Friday, October 8, 2021

CWP, 8 October MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs, 
     Get this book and educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your 
life in a cage.  
"Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
Free of charge.  Just pay shipping.  
     Innocent people get convicted all the time.  Just ask the Innocence Project.  
They have gotten lots of people released from prison based on DNA evidence that 
proves the convicted person is the not the person biologically connected to the 
crime.  My Senator, Mark Pody, recently worked on a case to get an innocent 
gentleman released after some 30 years of incarceration.  It happens all the time.  
Our justice system is suboptimal.  
     So, you have to make it as hard as possible for the prosecutor to convict you.  
If your case is not a slam dunk for the prosecution, you've got a chance of getting 
the prosecutor to drop the charges.  
     On the other hand, even if the prosecutor knows he's going to lose, 
he may take the case to trial for the political capital.  If the case appeases 
his constituents, they will vote for him, and he'll get re-elected.  So, he wins!  
And you lose big time, even if you're acquitted.  
     Your win is to get the charges dismissed as soon as possible.  Or, better yet, 
never get charged in the first place.  Your tool to get this result is education.  
So, read the book!  
 
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----- Basics -----
 
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
 
"What Is Concealed Carry?" by U.S. Law Shield
     The article says the only nation wide way to carry concealed is to 
be an active or retired law enforcement officer under the 
Law Enforcement Officers Safety Act of 2004.  That's not true.  The easiest 
way to carry in all U.S. States and Territories is to get a state issued 
Armed Guard License.  Then you will be operating under the 
Armored Car Industry Reciprocity Act (ACIRA) of 1993 (amended several times thereafter).  
     Some jurisdictions won't recognize the law enforcement credentials of other jurisdictions.  
But, ACIRA requires every state to recognized the Armed Guard license of every other state.  
[The magic words are "I'm transporting federal money."  It's also nice to have a receipt.  
Though I've had receipts that could not be distinguished from a piece of paper pulled out 
of the trash.]
Getting a state Armed Guard license is much easier than getting law enforcement credentials.  
In Tennessee, it's a 8 hour course where you fire a few rounds into a humanoid target at 
very close range, and hit it with 70% of the bullets fired.  The renewal, every 2 years, 
is 4 hours and 70% hits on your target.   
     If you make a big campaign contribution, the President of the United States 
can commission you as a U.S. Marshal.  That's fairly easy.  And U.S. Marshals can 
carry in Federal Court Houses.  Heck, even Deputy Marshals can carry in courts.  
 
"3 Things You Should Learn in a Conceal and Carry Class" by U.S. Law Shield
1. How to Carry a Gun
2. How Things Can Go Wrong
3. Deadly Force Law and Use of Force Law
 
     Things that cost you money, waste your time, and are bad for you:  
Cigarettes.  Because they destroy your health.  
Make up, tattoos, etc.  Because you are putting graffiti on God's masterpiece of creation.
Jewelry (including expensive wrist watches).  Because they invite robbery and kidnapping.  
Drinking sugary beverages (soda pop, sweet tea, etc.).  Because they cause obesity and 
diabetes (especially in children).  
Consuming the broadcast "news".  Because there is no journalism.  There is only propaganda.  
     Oh, I could go on for pages.  But, it's easy to tell the good from the bad.  
Is it of God or is it of this world?  
 
"How To Establish Hand And Eye Dominance" by NRA Staff
     Ya, I know "Shooting Sports USA" is for target shooting, but as Bruce Lee said, 
get stuff from where ever you can.  
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
----- 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
 
“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 
 
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
"The purpose of my firearm is to save human life" - 
Talking MINDSET with John Holschen - TENICOR
1.  The sole purpose of my firearm is to save human life.
2.  While saving human life, I am responsible to ensure that I hurt no innocents.  
3.  Deadly force is not one of many options.  It is what remains when all other 
options have been exhausted.  
     Do you believe there are people who need to be killed?  
          If not, you should not carry a gun.  
     If so, are you willing to kill those people?  
          If not, you should not carry a gun, because the bad guy will take 
your gun from you, and kill you and your loved ones with it.  No, really, cops 
are killed with their own guns all the time.  
     If you believe that bad guys need to be killed, and you're willing to kill 
them, are you prepared for the aftermath?  Do you know what the aftermath will be?  
Oh no, it's not like on TV or in the movies, where the good guy is back at work 
the next day.  It's entirely different.  
     Helping people live less fearfully.  
     Some people say, "Violence is never the answer."  Such people are wrong.  
Sometimes, violence is the only answer.  And violence applied sooner will prevent 
more violence later.  
     Some people say, I could live with being raped, but I could not live with 
killing someone.  This is fallacious.  The guys who are raping you will kill you.  
So, you won't be "living with being raped".  You will be "dead".  Or, you will be 
so mutilated and disabled (mentally and physically) that you will wish you were dead.  
 
"9 Signs You’re Tactically Stupid" By Travis Pike
     Stupid is dangerous for you.  This is not funny ha ha.  This is dead serious.  
 
"A Life Lesson About my Greatest Opponent" by Marlan J. Ingram
 
     Superstitions are not silly things that you know are false.  Superstitions 
are things that you know are true, that are false.  So, you never know you have 
a superstition until you don't get the result that you were expecting.  
     Like, you shot him, but it didn't have any effect, and he just kept on coming.  
(You don't want to be frozen in shock, unable to believe what's happening.)
Training will dispel superstitions.  So, you know that pistol bullets are 
ballistically deficient compared to rifles or shotguns.  You know that one shot 
stops are rare.  (Usually only occurring due to a psychological stop, not a 
physiological stop.)  So, you are taught (and understand) to shoot to stop the 
attack and to continue shooting until the attack stops.  Reloading and clearing 
malfunctions as necessary.  
     Oh, the list of superstitions is long.  And you believe them deep down in 
your soul, because you've seen them thousands of times in TV shows and movies.  
I have had young students tell me that what I was teaching was false, and that 
they knew this because they had seen how it really is on TV.  I had to explain 
to them that Reality shows are not real.  Gamers often ask each other, 
"What do you do in the real world?"  Too often the implied answer is 
"This is the real world."  Modern high tech media is immersive and pervasive.  
It's easy to get confused, to believe that that YouTube.com video or video game 
was Real World.  Especially if you are young and were born into a world of TV, 
computers, and such.  I was born before such things were common, and yet, when 
I first saw "Toy Story", it was several minutes into the movie before I realized 
that I was watching computer graphics.  And I had been a member of SIG Graph 
for years.  (Association for Computing Machinery, Special Interest Group, Graphics)  
So, I had seen all the bleeding edge computer graphics out of the studios and 
laboratories.  
     Be careful.  
 
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are, 
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
 
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----- Safety -----  (how to avoid shooting yourself and friendlies)
 
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.  
 
No matter how big a hammer you use, you can't pound common sense into stupid people.
 
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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----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
     "If we ask the wrong question, we get the wrong answer." -- Richard Speece 
 
"14 Defensive Handgun Carry Commandments From Ken Campbell"
Excerpt:  
     "It means staying in contact with your firearms instructor to discover 
new techniques or receive simple reminders."
[Oh, like this newsletter. -- Jon Low]
 
     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)
 
"It’s A Dangerous World. Keep Your Skills Up . . ." by Marcus Wynne
It’s A Dangerous World. Keep Your Skills Up,
So you can serve and protect during a high threat,
And pick up and run any gun,
And detect surveillance, electronic and otherwise,
And configure your fighting load appropriately,
And Stand The Night Watch.
 
“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
 
"5 REASONS YOU NEED A TRAINING JOURNAL" BY WILLIAM STARNES
     The shooters on the junior rifle teams that I coach are required to 
keep a highly detailed journal.  I review the journals regularly.  
     The one thing all world class athletes have in common is that they 
keep a highly detailed journal.  That gives them the data to which 
they can apply the scientific method to force improvement.  
     The scientific method is 
hypothesis -> experiment -> theory -> hypothesis -> experiment -> theory -> . . . 
ad infinitum.  "Ad infinitum" because nothing in science is ever proven as 
it is in philosophy, such as mathematics.  Nothing in science is ever 
settled, no matter what the liberals say.  
     Believing journalists, politicians, or "scientists" who broadcast 
on any media platform is not an application of the scientific method.  
Real scientists publish in peer reviewed journals (not magazines).  Only
peer reviewed journals should be considered credible.  And should only 
be believed after you have been able to replicate the experiments 
successfully.  Or, had your grad students replicate the experiments 
successfully.  
     So, you should realize that just about everything concerning Covid-19 
published in the broadcast media is propaganda, not science.  So, when the 
liberals scream, "Follow the science!" they are actually saying, "Follow 
our political leaders!".  
 
"SELF-DEFENSE FOR THE MOBILITY-CHALLENGED
STAY PRICKLY REGARDLESS OF YOUR PHYSICAL ABILITIES"
BY DAVID FREEMAN
 
     If you're too heavy to get up from the ground onto your feet by yourself, 
you need to lose weight.  Reducing the amount you eat is not a good idea.  
Rather, you should exercise, move around.  And you should eat smart.  
The ice cream in your freezer, throw it in the trash.  Similarly for your 
soda pop, booze, dope, smokes, and chew.  
     Buy fresh fruit such as grapes and blueberries, put them in a Zip Lock 
freezer bag, and toss them into your freezer to replace the ice cream.  
     Remove all television sets from your house.  Replace them with exercise 
machines, or if you can't afford that, go outside and walk around.  Don't 
stop.  Keep walking.  Yes, I know you're getting tired, that's the problem.  
You have to keep walking to increase your endurance.  Keep walking.  
     When you come inside from your walk, DO NOT SIT DOWN to watch TV or 
whatever you used to do.  You are a new person.  Take a shower and prepare 
for your indoor stretching exercises.  This is your new life style.  You 
are always active, always moving around.  Win!  
     At work, you will not sit down.  Place your computer on a higher counter 
and stand while you work.  The old you sat around a lot.  The new you never 
sits.  
 
     Do not dress specially for the class.  Wear your normal clothes.  
Do not wear special prescription glasses for the class.  Wear your 
normal glasses.  Etc.  Self defense, which is combat, is a come as 
you are event.  So, practicing with equipment that you won't 
normally have with you is foolish.  I know other schools require or 
suggest special things for their classes.  They are wrong.  Because, 
you will fight as you have trained (because that's all you know), 
so you must train as you intend to fight.  
 
