Saturday, September 1, 2018

CWP, 1 September 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I've been reading through The Cornered Cat blog.
Lots of good stuff.

***** Mindset *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam


     "The sword is more important than the shield
and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.”
-- Steinbeck

Escalate the violence?

Sad but true.


     . . . the instructors in that class were indicted —
one of them for Reckless Homicide, and the other for Negligent Homicide.
     NRA rule: “ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.”
     . . . don’t let anyone point a gun at you. Even if it is ‘unloaded’. 
     “The Responsibility of the People to keep the
Gun Pointed in a Safe Direction Shall Not Be Infringed.”
     Follow the rules even when they seem redundant.
Follow them *BECAUSE* they are redundant. That redundancy
is our backup for when we turn out to be human after all.
     Related news articles:

Carry where?
     Carry your gun. It’s a lighter burden than regret.

Lessons from the Headlines: Abduction Attempt
     Yes, it can happen to your child in broad daylight
in a crowded store.  Accept it.  Prepare for it. 
Regret is a heavy burden.

Lesson from an old guy (Jim Cirillo)

     As Andrew Branca says, "You don't have to be right.
You have to be reasonable."

Shoot to kill?
It’s not enough to be right at the beginning of the fight.
You have to be right at the end of the fight too. You
need to stop at the right time. And that means guarding
your mindset. From start to end, you truly are shooting
with the goal of stopping the threat. Nothing more,
nothing less, nothing else.

Could You Really?
     I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness,
nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for
his glory.  I love only that which they defend. 
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Two Towers"

Nightmares and Dreams

"Amateurs talk tactics.  Professionals talk logistics."
-- Napoleon

"Beginners talk hardware.  Professionals talk software"
-- Jeremy Clough

On Avoidance

Young Wolfhounds

Four stages of denial

Fear and the freeze response
     “How is it that no one in the restaurant knew what
was going on? [Woman being abducted by adult male]
And why wouldn’t you call out or cry for help when
there were so many people around?”

Big Gains in Personal Safety
. . . All the biggest gains in personal safety don’t happen
on the firing range. They actually happen inside your own mind.

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses." 
-- Tom Givens

"Like swim lessons for little kids,
the purpose of a defensive handgun class for adults
is to teach you how to do some things
you do not already know how to do." 
-- Kathy Jackson

Self Defense Quiz (free)
     After 10,000 unique tests, the average score of people
who have regularly carried for 5 years or more is 5 out of 10.
As our President would say, "Sad."

Claude Werner offers the following to you free of charge,
because he believes it is important for you to know. 
"Indoor Range Practice Session 11 (flashlight shooting)"
     In particular so you don't shoot friendlies.

10 Pro Shooting Tips, From 10 Top Shooters

Defensive Handgun Training: 3 Critical Fundamentals

"14 Defensive Handgun Carry Commandments" from Ken Campbell
". . . we like to think a tool will circumvent our need to train,
learn or practice. It won’t."

Oh my people . . .

     There’s a level of joy, of wonder, that’s never available
to the casual hobbyist. A level of delight that most don’t
even realize exists until they’ve already done the work it takes
to get there. And it’s most visible in the areas of physical
skill. There’s a wild sense of elation, even abandon, that goes
with struggling through a tough spot and reaching the other
side successfully. That’s a type of joy that mere dabblers
never can feel even though they, too, might be having fun
doing the same basic activity.
     The article by Kruger and Dunning referred to by the author,;jsessionid=AED01A7A5AF8399548D66CEF525CC845?doi=

     You won't have a deep enjoyment of cardiovascular
activity until you break through the pain barrier. 
And you need that to be able to lower your blood
pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and most
importantly to be able to relax during the high
stress situation.
     You won't have a deep enjoyment of the positions
until you can achieve them correctly, which means
having them well within your range of motion, which
means stretching, which means breaking through the
pain barrier of stretching your muscles so that you
can relax in position.
     You won't have a deep enjoyment of shooting until
you master trigger control, so that you can achieve
the surprise break epiphany.  (And you won't achieve
this until your optical system is in order.  Yes, you
have to be able to finely resolve your front sight. 
Because your brain uses your sight movie to control
your muscle tension, muscle tonus, and trigger
pressure.  Visual aids are legal and are encouraged
by your coaches.  But, if you don't get an eye exam,
no one will have the information to help you.  And if
you don't give the doctor's report to your coach,
your coach won't have the information to help you.)
     Only when you are able to execute good shots on
demand will you break through the psychological
barrier to confidence.  The surprise break will give
you the ability to do this.
     That is the beauty of our endeavor,
gunfighting is completely objective,
a perfect meritocracy.  Doesn't matter who is morally
good or bad.  The more highly trained, more practiced,
more skilled person wins.
     At the beginning of every American Legion
meeting, we ask God to make our might right. 
But, whether we are right or wrong, we are
going to win the fight.  Because we are better
fighters.  It doesn't matter what kind of
horrific childhood the enemy had, we are not
going to allow him to hurt our people.

So . . . do you want to be better at protecting yourself and the people you love?
Do you want to be a better shooter?
Do you want to be better at identifying danger? And better at avoiding it?
Do you want to have a more solid understanding of the legal realities of self defense?
How far outside your comfort zone are you willing to move,
and how long are you willing to keep pushing through your limitations?

Why Practicing Gun Handling is Critical

Context matters

Lessons from a close encounter
What’s the lesson, here? It’s this: If you are ever involved in a
high-stress situation, and your gun sounds funny to you, don’t
quit! Keep doing whatever you need to do to survive. Odd-sounding
gunfire just seems to be part of the package. Don’t let it throw
you for a loop.

Decisions and Drawstrokes – What’s really important?
     The cited articles are well worth reading.

Accuracy Class
     . . . Focusing on the fundamentals tends to bring out
the best in shooters. This is true no matter what your
existing skill level might be. But you have to reject the
idea that you already know everything, if you are ever
going to learn anything. That, too, goes back to fear and
insecurity. If you want to learn, you cannot be afraid
that others will see you learning.

Training Rant
. . . when you practice without training first,
you will often practice the wrong things.
You will also often fail to practice some of the
right things.

