Saturday, August 26, 2017

CWP, 26 August 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

Email to students in the 3 March 2018 A.D. Defensive Pistol course --
Hi Students,
     We're seven months out from our class and we already have questions
that I feel I should answer to everyone.

     Never fire warning shots. 
     A warning shot is not legally justifiable under any legal theory
in any state in the United States.  (Yes, Vice President Joe Biden is an idiot.)
     There is no safe place to fire a warning shot.  Any shot fired into the
air will come down with approximately equal speed as it went up. 
(Gravity is a conservative field.)  400 feet per second is sufficient to
break skin.  Your 1800 foot per second bullet will kill when it comes
down on someone. 
Any shot fired into the ground will ricochet off the asphalt road,
concrete sidewalk, or rock in the ground, and hit someone, maybe you.
     If you fire a warning shot, that's reckless endangerment.
If you hit someone with a warning shot, that's gross negligence.
If you kill someone with a warning shot, that's negligent homicide. 
And these are all best case scenarios.  (Simply presenting the pistol,
without pointing it at the person, without legal justification
is assault in most states.)
     If you had time to fire a warning shot, you were not in
immediate threat of death or grave bodily injury.  So, you lose
your claim of self defense.

     Never shoot to wound.
     Shooting in a high stress combat situation is extremely difficult. 
Hitting your intended target is a low probability event.  Hitting an arm
or leg is a zero probability event.*  That means that you will
almost always miss.  Every miss is destroying property and injuring
innocent bystanders, perhaps killing them. 
     So, you must always shoot to the center of mass of your target. 
There are only two reasonable targets to stop the attack 
[We never shoot to kill.  We always shoot to stop the attack. 
This is very important.  This is what you must say to the police. 
This will play at your trail, if you are prosecuted for your self
defense shooting.] : 
the high thoracic cavity, defined by the nipples and the notch
at the top of the sternum; and
the cranio-ocular cavity, defined by the  eyes and nose. 
(These are from the frontal aspect of the assailant. 
For other aspects, see the lesson plans.)
     If the enemy is behind cover, then the target may be a foot
or an elbow.  In that case, it is tactically correct to shoot to the
center of mass of that target.  Because, whoever inflicts the first
hit will usually win the fight.  Minor injuries can cause a
psychological stop, as opposed to a physical stop.  [Physical
stops require damaging the central nervous system or massive
blood loss.]

     Carrying a firearm without a solid understanding of the law
of self defense is an act of criminal stupidity. 
     Understanding the law gives you confidence. 
Which allows you to move quickly.  And act decisively.
     A lack of confidence will cause hesitation, which will result
in your death or the death of the ones you are trying to protect.
 
Cheers,
Jon

*     Zero probability events happen all the time.  Zero probability
does not mean the event can't occur.  It means the measure
of the probability space of that event is zero.
     "almost always" is a technical term in mathematics.  It doesn't
mean that the complementary set is null.  It just means that the
measure of the complementary set is zero.

***** Mindset *****

Learning Close Quarter Defense | Angel Naves | TEDxOaksChristianSchool
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mpQAsB1ECXo
     This video has nothing to do with Close Quarter Defense. 
It's about you making a decision.

"Why High Performers Feel Awkward In Mediocre Groups,
And What They Can Do About It"
https://soflete.com/blogs/knowledge/why-high-performers-feel-awkward
Excerpt:
". . . most underachievers are seeking an experience, not the pursuit of excellence."
     Please take the author's words to heart.  Aaron is talking to YOU, about
what you are doing in your defensive pistol practice (and the rest of your life).
     The author uses the acronym GWOT which stands for Global War on Terrorism. 
This war was declared by the second President Bush by executive order. 
(Yes, I know that Constitutionally, only the Congress may declare war. 
But, I'm talking reality, not legality.)  I've received written orders that
cite this executive order.  There is also a classified executive order that
we operated under.  To the best of my knowledge every President since has
signed a document to the effect that all executive orders of my predecessors
remain in effect.  They are of course, superseded by new executive orders.
     Did you ever wonder why there are relatively few terrorist attacks in
the United States compared to the rest of the world (Europe and Africa for
instance)?  It's because we kill the terrorist before they attack. 
Such killings are not murder because they are not illegal.  They are extralegal. 
More words to look up in your dictionary, more concepts for you to research. 
Because it is important you understand the world you live in.  Ignorance allows
you to live in bliss, until reality rudely awakens you or kills you.
     "Law enforcement can arrest them.  That will keep us safe." 
     What happens when we arrest them and send them to Gitmo?  President Obama
releases them and they return to their units and kill us in the field.  So, we
end up having to kill them in the field.  The scary thing is that this actually
makes sense to some U.S. citizens and elected politicians. 

"Mindset is the Fairy Godmother of Survival"
http://www.themartialcritic.com/the-path-to-artistry-starts-with-criticism/mindset-is-the-fairy-godmother-of-survival
     Not exactly an opposing opinion, but I seriously consider clear articulate
thinkers who say that what I teach is wrong.