"Why You Should Train with a Partner for Personal Defense" by SHERIFF JIM WILSON
 
"Serious Mistakes – Unintentional Discharges (Part III)" by the Tactical Professor
Excerpt:  
     "This is an example of why I believe the commonly taught sequence of 
‘magazine out then clear the chamber’ is incorrect.  I lock the gun open 
first thing, then remove the magazine, and finally visually and physically 
check the chamber for no ammunition.  The magazine is not the source of 
ammunition, it’s the source of follow-on ammunition.  The chamber is the 
source of the fireable ammunition and should be dealt with first.  
But that’s just me."
     [Me too. -- Jon Low]
 
     The NRA has more than 13,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors.  
On the civilian side, over 125,000 certified instructors now train about 1,000,000 gun 
owners a year.  On the competition side, nearly 7,000 certified coaches are specially 
trained to work with young competitive shooters.  [I had to go to the Olympic Training 
Center in Colorado Springs, CO to take a 3-day course to get my Level 3 Rifle Coach 
certification.]
     According to John Howard, Deputy Director Education & Training Division of the NRA, 
there are only 318 instructors that hold the rating of Advanced Pistol Instructor.  And 
the Advanced Pistol Instructor program was discontinued several years ago.  (Citation:  
personal email)  So, the number of such instructor is only going to decrease.  
Only the Advanced Pistol Instructors are authorized to teach the NRA Defensive Pistol course, 
which is geared toward civilian concealed carry for self defense.  
     When I got my Advanced Pistol Instructor certification, I had to:  
* show proof of training far beyond that given by the NRA, 
* get letters from the instructors who taught me attesting to my competence, 
* get letters from several of my students so the Education & Training Division 
could check up on my teaching ability, 
* have taken the Personal Protection Inside The Home class, Personal Protection Outside 
The Home class, and the Personal Protection Instructor's class.  (I had done the Personal 
Protection class decades ago before it bifurcated into Inside and Outside, but that 
didn't count.)
     If you're familiar with the typical NRA Instructor certifications for the other 
disciplines, you will notice that the requirements for the Advanced Pistol Instructor were 
far above the norm.  I thought the NRA was moving to improve the standard of training.  
But, the recently released NRA CCW class seems to be a throw back to the standard sort of 
NRA certifications.  
     So, if you're serious about teaching in our field, you need to seek out training 
beyond the NRA.  Attending one of the many open enrollment annual training conferences:  
     Tactical Conference 2022 (sold out, but you can get on the waiting list)
You need to register as soon as registration opens, because it sells out within a 
couple of months.  
     ACTIVE SELF PROTECTION NATIONAL CONFERENCE 2022
     Etc.  
is a good way to get a taste of many instructors and to then decide who to take classes from.  
     Besides the big annual conferences there are the smaller ones that pop up from time to 
time, such as the Hewbrew Hogger that occurred in Nashville a while ago.  And there are 
classes by the traveling instructors that are hosted by gun clubs, training companies, 
and such all over the country.  For instance, Gun Site sends a cadre to Royal Range 
in Nashville, TN every year to give their 5 day pistol class.  
     I should have taken Tom Givens' Advanced Instructor course last month in Nashville, 
but I procrastinated and the class sold out before I got in.  Now I'm going to have to 
spend money for round trip air fare, hotel, rental car, as well as tuition to take the 
class.  Learn from my mistakes.  
 
"Two Different Kidnappings- Would You Intervene?" by Greg Ellifritz
     Consider all the things that can go wrong.  Especially, "you don't know what's 
going on" and "what you think is happening is not what is happening".  
     Sometimes, just getting their license plate is sufficient to cause them to abort.  
If you've got time to scream at the kidnapper, you should have been writing down the 
license plate number.  
     There are drug dealers in my apartment complex.  When their couriers come to make 
pick ups and drop offs, I walk up to their cars, tell them that they are in my parking 
space, and write down their license plate.  Ya, they might attempt to kill me to get 
rid of witnesses.  Life is full of risks.  Usually, they just drive away.  As opposed 
to moving to another parking space.  Because, some guy in a security uniform has their 
license plate number.  
 
"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) -----
 
"When the Moment of Truth arrives,
The Time for Preparation has passed."
-- Mike Mercer
 
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal. 
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
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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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight? 
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
"LETHAL FORCE AGAINST A MOB" BY MASSAD AYOOB
     A deep history lesson.  Notice that the higher ups got acquitted.  
Only the privates got convicted.  Indeed, nothing has changed.  
 
"Recognition Primed Decision-making (part V)" by tacticalprofessor
Excerpt:  
     "Another possibility to consider is that youthful or first time predators 
may simply Freeze in response to an Armed Citizen Confronting or Resisting.  
When this happens, it’s neither Fighting nor Failing to Comply but rather simply 
becoming overwhelmed mentally when the predation doesn’t go according to plan.  
Initially, this may look like Compliance, say, to a command of “Don’t Move” or 
“Freeze,” but then when further commands are given, there is no response."
 
"Quick Thinking By A Good Samaritan Saves The Life Of A Teenager"
     Sometimes the good guy (Jay Johnson) wins.  
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to do that task) -----
 
"Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"USE THE PINKIE!
60 SECOND SHOOTING TIP"
by TOM MCHALE
     Yes, pull back toward your body with your support side hand.  Push the pistol 
toward the target with your firing side hand.  Use all of your fingers.  Keep your 
fingers together, because then you know exactly where they are and your grip is 
consistent.  Consistency is accuracy.  If you spread your fingers apart, you won't 
know exactly where each one is, because they are not indexed against anything.  
     The little finger is farthest from the axis of the bore, so it has the most 
leverage to prevent muzzle flip.  
 
"Using your eyes" by TENICOR
 
"Eliminating Tunnel Vision Under Stress" by Mike Ox
     ". . . the more you practice seeing both narrow and wide, 
the more likely you’ll be able to do it automatically under stress . . . 
get in the habit of flicking your eyes around . . . 
breathe in for a 4 count, hold for a 4 count, breathe out for a 4 count, and 
(most important) hold for a 4 count . . . "
     QUESTION:  If you take a few seconds, a few times a day to deliberately expand 
your peripheral awareness–to tell the brain that peripheral awareness is important 
and worth spending energy on – do you know what will happen?
     ANSWER:  Peripheral awareness won’t “cost” as much and it will become your new normal.
 
"Tiger McKee's Malfunction Tips"
     Well, the problem is that the magazine might be the cause of the problem.  
So, it's really best to drop the magazine that was in the pistol and get a 
new magazine from your magazine pouch.  Retaining the magazine would only 
make sense if you know that you don't have another magazine.  But, you always 
carry an extra magazine, right?  
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
 
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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
 
Rangemaster Firearms Training Services
OCT. 2021 NEWSLETTER
     Ya, but black eyes or split lips are indications that the enemy means 
to eventually kill you.  And if you wait for more serious injury, you won't 
be able to defend yourself or your loved ones.  So, you have to use force 
before you are injured.  The purpose of self defense is to PREVENT injury.  
If you fail to prevent the injury, the purpose of self defense is to STOP 
the attack.  If you fail to stop the attack, you're dead.  
     George Zimmerman's injuries were superficial.  But, if Zimmerman had 
not shot Trayvon Martin when he did, Zimmerman would be dead.  
 
"Slaying the Fundamentals with Bryan Eastridge" by Lee Weems
     Lee refers to Benjamin Bloom's Taxonomy, 
"Bloom’s Taxonomy" by Patricia Armstrong
     There are a lot more brain surgeons than there are federally recognized use of force experts.  
So, use of force experts are in higher demand than brain surgeons.  
     Leave 30 to 45 minutes at the end of the class to engage with the students.  
     Expectations of students:  Show up on time with all of the required gear.  
Don't shoot yourself.  Don't shoot the instructors.  Don't shoot anyone else in the class.  
 
"Tiger McKee on Training"
     What we teach applies to everything in life.
     Christian.  How can I help other people?  Food and shelter is easy.  
Personal security is not.  Empowering, you don't have to be afraid.  
     Get the proper training, so you know how to operate the gun safely.  
     Nothing about guns is natural or instinctive.  
     Safe gun handling and knowing how to operate the gun competently is one thing.  
How to fight with the gun is a whole other plane of knowledge.  
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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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
 
"GEAR SPOTLIGHT: LIGHTS AND LASERS ROUNDUP"
BY HANDGUNNER STAFF
     All kinds of neat flashlights.
 
     Do not hesitate to take a pair of scissors or a knife, and adjust your 
shoes to be comfortable.  I have to do so on every pair of shoes that I 
have ever owned.  You can avoid all the blisters and discomfort.  After all 
they are your shoes, you never intend to sell them or gift them to anyone.  
So, why not adjust them to fit you?  Similarly for all of your equipment.  
 
"Holster Cant Simplified" by Carrie Lightfoot 
     Adjust your holster so that you can establish your correct grip with your wrist 
straight.  A straight wrist is a strong wrist.  
 
"Police: Almost 1,300 guns stolen from cars in Memphis so far this year"
Excerpt:  
     " “The bad guys tell us they even look for stickers on your car.  
Some people put stickers on their car proclaiming they have a gun or 
what brand they prefer,” Crowe said."
 
"Have Gun will Travel" by Nick Perna
Excerpt:  
     "KNOW THE AIRLINE. First, research the carrier’s policies. 
Surprisingly, each one is different."
 
