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The Use of Force Continuum for Civilians By Derek Smith

As an agent or law enforcement officer, and even as a military combatant, it is not always feasible to just pull a weapon and shoot someone, nor is it morally correct. To ensure some lone ranger does not just go around using their gun for any reason they deem fit, most law enforcement agencies have policies that guide it’s use of force.

These policies direct us agents to use an escalating series of actions to resolve a situation. This continuum generally has several levels, and agents are taught and directed to respond with a level of force appropriate to the situation he or she is faced with, acknowledging that he or she may move from one part of the continuum to another in a split second. Read More

When it comes to a good survival kit simplicity and versatility are crucial. Few items are as simple and versatile as a large heavy duty trash bag. They are light, compact, multi-purpose, inexpensive, reusable, and readily available.

As an agent you are lied to on a daily basis. Additionally, as an undercover agent I often had to lie. Because of this I had to learn how to determine if someone was lying to me and also how to mask my lie while undercover. I remember once I had this military member who Read More

The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), designated cops in schools (aka School Resource Officers or SROs), gun-free zones, random bag checks on subways, and other like-minded safety initiatives have been called security theater by more than a few wise minds.

Dear Hotlist member: You’ve just arrived at my new “Bushcraft Or Bullshit” blog page. Forgive the harsh language, but considering the gravity of what we’re trying to accomplish here, I think you’ll agree it’s appropriate. Because if you’re anything like me, a guy who believes that someday, somehow the world as we know it today Read More

I hate to tell you this, but most of the self-defense programs out there are crap. Yep, I said it… they are crap. They will steer you in the wrong direction if you’re a person who is serious about learning how to really protect yourself, or your loved ones, against bigger, badder, stronger attackers who Read More