CWP, 31 October 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,
***** Mindset *****
“God is strong, and he wants you strong.
So take everything the Master has set out for
you, well-made weapons of the best materials.
And put them to use so you will be able to
stand up to everything the Devil throws your
way. This is no afternoon athletic contest
that we'll walk away from and forget about in
a couple of hours. This is for keeps, a
life-or-death fight to the finish against
the Devil and all his angels.”
– Saul of Tarsus (The Apostle Paul)
The Message (a modern translation of the Bible)
***** Training *****
Tom Clark points out an error in my last
email to the Conceal Weapons Permittees. The
problem in the video was with the holstering
technique, not with appendix carry.
"I would like to make note on your comment on
discouraging appendix carry because of the reholstering
shown in the video.
I think, while he is probably a highly skilled
operator, the instructor in the video erred in his
reholster technique – and the gun absolutely should
not have muzzled his support hand wrist.
What he should have done rather than grasp his
belt to clear a path to the holster was clear his
garment (if he had one) with his support hand above
the holster, forearm against his gut while pressing
in slightly on his gut. Then there is a clear path
to the holster, and reholstering can be accomplished
without sweeping yourself. This is the same as any
reholstering where the support hand and forearm is
against the body with appropriate muzzle discipline
– making sure the muzzle does not sweep where it
So rather than bash the appendix carry method,
a ding on the person and the example would be in
Thomas E. Clark
NRA Certified Pistol and Rifle Instructor
Glock Certified Pistol Instructor and Armorer
SC SLED CWP Instructor
In this past Defensive Pistol course we had
a CZ pistol that failed to fire when held upside
down and when held sideways. Not always, but it
definitely happened twice. How would one find
such an intermittent failure of a system if not
for the training course? One could easily have
dismissed it as user error, or it didn't really
happen, or the gun was dirty, or I didn't pull
the trigger hard enough, etc.
The purpose of training is to find out what
techiques and equipment don't work under stress.
The gunsmith will probably determine that
the spring holding the pin that blocks the
firing pin is either broken or absent. But,
firing the pistol right-side-up at the indoor
range would never have found this error.
Because when gravity pulls the firing pin block
down, everything works fine. See part 59 in
the exploded parts diagrams:
Color coded by function,
Black and white,
***** Tactics *****
Less Is More: The Defensive Shotgun
"... you DO have to aim with a shotgun ..."
***** Gear *****
When I was an artillery cannoneer,
supply issued us this eye protection.
They work well. I recommend them.
Mike Battery, 3rd Battalion, 14th Marines,
4th Division, U.S. Marine Corps out of
In this gun club we shot at night without
worrying about bothering the neighbors.
We shot over each other's heads without
worrying about friendlies down range.
And if we accidentally fired when we were
not supposed to, we never got sent home.
No 180 degree rule, we fired in all directions.
It ain't a gun unless you can stick your
head in the chamber. Yank the lanyard
and suck the swab!
Jeff: I noticed in your syllabus under
lessons learned you mention not stuffing
magazines. I have been loading the spare
magazine I carry for concealed carry to
full capacity and the magazine in the
gun at full capacity plus one in the
chamber. I also rotate magazines every
month or so ( sometimes I forget to do
it in a timely fashion). Should I be
doing something different?
Jon: I only say that you should not
overload your magazines. Some magazines
allow the user to stuff 13 rounds in a 12
round magazine. Overloading causes
malfunctions. Loading to capacity, even
with one in the chamber, should not cause
malfunctions in modern pistols.
Magazines need not be rotated,
as tires on a car. They need to be
disassembled and cleaned regularly,
just as you field strip and clean your
pistol regularly. (Disassembly beyond
field stripping should be left to a
Keeping the magazines loaded does
not hurt the magazine springs. Modern
metallurgy creates springs that are well
within the elastic limits of the metal
when the magazine is fully loaded.
If loading the magazine to capacity
permanently deforms the spring, the
spring is defective.
Lots of exploded diagrams.
***** News *****
TrackingPoint, Inc. seems to have automated
the concept of surprise break.
***** Promotions *****
***** Miscellany *****
Firearms in slow motion.
Information in case civiliation collapses.
Cut away photo of 30mm Air Burst Munition
Q: What's yellow, linear, normed, and complete?
A: A Bananach space.
Renteln, P. and Dundes, A.
"Foolproof: A Sampling of Mathematical Folk Humor."
Notices Amer. Math. Soc. 52, 24-34, 2005.
[Hey, don't blame me. Eric Weisstein told
me the joke. I just thought it was funny.]
In Israel, the guys will ask, "Where are
the bananas?" meaning "Where are the girls?"
(It's a pun on the Hebrew word for girl.)
I always liked the smell of Hoppes No. 9.
It's like bananas.
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