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October 2017

Holiday Safety

October 30th, 2017|News|

By Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch

We’re going to take a twist on the normal holiday safety article this year and go back in time to learn what we need to know for the future.

It was the mid-1960; and boys around the age of 8 and 9 were being introduced to what would be considered today a para-military organization.  In reality it was just the Boy Scouts.  It was a place where fathers and sons could learn the foundation of citizenry, self-respect, self-reliance and service to others.  

It was a place where leaders of the future would learn about service to others, honor and ethics.  It was a place where boys could grow to men with guidance and mentorship.

So what was so important about the past that can help us in the future?

Knowledge!  The most important concept of the Boy Scouts is their motto: “Be Prepared.”  “Be Prepared”.  Seems a bit simplistic, maybe even a little comical today, but there are millions of men in this country that pledge an allegiance to that motto every week.  Men today that are community leaders, business leaders; and those that have put their lives in harm’s way in our Armed Services and Law Enforcement.  They took away from that experience as young men the notion that service to others is important, that self-respect is important and that planning for what could happen can save a life.

“Be Prepared”.  Stay alert when walking through the parking garage; be prepared for the unexpected.  Be watchful while in public places; be prepared for the possibility.  Be knowledgeable; be prepared for a medical emergency.

Scouting has fallen out of favor in today’s technological society, it’s no longer cool to be a scout.  But scouting shaped the […]

Buying a Conceal Carry Handgun

October 2nd, 2017|News|

By: Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch

At a recent social event, the topic of carrying concealed came up and one of the participants in the conversation asked “What’s the best conceal carry gun?”.

Immediately participants in the conversation were suggesting various gun manufactures and specific handguns.  Additionally, recommendations such as “smallest compact”, thinnest” and every version of caliber available for a pistol were mentioned.

Last month we discussed buying your first handgun, and the thought process of selecting a gun that meets your specific purpose for the gun.  Buying a carry gun requires as much if not more thought and consideration.

First: DON’T BUY THE CHEAPEST GUN IN THE GUN CASE!  And DON’T buy what your buddy, or the store salesperson says is the “best gun out there”.  Buying a gun is personal, buying a carry gun; even more so!

Second: Consider how you will carry the gun.  What will your daily activities allow?  Your lifestyle will impact your decision on how and what to carry.  Are you regularly behind the same desk every day, or with different people in a different office every other day?  Does your lifestyle allow for more casual clothes, or more business attire?  In this evaluation, determine how you would carry your gun every day – regardless of location or dress.  Experts recommend that the method of carry of a firearm for protective defense should be the same regardless of your various circumstances.  Responding to a threat is mostly muscle memory; and if your gun is moved to a different carry method based on changes in your situation or dress, your response will be clumsy and may cost you your life.  Once you recognize and understand your lifestyle limitations and/or restrictions, if any; then […]

September 2017

Buying Your First Handgun

September 5th, 2017|News|

By Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch

We have written several articles on benefits of having a firearm for personal protection and family security.  While we think having a firearm can provide an increased level of safety and security, it’s not the firearm per se; but the attitude and training that go along with it that increases the level of security for you and your family.

However; if you’re new to the idea of using a firearm for defense or just new to firearms in general, how do you decide what is the best handgun to buy?  Conduct a Google search on handguns for sale and you’ll see that you have hundreds of options.

In part one of this series; we are going to review some of the primary comparisons of various handguns available to purchase today.

We’ve talked with instructors, gun store counter personnel, law enforcement professionals and regular gun owners about “the first handgun” and some of the responses include: “You can’t go wrong with a (insert manufacture name here)”; “this is what your husband, boyfriend, brother has”, “you need at least a (insert caliber here)” and this one we just can’t understand “it’s pink, girls love pink!”.

On the surface, a handgun is nothing more than a hand held firearm.  But; there are various categories of handguns.  The primary variables are:

  1. Revolver or Pistol (magazine loaded, slide action).
  2. Full size, compact, sub-compact or Pocket
  3. Barrel size (caliber)
  4. All metal or composite
  5. Hammer (Double action or Single action) or Striker Fired

And there are almost a hundred different manufactures to add complexity to your decision.

We have outlined various categories and suggested a few recommendations to ignore.  Now let’s consider some guidance in selecting a handgun that you’ll enjoy shooting.

