Ruger Tactical Tips by Dave Spaulding

Ruger teamed up with firearm trainer Dave Spaulding to produce a series of videos called Ruger Tactical Tips.  These training videos are completely free and available on the Ruger website.  The Ruger Tactical Tips videos are several minutes in length, and will be published during the coming weeks and months.  The first video on mental preparation is already available on the Ruger site.

Dave Spaulding is a retired law enforcement officer with more than 28 years of experience in patrol, investigations, SWAT, undercover operations and training.  Spaulding takes a no-nonsense approach to firearms training, which I appreciate a great deal.

(Ed. note: We previously reviewed Dave Spaulding’s Defensive Living book here.  We found it to be a good text book for anyone looking to improve their safety in an uncertain world.)

Update – Since this article was written, Ruger and Spaulding have filmed more than a dozen of these training videos.  They are very good, practical approaches to training with a firearm for self-defense.  Here are some of the first few videos, but I encourage you to go and check out all of them to get the best experience.  Keep in mind these are completely free, and there are no strings attached.  They are providing them as a public service.  Sure, they get some exposure for their brand, but none of the training is Ruger specific.  Feel free to apply any and all of the technics to your Glock or Smith & Wesson pistols.

Ruger Tactical Tips #1: Mental Preparation

Ruger Tactical Tips #2: Handgun Fundamentals

Ruger Tactical Tips #3: Pistol Reload

Don’t forget to go to the Ruger site or to YouTube and watch the rest of these training videos feature Dave Spaulding.

By Richard Johnson

Richard Johnson is a gun writer, amateur historian and - most importantly - a dad. He's done a lot of silly things in his life, but quitting police work to follow his passion of writing about guns was one of the smartest things he ever did. He founded this site and continues to manage its operation.

One reply on “Ruger Tactical Tips by Dave Spaulding”

This is attempt to reach Dave Spaulding –

Dave, in an article you wrote on drawing a handgun efficiently. I believe the title was “From the Leather”. On the third or fourth page, there are pictures of you demonstrating drawing techniques. The holster that you are using is a simple straight up and down (no tilt), belt loop with an amount of cut-away in the front. I am trying to get one of these but I cannot find out who the manufacturer is. Please email me with this information if you can. Thank you for your time.


Mike Parnell
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