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

Tuesday, December 27, 2016

CWP, 27 December 2016 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

     "Thus, the great irony:  the person who is
prepared to kill if they must to stop a murderous
transgression by a human predator, is the person
who is least likely to have to do so." 
-- Massad Ayoob

     "Yet my pistol is more than just security. 
Like an Orthodox Jewish yarmulke or a Christian
cross, it is a symbol of who I am, what I believe,
and the moral standards by which I live."
-- Finn Aagard

     At Front Sight Firearms Institute they teach
that you need training because you don't know what
you don't know.
     The wise person is constantly striving to
expand his knowledge.  He is a lifetime learner.
     One of the things we were taught in the Marine Corps
was to be working on a correspondence course at all times. 

***** Training *****

     "Shooting well is simple,
it just isn't easy."
~ Ray Chapman, first world champion
of the combat pistol
 ---
Unintentional Discharge (UD)
http://defense-training.com/2016/ud/
 ---
Drawing From Concealment
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231344
 ---
     Failing to properly focus on the front sight
is a widespread problem among shooters.  Every
good shooter with iron sights (as opposed to red-dot
optics or telescopic sights) whom you know can
probably remember when he or she experienced "the
epiphany of the front sight."  The realization,
"So that's what the coach meant when she said to
watch the front sight!"
     Watch the front sight hard.  Apply your
primary visual focus there.  Look at it until
you can see every little scratch in the machining
on its surface.  . . .  Then you, too, will
experience the epiphany of the front sight, and
will see your shot groups tighten as if by magic.
~ Massad Ayoob
 ---
     "The beauty of competitive shooting, and
the real reason it did far more to prepare
soldiers like McBride and Marines like Hathcock
and cops like Cirillo to win gunfights, was
that in this seemingly sporting environment,
handling their guns swiftly and surely under
significant pressure had caused that expert
handling to become a reflexive norm."
~ Massad Ayoob
References to:
World War I veteran Herbert W. McBride,
Vietnam War veteran GySgt. Carlos Hathcock,
New York Police Department Officer James Cirillo.
 ---
     So, for those of you planning a career in
the military or law enforcement (or charity
work with the A-21 campaign rescuing sex slaves),
your time in competitions is being well spent.
     I attribute all of my one shot kills to
my training in my high school rifle team,
because that is where I first learned the
fundamentals.
     Before my son left for Marine Corps recruit
training at Parris Island, I took him to Front
Sight Firearms Institute to do a 4-day M-16
course.  He had already shot smallbore competitively
for several years, but full auto M-16's are a
little different, and I didn't want his first
experience with one to be at boot camp, where
the pressure is high.
     Learning in a club or team environment
with a coach to guide you, taking courses at
gun schools, and competing in tournaments
makes all the difference in the world when
the time comes to use your skills in combat.

******************************************************

[Excerpt from an email to my junior rifle team.]