Trigger Awareness Exercise --
     TAE #1: Feel The Trigger
     If you do this exercise correctly (as specified in the text),
you will have an epiphany.  If your trigger is not perfect, ask your
coach for help.  Yes, the problem can be fixed.  You wouldn't drive
a car with faulty brakes, would you?  Why would you use a trigger
that wasn't working correctly?  Mr. Scott Pilkington and Mr. Buck Parson
can fix your trigger.  Just ask.  Suffering in silence is an act
of stupidity.
     TAE #2: Watch the Wobble
     The incompetent right handed shooter scatters low left and
the incompetent left handed shooter scatters low right, because
he is anticipating the recoil and pushing against the anticipated
recoil before the projectile has exited the muzzle.  The surprise
break solves this problem (and many others, as it defeats your
autonomic nervous system responses to your stress and stimuli).
     TAE #3: Save Your Pennies
     TAE #4: Whistle Stop
     TAE #5: Random Whistle Stop
     TAE #6: Feel It on the Range
     TAE #7: Follow Through

"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock

***** Tactics *****

". . . personal defense is a lifestyle, not a hobby."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson

     “In asocial or predatory violence, particularly in a predatory ambush,
the purpose of presence and verbal skills is to keep you off the victim
list. As such they must become habits. You may never even know if they
worked. If a predator scans you – which will happen several times a day
in the crowded part of a big city – and decides to pass, chances are
good that you will not even notice. Success, in this subject, is often
invisible. If your habits of presence — how you walk, how you scan,
what you do with your positioning and your hands — are good, the bad
guy quietly moves on, never even coming to your attention.”
-- Rory Miller and Lawrence A. Kane
"Scaling Force: dynamic decision-making under threat of violence"
ISBN-10: 1594392501
ISBN-13: 978-1594392504

Only those who risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T.S. Elliot

***** Techniques *****

Don't go to stupid places. 
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
-- John Farnam

Keep the Muzzle Below the Berm
     . . . when reloading, when clearing malfunctions, when
performing after action drills, etc.  You don't shoot
at aircraft with pistols.  Your muzzle flash will draw
their fire.  You take cover.  Running to cover is always
a smart move.

     We are practicing combat shooting in adverse conditions,
not target shooting in pristine conditions.  So, open up
your rear sight (one or two hundredths of an inch should be
sufficient).  The rear sight is a window.  You look
through the rear sight to see the front sight.  The front
sight is the object of interest.  Yes, I know that's
counter intuitive.  You're thinking the bad guy should
be the object of interest.  But, if you focus on the bad
guy, the front sight will wander off and you'll never
notice it.  (Inattentional Blindness, if you don't focus
on it, you won't see it.  So, you can't aim.)  Then you'll
wonder why you're not hitting where you are aiming.  It's
because you are not aiming.  Focusing on the front sight
is aiming.  Focusing on the threat is what scared bunnies do. 
Don't be a scared bunny.  Be a competent operator.
     "One ringy dingy.  Two ringy dingy." 
-- Lily Tomlin
     I was an operator for AT&T.  We roamed the world
on the telephone systems.  Those were the days.  We played
on the cables that the Charlie Brown laid.
     We understood the code that ran on the GTD-5's and
     The MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) for
Signals Intelligence in the Marine Corps isn't 2600 by
     Security clearances are for consumers.  So, they can
read what the producers wrote.  The producers don't need
security clearances and don't care whether or not some
bureaucrat grants them one.  Be a producer.  Consumers
are easily swayed and deceived.

     The Weaver platform is still taught and practiced.

I would prefer the thumbs high,
and the support side index finger under the trigger guard,
but it's hard to achieve perfection.
Click on photos to enlarge.

Are we clear?
     Protocol for gun handling.

     However (and this is important!), if you ever hear that
weird-sounding phthpht or pop sound [indicating a squib]
in real life, when you are defending yourself from a violent
criminal, you should keep shooting. Why? Two reasons.
. . .

     In his book The Art of Modern Gunfighting (Pistol), Reitz writes:
“It is very difficult to fine tune a trigger press if all one does
is to press the trigger rapidly. You can never learn the nuances
and idiosyncracies of a particular trigger at great speed.
This knowledge will only come at a slower speed and then
will be built upon from that point.”


Easy Mark

***** Gear *****

     If you don't have a support side holster,
you're wrong.  God's not going to give you two
weeks advance notice of the injury you're going
to have.
     Remember what Sherman says, "If you prepare
for the emergency, it ceases to be an emergency."

     Read this.  This is vitally important!
"Winning Vision Revisited" by Dr. Norman H. Wong in
Shooting Sports USA magazine, pages 24 to 33
     Dr. Wong speaks the truth.  Get an eye exam!
Make sure your athletes get an eye exam before the start of every
shooting year.  And anytime they start to have problems or
complain about vision related problems.  (If they have money,
they access to medial doctors.  If they don't have money, they
have TennCare.  There is no excuse.)
     "I recently had an eye exam, Coach."
     No, your optometrist's or ophthalmologist's prescription
may not be correct.  That's why you have to get a second
opinion.  Always get a second opinion.  Humans make mistakes.
And a lot of humans are involved in making your vision
correction devices.
     "My vision is perfect, Coach.  I don't need glasses." 
Perfect vision means you meet an arbitrary standard for
resolution at an arbitrary distance (20/20 vision), and your
eyes focus to infinity when relaxed.  So, your vision is
not perfect for shooting.  Your eyes don't focus at your
front sight when your eyes are relaxed.  Read the article!
     Monocular vision is different from binocular vision.
This is not obvious.  This is deep and difficult to understand
without years of medical training.  That's why you have
to believe what Dr. Wong says.  Don't ignore him.
     If you don't understand what Dr. Wong is saying,
ASK ME!  This is critically important!
     There is also an article about sports drinks in
this magazine.  Do not drink sports drinks.  They will
disturb your body chemistry.  (We learned this at the
coaches course at the Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, CO.  It's true.)  Do not drink caffeine. 
Do not drink sugar. 
     "What does that mean, Coach?" 
     No soda pop.  Not before the match.  Not during the
match.  Not after the match.  Not ever.
     If you are in a leadership position, never
drink such things in front of your athletes.  All
leadership is by example.

1911 Disassembly and Deep Clean
     I disagree with the author. 
     You must use a bronze bore brush.  A nylon bore
brush is too soft to remove the copper and lead fouling. 
There is enough heat and pressure in your bore to
chemically bond the fouling to your bore.  So, you
need a bore solvent and a bronze brush to get it out. 
A steel brush is too hard; it will scratch your bore.
     A toothbrush made for humans is too soft to do
what you need to do.  Yes, I know toothbrushes used to
be made of boar bristles.  But, modern dentists
generally agree that your toothbrush should be soft. 
Your gun brush needs to be very stiff.  A stiffness
that would destroy your gums.

AR-15 Cleaning & Maintenance: A Complete Guide
     When I was assigned to Mike Battery,
3rd Battalion, 14th Marines in Chattanooga, TN,
it was easy to distinguish between the Marines
with combat experience and those without.  Just
watch them clean their rifles.  If your life has
never depended on your rifle functioning correctly,
it's hard to get motivated to do a detailed cleaning. 
It's just another irritating chore. 
     To pass inspection, some of the guys would
use carburator cleaner (or other such chemicals). 
Resist such urges.  Clean and dry will rust.  An
oily rifle is a happy rifle.

Secrets of Handgun Grip
     Smith & Wesson and John M. Browning both found that
a grip angle of 118 degrees from the centerline of the
barrel to be the most comfortable and natural angle.
     Georg Luger, the folks at Steyr, H&K with its P7,
and Gaston Glock insist that a sharper angle of 122
degrees to be better.
[This measurement is from the barrel axis down and back
to the front strap of the grip.]

