Self Defense Training Articles
When we think of backup guns we can envision the scenes in Max Payne when Mark Wahlberg fires the snub nose revolver through an ankle holster or pulls the Taurus Judge from the small of his back and blows open the bathroom stall doors before questioning the suspect. Though these are pleasing in a cinematic setting it is far from reality.
Backup Guns otherwise known as BUG guns (which technically means Backup Gun Gun) have a few primary purposes. First, it is a weapon to potentially arm someone else. You could be in an active shooting engagement and giving someone a snub nose revolver is a far cry above letting them throw rocks to draw fire. Second, it serves the obvious purpose of replacing your primary if it were to fail or have a malfunction. Third, it could potentially be your fastest draw, more on this later.
BUG guns come in many designs and sizes you can elect to use a small frame .38 special revolver; some people I shoot with use a Glock 26 and their primary is a Glock 19 so the magazines are interchangeable; You could even pick a pocket rocket like a Ruger LCP.
I will say that my general advice on BUG guns Is that I would never choose a gun that I didn't want to get in a gun fight with. In which case the Ruger LCP would not be an option and a .38 special snub nose would only be slightly better. Though situations are not common I want to make sure that the gun I have is adequate to perform a 20 yard head shot.
The simple fact is ALL guns jam break, fail, double feed, squib, or are otherwise made incapable of firing a next round. (yes even Glocks, revolvers and 1911's are not immune from this). A BUG gun is some protection from the inevitable failure. Is it likely that you will be in an engagement where your gun fails? No probably not. But it has happened and as I've always said statistics are a poor comfort to the man that was just struck by lightening.
Finally, we get to the issue of speed. A backup gun in your pocket can actually be brandished by holding the handle in the event you feel an engagement is imminent but maybe not escalated to the point you would be allowed to draw your primary gun or even put a hand on the handle.
An appendix draw from a trained shooter is going to be at about 1.5-2 seconds to the first shot on target. An exceptional shooter will be 80/100 of a second to 1.3 seconds. However, even a novice shooter can start with their hand on a snub nose revolver in their pocket and draw in less than 1.5 seconds. Simultaneously, if the draw is practiced from the non dominant hand we then provide a final benefit of an off hand firearm which has tactical advantages in a self defense close quarter engagement.
The simple fact is it is tactically advantageous to carry a BUG gun. It is however tactically advantageous to wear body armor, a war belt and carry a battle rifle. The simple fact is that we have to draw limits. So what are my limits? I generally stay out of areas where I think a BUG gun would be needed so it is not generally a part of my daily life. Though I will have spare guns and ammo in backpacks and vehicles I do not typically carry one on me.
If I were a police officer I would absolutely carry a BUG on duty assuming my department allowed. But even as a Private Investigator I do not find myself in precarious enough positions to justify it. If you feel you can comfortably and reliably carry a BUG I encourage you do so, but in reality most people wont for any extended period of time. It is also a lot harder to conceal two guns in July in Alabama than it is in a Minnesota winter so keep that in mind.
With the plethora of sights available on the market today it becomes difficult to determine which ones are best suited for defensive use. Tritium, fiber optic, red dots, lasers, blacked out rear, blacked out front, brass bead, aluminum bead, U notch, V notch, the list goes on. You can find sights for just about any weird fetish the shooter desires but the reality is there are only a couple truly worth considering.
Before beginning lets remove some sights off the list. First are the wildcat sight designs. These pop up periodically and are specific to a particular sight or gun manufacturer like the Steyr M9 V Notch sights. These lack the accepted use by professionals in the industry to be considered. Put simply if I cant buy it for a Glock or a 1911 which are the two most popular designs in firearms history it’s not something Im going to spend my limited time on within this article. If you’d like to argue the merits of wildcat sights go for it but each sight would need its own separate article then you need only to find wide spread industry adoption so it can become viable option.
Simultaneously we will exclude any sights that would not traditionally be deemed acceptable for defensive use. This generally means sights with an adjustable elevation and terrain adjustment screw typical of bullseye shooters. Adjustable sights are a poor choice for a defensive weapon since they lack the robustness of solid sights, the dialed in accuracy is not needed, and they are slower to engage with because of the tighter field of view around the front sight when aligned with the rear.
