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.

How to Expand S&W M&P Shield Capacity

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Take Your Kids to the Range: 6 Tips for a fun and successful trip

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Take the Kids to the Range: Ready for a shooting trip?

You have access to a shooting range for kids...are you prepped and ready to take your youngsters to the range? Are the children tprepped and ready?

Trijicon SRO: Lessons from My First 2000 Rounds

Paul Carlson chronicles about what he learned after spending his first chunk of time training with the Trijicon SRO Red Dot Sight.

Join Julie Golob: shoot the Aim2CureJM Challenge

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The OWL from Cloud Defensive: Overview

The "O" in the Cloud Defensive OWL acronym stands for optimized, and the term is apropos. It's an excellent weapon light choice. Read why.

The REIN of Cloud Defensive

The Cloud Defensive REIN is a new weapon light from the same folks who brought you the OWL. Named for a stripper (?), it boasts many outstanding...features.

Instructor Development Builds Better Instructors

Defensive firearms training is serious business. I think that most instructors have the best intentions. Unfortunately there is no single way for students to be confident they are selecting quality firearms training. A teachers background matters, but probably not as much as our industry tends to lean on that metric. I’ve had LE and mil […]

AR15 Firearm: Tuning the Buffer on a 12.5 in. build

If you can disassemble an AR-15, you can tune an AR15 buffer. We're using a recent AR pistol build for an example of how simple the process is.

Low Powered Variable Optic: Pros and Cons of the LPVO

An LPVO (Low Power Variable Optic) provides a range of magnification to be selected by the person looking downrange. We'll look at pros and cons of its use.

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