Holster retention systems and sloppy research
A few people drink from the fountain of knowledge but most only gargle.
Click on photo to enlarge.
Fashion styles come and go,
but safety accessories are always in season.
Stay safe, go armed.

Check it out (your holster)

Lessons from the headlines #6: How _not_ to check out your new holster
    Always follow the Four Rules of firearms safety
(even when you have a new holster).
    Never point your gun at your own hand,
or at someone you love, even when you have a new holster.
    Never put a loaded gun into an unfamiliar holster.
Always check it out first.

Why Are Hollow-Point Rifle Bullets More Accurate?

***** Instructors *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God’s gift to our students.
Our students are God’s gift to us."

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced

Normalization of Deviance
     It's on you.  Even if someone else takes responsibility
for the bad outcome.  It's still a bad outcome that you
should have prevented.
     One of our guard orders was to "take responsibility
for everything in sight."  Maybe you were never on guard
duty.  Maybe you were never a Marine.  Doesn't matter, 
take responsibility for the safety of everyone around
you.  Ignorance is no excuse.

For Instructors – a wake up call
     Safety is not “everyone’s job.” 
     It is the job of each one of us, individually. 
This means sometimes we will need to
speak up . . . individually. 
     When we see something that’s not as safe as
it reasonably could be, we have to be brave enough
to step up and change it. Even if other people
have shot in that bay before and “didn’t have a
problem with it.” 
     Part of being a good instructor is learning
how to ‘read’ a range for safety. 
     A medical kit is about as useless as tits on
a bull unless there’s someone there who knows how
to use it. That someone should be you — even if
you always poll your students and find out who
has appropriate medical training so you can
assign the task to the person with the highest
level of training, there will be times when you
find out that you are that person.

What does training do?
     Sadly, all too many students quit at step one or two.
Good instructors must motivate students to continue, and
help them understand the value of having well-practiced
skills that will stand up under severe stress.

What I Do
     Do you have such a list?  Have you thought about
such things?  Have you made decisions about such things?


Seeing the baby elephant
“What have you learned?”

Respect, Trust, Growth

Instructor Ethics 101
     In order to fulfill my most important responsibility
to my students, I have to risk pushing them beyond their
comfort levels. And I have to do it in a way that will
cause them to work harder rather than to shut down.
If I’m not willing to take that risk for the sake of
my students’ lives, I have no right to call myself a
self-defense instructor.

To have and to have not
Fantasy sells, but uncomfortable truths save lives.

Instructor Responsibility

Crawl, Walk, Run Off a Cliff

“Can I teach that?”

Advice to firearm instructors

"Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something."
-- Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch

***** Pedagogy *****

“Never stop learning.” That includes following
the news to see what methods the miscreants are
using to harm us. It means staying in contact
with your firearms instructor to discover new
techniques or receive simple reminders. And it
means keeping up with the tools of the trade
that can keep you alive. Not just guns, but
other less-lethal or security devices, too. 
-- Ken Campbell

Mirror, mirror, on the range . . .
     Instructors who make excuses not to demonstrate
are often allowing their own egos (often, fear of
failure or looking bad) get in the way of their
students’ best opportunities to learn.

***** Education *****

Children and Tragedy
     For those of you who don't understand how
children think.

Raging Against Self Defense:
A psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality
     For those who don't understand why anti-gun
liberals think the way they do.

"Find a good lawyer and visit with them about
the laws in your jurisdiction. . . You need
to talk with a lawyer familiar with criminal
prosecution and defense.  Put their card in
your wallet; it might end up being one of the
most important calls you ever make." 
-- Ken Campbell


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The surprising burden of ignorance
     And especially, that is why people who have never
had serious defensive handgun training think there’s
nothing to learn and no reason to invest in it.

Transliterations into our modern Latin alphabet for English
speakers is always difficult.  The spelling is
first word {mu omicron lambda omega nu}, second word{lambda alpha beta epsilon}
Click on the photo to enlarge.

     Taken from Andrew Branca's email letter of 20 August 2018 at 6:41 AM.
Hey folks,
     I caution in every class that just because someone has a certain
job title--firearms instructor, cop, lawyer, prosecutor, judge--
you MUST NOT assume that they know a darned thing about use-of-force
law. They MIGHT know, if they've made a diligent effort to educate
themselves rather than simply re-tell nonsense they've previously
been taught themselves, but you MUST NOT ASSUME that they know,
based on their job title.
     Here's an excellent example of this,
out of Michigan in a news article involving a purportedly defensive
shooting. They manage to get extensive quotes from an actual Michigan
prosecutor, identified as Benzie County Prosecutor Sara Swanson.
Attorney Swanson is quoted as stating explicitly:
"Michigan does not have a 'Stand Your Ground' law like, say Florida has ..."
     In fact Michigan adopted a SYG law almost identical to that of
Florida's and in 2006 only a year after Florida adopted SYG in 2005. 
You'd think a Michigan prosecutor in 2018 would be aware that the
state's had a SYG statute for the past 12 years, but apparently
you'd be wrong.
     For reference: Michigan's law --
(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission
of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly
force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal
right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following
(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use
of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of
or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to
another individual.
(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the
use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent
sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.
(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the
commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force
other than deadly force may use force other than deadly
force against another individual anywhere he or she has
the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or
she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of
that force is necessary to defend himself or herself
or another individual from the imminent unlawful use
of force by another individual.
     EDUCATE YOURSELVES! Assuming that the so-called "legal experts"
around you actually know use-of-force law is
     Two excellent and free ways to do this is to catch
our weekly "Law of Self Defense Show" at
     Also, we do all our blogging on our Patreon page,
with each blog post freely accessible for a week or so,
after which content (including our higher value expert
reports and video and podcast recordings of each week's
"Law of Self Defense Show) is restricted to our paying
Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC

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***** News, Legal, Philosophical, and Political stuff *****

Civil War happens when the victimized are armed.
Genocide happens when they are not!
-- A.E. Samaan

     Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is your
responsibility.  You think the police, fire, or ambulance
services are going to respond to your emergency?  How can
they when they never get the message?
"911 Emergency: Call Centers Can’t Find Workers"
     You are on your own.  Prepare.

Police chief: Officers warned Colorado homeowner to drop gun

Texas Tech police say the campus carry law makes Tech safer

Florida armed bystander stops gunman at crowded back-to-school event at park, police say

Freudian Slip

17.25 million concealed handgun permits, biggest increases for women and minorities
     "Despite 14 states that don't require licenses in all or
virtually all their states, there are now over 17.25 million
permits, an 890,000 increase over the past year. Again, the
biggest rates of growth for permits were for women and minorities.
-- Dr. John Lott
John R. Lott, Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
(484) 802-5373
     Look at the graph at the bottom of the article.  This is
why it is so critically important to leave Hawaii.  Get out
while you still can.  The taxes and cost of living are sky high. 
The government regulations are so onerous, small businesses
like VeriFone, Inc. have fled to California (not much better,
but better).