If you are buying your first gun, or looking at a second or third; here is what […]

August 2017

ATF Implements instant Form 3 Approvals!!

August 8th, 2017|News|

ATF Implements instant Form 3 Approvals!!

Originally posted here by The Firearms Blog.


In an actual blessing bestowed upon the National Firearms Act (NFA) community as a whole, the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (BATFE) has begun rapid approvals of Form 3 transfers between dealers, distributors and manufacturers. In case you aren’t an NFA process nerd like myself, these non-taxed transactions occur between FFL holders to move registered items that will most likely be sold and transferred to consumers.

So, if this process only involves licensees, why should Shawn Short-Barrel and Susie Silencer care about such mundane news? Because, both Shawn and Susie most likely buy their NFA toys from an out of state dealer, probably requiring a wait for the Form 3 approved transfer. Up until recently, the wait for a for a Form 3 approval had grown to one or two months, adding on to the already painfully long transfer process.

Silencer Shop, who is rumored to move an overwhelming majority of all the total NFA transfers across the country, recently posted images on their Instagram page showing Form 3 approvals coming back within hours of being submitted. Again, although this process only directly effects licensees, the individual buyer will see a benefit in quicker silencer availability from manufacturers and transfers from dealer to dealer. Although Silencer Shop has already streamlined this process with a network of local dealers and electronic form submissions using fingerprint scannerselectronic signatures and a mobile application for photographs.

My local dealer, MAC Tactical, who I Like to mention whenever I get the chance becsuse he facilitates all my TFB review guns, also […]

Keeping Our Daughters Safe at College

August 2nd, 2017|News|

By Ron Mullins and Thom Bolsch


If you know a college age woman, you NEED to read AND share this article.

This month, over twenty millions students will head off for college; some returning, some entering a new life experience.  And each year, almost a quarter (23%) of undergraduate women will be raped or sexually assaulted while away at college.  Take a minute to let that sentence sink in…  Almost a fourth of college women will become victims!

There is an unsavory element in society that preys on women and we provide an inadequate educational foundation for women to be alert for, avoid and/or fight should they be threatened.

At and around the college environment, half of all assaults occur in the first semester (August through November).  As new students they are learning to cope with being away from home, learning new study habits and struggling with living on their own in a new environment with people they don’t know; providing for an increase in their level of risk.

Our daughters need – MUST – know what they face and how to prepare and protect themselves.  We cannot shelter them anymore; they must learn to protect themselves.

There is a lot of information that can be written on this topic.  There are a number of programs, seminars and classes women of all ages can attend.  We hope this article will act as a spark to highlight this subject and take action to learn more.

The most important action a woman can take, and we can’t emphasize this enough; is to BE ALERT.  Just as it was important to learn to look both ways before crossing a street as a child, so is the importance of being alert to your surroundings as a young woman.  When you leave the safety of the classroom, the dorm, a group of […]

July 2017

Weapon Malfunctions in an Active Shooter Event- by Greg Ellifritz

July 28th, 2017|News|

Understanding the dynamics of an Active Shooter event is key when preparing for this all to common violent criminal action. Knowing what to look for in the event you find yourself in one of these events could give you the advantage and the ability to run, hide, or FIGHT! – Chris

Originally posted here.

Written by Greg Ellifritz

*I originally wrote this article about four years ago.  I updated it after reading Ron Borcsh’s excellent chapter on active killers in the book “Straight Talk On Armed Defense.”  Ron’s research alerted me to several previously unknown active killer cases where the shooters had malfunctions.  I did some more research in addition to Ron’s excellent work and came up with a more complete list of historic active killer events where the killer had a malfunction or an empty weapon at some point.  I have at least 27 documented shootings where this has happened.

It’s a situation we all should be watching for.  It happens in quite a few spree shootings.  If you are alert, you can use these moments to escape or attack. — Greg

I was recently doing some research on historic active shooter incidents and found these articles about an election night shooting in Canada.  This shooting didn’t get much media traction in the USA, but it was an interesting case.  Read more about it at the link below:


Gun jams on active shooter in Montreal


The shooter was allegedly mentally ill and upset at the increasing levels of government bureaucracy affecting his business.  He began to shoot up a politician’s victory celebration at a public club.  He fired several rounds from an “assault rifle” before his gun jammed and he was apprehended.  An official police […]

Don’t Take Murphy on your hunt!

