CWP, 17 April 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,
"For evil to flourish,
all that is needed is
for good people to do
-- Edmund Burke 1771 A.D.
***** Mindset *****
"Principles of Personal Defense" by Jeff Cooper.
"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself
and you are the easiest person to fool."
-- Richard P. Feynman
***** Training *****
"Education is learning what you
didn't even know you didn't know."
-- Daniel J. Boorstin
Basic pistol training.
Advanced training techniques
"The object of teaching a student is to enable
the student to get along without his teacher."
-- Elbert Hubbard
Optimized Use of Cover by John Holschen.
You don't win gun fights by shooting the other guy.
You win gun fights by not getting shot.
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In past decades, before TV and politics destroyed
the sport of fencing, fencing was scored by touches received,
as opposed to touches made on your opponent. Because
not getting stabbed and bleeding to death was in fact
The single touch bout in epee was common,
because real duels usually ended with the drawing
of first blood. Because in past times blood loss
or infection would lead to death.
The shooting games teach you to shoot for the center
of mass by rewarding you with points or time.
But in the real world, if you can shoot the assailant
in the hand, foot, arm, or leg without exposing
yourself that might be sufficient to cause him to run
away. Which is a big win for you.
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"I am always ready to learn
although I do not always like being taught."
-- Winston Churchill
James Yeager of Tactical Response
says the shooter should keep his
head up and look around while holstering,
because you need to maintain situational awareness.
I disagree. Statistically speaking, holstering
is the most dangerous part of any shooting class.
So, you have to watch what you're doing to ensure
that nothing gets caught in your holster. Because,
as we saw in a video in a previous email, getting
a jacket draw string caught between your pistol and
your holster can result in a negligent discharge.
You should not be holstering in the first
place unless you have determined that the situation
Holstering should be slow and careful, watching
what you're doing. No awards for speed holstering.
***** Pedagogy *****
Attitude of the lecturer --
When you read to your children as babies, there is
no interruption: no questions, no discussion.
As your children get older, the books that they
wish you to read to them change and the level of
interaction changes. They ask questions and want to
discuss the reading; and it is your duty to explain
"the beast with two backs" [Shakespeare's "Othelo"]
no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it makes you.
(If you are not willing or able to explain in clear simple
terms, you should not be giving the lecture.)
So, the attitude of the lecturer should be
story time for adults with interruptions gladly
entertained, questions welcome and always answered
responsively (there is nothing worse than to have
a judge rule your answer non-responsive), and
Don't let the discussion wander to far.
It is your duty to keep the discussion focused on
It is important to read the lecture from a
script, not to speak extemporaneously. This prevents
errors and interjection of the speaker's opinion
as opposed to the author's opinion. This is a
matter of integrity and consistency.
***** Web sites *****
"Carry your gun. It’s a lighter burden than regret."
***** Recall *****
Remington is recalling Model 700 and
Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”)
triggers manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.
I have attached the latest version of our lesson
plans for our Defensive Pistol class that we use in
our NRA Defensive Pistol course.
We no longer teach the low ready position, instead
preferring only the compressed ready position. So, that
the shooter is pushing the pistol straight forward to
shoot and pulling straight back to her chest into a
close contact position when not shooting.
We are teaching a retention Sul position when
scanning (rotating 360 azmuthal degrees while view vertical
strips from your feet to your zenith). Pistol pointed down
at the ground at a point about 2 or 3 feet in front of
your feet. Both hands over the pistol held to your chest.
As always, corrections, suggestions, and comments
are greatly appreciated.