Thursday, October 1, 2020

CWP, 1 October MMXX Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
     Urge your friends to get training before some tragic event induces them to get
training.  Explain to them that the training prevents the tragic incident.  Because
training changes their personality, their body language, and their choices in life.  
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"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
----- Mindset -----
It’s about prevention, not response.
-- Michael Mann

     If things start falling apart, revert to fundamentals.  
Of course, you have to know the fundamentals.  So, get training.  
Of course, you have to be able to implement the fundamentals.  So, practice.  
Of course, if you do this, you will revert to fundamentals automatically.
Decisiveness Matters in a Deadly Force Situation by Sheriff Jim Wilson

“I’d just run away”- Are you fit enough to escape?  by Greg Ellifritz
     "Just don’t delude yourself by thinking you’ll get there by running faster than your attacker."  
[As Greg says, this is not an endurance race, it's a high speed sprint.  
Can you out sprint a 16 to 25 year old male?]
Email from Mike Seeklander

     Simple:  The word “try” is a failure word.  It allows you to have a failure plan
versus accomplishment plan.
     Imagine the difference to this hard corps competitor if he had said I’ll “try”
to practice this week versus I “will” practice.
     Why do we use the word “try” and do this to ourselves?   Because is easier that way.   
Saying “try” and failing has become a noble thing in our society, as it implies that
you put forth effort.
     But, imagine the difference of “try” versus “do” if you applied it to a situation
where you were standing next to a one thousand foot drop off into a chasm filled with
molten lava.  “I’ll try not to fall off this edge.”  vs. “I’m not falling off this edge.”  
Which one would you pick?  I know which one means more to me!
     Ok, so is this all semantics?   Did I just decide to play on words in a cute
little blog post?   I think not.   I think a “will do” attitude driven by verbal
statements might have made a big difference in what I might have accomplished over
the years.
     Here's my example: Recently I read about a great leader (big company CEO) that
decided he would make his bed first thing upon rising no matter what to help his
wife out and set the day in a positive tone.  The leader went to great lengths to
make this happen.  For whatever reason I decided to do the same.   Not for a wife
or anyone else, but because I wanted to start my day out with a solid action that
might help set the tone.   In the past I had typically made my bed when I had time,
but I did not do it concisely each morning upon rising.   I didn’t realize the
implication at the time, but when I decided to make a change I told myself:
“I will make my bed each day upon rising.”   I did not say, “I’ll try to make my
bed each day upon rising.”   And guess what . . . I have not missed it one time.
     I believe that the act of saying “I’ll do” sets into action some phycological
processes that increase your chance of actually accomplishing what you set your
mind on.   The “do” mentality sets a different tone in the brain and it begins to
focus on accomplishing exactly what you stated, simply because failure is not an
option at that point . . . because you decided to do.
     So what if you are wrong and miss the mark?   It’s okay!   Being wrong is okay.   
The world will not stop spinning.
     That was my fear, and I believe the reason why it was easy for me to say “try.”  
It meant that if I did not meet the goal I would be fine because I had not lied
when I said “try.”   But it made it easier to miss the goal.   Missing goals I had
set was bothersome, but was survivable.  Why?  Because all I really said was that
I would “try” to do XX.   I gave myself an out!
     Saying what you are going to do on the other hand is really scary, and when
you miss the mark it can be painful.   It hurts us where we are the most vulnerable,
our ego.   I truthfully believe that I missed more than one goal due to the
mentality of “trying.”   Time to change!
     If you have read this far, then I want you to change with me.   
Here are our steps:
     Select goals wisely- because once they are set it will be impossible not to
do the work to meet them if . . .
     We state our intentions by using “do” type action words.   We will forever
say what we WILL do, and set actions in place to accomplish that target.
     We will believe with our heart and everything we possess that we will meet
that goal, no matter how large or small.
     Lastly, in the rare case we miss our mark (very rare if we state our intentions
with conviction), most likely from circumstances that really are out of our control,
we will:
     Forgive ourselves
     Re-prioritize/refocus/reset the goal
     And drive on with the same mentality of “do” versus “try” with one hundred
times more intensity than before!
Imagine some applications:
     I will win my first club match in the next six months.
     I am going to win my state multi-gun match this year.
     I will train my defensive handgun skills twice a week, no matter what.
     I’m going to handle my defensive handgun and dry fire a minimum of three times
weekly for 15 minutes over the winter months.
     I will change my diet and I will exercise five days per week no matter where
I am or what I am doing.
     Effective immediately I will not drink sugar filled unhealthy beverages, ever.
     I will completely empty my inbox and action those emails every single day before I
 stop working.
     I will meditate, re-center and focus every day for 10 minutes.
     I will read something educational every day, six days a week for 30 minutes.
     I will save  and invest 10% of my income every single month.
     I will tell my loved ones that I love them, and truly appreciate them every
single morning and night before I go to sleep.
     Ok, so what are some of my “do” items?
     I will complete the rough manuscript and have print ready, my newest book
“The Art of Instruction – Your Complete Guide to Instructional Excellence”
by Oct 31, 2014.
     I will finalize the newest training program  and rough manuscript in my
second big project “Your Defensive Rifle Training Program” by December 31, 2014.
     I will post one high quality shooting or motivational blog post every other
week or twice a month at a minimum.
    This coming week, I am going to win my division at the I.D.P.A. Nationals.
There you have it, some major commitments from me.   What are yours?
Until Then - Train Hard!
-- Mike Seeklander
Benefits of Tactical Training for Civilians by Zachary Tomlinson
     "You need to be incredibly focused, practice under stress,
run through several scenarios dozens of times."
     "If you are still reading, you are likely a leader – someone who
is ready and willing to take on the weight of responsibility."
     "No one wants to be the leader when crisis strikes,
but someone has to step up before someone gets hurt."
Thinking ahead during the current Insurgency by the Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
     "The most important tool you have during a crisis is the one between your ears.
As with almost all tools, it’s better if you sharpen it before you need to use it."  
With a Gun To Your Head: The Larry Goldstein Incident  by Massad Ayoob
     Bide your time.  There is no point in getting yourself killed.  
Yes, sometimes it is justified to shoot at fleeting bad guys, even for civilians.  
Army Ranger explains how to win a gunfight (With KAGWERKS)
     He recovered so quickly and completely from the surgery,
because he was in excellent physical and mental shape before
the surgery.  
     As Colin Powell said, "I'm not looking for a fair fight.  
This is not a boxing match.  I will destroy the enemies of my
country as quickly and efficiently as possible."  (Context,
prior to the first invasion of Iraq.)
     I've been to a lot of "meetings" where there was a good
chance that the guys across the table would shoot me.  
People who say they're going to commit suicide are asking for
help.  They are not telling you that they will commit suicide.  
People who commit suicide usually don't say anything to anyone.  
Similarly for people who threaten to kill you.  (But, you can
use their words to articulate why you shot them.)
     Shooting in your air conditioned carpeted range is not
the same as running a mile up the hill in rough terrain and then shooting.  
     Learn by failing.  Fail often.  Fall forward.  
     As John Farnam says during training, we are here to fail
magnificently, so that in combat we will win.  
An NRA Dad's 3 Promises To His Newborn Son  by Jeff Johnston
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
----- Safety -----
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety
Why Shooters Should ALWAYS Wear Eye & Ear Protection  by W.H. "Chip" Gross
7 Gun Safety Rules You Must Follow In the Field by NRA Staff
     Actually only 6 rules are listed.  Proofreading not so good.  
"The fast and/or emphatic reholster is an awesome way to shoot yourself."
-- Chuck Haggard
These Are the Gun Safety Tips You Need to Know by Asad
     Why would this article appear on a tech web site?  Because unlike the
executives of the Silicon Valley companies, the engineers are generally conservative,
pro-gun, pro-life, pro-capitalism, etc.  How do I know?  Because I worked as
a software engineer for various companies in Silicon Valley from 1995 to 1999.  
The Importance Of Retaining Control Of Your Firearm  by Joshua Gillem
     Teach your kids about guns!
Don't touch.
Leave the area.
Tell an adult.
Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.
-- John Farnam
----- Training -----
“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.”
from Principles of Personal Defense by
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
     Most of my students come to me after some tragedy or close call has forced them to seek training.
I outreach, as I did to you, because I know that if they had the training before the incident,
they would have been able to avoid the incident.  The training changes your personality and your
body language.  So, when the predator looks at you, he thinks to himself, she looks like a hard target.  
And he moves on to find an easier target.  You win!  
Behavior and Threat Detection: Methods in Prevention - Michael Mann Security Services
     May I recommend this online class for you and yours?
Law of Self Defense ADVANCED Live Online Course
Saturday, October 3, 2020 9AM-4PM Mountain
I took this course when Andrew was still traveling and gave the course at
the Nashville Armory.  I assure you, it is worth the money.  No travel.
No hotel.  Maybe a little time off from work?  You really need to read the book,
"Law of Self Defense" before the class to prepare for the class and get the most out of it.
Tactical Training Scenario- Daytime Rape at a NYC Subway Station by Greg Ellifritz
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
Your Rules of Engagement: Considerations for Self Defense - Michael Mann Security Services
William Aprill Tribute Page
Concealed Carry Made Simple by Richard Mann
Honing Your Situational Awareness To A Razor’s Edge by Tom Givens
     "Many people don’t realize their situational awareness skills are
more important than their marksmanship skills. Well, you can’t shoot
something you don’t know is there or don’t know it needs to be shot."
     "Get your head up, open your eyes, and look around."
     "Where do most carjackings occur?  At intersections, as you wait for the light to change."
     ". . . look in the rearview mirror. It’s not there so you can shave on the way to work or
put on makeup; it’s there specifically to see what kind of car is behind you."
     "Shame on you if you get a speeding ticket. You should have seen the cop
long before he could get a radar reading on you."  [I remember my father telling me this. -- Jon Low]
     Yes, you can prevent crime by being aware, as Tom's story demonstrates.  
     Incompetence will get you killed.  So, get expert training (which includes
the laws governing self defense).  
Hesitance will get you killed.  So, be decisive.  Which you will be, if you get
expert training and practice regularly.  
     The police may find your attacker.  The courts may convict your attacker.  
Your family may win the civil suit against your attacker.  (But, it's
highly unlikely he will have any assets to seize.  Your agents won't be
able to seize his drugs and stolen property.)
But, that's not going to bring you back to life.  It's not going to
support your crippled body or your family.  
     You have to win the physical fight.  Then you have to win the legal
fight in criminal court.  Then you have to win the legal fight in civil
court.  So, you better have life insurance, medical insurance, and self defense
insurance.  Neglecting this is irresponsible.  
     Lots of useful stuff.
Less Is More by Marcus Wynne
     This is really a different training paradigm.  And I know many instructors
would be uncomfortable with it.  But, it's important to keep an open mind.  
Shooting at the Speed of Decision Making by Bob Jewell
     ". . . it takes about 0.25 – 0.35 seconds for humans to react impulsively.  
The key word is impulsively.  Psychologists use the terms System 1 and System 2
to identify the two key parts of the brain involved in decision making.  
System 1 operates quickly and impulsively, while System 2 operates deliberately
and analytically.  System 1 isn’t capable of handling complex things; that’s
the responsibility of System 2.  But here’s the problem:  System 2 requires an
invitation to get involved in a decision, and that invitation doesn’t come from
System 1 because System 1 always has an answer even if it’s incorrect.
     I would suggest that if a gun is in your hand you don’t want System 1
