Tuesday, June 6, 2017

CWP, 6 June 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

“The pessimist complains about the wind. 
The optimist  expects it to change. 
The realist adjusts his sails!”
-- William Ward

Should You Act? - Get Involved Or Run Away?
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/05/should-you-act-get-involved-or-get-away.html

Skill Set: Relationships
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231771

The Warrior Lifestyle
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/05/the-warrior-lifestyle.html

No going back!
http://defense-training.com/2016/no-going-back/

John Farnam's blog
http://defense-training.com/quips/
     Always worth reading.

***** Training *****

Visual perception delay and its effect on shooting
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/visual-perception-delay-and-its-effect-on-shooting/law-enforcement-defense-security

***** Tactics *****

Concerning the bombing in Manchester England
http://defense-training.com/2016/todays-events/

***** Techniques *****

Spot shooting
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/spot-shooting-part-ii/

Close Quarter Pistol: Keeping Your Gun in the Fight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZH9WctkuwLA

Tactical Tip: Modified Prone Position
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3KdHceALpSw

Tactical Breathing: Control Your Breathing – Control Your Mind
https://thearmsguide.com/14086/tactical-breathing/

***** Gear *****

Bill asks,
---
Hi Jon,
     All the flashlights I am finding for
$50 or less with a tailcap switch use
that switch for both momentary on and,
with a firmer push, constant on.  Is
this acceptable?  Example: the
Streamlight ProTac 2L 350 lumen model.
     Seemingly, all lights that are
otherwise acceptable have 3 modes of low,
high, and strobe.  This function
is also "programmable" through the tailcap.
How do you feel about this?
---
Hi Bill,
     Yes, that is acceptable.
     Programmable flashlights are not necessary. 
You will find that you will program to the simplest setting.
     We have to keep things simple.  Because in a high
stress situation, easy things become difficult and
difficult things become impossible.  And Hick's Law says,
the fewer choices you make, the faster you go; and the
fewer options you have to decide from in each choice,
the faster you go. 
Hick, W. E., “On the Rate of Gain of Information”,
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,
Vol. 4, p11-26, 1952.
     So, press-on, release-off is good.  Anything more
complicated than that is bad.
Cheers,
Jon

***** Instructors *****

     Vicki Farnam and Diane Nicholl recommend that you ask
women in your long gun classes if they have metal or
plastic tabs on the front straps of their bras. 
If these are under the butt of the long gun when fired,
they can cut the skin.

Vocal Executive Presence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=02EJ1IdC6tE

***** Pedagogy *****

Trainer Standards
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2017/05/21/standards-part-viii-trainer-standards/
Excerpt:
     To paraphrase Tom Givens
‘You don’t get to choose when you’re going to
have to defend yourself, the criminal does.
And they are only going to notify you at the
last possible moment.’

     In a classic research-based TEDx Talk,
Dr. Lara Boyd describes how neuroplasticity
gives you the power to shape the brain you
want.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LNHBMFCzznE
     Oh, so true. 
     Prof. Lady (University of Hawaii, Math
Department) advocated the struggle.  So, he
would never give us the answers.
     10,000 hours.  How many have you executed?
     Strive to match teacher to student.  Teachers,
adapt to your student.

***** Education *****

Useful intellectual ammunition
http://crimeresearch.org/about-us/

The Sig Sauer Academy has a YouTube.com channel
with a lot of useful stuff.
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCvoH9K7l8MTVs6NO6KybLUA

***** Legal and Political stuff *****

Demand soars for concealed carry permits, data shows
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/05/22/demand-soars-for-concealed-carry-permits-data-shows.html

Lott: Police Commit More Gun Crimes
Than Concealed Carry Permit Holders
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/05/27/lott-police-commit-more-gun-crimes-concealed-carry-permit-holders/

You Can Get Charged With Murder (and convicted and lose on appeal)
For Defensive Gun Use -- Even In A 'Stand Your Ground' State (North Carolina)
https://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeleef/2017/05/21/you-can-get-charged-with-murder-for-defensive-gun-use-even-in-a-stand-your-ground-state/#77e9d63288a5

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


***** For Beginners *****


***** Miscellany *****

Ana Vidovic playing Altiplanos by Pierre Bensusan
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=d2a_yfT84KQ
     She's from Croatia.  Croatia makes a great pistol
(the Springfield Armory XD).  And she's playing in a
church here in Nashville.

     My friend, Tom,  is making a gun belt (with the
help of Terry and Edith of Triple J Leather in
Dowelltown, TN) by sewing two pieces of leather
around a piece of steel banding strap (the stuff you use
to hold crates together).  I'll let you know how it turns out.

     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Friday, May 12, 2017

CWP, 12 May 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

     Please attend the
Wilson County Friends of NRA banquet
SATURDAY, JUNE 3, 2017 5:30 PM
Wilson County Expo Center
945 East Baddour Parkway
Lebanon, TN 37087
     Tickets available at
https://www.friendsofnra.org/eventtickets/Events/Details/44?eventId=53577
or at the door.

***** Mindset *****

"At least once, everyone should have to run for his life,
so  he will know and understand that eggs don’t come from
stores, that safety does not come from police, and that
'news' is not something that happens to other people."
-- Robert Heinlein

Life and Death!
by John Farnam | 8 May 2017
http://defense-training.com/2016/life-and-death/
     Please read this and pass it along to your friends
and relatives.  We must win the culture war with truth. 
Otherwise, the enemy's propaganda will convince the
people that the government will protect them, so they
should not buy guns and get training.

Safety!
http://defense-training.com/2016/safety/

Success Story!!
http://defense-training.com/2016/success-story/

It's Personal!
http://defense-training.com/2016/its-personal/

***** Training *****

In The Land Of The Blind, The One Eyed Man Is King
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/04/in-the-land-of-the-blind-the-one-eyed-man-is-king-or-you-dont-know-what-you-dont-know.html

Combat shooting tips from Larry Bird (the basketball player)
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/combat-shooting-tips-from-larry-bird/law-enforcement-defense-security
     Focus on the fundamentals.

Negative Outcomes: Mistaken Identity Shootings
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231690

Skill Drills vs. Scenario Training
https://primaryandsecondary.com/skill-drills-vs-scenario-training/

Train Your Perception to Dominate Adversity
http://breakingmuscle.com/fitness/train-your-perception-to-dominate-adversity

Top 5 Shooting Mistakes Hunters Make (And How to Fix Them)
http://www.outdoorlife.com/top-5-shooting-mistakes
     It seems every problem can be solved with dry practice.

Julie Golob - 50-Round Drill
http://www.shootingusa.com/PRO_TIPS/JULIE2015-1-50Round/julie2015-1-50round.html

P&S Pistol Tac Reloads With Bill Blowers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1urNvj8l_L8
     He talks about a lot more than tactical
reloads.


