• Category Archives Skills
  • Skills refers to the learning of techniques and mindsets conducive to surviving a deadly encounter, including, how to avoid the encounter.

  • Changes to the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Program

    Dear NRA Certified Instructor:

    We have some changes, and we plan to release them on April 4, 2017. We want you to know that the NRA strives to create the courses you want to teach and your students want to take. To that end, we have continued to fine tune the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Program to give both our instructors and students the ability to choose the delivery method that best suits their needs. There will be significant improvements to the existing Blended learning edition, as well as the introduction of NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting, Instructor Led Training (ILT)all of which is conducted entirely under the direct supervision of an Instructor. These changes will give the NRA Certified Pistol Instructor the ability to administer the training in its entirety, and the freedom to choose the Blended or ILT version of the Basics of Pistol Shooting Course.

    First, let’s look at what is coming for the Blended version of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting Course: Instructors will have the option to purchase Course Control Codes (CCC). These are codes that instructors issue to students so they can access and complete the self-study portion of the Blended course before attempting the hands-on portion. The CCCs will be significantly discounted to you so that you can set the price of your course to include the self-study portion. The student will no longer be required to make payment to the NRA and then make a separate payment to the instructor. This gives you control over your course from beginning to end. Students will need to create a unique username and password while registering for the course and then, at your discretion, you issue the student a CCC. To make delivery of the codes more convenient, the NRA has created an email template that automatically updates with the student’s information, the CCC, and instructions for completing the course. The email will be sent when the CCC is issued to the student. The Instructor-led portion of the Blended course will be conducted in the manner set forth in the Blended Course lesson plans that are available on your NRAInstuctors.org homepage. The reporting requirements and the printing of NRA Course Certificates will be identical between both courses and will be covered below.

    Next, we will introduce the new NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting, Instructor Led Training (ILT). The defining feature of this course is the return to the traditional Instructor/student relationship. One major improvement is the flexibility to teach the full lesson plan or a condensed version which covers only one pistol action type (semi-auto or revolver). The lesson plans for ILT will be placed in the Lesson Plans/PowerPoints section on your NRAInstructors.org homepage. To maintain consistency across all NRA lesson plans, a Performance Requirements Checklist (PRC) is included. We strongly recommend that you use this form to document what you have taught your students, as well as record the students’ acknowledgement that they are comfortable with each objective. If you conduct the condensed lesson plan covering a single pistol type, please document this clearly on the forms and keep them for your records. Please note that if you conduct the ILT version of the course, you are required to provide each of your students with a Basics of Pistol Shootingstudent packet. Packets will be available at the NRA Program Materials Center and consist of the NRA Guide: Basics of Pistol Shootinghandbook and a course exam. Also note that if you conduct a single pistol action type course, you must report it as such in order to print the appropriate certificates, which will state Revolver or Semi-Automatic.

    Once either version of the NRA Basics of Pistol Shooting course is completed, you will submit the electronic course report. This report will include your student’s written exam score, the shooting skill level they achieved, and your acknowledgement that the student met all of the learning objectives as set forth by the curriculum. Once each of these elements is complete, you will be able to submit and print your report and the student’s certificates. The certificates will be watermarked and prepopulated with your NRA Instructor ID number, your printed name below a signature line, date, serial number, student name, marksmanship skill level, pistol action type (if appropriate) as well as the signature of the NRA Secretary.

    Please keep an eye on your NRAInstructors.org sign-in page. On April 4, 2017, there will be an acknowledgement page that pops up when you log into your account. This will be the notification that the enhancements are active, and you may begin to teach either course, as well as purchase Course Control Codes and student packets, whichever you chose.

    Thank you for your continued commitment to NRA Training Programs.


    We see them all the time now.  Americans kicked out the communist government last November and began taking steps to make America great again, and the left is catatonic.  It is like an unending Rodney King Riot in some places.  And everyday we are informed of militant leftist terrorists or militant race terrorists acting out with violence against those whom they perceive as the enemy.  Some well respected authorities have even suggested that while we have been in a sort of “cold civil war” for some time, this is the beginning of a shift to a “warmer” version.

    One of the left’s tactics is the blocking of roadways in some hope of somehow causing those who voted out communism to recant in order to shorten their commute.  In reality it is creating more and more antipathy for the left by true Americans.  But let us discuss some points of Counter Protest Driving.

    I can’t wait to get hate mail from the snowflakes.

