Monday, July 4, 2022

CWP, Independence Day MMXXII Anno Domini

 Happy 246th Birthday, American!   
 
     ". . . with no apology, we Operators joyfully/proudly celebrate life, all of Western
Civilization, and this blessed nation in particular, on this Independence Day!"  
-- John Farnam
 
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----- 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 I:  ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II:  NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.
RULE IV:  BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
     There are many surveys of convicted violent offenders (which is of course biased because
the ones smart enough to avoid conviction are not represented) that indicate what the violent
offender is looking for and avoiding in his victim selection process.  I will give you my
recommendations, having reviewed several of these studies.  
     MAINTAIN AN ERECT POSTURE, in particular, a high chest as your ballet instructor
would say.  This does not mean that you are puffing your chest out, as many birds do in
mating rituals, but rather that you are not slouching.  
     CASUALLY LOOK AROUND.  Be curious as to what is going on around you.  Which is
the opposite of being focused on your phone.  
     When you are out and about, NEVER WEAR EAR PHONES of any kind.  Being deaf to
your environment is much worse than being blind.  Blind persons pay attention to what they
hear.  Deaf persons are constantly looking around.  Able bodied persons who intentionally
block their hearing of their environment are wearing a sign that says, "MUG ME!" "RAPE ME!"  
Able bodied persons who blind themselves by focusing on their phones have walked into
traffic to be killed, and groups of young men that were obviously thugs to be gang raped.  
Tim Larkin says that in his study, 100% of the women who were attacked by strangers were
wearing ear phones at the time of the attack.  
     Liberals will scream, "Don't blame the victim.  It's not her fault."  Because libs don't
believe in taking responsibility for anything.  But the truth is that victim behavior will produce
victim results.  So, it is very much the victim's fault for executing behaviors that directly
caused the criminal predator to select her.  Ignorance is no excuse.  And never has been.  
And even if ignorance were an acceptable excuse, it wouldn't stop the attack.  
 
     If you can see any part of your car in your left or right rear view mirrors, you have blind
spots back to your left or right.  Blind spots are not areas that you know that you can't see.  
Blind spots are areas that you don't know that you can't see.  Adjust your mirrors so that you
can't see any part of your car.  Now you have a much better chance of seeing the cars that used
to be in your blind spots outside of your peripheral vision.  If you wear glasses, your peripheral
vision does not extend beyond the edges of your glasses.  You may think it does, but it's so out
of focus that it really doesn't.  
    When driving in reverse, twist around and look through your rear window.  No, you can't
use your rear view mirror (the image is left-right inverted).  No, you can't use your rear view
camera (the image may or may not be left-right inverted, depending on who last fiddled with
the controls).  No, you won't be able to instantly tell and you won't be able to adjust to it
before you crash into something (because the car turned left, even though I turned right).  
     Smart persons learn from their mistakes.  Wise persons learn from the mistakes of others.  
Please learn from my mistakes.  
     Operating in a high stress situation is entirely different from a low stress situation.  No,
driving with your kids screaming in the back seat is not high stress.  Being showered with
glass from your windows being blown out in a foreign country with a bunch of American
women screaming in the back seats is high stress.  
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak.  
Don't fail the attitude test.  
 
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----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
     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
 
"Cooper’s Color Code | You’re Doing it Wrong" by Aaron Haskins
https://www.breachbangclear.com/cooper-color-code/
     Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     If you pay attention and follow the incident from yellow through red, you won't be surprised.  
You won't be shocked.  You'll be prepared and ready to act.  
 
"Louis Awerbuck: Interview With a Madman" by  Robert Boatman
https://louisawerbuckinterviewwithamadman.blogspot.com/
     Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.
Excerpts:  
     "A class of fourteen-year-old females will turn out amazing pistol shooters.  They don’t
have an ego, they haven’t got the prior mistakes, so they don’t know how to miss."  
     "If I’d wanted to make money in my life, I would have done something else.  Because you
can’t do this job right and make a fortune out of it.  If you make money your priority, or ego
your priority, you’ve got a problem.  And there’s lot of that, it’s become rampant in this game
in the last ten years."  
     "You look at instructor resumes, and they’ve taken all the classes, but what have they done?  
They’ve taken everybody else’s lesson plans and put them into a program of their own and
they’re teaching it like a parrot."  
     "War has always been the solution.  War has always solved all the problems.  You reduce
the number of mouths to feed.  Everybody’s got a job.  Instincts are reinvigorated.  That’s why
there’s continuous war.  When man lit the first fire and figured out how flame works, he said,
Now who can we go burn?"  
 
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
 
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     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
 
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
     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)
 
"Picking A Jiu-jitsu School" by Scott Ferguson
https://southgeorgiajiujitsu.com/2022/05/07/picking-a-jiu-jitsu-school/
     Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.  
     Yes, this directly applies to picking a gun-school / self-defense school.  
     Ask for the mission statement or purpose of the school.  When asked, I say that my
purpose is to teach "civilian concealed carry for self-defense".  The instructor should be
able to give you a succinct statement, because he has thought about it previously.  
     Ask for a copy of the instructor's insurance policy.  He should be carrying about 2 million
dollars of general liability insurance and about 1 million dollars of professional liability
insurance.  Concealed Coalition requires that of their instructors and I only teach lecture
courses for them.  
     Ask for the instructor's resume, curriculum vitae, or training record.  
     Ask for the contact information of former students, so that you can ask the students about
the classes that they took.  Unless I know the author, I would not trust any after action report
published on a web site.  (Ya, I know that the instructor is only going to give you the contact
information of happy students.  But, it's still useful, if you prepare intelligent questions to ask.)  
     The instructor will either give you these things or he won't.  There is no in-between.  
 
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
 
"Training Disciplines" by Tom Givens
Rangemaster Newsletter July 2022
https://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-07_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
     Excerpt:  
     ". . . mindset, gun-handling, and marksmanship."  
 
“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
 
     I told my friend, stop wasting your money buying guns.  Spend your money on training.  
He was showing me his new S&W M&P from the S&W Custom Shop.  That is, he would
have, but he couldn't get it out of his Safariland retention holster.  He was fumbling with
it for several minutes.  You have to push a hood forward, then you have to pull back on a
tab with your thumb, then you have to twist the pistol (roll as opposed to pitch or yaw)
to get the pistol out of the holster.  
     What a pity.  Beautiful metallic blue magazine extensions that added 5 rounds to the 17
round mag for a total of 22 round in each mag.  All kinds of neat work on the pistol to make
it more reliable and accurate.  A top of the line red dot sight was on the slide.  A flashlight
was mounted to the bottom of the dust cover.  (So it was a very specialized holster to fit
this pistol with accoutrements.)
     But, he couldn't get it out of his holster in time to save his life or anyone else's.  
You don't even have to spend money.  Just spend some time dry practicing your presentation
from your holster.  
     You think I'm making up this story to make a point?  Sorry, this is reality.  And I bet you
know such a person.  Do him a favor and talk to him.  You might be saving his life.  
 
Care enough to continue your training.
 
Reston Group Training.   
https://restongrouptraining.com/
     Check out the video at the bottom of the web page.  (A few hours ago, they moved the
video to the top of the web page.  You have to click on the right most of the four little circles
at the bottom of the picture at the top of the web page.)
     You're on your own.  Nobody is going to rescue you.  Not even your partner.  
[Detective Reston is being kind in his description of the incident by saying that his partner
slowed down to make better radio communication.  The official report says that his partner
was so out of shape that he could not keep up with the foot pursuit.  So, Reston had to take
care of business by himself.]  
     You get up and go to the range to make yourself better.  You do it for your family.  
You do it for your community.  
     What a fantastic attitude.  What great self discipline.  
 
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
 
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----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
 
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
     "We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom alone men ought to be obedient.  
He reigns in heaven . . . and from the rising to the setting sun, may His kingdom come."  
-- Samuel Adams, 2 July 1776 A.D.  
     It is hard to get context and hence meaning from a single sentence.  Practice is not 
just the deliberate intentional repetition to perfect an art form.  It is also as defined in 
the American Heritage Dictionary, 
https://ahdictionary.com/word/search.html?q=practice
 
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
 
"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
 
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----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, which tactics to use) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
     "I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy, and
they have covered me completely.  I have found the sweetest consolation since I made it my
whole purpose to enjoy His marvelous presence."  
-- Christopher Columbus
     You may not think prayer is a strategy, but it has been used by leaders throughout history. 
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do in support of your strategy) -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics) -----
 
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"In Self Defense - Episode 102: Craig Douglas PT. 1"
https://ccwsafe.com/blog/36344
Sound track and written transcript (so you don't have to listen to them drone on).
Excerpt:  
     ". . . I know how many people I shot in my career.  I have no idea how many people I
almost shot but chose not to.  I have no idea how many people I talked out of shooting me
on drug deals.  I know the potency and power of a well-placed word, and it's as potent and
powerful as a well-placed shot.  And I think if one chooses to carry and take the responsibility
of carrying a gun in public space, then the onus is even greater that people have parity in those
other skills, like good language, good verbal agility, good social literacy, and hand-to-hand
skills, if necessary."  
     "And it's not even being aggressive verbally, Shawn, it's being assertive verbally."
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
 
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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 -----
 
"Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
 
     Literally hundreds of people in the U.S. shoot themselves or others unintentionally every
year.  Literally thousands of people in the U.S. have negligent discharges every year.  And
here I am only talking about documented / reported incidents.  Of course, if a person does
something stupid and there are no witnesses (or all the witnesses are dead) the person is
not going to tell anyone.  So how do you, the mentally competent armed citizen, avoid
negligent discharges? and prevent them from being committed by others?  By knowing and
believing safety RULE I:  ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
That takes care of ignorance.  Now you know, so you can't claim ignorance.  
     Carelessness is more difficult to handle.  Complacency, intoxication, et al cause carelessness.  
If you have to tell someone not to drink alcohol or take drugs while handling guns, your
audience is in the lower tail of the IQ (intelligence quotient, a ranking based on various tests
that describes a person's relative ability to manipulate abstract objects) distribution.  But, God
given rights apply to all.  So you must teach them to be careful and pay attention.  Explain to
the low IQ person, that they can be competent by following the safety rules.  They don't have
to be smart, sophisticated, etc.  
     The real problem child is the high IQ person.  People who are smart and know it, are much
worse than women who are pretty and know it.  Smart people are, generally speaking, arrogant.  
They think they know everything.  "Those who think they know everything, irritate those of us
who do."  (Are you laughing?)  So you must explain to the high IQ person that being smart
does not make them safe or competent.  Rather, conscientiousness makes one competent and
safe.  And conscientiousness is not correlated to IQ.  They should understand that.  
 