running the decision making process unless you’re an individual who has had
a lot of experience in managing active threats and have thus built up a
reliable database for System 1 to work from.  Incorrect answers in a life
or death situation don’t sound like a good idea.  When System 2 gets involved,
so does time.  The 0.25 – 0.35 seconds will increase to up to 0.50 seconds."
The two questions your defensive shooting instructor should be willing and able to answer.  
by Grant Cunningham
     "What are your biases or preconceptions?"
     "What have you changed your mind about in the last year?"
More questions you should ask your defensive shooting instructor – and why.  by Grant Cunningham
     "What instructor development course have you taken in the last year
that did NOT involve pulling a trigger?"
     I would think that reading a book would be a reasonable substitute for
taking a course in this context.  For example:  
     "Teaching Women To Shoot A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide"
Second Edition, by Vicki Farnam & Diane Nicholl.  
     "Building Shooters:  
Applying Neuroscience Research to Tactical Training System Design and Training Delivery"
by Dustin P. Salomon.  
     "Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers"
by Diane Nicholl and Vicki Farnam.
     If you want more suggestions, send me an email.  But, I warn you, most of them
will be from the field of smallbore and air rifle target shooting, so you will
have to transfer the knowledge.  
What’s the difference between tasks and skills in defensive shooting training? Does it matter?
by Grant Cunningham
     "Practicing your skills out of context, out of the conditions under which you can
reasonably expect to need them, isn’t practicing realistically.  Start with the task
you want to achieve, and practice the skills you need in — as close as you can — the same
types of circumstances in which you’re likely to use them.
     Start your path to more realistic training now, by looking at your practice regimen
and the skills you’re working on. Look at each skill, and ask yourself:
a) how likely is it that I’ll need this skill;
b) what task does this skill support; and
c) am I practicing in a way that’s congruent with how I expect to actually use it?"
5 Key Factors For Choosing Your Gun Instructor  by Brad Fitzpatrick
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
     All kinds of good stuff on this web site,
The close quarters marksmanship drills are essential.  As the Professor says,
". . . we’re more likely to need to do a close range precision shot on a predator
than a 25 head shot on a terrorist."
Why practice?
    "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
[This is a post by Tom Givens.  Sorry, no pictures, as it was on a private Facebook page.]
     Shooters who have been around a while understand this, so this is aimed at newer students.
Many of us have difficulty getting to an outdoor range to practice.  In my case, the outdoor
range is a 45 minute drive both ways, so I don’t have time to go there much.  On the other hand,
there is an indoor range ten minutes away in town.  Unfortunately, 10 yards is the maximum
distance on that range, so my practice routines are somewhat limited.
We really should do some practice for mid-range shots, in the 15 to 25 yard area.
Those are not common, but they do occur.  The same skills help you make a closer shot on a
smaller target, such as only a small part of an adversary sticking out from behind cover.  
If you are limited to a shorter distance range, the answer is to practice on tiny targets.  
In my case, since I can only go to 10 yards on the indoor range, I shoot 1” squares and 2”
circles.  In the photo, this is a five shot, one half inch group fired at 5 yards on a 1”
square.  Twenty-five yards would be five times that distance, so this is the equivalent of
a 2.5” group at 25 yards, which is what I am capable of with one of my Glocks.  The other pic
is a 2” dot engaged at 10 yards.  Again, this would be the equivalent of a very good group at
25 yards.  If you are similarly limited for space, give this approach a try.
-- Tom Givens
5 Sure-Fire Training Drills For Your Concealed-Carry Pistol  by Kevin Creighton
Challenge Your Shooting Skills With New Drills  by Sheriff Jim Wilson
5 Simple Steps to Bust Your Shooting Slump by Dave Campbell
     "Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever you
have practiced, no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Techniques -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
When to Speed Up Your Shooting Process by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "Being able to shoot — I mean really shoot well — is the foundation upon
which the combat mind set can be built."
Five Deadly Fallacies of Hand to Hand by Justin White of Mad Science Defense
     My aiming protocol --
1.  When wearing bifocals - Align fuzzy sights as best I can.  
Tilt head back to get sharp image of front sight.  Tilt head forward to get a
clear image of what's going on down range.  
2.  When wearing contact lenses - Stretch out to hold the pistol as far away
from my eyes as possible.  I use the shape of the slide to aim the pistol.  
3.  Without glasses - Pull pistol in close to get a fuzzy, but visible front sight.  
4.  With degraded vision - I use the shape of the pistol to aim.  
     Of course, another solution would be to use a red dot sight.  Make sure
to turn up the brightness, so you can easily find the dot in a chaotic
environment.  And you have to practice, because if you're looking for that
bright red dot, but your sight has a dim green dot, your OODA loop may be disturbed.  
     It is not enough to learn a technique that works with particular equipment
in a particular context, you must learn techniques that work with any equipment
you might pick up in combat.  For example, you must shift your weight toward
the back of the surfboard to turn, because the skegs are in the rear.  You must
shift your weight forward on a snowboard to turn, because the front edges need
to cut into the snow or ice.  On a skateboard, where both front and back wheels
pivot, you need to keep your weight centered to maintain traction on both sets
of trucks and wheels.  Wrong technique for the given equipment and you crash.  
Concealed Carry Corner: Being Well Rounded With Your Firearm by Matt E.
Starts at 2:09 / 9:56
     "Having even a tiny amount of background knowledge can make the difference
between staying calm or panicking under pressure."
     Check out the armpit technique.  You might not be wearing a belt.  Always
good to know several techniques, in case you can't use one.  
Former SEAL Bill Rapier on How to Fight a Carjacker by James Reeves
     Notice, open hand techniques.  If you have to make a fist (never recommended)
use a hammer fist, not a punch.  Elbows!  Within the confines of your car, you
are not going to have room to extend your arms or legs, so practice elbow strikes.  
They didn't show any, but if you have the flexibility, you can do knee strikes in
this situation.  
     Do you see why in close quarter combat, appendix carry is a bad idea?  
It puts your pistol right in front of the bad guy; where his hands are.  The reason
all the pros in my social circles carry at 3 o'clock (or 9 o'clock for left handers)
is that we've done the experiments, considered the trade offs, and decided.  Learn
from the experience of others.  Appendix carry may be cool and all the rage, but it
is suboptimal on many levels.  You can't twist your body to get your pistol away
from the enemy.  
     Do you see why you must have a weapon accessible to your support side hand?  
Especially in close quarter combat, you will move one of your sides away from the
enemy to access your weapon from your side that is away from the enemy.  If it's
a knife, you must be able to access the knife and open the knife with your support
side hand only.  [Do it right now.  Were you able to do it?  If not, practice.  
It's not that hard to do.  You just need to practice.  If you were not able to
access your knife, you need to stop and think.]
     As with any combat, you must drive in!  You must aggress!
     "But, isn't my goal to escape?"  
     Yes, but escape in a carjacking situation is not reasonable / practical until
after you incapacitate the enemy.  
     "NEW STUDY: Muzzle position can have major impact on your shooting decisions" by Charles Remsberg
     Primary source by Dr. Taylor, email:
“Engineering Resilience” Into Split-Second Shoot/No Shoot Decisions:
The Effect of Muzzle-Position by Paul L. Taylor
     I do not agree with the study's conclusion.  But, one must keep an open mind.  
And I might be wrong.  I often am.  
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
----- Tactics -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"Contact Distance Shooting . . . Rescuing a Friend or Family Member" by Greg Ellifritz
     Ralph Mroz teaches to grab and lock up with the good guy, so you are moving with him,
and then shoot the bad guy.  
Armed Self-Defense: Should You Retreat?  by Sheriff Jim Wilson
Neurophysiology and The Real Fight  by Marcus Wynne
     Strike first.  Strike before the enemy thinks about striking you.  
     Self defense law does not require you to take a hit (of any kind).  
Self defense is to prevent getting hurt.  
     "Well, you can't prove he would have attacked you.  You couldn't have
known that he would have raped and murdered you."  
     That's true.  And you don't have to have known anything in an epistemological sense.  
You only have to have a reasonable belief that he would have caused death or
serious bodily injury.  
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Education -----
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
Alpha Koncepts Podcast - Episode 10 with Massad Ayoob.
     If you haven't taken Ayoob's MAG-40 or MAG-20 course,
he covers some of his material in this podcast.  
     "As I have mentioned before, I never go the range and “just shoot”.
I always shoot timed/scored drills so I can accomplish several goals.
They are:  
1.  Check to see exactly where I am, this day, on my own personal skill curve;
2.  Measure specific skill sets and compare to a personal baseline;
3.  Look for any skill subset that needs remediation; and
4.  Compare gun/ammo/accessory combinations to others in a measured, meaningful way."
     Please read the article, "Knowing What You Need to Know" by Gabe White.  
Having studied epistemology in the Philosophy Department at Columbia University
several decades ago, I have a justified true belief.  
     Gabe uses the term "cone of vision", note that this is an ellipsoidal cone,
not a circular cone (for most people, everyone is different).  
     Gabe is not being facetious.  I have had students whose front or rear sight has
fallen off while shooting.  The rear sight was in a loose dovetail that required
a set screw that had come loose. (Glue your screw in place!  That's what Loctite
is for.  You don't have to use the type that takes a torch to loosen.)  The front
sight was an after market that had not been installed correctly.  (Invest the money!  
Have a gunsmith do the job correctly.)  
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
     Now here's an interesting innovation, using your thumb as your trigger finger,
instead of your index finger.
"Limited Edition Blackwater Iron Horse Thumb-Operated Lower" by Eric B.
7 Shoulder Holster Options To Carry Up Top Like A Pro (2020) by Elwood Shelton
     Just don't muzzle your support side arm.  Can you get your pistol out of
such a holster without muzzling your support side arm and those around you?  
If not, don't use a shoulder holster.  
     I have seen many advertisements for extended slide locks and extended magazine
releases.  This is a bad idea.  If you can reach these controls without changing
your grip, you can touch them while shooting.  Which means you could eject your
magazine or lock your slide during combat.  Murphy's Law:  Anything that can go wrong,
will go wrong, at the worst possible time.  So, you must make your weapon system so
that nothing can go wrong.  
"Women’s Carry, One Size Does Not Fit All" by Jonathan Humphrey
     The holster has to fit your body; that is most important.  
     The holster has to fit your pistol; that's important too.  
     The holster has to be comfortable, otherwise you will not wear it.  And the
whole point of the exercise is to always wear your pistol; because you cannot predict
when you will need it.  
     When assisting a woman with finding a proper holster, you have to consider fashions
that she wears.  To neglect fashion is to be insensitive and dogmatic.  Don't be dogmatic.  
Being dogmatic will kill the teacher-student relationship faster than anything else.  
     If you don't know anything about fitting a holster to a woman with child bearing
hips, refer her to someone who knows.  Don't waste her time with your ignorance.  
Safariland has a whole line of holsters specifically for women with hips.  
     Some women don't have hips.  Everyone is different.  
My New Favorite Electronic Hearing Protection by Greg Ellifritz
Walther’s Q4 SF by David Freeman
     ". . . large undercut trigger guard . . ."
That's really important.  I had to take a round wood file to the underside of the
trigger guard on my Springfield Armory XD, cause it was hurting the second joint
(counting from the finger tip) of my middle finger.  But, that's plastic.  This
Walter is all steel.  [If you're not shooting a thousand rounds in two days in a
high intensity class, you'll never notice such problems.  But, do you really want
to be that person?]
     No matter what the reviewer says, this pistol is not ambidextrous.  
     Heavy is good in the sense that there is less felt-recoil, because felt-recoil
is equal to jerk (3rd derivative of displacement with respect to time) times the
mass of the pistol.  So, the felt-recoil is inversely proportional to mass.  