"Open Vs. Enclosed Red Dot Optics" by Travis Pike
 
From an email from Gabe Suarez -- 
Here is my perspective . . . Rifle Perspectives . . . (or Rifle Precepts?)
1). Caliber must be 5.56 because of logistics, resupply, etc. Same reason we select 
9mm for anti-personnel uses.  Not limited by the Geneva Convention, or some general's 
preferences, we can opt for the most accurate loading in the most physically 
devastating configuration.  That is for another discussion however.
2). Barrel length is not as relevant the total package.  Chosen with an understanding 
of accompanying limits, barrel length is always a compromise.  The shortest possible 
length to accomplish the expected mission.  Best general purpose length would be 
standard 16".  I will say that when we were building our original 10.5" commando 
uppers with White Oak barrels, we could get MOA out to 300 yards with 75 gr Match ammo.  
Few wanted those barrels however due to the price.
3). Optics.  It is 2021 . . . a red dot is essential.  Yes, you need back up irons 
such as Magpul Pro, but a rifle without a red dot is instantly not as good as it 
could be.  For some, a variable in the 1-5x realm makes sense as long as it has a 
QD system to detach should the optic be damaged.  What we do not want here are optics 
that prevent use of the Bindon Aiming Concept 
which we teach and use for close range shooting.  The guys that get orgasmic over 
those side mounted red dots . . . look at the next point.
4). The rifle must be ambidextrous.  Other than the sling mounts, all accessories to 
include optics, lights, back up irons, and even the manipulative characteristics of 
safeties and charging handles, should be usable on both right and left shoulders.  
Rarely a factor in the game fields or in competitive endeavors, the real world 
requires maneuvering under duress as well as the use of cover. And that requires care 
in placing the rifle to adapt to those issues.
5). Weight.  We recall the Viking advising Banderas to "Grow Stronger" when the latter 
complained about the weight of a sword.  We laugh and add more shit to the rifle as 
our biceps veins pop when we hoist that rifle.  To the contrary . . . lighter is better.  
Again . . . within reason.  We do not want flimsy.  But we do not need excess weight.  
Hard to say exactly what is too heavy, or light enough, but like most other grey areas 
in life . . . you will know when you are there.  Err on the side of lighter.
6). Everyone wants to be a rifleman . . . until its time to do rifleman shit.  Maybe 
a new shirt for us.  Rifleman shit involves much more than standing at a range at 
10 feet and mad minuting into a B27 target.  Sadly the masses have arrived at the 
idea that a rifle school is valued by the number of rounds required.  That is a mistake.  
A true general rifle class that exceeds say, 300 rounds in a weekend is little more 
than fantasy.
7). Rifleman skills involve the following.  Zeroing properly.  Testing that zero at 
all distances expected to engage to learn holdovers.  Learning shooting positions . . . 
to wit: Standing, Kneeling, Squatting, Sitting, and Prone.  And all of their variations.  
Then applying them at the appropriate distances.  This one area we will discuss more.  
Learning tactical movement and maneuver with the rifle.  Managing the weapon properly 
and in combat context.  The manipulation skills of the 3 gunner will rarely have any 
application in the real world when others are doing their best to kill you.  
8). The rifle is a physical weapon.  The man that cannot use kneeling, sitting, or 
squatting (and they are interchangeable to a degree) is at a disadvantage with the 
rifle and won't fully use its capabilities.  There are work arounds but work arounds 
are never as good.  I recall one notable figure in the industry had to have his seconds 
dig a hole for his belly when he was demonstrating prone.  Such corpulent abandon does 
not befit a man of action, much less a rifleman.  
9). Even though a rifle such as we are discussing possesses 30 rounds of ammunition, 
the objective is always to solve the matter with the minimum number of rounds necessary.  
The man that concludes the action with a well placed round to the enemy's tear duct is 
more admired than the man who solved the same problem with a magazine.  Some of this 
might be happenstance of circumstance, but you get the idea.  In the weapon . . . more 
ammo is more better . . . but for rounds fired . . . less is more.  
10). Avoid the unnecessary.  Does the rifle need a good trigger instead of the GI trigger?  
Yes of course.  Does it need an ambidextrous safety, a red dot, and light M-lock handguards.  
No argument there.  Does it need a light?  Maybe.  If so . . . lighter is better and 
smaller is better and ambidextrous use is essential.  Does it need a laser unit?  Not unless 
you are prepping it for use with night vision.  Question the value of every addition.  
What the SEALs are using is irrelevant to you unless you are doing what they are doing.  
Think for yourself . . . don't go cheap . . . and be very defensive about adding anything.  
-- Gabe Suarez
 
"Can Ammunition "Go Bad"?" by Jeff Johnston
 
“Your car is not a holster.” 
-- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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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
 
"Inducing and Controlling Stress in Firearms Training" by Mike Ox
Excerpt:  
     "First, don’t even think of doing it until your shooting technique 
is so solid that it is a conditioned response.  Second, don’t screw around 
with this unless you have written approval from your doctor.  It might not 
be appropriate for you mentally or physically, you might flex muscles in 
such a way that you injure yourself, you might fall down and get a 
secondary injury, or any number of other bad outcomes."
 
     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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*****     ***** Legal *****     *****
 
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
Free of charge.  Just pay shipping.  
     Just get this book and educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your 
life in a cage.  
 
     "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
 
"Don't Talk to the Police" by Regent Law Professor James Duane
     No, you're not that smart.  No, you will not be emotionally stable during the 
aftermath.  No, you will not be able to exercise good judgment during the aftermath.  
No, you're not smarter than the cops.  No, you're not smarter than the prosecutors.  
You've got insurance, so let your attorney talk to the cops for you.  If you don't 
have insurance, you're a damn fool.  If you think you can carry on an intelligent 
conversation with the responding officers, you are WRONG!  
 
"HOME DEFENSE: WHERE TO MAKE YOUR STAND"
     Don't open the door until you're sure you know who is there and what the 
threat level is.  
     Don't go out to confront the person.
     Don't shoot through the door.  
 
     Never consent to searches.  If the police search without your consent, your attorney 
can fight that (and probably win).  If the police get a search warrant, your attorney can 
fight that (and possibly win).  If you consent to a search, your attorney can't fight that.  
(you lose.)
     You've got nothing to hide?  What about all those illegal drugs and illegal guns?  
They aren't yours?  You don't know how they got there?  Well, obviously the police planted 
them.  Can your attorney have the planted evidence excluded?  Depends on whether or not 
you consented to a search.  
     With even higher probability, the police did not plant the evidence.  Your scum bag 
drug addict boyfriend left them in your car and neglected to tell you.  
     Oh, he would never do that?  
     You knew he was a drug addict, right?  
     He wasn't an addict, just a social user?  
     Oh.  Dave Ramsey says, drug addicts lie 100% of the time, drug addicts steal 100% of the time.  
 
"Attorney Andrew F. Branca: Full 90 Minute Interview on "Coffee w/ Rich" "
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
Free of charge.  Just pay shipping.  
     George Floyd's family got twenty seven million dollars ($27,000,000) from the tax 
payers of the city of Minneapolis, Minnesota.  So ya, politicizing such incidents is 
a big money maker.  One third (1/3) of the settlement goes to the attorneys.  And it's 
the same attorneys all the time.  
     Innocent people get convicted all the time.  Just ask the Innocence Project.  
They have gotten lots of people released from prison based on DNA evidence that 
proves the convicted person is the not the person biologically connected to the 
crime.  My Senator, Mark Pody, recently worked on a case to get an innocent 
gentleman released after some 30 years of incarceration.  It happens all the time.  
Our justice system is not perfect.  
     So, you have to make it as hard as possible for the prosecutor to convict you.  
If your case is not a slam dunk for the prosecution, you've got a chance of getting 
the prosecutor to drop the charges.  
     On the other hand, even if the prosecutor knows he's going to lose, 
he'll take the case to trial for the political capital.  If the case appeases his 
constituents, they will vote for him, and he'll get re-elected.  So, he wins!  
     And you lose big time, even if you're acquitted.  Your win is to get the 
charges dismissed as soon as possible.  Or, better yet, never get charged in the 
first place.  Your weapon is education.  
 
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"How Bad Is Crime? 
This Bad:  Soros-Funded Prosecutor Criticizing “Woke” Judges"
     In Houston, TX, (Harris County) the judges are releasing violent criminals on bail, 
who have already previously been released on bail for violent crimes (mutiple times).  
The criminals are going back to the neighborhoods and killing the witnesses who would 
testify against them in the previous crimes.  So, the District Attorney holds a press 
conference to warn the public that this is happening.  She's warning the witnesses to 
take precautions, because the criminals are hunting the witnesses.  This is "criminal 
justice reform".  
 
     “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 an dishonorable population 
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
 
*****     ***** Political, Religious, and Philosophical *****     *****
 
"One of the foundations of a democratic society is knowing where to place your machine gun." 
-- Corporal Walter "Foggy" Dewhurst in "Last Of The Summer Wine"
 
"Guns used more for self-defense than crimes" by Tim Hsiao
Excerpt:  
     "Mr. English found that “guns are used defensively by civilian firearms 
owners in approximately 1.67 million incidents per year.  Handguns are the most 
common firearm employed for self-defense (used in 65.9% of defensive incidents), 
and in most defensive incidents (81.9%), no shot was fired.”  Mr. English found 
that more than half of defensive gun uses occurred in situations involving two 
or more assailants, highlighting guns’ importance as equalizers.  Besides 
producing an estimate of defensive gun uses, Mr. English also found that:
81.4 million adult Americans own guns.
57.8% of gun owners are male, 42.2% are female.
25.4% of Blacks own firearms.
Handguns are the firearm most commonly used in defensive incidents (65.9%), 
followed by shotguns (21.0%) and rifles (13.1%)."
 
"FBI Data Shows Armed Citizens Killed More Armed Criminals Than Police in 2020" by TTAG Contributor
Excerpt:  
     " “We looked at Tables 14 and 15 in the FBI’s new report that apply to 
justifiable homicides by law enforcement and private citizens, respectively,” 
noted CCRKBA Chairman Alan Gottlieb.  “Last year, according to the data, 
armed citizens killed 343 criminals during the commission of a felony while 
police fatally shot 298 felons."
     " “This data should send a message to criminals that their chances of 
recidivism are gradually shrinking,” said Gottlieb . . . "  [Because the 
good guys are killing the bad guys. -- Jon Low]
 
     "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 
 
"Smith & Wesson Moving From Springfield To Tennessee, Citing Proposed Massachusetts Gun Laws"
By CBSBoston.com Staff
---
"Smith & Wesson moving headquarters to Tennessee" By Steve Gelsi
Excerpt:  
     ". . . The company said proposed legislation in Massachusetts to ban the manufacture 
of some firearm products would impact its business.  Such products made up more than 60% 
of its revenue, the company said.  Smith & Wesson has operated out of Springfield since 
the company was incorporated in 1852.  It will continue to employ 1,000 people in 
Massachusetts and will keep its forging, machining, metal finishing, and assembly of revolvers 
in Springfield.  More than 750 jobs will move from Springfield, as well as facilities in 
Connecticut and Missouri to Tennessee."
---
"Smith & Wesson to Relocate Headquarters to Tennessee"
Excerpt:  
The key factors in the decision included the following:
Support for the 2nd Amendment
Business friendly environment
Quality of life for employees
Cost of living and affordability
Access to higher education institutions
Availability of qualified labor for its operations and headquarter functions
Favorable location for efficiency of distribution
 
     "Governments are instituted among men, 
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed." 
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
     A notice published on the NRA Instructor web site -- 
"NRA cannot provide any assistance in training foreign persons due to conflicting 
information from the U.S. Government regarding regulations pertinent to foreign 
persons and arms training.  NRA cannot process any requests for assistance in 
training foreign persons.  In view of the above, NRA cannot renew NRA firearm 
trainer credentials for any foreign national."
     [Nowhere in any of the forms that one is required to fill out does the NRA 
request citizenship.  So, the NRA does not know the member's citizenship.  
You've got to stop and think about this for a minute.]
 
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.  
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." 
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5, 1788 A.D.
 
"Tucker: You're not allowed to point out this is insane"
 
"Jesse Watters: This is where the danger lies"
 
"New FBI Study Finds Knives Kill 2X More Than Rifles & Shotguns Combined" by Colion Noir
 
"Tucker: This is one of the worst stories of our time"
     This is the state of our union.  
 
"Militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . . 
And include all men capable of bearing arms." 
-- Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on "militia" in the 2nd Amendment
 
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"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
     Conversation related to me by a friend who is a urologist.  
Patient:  I get kidney stones.  It's genetic.  My father had them.  My grandfather had them.  
It's genetic.  There is nothing I can do about it.
Urologist:  False.  Completely false.  You get kidney stones because you are chronically 
dehydrated, because you don't drink enough water, and you drink diuretics such as coffee.  
You also drink too much alcohol.  Stop main lining the coffee and stop drinking alcohol.  
Drink water until your urine comes out clear, not yellow.  And you won't get kidney stones 
anymore.  
Patient:  No drugs?  No surgery?  That sounds like witchcraft to me.  You sure you're 
licensed?  
Urologist:  I can refer you to a surgeon who will perform surgery on you.  I can refer 
you to an internist who will prescribe drugs for you.  But, you don't need that.  You 
need to drink more water.  
     Over drinks, the urologist (a friend from high school, so we've known each other 
a long time) tells me, he lost another patient that day.  
 
"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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*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
"Gun Culture 2.0 and the Changing Face of Gun Owners in America" by DAVID YAMANE
YouTube.com video at 
     This is deep.  Listen carefully.  Yes, David is an academic, but he is accessible.  
Gun Culture 2.0 is all about self defense.  It's all about handguns.  
Excerpts:  
     Anscombe's Quartet (Statistics)
     "Averages can mask differences in the underlying distribution of the data."
     "The average American has one testicle and one ovary."
---
"Information for Sociology of Guns Seminar" by Prof. DAVID YAMANE
     So, Dr. Yamane is a professor of Sociology at Wake Forest University.  
Check out the criteria to enroll in his class, Sociology of Guns.  
 
     I stopped by Dalton's Bar and Grill on the way to work to get lunch before 
starting the afternoon shift.  Three Nashville Police Officers in K-9 uniforms 
walked in for lunch.  When I went to the bar to pay my bill, I told the lady 
that I would pick up the tab for the 3 officers.  She told me that someone had 
already done that.  
     Better than getting spit on.  
     Ya, that's why I live in Tennessee.  Even in super liberal Nashville, the 
people are still way more conservative and respectful than San Diego, CA.  
 
     A cop told me that he was in a high stress situation and lost his flashlight.  
He was looking all over for it.  Thought it got covered by something and so was 
lifting things up and looking under them.  He found it.  It was in his left hand.  
I thought that was a symptom of high stress.  But, now I don't think so, because 
it happened to me in a no stress situation.  I was making a sandwich in my kitchen 
and lost a can of deviled ham.  I had just pulled it out of the cabinet above the 
counter.  I looked all over for it.  I found it in my left hand.  
     If you know of a solution to this problem, please let me know.  
 
     "This is VT12 requesting permission to land."
     VT12, you are cleared to approach from the east on runway 5.  Winds north-east 
at 5 knots, visibility 12 miles [That was instrument visibility as this was at night, 
no moon, no stars due to cloud cover.  Everyone had their lights and transponders off, 
because the North Koreans like to take pot shots with their machineguns.].  
     "This is HM36 requesting permission to land."
     HM36, you are cleared to land from the west on runway 5.  
     "Air Traffic Control, you have aircraft landing on both ends of runway 5."  
     Y'all be careful, hear.
     [ATC (young female, just out of school) neglected to inform the pilots that 
both were rotary wing aircraft (helicopters).  I'm sure she thought it was very 
funny.]
 
     A lady that I work with told me this story.  Her niece left her keys in her 
car at a gas station and went into the building to buy something.  A guy 
(who had just gotten out of prison) steals her car.  She comes running out of the 
building screaming that he stole her car.  Coincidentally, on the other side of 
the gas pump, was a cop.  The cop turns on his lights and siren, and chases the 
stolen car.  The car thief drives down a dead end street, hits three parked cars, 
and totals the niece's car.  The niece's insurance won't pay to replace the car 
because she left the keys in her car.  The owners of the damaged cars sued the 
niece because it was her car (and the car thief was law suit proof, had no assets).  
     But, no one was hurt!  Everyone just got what they deserved.  (Well, maybe not 
the owners of the three cars.  And then again, they got money from the niece's 
insurance company.  So, maybe they made out.)
     Dozens of people get their cars stolen every week in Nashville, TN.  
100% have left their keys in their cars.  Some have left their cars running.  
Some have left their children in the car.  
No matter how big a hammer you use, you can't pound common sense into stupid people.
 
     Dave Ramsey says, buying and selling crypto-currencies is currency speculation.  
In case his statement isn't clear; currency speculation is people with superior 
intelligence preying on people with inferior intelligence.  People with inside 
information preying on people without such information.   
 
All kinds of neat stuff at:  
     The Reload
     DTI Operator Series by John Farnam
     "Tactical Moment" by John Holschen
     Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Stephen P. Wenger (you can download his books free of charge, as they 
are presently out of print)
     Practical Eschatology by Docent
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
     Quips by John Farnam
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
     Marcus Wynne
     Jeff Gonzales
Blog
Training videos
     Michael Bane
     Jerry Miculek - Pro Shooter
     OODA Loop
     Active Self Protection YouTube.com channel
     Michael Mann Security
YouTube.com channel
     Guardian News Podcast
 
"How Quantum Computers Work" by Josh [I have been unable to identify Josh.  So, I 
haven't been able to vet this.  But, it appears to be correct.]
Quantum Computing
     These videos give the underlying details.  
 
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’. 
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
 
The Warrior's Prayer
Dear God,
     Please give us discernment to distinguish friend from foe from innocent bystanders. 
Give us clear vision so our aim is true. 
Give us calm so we execute correctly. 
Give us spiritual maturity so that we stop the enemy's attack 
without excessive force, without revenge. 
In Jesus name, Amen.
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com
   

Tuesday, September 28, 2021

CWP, 28 September MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs, 
 
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----- Basics -----
 
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
 
Tom Givens, Facebook posting 
Excerpts:  
     "As my friend, John Farnam, says "When you least expect it, you're selected"."
     "10:52 A.M., not midnight.  At the gym, literally minding your own business."
     "Carry your damned gun."
 
"Guns 101: Rifles, Shotguns and Pistols" by Guy Sagi
 
"How To Load a Handgun Magazine" by Jeff Gonzales
     No, it's not obvious.  Lots of my students insert the bullet-end of the cartridge 
in first, instead of the primer-end of the cartridge.  I have had persons familiar 
with the M-16 / AR-15 type rifles attempt to push the pistol cartridge straight down 
into the magazine through the lips of the magazine, as opposed to pushing down in 
front and then sliding the cartridge back under the lips of the magazine.  
     Teaching beginners is much more difficult than teaching non-beginners.  And 
requires far more patience.  Patience is not the same as tolerance.  One should 
never tolerate safety violations; that's just unacceptable.  
 
"Mission of the Handgun" BY JOHN FARNAM
Excerpt:  
     "Few seek-out competent training."
 
Back to Basics with Jeff Gonzales
     Ya, you could watch the video on YouTube.com, but this web page has a 
transcript and I prefer reading.  It's about how to avoid negligent discharges.  
 
"Handgun Operation: Types Of Pistol Actions" by SSUSA Staff
 
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm, 
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
 
----- 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
 
     Please read and share the article on self defense insurance in the link 
in the right hand column labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  You have insurance 
to drive your car.  You have insurance to protect your loved ones in the 
event of your death.  So, carry self defense insurance, so your loved ones 
are not left destitute after your use of lethal force to protect their lives.  
     George Zimmerman's legal defense cost eight million dollars, $8,000,000.  
Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke's legal defense cost three million 
dollars, $3,000,000 before jury selection started.  And both of these 
gentlemen were completely justified in shooting their assailants.  Don't be 
a fool.  Get insurance.  
     I fought the Cherry Hill, NJ police and the New Jersey prosecutors.  
I plead not guilty and my attorney got the prosecutor to drop all charges 
in New Jersey state court.  
     I fought the civilian Department of Defense police and the U.S. Attorney 
in federal court on Fort Dix.  I plead not guilty and my attorney got the 
Federal Magistrate to dismissed all charges.  
     You too can win.  But, you've got to have money to hire competent, 
connected attorneys.  Otherwise, the legal system will grind you up.  
     As Andrew Branca says, you get as much justice as you can afford.  
     Andrew says you should have an insurance policy that allows you to 
choose your own attorney.  That may be correct for Andrew, as a sophisticated 
knowledgeable attorney himself (so he uses CCW Safe), but how many of 
us have the wherewithal to choose a competent attorney?  
     I use U.S. Law Shield because they vet their attorneys.  So, I feel 
confident that the attorney that they give me is competent.  (I also happen 
to know the self defense attorneys in my area, so I am biased.  
U.S. Law Shield is also the only company that will cover licensed armed 
guards.  So, I don't have a choice.)  
 
“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 
 
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
 
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
 
James Clark:  What’s the one thing to always remember in a firefight?
Norm Hooten:  Keep your head.  It’s never as good as it seems and it’s never 
as bad as it seems, but keep your head and there’s always a way out.
     That’s the most important thing:  Keep your head, don’t panic. 
Never ever panic, it’s the worst thing you can do.
 
     Be careful.  The bad guy might have a gun, and friends (that you can't see).  
The other "good guys" might have guns and not recognize you as a good guy.  
The police (uniformed and plain clothes) have guns and recognize you as a suspect.  
     So, unlike force-on-force training, there are lots of people who may shoot you.  
And then of course there is friendly fire, which will cause casualties just as 
effectively as enemy fire.  
     "I would never shoot anyone on my team."  "Everyone on my team is competent.  
We would never have a friendly fire casualty."  
     Oh really?  Statistically, it happens all the time.  And remember, there are 
people on your side who are not on your team.  
     Also, unlike IDPA or IPSC, in the real world there are one or two shoot targets 
and scores of no-shoot targets.  Hitting one of the no-shoots means criminal 
prosecution and civil law suits (at least in the civilian world).  
     Remember the Marine pilots who hit the ski lift cables in the Italian Alps 
killing all those passengers on the ski lift?  They avoided prosecution and civil 
liability in Italy because we have a Status of Forces Agreement (SOFA) with all 
of the countries that we defeated in World War II (as well as many others).  
They were court martialed in the U.S. and were acquitted because their maps did 
not show the ski lifts.  But, that ain't your reality.  You're going to be 
prosecuted where it happened.  
     Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke accepted the plea deal because every 
focus group drawn from Nashville residents convicted him.  Hey, it's your fault 
for living in a limp dick liberal community.  You're not going to be able to 
claim it was an accident because you lacked some bit of information.  (Andrew 
Branca says "accident" is a legitimate legal defense.  But, there are no accidents 
in combat.  There are only negligence and recklessness.)  And if you live in 
Davidson County, Tennessee, consider what the prosecutor said about Officer 
Delke's shooting of the armed suspect (who pointed his pistol at Officer Delke)
"1st Degree Murder, the premeditation for which can be formed in an instant" 
-- District Attorney Glen Funk
No joke, Funk charged Delke with First Degree Murder for shooting an armed 
suspect who was pointing his pistol at Officer Delke.  This isn't the Twilight 
Zone, this is liberal Nashville.  
 