     In my classes, I ask the students to pretend there is a guy approaching them and to
command him to stop by saying "STOP!".  Many persons cannot do that.  Physically cannot
put on their big boy pants, and use their command voice to tell some scum bag to stop.  
So, I ask them, if you can't tell the bad guy to stop, do you really think you can point a gun at
him?  It's not a rhetorical question.  
     Do whatever you have to do to get your student to scream at the bad guy, "STOP!"  
Explain the scenario in graphic detail if necessary.  Explain the consequences of not being
assertive.  This is a big psychological step for those who have never encountered impolite
persons.  You think I'm joking.  I'm not.  
     Modern police departments won't recruit anyone with a criminal record, especially a violent
record.  So, if the prospective recruit got into a fist fight in high school, guess what?  So what
kind of person ends up in the police academy?  As Ralph Morz says, "These guys have never
even been in a shoving match."  The Metro Nashville Police Academy is presently graduating
100% of each class.  That's how desperate they are for warm bodies.  
     I was standing in line at a Wendy's restaurant to get a hamburger.  A lady in front of me
in line was texting on her phone completely oblivious to her surroundings.  Three guys, also
in line, were closing on her, but unsure of the situation, they started making comments to her.  
"Hey, don't arrest me."  At which point I noticed the Nashville Police badge on her belt.  
So, I swept my jacket back and established a grip on my pistol.  The three saw me and left.  
The lady police officer never noticed anything.  
 
"Tactical Revolver Reloads: The Speed Strip" by Grant Cunningham
https://gundigest.com/more/how-to/firearm-training/tactical-revolver-reloads-the-speed-strip
     If you're going to call yourself an instructor, you need to know how to teach revolvers.  
     Jordan Peterson says, when you give a lecture, you need to know 10 times as much as
you are presenting.  That includes all the revolver stuff that you may never mention in
this lecture.  Because, some day, you will have a student show up to your class with a revolver.  
Turning that student away is wrong, on many levels.  Replacing the student's gear with a
semi-auto is wrong.  You have to be able to teach revolvers, because they are prevalent.  
     When the NRA Carry Guard  training program (which used none of the hundred thousand
NRA Instructors) came out, they prohibited revolvers from their classes.  The program almost
immediately failed.  Stupidity has consequences.  
 
"So,You Want to be an Instructor?" by Tom Givens
Rangemaster Newsletter July 2022
https://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2022/06/2022-07_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
Excerpt:  
     "The first, or entry level class from every school/instructor is where the real meat is."  
     "You don’t have to be a world champion to teach, but you should be able to
demonstrate anything you tell your students they should be able to do."  
     ". . . attend training conferences, such as Tac Con, the ILEETA conference,
the A Girl and a Gun Conference, our annual Instructor Conference, and others."  
     [I have attended instructor development classes from Tom Givens, John Farnam, Ignatius
Piazza, and others.  I would say, the Instructor Development class from every school is
where the meat is. -- Jon Low]
 
     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
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
 
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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----- Aftermath -----  (You have to 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
https://defensivepistolcraft.blogspot.com/p/never-talk-to-police.html
 
     In the righthand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is,
http://defensivepistolcraft.blogspot.com/p/self-defense-insurance.html
 
     If your church does not have a Proprietary Security Organization document filed with the
state Department of Insurance and Commerce, you can be sued individually.  As opposed to
only the church being sued.  (The wording may be different in your state, but you get the
idea.)  Yes, as a matter of fact, this is a very big deal.  It's the difference between you being
a hero, and the homeless guy in the street committing suicide because he can't take care of
his family.  
 
“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
 
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     "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
 
"New Hampshire governor signs law restricting federal gun control" by Christian Wade
https://www.kpvi.com/news/national_news/new-hampshire-governor-signs-law-restricting-federal-gun-control/article_9376d7c3-cba0-5c64-9675-716818ee910f.html
 
"Ninth Circuit Panel Sends California "Assault Weapons" Ban Challenge Back to District Court,
so the District Court can reconsider it in light of the Supreme Court's new Bruen precedent."  
by Eugene Volokh
https://reason.com/volokh/2022/06/28/ninth-circuit-panel-sends-california-assault-weapons-ban-challenge-back-to-district-court/
Excerpt:  
     The district court's judgment is vacated, and this case is remanded to the district court for
further proceedings consistent with the United States Supreme Court's decision in
New York State Rifle & Pistol Ass'n, Inc. v. Bruen, 597 U.S. ____ (2022).
     The parties shall bear their own attorney's fees, costs, and expenses.  This order constitutes
the mandate of this court.
    VACATED AND REMANDED.
 
     "If you carry a gun, so you're hard to kill, know the law, so you're hard to convict."  
     Free infographic on the 5 elements of self-defense.  
https://LawOfSefDefense.com/elements/
     Free one hour webinar, every Wednesday at 13:00 Central Time, register at,
https://www.hardtoconvict.com/
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
https://lawofselfdefense.com/freebook/
The book is free of charge.  Just pay shipping, so you don't have to drive to Colorado
to pick it up.  
     "Educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage."  
 
    “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
 
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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
 
"TEDxPioneerValley - Sue Barry - Fixing My Gaze"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XCCtphdXhq8
     Hat tip to Mike Ox.  
 
Hearing loss is permanent and cumulative.  
As is losing your eyes.  
 
----- Gear -----
 
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
"Armed & Styled On Using Handheld and Weapons Lights" at PracticalEschatology.com
https://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/2022/06/armed-styled-on-using-handheld-and.html
"What the heck is candela?  Lumens?  Photonic Barriers??  Why should YOU care?"  
"Handheld and Weapon Mounted Light Tactics with John Johnston"
     Press on, release off.  Anything other than that is WRONG!  
     Never search with a weapon mounted light.  Violates safety rule RULE II:  
NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
     Weapon mounted light conversation:  
https://ballisticradio.com/2021/06/01/handgun-wmls-are-not-necessary-season-8-episode-344/
     Stage your flashlight in your hand ahead of time.  (Ya, that forces you to perform a one
handed draw; so practice it. -- Jon Low)
Excerpt:  
     "If you're hearing about 'managing unknown contacts' for the first time in this video,
then there are more important things for you to learn than flashlights."  
---
     Armed and Styled web site
https://www.armedandstyled.net/
     "Armed and Styled" YouTube.com channel
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCr4V3j2Znf-ZlJ-bnENaQZg
     Armed and Styled, blog
https://www.armedandstyled.net/archive
---
     Citizens Defense Research
https://www.citizensdefenseresearch.com/
https://www.facebook.com/CitizensDefenseResearch/
---
Agile Training & Consulting, Chuck Haggard
https://agiletactical.com/
---
Shiv Works, Craig Douglas
https://shivworks.com/
---
Centrifuge Training, LLC
https://centrifugetraining.com/
---
Ballistic Radio
https://ballisticradio.com
 
A reader responds to my last blog posting concerning my Glock 21 --
     In regard to your comment about the finger grooves on the Glocks, I believe that they
were included to score additional points on the ATF's calculation of whether a firearm meets
the "sporting purposes" test used to determine if a handgun can be imported under the
1968 Gun Control Act.  Apparently finger grooves (and thumb rests which were introduced
on Glocks at the same time) are considered a feature of target pistols.  I'm not certain why
Glock felt they needed them with the Gen 3 pistols when they hadn't used them before,
but I suspect it is because Glock started coming out with the smaller Glock 26 and similar
sized handguns and probably risked running afoul of the ATF regulations without such
grooves, and probably decided to add them to the whole line so they looked the same.  
Even though Glock has gotten rid of the finger grooves on their most recent models,
they still have retained some form of thumb rest.  
     The whole thing is stupid, but that pretty much describes gun control laws in general.
--Mark of Practical Eschatology
https://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/
 
"Why A Holster?" by Clint Smith
https://americanhandgunner.com/gear/why-a-holster/
Excerpt:  
     "Carrying a handgun for personal defense will require a behavior and dress code
modification on your part.  Accept it, work with it and get on with it. The fact is, being armed
is far more important and comforting than any issues about clothing and personal comfort."  
 
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
 
     "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
(capitalization as in the original document, militia refers to YOU)
 
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"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
     Due to the NYT paywall, I [Stephen P. Wenger] am linking an article that excerpts the op-ed.  
Both the excerpt in the article and the article itself are longer than my excerpt of them.  
"New York Times opinion editor wants a gun" by Tom Knighton
https://bearingarms.com/tomknighton/2022/06/30/new-york-times-gun-n59920
Excerpt:  
     Then There's This via NYT:  The New York Times isn’t exactly a right-leaning publication.  
On its pages through the years, the official line seems to have been that guns are bad and have
no place in our society.  Granted, they can’t do much beyond pontificate about how they know
better than the rest of us, but they do that in spades.  So imagine my surprise when I saw a
headline, written by the New York Times opinion editor, about why she wants a gun.
     “I lived in New York for a decade without fearing for my personal safety.  But in recent
months, I have been terrified.  In May, I filed for and received a temporary order of protection
against a former partner.  More than five million American women alive today have reported
being threatened with a gun, shot or shot at by an intimate partner, and more than half of the
perpetrators of mass shootings in the past decade shot a family member, intimate partner or
former intimate partner as part of their rampage.  Every month, 70 women on average are shot
and killed by an intimate partner.  But states like mine make it legally cumbersome to defend
yourself with a legally purchased handgun.  If my life is ever in danger, I want to be able to
protect myself with a gun.  And now, thanks to the Supreme Court’s decision in New York
State Rifle and Pistol Association v. Bruen, I am one step closer to carrying one . . . ”  
 
"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
 
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"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
     ". . . with no apology, we Operators joyfully/proudly celebrate life, all of Western
Civilization, and this blessed nation in particular, on this Independence Day!"  
-- John Farnam
"Live From The Field" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/live-from-the-field-5/
 
"How Often Do Citizens Use Guns to Stop Violence?" by James D. Agresti
but the narrator identifies herself as Amanda Reed Shiek
https://www.justfactsdaily.com/how-often-do-citizens-use-guns-to-stop-violence/
     Hat tip to Ignatius Piazza.
     All cited studies are hyperlinked in highlighted underlined words.  
     One of the results of the studies is that the pistol is by far the most effective self-defense
tool.  Its users suffering the least injury and death.  
 
