Friday, August 3, 2018

CWP, 3 August 2018 Anno Domini

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

***** Mindset *****

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

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

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

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

Five habits of responsible gun owners

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

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

Three Inviolable Rules of Trigger Finger Discipline

How to Draw a Gun From a Wheelchair

8 Competitive Shooting YouTube Channels You Need To Watch

3 Combat-Control Fundamentals for the Defensive Shooter

Learning Versus Training

If You Want to Carry, Take Time to Train

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

***** Tactics *****

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

Level Up: Driving 101 Introduction

Always Look for the Trailing Accomplice

Why the Knife for Self Defense?

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

***** Techniques *****

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

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

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

***** Gear *****

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

Get a Grip (Angle, That Is)

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

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

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

Concealed-Carry Holsters: Separating Good from Bad

***** Instructors *****

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

Teaching Tip- Coaching the Struggling Shooter

So You Think You're a Qualified Firearms Instructor

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

The Left Hand

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

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

***** Pedagogy *****

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

***** Education *****

Rangemaster newsletter

Gun Range Etiquette

Is Frangible Ammo Good For Concealed Carry?

Concealed Carry Laws In The United States

     Lots of good stuff at

Lots of good stuff at

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

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

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

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

Body Armor 101: What You Need to Know

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Pawn Shop Owner Kills Armed Robbery Suspect

BJJ Takes Down Convenience Store Robber, analysis by Andrew Branca

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

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

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

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

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

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

Where’s the Beef?

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

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

***** Basics *****

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

New to Concealed Carry

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

***** Miscellany *****

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

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

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


Jonathan D. Low

Sunday, July 1, 2018

CWP, 1 July 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

Happy Independence Day!

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

***** Mindset *****

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

Sheriff's Tips: Understanding Condition Red

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

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


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

To Build Influence, Master How You Enter a Room

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

COMBATIVE PISTOL: The Epistemology of Dave Spaulding

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

Instructor Defined

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

5 Reasons You Don’t Want Free Training

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

Breath: The Most Underrated Shooting Fundamental

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

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

Train to Fight: Solid Defensive Habits for the Armed Citizen

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

***** Tactics *****

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

***** Techniques *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

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

AIWB (Appendix, Inside the Waistband) Carry

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

Training Your Field of View

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

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


***** Gear *****

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

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

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

3 Things To Know About Wheelchair CCW

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

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

***** Instructors *****

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

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

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

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

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

The Undeniable Question

20 leadership tips for firearms instructors

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

Make It So

What is “Training”?

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

***** Pedagogy *****

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

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

To Build Influence, Master How You Enter a Room

***** Education *****

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

5 Essential Concealed-Carry Tips for Women

Interstate Travel: Understanding Article 926A of FOPA

Protect Your Home Against Burglars

Examining the gross versus fine motor skills debate

Brownells, Inc.

A fascinating blog

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


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

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

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

Illinois passes wide sweeping ban on semi automatic guns!

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

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

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

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

***** Basics *****

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

Tips for Starting to Carry

***** Miscellany *****

What's going on with the volcanoes in Hawaii?

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

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


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)