     [The felt-recoil can also be considered the change in momentum (but not exactly
because the bullet and gas are moving forward, so you have a thrust equation) and
you can say the momentum of the pistol, after the shot is fired, is mass times
velocity.  So, the higher pistol mass means lower pistol velocity.  But, this
isn't really appropriate because humans don't feel velocity.  They feel jerk.  
Jerk is a term commonly used in the auto industry.  Because that is what auto
passengers perceive.]
     If you're in the market for a serious rifle,
Contact information at the end of the article.  
     If you show your state armed guard license, many gun stores will give you
the police officer discount for Glock and S&W M&P pistols.  And maybe others.  
Glock Alternatives by Matt E.
Industry Secrets To Buying Ammo (What Nobody Tells You)  by Joshua Gillem
     In Tennessee, there many manufacturers of both new and re-manufactured ammo.
Alpine in Mt. Juliet, TN (though I've only seen their stuff sold in the gun stores)
Tennessee Cartridge Co. in Oakland, TN
Commercial Air Travel by John Farnam
     Recommendations on cases for your guns for air travel.  
Streamlight Protac HL-X 1000 Lumens, $66.99
     Big Daddy Unlimited is a very interesting web site.  It's a membership store like COSTCO.  
99 cents for first 30 days and then 9.99 per month thereafter.
     They stock the cheap Russian ammo I like, Tul and Wolf.  Don't judge me.  It goes bang
and it's cheap.  And it throws a 230 grain copper jacketed round nose bullet at 850 feet
per second.  What more is there in life?  
“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers
----- Technical -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
     It is truly said (first by Jeff Cooper),
"Magnifying optics don’t let you shoot better.  They let you see better!"
10 Cleaning Tips and Tricks For Firearms  by SSUSA Staff
     On the Citizens Safety Academy Alumni page, there was a thread about
which weapon was best for home defense.  Jeff Boren made the insightful comment that
one should use whichever weapon system one has trained with the most, whichever
weapon system the user is most proficient with.  The training and competence certainly
trump the technical pros and cons of the inanimate weapon system.  
The Chapstick Trick
     I read a ridiculous article on the American Rifleman web site that advocated
adjustable sights on a general purpose pistol.  Why?  What would you be adjusting for?  
     Adjustable sights are a bad idea because:  
1.  They are fragile.  If you accidentally bump them, they will move, they may break.  
If you intentionally use them to rack your slide, which you will do, they will move,
they may break.  
2.  In order to serve their purpose, they must have fine threads.  Which are vulnerable
to fine dust and sand.  Not the kind on Hawaiian beaches, the kind in Arabian Peninsula
deserts or Arizona deserts. (Ya, there are dust storms in Arizona between Phoenix and Yuma.)
3.  They are adjustable.  Which will allow the neophyte to chase the last round or
to adjust for problems that are not sight related.  [I'm shooting right handed.  My
bullets are scattering (not grouping) low left.  I will correct the problem by
adjusting my sights.  WRONG!]
     Fixed sights are adjustable.  You may have to buy or borrow the tool to adjust
them, but so what?  Just do it.  If you have to replace the front sight to adjust
point of impact, that's fine.  If you have to file down the front sight to adjust
point of impact, that's fine.  Just do it.  But, you probably don't have to.  If
you're missing, it's probably you, not the gun.  
Don’t Do it Wrong! How to Properly Wear Body Armor by Ivan Loomis
     "The top of your plate should cover your Super Sternal Notch
(that little notch at the top of your sternum)."
Ammunition Science: Bullet Construction  by NRA Staff
The 10 Types of Bullets (& 5 Bases)  by NRA Staff
Alien Gear Concealed Carry Blog
     Alien Gear has some videos you might find useful.  
I have always found their products to be reliable.
Common Sense Duty Ammunition Rotation
     When I worked at McDonalds, we were taught to rotate the stock.  
Why Triggers Have Different Sizes & Shapes by Tamara Keel
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God's gift to our students.
Our students are God's gift to us."
----- Instructors -----
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
Skill Set: Common Issues by Tiger McKee, director of Shootrite Firearms Academy
     "Here are the most common issues I see when teaching.
(issues are common with groups, as opposed to problems, which occur with individuals.)."
     I am teaching an elderly lady who has arthritis in both shoulders and her right hip.  
So, she has limited mobility, as she uses a walker to get around.  
She has little grip strength.  I go to her house twice a week to teach her, as she does
not drive (to the relief of her relatives).  Her relatives expressed their concern to me
about her acquiring a pistol.  I assured them that I would not give her live ammo until
I felt she was competent.  (I gave 250 rounds to her nephew-in-law to hold for her.)  
And if I did not feel she could handle the pistol safely I would tell her.  But, she is
an adult and mentally competent.  
     She told me she had researched, prayed, and considered; and had decided to buy a revolver.  
I explained to her why that was a bad idea:  
She does not have the trigger finger strength to press a double action trigger,
and certainly not repeatedly.  I explained to her that cocking the hammer to get
a single action trigger would create an extremely light weight trigger press and
an extremely short trigger press with no slack.  Which would be very difficult to
control in a high stress situation.  Self defense revolvers are designed to be
fired double action only.  
Revolvers are difficult to reload, especially under stress.  Especially one handed.  
Revolvers take too long to reload, especially under stress.  Especially one handed.  
Revolvers need to be reloaded too often.  
     She told me that she does not expect to be attacked by more than 6 persons.  
I explained to her that her imagination of probably scenarios was completely wrong.  
That if she expected to stop one person with one bullet, she was not in reality.  
She told me of all the videos she had watched.  I explained to her that
the vast majority of videos are non-sense and completely false.  
I explained to her that trained police officers have a 13% to 20% probability of
hitting their intended target (depending on their training which depends on their
department).  Why would she think that she could do any better?  As she has no
history of disciplined practice of anything.  So, she probably is not going to hit
the intended target.  But, if she does hit the intended target, will it be in a
vital area?  Maybe, maybe not.  Even if she blows out his heart, he's still got
about 4 seconds of life in him before the blood pressure drops to the point where
his brain won't function.  He could easily kill or maim her in 4 seconds (depending
on the weapons available).  
     She told me that she would never dry fire her pistol because that was bad for
the pistol and might break it.  I explained to her that that was false and that
dry practice was essential for gaining and maintaining competence.  
     She told me that she was left handed and left eye dominant.  This turned out
to be false on many levels.  She writes and uses tools with her right hand, but
was convinced that she would shoot better with her left hand (probably because
she thought that she was left eye dominant).  
     For close viewing such as reading, she removes her glasses, and is strongly
right eye dominant.  At distances beyond reading, she uses her glasses, in which
case she is strongly left eye dominant.  She has not had her eyes check in a while
and I suspect her eyeglass prescription needs updating.  I have recommended she
see an eye doctor (ophthalmologist) or as least an optometrist.  
     If you are teaching classes of 30 students, it's unlikely you are going
to detect such things.  That's why my classes are never more than 5 students,
and often only one student.  
     She told me that in the past when she shot right handed the bullets would
impact way off to to the left.  I explained to her that that was because she
was shooting with both eyes open, which is wrong, and that she was lining up
the front sight with the target using the image from her left eye (because it was
clear and sharp, as opposed to the blurred image from her right eye).  
     We did the exercise where you stick your thumb out at arms length and line
it up with a distant target.  Then focus on the thumb and close one eye at a
time to see how far the target moves.  And then focus on the target, and close
one eye at a time to see how far the thumb moves.  
     If you hold your right thumb out at arms length and use your right eye
to line it up with the distant target, and then close your right eye and view
the set up with your left eye, you will see the thumb (your front sight) way
off to the right of the target.  So, what do you do?  You move your thumb
(front sight) to the left to get it over the target.  That's why the bullets
are impacting off to the left.  
     If you were maintaining correct sight alignment with your left eye,
there would not be a problem.  But, that does not happen when shooting with
both eyes open, because the left half of your field of vision from both eyes
is processed by your right brain, and the right half of your field of vision
from both eyes is processed by your left brain.  So, you never notice the
lack of sight alignment.  Because the image from the right eye is being
processed by both hemispheres of your brain.  So, both hemispheres are
satisfied that sight alignment is good.  (When I refer to left and right
brain, I am talking about the physical lobe of your brain.  I am speaking
in the realm of psychology, the science, which has nothing to do with the
wacko nonsense practiced by liberal psychiatrists.)  
     So, instructors who teach aiming with both eyes open are WRONG!  If you
do this, you are asking for trouble.  Eventually, in a high stress situation,
you will be using the wrong image to line up your sights.  You'll be missing
your intended target, hitting innocent bystanders off to the side (off to the
left if you're using your right eye to aim, off to the right if you're using
your left eye to aim) in the background, and you won't be able to figure out
what's going on.  Because Murphy's Law is a physical law, like gravity.  
You can't break it.  It doesn't matter whether or not you believe it.  
     Yes, as a matter of fact, this is a matter of life and death.  (And an
excellent way to sort out incompetent instructors.)
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Pedagogy -----
Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam
With regards to the above quote --
     Absolutely correct.  As a curriculum developer and presenter in years past
(Navy & civilian) this was called "the Rule Of Primacy".  Same result, formal title,
at least five decades of use by good training developers.  Probably longer,
that's my personal experience.
     Only on rare occasions is it prudent to show what to NOT do.  And then,
only after at least several iterations of what to do - and then most times
if you feel it is absolutely needed, it is better to describe the error rather
than to show it.
     My exception to all this and the Rule of Primacy, is teaching strong side draw.  
I show a clip of a guy shooting himself in the calf while using a Serpa holster
and having his trigger finger pressing in . . . . well you know.  That's as an
attention getter to the importance of a correct draw.  I think that does rivet
the student's attention on what they do with their trigger finger.
     In every other instance I can think of, the rule applies.
-- Tom Clark
     Teach your students to ask their question now.  They need the answer now
to use the information on what they are working on now.  
     If they wait till the end of the class or end of the day,
they will forget their question.  And you've lost the opportunity for everyone
to learn from their question.  
Gifts, Military Neuroscience, Undercover Operations, and Mirror Neurons  by Marcus Wynne
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
*****     *****     ***** Legal, Political, and Philosophical *****     *****     *****
     "Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
     In the last issue of this newsletter, I neglected to include citations under the
false assumption that everyone has these documents in their family library, professional
library, or personal library.  
     The Bible,
Lots of different translations.  Unfortunately, they don't all say the same thing.  
     The Declaration of Independence,
     The Constitution of the United States,
     The Bill of Rights, (Amendments 1 to 10)
     The Constitution: Amendments 11-27
     Andrew Branca does a free online legal analysis of recent self defense incidents
every Thursday at 3pm Central time. Live on the Law of Self Defense Facebook channel.  
     Andrew Pollack's speech at the 2020 Republican National Convention
THOSE WHO FORGET HISTORY . . .  by Gabe Suarez
     Communism, even in its lightest form, is the greatest evil the world has ever
faced.  Worse than the Nazis, worse than terrorism.
     If you choose communism, you will lose everything you have and your family has.  
Not right away but you will eventually.  Dissenters will be arrested, charged, and
destroyed.  Your wealth will be gone.  Your freedom will be gone and you will have no
choice but to do as you are told . . . to submit.  It will be patriotic thing to
do . . . since "we will all be in this together", etc.  And the most vociferous among
you will disappear never to be heard from again.  
[In the United States, the Democrats call it "socialism", but it is communism. -- Jon Low]