Lastly, Ill exclude red dots and electronic sights since discussing them would require its own lengthy article for each reflex sights and lasers. So what is left? You might ask. Plenty and truthfully up until recently all the most common. It is true that reflex sights have taken the market by storm to the point we are seeing them utilized by police departments, competitive shooters, concealed carry shooters and anyone not on that list. But iron sights will always be the fundamental basic for reliability, ease of use, and affordability.
There are three main types of sights utilized in defensive shooting. Tritium, Fiber optic, and what would be referred to as solid post. A solid post sight may be brass bead, aluminum bead, blacked out, or a non tritium dot. This list refers specifically to the front sight while the rear sight has a few other variants.
Options for the rear are typically blacked out, two dot, or a reference indicator specific to the manufacturer. Like Glocks U, XS big dot utilizes a line, etc. The rear sight is really a simple discussion for defensive shooting get a blacked out rear sight. There isn’t much debate about the validity of the others with some proponents advocating the XS line.
The simple reality is that the rear sight is never a point of focus. Weather you focus on the front sight or the target is debatable but no one advocates focusing on the rear sights so why place the distraction? Three dots on the rear is an old standard that is not only not used anymore but is pretty well pushed out by everyone that can call themselves a shooter. When adrenaline is rushing trying to line up three little dots, or put the dot in the U is a slow process requiring changing points of focus while it is being done. it is ultimately too slow (which is why competition shooters remove it), and distracting for defensive use. All in all it is completely unnecessary.
Keep in mind if you can see the front sight from a full extension with a solid grip on the firearm it is almost certainly between the rails of the rear sight regardless, so aligning the sights with little dots on the rear is not necessary, not helpful and potentially harmful.
Regarding the front sights each have their respective advantages. To begin fiber optic is the gold standard for competition shooting. It tends to be the brightest and most visible in daylight. The fibers are cheap and easily replaced as they will dull a little with time. Generally the recommendation is once a year for a gun that is used a lot.
There are a few downsides to fiber optic. Though it is arguably the most visible during the day it is truly not that much more visible than a tritium sight. Fiber optic requires occasional replacement, and they are typical a fairly weak attachment by comparison. The sight itself might stay fixed just fine but the fibers will occasionally work their way out of guns that are used a lot. This is fairly common at competitions where inevitably you will see a few people have a fiber optic failure at every match. They tend to be a bit more “snaggy” with clothing but the biggest downside is they don’t glow in the dark.
Ultimately this isn’t the tactical mistake everyone seems to proclaim because the reality is you shouldn’t be shooting if you cant see what you are shooting at. In which case every shooting engagement is a low light situation with the exception of military operations which can be a true no light engagement using night vision.
However, glow in the dark sights allow your eyes to easily pickup the sight in low light or twilight settings where the fiber optic will just look like a blacked out front post. Can it still be shot? yes but it is slower and harder to shoot.
Competitive shooters needed a solution for the fragile nature of the fiber optic sights so they went old school to the brass bead and aluminum bead sights. This is just a solid black post with a small brass bead installed in it. The bead is very secure from a reliability standpoint and gives a small picture for more accurate shots at distance but ultimately it is too slow to acquire for a defensive gun and really should be limited to the bullseye shooting crowd.
The best option for a defensive gun is the tritium glow in the dark front post. These sights are robust, easily picked up in day or night shooting. Certain models have the brass bead in the center and give you the best of both worlds. From a defensive perspective there isn’t much of a better option, though there are some die hard fiber optic folks out there there’s very little benefit over a quality tritium sight with a lot of negatives for a carry gun.
This is obviously an opinion post and others may disagree but I and my wife as well as the majority of our students after class agree a tritium front sight post and blacked out rear is the best defensive combination. We train how we fight which means for competition we use a similar setup. I don’t agree with having “competition” guns that do not have a real world application but that is a topic for another discussion.
I grew up in a fairly liberal household and the thought of owning a firearm as a youth never really crossed my mind. As a victim of an assault during high school, I began to wonder if there were options for protecting myself. As a good daughter does, I sought the advice from my step-dad and was told the best thing to do was to work out to look good and not waste money on self-defense training because it’s impossible for a female to defend herself against a male. (This is just about the worst advice anyone could possibly give because there are viable options!) Fast forward 20 years and this bad advice is still being propagated by the liberal left when the reality is that firearms saves more lives than MSM ever gives them credit for. Firearms are the greatest equalizer in a fight for women. But owning a firearm and actually knowing how to use one in time of stress are two different stories.