***** Tactics *****

5 Fundamentals of Defensive Shooting
https://gundigest.com/tactical/5-fundamentals-of-defensive-shooting

***** Techniques *****

Bang - Click - Mush | Re-Functioning the Handgun
https://www.linkedin.com/pulse/bang-click-mush-re-functioning-handgun-mike-haytack
     Mr. Haytack recommends reinserting the same magazine
you just pulled out of the pistol when clearing a type III
malfunction (failure to extract the empty brass and the
pistol attempting to load a new cartridge into the chamber
with the spent brass still in the chamber).  I was taught
at Front Sight to dump the magazine in the pistol, because
it may be the cause of the problem.  Of course, you have
to have another magazine to insert into the pistol.

***** Gear *****


***** Instructors *****


***** Pedagogy *****

Teaching Tip- “I Can’t Do It”
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/teaching-tip-i-cant-do-it

***** Education *****

Rangemaster newsletter, May 2017
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/05/2017-05_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf

Malfunction Drills got a little too exciting
http://www.qsitraining.net/malfunction-drills-got-little-exciting/

THE FACE IS THE NEW TARGET
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/05/the-face-is-the-new-target.html
     ". . . have shot terrorist vests found here in the USA,
and every single one detonated on impact."
 
ALTERNATIVES TO THE FACE SHOT
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/05/alternatives-to-the-face-shot.html
     Your mission is to win the fight, so as to protect
yourself and your loved ones.  As they teach us in the
Marine Corps, do whatever is necessary to accomplish
the mission. 
     The aftermath is unfortunate.  That's why God
created attorneys.  Hire one and let him do his job.
     I know Marines who were court-martialed for
their combat actions.  I donated to SSgt. Wuterich's
defense fund.  (I will always refer to him as
Staff Sergeant.)  So, I know the aftermath is bad. 
     I have never faced the aftermath.  We always
just walked away and left the area (went home to
America) after the action. So, I cannot speak from
personal experience.  But, no matter how bad the
aftermath, it's better than being dead.

***** Legal and Political stuff *****

NRA Carry Guard
https://www.nracarryguard.com/
     I intend to take the three levels of courses and
have submitted an application to be an instructor.

     Our new research shows how concentrated murders are in the US.
The vast majority of murders in the US occur in just a tiny
percentage of counties. Most counties don’t experience any
murders. In 2014, 54% of US counties had zero murders.
69% had no more than one murder. More than half of the
murders in the US occur in just 2% of counties. Furthermore,
murders tend to be concentrated within relatively small
portions of those counties. The vast swathes of the
United States with no murders are also the areas where gun
ownership tends to be by far the highest.
http://crimeresearch.org/2017/04/number-murders-county-54-us-counties-2014-zero-murders-69-1-murder/
John R. Lott, Jr.
President
Crime Prevention Research Center
http://crimeresearch.org
johnrlott@crimeresearch.org
(484) 802-5373

Constitutional Carry State by State
https://www.concealedcarry.com/reciprocity/constitutional-carry-state-by-state/

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


***** For Beginners *****

Front Sight training video for beginners
in the lower right corner of this web page
https://www.frontsight.tv/#sample
     That waiver doesn't really make sense. 
No state allows you to contract against your
own negligence.
     Lots of useful information. 
Interesting left handed technique for locking
the slide of a semi-auto pistol.

Ten Things You Need to Buy With Your Handgun
https://www.concealedcarry.com/safety/ten-things-you-need-to-buy-with-your-handgun/

Six Items Every Gun Owner Should Have
http://dailycaller.com/2017/05/02/six-items-every-gun-owner-should-have-2/

An Amateur’s Guide to Carrying a Gun
https://chrishernandezauthor.com/2017/04/23/an-amateurs-guide-to-carrying-a-gun/
     Good advice for gun carriers as us.
     The bit about veterans is correct.  The U.S. Army
has laundry men, who run the field laundries to
keep everyone's clothes clean.  This is an essential
service to maintain troop health and moral.  But,
they have no combat training.  They have no firearms
training.  They are honorable men and competent
soldiers.  But, they are not combat operators.

***** Miscellany *****


     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Saturday, April 22, 2017

CWP, 22 April 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I have registered for the 2018 Tactical Conference,
http://rangemaster.com/2018-tactical-conference/
07:00 on 16 March 2018 to
17:00 on 18 March 2018 in
North Little Rock, AR at the
Direct Action Resource Center.
     You should register now, because every year it sells out
a month earlier than in the previous year.  The 2017
Conference sold out 6 months before the events.  For under
$400 for 3 days of intense, high information density,
useful training, it is by far the best training deal in
the country.  I love the conversations with the instructors
between the scheduled classes.  Everyone is so open and
willing to answer questions.
     I saw, Palmetto Gun Club Instructor Bill Hayes at
this past conference.

***** Mindset *****

     What wins fights?
"The will to win and execution of fundamentals."
-- Clint Smith
     As opposed to fancy stuff, taught in many schools to
entertain their students.  Because they want your
repeat business and they want you to tell your friends
how much fun it was.
     Gun schools that teach you to win in combat
are not adventure summer camps.  Drilling in the
fundamentals until you cannot do it wrong is tedious
and boring.  It takes determination and focus.
     G. Gordon Liddy would sign his letters to his
children with the complementary close, "Win".
(Liddy was not a very good intelligence analyst. 
He thought Sec. Alexander Haig was Deep Throat. 
It was actually Federal Bureau of Investigation
Deputy Director William Mark Felt, Sr.)

Firearm Training: Why Humility is Necessary
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/4/7/firearm-training-why-humility-is-necessary/

***** Training *****

How do you know if you’re getting good training?
https://www.agirlandagun.org/how-do-you-know-if-youre-getting-good-training/
     Have you noticed that most of the good gun schools
are run by students of Col. Cooper or students of
students of the Colonel?
 