Kyle Rittenhouse Thanks Supporters From Jail,
Says ‘Stay Strong, I Hope To See You Guys Soon’
by Gabriel Keane
     If Kyle is convicted, self defense is illegal (at least in Kenosha, Wisconsin).
The U.S. Bill of Wrongs:  Part Deux by Alan Korwin
     For the Presidency:
"I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the office of
President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve,
protect, and defend the Constitution of the United States."

     Can you swear that and also promise to violate the Second Amendment?

     “People sleep peaceably in their beds at night only because
rough men stand ready to do violence on their behalf.”
-- George Orwell
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment of the Constitution of the United States of America
     Illinois is one of the most anti-gun states in large part due to Cook County
(Chicago).  But, look at this,
"Illinois Leads Nation in total NICS Checks Heading into September" by Luke C.
     A lot of these first time gun buyers are learning first hand how difficult
it is to buy a gun in Illinois.  You think that's going to have an affect on how
they vote come November?  
No More Right to Self-Defense!  by John Farnam
     “This is not a dictatorship!
We are never going to use force, because we belong to the people.
Moreover, the day that the people do not want us, we shall leave.
As soon as possible I will take rifles off the streets.
There are no more enemies!
There is no longer anything to fight against!”
-- Fidel Castro in 1959 (just prior to disarming and murdering
his political opponents, and subsequently enslaving the rest of Cuba)
     Why is there no ammunition in the gun stores?
First-Time Gun Buyers Grow to Nearly 5 Million in 2020 by Jim Grant
Why Are Women Buying Guns?  by Robyn Sandoval
Contrasting Trump and Biden on Gun-Free Zones
     Please sign up for Dr. John Lott's newsletter.
     Knowledge is power.  You might have occasion to convince someone with a well
reasoned argument, if you have the facts.  
Crime Prevention Research Center
Tap, Point, Tap
First My Country
by John Connor
     "I wish for a country which reflects the best values of its army."
About that four-letter word by John Connor
     We train, practice, and put ourselves in harms way because we love others.  
Criminals have no love of you or your loved ones.  The criminal is that female mosquito
on your arm infected with the West Nile virus, and needs to be treated as such.  
"Initial Aggressor: Losing the Right to Argue Self Defense"
an Interview with Attorney Jim Fleming
     "People say, “Well, I will be able to explain it to the jury.”  No, you are not!"  
     "You do not get to talk to the jury! That is never going to happen.
The perception that is going to work is totally off base."
     All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones.  Predominantly because, while the bad guys may be
crazy, they are not stupid.  So, they don't attack in gun-friendly-zones in the first place.  
And because a good guy with a gun will stop the bad guy before the occurrence of mass casualties.  
So, the incident never gets into the statistics of mass murders.  
     So, the way to prevent the attack at a given facility is to make it common knowledge that the
facility is not a gun-free-zone.  You need not broadcast this information.  Better to let the
information leak out naturally.  The enemy (both criminal and terrorist) will believe the
intel if they develop it themselves.  Broadcast information is generally discounted as
propaganda.  [On the other hand, the United Methodists announcing on their web site that all
of their churches are gun-free-zones invites attack.]  Yes, the enemy will do reconnaissance.  
Generally, on the internet months in advance and in person one to two weeks in advance
[the parking lot greeting will pick this up if the security team is trained to look for this].  
14th Psychological Operations Battalion U.S. Army, Mountain View, California, United States.  
(Moffett Airfield)  [A lady I worked with, drilled with this unit and invited me to some of
their lectures / briefings.  I was working Marine Corps signals intelligence at the time ~1996.]  
Threat Journal
     Gun laws in Nashville, TN
     A discussion of “reasonable” or “excessive” use of force.
Where Did Our Freedoms Go!?
(Part 2) With a Governor’s Signature, You Blink And They’re Gone
     "In 38 states, executive orders are enforceable the day they are executed and
are not subject to any form of review by the state legislature.  Then, there are
6 states (Alaska, Colorado, Hawaii, Illinois, Iowa, and Kentucky) that require an
executive order to go through a legislative review process.  The remaining 6 states
(Maryland, Minnesota, Missouri, North Carolina, Utah, and Vermont) have legislative
review requirements for specific types of executive orders — usually concerning
agency creation.  State executive orders are often issued without specified end
dates and may persist for many years or even decades after their issuing governor
has left office."
     “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
Cars and Riots!  by John Farnam
A Loose Tourniquet Will Kill You Faster by Brian McLaughlin
     Too loose, stops the venous blood flow, but not the arterial blood flow;
forcing blood to pool in the extremity.
     Too tight, damages tissue increasing the probability of an amputation
being needed.  
Tourniquets and Pressure Dressing 101 Video by Rex Mamaril
     "Before you do any hero stuff, get some training."
     I like this video because it shows that things don't always work out
nicely.  Sometimes you have to figure things out in bad situations.  If the
victim is awake, get the victim to help.  He can apply pressure.  He can
roll over.  Get him involved.  Explain to him that it's his life on the line.  
Excerpt of a letter that I had to write --
     Combat trauma care is very specialized.  Unless the doctor or nurse has previously worked as a
paramedic, emergency medical technician, Navy Corpsman, or the like, it is highly unlikely they
are familiar with this specialty.  Even if the doctor or nurse is working regularly in an emergency
room, they will not have practiced this craft.  I worked in the emergency room at TriStar Southern
Hills Medical Center and at TriStar Summit Medical Center, and I can assure you, they never use
tourniquets, pack wounds, apply pressure dressings, or apply chest seals.  So, the doctor's and
nurse's training and practice is inappropriate for what will be required in a combat situation.
Sorry, but that's just the truth.
That's why Navy Corpsmen are assigned to Marine units, not Navy doctors or nurses.
Most doctors and nurses don't understand this, and only realize it when confronted with their first
combat trauma situation.  The years of training and sacrifice they undergo to achieve their
degrees and status makes it very difficult for them to avoid the arrogance of their station.
     This training is not for the people on the Medical Team in particular.  It is for the general
person who may be the first responder because they are there.  They will use it if their child or
grandchild gets injured on the playground.  They will use it if they happen upon a car wreck.  
     The Good Samaritan laws in Tennessee are very strong to protect the care giver from being sued.  
The plaintiff has to prove gross negligence by a preponderance of the evidence.  As long as the
care giver is making a good faith effort within his training, this is extremely difficult to do.  
     We may be talking about two different medical kits, but the one I saw was a booboo kit for
minor cuts and scrapes, not a combat trauma kit (in my humble, non-expert opinion).
I haven't noticed anyone wearing an IFAK (Individual First Aid Kit), though I know some of
the modern ones can be concealed inside one's belt.  Assuming the adequacy of the medical kit,
the amount of time it takes to find the medical kit and get to the victim may be the 4 minutes
it takes to bleed to death, or the 3 minutes for permanent brain damage after the victim has
stopped breathing, that's why we always carry on our bodies.  But, if one hasn't had recent
training, one doesn't know these things or doesn't consider it important enough to always
carry on their body (just as the Guardians always carry their pistols on their body).  
Beyond the IFAK: Home Medical Gear by Justin
Excerpts (in quotes):  
     "Also please note that equipment is almost worthless without training.
More importantly, the equipment mentioned here can be dangerous if used
incorrectly.  I will repeat this over and over again in this article, but
you need to seek medical training."  
     In my humble and non-expert opinion, needle decompression is beyond the capabilities
of most trained professional (unless they practice it regularly, which does not happen
except in combat zones).  Getting an IV (Intravenous therapy) in correctly is beyond the
capability of most doctors, because they never do it.  Getting an IV in correctly is
easily done by nurses in the emergency room, because they do it regularly.  Nobody does
needle decompression regularly.  (Sometimes even the nurses can't get the IV in because
the drug abuser's veins have all collapsed and there is too much scar tissue.)
     "CPR is not taught in Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC)"
     Yes, CPR is a critically important skill.  Can you sing "Stayin' Alive" by the Bee Gees?  
(It's taught to get the rate of compressions correct.  Yes, other songs can be used, but
this one is so apropos.)
     ". . . if you acknowledge that police can’t always be available,
you should also acknowledge that EMS (Emergency Medical Services) personnel may
not always be available, either."
     So, you get the training and maybe never use it. That's okay.  Or, you neglect
to get the training and watch in ignorance as your loved one dies in front of you,
not knowing what to do.  
     The emergency medical personnel won't go in until the area is safe.  That means
they wait for the police to clear the area.  Do you think that can be done in less
than the 4 minutes that it takes to bleed to death?  Or, the 3 minutes to irreversible
brain damage after a person stops breathing?  
     Yes, I keep a variety of sizes of NPAs in my kits.  One size does not fit all.  
     Yes, having an adult and a pediatric CPR mask would be nice.  But, I have found
that if the adult mask is too big for the child, you can put the mask over the child's
nose and mouth.  
     The author recommends petroleum gauze as a substitute for a chest seal.  I think
a plastic bag (Zip Lock bag) or plastic wrap (Saran Wrap) over the gauze would help.  
Ya, you got to hold it in place, cause it won't stick.  
     "I highly recommend you seek training on these tools rather than simply relying
on the idea that when the time comes, you’ll figure it out."  
     Figuring it out is a high order intellectual activity.  Do you think you can
do that in a high stress situation?  If you think so, you are in a state of self
deception.  You have to get trained, so that you know how to do it, and practice so
you can do it automatically, before you need to do it.  If you mess it up, you might
not have the resources to try a second or third time; and you definitely won't have
the time.  
     "cravats (triangular bandages)" in the Boy Scouts everyone wore one around his
neck.  So, we always had lots of them for first aid training.  
     Because you can't predict the emergency (Just as you can't predict when the
bad guy will attack.), you have to carry the IFAK on your body.  You won't have
time to get it.  You may not be able to leave the area to get it.  Just as your
pistol, the IFAK has to be carried on your body.  
Willingness is a state of mind.  
Preparedness (or lack thereof) is a fact.
*****     *****     ***** Basics *****     *****     *****
“Often, it’s what you don’t know that kills you!”
-- Carr
5 Ways to Help a New Male Gun Owner by Ann Y. Smith
     Be part of a good gun culture.  
6 Knots That Are Silly Not to Know by Ashley Thess
     And if you need more knots,
Holsters 101: What You Need to Know to Get Started
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
*****     *****     ***** Miscellany *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Big hat tip to Mark at Practical Eschatology at
for a lot of the above material.  
     Big hat tip to Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training at
If you haven't met Greg, he's a gorilla.  He is the epitome of a meek gorilla.  
This is correct word usage of the word "meek", expertly competent in the of
use force, but restrained.  As in, the meek shall inherit the Earth.  
     Dame Diana Rigg died peacefully early this morning
(September 10, 2020, 8:33 AM CDT) at 82 years of age surrounded by family
and friends.  Rest In Peace
     William Zinsser, American Heritage Dictionary Usage Panel, author of
"On Writing Well".  Rest In Peace
     A former student of mine, a young lady, is presently in medical school doing a surgery
rotation.  She told me of assisting in a procedure to remove cancerous tissue from a female
patient's face.  The patient was under local anesthesia.  The patient was a police officer.  
The patient was becoming anxious.  The medical student, knowing that the patient had
firearms training, talked the patient through the visualization of the shot process for a
pistol.  The medical student told me that that calmed the patient. (as in respiration rate,
blood pressure, pulse rate, etc.)  The patient hugged the medical student afterwards and
told the medical student that that visualization really helped.  
     Learned skills can be transferred to other settings.  
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low