"How changing gun regulations has reduced Brazil's murder rate" by Tucker Carlson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JpKG8PODdg4
---
     Excerpt from CrimeResearch.org because the Wall Street Journal article is behind a pay
wall.  
"In the Wall Street Journal:  More Legal Guns Reduced Crime in Brazil"
https://www.wsj.com/articles/more-legal-gun-control-regulation-reduce-violent-crime-shooting-murder-brazil-semi-automatic-permit-supremep-court-new-york-decision-11656268995
 
"Biden to award gun control activist Gabby Giffords,
Trump critic Khizr Khan with Medal of Freedom" by Jeff Mordock
https://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2022/jul/1/biden-medal-freedom-giffords-trump-critic-khan/
     It seems ironic but not coincidental that Brandon could give a Medal of Freedom to
someone dedicated to the infringement of what SCOTUS just reasserted as a specifically
enumerated constitutional right.
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
 
"USA Archery Introduces Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Access
Strategic Plan and Advisory Council" by (no one had the guts to put thier name on this article)
https://www.usarchery.org/news/usa-archery-introduces-diversity-equity-inclusion-and-access-strategic-plan-and-advisory-council
https://www.usarchery.org/about/diversity-equity-inclusion-and-access
     In case you can't read the double talk, they are saying that USA Archery will not longer
be a meritocracy.  In this case, the best scores will not mean you make the team.  
     When I read all the rule changes, I did not shoot the 2022 Tennessee Outdoor Archery
Championships last week.  I had already paid.  But, I had better things to do than support a
woke fest.  
     I once gave up my paid spot on an Arizona team (Duel in the Desert at the Olympic Training
Center in California) to allow a junior to take my place and shoot the tournament.  I shot the
tournament by paying my own way.  Which is fine, and not at all the same as slots being
reserved for persons based on things other than their match scores in the qualifying matches.  
     Making the U.S.A. Shooting teams is also very political.  
 
"Harvard Student Condemns Anti-Americanism in Senior Speech" by Julie Hartman
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_Hk3A5SaIXA
     Hat tip to Pastor Jim Bachmann
"Julie Hartman ‘22 - May 3, 2022 | Morning Prayers (Senior Talks)" sound track only
https://soundcloud.com/memorial-church/julie-hartman-22-may-3-2022-morning-prayers-senior-talks
Excerpt:  
     “Americans are the freest, most privileged people on earth.  Yet many of us are ashamed
to show any, even the tiniest, trace of national pride.  Why?  Because we Americans of recent
generations have been swaddled in prosperity and security, and in consequence have become
ungrateful for the blessings we enjoy . . . This nation saved the world from global catastrophe
three times in the 20th century.  This nation has grown to treat racial, ethnic, and religious
minorities with a quality and respect compared to other places and times on earth.  This is the
nation where people are not constrained by their gender, religion, or class, but can work to
achieve a better life.  
     We view these things [blessings] to be our birthright . . . but they are not.  They exist only
because past generations have sacrificed to secure and maintain them.  And to our discredit
we have used these blessings, not to strengthen our country, but to tear it down.  We have
remained cringingly silent in the face of corrosive ideas, woke culture, that has corrupted our
institutions and severed the bonds that hold our country together.  
     The New York Times won a Pulitzer Prize for reporting that the sole purpose of the
American Revolution was to preserve slavery!  And we remain silent . . . The American
Medical Association has stated that the US should remove gender from birth certificates.  
And we remain silent.  Howard Zinn, author of the most widely-read history text in American
public schools said that America has done ‘more bad than good.’  And we remain silent.  
A huge percentage of the donations to the BLM organizers have been spent on compensation
and benefits, including several extravagant real estate purchases and questionable consulting
contracts.  And we remain silent.  On this campus we often hear how oppressive America is.  
Just outside of this church there was a sign for Israeli Apartheid Week on an upside down,
faded American flag with painted bullet holes in it.  And we remain silent.  
     We must not lie to ourselves or to one another by denying that a large reason we remain
silent is that we see personal and professional advantages in doing so.”  
     When Julie finished her speech (you guessed it) the audience was silent.
     At one point she added, “The people who excoriate religion live in a society where their
freedoms are based on teachings in the Bible . . . What a litany of dishonesty.  We are using
our privilege to undermine the very system that has given us that privilege.”  
 
     Liberals are smart.  Darwin's theory of evolution has not removed them from the gene
pool.  They know that criminals don't obey laws.  So when they tell you that they want gun
control laws to reduce criminal violence, they are lying.  
     The truth is that they want gun control laws to criminalized your behavior, so they can
arrest, prosecute, imprison, and disenfranchise you.  If you can't vote, they win.  If you
don't keep and bear arms for fear of arrest and prosecution, they win.  
     What can you do?  Vote.  Donate money to pro-gun candidates.  Work on the campaign
of pro-gun candidates.  Donate to pro-gun organizations that file pro-gun law suits.  
Otherwise, you'll be fighting in the war to determine the Constitutional right to murder unborn
babies, the Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, the Constitutional right to choose and
change your sex at will, and many others.  
     Consider,
American Revolutionary War,
Cherokee–American Wars,
Northwest Indian War,
Quasi-War,
First Barbary War,
Tecumseh's War,
War of 1812,
Creek War,
Second Barbary War,
First Seminole War,
Arikara War,
Winnebago War,
Black Hawk War,
Texas Revolution,
Second Seminole War,
Aroostook War,
Mexican–American War,
Cayuse War,
Apache Wars,
Bleeding Kansas,
Puget Sound War,
Rogue River Wars,
Third Seminole War,
Yakima War,
Second Opium War,
Utah War,
Navajo Wars,
Pig War,
John Brown's Raid on Harpers Ferry,
First and Second Cortina War,
Paiute War,
War of Northern Aggression,
Yavapai Wars,
Dakota War of 1862,
Colorado War,
Snake War,
Powder River War,
Red Cloud's War,
Comanche Campaign,
United States expedition to Korea,
Modoc War,
Red River War,
Las Cuevas War,
Great Sioux War of 1876,
Buffalo Hunters' War
Nez Perce War,
Bannock War,
Cheyenne War,
Sheepeater Indian War,
Victorio's War,
White River War,
Crow War,
Pine Ridge Campaign,
Garza War,
Yaqui Wars,
Second Samoan Civil War,
Spanish–American War,
Philippine–American War,
Moro Rebellion,
Boxer Rebellion,
Crazy Snake's War,
Mexican Border War,
Little Race War,
United States occupation of Nicaragua,
Bluff War,
United States occupation of Veracruz,
United States occupation of Haiti,
United States occupation of the Dominican Republic,
World War I,
Russian Civil War,
Posey War,
World War II, (my grandfather's war, my uncles' war)
Korean War, (my father's war)
Vietnam War,
Laotian Civil War,
Lebanon crisis,
Bay of Pigs Invasion,
Dominican Civil War,
Cambodian Civil War,
Multinational intervention in Lebanon,
United States invasion of Grenada,
Bombing of Libya, (Reagan had balls)
Tanker War,
United States invasion of Panama,
Gulf War, (Desert Shield, Desert Storm, good times)
Iraqi No-Fly Zone Enforcement Operations,
First U.S. Intervention in the Somali Civil War,
Bosnian War and Croatian War, (Wes Thompson's war, a Marine Corps buddy)
Intervention in Haiti,
Kosovo War,
War in Afghanistan, (my son's war)
American intervention in Yemen,
Iraq War, (my war, Operation Iraqi Freedom et al)
American intervention in the War in North-West Pakistan,
Second U.S. Intervention in the Somali Civil War,
Operation Ocean Shield, (my daughter's war)
International intervention in Libya,
Operation Observant Compass,
American-led intervention in Iraq,
American-led intervention in Syria,
American intervention in Libya,
. . .
May the Global War On Terrorism never end.  (got to get that GWOT ribbon)
What's another war?  
You'll be fighting in the war to determine the Constitutional right to homosexuality and a host
of other perverted sex crimes,  the Constitutional right to murder unborn babies, the
Constitutional right to keep and bear arms, the Constitutional right to change the sex of children,
and many others.  You know I'm not being facetious.  
We always end up fighting for what we believe in.  The question is, do you believe in it
enough to fight for it?  Or, will you sit it out.  
     Only 10% of the population fought in the American Revolutionary War.  The other 90%
didn't care enough to take sides.  Or to take up arms.  A sign of their times.  
     Today less than 1% of our population has ever served in the Armed Forces.  Of those,
less than 10% have served in combat arms.  (A sign of our times.)  They might take sides and
fight.  At least they know how to.  [It's really useful to have senior field grade officers and
general grade officers on your side.  You every try to plan the logistics for a brigade sized unit?  
It's a specialized skill.  Then again, guerrilla wars have been won.  They have been fought
without any of the participants having attended (much less graduated from) war college.]
     But, what of the other 90% of the population?  The sheep who go along to get along.  
Can you rouse them?  Can anything rouse them?  If roused to action, can they fight?  Can
they fight effectively?  Even in a guerrilla operation?  There's a big difference between
destroying an enemy facility with Molotov cocktails and getting everyone killed in the attempt.  
But the difference is hard to see beforehand if you have no experience or skill in such things.  
---
     "War has always been the solution.  War has always solved all the problems.  You reduce
the number of mouths to feed.  Everybody’s got a job.  Instincts are reinvigorated.  That’s why
there’s continuous war.  When man lit the first fire and figured out how flame works, he said,
Now who can we go burn?"  
-- Louis Awerbuck
---
     About half of the eligible voters in the U.S. register to vote.  About half of the registered
voters vote.  How many of them do you think do any research before voting?  Exit polls
indicate 1%, at least in Hawaii.  Admittedly not a good sample.  
     I have spoken to many friends and co-workers who have told me that they vote Democrat
because their family has always voted Democrat.  I have never heard that sentiment voiced
by those who vote Republican.  Another sign of our times?  
 