     "KNOWING WHAT WE CANNOT AND DO NOT KNOW
IS JUST AS IMPORTANT AS WHAT WE *ARE* AWARE OF.
     THE MAN WHO IS UNAFRAID TO ACKNOWLEDGE AND 
ACCEPT HIS WEAKNESS BECOMES THE STRONGEST.
     Concealed carry is EITHER a fashion statement 
or it's a means to effective self-defense."
-- Patrick Kilchermann
 
     "Fairy tales are more than true.  
Not because they tell us that dragons exist, 
but because they tell us that dragons can be defeated."
-- G. K. Chesterton
 
Clint Smith from Thunder Ranch - 60 minutes clip
     Actually, there are a lot of people that need to be killed.  
And because we killed them, we haven't had a 9/11 type attack 
since the 9/11 attacks.  Thank God and President Bush for the 
Global War On Terrorism.  (By executive order, not congressional 
declaration of war.  Yes, there is a difference.)
 
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are, 
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
 
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----- Safety -----
 
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.  
 
"Negligent discharge" by John Farnam, 16 June 99
Excerpt:  
     "If you’re careless about which direction your muzzle is pointed, you’ll 
have it pointed at yourself before you know it!  This is no business for the 
careless, the overly casual, and the nonchalant.  True warriors pay attention 
to what they’re doing."
 
"Negligent discharge" by John Farnam, 12 May 99
Excerpt:  
     "When fingers are where they don’t belong and people are oblivious 
of where their muzzle is pointed, this kind of incident will continue to happen."
 
"Tucker: Biden was forced to stop lying"
     The trigger puller failed to positively identify his target before attacking it.  
Violation of Rule IV.  (see above)  Marine Corps pilots as a matter of doctrinal 
protocol will fly low and inverted over the target to positively identify the target 
before making a second pass to strike it.  Air Force pilots would not do this.  
Now, even Air Force drone pilots neglect to positively identify their targets.  
Now you understand the importance of Rule IV in combat.  All safety rules must be 
obeyed at all times.  [Yes, Anastasia, I'm talking to you.  When you fly an air 
strike mission, you must positively identify your target before striking it.  
Your instructors will tell you that verification of the targets for air strikes, 
artillery, and naval gun fire (all missiles now days) are the responsibility of 
the forward observer.  My uncle Tai Chun, Colonel U.S. Air Force, B-52 pilot and 
bombardier, found the bombing of innocent civilians very disturbing.  Will you?  
-- Uncle Jon]
 
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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----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
 
"When the Moment of Truth arrives,
The Time for Preparation has passed."
-- Mike Mercer
 
"Q and A 2" by John Farnam
     John gives a list of things you need to know.  Copy it down, and decide to get 
training in each thing listed.  Ya, it will take several years.  But, you've 
got nothing better to do.  Really, you don't have anything more important to do.  
 
     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)
 
Guardian Conference, 1st Annual
     I know it's late notice.  Maybe you'd like to attend next year.  
The list of courses:
 
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence, 
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
 
"Visual Perception Delay and In-The-Back Shootings" by Mike Ox
Excerpt:  
     "Build up to stress training at a level where you experience choppy vision 
so you can identify it for what it is and compensate for it when you realize 
you’ve got it."
     Read the comments to this article.  
 
“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
 
"8 Critical Handgun Skills and Concepts: Beyond the Basics" by Col. Benjamin Findley
1. Shooting With Your Off-Support Hand
2. Shooting One-Handed And Two-Handed
3. Shooting On The Move And While In Various Positions
4. Shooting From Different Self-Defense Distances
5. Shooting Various Sizes And Numbers Of Self-Defense Targets
6. Drawing And Loading The Handgun
7. Shooting Different Calibers Of Handguns
8. Shooting Different Handgun Actions And Features
 
     Jeff Gonzales, training videos - 
 
     "REACTING to a surprise, complex visual cue to shoot is amazingly different 
than being primed and reacting to a binary audible cue to shoot.  But once you've 
reacted, the response is almost identical."
-- Mike Ox
 
'Grip strength exercises for accuracy' by Kevin Michalowski, USCCA
     Physical fitness is a key element of self defense.  
 
"All the HiTS!!" by Lee Weems
 
"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) -----
 
     A lot of people have the will to win.  
Very few people have the will to prepare to win.
 
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time, 
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal. 
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
 
. . . “dry-firing is the most often overlooked element of a comprehensive 
training program.  But it shouldn’t be.  It’s simple and almost cost-free.”
-- Mike Green
 
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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----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight? 
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
"Basic Tactics: Angular Searches" by Michael Kurcina
 
"Contact Distance Shooting . . . Rescuing a Friend or Family Member" by Greg Ellifritz
     Ralph Mroz recommends locking up with the good guy by grabbing a hold of 
the good guy and then shooting the bad guy where the neck meets the shoulder 
aiming towards the heart and lungs.  
 
Front Sight Reality Check #85
     Brad Ackman analyzes a dashcam video.  
There are bad guys behind you, guarantee!  
 
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
 
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----- Techniques (ways to do that task) -----
 
"Use only that which works, 
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
     "Most defensive handgun engagements occur at ranges and in time frames 
where there may only be the opportunity to get a very fast visual confirmation 
of the gun’s body index on the threat.  The late Jim Cirillo offered a method 
to accelerate this process by using only the silhouette of the handgun for 
aiming.  To understand this method, aim your unloaded gun at something that 
can safely absorb a bullet and then shift your focus below the sights.  On an 
autoloader you should be looking at the rectangular shape of the rear of the 
slide; on a revolver you should see the circular shape of the cylinder.  
If you slowly cock your wrist to one side, you’ll begin to see the side of 
the slide or the cylinder.  Come back to where you see only the rectangle or 
the circle and then slowly cock your wrist to the other side.  Again, return 
the gun to its desired silhouette and then slowly cock your wrist upward until 
you begin to see the top of the slide or the upper surfaces of the cylinder.  
Return the gun to its proper silhouette alignment and then confirm its 
alignment by returning your focus to the sights — they should be quite close 
to alignment with your original aiming point.  This weapon silhouette point, 
as Jim called it, may allow you to get a faster visual alignment, particularly 
in low light.  To use it, simply place the silhouette of the gun over the area 
of the target you wish to hit.  Revolver shooters may find it works better to
place the silhouette of the cylinder on the lower edge of where you wish to hit. 
Some people actually shoot tighter groups this way, probably because they don’t 
have a precise sight picture to tempt them to snatch the trigger.  For most 
people who can use this technique, it’s good out to 7 yards; some can use it 
out to 10 yards or beyond.  In my experience, it seems to work better for my 
students with autoloaders than with revolvers."
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER from the book "Defensive Use of Firearms"
 
     "Even if you have failed to keep a flashlight at hand or cannot flip an 
appropriate light switch, there is always the option of calling out – preferably 
from behind some sort of cover – for a suspected intruder to identify himself.  
With the high intensity of even inexpensive flashlights these days, there is 
no requirement for techniques to co-witness the main beam of the light with 
the muzzle of the gun.  Further – and particularly for those who use 
weapon-mounted lights – searching should be done by reflecting the beam off 
light-colored surfaces, including floors, walls an ceilings rather than risking 
being startled while searching with the muzzle."
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER from his weekly emailings
 
"Handgun Grip Vs. Hold: What's the Difference?" by STEVE TARANI 
     Well, no, not exactly.  The firing side hand should be pushing the pistol 
forward.  The support side hand should be pulling the pistol backward.  Because 
that minimizes muzzle flip.  Which allows faster subsequent shots.  
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!" 
-- Bruce Lee
 
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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
 
Infographics from the National Shooting Sports Foundation, Inc.
     Good for posting around your gun range.  
 
     Born on This Date (9/20/2021): In 1842, Lord James Dewar, physician who invented 
the vacuum flask and cordite, and the first smokeless powder. (Actually, the first 
true smokeless powder – Poudre B – was invented by Frenchman Paul Vieille, in 1884 
but the French tended to be secretive about their weapons developments.  Along with 
Sir Frederick Abel and a Dr. W. Kellner, Dewar did not patent cordite until 1889 
and it entered British military use in 1891.  Cordite is so named because it was 
made in strings, whose thickness varied according to the rifle cartridges or 
artillery shells in which it was used.  For many decades, fiction writers 
erroneously referred to “the smell of cordite” after the discharge of handguns.  
By the way, the “B” in Poudre B is for “blanche” – the French word for “white” – used 
to distinguish the new powder from blackpowder.  
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA from his weely emailing
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
 
"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
 
"What Makes A Good Handgun Holster?" by TAMARA KEEL
Excerpts:  
     . . . a holster needs to safely hold a handgun in such a way that 
it cannot be inadvertently fired when in the holster.  
     . . . [the holster] should . . . present the gun to your hand at 
the same angle, in the same orientation, every time you reach for it.  
     The holster needs to have positive enough retention that the gun 
won’t come out unless you mean it.  
     . . . the holster should allow your hand to achieve a full firing 
grip on the gun.  
     . . . the holster should be durable and well-built.  
 
"Skill Set: What Is a Good Holster?" by Tiger McKee
 
"Gun Owner 101: Choosing a Carry Gun" by Justin
Excerpts:  
     ". . . wait until a gun has been on the market for a while before jumping in."  
     "Reliability"
     Paraphrasing -- Don't spend all your money buying an expensive pistol.  
Save enough money to buy several magazines for your pistol, a good quality 
holster, and quality ammunition.
 