Saturday, August 29, 2020

CWP, 29 August MMXX Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
*****     *****     ***** Software *****     *****     *****
"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
----- Mindset -----
It’s about prevention, not response.
-- Michael Mann
How to get your girlfriend/wife/sister etc. to learn about guns!
by Stavroula Avramidis
     This is truth.  You have to listen to your female friend.  This takes time.  
(Maybe that's why I don't have a girlfriend?)  I cite this video because
hearing it from a lady is entirely different from hearing it in a lecture from
a male instructor (as most instructors are).  If you don't have the diplomacy
to do this, do our culture a favor and let someone else do it.  
The Mental Training of Chuck Norris by Marcus Wynne
     Chuck Norris is the voice and face of Glock now that Lee Ermey has passed.  
The enemy mindset --
“I Saw an Opportunity and I Took It.” by Greg Ellifritz
     "This is what most folks don’t understand about serious criminals.  
The fact that the victim of the crime would be affected in a negative
manner is not even an afterthought.  Your feelings and concerns mean
absolutely NOTHING to the criminal.  He doesn’t care if you live or die,
let alone how “inconvenienced” you will be if he takes all of your stuff
or beats you within an inch of your life.  . . ."
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
----- Safety -----
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety
The Hidden Dangers Of Shooting Your Firearm by Matthew Maruster
    Practice good hygiene to prevent lead poisoning.
"The fast and/or emphatic reholster is an awesome way to shoot yourself."
-- Chuck Haggard
     Aggressive drives eventually get into collisions with other vehicles
or with stationary objects.  Or, they get shot in road rage incidents.  
     Defensive drivers don't get into collisions.  And so generally
survive their road travel.  If you pay attention, you can avoid the
drunk or distracted driver.  But, you have to make the decision to
pay attention.  Because it doesn't matter whose at fault, you're
going to get hurt.  
     Courteous drivers, as we are, never get into collisions, have low
insurance rates, and are joyous people.  
     Of course there is no substitute for attending a driving course
taught by experts.  But, I understand how expensive such courses are.  
I had to sign a 4 year enlistment and go through recruit training to
get my driving courses.  All you have to do is pay money.  And as my
father said, "Any problem that can be solved with money, is not a
real problem."  

     My grandmother died peacefully in her sleep, unlike the passengers in her car.
     Words are powerful.  Use your words.  
"Texas Concerned Citizen Delays Gunman Armed With AK-47" by Personal Defense World
     Concerned citizen, John Allen, talks to bad guy, Marco Antonio Sigala Jr.
to delay Sigala to allow police time to arrive and engage Sigala.  
     Allen was the first responder, not the police.  Allen was operating by himself,
unarmed.  A true hero.  
"It’s not enough to shoot a guy until you think he’s dead.
You gotta shoot him until he thinks he’s dead."
-- The Tao of Connor (John Connor)
Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.
-- John Farnam
----- Training -----
“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.”
from Principles of Personal Defense by
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
When Response Becomes Necessary - A Case Study in Civil Unrest - Michael Mann Security Services
     Michael presents a webinar on church security every Wednesday at 16:00 Central Time
on his Facebook page "Safe With Mann".  The video shows up on a few days
later.  I have found these to be very useful.  
Pistol Essentials is The Complete Combatant's 1 day "basic pistol class".
Your Tactical Training Scenario . . . Do you have a light? by Greg Ellifritz
     No, this is not about flashlights or weapon mounted lights.  It's about
the bad guy getting close enough to you to initiate and attack.  
7 CONCEALED CARRY TIPS | Important to know if you carry (or want to carry) a gun!
by Stavroula Avramidis
     I love first person experience videos and commentary, sharing experiences.  
The Role that Hearing Plays in Awareness by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     I took a class (The instructor asked me not to mention the details as he does
not teach open enrollment classes and did not want people contacting him.  Let me
clarify, he's not worried about you, my students and instructors.  He's worried about
internet trolls, and people who would waste his time.) in which the instructor put
an aluminum and foam splint on the student's trigger finger and then let the student
execute the scenario (from concealment to calling 911).  
     I had remembered reading an article in which the author, a medical doctor,
said that losing the index finger is not that big a deal, because the person will
automatically use the middle finger and automatically compensate for the missing
finger.  Having a finger in a splint is not the same as missing the finger, it's
much worse.  The splinted finger gets in the way of operations.  
     I recommend you try this yourself before trying it with your students.  It can
be dangerous.  
     When I was coaching the Punahou high school rifle team, there was an athlete
who used his middle finger to press the trigger of his smallbore target rifle.  
I tried to get him to use his index finger.  But, that was very awkward for him.  
The middle finger was comfortable and natural for him.  So, that's how he shot.  
     As an instructor/teacher/coach try not to be dogmatic.  Everyone is different.  
Not just physically, but mentally also.  The student may not be able to perform
an operation because of some past mental trauma.  Be aware.  Be understanding.  
The Jedi Project
An Investigation into the Mental and Physical Aspects of Handgun Mastery
by Major Richard Groller
     Note the investigation of belief systems that limit performance.  
10 non-verbal signs all officers should be able to recognize and interpret by Dan Marcou
     A non-exhaustive list of attack precursors.

Street Survival by Dan Marcou
     It's a series of articles you may find useful.
You may have to sign up to get access.  But, it's fairly painless.
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
Dry Practice Safety by the Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
The primary source document,
Dry Practice Safety – Part II by the Tactical Professor
     It can happen to the best of us.  Ask Massad Ayoob.  
The best, and really only, defense is religious practice of the safety rules.  
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED, period, no exceptions!  
Why practice?
    "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
Skills Check: Concealed Carry Practice Session at the Range by Ed Head
     This drill has some long range (25 yard, 50 yard) shots.  
I remember studying an incident in which an Air Force security officer
shot a bad guy at 75 yards with his issued pistol, 9mm Beretta.  
He aimed for center of mass of the torso and got a good head impact.  
Which one would expect based on the trajectory of that cartridge
pistol combination.  So, such necessary shots do occur.  And are
therefore worth practicing.  
RangemasterFirearms Training Services 2020 Newsletter
     "Make time to practice, both in dry practice and live-fire sessions.
Thousands of repetitions build skill that can be retained at a useful level
when circumstances force us to drop out of training for some length of time."
     "Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever you
have practiced, no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Techniques -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
Off Body Carry Incident by the Tactical Professor
     I’m not much in favor of keeping guns in glove boxes, door pockets, etc.
but the idea that doing so will certainly lead to your demise is not true either.
     [Parks had the situational awareness and presence of mind to get the pistol
out of the glove box before exiting his car.  Maybe it would have been better
to stay in the car, maybe not.  Martin had Parks' car trapped in the parking lot.  
It's always a judgment call as to what is the best tactical maneuver. -- Jon Low]
Driving 401: Immobilized Vehicle by Aaron
The Will to Drive On: Emergency Driving Skills
     I've been to a lot of training over the decades, and in almost all of the
classes that I have taken, the instructor has taught to grip the pistol as tight
as you can.  Some teach to squeeze until you start trembling and then back off
until you don't.  
     I don't think this is a good technique.  If you grip your pistol real tight
for any extended period, your firing side hand is going to get cramps.  Then
you're going to have to break your grip to stretch out your muscles.  
     Don't believe me?  Try shooting an IDPA match with your support side hand.  
All you need is a new holster.  All of your other gear should still work.  
The first time I did this experiment several years ago, my left hand was cramping
after the second stage; to the point that I had to holster and stretch out my
left hand.  
     High stress and a death grip will cause cramping in your hands.  

     Perhaps the solution is grip exercises to strengthen your hands and
then using a firm grip; as you would shake a friend's hand, 
not as you would attempt to break an enemy's hand.  

