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Do These Four ‘Old School’ Defense Tactics Still Apply Today?




” Room clearing is one of these must have skills for gun owners intent on keeping their home secure—among defense instructors this is not a point of debate.

However, with technology always advancing, our knowledge base always widening and the world constantly changing, there comes times when every shooter has to ask, are the basic rules of room clearing still relevant i.e. are the old school, tried and true tactics really the best tactics?  Well a nostalgic walk back through our defense training history (well, nostalgic for LEOs anyway) can reveal some surprising answers.”


Topics include


1.  The ‘Duck Walk’?

2.  The quick peek?

3.  Corner pie/peek?

4.  Switching left and right hands?









From Protective Concepts :

 ” Consider the 21 foot rule.  Originally presented by Dennis Tueller, a sergeant in the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department in an article called “How Close is Too Close?” published in SWAT Magazine in 1983, the 21 foot rule posits that a police officer with his or her weapon holstered will not be able to respond in time to stop an attacker armed with a knife attacking from 21 feet or less distance.  In other words someone with a knife can cover 21 feet (7 meters) of ground and attack the officer before he or she can draw their weapon and shoot the attacker.

In the years since the idea was first introduced it has been debated and some have argued the distance is actually more than 21 feet – proposing 30 feet or some other number.  We don’t need to dwell on this – suffice to say that there is a very real concern that a motivated assailant could attack an armed citizen / law enforcement officer / protective agent, etc. before they have an opportunity to use their weapon to defend themselves.  Additionally, it’s important to realize the attacker doesn’t need to have a knife or some other edged weapon.  An impact weapon or even bare hands can constitute a very significant threat if the attacker can rapidly close with and engage the victim . “

There is no doubt that having a weapon can save your life , but at the same time we must remember that having a gun is not enough in and of itself . The weapon is useless without the will to use it as this video amply demonstrates . It is in the Spanish language so the beginning may be as elusive to some of our readers as it was to us but once you get to the heart of the video ( about the 6:30 mark )  you will see that guns alone aren’t any guarantee of your personal safety . 

” As we see illustrated in the 21 foot rule – having a firearm is no assurance if it can’t be deployed in time in the face of an oncoming threat “



  “Leupold is introducing the DAGR optics system as their submission to the U.S. military’s Miniature Day/Night Sight Enhanced Combat Optical Sight-Optimized (MDNS ECOS-O) request. This dual-sight optic pairs a Leupold Mark 6 3-18x44mm riflescope with an Aimpoint T1 red dot with a new mounting system. The DAGR is for snipers who need to have things covered at 1,000 yards and zero yards. “

The Legend that was Jeff Cooper

Cheaper Than Dirt on Jeff Cooper 

  “Along with John Moses Browning, Mikhail Kalashnikov, Eugene Stoner, Dan Shideler, and Elmer Keith, another man made huge waves in the firearms community with his life’s work. If you are new to the gun world, or if you’ve been living under a rock and haven’t bothered to learn read up on some history, let me clue you on whom I’m talking about. Most gun experts recognize Jeff Cooper as the father of the Modern Technique of handgun shooting, and one of the 20th century’s foremost international experts on the use and history of small arms.”

Jeff Cooper