     "I place a high priority on having equipment I can operate with either hand.  
I am also a strong believer in carrying a gun accessible to each hand.  
It certainly makes no sense to carry a gun intended for use in the left hand that 
has a safety lever designed only for use in the right hand."  
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER, "Defensive Use Of Firearms"
 
     Just because you're right handed does not mean you are going to be right 
handed in combat.  
---
     Accessible to each hand means you have to be able to access your pistol 
with your support side hand, establish the correct grip while the pistol is 
still in the holster, and present the pistol to the target with the support 
side hand only.  Oh yes, it can be done reliably.  
     Techniques for right handers using their left hand only when the pistol 
is holstered on your belt at 3 o'clock:  
1.  Reach behind your back, establish your grip, keep your pistol pointed 
down as you bring it around your back to present to the target.
2.  Reach in front, palm outboard, thumb pointed forward, establish your grip, 
and present to the target.  
     [If you don't have the flexibility for techniques 1 or 2, you can try the following.]
3.  Reaching across your front, pull the pistol out of the holster just enough 
to be able to rotate the pistol around 180 degrees, establish your grip, and 
present to the target.  [If it's dangerous to do this with your holster, 
because you've got a SERPA Blackhawk and the pistol will get permanently jammed 
in the holster, you can try the next technique.]
4.  Reaching across your front, pull the pistol out of the holster and trap 
it between your knees.  Establish your grip and present to the target.  
     Techniques 1 and 2 require some flexibility, which you will have after stretching 
for a week of two.  But, notice that they don't require you to change your grip.  
So, they are much faster.  
     [Some of these techniques are dangerous.  So, you will never see them taught 
in NRA classes.  They will get you disqualified in any IDPA or IPSC match.  I've 
never seen them taught at the Tactical Conference.  Similarly for techniques for 
shooting at targets behind you (without turning around, because you're not able to, 
as when you are buckled into your seat in a car or holding someone who doesn't 
want to be held).  Because you never need to do such things in training or competitions.  
But, you may need to in combat.  So, we teach such techniques.  Such is freedom.  
Freedom and safety are not mutually exclusive. . . . And then again, perhaps they are.]
---
     If your pistol has a thumb safety on the left side of your pistol, 
any competent gunsmith can add a lever for a thumb safety on the right 
side of the pistol, so that you can use the pistol left handed.  
No, really, don't let anyone tell that it can't be done.  Gunsmiths are 
like doctors, sometimes you need to get a second opinion.  Because some 
are quacks.  
     I remember my father trying to convince my grandfather to come to 
Honolulu to see a real doctor, because my father thought that my grand-
father's doctor on Maui was a quack.  But, grandfather loved his doctor, 
trusted his doctor, etc.  The problem is that charisma and a good bed 
side manner are not correlated with competence.  Similarly for all professions.  
 
     "While this double-action/single-action combination can be mastered, 
it is a greater challenge than to master a gun that fires in the same mode for each shot."
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER, "Defensive Use Of Firearms"
---
     When I see someone stabbing himself with a knife, I tell him stop doing that 
because he is hurting himself.  Similarly, when I see a person using a DA/SA 
pistol, I tell him to stop using that pistol because he is developing all kinds 
of training scars.  And having to decock before holstering increases the complexity 
of his manual of arms, and not decocking will lead to a negligent discharge.  
And having a long heavy trigger pull almost ensures you won't have an accurate 
first shot.  Which is by far the most important shot.  
     The argument that a long heavy initial trigger pull prevents negligent 
discharges is a fallacious argument.  If the operator is getting negligent discharges 
with a single action or striker action, he should not be carrying a pistol in 
the first place, because his training and practice are insufficient.  
 
     "If you make a fist but leave your index finger extended and, while standing, 
place it at your waist, just above your hip joint, you will find that your finger 
points straight down. If you now start moving your fist to the rear, you will 
find that the finger starts pointing increasingly to the rear.  Similarly, if you 
move the fist forward of the hip joint, the finger will point increasingly forward.  
This should suggest that the angle or rake of the holster should be selected for 
where on the belt you plan to position the holster."
-- STEPHEN P. WENGER, "Defensive Use Of Firearms"
---
     Yes, it is essential that you acquire your grip on your pistol while the 
pistol is still fully in the holster and that your wrist is straight when you 
acquire your grip.  Otherwise, you will eventually foul your presentation or 
even drop your pistol.  
 
     The primary advantage of an inside the waistband holster and magazine pouch 
is that the tension of your belt will hold your gear snugly against your body, 
as opposed to flopping around outside of your belt when you move.  Better concealment 
is secondary.  
 
"Hang Fires and Squib Loads – Dangerous Ammunition Malfunctions" by Practical Defensive Training
 
     Ya, these could be frivolous law suits.  But so many over the same issue, over a 
widely dispersed geographic area?  That would make a conspiracy very difficult.  
Also, notice that there are a lot more reported incidents than there are law suits.  
This would be statistically expected if the reported incidents were true.  
---
"Lawsuit: Semi-automatic police service gun goes off by itself, nearly killing detective
Nine lawsuits are pending against Sig Sauer for similar claims. 
The gunmaker has previously denied liability." (in Texas)
by David Scott, Gerry Wagschal, Knez Walker, Alexandra Myers, and Lauren Effron 
Excerpt:  
     "Hilton's $15 million lawsuit said, "there have been 54 reported uncommanded discharges 
of the P320," meaning the gun went off by itself, over the last five years in 22 states and 
Washington, D.C."
     "There are currently 10 pending lawsuits against Sig Sauer for this particular firearm, 
all alleging the gun went off on its own.  A number of those suing the gunmaker said they 
are in law enforcement with extensive firearms experience."
     "Villani, who is an expert witness for Hilton in her lawsuit, said he began 
investigating the P320 after an officer in his police department was injured by an 
upgraded version of the gun."  [So, there are claims of "uncommanded discharges" 
on pistols that have had the upgrade per the voluntary recall. -- Jon Low]
---
     Note that this "uncommanded discharges" is a different problem from the pistol 
firing when dropped or when hit by a hammer.  There are dozens of YouTube.com videos 
and articles documenting that problem.  This claim is that the pistol fires without 
any impact and without the trigger being pressed.  
---
"New England gunmaker faces another lawsuit from police officer"
by Mike Beaudet (in Massachusetts)
Excerpts:  
     "Four officers from two local police departments in Massachusetts have had their 
weapons discharge without warning, without them pulling the trigger and 5 Investigates 
reported in June that one of them sued Sig Sauer in federal court in Boston."
     "5 Investigates has reviewed court records and media accounts and found dozens 
of reports from around the country and in Canada of Sig Sauer P320 handguns firing 
without a trigger pull since 2016."
     "It happened to Marcie Vadnais, a sheriff's deputy in Virginia, in 2018.
Vadnais was sitting in her cruiser, removing her holstered weapon from her belt, 
planning to leave it in the trunk while she went inside a building.
She said her P320 pistol fired on its own, into her thigh, shattering her femur."
     "Back in June, a lieutenant in the Cambridge Police Department filed a civil 
suit in federal court against Sig Sauer and the city of Cambridge after his 
department-issued P320 fired on its own in May 2019 while he was in the 
department's SWAT team van with six other officers."
---
From a friend via email -- [Proofread and edited for clarity. -- Jon Low]
     I bought a P320 new in the box from a gun store in Bowling Green, KY.  
I took it to a master machinist for inspection.  (He asked not to be identified.)  
His conclusion was that there was not sufficient sear engagement for the pistol 
to be safe.  On this sample, not supplied by the manufacturer for testing, 
there was 0.015 inches of sear engagement (the real sear, not the thingy that 
holds the striker back).  Which makes for a fine crisp trigger.  But, it also 
makes it fairly easy for the pistol to fire without the trigger being pressed.  
Maybe this pistol was defective?  Maybe this pistol was out of spec.?  But, it 
passed the manufacturer's inspection and was sold on the retail market.  
 
     Jeff Gonzales is teaching a concealed carry class in Oklahoma City on 
October 2-3, 2021 A.D.
     I found the equipment list interesting.  
BASIC CARRY GEAR:
Defensive pistol, 9mm recommended
1,000 rounds of practice ammunition
25 rounds of defense ammunition
5 x pistol magazines minimum (8 for single stacks)
5 x inert training rounds
Training uniform required:
   Polo or T-shirt
   Button-down shirt
   Jacket or coat
   Sweater or hoodie
Concealed carry gear
   Sturdy belt
   Inside the Waistband (IWB) holster
   Outside the Waistband (OWB) holster
   Single and or double magazine pouch
Handheld flashlight with pocket clip
Clear/tinted ballistic wrap around eye protection
Hearing protection
Cleaning kit and lubrication
Notebook and pencil
Water and snacks
Open mind
Course cost is $525
 
Free shipping on a case of TULA 223, 43 cents per round
use coupon code
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during checkout
 
"SPARE AMMO
HOW MANY ROUNDS SHOULD A PISTOL-PACKER PACK?
IT’S A CONTENTIOUS DEBATE"
BY MASSAD AYOOB
Excerpt:  
     "Think of spare ammo as analogous to your fire insurance: 
“It’s not about the odds, it’s about the stakes.”  
Extra rounds are like the gun itself: 
“better to have and not need, than to need and not have.” "
 
Flashlights
     Your flashlight should have a pressure switch for your thumb at the rear end.  
Press on, release off.  Anything beyond that is a bad idea.  
     The following "features" will not serve your well:  
click switches, colored lights, variable intensity lights, strobes, programmable 
settings, etc.  
     Simple is more reliable.  Simple is easier to control under stress.  
Simple is better.  
 
"Energizer® Tactical Metal Flashlight" by Claude Werner
 
"THE FLASHLIGHT
YOUR BEST DEFENSIVE TOOL"
BY TIGER MCKEE
Excerpt:  
     "Lights with one mode of output are best.  You don’t want the light cycling 
from low to high to strobe to S.O.S. and back again as you’re using the 
momentary switch.  Keep it simple."
 
“Your car is not a holster.” -- Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
Flux is the rate of flow of particles (light) through a given surface.  

Candela is a measure of luminous intensity equal to 1/60 of the luminous 
intensity per square centimeter of a blackbody radiating at 2,046 Kelvin.
In the SI system, Candela is a basic unit.  So, the measure would be in 
units of Cd, the symbol for Candela.  

Lumen is a measure of luminous flux, equal to the amount of light per unit time 
passing through a solid angle of one steradian from a light source of one candela 
intensity radiating equally in all directions.  (Candela - steradian) per second.

Lux is a measure of illumination in units of lumens per square meter.  

So, flashlights should be rated by Lux, but it is so much easier to deceive 
you by giving you measurements of Candela or Lumens, which as you can see 
are meaningless without more context, such as the measurement of the cone 
of the projected light in steradians.  Such a cone is never uniform, so 
the flux density at a given angle from the center axis of the cone needs 
to be given as a function of the solid angle subtended, as well as the size 
of the cone in units of steradians.  
 
