Entries by Warren Wilson

Training Day in Oklahoma 2016

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 […]

Short barrel ARs and barrier penetration: Corbon DPX

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 […]

Let the buyer be aware: Advice for the novice gun owner

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. […]

Poor gun choices for the novice owner

“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 […]

Coaching the phobic student

“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 […]

‘Tis Not Folly to Be Wise: Appendix IWB

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 […]

Invest in training

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 […]

Sig Sauer P229 Legion Series

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 […]