Paul Carlson, owner of Safety Solutions Academy, is a Professional Defensive Shooting Instructor.  He has spent the past decade and a half studying how humans can perform more efficiently in violent confrontations and honing his skills as an instructor both in the classroom and on the range. Through Safety Solutions Academy, Paul teaches a variety of Critical Defensive Skills courses in more than a dozen states annually.  Courses range from Concealed Carry Classes to Advanced Critical Defensive Handgun Courses and include instruction for the defensive use of handguns, rifles and shotguns.  Safety Solutions Academy regularly hosts other industry leading experts as guest instructors to make sure that SSA's students have the opportunity for quality instruction across a broad range of Critical Defensive disciplines.

Mission Essential Plate Carrier and SHOTSTOP Plates

After many, many hours in the shoot-house and lots of time in training, the author has finalized his Mission Essential Plate Carrier the way he wants it...for now.

Seven Must-Have AR-15 Accessories

One reason why folks love the AR platform is its propensity for customization. What are the most important AR-15 accessories? Start here.

Avoiding Hypothermia with the Defense Mechanisms Helion Jacket

Avoid hypothermia by staying dry and warm with the right gear for the conditions. The DM Helion is an excellent insulated jacket for moist, cool conditions.

The Pressure for a Good Grip: grip tips to shoot with speed and precision.

With a proper grip you will stop excess movement before, during and after the trigger press and you will minimize the movement of the gun in recoil.

Building an AR15: 11 tools you’ll need

11 tools you'll need to build an AR15: Paul Carlson runs them down in this installment of Mag Dump Monday. Got a vice? Check. Got armorers' wrench? Check. Got all the right punches? No? Need a list of which ones you should have on your bench? Read on.

The Junk In My Trunk: My Range Truck Bed Storage System

In-bed range truck storage can make your life better when you get ready to head to the range. I've been customizing my range truck with a homebrew system for better organization, security, and convenience. Here's how I built it, and some pre-made options to look at if DIY isn't for you.

Gun Safety: The most important gun skills you can learn!

I feel comfortable making the statement that the most important firearms-related skills you can learn are gun safety skills. They aren’t high speed. They aren’t sexy and they really aren’t all that fun. What they are is important. The logical reasons behind the importance of gun safety skills are simple. The consequences of ignoring gun […]

Here’s How I Modified My AR15 Pistol Build

I wanted the perfect handguard. If it exists, it costs money, but this project didn’t cost me a dime. Here's how I modified my AR15 Pistol Build.

Range Truck Upgrades: Tonneau and Tires

These two range truck upgrades make the truck much more capable in my mission to get to and from the range. I’m pleased with the new additions. I’m spending less time loading and unloading, and my gear is dry. Best of all: I’ve had a nice little bump in fuel efficiency. Here's what I did.

How To Pick the Best Defensive Handgun

The best defensive handgun is designed to help you excel in a surprising, chaotic, close-distance, violent confrontation. Here's what to look for.

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