Why the Gun is Civilization
     . . . [the gun] removes force from the equation . . .
and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

Stop I-1639
At age 18:  Adult enough to marry.  Adult enought to join the military. 
Adult enough to sign a contract on a car or house.  Her vote counts as
much as anyone's.
I-1639 proposes to treat her as an incompetent minor and keep her
defenseless till age 21. 
No to discrimination against young adults:  Stop I-1639!

Civilian Carry Radio

ACLU Fighting California Democrats over Gun Control

A hero in Clackamas


How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings:
U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average

A course explaining self defense insurance.

Knowing the tune but missing the music

Few tyrants argue for 'slavery of the masses.'
Instead, they argue for the power to
'protect people from themselves.'
-- AE Samaan

***** Survival Tips *****

"Militum semper memento"
(Always remember the soldiers.)

     Do you have the willingness to acknowledge what you are seeing
and more importantly, the courage to act immediately?
"Reprogramming the Lay Rescuer Psychology to Cardiac Arrest"
. . . the willingness to acknowledge what she was seeing
and more importantly, the courage to act immediately and
without hesitation. 
. . . reprograming the lay rescuer mindset from a “wait for help” mindset to the “be the help.”

9 Life-Saving Reasons I Try Not To Judge People

"Marked for Mayhem" in Psychology Today
     "If I saw a pair of construction boots, for example,
out on the porch or on the landing, I walked right
on by. In fact, I think if women who live alone
would put a pair of old construction boots - or
something that makes it look like a physically fit
manly-type of guy lives with them - out in front of
their door, most rapists or even burglars wouldn't
even think about trying to get into their home."
     Women who are the victims of rape tend to be
less able than average to interpret nonverbal
facial cues - which may render them oblivious to
the warning signs of hostile intent and more
likely to enter or stay in dangerous situations.
     Predatory men can accurately identify submissive
women just by their style of dress and other aspects
of appearance. The hallmarks of submissive body language,
such as downward gaze and slumped posture, may even be
misinterpreted by rapists as flirtation.
     [Note that the "Cooperate" advise at the end of
the article only works when the attacker's only intent
is to get your stuff.  It doesn't make sense to cooperate
with rapists, murderers, batterers, etc.  And you never
know what the attacker's intent is. -- Jon Low]

Emotional Self Care

Weight loss motivator
The latest research indicates that losing weight
might help you make faster, better, and more accurate
survival choices when your life is in danger.
     "Latest research" refers to

New FBI Data on Active Shooters Shows the Importance of Armed Citizens
Be a lifesaver. Carry a gun.

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House

***** Basics *****

"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

Safe Holstering

Safety Matters: How to Use a Belt Holster
    Lots of useful pictures.

Safety Matters: How to Use a Shoulder Holster
     Better yet, don't use a shoulder holster.

How a gun (Colt M1911) works! (Animation)

“Watch your front sight.”

***** Miscellany *****

Blondie's ode to armored car drivers,
"Blondie - The Hardest Part"

Babes with Bullets
     What a neat concept.

"People who think they know everything
irritate those of us who do." 
Think about it.  It's actually funny on
many levels.

Thanks to Oleg Volk
Click on photo for a magnified view.
Fascinating gallery at

Basics of the Shotgun Games: American Skeet
Basics of the Shotgun Games: American 16-Yard Trap

     For the latest version (it changes almost daily)
of my lesson plans for my NRA Defensive Pistol course,
send me an email.


Friday, August 3, 2018

CWP, 3 August 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I cite articles in this blog that I consider correct. 
I also, cite articles that I think are reasonable, but
that I disagree with.  I consider the advice in the
following article by Mike Ox to be wrong, but it is
well reasoned.  So, I cite it, and explain why I think
it is wrong.
"Why the quickest thing you can do to shoot better is something you shouldn’t do"
     Just because you are right eye dominant does not mean
you are going to be right eye dominant in combat (or any
high stress situation).  I'm not an expert, but I'm sure
your eye doctor or psychologist can explain to you all the
circumstances that can change which image you perceive
when you have both eyes open.  [It's not just right eye
versus left eye.  It's also right field of vision versus
left field of vision.  (Left brain processes right field
of vision.  Right brain processes left field of vision.) 
Actually, it's much more than that.  (Remember
Inattentional Blindness?)  It's explained in
visual perception psychology classes.  Yes, I spent way
too much time in the psychology department as an under
    If you are right eye dominant and thus aiming with your
right eye, but perceiving your left eye image at the
moment you release your shot, your point of impact will
be way off to the left of your intended target.  The only
reliable way to prevent this is to close your non-aiming
eye for the faction of a second it takes to release your
shot.  (We are fighting Murphy's Law.  Anything that can
go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible time.)
     If you can't close your non-aiming eye while holding
your aiming eye open, drill a deep hole into your front
sight (blacken the hole with an indelible marker),
insert a tritium vial (glue the glowing vial into
place), so that your aiming eye can see it, but your
non-aiming eye cannot see it.  Any competent machinist
will be able to do this for you.  You must be able to
distinguish the right eye image from the left eye image.

***** Mindset *****

". . . personal defense is a lifestyle, not a hobby."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson

Other People’ Business!
     “Not my people.  Not my problem.”

A simple mental exercise that increases your chances of surviving a gunfight
It’s not a coincidence that many veterans learn to shy
away from crowds and choose seats that allow them to
keep an eye on the crowd: it’s not because they expect
something bad to happen, it’s because they’ve seen bad
things happen, and accept that they can. For many who
have lived their entire lives within the relative
safety and comfort of the American way of life, it
can be harder to embrace this mindset.

Ready or Not!
“Fate makes no appointments, nor does it wait on any man!
You have to be alert and ready the instant it arrives.”
It’s “come-as-you-are-war,” and you’re either ready,
or you’re not. In the latter case, you’ll not likely
get a second chance!

Five habits of responsible gun owners

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

Response to a student's comment --
     No, you don't rise to the occasion.  In high stress
situations, you default to the level of training that
you have mastered.  Mastered, not experienced. 
     That's why A21 recruits former British Commonwealth
Special Air Service and U.S. Naval SEAL's.  You
want to be rescuing kidnapped sex slaves with people
who default to a high level of competence. 
Because the enemy is very motivated and highly trained.

Three Inviolable Rules of Trigger Finger Discipline

How to Draw a Gun From a Wheelchair

8 Competitive Shooting YouTube Channels You Need To Watch

3 Combat-Control Fundamentals for the Defensive Shooter

Learning Versus Training

If You Want to Carry, Take Time to Train

"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock

***** Tactics *****

Don't go to stupid places. 
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
-- John Farnam

Level Up: Driving 101 Introduction

Always Look for the Trailing Accomplice

Why the Knife for Self Defense?

