Street Smarts Archive

Dealing With the Departed

“He’s dead, Jim.” That line was one of the more iconic utterances from the original Star Trek television series of the mid-1960s. Our own horror show for today is a quick examination of issues you must confront when dealing with the Formerly Living (the new politically correct...

Hell Is Neighbors

A few days ago, a man requested that we give his neighbor a trespassing warning. By the time the ordeal was finished, the neighbor had three women, including his wife, simultaneously yelling at him in the front yard. It seems the real problem was that he had...

Carry a Big Stick

Carry A Big Stick It is often said that the best defense is a good offense, especially if the offensive effort involves a firearm. However, there are often times when a gun isn’t handy or allowable. In those circumstances, I’ve found that carrying a big stick is frequently the next best choice. Teddy...

Situational Awareness: The Sequel

You might have noticed there are plenty of flies buzzing around in the vicinity of this column. The primary reason is due to the number of dead horses I insist upon regularly beating. One of those deceased equines is Situational Awareness (SA). The whole concept of SA is so integral to our discussion of...

Ultimate Secret of Street Survival

Just for the loyal readers of S.W.A.T., I am finally ready to reveal the ultimate secret of street survival. Gained via nearly half a century of hard knocks at the hands of criminals, enraged animals, stupid people, the weather and every other type of misfortune experienced in this vale of tears we call life,...

Lessons From Hunting

My heart hadn’t thumped this violently in a long, long time. The crosshairs of my scope ascribed an erratic arc as I began to seriously wonder if my 49-year-old circulatory system could handle sustained blood pressure levels that are typically only witnessed inside overburdened hydraulic actuators. I had been surprised, and a massive burst of...

After The Big One

When considering crisis situations, I nominate being stranded hundreds or thousands of miles from home when The Big One hits as a serious contender for top spot. Regardless if The Big One is a major natural disaster, serious terrorist act, nationwide technological failure, or rampage by a 50-foot Nancy Pelosi, being separated from home and...

Set Your Mental Trigger

So, there I was, minding my own business. I was happy as a clam, walking through the parking lot of a Mega-Mart store about 2,100 miles away from home while on assignment for S.W.A.T. I had just come from the shooting range, dusty, tired and utterly content, ready to pick up some snacks...

Unarmed But Still Dangerous

We’re constantly preaching the old adage: the first rule of a gunfight is to bring a gun. It’s great advice and something that we constantly harp on to our friends, family, co-workers and random nearby strangers. Having a gun doesn’t automatically guarantee success during lethal confrontations, but it’s a damn sight better than a big rock....

Let’s Worry About The Streets

The funny thing about Street Smarts is the fact that we often ignore a critical part of our name. I’m not talking about the “Smarts.” As challenging as that concept proves to be for Yours Truly, I somehow manage to eke out a column each month that imparts some type of wisdom. That wisdom...