Living in the south, I cannot tell you how many times I’ve heard the expression “I grew up around guns, of course I know how to shoot” Or “Of course I carry, it’s always in my purse/ glove compartment somewhere”. It’s almost as if they’re using guns as a talisman to ward off evil spirits or as a good luck charm. If things go rough, I wish them the best and hope they’re able to defend themselves and their loved ones but I’m not holding my breath. In order to effectively defend yourself, you have to regularly train because you will naturally default to the highest level of training you have mastered.
Ladies, we have to know our big Why? Why do we carry? Beyond the Constitutional Right to carry, I’m a mother of 3 and want to be able to protect my children and myself if the situation ever arises. I love my husband and want to be able to have his back if we’re ever in a situation together where we have to defend ourselves. Child/Human trafficking is a huge and rising problem in our country and of course, because there are crazy people out there who just like to hurt people. (At the writing of this article, the people in Israel wish they had easy access to firearms to defend themselves against the recent Hamas terror attack.) No matter what the gun laws are like in your area, bad guys will always find a way to get a firearm or weapon to hurt the good guys and I want to be a good guy with a gun to combat the ever present evil.
Mackay and I both conceal carry and have gone through various guns trying to find the right one for our lifestyle. I personally like to carry either a Glock 43x (with some modifications) or a Shadow Systems CR920. I love my Shadow Systems CR 920 for a lot of reasons but mainly for reliability and ease of concealing. (In later blogs I can go over my favorite ways to actually conceal and carry.) Our competition guns are different because of our personal preferences - my hands are a lot smaller than his and therefore our needs are slightly different. In our women’s only classes that we teach, together one of my biggest pet peeves is hearing these beautiful ladies saying the gun they brought to learn on is one their father/boyfriend/uncle/ husband gave them to carry - they don’t know anything about it or how to shoot it. Before you buy your first gun, please please go shoot with them first and take a training class. 9 times out of 10, the ladies leave the class with their gun saying they need something different. Honestly, most come with tiny guns that have safeties that are extremely difficult to manipulate and are hard to shoot accurately therefore making their guns more of a talisman than an actual tool for self-defense.
Find the gun that you want to carry with and then have multiple ways to carry it. I was really surprised at how much slower I was drawing from a belly band and/or my purse than from my holster. Every second counts in an armed engagement and being prepared mentally and physically is key. I have a full sized gun I regularly train with to improve my fundaments and skills and then I train with my smaller conceal carry pistol. To quote my husband “The best gun you have is the gun you are carrying.”
Ladies, I encourage you to know your “why” and then get out and practice with someone other than your husband/dad/uncle who has been around guns all their lives but never formally trained. Train with someone who has teaching experience and is dedicated to helping others learn how to safely carry. (And then learn how to care for and clean your firearm - no one expects you to automatically know how to do this.) You will need to dedicate time to learn how to dry-fire as well as train with your method of conceal carrying. Time at the range is money well spent and from a practical stand point, we make it our date time. Who says you can’t have some romance at the range while learning a skill? You learning how to shoot well will also encourage your significant other to practice as well. You are setting the example for your sons and daughters, grandchildren to take their safety seriously as well. The more I train, the better I get and the more I enjoy training. There is a huge learning curve at first - give yourself some grace to have time to learn and get better. You are worth it and one day, your life might depend on it.
By Amandalyn Barr
If you want the quick and dirty answer it is a resounding YES! However, there are some details to discuss. If you’re shooting a Glock 43 that only holds six rounds and I tell you to carry a spare magazine people say “well of course!” However if you’re carrying Glock 17 that holds 17 rounds and I give you the same advice people wonder why… What kind of gun fight are you planning on that requires more than 17 rounds.
The simple answer is there are more reasons to carry a spare magazine than just round count thought as the primary reason. There are basically three reasons to carry a spare magazine. First is the ammunition count.
How much ammo do you need for a gun fight? Maybe not much or maybe a lot. It really depends. An active shooter situation with multiple threats may require 20-30 rounds to take down all threats. That would be difficult to do with a Glock 43 since you would need 5 spare magazines to accomplish that task.
However a Glock 17 with its 17 rounds would only need 2. What stops us from carrying all that ammunition is simply the bulk and weight. Otherwise we would all carry a Glock 17 size gun with 17 rounds and a 33 round spare magazine. Or better yet we would walk around with an Ar15 tucked in our waist band. All guns require some compromise and with pistols we comprises strength and accuracy for size and wearability. This is why the common advice in our class is “carry the largest gun you will actually carry.”