     If there is any doubt, there is no doubt. 
Pass it by.  Trust your intuition.

***** Training *****

John Farnam on The Nature of Bad Habits
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QNy9wl6wKJ4

"Push your shooting skills beyond what you think you’ll need"
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/push-your-shooting-skills-beyond-what-you-think-youll-need/law-enforcement-defense-security
     You have to be physically fit to run down 44 flights of stairs to escape
the burning building.  But, if your child came to work with you, you have
to be able to carry your child down 44 flights of stairs. 
     You have to have swimming skills to get to shore if your plane ditches. 
But, if you love your spouse, you need to be able to defeat his panicked
struggle and pull him to shore.  Life saving skills are an order of magnitude
more than swimming skills.

"Stick to One Concealed-Carry Gun"
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/7/28/stick-to-one-concealed-carry-gun/
Excerpt:
"I've got one kind of concealed-carry gun and
it's carried in the same location that it
has been toted for quite a number of years now.
. . .
Keep it simple."

     Hick’s Law: Reaction time increases with the number of choices.
Hick, W.E. (1952), “On the Rate of Gain of Information”,
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 4, pages 11-26.
(I could not find a hyperlink for this article.)
     So, always wear your equipment in the same place.
     Always execute immediate action when the gun doesn’t go bang.
It will be obvious when something else needs to be done.
     Always shoot to the center of mass of whatever the
available target is.
     The fewer decisions you make, the faster you go.
The fewer options you have to choose from in each decision,
the faster you go.

"Fighting: Technique and Equipment"
http://defense-training.com/2017/fighting-technique-and-equipment/
Excerpt:
When you are not prepared to confront your own death (with a grim smile)
and chose to fight courageously, and die when that is the final outcome,
for values and beliefs that are more important to you than life itself,
then you are, in truth, unprepared and should never consider yourself
'well trained.' -- Ron Avery

On impact weapons
"Swing For the Fence" by Paul Sharp
https://sharpdefense.blog/2017/07/23/swing-for-the-fence/

"Patterns of Training - Frontline Debriefs"
https://www.swatmag.com/articles/patterns-of-training

John Farnam on W. I. N.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rISERh7IHcc
     What's Important Now (W.I.N.).  Do not perform a diagnoses. 

"Training for Close-Range Defense with Your Concealed Carry Gun"
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/8/4/training-for-close-range-defense-with-your-concealed-carry-gun/
     In combat (as opposed to training) the signal to initiate
the use of force will be visual, not audio.  So, having your
training partner cause a visual change that signals your action
is reasonable.  For instance, when the flashlight illuminates
the pistol that the target is holding.  If your flashlight is
not bright enough to be seen in daylight conditions, you should
probably get a brighter flashlight. (Or, put something reflective
on the target, so that it will flash when your flashlight covers
it.)

"Don’t Fidget With Your Gun, Or You Could Shoot Someone"
https://www.concealedcarry.com/safety/dont-fidget-gun-could-shoot-someone/
     Complacency kills.

"300 Negligent Discharges: Comprehensive Data Science Reveals
Gun Grabbers and Gun Owners are Both Wrong"
https://www.concealedcarry.com/safety/300-negligent-discharges-comprehensive-data-science-reveals-gun-grabbers-and-gun-owners-are-both-wrong/
     About half the people injured by negligent discharges were not
the person handling the gun at the time. 
     About 1/3 of the people involved in negligent discharges died. 

How to Use a Revolver
http://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/how-to-use-a-revolver/

***** Tactics *****

     Notice the significant number of law enforcement officers killed
with their own weapon,
https://ucr.fbi.gov/leoka/2015/tables/table_19_leos_fk_vo_killed_with_own_weapon_disarmed_of_weapon_and_weapon_stolen_by_offender_2006-2015.xls
     That is why weapon retention training is an essential part of
your training.  I once caught a football only to have a defensive
lineman pull it away from me and run it in for a touchdown.  And I
was hanging on tight and correctly as I was taught.  No matter how
big and strong you are, there is always someone bigger and stronger,
who will rip that pistol out of your hands.  If you give him the
chance.  So, if you're not holding the pistol at arms length to aim,
you have to keep your pistol pulled in tight to your body in a
compressed ready or close contact position.  Holding the pistol
out at a low ready position is wrong, because it makes it easier
for the enemy to take it from you.  Yes, as a matter of fact,
criminals practice disarming techniques in prison.  Prison is higher
education for criminals.

***** Techniques *****

Gunfight Science: Gun Malfunction Busting Tips/Tactics
https://www.gunsamerica.com/blog/gunfight-science-gun-malfunction-busting-tipstactics/

AIMING IS USELESS (if you move the gun when you fire)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=li0rGtXh23I

"The Counting Game"
http://www.iacombatives.com/2017/07/26/the-counting-game/
     Try it with your children.