     I teach self defense.  Self defense is combat. 
I have been in combat training.  Almost all persons
in our society have never been in combat training. 
How do you know if you are in combat training? 
You get dirty, you sweat, you get injured.  Because,
it is realistic and intense. 
     I love Front Sight.  I learned a lot there: 
safe gun handling, marksmanship, tactics, laws of
self defense, how to handle the aftermath including
the police and the justice system, etc.  I have taken
many friends and relatives to Front Sight.  Guys
will take their wives, girlfriends, and daughters
to Front Sight because the instructors are professional,
courteous, and there is never any foul language. 
As Dr. Piazza likes to say, Front Sight is a resort
for gun lovers.  You don't get dirty.  You don't
sweat.  You don't get injured. (Unless you shoot
yourself, which I have seen.) 
They do not do combat training.  None of the civilian
gun schools that I have attended do combat training.
None of the civilian law enforcement classes that
I have attended did combat training.  Police departments
are, in general, risk averse.  They have a very low
tolerance for injury in training.
     When I was at 1st Radio Battalion, Fleet Marine
Force Pacific, our detachment went to the California
deserts to support a combined arms exercise. 
One of the facets of intelligence is weather. 
We informed Lt. Gen. Klingston that the winds were
too high and advised him to postpone the jump. 
He rightly ignored us.  He ordered the 82nd Air Borne
to jump.  Every lieutenant on ever aircraft ordered
his soldiers to jump.  (If you're not willing to
give the order, you have no business being an
officer.)  They all jumped.  They suffered 3% casualty
and 1% fatality.  (My numbers may be wrong.  It was a
long time ago.)  In combat training, you suffer
training injuries.  This is necessary.  Failure to
train properly insures that everyone dies in combat. 
Proper training insures that not only do the soldiers
survive combat, but more importantly they accomplish
their mission.  We are not there to survive.  We
are there to win.
     Training injuries are common.  Training injuries
are normal.  In recruit training, we were on a run
and a Private collapsed.  The Corpsmen, who were
following us in a Jeep, picked him up, stuck an IV
in him, and drove him straight to Balboa
(Naval Medical Hospital).  He died.
     I don't train law enforcement Special Weapons
And Tactics persons.  I don't train military special
operations individuals.  They can take care of them-
selves.  I train young ladies and old ladies (many
with disabilities) because they are the primary
targets of criminals.  The problem is, the ladies
are extremely reluctant to engage in combat training. 
Some will drop out of the class, because "It's too
intense."  This usually refers to the lectures and
discussion in the classroom, not the physical
training.
     I once attended an ASSERT training class in
which a female had a bit of a break down.  I didn't
know how to help her.  I'm not a comforting,
hugging sort of person.
     I'm not writing this to offer solutions. 
I don't have any. I don't like the ones that I
been able to find in the literature.  I'm just
writing to let you know, you're not alone.  Yes,
it is difficult.  You have to keep trying.  You
have to keep encouraging your children to keep
trying.
     Some people survive, some don't.  Whatever
you have to do to survive is worth it.
     Surviving after you get punched without
warning and stomped by a bunch of predators,
is good. 
     But, the training allows you to avoid
the incident in the first place, or to
win the fight if you can't avoid it.  You'll
still get prosecuted and end up bankrupt, and
perhaps in prison.  But, you'll be alive. 
And if you've executed your fundamentals properly,
your attackers won't be around to prey on your
children or neighbors.  So, you will have
rendered an invaluable service to your family
and community. 
     In the end, we all answer to God.

"Negligent Discharge" by
Greg Ellifritz at
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-04_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
     This article is truth.  Just about all the
information on internet forums, TV shows, and
movies concerning police and firearms is false.

***** Tactics *****

SHOOT THEM IN THE CROTCH
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gE9qooFUqsk
     Because that's the first place your muzzle
will cover. (Because we all carry in a firing
side inside the waist band holster on a strong
belt, because we are all well trained and
intelligent.)  You need to be the first to get
a hit. 
     When I was in artillery, I actually wore
all of my armor including the crotch panel. 
(As a Staff NCO, I had to set the example for
my Marines.)  Most of the Marines did not. 
Criminals won't be wearing a crotch panel. 
So, your shot placement has defeated their
body armor.  As Mr. Smith says, level 2 body
armor is easily acquired online and lots of
criminals have used such armor.

Why IACP's recommendation on warning shots is a terrible idea
https://www.policeone.com/chiefs-sheriffs/articles/324035006-Why-IACPs-recommendation-on-warning-shots-is-a-terrible-idea/
     In most jurisdictions warning shots are
not legally justified.  You will be charged
with "assault with a deadly weapon", "terroristic
threatening", "reckless endangering", or
something like that.
     There is no place to safely aim a warning
shot.  Anything fired into the ground will
ricochet off the asphalt road, concrete sidewalk,
or rock in the ground and hit someone, maybe you. 
Anything fired into the air will come down with
near equal velocity as it came out of your muzzle
(gravity is a conservative field) injuring or
killing anyone it hits.
     The only places to aim a self defense shot
are center of mass of the threat, high thoracic
cavity of the threat, or cranio-ocular section
of the head of the threat.  Anywhere else
demonstrates a lack of training.  This does not
mean you are going to hit that area.  It just
means you will be able to justify your action
at trial.

***** Techniques *****

Trigger Stuff
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yVFHdH71hEg
The pre-ignition push. (Anticipating the recoil
and pushing against it.)  Defeated by the
surprise break.

***** Gear *****

Rangemaster newsletter
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/04/2017-04_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
     The article on shotgun ammo for self defense is important.

     Old infantry wisdom, carry extra ammo and extra water. 
You can drop everything else.
Raw Clint Episode 3
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mVG9D6IVpkQ&index=5&list=PLDhufOZjUdoV4qJFEMyyCrbUdJ6gOSgWg

Bullet Migration in 9mm Revolvers
http://defense-training.com/2016/bullet-migration-in-9mm-revolvers/
     Lesson learned, don't use 9mm ammo in revolvers.

***** Instructors *****


***** Pedagogy *****


***** Education *****

Know the Rules
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2017/04/05/standards-part-v-know-the-rules/
     You can't play any game without understanding the
rules first.  (Not just reading the rules.)
I learned this the hard way playing Monopoly with my
son-in-law.  I should have known he was a Monopoly shark
when I noticed that he had all of the cards in the game
memorized.
     Self defense is a game that you have to win,
because the stakes are so high. 

ANDREW BRANCA’S, “LAW OF SELF-DEFENSE LEVEL ONE CLASS.” A course review
https://revolverscience.com/2017/02/26/andrew-brancas-law-of-self-defense-level-one-class-a-course-review/
     I have taken Mr. Branca's level one and level two classes.  He also offers a
video simulator session that I have not yet taken.  The level one is the laws of
self defense in general in America.  The level two class is specific to your
state and the appellate court decisions that interpret the laws in your state.

Thunder Ranch - Defensive Tactics (PART 1)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=q0vLitHoRD4

***** Legal and Political stuff *****

Concealed Carry: After the Shooting
https://gundigest.com/handguns/concealed-carry/concealed-carry-after-the-shooting

What happens after the shooting.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pVeK5GXel58

North Dakota governor approves concealed guns without a permit
https://www.yahoo.com/news/north-dakota-governor-approves-concealed-guns-without-permit-195224219.html

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


***** Miscellany *****


     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Friday, March 24, 2017

CWP, 24 March 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
      I attended the Tactical Conference this past
weekend.  I relate some of the stuff I learned in
the following text.  All errors of misquoting,
incorrect paraphrasing, and misinterpretation are
mine alone.  I know my synopsis may not make
sense or seem contradictory.  But, I assure you
that the original lectures were logical and
extremely well done.

