Author: David Cole

I’ve walked my winding path in the shoes of: ski lift operator, forest fire fighter, radio announcer, US Army officer, police officer, and SWAT team member. These days, I work full time as a corporate security professional at a major financial services firm, while providing firearms and personal safety training part time as Aegis Solutions LLC.

I am an Endowment Member of the National Rifle Association, and a certified NRA Basic Pistol Instructor, Refuse To Be A Victim Instructor, and Range Safety Officer. I compete regularly at my local club in steel plate pistol matches, and am a “C” Class competitor in the Single Stack division of United States Practical Shooting Association. I have been a student of the martial art of aikido for 16 years, and hold the rank of nidan (2nd degree black belt).

Tick Tock

The latest news coming out of the Las Vegas shooting is the debate over the timeline. Investigators are disputing the sequence of events in increments of five minutes here, two minutes there…which I would point out simply reinforces the message that minutes are critical when dealing with a mass shooting. Otherwise, what difference would it make if […]

The Question

It has been a few days now since the latest mass shooting in Las Vegas, and I’ve already been asked The Question. If you are the “gun guy” or “gun gal” in your social circles, you’ve probably heard The Question, too. It goes a little something like this: “What do you think about the shooting at […]

If You’re Not Part Of The Solution…

Much has been made recently over Congressman Thomas Massie’s “calling out” of Speaker of the House of Representatives’ Paul Ryan refusing to move concealed carry reciprocity legislation forward. The problem is that while Congressman Massie is being publicly critical of Speaker Ryan’s inaction on reciprocity, Massie himself has yet to lend his name as a […]

Anatomy of a Reload

During my United States Practical Shooting Association (USPSA) matches this summer, I’ve been running a GoPro camera to record some first-person video. After my last match, I decided to pull a clip of a reload and slow it down to show the component parts that make up a good speed reload. I thought it might […]

I Went to Africa

I got back from Africa about two weeks ago. Since then I have been struggling to find a way to compress the experience into words adequate to share it with you, and I have come to the conclusion that it really isn’t possible. What I will do is tell you about the trip…what happened, and […]

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