the Tactical type of person. These traits are important to understand, because a little might be good, but a lot can be really bad. They are also good to know from a leadership perspective, because if you work in a community full of "Type-As," you know that can be, uh, difficult... 

Police Personality Traits

Pilot Personality Traits

"Type A" personality

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Nov 01, 2018
27: Kevin Briggs, The Guardian of the Golden Gate
01:13:07

Kevin Briggs is a retired California Highway Patrol Sergeant who has been called the Guardian of the Golden Gate for his reputation interacting with hundreds of people who wanted to commit suicide by jumping from the bridge. We discuss communication strategies, some considerations to make regarding tactical interventions in a crisis, red flags that someone might kill themselves, things to say to someone in crisis, and 4 things to NOT say to someone who is thinking about killing themselves. 

TED Talk

His book, Guardian of the Golden Gate, Protecting the Line Between Hope and Despair

His website, Pivotal Points

Our Sponsor, Riton Optics! Tell them we sent ya! Discount Code TacTangents

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Oct 15, 2018
26: The Final Mission of Extortion 17
50:06

Ed Darack is an author and war reporter who has embedded with US forces in Afghanistan and written a couple books about it. Extortion 17 was a US Chinook helicopter that was shot down by a lucky hit by a Taliban fighter with an RPG. 38 US and Afghan personnel and a military working dog were killed in what became the largest single loss of Special Operations personnel in Afghanistan. Just so happens, Jim was deployed at the time of the incident and has personal connections with the story. In the aftermath, several rumors and conspiracy theories surfaced about the incident, and Ed wrote an article and then a book to get the story right and honor the memories of the personnel and crew who were killed that night.

The article, The Final Flight of Extortion 17

The book, The Final Mission of Extortion 17

For an overview on Afghanistan, Ed's book Victory Point

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Photo Credit: Ed Darack and Luke Downey (used with permission)

Oct 01, 2018
25: Being Effective at Work: Bureaucracy and Organizational Politics
41:54

This might sound a little boring, but let's face it: Trying to get stuff done when you're dealing with your bosses is a skill of its own. Some people are better at it than others. We discuss some strategies for dealing with "obstructions" in the workplace. It's not that you should backdoor everything and circumvent rules or procedure, its just that there are some ways to go about the system that might help you achieve your mission. 

How To Win Friends and Influence People

Boyd: The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

The Pentagon Wars

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Sep 15, 2018
24: Problem Solving and Tactics Development: Going from "Bar Napkin" to "The way we do business."
51:07

What is a tactic? How do we come up with them? The word tactical is one of those buzzwords we throw around, but what does it all mean? We are going to talk about how people apply creativity and problem solving to coming up with a list of solutions to situations we face in our professions. That involves several layers: We have to come up with ideas, we have to test them, we have to make sure they are grounded in reality, and ultimately it takes a team of people to make this process work. How do we go from "bar-napkin idea," to "the way we do business?"

The Ground Truth: The Untold Story of America Under Attack on 9/11

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Sep 01, 2018
23: On Leadership, Vol. 1
57:46

Mike and Jim discuss the differences between a boss, manager, and leader, styles of leadership and how they affect a team or organization. We'll cover things like establishing social norms and how close or distant leaders should develop their personal relationship with subordinates.

TED Talk Aid in Africa

Parkland Sheriff claiming he's not responsible

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Aug 15, 2018
22: Warnings Unheeded: Twin Tragedies at Fairchild Air Force Base by Andy Brown
58:37

We interviewed Andy Brown, the author of Warnings Unheeded, to discuss his role in stopping an active shooter with an AK47 by shooting him in the head from 68 yards away with his pistol. We cover the things that he credits with his success that day including dry fire practice, mental rehearsals, and personal responsibility, as well as the pre-attack indicators that several people observed before the attack. We also discuss a notorious B-52 crash that happened in preparation for an airshow at Fairchild shortly after. This is one you won't want to miss. For Andy's book click here: https://amzn.to/2ArHfkD

Find Andy Brown at his website, http://fairchildhospitalshooting.com

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Aug 01, 2018
21: Fight Club with Craig Douglas (Shivworks)
01:05:31

Craig Douglas is a retired SWAT and undercover narcotics cop who started a company called Shivworks, specializing in close-range and entangled gunfighting and knife defense. His classes and training philosophies are legendary, and he joined us on the podcast to discuss some of those things. He also has courses dealing with solo building searches and fighting in a vehicle, which both present a pretty unique set of problems. Listen us to pick Craig's brain about pressure-testing tactics and techniques, edged weapons, de-escalation, and the right time to draw or use a gun.