***** Mindset *****

Operation Tiger, April 1944
by John Farnam
http://defense-training.com/2016/operation-tiger-april-1944/

Rangemaster newsletter, March 2017
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/03/2017-03_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
Excerpts (paraphrased):
     Giving the bad guy a chance to surrender is not
required legally, and in my opinion, not required morally.
Commanding him to surrender only gives him an opportunity
to shoot you.  [Civilians have the best rules of engagement. 
When I was a Marine Corps military policeman,
we were required to say, "Halt. Military Police."  Before
using any force. -- Jon Low]
     When private citizens intervene, the average body
count is 2.33 victims, but when the police intervene,
the average body count is 14.29 victims -- because the
armed citizen with the gun is already there, but the cop
has to come to the scene.
     I would like to see your students have enough training to
recognize what shot they can make and what shot they
cannot make.
     The odds are, you will not hear the cops, not
because of auditory exclusion, but because of fire alarms,
screaming people, and that sort of thing.
-- Tom Givens

Kevin Davis gave a lecture on training for the fight.
"Have a gun.  Make a commitment to not be a victim."
Carry a real gun.  (Not a subcompact mouse gun, as they
are ineffective.)
Crime is up. (That is the truth.)
"All things be ready, if our minds be so."
-- Shakespeare
The body cannot go where the mind has never been.
Get emotionally involved with your training.
Breathe.  Autogenic breathing.
Bring your gun to eye level and use two hands.
Shoot the enemy to the ground.  ("Two rounds to the
center of mass and then assess." is not realistic
and does not make sense.)
Shoot as soon as you clear leather.
Basics are essential.
     Block training.  (Isolate a technique to learn it.)
     Varied practice.  (Use the technique in a variety
of situations.  Formalized drills.)
     Random practice.  (This is a technical term.
It does not mean chaotic practice.  Create scenarios
in which the technique could be used, to allow
the student the option of using it.)
High reps are essential.
Practice 10 minutes per day.
     Competence induces Confidence which reduces stress.
Less stress means better decisions.  Better decisions
means you win!
     Hood drills.  Short duration, high intensity. 
You have to do it at least twice, because it's the
second time that reduces stress.

***** Training *****

Erik Pakieser gave a lecture on
"Developing Force-on-Force Training Programs"
     Post Incident -- train your students in what to do
after the incident.  How to make the 911 call.  How
to behave when the police arrive.  DON'T have a gun in
your hands!
     SAFETY!  There is a long list of police officers and
civilians killed during force-on-force training. 
Pat down everyone.  A real pat down!
If they won't submit to a pat down, DON'T train them.
Wear protective gear.  If the student refuses to wear
the gear, DON'T train them.
     Avoid, disengage, evade, escape!
     Women role players are essential.  If a man gets
mugged, the students will call 911.  If a woman gets
mugged, the students will intervene.  That's just human
nature.
    
Tom Givens gave a lecture on Active Killers.
     You are on your own.
     Be armed, alert, and committed.
     There have been zero incidents of a person being
initially arrested for carrying a concealed weapon in a
prohibited place.  In all cases, the charge is added after
the person is arrested for committing some other crime. 
(Such as brandishing, where the person let someone
see his pistol, which means it was not concealed.)
So, leaving your pistol in your car because you are
prohibited from carrying it into the restaurant is a
false fear.  (Of course, if it is going to be detected by
a metal detector or if they frisk everyone before entering,
that's a different situation.)

Greg Ellifritz gave a technical lecture on terrorist bombs.
     Don't evacuate to parking lots, because the terrorist
has a car loaded with explosives in the parking lot.  He
could only get a small explosive into the building (or
maybe none at all, it was just a phoned in threat).  But,
he can get several hundred pounds of explosives in the
trunk of a car and drive it into the parking lot.

( EMPTY LOADS )
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4IzMHqkGc38

6 Reasons There Are No “Fair” Fights
by Corinne Mosher -  Friday, February 24, 2017
https://www.americas1stfreedom.org/articles/2017/2/24/6-reasons-there-are-no-fair-fights/

Gun Training, Practice, Qualification, Competition & Defensive Shooting Defined
http://www.ammoland.com/2017/02/training-practice-qualification-competition-defensive-shooting/#ixzz4a8hjWJhU

"How to combine live and dry fire at the range"
by Mike Ox Friday, March 03, 2017
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/how-to-combine-live-and-dry-fire-at-the-range/law-enforcement-defense-security

***** Tactics *****

Why You Need a Personal-Defense Plan
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/3/14/why-you-need-a-personal-defense-plan/

***** Techniques *****

Covert Draw
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231577

Editor's Notebook: Is Pocket Carry Safe?
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231524

***** Gear *****

Belt Holsters
http://defense-training.com/2016/belt-holsters/
Excerpt:
Phalanx SOCH (Stealth Operator Compact Holster)
It does not fit any of the pistols mentioned perfectly,
but it fits all adequately, and with sufficient safety,
to get my student through a Course.
Something every instructor should have!
-- John Farnam

     Gander Mountain in Mount Juliet, TN allowed me
to try a Ruger American semi-auto pistol in .45 ACP. 
The pistol has magazine release and slide lock
controls on both sides, making it truly ambidextrous. 
The trigger is typical of a striker fired pistol. 
The accuracy was fine for a self defense tool.
They are selling them for $530.

