CWP, 22 December 2014 A.D.
Merry Christmas! Concealed Weapons Permittees,
***** Mindset *****
First person account
Excerpt: "It took several weeks for me
to put everything in perspective and
get back to a normal rhythm."
When I did the OC (Oleoresin Capsicum)
pepper spray training, we were taught that
pepper spray was not effective on 10% of
the population. Of course, what exactly
is the definition of "not effective"?
A lot of the Marines in the MP unit were
able to fight through the pepper spray.
“Dithering,” as policy!
Posted by John S. Farnam on 30 Apr 2013
"dynamic personal initiative"
"The ever-fearful are fond of saying
“… don’t be a hero.” That rubbish surely does
not represent my heritage! We need to be heroes,
and we need to train heroes.
Others need not apply!"
***** Training *****
May I recommend the Assert training taught at
KSA Martial Academy in Nashville, TN?
Goals of Self Defense: Escape, Expect Injury,
Keep Trying, Hit Fucking Hard.
Stages of Self Defense: Prevention, Awareness,
Interview/De-escalate, Resistance, Escape.
They explained to us how difficult it is
to get reliable statistics, how one has to check
the wording of survey questions and the
definitions used for categorizing.
Less than 20% of violent assaults are performed
by a stranger.
Less than 5% of armed robbers actually shoot.
In police shootings, the national average is 4
shots fired per hit at 3 to 9 feet.
Men age 16 to 24 are two times more likely to
be physically assaulted than women the same age.
Three women and one man are murdered by an
intimate partner each day in the United States.
"Catching the link"
posted by John S. Farnam on 6 Dec 1999.
Excerpt: "Continuous trigger contact is one of the most
important aspects of defensive shooting that we teach.
The concept is scarcely known, even among experienced
shooters. As demonstrated in the foregoing narrative,
it [is] a vital skill."
By "Catching the link" Farnam is referring to
resetting the trigger without losing contact with
the trigger (not letting your finger fly off the
trigger after the shot), and taking the slack out of
the trigger (Yes, there is slack after reset.)
before starting the press to release the shot.
Many excellent shooters execute trigger control
properly, but don't consciously know what they are
doing. So, they can't explain to the student how
to do what they are doing. Some good shooters are
not good instructors.
What makes Farnam such a good instructor is
his ability to explain the techniques to those who
don't know, and to those who think they know, but
don't (especially those with years of experience).
As Claude Werner says, one of the reasons for
taking professional training is because much of
what the untrained person knows is false.
(Hmmmm, Ronald Reagan said a similar thing.)
"The trouble with our Liberal friends is not
that they're ignorant; it's just that they
know so much that isn't so."
-- Ronald Reagan
Excerpt: "The problem is unnecessary gun-handling!"
Should you always carry the same gun and same holster?
Or, is it okay to vary?
"Same gun, same holster, same place, all the time."
***** Pedagogy *****
For the instructor --
"Teaching Women to Shoot: A Law Enforcement Instructor's Guide"
by Vicki Farnam and Diane Nicholl.
For the student --
"Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement Officers"
by Diane Nicholl and Vicki Farnam.
***** Tactics *****
7 suggestions for personal security
Shooting a rifle from you support side shoulder
while aiming with your firing side eye.
***** Gear *****
"Concealed Carry Options for Women"
by John S. Farnam on 15 Mar 2012
Farnam's recommendations on equipment
An article on concealed carry holsters
from American Handgunner
The article cites the Blackhawk SERPA holster.
May I invite your attention to the attached letter?
Farnam cites another letter,
I know the Army has purchased thousands of these
holsters, but that doesn't make them good.
We teach presentation from the holster with
support side hand only. This is extremely difficult
with any retention device. It is effectively
impossible with the SERPA holster.
Springfield Armory XD, .45 ACP, 5 inch barrel,
4 magazines, new in the box, $500.
Private transaction, no paper work.
***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****
In case you didn't get the whole story in
the liberal media, as to why the mass murderer
was found dead in the woods.
What the mass media said,
Texas moving toward open carry
***** Old News *****
Shooter's Grill in Rifle, Colorado
Gun confiscation started in the USA a year ago.
New York Police Department sends
Letters of Confiscation under the Safe Act
“… just an ordinary guy”
Excerpt: "... the NAACP and Urban League,
who claim to stick-up for black people,
don’t! In fact, both organizations encouraged
him to knuckle-under to sleazy, liberal,
mostly-white politicians. It was the
much-maligned NRA that stepped-up to the plate
and fought with him [against the Chicago government]."
"Glock 36 Malfunction"
The Glock 36 is a single stack
.45 ACP sub compact pistol.
The interesting thing about this post
is the test document. The link to the
Google document is about 3/4th of the
way down the article.
The tester says the pistol beat
up his hand and trigger finger. I have
heard such reports from others using the
sub compact Springfield Armory XDS and other
such pistols. Because the slide is
short, the slide travel is short.
Hence, the recoil spring has to be very
stiff to absorb the energy over a short
distance. This creates a lot more felt
recoil than a full size pistol.
That's why I don't recommend
sub combat pistols. They are much more
difficult to shoot, and unpleasant to
shoot. More difficult to shoot means
you need more practice time to achieve
proficiency. Unpleasant to shoot means
you won't shoot it enough to get
***** Miscellany *****
NRA Defensive Pistol course
Starting 9 February 2015 A.D.
See attached flier.
Hume-Fogg high school rifle team fund raiser
10 January 2015, 4:00 PM to 5:00 PM
McKay's Bookstore in Nashville
636 Old Hickory Blvd
Nashville, TN 37209
(exit 199 off of I-40, west of Nashville)
Books and buttons for sale. Lecture on
Older postings may be found at
Lesson plans may be found at
"Some people wonder all their lives if
they've made a difference. The Marines
don't have that problem."
-- Ronald Reagan