     If you can't do a pull up, you can't shoot standing.
That's the truth.
---
     Tutorial on how to do your first pull up.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=F-e4mV0RN1o
Starts at 1:19.
---
     "Exercise.  Strengthen your hands and forearms particularly.
The usual warnings about checking with your doctor before beginning
any exercise regimen apply.
     I know this may seem odd in a low intensity basic class,
but grip strength is one of the most important, and overlooked,
factors in the ability to shoot well.
'Well' as in quickly and accurately."
-- Steve Cooper, Paladin Training, Inc.
http://paladintraining.com/
---
     Motivational pull up video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p-aB7xRVltg
     All of these little girls are older than you and
heavier than you. [Talking to my junior shooters.]
     Notice the slow downward release of tension,
negative pull up.
     Notice that some of them are doing their pull ups
with weights.
     In case you don't recognize the animal, it's a pig.
---
     "But Coach, I'm too heavy to do a pull up."
     Then lose weight by running 3 miles every day.
     "But Coach, my knees are bad.  I can't run."
     Then swim 2 miles every day.  (Your knees aren't
bad.  You're just lazy.)
     "But Coach, the chlorine hurts my eyes."
     For a minuscule fee, you can join the
Gordon Jewish Community Center,
http://www.nashvillejcc.org/
801 Percy Warner Blvd. Nashville, TN 37205
(615) 356-7170
They have a salt water pool, no chlorine.
Pool schedule,
http://www.nashvillejcc.org/fitness-2/aquatics-schedule-at-a-glance/
(Or, you could wear goggles.)
No more excuses, just do it.
     "I could just eat less to lose weight."
     No, that would be stupid.  Don't do that.
You will pass out and perhaps die.
---
     A few decades ago after going to Kaiser Hospital for
a check up, my father and little brother were walking
along the pier by the hospital in Waikiki.  My brother
fell into the water.  My father jumped in to save him.
In order to get out of the water my father had to do
a pull up with my brother clinging to his back (including
wet clothes).  [This was a pier, not a beach one could
walk out of.]
     Being able to do a pull up was the difference
between having something funny to talk about over
dinner and a tragic death in the family.
---
     Statistically speaking, several children die every
day.  Often with the parent or guardian present.  I'm not
talking about the mother or baby sitter smoking meth.
I'm talking about the adult unable to rescue the child
because they lack basic physical strength (not even
basic first aid skill, just strength).  [I used to
look at this data all day long every day as part of
my job.]
---
     If you are out of shape, you won't be able to
run down those 43 flights of stairs to escape the
burning building where you work.  And you certainly
won't be able to carry your child if you brought
her to work with you that day.  The others in the
stairwell mean you no ill will, but they are
scared and panic.  So, don't take it personally
when they trample you.
     Or, you could be leading them to safety.
The choice is always yours.  Failing to train
is choosing to be a victim.  Neglecting to do your
pull ups is just as much an act of volition
as is the self discipline to work on your
pull ups daily until you can do 20 on demand
at any time.
---
Who Dares Wins!

******************************************************

     "When the breath wanders the mind also is unsteady.
But when the breath is calmed the mind too will be still,
and the yogi achieves long life.  Therefore, one should
learn to control the breath."
-- Svatmarama, Hatha Yoga Pradipika

******************************************************

***** Tactics *****

     "If you need to get to one side or the other of the
car when you're [seated] on the wrong side or in the middle,
lean forward and then pivot your upper body "gun turret"
toward the threat!  This can give you more range of
movement and allow you to safely extend your handgun
past a passenger on either side of you.
     Use your feet, extending them sideways.  This will
allow you to push much more toward the window on either
side, and give you far more range of movement with which
to engage the threat."
-- Massad Ayoob

***** Techniques *****

     The single most likely place we're going to be hit
may well be somewhere in the gun arm.  It is imperative
to a "full survival skill set" to be able to shoot fast
and effectively "weak hand only."  Kudos to IDPA for
making that "part of the program." 
-- Massad Ayoob

***** Gear *****

Carry what you practice with
https://sofrep.com/69386/concealed-carry-ammo-carry-shoot/

SIG Sauer MCX Recall
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/12/22/breaking-sig-sauer-mcx-recall-mandatory-replacement-required/

***** Instructors *****

"Trainers:  Have you trained lately?" by Tom Givens
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/12/2016-12_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf

***** Pedagogy *****

     Share your skills when the opportunity develops,
it will make you a better practitioner yourself.
Teaching is instructive in both directions.  At the
Society of Law Enforcement Trainers, our motto was
qui docet, discet.  From the Latin, it means
"who teaches, learns."  When you deliver hands-on
training in particular, you quickly lean which
techniques are the most intuitive and the fastest
to pick up, and which are so complicated that only
the most dedicated student will be able to master
them.  Teaching forces you to delve deeper into
the source of each concept or technique, and to
deeper research its validity and applicability.
When you learn to diagnose technique failures in
others, you better grasp how to perform those
techniques yourself.  Teaching sharpens the
instructor's own skills as a practitioner, as
double-stamping sharpens the imprimatur on a coin.
~ Massad Ayoob

***** Education *****

Gun Digest has many free downloads for you.
http://www.gundigest.com/free
     "Essentials in Firearms Training: Safety, Practice and Getting Started"
is good for beginners and has lots of high resolution pictures. 
No author is cited, but I suspect the author is a student of
Front Sight, based on the techniques he teaches and the people
he chooses to quote.
     "Concealed Carry Guns"
The first page has some interesting history.  The rest of
the book describes pistols suitable for concealed carry. 
A bit dated, 2014, but lots of good information.

