Greg Ellifritz does a fine job of compiling
useful information with his Weekly Knowledge Dump.
***** Mindset *****
"There are things that you cannot imagine,
but there is nothing that may not happen!"
-- CIA Axiom
Blind spots are not things you cannot see.
(Because you can imagine them, visualize them,
even if you can't see them.)
Blind spots are things that you don't know
you cannot see.
Superstitions are not beliefs that you know
are false. Superstitions are beliefs that you
know are true, that are false.
Training (not just education) is required
to defeat blind spots and superstitions.
Of course, if the instructor is reinforcing
your superstitions, the training is bad. The
solution is to take classes from many different
instructors (even if they are at the same school).
If you can count the names of your instructors
on one hand, your training is not diverse enough.
That's why attending the Tactical Conference
is so valuable. In one weekend, you will have
the opportunity to learn from many instructors
and to talk to them, between classes, at dinner,
at lunch, etc.
Skill Set: Justified
How To Develop A Survivor Mindset
Not This Again! (A Handy Reminder)
by Tamara Keel
Scroll to the bottom of the web page to see
her picture and read the caption. A girl after
my own heart.
Beyond the Gun: Overview Of A Street Encounters Class
Watch the video by Craig Douglas.
5 Things to Say When Talking to Your Kids About Guns
(or anyone for that matter)
When Do You Carry A Concealed Handgun?
" . . . having a gun is really the first — and most important — rule
in winning a fight . . . "
***** Training *****
Glad for my toolbox
Breaking the connection between stress and tunnel vision
Visual perception delay and its effect on shooting
by Mike Ox
I've cited this article before, but it's worth
repeating in the context of this newsletter.
Shootout Between Officers and Armed Robber Caught from Multiple Angles
The Dundalk Gunfight – Multiple Perspectives
The Baltimore Transit Bus Shoot Out, A Critical Assessment
Tourniquets are fine, but the correct first aid
is immediate direct pressure to the wound to stop the
bleeding. Then, while someone is applying pressure,
you may apply a tourniquet.
Skill Set: Repetition
I took the Front Sight 4-day Defensive Handgun class
four times before I earned the graduate certificate. And
then I have taken the class several more time since.
Because I enjoy taking others to the class. And I learn
something new every time. Because there is always a
different instructor, and I am using different equipment,
and the students are different, so the discussions are
Tom Givens' advice for preparing for a training class:
Do not be late. [At Front Sight, they would tell us,
if you can't be on time, be early. -- Jon Low]
You are expected to wear a gun throughout the course.
[Tom runs a hot range, as do all the best gun schools.
(Does that mean that the military gun schools are not the best?
Yes, that's exactly what that means. Unrealistic behavior
in practice leads to unrealistic behavior in combat.)
Guns loaded and holstered. Round in the chamber, full
magazine in the magazine well. -- Jon Low]
Bring a reliable pistol, of at least 9X19mm or .38 Special caliber,
and at least three magazines/speedloaders for it (more magazines,
more better!). You will need a good, concealment type belt holster
and magazine pouches.
You don’t need to wear more than 2 spare magazines on your
person, but having more spares is always good. When you show up
for class, have your holster and magazine pouches on your belt,
with the gun and magazines in them. Please don’t show up not
wearing your gear. If you are a police officer, you may use your
duty rig, if you like.
I suggest bringing a second gun just like your primary,
in case something breaks. This way you can still use the same
magazines, holster and ammo. Not mandatory, just a suggestion
based on experience.
[But this should be mandatory. Otherwise, the instructors will
have to loan you equipment when your equipment fails. -- Jon Low]
If you wear a BUG (back up gun), feel free to wear it in class.
Please bring 1,000 rounds of quality, factory or
re-manufactured, jacketed or plated ammunition. This will be
used for your record qualification shooting.
BE SURE THIS AMMO FEEDS RELIABLY IN YOUR GUN
AND THAT IT HITS TO THE SIGHTS.
You might as well have every edge you can for your make it or
break it qualification. I suggest factory ball ammo, such as
Federal American Eagle, Winchester White Box,Independence, or
MagTech ball. All ammo must be jacketed or plated.