Only those who risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T.S. Elliot

***** Techniques *****

RG305: The One-Handed Revolver Reload
     Just because you don't choose to carry a
revolver does not relieve you of the responsibility
of knowing how to operate one.  In combat (self
defense is combat) you grab whatever weapon is
available to you.  The enemy may be carrying revolvers. 
The friendlies may be carrying revolvers.  You may
come into possession of these revolvers.
     You may need to teach someone how to do this. 
Yes, as a matter of fact, a student may bring a
revolver to your class.  Because that's what their
father gave them and they don't have $600 to buy
a decent modern semi-auto.
     "Nice knife.  Where'd you get it?" 
     "Got it from an East German fellow." 
     "He must have been a good friend." 
     "No, he was rather reluctant to part with it." 
     -- from the movie "Spartan"
     Hey, Staff, why are you always quoting movies?
     Because to quote from the real world would
be indiscreet.

What Do I Say After a Shooting?
     Do you understand why this article is in the Techniques section? 

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

***** Gear *****

4 Reasons Why You Need a Reload for Your Concealed-Carry Gun

Get a Grip (Angle, That Is)

     If you are using the sights that came with your pistol
from the factory, the amount of light on either side of the
front sight as you look through the rear sight is probably
too small and won't serve you well in a low light situation. 
The light will get thin or disappear, making it impossible
to center the front sight in the rear sight notch.
     I have found that with my eyes and the length of my
arms, I had to have 0.01" machined off both sides of the
inside of my rear sight notch on my Ruger American, which
uses Novak sights.  (widening the rear sight notch by
0.02 inches)  I had to have 0.02" machined off both sides
of the inside of my rear sight on my Springfield Armory
XD.  (widening the rear sight notch by 0.04 inches)
     I also had the rear sight notch deepened as far
as possible.  Try it.  It really helps.

     Modifications I make to my carry pistols [presently a
Ruger American in .45 ACP because it is ambidextrous and
the grip is smaller than the Springfield Armory XD because
the magazine is between a single stack and a double stack
(Holds 10 rounds, as opposed to the SA XD or Glock that
hold 13 rounds.  At my level of proficiency, I feel that grip
is more important than magazine capacity)]: 
     The sesamoid bones on the inside of my right thumb at the joint
that connects the thumb to the hand rub on the frame. 
So, I take a round wood file and removed a few millimeters of the frame
and round the area of the frame that rubs.  Some filing on
the replaceable backstrap is also necessary to eliminate sharp edges.
     The lever that turns to disassemble the pistol has a sharp
forward facing edge.  So, I took a metal file and rounded it off. 
     Coach Hoffman (machinist par excellent) cut serrations on the sides
of my slide to create enough purchase for a reliable chamber check.
     He also widened the rear sight so that it will work in low light

     The Firearms Blog did a review of the
Bravo Concealment Torsion IWB (Inside the Waistband) Kydex Holster
"TFB Review: Bravo Concealment Torsion IWB Kydex Holster"
     The holster was ostensibly designed for appendix carry,
one o'clock position (for a right hander) on your waist. 
But, the holster review points out some real problems with
appendix carry.  So, maybe I should have put this article
in the Techniques section.

Concealed-Carry Holsters: Separating Good from Bad

***** Instructors *****

“Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something.”
-- Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch

Teaching Tip- Coaching the Struggling Shooter

So You Think You're a Qualified Firearms Instructor

Continuing Education -
Cert Chaser v. Knowledge Hound -
LA CHP Instructor Development

The Left Hand

Correct trigger finger placement on the trigger --
Instructors, from the outside, the cuticle at the
back of the fingernail will appear to be over the
center of the trigger.

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God’s gift to our students.
Our students are God’s gift to us."

***** Pedagogy *****

     I know training can be difficult. Let me share
some words of encouragement that my teacher told me,
that I believe apply to all training regimens. 
     "Keep in mind that this is some seriously next
level material. It is totally normal that the first
time you see this stuff, you find it confusing. 
You find it difficult to understand. So, confusion
should not discourage you. It does not represent
any intellectual failing on your part. Rather, keep
in mind that it represents an opportunity to get
even smarter."
-- Tim Roughgarden, Professor of Computer Science
and other stuff at Stanford University

***** Education *****

Rangemaster newsletter

Gun Range Etiquette

Is Frangible Ammo Good For Concealed Carry?

Concealed Carry Laws In The United States

     Lots of good stuff at

Lots of good stuff at

FBI Report – Civilian Firearms Saving Lives
     This is an analysis of an FBI report.
The primary source is
Active Shooter Incidents in the United States in 2016 and 2017

Armed Citizen® – July 2018 Analysis – Part III
. . . only 6 percent of the adult population has a
license or permit to carry a weapon outside the home,
according to John Lott’s Crime Prevention Research Center.
     DGU = Defensive Gun Use

     What was not reported?  All of the mass murders occurred
in gun-free-zones.  Because the bad guy doesn't want to get
shot.  Because the bad guy wants to succeed.  Solution --
Don't go to gun-free-zones.  Don't let your children go to
gun-free-zones.  For heaven's sake, don't send your kids
into gun-free-zones.

Florida "handicap parking spot shooting" analysis by Andrew Branca
     Jon Low's analysis:
Retreat is a tactical maneuver. Retreat is not surrender.
If after the assault, the assailant turned and ran away,
then he does not pose a threat. But, if the assailant
continues to face the defender and adjusts distance or
moves to a position of tactical advantage (gains 6 to 8
inches of elevation by moving up onto the sidewalk from
the road), the assailant continues to be a threat.
     When the assailant knocked the defender to the ground,
the assailant created positional advantage, which created a
disparity of force. The defender then had only a narrow
window of opportunity to stop the attack before he was
kicked. In the real world, after the first kick the
defender would have lost his ability to defend himself.
(As Bruce Lee said, real fights are short.) Then the
assailant could kick and stomp the defender to
permanent disability or death at his leisure. Kicking
a person who is down on the ground is generally considered
lethal force by the courts; justifying a lethal force
response. The defender is not required to allow the
assailant to kick before responding with lethal force.
Because then it would be too late. The defender just has
to be able to articulate what happened and why.
    Jacob Sullum's analysis, New York Post

Body Armor 101: What You Need to Know

What is “Cover” in your home and will it Stop a rifle round? Lets find out.

Gun fights are dangerous, even when you win
     Pay attention to what's going on around you.
(That's why we practice after action drills.)
Don't have a gun in your hand when the cops show up. 
It would be best to holster your gun, because you
never know.  How do you know the cops are coming?
Sirens, flashing lights, screaming orders to drop the gun,
screaming orders to freeze, etc.  You will get shot for
violating our safety rule.  So, don't point your gun at
the cops.

***** News, Legal, Philosophical, and Political stuff *****

Civil War happens when the victimized are armed.
Genocide happens when they are not!
-- A.E. Samaan

Inventor Wins Free Speech Battle with DOJ to Distribute 3D-Printed Gun Designs
"The age of the downloadable gun has formally begun."

