***** Mindset *****
“Without your rifle, you are nothing, worthless.
You are waiting for death, any minute, any second.”
-- Aron Bielski,
WWII Jewish Resistance Fighter in Eastern Europe
JUSTIFIED KILLING - ISTANBUL DRILL APPLICATIONS
We Shoot Back!
by John Farnam | 14 Jun 2017
Theory and Practice
Attitude is critical. Consider the first article
in the Rangemaster newsletter.
Please evangelize. The life you save may be
your own, or a loved one.
"To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for
that which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill
My experience has been that the most interesting
missions, the most significant missions, are not those
that you are assigned in the course of your normal
duties, nor are they the ones you volunteer for. Those
special missions are those you are tapped for, selected
because of your reputation and skill set. They are the
missions that you never would have thought existed.
That's why it is so important to be of good character.
Less than optimal!
This is the mind set that you must have to win.
3 Huge Concealed Carry Myths Debunked
***** Training *****
Being able to focus on the front sight is essential.
If you can't, fix the problem. Yes, as a matter of fact
this is a matter of life or death. (Yes, you need to be
able to shoot without your glasses or with the wrong
glasses, as Mr. Farnam states in his article, "Less Than
Optimal" above. But, as a matter of training, you must
be able to achieve a high resolution image of your front
sight.) Visual focus is inextricably connected to mental
focus. If you focus on the front sight, you know where
the gun is pointed and can aim. If you don't or can't
focus on the front sight, you will focus on the target,
in which case the sight will wander all over the place;
and you'll never notice it. Failure to focus on the
front sight ensures you will miss.
Yes, I know this is hard to achieve. And I know
that you will need to practice it all the time, because
without recent practice, you won't do it automatically.
Training: One-handed shooting, practicing both hands
6/15/17 | by Eve Flanigan
Spot shooting (Part II)
Don't shoot at an area. Pick a point to aim at.
If a point doesn't exist, visualize a point and aim at it.
Switch Hitting Shooting Drill
LEARNING TO MOVE - THE WHY OF KATA
Training: Practice shooting variances for pistol,
sitting, empty, one hand
Suggestions to prevent dry practice from
I had a student who was having malfunctions (failure to fire),
because he was not compressing the grip safety. His grip strength
was sufficient to compress the safety. Everyone is different.
When he had a correct grip with the barrel in a straight line with
the bones of his forearm and his thumb high (in this case on top
of the thumb safety), the base of his thumb did not naturally
compress the safety. The solutions we came to:
1. When using two hands, push with the firing side arm and
pull with the support side arm. (The standard Weaver system.
It's really hard to get this dynamic tension using an Isosceles
2. With one hand, (after pushing the safety off) bring the
thumb down to hold the pistol as a hammer.
***** Tactics *****
Your Tactical Training Scenario- Pistol as Impact Weapon
***** Techniques *****
Col. Cooper's Modern Pistol Technique
1. Weaver stance
2. Flash sight picture
3. Compressed surprise break
One of my students attended a course given by
John Connor (the firearms instructor, not the hero
of the Terminator movies). Mr. Connor had said
that when scanning, you should look deep into the
background. Most people only look about 50 feet
from their location. So, they don't notice important
things further out.
***** Gear *****
New Concealed-Carry Gun Must-Do's
On-Body CCW For Women: Real Talk
The author recommends professional instruction before
using the "Flash Bang" bra holster. (Because there are
documented cases of women shooting themselves while
holstering. At least one that I know of resulting in
death.) I recommend not using this type of holster.
As I do not wear a bra, I am not writing from firsthand
experience. But, as with shoulder holsters or
cross draw holsters, it is impractical to bring
the muzzle to bear on the target without sweeping the 90
degree quadrant to the left of the target (for a right
handed shooter). So, it violates our safety rule.
***** Instructors *****
Sometimes your assistant instructors or students will feel
uncomfortable reading the lectures, because of mature, sexual,
or violent content. So, you should read the lecture.
We once had an assistant instructor who would not use the
foul language in the lecture because a 12 year old girl was in
the class. Once, a student self censored herself because the
other students were strangers to her, and she could not bring
herself to talk about impotence or sexual dysfunction that
resulted from the trauma of shooting an assailant in a self
Be aware, and do not put your assistants or students in
THIS NEEDED TO BE SAID
***** Pedagogy *****
Make sure to have handouts covering all of the material
that you present in class (and maybe material you don't have
time to present in class). Because some students learn by
reading. Some students have bad memories. Some students have
poor hearing. And all kinds of other reasons.
If you are afraid of your precious copyrighted
material being copied and distributed without your permission,
your attitude is wrong. As Col. Jeff Cooper said, you may
freely distribute my works. (as paraphrased in his writings
in the Scones). This should be your attitude.
Musical performers don't make money off the selling of
their recordings. The recordings only serve to cause people
to want to attend concerts (live performances in person or
online). That's where the performers make their money.
That's the music industry business model. This should be
your business model.
The person who learned something from reading your works
may have saved their life or the lives of loved ones. You
win! You may not have made any money, but you won. And who
knows, the person may attribute their success to you. What
a reputation builder.
***** Education *****
***** Legal and Political stuff *****
Justice Thomas and Gorsuch dissent in
EDWARD PERUTA, ET AL v. CALIFORNIA, ET AL
by John Farnam | 26 Jun 2017
Florida Changes Burden of Proof on Self-Defense Immunity
Armed Homeowners in
Christiana (Rutherford County), Tennessee
Capture Georgia Cop Killers
National concealed reciprocity bill
picks up 200th supporter in House
Czech Republic Parliament Passes
Constitutional Right to Bear Arms
***** Survival Tips *****
"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined,
but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to
maintain a status of independence from any who might
attempt to abuse them, which would include their own
government." -- George Washington
***** For Beginners *****
"Fiction is much harder to write than non-fiction
because fiction has to make sense."
-- Mark Twain
Self-defense instruction is the hardest to
write because it has to be true philosophically,
correct tactically, correct legally, and make sense
to the student. And most difficult of all, the
students must understand why the instructor is
telling them to do it that way, and must be
able to execute the instructions competently under
So, if your instructor is teaching you some
high-speed low-drag super-duper fancy technique
that they used in his special operations unit,
be careful. Under stress simple works, complicated
My fencing coaches told me, there are no secrets.
Everything has been known for millennia. The coach
is there to teach you how to do it correctly, not
to teach you something he recently discovered.
Good cryptology is open source. Because when
a thousand eyes look at an algorithm or protocol,
the flaw is obvious to one of them. In secret or
proprietary contexts, very few eyes see the source
code, so the probability of someone seeing the
problem is very low. And on the off chance that
one of the few sees the problem, he is probably
related to the creator and doesn't want to criticize
his advisor or his advisor's advisor. Yes, I've
been there. I know what I'm talking about.
***** Miscellany *****
Do not regret growing older.
It is a privilege denied to many.
LETS TALK ABOUT SHOTGUNS
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