CWP, 2 January 2015 A.D.
Happy New Year, Concealed Weapons Permittees!
***** Mindset *****
As a civilian, you have the best rules of engagement.
The police officer must apprehend.
Your self-defense goal is to escape.
[ I deleted my paragraph on military rules of engagement
to spare you my invectives. ] I'm glad I'm out.
I'm glad my son is out.
"The essence of war is violence.
Moderation in war is imbecility."
—Admiral Sir John A. Fisher
"Myth of the Lone Gunman" by Claude Werner.
"What are you willing to do to prevent
your children from becoming orphans?"
-- Massad Ayoob
SOP stands for Standard Operating Procedure.
Can you get past the locks on your partner's
phone, if you need to call for help? Can you dial
911 in a high stress situation? Most people can't.
Solution: deep breaths. Yes, it is that simple.
But, you have to know to do it. And you have to
have done it before, so that you know it works,
so that you have confidence in doing it. So, that
you will do it.
The police sniper who fears hitting the hostage
will not take the shot to save the hostage. The
confident sniper will. Confidence allows us to do.
Practice gives us confidence.
Practice one handed, both sides.
"Arma Virumque Cano" Posted by John S. Farnam on 28 Dec 2014
***** Training *****
Sensei Liz Fitzgerald informs us that
KSA Martial Academy will be giving classes
in Chemical Weapons and Baton in 2015 A.D.
Nashville, TN 37209
Hey, Staff, you talk about "tactically correct".
What exactly is that?
- Go as fast as you can think. -
The only reason persons can race through the
stages in an IDPA match is because they know
what they are supposed to do. In the real world,
you won't have that knowledge. You will have to
develop it as you search. So, don't move faster
than you can think.
With practice anyone can type faster than
they can write. But, if you're writing (as
opposed to copying), you won't be able to type
that fast. You learn to touch type and practice
typing so that your typing does not slow down or
interfere with your writing. Similarly, you
learn and practice your pistolcraft so it doesn't
interfere with your thinking.
- Stay away from walls and corners. -
Ricocheting bullets will skim along walls
they hit, not bounce off the wall like a ball.
If you stick your gun around a corner,
the enemy will grab your gun.
- Take the marginal shot. -
When slicing the pie around a corner, shoot
the first thing you see (an elbow, a foot).
If you move far enough to get a center of mass
shot, you are exposing too much of yourself.
- Recognize friendlies. -
In IDPA matches, most of the targets are enemies.
In reality, most of the targets are friendlies.
Think shopping mall, church, parking lot after
a concert. So, take the time to check out what's
behind the target and what may run out in front
of the target.
"Dry Practice" by Tom McHale.
Wear Shooting Glasses!
If you wear glasses (corrective lenses),
try shooting without them (with safety glasses).
Because they might be knocked off in a fight.
You must know your limits. At night with your
flashlight, at what distance can you positively
identify a target? Without your glasses?
In day light conditions, at what distance
can you positively identify your target?
Without your glasses?
"Lasers are good for those of us who can't
focus on the front sight. Bifocals don't work
for everyone. I can see sharp and clear beyond
my arm's length, but can't focus on anything
closer." -- unattributed (because I could not
get permission to attribute)
NRA Defensive Pistol course
Starting 9 February 2015 in Nashville, TN.
Email Jon_Low@yahoo.com for schedule,
lesson plans, and equipment list.
***** Education *****
"What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law"
by Marty Hayes, J.D.
Free downloads from Gun Digest
***** Tactics *****
"Punch With Your Pistol" by Michael Janich,
Personal & Home Defense, 2015.
Mr. Janich recommends punching with the muzzle
of the pistol.
[Make sure your trigger finger
is in the register position. Your trigger
finger can easily be broken by the trigger
guard, if your finger is on the trigger.
In weapons retention and disarming class,
we always remove the trigger guard from the
dummy pistols, so people don't break their
The point is, when you run out of ammo, keep
your pistol in your hand and punch with it,
as opposed to clubbing with it as you would
a baseball bat or a sap. Simply jab straight
forward without any wind up.
We are taught never to punch a hard
target such as a head, because we may break
our hand and fingers. Using the pistol
protects our hand.
The article goes into more detail, but
that's the basic idea.
Shooting into and out of a vehicle.
"Are Warning Shots a Good Idea?"
By: Massad Ayoob | December 17, 2014
Warning shots have long been prohibited by
most American police departments. Massad Ayoob
spells out 10 good reasons why.
***** Gear *****
As a cryptologist, I studied biometrics;
using some physical aspect of your body to
authenticate yourself to some system.
Biometrics is a bad idea on many levels.
Finger print readers won't work when your
hands are dirty, bloody, or cut up. Conditions
your hands may be in when trying to get your
gun in an emergency.
Authentication is generally achieved by
something you know and something you have.
A password or combination to a lock is
something you know. If it is compromised,
you can change it. You can't change your
fingerprint or eye pattern. So, once your
biometric indicator is compromised, you are
permanently locked out of the system. Yes,
this happens all the time at secure buildings
all over the world.
A physical key is something you have.
Yes, they can be lost or stolen. But, the
thief would have to know what the key opened
in order to use it. Not likely, unless you
have attached a label to the key.
A biometric can't be lost or stolen.
False. People get injured all the time.
Carjackers have amputated fingers and hands
to use them to start cars.
Biometric readers have to be adjusted
to minimize false positives and false negatives.
What's the probability that the vault won't
open when you attempt to open it? What's
the probability that it will open for an
unauthorized person? It's a probabilistic
event. No electronic measuring device is
deterministic. Can you tolerate those
probabilities? Will the manufacturer even
tell you what those probabilities are?
[In his lecture on lock picking for crisis
entry, Ralph Mroz teaches that picking
physical locks is a probabilistic event.]
The Smith&Wesson M&P has a rear sight
that comes with rounded edges so it won't
hurt your hand when you rack the slide.
The rear sight also has a step so you can
rack the pistol by pushing the rear sight
against the heel of your boot or the edge
of a table.
It's magazine release button is not
ambidextrous (as is the Springfield Armory
XD or the Heckler & Koch pistols), rather
it can be set up to be either right or
left handed. So, when I earlier said it
was ambidextrous, I lied.
Springfield Armory XD, .45 ACP, 5 inch barrel,
4 magazines, new in the box, $500.
Private transaction, no paper work.
***** News *****
Armed American Radio
George Zimmerman calls in at
Hour 2, ~16:00 to ~51:30
Excerpt: "Arm yourself with the education."
"Most of what you read in the main stream media is false."
"Do not talk to media." (with the exception of
Proposal seeks gun permits for Colorado pot users.
Teen Who Pulls Gun and Demands Air Jordans,
Gets Shot and Killed
Hey, Staff, what's the point of putting
this in your newsletter?
This incident was not reported in the main
stream liberal media. Because it is obnoxious
to their world view, especially their political
view. Those who use firearms for self-defense
are not like the political elite or journalists.
They live in a barbaric reality that the elites
don't understand, because the elites never
visit those neighborhoods.
***** Miscellany *****
Animation of a model 1911 pistol operating.
Making of a S&W gun.
Four part article on standing position in riflery.
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, CD's, and buttons for sale. Lecture on
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