When we look at civilian gun fights most are done in less than 7 rounds with exceptions going to the 20-30 round count. But here’s the thing the 3-7 round argument is a myth in the sense that you should ask for the source. There’s really no organization that tracks data from civilian engagements so the data is an educated guess at best.
Yet we know of specific anecdotal examples of engagements that went to 30 rounds which is certainly on the high end. However, If I carry a gun with a respectable round count being at least 8 and preferably at least 10. One spare magazine with an extension brings my capacity to 18 - 22 depending on the type of firearm which would be enough to handle certainly the majority of civilian engagements with only very rare situations on the outlier. Those rare situations may even be able to be taken care of with the spare magazines and ammunition that you keep in your vehicle.
Beyond ammunition capacity, remember guns do malfunction and so too do our magazines. A common fix for a double feed is to strip the magazine out and replace it. Hard to do without a spare a magazine; even accomplishing the task of reinserting the original magazine we must remember that double feeds are often caused by damaged or worn out magazines.
The bottom line is that stripping a magazine to the ground is at least in some capacity a fix for some malfunctions that may arise in the moment. Going into a gun fight without a spare magazine is like driving from LA to New York without a spare tire. Sure you might make it but you might not and in this instance, it’s not a towing bill you will face but a one way trip to the morgue.
Finally, we have to acknowledge that though modern self defense ammunition is superb sometimes manufacturers have problems and make mistakes. The simple fact is that most self defense ammo sits on a persons shelves at home so there is very little real world testing of it by comparison to target ammunition so a bad lot number may go unreported to the manufacturer. Even being reported they would not have a good way to disseminate the information to the consumer. You could easily be carrying a lot number that was recalled two years ago!
The best options is to carry one lot number in your gun and a second lot number produced at a different date in your spare magazine while regularly cycling through your carry ammunition to ensure you have fresh reliable ammunition in a defensive situation.
How To Carry
There are a number of options here but these are a few with pros and cons.
-Inside the waistband - These conceal easily but if you're wearing a gun inside your waistband this can get cumbersome.
-Outside the waistband - opposite of the former less cumbersome but harder to conceal.
-Pocket dump - Shoving a magazine into your pocket is a great way to loose it, not be able to access it when you need, and ultimately they move around and get in the way so people quit carrying them.
-Pocket holsters - These are my preferred method I use a magnetic clip pocket holster but there are other options. The spare magazine is always at the ready and secure in my pocket while keeping it enough out of the way I can still utilize the pocket.
-Bellyband - Popular for women slow to access but can fit a lot of different outfits.
-Backpack/purse - Not my favorite since it is an off body carry but it is certainly better than not having one.
There are a number of products and resources out to help you carry a spare magazine comfortably. The bottom line is you need to carry one.
Ok so to begin, my wife and I have carried all three guns. I generally carry one of three firearms on a daily basis: Shadow Systems CR920, Shadow Systems MR920, or a Wilson Combat SFT9. My wife generally carries the Shadow Systems CR920. Those are our personal favorites and have our obvious bias. However, I will say that we came to the conclusion of our favorites by carrying, training, competing, and teaching so this is not just on a whim of what felt good or what looked coolest.
For the purposes of the Glock 43, there are a lot of similarities between the 43 and 43x. At the time we purchased ours, a 43x was not an option but the firearms is effectively the same only the 43x has a substantially higher round count without increasing the size of the gun noticeably.
The first thing we always have to look at as non multi millionaires is price. At the date of this article the Glock 43 comes in at $537.58; a Glock 43x is $582. That is the listed MSRP price and a short google search finds each approximately $100 cheaper. The Smith & Wesson CSX MSRP value is $609 while Shadow Systems is the most expensive at $699 for the Elite model or the about $150 cheaper for the combat variant (discontinued). The MSRP is generally at the $800 range but almost every store I checked advertised $699.
Of the three firearms, Shadow Systems utilizes what they define as a match grade barrel. Glock Gen 5 have been making the same claim however the I did not find that claim regarding the smaller pistols. Truthfully it is realistically a moot point with a barrel this short since you wouldn’t truly achieve match grade accuracy.
Lets briefly look at some of the individual product specs:
The technical specs above yield to the general size of the firearms being relatively similar. The Glock and SS pick up roughly a 1/2 inch on barrel length, while the weight difference is within about 1 ounce for each gun and is a negligible difference. Extended magazines for the CSX bring the round count to 12+1 and the SS to 13+1. The 43 has some extended magazines but none attain the capacity of even a standard magazine for the other three.
