Why Is Our Military Shrinking?

Despite growing tensions worldwide and an obvious need for a stronger U.S. military to defend against our foes, foreign and domestic, recruiters are having an impossible time trying to replace the numbers and the talent in our armed forces. And it's not for the mostly-superficial reasons popular media wants us to believe. The causes have the same roots as the alarming cultural shifts threatening o…

Changing the World on the BJJ Mat

Brazilian Jiu Jitsu teacher and competitor Kenny Kim has seen lives changed through the skills and disciplines of mixed martial arts. Now he's teaching practical combatives on the Warrior Poet Society Network. Kenny Kim has become an influencer in the world of Brazilian Jiu Jitsu enthusiasts not only because he knows how to kick butt in competitions but because he knows how to make the martia…

Mission Ready Rife: 1st Load Done Right

Each time you gear up, whether for a day on the range or for a patrol in hostile territory, it's important to develop a routine that you perform the same way every time. Included in this routine should be a check for the proper function of your magazine and round feed. Whether you're about to go through training exercises or on a mission into hostile territory overseas (or maybe you're a civilia…

Best Security Tip for Women: Don't Be Afraid to Be Rude

In the now 10-year-old book The Gift of Fear, author Gavin de Becker gives example after example of women becoming prey to dangerous men because they wanted to be polite. You don't need to be polite. Politeness can get you placed in a trunk and carried to the woods and it's over. Instead, you need to listen to your gut and maintain some best practices in your daily routines. You can apologize for …

Are We Really 9 Meals Away From Anarchy?

One of the fallacies or biases of modern Western life is to believe that things will always be generally as good as they are right now. But what if things changed for the worse, not in a few months or years but in a few hours or days? How would you and your family fare? Specifically, how would you eat? In 1906, Alfred Henry Lewis made the claim that most Americans are nine meals away from desp

Henry Lever Action .45-70 Rifle

The Henry Steel Lever Action .45-70 Side Gate rifle is not normally the kind of weapon we turn to when we're in a tactical mindset, but it's hard to resist a beautifully crafted weapon reminiscent of the old westerners you might have watched growing up–at least until John Wayne was canceled for some unsavory comments he made a hundred years ago. Anyway. You won't find much polymer on this gun, b

John's Newest EDC Subcompact: The War Poet CR920

John's Newest EDC Subcompact: The War Poet CR920 John went to the range with our new War Poet CR920, a 9mm subcompact pistol from Shadow Systems that arrives out of the box with features that make it perfectly sleek for conceal carry and customizable for optics and accessories. "It's a really good gun." The War Poet CR920 is our newest EDC from Shadow Systems, and it brings a lot of go

Friends Don't Let Friends Have Dorky Gun Set Ups

WPS instructors have seen all manners of strange configurations of rifles and accessories in their years of teaching shooters of all levels how to build and shoot their weapons properly. In the words of Paul Perkerson: "Just because it's something you can get on your gun in Call of Duty doesn't mean you need to use it in real life." Rifle Sling Attachments. The sling you attach to your rifle s

The 1911: Pros and Cons

The famous 1911 was the U.S. military's standard issue pistol for more than 70 years and across four wars (both World Wars, Korea and Vietnam), so it deserves a lot of respect for its durability and reliability over the years. Some shooters still swear by this pistol platform and we decided finally to give our take on this American classic. The Kimber 1911 TLERL II is one of a number of contem

What's in Your Quick React Bag?

John Lovell talked recently with Warrior Poet Society lead instructors Paul Perkerson and Josh Griffiths about quick-reaction scenarios (active shooters, violent intruders, medical emergencies, emergent defensive situations) that necessitate decisive action. How should we respond as protectors? What tools should we use to secure a situation when every millisecond matters? Violent situations can un…

Long Range Shooting with Ryan Cleckner

Former U.S. Army Special Operations Sniper Ryan Cleckner, now a lawyer and the founder of Gun University, brings simplicity to the craft and art of long-range precision shooting. Ryan is the author of the Long Range Shooting Handbook. He attended the prestigious SOTIC sniper school and served on two combat deployments. For several days at the Quinlan Ranch near Chama, New Mexico, Ryan walked us