Judge Rejects Pleas from Giffords and Brady Campaign: 3-D Gun Printing Wins the Day

Seattle lawmakers unanimously approve mandatory gun lock plan
     This is what happens when you let your friends and
relatives vote Democrat and Socialist.

Pawn Shop Owner Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

BJJ Takes Down Convenience Store Robber, analysis by Andrew Branca

Women and Guns in America
     Texas women!  Ya!  (like my sister in Austin)

CDC Once Again Pretends "Homicides" Are Inherently Bad
     Yes, as a matter of fact, there are many evil
people on this planet that need to be killed.  (That's
why good people join the Armed Forces.)  If you
don't believe that, you are naive to the detriment
of our society.

Concealed Carry Firearms Laws For The 50 U.S. States (A Quick Overview)

United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit
"James Horton, as administrator of Michael's (the armed robber) estate,
brought various federal and state claims against Pobjecky (the off duty
cop) and others. The district court granted summary judgment for
Defendants on all claims, concluding Pobjecky's use of deadly force
was reasonable and justified, and did not violate the Fourth Amendment.
We (7th Circuit Court of Appeals) affirm."
     I cite this case because the three circuit court judges
explain why they affirm: 
     You don't have to give verbal warnings. 
     You can turn your back on the bad guys. 
     A bad guy with his hands and feet on the ground is
still a threat (We learned to high crawl and low crawl in the
Marine Corps.  Crawling is a combat maneuver.). 
     A bad guy turning his back to you (but not running away)
is still a threat (so you can shoot him in the back).
Retreat is a tactical maneuver.  Retreat is not surrender. 
     Four against one is a huge disparity of force,
justifying actions that under different conditions would
not be acceptable. 
     The off duty officer made many life and death decisions
in 36 seconds.  To consider his actions in retrospect in a
calm air conditioned court room under no stress is very different.
     Retreat is a tactical maneuver.  Retreat is not surrender. 
Raising your arms to open a door is not the same as
raising your arms to surrender.
     If you participate in an armed robbery (even if you don't
have a gun and don't do anything other than observe), the good
guy is still justified in shooting you.  And if anyone dies
in the incident, you will be prosecuted and convicted of
felony murder (murder during the commission of a crime),
even if you didn't do anything to harm anyone.

Few tyrants argue for 'slavery of the masses.'
Instead, they argue for the power to
'protect people from themselves.'
-- AE Samaan

***** Survival Tips *****

Where’s the Beef?

The Assailant Study -- Mindsets and Behaviors
(This article contains the primary source material.)
Excerpts --
The assailants: 
were known to law enforcement.
had criminal histories.
were male. (100%)
were motivated by social or political reasons
(shared their intent ahead of time,
for instance posting on social media), or
didn't want to go back to prison.

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House

***** Basics *****

"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

New to Concealed Carry

5 Realistic Tests of Strength
Remember, beyond a certain point, adding strength is
a hobby, not a necessity. Aim to get better at the
stuff that counts and transfers to real life and
you'll be much better off.

***** Miscellany *****

King Abdalla II of Jordan and his SIG MCX
". . . leading by example and parenting done right.

Video: Google 0 projekti tarkvarainseneri ettekanne CyConil (1)
     Security problems and what we can do about them.
Computers are deterministic most of the time.
     Coach, what does this have to do with guns or self defense?
     Guns are deterministic most of the time.  That's why we
practice malfunction clearing and reloading.  Do you know
what to do if your gun doesn't go BANG?  The exact same
principles apply in computer science.

     For the latest version of my lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email.


Jonathan D. Low

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CWP, 1 July 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

Happy Independence Day!

     “Then Jesus said to His disciples,
whoever does not have a sword should
sell his coat and buy a sword.”
– Book of Luke 22:36, New Life Version of the Bible
     This is a transliteration of an ancient text.
The sword was the standard sidearm of the time.
Jesus is saying that self-defense is more important
than staying warm in the winter. A modern translation
would be, “Then Jesus said to His disciples,
whoever does not have a pistol should
sell his smart phone and buy a pistol.”

***** Mindset *****

Don't go to stupid places. 
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
-- John Farnam

Sheriff's Tips: Understanding Condition Red

Shoot/Don’t Shoot
Do you still think all intruders need to be shot?

Hart County grandmother kills rabid bobcat with bare hands
     Grandmother at 46.  I'm 60 and still waiting for my
first grandchild.


Skill Set: A Confident Mindset
Faith is another important component.  Having faith
in your skills and abilities is important, but it’s
nothing compared to the confidence created through
a solid religious foundation.  I have faith that I
will win.  I don’t have to fret over the outcome
of the battle.  If it is my Lord’s will that I
should personally be defeated then I am assured
it’s still a victory - towards a greater glory. 
I cannot lose.  Faith creates confidence.

To Build Influence, Master How You Enter a Room

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock

"Training is only the preparation for practice."
-- The Tactical Professor (Claude Warner)

     The techniques may seem difficult and complicated.
That is because you have never done them before.
With practice, the techniques will become natural and
comfortable.  Later, you may wonder why you bothered
to take a class that taught you things that were so
easy and obvious.  When you start teaching your friends
and children, you will understand.

     If you see anything unsafe, yell STOP!
It is your duty to maintain a safe range.
     If you drop your pistol, let it hit the
ground, then safely (with your trigger finger
in the register position, not on the trigger)
pick it up. It will not fire.
Modern pistols have internal safety mechanisms
that prevent them from firing when dropped.
If you try to grab your pistol as it is falling,
there’s a good chance you will fire the pistol
and hit something that you don’t want to. 

     Keep your finger outside the trigger guard
until the weapon is pointed at the target and
you have decided to fire.
     Failure to obey this rule may cause others
to commit homicide.  In Lebanon, TN two police
officers were in a high speed chase of a suspect. 
When the suspect finally pulled over, one officer
approached from the driver's side and one approached
from the passenger side. The officer on the driver's
side tripped and fell. Because his finger was on the
trigger, instead of in the register position, he
fired his pistol.  The officer on the passenger side
heard the gun shot, saw the other officer fall, and
concluded that the suspect had shot the officer. So,
the passenger side officer shot and killed the suspect,
as the suspect sat in the driver's seat of the car.
Sorry, WKRN took the story off their web site.

     If the instructor teaches you anything that seems
crazy, stupid, or unsafe, please tell the instructor

     If you don’t understand what you are supposed to do,
ask the instructor.  Don’t think that you can watch others
and figure it out.  That would be dangerous.