Ammunition you reloaded is allowed, as long as it is jacketed.
[I, Front Sight, and many other gun schools forbid reloads of any kind.
Just because the reloader thinks that he is competent, does not
mean that he is competent. Incompetent reloaders destroy guns
and injure shooters and spectators. -- Jon Low]
A cooler with drinks and snacks would help you get through
the day with energy and comfort.
***** Tactics *****
Skill Set: Parking Lot
***** Techniques *****
Strong Hand & Support Hand Only - Reloads
These techniques work. I recommend Bob Allen.
I don't teach these because I'm not willing to
bet that the slide will lock back on an empty magazine.
I don't think the shooter should be using fine motor
operations in a high stress situation. Better to
stick to gross motor operations.
Some of my students do not have the flexibility to
reach the magazine well when the pistol is holstered.
Don't stick your pistol into your Blackhawk
SERPA holster backwards. It can get stuck.
It's good to take classes from different
instructors. You can never have too many software
tools in your software toolbox (your brain).
Armed 11-year-old boy saves fishing party from charging bear
A gun in hand is better than one slung on
The Dangers of Backing Up . . . QUICKLY!
by Dave Spaulding
I teach my students to lean forward when moving
backwards to avoid falling backwards.
Patrick Van Horne on Situational Awareness and Threat Detection
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***** Instructors *****
Cross-Dominant Eye Shooting
Eye dominance is not correlated to vision acuity.
You might see better with your non-dominant eye.
Eye dominance is only slightly correlated with
handedness. You might be right handed, but left eye
I haven't been able to find any literature in
the peer reviewed journals indicating a correlation
between eye dominance and right or left brain
hemisphere dominance (concerned with high order
intellectual or cognitive things). [I mention this
because a student asked me.] Eye dominance is
an optical thing, controlled in the back of the brain.
The high order intellectual cognitive stuff is
controlled in the frontal lobes of the brain. (But,
I'm not an expert in the field. I just spent too
much time in the psych department when an undergrad.)
***** Pedagogy *****
Criticism <not equal to> Teaching
***** Education *****
How to be a World-Class Negotiator
Life Lessons to Help Entrepreneurs, Business Owners & Creators
Talk given by Christopher Voss, former international FBI hostage negotiator.
***** Legal and Political stuff *****
California Senate Takes Up Bill Ensuring Teachers Cannot Shoot Back
Concealed Carry Permit Holders Across the United States: 2017
Appeals court invalidates District of Columbia’s
"good reason" constraint on public carry of firearms
The citizens asked the appeals court (Federal Circuit Court)
to grant an injunction because the law would probably be
overturned by the trial court (Federal District Court) because
the law requiring "good reason" to keep and bear arms is
unconstitutional. But, the appeals court did not grant an
injunction. Rather, they (three Federal Circuit Court Judges)
ruled that the law was unconstitutional and did not allow the
District Court to hear the case. Wow! This rarely happens.
Big win for gun rights!
***** Survival Tips *****
Burglary of Residence Prevention Tips
***** For Beginners *****
***** Miscellany *****
Rifles for Defense
An Interview with John and Vicki Farnam
Yet more excuses as to why I missed
Having worked as an artillery forward observer
and cannoneer (though never as a fire control person,
though I did grind through the calculations in
artillery school at Schofield Barracks in Hawaii)
I can attest to the reality of these things. And I can
assure you that at pistol distances, they are of absolutely
no concern to us. So, the picture of the person shooting
a pistol at the top of the article is misleading to put it
politely. Even for long range rifle shooters, these are
third and fourth order effects.
The Best 1911 for the Money in 2017 (on Any Budget)
If you would like the lesson plans for my
NRA Defensive Pistol course, send me an email,
and I'll send you the latest version.
"I am sorry this letter is so long. If I had had more
time, I would have written a shorter letter."
-- Napoleon Bonaparte
Napoleon I, Emperor of the French
(not Emperor of France, for he was not a monarch
who owned all of the land of France)