Saturday, June 2, 2018

CWP, 2 June 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

. . . God is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine . . .
Ephesians 3:20

     I sent a hand written paper letter to President Trump
asking him to pardon Staff Sergeant Wuterich, U.S. Marine Corps. 
Please take a moment to do likewise. 
President Trump
1600 Pennsylvania Avenue
Washington, D.C. 20003
     The SSgt. executed orders to immediately counter-attack
whenever attacked.  The orders originated from Lt. Gen. Mattis
(presently Secretary of Defense).  [Then Gen. Mattis allowed
the court martial to go forward instead of quashing it as was
his prerogative and his duty to show loyalty to a subordinate.] 
The enemy ran into the civilian houses.  It was the enemy who
were responsible for the civilian casualties.  The prosecution
of a combat Marine for civilian casualties, during a combat
operation, during a war is political correctness taken to a
ridiculous extreme.
http://michellemalkin.com/2012/01/02/remember-ssgt-frank-d-wuterich-the-last-haditha-marine-goes-on-trial/

***** Events *****

Wilson County Friends of the NRA banquet
22 September 2018 A.D.
5:30 PM
Wilson County Expo Center
945 East Baddour Parkway, Lebanon, TN 37087
https://www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Details/44?eventId=54843
5:30 PM Doors open, NRA Country Blaine Bunting will play country music until 7:30 PM.
6:30 PM Lebanon High School Junior ROTC will do the flag ceremony.
6:45 PM Nina Ricci sings the National Anthem.
7:00 PM Dinner is served.
7:30 PM Close silent auction.
8:00 PM Start live auction.  (Eddie Kirkus auctioneer)
10:00 PM Draw for door prize.

Tennessee Firearms Association annual meeting
Saturday, September 22, 2018
9:30am to 2:00pm (doors open at 9:00am and
meal is served around 11:00 or whenever its ready)
Smiley Hollow Farm
6131 Smiley Hollow Road, Goodlettsville, TN 37072
https://tfalac.org/2018-annual-meeting/

***** Mindset *****

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

For example, don't go to gun-free-zones because all
mass murders occur in gun-free-zones.  Don't send
your children into gun-free-zones.  Don't associate
with people who advocate or vote for gun-free-zones.

Who Dares Wins (motto of the Special Air Service)
http://defense-training.com/2018/who-dare/
     Mr. Farnam refers to a YouTube.com video,
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2EwJYRVixIU

“Learned” Fools
http://defense-training.com/2018/learned-fools/

THE FLOWCHART OF (JUSTIFIED) KILLING
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/05/the-flowchart-of-justified-killing.html
     Click on the page to get a larger higher
resolution graphic.
     We, computer scientists, love flow charts.

Will “Rules and Regulations” Save Us?
http://defense-training.com/2018/will-rules-and-regulations-save-us/
Excerpt:
     What will work without fail, and the only strategy
that has any chance of working, is:  “Individual Security”
     Teachers and school officials need to go armed.
Citizens need to go armed. “Security” needs to be thought
of as an intensely, exclusively personal issue.

Hero in OK!
http://defense-training.com/2018/hero-in-ok/

Heads up!
http://defense-training.com/2018/heads-up/
     The perpetrator was a repeat offender (as they
all are).  Having worked and lived in the Kingdom of
Saudi Arabia and Turkey, it is worthy to note that
they have no concept of a "repeat offender".  Why would
you not execute such a person?  Why would you release
such a person to prey upon the good citizens?  It is
liberal madness in full bloom.

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    The following 3 articles relate to the same incident.

LAYERS OF FIREARMS SAFETY: A TEACHABLE MOMENT
https://www.backwoodshome.com/blogs/MassadAyoob/layers-of-firearms-safety-a-teachable-moment/

Lessons from a Negligent Discharge at MAG-40
https://safetysolutionsacademy.com/lessons-from-a-negligent-discharge-at-mag-40/

What Do I Think About The ND (negligent discharge) At MAG-40?
http://ballisticradio.com/2018/05/26/what-do-i-think-about-the-nd-at-mag-40/

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Because these things do happen.
https://www.facebook.com/TacTangents/posts/582054365500552
     And not just to other people.

5 Critical Mistakes Made by Defensive Gun Owners
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/4/10/5-critical-mistakes-made-by-defensive-gun-owners/

Resistance is Never Futile
https://indigenousability.blogspot.com/2018/05/resistance-is-never-futile-by-mark.html

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

Praise be to the Lord my Rock,
who trains my hands for war,
my fingers for battle. 
-- King David, Psalm 144:1, New International Version (NIV)

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

3 Mistakes Concealed Carriers Make
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=H9DQeH8wTAM
Excerpt: 
You don't train often enough, under stress,
from different positions.  Correct this.

Shooting Tips: The Importance of Balance
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/5/4/shooting-tips-the-importance-of-balance/

Video: Practicing Your Draw Without Unholstering Your Handgun
https://gundigest.com/gun-videos/gundigest-tv/video-practicing-your-draw-without-unholstering-your-handgun

Self-Defense: Is Competitive Shooting Good Training?
https://gundigest.com/article/self-defense-is-competitive-shooting-good-training

Skills Check: Extended-Range Handgun Drill
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/5/11/skills-check-extended-range-handgun-drill/

Top 10 Drills to Improve Your Shooting
https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2018/5/13/top-10-drills-to-improve-your-shooting/

Paul Howe - Rifle Loading Procedures
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gBFss--An_A
     Equally appropriate for pistols.

     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.) -- Jon Low

Self-Defense: The Mystery Of Stopping Power
https://gundigest.com/gear-ammo/ammunition/the-mystery-of-stopping-power
     This is a training issue, not a gear issue.

5 quick and easy spec-ops trigger control tips for defensive pistol precision
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/5-quick-and-easy-spec-ops-trigger-control-tips-for-defensive-pistol-precisi/law-enforcement-defense-security

No Time To Practice? Here’s 4 1-Minute Dry Fire Drills You Can Do In Your Car Or On A Plane
https://dryfiretrainingcards.com/blog/no-time-to-practice-heres-4-1-minute-dry-fire-drills-you-can-do-in-your-car-or-on-a-plane/

Video: Training Your Field of View
https://gundigest.com/gun-videos/gundigest-tv/video-training-your-field-of-view

Sight Alignment
https://www.agirlandagun.org/sight-alignment/

Getting The Most Out Of Your Upcoming Firearm Course
https://www.concealedcarry.com/training-2/getting-the-most-out-of-your-upcoming-firearm-course/

The Five Stages of Skill Development
https://chrissajnog.com/five-stages-of-skill-development/
     This has been taught at Front Sight since 1996 when
I started attending there as:
     Intentionally Incompetent, those who refuse to get
training for fear of demonstrating their incompetence to others.
     Unconsciously Incompetent, those who don't know what they
don't know, because of lack of training or poor training.
     Consciously Incompetent, those who know that they need training.
     Consciously Competent, those who know what they are
supposed to do, but have to think about everything they
do in order to do it correctly.
     Unconsciously Competent, those who have practiced enough to
automatically do everything correctly without conscious thought,
thereby allowing their conscious mind to work on the immediate
problems at hand.

How to Increase Your Situational Awareness
https://spotterup.com/increase-situational-awareness-6-tips-safer-arminius-tribe/

***** Tactics *****

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

You Need to Get Serious About Your Everyday Carry
https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2018/05/pat-mcnamara-edc-kit-everyday-carry/
Excerpts:
     This [knocking someone out] can be done quickly,
spontaneously and without telegraphing.
     Just because you own a gun does not mean that you are armed.
As a matter of fact, if you are carrying, especially if you are
“open” carrying, without education of the law or without training,
then you are more of a liability than an asset. Get the proper
training, take the proper classes, and carry legally without
being an “open carry” douchebag.

