Tuesday, May 14, 2024

CWP, 15 May MMXXIV Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs, 
     “The [tree of] liberty is watered with the blood of patriots — I mean, 
that’s a bunch of crap.” -- Joe Biden
"Biden Targets Second Amendment in Second Term"
by Thomas Gallain
     “Women are virgins when it comes to guns,” Norton advocated. “It should stay that way.”  
"Prohibitionist Exploits Own Incompetence to Deny 
Emergency Gun Access to Endangered Women"
by David Codrea
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
"Exposing Communist Infiltration of the Church: Eric Metaxas"
"Patriots Beware Of New Scam ‘No Compromise’ 2A Group In Hoosier State"
by Chris Lee
"NRA Loses What's Left Of Its Mind"
by Oregon Firearms Federation
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.
     Only floss those teeth you want to keep.  
Table of Sections:  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
Things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
Table of contents:  
----- Mindset -----
Figuring out the correct way to think.  
Si vis pacem, para bellum.  
(If you want peace, prepare for war.)  
Igitur qui desiderat pacem, praeparet bellum.
(Therefore, one who longs for peace may prepare for war.)
Tu ne cede malis sed contra audentior ito.
(Do not yield to evil, but go boldly against it.)
Hat tip to Wynn Anderson.  
     Translations are never "correct".  No two languages are isomorphic.  
"I never want to go unprotected ever again" - 
survivor of viscous driveway attack gets new gun
by Ben Verbanic
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     Attacked by a stranger for no apparent reason.  Yes, it can happen to you!  
Be prepared.  
     ‟We don’t decide what is necessary to survive a 
lethal force encounter initiated by someone else.  
That person decides what’s necessary for us to survive.”  
– William Aprill
     "A vision without execution is a hallucination."  
-- Thomas Edison
"Lamentations!" by John Farnam
     ‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
     This bit about carrying non-lethal tools doesn't make sense to me.  You're never 
going to know before hand that the threat is non-lethal.  If you pull pepper spray, 
you're not going to have time to transition to anything else.  You're by yourself.  
You're not with a team.  There is no one to cover you.  
     We are under no obligation to abide by any force continuum.  Because we are 
not police.  
     If the situation doesn't require shooting, you can always not shoot.  
But if the situation requires shooting, and you've got pepper spray in your hand, 
well how is that going to work?  If you've practiced it under stress, you know 
it doesn't work.  
     "I'll just throw the pepper spray at the threat, step to the side, and draw my pistol."  
     Really?  When you're the lone operator?  When he already has a pistol pointed at you?  
     Check out John Correia's "ACTIVE SELF PROTECTION" at 
not to mention his YouTube.com channel 
You won't see any transitions.  There just isn't time in reality.  
[Ya, I know John's videos suffer from a sampling bias.]  
     ‷If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think, 
‶I'm at a disadvantage″,  
I have news for you:  you are.  
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.  
     The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.  
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender -- 
all the factors that untrained people think make the difference when it comes to violence -- 
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.‴  
-- Tim Larkin
From an email from Stephen P. Wenger -- 
A List Member Replies: On the issue of the rearmament of Israelis:
     I was in Israel in December for Hanukkah and in the last few weeks over Passover 
[April 22-30].  I saw more carried pistols and long guns (M4s and Tavors) than ever 
before . . .  Long guns:  In social situations, for example in synagogue or in parks, 
pushing strollers and kids on swings, or shopping or just walking on the street, none 
of them were carried by people in uniform.  On trains, a high proportion of carriers 
were in uniform, on buses, mixed.  Religious leaders have been encouraging, all 
congregants to come to services armed.  I suspect the military has been telling 
soldiers who are not on duty not to leave their guns at home.  With handguns, 
it’s all open carry but I think that’s mainly because it’s almost summer and people 
don’t want to wear an extra layer of clothing to cover them.  
     “We do not have to cure every neurosis.  We just have to learn how not to be 
caught by them.  This is a difficult process, because of how restricted our capacities 
for attention usually are.  We do not suspend our judgments easily, nor do we 
generally have access to our childhood capacity for curiosity and exploration.  
Our attentional resources are hijacked early in our lives by our need to manage 
the intrusive or ignoring familial environments in which we are immersed.  
As a result, many of us end up in unreal states, stuck in our heads, unaware of 
our bodies, and unaware of being unaware.”  
-- Mark Epstein
     "Unaware!" by John Farnam
     “You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol 
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.” 
from Principles of Personal Defense by Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
***** Situational Awareness ***** 
How to avoid being taken by surprise.  
     "Jeff Cooper's Color Code exists to help you get your head 
around the need to kill someone in the immediate future."  
-- John Hearne
     Jeff Cooper's Color Code of Mental Awareness  
But why add an extra layer of abstraction by assigning colors?  Better to just use 
meaningful words.  
UNAWARE of what's going on around you.  (White)  
AWARE of who is around you and what they are doing.  (Yellow)  
ALERT to a potential threat and taking action to avoid the threat.  (Orange)  
ALARM by a real threat and taking action to escape the threat, 
     which might include shooting the threat.  (Red)  
COMBAT front sight, press.  (Black)  
[The words on the left are from the NRA.  The descriptions are from Front Sight.  
The colors are from Col. Cooper.]  
     “You need to have the capacity for danger.  You need to be ‘dangerous’.  
Yet, you need to learn how to not use it except when necessary.  
And, that is not the same thing as being harmless.  
     There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  
Harmless just means you’re ineffectual and useless.”  
-- Jordan Peterson 
----- Safety -----  
How to prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.  
How to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders.  
Jeff Cooper′s Rules of Gun Safety  
Rule Five – maintain control of your firearm. -- Stephen P. Wenger
Weapon retention - inside holster, outside of holster.  
Weapon storage - long term storage, short term storage.  
Weapon transport - know the laws, obey the laws.  
     [If you've got your guns buried in a safe place, they better be coated in Cosmoline.  
Otherwise, your grandkids are going to be digging up a lot of rust. -- Jon Low  
P.S. Do you really think your grandkids are going to want the old technology?  
Wouldn't something more fungible be better?]    
     "It's easier to stay out of trouble than to get out of trouble."  
-- Claude Werner
"Soldier Shot During Special Forces Training Event After Live Ammo Mixed in with Blanks"
by Steve Beynon
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.
     "The incident occurred during force-on-force training when live ammunition 
was accidentally mixed in with blanks."  
     [No, it was negligently mixed.  Accidents connote that there is no one at fault, 
because it is beyond human control.  There are no accidents.  There is only 
negligence.  Which often results from poor training.  Which is bad leadership.  
Good leadership includes properly training your subordinates.  
     Because blanks have no projectiles, they do not create enough chamber pressure 
to cycle the action of the M249 machinegun.  So, you have to plug the barrel at the 
muzzle with a blank adaptor device.  Stop and think about that?  Did the machinegun 
not have a blank adaptor?  Did the gunner blow the adaptor off the muzzle and 
continue firing?  Did the gunner not notice the difference in recoil?  
-- Jon Low]  
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don’t go to stupid places.  
Don’t associate with stupid people.  
Don’t do stupid things.  