     I know training can be difficult. Let me share
some words of encouragement that my teacher told me,
that I believe apply to all training regimens.
     "Keep in mind that this is some seriously next
level material.  It is totally normal that the first
time you see this stuff, you find it confusing. You
find it difficult to understand. So, confusion should
not discourage you.  It does not represent any
intellectual failing on your part.  Rather, keep in
mind that it represents an opportunity to get even
-- Tim Roughgarden, Professor of Computer Science
and other stuff at Stanford University

     Marksmanship and the manual of arms is a matter
of technique, not strength.  If you cannot rack the
slide of the pistol, it is because you have never
done it before or you are not doing it correctly.
With the proper technique and practice you will be
able to do it easily.  In a month you will wonder
why you had such a hard time doing it before.
The answer is that you had never done it before
(or weren’t doing it correctly). Many things are hard
to do at first, but become easy with practice. 
Of course, one has to have a good attitude and
make a good faith effort.

     A right handed shooter, who is shooting with
both eyes open and hitting to the left of the
intended target is shooting at the wrong image.
Stick your thumb out at arm’s length and place it
over a distant object with both eyes open. If you
focus on your thumb, you will see two images of
the distant object.  If you focus on the distant
object, you will see two images of your thumb. 
Close one eye at a time and you will see how far
your thumb moves relative to the distant object. 
     When aiming your pistol, focus on the front
sight and close your non-aiming eye.  Just for
the fraction of a second it takes to release the

Why do we sleep?
     You must sleep after training.
     My computer science teacher in high school,
Mr. Lawrence, told us, "If you can't solve the
problem, make sure you understand the problem
and then go to sleep.  When you wake up, you
will have the answer."  I have found this to
always be true.  My physics professors also
told me similar things.

COMBATIVE PISTOL: The Epistemology of Dave Spaulding

Why you have to practice support hand only shooting.
     The lady's right hand was wounded in the initial exchange of gun fire. 
She immideately transferred her pistol to her left hand and continued
fighting.  She drover off the bank robbers.

Instructor Defined

Report: Would-Be Robbery Victim Pulls Gun, Shoots Three Suspects
     Yes, you have to practice against multiple targets. 
Because bad guys operate in gangs.

5 Reasons You Don’t Want Free Training

Fix Your Flinch: Tips for Curing Anticipation When Shooting
     Of course, the essential thing not mentioned
in this article is the surprise break.  Which
actually fixes the problem.  If you don't know
what the "surprise break" is, or have never
experienced it, ASK FOR HELP!

Breath: The Most Underrated Shooting Fundamental

Training in adverse conditions
     First, once I got good and wet, my shirt was
clinging to my undershirt. It took an aggressive
draw stroke to clear the outer garment sufficiently
and make an efficient presentation. One should
always practice an aggressive draw stroke, just
in case it gets wet or the wind is blowing
strongly from a direction that pins your outer
clothing to you.
     Next, the grip texture on my Boresight Solutions
Glock 17 worked just fine, even when my hands were
soaking wet. The support hand, however, is mostly
gripping wet flesh. You really need to clamp down
with that support hand to keep the grip together
in multiple shot strings, especially when your
hands are wet.
     The late Pat Rogers often said that we don’t
always get to train when it’s a sunny 70 degrees,
with an impossibly blue sky and cotton-ball clouds.
He was right. The next time you’re going shooting
and it starts to rain, stick around and get used
to it. It’s just part of being properly prepared.
-- Tom Givens

     Accept your wobble.  If you achieve a surprise trigger break,
you will get good hits, no matter how much your sights look like
they are wobbling.  Yes, actually it is magic.  (Any sufficiently
advanced technology will appear as magic to the ignorant.  God's
creation, the human, is very advanced technology.)
      Okay, Coach, so what's the scientific explanation that's
going to satisfy my secular mind?
     Strive for a surprise break to defeat your autonomic
nervous system, thereby releasing the shot before any flinch,
jerk, or push. [Your autonomic nervous system is your low
level instinctual system that automatically anticipates
the recoil and report, and reacts in anticipation of these
events. You cannot train yourself not to react, because it
is a reflex response (as blinking when something approaches
your eye or kicking when the doctor taps you below the
kneecap). So, we are defeating the autonomic nervous system
by not allowing the brain to know exactly when the shot
will be released, so the anticipatory reaction to the shot
does not occur before the shot.] You are not intentionally
firing the pistol; rather you are allowing your subconscious
to fire the pistol. Your subconscious is much better at
estimating time and distance than your conscious.
(Thanks to Col. Greg Kitchens, USMC for this explanation.)
     If you are having difficulty achieving a surprise break,
try this. Touch the trigger. Take the slack out of the trigger.
Apply 1/8th pressure. Smoothly increase to 2/8th pressure.
Gradually increase to 3/8th pressure. Gently increase to
4/8th pressure. I guarantee the pistol will fire before you
reach 8/8th pressure. And because you were never intending
to fire the shot, you will get a surprise break.
     Right-handed shooters who are scattering their rounds
low left are not getting a surprise break, rather they are
anticipating the shot and pushing against the anticipated
recoil before the bullet exists the muzzle. Left-handed
shooters who lack a surprise break will scatter low right.

Train to Fight: Solid Defensive Habits for the Armed Citizen

“It is better to be wrong than to be vague.”
-- Freeman Dyson
     If you are wrong, the instructor can correct you.
If you are vague, no one can help you.

***** Tactics *****

Only those who risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T.S. Elliot

***** Techniques *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

Sighted vs. point shooting: Myths and realities
Sighted shooting is more forgiving to a lack of
frequent practice because you have concrete
steps to fall back on to hit your target every time.

AIWB (Appendix, Inside the Waistband) Carry

Concealed-Carry Safety . . . In the Bathroom
     I believe the instructors cited in this article
are wrong.  The best thing to do with your pistol
when using the bathroom is to keep your pistol holstered. 
     "The primary cause of negligent discharges is
unnecessary gun handling." -- John Farnam
     So, just keep your pistol in its holster as you
drop your pants (or whatever) to use the bathroom.

Training Your Field of View

     The AOJ (Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy) model
works well for sworn law enforcement officers,
but not so much for civilians.  A better model for
civilians would be ADEE (Avoid, Disengage, Evade, Escape).
-- Skip Gochenour

     If there is not enough contrast between your sights
and the target to align your sights, move your sights
off of the target to a higher contrast background,
align your sights there, and then move your sights onto
the target.  With practice, you can make this technique
work reliably.
     Remember, sight alignment is far more important
than sight movie.


***** Gear *****

     Do not be overly concerned with your pistol. 
The surgeon is not known by his scalpel.  He has no
favorite scalpel. He has a skill, any scalpel will do.
(I have seen a tracheotomy preformed with a steak
knife grabbed off a dinner table.)  Similarly, you
should concentrate on honing your skill, any pistol
will do.  A person will become comfortable with
anything he practices. Sentimental or personal
preferences have no place in combat.

     Cut serrations on the back of the slide to
allow reliable racking.  Cut serrations on the
front of the slide to allow reliable chamber checks. 
The serrations should be angled so that when your
hands are slippery your hands will slip into the
pistol, not off of the pistol.  Deburr and polish
after cutting the serrations.  Otherwise, you may
cut up your hands.