July 13th, 2017|News|

OK Bowhunters!

Our favorite time of year is fast approaching and I’m sure that you are as excited as I am. Right now you are busy finding places to hunt, scouting out places that you already have, planting food plots, working extra hours to build up some time off or any one of a thousand other things to get ready.

I have been doing this for a long time and have probably (hopefully) made every possible mistake, so I thought I would make some notes and hopefully save you some disappointment.

While you are hustling around doing the multitude of things that have to be done, DO NOT overlook your equipment. What follows is my list of things to check and things to do so that you can keep the infamous Mr. Murphy from joining you on your next hunt.



  1. Check the strings.

How long have they been on there? If you don’t know, change them. Now. If it is more than 2 years, I would change them.

Look at the serving. Is there a gap in the serving in or around the D-Loop? Does it show a lot of wear from the nock? If so, have it re-served.

Check the axle-to-axle length, brace height and cam timing. If they are off, the strings have either stretched from extended use or they are worn out. Each bow make/model are different so you may need to bring it to us if you are not familiar with these specs. If they are off too far, the strings will need to be replaced.

Check the actual stands of the string. Are any of them broken or loose? If so, replace. Are they “fuzzy”? If so, apply a good coat of string wax and rub it in.

Is the D-Loop tied correctly? Or does […]

Federal judge throws out effort by UT professors to overturn campus carry

July 8th, 2017|News|


Originally posted in the Texas Tribune here.  

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A federal judge has dismissed a longshot lawsuit filed by three University of Texas at Austin professors seeking to overturn the state’s 2015 campus carry law, which allows people to carry concealed handguns inside most public university buildings.

District Judge Lee Yeakel wrote in his decision that the professors — Jennifer Lynn Glass, Lisa Moore and Mia Carter — couldn’t present any “concrete evidence to substantiate their fears” that campus carry would have a chilling effect on free speech.

The professors claimed, among other arguments, that the law violated their First Amendment rights since the possibility of a gun being in their classrooms might make them hesitant to discuss controversial issues. In dismissing the suit, Yeakel said the professors didn’t have standing to sue.

But Renea Hicks, the attorney representing the three UT professors, said the specifics of the ruling leave the case’s future uncertain. While Yeakel threw out the case entirely, he only addressed the question of a First Amendment violation and not the plaintiffs’ other legal arguments.


“We had other claims in the lawsuit beyond that — a Second Amendment claim, an equal protection claim. The order accompanying his dismissal doesn’t seem to address those issues,” Hicks said in an interview Friday. “So there’s a bit of confusion on our part.”

Hicks, who had not yet conferred with his clients when reached Friday, said he is not sure what course of action he and the plaintiffs will take. They have 28 days from July 6 to ask Yeakel for clarification and 30 days to file an appeal […]

Burglary of Residence Prevention Tips

July 6th, 2017|News|

Some great tips as vacation season is in full swing.

Article Originally posted here.

Burglary of Residence Prevention Tips

In my neighborhood, one of the leads of the Neighborhood Watch posts periodic information about the crime in our area of Austin and how it can be prevented. His most recent post was on Burglary of Residence and some tips for reducing your risk.

Here are some helpful tips to help prevent home burglaries. Some of these are common sense strategies but sometimes we as citizens become comfortable in our surrounds and think it will never happen to use. This was my thought before we got broken into. Being PROACTIVE IS THE KEY. Doing these will limit your chances of being burglarized but will not prevent all burglaries. If someone wants to get into your home and they have time/means/opportunity, they will get in. Property Crimes are crimes of opportunity. Criminals have the means, they have the motive but let’s not give them the opportunity to steal from us.

1. Lock all of your doors. This means front, back and the door in your garage at ALL TIMES. Even when we are home. This will not give a potential burglar the opportunity to just walk in when they want when you or your family are home.

2. Dogs are the #1 Deterrent to a burglar. I recommend putting up Beware of Dog signs. Even if you don’t own a dog, put one up. The burglar will never know if you do or do not have a dog. They will just move onto another home. A Beware of Cat sign does not work ?

3. NEVER open your front door to someone you don’t know. ALWAYS let them know that you […]

Are YOU the First Responder?

July 6th, 2017|News|

By Thom Bolsch and Ron Mullins

We all expect that a Fire Truck, Ambulance or Law Enforcement Officer will be the first to the scene of an incident; that is why we refer to these professionals as “First Responders”!

