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.


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.

***** 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
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

***** 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)
     Mr. Farnam refers to a video,

“Learned” Fools

     Click on the page to get a larger higher
resolution graphic.
     We, computer scientists, love flow charts.

Will “Rules and Regulations” Save Us?
     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!

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.


    The following 3 articles relate to the same incident.


Lessons from a Negligent Discharge at MAG-40

What Do I Think About The ND (negligent discharge) At MAG-40?


Because these things do happen.
     And not just to other people.

5 Critical Mistakes Made by Defensive Gun Owners

Resistance is Never Futile

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
You don't train often enough, under stress,
from different positions.  Correct this.

Shooting Tips: The Importance of Balance

Video: Practicing Your Draw Without Unholstering Your Handgun

Self-Defense: Is Competitive Shooting Good Training?

Skills Check: Extended-Range Handgun Drill

Top 10 Drills to Improve Your Shooting

Paul Howe - Rifle Loading Procedures
     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
     This is a training issue, not a gear issue.

5 quick and easy spec-ops trigger control tips for defensive pistol precision

No Time To Practice? Here’s 4 1-Minute Dry Fire Drills You Can Do In Your Car Or On A Plane

Video: Training Your Field of View

Sight Alignment

Getting The Most Out Of Your Upcoming Firearm Course

The 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

***** 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
     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

Thumb, Finger, Anchor . . . H-o-l-s-t-e-r

Skill Set: Shooting Tempo


The "Time Out"; How to Get What You Want and Keep Status Sympathetic

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?

33 New Concealed-Carry Guns for 2018

The Development of Personal-Defense Ammo

Editor’s Notebook: Holster Selection
Excerpt:  The process interests me;
it’s more “how you found the answer,”
than “what is the answer?”

Ammunition Science: Cartridge Safety

Citizen Armor T-Shield Body Armor Product Review

***** Instructors *****

Post by Cornered Cat --
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
     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?

CDC, in Surveys It Never Bothered Making Public,
Provides More Evidence That Plenty of Americans
Innocently Defend Themselves with Guns

     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 - (emailed newsletter)

Two Crazy Carjacking Attempts in Connecticut Back to Back | Active Self Protection

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

Just One Life?

“Crazy” People!

Law of Self Defense Quiz
     At the end you will type in your email address
and they will send you the correct answers with
     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
     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
     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

The History of Ruger

Unintended Consequences
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"

Use of Force Continuums (and why they are legally nonsense)

Women May Now Lead In Obtaining Concealed Carry Permits

FBI Report Highlights Effectiveness of Concealed Carry
     Primary source,

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

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

How to Properly Apply and Store a Tourniquet

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,

13 Things to Remember When You Land in a New Country

***** Basics *****

How to Safely Reholster Your Handgun

Concealed-Carry Basics: Tips From a Professional

Video: Is A Full-Sized Pistol The Best Training Option?

Trigger Control For 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.


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

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.
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.
     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

     "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

Self-Defense: Developing A Combat Mindset

***** Training *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

Work in Progress (It’s Okay . . .)
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

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

Effects of exercise on your brain
(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.
"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
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
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
     Yeah! Melody!

Concealed Carry: 10 Mistakes to Avoid

Sheriff's Tips: The Failure Drill Revisited

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

***** Techniques *****

Ernest Langdon explains efficient presentation to the target

     "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
     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
     This is actually quite deep.

Skill Set: Shooting Tempo
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

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

***** Instructors *****

Teaching Tips: Vocal Range Commands

Instructor Ethics 101

What is Value

***** Pedagogy *****

***** Education *****

The Newhall Incident – April 1970

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.
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.

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


Georgia sheriff warns visitors:
If you kill our citizens, they might kill you back

If I Ruled the World

Criminal Justice

Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight

College Senior Stands by Decision to Pose with Gun in Her 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
     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

Yeti Coolers Cuts Ties with NRA Foundation

Unpublished CDC Study Confirms over 2 Million Annual Defensive Gun Uses

Illinois County Declares Itself a ‘Sanctuary County’ for Gun Owners

Nashville Mayoral Candidate: One Armed Patron Could Have Made a Difference at 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
     Ya, I donated $55 to this one too.

‘I Just Wanted to Live,’ Says Man Who Wrested Rifle From Waffle House Gunman

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

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
     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

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

Concealed Carry Options for Women

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
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.


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

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.
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.
     Take the "Concealed Carry and the Modern Women"
class by Tatiana Whitlock.
It's packed with useful information, not just for

***** 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

     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"
     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
[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
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

Suarez Pistol Kata - "Diagonal Lines"
     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
    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:
Last year's schedule:
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.

Dry practice with Spencer Keepers
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.
     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

***** Techniques *****

Behind The Wheel: Introduction

Practicing Awareness, An Interview with Claude Werner

Ready Positions
     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
     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
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)

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
     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)
     Tasers are not stun guns.  Both are worthless.
     A sap is a good option, if it's legal where you
[All errors are the fault of Jon Low]



"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
     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

***** Instructors *****

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

***** Education *****

Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 1: Training Organizations, Groups, and Individuals

Protecting Houses of Worship, Part 2: Other Resources

The EDC LifeStyle – Concealed Carry Concerns

The Educational BeatDown

Journal of the International Wound Ballistics Association (archives)

***** 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
Andrew has a great web broadcast every Wednesday at 13:00.

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

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"?
     There are links to the Minnesota appellate court ruling
and the Minnesota supreme court ruling at the bottom of the
     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!

Beware of fake police
     Police: Ky. officer killed by cop impersonator
     Suspect in Ky. officer's death killed by authorities in Tenn.

Survival Lessons From South of the Border
     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

***** 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.


Jonathan Low
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor (also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection) 
Front Sight Instructor (Handgun) 
Rangemaster Instructor (Pistol)