"Scary strangers, children, and boundary setting in the grocery store"
http://www.corneredcat.com/scary-strangers-children-and-boundary-setting-in-the-grocery-store/

"Managing the Initial Police Contact"
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/07/killing-within-the-law-3-managing-the-initial-police-contact.html

John Farnam on Katrina Gunfight
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zECtx2-YLVI
     You must be able to change techniques
based on the environment.

Staging an emergency cell phone
https://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/video/emergency-cell-phone-call-013106/
     Old cell phones that are off contract are still capable of calling 911.
(So, don't let little children play with them!)

Push Me Pull You (long gun technique)
https://sharpdefense.blog/2017/08/04/push-me-pull-you/

Pay Attention!
http://defense-training.com/2017/pay-attention/

Toast!
http://defense-training.com/2017/toast/

***** Philosophy *****

THE IMPORTANCE OF "WHY" - REACTIVE WEAPON MANIPULATIONS
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/07/the-importance-of-why-reactive-weapon-manipulations.html
     I often post articles that conflict with what I teach. 
If your gun does not fire, I teach "Tap, Rack, Point In (which
means to align the sights, place the top of the front sight on
the center of mass of the target, take the slack out of the
trigger, and assess the situation)", because I think the
shooting should always be an intellectual decision,
not a programmed reflex response. 
     Gabe Suarez disagrees in this article. 
Please consider his argument.

***** Gear *****

     A former student told me that while test firing his pistol,
a Rorhbaugh 9mm, the slide of the pistol jammed to the rear.
    Yes, you have to test fire your firearms.  But, that's not enough.
You have to stress test them, by doing a training course with them.
Only then will you find out under what conditions they will fail.
Test firing on a square range will not give you sufficient information.
Many, many of my students have determined that certain pieces of
equipment don't work or need fixing to make them work reliably.
     In this case, the Rorhbaugh cannot be reloaded using commonly
taught techniques, and the operator cannot clear malfunctions
using commonly taught techniques, because it does not have a
magazine release button or lever accessible by the firing side
hand.  And worse, commonly taught one handed techniques for
reloading and malfunction clearing won't work with this pistol.
     There are many expensive, finely made pistols that are not
designed correctly for combat use.  As John Farnam says, many
manufactures don't have any operators on staff to field test
their prototypes before they start manufacturing.  (Personal
communication in the context of a holster that he had written
about in one of his quips.)

Why Penetration is too Important to Ignore
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2017/08/09/penetration/
 
RED DOT PISTOLS TRAINING AND EQUIPMENT
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/08/red-dot-pistols-training-and-equipment-update-july-2017.html
Excerpt:
Serpa holsters are the most marketed and most poorly
designed holsters on the planet.  Truly, I would say
you are far better off carrying a pistol with an empty
chamber, stuck in your belt holsterless like a common
thug, than using a Serpa.

     Student:  I frequently draw from concealment which
for my everyday pistol means a pocket holster.
You are right. So much depends on type of pants and
if you are standing or seated.
     Jon Low:  A pocket holster is a bad idea on many
levels:  The pistol is not accessible when in a seated
position.  You can't keep anything else in that pocket
because anything can get inside the trigger guard,
which will foul your draw or fire the pistol.  When
seated the pistol is pointed at the person across the
table from you (or worse, at your femoral artery),
which violates our safety rule.  I read a long list
once, but I can't remember all of the other reasons on
that list.
     Inside the waist band holster at 3 o'clock
(or 9 o'clock for left handers) is the best.  Because
it allows you to present from the holster to the
target without covering yourself or anyone around you. 

***** Instructors *****

John Farnam on Middle Finger Negligence
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fLiVKVBQxRo
     Instructors, you must watch for this and
prevent your students from doing this.

***** Pedagogy *****

Teaching Tip: Avoid "Pseudoteaching"
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/teaching-tip-avoid-pseudoteaching
     Make sure to read,
"10 WAYS TO SPOT THE DIFFERENCE BETWEEN
PSEUDOTEACHING (PT) AND REAL TEACHING (RT)"
in the article. 

Tactical Thought Crime And The War On Derp
http://ballisticradio.com/2017/05/31/tactical-thought-crime-and-the-war-on-derp-podcast-season-5-ballistic-radio-episode-210-may-28th-2017/
Excerpts:  (I paraphrase. -- Jon Low)
     The instructor who says, I don't need to learn anymore because I
am just teaching beginners, is being disrespectful to his students.
(at 18:42)
     I see a huge number of instructors who are woefully unprepared . . .
(at 20:10)
     Teaching beginners is actually the hardest work in the training industry.
(at 23:26)
     Is your life worth defending? . . . Some students have not given
themselves permission to protect their own lives.
(at 30:30)
     You may be the only person who has spoken to the student about
self defense, and self defense with a gun.  You have a high responsibility
to know what you're talking about, and get it right.  Because you may be
the only voice they hear in their mind's ear at 03:00 AM when they are
attacked in the dark by the home invader.
(at 35:00)
     Take classes with the best instructors.  Take the class left handed
if you are right handed.  Take the class with a revolver if you usually
carry a semi-auto.  Observe how the instructors teach you.  So, you can
model their behavior for your students.
     Take the class to learn how to teach better, not to learn how to
shoot better.
-- Kathy Jackson, The Cornered Cat