Audacity wins.
-- Carl von Clausewitz, "On War" (Vom Kriege),
my translation from the German, this is in the
tactics section because as a matter of fact
I do have the context right

***** Techniques *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

7 Pistol-Shooting Tips For People With Arthritis
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/5/17/7-pistol-shooting-tips-for-people-with-arthritis/

Thumb, Finger, Anchor . . . H-o-l-s-t-e-r
https://www.corneredcat.com/thumb-finger-anchor-h-o-l-s-t-e-r/

Skill Set: Shooting Tempo
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/e51d1661-ab17-4151-90c0-5e3e96188caa

MANAGING THE INTERVIEW (interrogation): MANIPULATING NEEDS
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/05/managing-the-interview-manipulating-needs-.html

The "Time Out"; How to Get What You Want and Keep Status Sympathetic
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/05/the-time-out-how-to-get-what-you-want-and-keep-status-sympathetic-.html

Effects of Cant
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/5/24/effects-of-cant/
     "You won't find an article like this in a modern
gun magazine.  Now days the articles are all dumbed down." 
-- Greg Ellifritz

***** Gear *****

As an aside, users of the T1/2 and H1/2 can
find 2032 batteries inside Hallmark
“Talking Greeting Cards,” when
“exigent acquisition” becomes necessary!
-- John Farnam

Which ammunition is right?
https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2018/5/7/which-ammunition-is-right/

33 New Concealed-Carry Guns for 2018
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/5/3/33-new-concealed-carry-guns-for-2018/

The Development of Personal-Defense Ammo
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/5/16/the-development-of-personal-defense-ammo/

Editor’s Notebook: Holster Selection
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/2ec53a60-aefa-4967-9ff4-373a68932aec
Excerpt:  The process interests me;
it’s more “how you found the answer,”
than “what is the answer?”

Ammunition Science: Cartridge Safety
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/5/23/ammunition-science-cartridge-safety/

Citizen Armor T-Shield Body Armor Product Review
https://www.concealedcarry.com/gear/citizen-armor-t-shield-body-armor-product-review/

***** Instructors *****

Post by Cornered Cat --
https://www.facebook.com/CorneredCatCCW/posts/1776033219156427
Excerpt:
Be prepared to ramp up, or ramp down, the pressure shooters
experience in your classes based on what you see of their
body language and skills as they work. Remember the goal
isn't just to provide pressure-for-pressure's sake, but to
help people learn how to *cope* with pressure so they
become strong and competent shooters regardless of the
stress they might experience. Although it can be fun to
provide interesting challenges, always keep your eye on
the ultimate goal -- to make strong and competent shooters
who can easily cope with anything you throw at them.

***** Pedagogy *****

In teaching, don’t criticize, condemn, or complain
https://blog.hsoi.com/2018/05/12/in-teaching-dont-criticize-condemn-or-complain/
     Claude Warner's comment,
     "As Instructors, we’re in the adult learning business.
The firearm is merely the tool that we use to facilitate
the learning."
     Excerpt:  Claude Werner often speaks that instructors
would gain a lot more spending a weekend in a Dale Carnegie
course than another shooting class. I’ll say it in my best
Morgan Freeman: “He’s right, you know”.

***** Education *****

What Do CDC’s Surveys Say About the Frequency of Defensive Gun Uses?
https://armsandthelaw.com/Kleck%20paper%20on%20SSRN.pdf

CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public,
Provides More Evidence That Plenty of Americans
Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns
http://reason.com/blog/2018/04/20/cdc-provides-more-evidence-that-plenty-o

     Americans spend 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year.
That’s 7 full 40 hour work weeks . . .
     In 2015 there were 14,862 murders in America,
that started in a vehicle
     In 2016 there were 115,000 murders and rapes in America,
that started in a vehicle
     Gun Road Rage is UP 250% (2014 to 2016)
-- Jacob Paulsen, President - ConcealedCarry.com (emailed newsletter)

Two Crazy Carjacking Attempts in Connecticut Back to Back | Active Self Protection
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=181&v=3guOsPSdjBE

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

Just One Life?
http://defense-training.com/2018/just-one-life/

“Crazy” People!
http://defense-training.com/2018/crazy-people/

Law of Self Defense Quiz
http://selfdefensequiz.com/
     At the end you will type in your email address
and they will send you the correct answers with
explanations.
     Yes, this is important.  You should take the
quiz and diligently study self defense law.

President Trump and V.P. Pence at NRA annual meeting in Dallas, TX
http://www.breitbart.com/2nd-amendment/2018/05/04/president-trump-nra-convention/
     The liberal media lied by saying the NRA forbade
their members from carrying guns during the speeches
of the President and Vice President.  The Secret Service
put that restriction on the audience, not the NRA. 
     I was wearing my pistol when Mr. Trump spoke
to us at the NRA annual meeting in Nashville, TN. 
And so was everyone else.
     President Trump said, there is nothing more
inviting for the criminal than a gun-free-zone sign.

"The ultimate infringement of you rights
is to be robbed, raped, or murdered".
-- jeb000001 (It's an online name of a Los Angeles Times commentator.)

Grandfather Sticks Out His Leg to Trip Armed Robber, Ending Police Pursuit
https://www.yahoo.com/news/grandfather-sticks-leg-trip-armed-181552768.html
     Bill minimized his risk of being sued by the armed
robber.  A smart hero.

Illinois counties form 'sanctuaries' for gun owners
to thwart state's push for gun control
http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2018/05/07/illinois-counties-form-sanctuaries-for-gun-owners-to-thwart-states-push-for-gun-control.html

The History of Ruger
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/5/3/the-history-of-ruger/

Unintended Consequences
http://defense-training.com/2018/unintended-consequences-2/
Excerpt: 
That landlord would probably be better-off if his
property were contaminated with plutonium!
[No, the attorney is not talking about lead. 
He's talking about a business.]

"When Sheepdogs with Fake Badges Make Poor Choices"
http://lawofselfdefense.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Expert-Report-PA-Storms-180321.pdf

Use of Force Continuums (and why they are legally nonsense)
https://lexipol.wistia.com/medias/vud1j81ypw

Women May Now Lead In Obtaining Concealed Carry Permits
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2018/05/14/women-concealed-carry-permits/

FBI Report Highlights Effectiveness of Concealed Carry
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/5/21/fbi-report-highlights-effectiveness-of-concealed-carry/
     Primary source,
https://www.fbi.gov/file-repository/active-shooter-incidents-us-2016-2017.pdf/view

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

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

How to Properly Apply and Store a Tourniquet
https://www.itstactical.com/medcom/medical/how-to-properly-apply-and-store-a-tourniquet/

Subduing a non-lethal opponent: 5 tips for effective ground fighting
https://sofrep.com/80595/subduing-a-non-lethal-opponent-5-tips-for-effective-ground-fighting/
1. Stay calm.
2. Conserve your energy. 
3. Control their hands and head. 
4. Think about your own body when looking for submissions.
5. Keep moving.

Here’s how to be happy in today’s crazy world:
    Connect With People: Just being around others isn’t enough.
Join groups that you share something with. You need to be
“in it together” to hit back when loneliness punches you
in the face.
    Connect With Your Intrinsic Values: More “flow” and fewer
selfies. More doing what you love because you love it. Chasing
status doesn’t lead to lasting happiness; it puts happiness
outside your control.
    Connect with Nature: Go outside for a reason other than
to pick up that box from Amazon.
-- Eric Barker, https://www.bakadesuyo.com/about/

13 Things to Remember When You Land in a New Country
https://www.bemytravelmuse.com/what-to-do-when-you-land-in-a-new-country/

***** Basics *****

How to Safely Reholster Your Handgun
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/4/30/how-to-safely-reholster-your-handgun/

Concealed-Carry Basics: Tips From a Professional
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/5/15/concealed-carry-basics-tips-from-a-professional/

Video: Is A Full-Sized Pistol The Best Training Option?
https://gundigest.com/gun-videos/gundigest-tv/video-is-a-full-sized-pistol-the-best-training-option

Trigger Control For Better Shooting
https://www.concealedcarry.com/training-2/trigger-control-better-shooting/

***** Miscellany *****

     Last weekend the Tennessee Department of Transportation
closed a section of I-40 in the northern part of the loop
around Nashville to make bridge repairs.  No traffic on
on-ramps, off-ramps, or I-40 in both directions.  Skateboard
heaven!  Yes, I am that skater boy.

     I just got back from searching for a dead baby in Dickson
County, Tennessee.  There were 400 civilian volunteers and
200 law enforcement volunteers searching for the remains or
evidence in the fields and forest from 0 to 75 feet off of
a dirt road by the perpetrator's house.  My team found a handgun
and some small bones.  The other teams found all kinds of stuff. 
Don't know if anyone found anything connected to the victim
of interest.  Lots of volunteers suffered dehydration and
heat exhaustion, even though the support staff did an excellent
job of keeping everyone supplied with ice cold water, fruits, and
lunch.  They even had porta-potties on a trailer that they towed
around with the Chaplain's pickup truck.
     If you don't maintain your physical fitness you won't
be helping.  Someone will be calling an ambulance for you.

