CWP, 27 November 2013 A.D.
Happy Thanksgiving Concealed Weapons Permittees,
At an IDPA match a gentleman got disqualified for shooting a round
into the ground about three feet in front of himself. Because he
violated the safety rule to keep your finger in the register position
until your sights are on the target and you have decided to fire.
It was only an IDPA match. No one got hurt. But, violation of this
safety run can directly cause other people to kill innocent people,
X-ray images of guns.
A fully 3D Printed Metal 1911 Pistol,
I just finished a traffic school driver safety course
(ya, it was court ordered). I was impressed by how closely
it paralleled the training in our Defensive Pistol courses.
You should always be looking around and thinking, "What if?"
The road is an obstacle course. The sidewalk is an obstacle
course. Life is an obstacle course. Imagine scenarios and
what you would do.
Always be in control, emotionally. Don't let the other
person control you by reacting badly to his actions.
Don't let anything impair your judgement. Never do drugs,
including alcohol. If you need corrective lenses on your eyes,
where them at all times. Turn your head completely to see
what's going on around you.
Don't let anything distract you. Stay off the phone.
Don't text. Stay in condition yellow.
Avoid fatigue. Mentally stop. Get up and move around,
Take and keep control.
"Choose the safest defense that reduces the risk of a
collision and lowers the chance of losing control."
"You'll need to act and adjust before the situation gets
out of hand. The longer you wait to act in an adverse
situation , the more serious the consequences."
DDC Collision Prevention Formula: Recognize,
Understand, and Act.
"The law clearly states who has the right-of-way."
False! Nobody has the right-of-way. Traffic regulations
state only who must yield the right-of-way. So the old
notion of "having" the right-of-way is wrong - so wrong
that it can kill you. [Now think about how that applies
to self-defense, defense of others, and stand your ground.]
Never enter an intersection that you cannot exit.
[Same goes for buildings, rooms, etc.]
Highway engineers have designed our roadways using
1.75 seconds as an average perception time. [The time
between an event and the perception by the human that
the event is a danger.]
The average reaction time of a driver in good mental
and physical condition is 3/4th of a second. [The time
to move your foot from the accelerator to the brake pedal.]
Compare this reaction time, 0.75 seconds, to the 1.5
seconds of the Tueller drill. So, for the average person
in good physical and mental condition with proper training,
the average time from danger event to firing the gun is
1.75 + 1.5 = 3.25 seconds. That's a long time in combat.
Keep your eyes moving and stay alert.
"Defensive driving is a full-time job. It involves
making our own decisions behind the wheel. We don't let
what the other drivers do determine how we are going to
drive. We choose how we are going to drive before we
start our vehicles and then continue that choice, block-
by-block, and mile-by-mile."
"Always wear your safety belt."
Always wear your pistol.
Concealed carry while carrying your baby,
Non-hollow point expanding bullets,
Appears to be in 9X19mm only.
Tom brings up some good points, which directly contradict
what I teach in my Defensive Pistol class.
So you, gentle reader, will have to decide.
I recommend copper jacketed round nose bullets, because they
feed more reliably. The gun has to go bang when you pull the trigger.
They also give you the best penetration. You may need to penetrate heavy
clothing as a leather jacket, bone as an arm or rib cage, or
a car door in order to reach a vital organ that will stop the attack.
Tom has some great pictures illustrating proper trigger finger
placement and pistol-bone alignment.