     Any exercise regimen should strive for symmetry around all joints to
avoid joint problems.  So, may I suggest immersing your hands in wet sand
up to your forearms.  Expand your hands all the way.  Clench your hands
into fists.  Repeat until fatigued.  Wet sand too much?  Try dry sand.  
Still too much?  Try dry rice.  
The rice you buy at the store may have a powder in it to keep it dry.
(The rice you buy at the store probably has a powder in it to keep it dry.  
Isn't that interesting how the verb form changes?  Yes, it's the little
things in life that keep me amused.)  
Shooting with the Mind's Eye
How to Think "Front Sight!"
by Marcus Wynne
     Visualization! the key to success.  I learned this technique in my high school
rifle team, and perfected it while training at the Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, and it has served me well in all things in life.  
     Those who teach aiming techniques without a hard focus on the front sight
are WRONG!  This is actually a good way to sort out the incompetent instructors.  
     Do not punch with your fist.  You will break your knuckles, fingers, hand,
and wrist.  Use open hand techniques.  Strike with the base of your palm  to
the nose.  If you have to clench your fist, hammer with the side of your fist.  
Best to gouge the eyes with all fingers spread out.  If the enemy is wearing
goggles, gouge up and under the eye protection.  
     Strike with elbows and knees.  Strike hard with intent to break the enemy's
bones.  If you are not confident that you can break his bones when the time comes,
     May I invite your attention to
Léa Kyle, Penn and Teller Fool Us
     If after some distraction, you were to produce a pistol at compressed
ready pointing at your enemy, do you think you would be inside his OODA loop?
     The techniques that she executed were no more difficult than you doing a
one handed reload or malfunction clearing.  Yes, she performed the operations
under stress; live audience, thousands watching on TV and YouTube.  Her
preparation (magic technical term) was no more than you would do to put on
your everyday carry gear.  The gimmicks (magic technical term) would take no
more space than a tourniquet.  You are ahead (magic technical term) before
you walk out the door of your house.  Miss Kyle had to perform flawlessly
for Penn and Teller, but you could be sloppy and still get the desired effect.  
     No, I do not teach this sort of thing to my students.  I stay within
my lane.  But, there are many professional magicians who would be happy to
teach you for fair price.  I have met many at the House of Cards in Nashville, TN
who were delighted to teach.  
     In the kind of combat we are concerned with, you have to get ahead by
1.00 seconds to beat the enemy's reaction time of 0.75 seconds to an
unanticipated stimulus.  (0.75 seconds is from unanticipated stimulus to
physical response, add to that the lock time of the pistol and the flight
time of the bullet.)
     Of course, you have to press the trigger, otherwise all is for nought.  
(Pressing the trigger on a living organism that looks human is difficult;
no matter how evil and depraved it is.  The only way to overcome this
instinctive reluctance to shoot a human is realistic training and practice,
especially visualization.)
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
----- Tactics -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
Lessons Learned Presentation In Spokane (Part 7):
First To Put Shots On Target by John Correia
     "The first person to put a shot in the other guy almost always wins.  
The speed of your draw to first hit is the most important skill in a
     National average for civilian concealed carriers, 2.0 seconds.  For trained
professionals, 1.5 seconds.  For highly trained people who practice a lot, 1.0 seconds.  
If you can get a shot on target in 1.0 seconds from stimulus, you can beat the
other guy's reaction time.  
The Shoot Down Drill:  A Fairy Tale by John Connor
     Many of our friends write fiction, novels, fairy tales, parables, and such.  
Because writing non-fiction would cause all kinds of problems (for some).  
     Edward Snowden is a hero to some.  I think he needs to be summarily
executed for treason.  He has already confessed publicly many times.  
But, diplomacy is a fine art.  So, the Trump administration has declined
all offers for body extraction or termination.  
     There was a joke in conservative circles that Trump's enemies are playing
checkers, while Trump is playing chess.  But, there are many very intelligent
persons playing chess on the world stage.  Few of them understand that Trump
is playing go and using the latest artificial (and real) intelligence to help
him make the best decisions.  Previous CinCs were not capable of doing this,
because they could not understand the technology.  The Roman Consuls could not
guide their legions by satellite data, even if they had satellites because
they would not have been able to understand satellites, so they would not trust satellite data.  
Welcome to the real world.  Some people are just dumb as rocks, even those
in high political office (especially those in high political office,
consider the 2012 Benghazi attack).  
     Decades ago, I was part of a team giving an intel briefing to flag
officers at Marine Forces Pacific headquarters at Camp Smith in Hawaii.  
The questions from the flag officers indicated that they were brain dead.  
The G-2, a Marine Colonel, assured them that what we were saying was true.  
But, the flag officers believed the propaganda that they had heard in the
American liberal media (ABC, NBC, CBS, NPR, etc.).  This is why there are
so many rogue operations carried out by O-6's and below.  (Some people
believe the police killed George Floyd, even though the autopsy cites the
cause of death as drug overdose.  There were no bruises on Floyd's neck.  
Mayor Rudy Giuliani said that the police murdered George Floyd in his
speech at the Republican National Convention in 2020.  Some people are
just rock solid stupid, in the sense that they choose to believe the
liberal media in spite of all facts.)
     In the fairy tale above, do you think the Israeli bureaucracy every
changed their training curriculum?  Have you ever heard of Israeli Carry?  
It means carrying with an empty chamber.  You will never have enough
time to chamber a round in a self defense scenario.  You may not be able
to chamber a round in a self defense situation.  Think about that and
decide.  Because it is a matter of life and death.  
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Education -----
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
     All kinds of interesting stuff at
Practical Eschatology
Shot in the Back! How does it happen? by Greg Ellifritz
     Please note the reaction times that Greg cites.  
- On average it takes 0.25 seconds to react to a threat cue and begin to act.
– If that reaction to a threat cue involves a decision
(i.e. “Is the thing in his hand a gun or a cell phone?”)
the reaction time time is increased to an average of 0.56 seconds.
– The average officer takes 0.35 seconds to process the fact
that a threat no longer exists and to stop shooting.
– The average officer fires one bullet every 0.25 seconds after he begins to fire
     "Do you see the problem?  Let’s say the bad guy is facing the officer
and begins shooting.  The officer starts shooting back and hits the bad guy.  
Bad guy drops the gun and spins away as the bullets hit him.  It takes the
officer 0.35 seconds to recognize that the bad guy is no longer a threat.  
He is firing a bullet every 0.25 seconds.  That means the officer will
generally fire one to two rounds AFTER making the decision to stop shooting.   
It’s very easy for those bullets to end up in the criminal’s back."
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers

     Federal (Monty Grubbs says shipping time is 2 - 2.5 weeks.)
Hat tip to Tom Givens.  
     United Nations Ammo Company
Hat tip to Elky Monroe
     2A Warehouse
Hat tip to Elky Monroe
     In case you haven't noticed, most stores and distributors are sold out of ammo.  
But, the above have stock, at least at this writing.

     One of my adult female students has small hands.  She could correctly grip a
model 1911 type pistol with single stack magazine, but her trigger finger could not
correctly reach the trigger.  The trigger was too far forward.  So, I took the
pistol to Rich Modzelewski of Echo 3 Armory.
     He installed a new trigger.  The old trigger jutted out 0.500 inches in front
of the frame.  The new trigger juts out 0.250 inches in front of the frame.  
The trigger moves 0.125 inches from reset to break-dawn when the slack is out of the
trigger.  From break-dawn to break is 0.010 inches.  So, the trigger is
jutting well out in front of the frame when the pistol fires (for reliability).  
(Rich did not change the weight of the trigger, which is 5 pounds.)
     By moving the trigger a quarter of an inch back, the lady was able to
execute correct trigger control, i.e. able to press the trigger straight to
the rear without any lateral force.  
     Trigger terms:
slack = trigger movement without sear movement (necessary for combat pistols)
break-dawn = the hard stop at the end of slack and the start of sear movement
creep = the movement of the sear before the break (there shouldn't be any creep)
break = when the sear releases the firing pin / striker
over-travel = movement of the trigger after the break (this should be minimized)
reset = releasing the trigger until you hear or feel the click of the trigger reset
     Rich Modzelewski of Echo 3 Armory
214 N Horton Pkwy, Chapel Hill, TN 37034
(931) 364-5486
I highly recommend Rich.  He builds and does gunsmithing on a lot of the long
range precision rifles for the members of the Strategic Edge Gun Range.  
He is school trained and experienced in the Marine Corps and elsewhere.
How to Choose the Right Concealed Handgun Carry Position by Brad Fitzpatrick
1. Is The Gun Safe and Secure?
2. Does the Holster Position Allow You to Comfortably Sit, Stand and Kneel?
3. Is the Firearm Accessible?
4. Is The Firearm Concealable?
5. Will a Single Carry Position/Style Work for You?
NRA Youth Ambassador Review: Girls With Guns Eclipse Leggings by Kali Thompson
Summertime Gear Update by Rich Grassi
     The significant information is the review of the Streamlight flashlight
at the end of the article.  
The Firearms Manifesto Part One: Your First Gun by Greg Ellifritz
     I don't think revolvers take less training and practice than semi-autos.  
Loading, unloading, and reloading a revolver takes training and practice.  Doing
it one handed takes serious training and practice, especially support side hand
only.  I never carry a revolver, but I practice regularly so that I can demonstrate
for my students.  I don't think it is any easier than similar operations on a
     I don't think a 45 ACP is harder to shoot than a 9mm in terms of recoil and
report (blast).  Pistol shooting is technique, not strength.  The cost of ammunition
should not be the determining factor.  The probability of stopping the attack
should be the determining factor.  So, you should want to throw the biggest piece
of lead you can, accurately.  
     Every shot you fire has a non-zero probability of missing your target, i.e.
damaging property, injuring or killing innocent persons.  So, you should be striving
to shoot the minimum number of bullets.  (It's like golf.)  So, you should be
shooting the bullet that gives you the highest probability of stopping the attack.  
Bullet size is directly correlated to probability of stopping the attack.  (Citation:  
Stopping Power lecture at Front Sight Firearms Training Institute.)
Corrections and Special Applications Unit (CSAU-1)
STL (senior team leader) Joseph Garcia and the Guns He Uses During a Prison Riot
     Notice his right handed technique for going around the left side of a corner.  
     “We primarily use the KelTec KSG shotguns,” Garcia said.
“The reason we went with the KSG is its high capacity and the ability to switch
the type of rounds we need on the fly.  . . . ”
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Louis Charles Candell gives you access to a Linux (Unix/Posix) file system of
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A huge repository of downloadable targets and record keeping documents,
“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers
----- Technical -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
Why Revolvers Are NOT More Reliable Than Semi-Auto Pistols by Caleb
     Biometrics, for unlocking gun safes or unlocking guns for use, won't work
when your hands are cut, bloody, dirty, etc.  So, using them is an act of
criminal stupidity.  
     When I was assisting the Royal Saudi Air Force at their headquarters in
Riyadh (2003 A.D., Operation Iraqi Freedom), they installed an iris
reader for access into a certain area.  The enemy tapped the communication
channel and stole the digital signal of a colonel's iris.  So, the IT
department locked that signal out of the system.  The colonel couldn't
change his iris, so he was locked out.  I could go on, giving you many more
examples, but you get the idea.  Biometrics is really stupid.  
     "Biometrics is just like a password (something you know)."
     No, it's not.  You can change your password.  You can't change any of your
body biometrics.  
     "Biometrics is just like a token (something you have)."  
     No, it's not.  A token (e.g. a random number generating fob) is constantly
and pseudo-randomly changing in synch with the verifying system.  There is
nothing in any system that is changing in synch with any of your body's system
     "Biometrics is just like a key (in the sense of a logic key used to verify
zero knowledge proofs, not a crypto key).  [Here we are talking about using the
person's memories/experiences.]"  
     No, it's not.  The human interface of reading questions and answering them,
where the questions change based on the previous answer (and who the system
thinks you are) repeated 32 times would take way too long to be practical in
any scenario.  (This is basically the Israeli Security Method, used at their
airports, in computer science form.)
     [Here is a way to tell if your computer security guy has any cryptologic
training or is an idiot.  Passwords (real passwords, good passwords, not stupid
passwords) never go stale.  So, if your IT guy insists on you changing your
password every so often, he's an idiot.  Good passwords are not hard to remember,
they are hard for a human to guess.  Real passwords are not hard to remember,
they are hard for a computer to find.  Generating real good passwords is easy.  
Using a computer program or any algorithm to generate your passwords for you
is wrong.  Because your imagination is orders of magnitude more complex than