    I've been a member of Front Sight since 1995 when they were holding classes in
Bakersfield, CA at a rented range (We would shoot the empty helium and oxygen gas tanks
hanging from a beam.  Like playing the xylophone with your pistol.).  They started the
company at some time in 1995.  So, I've been getting Dr. Piazza's emails regularly since then.  
If you're a member, you know what I'm talking about.  In Dr. Piazza's last email, he says that
Front Sight filed for bankruptcy in part so that he could purge the membership rolls of
disloyal members.  I find that disturbing.  I wonder what criteria he is using to distinguish
loyal from disloyal members.  He doesn't say.  
     I try not to read all the web sites and news articles that comment on Front Sight.  
It's worse than reading the web sites that comment on the NRA.  Front Sight is orders of
magnitude larger than most gun schools.  The NRA is orders of magnitude larger than
the other 2nd Amendment organizations.  The enemy always goes after the biggest fish.  
It sets an example to the rest of the fish.  
     In the Marine Corps, everything was attributed to leadership.  Absolutely everything.   
 
     Well, United Parcel Service is off my Christmas list.  
"BREAKING: UPS Cuts Off Gun Parts Retailers for Selling ‘Ghost Guns,’
Threatens to Seize and Destroy In-Transit Packages"
by TTAG Contributor
https://www.thetruthaboutguns.com/breaking-ups-cuts-off-gun-retailers-for-selling-ghost-guns-threatens-to-seize-and-destroys-in-transit-packages/
 
"Sweden Makes Suppressors License Free" by Eric B.
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2022/07/01/sweden-makes-suppressors-license-free/
 
"Terrorism: Buy guns, defend yourselves, Zamfara govt tells residents"
by Abubakar Ahmadu Maishanu    
https://www.premiumtimesng.com/news/headlines/539237-terrorism-buy-guns-defend-yourselves-zamfara-govt-tells-residents.html
     Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA.
Excerpt:  
     "The Zamfara State Government has asked residents of the state to ‘obtain guns to defend
themselves against terrorists attacking defenceless civilians in the state for the past few years.  
The Zamfara government stated this in a statement by Ibrahim Dosara, the state’s commissioner
for information, according to Daily Trust.  Mr Dosara said the Zamfara government has also
“directed the state commissioner of police to issue (gun) licenses” to people who are qualified
and willing to use the guns.  While Zamfara has by the statement formalised the advice to its
residents to carry guns, the governor of the state is not the first to issue such advisory.  
PREMIUM TIMES reported how Governor Aminu Masari of Katsina had earlier called on
residents of his state to arm themselves against the gunmen in the state."  
     [As in some other African nations, much of what is typically reported as “tribal warfare”
has actually had a major religious component.  In this case, the “bandits” appear to be Muslim
Fulani nomadic herders preying on Christian Hausa farmers.  As I recall, Nigeria was one
nation where UN “peacekeeper” forces conducted a program of civilian disarmament – a
strategy that, invariably, seems to have greater effect on the victim factions than on those
preying on them.
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA]
 
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
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"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]
 
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“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.)
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
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Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
Radio:  KI4SDN

Tuesday, June 28, 2022

CWP, 28 June MMXXII Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
 
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----- 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 I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
"Universal Firearm Safety PSA" by CaptainWarren Wilson, Enid Police Department
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F7iT-asTvSE
     Video explanation of the above rules.  
 
     Gun-free-zones are magnets for evil.  
"Tucker Carlson speaks with Nikki Goeser about the Dangers of Gun-free Zones"
https://crimeresearch.org/2022/06/tucker-carlson-speaks-with-nikki-goeser-about-the-dangers-of-gun-free-zones/
     Don't go into gun-free-zones.  Don't send your children into gun-free-zones.  Yes, it is that
simple.   Not easy, simple.  
 
"Put It Away: Safe Handgun Holstering" by Richard A. Mann
https://gundigest.com/more/how-to/firearm-training/put-it-away-safe-handgun-holstering
 
"Vehicles Tactics:  
Realistic Defensive Techniques for Protecting your Children around Vehicles"
by Salvatore    
https://www.usacarry.com/vehicles-tactics-realistic-defensive-children/
Excerpt:  
     "Don’t want to “feel stupid?”  
     You will feel more stupid if you are ambushed by criminals
while loading your children into the car."  
     [I took a class in which the instructor taught us to pull out our flashlight and scan the
parking lot before stepping into the parking lot.  Look for people hiding between the cars,
or just loitering.  This gives you valuable information and gives the bad guys information.  
A person who executes such a maneuver demonstrates a level of training that concerns the
bad guys.  The bad guys may not run away, but you go way down on their list of potential
victims. -- Jon Low]
 
     This past Tuesday evening, a Nashville Police Captain and the Director of the Tennessee
Handgun Permitting agency came to the Tennessee Firearms Association meeting and told us
that 4818 pistols were stolen out of cars and about 5000 pistols were stolen out of homes since
the beginning of this year, 2022 A.D.  Last year about 10,000 pistols were stolen out of cars
and homes.  These pistols end up being used in crimes.  
     If a person leaves their pistol in their car, they are the problem.  If a person leaves his pistol
in his home without sufficient barriers to theft, he is the problem.  They are effectively
supplying the criminals with guns.  Just as those who buy drugs are voting with their dollars
to increase crime in their neighborhoods, so too are those who allow their guns to be stolen
directly contributing to the use of guns in crimes in their neighborhoods.  
 
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak.  
Don't fail the attitude test.  
 
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----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
"Life’s Not Fair" by Will Dabbs, MD
https://americanhandgunner.com/discover/lifes-not-fair/
 
     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
 
"Body Language Expert Explains How to Show Confidence" by WIRED
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VRJzvJ5XPQI
     This is deep.  Confidence is criminal predator repellent.  
     In public speaking or teaching, know your material.  Study it.  Rehearse.  
Prof. Jordan Peterson says you need to know 10 times as much material as you are presenting.  
Because students will ask questions and you have to be able to give cogent answers.  You don't
have to go down that rabbit hole or off on that tangent during the class, but you have to be
able to if it is pertinent.  You have to be able to fill in the gaps during breaks.  Etc.  
 
"Top 10 Self-Defense Myths, Busted" by Kat Ainsworth    
https://gunmagwarehouse.com/blog/top-10-self-defense-myths-busted/
     Well, I think that stomping on the enemy's instep makes sense.  The small bones in the
foot are easily broken.  Stomping on toes does not make sense, as the bad guy could be
wearing steel toed shoes.  
     If you want a list of effective points to strike, read Tim Larkin's book, "When Violence
is the Answer".  
 
     ". . . attacking rather than retreating, directly incapacitating the human body by shutting off
the brain, and understanding the human body's inherent weak points . . . this is how your
opponent is already thinking, . . . that's how you have to think, . . ."  
-- Tim Larkin
 
     "The rules of asocial violence are very simple:  
don't make yourself a target,
focus your mind,
know the human body,
act first,
intend to injure, (as opposed to cause pain, because pain does not count)
don't stop until he's incapacitated or dead."
-- Tim Larkin
 
     "Here's the simple litmus test I use:  
     if there's communication going on -- if the other person is talking to you, even if it's
aggressive or insulting -- you're still in social aggression mode, which means you should
run away, or use your social skills to negotiate your way out of the confrontation.  
     If there's no communication, or the other person is already in the process of taking
physical action, and there's no available exit, the situation is asocial.  You're facing imminent
grievous bodily harm and your only option at that point is to fight back."  
-- Tim Larkin     
 
     "Here's another reason to walk away whenever possible:  when you escalate a situation
into the realm of serious physical harm, no one -- and that emphatically includes you --
can predict the outcome."  
-- Tim Larkin
 
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
 
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     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
 
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
     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)
 
     Stop wasting your money buying toys (guns)!  Spend your money on training.  
 
Guardian Conference
https://guardianconference.com/
September 16th - 18th, 2022 in Oklahoma City
Oklahoma City Gun Club
12465 NE 234th St, Arcadia, OK 73007
$650
[I bought my ticket.  I'm staying at the La Quinta Inn & Suites by Wyndham Edmond.  
Hope to see you there.]
 
In your next class, ask questions.  You can always ask "Why?"  
-- Jeff Gonzalez
 
The 5th Annual Active Self Protection National Conference
Sept. 23-25, 2022
Outside of Manhattan, KS
Your $600 donation is made directly to Flint Hill Foster Teen Camps and will be used by
them to provide a loving and healing camp experience for foster teens in the area.  
https://activeselfprotection.com/asp-national-conference-bullets-and-bibles-2022/
https://fhftc.org/bullets-bibles-conference-registration-form/
 
Defensive Training Services, LLC (Warren Wilson)
http://www.defensivetrainingservices.com/
     Check out the videos and articles.  
 
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
 
"Training While Injured" by Steve Tarani
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/content/training-while-injured/
Excerpt:  
     ". . . training is something you do in between injuries."
 
"6 Concealed Carry Skills That Are Truly Necessary" by Salvatore    
https://www.usacarry.com/concealed-carry-skills/
 
“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
 
"Great Self-Defense Handgun Training:  Force-on-Force Scenarios" by Richard Nance
https://www.handgunsmag.com/editorial/force-on-force-training/461567
     Carefully consider the mistakes that Nance describes that he made.  
Excerpt:  
     Am I legally justified to bring my gun into play?  Where is my nearest cover?  Do I have a
safe backdrop?  Am I dealing with more than one assailant?  
 