***** Education *****

     Statistics from John Farnam:
     Having presented your pistol to an assailant,
the odds that you will have to shoot him are 1 in 30. 
     The average American will buy a pistol
and run 7 rounds through it in his life time.
     When a gun shot wound arrives in
the emergency room, only 3% will die.

"How Vision Impacts Your Shooting"
http://www.breachbangclear.com/vision-impacts-shooting/

Range Etiquette & Safety
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e3Dj8OBdB9Q&feature=youtu.be

Law of Self Defense Podcast 8-14-17
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_XKNUnnbNCY
Excerpt:
     Road rage -- Don't stop.  Drive away.
     Once you present your pistol, you have a non-zero
probability of dying, you have a non-zero probability of
going to jail.  There is no way to reduce the probabilities
to zero.
     [Once your case goes to trial, you have a 10% to 20%
chance of being convicted (assuming you are morally
innocent), because the jury is made up of people who were
not smart enough to get off jury duty.  And the prosecutor
would never prosecute an innocent person.  But, that's okay. 
It's better to be alive in prison than dead.  Why aren't you
dead?  Because God still has work for you to do.  In prison,
you might be able to bring a lost soul to Christ. 
     If you stop thinking about yourself and concentrate
on helping others, YOU WIN! -- Jon Low]

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

"Scientific Theory v. Legal Theory"
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2017/07/10/scientific-theory-v-legal-theory/

"States ask Supreme Court to halt unjustified searches of lawful gun owners"
http://www.guns.com/2017/07/28/states-ask-supreme-court-to-halt-unjustified-searches-of-lawful-gun-owners/
     Amicus brief in opposition to
en banc (16 judge panel) 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling,
http://14544-presscdn-0-64.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/07/Robinson_v._United_States_Amicus_Final_PDF_M0235370xCECC6-c1.pdf
     Original 4th Circuit Court of Appeals ruling (3 judge panel),
http://14544-presscdn-0-64.pagely.netdna-cdn.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/01/U.S.-v.-Shaquille-Montel-Robinson-en-banc.pdf
     Conflicting ruling from the 6th Circuit Court of Appeals,
http://www.opn.ca6.uscourts.gov/opinions.pdf/15a0092p-06.pdf
     Guns.com article about original appellate ruling,
http://www.guns.com/2017/01/26/federal-court-police-can-frisk-anyone-at-stops-even-those-with-carry-permits/
     Blue Sheepdog article with background on ruling
"Concealed Carry: A New Legal Consideration!"
http://www.bluesheepdog.com/2017/07/21/concealed-carry-new-legal-consideration/

"Concealed Carry and Police Encounters"
http://www.bluesheepdog.com/2017/07/25/concealed-carry-police-encounters/

4 Self-Defense Insurance Options To Protect Your Six
https://gundigest.com/handguns/concealed-carry/4-self-defense-insurance-options

Two Cities!
http://defense-training.com/2017/two-cities/
Excerpt:
     "There is a feeling of personal dignity and independence
in grasping, literally, the power to back, with lethal force,
your refusal to be a target of violent crime.
     This is not a 'sense of power.'  It is the experience of
escaping from a sense of powerlessness." 
-- John Longenecker

Dr. John Lott (http://crimeresearch.org)
On Armed American Radio
"To discuss how law-abiding permit holders are."
https://crimeresearch.org/2017/08/armed-american-radio-discuss-law-abiding-permit-holders/
Excerpt:
     Democrats are trying to keep poor people
from being able to defend themselves by imposing
taxes on the acquiring of carry permits.
     Democrat Chief Law Enforcement Officers
are preventing racial minorities from being able
to defend themselves by refusing to issue carry
permits to them.

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

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

***** Miscellany *****

The Responsible Patriot at
https://www.theresponsiblepatriot.com/
has a link to DefensivePistolcraft.com.
And refers to it as ". . . one awesome blog."

