By the time you read this I’ll be back at home base. It’s been five weeks on the road: two shooting trials, a bunch of classes, and the inimitable Rangemaster Tactical Conference which the Evil Princess and I never miss.  One of the many friends there whom we cherish is Tamara Keel, who put together a review with links that is better than anything I could have assembled, so we have gratefully linked it here.  The link, courtesy of Tam’s blog takes you to the assembly of writeups compiled by a mutual good friend, Greg Ellifritz. 

I only copy from the BEST, and these are two thereof. 😊

We had a great time. I enjoyed the many classes we took, and also presented one a couple of times myself.  Got some trigger time.  At the annual match, I was happy with my accuracy but not with my speed.  Old guy here is old SLOW guy.

The Tac-Con fills up quick; there’s no better buy for your time and money in the firearms/self-defense training world, in my opinion.  You can also take training direct from the team who created Tac-Con: Tom and Lynn Givens at  You’ll be glad you did. 

We are.


  1. Only in America (and perhaps Switzerland). We are blessed.

    Notice how the people crossing our southern border could stay home and try to improve their countries if they wanted to, but they don’t. They come here.

    I remember back in the 1990s how Rush Limbaugh would point out that “we run circles around countries much older than we are.” You would think an older country would solve problems and progress faster than a younger country, because the older country has more experience. Each generation in an old country confronts problems of existence, and finds a way to deal with them or even solve them, and move onto new problems. But the opposite is true with America, even though we are not a new country but a British/European transplant. We have certainly solved the problems of hunger and scarcity, even though they may return soon.

    As an example of an old country, I will select one that is mentioned early in the Old Testament. That would be Egypt. We are told they will soon be starving because much of their grain comes from Ukraine and Russia. Who should have solved the problem of hunger first, old Egypt or new America?

    I don’t mention this to yell, Rah! Rah! for America! Just to contemplate why things are the way they are. There is an old country that modernized very quickly. That would be Japan. They modernized in about twenty years between 1880 and 1900.

    I’m not even convinced that being modern and great is more desirable than being old-fashioned and good. I just point out that America seems to solve problems, then move on to solving other problems when they arise. This won’t continue for ever, but it has been fascinating to watch and consider.

    It’s going to be a sad day when we reap what Democrats, Communists, do-nothing Republicans, stupid voters and America-haters have been sowing for decades.

    But for now, we still have wonderful opportunities to learn from lots of great self-defense experts.

    • Notice how the people crossing our southern border could stay home and try to improve their countries if they wanted to, but they don’t.

      Easier said than done, when “attempted improving the country” is a capital offense, or worse.

      • larryarnold,

        You are correct. Definitely “easier said than done.” South of the border, those nations are “narco states,” meaning, the drug gangs have more power than the so-called legitimate government. No matter. The men of those states should promise to support the governments if their governments will let them arm themselves and go after the drug gangs.

        Would this be a bloody mess? Would China be a bloody mess if the people rebelled against the Commies? Would North Korea be a bloody mess if the people rebelled against evil Rocket Man? You bet they would all be a bloody messes. (Most revolutions are unsuccessful. The Jewish Revolt against the Romans, Spartacus’ slave revolt, the French Revolution, the Russian Revolution and the Chinese Revolution, all failures. Haiti’s Revolution was successful, but Haiti is the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere, so what good was that revolution?) No matter. That is what has to be done if you want to live in a half decent country. The good have to kill the wicked. If I die rebelling against evil, that makes me a hero. That is a good way to die.

        Yes, it is easy for me to type this, sitting here living in my comfortable bubble. Maybe America really is big enough for everyone who wants to come here and live freely. I guess it would save a lot of blood if most freedom-loving people moved here. As long as I don’t lose my freedoms, then I guess I can be OK with future patriots moving here.

        However, doesn’t it make sense that people around the world would look at America, Switzerland, Canada, Australia and the Western European countries that are like us, and want to imitate us? At least the good things about us, not the crime, drugs, divorce and sub-standard schools. Japan did that. Japan imitated the West, and became like the West. Why can’t Latin America do that?

        America has too much food. How many nations in history have had too much food? Too bad it seems exporting our way of life is pretty hard to do. As Rush Limbaugh used to say, “Too bad we can’t export liberalism.”

        Well, larryarnold, I started typing to refute you, and ended up agreeing with you. And yes, if I was in the immigrants’ shoes, and had a chance to live in the USA, I would do it. Since most revolutions are unsuccessful, it makes sense for most people to live in subjection, and make the best of it.

        All roads lead to the cemetery. The rich just get bigger tombstones than the poor.

  2. Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast, is it not?. Wondering if you could use a different trigger or two. Have you looked at the triggers that are beating your times? Not that you probably have forgotten more about triggers than I will ever know.
    About three weeks ago a grizzly killed an inevitable hiker again, this time north of Jellystone. Not many details forthcoming about the encounter yet, other than that the victim had separated from a companion not long before. Two obvious factors are: (1) operating alone, and (2) not being prepared for an encounter, including being adequately armed. People just need to be aware that Murphy’s Law always rules in bear country. A terrible way to die!

    • To the often used quote “Slow is smooth, and smooth is fast”, Rob Leatham’s response is “BS, fast is fast!”

      Another clueless hiker is knocked off by a bruin in Jellystone. Looks like Yogi and Boo Boo had a nice meal, depending on the quality of the victim, without resorting to stealing picnic baskets.

  3. Tac-Con fills up quick…
    Indeed, already sold out after having registration up for 1-2 days.

  4. Greatly esteemed and wholly respected friend Tom606, I am reminded of the Peregrine falcon, which is said to pause fully in mid-flight in order to gather for the swiftest and most accurate attack possible on its prey. Also basically goes for pitching a baseball. Watch the old, all-time great Zach Greinke. Same thing can apply to pressing a pistol trigger. Rob Leatham may have a secret way to make the the “pause before” more brief? A fair amount of discussion can also be found now on YouTube about quick trigger reset.

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