     What the lack of training will get you.  
"Uvalde Updates" by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/uvalde-updates
Excerpt:  
     "Imagine being given the opportunity to instantly stop an active killer event at an
elementary school before anyone got hurt.  Then imagine failing to take that opportunity
because you don’t trust your own marksmanship abilities."  
     [And these were regular officers.  I know of a situation with the Dorcherster County
(South Carolina) Sheriff's SWAT team in which the sniper did not take the shot because
he feared hitting the hostage.  Because he lacked the confidence.  Because he lacked the
marksmanship skill.  As in he could not shoot tight groups at 200 yards.  Which I
witnessed at the Palmetto Gun Club.  You have to train.  You have to practice.  
On your own time.  On your own dime.  Because the department will never give you
enough training and practice time. -- Jon Low]
 
"When Misses Hit- A Look at Real World Backstop Issues" by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/when-misses-hit-a-look-at-real-world-backstop-issues
Excerpt:  
     "There are dozens of really good shooting schools out there.  Take a class.  You will be
astounded at how much you will learn."
 
"Hostile or Friendly? Target Discrimination with Paul Howe" by William Lawson    
https://gunmagwarehouse.com/blog/hostile-or-friendly-target-discrimination-with-paul-howe/
     MSgt. Howe is effectively implementing things as described in the article in the
Education section of this blog posting.  
     "Well, that's obvious.  That's common sense."  
     Actually, nothing is obvious.  It only appears to be obvious in hindsight.  MSgt. Howe
and others learned it from experience or from other instructors, who learned it from
experience.  
 
     "Asocial violence is random, and unpredictable.  Survival is its test."
-- Tim Larkin
     Is your training appropriate for this reality?  
 
"HOW READY POSITIONS CAN INFLUENCE THE OUTCOME OF ENCOUNTERS"
by Steve Moses
https://ccwsafe.com/blog/36313
Excerpt:  
     "In other words, the time difference between High and Low was slightly over one-tenth
of a second.  However, there was a significant difference in the percentage of shots fired at
targets that did not pose a threat."
 
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
 
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----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
 
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
"The Best Handgun Practice Drill Resources" by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-best-handgun-practice-drill-resources
     All of Greg's articles on drill may be found at
"Shooting Drills" by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/category/shooting-drills-2
 
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
 
"Using Single-Handed Presentations To Build Confidence" with Brian Hill
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GDMUHeRWyLI
     Notice his thumb is low when shooting right handed and his thumb is high when shooting
left handed.  
     This is why you must have a right and left handed holster in your gear bag.  Practicing
both left and right handed is essential.  You might have a stroke that disables one side of
your body or just one arm.  You might have to have bones removed from your firing side
hand due to rheumatoid arthritis.  You might have to have vertebrae fused, limiting your
range of motion.  These are just some of the problems that persons in my volunteer security
group at church have suffered.  Getting old does not necessarily suck, you just have to
adapt and overcome.  
---
"How to Shoot a Pistol One-Handed" by Chris Baker
https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/shoot-pistol-one-handed/
Excerpt:  
     "A tip I got from Tom Givens is to always remember to bend the knee on the leg in front.  
That will allow me to really get my weight forward.  Simply by shifting my weight, the gun
moves significantly less when it recoils."  
---
     If the enemy is far enough away that you feel it is safe to extend your arm to use the sights,
I think you ought to grip tight with the thumb high and push the sights into the target.  Your
other hand should be grabbing something to prevent it from swinging around (just as in
fencing).  
     If the enemy is close enough to grab your pistol, you should shoot from a close contact
position, pulling your elbow back away from the enemy.  The other hand should be up
protecting your face, in particular your eyes.  
 
"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
 
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----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, which tactics to use) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
     "He succeeded because he'd trained to identify targets [on the human body] and to
internalize the mindset that your best targets are the ones you can get, and go after each one in
turn with the intent to create a tunnel of wreckage until your attacker is incapacitated."  
-- Tim Larkin
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
     "Identify targets.  Act first.  Give it everything you have.  Those principles are what you
should be thinking about when it comes to asocial violence.  But how should you be thinking
about them?  It's a seemingly complicated question with a surprisingly simple answer:  
     Think like a bullet."
-- Tim Larkin
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do in support of your strategy) -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics) -----
 
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
     ". . . trying to hit an adversary hard wherever you can reach is almost never the best
approach.  Heavy force to a specifically vulnerable area should be the goal."  
-- Tim Larkin
 
     ". . . to use anything less than the full force of your effort is deadly stupidity.  Your attacker
has no plans to pull his punches, so neither should you."  
-- Tim Larkin
 
"5 Secrets of Summer CCW Success" by Brad Fitzpatrick
https://www.nrafamily.org/content/5-secrets-of-summer-ccw-success/
 
     Practice using your middle finger as your trigger finger.  Your index finger may become
incapacitated.  "Alternate finger drill” by Frank Sharp via John Farnam.
     [Not as far fetched as you might think.]  
"When It’s Least Expected…!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/when-its-least-expected-3/
 
     Lower positions entail less mobility and more stability, hence better accuracy.  Lower
positions allow you to change the trajectory of your bullet to avoid hitting innocent persons.  
Going to a lower position reduces the probability of you being seen, because you are below
eye level.  No, really it's true.  Remember the context we are operating in; fast moving chaotic
situation.  And if the enemy doesn't see you, he won't shoot at you.  
 
     Squatting (This is the fastest position to get in and out of, but requires flexibility).  From
your bladed standing position, bend your knees to drop straight down.  (Don’t move your
feet.)  Keep your feet flat on the ground.  (Don’t let your heels come off the ground.)  Rest the
back of your support side upper arm against the front of your knee cap, just as in the kneeling
position.  The upper body and arms are in the same Weaver position as in standing.  Pivot
around the ball of your firing side foot to adjust your natural point of aim.  
 
     Using a curb as cover.  Present your pistol to the target first.  Lie flat on your back on the
street using the curb as cover.  Turn your feet to get your toes down, so they are behind the
curb.  Shoot over the curb to your right using a left handed Weaver position.  Shoot over the
curb to your left using a right handed Weaver position.  Pull your head up as necessary to get
your aiming eye behind the sights.  You'll expose less of your head if you use your left eye
when shooting left handed and your right eye when shooting right handed.  
     Some curbs are concrete, some are basaltic rock (as in Hawaii), etc.  In Tennessee, there is
often a drainage ditch running parallel to the road (even better cover).  Depending on the
standard in the area, the curbs may be 8 inches above the road.  Anything that hits in front of
you is going to ricochet over you.  
 
     I've had students who refused to get into lower positions because they felt it was
undignified or they didn't want to get their clothes dirty.  
     "But, that's okay.  Because in a life or death situation, I'll be able to do it."
     Really?  
     The body cannot go where the mind has never been.  And the body will not go there
quickly, unless the body has been there many times before.  
     Consider moving behind the cover of parked cars.  Can you high crawl?  (on your hands
and knees)  You don't know, if you haven't tried recently.  Maybe your knees or wrists won't
tolerate the pain.  
     Consider moving on a road using the curb as cover.  Can you low crawl?  (sliding your
belly on the ground, using your elbows, knees, and feet to push you along)  If you've never
done it before, how do you know?  Maybe you can't get your elbows over your head?  
     "I seem to have range of motion limitations."  
     Well, that's a terrible thing to discover in combat.  
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
 
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*****     *****     ***** 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 -----
 
"Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
 
"Warren Wilson on Working with Phobic Shooters" by Lee Weems
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FoqilD3bLUw
 
     Teach.  Teach your friends.  Teach your relatives.  You don't need credentials.  There are a
lot of people who will never pay for expert training.  Better you teaching than nothing.  
Think of all the injury you are preventing.  Think of all the lives you are saving.  No one
will ever thank you, because no one will every notice the lack of mutilation and death.  
 
"6 Ways to Turn Off a New Gun Owner" by Heidi Lyn Rao
https://www.nrawomen.com/content/6-ways-to-turn-off-a-new-gun-owner/
Excerpt:  
     Teach and train at their [your student's] level.
 
     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
 
----- Andragogy -----
 
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
 
"Clear is kind.  Unclear is unkind." -- Brené Brown
 
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
 
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*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
 
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
 
"Shoot or Don’t Shoot?  
Tactical Gaze Control and Visual Attention Training
Improves Police Cadets’ Decision-Making Performance
in Live-Fire Scenarios" by Benedikt Heusler and Christine Sutter
Frontiers in Psychology, ORIGINAL RESEARCH article
https://www.frontiersin.org/articles/10.3389/fpsyg.2022.798766/full
National Library of Medicine archive
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC8905363/
     Nice to see the scientific method applied to our field of interest.  
Note that the authors hail from the
Institute of Traffic and Engineering Psychology, German Police University, Münster, Germany.  
I haven't seen many peer reviewed journal articles that touch on our field.  
I was surprised that they named the reviewers.  That's not common in the geophysics journals.  
     This result is implemented by MSgt. Paul Howe in his article cited above at the end of
the "Training" section.
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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----- Aftermath -----  (You have to 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
 
     "I can talk to the responding officers.  Explain what happened to prevent them from
arresting me."  
     No, you can't.  And if you believe you can, you're a damn fool.  
Just ask for your attorney and shut up.  Don't talk to the police.  Don't answer their questions.  
Don't listen to their lies.  Oh, yes, they will lie to you.  Several U.S. Supreme Court rulings
say that it is perfectly fine for the police to lie to you.  On the other hand, if you lie to the
police, that's a felony crime.  They will lie to you to elicit a response from you, which will
be used against you.  
     "The police would never do that."
     If you believe that, you're a damn fool.  
 
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
https://defensivepistolcraft.blogspot.com/p/never-talk-to-police.html
 
     In the right-hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is,
http://defensivepistolcraft.blogspot.com/p/self-defense-insurance.html
 
“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
 
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*****     *****     ***** 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
 
"Supreme Court Strikes New York Gun Law in Major Ruling" by Jeffrey Rodack
https://www.newsmax.com/us/supreme-court-guns-new-york/2022/06/23/id/1075748/
     Easy reading.  
 