     If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.  The lesson
plans constantly change as I take courses,
communicate with other instructors,
and stay abreast of best practices.  I have changed
and added a lot from the 2018 Tactical Conference.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor
(also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection) 
Front Sight Line Coach (Handgun) 
Rangemaster Instructor (Pistol)
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Tuesday, May 1, 2018

CWP, 1 May 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     Jesus of Nazareth told His disciples, and He
tells you, to keep and bear arms.  And if you don't
have arms, sell your coat and buy arms.  Book of
Luke 22:36.  So, anyone who infringes upon your
right to keep and bear arms is working against God. 
     Excerpts from Bill Jordan's book "No Second
Place Winner" are interspersed below.
     I donated $55 to Miss Kystie's legal defense fund.
https://www.gofundme.com/kystie039s-best-defense
She defended the life of a conservation officer by
shooting and killing the assailant, and is being
sued for her heroic behavior.

***** Mindset *****

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

Complacency kills.

Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
http://defense-training.com/2018/theodore-roosevelt-jr/
     Always lead by example, especially your children.
Interesting that John quotes Admiral Hopper, a computer scientist.
Computer scientists make the best leaders.  There is a bridge on
the Charleston (South Carolina) Naval Weapons Station named after her.
She gave me a piece of wire the length of which was the distance
that light (or an electrical signal) would travel in a nano-second.

Profound misunderstanding of David vs. Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ziGD7vQOwl8

     "Nothing he can buy from a life insurance firm takes
the place of his ability to shoot fast and accurately.
. . .
The kind of life insurance he can buy with competent gun
handling ability is obviously much more practical."
-- Bill Jordan

     "A competitor in a pistol match, conventional or combat style,
would be thrown off the line for unsportsmanlike conduct if he
tried to take an unfair advantage to himself.  We would all feel
that his actions were deplorable, and that his punishment was
justified.  This is an attitude which much be quickly and firmly
suppressed in mental conditioning for combat.
. . . "
-- Bill Jordan

     ". . . with enough determination you can win even when you
appear to be losing -- just keep shooting!"
-- Bill Jordan

Notice your thoughts.  You are not your thoughts. 
You are the one noticing your thoughts.
-- Kristen Frick

6 Terrible Reasons To Not Carry Concealed
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/4/4/6-terrible-reasons-to-not-carry-concealed/

Self-Defense: Developing A Combat Mindset
https://gundigest.com/handguns/personal-defense/self-defense-developing-a-combat-mindset

***** Training *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

Work in Progress (It’s Okay . . .)
https://www.corneredcat.com/work-in-progress-its-okay/
Excerpt:
And that’s yet another reason I am such a strong advocate
of truly excellent training from the very beginning — because
it is often far less work in the long run.

Safety Not Guaranteed: VEHICLE TACTICS with JOHN FARNAM
https://civiliandefender.com/2018/02/15/safety-not-guaranteed-vehicle-tactics-with-john-farnam/

The left and right side of your body are sisters. 
They are not twins.  -- Kristen Frick

Effects of exercise on your brain
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BHY0FxzoKZE
(It's a TED talk.  You don't have to slog through heavy reading
in a peer reviewed journal.)
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology,
Center for Neural Science at New York University.
1.  Immediate effects such as improved reaction times.
2.  Long lasting effects, change of brain anatomy and physiology.
3.  Protective effects, against neuro degenerative diseases.
How much exercise?  30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week.
Excerpt:
"Exercise will protect your brain from incurable diseases."

     "If anything instructive has been written on the subject
of gunfighting, not as a game but as a grim reality, it has
remained obscure.  There are probably several reasons for this
omission: among them a natural reluctance to write of the
particulars of such a bloody business, aggravated by a ridiculous
taboo against any suggestion in writing that a handgun might
be used for another purpose than punching neat holes in a
paper target.  A more likely reason for this dearth of material
on the subject is that combat has no rules and no clear-cut
pattern which can be reduced to essentials and set up in
training formula.  There is no manual for gunfighting. 
. . .
     Each fight is different and the officer must react
differently -- and always correctly -- to each.  These reactions,
even if proven correct by their success, are not always logical
appearing.  At times the right action is 'sensed' against all
logic and the wise man follows his hunch and lives.  Instinct,
born of a terrible desire to survive, takes over; perceptions
are sharpened and the right move is taken because of subconscious
reactions; the result of these abnormally sharpened perceptions." 
-- Bill Jordan

     "A question often asked of themselves by young officers is,
'How will I comport myself in the face of fire?  Will I stand up
or will I break?'  On the surface this would appear to be a
question which can be answered only if it becomes an actuality. 
As a matter of fact the answer can be given with very little
change of error.  Almost invariably a man, provided he does not
have too much time to think, will automatically do what he has
been trained to do.  Again provided that his training has been
thorough and intensive."
-- Bill Jordan

Make the First Shot Count
https://www.swatmag.com/article/frontline-debriefs-make-first-shot-count/
Excerpt:
Train to ensure that the first shot out connects.
Train to a nominal number of rounds downrange to
resolve any given situation. Train to evaluate
what works and what doesn’t.

The Do’s and Don’ts of Handgun Shooting for the Cross Dominant
http://www.recoilweb.com/the-dos-and-donts-of-handgun-shooting-for-the-cross-dominant-136222.html
Excerpt:
If you’re concerned about your vision you may want to talk to your
optometrist or ophthalmologist about your shooting and what your
eyes are expected to do in that process. This may help guide your
corrective lens prescription or identify other hindrances to your
vision.
     Yeah! Melody!

Concealed Carry: 10 Mistakes to Avoid
https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2018/4/19/concealed-carry-10-mistakes-to-avoid/

Sheriff's Tips: The Failure Drill Revisited
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2018/4/16/sheriffs-tips-the-failure-drill-revisited/

5 Self-Defense Tips for Women
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/4/26/5-self-defense-tips-for-women/

***** Tactics *****

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

Pressing the fight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w410ZELZWSI

***** Techniques *****

Ernest Langdon explains efficient presentation to the target
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=382&v=WS7dgN8iu6Y

     "If you get in a gunfight, don't let yourself feel rushed. 
Take your time, fast."
-- Captain John Hughes of the Texas Rangers

The Dichotomy of Speed
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/04/the-dichotomy-of-speed.html
     Being deliberate, as opposed to fearful.
     Actually, the statement is,
Slow is smooth.  Smooth is efficient (no wasted motion).  Efficient is fast. 

     "Before hostilities are opened, never make a threatening
motion without carrying it through.  It may trigger you
opponent's reflexes and you will find yourself left at the gate. 
On the other hand, even if he starts first, there is a good chance
that he will hesitate.  You keep a-coming and maybe you can take
advantage of that hesitation and catch up enough to get there
first.  It doesn't pay to give up."
-- Bill Jordan

Sight movie –
     "Sight picture" is a misnomer.  You will never get a static picture. 
You will always have a moving picture, that is a movie.
Place the top of the front sight on the center of mass of your target
(not the center of mass of the torso, the center of mass of your intended target). 
Hard focus on the front sight (see the serrations and scratches on
your front sight).  If you are focused on the front sight, you know
where the pistol is pointed.  If you are focused on the target,
you are not concentrating on the front sight and it will wander
off on you.  You won’t notice it because you are concentrating on
what you’re focused on.  And you won’t hit what you think you
are aiming at.
     Perform reverse sight picture drill with a dummy gun. 
Aim at the center of the instructor's pupil.  The instructor will
be able to see if you are aligning the sights correctly.

Overcoming Handgun Wobble Every Time
https://gundigest.com/handguns/video-overcoming-handgun-wobble-everytime
     This is actually quite deep.

Skill Set: Shooting Tempo
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/e51d1661-ab17-4151-90c0-5e3e96188caa
Excerpt:
When you do miss it’s because you fired too fast.