Have a “normal” appearance.  [If you have tatoos all over your face, you have a much 
higher probability of getting beat up. -- John Farnam, TacCon 2024]  
Be in bed by 10:00 PM (your own bed).  
Don’t fail the attitude test.  [Addressing men as Sir and women as Ma'am makes it 
difficult for the person to feel that you are showing disrespect toward them.  On the 
other hand, if the person insists that you address them with inappropriate pronouns, 
they have failed the attitude test.]  
----- Training -----
Figuring out the correct tasks to practice.
     I know training can be difficult.  Let me share some words of encouragement that 
my teacher told me, that I believe apply to all training regimens.  
     "Keep in mind that this is some seriously next level material.  It is totally normal 
that the first time you see this stuff, you find it confusing.  You find it difficult to 
understand.  So, confusion should not discourage you. It does not represent any 
intellectual failing on your part.  Rather, keep in mind that it represents an opportunity 
to get even smarter." – Tim Roughgarden, Professor of Computer Science 
and other stuff at Stanford University
"Rifle/Pistol Caliber Carbine - Recoil Control Secrets" by Mike Seeklander
May 15th, at 9:30 am
Setting the length on your stock
Mounting from the stock on belt positions
Secrets and importance of a proper stock position and mount.
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
"Concealed Carry Corner: Important Skills For Carrying Concealed"
by Matt E.
     "You brought a gun to the fight.  That doesn’t mean it’s YOUR gun.  
The gun belongs to whomever can keep it.  Think about that before intervening 
in other folks’ problems.  When is the last time you practiced your in-hand weapon 
retention skills?"  
-- Greg Ellifritz
     [When was the last time you practiced your holstered weapon retention skills?  
-- Jon Low]  
"5 Common Pistol Shooting Errors: And How to Fix Them!" 
by Sgt. Maj. Kyle E. Lamb (Ret.)
     "Trapping the trigger is essentially part of the follow through."  
[I whole heartedly agree with the Sergeant Major.  
     Many (high level, famous) instructors (Ben Stoeger, et al) teach not to trap 
the trigger.  But rather to reset immediately after the shot.  I feel those instructors 
are WRONG. 
     As Jeff Gonzalez says, not trapping the trigger is not legally defensible.  And 
as Jeff explained and his students demonstrated, not trapping the trigger (not 
achieving a proper follow through) results in premature shots (at 12 o'clock and 1 
o'clock for a right handed shooter) because having already reset the trigger, the 
shooter is firing before the second sight movie.  
-- Jon Low]  
    "Cant or angle your support hand toward the target, placing a little pressure on 
the wrist joint.  I try to point my thumb toward the target as a reference.  
This camming action simply means that the wrist will naturally come back to the 
starting point without much thought."  
[I disagree.  Bending the wrist weakens the grip.  
     As Tom Givens says, thumbs up, wrists straight.  
-- Jon Low]  
     “The secret of success is this. 
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – 
so you can fight like it means nothing when it means everything.” 
-- Lofty Wiseman
"Wyatt Earp Was Right:  Shot Placement Is Key" by Richard A. Mann
     "Of course, you’re free to disagree, and I won’t think less of you 
just because you’re wrong."  
     "Having a gun, and letting the bad guy know for sure that you have a gun, 
is the best way to stop a threat.  
Pointing your handgun at a bad guy—when it is legally justified—also lets them 
know you’re serious.  
No, it might not always work, but experience has shown it works 
far more often than not."  
     "Be like Earp.  Have a gun, don’t be afraid to use it — get it between you and 
the bad guy threatening your life — and shoot as fast as you can get good hits."  
     "Safe gun handling and knowing how to operate the gun competently is one thing.  
How to fight with the gun is a whole other plane of knowledge."  
-- Tiger McKee
     Marksmanship and the manual of arms are a matter of technique, not strength.  
If you cannot rack the slide of the pistol, it is because you have never done it before 
or you are not doing it correctly.  With the proper technique and practice, you will 
be able to do it easily.  In a month you will wonder why you had such a hard time 
doing it before.  The answer is that you had never done it before (or weren’t doing 
it correctly).  Many things are hard to do at first but become easy with practice.  
Of course, one must have a good attitude and make a good faith effort.  
     "Those motivated by a desire to improve their 
gunfighting skills as opposed to a quest for trophies, 
must be willing to bleed ego on the match results 
to avoid shedding blood in combat."  
-- Andy Stanford
Neurons connecting.  
     “If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
--- Classes and Conferences ---
     "A Girl and a Gun, Annual Conference" by John Farnam
     A Girl and a Gun, Annual Conference
Please join us in 2025!  Registration opens 9/1/24.  
6th Annual Church Security Summit, $179.00
July 25 - July 27, 2024 A.D.
at Cherry Hills Community Church, 
3900 Grace Blvd, Highlands Ranch, CO 80126
     Other events, 
The Guardian Conference, $800.00
September 20th - 22nd, 2024 in Oklahoma City
Registration at, 
     Wow, I bought a ticket for $400 at the last conference.  Now the price is up to $800.  
I guess whatever the market will bear.  
Tac Con 2025
     The registration for 2025 is at,   
TacCon25 is scheduled for 
March 28-30, 2025 at the 
Dallas Pistol Club in Carrollton, Texas.  
Tickets are only $620 for all three days of training. 
Last year’s TacCon sold out in less than 12 hours.  
Once tickets sell out, you’ll have the option to join the waiting list.  
Please keep in mind that Tac-Con tickets are non-refundable and non-transferable.  
FPF Training YouTube.com channel, 
FPF Training, 
FPF Training Calendar, 
Hello folks,  
     Welcome to May everyone.  The end of April got really squirrely here in Oklahoma 
with the weather. Multiple towns were hit hard with tornados and storms and a lot 
of damage was done to infrastructure and to people.  This type of thing is why you 
hear me encouraging people to take medical classes like the Lone Star Medics 
class in June.  The other things going on out there with protests and the world being 
a little crazy indicates that you get whatever training you can, medical AND other.  
Be safe everyone.
     Of note, the updates to the shade structure worked really well on some chillier 
mornings we had for a few classes and gave us flexibility for opening it up for some 
breezes as the day got warmer so I am rather pleased with it so far. Still some work 
to do on it but I think it is going to work out nicely.  Also got one of the Ryobi 20in 
hybrid “whisper” air cannons to try out and have been impressed with that so far.  
2024 Schedule (including prelim)           
Dr. James Williams – Shooting with Xray Vision Instructor – 4-5May2024
Apache Training Solutions – Full Spectrum Defensive Pistol - 17-19May2024
Pistol-Training.com – Simon Golob – Bring the Heat: Performance on Demand – 8-9Jun24
Lone Star Medics – Caleb Causey – TacMed EDC – 29Jun2024
Sentinel Concepts – Steve Fisher – 2 day Handgun  – 28-29Sept2024
RangeMaster – Tom Givens – Master Instructor Development – 4-6Oct2024
Agile Training and Consulting – Chuck Haggard – 19-20Oct2024 (waiting on date confirm)
19Oct Pocket Rockets
20Oct OC Instructor
Tim Herron Shooting – Practical Performance – 26-27Oct2024
Citizens Defense Research – Melody Lauer and Chris Cypert – 8-11Nov2024
8-9Oct The Armed Parent/Guardian
10-11Oct Contextual Handgun: Public Encounters
John Holschen – Applied Defensive Handgun Skills – 16-17Nov2024
Cougar Mountain Solutions – Erick Gelhaus – 6-8 Dec 2024
Red Dot Instructor Course
     As usual Will Andrews will be out here as well during the times of the year 
he prefers to teach 😊
Bill Armstrong, Mead Hall Range
Outpost Armory 
     ‟Training is NOT an event, but a process. 
