Category Archives: General Concealed Carry Information

Mike Seeklander – Coming to Northern Kentucky May 18 & 19

Practical Defensive Training, LLC is proud to host one of the top trainers in the United States of America for a 2-day Defensive Pistol Class, here in Northern Kentucky!

Mike Seeklander is a former Lead Firearms Instructor for the Federal Air Marshal program, 2018 IDPA National Champion, Owner of Shooting-Performance Training and Co-founder of the American Warrior Society.  (click here to read more about his background)

We do not often get top level trainers in this area, so you do not want to miss this opportunity!

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Class will be held on May 18 & 19 of 2019 in Walton, KY.

$415 course fee

Class location will be at the range at:
Benton Family Farms
11896 Old Lexington Pike
Walton, KY 41094

(Benton’s has a private range where instructors have taught firearms classes in the past)

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Course Description (from Mike’s Website): This course is a piece of my total training system that reinforces the techniques covered in my book Your Defensive Handgun Training Program. The program will take your shooting to the next level. The full training system is like nothing else available today, focusing on not only the execution of skills but in the critical process to properly train those skills and subsequently improve your results.  This class INCLUDES a downloadable version of the training drill AND videos for you to follow in your training once you have graduated class.   Self-defense context is also thoroughly covered in this program, defining the distance related concepts of a fight with a handgun. This course is ideal for anyone who carries a handgun for combative (self-defense) purposes, and will benefit both the novice as well as experienced shooters. It is the pre-requisite course for those wishing to take other Shooting-Performance advanced handgun courses.  This course includes a free video download of all of the essential drills!

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Left of Bang – Important Concepts in Situational Awareness

The following content is based on the book “Left of Bang” by Patrick Van Horne and Jason A. Riley.  This article is an introduction to their ideas, and it is highly suggested that readers invest the time to learn more by reading the full book, “Left of Bang”.

Left of Bang – What is Left of Bang?  Why is it important?

If we think of a time line, where “bang” is a central event, like a physical attack by a single assailant or terrorist incident, there is a timeline that extends left and right of the central event. This is a model of information and action as it relates to the central event.

The time to the right of bang is all reactionary.  To the right of bang, all we can do is respond to the event as best we can with the skills and tools we have at our disposal.  To the left of bang, is all of the information we could have used to either prepare, or remove ourselves from harms’ way.

If we are serious about self-defense.  If we want to prevent, prepare for, or escape from terrible events before they happen.  We want to focus on the left side of bang.  We need to focus on the signals of individuals and groups of people; which telegraph intentions or potential actions which may cause harm to ourselves, our families and our communities.

The U.S. Marine Corpse Combat Hunter/Combat Profiler Program

The entire reason the “Left of Bang” concept exists, is because we care about our men and women serving in our military in harms way.  We want them to have a significant advantage on the battlefield.  We want them to have the tools available to identify potential threats and intervene before experiencing an attack or loss of life.

In order to protect our troops, a program was developed to help them make decisions in a rapid manner.  These decision are  based on observations of anomalies in the behavior and demeanor of individuals.  These marines make decisive actions based on the anomalies which protect our soldiers and the innocent bystanders in their area of operation… the combat hunter/combat profiler is focused on staying left of bang.

Left of Bang for Everyday People

What can we, as civilians, learn from a Marine Corpse combat program?  The Left of Bang model is equally applicable to normal, non-combat people as it is to the marines.  It is a model of how to think about behavior profiling of potential threats.  If we have the mentality to observe our surroundings and notice abnormalities, we have the ability to act before bad stuff happens.

To do this… you need to develop a baseline.  You should observe your surroundings and identify the normal patterns of behavior first.  Are people laughing, smiling and talking?  Are they facing each other and making eye contact/interpersonal body language?  Do people seem genuinely invested in the experience they are in?  If you are in a grocery store, are people paying attention to their produce, or other shoppers.  Identifying what is normal, and what is abnormal is a big deal to identifying threats.

Simply said… which one of these is not like the others?

What Behavior Categories Should we Focus on?

Realize, this is just an overview… there is a great deal of information to look for.  This article is just an introduction to the whole world of behavioral profiling.  Hopefully though, this gives you some ideas to elevate your defensive mindset.