In practicality the wearability of each gun is relatively the same. The shadow system seems to ride a touch nicer than the others but that is truly a subjective call and there is very little difference. CR920 and Glock 43x share holster sizes so the world is your oyster as far as options. Neither of the other two were particularly hard to find holster options for unless you like to rock a TLR6 light on your guns. After market support for sights was substantially better for Glocks and SS again since the sights are interchangeable.
From the factory, Glock sights are garbage and I know of no serious shooter competitive or defensive that keeps factory sights on. Ok that might be a little hyperbolic language since I can think of one but as a general rule shooters take that junk off and put quality sights on. The CSX sights are about as bad, but at least they are metal instead of plastic so they will do in a pinch. However, they are poorly designed for defensive shooting (which is an article all to itself). The CR920 takes the cake here with quality tritium combat sights straight from the factory. No need to swap these out in fact you can purchase them to install on your Glocks.
All three use their own proprietary magazines and the quality is about equal for all three, with one big advantage going to the CSX… at the time of this writing there’s a mail in rebate for 3 spare mags at no cost to you. Simply by the feel of them, the CR920 seems to be slightly higher quality but again it is a subjective call. This is the main part that is not interchangeable between the Glock 43, 43x and Shadow Systems firearms. Most Shadow Systems can use Glock mags except this one and the Glock 43 and 43x utilize different magazines.
How's The Trigger?
The CSX is a “1911’ish” design firing single action with a thumb safety and should arguably have the best trigger. The other three models are striker fired and typically have poor triggers in comparison. Personally I have never been a trigger snob as long as the trigger can keep up with the speed at which I shoot. However my main reason for truly disliking the CSX is the trigger.
The Shadow Systems trigger is better and more refined than the Glock but since the design is the same it still has that spongey feel 1911 guys hate. The CSX should in theory have a clean trigger break but truthfully it is worse than the Glocks and that isn’t even my problem with it.
The biggest problem with the CSX is the reset of the trigger. For those of us that shoot competitively and train a lot we get to the point that triggers sometimes struggle to reset as fast as we can with rapid shots. In this case the trigger has a false reset so you will let it move forward to the reset point and try to send another round downrange only to have the trigger not move back. Of course this issue could be trained out of someone that wanted to carry the gun but why would you do that?! The trigger just sucks and Smith & Wesson has a reasonability to the consumer to fix it and provide a quality product, if they want to see this model continue.
Having to train a specific issue for a specific gun that would not apply to any other firearm is a bad idea and will build bad habits that would then be hard to break. The simply fact is I am not going to carry this gun and I recommend you do not either until S&W fixes the issue. One final note on the trigger, it may be possible to have a competent gunsmith fix some of the reset (though it will always have a poor trigger reset) but then you are dealing with the legalities in court of having a trigger modified on a carry gun. Can you explain it to a jury? Probably. But why put yourself in that position?
Grip & Feel
The Glocks and Shadow Systems have polymer frames while the S&W has an aluminum frame. Theoretically the polymer should make the gun lighter however in practicality the guns are small enough that it only makes about 1.5 ounces of difference. In truth, it probably just serves to increase profit margins on a pistol this size. All three have changeable grips and the CSX has the most aggressive texture resembling sandpaper.
Glock uses there rear backstrap interchangeable feature that doesn’t seem to do much but make the grips feel fat which has always been everyones complaint with Glocks in the first place so I don’t know where the secret society is of people that use that but I find them completely unnecessary. Shadow Systems has a similar feature that changes out the rear of the grip rather than just adding an overlay theoretically changing the grip angle to a 1911 or Glock. However, neither of these companies offer this feature on the smaller size Glock 43 or CR920.
The CSX comes with two sets of grips. I found one to be worthless since it leaves a lot of slick aluminum available for your grip. The texture is not bad and I prefer guns with really aggressive texture so if you do not, you may find it annoying. The texture feels like grip tape often added to handles of other firearms. My personal preference is something like the Wilson Combat pattern that is incredibly edgy and grippy without grabbing cloth like the grip tape does which is the only problem I have with the CSX.