     For those who don't read but want the details.  
"Lawyer Explains US Supreme Court 2A Decision!" by Andrew Branca
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WHefXgxxsBs
The meat starts at 7:00.  
---
Tests of constitutionality:  
Means ends scrutiny.  (The ends justify the means.  The Constitution be damned.)  
Rational basis.  (Anything is Constitutional.)  
Intermediate scrutiny.  (Just about anything is Constitutional.)  
Strict scrutiny.  (None of the gun control laws are Constitutional.)  
---
     DISTRICT OF COLUMBIA v. HELLER
554 U.S. 570, 128 S.Ct. 2783 (2008)
LawOfSelfDefense.com/heller
which resolves to
https://lawofselfdefense.com/law_case/district-of-columbia-v-heller-554-u-s-570-us-supreme-court-2008/
     McDonald v. Chicago
524 U.S. 742 (US Supreme Court 2010)
LawOfSelfDefense.com/mcdonald
which resolves to
https://lawofselfdefense.com/law_case/mcdonald-v-chicago-524-u-s-742-us-supreme-court-2010/
     NY State Rifle & Pistol Assoc. v. Bruen, 2022
LawOfSelfDefense.com/bruen
which resolves to
https://lawofselfdefense.com/law_case/ny-state-rifle-pistol-assoc-v-bruen-2022-u-s-lexis-3055-us-sup-ct-2022/
     Geographic boundaries of Federal Circuits
LawOfSelfDefense.com/dope
which resolves to
https://lawofselfdefense.com/recording-the-police-resources-page/
 
     This is reality.  Pay attention.  
"The Self-Defense Acquittal of Rondale King:
Live Interview with Public Defender Rosemarie Peoples!"
with Rosemarie Peoples and Andrew Branca
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DtTTwWogkUI
     Lots of examples of why you should never talk to the police.  Say, "I want my attorney."
and shut up!  Please SHUT UP!  Multiple interviews with police over two weeks!  NO!  NO!  
Never talk to the police!  If King had not talked to the police, the police would not have
had the evidence to prosecute him.  
     The police are NOT there to help you.   
     The pressure to take a plea is enormous.  Florida's 10-20-Life ensures a life sentence
if convicted of a crime where the victim dies.  Mr. King refused to plea bargain.  Bravo!  
Confessing to a crime that you did not commit is a sin.  
     One shot was fatal.  Charged with 2nd degree murder.  
     Stay on scene.  Don't flee.  Fleeing is consciousness of guilt.  
     No one will testify for you.  No one will "remember" what happened.  No one wants to
get involved.  
     You have no duty to render aid to the guy you just shot.  If you get close enough to render
aid, he's close enough to kill you.  And he will try to kill you, because he has already tried to
kill you.  
---
     30 days to have the bond hearing.  44 days in jail.  Could you survive over a month in
a county jail?  [There are a lot of people in jail who have nothing better to do than beat you
and sodomize you.  The tough guys will make you their bitch.  Do you have the hand-to-hand
skills to kill them?  They have the means to kill you.  Lots of people die in prison everyday.]  
Lost his job when he got out, because he hadn't shown up for 44 days.  
The vast majority of people in the U.S. cannot come up with the money for bail.  
     "You only need to come up with 10%."
     No, that is false.  The truth is that a bail bondsman will take collateral exceeding the amount
specified by the court and on top of that will charge you 10% of the bail amount, which the
bail bondsman will keep.  
     Show up, dressed to impress.  So, the judge doesn't worry about you showing up.  
---
     Criminals have a criminal history, are not employed, etc.  Good guys have no criminal
history (never been arrested, all arrest records have been expunged).  Yes, it counts a lot.  
     "spoliation jury instruction" this is significant.  You can bet the prosecutor and police
will make exculpatory evidence disappear.  Happens all the time.  
     Jury selection is false.  The attorneys have a very limited ability to deselect jurors.  
This is significant!  Florida, 6 person jury.  All persons who could not consider self-defense
where the defender has a weapon and the assailant is unarmed, were removed from the jury
for cause.  All female jury.  All gun owners or gun owner adjacent (lived with or grew up
with gun owners).  Florida has the most gun owners per capita in the U.S.  
     The narrative was compelling.  
     Facing 30 years for defending himself?  Why was he prosecuted?  Because prosecutions
are political.  Sorry, that's reality.  
     You're not going to have that perfect shot that you practiced on the range.  It's going to be
a messy contorted awkward shot that's not going to hit where you intended.  
     Mr. King, the defendant, testified at trial.  Very dangerous, but often necessary in self
defense cases.  
     "Lawyer up!"  That means ask for your attorney and SHUT UP!  
     The audience of the judge.  The audience of the jury.  The audience of the appealate court.  
You might not understand, because you're not the intended audience.  
 
"On One America News:
‘Red Flag Laws Remove All Due Process Protections’ For Gun Owners"
https://crimeresearch.org/2022/06/on-one-america-news-red-flag-laws-remove-all-due-process-protections-for-gun-owners/
     Who is going to be the target of Red Flag Laws?  YOU!  
No due process.  Only one side of the story is told to the judge.  
No mental health expert is involved.  
 
     "If you carry a gun, so you're hard to kill, know the law, so you're hard to convict."  
     Free infographic on the 5 elements of self-defense.  Free download.  
https://LawOfSefDefense.com/elements/
     Free one hour webinar, every Wednesday at 13:00 Central Time, register at,
https://www.hardtoconvict.com/
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
https://lawofselfdefense.com/freebook/
The book is free of charge.  Just pay shipping, so you don't have to drive to Colorado
to pick it up.  
     "Educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage."  
 
    “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
 
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*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
 
----- Gear -----
 
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
     This is important.  Please read.  
"Unprepared!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/unprepared/
 
     Stop wasting your money buying toys (guns)!  Spend your money on training.  
 
"THE BEST BAD CHOICE | When Is Something Tactically Unsound?" by Ralph Mroz
https://americancop.com/the-best-bad-choice-when-is-something-tactically-unsound/
 
     I was practicing with a Glock 21 (full size, 45 ACP) at an indoor range (Shooters Gun
and Ammo), because it's just too hot to play outside.  Every time I shoot a Glock, I appreciate
what a good design it is.  Reliable (goes bang and cycles, even with suboptimal ammo, every
time), consistent (accuracy is consistency).  
     I'm going to have to grind off the protrusions on the front strap that separate the fingers.  
I don't know how their design engineer could have thought that that was a good idea.  
     I'm going to have to grind out some space at the top of the tang to avoid rubbing and
blisters when used by students who have arthritis or protruding sesamoid bones.  
     I'm going to shave off some of the plastic on the sides of the magazines.  They are just too
tight.  I think you ought to be able to eject the magazine by twisting your forearm in a snappy
motion, roll the pistol (as opposed to pitch or yaw), using centripetal acceleration to force
the magazine out.  Of course, if it dropped free with gravity that would be better.  
     Aidan has already:  
     Machined out the rear sight by 2 hundredths of an inch to allow for use in low light
conditions.  They are the steel tritium glow in the dark Glock sights.
     Made the maritime modified, which means the cups around the striker have been
cut to allow water to drain out in the event of the pistol being submerged.  Otherwise, you
might get a hydraulic action retarding the striker.  
     Machined serrations in the sides of the slide to allow grip to perform a chamber check.  
Ya, I know some instructors teach against the practice of doing a chamber check at all.  And
some teach against performing a chamber check by reaching under the pistol and grabbing
the sides of the slide with the pads of the fingers.  And of course if you have a weapon
attached light under your barrel, you might not be able to do such a chamber check.  But,
I teach against weapon mounted lights.  And I like doing a chamber check this way.  Ya,
I know it gets your fingers too close to the muzzle.  [I'm conflicted.  I have psychological
tension.  I suffer from bureaucratic inertia.]  
     Polished all trigger bearing surfaces.  
     Smoothed and rounded the sear in the frame that holds the striker back.  
It came from the factory as a sheet metal stamping and so was rather rough and mis-shapen.  
 
     I find myself buying a lot of hollow point ammo for my pistols.  I don't understand why.  
I don't shoot that many people at work.  Anyway, I got some Sierra Sport Master 45 Auto,
185 grain, jacketed hollow point, ballistic coefficient 0.110.  They function fine.  They hold
tight groups.  I'm happy.  
 
     I was shooting some Hornaday Critical Duty in 45 ACP which is marked +P.  
After two rounds, my hands hurt.  When they say +P they really mean it.  
 
"A Year Long Experiment with a Pistol Optic" by Warren Wilson
https://modernserviceweapons.com/?p=16978
Excerpts:  
     "Chasing the dot," is a term I first heard from firearms instructor Todd Louis Green of
Pistol-Training.com.  Unlike holographic sights mounted on rifles, the MRDS pistol shooter
will lose sight of the optic during recoil.  There’s just no way around it.  Acquiring and
re-acquiring the dot on a pistol is more difficult than finding one’s front sight.  After a few
hundred repetitions, it gets better.  
     Another potential disadvantage to some reflex sights is that the batteries will eventually fail.  
 
"Have You Done These 3 Things to Your Holster? You Should." by Matthew Maruster
https://www.concealedcarry.com/gear/3-things-you-should-do-to-your-holster/
Test Fit.  
Adjust Position, Ride-Height, Cant, and Retention.  
Lock it All in Place.  
 
"The Gear Dilemma
There’s nothing wrong with owning the latest and greatest products,
but your skill level is the real game-changer." by Jim Wilson
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/content/the-gear-dilemma/
Excerpt:  
     When we talk about personal defense, it’s not about what you have, it’s all about what
you can do with it.  The goal of the defensive shooter should be to become skillful in
handling the defensive firearm.  That includes the presentation, speed loading, tac loading
and dealing with whatever malfunctions might be common to the gun being used.  
     In short, the “latest and greatest” gear cannot make up for poor gun handling and bad
marksmanship.  
     By the same token, fancy gear will not make up for poor tactics.  
     Gun handling and marksmanship are one thing;
being able to win a fight with the firearm is a whole different endeavor.  
     It is one thing to know how to shoot;
it is another thing entirely to know when to shoot.  
And, it is even more important to know how to survive without having to shoot.  
     Good gear will enhance one’s ability, but it won’t make up for the lack of ability.  
     One might be well advised to take some of the money that would be spent on
new gear—just some of it, mind you—and spend it instead on a good training school.  
 