***** Gear *****

I always carried my backup gun in the front vest
pocket of my body armor.  An ankle holster is
unrealistic.  You won't be able to get to it in
time.  -- Mike Price (retired police officer)

Concealed Carry: 10 Pieces Of Gear To Avoid Like The Devil
https://gundigest.com/handguns/concealed-carry/concealed-carry-10-pieces-gear-to-avoid-like-the-devil

Pistol sights under various lighting conditions
http://www.jwramp.com/news/pistol-sights-under-various-lighting-conditions
     Under low light conditions, the light on either side
of your front sight will become very thin or disappear
completely.  So, you won't be able to center the front sight
blade in the rear sight notch.  So, you have to machine out
the rear sight notch to make it wide enough to allow you to
see light on both sides of the front sight.

     John Farnam's Wal Mart test --
He only carries guns chambered for ammunition that Wal Mart carries.
     Consider this.  If your chambering is so exotic that Wal Mart
does not carry it, how are you going to get ammo during the Zombie
Apocalypse?

***** Instructors *****

Teaching Tips: Vocal Range Commands
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/teaching-tips-vocal-range-commands

Instructor Ethics 101
http://www.corneredcat.com/instructor-ethics-101/

What is Value
https://www.tridentconcepts.com/2018/04/28/what-is-value/

***** Pedagogy *****


***** Education *****

The Newhall Incident – April 1970
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2018/04/06/the-newhall-incident-april-1970/#more-155602

Setting the record straight on the Newhall Incident
https://www.policeone.com/officer-shootings/articles/5504658-Setting-the-record-straight-on-the-Newhall-Incident/
     I am guilty of telling this myth to
my students.  I won't let it happen again.
Or, maybe I will.  See excerpt below from
Bill Jordan's book "No Second Place Winner".

Training Scars
     ". . . Well, after the fight someone noted that McKone's
pocket was bulging and politely inquired as to what might be
spoiling the drape of his trousers.  Puzzled, Sam thrust in
an exploring hand.  The pocket was full of fired cases. 
During the fight, without realizing he was doing so, McKone,
an old reloader, had saved every empty."
-- Bill Jordan

     If you believe Hick's Law, too many choices slows you down. 
Hick, W.E. (1952), “On the Rate of Gain of Information”,
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 4, p11-26.
     If you belive Prof. Barry Schwartz, too many choices paralyzes you.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VO6XEQIsCoM
Schwartz is the Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and
Social Action, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College.
[Ya, he's a socialist advocating redistribution of wealth.
But, nobody's perfect.]
Excerpt:  The secret to happiness is low expectations.
     So, it is essential that you train to have a small
number of pre-programmed responses that you have practiced 
to the point of unconscious competence.

      Exploiting cognative vulerabilities.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOG65rSM5fA


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

Marijuana!
http://defense-training.com/2018/marijuana/

Georgia sheriff warns visitors:
If you kill our citizens, they might kill you back
http://www.ledger-enquirer.com/news/local/article207925409.html

If I Ruled the World
http://defense-training.com/2018/if-i-ruled-the-world/

Criminal Justice
http://defense-training.com/2018/criminal-justice/

Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HpiZTvlWx2g

College Senior Stands by Decision to Pose with Gun in Her Waistband
http://www.breitbart.com/2nd-amendment/2018/04/10/college-senior-stands-decision-pose-gun-waistband/
     You ever notice that pro-gun conservatives are pretty
and anti-gun liberals are ugly?  I mean objectively.  It
can't be media bias, because most media is liberal anti-gun. 
So, you would expect the media to use pictures of the
pretty anti-gunners. 
Something fundamental is underlying this phenomenon.

Force Science News, April 17, 2018
Excerpts:
     A “20/20 hindsight analysis . . . in the peace
of a judge's chambers” is expressly forbidden.
. . .
     Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case,
Scott v. Henrich, (39 F3d 912, 914):
     "Requiring officers to find and choose the least intrusive
alternative would require them to exercise superhuman judgment.
In the heat of battle with lives potentially in the balance,
an officer would not be able to rely on training and common
sense to decide what would best accomplish his mission."
     "Instead, he would need to ascertain the least intrusive
alternative (an inherently subjective determination) and
choose that option and that option only."
     "Imposing such a requirement would inevitably induce
tentativeness by officers, and thus deter police from protecting
the public and themselves. It would also entangle the courts in
endless second-guessing of police decisions made under stress
and subject to the exigencies of the moment."

A Bright Spot in School Security
http://defense-training.com/2018/school-security-update/

Yeti Coolers Cuts Ties with NRA Foundation
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CodZnwdoRK8

Unpublished CDC Study Confirms over 2 Million Annual Defensive Gun Uses
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/21/unpublished-cdc-study-confirms-2-million-annual-defensive-gun-uses/

Illinois County Declares Itself a ‘Sanctuary County’ for Gun Owners
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/20/illinois-county-declares-itself-a-sanctuary-county-for-gun-owners/

Nashville Mayoral Candidate: One Armed Patron Could Have Made a Difference at Waffle House
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/23/nashville-mayoral-candidate-one-armed-patron-made-difference-waffle-house/
     I sure hope this Black Conservative Lady wins. 
(Our last Mayor, a flaming liberal, plead guilty and resigned.)

Man Who Wrestled Gun Away from Waffle House Shooter Raises over $45,000 for Victims’ Families
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/04/23/man-wrestled-gun-away-waffle-house-gunman-raises-45000-victims-families/
     Ya, I donated $55 to this one too.

‘I Just Wanted to Live,’ Says Man Who Wrested Rifle From Waffle House Gunman
https://www.nytimes.com/2018/04/23/us/waffle-house-hero-james-shaw.html

Attorney Found Guilty in NYPD Gun Licensing Bribe Conspiracy
https://www.law.com/newyorklawjournal/2018/04/24/brooklyn-attorney-found-guilty-in-nypd-gun-licensing-bribe-conspiracy/
     This is the result of a corrupt system.  Constitutional
carry eliminates this problem.  (Shall issue would also
have prevented this.)

British Politicians Declare War on Knives
http://reason.com/archives/2018/04/24/londoners-embrace-knife-control

CDC Buried Data Supporting Defensive Use of Firearms
https://www.thenewamerican.com/usnews/crime/item/28829-cdc-buried-data-supporting-defensive-use-of-firearms

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

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

Strong Reminder to Stay in the Fight Even When Hurt
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U3tXODzoGiY
     Initial viewing of the videos from the body cams
is chaotic and difficult to follow.  That's reality. 
Fortunately the narrator breaks down the action and
analyzes it for the audience.

5 Things You Need To Know About Emergency First Aid
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/4/18/5-things-you-need-to-know-about-emergency-first-aid/

How to Escape and Evade a Tracker
https://www.artofmanliness.com/articles/how-to-escape-and-evade-a-tracker/
     Ya, I know.  I've been through those schools too.  Don't send comments.
Remember all that stuff was classified.

***** Basics *****

Handgun Basics: How To Grip a Pistol
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/4/26/handgun-basics-how-to-grip-a-pistol/

Concealed Carry Options for Women
https://www.propper.com/blog/concealed-carry-for-women/

10 Right Things To Do For CCW
https://americanhandgunner.com/10-right-things-to-do-for-ccw/
By Ralph Mroz (not Roy Huntington, Roy did the video)

Survival Weapons: The AR-15 and Its Derivatives
http://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/2018/04/survival-weapons-ar-15-and-its.html
Excerpts:
Typically 1:9 (one rotation in 9 inches of barrel length) will stabilize bullets in the range of 45-75 grains.
Typically, 1:8 will stabilize bullets in the range of 50-80 grains.
Typically, 1:7 will stabilize bullets in the range of 55-85 grains.

***** Miscellany *****

     If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.  The lesson
plans constantly change as I take courses,
communicate with other instructors,
and stay abreast of best practices.  I have changed
and added a lot from the 2018 Tactical Conference.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor (also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection) 
Front Sight Line Coach (Handgun) 
Rangemaster Instructor (Pistol)
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Friday, April 6, 2018

CWP, 6 April 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I just got back from the 2018 Tactical Conference
in Little Rock, Arkansas.
http://rangemaster.com/2018-tactical-conference/
I highly recommend you attend next year outside of
New Orleans, Louisiana.  It will sell out 6 or 7
months in advance of the March 2019 date. 
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rangemaster-tactical-conference-2019-new-orleans-tickets-44537121730
     Take the "Concealed Carry and the Modern Women"
class by Tatiana Whitlock.  www.TatianaWhitlock.com
It's packed with useful information, not just for
women.

