Historical

THE OTHER BAD GUY: A More Sinister Threat

May 12th, 2012 | By

When we were little kids we were taught to identify the villain in our favorite cartoon or TV shows.  All the bad guys wore black masks, were unshaven, and often wore black knit caps.    Consider the bad guys that Ralphie shoots with his BB gun in “A Christmas Story.”  As we matured and were educated […]



GCT MAG ADJUSTS TO THE WINDS OF CHANGE: Are You Prepared?

Apr 20th, 2012 | By

Nuclear Holocaust. Past Peak Oil. Economic Collapse. Influenza Outbreak…ZOMBIE APOCALYPSE! The list could go on. Unless you’ve been living in Mother Goose’s boot, you’ve noticed things are not as they have been.  Things are much, much different… A friend from college, who had been living outside of the country since he graduated, visited last week. […]



SCHOOL SHOOTINGS: You Can’t Sterilize the World

Feb 28th, 2012 | By

Publisher’s Note: There are never an appropriate collection of words to use in order to communicate on something as visceral and deplorable as what happened at Chardon High School this week. We can only offer our deepest condolences to the town of Chardon, Ohio. In the aftermath and rethinking of policy, perhaps the following article might […]



THE POP CULTURE PACIFIST: Making the World a More Dangerous Place

Feb 9th, 2012 | By

During a recent outing to an indoor shooting range I encountered a fellow shooter and the subject turned to concealed carry and using a handgun for personal defense. My practice sessions tend to be far from the normal stand and shoot affair and after observing me for a while the gentleman asked where I learned […]



ISRAELI SPECIAL FORCES TRAINING: COUNTER-TERROR CARBINE—The Israeli Method [DVD Review/GCT Radio Interview]

Feb 4th, 2012 | By

Members of the IDF and MOSSAD have always had my respect, because frankly, they just don’t mess around. My first introduction to the members of the Israel’s military and clandestine services was in Central America, when the Reagan Administration was looking for creative ways to arm and train anti-Communist forces, without having to deal with […]



“We’ve Always Done it That Way.” And Other Lame Excuses.

Oct 20th, 2011 | By

    “WELL, WE’VE ALWAYS DONE IT LIKE THAT.”  If I hear that excuse one more time I think my head might explode.  I’ve been in the shooting business for more than two decades now as a student and instructor in the U.S. Marine Corps and as a police officer.    No one starts out as the […]



Compulsory Military Service—The Tiger in the Room [Radio Interview]

May 25th, 2011 | By

Bring up the idea of compulsory service in the United States and you bring up a maelstrom. Some are vehement that we never have required military service, except during actual wartime. Others say we should have not only a draft, but we should be using that standing military to lay down the law in every […]



THE ULTIMATE SNIPER by MAJ John L. Plaster USAR (ret.) [Book Review & Interview]

Aug 11th, 2010 | By

          Anyone who has been in the sniping community since the 1980s easily recognizes a number of names like Capt. Jack C. Cuddy USMC, Gunny Carlos Hathcock USMC (ret.), Major Edward J. Land Jr. USMC (ret.), and Major John L. Plaster USAR (ret), those who’ve made profound improvements on the US training of snipers, and building […]



The Question of Leadership

Jul 22nd, 2010 | By

  One of the most striking differences between counterinsurgency (CoIn) and conventional warfare is the need for solid leadership in the military and civilian organizations. Unlike in conventional warfare, where the fighting is left to the military, CoIn requires civilian leadership actively leading the war.  The reason for this is that unlike conventional wars fought […]



Saigon, Afghanistan?

Jul 16th, 2010 | By

   There is an ever-increasing possibility that the United States and its allies could possibly lose the fight in Afghanistan. I’m often asked, what could that mean for the world at large?   Looking back at the years from 1954 until 1991, we have some very solid evidence of what could happen. In part it has […]