***** Instructors *****


***** Pedagogy *****

     I had a lovely chat with Mrs. Vicki Farnam at the
Tactical Conference this past weekend.  She is the author of
"Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers"
ISBN-10: 0965942260
ISBN-13: 978-0965942263
and
"Teaching Women To Shoot A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide"
ISBN-10: 0965942295
ISBN-13: 978-0965942294
     She told me that there are inherent differences between
the way males learn and the way females learn because of the
way their brains are set up. 
     She gave me the example of asking a guy to
rearrange a bunch of chairs in the classroom into a circle.
The guy immediately goes to work moving the chairs.  But,
ask a gal to do the same task and the gal starts asking
questions:  How many chairs?  Are they facing in or out
of the circle?  Etc.
     Why?  Because, the guy immediately has a visual image
of the circle of chairs in his mind and so can construct it.
But, the gal does not.  So, she must ask for information to
form the image.  This is a function of spacial perception.
85% of males have good spacial perception.  Only 15% of
females have good spacial perception.
     This applies directly to shooting, in particular sight
alignment.  To most guys, it is obvious that you have to
align the sights, the target, and the aiming eye in order
to get the firearm to point at the target.  To most gals,
this is not obvious and must be taught.  Most male instructors
will skip detailed explanation of sight alignment because
the male students intuitively understand it.  This lack
of detailed explanation leaves the gals without the basic
knowledge necessary to correctly align their sights and
thus without the necessary knowledge to succeed.
     So, it is essential for instructors who are teaching
females to give explicit detailed explanations of anything
that requires spacial perception.
     Of course, there is a lot more to it.  So, read the
books cited above.  Vicki did a lot of research to write
those books. 
     Mrs. Farnam told us of a female police officer who failed
her pistol qualification 35 times.  The male instructor's kept
running her through the qualification course with the
same result failure.  The officer went to Vicki for help
and Vicki taught her to align her sights.  The male
police instructors had not explained sight alignment
because they assumed it was obvious and everyone understood
sight alignment.  [This is a false assumption.]  Most
males will figure out sight alignment on their own
because they can visualize the line from the target to
the front sight to the rear sight to their aiming eye. 
So, it is obvious to the males.
But, most ladies do not form this image automatically
in their mind. 
     The instructors said things like,
"Hard focus on your front sight.", "Concentrate on your
front sight.", etc.  So, the officer was focused on
her front sight and not paying attention to the rear
sight.  Because it wasn't important, because the
instructors had effectively said that the rear sight
was not important.  So, she wasn't grouping and often
hitting high.  Once the officer understood sight
alignment, she qualified (with a very high score) on
her first attempt.
     Vicki told us of an experience with a group
of female law enforcement officers.  Vicki asked
them to place an X on their human silhouette target
to indicate where they aimed in order to get center
of mass hits.  They all placed their x's over the
target's left shoulder.  (The ladies were all right
handers.)  They were anticipating the recoil and
pushing against it, forcing the shots low left.
     So, Vicki taught them correct trigger
control striving for a surprise break, and they
all were able to get point of impact to match
point of aim. 
     The male instructors were treating the ladies
in these examples as if they were incompetent (or
stupid).  But, the ladies were not incompetent (or stupid). 
The ladies were ignorant.  But, the male instructors
could not recognize that.  Because they didn't
understand the lack of spacial perception on the
part of females.
     The solution is detailed explicit explanation
and demonstration of the techniques, especially those
involving spacial perception.

***** Education *****

How A Semi-Automatic Handgun Works
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqZsSk5FFX4
     A detailed animation of how a striker fired pistol
works.  They use a Springfield Armory XDM, but it's
about the same for all striker fired pistols.

***** Legal and Political stuff *****

     Skip Gochenour gave a lecture on justification with
regards to self defense law.  The main point of his
presentation was that only character counts.
     The good character charge to the jury --
If you present evidence of your good character, you can ask
the judge to give a jury instruction to the effect of,
"Regardless of the evidence, if you find the defendant to
be of good character, you may acquit on the basis of
good character alone."
     Vet your instructors, because their behavior may be
used against you in court.  Yes, it is very important as
to who you take training from.
     Don't do stupid shit.  It reflects badly on your character.
     When talking to the responding officer you have control. 
If you don't want to answer the question, simply say, "What
is your next question?"  Don't say, "I refuse to answer . . ."
     On the witness stand, you have no control.
     The Bloods and the Crips are derivatives of the Black
Panthers.  When the FBI cut off the head of the Black Panthers
the various factions within the Black Panthers broke off and
formed their own gangs.

Marty Hayes and Massad Ayoob gave a class on
"Firearms Instructors as Expert Witnesses"
     Make sure to have the attorney ask the judge to issue
a disparity of force instruction to the jury.  Otherwise,
the prosecutor will go on about how the child was
unarmed and the defendant shot him to death in cold blood
without justification.
     Don't exaggerate your curriculum vitae.  Better to be modest. 
It will improve your credibility.

UPDATED:
France had more casualties from mass public shootings in 2015
than the US suffered during Obama’s entire presidency (532 to 527)
http://crimeresearch.org/2017/02/france-suffered-more-casualties-murders-and-injuries-from-mass-public-shootings-in-2015-than-the-us-has-suffered-during-obamas-entire-presidency-508-to-424-2/

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


***** Miscellany *****

     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Thursday, February 23, 2017

CWP, 23 February 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I'm going to the NRA Annual Meeting in Atlanta
to look at the exhibits on 28 April 2017. 
Hope to see you there.

***** Mindset *****


***** Training *****

     The Lexington County Sheriff’s Department is pleased
to host HOJUTSU-RYU - The Martial Art of Shooting
This class will be led by Jeff Hall at our Range March 24-26, 2017 A.D.
Check this link http://www.forceoptions.net/about.php to learn more about Jeff Hall
For more information contact soke@hojutsu.com or kuratomi@yahoo.com.
     HOJUTSU-RYU
Instructor: Jeff Hall
Date:  March 24-26, 2017 Friday-Sunday
Time:  Class will begin Friday Evening at 1800
Cost: $325
Venue:  A. Lewis McCarty Firearms Training Center
357 Landfill Lane
Lexington, SC 29073
Contact:  Lt. Bill Wright
Lexington County Sheriff's Department
Training Division
521 Gibson Rd
Lexington, SC 29072
Office: (803) 785-2554

2017 Lights Sights Lasers US Tour
Hosted by:  Lexington County Sheriff’s Department
Location: 357 Landfill Lane, Lexington, SC 29073
Dates:  March 1 & 2, 2017
Times:  12:00 - 20:00
Two Single Day Courses
Register at www.LSLUSTour.com
Free training.  You don't see this very often.

A Clinic on Precision Pistol Fundamentals, Part I by Brian Zins
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/1/31/a-clinic-on-precision-pistol-fundamentals-part-i/
A Clinic on Precision Pistol Fundamentals, Part II
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/2/15/a-clinic-on-precision-pistol-fundamentals-part-ii/

"My Name Is Julie Golob . . . And I Flinch"
http://www.range365.com/my-name-is-julie-goloband-i-flinch

***** Tactics *****


***** Techniques *****


***** Gear *****

Finding a Gunsmith
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/2/10/finding-a-gunsmith/

Breitbart.com has published a list of self defense handguns
under $350 that AWR Hawkins thinks are good buys.
http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/02/13/six-self-defense-handguns-350/
     I disagree with the North American Arms .22 Magnum
because it has no trigger guard.  This is a safety
hazard.