***** Mindset *****

Thoughts from Lee Weems. (expanded for clarity by yours truly)
-
     In IDPA matches, they won't disqualify you for
sweeping the no-shoot targets with your muzzle. 
But, you should consider yourself disqualified,
because you have violated our safety rule, never
muzzle anything you are not willing to destroy. 
     If you think it's a game, it's a game, and
you will behave accordingly.  Which will lead to
tragedy.  Because you will behave in combat as
you have trained.  How else would you behave? 
Do you think you are smart enough and cognizant
enough to change things in the heat of combat to
override your training?
-
     Students ask me, "When can I shoot the bad guy?" 
That's the wrong question.  You have a gun, you can
shoot him anytime you choose to.
     So, they ask, "When may I shoot the bad guy?" 
Meaning, when am I legally justified in shooting? 
But, that's still the wrong question.  In my state,
you are legally justified to use deadly force to
prevent death, serious bodily injury, or a capital
felony.  If I grab a guy by the arm and move him
a few feet, I've technically committed kidnapping. 
If you shot me for that, would you have problems? 
You bet. 
     So, you should be asking, "When must I shoot?" 
-
     You must strive to avoid shooting the bad guy,
because you will spend $30,000 on a completely justifiable
clean shoot.  If you are prosecuted, you will spend
$100,000 before your case goes to trial. 
     Not all magistrates are capable of granting bond
for a serious felony charge.  So, you may have to wait
for a higher level judge to show up in your district. 
You could be in jail awaiting a bond hearing for 21 days.
-
[All misquotes, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations
are the fault of Jon Low.]

Thoughts from Tatiana Whitlock (paraphrased by yours truly)
     You train and practice for the ones who love you.
     Your training and practice will cause you to
exude confidence.  No, as a matter of fact, you can't fake it.
[All errors are the fault of Jon Low]

How To Cultivate A Presence Of Mind That Will Counter-Balance Fear
http://www.combativemind.com/2013/03/17/how-to-cultivate-a-presence-of-mind-that-will-counter-balance-fear/

Debate
http://defense-training.com/2018/debate/
     It is true that we are never interviewed by the liberal
media.  And if by accident we are, the interview is never
broadcast on their channels.

Self-Defense Tips: Living In "Condition Yellow"
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/3/21/self-defense-tips-living-in-condition-yellow/
Excerpt:
     The more that we are in a state of relaxed awareness,
the more problems we can avoid entirely. Criminal attacks,
car wrecks, even traffic tickets, are really nice things
to avoid completely.

***** Training *****

Technical excellence supports tactical success.
-- Gabe White

The better your skills, the better your decisions.
(Because you don't have to think about what you are doing.)
The expert has automatic use of his tools.
-- Lee Weems

Thoughts from Kevin Davis (paraphrased by yours truly)
     Breathe, reduce your stress, focus on your task.
     Don't make a statement to the police until after
at least one sleep cycle.  Your attorney must be
present for the interview.
     Do random training to know your non-primed reaction
times.  Reacting to unplanned stimuli is different from
reacting to the beep of the timer that you know is
coming in a few seconds.
     Learn the pre-assault cues.  If you don't know
them, you will be taken by surprise.
     Subscribe to the
http://www.forcescience.org/
newsletter.
[All errors due to Jon Low.]

Thoughts from Massad Ayoob (paraphrased by yours truly)
     A person can turn 90 degrees in 1/4 second. 
A person can turn 180 degrees in 1/2 second.  So,
shooting a person in the back is reasonable, as
everyone is moving in combat.
     Reaction time to anticipated stimuli is about
1/4th of a second.  Reaction to unanticipated stimuli is
about 3/4ths of a second.
     Only 1% take training beyond the CCW.
[All errors due to Jon Low.]

Thoughts from Tom Givens (paraphrased by yours truly)
     You should ask:
Is this training useful?
Is this training simple?
Have these techniques been tested under duress / extreme
conditions?
Are these techniques proven by prior use?
     Instructors should teach their students what
they need, not what they want.
     We are all prisoners of our experience.
[All errors due to Jon Low.]

Situational Awareness for Concealed Carry
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/situational-awareness-for-concealed-carry

Suarez Pistol Kata - "Diagonal Lines"
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/03/suarez-pistol-kata-diagonal-lines.html
     Notice that he uses a retention Sul position when
moving around and not wanting to muzzle anyone.  Notice
that he uses one hand when the position of the target
makes it impossible to use two hands.  Yes, he could
have turned his whole body, but that is much slower;
and may not be possible.

Hi You All,
     I have purchased my ticket to the
2019 Tactical Conference ($413)
Friday, March 15, 2019, 8:00 AM to Sunday, March 17, 2019, 5:00 PM CDT
Nolatac Training Center
11075 Nicolle Blvd
Westwego, LA 70094
https://www.eventbrite.com/e/rangemaster-tactical-conference-2019-new-orleans-tickets-44537121730
    I hope you will be going.  This conference is by far the best and most
self defense training for the money anywhere in the country.
Take a look at this year's schedule of classes:
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/03/Tac-Con-18-Brochure.pdf
Last year's schedule:
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/TacConf2017_Schedule_Full.pdf
We usually take different classes (there are 7 or so going simultaneously at any give time)
and then brief each other on what we learned at dinner.  Please join us.
     You can expect the conference to sell out by September 2018,
as this year's conference sold out in October last year. Every year
it sells out a month earlier.  I've attended for the past 3 years.
Cheers,
Jon

Dry practice with Spencer Keepers
https://www.facebook.com/groups/taccon18/permalink/2051680581780353/
Lessons learned:
It is extremely difficult to do anything requiring manual skill and talk at the same time.

***** Tactics *****

Two carjackings at the same location a few days apart
with very different outcomes. 
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=359&v=y1mvBfY0bNo
     Do not render first aid to the guy who just tried
to kill you!  Do not attempt to restrain the guy who
just tried to kill you!  Do not bend over to pick up
the other guy's weapon.  Kick it away from him, if you
feel you need to.  Stay away from the bad guy!

Skill Set: Custody
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/59520de8-10ea-44e8-8088-8e7b4934f058

***** Techniques *****

Behind The Wheel: Introduction
https://integratedsurvivalgroup.com/behind-wheel-introduction/

Practicing Awareness, An Interview with Claude Werner
https://armedcitizensnetwork.org/practicing-awareness

Ready Positions
http://www.guns.com/review/training-three-ready-positions-every-concealed-carrier-should-know/
     There is also a retention Sul position,
where the support side hand is in front of the pistol,
rather than behind the pistol.  So, both hands are
holding the pistol.  Much better for retention.

Testing Concealed-Carry Methods at Gunsite Academy
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/3/23/testing-concealed-carry-methods-at-gunsite-academy/
Excerpts:
     Ankle holsters, belly bands, and tactical t-shirts (the kind with a pistol pocket),
will usually just mean that you are carrying a gun that you can’t get to in time.
     Big guns are easier to shoot accurately, but more difficult to conceal.
Little guns are easier to conceal, but more difficult to shoot accurately.
     Too often, we are tempted to practice scenarios that just make us feel good
about the way we carry.

Take a second, save a leg
http://www.corneredcat.com/save-a-leg/
Excerpt:
Practice putting the gun away slowly, smoothly, and with full awareness
every time you have drawn the gun.

***** Gear *****

Notes from private lessons (Feb 2018)
http://blog.krtraining.com/notes-from-private-lessons-feb-2018/

G-Sight Laser Training Cartridges
Are well made instruments that fit in your chamber as would
a cartridge and emit a red laser when the firing pin strikes
it.  Useful for dry practice training.  I have used them and
they work well.
Use promo code, TACCON20
www.UTFHQ.com
     There is also much more you can do with it with your
smart phone and other equipment, but I haven't gotten that
far yet.

     The forward facing corner of the disassembly lever
of the Ruger American pistol has a sharp edge that might
bite you when racking the slide.  I have taken a metal
file and rounded it and smoothed it.  The metal part isn't
that hard and the modification does not affect anything
structural.  Applying WD-40 to the file and using a tooth
brush to keep the filings out of the teeth of the file
helps a lot.  American or European files cut on the
pushing stroke.  Japanese files cut on the pulling stroke. 
So, the file handles are built appropriately.

