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The Tactical Life


Thought for the day:

We all live our lives by a Code of Conduct. What is yours? What values do you uphold? What guides you when making tough calls? How do you stay the best version of yourself? How do you keep yourself ready?

When they were boys, Alexander (the Great) and his friends were forced to bathe in cold rivers, run barefoot, ride all day without food and water and endure whippings and humiliations. On the rare occasions when they got to rest, their trainers would remind them:

´While you lie here at ease, the sons of Persia are training to defeat you in battle.´

Always be ready!


Thought for the day: When I was doing PSD work for the State Department, we carried something similar to this in our vehicles, However, that was in hostile areas and we were not worried about theft.

I like the idea, but, it seems to me that you park your vehicle in Walmart shopping center, you are just asking for someone to smash out a window, or, maybe I am just off base here.


For a while now, I’ve kept a backpack in the back of my Jeep in case I came across somebody in need of help or assistance, or for some reason, I had to leave my vehicle, I was prepared. I also carried a medical kit inside the backpack as well as inside my center console for quick access. I’m a minimalist when it comes to gear, packing and traveling so I’ve always got my eye out for new improved gear for just that reason. Last month I took a quick look at the Fieldcraft Survival GO-LITE Panel Pack. It allows you to have quick access to emergency items strapped to the rear of one of your vehicle’s front seats. They take it a step further though and give you the ability to transform the panel into a backpack/go bag in the event you need to leave your vehicle and go on foot. I was able to get my hands on one of these new Panel Packs and replace my traditional emergency pack.


Motivational Monday:



Tactical Tuesday: Food for tactical thought


Thought for the day: Something for Boatguy


Thought for the day: Following up from yesterday, more food for tactical thought and well worth listening too, especially if you have spent time in an hostile environment.


Thought for the day: Consider carrying a tourniquet in your everyday routine, it may save a life.

“I saw the cop, he was taking cover beside the vehicle and he said, ‘Stay back,’ but he was shot,” Sayles said. “I ran over to him, took my shirt off, my tank top first, and wrapped it around his hand. But, he was still bleeding so profusely that I took my other shirt off and wrapped it around his hand and then, I took my belt off and wrapped it around his wrist.”


I’d say a couple of chest seals aren’t a bad idea either.


Thought for the day:


On October 31, 2017, an Islamist terrorist drove a rented pickup truck into cyclists and runners for about one mile of the Hudson River Park’s bike path in Lower Manhattan, New York City. The vehicle ramming attack killed eight people and injured eleven others. After crashing the truck into a school bus, the driver exited, apparently wielding two guns (later found to be a paintball gun and a pellet gun). He was shot in the abdomen by a policeman and arrested.

How often have you been walking in a city street looking into your phone or distracted? How prepared do you feel for unforeseen events or even a terrorist attack like this one in NYC?


Motivational Monday:


Mental preparation which includes the emotional component as well, is the
culmination of training and a proper and moral mental perspective on what
you can, must and are capable of doing at life’s points of testing. This should lend itself to willingness, capability and performance under pressure. Mental preparation
is achieved by a life led, not a video, a book or a briefing. Lean into life, be aggressive in your pursuits and take calculated risks. … there is nothing more expensive than regret! Don’t regret never having tried or not having given it your all.


Thought for the day:

Dry Fire

The base of any good fire arms training plan must be dry fire training. This is the base of your shooting skill and allows you to finely hone your weapons manipulation and learn to index your weapon at a subconscious level. It has the added benefit of being free and something you can do in your home.

The amount of dry fire you need depends on your desired skill level. For SWAT officers, SOF personnel, and other face shooters, 5-7 times a week, 30 min a session is probably a good amount.

For self defense minded folks and more casual shooters 2-3 times a week 20 minutes a session is probably ideal.


I’m sure you know this @idaho but for people who don’t. Spend the $5 on snap caps if you’re going to practice dry firing. The firing pin is designed to strike something and can be damaged by dry firing on an empty chamber.

One fun thing I like to do with snap caps is let someone else load my magazine with live ammo and sneak a snap cap in there (the metal Lyman ones will cycle through a mag).

When you’re at the firing line you get “bang…bang…click”. I was surprised just how much I was anticipating recoil and pushing the pistol forward.


You are right and thanks for pointing that out. I should have mentioned snap caps, especially with older guns.


Thought for the day:

“The lion cannot protect himself from traps, and the fox cannot defend himself from wolves. One must therefore be a fox to recognize traps, and a lion to frighten wolves.” - Machiavelli.


Rough time for our professional family. This week has seen the anniversary of the Las Vegas shooting where many of our brothers and sisters were in the thick of it. Some are likely having trouble with it. Now having a chance to catch up on news, I see multiple officers down in SC and MS. My agency is about to observe the 1 year anniversary of our brother’s off duty death.

Take care of yourselves. Watch out for each other. Ask for help. Train smart. I’d like to keep my mourning band off my badge and the flag at full staff for a bit if not forever.


I am with you, brother.


_Thought for the day_: Rest in peace, brother. You gave 30 years, all my respect.

_Our brother was shot and killed while trying to rescue fellow officers who had already been shot and wounded.**


The Florence County Coroner’s office identified the officer who died as Terrence Carraway, 52. The Associated Press reported that he had just celebrated 30 years on the force of the city of Florence. The coroner’s office said Carraway was pronounced dead at a hospital.

“Fire was being shot all over. The way this suspect was positioned, his view of fire was several hundred yards. So he had an advantage. The officers couldn’t get to the ones who were down”

What a tactical nightmare.


Thought some of you guys might like this triple mount by a police officer. :slight_smile:



Thanks for the posting, enjoyed.


Thought for the day:

Simplicity under stress is key to success.