***** Instructors *****


***** Pedagogy *****


***** Education *****


***** Legal and Political stuff *****

Florida’s Gun-Free Businesses May Soon Be Held Liable for Violence on Their Premises
http://www.nationalreview.com/article/444594/gun-free-businesses-liable-violent-crime-florida-law

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


***** Miscellany *****

Seven Defensive Gun Uses by People Lawfully Carrying a Gun Over the Last Week
http://crimeresearch.org/2017/02/seven-defensive-gun-uses-people-lawfully-carrying-gun-last/

     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Sunday, February 5, 2017

CWP, 5 February 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     It's a new year.  Time to clear out the clutter. 
There are about 50 of you who have started courses
over the past couple of years and not finished.  I have
been sending out occasional emails informing you of
classes and events that you may use to finish your
course.  I am now going to forget about you.  If you
wish to finish a course you started, it is now your
responsibility to contact me to make arrangements.

***** Mindset *****

“God is not on the side of big battalions.
He sides with capable marksmen!”
-- Voltaire

     I don't recommend reading this article,
"Defeating Doomsday Derp: Tactical Tidbits for Threepers"
http://zerogov.com/?p=4878
I just liked this excerpt.
Excerpt:
. . . if you cannot find the money in order to train,
it’s really a matter of evaluating your priorities.
Not to turn this into a Dave Ramsey lecture, but if
you find yourself complaining about not having ammo
[or training course] money, yet you have cable or
satellite TV subscriptions, Netflix, car loans,
designer clothes with the holes already torn in them,
Blue Apron meal programs, a tanning membership,
eat out more than 1 time per month (yes, including
the drive thru) or you smoke cigarettes, drink alcohol,
eat pizza’s and wings on Sunday afternoons at your
football parties, drink four Monster energy drinks
per day or get a Starbucks Venti Grande Mocha Latte
Cup of Asshole two times per day, I simply don’t want
to hear it. Your conviction to defending life, liberty
and property is a lie.

***** Training *****

**************************************************************
Jon,
     Recently a friend, who was setting up a security team
in his church, asked me if I was interested in attending
some training with him  - I said yes.  And a week ago we
attended a two day course titled:
ALICE Instructor Certification Training. 
What an eye-opener that was.
     In a very brief nutshell ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform,
Counter, Evacuate) is a series of active measures that nearly
anyone can take to provide a very significant opportunity to
survive an "armed intruder" attack.  Whether it is in a school,
church, workplace, or nearly any other collection of people. 
See: https://www.alicetraining.com/
     I was lukewarm on this stuff until, as a preparatory step
to the formal classroom instruction, I took an on-line session:
ALICE Certification Training For Schools.  An excellent primer
to the concepts promoted and every step makes sense, it can be
scaled to be age appropriate for students, and the effectiveness
is backed by statistics.
     This was really brought home, when I asked my 13 year old
Great-granddaughter what she was taught in her school if there
was a threat. Turns out it is a passive response of simply:
"Lock the door, pull the blinds, turn out the lights, and sit
out of view of the door." While those nearly universal passive
measures are better than doing nothing, there are far more
simple active measures that can and should be taken to greatly
enhance the opportunity to survive.
     ALICE offers a clear series of situational dependent
logical steps – of which the administration, teachers, students,
and local Law Enforcement should be a part. The teachers after
all are in this case, the First Responders, as Law Enforcement
is likely several minutes out at best and will be the Second
group in a position to take action.  Even if a school has a
"resource officer" it may be several minutes before they can
engage – during which time the killing will go on.
     Even most profound pacifists, can be brought around to
taking active defense measures – more on how that is done later
if you are interested.
     There are a series of free "Self Assessments"
https://www.alicetraining.com/active-shooter-readiness-self-assessments/
that one can take to provide an evaluation of their organization,
be it church, school, business, etc.
Tom Clark
NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor
Glock Certified Pistol Instructor and Armorer
SC SLED CWP Instructor
ALICE Certified Instructor
**************************************************************

     One of the nuggets in the ALICE course is how to break
a window to escape.  Take a hard object and hit the glass in
the upper right or upper left corner, so the glass falls away
from you.  Then take the hard object and use it to clear the
sharp edges before going through the window.
    Many courses advocate use of force as a last resort. 
This directly contradicts my Marine Corps training.  The correct
response to an attack is an immediate and explosive counter attack. 
This takes the attacker by surprise and has the highest probability
of success.
     If your school disarms all good guys to ensure that they
are defenseless against the bad guys, you should move to a
different school or home school.  If your business disarms
all good guys to ensure that they are defenseless against the
bad guys, you should move to a different business.  Yes, it is
that simple.  Isn't your life worth it?
     If you are not under attack, you should immediately
run to escape.  Lock down is a bad tactic.  You will eventually
be found and shot.
     The Sheepdog seminar recommended that the security team
at a church should carry sashes in packets on their belts and
put them on in the event of an armed intruder event. 
So, they don't shoot each other.  The problem with that
technique is that it identifies primary targets for
the bad guys.  (If you belong to a church that is so big
you can't identify friendlies, you need to move to a smaller
church.  You should know every person in your church by name.) 
     Don't open carry your pistol, because in any criminal
scenario you will be the first to get shot, as you will be
identified as a threat to the bad guy.
     Calling 911 is a good thing to do, but it is not a defensive
tactic.  I have called 911 and gotten an "all lines are busy"
response, "call back later" response, "please hold" response. 
So, you should be running, not calling.

Rangemaster newsletter
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/02/2017-02_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
     May I invite your attention the first article on
low light encounters.  Mr. Givens explains why you don't
need tritium night sights and why you should not have a
flashlight mounted on your pistol.
     I don't think your flashlight technique necessarily
needs to illuminate your sights.  I think it is sufficient
that your sights are silhouetted against the lighted target.
     Mike Seeklander says if you're going to use a weapon
mounted flashlight, point it at the ground and use the
reflected light to identify your target, so you are not
pointing your pistol at the unidentified target.

"Tone is in Your Fingers"
http://scott-babb.tumblr.com/post/155775383159/tone-is-in-your-fingers-there-are-knife
Excerpt:
     The uncomfortable truth, however,
is that one cannot buy their way into skill.
. . .
     But the fact remains that learning your art is
contingent on the work you are willing to put in,
not on the equipment you use to get there. So if you
are starting on this journey, put aside thoughts of
building your collection of tools for a bit, . . . 
and dedicate some time to learning your craft.

***** Tactics *****

Why do you yell at your targets?
http://godgalsgunsgrub.blogspot.com/2017/01/why-do-you-yell-at-your-targets.html

***** Techniques *****

     Practice dropping what's in your hands to get
a two handed grip.
     Shoot and scoot.  Move away from the threat. 
Thanks to John Correia.