any practical implementable algorithm.  (In the sense of computational complexity.)  
Any specifications on a password requiring you to use certain
characters or forbidding you from using certain characters is wrong, because it
reduces the space in which the enemy has to search.] 
Cocked & Locked: The Best Way to Carry a 1911 by Bart Skelton
     A single-action semi-auto pistol should always be carried with a round
in the chamber, the hammer cocked, and the thumb safety on.  Any other
configuration is wrong because:  
     If there is no round in the chamber, the pistol won't fire.  
You won't have time to chamber a round.  You may not be capable of chambering
a round.  Every attempt to rack the slide with one hand only, while engaged
in close quarter combat?  I bet you can't even imagine how to do it in a
thought experiment.
     If there is a round in the chamber with the hammer down, the pistol
won't fire.  You won't have time to cock the hammer.  You may not be
capable of cocking the hammer.  Every attempt to cock the hammer with
one hand only, while engaged in close quarter combat?  Remember, with the
hammer down, the safety cannot be on.  So, when you cock the hammer, the
safety is not on.  
     Making any kind of modification to defeat the grip safety is
criminal stupidity.  Because, you are not using the pistol as designed.  
You are outside of common custom and practice.  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God's gift to our students.
Our students are God's gift to us."
----- Instructors -----
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
     Be careful what you teach.  Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do, no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Pedagogy -----
Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam
     Last issue, 15 August 2020, I talked about a female student who had no hands
and suggested the USA Shooting National Paralympic coach as a source for help.  
As another source, may I invite your attention to,
Adaptive Shooting Sports Offers Free Training for Shooters with Physical Challenges by Luke C.
Register at Adaptive Shooting Sports Tulsa,
     Not just for paralyzed veterans, non-veterans may register and are welcome.
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
*****     *****     ***** Legal, Political, and Philosophical *****     *****     *****
Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798
"Another off body carry incident, with a twist" by the Tactical Professor
     The Professor lists this incident as an off body carry situation.  But, what I
find interesting about it, is that at trial, the judge (remember it was a bench trial,
no jury [The public defender was pressured into accepting a bench trial to save costs
to the government.]) convicted the defendant, even though the prosecution had not
disproved the defendant's claim of self defense beyond a reasonable doubt.  
Indicative of an incompetent or corrupt judge.  The judge also convicted the defendant
of aggravated unlawful use of a weapon based on failure to have an Illinois firearm
owner’s identification card, even though the judge knew that the defendant had a
valid gun permit from Indiana, his state of residence, when the offense occurred.  
     Thank God the Appellate Court was not as incompetent or corrupt as this trial
     In the Specially Concurring opinion by Justice Wright, the Justice notes
that the OSAD (Office of the State Appellate Defender) took over a year to file
the appeal (breaking 8 deadlines to file the appeal).  
     So, the defendant sat in jail for 4 years awaiting his acquittal.  
Basically because the defedant violated Farnam's rule:  
"Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed."
     From the Appellate Court ruling --
     In an appeal in a criminal case, the appellate court found that:
(1) defendant was not proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt of aggravated battery
with a firearm because the State failed to negate defendant’s claim of self-defense; and
(2) defendant’s conviction for aggravated unlawful use of a weapon, which was based,
in part, upon defendant’s failure to have an Illinois firearm owner’s identification
card at the time of the offense, could not stand because defendant had a valid gun
permit from Indiana, his state of residence, when the offense 2 occurred.  
     The appellate court, therefore, reversed defendant’s convictions for aggravated
battery with a firearm and aggravated unlawful use of a weapon.  
     Reversed the conviction!  Not ordered a new hearing on sentencing.  
Not set for a new trial (on the same charges).  Not set aside the conviction
(allowing for new charges to be filed).  But, reversed.  This is as rare as a unicorn.  
Self Defense: When A Trigger Upgrade Becomes A “Hair Trigger” by Massad Ayoob
--------------------- Blog post on self defense insurance ------------------------
Pre-paid legal services:  (I keep re-posting and updating this because things keep changing.)
Do you Need Carry Insurance? Lawyer Andrew Branca shoots us straight
     Most people are not at zero knowledge.  They are at negative 20, because
they know so much stuff that is false.  So, to get them to 100% knowledge is
very difficult.  You have to educate them out of all of their deeply held
     You have to get the money up front.  You have to be able to choose your
attorney.  The insurance company has to have enough money to actually give it to you.  
-------------------  Articles comparing carriers -----------------------------
CCW Insurance – Protecting Yourself After You Protect Yourself by Ryan Cleckner
Virginia Citizens Defense League
VCDL legal-plans comparison chart
     You have to scroll down through the web page, or you can download the PDF file at
     The numbers to the right of the questions refer to the page numbers, which
are only visible in the PDF document.  
     This is a very comprehensive comparison.  It's a little dated, as it still has
the NRA Carry Guard listed.  But, they obviously surveyed every company and got detailed
6 Concealed Carry Insurance Options To Protect Your Six (comparison in text)
by Gun Digest Editors
Self-Defense Gun Owner Insurance Programs Compared (comparison chart)
     This web page, the chart, and the PDF file are updated on a regular basis.
-------------------  End articles comparing carriers -------------------------

-------------------  List of carriers ----------------------------------------
     I list many carriers that are not listed in the comparison articles above.  
So, you have to read their policies and compare them yourself.  It's worth doing.  
This is the difference between getting through the gauntlet battered, and ending
up bankrupt and destitute.  
Legal Shield
     There are links on this web page to the PDF files with the details.  
This is the one that Front Sight (in Pahrump, NV) recommends.  It is way more than self defense 
Self Defense Fund