     I had been using Perry suspenders
https://www.perrysuspenders.com/online-store/Ruf-N-Tuf-c25452201
for many years to help distribute the weight of the pistol and ammunition on my belt to my
shoulders.  Some of my female students would reverse (front to back) the suspenders that
I gave them so that the suspender straps would not irritate their breasts.  So, the Y would
be in the front instead of the back.  I received an advertisement for "Hikers" suspenders,
https://hikersco.com/
which accomplishes the same thing.  
 
Ambidextrous pistols:  (updated list)
     Because, being right handed doesn't mean you're going to be right handed in combat.  
---------------------------------------------------------------------------------
The following are truly ambidextrous --
     FN 509 and others
MSRP: $719.00.  They're good out of the box, but the grip doesn't fit my hand
and in my opinion the triggers are not smooth and crisp.  
Double action / single action.  
https://fnamerica.com/products/pistols/fn-509/
     The H&K VP9 retails for around $600.00.
It's good out of the box and the grip fits my hand nicely.  Trigger is smooth and crisp.  
Striker action.  
https://hk-usa.com/hk-models/vp9/
     The Ruger American pistols take a bit of gunsmithing to make them reliable.  
For me it was worth it because the grip fit my hand and the angle of the grip fit my wrist.  
The trigger is ok.  MSRP:$669.00.  
Striker action.  
https://www.ruger.com/products/rugerAmericanPistol/models.html
     Global Ordnance Arex Delta Generation 2M
Striker action.  MSRP $535
https://globalordnance.com/arex-delta-gen-2/
https://globalordnance.com/arex/
     The MASADA from IWI US.  The trigger is nice.  MSRP $480.  
Striker action.  
Standard version,
https://iwi.us/product/m9orp17/
Tactical version,
https://iwi.us/product/m9orp17t/
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The following has an ambidextrous magazine release, but not ambidextrous slide stop --
     The Springfield Armory XD type pistols.  MSRP $440 - $568
Louis Awerbuck recommended the XD in 45 ACP.  
Striker action.  
https://www.springfield-armory.com/xd-series-handguns
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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
ambidextrous)
     The latest Glocks.  ~$600 to $700.  Striker action.  
https://us.glock.com/en/pistols/g17
     The latest Walthers.  MSRP:  $649.  Striker action.  
https://waltherarms.com/pdp-full-size-5/
For those with small hands, or short trigger fingers, or weak hands and arms,
Walther PDP F-Series, MSRP $699.
https://waltherarms.com/pdp-f-series/
     The S&W M&P's.  MSRP: $ 665.  Striker action.  
https://www.smith-wesson.com/product/mp-m20
For those with small hands, or short trigger fingers, or weak hands and arms,
M&P® SHIELD™ EZ®
https://www.smith-wesson.com/9ez
     The Remington RP, $349.00.  Striker action.  
https://remingtonarmsusa.com/remington-rp9-9mm-striker-fired-pistol/
(May need lots of work to make it reliable.  You get what you pay for in this world.)
 
CraftHolsters.com
5% off everything, use code
LUCKY5
 
     I sent the following email to Al at Craft Holsters.  Al takes care of feedback from customers.  
He replied, telling me that that holster was being removed from the catalog and that a new
holster will be taking its place.  He also assured me that the changes will be brought to the
attention of the CEO.  
Hi Al,
     I received my "Open Top IWB Holster - Lynx" for my Glock 21 from you.  
Thank you very much.  
     I had to cut it to allow my thumb to get a proper grip on the pistol.  
The holster must allow for a high thumb grip before the pistol is drawn out of
the holster.  
     I had to cut it to allow my fingers to get a proper grip on the pistol.  
The holster must allow for the middle finger to get up tight under the trigger
guard before the pistol is drawn from the holster.  
     Please make these corrections in the design of the holster.  Very few people
are going to take the time and expend the effort to make the necessary
corrections to this holster.  
Cheers,
Jon
[Not only did I have to cut the leather to get a proper grip while the pistol was still in the
holster, I had to burnish the cut edges with my Dremel tool, and then dye the edges, and
then polish the edges.  So, there was a lot of work to make the holster usable and presentable.]  
 
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
 
"The Spring’s the Thing" by Tamara Keel
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/content/the-spring-s-the-thing/
Excerpt:  
     Using either a heavier or lighter spring may be OK for competition,
but for personal protection it’s best to stay with the factory-provided version
or a spring of the same rating.  
 
"9mm vs .40 Cal vs .45 ACP . . . Cinder Block Test" by  Langley Outdoors Academy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=peSxf07p0gY
     The 9mm and 40 S&W penetrated one side of the cinder block.  
The 45 ACP did not.  These were all copper jacketed lead bullets.  
 
     Internal ballistics is a study of how the projectile behaves inside the barrel of the firearm.  
External ballistics is a study of how the projectile behaves from the muzzle to the target.  
Terminal ballistics is a study of how the projectile behaves inside the target.  
"How Terminal Ballistics Helps You Choose the Right Ammunition" by NRA Staff
https://www.nrafamily.org/content/how-terminal-ballistics-helps-you-choose-the-right-ammunition/
Excerpt:  
     . . . the shock wave from bullet impacts greater than 2,000 feet per second (f.p.s.) may
create a temporary wound cavity in the tissue of a live target.  The higher the bullet's striking
velocity, the larger the temporary wound cavity . . . which can stretch or tear blood vessels,
nerves and other tissues outside the bullet track.  
 
     "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
(capitalization as in the original document, militia refers to YOU)
 
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"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
"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
 
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"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
     ". . . kings, bishops, and even fathers could be tyrants when they abused their
legitimate authority."  
     ". . . tyrannicide against evil kings could be a moral obligation."  
-- "Policraticus" by John of Salisbury circa 1159 A.D.  
[That's why we have the 2nd Amendment.]  
---
     ". . . overthrowing a tyrant was a moral duty, because tyranny was itself a form of
sedition against a justly-ordered society."  
-- "Summa Theologica" by Thomas Aquinas
[I remember reading this in college.]
---
     "As the Dark Ages gave way to the Middle Ages, the use of force to resist a tyrant
was changed from a sin into a holy obligation."
     "Yet by the middle of the thirteenth century, the intellectual foundation for a right of
revolution against tyranny—a right which Americans exercised in 1776 and safeguarded
in 1789—had been solidly established."
-- David B. Kopel
[1776 American Revolutionary War, 1789 ratification of the U.S. Constitution]
---
"THE CATHOLIC SECOND AMENDMENT" by David B. Kopel
https://davekopel.org/Religion/Catholic-Second-Amendment.pdf
     Traces the philosophical and religious origins of the 2nd Amendment.  
 
     Things I have heard concerning Brandon:  
"He is the embodiment of weaponized incompetence."  
"He has delusions of adequacy."  
 
"Freedom!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/freedom/
     “When secular belief systems take on the fervor of religion,
more people are murdered than at any other time.”
-- Steven Pinker
 
     Anyone who claims that the police will rescue you is a fool.  
" 'He put the lives of officers before the lives of children':  
Texas' top cop issues blistering denouncement of Uvalde's police chief and
calls him an 'abject failure' as he admits gunman could have been stopped
in THREE MINUTES" by Alex Hammer
https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10938229/Uvalde-victims-families-call-police-chief-fired-heated-school-board-meeting.html
     Cited because of the photos and details.  
 
"Texas DPS official: LEOs had the firepower to stop Uvalde gunman sooner
Steve McCraw, director of the Texas Department of Public Safety,
called the police response an “abject failure” " by Suzie Ziegler
https://www.police1.com/uvalde-school-shooting/articles/texas-dps-official-leos-had-the-firepower-to-stop-uvalde-gunman-sooner-6BmZ7hqscmY21J9L/
     Cited because of the video.  
 
     Excerpted from Stephen P. Wenger's email, because there is a pay wall blocking the primary
source article.  
     Reports from Uvalde Keep Getting Worse:
Surveillance footage shows that police never tried to open a door to two classrooms at
Robb Elementary School in Uvalde in the 77 minutes between the time a gunman entered
the rooms and massacred 21 people and officers finally stormed in and killed him,
according to a law enforcement source close to the investigation.  Investigators believe the
18-year-old gunman who killed 19 children and two teachers at the school on May 24 could
not have locked the door to the connected classrooms from the inside, according to the
source.  All classroom doors at Robb Elementary are designed to lock automatically when
they are closed so that the only way to enter from the outside is with a key, the source said.  
Police might have assumed the door was locked, but the latest evidence suggests it may have
been open the whole time, possibly due to a malfunction, the source said.  The surveillance
footage indicates gunman Salvador Ramos, 18, was able to open the door to classroom 111
and enter with an assault-style rifle, the source said.  Another door led to classroom 112.  
Ramos entered Robb Elementary at 11:33 a.m. that day through an exterior door that a
teacher had pulled shut but that didn’t lock automatically as it was supposed to, indicating
another malfunction in door locks at the school.  Police finally opened the door to
classroom 111 and killed Ramos at 12:50 p.m.  Whether the door was unlocked all along
remains under investigation.  Regardless, officers had access the entire time to a “halligan”
– a crowbar-like tool that could have opened the door to the classrooms even if it was
locked, the source said.  Pedro “Pete” Arredondo, the Uvalde school district police chief
and the on-scene incident commander, has said he spent more than an hour in the hallway
of the school.  He told the Texas Tribune that he called for tactical gear, a sniper and keys
to get inside.  He said he held officers back from the door to the classrooms for 40 minutes
to avoid gunfire.  When a custodian brought a large key ring, Arredondo said he tried
dozens of the keys but none worked.  But Arredondo was not trying those keys in the door
to classrooms 111 and 112, where Ramos was holed up, according to the law enforcement
source.  Rather, he was trying to locate a master key by using the various keys on doors to
other classrooms nearby, the source and the Texas Tribune article said.  
     (Our side has quipped for years, “when seconds count, police are minutes away.”  
Sometimes it's actually hours away, if at all.  Tragically, the school police had actually
undergone so-called “active shooter” training recently.  Some list members may recognize
the Halligan tool as a device carried by firefighters.  While it would make sense to put one
in most police vehicles, that won't guarantee that it would be used.  Of course, all the usual
suspects – including the two major teachers' unions – will continue to argue for keeping
teachers and other school employees disarmed and relying on the “professionals” for
protection.)
https://www.expressnews.com/news/local/article/Uvalde-classroom-doors-17251116.php
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
 
"Ron DeSantis DESTROYS Tampa Bay Rays After Woke Gun Control Virtue Signal
Pulls $35M In Funding!" by Sports Wars
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qRGTUuoS9QU
     POTUS DeSantis?
 