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

“Capitalism harnesses human self-interest. . . ."
http://defense-training.com/2016/as-long-as-im-on-the-subject/

---

     My mother said she took me to the opera to balance out
my "Mad" magazine reading.  She took us to church to
balance out all the lies we are exposed to in worldly
cultural.
     May I invite your attention to
http://defense-training.com/quips/
to balance out all the propaganda you are exposed to
in the media and the government schools.  Church
may not be sufficient, because many pastors are
scared of the IRS and so won't speak out on cultural
issues for fear of losing their tax exempt status.
     The tax collectors abuse their power under color of law
today just as they did in Jesus' time.
http://www.bhttp://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/09/23/woman-convenience-store-owner-irs-agent-choked-sexually-abused/
http://www.inquisitr.com/2400974/irs-agent-charged-with-sexual-battery-during-audit/
Several of the Republican presidential
candidates had promised to abolish the IRS if
elected, and for good reason.  The Democrats use
the IRS to oppress their political opponents (Ever
heard of Lois Lerner?).  So, the conservative Republicans
are always trying to reign in the power of that bureaucracy.
President Reagan cut all funding to the IRS,
but could not make it permanent.

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

     "If you live where a CCW permit is available,
get the damn permit.  If you don't, move to someplace
that does.  Yes, it IS that simple." 
-- Massad Ayoob

***** 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

Wednesday, December 7, 2016

CWP, 7 December 2016 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

Steve Cooper of Paladin Training, (843)618-1381,
paladintraining@sc.rr.com, www.paladintraining.com,
sends us the following --
This narrative is from a friend who has worked overseas
security details multiple times. He has seen the future,
first-hand, and confronts us with this specter:
     "I was personally involved in an extended gun-battle
in January of 2010, in the heart of downtown Kabul,
Afghanistan, in the middle of Masood Circle.
     My driver and I were ambushed by Taliban thugs.
For the next half-hour, we had to run and shoot
simultaneously, using what cover we could find
along the way. It was mainly poor marksmanship
and the inherent disorganization of the Taliban
(and expert marksmanship on our part) that kept
us alive!
     After a short time, we exited our vehicle,
as it was drawing too much fire. We, both now on
foot, started shooting them as they were trying
to get out of their cars. We fortunately killed
a bunch before they could effectively shoot at
us. That slowed them down a little.
     The Taliban were shooting at Afghan Police,
Afghan National Army, and just about everyone
else, including children, women, and us.
Beslan-style, Taliban gunmen attempted to protect
themselves with human shields they grabbed off
the street, and then they advanced on us, pushing
their human shields out ahead of them. We had no
choice but to shoot them all!
     I was forced to use both my pistol (G19) and
AK. I shot as many of them as I could, and ended
up at the Serena Hotel, 1km away, after expending
nineteen magazines of 7.62X39! At the Serena Hotel,
other contractors were shooting over us (with
covering fire) from the inside as we entered
through what was left of the glass entry-doors.
     I don't know how many people I shot, but I
do know, of twenty AK magazines in my kit, I had
only one (partial) left when shooting finally
stopped. I was nearly hit so many times, I lost
count. By the grace of God, both my driver and I
lived through it!
     The point is this: These people are coming
to the USA. In fact, they are here now, thanks
to our non-borders! And, when they pull something
like the foregoing here, in an attempt to ambush
our police, and others, this is what we need to
keep in mind:
     1) There will be no time! No time to 'plan,'
no time to establish a CP, no time to cordon-off
the active area, no time to coordinate, no time
to control traffic, no time to get SWAT there.
In my experience, action is sudden, fluid,
rapidly developing, not likely confined to any
one area, extremely violent, and starts with
no warning. We should not be surprised when they
take innocent hostages, including children, and
then use them as human shields. They will use
military rifles and explosives, maybe RPGs.
They'll likely be poorly trained, but there
will be a lot of them. They have absolutely no
morals, and they all know that their mission
is 'one-way!'
     2) Every patrol officer must have instant
access to heavy firepower, and it matters not
where you work. You will desperately need it.
Mark my words! Shotguns are no longer adequate.
We need high-capacity, military rifles in the
cab-portion of our patrol vehicles, not the
trunk. You won't have time to retrieve your
rifle from a trunk. Ask me how I know this!
     3) For each rifle, we need at least a
dozen fully-charged magazines, in easily-carried
bandoleers. For each pistol, we need at least
six fully-charged magazines, on the belt and,
again, in bandoleers. In an intense, protracted
gun-battle, you won't believe how fast you will
go through ammunition!
     4) We probably have far less time to
prepare than any of us think. We can't,
at our level, confuse political symbolism
with reality, just as 'restraining-orders' and
'warning-signs' are not to be equated with a
bullet. 'Treaties' and 'understandings' mean
nothing to these thugs.
     Brothers and sisters, the time to prepare is now!"

