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Louis Awerbuck

In Memoriam: Louis Awerbuck was Director of the internationally acclaimed Yavapai Firearms Academy. Course information and schedules are available at their website at www.yfainc.com.

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Speed Kills

That little puppy turned into a scalded cat in under five seconds. The “puppy” in question was a full-blown John Cooper Works-converted Mini Cooper S—and methinks the factory had understated the actual horsepower output. Punching the gas pedal on a metropolitan on-ramp to clear upcoming freeway traffic, I noticed that the...

Wasted Youth

As the saying goes, it’s a pity that youth is wasted on the young. But in my twilight years, it’s equally disconcerting to find that I have become not a Renaissance Man, but merely—at best—a Renaissance Boy. And the only reason I’d even consider pompously using the word “renaissance” is that I tried many...

The Missing Chapter

The textbook is not a Bible—it’s a guide. And the reason people pray to a higher being as soon as a gunfight erupts is not because the military manual suggests this strategy. It’s because the textbook always seems to omit the fact that Murphy’s Law manifests itself one nanosecond after the fun starts. Ergo,...

The Shooter or The Equipment?

There are about as many excuses for missed targets as there are errant rounds that elicit them. If you frequent firearms shooting/ training ranges, you’ll hear most of them. And just when you think you’ve heard them all, somebody adds to the Missology dictionary with yet one more gem to explain why his bullets...

Tinkerers Dream

Saiga-12 Shotgun Shotguns tend to engender a love/hate relationship in the gunfighting community. Detractors lean toward the concept of “Anything you can do in battle with your shotgun, I can do better with my carbine,” while proponents argue the power and variety of ammunition merits. As with all other puerile “mine is better than...

Humble Pie Time

Familiarity breeds contempt. It also paradoxically breeds a fightwinning firearms mechanical manipulation foundation. Obviously the shootist’s ability to fluidly and reflexively operate a firearm is directly proportionate to his performance in battle, but never has this been hammered home to me more than during a recent range session. Invited to partake in a shooting...

Twenty-One Feet is Not Enough

One is the plural form of an ambulatory organ; the other is a measure of distance. And in a typical physical-force confrontation, you need both to win. Without utilizing the former, you can’t strategically gain the latter. Unfortunately, circumstances often dictate that you can’t stabilize in a solid firing position and have the luxury of...

Holy Sights, Batman!

Bats generally veer to the left when they exit their caves. But that doesn’t mean you bet your life on it when a swarm of vampire bats go out to dinner and you’re the closest entree.  Similarly, “new and improved” pistol sight systems may not be all they’re touted to be—or applicable or...