Training is the preparation FOR practice.”  
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
How to get proficient at that task.  
Why practice?  
    “To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment 
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and 
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique 
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if 
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that 
which could have been their finest hour.”  
-- Winston Churchill
"Measuring Shooting Skill Over Time | HOW & WHY" 
by Tessah Booth (Hey, I saw her at Tac Con 2024)
     Knowing your skill level (knowing, not guessing) allows you to know whether or not 
you can make that shot, 
     Do I shoot or do I need to get closer?  
how much time you need to make that shot, 
     Will I use a flash sight picture or do I need a perfect sight picture?  
how long my retention skills will allow me to keep control of my pistol, 
     Can I risk getting closer or do I need to shoot from here?  
     ‟Be careful what you practice.  
Because you will do in combat 
whatever you have practiced, 
no matter how ridiculous.”  
-- ‶Shooting in Self-Defense″ by Sara Ahrens 
     “Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- Lt. Gen. David M Shoup, USMC Commandant 1960-1963
     "People rust faster than equipment."  
-- John Hearne
     “Train, Practice, Compete 
are the key elements in the development of humans.”  
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
     ‶Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.″  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape 
Table of contents:  
----- Strategy -----
Deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, 
which tactics to use, which includes walking away.  
     “How do you win a gunfight?  
Don't be there.”  
-- John Farnam
From an email from John Murphy -- 
     A 3rd Party Intervention and a Negative Outcome*
An armed citizen witnessed a sustained string of violent acts and elected to intervene.  
Unfortunately his response was ineffective and it cost him his life when the car jacker, 
who had already committed a string of felonies, ran him over.  
CAUTION: This is a very disturbing video:  
"Good Samaritan killed while trying to help carjacking victim in Lumberton, North Carolina"
     Among the lessons we can take from this incident:  
1) The penalty for ineffective intervention can be death.  The armed citizen fired four 
shots at the perpetrator, who was later arrested and required only minimal medical care.  
2) The criminal was absolutely committed to violence.  The disparity in commitment 
can be absolutely lethal.  All the way in, or all the way out.  
*Credit to Claude Werner, the Tactical Professor, for this term
Gabe Suarez's comments -- 
     This one happened a couple of months into 2024.  There have been a few online 
pieces written about it.  I want to present my perspectives on it and then hear yours.  
1).  Based on the KWTL Flowchart, would you engage?  To me it is a grey area.  
It depends.  In the various news stories there is no mention of the suspect being armed, 
and I didn't see any in the video.  
     It isn't clear why Lecompte (the shooter/victim) was out of his city vehicle.  
Was a weapon pointed at him to compel him to exit?  Or was he exiting to assist 
what looked like a traffic accident?  Yes, physical force can be used to commit a 
robbery, but it appears the suspect merely took advantage of the open door of a 
running vehicle rather than force the driver to exit.  
     Yes, I know all the seriousness of a carjacking but I am basing my comments 
on what was happening then and there and what Lacompte knew.  
2).  I hate to reiterate the obvious but Lacompte was 38 at the time.  Physically he 
looks late fifties based on body composition.  Based on images online, I suspect he 
was quite unfit.  This this contribute to his demise?  Possibly.  Very simply, if one 
looks dangerous, one will likely be left alone.  
     Excluding extreme disparities in size, a fit strong man could physically remove 
another from his vehicle and subdue him.  And finally an agile fitter person could 
easily evade an oncoming vehicle.  The other person in the road did just that.  
3).  Hard to tell what sort of weapon Lacompte was using, but it looks small and 
based on the rate of fire, likely some sort of small revolver or pocket pistol.  Few 
rounds were fired and as far as I can find online, the suspect was either not hit, 
or hit minimally at a distance of three feet through an open window.  
     Lacompte was armed with what 90% of Americans carry and virtually no skill 
in its deployment.  
     As we say, carry as powerful a weapon as you can under the circumstances, 
and when you are justified in being proactive, put a burst into their face.  A burst 
is approximately five rounds in the time it took you to read this [sentence].  
-- Gabe Suarez
     "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics ----- 
Maneuver and fire in support of your strategy.  
     "Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
     Another way to avoid killing innocent bystanders is to use your knife, instead of your pistol.  
     “Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
"Killing of an airman by Florida deputy is among cases of Black people being shot 
in their homes" by Associated Press 
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     Ya, it's the Associated Press, so it's biased.  But assuming the facts given,  I think it would 
be better to shoot the LEO and be alive to go to jail, than to be dead.  You might get a 
sympathetic jury.  A lot of voters hate cops.  Juries are pulled from the voting rolls.  
     It's hard to believe that you would not be arrested after shooting a LEO, but you might 
be acquitted on the grounds of self-defense.  
     Remember, LEO's are not highly trained.  So they are very quick to go to guns.  (In this 
case the LEO's already had their gun drawn and pointed at the suspect before the suspect 
answered the door.)    Because they don't think they can handle the situation.  Which is true, 
because as with the Nashville Police Department the goal is 30% female officers.  So they 
eliminated the physical fitness requirement and replaced it with an agility test.  Stop laughing.  
It's true.  Other police departments have eliminated the written test.  Being literate in English 
is racist, don't you know.  No, as a matter of fact, I did not know.  But I am learning.  The more 
you learn, by attending public schools (and woke private schools) and Ivy League universities, 
the more woke you become.  It's sort of like being enlightened, but without the intellectual 
rigor.  (Intellectual rigor is hard work.  Who wants that?)  
     "Thinking is the hardest thing a person can do.  That's why so few people do it."  
-- Henry Ford
     "You often don't know where the bad guy is who is shooting at you."  
-- Phillip Groff
     For those who think cops would never shoot / arrest / entrap / etc. law abiding citizens.  
"Cop Training Seminar EXPOSED on VIDEO | 1000's of Cops Nationwide Involved!"
by John Brian
     The cited New Jersey Comptroller report, 
by Kevin D. Walsh, Acting State Comptroller (New Jersey) 
     Many at Tac Con and other such gatherings bemoan the poor or non-existent training 
in police academies and in service training.  But it's worse than that.  There are many 
"Street Cop" conferences around the country.  There are many such conferences by other 
companies, under other names, around the country.  Bad training is highly profitable.  
Police chiefs approve and pay for such training because they can't distinguish between 
shit and Shinola.  How do such incompetent persons become police chiefs?  The job is 
a political appointment.  No competence needed.  Only loyalty.  
"Civil Forfeiture" by John Oliver
12:05 / 29:43
     "The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
     The above is why people vote for defunding the police.  
