Steve Tarani is a former fulltime CIA protective programs employee, small arms and defensive tactics subject matter expert who served on POTUS 45 pre-election executive protection detail. He is the lead instructor for NRA’s non-ballistic weapons training program offered nationally. Tarani is also a DoD and FLETC-certified federal firearms instructor who has been on staff at Gunsite Academy (AZ) as a Rangemaster for over twenty years. Formerly sworn, he is also a former federal contractor and service provider for the US Defense Intelligence Community, US Naval Special Operations Command and other government agencies. Tarani additionally serves on the National Sheriffs’ Association Committee for School Safety and Security.

Legacy of Honor: The Golden Age of Dueling Pistols

Peering through the dimly lit corridors of history, amidst a haze of pride and wounded egos, the dueling pistol emerged as a symbol of honor and valor. There was a time when honor was an intangible currency, and disputes were settled, not in courtrooms, but in the field of personal combat. 

Evolution and History of the Modern Pistol Grip

The pistol grip, an integral component of modern firearms, has a thick, rich history that spans centuries of technological advancements, ergonomic considerations, and evolving design philosophies.

The Origins, History, and Development of the Modern Carbine

Though the modern carbine's origins can be traced to 16th Century Europe, the Napoleonic armies of France were the first to standardize the carbine, often used by cavalry and dismounted cavalry units. Today, the carbine is still a vital part of the modern battlefield. But why? Read on to learn more.

Aim Small Miss Small: Beyond the Shooting Range

The colloquialism "Aim Small, Miss Small" is a timeless adage that has transcended generations and found application in various domains, ranging from sports and military tactics to personal development and decision-making processes.

Berdan vs Boxer Primer: A History of the Modern Primer

The history of the modern primer is a testament to the constant evolution of firearms technology. The primer, a small but indispensable component of ammunition, underwent significant transformations over the centuries. These transformations led to the reliable ignition systems in modern firearms today. Boxer vs Berdan primers are the two most common types of ignition […]

How Modern Firearms Altered the Battlefield: A History of Firearms

Since the advent of practically applied firearms, the battlefield has undergone a global transformation with the introduction and evolution of modern firearms. Initiated from the emergence of matchlocks in the 15th century to the advanced firearms of today, these technological advancements have revolutionized the way wars are fought.

Origins of Gunpowder: An Historical Perspective

The historical significance of gunpowder as a catalyst for change and a symbol of human ingenuity remains undeniable. The origins and evolution of gunpowder serve as a testament to the transformative power of scientific discovery and its enduring impact on civilization.

Good Days, Bad Days: Training for the Worst-Case Scenario

When it comes to self-defense, survival boils down to bare-bone skills. If you're not prepared with the necessary skills to neutralize a threat, then it doesn't matter if you're armed or not. You likely won't win the day.

Hard Skills in Modern-Day Use-of-Force Applications

When you set out to develop your hard skills, it's a good idea to ensure you're taking a well-rounded approach. Assess your desired skill, what level of proficiency you seek, and your readiness to apply that skill in practical scenarios.

Skill, Hardware and Good Habits: The Ultimate Protection Package

The three recommended and essential elements for effective protection or personal security are skills, hardware, and good habits.

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