From a shooting standpoint I would say they all feel about the same. There was no noticeable difference in the felt recoil and perceived recoil for any of them. All three have sharp snappy recoil typical for what you would expect of a micro subcompact firearm. The only way to reduce this effectively would be to make the gun heavier or bigger with porting which defeats the purpose of this type of gun since by their design they have to be small.
Glock needs no introduction to its reliability and Shadow Systems running the same internals has shown to have similar reliability with some exceptions. All three guns have gone through at least 1000 rounds in our testing and since I have carried a CR920 since their release, my personal one has well over 10,000 rounds through it.
Glock 43/43x is typical Glock, they’ll run with just about anything you put in them and are prone to malfunctions if you limp wrist them. Lacking serration and texture on the slide, you have to get a firmer grip when clearing malfunctions but the operation mechanism is incredibly reliable. All in all I have not yet had a malfunction with this gun, some beginner students have because their grip is not firm enough but this is a very solid 9.5/10 on a reliability scale.
The Shadow Systems utilizes the same internal design as Glock and even has a majority of parts that are interchangeable. The firing pin has the same 5.5 pound spring as the Glock but utilizes a lighter firing pin (I believe its titanium) and in theory should yield to more issues with light primer strikes. From a pragmatic standpoint I did see an occasional light primer strike on low quality ammo since primers have been in short supply. Does it affect its ability to be combat ready? Not really since we would go into combat with quality ammunition. No issues with my own reloads since I use CCI primers but the cheap Turkish primers LAX Ammo was using for a while caused a malfunction about 1/400 rounds.
SS quality control is not as tight as I would like for the cost of the gun and they let things through that really should be found with a good QA process. However, their customer service has been very good about just sending parts and repairing issues without asking too many questions. On the same note, LAX Ammo was not willing to work with us on the large batches of ammo we purchased with primer issues and I have been a customer for 15 years. They have lost me, my school, and my students due to their poor quality service. Reliability rating 8.75/10.
The CSX being a completely different design does not generally have the historic reliability rating of a Glock design but from a functional standpoint we had no reliability issues in 1000 round test. This design gun will however have more reliability issues if you were using it without proper maintenance and care. Letting dirt into the components, not cleaning and changing springs etc.
However, I am not of the opinion that you should own a firearm that doesn’t get maintained so I’ll be the first to say I think that has always been a dumb argument. Toyota has a great reputation for reliability however if you are not changing fluid and components at recommended intervals you’ll still be left stranded at low mileage. Your firearm is no different; reliability should be tested under real world situations that you will find the gun in with proper maintenance as is appropriate with that firearm. My Wilson Combat SFT9 requires more maintenance than my Shadow Systems MR920 or my Glock 17 that doesn’t equate to it being less reliable. In fact the SFT hits primers harder than either and will set off even poor quality primers. But being a hammer fired gun, it is more prone to dirt getting in the mechanism.
Would I take the SFT to war? Absolutely. Would I take it on a Navy SEAL insertion traveling through mud and muck for 3 hours to target? Probably not. But if I was fighting in Bosnia with low quality ammunition it would be my preference. Reliability is on a spectrum based on operating environment and maintenance.
One more final note. People that look for reliability as a primary factor in buying cars lean towards Toyota. Because they know they have a car that will last a long time they take more meticulous care of it. So it becomes a self fulfilling prophecy. You end up with similar issues with firearms though sometimes on the opposite end where guys brag about a gun running yet never cleaning it. CSX reliability 8.5/10.
Final thoughts, my wife and I personally carry the Shadow Systems CR920. It is a comfortable carry with a respectable round capacity, with good solid reliability, that shoots well, has a nice price point and the gun is good to go after a 200 round break in. We will never again carry the CSX and use it only for teaching due to the trigger issues, and we also will no longer carry the 43 and use it only in our classroom due to the poor round count. A better comparison of equivalent firearms would be the Shadow Systems CR920, Smith & Wesson Shield, and the Glock 43X.
is an entrepreneur and content creator. He lives on a small homestead in central Alabama where his wife and three children raise livestock and enjoy the quit life on their farm. He served as an Infantry Officer in the United States Army from Alaska to Afghanistan and currently owns, along side his wife, Timberline Security Solutions LLC based in Birmingham Alabama.
Amandalyn has spent her professional career doing a little bit of everything from being a licensed real estate agent, to a Private Investigator. Currently she operates, along with her husband, Timberline Security Solutions LLC to train civilians, military and police officers for the battle they may one day face. Together with Mackay they work as Private Investigators and conduct executive level protection details.