Be sure to check out Craig's open-enrollment classes, he travels all over! www.shivworks.com

Entanglement Considerations

Verbal Agility (Trigger Time TV)

Managing a Stranger's Approach

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Jul 15, 2018
20: Timing, Tactics, and Patience
45:28

Whether you are organizing an air battle campaign or you are wrestling over a gun with a bad guy, there is a lot to be said about the element of time. Mike and Jim discuss how we have to account for the time variable in a conflict, and how staying disciplined, gaining initiative, and being patient are important factors to consider in terms of keeping up with the fight or shaping the outcome of any individual battle. We also took a few questions from the audience and talked briefly about the Southwest Airlines crisis that occurred recently. 

Starbucks Controversy

Southwest Airlines radio traffic

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Jul 01, 2018
19: Bernalillo County Sheriff's Department (BCSO) SWAT/Special Operations and Air Support Leadership
01:19:03

We met with the commanders of the Air Unit and SWAT Team for the Bernalillo Co Sheriff in Albuquerque. This is a busy agency with a lot going on. We talk about leadership, career paths to special teams in law enforcement, discuss a police helicopter shot down, and cover practical tips to keep yourself and your stuff safe. Thanks to Undersheriff Koren, Lieutenant Blackmon, and Deputy Maggard for arranging this interview.

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Episode Photo Credit BCSO Homepage

Jun 15, 2018
18: Dr. Andy Tang, Trauma Director, University of Arizona Medical Center
01:26:47

Doctor Tang is a trauma surgeon, professor of surgery, and the Director of Trauma at the University of Arizona Medical Center in Tucson, AZ. Doctor Tang joins Mike and Jim to discuss things related not only to trauma and medicine, but also leadership, teaching, and working under pressure. Hear the Doc explain what he knows about certain prehospital practices and what we could do better as part of a larger trauma system. Are chest seals worth while? Should we transport people in the back of police cars? What are your odds of survival if you get shot? Hear the answers to these questions and more in this episode!

Philadelphia PD transports patients with penetrating trauma: Link

Be sure to check out the Southwest Regional Trauma Conference, link here

Photo used with permission, Credit: Roni Ziemba, Ziemba Photographic Arts, http://ziembaphoto.com and on Facebook @ziembaphoto

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Jun 01, 2018
17: Information Security--Can you keep a secret?
01:16:22

We are just starting to comprehend the impact of information protection and cyber security on tactical reality. It turns out that you don’t have to be a level 9 computer hacker ninja – you just have to manage your risk and actively work on your security. Self-awareness and layers will help you a lot.

Alridge Ames Interview

The Interrogator

Protecting the Gift

DEFCON 15 No Tech Hacking

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May 15, 2018
16: Officer Isaac checks in for Field Training
01:08:06

Language warning! In an earlier episode, we had our buddy Isaac on the show who was getting ready to start the police academy. Isaac graduated the academy and is now a sworn officer in the middle of field training, and he's checking in with us to share some lessons learned. He's going to talk to us about active shooter training and a shift in his thinking, away from gadgets and gear towards training and mindset (People, Ideas, Hardware--In that order!) and he'll tell us about some dumb rookie mistakes he's made. What challenges was he not expecting? What wasn't on the brochure? We'll also touch on the importance of being able to write a good report, which Jim talked about in this article. And of course, we still make fun of his mustache. 

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May 01, 2018
15: "I was in fear for my life." How do police officers reconcile lethal force against a suicidal person?
01:17:11

A police officer on the east coast was fired for failing to shoot a suicidal person with a gun. We talk about applying critical thinking to discussions like this, because it's important that we consider the arguments of both sides to such a debate. We're going to talk about context in use of force, how lawsuits and litigation fit in to these sorts of discussions, and reconciling the fact that sometimes cops have to kill otherwise good people.

