Friday, April 10, 2015

CWP, 11 April 2015 A.D.

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

***** Training *****

     I know training can be difficult.
Let me share some words of encouragement
that my teacher told me yesterday, that
I believe apply to all training regimes.
     "Keep in mind that this is some seriously
next level material.  It is totally normal
that the first time you see this stuff, you
find it confusing.  You find it difficult
to understand.  So, confusion should not
discourage you.  It does not represent any
intellectual failing on your part.  Rather,
keep in mind that it represents an opportunity
to get even smarter."
-- Tim Roughgarden
Professor of Computer Science
and other stuff at Stanford University

"Planning for the worst case?"
by Claude Werner

"Thoughts on Long Guns and Handguns"
by Dave Spaulding

"6 Tips To Getting A Better Grip On Your Gun"
     I often post things that I disagree with.
Or, do not completely agree with.  I try not
to be dogmatic.
1.  "You need to hold firmly."
     Yes, I agree.  The enemy will try to
grab your pistol and take if from you.
2.  "Lock your wrists."
     Locking a joint generally means to
move it to the limit of its range of motion.
But, this is not what Leatham means.
     Rob Leatham does not tell the reader how
to lock or immobilize their wrist joints.  So,
he states a goal without giving the means to
achieve the goal.  The solution we learned at
Front Sight was to push with the firing side
hand and pull with the support side hand. 
That creates the vice that Leatham refers to.
3.  "The angle the gun sits in relation to
your arm is not that important."
     I disagree.  Unless the barrel of the
pistol is in line with the bones of the fore
arm, the pistol will torque to the side when
fired.  This torque will move the point of
impact to that side.
     "Being able to place your finger
properly on the trigger is important."
     I agree.  The part of the finger
contacting the trigger must be perpendicular
to the axis of the barrel.  So, that there
is no lateral component of force on the
trigger.  The force vector should be parallel
to the barrel.
4.  "Two Hands Are Better Than One"
     I agree.  Triangles are stable structures
in the plane of the triangle.  This is true
with both the Weaver and isosceles arm
positions.  Though the member analysis
(a thing civil engineers do) of the Weaver
position is a bit more complex.
5.  "Keep the grip pressure consistent."
     I agree.  Consistency is accuracy.
6.  "Most think proper grip will just come
with practice, but it doesn't unless you
think about it."
     I agree.  Speed comes automatically
with repetition (practice).  Accuracy
does not come automatically.  You have
to concentrate.

***** Pedagogy *****

***** Education *****

Dave Spaulding's blog

***** Tactics *****

"Weapon Retention & Shooting the Bad Guy off the Gun”
     Paul Gomez explains the importance of a "flagged thumb".
Front Sight teaches it as a high relaxed thumb.  When in
a close contact position, one must keep the slide of the
pistol away from the body to prevent the slide from
getting caught in your clothing or hitting your breast.
The flagged thumb helps to prevent the top of the pistol
from rolling into your body.

***** Gear *****

     This is why we always use a properly designed
holster to hold our pistol.
"Legally carried gun fires, wounds owner at
Pennsylvania Easter Mass; officials reviewing"

Alien Gear Holster review
At $30, it's hard to beat.  Made in the USA.
Forever warranty.

***** Good Guys Win *****

The owner of Discount Tobacco & Beer in La Vergne, TN
Defends Himself Against Box Cutter Attack
     I go to La Vergne every month or so to buy
stuff from Champion's Choice for the Hume-Fogg
rifle team.

Gun-Toting Good Samaritan Thwarts Carjacking

***** News *****

D.C. gives up on ban on carrying guns in public

"Oregon Sheriff: Gun Control Push ‘Borderline Treasonous,’ Will Not Enforce"

     More evidence that gun control laws are racist.
"California’s Kamala Harris Wants Your Guns–and Your Free Speech Rights"

***** Promotions *****

Wilson County (TN) Friends of the NRA
Donation contest (raffles are illegal in Tennessee)
Daniel Defense M4 carbine V1
chambered in .223 caliber / 5.56mm.
Manufacturer's suggested retail price $1799.00.
Only 100 tickets will be sold.  $20.00 ticket.
Call Eddie Kirkus for tickets, (615) 533-8721.
You do not have to be present to win.
Winner will be drawn when the last ticket is sold.
Winner will be posted on the Wilson County FNRA
Facebook page.
     Hey, Staff, there's no picture of you
on the Facebook page.
     I'm in the Eddie Eagle costume.

***** Politics *****

posted by John S. Farnam on 27 Mar 2015
     Farnam is referring to U.S. Army Pvt. Bowe Bergdahl.
(Not Sgt. Bowe Bergdahl, because it is wrong to
automatically promote a deserter while serving with
enemy forces.  He was not an American prisoner of war
in any sense of the term.)
When Bergdahl left his post, the Army classified him as
a deserter.  The Obama administration forced the U.S.
Army to change Bergdahl's status to some never before
heard of status to allow his trade for the five Taliban
enemy combatants.  [ Col. David Hunt confirms this
in his interview with Alan Colmes,
]  When talking with friends, we always cite an open
source, to credibly deny the use of any other source. 
Old habits are hard to break.
     The Taliban leaders traded for Bergdahl were:
Mohammad Nabi Omari, a military field commander
(equivalent to an U.S. Major General, Division Commander,
by my reckoning).
Mullah Norullah Noori, a Taliban provincial governor.
Mullah Mohammad Fazl, the Taliban Deputy Defense Minister.
Abdul Haq Wasiq, a senior Taliban intelligence officer.
Khirullah Said Wali Khairkhwa, the Minister of the Interior
and a provincial governor.
     You will hear these names again soon.  Qatar will
release them to rejoin the Taliban.
     The Taliban, Qatar, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, et al
recently met in Egypt to form a coalition to fight
Iran, Hezbolah, Muslim Brotherhood, Islamic State, et al.
So, Qatar and the Taliban are allies against Iran et al.
So, Qatar is going to keep the five locked up for two
years?  Unlikely.

***** Miscellany *****

     Yahoo email has blocked some of my email,
because they think it is spam.  So, you may
not have received my past emails.  If you are
interested, they are posted at
     Lesson plans may be found at
or send me an email to request the latest
     Up coming NRA Defensive Pistol course attached.


Jonathan Low

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