Thoughts from Tom Givens (paraphrased by yours truly)
     Revolvers are obsolete.  No one has ever successfully
reloaded a revolver in a close quarter gunfight.
[All errors are the fault of Jon Low]

Thoughts from Chuck Haggard (paraphrased by yours truly)
www.AgileTactical.com
     Tasers are not stun guns.  Both are worthless.
     A sap is a good option, if it's legal where you
operate. 
[All errors are the fault of Jon Low]

BALLISTIC EYE PROTECTION:  What You Need To Know
https://www.swatmag.com/article/ballistic-eye-protection-need-know/

Flashlights!
http://defense-training.com/2018/flashlights/

"The Beretta APX is one of several excellent, modern defensive pistols,
including Glock, SA/XD, S&W M&P, FNS/509, Canik TP9SF/Elite, Walther
PPQ/PPSM2, SIG 320/365, Kahr PM9, H&K VP9, Ruger American, and CZ’s P10C."
-- John Farnam

3 Essential First Steps for a New Gun Owner
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/3/30/3-essential-first-steps-for-a-new-gun-owner/
     Now that you've field stripped your pistol,
you need to clean it (Yes, even if it is brand new. 
You need to get the grease, cosmaline, etc. off of all
surfaces.  That stuff is great for preventing rust
when the pistol is in storage, but may cause dents
in your bore if left in the bore when fired.  It
will also cause malfunctions if left in the trigger
mechanism.)

***** Instructors *****

Instructional Command Presence
http://lawofficer.com/archive/instructional-command-presence/

     You know you've made it, when your pastor
uses stuff from your Defensive Pistol course
in his sermons.

***** Pedagogy *****

Instructor Demonstrations
http://pistol-training.com/archives/7661

***** Education *****

Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 1: Training Organizations, Groups, and Individuals
https://gunculture2point0.wordpress.com/2018/03/04/protecting-houses-of-worship-part-1-training-organizations-groups-and-individuals/

Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 2: Other Resources
https://gunculture2point0.wordpress.com/2018/03/05/protecting-houses-of-worship-part-2-other-resources/

The EDC LifeStyle – Concealed Carry Concerns
http://www.gunsandammo.com/gear-accessories/the-edc-lifestyle-concealed-carry-concerns/

The Educational BeatDown
https://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2013/03/cofv10-educational-beatdown.html

Journal of the International Wound Ballistics Association (archives)
https://drive.google.com/drive/folders/0B_PmkwLd1hmbd3pWYVVJeGlGaFE

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

Tell 911 that it was self defense. 
Tell the responding officers that it was self defense.
     The trial court judge, the appellate court judges,
and the supreme court judges will think it strange
if you claim self defense at trial or on appeal, but
never mentioned it at the scene.  Or worse, were not
at the scene to claim self defense.
-- Andrew Branca
LawOfSelfDefense.com/show
Andrew has a great web broadcast every Wednesday at 13:00.

Cops Get Suspended for Responding to a School Shooting
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/cops-get-suspended-for-responding-to-a-school-shooting
     This is why cops don't go in to save the kid's lives. 
This is why you must be willing to.  This is why you
must never send your kids into gun-free-zones.

Thoughts from Skip Gochenour. (expanded for clarity by yours truly)
In the context of the aftermath of a self defense shooting.
-
     You have two opportunities to tell your story: 
when questioned by responding officers and at trial. 
     When talking to the responding officer you can
answer the questions you choose to and decline to
answer those you don't want to, and you may stop
talking at anytime.  The officer cannot say that you
refused to answer particular questions when he is
questioned at trial. [I don't remember the legal reasons that Skip gave.]
     At trial you have no control.  The prosecutor will
cross examine you.  And if you refuse to answer the
question, the judge will order you to answer the question. 
If you refuse to, the jury is going to think you are
hiding something, and that's going to make you look guilty.
-
     It's all about character.  If you have good character
and a reputation for having a good character, it's going
to be extremely difficult to convict you, so the prosecutor
probably won't waste the time and money.  Losing a case is
bad for his career and reputation.
-
     Prosecutors like to charge capital crimes that carry
the death penalty, because that requires a death qualified
jury.  They dismiss all the jurors that won't sentence to
death if convicted of the capital crime.  Such a jury is
seven times more likely to convict of something (possibly
a lesser included crime).
-
     When looking for an attorney to defend you in a self
defense case, find out if they have interviewed jurors
after their cases.  If they didn't care enough to do that,
consider someone else.
-
     Don't make the police hunt for you.  Be the first
to call the police.  Get an attorney and make a statement
with your attorney present.
-
     The AOJ (Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy) model
works well for sworn law enforcement officers,
but not so much for civilians.  A better model would be
ADEE (Avoid, Disengage, Evade, Escape).
-
     State laws vary as to what constitutes provoking
a lethal force confrontation.  People of good character
never provoke anything.
-
     Concerning imminent threat --
Immediate means happening now.  Imminent means
likely to occur at any moment; impending. 
Skip gave us an example where the jury interpreted
imminent to mean that if she did not shoot him
within the narrow window of opportunity that she
had, she would not be able to prevent her eventual
and inevitable torture.  Therefore, even though
there was no immediate or imminent threat, she
was legally justified in shooting him as he
lathered up in the shower, thereby killing him.
I will not relate the details of the incident,
because it was so depraved it gave me nightmares.
(This is also codified in state laws as the
Battered Spouse Syndrome.  But, Skip's example
was an extreme case of this self defense theory.)
-
[All misquotes, misunderstandings, and misinterpretations
are the fault of Jon Low.]

5 things to know about Md. SRO Blaine Gaskill
https://www.policeone.com/police-training/articles/472536006-5-things-to-know-about-Md-SRO-Blaine-Gaskill/

For gun owners, a core belief: guns make us safer
https://www.csmonitor.com/USA/Politics/2018/0322/For-gun-owners-a-core-belief-guns-make-us-safer

Andrew Branca's Law of Self Defense
Boxer's Bare Hands Qualify as "Deadly Weapons"?
https://www.patreon.com/posts/17892211
     There are links to the Minnesota appellate court ruling
and the Minnesota supreme court ruling at the bottom of the
article. 
     The significant thing for us is that trained responses,
such as two quick left hooks to the head, do not relieve you
of the responsibility to stop the use of force once the
threat stops.  That's why no legitimate gun school teaches
"Tap, Rack, Bang".  They teach "Tap, Rack, Assess". 
Because the shooting must always be an intellectual
decision, not a pre-programmed reflexive response.

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

Public Beggars!
http://defense-training.com/2018/public-beggars/

Beware of fake police
     Police: Ky. officer killed by cop impersonator
https://www.policeone.com/officer-shootings/articles/472924006-Police-Ky-officer-killed-by-cop-impersonator/
     Suspect in Ky. officer's death killed by authorities in Tenn.
https://www.policeone.com/officer-shootings/articles/472937006-Suspect-in-Ky-officers-death-killed-by-authorities-in-Tenn/

Survival Lessons From South of the Border
https://www.offgridweb.com/survival/survival-lessons-from-south-of-the-border/
Excerpts:
     For example, cartel members will dress as ICE agents to carry out abductions.
     Kidnappers dressing as military or local police is also very common.
     Training and equipment helps, but mindset is probably the most important factor.
Don’t give in to the kidnappers’ illusion that they’re in complete control,
and you are helpless to fight back.
     What factors make someone a target for kidnapping?
Signs of wealth, demonstrated by their possessions.
Their social media, either through demonstration of wealth
and status or establishing patterns of life and real-time
locations. It’s an open window into your daily life that
can be very easily used to target you. If the abduction
is ideologically motivated, expressions of your nationality
based on clothing, language, attitude, body language, etc.,
can also be a factor.
     A karate class or self-defense class isn’t enough.
Any sort of preparation of that nature has to include
the parents. People should know that kids playing hide
and seek are learning a survival skill.
     Include your kids in any kind of training,
like firearms or survival, so they can get experience
at a young age. There’s no such thing as an R-rated
abduction story for kids. . . . Evil has many faces,
and they’re usually pretty charming. It’s not about
fear mongering, they just need to be aware that those
things are real. Let them know the options, including
breaking somebody’s grasp. Above all, I think
situational awareness is the most valuable,
and easily teachable skill for children.
     [SERE stands for Survival, Evasion, Resistance and Escape.
Much of this training is classified.  So, you shouldn't
expect anything in the open source media to correctly
characterize this training.]
     . . . bartering and bribery are universal.