     Practice one handed techniques with your support side hand.
When shooting one handed, keep the thumb high and the body
behind the gun.
     Your recoil will be in the direction of the grip axis
of your gun.  So, don't cant you gun.  If you hold your gun
normally (vertically), the recoil is vertical.  The long axis
of your (human) target is probably vertical.  So, your error
is still on the target.  If you cant your gun, your recoil
direction moves off the vertical target, increasing your
probability of a miss. [I paraphrase.  I hope I have done
Mike justice in my paraphrase.]
     When clearing a type III malfunction (case in the chamber,
slide attempting to chamber another cartridge from the
magazine), skip locking the slide to the rear, just unload
and reload. [This will require you ripping the magazine out
of the magazine well.  Something you can't easily do with a
Glock, because their magazines don't have a protruding lip
that you can grip.]
     When reloading, point the magazine well at the incoming
magazine.
     Practice the Harries and Rogers (flashlight) techniques. 
They each have their purpose.
     When in close quarters combat, cage (technical term for
bringing your support side arm up to protect your head and
face), hammer strike (Don't punch, that could easily break
your knuckles, fingers, and wrist.  We are not trained boxers
wearing tape, braces, and gloves.), and retract immediately
(an extended arm is a broken arm).  [Yes, you have to practice. 
But, practice is fun.  Especially when you find the right
person to practice with.]
Thanks to Mike Seeklander

***** Gear *****

"Analysis: US Army Chooses Sig 320 as New Pistol"
Posted by Andrew Branca
http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/01/analysis-us-army-chooses-sig-320-as-new-pistol/

"All the Ways You Can Actually Use a Pocket Knife"
by Robert Young Pelton
https://www.outsideonline.com/2146656/robert-young-pelton-all-ways-you-can-actually-use-pocket-knife

***** Instructors *****

     Our friend, Brian is starting a firearms school in Wisconsin,
and wrote to ask for my advice.  My response follows.
---
Hi Brian,
     I am very happy for you.
     Don't borrow money to finance your project.  Dave Ramsey says to
grow your business organically from your income stream.  Most small
businesses in the U.S. fail within the first year due to being under
capitalized.  This causes people to borrow money to keep their
business going.  This is wrong on many levels.  Don't borrow money!
     Please read the
"The E-Myth Revisited:
Why Most Small Businesses Don't Work and What to Do About It"
by Michael E. Gerber
ISBN-10: 0887307280
ISBN-13: 978-0887307287
      I carry $1,000,000 of general liability insurance and $500,000
of professional liability insurance (in case someone sues me for
something I taught one of my students).  I am insured through
the NRA.  The carrier is Lockton.
NRA Endorsed Insurance Program
Administered by Lockton Affinity, LLC
877-672-3006
P.O. Box 874952
Kansas City, MO 64187-4952
I suggest you carry similar insurance.
     Keep records in a bound journal.  You will be called into court
when one of your students shoots someone in self defense.
You have to have documentation that that person took your
course and what exactly you taught in that course.  And why
what you taught was correct at the time of the teaching.
Because theory and practice change over time.  The practice
may not be generally accepted now, but at the time of the class
it was best practices.  So, make sure you have written lesson
plans for the students and detailed written lesson plans for
you.
     Be polite and professional.  So, men will want to bring
their wives and daughters to your classes.  Because these
are the people who need your services, because these are
the people who are victimized.  The beer guzzling red necks
can take care of themselves.
     No one in their right mind would recommend Tactical
Response in Camden, TN to a lady.  Anyone who has been
to Front Sight in Pahrump, NV would recommend it to
members of the fairer sex.
     Protect your reputation.  It's the only thing you get to
take with you when you die.
       Keep me informed.  I am always happy to help you in
whatever way I can.
Cheers,
Jon
[I am not bad mouthing Tactical Response.  Their training
was great.  I learned a lot of useful stuff.  It's just
that the language was foul to put it mildly.  Which I'm
sure makes a lot veterans feel like they are back with
their unit in the field.  Good times!]

***** Pedagogy *****

Question underlying assumptions --
     Many gun schools teach their students to move
while presenting from the holster to the target
to avoid getting shot. (Presentation is what you
do with a pistol.  Drawing is what you do with
paper and crayons.)
     But, Dave Spaulding says that moving while
presenting assumes the criminal is applying aimed
fire at you.  In reality, criminals don't aim. 
They just shoot randomly in your direction.  So,
moving does not decrease your probability of getting
hit.  But, moving does decrease your probability
of getting a good hit on your target, because your
shooting platform is moving.  So, it's better to
stay still while you shoot to ensure you hit your
target, because every miss is destroying property
and injuring innocent bystanders, possibly killing
them.
     In a similar manner, you must question the
underlying assumptions of everything everyone
teaches you.  This is the essence of critical
thought.
     "It is better to be wrong than to be vague."
-- Freeman Dyson
     If you are wrong, we can correct you.  If you
are vague, no one can help you.  Because no one
understands what you are talking or writing about.
     "A mistake is evidence that some one tried
to do something."  -- Ingersoll
     Anyone can do nothing.  But, those who do
things, make mistakes.  That is how they learn. 
Ask Thomas Edison.  Such learning gives you a deep
understanding, as opposed to a superficial
understanding. 
     The test of whether or not you understand
a thing is whether or not you can explain it
to someone else.  The test of whether or not
you have a deep understanding of a thing is
whether or not you can explain it to a layman. 
Explaining string theory to a theoretical
physicist is one thing.  Explaining string
theory to an experimental physicist is another.
(In a few years, you will remember this joke
and laugh.)
     There are only two sciences:  physics and
stamp collecting.
     So, help your teammates by explaining
things to them.  Teach them.  Then you will
know what you do or don't know.  When they
ask you questions, you will research to answer
their questions.  And hence, you will learn.
     There are two ways to learn a subject: 
study it or teach it.  Teaching it is by far
the better way, because your students will
ask you questions, forcing you to research
to find the answers for them.  In preparing
your lectures, you will find the gaps in
your knowledge.

***** Education *****

Crime Prevention Research Center
http://crimeresearch.org

***** Legal and Political stuff *****

"Active shooter" is a liberal propaganda term used to
associate shooters with mass murderers.  It does not
correctly describe the person as a "murderer" or
"intruder".  Correct would be "armed intruder" or
"active murderer".

Gender is a liberal propaganda term used to confuse. 
Liberals recognize dozens of genders. 
For right thinking people,
     There are only two sexes:  male and female.
     There are only three genders:  masculine,
feminine, and neuter.

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


***** Miscellany *****


     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Saturday, January 21, 2017

CWP, 21 January 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

"What separates the winners from the losers is
how a person reacts to each new twist of fate. 
--Donald J. Trump.