"Skill Set: Flying with Firearms" 
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231918

     If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Saturday, July 29, 2017

CWP, 29 July 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

     Greg Ellifritz does a fine job of compiling
useful information with his Weekly Knowledge Dump.
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/weekend-knowledge-dump-july-14-2017

***** Mindset *****

"There are things that you cannot imagine,
but there is  nothing that may not happen!"
-- CIA Axiom

     Blind spots are not things you cannot see.
(Because you can imagine them, visualize them,
even if you can't see them.)
Blind spots are things that you don't know
you cannot see.
     Superstitions are not beliefs that you know
are false.  Superstitions are beliefs that you
know are true, that are false.
     Training (not just education) is required
to defeat blind spots and superstitions.
Of course, if the instructor is reinforcing
your superstitions, the training is bad.  The
solution is to take classes from many different
instructors (even if they are at the same school).
If you can count the names of your instructors
on one hand, your training is not diverse enough.
     That's why attending the Tactical Conference
http://rangemaster.com/2018-tactical-conference/
is so valuable.  In one weekend, you will have
the opportunity to learn from many instructors
and to talk to them, between classes, at dinner,
at lunch, etc. 

Fatal Fantasies!
http://defense-training.com/2017/fatal-fantasies/

Skill Set: Justified
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231865

Docternal Change!
http://defense-training.com/2017/docternal-change/

How To Develop A Survivor Mindset
https://survivalreport.org/develop-survivor-mindset/

Not This Again! (A Handy Reminder)
by Tamara Keel
http://www.breachbangclear.com/not-this-again/
     Scroll to the bottom of the web page to see
her picture and read the caption.  A girl after
my own heart.

Beyond the Gun: Overview Of A Street Encounters Class
https://www.concealedcarry.com/training-2/beyond-the-gun-street-encounters/
     Watch the video by Craig Douglas.

5 Things to Say When Talking to Your Kids About Guns
(or anyone for that matter)
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2017/7/24/5-things-to-say-when-talking-to-your-kids-about-guns/

When Do You Carry A Concealed Handgun?
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/7/20/when-do-you-carry-a-concealed-handgun/
" . . . having a gun is really the first — and most important — rule
in winning a fight . . . "

***** Training *****

Training Scars
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/training-scars

Glad for my toolbox
http://shortbarrelshepherd.com/glad-for-my-toolbox-car-evolution-minnesota-ecqc-2017/

Breaking the connection between stress and tunnel vision
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/breaking-the-connection-between-stress-and-tunnel-vision/law-enforcement-defense-security


Visual perception delay and its effect on shooting
by Mike Ox
http://exclusive.multibriefs.com/content/visual-perception-delay-and-its-effect-on-shooting/law-enforcement-defense-security
     I've cited this article before, but it's worth
repeating in the context of this newsletter.

     Shootout Between Officers and Armed Robber Caught from Multiple Angles
https://activeselfprotection.com/shootout-between-officers-and-armed-robber-caught-from-multiple-angles/
     The Dundalk Gunfight – Multiple Perspectives
http://www.breachbangclear.com/dundalk-gunfight-multiple-perspectives/
     The Baltimore Transit Bus Shoot Out, A Critical Assessment
https://www.blacksheepwarrior.com/baltimore-transit-bus-shoot/
     Tourniquets are fine, but the correct first aid
is immediate direct pressure to the wound to stop the
bleeding.  Then, while someone is applying pressure,
you may apply a tourniquet.

Skill Set: Repetition
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231903
     I took the Front Sight 4-day Defensive Handgun class
four times before I earned the graduate certificate.  And
then I have taken the class several more time since. 
Because I enjoy taking others to the class.  And I learn
something new every time.  Because there is always a
different instructor, and I am using different equipment,
and the students are different, so the discussions are
different.

     Tom Givens' advice for preparing for a training class: 
     Do not be late.  [At Front Sight, they would tell us,
if you can't be on time, be early. -- Jon Low]
     You are expected to wear a gun throughout the course.
[Tom runs a hot range, as do all the best gun schools.
(Does that mean that the military gun schools are not the best?
Yes, that's exactly what that means.  Unrealistic behavior
in practice leads to unrealistic behavior in combat.)
Guns loaded and holstered.  Round in the chamber, full
magazine in the magazine well. -- Jon Low]
Bring a reliable pistol, of at least 9X19mm or .38 Special caliber,
and at least three magazines/speedloaders for it (more magazines,
more better!). You will need a good, concealment type belt holster
and magazine pouches.
     You don’t need to wear more than 2 spare magazines on your
person, but having more spares is always good. When you show up
for class, have your holster and magazine pouches on your belt,
with the gun and magazines in them. Please don’t show up not
wearing your gear. If you are a police officer, you may use your
duty rig, if you like.
     I suggest bringing a second gun just like your primary,
in case something breaks. This way you can still use the same
magazines, holster and ammo. Not mandatory, just a suggestion
based on experience. 
[But this should be mandatory.  Otherwise, the instructors will
have to loan you equipment when your equipment fails.  -- Jon Low]
If you wear a BUG (back up gun), feel free to wear it in class.
     Please bring 1,000 rounds of quality, factory or
re-manufactured, jacketed or plated ammunition.  This will be
used for your record qualification shooting. 
BE SURE THIS AMMO FEEDS RELIABLY IN YOUR GUN
AND THAT IT HITS TO THE SIGHTS. 
You might as well have every edge you can for your make it or
break it qualification. I suggest factory ball ammo, such as
Federal American Eagle, Winchester White Box,Independence, or
MagTech ball. All ammo must be jacketed or plated. 
Ammunition you reloaded is allowed, as long as it is jacketed.
[I, Front Sight, and many other gun schools forbid reloads of any kind.
Just because the reloader thinks that he is competent, does not
mean that he is competent.  Incompetent reloaders destroy guns
and injure shooters and spectators. -- Jon Low]
     A cooler with drinks and snacks would help you get through
the day with energy and comfort.