The Key To Your Survival When The Situation Seems Hopeless
https://www.thesurvivalistblog.net/the-survivorman-zones-of-assessment/

***** Basics *****

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

***** Miscellany *****

     If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.  The lesson
plans constantly change as I take courses,
communicate with other instructors,
and stay abreast of best practices.  I have changed
and added a lot from the 2018 Tactical Conference.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor (also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection) 
Front Sight Instructor (Handgun) 
Rangemaster Instructor (Pistol)
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Wednesday, March 7, 2018

CWP, 7 March 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

"When the Moment of Truth arrives,
the Time for Preparation has passed."
-- Mike Mercer

You Won’t Become A Better Tactical Marksman Until You Become A Stronger Tactical Leader
https://guerrillaapproach.com/you-wont-become-a-better-tactical-marksman-until-you-become-a-stronger-tactical-leader4/

Dirty Little Secrets
https://www.corneredcat.com/dirty-little-secrets/
Excerpt:
. . . you have the added burden of thinking
specifically about what it would mean to use
lethal force against someone you once loved,
or someone you used to be friends with, or
someone who might even be the father of your
own child. Maybe even someone you still love.
That’s not an easy thing to think about.
Yet think about it you must.

Louis Awerbuck: Training & Tactics
https://www.swatmag.com/articles/more-articles/louis-awerbuck-training-tactics/

Remember what the Beatles said (in their White album),
"Happiness is a warm gun."

4 Ways Having a CCW Made Me a Better Person
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/2/27/4-ways-having-a-ccw-made-me-a-better-person/

***** Training *****

     Take a yoga class weekly (at least monthly). 
No, I don't do it just for the scenery.  I actually
learn balance, relaxation (which is not natural),
flexibility, breathing (which is not instinctive),
and how to converse with vegetarians without
offending them.

     I highly recommend you take the MAG-20 Classroom
course.  This is half of the MAG-40 course.  The other
half is MAG-20 Live Fire.  You should do it now, while
Captain Massad Ayoob is still around to teach it.

Emotional Self Care
https://www.corneredcat.com/emotional-self-care-2/

Bank Robber Opens Fire
http://lawofficer.com/archive/i-learned-about-policing-from-that-bank-robber-opens-fire/
     This lady's firing side forearm was shot at the
beginning of the gunfight.  She then presented her
pistol from her retention holster, fired, cleared
a malfunction, fired, reloaded, and fired with her
support side hand only.
Excerpt: 
. . . I used to be the first one to complain about
having to go to the range or attend a training
session. Today, I firmly believe training is the
most important thing that will keep you alive.
Without the constant practice of clearing a jam
and quickly reloading a weapon, I probably would
not have been able to effectively clear my weapon
and perform the speedy reload I did during the
gunfight.

KILLING WITHIN THE LAW: MANAGING THE INITIAL POLICE CONTACT
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/02/killing-within-the-law-managing-the-iniial-police-contact.html

Deliberate Practice Makes Perfect
http://www.sensibleselfdefenseblog.com/2017/11/deliberate-practice-makes-perfect.html
     What does Mr. Lamberson mean by
"Seek Mentorship"?
     If you are not constantly asking your
coach questions and asking for help on
specific techniques, you are wasting your
time.

The Most Important Self-Defense Skills You Can Have
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/3/2/the-most-important-self-defense-skills-you-can-have/

***** Tactics *****

25 Gunfighting Stats Learned From Convicted Cop Killers
http://www.tierthreetactical.com/25-gunfighting-stats-learned-from-convicted-cop-killers/
Excerpts:
     16 of 43 offenders had received weapons training
(10 of those 43 were veterans of the US military.) 
[So, the other 6 had received firearms training in
the private sector.  Remember my previous blog post
on criminal organizations sending their people to you
for training?  Be careful.  Vet your students. -- Jon Low]
     Percent of legally acquired guns used by offender: 0%
     This fight is going to be won prior to shots being fired.

***** Techniques *****

Moving your pistol from one hand to the other.
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/pistol-hand-switching

     The same cartridge should not be loaded, unloaded, and reloaded
multiple times, as this can cause the bullet to get set back in the
case (causing dangerously high pressures when fired), and it can
cause the primer to crumble (causing the cartridge to fail to fire).
    Example web posting:
https://www.corneredcat.com/a-slight-setback/

Safe Re-Holstering Tips
https://gundigest.com/how-to/training/safe-re-holstering-tips
Excerpts: 
     DRAWSTRINGS ARE INCOMPATIBLE WITH HOLSTERED GUNS
AND UNSAFE TO WEAR WITH THEM! IF YOU CARRY A GUN,
REMOVE THE DRAWSTRINGS!
     THUMB ON HAMMER WHEN HOLSTERING.

When You Can’t Use Your Sights, Aim With Your Body
http://www.handgunsmag.com/tactics-training/when-you-cant-use-your-sights-aim-with-your-body/

***** Gear *****

What To Look For When Buying a Used Firearm
http://concealednation.org/2018/02/what-to-look-for-when-buying-a-used-firearm/

A very detailed 3D animation showing how the Glock 43 handgun works.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GLhKberihCs

"Defensive Shooting for Real World Encounters"
by Ralph Mroz
Excerpt:
     Every time I buy a new pair of dress shoes, they go
straight to the cobbler for rubber soles before I even wear
them. Even if I’m not carrying a gun while wearing them, I
may still get into an empty-hand self-defense encounter.
. . .
     A lot of gun people wear running
shoes with their jeans and gun. This is a bad practice.
Shoes designed specifically for running are constructed with
the outsole (the bottom sole) glued onto the shoe in such a
way that it accommodates running only. These shoes do not
allow for side-to-side or pushing-off type motions. If you use
running shoes for activities requiring this type of motion—
boxing, martial arts, etc.—you will sooner or later rip the
outsole off the shoe. I’ve done just that on heavy bag workouts.
Further, running shoes usually have very tacky outsoles,
making it easy to trip when moving sideways. For
casual wear, then, stick to cross-trainers, tennis shoes, or
basketball shoes.
. . .
     Food attracts insects, and money attracts human scum.
Dress down, or at least conservatively and plainly. If you
must gratify your ego by impressing someone with your
material wealth, have the grace and good survival sense to
do so in private. A good example of this is holster maker Jim
Murnak, who lives in New York City. He doesn’t carry his
belongings in a briefcase, but rather in a plastic shopping
bag. It’s not elegant, but it doesn’t attract muggers, either.
. . .
     If you carry a gun, you must carry a flashlight. If you
don’t carry a gun, then you really have to carry a flashlight.
If you’re not a cop the flashlight isn’t so much for tactical use
in a low-light shooting situation or to search a structure with;
it’s meant to blind an opponent by shining it in his eyes, and
it’s used to scan potentially dangerous situations before
entering them—such as approaching your car in a parking
lot. There are some excellent small, bright lights out there,
such as the Sure-Fire 6, 9, and 12 series. Don’t buy a cheap
light—lumens count here, and a small, ergonomic size means
that you will really carry it. Don’t leave home without one.
. . .
     It’s only common sense that if you need corrective lenses
to see, you’ll need them to shoot and fight. That lesson
was brought home tragically during the famous FBI Miami
shoot-out, in which one agent lost his glasses early on in the
fight and spent the time until he was killed looking for them.
Count on losing your glasses during the first second of an
encounter. If you need them to see or fight, then you’ll just
have to wear a retaining device (such as Croakies or Chums).
That’s not particularly elegant or always convenient, but
really, what other choice do you have? To not do so is to fool
yourself that you can survive.