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Apr 15, 2018
14: Q&A with Massad Ayoob, Use of Force Expert and Champion Shooter
42:38

The courts make the final judgement on use of force--but they rely heavily on the expert testimony of legends like Massad Ayoob. Mas is a champion shooter and long-time teacher in matters related to self-defense, police doctrine, and use of force. He joined Mike on the podcast to answer some questions from our audience. What are we lacking in training? What should a citizen look for in an self-defense attorney? What should we do about the inconsistencies in our statement compared to video recordings? Are defensive gun uses trending up or down? Check out this episode to hear it from an expert and 45-year veteran in the industry. 

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Apr 01, 2018
13: Annette Evans: "Every Girl Should Learn How to Shoot!"
01:13:30

Annette is a competitive shooter, private firearms instructor, attorney, author, blogger, and she was gracious enough to join Mike on the podcast for an interview. If you are just getting into shooting as a private citizen, listening to her talk about learning a new skill is worth your time. She and I talk about her progression from casual shooting to serious self-defense, and the value of steeping yourself in the competition shooting sports. She tells us what to look for in shooting instructors, some thoughts on carrying a concealed handgun, and ways to practice shooting at home "without the noise and recoil." (Hint: It has something to do with her book, The Dry Fire Primer!)

Links related to the show: 

Annette's book, The Dry Fire Primer

Annette's Facebook Page

PHLster (Use discount code blastingbeauty10)

Annette makes a reference to John and Melody's Class (and the podcast, Ballistic Radio)

Annette's video on purse carry (she didn't love this question, thanks for being a good sport Annette!)

For more on deliberate practice, check out Talent is Overrated

 

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Mar 15, 2018
12: "Push to talk, not to think." Communication during a crisis.
01:14:11

Communicating during a crisis is its own skill all by itself. We’re going to talk about some principles that can help you get it right whether you use radios professionally in public safety, aviation, or the military--or if you are a private citizen trying to get that 911 call out in a hurry. Ideas in here to think about: "Aviate, Navigate, Communicate." Don't be "that guy" on the radio, take one step back from the crisis when you click that button. “Push to talk, not to think.” -A friend we know. Finally, think about how communication strategies are also leadership strategies--Clear out some of that fog and friction, and bring calm to the chaos.

Intro sound credit: SoundBible.com

Mar 01, 2018
11: Get off the X! Ambush and Counter Ambush Tactics
58:44

Ambush is a term that we tend to overuse to mean any attack that catches us off guard. We are going to define the term ambush and, more importantly, define the counter-tactics to apply if you are ambushed. The important thing to realize is that the sooner you identify an imminent or in-progress ambush, the sooner you are able to effectively respond to it. So we have to make sure we aren’t getting too wrapped in the semantics here, it only matters if your counter-tactics apply. We're going to look at a handful of civilian case studies and discuss what those ambush tactics and counter-tactics look like so you might be able to pick up on them if they are ever happening to you. 

Opening Story

Links to Active Self Protection, thanks John! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4zpA2IZNTRY

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nYIGWVdCZGM

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRhzk8SYm-M

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bLmoERgcTx8

Clear and Present Danger

Gift of Fear 

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Feb 15, 2018
10: Slow is smooth, smooth is weird, fast is tactical. Right?
54:46

Like many good ideas in the tactical community, "Slow is smooth, Smooth is Fast," is one of those that started out with strong roots and grew into something barely recognizable. We lose IQ points when the adrenaline hits--the emotional response that we experience under stress bypasses our ability to make rational decisions. We think that this phrase is best applied to our cognitive awareness and ability to take control of feeling overwhelmed, get a true sense of the problem at hand, reason with competing priorities, and bring calm to the chaos. It's a useful training tool, but it really doesn't have anything to do with "acting slow," it's about slowing our mind down enough to make sense of what's happening around us. 

Black Hawk Down

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Feb 01, 2018
9: What do aviation and self-defense have in common?
53:11

In the mid-nineties a Fedex employee facing termination attempted to hijack Fedex Flight 705 from Memphis to San Jose. His plan was to take over the plane and crash it into the Fedex headquarters, and he wanted to make it look like an accident. Armed with a hammer and a spear gun, he launched a surprise attack against the crew of three shortly after takeoff. This is one of many chilling examples of how workplace violence can turn really bad really fast. We discuss some of the warning signs and pre-assault indicators, strategies for intervening in a close-quarters attack, and some of the reasons checklists are such a big deal for pilots.