    First is the vehicle.  If you have a choice, avoid the little ecologically-responsible roller skate cars that are so cheap to drive.  If that is all you can afford, there is no shame in that but understand that people will respect a Ford or Chevy truck far more than a Scion or a Prius.

    Keep the damn thing gassed up and in good working order. Keep a Go-Bag with you in the front seat if driving alone, or easily accessible if driving with others.  Avoid car pools where some timid flower child is driving.  Drive yourself.  We live in a time of war and a new front just opened up.  Drive yourself!

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  • Armed Arizonan Citizen Saves Ambushed Cop and Kills Dirtbag Perp (Patriots United Against the Perp Nation!)

    A man shot and wounded an Arizona state trooper Thursday along a remote highway and then started slamming the helpless officer’s head into the pavement.  A passing motorist stopped to assist the officer, and shot the ambush attacker.

    Trooper Edward Andersson, a 27-year veteran of the Department of Public Safety, was shot in the right shoulder and chest in what authorities called an ambush and was in serious but stable condition after surgery at a Goodyear hospital.

    DPS Director Frank Milstead had words of thanks for good Samaritan who stopped to help, CBS affiliate KPHO reported.  “My trooper would not be alive without his assistance,” Milstead said of the driver who stopped.

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    Now that the shoe is on the other foot, many liberals all over America have suddenly become extremely interested in prepping.  

    Fearing that a Trump presidency could rapidly evolve into a “Trumpocalypse”, a significant number of leftists are now stockpiling food, guns and emergency supplies.  In fact, even though many had expected a sharp drop in gun sales following Trump’s victory, what actually happened is that fear of what is coming under Trump pushed background checks for gun sales to an all-time record high on Black Friday.  The election of Donald Trump has awakened the left to a degree that we haven’t seen in decades, and some on the left are embracing hardcore survivalism without any apologies.

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  • Are You “Living In a Death Spiral”? These 6 States Will Collapse During the Next Recession

    Being on the hook is not going to be pretty when interest rates are raised back up, and debts come due. At a personal level, it will mean more stress and juggling to make ends meet. For the larger economy, it will mean cities and states unable to meet obligations or balance their budgets – ending in bankruptcy, and bailouts. Meanwhile, millions of people are relying on that money to keep coming in order to survive. Something is going to go very wrong.

    Relying upon government to function and send you money is not a secure plan.

    The mathematics are terrifying and dismal, and so is being caught up in these collapsing states.

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  • Bracken: A Scenario for the Second Civil War



    The Second Amendment of the Bill of Rights does not “grant” Americans the right to armed self-defense, it simply recognizes and affirms this God-given human right. The Constitution, including the Bill or Rights, is a very succinct document that was written in plain English intended to be fully understandable by ordinary citizens, requiring no interpretation by judges. Article III of the Constitution discusses the responsibilities, powers and limitations of the Judiciary, including the Supreme Court.

    Nowhere in the Constitution does it say that the Supreme Court is a super-legislature authorized to amend the Bill of Rights by a simple majority vote among its nine lifetime-appointed justices. In fact, Article III Section 2 explicitly grants to Congress the power to regulate which cases the Supreme Court may adjudicate at all. However, in the current political climate, with a toothless Congress abdicating its power to the Executive and Judicial branches, it is unlikely that the Supreme Court will be reined in and confined within its Constitutional limits.

    My scenario for a second American civil war involves a Hillary Clinton victory in November 2016, followed in 2017 by the appointment of a Supreme Court justice politically to the left of Ruth Bader Ginsberg. The Second Amendment will then be gutted using a specious argument such as that the militia has “evolved” into the modern National Guard, meaning that there is no longer a right for private citizens to individually keep or bear arms. Liberal politicians and the collaborating liberal mainstream media will be in full-throated agreement with this false interpretation of the Second Amendment.

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  • Animal Rights Activists Wish Death upon 12-Year-Old Female Hunter

    After recently posting a photo of a giraffe she killed on a hunt in South Africa, 12-year-old big game hunter Aryanna Gourdin came under attack on social media.

    One critic expressed looking forward to posting a photo standing by Gourdin’s body the way Gourdin stood by the dead giraffe.

    Gourdin appeared on Fox & Friends on August 19, where she explained that her family has been hunting big game “forever.” And she detailed the reaction to hunting photos she posted on Facebook, particularly the photo of her and the giraffe. She read a response from one outraged activist, which said, “When somebody shoots you I hope I can post the same picture on my Facebook, with your head in my hand. I think they will see me as a hero, don’t you?”