***** Tactics *****

Skill Set: Parking Lot
http://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/231856

***** Techniques *****

Strong Hand & Support Hand Only - Reloads
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6fRp5UHQn0Y&feature=youtu.be
     These techniques work.  I recommend Bob Allen.
     I don't teach these because I'm not willing to
bet that the slide will lock back on an empty magazine. 
I don't think the shooter should be using fine motor
operations in a high stress situation.  Better to
stick to gross motor operations.
Some of my students do not have the flexibility to
reach the magazine well when the pistol is holstered. 
     Don't stick your pistol into your Blackhawk
SERPA holster backwards.  It can get stuck.
     It's good to take classes from different
instructors.  You can never have too many software
tools in your software toolbox (your brain).

Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear
http://juneauempire.com/news/2017-06-30/armed-11-year-old-boy-saves-fishing-party-charging-bear
     A gun in hand is better than one slung on
your shoulder.

The Dangers of Backing Up . . . QUICKLY!
by Dave Spaulding
http://handguncombatives.blogspot.com/2017/06/the-dangers-of-backing-up-quickly.html
     I teach my students to lean forward when moving
backwards to avoid falling backwards.

Patrick Van Horne on Situational Awareness and Threat Detection
http://www.theideavacuum.com/podcast/patrick-van-horne-situational-awareness-threat-detection-idea-vacuum-podcast-006/

***** Gear *****

Fenix Store
https://www.fenix-store.com/
Use code NASHVILLE20 for 20% off.
Tactical flashlights,
https://www.fenix-store.com/tactical-flashlights/
Free shipping in the U.S.

***** Instructors *****

Cross-Dominant Eye Shooting
https://americanhandgunner.com/exclusive-cross-dominant-eye-shooting/
     Eye dominance is not correlated to vision acuity. 
You might see better with your non-dominant eye. 
     Eye dominance is only slightly correlated with
handedness.  You might be right handed, but left eye
dominant. 
     I haven't been able to find any literature in
the peer reviewed journals indicating a correlation
between eye dominance and right or left brain
hemisphere dominance (concerned with high order
intellectual or cognitive things).  [I mention this
because a student asked me.]  Eye dominance is
an optical thing, controlled in the back of the brain. 
The high order intellectual cognitive stuff is
controlled in the frontal lobes of the brain.  (But,
I'm not an expert in the field.  I just spent too
much time in the psych department when an undergrad.)

***** Pedagogy *****

Criticism <not equal to> Teaching
http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2017/07/criticism-teaching.html

***** Education *****

How to be a World-Class Negotiator
Life Lessons to Help Entrepreneurs, Business Owners & Creators
https://betterhumans.coach.me/how-to-be-a-world-class-negotiator-522feb081483
Talk given by Christopher Voss, former international FBI hostage negotiator.

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

California Senate Takes Up Bill Ensuring Teachers Cannot Shoot Back
http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/07/06/senate-committee-hear-bill-ensuring-teachers-cannot-shoot-back/

Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States:  2017
https://poseidon01.ssrn.com/delivery.php?ID=291017116081001114102017083075020069055063001016012032102066118104008070111023118007027096058007119109030021071127002102125031041042078020060025078065123090024081050017026083095110112015114097064070029123085015013120068003091093126080117115119081&EXT=pdf

Appeals court invalidates District of Columbia’s
"good reason" constraint on public carry of firearms
http://legalinsurrection.com/2017/07/appeals-court-invalidates-d-c-s-good-reason-constraint-on-public-carry-of-firearms/
     The citizens asked the appeals court (Federal Circuit Court)
to grant an injunction because the law would probably be
overturned by the trial court (Federal District Court) because
the law requiring "good reason" to keep and bear arms is
unconstitutional.  But, the appeals court did not grant an
injunction.  Rather, they (three Federal Circuit Court Judges)
ruled that the law was unconstitutional and did not allow the
District Court to hear the case.  Wow!  This rarely happens.
Big win for gun rights!