Links from the show: 

Voice Recorder transcript

Court Case

Checklist Simulator example

Example of all the stuff going on in the cockpit during normal takeoff/flight/landing

2015 intentional crash

The Gift of Fear

Mindhunter

Columbine

Ted Bundy

 

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Jan 15, 2018
8: Good Shoots, Bad Shoots, and Snowmobiles
01:12:29

Boyd used to walk people through a thought experiment in which he wanted people to use their imagination to “create a new reality,” to illustate the creative nature of our minds. In a tactical sense, we can take lessons learned from several different places and apply those principles to whatever realm is important to us.

At Tactical Tangents, we are always trying to find a balance among law enforcement, military, and concealed-carry topics—but it’s important to consider that we can all find value in the lessons learned in each of those fields. In this episode, we discuss two controversial police shootings (Philando Castile and Daniel Shaver) and the binary terms that people tend to use to describe these sorts of incidents: Justified, or not. Murder, or self-defense. Good shoot, or Bad Shoot. Sometimes, it’s somewhere in between.

Think of it like a critical thinking exercise—understand the complexities of human behavior and decision making. No two tactical encounters look exactly the same—but sometimes they rhyme. Find the similarities and differences, build a snowmobile. 

Links: 

Jim’s advice for traffic stops: http://www.tacticaltangents.com/articles/how-to-handle-a-traffic-stop/

Albuquerque LT shoots his own guy: https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/albuquerque-police-release-video-showing-officer-shooting-undercover-cop-n549461

C-5 animation: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GeEMiW1vMvU

Another example of wrong engine shut-down: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FdSS1hel2z4

Graham vs. Connor full text: https://supreme.justia.com/cases/federal/us/490/386/

Daniel Shaver (Mesa shooting, with video): https://www.nbcnews.com/news/us-news/daniel-shaver-shooting-ex-arizona-police-officer-not-guilty-murder-n827641

Philando Castile (overview with video): http://www.tacticaltangents.com/articles/philando-castile/

Brian Willis TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qwC-RHsC6gw

 

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Jan 01, 2018
7: Boyd, OODA, and Our Mission
57:10

John Boyd was the guy behind the OODA loop, the F-15, the F-16. He and his group of reformers were also largely responsible for the A-10, the Warfighting manual for the USMC, and some of the planning of Desert Storm. Boyd said, "War is ever changing, and men are ever fallible-Teach men to think!" He was also, in a lot of ways, the inspiration for the Tactical Tangents project. Hear about the guerilla reform movement he led against the bureaucracy that is the US Department of Defense and how his work affected tactics, leadership, decision making, and the Art of War. 

57:09

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Links: The Book

The Pentagon Wars by James Burton (Book) (Video)

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Dec 15, 2017
6: Road Rage, situational leadership, and interpersonal barriers
51:32

In episode 6 we discuss a couple of road rage incidents that escalated to the point someone got hurt or killed, and one that was handled pretty well by a guy in Indiana. These stories are important because most of us tend to feel pretty tough behind the wheel of our car. The distance and physical barrier that our cars put between us and other drivers make us feel like we aren’t in much danger, but that can be a false sense of security. We also touch a little bit on what de-escalation techniques *should* look like, a concept called situational leadership, and how MRAPs (big armored trucks) hurt our counter-insurgency efforts overseas (much like in the case of road rage-think about the ways physical barriers and distance dehumanize our troops). 

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Links from today’s episode:

http://www.tacticaltangents.com/articles/restraint/

The Indiana Guy, our favorite (ALSO: should be available with this episode as bonus content) (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yYhVE0lt0bI)

Colorado incident: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fHVJygPStlI

Colorado news article: http://www.koaa.com/story/35677176/suspect-arrested-for-assault-after-road-rage-incident-caught-on-camera

Colorado road rage tips: http://www.krdo.com/news/woman-speaks-out-police-issue-tips-following-violent-road-rage-incident-caught-on-camera/540260450

Mr. Walker and Mr. Wheeler: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hk-c5jlk48s

 

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Dec 01, 2017
5: So you wanna be a cop?
01:06:45

Strong Language Warning--probably don't play this out loud at work or around your kids!

