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Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman: Bulletproof Mind


It’s safe to call Lt. Colonel Dave Grossman a legend in the military and law enforcement community. Col. Grossman is the author of “On Killing” and “On Combat.” Arguably two of the most advanced and influential books on the psychology and physiology of the down and dirty business of making the world a safer place.

I had the honor and pleasure of attending one of Col. Grossman’s seminar’s earlier this month; after years of hoping for a geographically reasonable distance for one of his popular training sessions my expectations were high, and I can honestly say they were met and exceeded on every level.

A reasonable review of the seminar is simply not possible in a short post, but I’ll attempt to capture some of the flavor and essence of the subject matter for those who may have an interest in attending one of Col. Grossman’s training seminars.

Title – Bulletproof Mind: Mental Preparation for Combat

Duration — 8 hours POST certified training (where applicable)

Subjects Covered:

  • The consequences of denying and ignoring the violence in our society.
  • School violence and the simple steps needed to deter the threat.
  • Violence in media and its affect on children.
  • Violence in video games and its affect on children.
  • “Terror at Beslan” John Giduck’s telling of the Russian terrorist attack that Giduck thinks may have been a training run for future attacks on the United States.
  • The Israeli model of security and threat elimination.
  • The duty and responsibility of legal CCW permit holders, off-duty law enforcement, and any other responsible citizens to ensure the safety of our schools, workplaces, public transit, etc.
  • Mental preparation for combat, and the sheepdog mindset.
  • Preparation and stress inoculation to help with the physical reaction to combat situations and the after effects of combat and killing.
  • Combat Breathing, applications and advantages.
  • Resources and bibliography for further research and learning.

grossman_speakerWhile this is a very condensed (and subjective) view of the Bulletproof Mind seminar, I think it presents a good teaser for those who may have been thinking about attending one of Col. Grossman’s training sessions.

I’ve attended hundreds of hours of training and instruction, and can honestly say that my time spent in the Bulletproof Mind seminar is among the most educational, motivational, and inspirational time on that list.

One last note on a point made by Col. Grossman that really keeps popping into my head: Col. Grossman is a hardcore advocate of concealed carry. Col. Grossman’s point was that our military brothers and sisters are thousands of miles away keeping the enemies of America away from our kids and families; while their families are back here on U.S. soil. Therefore, CCW holders and off-duty law enforcement have a duty and responsibility to help keep those military families safe while the soldiers are away. In short, carry at all times where legal.

Information on Bulletproof Mind and other Col. Grossman seminars as well as access to the books and literature referenced at the seminar can be found at and

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  • Tierlieb

    Grossman. A great motivational speaker for sure, not a scientist. Sadly pretends to be one.

    Start with: (the guns angle) (the computer angle)

    • Homer J. Simpson

      Well said, Tierlieb. Grossman is great for psyching guys up but he wasn’t always pro gun, his reliance on Marshall is laughable, and his harping on video games is ridiculous. He has refused to address his past positions and instead bangs the ‘sheepdog’ drum now as if the past never happened.

      IIRC he referred to one school shooting in which the kid put a .22 to the head of his victims as an example of how video games turn little kids into better shooters than elite military units who train full time.

    • Homer J. Simpson

      From a quick Google search:


      Carneal hit eight students with eight shots. Five of them were shot in the head and three in the upper torso.

      “This is an absolutely unprecedented marksmanship achievement,” Grossman said.



      According to Dave Grossman, a military psychiatrist and retired U.S. Army Ranger, Carneal fired only eight shots, hitting four students in the head, one in the neck, and three others in the upper torso. “Nowhere in the annals of military or law enforcement history,” claims Grossman, “can we find an equivalent achievement.” He maintains that “one state police study in an assessment of the accuracy of their officers across several years found that the average officer, in the average engagement, at the average distance of twenty-three feet, hit with 13 percent of the rounds fired.” Carneal was not an experienced marksman. Reportedly, other than firing a few practice shots with the stolen pistol, he had never fired a real handgun in his life. However, Grossman contends that the high school freshman played violent video games that trained him how to shoot with fatal precision


      There is a lot more out there. Grossman equates ambushing at contact distance with longer, surprise engagements. If Grossman was right about video games, the elusive easy fix for shot anticipation and poor trigger control would have been discovered. Alas, it has not.

    • Mike Fegely

      Thanks Tierlieb for the comments, but I’m sticking with Col. Grossman on this one.

  • theblackknight

    My copy of On Comabt is a dirty whore. Everybody in my shops gets a turn with it.

  • desertmarine

    The Colonel’s last point that you mentioned, of CCW and the importance of it, struck a chord with me. However, I wonder if the average civilian with a CCW honestly thinks in the selfless manner of the citizen soldier. Either way, it’s a great point, and hopefully it gets spread around.

    Thanks for the post!

  • Kommander

    I’m with Tierlieb and Homer here. Grossmans view on videogames, Sheepdog stick, and use of the Marshall “data” are simply absurd. The Marshall data in particular I always found to be ludicrous on it’s face. If only “15 to 20 percent of the individual riflemen in World War II fired their own weapons at an exposed enemy soldier” the war would not have turned out the way it did.


    I’ll be reading his books asap.


    Actually, maybe I won’t read them. Sounds like his ideas are a bit sketchy. Comparing police to the school shooter doesn’t jive – they are way different scenarios. The school shooter didn’t have anyone shooting back. I think most people would hit their target if said target was an innocent, scared kid hiding under a table.