----- Techniques -----
Ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics, 
especially when disabled or under stress.  
     "Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee 
"The Bad One — Training To Clear Double Feeds" by Erick Gelhaus
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     In the case of pistols, failure to extract the case in the chamber.  Since modern pistols 
can't really feed two rounds at once from the magazine.  
     "The foundations of your grip are established 
before you even draw the pistol from the holster."  
-- Tanner Denton
"Don’t Let Injuries Keep You from Carrying!  Tips for the Wounded Carrier"
by Bradley Lewis
     "Don’t become a victim by setting aside your everyday carry gear until you heal."  
     [Disabled persons excite criminal predators.  Take precautions. -- Jon Low]
"Self Defense After Surgery" by Greg Ellifritz
     "Grip first, then press."  
--  Mike Seeklander
"Open Carry: You Decide
Sheriff Jim takes a fair and balanced look at open carry."
Suarez Tactics, classes, 
Email from Gabe Suarez -- 
Lets understand the mechanism of how a trigger works.  We will look at its phases 
and what constitutes the better trigger systems available to you on a combat pistol today.  
     Trigger Take-Up (also referred to as Pre-Travel)
Take-Up is any movement of the trigger toward you that does not cause the sear/striker 
to move and does not engage the mainspring.  Take-up is most evident in a two stage 
trigger.  The initial movement from the resting position up to the point where you feel 
resistance is Take-Up.  The point where resistance is felt is often called "The Wall".  
     Shooters are often adamant about exorcising any take-up, but take-up is actually 
irrelevant to good shooting.  As long as that take up is relatively "weight free", it will 
lead up to the "wall" and never be felt again until you remove contact with finger on 
the trigger, and then decide to reestablish it.  
     The Wall
The Wall is the point where the trigger action first engages the resistance.  This could 
be a sear with a traditional SA or DA pistol system, or with a striker such as on a Glock.  
The "wall" will require additional weight or effort applied above what was necessary 
to manage the take-up.  This is the area of most importance for accurate shooting.  As 
more effort and force is applied by way of the trigger finger, the pistol is "steered" or 
moved out of position.  This force is necessary to reach and achieve the Trigger Break, 
but sometimes, fearing the Dewey Crow shooters out there . . . and their inevitable 
lawsuits, gun companies seem to strive to make triggers heavier and heavier.  
The trigger need not be light, but it cannot be heavy.  Quite a conundrum.  I like my 
striker fired pistols at about 3.5# to 4#, but not heavier.  I can make a heavier trigger 
work, but it takes more effort than I think is necessary for safety and accuracy.  I like 
a 9# DA trigger and on these weapons, I have run subsequent SA triggers whose 
weight would never be considered safe on a striker fired pistol.  
     Trigger Creep
Trigger Creep is any movement of the trigger, upon reaching the wall that contributes 
to reaching the break, but has a gritty, dragging, and well . . . creepy quality to it.  
The transition from "wall" to "break" should be sudden and as some would say, 
have a "surprise" quality to it.  Cooper compared it to a glass rod breaking.  Trigger 
creep retards that quality and drags out the time it seems to take to achieve the break.  
When you apply additional pressure upon meeting the Wall, it seems that the 
mainspring/striker spring begins to compress and the metal on metal parts begin to 
drag on each other inconsistently as if there was sandpaper involved - or steps - until 
eventually the break is achieved.  Sometimes when this is being discussed, the words 
“gritty” or “mushy” are used to describe the trigger's feel.  
If you haven't guessed, trigger creep is not a good thing and good pistols do not exhibit this.  
     Trigger Break
This is the point of trigger operation where the striker is released, or where the hammer 
begins to fall.  As we noted, Jeff Cooper once described this event like a thin glass rod 
being broken in half.  Good word choice.  A good trigger is free of creep and breaks 
cleanly - like a glass rod.  
Over-Travel is any continuing trigger movement after the Break.  To be honest, although 
there is a great deal of discussion on this by the propeller-head types, if one has been 
trained to break the trigger and then reset as the pistol returns from recoil, anything 
but ridiculously extreme over-travel will be virtually imperceptible.  
     Trigger Reset
Trigger Reset is the trigger being allowed to move away from you, as powered by the 
internal mechanisms of the pistol.  The trigger re-engages the striker, or trigger bar/sear 
as soon as the slide cycles back into battery.  Trigger reset is something you allow to 
happen, rather than something you cause.  You do not exert any force on the trigger 
for it to reset.  You will feel the weight of the springs returning the trigger to its original 
point against your finger, moving the trigger forward until the action resets.  
The quickness and travel required to reset contribute to the speed of additional shots.  
Reset on a DA/SA action, such as the SIG P-226, returns the trigger to a single-action 
position.  The mainspring is already compressed, and the weight required for the next 
shot will be considerably less.  Reset on a striker fired pistol will replicate the condition 
where you have moved through take-up and are at the wall again.  
     Just as it is important to know how to physically operate the trigger, it is important 
to intellectually understand what is happening with the weapon, mechanically.  And also 
to understand what a better trigger really is, and what it actually provides you.  
-- Gabe Suarez
     ". . . reset as the pistol returns from recoil . . ."
I agree with Jeff Gonzales, this is a bad idea.  Better would be to trap the trigger to the 
rear, get the sights back on target, and then reset the trigger.  Because that is good follow 
through, which is essential for actually hitting your target.  The sights tell you where the 
pistol is pointed when the firing pin hits the primer.  Follow through determines where 
the pistol is pointed when the bullet exists the muzzle, a millisecond later.  A millisecond 
is more than enough time for you to push your point of impact completely off the target.  
Proper follow through prevents misses.  
     "Reset on a striker fired pistol will replicate the condition where you have moved 
through take-up and are at the wall again."  
Well, that's not true.  Many pistols have noticeable slack from reset to the wall.  
Q:  How do I avoid dropping my pistol?  
A:  First - make sure the pistol grip fits your hand.  When the web between your thumb 
and index finger is pushed up tight in the tang so that your skin is bunched up under the 
tang, your middle finger is pressed tight against the bottom of the trigger guard, the 
barrel is in line with the bones in your forearm (aligned, not parallel to), and you are 
gripping tight, the tip of your middle finger should be pointing back toward you.  
Your thumb should also be laying flat against the side of the pistol.  
If you can't get the tip of your middle finger to point back at you, the grip is too big for you.  
If you can't get all of your fingers from both hands on the grip, the grip is too short for you.  
If your finger tips are touching the base of your thumb, the grip is too small for you.  
If you can't achieve a proper grip, change back straps or change pistol.  
     If you are able to achieve a correct grip, move the trigger so that when the slack is 
out, the trigger finger is pressing the trigger straight to the rear; no vector component 
of lateral force.  Yes, as a matter of fact, your trigger can be moved.  It's just a matter 
of finding a competent gunsmith.  
Once you have a pistol on which you can achieve a correct grip - 
     Establish a correct grip while your pistol is still in your holster, before you pull it out.  
     Maintain this correct grip until you holster your pistol.  
     Make sure the pistol is completely into the holster before releasing the proper grip.  
