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The Tactical Life


I know, that is beyond my skill level…


Motivational Monday:


“Iron and the Soul” by Henry Rollins

Learning about what you’re made of is always time well spent, and I have found no better teacher. The Iron had taught me how to live. Life is capable of driving you out of your mind. The way it all comes down these days, it’s some kind of miracle if you’re not insane. People have become separated from their bodies. They are no longer whole.

I see them move from their offices to their cars and on to their suburban homes. They stress out constantly, they lose sleep, they eat badly. And they behave badly. Their egos run wild; they become motivated by that which will eventually give them a massive stroke. They need the Iron Mind.

Through the years, I have combined meditation, action, and the Iron into a single strength. I believe that when the body is strong, the mind thinks strong thoughts. Time spent away from the Iron makes my mind degenerate. I wallow in a thick depression. My body shuts down my mind.

The Iron is the best antidepressant I have ever found. There is no better way to fight weakness than with strength. Once the mind and body have been awakened to their true potential, it’s impossible to turn back.”

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I’m pretty sure that’s how most guys who start bar fights imagine it will play out.

First he goes like this, then I’ll go like that, then I’ll say something badass and go HI-YA!


Thought for the day:

The old adage, “there are no atheists in foxholes,” while maybe not universally true, speaks to the level of helplessness that’s inherent to our very being. No matter how hard you work, no matter how prepared you try to be, there comes a time when there’s nothing left to do but succeed or fail. There, in that moment, all you can do is try your best and pray that your best is enough. Alex Hollings.


I know you guys love Pat Mc so I thought I’d post this here for you. He is one interesting man.

The T-boning a deer story on his dirt bike was crazy.



I have trained with him twice, he is exactly as he is in the vids. Great instructor, genuine and not into the “tact-cool” brotherhood. Thanks for posting the link.


Thought for the day: When I read this quote, the first thought I had, was the the month of January. You know, when everyone and their grandmother decides to start coming to the gym to “get in shape”. Now, unfortunately, this is not limited to civilian gyms, plenty of military and LE gyms suffer this overload, only to return to the hardcore people around the last week of January. If you train and have experienced the same thing, then this quote is for you:

People have bad habits of making promises to themselves while drunk on motivation, then failing to follow through on those promises in the harsh glow of the morning sun.

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Was just about to share the same podcast.

The whole thing was solid, but these two clips were pretty relevant for the crowd here:

“In the transverse plane lives life-saving and ass-kicking.”

“Every night is Saturday night, but every morning is Monday morning.”


Thank you, Chris. He is a genuine person in a sea of tact-cool IG guys.


Thought for the day:

Thinking of training with Pat, it doesn’t matter whether its the cage, ring, dojo or the tactical range, always try to train with people better than you. This is especially true with combat and related lethal force skills. Train enough with lower skill level people or train too much on your own and you end up thinking you are hot crap. Perhaps, Socrates said it best:

For the worst of all deceptions is self-deception.


I have posted this routine up thread, but listening to Pat Mac makes me want to reiterate what has been awesome for me these last couple of years.

I moved to a smaller place where I can’t set up my old equipment, and improvised something I can do in the backyard, yes, even during a polar vortex type of cold.

Monday - Friday
Warmup for several minutes with shadowboxing or rope skipping.

Take a 100lb boxing heavy bag as an off chain workout.
Stand it up, go down on the right knee, right hand underneath the bag, tip it onto the left shoulder and drive up with the left leg until standing. Then run a few steps with the bag, drop it and land on it, then ground and pound it. 30 second later stand it up, and do the same with the opposite side, that is onto the right shoulder and drive up with the right leg.

Over the course of 9 minutes that is 18 pickups and slams, with in between ground and pound to keep the heart going and do a little up body work. Also, the pickups and carries to take it out back and after back in the house.

aerobics; skip rope for 3 minutes, drop and do 10 pushups, 10 situps and 10 body weight squats. Pick up the rope and do it all again, and ideally a third cycle.

This is a perfect setup for me as a 50 year old man, more of a less is more approach.

I feel like I could tackle a bison and rip its horns off in the process.

Basically I am doing what approximates a functional multi compound routine, and I should have discovered it years ago.

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First in with an active shooter story that is unfolding as of the time of this post. Initial report indicates an automatic rifle.


I personally have interjected myself into different scenarios - armed and unarmed & family to absolute stranger “defence”. Although l want to think this was societally
more common in the past, who knows?

It is a subject l need to revisit and determine (in addition to how) when to act.


I am a big fan of Andrew Branca’s work, and he is absolutely against using deadly force, or any kind of force to defend a stranger, mass shooter incidents being the exception.


Very good article, by the way.


Motivation Monday:


He who conquers himself is the mightiest warrior.



Thought for the day: I have seen numerous examples of this quote in all forms. The LE/Military field is ripe with this dogma. Too many times, good tactics and new approaches are ignored just because “this is the way we have always done it”.

( A current example: The Marine Corps in 2018 finally adopted the Magpul magazines for combat, even through they have been around for about 10 years) This is especially true both in numerous martial arts and especially the gym, where “rules” are ingrained in concrete.

Another example: I was using a sledge hammer on a tire yesterday as a finisher, when a “gentleman” came over and asked me what I was doing. I said" getting in my finisher". He said, " I don’t need any finisher because I lift hard".

At first, I thought he was saying I was fucking off and being in not the best of moods, I was having thoughts of ill intent, when I realized, he didn’t have a clue about doing a “finisher”. Maybe you should try it, I said, and tried to hand him the hammer. He refused and walked off. Close off you mind to trying new training, whether its the martial arts, tactics, or the weight room will eventually bite you on the ass, my opinion.



Thought for the day:

Decisions are best made prior to when they are forced upon you.



Thought for the day: mmmmmmmmmm, always have your machete, you never know, however, nothing ruins a good edge more than trying to slice a vehicle.



Thought for the day (2): If you take home security seriously, this is worth listening to and take what you can to modify your own plan.