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

Burglary of Residence Prevention Tips
https://blog.hsoi.com/2017/07/05/burglary-of-residence-prevention-tips/

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


***** Miscellany *****

Rifles for Defense
An Interview with John and Vicki Farnam
https://armedcitizensnetwork.org/rifles-for-defense

Yet more excuses as to why I missed
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2017/7/3/the-forces-at-work-when-a-bullet-leaves-a-gun/
     Having worked as an artillery forward observer
and cannoneer (though never as a fire control person,
though I did grind through the calculations in
artillery school at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii)
I can attest to the reality of these things.  And I can
assure you that at pistol distances, they are of absolutely
no concern to us.  So, the picture of the person shooting
a pistol at the top of the article is misleading to put it
politely.  Even for long range rifle shooters, these are
third and fourth order effects.

The Best 1911 for the Money in 2017 (on Any Budget)
https://gunnewsdaily.com/best-1911-money/

     If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.

"I am sorry this letter is so long.  If I had had more
time, I would have written a shorter letter."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French
(not Emperor of France, for he was not a monarch
who owned all of the land of France)

Cheers,
Jon

Jonathan Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Saturday, July 1, 2017

CWP, 1 July 2017 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

“Without your rifle, you are nothing, worthless. 
You are  waiting for death, any minute, any second.”
-- Aron Bielski,
WWII Jewish Resistance Fighter in Eastern  Europe

JUSTIFIED KILLING - ISTANBUL DRILL APPLICATIONS
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/07/justified-killing-istanbul-drill-applications.html

We Shoot Back!
by John Farnam | 14 Jun 2017
http://defense-training.com/2016/we-shoot-back/

Theory and Practice
http://defense-training.com/2016/theory-and-practice/

Attitude is critical.  Consider the first article
in the Rangemaster newsletter.
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/06/2017-06_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
     Please evangelize.  The life you save may be
your own, or a loved one.

"To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for
that which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill

     My experience has been that the most interesting
missions, the most significant missions, are not those
that you are assigned in the course of your normal
duties, nor are they the ones you volunteer for.  Those
special missions are those you are tapped for, selected
because of your reputation and skill set.  They are the
missions that you never would have thought existed. 
That's why it is so important to be of good character.

Less than optimal!
http://defense-training.com/2016/less-than-optimal/
     This is the mind set that you must have to win.

3 Huge Concealed Carry Myths Debunked
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2017/6/19/3-huge-concealed-carry-myths-debunked/

***** Training *****

     Being able to focus on the front sight is essential. 
If you can't, fix the problem.  Yes, as a matter of fact
this is a matter of life or death.  (Yes, you need to be
able to shoot without your glasses or with the wrong
glasses, as Mr. Farnam states in his article, "Less Than
Optimal" above.  But, as a matter of training, you must
be able to achieve a high resolution image of your front
sight.)  Visual focus is inextricably connected to mental
focus.  If you focus on the front sight, you know where
the gun is pointed and can aim.  If you don't or can't
focus on the front sight, you will focus on the target,
in which case the sight will wander all over the place;
and you'll never notice it.  Failure to focus on the
front sight ensures you will miss.
     Yes, I know this is hard to achieve.  And I know
that you will need to practice it all the time, because
without recent practice, you won't do it automatically.

Training: One-handed shooting, practicing both hands
6/15/17 | by Eve Flanigan
http://www.guns.com/review/training-one-handed-shooting-practicing-both-hands/

Spot shooting (Part II)
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2017/05/28/spot-shooting-part-ii/
     Don't shoot at an area.  Pick a point to aim at.
If a point doesn't exist, visualize a point and aim at it.

Switch Hitting Shooting Drill
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/switch-hitting-shooting-drill

LEARNING TO MOVE - THE WHY OF KATA
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2017/06/learning-to-move-the-why-of-kata.html

Training: Practice shooting variances for pistol,
sitting, empty, one hand
http://www.guns.com/review/training-practice-shooting-variances-for-pistol-sitting-empty-one-hand/
     Suggestions to prevent dry practice from
becoming boring.

     I had a student who was having malfunctions (failure to fire),
because he was not compressing the grip safety.  His grip strength
was sufficient to compress the safety.  Everyone is different. 
When he had a correct grip with the barrel in a straight line with
the bones of his forearm and his thumb high (in this case on top
of the thumb safety), the base of his thumb did not naturally
compress the safety.  The solutions we came to: 
1.  When using two hands, push with the firing side arm and
pull with the support side arm.  (The standard Weaver system. 
It's really hard to get this dynamic tension using an Isosceles
system.)
2.  With one hand, (after pushing the safety off) bring the
thumb down to hold the pistol as a hammer.

***** Tactics *****

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Pistol as Impact Weapon
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/your-tactical-training-scenario-pistol-as-impact-weapon

***** Techniques *****

Col. Cooper's Modern Pistol Technique
1.  Weaver stance
2.  Flash sight picture
3.  Compressed surprise break
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1m9pZNRhNZk

     One of my students attended a course given by
John Connor (the firearms instructor, not the hero
of the Terminator movies).  Mr. Connor had said
that when scanning, you should look deep into the
background.  Most people only look about 50 feet
from their location.  So, they don't notice important
things further out.