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
 
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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
 
"Marksmanship Matters.  It really does." hosted by Lee Weems
John Holschen, John Hearne, David Cagle, and Lee Weems review a class 
taught by the legendary Larry Mudgett.
     Fire every student's gun to determine where it is zeroed.  Your group may not be 
in the same place as the student's group (assuming you both shoot tight groups).  
Because of different grip pressure.  
     With iron sights, your front sight is about 18 MOA (minutes of angle), whereas 
the typical red dot sight is about 6 MOA.  So, you'll see movement with a red dot 
that you won't see with an iron sight.  
     If your trigger has any over travel (movement after sear release), you've 
got a problem that needs to be fixed.  Call your gunsmith.  Otherwise, you won't 
get accurate shots because the trigger will be banging the frame as the sear is 
released.  All manufacturers who know what they are doing have some kind of 
over travel stop.  Don't adjust this yourself unless you really know what you're 
doing, because if you reduce the over travel too much, you won't be able to press 
the trigger far enough to release the sear and the pistol won't fire.  
     Skip loading.  Also known as ball and dummy.  (Having someone else load live 
and dummy rounds into your magazine.)  To reduce flinching.  Strive for a surprise 
break on each shot.  
     Take a class from Larry Mudgett.  He's not going to be around forever.  
 
     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
 
"Women's issues" by Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA.  Via email response to my question.  
     Aside from size-to-hand-issues, because of soft skin, many women are also sensitive 
to sharp checkering and hard nubs on grip surfaces.  A former student of mine purchased 
- on my advice - a Kahr K9, before Kahr began offering the polymer-frame models.  When 
the latter came on the market, I purchased a P9 and had her shoot the two side by side.  
I expected her to comment on the slight increase in recoil with the slightly lighter P9 
but her comment was that, unlike with the somewhat soft wraparound grip of the K9, the 
square checkering on the polymer frame bothered her.  I find the size/contour of the 
OEM grip on Ruger's SP101 a bit small for my average-size male hands but many women who, 
for various reasons start with revolvers, like it because of its smooth, "soft" surface.  
Note that Hogue offers many of their grips in "soft, overmolded" versions.  Women 
typically have thinner fingers than men, making many finger-groove grips uncomfortable 
for them.  (Note that with their pistols now being made in the US, Glock has been 
phasing out the rudimentary finger grooves that had been used for "sporting purpose" 
point on the imported models.)  The OEM grip from Hogue on the Ruger LCR's has a more 
female-friendly finger-groove ridge than most but, if you visit my own website's 
Handgun Selection page, you will see that Hogue also offers a similar grip without it.  
My protégée Natalie is troubled by the finger-groove grips on my J-frame S&W revolvers 
but is able to shoot the similarly gripped K-frame guns without a problem.
     Women often differ from men in the perception of spatial relations.  Firearms 
instructors often see this in their failure to grasp two-dimensional images of sight 
alignment/sight picture.  As a result, many female students will place their shots 
high on the target  (If the target is close enough for the hits to be seen) because 
they raise the front sight out of the notch to focus on it as directed.  At one time, 
I actually built a coarse 3-D set of sights on a 2x4 for classroom demonstration.  
On the  range, I emphasize that the notch in the rear sight is a window that just 
happens to have had the top removed.  As soon as I see that a student is holding the 
front sight out of the notch, I placed a finger over the top of the rear sight and 
ask if she can still see the front sight.  When she says "no," I have her adjust her 
shooting position until she can see it, then repeat the window analogy.  You may not 
have time for this on the range but . . . Natalie had a persistent problem with this 
so I began using Claude Werner's two-tone paint scheme on the front sights of revolvers 
that have serrated, ramp sights.  After applying a base coat of white, I paint the 
portion of the blade that should be visible in proper sight alignment with 
"sublime green" (others may prefer different colors) so that, when the student sees 
white on the blade of the front sight, she knows that she's letting it climb out of 
the notch.  My experience with S&W revolvers is that the demarcation is usually  right 
at the halfway mark.  
     Regarding painting front sights on revolvers, Ruger's serration are quite 
shallow and the ramps on the later Colt DS family (with the ejector shroud) do not 
take paint well at all.  Since Dean Caputo serves as armorer for his department, he 
invested in a 25-line/inch (25 lpi) checkering file to prep those sight blades for 
painting.  It's probably not worth the investment for you but, if you have students 
who benefit from that two-tone paint job, it may be worth checking whether any of 
the gunsmiths in your area have such a file.  
     Many pistols and some revolvers come with some form of three=dot sights.  
Before Natalie switched over to revolvers, I used the mnemonic "three in a row" to 
remind her not to let the front sigh climb out of the notch.
     Women sometimes hear words differently from men.  While a male student will 
generally understand the cumulative process of aligning the sights, superimposing 
the aligned sights on the selected target, then operating the trigger without 
disturbing the sight picture, some female students hear this as unlinked steps and 
benefit from the wording, "while maintaining the sight picture, smoothly operate 
the trigger."  
     Regardless of sex, I have long been a user of what I call the assisted trigger 
drill:  When a student is not operating the trigger smoothly, I have her aim the gun, 
and place a relaxed finger on the trigger.  I then operate the trigger a few times 
(emphasizing that the return stroke should take the same time as the firing stroke) 
to let her see the shots hit the aiming point.  I then do a few repetitions with the 
student "helping" me with slight pressure, then wrap up with the student doing all 
the operation with my finger simply "monitoring" the stroke in each direction.
     SIG Academy developed a desensitization drill for all first-time students:  
Under close supervision, they fired the equivalent of a cylinder at a backstop with 
their eyes closed, to get accustomed to the sound of the gun firing.  Then they 
fired a few rounds at the backstop without aiming but watching the gun, to get 
accustomed to the appearance of its arc of recoil.  It can be done with any gun but 
several revolver instructors have adopted the practice of having students fire an 
empty, primed case so hat they will recognize the reduced sound of a squib load and 
cease firing.
     It's been more than a decade since I read Vicki Farnam and Diane Nicholl's 
"Teaching Women to Shoot: A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide".  I found it of 
very limited value, partly because it is structured with a bias toward teaching 
the Farnam version of a bladed - hence tactically limited "Weaver" shooting position 
- as superior for women.  In fact, I came away from it with the sense that the book 
would better have been titled "Teaching Female Officers to Qualify with a Handgun".  
That said, if you are routinely challenged in teaching female students, it may be 
worth the price to gamble on picking up one more pearl or two.
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
  
     "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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*****     ***** 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
 
"Estonia: Supreme Court Finds for Reasonable Self Defense" by Dean Weingarten
     The lower courts convicted him and sentenced him to prison.  The Supreme 
Court reversed the lower courts.  Sometimes we win.  
 
"Law of Self Defense News/Q&A Show for September 16, 2021" by Andrew Branca
* Mohamed Noor Minnesota Supreme Court Decision re: depraved mind murder
* Man who shot teen on RTD bus says it was in self defense
* Analyzing Very Complex Use-of-Force Scenarios?
* Choice of OC Spray for Non-Deadly Self-Defense?
* Permitted to Argue Self-Defense Even if Elements Lacking?
* Legal Risks of Use of Suppressors for Home Defense
 
"Law of Self Defense Principles" by Andrew F. Branca
     Free of charge.  
 
"Illinois Supreme Court reviews decision on firearm owner rights" by Jerry Nowicki 
     The Illinois State Police denied Brown a Firearm Owners Identification card.  
The State District Court overturned that decision, granting Brown the 
Firearm Owners Identification card.  The State Appeals Court overturned the District 
Court ruling, and denied Brown the Firearm Owners Identification card.  So, 
the State Supreme Court is presently considering the case.  
     Brown has a 2001 conviction in California on a “misdemeanor offense of 
inflicting corporal injury on a spouse” which is a misdemeanor domestic violence 
conviction under federal law.  
     "Federal law does, however, allow exceptions for gun ownership if a person 
convicted of a domestic violence misdemeanor has had “civil rights restored” in 
the jurisdiction that convicted them – in this case, California."
     ". . . California only penalizes gun possession for 10 years following a 
misdemeanor conviction.  That means, they (Brown's attorneys) argue, Brown had 
his civil rights restored under California law in 2011, qualifying him for the 
federal exception that would in turn qualify him for a Firearm Owners Identification 
card."  
     Actually, this is pretty significant, depending on how the majority decision 
is written.  
 
"Dozens of Supreme Court Briefs Supporting Gun-Carry Restrictions Come In as Submissions Close"
by Jake Fogleman
     This is all about New York City's restrictive "may issue" carry permitting system.  
Very corrupt, very difficult for the law abiding citizen to get a carry permit.  
Donald Trump had a New York City carry permit.  
 
"Judge Rules Against Cop Who Arrested Legal Gun Owner" by Guns & Gadgets
     Sometimes we win!
 
     “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 an dishonorable population 
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
 
*****     ***** Political, Religious, and Philosophical *****     *****
 
"Goodby 1A!" BY JOHN FARNAM
     This is coming to a neighborhood near you.  Felony crime of disseminating 
misinformation.  "Misinformation" is never defined.  So, you've committed the 
crime.  As Joe Biden has said, "Bingo!"
 
"General Smedley D. Butler: War Is A Racket"
 
"Let’s pretend!" BY JOHN FARNAM
    This is reality.  Be aware of it.  Prepare for it.  
Because if it takes you by surprise, it will kill you and your loved ones.  
I am speaking literally, not metaphorically.  
 
"One of the foundations of a democratic society is knowing where to place your machine gun." 
-- Corporal Walter "Foggy" Dewhurst in "Last Of The Summer Wine"
 
"Strapped: Black Women Are Becoming Registered Gun Owners At An Incredible Rate"
by Shannon Dawson
     This appeared in Yahoo!Life.  Think about that.  
 
"The Racist History of Gun Control" by Ashley Hlebinsky
     There have been many psychology studies on attractiveness, physical beauty, etc. 
in an attempt to quantify objective standards of what people consider pretty and 
what people consider ugly.  It is rare for these studies to get published in peer 
reviewed journals because, by and large, they are politically incorrect and show a 
correlation between political view and attractiveness.  This goes back to Voltaire 
(François-Marie Arouet), who said "The face is the mirror of the soul."
     The truth is that pro-gun (which is the same as pro-freedom) people are 
objectively good looking, and anti-gun (anti-freedom) people are objectively ugly.  
And this is true across all races, all nationalities, and all times in which such 
studies have been conducted.  
     "So, why are some super models anti-gun?"  
     I would suggest that they are not.  They are simply parroting what they have 
been told to advance their career.  And if the policies were explained to them, 
they would be de facto pro-self-defense and hence pro-gun.  Listen to their 
interviews and compare them to the interviews of models who are pro-gun.  
The difference is fairly obvious.  
 