     Comment:

     "The Art of War teaches us to rely,
not upon the calculated likelihood of the
enemy's coming or not, but on our own
readiness to receive him . . . no matter what he does."
-- Sun Tzu

     "Revolution is not a dinner-party.
It is an act of violence through which
one class overthrows another"
-- Mao Zedong

/John

***** Training *****

    Paladin Training
"Paladin Training" <paladintraining@sc.rr.com>
is conducting Urban Break Contact,
an advanced three day two person team tactics class.
     Details at
https://www.facebook.com/events/1540599076214357/
     If you think it could never happen here, you're wrong.
http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-ln-san-bernardino-shooter-planned-deadly-bombing-shooting-on-91-freeway-records-show-20151217-story.html

---

     If you're struggling to do something,
you're wrong.  The Taoist philosophy is
that everything is done easily if done
correctly.  So, search for the proper
technique.  Everything can be done easily
if the correct technique is applied.  You
never have to revert to brute force.
Strive for elegance in your solution.
Strive for simplicity in your solution.
     Alexander cutting the Gordian Knot with
a sword, was a brute force solution.
(Knot Theory is a well developed branch of
mathematics.)  Comparing encrypted forms
of words in a dictionary against the
encrypted form of your password, is a
brute force attack.  (Cryptanalysis is
a well developed branch of cryptology.)
Such "solutions" are unbecoming of the
sophisticated persons that we are.
---
     You will correct most errors
automatically with practice.  That's why
we practice.  The correct technique will
become obvious to you.  The correct
position will feel natural and comfortable
to you.  With practice.
     How much practice?  This varies from
person to person, but generally 2000
correctly executed shots (dry or live)
will put you on the first plateau.
     If you're still making baby errors,
you're not practicing enough.  (The errors
that I have repeatedly cited in the notes
that I give you after every match.)
     The shots fired in your matches
should be a minuscule fraction of your
shots recorded in your journal.  If your
match shots are a significant fraction
of your total shots fired, you are not
practicing enough.
---
     Prone shooting is a vast body of
knowledge.  But, I can't teach it to you
unless you practice prone shooting (a lot).
Because, without experience, it won't make
sense to you.  We will be exchanging English
words without semantics (meaning).  Because,
we would share no common experience.
     I am observing the SCATT traces and
ask the prone shooter, "Are you breathing?"
He responds, "Yes."  But, the SCATT trace
shows no up and down motion associated
with breathing.  In prone, assuming you
have a correct natural point of aim, your
sights will be on the center of the bull
during your respiratory pause between
your exhale and your inhale.  When you
inhale, your sights will move down,
(hopefully straight down) below the center.
When you exhale, the sights will move
up (hopefully straight up) to the center.
And stop dead-center on the bull at your
natural respiratory pause.
     So, the shooter was not breathing
during his shot process.  He was not
aware of what correct sight movement
looked like while breathing during
the shot process.  He believed that
he was breathing.
     What we think can be completely
disconnected from reality.  (For instance,
all of liberal ideology.  Listen to
Barry Soetoro (also known as Barack Obama)
talk.  As President Reagan said,
"The trouble with our Liberal friends is
not that they're ignorant; it's just that
they know so much that isn't so.")
That's why you have coaches.  The coach
will point out to you what you are doing,
even if you are sure that you are doing
something else.  But, in order to get this
coaching, you have to show up to practice
and ask the coach to watch you.  You have to
make a reservation for the SCATT system,
so the coach can observe your traces.
     Yes, you have to do this.  You have
to initiate.  "Reaching out to the coach"
by email is not sufficient.  You have to
follow through.
---
     "My sights are wobbling all over
the place."
     No, that is false.  Your movement
is very smooth and controlled.  Any
movement under extreme magnification,
which is what the SCATT system is doing,
will appear to be jerky and jagged.
Look at the smooth glass of a mirror
under a microscope and you will see a
rough surface.
     Even the surface of a neutron star
will appear rough under sufficient
magnification.  It has to, if you
believe in the Heisenberg Uncertainty
Principle and Perturbation Theory.
(Einstein did not believe in Quantum
Mechanics.)
---
     A national level coach said to me,
"What are you doing spending money on a
SCATT system for a high school team?
Even some college teams don't have such
systems.  You should be spending your
money on . . . "
     I disagree.  When I was in grad
school, some of the students were
complaining to the professor that the
tests were too hard.  It was impossible
to finish the test.  It was impossible
to do some of the problems on the test.
(Prof. Lee Lady liked to give take home
tests that were due a week later.)
To which Prof. Lady explained that the
tests contained problems that his C students
could do to give them a sense of
accomplishment.  There were problems
that challenged his B students to make
them feel they were getting their money's
worth in this class.  And there were
problems to keep his A students
entertained, so he wouldn't lose them.
(A good grad student is useful as slave
labor for the professor.)
     In a similar vein, our rifle team is
normally distributed (a mathematical
distribution, not a colloquial term)
with respect to skill (as are all large
populations).  At the high end of the
distribution are those who could make
a national team.  (This has nothing to
do with potential.  This is purely a
matter of dedication.)  But, the SCATT
system is not just to keep the dedicated
shooters entertained.  It is a diagnostic
tool to see the things that are not
visible with eyeball observations.
     So, if you are on the team and
not making regular use of the SCATT
system, you are wasting a valuable
resource.
     Besides your daily practice, you
should be on the SCATT with a coach
once a week, at least once every other
week.  You'll find out all kinds of
things that you're doing that you didn't
know that you were doing.  You'll discover
all kinds of things that you're not
doing that you thought you were doing.
---
     I'm planning on taking Rangemaster's
Instructor Development Course
http://rangemaster.com/training/instructor-development-course/
Friday, 9/29/2017, 09:00 to
Sunday, 10/1/2017, 18:00 in
Franklin, TN (just south of Nashville on I-65)
     Let me know if you plan to go. 