"I get a surprising number of questions about stun guns. 
Quick answer?  Worthless."
-- Greg Ellifritz

You alone must clean your personal defense
weapon, load the magazine(s), or charge the cylinder
and recharge the arm. Never, under any circumstances,
allow anyone else to do any or all of these tasks. If the
arm leaves your possession for any reason, you must
recheck the system before using it. Trust me, I have
good reason for this absolute rule.
-- Walt Rauch

***** Instructors *****

Teaching Tip- Shooting Demonstrations
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/shooting-demonstrations

More Thoughts on Shooting Demonstrations During Training
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/more-thoughts-on-shooting-demonstrations-during-training#sthash.WtTyakxS.gbpl

"We teach what we want to know."
-- Yogini Kristen Frick

How Johann Sebastian Bach Taught His Students
4 simple methods every parent and teacher should know.
http://www.intellectualtakeout.org/blog/how-johann-sebastian-bach-taught-his-students

***** Pedagogy *****

     I have always found that, without the requiem
philosophical overlay, merely teaching people a series of
psycho-motor skills does little to enhance their survive-ability.
To most of the “grass-eater” people, victimization,
like cancer, is something that will probably get us
all at some point. They resist thinking about it because
they don’t want to go through the disciplined drudgery
of self-improvement. As trainers, we therefore must
spoon-feed them the hard, lumpy, bad-tasting medicine
of truth.
-- John Farnam

***** Education *****

How can you tell the difference between a SWAT raid and a home invasion?
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/how-can-you-tell-the-difference-between-a-swat-raid-and-a-home-invasion

Changes we’ve seen in firearms training over the last 40+ years
with Tom Givens
http://ballisticradio.com/2018/02/02/the-golden-age-of-self-defense-podcast-season-5-ballistic-radio-episode-239-january-28th-2018/

Free downloads from Gun Digest
https://gundigest.com/free

"Tactical Defensive Training for Real-life Encounters:
Practical Self-Preservation for law Enforcement"
by Ralph Mroz
and
"Defensive Shooting for Real-Life Encounters:
A Critical look at Current Training Methods"
by Ralph Mroz
     They are free online downloads.  But, the web sites
appear and disappear occasionally.  So, if you can't
find them online, send me an email and I will send you
a copy in PDF format.

Bullet Racing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zbtyaKAMDdk

Studying Violence | If You Don’t Want to Get Your Ass Kicked . . .
http://www.breachbangclear.com/if-you-dont-want-to-get-your-ass-kicked/

How Often Do Citizens Use Guns to Stop Violence?
https://www.justfactsdaily.com/how-often-do-citizens-use-guns-to-stop-violence/
     The real numbers from real data are staggering.

     I have many Marine Corps buddies who are
enforcement agents who work for bail bondsmen. 
If you get arrested and use a bail bondsman to help
you post your bail, don't run away.  Of course, we
good guys would never run away.  But, sometimes
people get scared and panic.  So, let me explain to
you why you should never skip out on a bail bondsman. 
     When the bondsman appears before the judge,
he can do one of three things: 
     Give you to the court. 
     Give his money to the court and then chase
others to recoup his loses.  (bad outcome, because
he will take your mother's house and leave her homeless)
     Give your death certificate to the court. 
Which do you think is easiest for the enforcement agent?

"Law of Self Defense LIVE Show" takes place every
Wednesday at 2PM Eastern time and runs about 30 minutes.
https://lawselfdefense.org/opt-in

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

"People mistakenly assume that their thinking
is done by their head; it is actually done by
the heart, which first dictates the conclusion,
then commands the head to provide reasoning
that will defend it."
-- Anthony de Mello

     This is why magazine limits is a bad idea.
https://www.facebook.com/groups/Hawaiiccw/permalink/1701998013156922/
     The home owner fired 40 rounds in self defense
against three assailants in a car who attempted a
drive by shooting.

Rangemaster Newsletter February 2018
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/02/2018-02_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
Excerpt:
According to the National Law Enforcement Officers Memorial Fund,
there are currently over 900,000 sworn law enforcement officers
in the US. The 66 murders of police officers represent a rate of
one murder per 13,600 officers. On the other hand, last year
there were at least 40,000 murders of private citizens.
That is a rate of one murder per 8,000 citizens. Although police
officers come into constant contact and frequent confrontation
with armed, violent criminals, they are murdered at a rate FAR
below that of the general population. Why? Because the police
are ARMED. Be like them. Be armed.

An Opinion on Gun Control, repost
http://monsterhunternation.com/2015/06/23/an-opinion-on-gun-control-repost/
     A point by point rebuttal of anti-gun arguments.

6 Reasons Your Right-Wing Friend Isn’t Coming To Your Side On Gun Control
http://thefederalist.com/2017/10/06/6-reasons-right-wing-friend-isnt-coming-side-gun-control/
     Logical rebuttal to emotional anti-gun arguments.

The Second Amendment Foundation (SAF)
https://www.saf.org/
     Our friend in the courts.

Tom Givens
February 16, 2018 A.D. at 11:26am
I have some ideas to prevent future school mass shootings. Here they are.
1. Pass a law against shooting innocent children for no reason.
Oh, I see, that’s already a death penalty crime in Florida.
2. Pass a law against taking a gun onto a school campus.
Oh, I see, that’s already a felony under Florida and Federal law.
3. Pass a law against selling a gun to a mentally ill person.
Oh, I see, that’s already a Federal felony if the person was adjudicated to be incompetent.
4. Pass a law requiring a background check before being allowed to buy a gun.
Oh, I see, that’s already a Federal law. Florida has a waiting period, as well.
5. Pass a law making it a crime to lie about your status on the background check form.
Oh, I see, that’s already a Federal felony.
6. Do away with idiotic gun free zones and allows adults to defend themselves.
That’s crazy talk!

Red Storm Rising!
http://defense-training.com/2018/red-storm-rising/
     Senator Joe Biden and the first President Bush
are primarily responsible for gun-free-zones, as
well as all of those who voted for the federal law. 
     All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones. 
Because there is no one in the gun-free-zone with the tools to stop the bad guy. 
     The purpose of gun free zones is to create unarmed victims for armed
criminals to prey upon.  This is used by liberals to advance their political
agenda, which includes criminalizing the behavior of their political opponents
such as gun possession. 

Slippery Slope!
http://defense-training.com/2018/slippery-slope-2/
     Remember how the Soviets used psychiatrists.

Report: Four of Sheriff Scott Israel’s Deputies
Waited Outside Douglas High During School Shooting
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2018/02/23/report-four-sheriff-scott-israels-deputies-waited-outside-douglas-high-school-shooting/

Broward sheriff's captain, Captain Jan Jordan gave initial
order to 'stage' not enter Stoneman Douglas High School
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/03/05/broward-sheriffs-captain-who-gave-initial-order-to-stage-not-enter-stoneman-douglas-is-idd.html

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

Political Agendas
http://defense-training.com/2018/agendas/

Saflok Hotel Safe Override
https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=86&v=De0D7otNxME

     All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones. 
Because armed criminals prefer unarmed victims.
Don't send your children into gun-free-zones. 

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

     Lock your doors when you are home. 
Lock your windows when you sleep. 
Criminals enter through unlocked doors and windows.
Reading police reports, you'll see it all the time.
-- Claude Warner

FREE Printable USGS PDF TOPO! Maps
http://www.natgeomaps.com/trail-maps/pdf-quads

Sheriff: Armed school resource officer "never went in" to building in Florida mass shooting
https://www.cbsnews.com/news/sheriff-armed-school-resource-officer-never-went-in-to-building-in-florida-mass-shooting/
     You are the first responder.  Expecting law enforcement
to rescue you is a false assumption.

***** Basics *****

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

***** Miscellany *****

Excerpts and comments on Ralph Mroz's books --
     The first time you feel the pain
and disorientation of a good head shot should not be on the
street when someone’s trying to kill you.
(This is why martial arts training such as boxing is so important.)
     I have had several students shoot dogs who
attempted to kill them.  You can tell the dog's
intention by the growl, as opposed to the bark. 
     Since you have read Ralph's books, you
may be wondering why I don't carry OC spray. 
Pepper spray has a very strong affect on me. 
I have run into many persons on whom pepper
spray has had no effect.  So, I don't carry it.
(If you spray someone, you can expect the wind to blow it back in your face.)
     Will, skill, and awareness.  (The software.)
     The Boward County Sheriff Deputies lacked
the will to attack.  So, they waited outside
while the bad guy killed the high school students
and teachers in the school building.
     Training will give you confidence. 
Confidence will allow you to believe that you
will win.  That belief will allow you to
attack.  The choice will always be yours. 
But, if you don't train, if you have no
confidence, you don't really have a choice.

     If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.  The lesson
plans constantly change as I take courses,
communicate with other instructors,
and stay abreast of best practices.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
NRA Instructor (Advanced Pistol, Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection) 
Front Sight Instructor (Handgun) 
Rangemaster Instructor (Pistol)
Jon_Low@yahoo.com