     Bob Allen (retired Nashville Police Dept.) and
Don Barnes (Nashville Police Dept.) taught a Home Defense
course at Royal Range, 14 January 2017 A.D.,
http://www.royalrangeusa.com/
     One of the nuggets of wisdom I picked up was Bob saying,
"Don't point a gun at a criminal if you're not willing to
shoot, because he can see it in your eyes and he will
take your gun from you, and now he has the tool to kill you
and everyone else around you."
     The other side of the coin is that if you are trained,
you can't hide the fact, and the criminal will know it. 
He may not care, but sometimes it matters. 
     I was in Fazoli's (south Nashville at the intersection
of Harding Place and Nolensville Pike) eating dinner one
night, when a man (possibly two) came in and accosted a teenage
girl who was having dinner with her family (father, mother,
and two other younger kids).  The bad guy had his hands on
her and looked to me like he was going to drag her out. 
Everyone was scared.  I stood up from my table and moved to
get a clear shot with the parking lot in the background, as
opposed to the kitchen.  As I was moving, his buddy left
out the front door.  Before I got into position, the bad
guy ran out the back door.  No one else in the restaurant
stood up from their tables.  I didn't see anyone calling 911.
I never presented my pistol.
     When I was in the Marine Corps in the 80's and 90's,
I always got these assignments where I was by myself. 
I noticed that I was always eating alone, operating alone. 
So, being a sheepdog wasn't a culture shock for me.  But,
you may find operating alone very disturbing.  That's
reality, get used to it.

Endless War!
by John Farnam | 2 Jan 2017
http://defense-training.com/2016/endless-war/

JUSTIFIED KILLING 101: THE PREDATOR MIND
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2016/12/justified-killing-101-the-predator-mind-1.html

Why Training and Consistency Matters
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2016/12/21/why-training-and-consistency-matters/

***** Training *****

Culture Shock by Tom Givens
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2017-01_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf

***** Tactics *****

     Don't hunt home invaders in your home.  Better to find a
defensive position and wait for the cops to arrive.  (If you
have to gather kids, that's a different scenario.)
     How you see yourself is very important.  So, get training. 
     In home invasion incidents (where you are the good guy),
leave the lights off and keep your flashlight with you.  (One
of the reasons is that you don't want to get backlit.)
     Quick peek can be effective, but it gives away your position. 
So, don't come around the corner that you just quick peeked around. 
You'll get shot.  Approach from some other direction.
     If you want the details and reasons why, take the course. 
Home Defense given by Bob Allen and Don Barnes at Royal Range.
http://www.royalrangeusa.com/
     They also explain how to enter a room, button hook, cross,
etc.  I recommend the course.  The Simunitions part of the course
drives home reality, as opposed to Rambo fantasies you may have
about yourself.

     Dave Spaulding says that the idea of moving while presenting your
pistol only makes sense under the assumption that the enemy is applying
aimed fire at you.  But, in reality, criminals don't aim, but rather
they shoot randomly in your direction.  So, by moving you don't decrease
your probability of getting hit.  You do, however decrease your
probability of hitting, because your shooting platform is moving. 
So, it's better if you stand still, when you present and shoot,
to ensure a good hit.
     I find this argument convincing.

***** Techniques *****

     Practice steady shooting platform while moving by
walking around with a cup of water filled to the brim. 
Bent knees and small steps.  Thanks to Bob Allen of
Royal Range.

Optimized Use of Cover - John Holschen @ Rangemaster 2016
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KBFNuIPr5Sw
     Truer words were never spoken.

Talking it out; part one
https://sharpdefense.blog/2016/12/19/talking-it-out-part-one/
Talking it out; part two
https://sharpdefense.blog/2016/12/20/talking-it-out-part-two/
Fight; building fences
https://sharpdefense.blog/2016/12/22/fight-building-fences/

Drawing From Concealment - Tactical Moment #6
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aDyL0VPmoEg

http://www.TacticalMoment.com

***** Gear *****

     I installed a MOSSBERG 500 KICKLITE TACTICAL BUTTSTOCK
http://www.brownells.com/shotgun-parts/stock-forend-parts/buttstocks/mossberg-500-kicklite-tactical-buttstocks-prod72143.aspx
on a friend's Mossberg 500 12 gauge shotgun.  It is
adjustable for length, has a spring shock absorber to
dampen recoil, and a thick soft butt plate. 
So, the recoil is mitigated, making
the shotgun much more pleasant to shoot. 
It is solidly attached to the receiver by a single
bolt requiring a hex wrench (Allen wrench). 
No jiggling, very solid.
I recommend this product.

#Don’tDigTheRig- Part 6
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/dontdigtherig-part-6

Why you don't use a kydex paddle holster
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oDeKtgkZKmQ

***** Instructors *****


***** Pedagogy *****


***** Education *****

A Cautionary Tale for CCW Permit Carriers . . .
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/a-cautionary-tale-for-ccw-permit-carriers

14 Things Everyone Should Understand About Guns
http://thefederalist.com/2015/02/24/14-things-everyone-should-understand-about-guns/
     Especially for your friends who are not
gun nuts like you.

How Guns Work [INFOGRAPHIC]
http://mygunculture.com/guns-work-infographic/

The Shotgun Clay Target Sports [INFOGRAPHIC]
http://mygunculture.com/shotgun-clay-target-sports-infographic/

     My brother gave me two books for Christmas:
"Combat Shooting" by Massad Ayoob
1st Edition, December 13, 2011 A.D.
Publisher: Gun Digest Books
ISBN-10: 1440218579
ISBN-13: 978-1440218576
and
"How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL: Combat Marksmanship Fundamentals"
by Chris Sajnog
1st Edition, September 11, 2013 A.D.
Publisher: Center Mass Group
ISBN-10: 0989266451
ISBN-13: 978-0989266451
     I recommend both.

Rifle twist rates
http://weaponsman.com/?p=37856

***** Legal and Political stuff *****

The Fort Lauderdale Airport in Florida was and is a gun-free zone. 
That's why the murderer chose to attack there. 
All mass murders occur in gun-free zones.  Because no one
is there to stop them.  If a good guy with a gun shoots
the bad guy, it never develops into a mass murder.  If the
bad guy had attempted the mass murder in Alaska (where he came
from), someone would have shot him immediately.  Things are
a little different in Alaska.
 
"Another Gun-Free Zone, Another Mass Shooting"
http://dailycaller.com/2017/01/06/another-gun-free-zone-another-mass-shooting/

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

Let’s Give our Children a Fighting Chance
http://www.marksmanshipmatters.com/lets-give-our-children-a-fighting-chance/

***** Miscellany *****

Sometimes the civilians have to protect the cops.
https://www.policeone.com/Officer-Safety/articles/257504006-Ariz-trooper-shot-suspect-killed-by-bystander/

Ben Coleman
Firearms appraiser.
http://colemanfirearmappraisals.com/
If you should have need of such services.

     Lesson plans may be found at
https://www.smashwords.com/books/view/474513
or send me an email requesting the latest
version.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com