  • Kinesics – Body Language – You should focus on postures and gestures which express a person’s emotional state and possible future intentions.
  • Biometrics – Uncontrollable and automatic biological responses to stress.  Is someone sweating when they shouldn’t?  Is a person avoiding eye contact?
  • Proxemics – Interpersonal Space – peoples behavior as it relates to surrounding people – Do you see someone keeping distance from people in a more intimate environment?  Are they getting close to others when the environment is keeping larger distances?
  • Geographics – People’s relationships with their environment –Do you observe individuals who are familiar or unfamiliar with the areas they are in?
  • Iconography – Symbols  – Clothing, markings, or other imagery which communicates beliefs or affiliations – Do you see people whose dress/tattoos indicate a dangerous affiliation?
  • Atmospherics – Collective attitudes, moods, emotions or behaviors of groups of people in a given situation or place.  Does the environment see a sudden shift in behaviors?

Paying attention to these behavioral categories will help you stay left of bang.

Only the Beginning

If you are defensively minded… this is a great place to start to avoid the fight or avoid the danger before it comes to you.  It is now my personal mission to use these tools to stay Left of Bang.  If I have no other choice, I am working on those other skills that keep myself and my family alive and in one piece.



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The One Man Gun – Is It Enough?

I read about the concept of the “One Man Gun” on the Breach Bang Clear blog a  while back.  The idea really stuck in my head.  Some guns are only meant for one bad guy.

With the popularity of small, single-stack pistols for concealed carry, we need to know the limitations of those platforms.

Situation Dependent Gun Choices

While I fully agree with the idea that a small gun that you comfortably carry all the time is better than the large pistol you leave at home, there are limitations to this statement.

If you travel in a relatively safe part of town, and are typically not in large population concentrations, a smaller pistol may be just fine for your daily carry.  In areas where there are larger population centers, or high crime rates, a handgun with a greater capacity may be more useful.

Some of the smaller concealed carry pistols on the market are not meant for multiple bad-guy engagements.

Keep in mind, single-stack 9 mm handguns like the Glock 43 or the Smith & Wesson Shield have minimal capacity for ammunition.  Each of these small pistols only holds 6-7 rounds in their magazines unless you have an extended magazine.

Compare these choices to a Glock 26, or Heckler and Koch VP9sk where you have 10+ rounds in a magazine for only a small increase in size.

Compare further if you are carrying a Glock 19, H&K full-size VP9 or Smith & Wesson full-size M&P.  Each of these handguns carries 15+ rounds of ammunition.

The general idea is: if there is a greater chance you may encounter more than one assailant, you should consider carrying a bigger gun and extra ammunition.  It may mean that we make different choices in concealment clothing or holsters, but that is a sacrifice to think about

Gun Choices in the Era Of Civil Strife and Terrorism

Unless you have been living off the grid up in the mountains of Montana recently, you have seen news stories of our dangerous world.Over the past few years we have witnessed increased violent protests/riots.  Violent protestors have shut down Interstate Highways and targeted police officers with violence.  Antifa,  an anarcho-communist group is openly operating in the US and calling for violence against anyone who disagrees with them.

Europe is under siege with weekly terrorist attacks.  Terrorists  are armed with guns and knives.  Some use vehicles to run over people while others use bombs to target little girls at pop concerts.  It is naive to think this isn’t going to come to the United States at some point.

I fully admit, a gun is not going to help much against the bomb wielding terrorist.  In many of these scenarios you want to be armed and trained.  Whenever possible, I always want to carry a gun to defend myself and my family.

Should my luck go bad and I end up in a situation where either a violent protest starts where I am, or a terrorist attack happens, I do not think I want to solely be carrying a “one man gun”.

How Much is Enough Gun?

I can’t answer this directly.  This is up to you and, unfortunately, your assailants to decide.

I choose to carry a full size 9 mm handgun with two extra magazines whenever possible. I use high-quality, defensive ammunition and regularly perform maintenance on my guns.

Even in a riot/terrorist attack, this may not be enough.  It all depends on the number of assailants, their willingness to do violence and what armament the bad guys have.

Personally, in such situations, I would prefer having my defensive rifle handy.

In recent years, many police and police SWAT units have adopted the patrol rifle because of its effectiveness in mass violence scenarios. The reason I carry a pistol, is that my rifle just doesn’t conceal very well.

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