The old sniper adage goes "scopes do not enhance your marksmanship, they magnify your errors.” Although a pistol red dot sight (RDS) does not provide magnification, it similarly will amplify your mistakes. Despite increasing RDS adoption among tactical, competitive, and self-defense shooters, our training approaches have...

In 2011, the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) issued a final rule to reduce ejection deaths caused during vehicle rollovers. These “ejection mitigation” safety standards resulted in a variety of proposed solutions by special interests groups and automotive manufacturers. One idea favored the installation of...

In 1945, my grandfather returned from the war in The Pacific to discover the America he fought for was different than the America that welcomed him home. As a first generation immigrant from the Philippines, he spent the post war years dodging misplaced racism, unemployment,...

The Taliban’s ambush kicked off with the standard barrage of RPGs and machine gun fire. After completing their “mad minute” of initiation fires, the surprise attack lulled and we maneuvered out of the kill zone to coordinate our response. Unlike previous ambushes, the Taliban either through...

An important part of goal setting is not just adopting new behaviors, but also identifying which habits you should ditch. Although there isn’t a single correct approach to training, we often unintentionally develop bad habits through different forms of indoctrination. Whether it's our unit formally...

One of the most important ass chewings I received in the military was at Robin Sage. During the final phase of tactical training in the Q-Course, I experienced a case of senioritis that impacted my performance. As the patrol leader for a routine ambush mission,...