"Women Like Her Are DANGER To Our Society" by Jordan Peterson
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mvPsle2vMKQ
     Playing with guns, aiming and shooting with any object, etc. are instinctive; part of
being a male.  Parents who try to supress this instinct are WRONG!  
 
"Israeli Rabbi shows how the Bible is Pro-2nd Amendment" by David Sidman
https://www.israel365news.com/270139/israeli-rabbi-proves-the-bible-is-pro-2nd-amendment/
Excerpt:  
     “The point is that gun control has is and always was the way of Israel’s oppressors,”
Rabbi Grossman asserted, adding that “of course, we can appreciate the wisdom of a
second amendment.”  [referring to the second amendment to the U.S. Constitution]
 
     A missionary (female, age 23, operating in a Central American country)
that I support asked me a question.  The following was my response.  
Hi . . . ,
     Ephesians 3:20-21 says that God is able to do more than we could
hope or imagine.  But, the Bible does not say that he will necessarily
do miracles for us.  We still have to do the work.  We still have to sow
and reap.  We still have to plan intelligently.  Otherwise, we have as
Luke 14:28-30.
     I have seen many church plants and missionary ventures fail.  I have
heard persons say "God will provide.", "Leave it in God's hands.", etc.
By saying these things, they were just being lazy.  They neglected to do
the planning and the work to accomplish the mission.
     Afterwards, they say things like, "I guess it just wasn't God's will."
Nonsense, it was poor planning and under capitalization.
     "Amateurs talk tactics.  Professionals talk logistics." -- Napoleon
     I am proud of the fact that I accomplished every mission that I was tasked with in the
Marine Corps, and that I have never suffered a subordinate to be lost, captured, or killed.  
That's not luck.  That's good planning.  
     Plan well and succeed!  A decade from now, you will be proud to say,
I accomplished my mission.  
In Christo,
Jon
 
"What’s in the Sack?" by Will Dabbs, MD
https://americanhandgunner.com/discover/whats-in-the-sack/
Excerpt:  
     “If you’re not willing to go all the way you shouldn’t be doing the job.”  Indeed.
     [I am impressed that American Handgunner allows Dr. Dabbs to publish such articles.  
-- Jon Low]
 
A worried woman went to her gynecologist and said:
'Doctor, I have a serious problem and desperately need your help! My baby is not even 1 year
old and I'm pregnant again.  I don't want kids so close together.'  
     So the doctor said:  'Ok and what do you want me to do?'  
     She said:  'I want you to end my pregnancy, and I'm counting on your help with this.'  
      The doctor thought for a little, and after some silence he said to the lady:  
'I think I have a better solution for your problem.  It's less dangerous for you too.'  
     She smiled, thinking that the doctor was going to accept her request.  
     Then he continued:  'You see, in order for you not to have to take care of 2 babies at the
same time, let's kill the one in your arms.  This way, you could rest some before the other
one is born.  If we're going to kill one of them, it doesn't matter which one it is.  There would
be no risk for your body if you chose the one in your arms.'  
     The lady was horrified and said:  'No doctor!  How terrible!  It's a crime to kill a child!'  
     'I agree', the doctor replied.  'But you seemed to be OK with it, so I thought maybe that
was the best solution.'  The doctor smiled, realizing that he had made his point.  He convinced
the mom that there is no difference in killing a child that's already been born and one that's
still in the womb.  The crime is the same!  
-- Karen Stanton
https://www.facebook.com/permalink.php?story_fbid=pfbid0P4FwGTLuxWjSgzUqCGuVUBmJciYYxjTJ6Cesvr2isWrceuiv33BwjXTsJEqLjZhZl&id=100011174952414
 
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
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"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]
 
     Philosophy is composed of many overlapping fields. One of which is mathematics.  
Mathematics is composed of algebra (operating on discrete objects) and 
analysis (operating on continuous objects).  Cryptology is a branch of algebra.  
     Science is composed of many overlapping fields.  One of which is information theory.  
Cryptology is a branch of information theory. 
     If you want to play the game, you really ought to read:  
 
"Handbook of Applied Cryptography"
by  Alfred J. Menezes, Paul C. van Oorschot, and Scott A. Vanstone
https://cacr.uwaterloo.ca/hac/
CRC Press
ISBN: 0-8493-8523-7
October 1996, 816 pages, Fifth Printing (August 2001)
 
"Computer Security and the Internet:
Tools and Jewels from Malware to Bitcoin",
Second Edition, by Paul C. van Oorschot.  Springer, 2021.  
https://people.scs.carleton.ca/~paulv/toolsjewels.html
2nd Edition ISBN: 978-3-030-83410-4 (hardcopy), 978-3-030-83411-1 (eBook)
 
"Algebra" by Thomas W. Hungerford
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 0387905189
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-0387905181

"A Course in Number Theory and Cryptography", 2nd Edition by Neal Koblitz
 ISBN-13: 978-0387942933
ISBN-10: 0387942939
 
"The Art of Computer Programming" by Donald Knuth
ISBN-13: 978-0321751041
ISBN-10: 0321751043
Knuth has made so many editions and fascicles that I have lost track.  
 
"Introduction to Finite Fields and Their Applications" by Rudolf Lidl and Harald Niederreiter.
ISBN:  0-521-30706-6
QA247.3.I.54
 
"Differential Cryptanalysis" by Eli biham and Adi Shamir.
ISBN:  0-387-97930-1
ISBN:  3-540-97930-1
QA76.9.A25B54
 
"Cryptography and Data Security" by Dorothy Elizabeth Denning.
ISBN:  0-201-10150-5
QA76.9.A25D46
 
"The Theory of Numbers" by Ivan Niven and Herbert S. Zuckerman.
ISBN:  0-471-02851-7
QA241.N56
 
"Primality and Cryptogrphy" by Evangelos Kranakis.
ISBN:  0-471-90934-3
QA76.9.A25
     This book has a beautiful chapter on pseudorandom generators.  
And pretty proofs of Blum-Blum-Shub theorems.  
 
"Journal of Cryptology" by International Association for Cryptologic Research
https://www.springer.com/journal/145
     I have the first few years in paper.  I just can't throw them away.  
 
"Applied Cryptology, Cryptographic Protocols, and Computer Security Models"
Proceedings of the Symposia in Applied Mathematics, American Mathematical Society,
volume 29
ISBN:  0-8218-0041-8
QA76.9.A25A66
 
International Association for Cryptologic Research
https://www.iacr.org/
 
     Of course, it may take some course work and other readings in order to be able to read
the preceding.  And of course, these suggestions are from my limited experience.  
 
     "I have learned through countless firefights that the difference between being a coward
and a hero is not whether you are scared, but what you do when you are scared.  
Stay in the fight!" -- Frank E. White
 
Hi Clare,
     The book is "La Passe-miroir" by Christelle Dabos
"Les Fiancés de l'hiver"
"Les Disparus du Clairdelune"
"La Mémoire de Babel"
"La Tempête des échos"
     You can let your children read it when you're finished with it.  
[There is an English version translated by Hildegarde Serle.  
But, it won't work as your code book.  Sorry wrong semantic level.]  
 
Diophantine equations.  
The symbol "^" means "raised to the power", exponentiation.  
27^5 + 84^5 + 110^5 + 133^5 = 144^5  Lander et al, Math. Comp. 21 (1967).  
2,682,440^4 + 15,365,639^4 + 18,796,760^4 = 20,615,673^4  Noam D. Elkies of Harvard.  
95,800^4 + 217,519^4 + 414,560^4 = 422,481^4  Roger Frye of Thinking Machines Corp.  
An article in "Science" claimed that Frye's solution is the smallest known solution.  
Really?  In what sense?  
 
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“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.)
 
     If your briefing includes words to the effect, "Take credit cards.  You might have to find
your own way home.", take gold coins.  Because there are many places where your credit
cards won't work.  Your U.S. dollars might not work either.  
     If some officer tells you, "No weapons." and prevents you from checking weapons out
of the armory, well, you remember the movie "Aliens"?  Check with the senior enlisted.  
He should have weapons pre-positioned for you or stashed somewhere along the route.  
     If the command won't let you keep a copy of your orders, make sure your life insurance
is paid up.  Get a ransom insurance policy.  My parents always carried ransom insurance
when they traveled.  Most missionary organizations forbid their missionaries from carrying
ransom insurance.  The insurance companies are competent.  You don't want some emotionally
distraught relative negotiating for your release or the return of your remains.  You don't want
the U.S. State Department negotiating for your release.  Their agenda rarely coincides with
your best interest.  And they are forbidden by law from negotiating with a lot of people.  
     If your cover is stupid.  Have at least one in reserve.  Even if your cover is solid, you
should be prepared to change it once in country.  There are a lot of spies.  Even if there are
no spies, there are stupid incompetent lazy complacent bureaucrats who will leak information
(And believe that they will go to heaven for doing so.  It's easy for libs to believe that they
are whistle blowers, not spies.  Edward Snowden sits in Moscow collecting awards.).  
 
     "I'm sorry if this all conflicts with your world view."  
-- MarForPac G-2 (a long time ago)  
[The Colonel was speaking to a Lt. Gen. at an intel briefing at Camp Smith.  
There are actually general grade officers who believe they can change reality by giving a
direct order to a subordinate.  So, you see, this woke stuff is nothing new.]  
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
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Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
Radio:  KI4SDN