     While using the pistol, maintain straight wrists (both hands).  
A bent wrist weakens your grip.  
     While using the pistol, maintain a strong relaxed grip.  
STRONG because you have exercised and slept correctly.  
Grip your pistol grip tightly for 3 seconds and then relaxing; 
repeat 10 times during the day; and then sleep, undisturbed sleep.  
Sleep is essential.  
RELAXED because as my fencing coaches, Lou Bankuti and Bruno Santonocito, 
would say, tense muscles are slow, relaxed muscles are fast.  
A death grip will fatigue your muscles.  You won't be able to control the pistol with 
fatigued muscles.  
Thought experiment - 
     Grip a pail of water by the handle.  Wrap your fingers completely around the handle.  
You have a solid grip on the handle, so you can support the weight and relax your 
hand and arm without fear of dropping the pail.  
     Grip the handle with just your finger tips.  This causes tension in your hand and arm, 
because your grip is tenuous, so you fear dropping the pail.  
     This is why your pistol grip must be of the correct size to allow a strong confident 
grip.  Such a grip will allow you to relax.  Even when relaxed, your grip will be strong 
because you have exercised your grip strength previously.  You must have a strong grip 
to start with, the result of regular disciplined exercise.  You cannot make your grip 
stronger by squeezing harder during the shooting.  That would be counter-productive.  
Your grip strength should be so strong that you can confidently relax while shooting.  
"Fundamentals of Handgun Marksmanship" by Fred Mastison
     The author shows pictures of grip in which the thumb is down (as opposed to up).  
Notice the gap between the hand and the beaver tail (as the author calls the tang of the 
pistol).  I think it is much better to keep both thumbs high.  
"Train Your Brain to Process Picking Up Pistol Sights Lightning Fast!" 
by Kenzie Fitzpatrick
     "It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
     Suggestions on how to treat your wounds or the wounds of your loved ones.  
     Suggestions on how to avoid prosecution, conviction, and prison time.  
     Suggestions on how to avoid the civil law suit and judgment.  
Table of contents:  
----- Aftermath ----- 
     You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.  
     “The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him, 
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address 
     In the right hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is, 
Read this before you buy insurance.  You need to make an informed decision.  
The various policies are drastically different.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
     “Your understanding and consent are not required 
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones, 
and destroy all you hold dear.” 
-- William Aprill 
----- Medical -----
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
----- Survival -----
     "If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit. 
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained. 
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
Table of contents:  
     "You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons 
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
     Subscribe to Crime Prevention Research Center at 
     "At the Wall Street Journal:  
The Media Say Crime Is Going Down.  Don’t Believe It:  
The decline in reported crimes is a function of less reporting, not less crime."  
by John Lott
    This is what happens when Democrats defund the police.  
"Weekend Knowledge Dump" by Greg Ellifritz
     This is a citation of a citation of the blog you are presently reading.  
"Drawing A Pistol With The Weak-Hand" by Docent
     Effectively self referential / circular citations are common in peer reviewed 
scholarly journals.  Sometimes there are several articles in the circle.  Be careful.  
     "Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
----- Legal -----
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people. 
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
"Lawful Defense Against Animal Attacks!" by Andrew Branca
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca 
(free book, just pay for shipping so you don't have to go to Colorado to pick it up)  
"Kayla Giles' Shoot was JUSTIFIED: 
Use of Force Expert Breaks Down Her Case" by Attorneys On Retainer
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Self-Defense by Hand Grenade: Lawful?" by Andrew Branca
     If your use of lethal force was justified self-defense, it can't be reckless.  
So you can't be prosecuted for recklessness (man slaughter).  
So the innocent bystanders that you unintentionally killed while defending 
yourself or others were not killed by your recklessness, because you were not reckless.  
     The hand grenade in the elevator with innocents persons present is 
an extreme case to illustrate a point.  Dissenting opinions do that sort of thing.  
     "The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge) 
"9th Circuit Drops an Epic Opinion" (USA v. Duarte.)
by California Rifle and Pistol Association
     Felony (non-violent) conviction does not allow a life long firearms ban.  
Once the sentence is served, 2nd Amendment rights are restored.  
"Law of Self Defense Q&A Show! What's LEGAL in Self-Defense?" by Andrew Branca
Questions entertained - 
Is my garage part of my "Castle"?
What if you mistakenly defend the wrong person you see in a struggle?
What if I cause collateral damage, or hit a bystander, when shooting in self-defense?
Can you recommend a defense lawyer/use-of-force expert, just in case I need one?
Should my lawyer be my first call after a self-defense shooting?
And others.  
     Can it every lawful to shoot at police?  Yes.  
"Hawaii Firearms Coalition Celebrates Landmark Victory 
for Second Amendment Rights in Honolulu" by F Riehl
     I was born and raised in Hawaii, so I keep up with things there.  
"5 Myths About “Gun Free” Zones" by Mike Ox
     Look up the things that are forbidden in UFC fights, and train and practice those 
techniques.  Because those techniques will stop the enemy immediately.  Which is 
what you want.  Gouging the eyes always works.  Karate chop to the side of the neck 
(Vagas nerve) always works.  Blood choke always works (just got to hang of for the 
7 seconds it might take, usually much less).  
    “Is there no virtue among us?  
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form, will insure liberty and happiness 
for a dishonorable population represents the height of self-deception.”  
-- James Madison, 1788
----- Instruction -----
     Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:  
"We are not God's gift to our students.  
Our students are God's gift to us."  
----- Instructors -----
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, 
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
"Using Blanks in Scenario Training" by Greg Ellifritz
     Greg says, Don't do it.  Ya, I know the alternatives are expensive.  
I have found having the student yell "BANG!" is effective.  
We did that in the Marine Corps.  
     "Teach them diligently . . . "
-- Deuteronomy 6:7 
the students who require the extra effort 
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
     "You must teach skill sustainment as part of training."  
-- John Hearne
"Skill Set: Maintaining" by Rich Grassi
     "Quals aren’t training, practicing quals isn’t sustainment and 
sustaining skills isn’t training."  
     "Do what the state requires (and no more).  
Use the rest of the time and assets in preparation for the battle."  
----- Students -----
----- Andragogy -----
     ‟An instructor should not expect any learning to take 
place the first time new information is presented.”  
-- ‶Building Shooters″ by Dustin Salomon
     " ‘Miracle in the mountains’ 16-year-old with 2-hour memory gets life back 
thanks to Utah treatment center" by Elle Thomas
Do you understand?  
     "Kirkwood teen’s memory resets every two hours" by Bianca Reyes
When would being able to reset one's brain be beneficial for us?  
     GoFundMe page, 
     Ever see the movie "Memento"?  
     It's not just concussions.  High stress will also cause memory loss.  How to get your 
memory back quickly.  
     Auditory exclusion and tunnel vision.  How to fix the problem?  Quick check, final 
check, and scan.  I have never received a report of it not working for those who were 
trained in it's use and used it correctly.  Of course, I have a limited sample.  
     “The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives.”  
-- Robert John Meehan
----- Gear -----
And the safe storage thereof.  