  • Rachel

    I’m not sure about this concealed carry thing. Do you have to go through military or law enforcement training to get a concealed carry license? I don’t think I want my safety or the safety of my loved ones — or, heck innocent strangers — in the hands of everyone who thinks it’d be huge fun to walk around with a handgun in their pocket all day, and I doubt most people get the kind of training I think would be necessary for them to be able to judge a threat and how best to respond to it.

    Yeah, I’m coming down against the idea that everyone who CAN carry SHOULD carry. Actually, the more I think about it, the more horrified I am.

    • Oscar

      Remember this my friend. ” It’s best to get caught with it, than to get caught without it.” I once thought the very same way you did, until my wife niece got shot. Then, I too saw things differently. I am not saying that you are wrong, to each his own, is my policy. But base on the way things are these days, economically the bad boys are for real in taking whats not theirs.

    • Gary

      And that is precisely why YOU should not carry. It’s a scary world out there. You are stuck in DENIAL. Will great liberty comes great responsibility……

    • rich

      how would you defend yourself and love ones? ” oh sorry I forgot dial 911″ self defense is a human right.

    • Gregory Kay

      CCW is not fun; frankly, it’s a pain in the butt, because it’s one more thing to worry about dropping, leaving behind, gouging you, etc. I don’t know of anyone who carries because it’s fun; we carry because it’s what responsible citizens do. The police can’t be everywhere, and few people have ever been mugged, robbed, raped, or murdered in a police station; in fact, most criminals take great pains to act when there are no police present, and that’s where the armed citizen comes in, to protect not only ourselves, but other citizens from the predators who unfortunately walk among us. You think people like us put you and your family at risk? Hundreds of people are the victims of violent crime everyday, and yet, in a year’s time, an unusually clumsy sawmill worker could count the number of people mistakenly injured by CCW citizens on the remaining fingers of one hand, even while statistics show that thousands of crimes are thwarted each year by the presence of a gun. Your fear is definitely misplaced, as is your reasoning.

  • shy-dog

    What’s really horrifying is that most all criminals are armed and willing to use weapons in deadly force against you and your loved ones. Do yourself a favor and be prepared to defend your family in whatever way you have to! Food for thought: Anyone can obtain a vehicle license with almost no training. While living in Reno, Nv. around 1980, I remember a woman deliberately driving onto the sidewalk, killing eleven and wounding forty. My hand gun is to me as the spare tire is to my car… I hope I never have to use it, but it’s nice to know it’s there if I need it. Always be prepared!

  • David Douglas

    I have been in law enforcement 26 years and have attended Col. Dave Grossman’s presentation about six times. This is one of the few presentations that caused me to re-think many of my patrol protocols in preparing for active shooter situations. It only took the first presentation to dial me in. The other times, I took peers with me hoping they too would be impacted by it.
    This is of course a road show that works for Colonel Grossman and it is repetitive. If you attend with an open mind, you will get something out of it.
    As far as the nexus between active shooters and violent video games, I do believe there to be some connection. You can debate this all day, but don’t get distracted by this. If you just don’t follow that logic, just take in the entire presentation as a whole as it prepares you for planning your next encounter in ways never taught at the academy or during field training.

    I have never had to pay for these seminars either. If you see one being presented for free, you really have missed out by not attending. Bottom line is, these scenarios are continuing at an alarming rate. We see them at schools, malls, work places, homes, etc…. Preparing with the tools to get you through the next one is the message here. There will be a next one for sure. Thank you.

  • Freeport56

    I’ll stick with Lt. Col. Grossman as well. If you have not read ‘On Combat’ you are missing a MAJOR Skill Set in your training regiment!

  • I’ll agree with Freeport56. I started work as most cops do, as a Jailer. I soon worked up to the Reserve Program then finally graduated FTO and won a spot getting hired onto Patrol. My first night full time I was involved in a foot chase where the suspect turned on me with a gun. So I reacted as my training had taught me. All through training we are taught how to react to a threat in that moment, but not taught how to deal with the aftermath. Especially when the bad guy wants suicide by cop and was carrying a bb gun, as in my case. After my leave, my training Sgt. signed me up for one of Lt. Col. Grossman’s lectures. After I went to the class I walked away with a better mind set of not just how to deal with the events but also a skill set of being consistently ready to act without hesitation. For me personally I think having went to the lecture has helped me through other events I’ve been in since where my OODA Loop may have been reset for a moment but wasn’t. I’m not saying that I agree with everything that comes out of Lt. Col. Grossman’s mouth, but I am saying that whenever someone is giving you new information, no matter how good or bad it may be, listen to what they have to say in full then use your own judgement to either apply it or throw it out. Stay safe and press the fight!

  • freeport56

    I have attended Col. Grossman’s seminar. If you have not done so, you need to! Also, if you cannot attend his lecture, purchase his book ‘On Combat.’ There is also the DVD “The BulletProof Mind.” These will help you control stress and anxiety before, during , and after a crisis situation!

  • Dennis Yaklich

    @Kommander  Grossman also continues to falsely maintain that his writing has garnered a Pulitzer Priize nomination. Grossman has been exposed for this fib in the following article

    Grossman is an academic.  If he does not know the difference between a “Pulitzer nomination”, he should.  It’s a clear attempt to provide credibility where there is clearly little.  This combined with his bizarrely incestuous business relationship with proven liar, John Giduck, keeps me away from anything else. John Giduck admits now that he was in Colorado and nowhere near Beslan during the siege.  The change in timeline draws into question many first hand observations in the book, “Terror At Beslan” (walking among bodies and rubble that had been cleaned by his new arrival date, direct quotes in the book about the ongoing siege while driving in Moscow, etc)

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