Full disclosure, we actually recorded this episode a little while back when our buddy Isaac was getting ready for the police academy. We wanted to take advantage of the Q and A opportunity before he kicked off his career. We have some follow-up recordings in the works with Isaac so you can check in and see how he's doing if you're interested. We talk about Isaac's stupid mustache, how defensive tactics apply to different martial arts (and vice versa), the academic nature of the police academy, and what not to do at parties. 

We also touch briefly on donuts, and I gotta be honest (this is Mike typing), I went back to the place we criticized (unnamed of course) and they redeemed themselves--they're actually pretty good. Now that's two donut eating sessions I gotta work off, so I'm gonna go swing a kettlebell for an hour...

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Nov 15, 2017
4: North Hollywood Shootout
44:24

Break down of the 1997 North Hollywood Shootout. 20 years ago this year, two dudes brought the LAPD and a few assisting agencies to their knees during a bank robbery that turned into an epic gunfight. Amazingly, the only two fatalities that day were the bad guys, but there were about 20 others wounded (civilian and police). Some of the big take aways have to do with the proliferation of long guns and armored vehicles in law enforcement, shooting “two the body, one to the head,” and how we apply the concept of shooting at the center of whatever mass is available. We also talk briefly about how this event might have been charactized as an active shooter in the early stages and how we might have handled this differently today. 

If you know about or were involved with an incident that you think had worthwhile lessons learned, let us know! 

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Show Links: 

News helicopter raw video: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wZg4mcYkIwU

Police audio: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c5mkd6r9Kww

Fox News report https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-E4_wDQFky0

Self inflicts: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EzjsQ-cxHBU

Nat geo documentary: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q44yGYlUoQQ

44 min film:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Wty8VSi4Fs0

LA police commission use of force report: http://documents.latimes.com/north-hollywood-shootout-use-force-report/

 

 

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Nov 01, 2017
3: Shooting, Beginner to Good/Great
51:51

Mike and Jim talk about ways they learned and apply the fundamentals to shooting practice, specifically trying to bridge the gap from “beginner,” to “decent,” to “good.”  We talk about ways to balance speed and accuracy, and some things to think about when you are trying to diagnose a problem or isolate certain variables to improve your ability to shoot. We talk about adding stress/pressure to our drills, how important it is to have a good coach or at least use slow motion video to carefully watch for mistakes, the benefits of dry fire, etc. Some firearms fundamentals flip on like a switch of a lightbulb, but sometimes you have to make incremental improvements until those individual elements compound on to each other and you really start to notice a difference. Finally, we want you to realize that anyone can become a “good” shooter, so you have to get it out of your head that some people have an innate gift or talent and you don’t. We talk about a few books in the episode, here are the links: 

Talent Code

Talent is Overrated

The Art of Learning

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Oct 15, 2017
2: Using Rules to Manage Risk
56:51

One of the themes we discussed in our last episode was that just because something is technically legal, or not against the rules, that doesn't necessarily make it a good idea. We build on that theme today and talk about how we use rules and guidelines to manage risk and shape our decisions. We talk about the risks associated with car chases, the 21 foot rule, and how some parents worry more about having a gun in the house than a pool in their backyard. We also share one of our guiding principles from Col. John Boyd about training and risk management: People, Ideas, and THEN Hardware, in that order!

56:51

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Links: 

Boyd, The Fighter Pilot Who Changed the Art of War

The Signal and the Noise

The Unthinkable

Pearl Harbor: Warning and Decision

Jim's article on Lessons Learned from Tactical Aviation (also available on Facebook here)

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Oct 01, 2017
1: Just because you can, doesn't mean you should
39:20

In our intro episode we talk about the Utah nurse incident where the guy "arrested" the nurse for not doing a blood draw, and how people get wrapped up in the legal analysis of that officer's decision. There are times you might be able to win the battle, but your tactical decisions often have a strategic outcome. Teaching people how to use critical thinking and good judgment is difficult, and our goal is to help shape your decision making and speed up the learning curve.

39:00 ish

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Sep 25, 2017