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.

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.

Weapon Selection for Defensive Situations

While weapons may seem like the obvious choice for self-defense, there are many factors to consider when choosing the right one for you. Lets break down the three types: ballistic weapons, non-ballistic weapons, and personal weapons.

Incremental Gains and the Importance of Persistence

Incremental gains, as a concept, holds immense value for those seeking measurable growth and improvement in their chosen skill. Check out these strategies for incorporating incremental gains into your training.

Knowledge vs. Wisdom: The Best of Both Worlds

In the world of self-defense and personal safety, knowledge of techniques and tactics is important, but it is not the most critical factor. Wise application of that knowledge is paramount.

Soft Skills: Competing Priorities and the Importance of Mental Awareness

Sometimes your To-Do list can be overwhelming. Check out Steve Tarani's tips for effectively manage competing priorities.

Murphy Has a Say: Expect the Unexpected

Murphy’s law states that anything that can go wrong will go wrong, and at the worst possible time. To compensate for this potential eventuality, it is recommended to consider a realistic range of likely response options.

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