***** Tactics *****

Swift, Short, Violent. Realities of CCW
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2016/11/30/swift-short-violent-realities-ccw/

***** Techniques *****

Reloading: Essential or insignificant?
http://handguncombatives.blogspot.com/2016/11/reloading-essential-or-insignificant.html

Man Dies Attempting Appendix Carry Reholster In Milkwaukee
http://bearingarms.com/bob-o/2015/08/23/man-dies-attempting-appendix-carry-reholster-milkwaukee/
     Appendix carry violates our safety rule,
"Never cover anything you are not willing to destroy."
How are you going to avoid muzzling yourself?  Some
awkward contorted presentation and holstering
technique? 
     Shoulder holsters also violate our
safety rule.  How are you going to avoid muzzling
your support side arm?  Again, some awkward contorted
unrealistic technique?
     "If I practice it enough, I can make it work."
     What a ridiculous waste of practice time and
effort.  The sensible thing to do is to carry on
your belt at 3 o'clock for right handers and 9 o'clock
for left handers.
     There is quite an industry of trainers teaching
appendix carry and manufacturers making appendix
carry holsters.  That does not mean it's correct or
even makes sense.  For instance, the U.S. Army has purchased
millions of Blackhawk SERPA holsters.  But, the
Department of the Interior and the Department of
Homeland Security have both banned the holster
for good reason. 
(See previous postings for the primary source documents.
Or, send me an email and I will send them to you.)
     Stupidity runs rampant, and will in any free
society that has freedom of the press and freedom
of speech.  It is your responsibility to figure things
out for yourself.

