“Gun Training With The Non-aggression Principle” DVD Review by Frank Vedadi

Below, Frank Vedadi reviews “Gun Training With The Non-aggression Principle, Vol 1: Basic Handgun and Rifle with Jared Waltz,” for CopBlock.org.

I’ll just add that I watched the DVD a couple of weeks ago with a friend and was impressed. My friend had an affinity to learn more about safe and competent firearm practices and I’ve had some training when an intern at St. Paul police and at a three-day defensive handgun course at Front Sight. My friend said that he found the instruction coupled with visual demonstrations clear and informative. For me, Gun Training With The Non-aggression Principle was worth the view as it reinforced things I’d already learned and practiced. So, yeah – it’s a solid investment if you believe in self-ownership and thus the right to self-defense. -Pete


by Frank Vedadi

“Gun Training with the Non-Aggression Principle” (from MVD Visual) is the first DVD in a series by Michael W. Dean. It makes learning about gun safety and gun training both entertaining and fun. This DVD would turn any concealed carry class from boring to interesting, while teaching The Non-Aggression Principle to people who have never even heard of it.

Well-trained (and certified, if that matters) gun teacher Jared Waltz does a great job explaining that if you’re going to abide by the non-aggression principle, you also have to abide by “The Non-Aggression Principle 2.0.” This update is “Do not initiate, OR ACCEPT, aggression.”

This means that you don’t initiate the use of force on anybody, but you also do anything in your power to stop the initiation of force. We all know that when seconds count, cops are only minutes away. (Also, “picking your battles” and “living to fight another day” are well-covered.)

The Non-Aggression Principle 2.0 is basically the same old Non-Aggression Principle we know and love, but clarified so no one thinks “Oh, if you live by the Non-Aggression Principle, that means you have to LET people hurt you.” The Non-Aggression Principle 2.0. is also a valuable way of looking at The Non-Aggression Principle in a context of self-defense.

Jared Waltz presents in a low-key, friendly, confident but not cocky manner. He shows many defensive measures to take in dealing with close encounters with aggressors and applies a step-by-step process for these tactics. The second time through watching, I found myself practicing these moves in my room with the movie on (with an unloaded gun, as recommended in the film). Then I tried them at the range! They really help!

I thought I knew a lot about how to handle guns and gun safety before this movie but now I know a whole lot more. They go into depth about the four rules of gun safety which you must learn before gun training.

1. Always assume every gun is loaded.
2. Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.
3. Do not point the gun at anything you’re not willing to destroy.
4. Know what’s in front of your target, behind your target, and what’s beyond your target.

Following these simple rules will keep you and everybody around you safe. After the rules of gun safety the DVD delves into reloading under fire, clearing gun malfunctions, conceal carrying, withdrawing your gun under cover garments, field stripping your gun, gun cleaning, Cooper Color Codes, defensive measures and much more. The topics and situations explained are probably things you might not think about when carrying your firearm around town, shooting at the range, or just relaxing in your house but as the movie shows, they are very important.

The part on gun malfunctions is the most important, in my opinion. Because when faced with a dangerous situation, a gun malfunction can cost you your life. There are three types of malfunctions explained in the movie. The first malfunction is called a Failure To Fire. Sometimes people may not push their magazine in all they way or just may have a bad primer, which in that case you should buy a new one. Second malfunction is called a Stovepipe or Failure To Eject. This happens when the bullet casing was never expended and disables a new bullet from entering the chamber and being fired. The
third malfunction is called a Double Feed or Failure To Extract. This happens when the first round does not leave the chamber and a second bullet is attempting to get into the chamber. Jared explains in a clear and simple way how to clear these problems and is right on point. Gun cleaning is also an important aspect because a clean gun can prevent most malfunctions from happening.

The video also shows how to stay armed while in the SHOWER, and a few hardware hacks that will make your powered gun ears much more useful. (Including how to easily change the batteries on those pesky Peltors without destroying your fingers!)

“Gun Training with the Non-Aggression Principle” combines hardcore technique with libertarian philosophy sorely missing in almost all gun training materials. It establishes that the gun is a tool and teaches you how to operate one proficiently, safely and morally. Just like if you were going to operate a vehicle, you have to learn about driving safely and correctly. It’s not like some gun training videos made by nuts that don’t talk about gun safety, or have a “Rambo” attitude. This DVD explains firearms in such a down-to-earth and professional manner that it could turn a gun hater/grabber into a gun lover.

“Gun Training with the Non-Aggression Principle” seems perfect for the CopBlock crowd, and is directed by a guy who is a big fan of CopBlock.

Overall this is a great detailed DVD with peaceful, libertarian/voluntaryist principles behind it. I encourage everyone to pick up a copy and watch “Gun Training with the Non-Aggression Principle.” It would make a great Christmas gift, and would prove equally useful and informative to both non-gun libertarians (or libertarians new to guns), and to gun owners who don’t understand, or know about, libertarianism.


Michael W., Dean – Gun Training With The Non-aggression Principle, Vol 1



Pete Eyre

Pete Eyre is co-founder of CopBlock.org. As an advocate of peaceful, consensual interactions, he seeks to inject a message of complete liberty and self-government into the conversation of police accountability. Eyre went to undergrad and grad school for law enforcement, then spent time in DC as an intern at the Cato Institute, a Koch Fellow at the Drug Policy Alliance, Directer of Campus Outreach at the Institute for Humane Studies, Crasher-in-Chief at Bureaucrash, and as a contractor for the Future of Freedom Foundation. In 2009 he left the belly of the beast and hit the road with Motorhome Diaries and later co-founded Liberty On Tour. He spent time in New Hampshire home, and was involved with Free Keene, the Free State Project and The Daily Decrypt.