     “Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
Flashlights that you might want to consider:  
     Ya, they're cheaper on Amazon.com.  
     Absolutely applicable to combat (self-defense).  
"Avoid These Common Pre-Match Mistakes
Simple mistakes made prior to a match can often have a negative impact."
     "Experienced shooters will carefully pack their gear before match day, 
and many will use a checklist."  [This was required when I was a Marine. -- Jon Low]  
     "Remember—some of the most consequential mistakes happen before the match."  
     [One way to prevent screws coming loose on your holster is to glue them all down with 
LOCTITE®.  Another way is to use a leather or hybrid holster where everything is sewn 
or rivetted, no screws.  No adjustment.  So, all the holsters for my students are adjustable 
and not locked in any way.  
-- Jon Low]
"Concealed Carry Corner: Different Levels of Firearm Maintence" by Matt E.  
     Having lived in South Carolina and Florida, I can attest to the high humidity which 
causes unprotected metal surfaces to rust quickly.  As will your arm pit.  One of the 
reasons that I don't wear a shoulder holster.  The Marine Corps made me wear a shoulder 
holster when I worked as the battalion armorer in the armory.  Daily cleaning was required.  
" Impact Expansion Bullets: The Better “Hollow Point”? " by Dave Spaulding
     I'm disappointed that the Federal Guard Dog ammunition has been discontinued.  
I found that they functioned well.  No hollow point edge to get stuck on the chamber 
face during feeding.  So, in a real sense, more reliable.  Very close to a copper jacketed 
round nose bullet.  
"Ported Slides for Concealed Carry" by Jeff Gonzales
     "It is possible while entangled with an opponent the ports could be facing you 
so the real question is how much injury could the gases produce and what would 
be the minimum safe distance from your eyes.  Again, not sure on this one and 
probably not really worth the effort."  
     [I disagree.  Hot gas and burning powder in your eyes is a REAL problem.  
Not to mention the concussion / report.  Which can be very disorienting.  
     Real world criminal attacks on civilians are at touching distance / conversational distance.  
So the probability of a shot from a close contact position is very high.  No one 
is going to attempt to mug you from across the parking lot.  They are going to 
deceive you to get close to you.  "Do you know what time it is?"  "Got any spare 
change?"  "Do you know how to get to . . . ?"  "Got a light?"  
-- Jon Low]  
     Don't call attention to yourself.  Carry your gear in tote bags or insulated picnic bags or 
musical instrument cases.  Not military ammo cans and gun cases.  
Internal ballistics, inside the barrel.  
External ballistics, free falling through the air.  
Terminal ballistics, inside the target.  
"Terminal Ballistics: An Excerpt From The Ballistics Handbook" by Philip Massaro
     Mainly about rifle bullets.  An interesting history lesson.  
IMI Ammunition 9mm Luger Ammo 115 Grain Jacketed Hollow Point
$0.45 per round
     This is why weapon mounted lights are a very bad idea for civilian self-defense.  
"NYPD officer fired gun while clearing protesters from Hamilton Hall at Columbia, 
DA's office confirms" by Katie Houlis
     Stephen P. Wenger's comments -- 
I was unable to find a report to confirm what I'd heard on the radio, that the shot had 
been fired as the officer moved the pistol from one hand to another.  I doubt that many 
details will be released but, a few years back, one switch system [from SureFire, 
as I recall] was implicated in a few unintentional discharges.  In this case, it sound as 
though the light may have been switched on in steady mode rather than in momentary 
mode.  Weapon-mounted lights have a limited role but risk Rule Two violations 
if used for primary illumination in searches.  Homeowners using these lights are best 
served by reflecting the beam off light-colored surfaces such as floors and ceilings.  
[NYPD SWAT is part of the Emergency Service Unit.]  
     [Homeowners are best served by not using weapon mounted lights. 
I went through 8 hours of training to use a weapon mounted light on my pistol.  
A lot of police departments (as Nashville, TN) have zero hours of training 
on this piece of gear.  
-- Jon Low]  
"Evaluation of the New York City Police Department
Firearm Training and Firearm-Discharge Review Process"
by Bernard D. Rostker, Lawrence M. Hanser, William M. Hix, Carl Jensen,
Andrew R. Morral, Greg Ridgeway, Terry L. Schell
Pages 84 to 86 cover weapon mounted lights.  You might find it interesting.  
Gun Mag Warehouse got all kinds of holsters.  
Craft Holsters got all kinds of nice leather and Kydex holsters, mag pouches, hardware, 
and accessories.  
For those with large hands -- 
     If the pistol's grip is not large enough for your hands, you're not going to be able to 
get a proper grip, which means you won't be able to control the pistol, which means 
suboptimal accuracy and weapon retention.  
     For large hands, long fingers, etc. the pistols with double stack magazines, 
chambered in 45 ACP are the way to go.  The following pistols are listed in order 
of grip girth from big to small, in order of pull length (distance from tang to front face 
of trigger, when the slack is out of the trigger) from big to small.  (In my opinion.)  -- 
     HK USP series, SA/DA.  
     Glock 21.  Striker action.  
(The Glock 30 is a bad idea, because the grip is too short.  You won't be able to get all 
of your fingers on the grip.  Which means you won't be able to control the pistol.)  
     HK45, SA/DA.  
     Sig Sauer P220, DA/SA, .45ACP.  I used this pistol for several years.  
     FN 545™ Series.  Two interchangeable backstraps.  Tech. spec. says double action 
striker fired.  Not sure what that means.  
     FNX™-45.  Two interchangeable backstraps.  Double-action/Single-action.  
     Smith & Wesson M&P 45, has 3 replaceable back straps.  I've used this pistol and like it.  
I recommend that you get one without the thumb safety, because such a manual safety 
complicates the manual of arms.  Your holster is the pistol's safety, so you don't need a thumb 
     I do not recommend Double Action / Single Action (DA/SA) because I think every 
trigger press should be the same.  Having a first trigger press that is longer and heavier 
than subsequent trigger presses means you must train for two different trigger presses.  
That just doesn't make sense to me.  The heavy long initial trigger press is not a safety.  
For those with small hands, or short trigger fingers, or weak hands and arms -- 
     Walther PDP F-Series, MSRP $699.  Striker action.  
     M&P® SHIELD™ EZ®,  Striker action.  
     The Remington RP, $349.00.  Striker action.  
For those with small hands -- 
Pistols for small hands:  (in order of grip girth from small to big, 
in order of pull length from small to big, in my opinion)  
Sig P365XL (the grip is long enough to allow all fingers on the grip 
without a magazine grip extension.  The regular P365 grip is too short.)  
Walther PDP F series
Glock 48, like the Glock 43 but with a longer barrel, which I think is important.  
Glock 43 
Smith&Wesson Military & Police Shield EZ
Ruger LCP Max (this has a longer grip allowing you to get all of your fingers 
on the grip, the regular LCP grip is too short) 
     * If the grip is too short, you will pinch your hand between the grip 
and the magazine when reloading.  And you need the little finger of your 
support side hand on the grip for the torque to minimize muzzle flip. * 
Ambidextrous pistols:  
     Because, being right handed doesn't mean you're going to be right handed in combat.  