     One of my students was experimenting
with suspenders to hold up her gun belt, because
it is heavy with all the ammunition in the pistol
and spare magazines, and such.  Standard use of
suspenders with two straps in the front and one
strap in the back did not work for her, because
she has breasts that interfered with the straps. 
So, she wore the suspenders backwards, one strap
in the front and two straps in the back.  She
moved her belt buckle from centered under her
navel to a one o'clock or two o'clock position
(she is right handed).  This worked for her. 
Everyone is different.  It's worth experimenting. 
     Push up bras (generally speaking) not only
push the breast up, but also together to achieve
a certain look.  Some sports bras will hold the
breasts apart so there is no rubbing between the
suspender strap and the breasts. 

3 Things To Know About Wheelchair CCW

     May I recommend gunsmith Richard Modzelewski?
He is a graduate of Colorado School of Trades'
gunsmithing program and a former Marine.
Echo Three Armory
214 North Horton Parkway
Chapel Hill, TN 37034

     May I suggest you get an eye exam and eye glasses
or contact lenses that allow you to focus on your front
sight with your aiming eye (hopefully your dominant eye)
when your eyes are relaxed.  Your mind will concentrate
on what your eye focuses on.  If you focus on your
front sight, you will know where your pistol is pointed
and you will hit your intended target.  If you focus on
the target, your front sight will wander off and you
will never notice it.  Hence, you won't hit what you
think you are aiming at.  Yes, this is extremely difficult. 
Nature and instinct will force you to focus on the threat
to your life.  But, if you do, you will miss.  And every
miss is damaging property and injuring innocent bystanders,
perhaps killing them.  So, by training and practice you
must learn to focus on your front sight while shooting.

***** Instructors *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God’s gift to our students.
Our students are God’s gift to us."

"In any field, staying up to date is an excellent idea for anyone.
For instructors, it’s absolutely mandatory."
-- The Tactical Professor (Claude Warner)

Please do a thorough equipment inspection,
at the start of every class,
to make sure the pistol and holster function

     You have to teach the fundamentals.
Never assume the student knows anything.
And be aware that the student may know
things that are false.  Because they have
learned all kinds of neat stuff from TV
and movies.  Keanu Reeves for instance
has had extensive training at prestigious
gun schools.  So, he knows what is correct. 
But, he still has to do what the director
tells him to do (no matter how stupid) in
order to get the visual effect and screen
shot that the director needs to tell the
story.  There are also directors (such as
David Mamet) who have extensive deep gun
knowledge.  But, they have to subordinate
that to movie making.  Movies must be easy
for the audience to follow.  Otherwise,
the audience won't be satisfied.  View videos of real gun fights. 
Hard, if not impossible, to follow, right?
The narrator has to explain what is
happening.  You have to view in slow motion. 
You have to stop frames and carefully
examine to see the details.  The narrator
has to circle or draw arrows to things
to direct your attention to important objects.
That's why fencing is not a money making
Olympic sport.  The TV audience can't follow
the action.  So, the networks won't televise it.

     I carry a set of files in my range bag to
deburr the students' pistols.  Because students will
bring pistol that have sharp edges.  If the 
student refuses to deburr his pistol and refuses
to allow you to deburr his pistol because it will
ruin the resale value of the pistol, diplomatically
explain to the student that his attitude is wrong. 
And have Band-Aids for the student when he cuts
himself.  The student will also develop bad habits
in an attempt to avoid the sharp edges.  Point
these out to the student to motivate him to deburr
his pistol.

The Undeniable Question

20 leadership tips for firearms instructors

The Left-Handed Revolver Reload
     You can't teach it, if you don't know how to do it. 
Yes, as a matter of fact, you might have a left handed
student in your class who brought a revolver to your class.

Make It So

What is “Training”?

“Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something.”
-- Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch

***** Pedagogy *****

     Don’t rush to cover all of the material.
It is better to ensure the student understands
what has been taught and leave the rest for
next time.  If the student doesn’t want to come
back next time, that’s their choice.
-- Nathan Goode,

     May I suggest you read 
"Teaching Women To Shoot A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide"
by Vicki Farnam & Diane Nicholl
ISBN-10: 0965942295
ISBN-13: 978-0965942294
"Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers"
by Diane Nicholl and Vicki Farnam
     Because you will be teaching women:  daughters, sisters,
friends, etc.  The basic pedagogical problem is that women
(generally speaking) do not have spatial perception as men do. 
That means that women do not automatically generate pictures
in their minds, while men will instantly and automatically
picture things that are described to them (even without
sufficient detail, they fill in the blanks automatically,
they make assumptions [sometimes very dangerous assumptions]). 
So, when you describe sight alignment and sight movie, the
guy automatically pictures a straight line from his eye
to the rear sight to the front sight to the target.  Thus,
aligning the pistol with the line of sight.  The gal usually
will not get such a picture automatically.  You must describe
in enough detail to allow her to generate such a picture
in her mind.  No, it's not easy.  Teaching is a difficult task.

To Build Influence, Master How You Enter a Room

***** Education *****

A Comparison of Affordable Concealed Carry Insurance Plans
     “First Dollar” Coverage is the most important thing. 
If you don't have the money up front, you're not going
to have a very good defense.
     Reimbursements may or may not be made depending on
whether or not you are convicted.  And if you don't have
the money up front to hire a competent attorney, private
investigators, and expert witnesses, you might get
convicted.  Oh, innocent people get convicted all the
time.  In America, you get the justice you pay for.

5 Essential Concealed-Carry Tips for Women

Interstate Travel: Understanding Article 926A of FOPA

Protect Your Home Against Burglars

Examining the gross versus fine motor skills debate

Brownells, Inc.

A fascinating blog

***** News, Legal, Philosophical, and Political stuff *****


     The truth as to why Nikolas Cruz was allowed by
law enforcement to murder 17 people at the
Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Broward County, Florida.

FBI agent accidentally fires gun while dancing at a Denver nightclub
     So, he was drunk.  Doing a stupid thing.
     So, he was in a nightclub.  Going to a stupid place.
     So, he had his finger on the trigger.  Violating a basic safety rule.
     So, of course he's going to have a negligent discharge.
     But, it's okay, he's FBI.

Short Barreled Rifles (less than 16 inch barrel) vs.
Long Barreled Pistols (no shoulder stock)

Illinois passes wide sweeping ban on semi automatic guns!

NY Misery!
“Extreme risk protection order” is polite terminology
for abrupt and permanent gun confiscation.

Suspected Walmart robber tries to carjack two different cars,
both drivers pull out guns

Gunman wounds 2, fatally shot by bystander at Walmart store
     All the action happens in Wal Mart parking lots.
***** Survival Tips *****

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House

***** Basics *****

"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

Tips for Starting to Carry

***** Miscellany *****

What's going on with the volcanoes in Hawaii?

Dancing FBI Agent Facing Felony Charges
     Free drinks for life!  That's better than any
settlement he could have gotten.

     For the latest version of my lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email.