Edge Testing the Best Body Armor Plates in 2023

John Lovell went to the rifle range and “edge tested” his favorite poly-plate body armor to see how it holds up to repeated rounds at varying distances and contact points. The Rifle: U.S. Arms AR-15 Rounds: 55 grain 5.56 Distance: 15 meters The Test: Withstanding rounds within an inch of the plate's edge. The Test Subject: The Duritium GT2 polyethylene plates strapped to my

Can Polymer Rifles Really Save the World? The Results of My Plastic AR-15 Stress Test

John Lovell was watching the news the other night, watching the world and the country fall to shambles, and so he did what any freedom-loving American is tempted to do in such circumstances—he turned to gun-shopping therapy. Only this time he bought polymer—two of them—two polymer AR-15s in 5.56 and 300 Blackout  Polymer rifles make me nervous for a variety of reasons, so I'm not sure why

Stranded! Here Are Your Roadside Survival Tips

Getting stranded on the side of the road isn't normally a life-and-death situation. You just call AAA or other roadside assistance or the local towing service. Getting stranded in the middle of nowhere or in a snowstorm or in the midst of the zombie apocalypse–those can be terrifying situations if you aren't prepared for survival. Pro knife thrower and survival guide Jason Johnson walked John Lo

2 Simple Tricks to Manage Recoil

So often it’s the little things that can be a game changer when it comes to precision and speed with your handgun. Here are two simple adjustments you can make in your thinking and form that’ll give you immediate results out on the range.  First of all, if you’re interested in knowing the exact opposite of good recoil management, watch some of the military or action films of the 80s and 9

Why Do Warriors and First Responders NEED Graveyard Humor to Survive?

If your line of work requires you to see the worst of humanity and the worst situations imaginable, then you probably already know the answer to this question. If you're facing dark stuff every day, heavy doses of inappropriate humor are indispensable in seeing your way through to the other side with some of your sanity intact. One of the worst and most hilarious things anyone has ever said to

3 Reasons Everyone Should Own a .22 Handgun

This often-underrated and underappreciated round is usually relegated to the status of plinking and barn varmints, but I (John Lovell) pretty much don’t go anywhere without a suppressed .22 handgun stowed in my EDC pack. There’s a number of legitimate defensive and training reasons for everyone to add this to their arsenal.Why Own a .22 Handgun?Reason 1: The .22 Caliber is Perfect for Shoot

Should Tactical Lights Be Handheld or Gun-Mounted?

There’s no question that a high-lumen and versatile light should be in every defender’s toolkit. About 80 percent of violent encounters happen during hours of limited visibility. But there is some debate about how lights should be deployed during a tactical encounter. Sure it’s convenient to have a mounted light that points wherever you aim your gun, but is it the most effective use of this tool

Five Reasons You Should Own a Shotgun

At Warrior Poet Society, it is our firm belief that everyone should own a shotgun. Surprisingly enough, not everyone agrees with this sentiment, so we're here to tell those people (at least 5 reasons) why they're wrong. Reason number six will shock you.Shotguns Offer the Biggest Bang for Your Buck Literally. Shotguns are some of the loudest, most powerful guns you can own for self and home def

How to Build a Home Defense Plan

Keeping your home and your loved ones safe from bad guys is a multi-faceted, multi-tiered, and highly-contextualized enterprise, but there's a number of nearly-universal principles and practices that can be adapted to your situation. Any common sense security and defensive plan begins with the right mindset. A lot of people might think my family and I (John Lovell) are a little crazy in all t

Why You Should Open Carry

I (John Lovell) have adjusted my thinking about open carry. While I haven't yet embraced it for myself, I've come to believe that when it's done responsibly, open carry is an asset to the cultural exchange. There was a time in the not so distant past when my perception of open carry guys was of a podunk man with a crappy gun in a crappy holster worn on pants with a plumber crack in the back.

Review: The Newly-Designed WPS Belt-Mounted Medical Kit

The John Lovell-designed medical kit provides a securely-fixed trauma kit easy to access from the belt-line or elsewhere without impeding movement.Finding everything you need in the throes of battle is a persistent challenge for operators, especially when the adrenaline is pumping. This is particularly true when it comes to field medicine and trauma care administered in the midst of hostile encoun…