And because left-handers should have pistols that work correctly for them.  
     Sinistral and dextral.  Left handers are not sinister, they are blessed.  Now, a sinistral 
red head, that's something to watch out for.  Remember the Sherlock Holmes story?  
("The Red-Headed League" by Arthur Conan Doyle, 8 august 1891.  
Text starts a little less than half way down the web page.  
     Out of copyright.  Free online.  
I remember reading these as a child.)  
The following are truly ambidextrous -- 
     Springfield Armory, XDM Elite
Striker action.  ~$653 MSRP.
     FN (Fabrique Nationale Herstal), 509 and others
Double action / single action.  MSRP: $719.00.  
     The H&K (Heckler & Koch), VP9 
Striker action.  Retails for around $600.00. 
     Ruger, American
Striker action.  MSRP:$669.00.  
     Global Ordnance, Arex Delta Generation 2M
Striker action.  MSRP $535.  
     IWI (Israeli Weapon Industries), MASADA 
Standard version, 
Tactical version, 
Striker action.  MSRP $480.  
The following has an ambidextrous magazine release, 
but not an ambidextrous slide stop --
     The Springfield Armory XD type pistols.  
Striker action.  MSRP $440 - $568.
Louis Awerbuck recommended the XD in 45 ACP.  That's why I use it.  
The following have ambidextrous slide stops, but not ambidextrous magazine releases -- 
(being able to move the magazine release to the other side is not the same as being 
     The latest Glocks.  ~$600 to $700.  Striker action.  
     The latest Walthers.  MSRP:  $649.  Striker action.  
     The S&W M&P's.  MSRP: $ 665.  Striker action.  
POLICE TRADE-INS at the OfficerStore.com
     Perfectly functional used pistols for cheap.  For instance:  
     $279.99, Law Enforcement Trade-In Glock 22 Gen 4, .40 S&W, 
3 Magazines, Grade 2, Comes In White Box.  
     $325.00, LE Trade-In Springfield Armory XD45, .45 ACP, 3 Mags, Grade 2.  
     $329.99, LE Trade-In Smith & Wesson M&P 40, .40 S&W, 1 Magazine, Grade 3
     $375.00, LE Trade-In Sig Sauer P320, .40 S&W, 3 Magazines, Grade 2.  
     $369.99, LE Trade-In Glock 17 Gen 3, 9mm, 3 Magazines, Grade 2.  
"Gun Skills | Choosing the Right Defensive Ammo" by PHILIP MASSARO
"The 3 Benefits and The Major Danger of a Holster Sweatguard"
by Jacob Paulsen
     It's easy to trim the sweatguard to allow you to get a proper grip while 
the pistol is in the holster.  
     Take your box cutter, put in a new blade, and cut that leather; burnish, 
Roselene, and use.  
     Or, take your Dremel tool and grind that plastic, sand, polish, and use.  
"Understanding the FBI’s Ammo-Testing Protocol"
     "Bullet Migration in 9mm Revolvers" by Docent
     "To get its much longer barrel in a short pistol, the BULLPUP uses a patented 
Reverse Feed System that pulls the round backward from the magazine instead of 
pushing it forward like current semiauto pistols.  This backward movement requires 
ammunition that has well-crimped bullets, because rounds with insufficient crimp 
can separate the case from the bullet, causing a jam."  
[At the end of the article is a list of ammunition that is well crimped to prevent 
the bullets from moving relative to the case. -- Jon Low]  
     Cited article, 
"Bullet Migration in 9mm Revolvers" by John Farnam
     “Your car is not a holster.” 
-- Pat Rogers
     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology  *****     *****     *****
     "Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe, 
and preserve order in the world as well as property.  
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use." 
-- Thomas Paine
     Cryptosystems are considered "arms" by federal law, ITAR, 
International Traffic in Arms Regulations.  That means cryptosystems are 
covered by the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let the 
government infringe on your right to keep and bear cryptosystems, to 
include home made cryptosystems.  
From the Merge, Saved Rounds (email) -- 
     ITAR:  The International Traffic in Arms Regulations (ITAR) is a set of US regulations 
that restrict and control the export of defense and military-related technology and is 
generally viewed as an onerous process (aka a huge pain in the ass).  
     Why it matters:  The US announced plans to exempt the UK and Australia from 
ITAR to increase technology sharing.  
     [It's not about weapons technology.  It's about cryptology.  Sharing decrypted plaintext 
is one thing.  Sharing cryptanalysis is on an entirely different level.  That's why it's never 
been done before.  Why would Brandon do this?  (That's a joke.  Brandon doesn't know 
what day it is.)  Who is upset?  Who are losing control of their fiefdom?  Remember, 
cryptology is an arms race.  Everything is perishable with a very short shelf life.  
-- Jon Low]  
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
"Radical New Theory Says we got Energy Conservation Wrong, 
That's Why we Need Dark Energy"
by Sabine Hossenfelder
     "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.  
Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have 
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must 
believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing 
must be attained."  
-- Marie Curie
"Why you don't understand GREEN'S THEOREM -- 
Geometric Algebra, Calculus 3, Vector Calculus"
by Kyle Broder
Fundamental Theorem of Calculus → Green's Theorem → Stokes Theorem 
"Reimannian Geometry" by Peter Petersen
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 3319266527
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-3319266527
"Reimannian Geometry and Geometric Analysis" by Jürgen Jost
ISBN 978-3-319-61859-3
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
***** Signals Intelligence and Ground Electronic Warfare, Cyber Security ***** 
From the Merge, Saved Rounds (email) -- 
They Said It
     "They came up with a really cool idea of taking an air-to-ground weapon and doing a 
ground-launched version of it, and it would be a long-range fire weapon . . . and so 
then we sent it to Ukraine.  It didn't work."  
— Bill LaPlante, 
the Pentagon’s lead weapons buyer, on the harsh realities of conflict and trying to rush 
tech into the theater without consideration to tactics, training, doctrine, or the 
operational environment (i.e., heavy jamming).  
     Though he didn’t name the company or system, the only known system that meets 
the description is the Ground-Launched Small Diameter Bomb (GLSDB).  
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     The National Security Agency does not disseminate encryption standards.  
The National Bureau of Standards disseminates such standards, so that the NSA 
will always be able to break such and gain access.  That's why ANSI X9A3 didn't 
use the NBS standards.  Back when men had brains.  
     It's very important to understand this.  
     ‟If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it.  
The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury.  
Therefore what he must fear is his victim.”  
-- Col. Jeff Cooper, "Principles of Personal Defense" 
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     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, 
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution 
     The art and practice of Intelligence is an arm protected by the 2nd Amendment 
to the U.S. Constitution.  Never let anyone infringe upon your God given right 
to keep and bear intelligence.  (The enemy will try to dumb you down.  Resist!)  
"ATF’s Poorly Trained ‘Operators’ are a Threat to Public Safety"
by Lee Williams
     Stephen P. Wenger's comments -- 
To me, the issue with F Troop is not that the SRT's are insufficiently skilled in 
marksmanship and exotic entry techniques such as rappelling.  It is that operations 
are all too often politically motivated and that agents seem to be able to violated 
protocols such as the requirement for body-worn cameras with impunity.  Further, 
as I view it, once any agency creates some form of SRT, there is usually some 
inertial pressure to use it.  In the Malinowski case, I find it hard to believe that 
Malinowski would not have complied with a written or telephonic request to appear 
at the local field office, with or without an attorney.  
