Training Day in Oklahoma (TDOK) is premised upon the long-running and wildly successful Polite Society Tactical Conference. TDOK is a local version of that fine institution spearheaded by Oklahoman Spencer Keepers and the rest of the crew at Keepers Concealment. It was held at the world class BDC Gunroom in Shawnee, OK. Training blocks were taught […]
About Warren Wilson
Warren Wilson is a police lieutenant and has been in law enforcement since 1995. He's been a chief, a patrol sergeant, a shift commander and a SWAT team leader. He has written over fifty magazine-length articles in several online and print publications. Warren is currently the training coordinator and rangemaster for a metropolitan police department in Oklahoma.
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Short barreled rifles (SBR) and AR-15 style pistols are seeing a spike in popularity in spite of some recent confusion over the legality of arm braces. Presumably a lot of these guns are being purchased or built with self defense or duty use in mind. AR-15 pistols and SBR’s can have barrels as short as […]
On Jan. 2, I posted an article here called, Poor choices for the novice gun owner. I expected some typical ‘net backlash, but instead several readers inquired further about what gun would be good for the novice owner. The question begs an answer. Let’s look at some of the things that typically go wrong for new purchaser. […]
“The Marines taught me every way there is to shoot a gun.” I was trying to convince this gentleman to attend a novice handgun class. I was raised with the utmost respect for our armed forces. Still, we’ve seen a lot of former military recruits at our police department who had little or no training with pistols […]
“I’m afraid.” It’s rare for a firearms instructor to hear those words, but it’s common for people to have a very real phobia of firearms. This lady was different in that she had little fear of embarrassment. She just wanted to conquer her phobia. I’ve learned from much better instructors than myself to, “read the […]
Dr. William Aprill looks at the violent criminal actor’s mindset in his Unthinkable program. We learn to better protect ourselves in the real world.
Appendix IWB carry is not for me. In fact, a few years ago I looked upon those who thought otherwise as foolish. Still, there were so many squared-away professionals who carry in the 1 o’clock position, I figured there must be something to it. I went to a four-hour block on Appendix Inside-The-Waistband (IWB) carry […]
When I went to the academy in the mid-90s, it wasn’t possible for the firearms instructors to spend one-on-one time with each individual officer. In fact, I don’t recall being coached during training even once. It wasn’t that I was shooting extremely well or that the instructors weren’t doing their jobs. It was simply that the […]
A friend’s wife once said something about firearms that stuck with me. A small-framed lady, she said, “I like a lot of gun around my bullets.” She was referring to having a large, heavy handgun which helps to dampen recoil, but there might be another meaning to that phrase. Considering the less-than-lavish pay the law […]