***** Gear *****

     A friend gave me a short sleeve shirt.
So no, I did not buy it.  But, I did not
receive it free of charge from the dealer
either.  It is a Propper Tactical Sweep,
manufactured by Propper in Haiti and the
Dominican Republic. 
https://www.propper.com/
It is designed for civilian concealed carry. 
The features are:
     reinforced neck (subtle, but effective),
     pockets to hold pens on the sleeve (so
they are out of the way of a shoulder holster
presentation, as they would be on the left
breast for a right handed shooter),
     two front pockets with magnetic closures,
     front buttons are visible but fake (front
closure is by hidden snaps),
     Velcro side closures to allow easy
access to a pistol carried on side of the hip
without tearing the shirt or getting stuck
on anything,
     underarm gussets to allow lifting the
arms without pulling the shirt up to reveal
the pistol on your hip.
     There is also a zippered pocket on the
lower left front of the shirt that the
manufacturer advertises as a feature, but
I have not found it useful.
     I recommend this product.

     May I invite your attention to Life View Outdoors,
2844 Logan Street
Nashville, TN 37211
www.lifeviewoutdoors.com
     Mr. Mike Merryman is the proprietor.
mike@lifeviewoutdoors.com
     I went just to look and spent way too
much money there.  You have been warned.
I bought a
Pelican 7600 LED USB Rechargeable Flashlight
for $89.95.  It is way too complicated for
combat use, but it was just so cool I couldn't
resist.
     He recently sponsored sniper training for
law enforcement at Nissan Stadium. 
https://www.tacflow.com/course%20fliers/PSRPV%20Nashville%20Training%20Announcement.pdf
See the photos on his Facebook page at
https://www.facebook.com/LifeViewOutdoors/

***** Instructors *****

11 Ways To Help a New Shooter Succeed
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2016/3/26/11-ways-to-help-a-new-shooter-succeed/

***** Pedagogy *****


***** Education *****

Greg Ellefritz's
Weekend Knowledge Dump
is always very informative.
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/

     Sterotypes may be politically incorrect,
but they are true.  Otherwise, they wouldn't be
stereotypes.  Trust your intuition when looking at someone.
     For those who don't want to do the heavy reading of a peer
reviewed journal paper, here is the Pscychology Today magazine article.
"Criminals Look Different From Noncriminals"
https://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/the-scientific-fundamentalist/201103/criminals-look-different-noncriminals
     The cited link to the primary source is obsolete. 
The journal got taken over by another organization. 
The correct link to the primary source is,
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ebs/5/1/66.pdf&uid=2011-14970-005&db=PA
The abstract is at
http://psycnet.apa.org/journals/ebs/5/1/66/

Vision and Shooting and Aging (Part 1)
https://chrissajnog.com/vision-shooting-aging-part-1/
Shooting, Vision, and the Effects of Aging (Part 2)
https://chrissajnog.com/vision-shooting-and-aging-part-two/

How Close Is Too Close?
(Original article by by Dennis Tueller )
http://www.theppsc.org/Staff_Views/Tueller/How.Close.htm
     The original experiment was done by Mike Waidelich. 
Tueller wrote up the results of the Waidelich study, and
published in the March 1983 issue of SWAT magazine.

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

State Gun Laws
https://www.nraila.org/gun-laws/state-gun-laws/
     State constitution provisions.

***** 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

Sunday, November 20, 2016

CWP, 20 November 2016 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

     In a RAP (Rape Aggression Prevention) course
pre-course questionnaire, 67% of the women responded
that they had survived a violent sexual assault.
http://americanwarriorshow.libsyn.com/action-vs-intent-tips-and-tricks-and-qa-with-mike-seeklander
(They waste a lot of time talking about making coffee
in this pod cast.)
     How do we get in front of this?  Train your
women folk.  Color Code of mental awareness,
Combat Mind Set, don't sit in your car in dark
parking lots playing with your electronic
devices, don't go to stupid places, don't do
stupid things, don't hang out with stupid people,
etc.  Of course, there is a sampling bias.  The
women were in the class because they had been
attacked.  A woman who has never been attacked
might not think she needs such a class and so
doesn't attend in the first place.  It's very
difficult for people to see into the future
to prepare.  Because the person would have to
think.  And as Henry Ford said, "Thinking is the
hardest thing a person can do, that's why so
few people do it."  So, your job is to help
people think, so that they prepare by seeking
training.

