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June 2015

Shooting Stance, The Natural History

By Aaron Cowan | June 8th, 2015

The shooting community agrees on many things when it comes to the fundamentals of marksmanship.  We can agree on trigger control technique, the importance of trigger reset, proper sight alignment, proper sight picture and can even largely agree on grip (among other topics, of course) but when it comes to shooting stance, there are different schools of[...]

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February 2015

Lionheart LH9 Review

By Aaron Cowan | February 24th, 2015

Lionheart Industries is a young company; if the age of other companies can be used as comparison (such as Beretta or Colt) even Glock is still a young kid on the block.  It’s probably a good thing then that I understand time in business is not a sure measure of a product so when I was given[...]

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January 2015
November 2014
September 2014

The Importance of Training

By Aaron Cowan | September 16th, 2014

I often struggle to find a way to impart on the student, who I will come to consider family, the importance of training.  There are many ways that will get the importance across to someone standing in front of me, though how do I speak to you who are reading these words?  This isn’t so much a[...]

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A Critical Look at Failure Drills

By Aaron Cowan | September 1st, 2014

The Failure Drill, Mozambique, Two to the Chest, One to the Head; whatever your chosen term; what we are talking about is a drill and training/practice method intended to incapacitate a threat that does not immediately respond to gunfire.  The premise for this drill is that if two rounds are delivered to the Thoracic Cavity and do[...]

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August 2014


By Aaron Cowan | August 25th, 2014

Anyone who owns and has the need to carry a handgun for personal or professional reasons knows that there are literally hundreds of holster options available.  Inside the waistband, outside the waistband, shoulder, ankle, thigh, level I, II, III retention, leather, kydex, canted, straight pull…The options are many and quite frankly make my head hurt, just like[...]

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Trigger Pull

By Aaron Cowan | August 12th, 2014

Trigger weight is an interesting subject when you get into a conversation about carry handguns.  I would say that over my professional career and my time with cognitive functionality (which I will reduce to my time actually being competent with a firearm, not going all the way back to when I was 6 and thought that shotguns[...]

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July 2014
June 2014

Why Stress Inoculation Training is Critical

By Aaron Cowan | June 27th, 2014

Any skill set that you want to be proficient in, to master, requires training and practice. Training:  The process of receive professional, peer reviewed instruction from one or more subject matter experts in a structured and empirical manner.  Instruction provides the proper fundamentals and application of the skill(s).  The instruction and tutoring that allows the student to[...]

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