CCW Safe (Recommended by Andrew Branca)
USCCA (Recommened by Andrew Branca.  You need to read Andrew Branca's review
before buying this plan.  They don't seem to pay if they don't think it was self defense.)
Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network (Recommended by Andrew Branca.  
They only pay out if their board thinks it was self defense.)
Firearms Legal Protection
US Law Shield
     State licensed private armed guards buy this policy, because they will cover private
security.  The others won't.  I have talked to many attorneys that handle self-defense
cases in the Metro Nashville area, and they tell me the vast majority of their cases are
private security guards shooting bar and night club patrons who got thrown out of the
establishment, go to their car, get a gun, and come back to shoot the bouncers.  Oh ya,
you just don't hear about it because they are not cops, so it doesn't fit the liberal
media narrative.  In our country, there are more state licensed armed security officers
than sworn law enforcement officers, by an order of magnitude.  Remember the stories
of Pinkerton in the Old West?  Wells Fargo?  They were all private.  
     The police self-defense case is rare, but highly publicized.  So, it seems more
common than it really is.  
     The private citizen self-defense case is extremely rare.  (I'm not counting
criminal acts where the criminal falsely claims self-defense.  Because that happens
all the time.  Fortunately, the judge usually denies the self-defense claim
because it is not supported by any evidence.  This is not at trial, so the bad guy's
long violent criminal history may be considered.  Which is good for the good guys.)
Second Call Defense
CWI Agency (probably dead)
redirects to Sycamore Insurance Company at
But, they don't seem to carry self defense insurance.
United Self Defense Law Firm (probably dead)
     This web address does not work.  
The web page is still up at
     The email address is
I did not get an error message when I sent an email to this address.
But, I didn't get a reply either.  
NRA Carry Guard (definitely dead)
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     You have to do your own comparison to see what works best for you,
because these plans have significant differences.  Check out which states
they are not valid in.  Check out all the things they exclude.  
Check out all the caps.  Some of the carriers will only pay if they think
it was self-defense.    (This is a real problem, because there is no
such thing as a perfect combat operation.  No matter how justified you
think your actions were, there is a perspective from which what you did
was murder.)  The devil is in the details.  
     Most of these plans won't cover domestic disputes.  We never consider
having to shoot our spouse, lover, etc.  But, ask any detective, "Who is
the prime suspect in any non-gang-related homicide?"  They will tell
you, the spouse, the girlfriend/boyfriend, the lover; because statistically,
that is the person who did it.  (No, really, I was a cop.)
     Yes, there are lots of other insurance plans, but if I thought it was
stupid (like Lockton), I did not list it above.  I did not list any of the plans
that reimburse upon acquittal, because they have a huge financial incentive
to see you convicted.  And you need the money up front to pay for bail,
attorneys, private investigators, expert witnesses, consulting experts, etc.  
So, buying a reimbursement plan is an act of criminal stupidity.  
--------------------- End blog post on self defense insurance --------------------
Great American Outdoors Act Signed Into Law
     A small step in the right direction.  
"Air Force Base to Allow Personal Firearms for CCW Permit Holders" by Luke C.
     In case you don't understand the significance of this.  When President Trump took
office, he asked all base commanders to review their policies and consider allowing
their subordinates to carry concealed on base.  Several did, quietly, to ingratiate
themselves with their CinC (Commander in Chief), to be considered fit for promotion
in the eyes of the new administration.  This more public announcement is tacit
acknowledgement that the base commander (and many others) thinks that the next
president will set the same policies as the present administration.  
These senior field grade officers and flag/general grade officers ain't stupid.  
     If there is a coup d'etat, will you be able to correctly choose which side
to back?  If not, please read the U.S. Constitution.  It's written in plain
English and is easy to read.  [If you are considering siding with the political
party that advocates open borders and amnesty for illegal aliens, stop and think.  
If you are considering siding with the political party that will infringe on your
right to keep and bear arms, stop and think.]
     "Thinking is the hardest thing a person can do.  That's why so few people do it."  
-- Henry Ford
     If there is another civil war, will you be able to choose wisely as to which
side to be on?  If not, please read our Declaration of Independence.  It's written
in plain English and is easy to read.  [If you are considering siding with the
political party that has as part of its party platform the murder of babies from
conception to immediately after birth, you might want to slap your head and reconsider.]
     If there is another world war, will you be able to choose which side to be
on?  If not, please read the Bible (and Apocrypha).  You'll probably only be able
to read a translation of a translation that has been changed many times over the
2000 years since the New Testament events or 5000 years since the Old Testament
events due to political correctness and corruption.  But, it's all we have.  
[If you are considering siding with the culture that advocates immorality, you
might want to slap your head and reconsider.  Just because the communists say that
capitalism is immoral, does not make it immoral.  Murdering babies and forced
sterilization of men and women is immoral, even if the communists say it is moral;
e.g. Chinese Communist Party in China, Planned Parenthood, Democrat political party
in the United States, National Socialists in German, etc.]
Free Stuff!  by John Farnam
    Remember, Fidel Castro overthrew Cuba with 50 comrades.
The first king of Saudi Arabia, conquered the Arabian peninsula
with 32 of his friends.  Any company commander will have that many
subordinates at his command (and many platoon commanders will
have that many subordinates).  Kamehameha conquered the Hawaiian Islands
without any troop maneuvers.  He just used the shipboard cannon
that the haoles ("foreigners", in modern usage "caucasians") sold him.  
(Ya, I know it depends on whose history you read.  Which depends on
which school your parents sent you to.)
     When John Farnam says, "The other historical point you’ll notice is that
you can vote your way into socialism, but you’ll have to shoot your way out!",
you have to remember that Adolf Hitler of the National Socialist party (Nazi)
was the duly elected Chancellor of Germany.  
     The Beer Hall Putsch failed.  The Germans elected Hitler.  (It's not
that the Germans were stupid, it's just that they were desperate as a result
of the conditions forced on them by the loss of World War I.)
     There were several attempted coup d'etats (or coups d'etat) to kill
Hitler and remove the Nazi regime.  The Oster Conspiracy of 1938 was a
proposed plan to overthrow German Führer, Adolf Hitler, and the Nazi regime.  
Operation Valkyrie, was the failed July 20, 1944, attempt to assassinate
Adolf Hitler and overthrow the Nazi regime.  And many others.  Not to mention
all the ones we don't know about.  
     Once the socialist get into power, they are extremely difficult to
remove.  If you haven't actually participated in such an operation (at the
operational level) it would be really hard for you to imagine the logistics
involved.  I assure you, that if you have only participated at the tactical
level as a trigger puller, you cannot speak intelligently about how to
execute a coup d'etat.  
     "Amateurs talk tactics.  Professionals talk logistics." -- Napoleon
When Burglars Attack:  The Stiffler Case by Massad Ayoob
     "Studies show while reaction to anticipated stimulus runs an average
of about 0.25 of one second, it takes about three quarters [0.75] of a
second — or more — for a shooter to cognitively process the unanticipated
stimulus of the attacker unexpectedly breaking off the assault.  The shooter
goes through the whole OODA loop of Col. John Boyd.  
Observe (the eyes see) what is happening,
Orient (the brain figures out what the visual input means),
Decide what to do now (stop pulling the trigger), and
Act (physically stop shooting).  
I stated honestly what the State was asking of Stiffler was not humanly possible."
     ". . . Quentin Rhoades had meticulously selected jurors who all said they
could render a not guilty verdict in a self-defense case. It turned out the
two jurors who insisted on conviction told the rest of the panel shooting
someone in self-defense was wrong; Rhoades learned this after debriefing most
of the other jurors subsequent to trial. The two holdouts for conviction
wouldn’t talk to him."
     "When you’re in such a situation, get the best lawyers for the job.
The job in this case was not criminal defense, but affirmative defense.
The best criminal defense lawyers got their reputation by getting off guilty
people.  The strategy for defending the rights of the guilty is almost
180 degrees opposite from the strategy needed in an affirmative defense
case like this, where you need to show the jury while you did the act,
you were absolutely correct in doing so.  Rhoades and Siefert accomplished
exactly that and gave Jim Stiffler and his wife their lives back."  
     [Mas estimates the real cost of the legal defense would have been $360,000.  
Do you have that much money?  If not, better get insurance.  Because if it
could happen to these nice law abiding people, it could happen to you.  
-- Jon Low]
What Do NRA Lawsuits Mean Ahead Of November?  by Dave Workman
     The article has links to the primary source documents.
     But, note that the case filed by the Attorney General for the District of Columbia
against the NRA Foundation [the organization that holds the Friends of the NRA
banquets in just about every county in the country and is a 501 (c) 3 charity
(all donations are tax deductible) ] is redacted.  Reading the complaint makes
one wonder just who is being protected by the redactions.   
     Also, note that the New York state filing is signed by the Charities Bureau
Chief, James Sheehan.
     The filings are intended to portray the mismanagement of a charity for personal
gain, which to many would be an unforgivable crime of moral turpitude.  I remember
when a friend of mine in the Rotary Club took over the Goodwill in the region
(New Jersey) after the previous president had been indicted for embezzlement,
malfeasance, and such.  It was difficult to rebuild the organization's
good name in the region.  I'm sure this is what the plaintiff's attorneys in
the NRA case are striving for.  My friend invited me to his office to discuss
Goodwill's PR campaign.  Very expensive.  Very involved.  
"Comparing the Global Rate of Mass Public Shootings to the U.S.’s Rate and
Comparing their Changes Over time" by John R. Lott
     The U.S. is well below the world average in terms of the number of
mass public shootings, and the global increase over time has been much
bigger than for the United States.
     Over the 20 years from 1998 to 2017, our list contains 2,772 attacks
and at least 5,764 shooters outside the United States and 62 attacks and
66 shooters within our country. By our count, the US makes up less than
1.13% of the mass public shooters, 1.77% of their murders, and 2.19% of
their attacks. All these are much less than the US’s 4.6% share of the
world population. Attacks in the US are not only less frequent than
other countries, they are also much less deadly on average.
Out of the 101 countries where we have identified mass public shootings
occurring, the United States ranks 66th in the per capita frequency of
these attacks and 56th in the murder rate.
     Not only have these attacks been much more common outside the US,
the US’s share of these attacks has declined over time. There has been
a much bigger increase over time in the number of mass shootings in
the rest of the world compared to the US.
A Landmark Win for Self-Defense Rights: The Ninth Circuit Sets a Precedent . . .
     The 9th Circuit used to be radical liberal.  But, President Trump has been
appointing Federal Circuit Court Judges at a phenomenal pace.  Now, 50% of the
judges on the 9th Circuit are Bush or Trump appointments.  We are winning!  
Weapons in the Zone: Gun Owners and Schools | Tennessee
     ". . . under federal law, 18 U.S.C. § 922(q)(2), an individual who possesses
an Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit issued by the State of Tennessee would be
permitted to possess a firearm in a school zone located in Tennessee.
Additionally, under the Gun-Free School Zones Act, a person without a license
issued by the state in which the school zone is located who is not otherwise
prohibited from possessing a firearm may possess a firearm in a school zone so
long as the firearm is unloaded and either locked in a container or locked in
a firearm rack inside a vehicle, similar to the Tennessee State law exception.
Tenn. Code Ann. § 39-17-1309(c)(1)(B)."
Attorney War Stories: 3 Lessons For Every Gun Owner
     "The police must know why you used your weapon before you admit to using your weapon."
     Remember Michael Drejka.  The responding officers declined to arrest, because
it was self defense.  The Sheriff declined to press charges, because it was self defense.  
This should have been the end of the story.  But then, Drejka talks to the police without
an attorney and talks himself into a manslaughter conviction.  Learn from the mistakes
of others.  Keep your mouth shut.  Let your attorney talk for you.  
Bolshevik Brilliance!  by John Farnam
     “I won't insult your intelligence by suggesting that you really believe what you just said.”
-- William F Buckley Jr.
     First they say: “You don’t need guns, because police are there to protect you”
     Then they say: “We're defunding the police!”
     Afterward they say: “. . . but you still can’t have guns!”
“Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
The Effects a Criminal Attack Can Have on the Heart by Sheriff Jim Wilson
Living in Condition Yellow by Marcus Wynne
     When I first learned Col. Cooper's color code of mental awareness at Frong Sight
in 1996, they taught condition black.  I notice a lot of schools (and police academies)
have dropped condition black.  Politically incorrect, I guess.  
     As Col. Boyd said, whoever can cycle through their OODA loop faster will win.  
Feedback on the HAC (HEMORRHAGE ARREST COURSE) 8 Hour Course (author not cited)
All kinds of other good stuff on Sherman's web site at
     A course on how to stop the bleeding, get the heart beating, and get the diaphram
breathing should be on your to do list.  Because you're going to need these skills.  
Yes, as a matter of fact, I can predict the future.  It's not that hard.  I spent
five years studying healthcare data at TennCare, the Tennessee bureau responsible
for Medicare and Medicaid.  
Willingness is a state of mind.  Preparedness (or lack thereof) is a fact.
*****     *****     ***** Basics *****     *****     *****
“Often, it’s what you don’t know that kills you!”
-- Carr
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
*****     *****     ***** Miscellany *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
Bumper sticker:
"Guns don't kill people.  
It's mostly the bullets."
Hat tip to Kirk Christy Peavy.
     Omar Martinez, the Graphic Designer of EAA Corp, asked me to review an advertisement
that will be coming out in the Shooting Illustrated November issue.  How flattering.  
(I had complained about how their model was gripping a pistol in one of their advertisements.)
Good to see EEA developing another striker action pistol, MC28 SA-TV.  Comes from the
factory with a red dot sight.
New Shooting Sport: Flying Carp Hunting With Shotguns by Doug E.
     Better than shooting fish in a barrel.  And they are yummy.
     I was talking to a lady police officer in the emergency room.  They have to watch
the guys they bring in.  She is 40 and a rookie.  So, there are still those who feel the
calling, even in this political environment.  She told me that she had signed up for
MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) classes and had taken her first class this morning.  On her
own time, on her own dime.  
     She understands that the incident is going to start in close.  So, she's not going
to have time or space to access a weapon.  So, she needs the empty hand skills to make
the time and space to access a weapon.  
     When I was on duty talking to persons, I always tried to have a pen in my right
hand and a bullet proof clipboard in my left (held between the person's right hand
and my high thoracic cavity).  Hey, I was taking notes, because what the person was
saying was really important to me.  
Advice from my mother --
     Please tell your drug addicted friend that he is not a functional recreational
drug user.  He is in fact a drug addict and everyone can see it.  They don't
mention it to his face because they are too polite to confront him about it.  Everyone
talks about his addiction and bad behavior behind his back.  If this truth disturbs
him, he may stop doing the drugs.  If he doesn't care about this truth, well, he's
a drug addict.  So, you have to make a decision; disassociate with him, or let him
drag you down with him; and he will, because that is what drug addicts do.  
     Half a century ago, my mother told me that drugs and alcohol don't make anyone
do anything.  They just let the person do what he wants to do.  So, if a person is
a nasty drunk, he is in fact a nasty person.  He just maintains a facade due to
social inhibitions.  I am disappointed by many parents I meet today who do not tell
their children the truth.  "Oh, it's a disease.  He can't help himself."  No, it's
a choice.  Nobody forced him to start taking drugs.  When he chose to take drugs,
he chose to be an addict.  He chose to live a life on welfare and regular visits
to the emergency rooms.  If he didn't know that was the choice he was making,
shame on his parents for not explaining that to him.  
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low