The Code of the Lawman
http://defense-training.com/2016/the-code/

“Farnam’s Code”
http://defense-training.com/2016/farnams-code/

***** Training *****

Front Sight Reality Check
http://www.ignatius-piazza-front-sight.com/2016/10/15/new-front-sight-reality-check-gun-training-video-33/#vid
     Brad Ackman is wrong about shooting the bad guy
in the back.  If the bad guy had dropped his weapon
and surrendered (or ran away), there would have been
no threat.  But, that is not what happened. 
The bad guy kept his weapon and ran in a particular
direction that incidentally exposed his back to the
good guy.  Retreat is a tactical maneuver.  Retreat
is not surrender.  As long as the bad guy had his gun,
he was a threat.  Even if the bad guy had lost control
of his gun, he would still be a threat by virtue of
his body size and physique.

Two for Flinching: How to Stop Anticipating When You Shoot
http://www.itstactical.com/warcom/firearms/two-for-flinching-how-to-stop-anticipating-when-you-shoot/
     Dry practice the surprise break.
Meditation and visualization.  This is
exactly what they teach in the Riflery
and Archery coaches courses at the
Olympic Training Centers.

     I love this video.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KcQy0R_le98&feature=youtu.be

***** Tactics *****

Suspect Disarms Officer, Shoots Bystander
https://activeselfprotection.com/suspect-disarms-officer-shoots-bystander/
     "If you are open carrying as either
a cop or an armed citizen without having
extensive weapon retention training you
are absolutely foolish." -- Greg Ellifritz
     [I train my students to always carry
concealed to maintain the tactical element
of surprise.  Because carrying open will
make you the primary target in any criminal
scenario.  You will be mistaken for a cop
or a courier of high value items. -- Jon Low]

Check 360 Explained
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zoViVv2kuFw
     This is significantly different from the
Sul position (pistol held against your
chest pointed down in front of you [The standard
Sul position is a one handed grip.  The
retention Sul position is a two handed
grip. (But, not a two handed firing grip.)] )
or the cheek index (pistol held against side of
your head outside your field of vision
pointed up [This is a two handed firing grip]). 
Dave Spaulding advocates a one handed grip
in a close contact position with the pistol
pointed down and far enough in front of you
to avoid muzzling your legs.

***** Techniques *****

The danger of retention and contact shooting
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/the-danger-of-retention-and-contact-shooting/law-enforcement-defense-security

Shooting Through Glass
http://www.breachbangclear.com/jtt-shooting-through-glass-with-kyle-lamb/
     Lessons learned --
The bullet doesn't go where you aimed it. 
Multiple shots through glass don't group.

Critical-Space Pistol by Dave Spaulding AAR (After Action Report)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iHEe07k-MN0
     At 16:17 / 22:09 Mr. Spaulding demonstrates his version of
Tap, Rack, Point.

How to Avoid Bouncing Bullets | HANDGUN COMBATIVES 2
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GCPSSi2btYY

***** Gear *****

Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers
ban the SERPA holsters.
https://www.fletc.gov/sites/default/files/imported_files/reference/public-information/freedom-of-information-act-foia/reading-room/training-information/holisterStudy.pdf
     The design is just wrong,
for all the reasons cited.

[Cartridge] Nosedive And Feed Angle In The 1911 .45 ACP
http://americanhandgunner.com/nosedive-and-feed-angle-in-the-1911-45-acp/

Detailed animation and explation of Glock firing cycle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uiV7m0VGKY8

There are several "Meltdown" videos on YouTube.com
where they fire the gun full auto until it fails.
This is one done with a Glock.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ub4OswUhLwo
     An infrared video is inserted in the
lower right corner.
     Recoil spring guide rod melts and is
replaced with a steel guide rod.
     Trigger melts, preventing the action
from resetting, thus stopping the experiment.

***** Instructors *****


***** Pedagogy *****

 
***** Education *****

On Saturday February 25, 2017
Nashville Armory
4290 Kenilwood Dr, Nashville, TN 37204
will be hosting Andrew Branca as he teaches
his LEVEL 1 Law of Self Defense Class,
specific to the laws of Tennessee and Kentucky. 
You've armed yourself to win the physical fight. 
Attend this class to prepare yourself to win
the legal fight.  To find out more go to:
http://lawofselfdefense.com/nashville

Rangemaster newsletter
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/11/2016-11_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
Excerpt: 
"Training and practice build skill.
Skill builds confidence.
Confidence leads to coolness.
Coolness prevents panic.
This is what wins fights."

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


***** 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