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Extreme Close Quarters Concepts 2014, Re: Reflecting on Progress

Derek discusses his force-on-force training progress and reaffirms his greatest weakness is not in physical or firearms training, but verbal acumen.


“This is for fighting. This is for fun.”

Derek buys another P3AT and observes some changes.


Glock 42 – Preliminary thoughts

3rd quarter 2013, I was anticipating a single stack 9mm from GLOCK.  Imagine my disappointment when a retailer went live with their G42 accessories in December and leaked that it ...



Dale Fricke’s Joab MagPouch

I’ve dabbled with magazine pouches for the Kahr PM9 and found I ...

Fresh Chicken

Of the sexed Ameraucana chicks I purchased, one was rooster.  I had an ...

Consider Reassessing your Training Paradigm

I came across an article written by Aaron Cowan at Moderno that ...

Ruger SR22 Pistol Magazine Disconnect Modification

Derek supplements Random Gun's guide on how to remove the magazine disconnect ...

Grizzly Targets

Derek shoots at a steel target from Grizzly Targets.

Quick note on ear pro preference

Derek jots some thoughts on his ear pro.

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Pot n’ Pan Rack

After shopping on Amazon not looking for what I wanted, I stumbled upon Life Currents’ pot rack. Inspired what the couple did, I set off to Home Depot to make my own to mount under my unfinished cabinets. Instead of the 1 1/2″ malleable iron they used, I opted for the 1/2″ pipe. – 2 […]

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Art of Escape – San Francisco, AAR

TPR Note: I wrote this after action report soon after the class concluded – sometime in late January. This was RiftRecon’s first class, and had notable hiccups. You may notice RiftRecon continues to offer the class; however, please note that the original instructor, Kelly Alwood, is no longer associated with RiftRecon. For better or worse, […]

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Building a chicken coop.

Aside stepping away from TPR and maintaining employment, I kept busy working on little projects. Among them was a chicken coop I’ve been meaning to build.  After reviewing other plans, I drafted my plan in SketchUp2013 and built it from January through April on the weekends – time permitting.  Most of the wood used was […]

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Some thoughts on pocket carry.

Derek adds to MouseGunAddict’s thoughts on pocket carry pants.

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A post to keep you in the loop.

Derek, the moth, visits the lights of San Francisco. Didn’t get zapped.

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Garage Door Opener Install

Derek does the smart thing and installs an automatic garage door opener, solo.

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This post was authored at another bar, in a different city.

I find it easier to sit down, reflect, and write when on business trips.  A few cocktails to wind down seems to help. I like to attribute my professional success to a few things – primarily people.   It’s not what you know, but who you know afterall.

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This post was written at a hotel bar.

Derek’s inebriated thoughts on social value, with SF edition stalker photos.

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Disney Paperman 2013

Paperman (Video)

Aside from the gorgeous animation, I thought the music and sound were quite effective.

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Las Vegas Girl Woman Spotlight

More Photos From Las Vegas/SHOT Show 2013

Derek’s “stalker” photos from Las Vegas.

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Nightforce Optics BEAST and ATACR SHOT Show 2013

Tired.  This is all I am posting this evening. Nightforce BEAST and ATACR.

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Illy's Espresso Cups

More Random Vegas Photos

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SHOT Show 2013 – Day 2

Turtle Skin Turtle Skin manufactures a variety of protective equipment: body armor, gloves, snake protection, etc.  The BladeTect shirt caught my eye initially.  It’s like a lightweight chain mail to minimize the threat against blades and sharp cuts.  It’s also breathable and appears/feels it would be comfortable to wear.  Also photographed below are Snake Gaiters, […]

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Las Vegas Street 2013

Random Vegas Photos

Derek discovers black & white photos make crappy photos look better.

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Magpul Bang Bus

SHOT Show 2013 – Day 1

Derek’s first day at SHOT Show 2013.

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SHOT Show 2013 – Media Day

This is the coolest year I’ve encountered in Las Vegas, NV.  I must admit, however, I’m not a very good barometer to determine what cold really is. I was prepared, so I managed quite well.  Minus 33 Merino wool base layer, Ice Breaker Merino wool t-shirt, silk sock liner, Darned Tough Merino wool socks, Triple […]

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I only took this photo because it looked like it was giving the two handed birdies.

Phoenix, AZ January 2013

Derek visits an indigenous American people museum.

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Las Vegas, NV

This post has no direction.

Derek writes about nonsense.

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Reset with Nature

After a year long hiatus from blogging, and sparse photography, hiking, and all other things I consider fun, I needed a pseudo-reset with nature. Notwithstanding personal fulfillment, the absence of nature was noticeably affecting my mood.  Lesson learned to not avoid taking personal outdoor day trips every now and then.  Work/life balance – right? Visited […]

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Ruger SR22 – New Pistol Impression

Among the firearms I took out recently was a Ruger SR22. If you recall, I posted a short disassembly video of the SR22 from SHOT Show 2012. I finally purchased one this week. Probably my first new handgun purchase in awhile. First several rounds seem to have POI consistency issues; however, after about 100 rounds, […]

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