    Gourdin responded by saying it is “sad” that people respond in that way. She asked, “How could you value an animal’s life over a human’s?”

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  • What Is A Burner Phone & Why Do You Need One

    If you’ve seen one spy movie in your life you get the gist of what a burner cell phone is and how it’s used. But just to give you more insight on the why and how of burner phones, we’re going to dive into this subject and help you make an educated decision of whether it’s for you or not. We’re also going to go over the common questions of burner phones, like isn’t it a prepaid phone (no), Where do you buy burner phones, and a few others.

    Whether your a Mr. Mom or soccer queen you will want to keep something like this handy for when the shtf.

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  • Start Practicing More Head Shots Because Terrorists Love Bombs


    If you are reading this, then you are probably the type of person who would be willing to fight back against a terrorist attack using your guns.

    The fact is that more and more terrorist attacks are going to be occurring on American soil because the “Global War on Terror” includes the USA now.

    That means, if you have a gun and you carry it (as you should), you ought to put some thought into how you would fight back against a possibly suicidal team of terrorists who is intent on racking up the biggest body count possible.

    Here’s a fact: terrorists love bombs.

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  • NYPD Lieutenant: The Psychology of the Active Killer (Must Read)


    Recent research has done much to delineate patterns typical of the Active Killer1 (Borsch, 2009). What remains wanting is a general account of why the Active Killer does what he does—that is, an explanatory framework against which we can make sense of the abid- ing peculiarities of Active Killer events, par- ticularly the scale of violence, the randomness of violence, and the striking propensity to suicide. In what follows, I propose a possible framework and elicit its tactical implications. The proposal is intended to open new ave- nues for the exploration of what has become a vexing phenomenon of modern society.

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  • An Armed Citizenry Can Frustrate and Deter Vehicle Attacks

    Come on in ISIS

    The Islamist terror attack in Nice France, carried out by a jihadist in a heavy truck, should be yet another blow to the Democrat gun control movement in the U.S., and an indictment of the Euro-socialist model of government that the left adores.

    First and most obviously, the attacker used a commonly available, useful, but potentially dangerous tool to slaughter many more people than his fellow jihadist in Orlando managed with firearms.  Are we to ban heavy trucks now?  It is probable that some Islamist nutcase in America will try to imitate his French co-religionist.  When that occurs will President Obama bewail the availability of heavy trucks—easier to rent from U-Haul than buying a book?

    There is another aspect of this tragedy that undercuts the gun controllers as well.  France is one of the world’s most restrictive nations when it comes to ownership of firearms, yet saw its people helplessly victimized by an armed (the driver also apparently carried a pistol though seemingly without effect) and brutal attacker without effective recourse, despite enhanced security efforts in the country.  If such an event happened in some parts of America, particularly in a state that doesn’t unreasonably restrict the right to carry, there at least would be a significant possibility that a civilian on the scene could stop or at least mitigate the attack.

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  • For black gun owners, bearing arms is a civil rights issue

    In February 2015, Philip Smith started a Facebook group to make space for the often-overlooked concerns of law-abiding, license-carrying gun owners who happen to be African-American.

    Smith was tired of feeling conspicuous as the only black guy at the gun ranges he visited. Surely, he thought, there must be others out there, dealing with the same suspicions he faced when passersby glimpsed the Glock on his hip.

    A year and a half later, Smith counts more than 11,000 members, representing all 50 states.

    Smith’s forum reflects what researchers see as growing interest among African Americans in gun ownership. But becoming a black licensed gun owner is not a risk-free prospect, a fact brought to light this month by the police shooting of Philando Castile, who had a permit to carry a concealed weapon when he was shot in his car July 6, and by the presence at a Dallas rally of perhaps 30 marchers July 7 openly carrying their rifles. Dallas police mistakenly labeled a black licensed gun owner as a “person of interest” after gunman opened fire, killing five police officers.


    I confess that in the last few days I have had a burning anger in my heart over what happened. I am long gone from the profession but I still teach those guys and what I am going to write here is going to be controversial as hell. Some will say “its too soon”. Look…I have my people out in harm’s way tonight…it is never too soon and we discuss this not to castigate a man, but to point out what happened…and most important…why I think it happened.

    Watch the video, then watch it again and again.


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