***** Gear *****

New Concealed-Carry Gun Must-Do's
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2017/6/19/video-new-concealed-carry-gun-must-dos/

On-Body CCW For Women: Real Talk
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2017/6/20/on-body-ccw-for-women-real-talk/
     The author recommends professional instruction before
using the "Flash Bang" bra holster. (Because there are
documented cases of women shooting themselves while
holstering.  At least one that I know of resulting in
death.)  I recommend not using this type of holster. 
As I do not wear a bra, I am not writing from firsthand
experience.  But, as with shoulder holsters or
cross draw holsters, it is impractical to bring
the muzzle to bear on the target without sweeping the 90
degree quadrant to the left of the target (for a right
handed shooter).  So, it violates our safety rule.

***** Instructors *****

     Sometimes your assistant instructors or students will feel
uncomfortable reading the lectures, because of mature, sexual,
or violent content.  So, you should read the lecture. 
     We once had an assistant instructor who would not use the
foul language in the lecture because a 12 year old girl was in
the class.  Once, a student self censored herself because the
other students were strangers to her, and she could not bring
herself to talk about impotence or sexual dysfunction that
resulted from the trauma of shooting an assailant in a self
defense situation.
     Be aware, and do not put your assistants or students in
awkward situations.

THIS NEEDED TO BE SAID
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D7Y797rkbrA

***** Pedagogy *****

     Make sure to have handouts covering all of the material
that you present in class (and maybe material you don't have
time to present in class).  Because some students learn by
reading.  Some students have bad memories.  Some students have
poor hearing.  And all kinds of other reasons. 
     If you are afraid of your precious copyrighted
material being copied and distributed without your permission,
your attitude is wrong.  As Col. Jeff Cooper said, you may
freely distribute my works.  (as paraphrased in his writings
in the Scones).  This should be your attitude.
     Musical performers don't make money off the selling of
their recordings.  The recordings only serve to cause people
to want to attend concerts (live performances in person or
online).  That's where the performers make their money. 
That's the music industry business model.  This should be
your business model.
     The person who learned something from reading your works
may have saved their life or the lives of loved ones.  You
win!  You may not have made any money, but you won.  And who
knows, the person may attribute their success to you.  What
a reputation builder.

***** Education *****

Intellectual ammunition
http://crimeresearch.org

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

Justice Thomas and Gorsuch dissent in
EDWARD PERUTA, ET AL v. CALIFORNIA, ET AL
http://blog.lawofselfdefense.com/2017/06/26/supreme-court-declines-to-hear-peruta/

Peruta
by John Farnam | 26 Jun 2017
http://defense-training.com/2016/peruta/

Florida Changes Burden of Proof on Self-Defense Immunity
http://blog.lawofselfdefense.com/2017/06/09/florida-changes-burden-of-proof-on-self-defense-immunity/

Armed Homeowners in
Christiana (Rutherford County), Tennessee 
Capture Georgia Cop Killers
http://www.cbsnews.com/news/georgia-inmates-captured-ricky-dubose-donnie-russell/

National concealed reciprocity bill
picks up 200th supporter in House
http://www.guns.com/2017/06/22/national-concealed-reciprocity-bill-picks-up-200th-supporter-in-house/

Czech Republic Parliament Passes
Constitutional Right to Bear Arms
http://www.breitbart.com/london/2017/06/29/czech-republic-passes-constitutional-right-to-bear-arms/

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

"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined,
but  they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to
maintain a status of  independence from any who might
attempt to abuse them, which would include their  own
government." -- George Washington

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

"Fiction is much harder to write than non-fiction
because fiction has to make sense."
-- Mark Twain

     Self-defense instruction is the hardest to
write because it has to be true philosophically,
correct tactically, correct legally, and make sense
to the student.  And most difficult of all, the
students must understand why the instructor is
telling them to do it that way, and must be
able to execute the instructions competently under
debilitating stress.
     So, if your instructor is teaching you some
high-speed low-drag super-duper fancy technique
that they used in his special operations unit,
be careful.  Under stress simple works, complicated
fails.
     My fencing coaches told me, there are no secrets. 
Everything has been known for millennia.  The coach
is there to teach you how to do it correctly, not
to teach you something he recently discovered.
     Good cryptology is open source.  Because when
a thousand eyes look at an algorithm or protocol,
the flaw is obvious to one of them.  In secret or
proprietary contexts, very few eyes see the source
code, so the probability of someone seeing the
problem is very low.  And on the off chance that
one of the few sees the problem, he is probably
related to the creator and doesn't want to criticize
his advisor or his advisor's advisor.  Yes, I've
been there.  I know what I'm talking about.

***** Miscellany *****

Do not regret growing older.
It is a privilege denied to many.

LETS TALK ABOUT SHOTGUNS
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dbqe7idEcLM

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

Cheers,
Jon

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