***** Mindset *****
"Missouri liquor store robber almost wins Darwin Award"
(legal analysis of an armed robbery and
the good guy who stopped it without firing a shot)
Posted by Andrew Branca
Sunday, September 8, 2013 at 4:15pm
***** Training *****
". . . sight alignment, sight picture, and trigger control . . ."
Good Shooting Habits by Sheriff Jim Wilson
Wednesday, July 13, 2016
You will execute in combat what you have
practiced in training, no matter how ridiculous.
"The Law of Self Defense" seminar by Andrew Branca
4290 Kenilwood Drive
Nashville, TN 37204 United States
August 20, 2016
09:00 to 16:00
I'm attending. Hope you can join us.
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Skill Set: Problem Solving
***** Techniques *****
I met a gentleman at Strategic Edge Gun Range,
of which I am a member. He and his son had recently
attended a class given by Sergeant Major Pat McNamara,
U.S. Army retired. My friend at the range told us
that SGM McNamara teaches wrapping your trigger
finger around the trigger so that the tip of your
trigger finger is pointing back towards you. With
a standard 1911 type pistol, this means you cannot
lay your firing side thumb flat against the side of
the pistol, but rather the thumb sticks out away
from the pistol. This means the barrel is not in
line with the bones of the firing side forearm.
I couldn't believe the SGM would teach this
because it contradicts what I had learned at
several gun schools. But, it's true, that is
what SGM McNamara teaches,
However, I notice that SGM McNamara does not
use this technique when he shoots,
***** Gear *****
Browning 1911's in .380 ACP
These are supposed to be 85% the size of
standard 1911's in .45 ACP. Which would appeal
to persons with smaller hands or shorter fingers.
A student brought his Sig Sauer P320 to class.
It field strips easily. The trigger mechanism is
the only serialized part. The grips can be changed
to fit your hand. The barrel and slide can be
changed to accommodate different caliber ammunition.
The student neglected to bring dummy ammo to
the live fire exercises. So, I inserted one of his
9mm rounds backwards into his magazine, as this
had always worked to induce malfunctions with other
pistols. The P320 automatically ejected the
backward round and chambered the next round as if
the backward round were not there. I was surprised.
So, we tried it several more times and the P320
automatically ejected the backward round and
loaded the next round every time the action was
cycled. I can only conclude that it is designed
The magazine release button may be set up
left or right handed, similar to the Smith & Wesson
M&P. But, it is not ambidextrous, as is the
Springfield Armory XD and others.
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Mass Public Shooting at Nightclub in South Carolina
stopped by Concealed Handgun Permit holder
Many other cases,
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