     Jon Low's comments -- 
As Massad Ayoob says, It's always better to alive than to be dead.  
It's always better to be the victor than the victim.  
     Better to win the gunfight against the ATF and let the courts sort it out later.  
Even life in prison is better than being dead.  As Sabine says, you can write physics 
papers in prison.  After killing federal law enforcement officers, in prison you'll be 
a hero to a lot of other prisoners.  
    Do you understand why this is in the Intelligence section?  
     "Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
"The CIA's Special Activities Center" by Docent
Cost Imposition
"The Merge"
Dillon Precision at their best.  
     The civilian version.  For the narco wars.  
If you don't know the communication channels, you can't monitor anything.  
"Sarah C. M. Paine - WW2, Taiwan, Ukraine, & Maritime vs Continental Powers"
by Dwarkesh Patel
     Remember, Sun Yat Sen asked the U.S. for help.  The U.S. declined.  So Sun went 
to the Russian Communists.  
     Remember, Ho Chi Min asked the U.S. for help.  The U.S. declined.  So Ho went 
to the Chinese Communists.  
     I could go on, but you get the idea.  U.S. incompetence in statecraft under Democrats 
reigns supreme.  
     During the War of Northern Aggression, President Lincoln (Republican) freed the 
Black slaves.  The Democrats in the Southern U.S. punished the Blacks horribly with 
their laws.  And yet the vast majority of Blacks vote Democrat.  Ever wonder why?  
     During World War II, the Democrats threw American Citizens of Japanese ancestry 
into concentration camps.  And yet the vast majority of Japanese-Americans vote 
Democrat.  Ever wonder why?  
     Koreans vote Republican.  Filipinos vote Republican.  Stop and think about it.  
     "Amateurs talk tactics.  Professionals talk logistics." -- Napoleon
     Consider Gaza.  
     Consider Russia.  
     People's Liberation Army Air Force training.  
     Some people lie.  That is to say, they know what they are saying is false.  
Some people are confused.  They think what they are saying is true, but it's false.  
     Which one is worse?  
If you don't know the rules, you can't play the game.  
     You can't cheat.  You're just playing a different game.  
Apr 8, 2022
Follow the money.  Who has the juice to make this disappear?  Why make it disappear?  
PROSECUTOR Says STORY ‘GETS WORSE’ " by Robert Gouveia
Apr 10, 2022
Why were there no gun crime charges?  
     "Judge HARVEY Postpones FAKE DHS Agents’ DETENTION HEARING 
as NEW WITNESSES Emerge" by Robert Gouveia
Apr 11, 2022
DEFENSE and FAMILY Fight for PRE-TRIAL RELEASE" by Robert Gouveia
Apr 11, 2022
Freed by JUDGE as PROSECUTORS PANIC" by Robert Gouveia
Apr 12, 2022
The Secret Service tipped off the defendants that the defendants were under investigation.  
“The dogs like spend five minutes sniffing each other’s butts.  
That’s the phase I think we’re in.  We just need to get off that.  
Nobody’s here to hurt anybody.  Everybody’s a dog; we’re all 
on the same team; we’re all going to get a chance to play,” 
he said.  “Put your baggage behind you and get focused on 
the real problem.”  
— Lt. Gen. David Miller, 
head of Space Operations Command, 
describing the fight inside the Intelligence Community over satellite-based ISR
    Be careful.  General and Flag officers are not like us.  The promotion from O-6 to O-7 
often requires selling one's soul.  Maybe to a President?  Maybe to a Senator.  Maybe to the 
Devil.  Think about all of those officers who when along with Obama's diversity program.  
It got a lot of us killed due to retention and promotion of incompetent persons.  Don't let 
political correctness get you or your subordinates killed.  I stayed in as long as I could and 
did as much as I could.  I'll face God with confidence.  I hope you do too.  
     "In the end, we all answer to God." -- B.Gen. John Gorman, U.S. Army, retired, deceased
     “I would not categorize the F-35 as a paperweight.”
— Secretary of Defense Lloyd Austin, 
responding to a question during a Congressional hearing critical of the jet’s cost and reliability.  
Xona raised a $19m Series A round for a GPS-alternative satellite navigation service
"US approves possible Sniper targeting pod sale to Malaysia"
by Akhil Kadidal
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"Regret in Heaven!" by John Farnam
In case you don't understand modern universities.  
How to keep woke people away from your organization.  
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which links to 
     My sister, brother-in-law, and I watched the SEC Equestrian Championships, 
female, Auburn vs. Texas A&M.  Beauty to behold.  The posture and poise.  
Why women in infantry is stupid.  
Tik Tok ban is not to protect Americans.  
Steering isn't what they taught you in mechanics class.  
The perfect prostitute.  
In case you're wondering why there are so many convicted criminals running around free.  
In case you don't understand the connection between sin and poor marksmanship.  
It's not just in the U.S.  U.K. too.  
Brandon's Dept. of Energy.  
Stupidity should hurt more.  
"Appearance MATTERS" by Jordan Peterson
     And you thought that chess end game post was silly.  
     The appropriate role off government in a capitalist economy is to do NOTHING!  
Capitalisms is a highly buffered, self correcting, system.  Leave it alone, and all will 
prosper.  Genocide will never ensue.  
Thomas Sowell
"Jack Smith Admits to Misleading Judge; Case Put on Indefinite Hold"
by Roman Balmakov
     All of the photos of classified documents in Trumps home were staged.  That's called 
tampering with evidence.  But if you're the FBI on a Democrat Party mission, it's okay.  
Who controls the language controls the thoughts.  
Canadian censorship.  
80 billion dollars spent on IRS to recover 270 million dollars.  
     I had fun and learned a lot in the Boy Scouts of America 50 years ago.  
Can't recommend it to anyone now days.  
     I had fun and learned a lot at Columbia University, 47 years ago.  
Can't recommend it to anyone now days.  Didn't let my daughter attend.  
"Punk Bands Have Turned Soft" by Brett Cooper
     I used to work with a guy who dated Brett Cooper.  
     Never travel to California, New York, Turks and Caicos Islands, etc.  
"12 Years in Prison For Ammo" by Liberty Doll
    “You can’t truly call yourself ‘peaceful’
unless you are capable of great violence.  
If you’re not capable of violence, you’re not peaceful, 
you’re harmless.  Important distinction.”  
-- Stef Starkgaryen 
Sgt. Maj. Troy told me, when you get to a new command, observe for a month before 
making any changes.  Because there might be a reason they are doing things that way.  
Deep wisdom.  

Deep truth.  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
Radio:  KI4SDN

Yes, I confess to attending Columbia University, School of Engineering and Applied Science.  
I was on the Varsity Rifle Team back then.  The campus would close down on the Jewish 
holidays because the Jews would not show up for classes, and there were a lot of Jew.  
How things have changed.