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,...

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...

In no particular order, here are our most notable observations from the Americans we trained with this year. 1. GRAVITATE TOWARDS YOUR WEAKNESSES The greatest display of heart this year was at our tactical marksmanship courses. These classes place a large emphasis on athleticism with a firearm,...

(originally posted to Soldier Systems Daily on May 27th) By his 20th iteration, an Afghan guerrilla with minimal marksmanship training was shooting the 2x2x2 exercise just as efficiently as Instagram tactical celebrities. Only an hour earlier had we discussed some key points of marksmanship, then I...

Ego And Complacency When I shot my first match, I was definitely the confused tactical shooter with the skeptical raised eyebrow. How could any of these civilians beat me, my job is to be proficient with guns. This immediately dissolved due to the zero sum nature...

Spoiler Alert: There is a lot of ego in the tactical industry. A car full of shooters can barely agree where to eat lunch at, let alone which fighting techniques are superior. The ego involved with the craft of tactical marksmanship is unavoidable, but necessary. Shooting...