     The Russians are just as stupid as we are.  Gun-free-zones create unarmed 
victims for armed criminals to prey upon.  
"Russia shooting: Gunman kills six at Perm University" by BBC from a Reuters news feed
[Tommy Glocer, a classmate from Columbia, used to be chairman of Reuters.  
I've noticed that my "friends" who rise to position of power won't take 
my calls, much less return them.]
At the end of the article, notice the links.  The Russian government is using the 
event to "tighten gun rules".  Is there anything left to tighten?  
"Shooting at Russian university leaves 6 dead, 28 hurt" by Jim Heintz - Associated Press
 
     "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 
 
     Please read this.  You'll be glad you did.  It is a scholarly work, but it is 
easy to read and has big color graphs to make the data easy to understand.  
"2021 National Firearms Survey" by William English, Ph.D.
Excerpt:  
     31.1% of gun owners, or approximately 25.3 million adult Americans, 
have used a gun in self-defense.
• In most cases (81.9%) the gun is not fired.
• There are approximately 1.67 million defensive uses of firearms per year.
• The majority of defensive gun uses take place outside of the home (74.8%), 
and many (51.2%) involve more than one assailant.
• Handguns are the firearm most commonly used in defensive incidents (65.9%), 
followed by shotguns (21.0%) and rifles (13.1%).
---
     "That 74.8% figure for DGU's outside the home drew my attention as news reports 
of home defense are much more common.  Then again, with 81.9% of DGU's [defensive gun use] 
not involving shots fired, a large proportion of the latter may not be reported to police.  
I've never identified myself as a Three Percenter but, in light of these figures, 
it sounds as though I'm a Nine Percenter.  In fairness, I've always been somewhat wary 
of what gun owners tell pollsters but I am impressed by this report."
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
---
     A magazine article that summarizes the scholarly work, 
" ‘Nearly One-Third of Gun Owners Have Used Gun in Self-Defense,’ Says Report"
by Dave Workman
 
"At Real Clear Investigations: There Are Far More Defensive Gun Uses Than Murders In America.  
Here’s Why You Rarely Hear Of Them." by John Lott
 
     "Governments are instituted among men, 
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed." 
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
"Why the Ruling 'Elite' Is Anti-American | Highlight Ep.32" by Hillsdale College
 
"Guard with jealous attention the public liberty.  
Suspect every one who approaches that jewel.  
Unfortunately, nothing will preserve it but downright force.  
Whenever you give up that force, you are inevitably ruined." 
-- Patrick Henry, speech of June 5, 1788 A.D.
 
"The simple step of a courageous individual is to not take part in the lie."
-- Aleksandr I. Solzhenitsyn
     So, if you're walking around wearing a mask, you've demonstrated your level of courage.  
 
"How much is a little girl worth?" by Tulsi Gabbard
     Oh yes, there are FBI agents far worse than wolves.  
"FBI complicit in sex crimes of pedophile rapist" by Tulsi Gabbard
     The FBI Special Agent in Charge was Jay Abbott, forced to retired by by 
FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Heard of him?  Oh, he's infamous, right up 
there with Lon Horiuchi.  Good thing President Trump fired FBI Director James B. Comey.  
Because Comey kept promoting Abbott.
     The Supervisory Special Agent directly responsible for the investigation 
was Michael Langeman, fired by FBI Director Christopher Wray.  Never would have 
been fired by Comey.
     Elections have consequences.  
     More examples of men who are far more depraved than the wolves.  Because they 
protect the wolves and allow the wolves to prey on the sheep, in this case the children.  
 
     "In a U.S. House Judiciary Committee hearing, Congressman Thomas Massie (R-KY) relied 
on the CPRC's research to fight against Democrats' push for Red Flag laws. Unfortunately, 
Democrats are using the $3.5 trillion reconciliation bill to give financial incentives 
for states to adopt them.  Congress will vote on this soon."  
-- Dr. John Lott
 
     Sign up for the Crime Prevention Research Center newsletter at
It's well worth your time.  
 
     Stephen P. Wenger sends out a regular email reporting on defensive use of firearms, 
so does the NRA in their magazines, so does Dr. John Lott in his emails and web site.  
There is very little overlap in these mailings.  So, a lot of bad guys are getting killed.  
Statistically speaking, the average criminal costs society about $800,000 in damage.  
Insurance companies put a price on a human life based on potential earned income and such.  
So, every bad guy that gets killed is saving society $800,000 in pain, suffering, property 
damage, etc.  Sometimes we win.  
 
"Militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves . . . 
And include all men capable of bearing arms." 
-- Senator Richard Henry Lee, 1788, on "militia" in the 2nd Amendment
 
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*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
 
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
 
     The normal color of urine is clear.  If your urine is always yellow, you are 
chronically dehydrated, which will cause long term health problems.  You have to 
generate large volumes of clear urine by drinking water.  Water, not soda pop, 
not Gator Aide, not sweet tea.  Anything with sugar (and the afore mentioned 
have huge amounts of sugar) has to be diluted down to the concentration of your 
blood to be absorbed by your blood stream.  So, drinking sugary drinks draws 
water out of your blood stream to dilute the drink, effectively dehydrating 
you.  No, Gator Aide is NOT good for you.  All research indicating that Gator 
Aide is good for you was funded by Gator Aide.  It's pure propaganda.  
I can say this because I don't take money from Gator Aide.  
 
     The guy next to me in the Red Bicycle coffee shop says, 
"She was T-boned.  Some guy ran a red light.  It wasn't her fault at all."  
And then he tells of her injuries, quite severe.  
     The incident may be completely the other guy's fault.  You may be completely 
innocent.  You can still get hurt and hurt bad.  
     So, what does it matter that you were the innocent good gal.  
You have to live defensively.  You have to protect yourself.  Drive defensively.  
Travel defensively.  Reside defensively.  Make friends defensively.  Take lovers 
defensively.  Study defensive pistolcraft.  So, that your personality, body 
language, and life choices are defensive.  
     "I don't want to live like that, in a state of paranoia."
     Nonsense.  I live that way and am not paranoid.
     Some people get banged up in traffic negligence, some don't.  It's not random.  
It's not an accident.  Take responsibility for everything that happens to you.  
Because you are in control.  No, you are not a victim of anything.  
     Why do you suppose she let that driver T-bone her?  Lack of awareness.  Lack 
of training.  Lack of decisiveness.  Lack of "I am in control.  I am driving this 
car, and I know who is around me what they are doing."  Attitude.  
     She is going to lose more money than she would have spent on a defensive 
driving course to avoid the incident.  She is going to spend far more time in the 
hospital and at home recovering than she would have spent on a defensive driving 
course to avoid the collision.  She is going to suffer a lot of pain; at a 
defensive driving course, she would have had a lot of fun.  Yes, choices have 
consequences.  
     "But, it's not my fault.  I shouldn't have to spend the time and money to 
compensate for other people's incompetence."  
     Stop and think about that statement.  As a matter of fact, such thinking 
is ridiculous (in the sense of the Harry Potter books).  
     I have a friend who is very Christian.  She won't read the Harry Potter books 
to her kids, because of the witchcraft.  But, the Harry Potter stories are a very 
conservative morality tale.  That's why the liberals are always attacking 
Joanne K. Rowling.  
 
"Gather Round And Take A Knee: Survival Tips With Sergeant Paine" by Jeff Paine
     The part about how to use a brassiere as a survival tool was useful.  
Of course, you have to have someone who wears such a thing.  
 
"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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*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
 
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
 
     I gave a lecture on Personal Security and Self Defense at the Gordon Jewish 
Community Center.  After the lecture, a lady who is an attorney approached me and 
told me how difficult mounting a self defense case is.  So, it's going to cost a 
lot of money.  She also mentioned an analysis of the battered spouse syndrome 
defense, saying that it was a combination of self defense and temporary insanity 
(in Tennessee case law).  
     During the lecture it became obvious that many of the audience members believed 
that George Zimmerman was the bad guy who got off on a technicality and Trayvon 
Martin was the unarmed innocent little child.  I told them that was false.  But, 
people will believe what they choose to believe.  Or, they believe the media that 
they choose to consume.  
     I got side tracked answering questions and a lot of audience members had stories 
to tell.  Seniors love to tell stories.
 
"Houston Police Department: 3 suspects killed, 1 wounded by homeowner during home invasion"
by KPRC (a TV station)
     Sometimes we win.  
     Notice how many rounds the home invaders fired (the shell casings found on the 
street outside the home).  Good guys sustained no injuries.  Though there was 
probably extensive property damage inside the house.  
 
"Berry's Paradox - An Algorithm For Truth" by Jade
     Do you see the connection to Godel's Incompleteness Theorem?  
I spent a lot of time studying algorithmic information theory.  
Yes, I have read Chaitin and Kolmogorov.  Misspent youth.  
 
"Leonard Susskind - Why Black Holes are Astonishing"
     This is really sloppy.  "Physics" does not say information cannot be lost.  
Much to the contrary, the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics says the entropy of the
universe increases (and only stays the same in reversible processes).  
Entropy increasing is the same as information decreasing (getting lost).  
So, "physics" says information decreases (both forward and backwards in time).  
What Susskind means is certain information is conserved at the quantum 
mechanical level in certain processes which are assumed to be reversible, 
in accordance with certain conservation laws.  Because some conservation 
laws are violated on the small scale.  
 
All kinds of neat stuff at:  
     DTI Operator Series by John Farnam
     "Tactical Moment" by John Holschen
     Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Stephen P. Wenger (you can download his books free of charge, as they 
are presently out of print)
     Practical Eschatology by Docent
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
     Quips by John Farnam
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
     Marcus Wynne
     Jeff Gonzales
Blog
Training videos
     Michael Bane
     Jerry Miculek - Pro Shooter
     OODA Loop
     Active Self Protection YouTube.com channel
     Michael Mann Security
YouTube.com channel
     Guardian News Podcast
 
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’. 
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
 
     This is the result of sloppy tradecraft.  Don't be that guy.  
"Salisbury poisonings: Third man faces charges for Novichok attack" by Gordon Corera
 
     I have received email from foreigners who read this newsletter and the 
"Defensive Pistol" pamphlet linked in the column to the right on this web page.  
(The link is labeled "Lesson plans".)
Some seem to think that these postings are ethnocentric.  Thank you.  My mother 
always told me to assume that any statement directed toward me is a complement 
and to thank the person for the complement.  
     My ancestor (five generations ago) traveled from China to California to 
work on the railroads.  It was either that or starve to death in China.  So, I 
don't have much sympathy for first world socialists complaining.  Move!  As Massad 
Ayoob says, "It is that simple."  (People tell Mas "It's not that simple."  
When he tells them to move to a free state where they can carry guns to protect 
themselves and their loved ones.)  
 
The Warrior's Prayer
Dear God,
     Please give us discernment to distinguish friend from foe from innocent bystanders. 
Give us clear vision so our aim is true. 
Give us calm so we execute correctly. 
Give us spiritual maturity so that we stop the enemy's attack 
without excessive force, without revenge. 
In Jesus name, Amen.
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com