But how did these “First Responders” know to respond?

Someone witnessed an incident and called “911”.  Which means that witness, the first person on scene is “the” first responder.  With that thought; how would you react if you were first on scene or witness to an accident?  Would you know what to do?

Let’s get a little closer to home…  What if:  your child broke their arm, a co-worker choked on a piece of chicken at lunch, your daughter burned her hand trying to prepare dinner?

We are human, we are living in a real world and we are at risk – each and every one of us – each and every day.  Can you handle the care necessary to deal with a broken bone, choking or a bad burn?

This month’s issue of Situation Report will begin a discussion on medical trauma.  Please note, this article will not provide EMT training, but will offer some basics and hopefully ignite a desire to learn how to help your family, your friends and your co-workers in the event of a medical emergency.

We will begin the dialogue as a witness and walk through a basic triage of care…

Step 1: Assess/Evaluate the area for hazards; you don’t want to be a second victim.

Step 2: Call for help.  Call 911 if you have access to a phone or have a passerby call.

Step 3: Care for the injured person.

In caring for the injured person; we want to check for the following:

  1. Are they RESPONSIVE?  Alert with eyes open and talking or passed out.
  2. Are they BREATHING?
  3. Is there a PULSE?
  4. […]

June 2017

Texas House passes measure to reduce handgun license fee

June 13th, 2017|News|

Way to go Texas! We just went from our LTC fees being one of the highest in the nation to one of the lowest. This may cause a rush for those signing up for the LTC class required by the State to obtain this License so come on in and sign up or do so on our website here.

Enter coupon code “2atrain15” at check out to receive 15% off your class.

Hurry, this offer is only valid until Father’s Day (Sunday June 18th).

Oh, and the class includes a meal at our incredible Cafe 2A!

Originally posted by the Texas Tribune here .

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The Texas House on Tuesday gave tentative approval to a proposal that would significantly reduce the fee for a license to carry a handgun.

The 111-30 vote came after the addition of an amendment by state Rep. Jeff Leach, R-Plano, that would waive the fee for peace officers to get a license to carry a gun.

The proposal, Senate Bill 16 by state Sen. Robert Nichols, R-Jacksonville, would would reduce the first-time fee for a license to carry from $140 to $40 and the annual renewal fee from $70 to $40. The fee would cover the Department of Public Safety’s cost to administer the license program as well as $27 needed for county, state and federal background checks, Nichols has said.

“I think it’s important we have a license to carry because it means you have proper training in the handling of a firearm,” an author of the bill’s House companion, state Rep. Phil King, R-Weatherford, said Tuesday. “The problem is we have the third-highest fee [for a license to carry] in the nation.”

Other than King, 22 members […]

10 Tips for Surviving a Terrorist Vehicle Attack

June 7th, 2017|News|

Written by: Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training

Originally published here .

In the event you missed it, there was an ISIS terrorist vehicle ramming attack in London last Saturday night.

This attack followed another ISIS vehicle attack on a second bridge in London, as well as previous Islamic vehicle terror attacks in France, Canada, Israel, and Germany. The United States has not been immune from such attacks either. In fact, one of the first Islamic terrorist vehicle attacks occurred in North Carolina in 2006. Another occurred last year on the campus of the Ohio State University.

Why all the vehicle attacks? The ISIS propaganda publication Rumiyah has specifically called for Muslim terrorists to use vehicles and knives as weapons against the Western world.

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“The latest issue of Rumiyah, a new magazine from the terror group aimed at English-language speakers, included an article titled “Just Terror Tactics” that outlined ideal vehicles to use in terror attacks as well as ideal targets.

“Though being an essential part of modern life, very few actually comprehend the deadly and destructive capability of the motor vehicle and its capacity of reaping large numbers of casualties if used in a premeditated manner,” the article said.

The article also cited the attack in Nice, France, in July, in which a supposed ISIS supporter killed 86 people by plowing into a crowd with a truck on Bastille Day.

“Vehicles are like knives, as they are extremely easy to acquire,” the article said.”
ISIS magazine advocating vehicle attacks.

Clearly, terrorist vehicle attacks are on the rise. What can we do to prevent being killed in such an attack? Here are a few useful tips to keep you alive.

1) Face traffic when walking along the street. These attacks really aren’t preventable. Your best bet is to see the […]

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