***** Mindset *****
"IF YOU PREPARE FOR THE EMERGENCY, THE EMERGENCY CEASES TO EXIST!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
Please read the section under "Graphic Content" in this
month's issue of the Rangemater newsletter,
This is reality.
A couple nights ago my downstairs neighbor called me to help her,
as some one was pounding on her doors and windows. I got home in about
15 minutes. She had also called the police, before calling me.
The Metro Nashville Police hadn't shown up. She left to stay at a
friend's house. I waited for the police. The police never showed up.
What Really Happens In A Gunfight?
Slaughter of the Disarmed
Self defense is combat. (Whether you believe
it or not.) Combat training is dangerous. If
the training is not dangerous, it is not realistic
combat training. (Sorry, but that's just true.)
In the Marine Corps, Marines sometimes get injured
and sometimes die in training. Because it is real.
So, if you attend a gun school that brags about zero
injuries in the history of their school, you can
rest assured that they either don't do combat training
or they only formed recently.
If you make peanut butter at home in small
batches, you can maintain zero rat feces in your
peanut butter. But, if you mass produce peanut
butter, it is impossible to have zero rat feces
in your product. So, the FDA has standards for
acceptable levels of rat feces in peanut butter.
If the inspectors test and find the product is
within standards, it is sold for human consumption.
If not, it is labeled "Not for human consumption"
and sold. Similarly, any large gun school will
have a certain percentage of incompetents attending.
Screening for criminal background, as some do,
will not prevent the incompetent from attending.
So, you get people shooting themselves while
holstering and sometimes worse than that.
How can you avoid that situation?
Attend small classes. Many instructors limit their
classes to 5 persons or less. Such instructors
are worth finding. All of the NRA classes that
I have taken have had 5 students or less; in some
I was the only student.
Any conflict (a gunfight, a divorce, etc.)
should be as short as you can make it. The
shorter it is, the less hurt you get. What
happens to the other person is incidental.
Because your goal is to avoid getting hurt.
If your goal is to wreak revenge or to mete
out punish, YOU ARE WRONG! Jesus commanded you
to forgive, to free you from the mental entanglement.
Not, to be nice to the other person. God is
not going to be nice to that bad guy. God is
going to put that bad guy in hell for eternity.
You forgive the pedophile, but you don't
let him work in the Sunday school nursery.
Similarly, you forgive your attacker, but you
still shoot him until he stops his attack.
Forgiveness is not pacifism. Pacifists
are not practicing Christian theology.
They're just stupid.
A New Record!
"That nation is surest to live in peace,
that is most capable of making war;
and a man with a sword always by his side,
shall have least occasion to make use of it."
-- John Trenchard
It is our honor and privilege to advance our Art,
and teach it to the worthy, aware, and audacious
who know and understand that victory is the only
reality in the universe!
***** Training *****
13 Common Concealed Carry Mistakes (And How to Avoid Them)
2 simple drills that will make you a better shooter
"Are You Really Ready?"
After almost 28 hours of training with shotgun and
pistol, I can most definitely tell you that I am
nowhere near as prepared as I thought I would be.
Review of Rangemaster shotgun class
What to Look for in a Firearms Trainer
***** Tactics *****
How to protect yourself during a mass shooting
How to Clear Corners in a Home-Defense Scenario
***** Techniques *****
Head Position: A Misunderstood Basic
History of "Shoot To Reset"
This is why you must carry with a round in the chamber.
***** Gear *****
Shooting Sports USA recommends
5 Great Action Pistols Under $700
starting on page 14.
What Some Clueful Instructors Carry as a Defensive Firearm
10 Essential Criteria for Selecting Your Concealed Carry Holster
5 Best Tactical Flashlights Under $100 
"Everything there is to know about handheld tactical lights"
(Well, at least everything I’ve come to believe about them.
In regards to civilian defensive firearms and self-defense.)
Be careful thinking that because some law enforcement agency or
military unit bought it in large quantities, it must be good,
because they surely know what they are doing. This is in general false.
Government agencies are required by law to give the contract to the
lowest bidder. There is rampant corruption in the government procurement
systems. (hundreds of Navy Admirals are presently under investigation for
corruption). The U.S. Army has purchased hundreds of thousands of the
Blackhawk SERPA holsters. Even though they knew that the
Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers (FLETC) and the U.S. Interior
Department have forbidden these holsters. Because, continuation of
the motion to release the pistol will fire the pistol; small rocks
or snow can get into the release mechanism preventing the pistol from
being released; inserting the pistol into the holster backwards (which
is the technique taught at FLETC for support hand only presentation)
will cause the pistol (usually a Glock) to get stuck in the holster.
***** Instructors *****
As instructors, we have a grave responsibility
It's worth your time to go into the gun stores and dry fire and disassemble
and play with all the pistol you can. So, that when a student attends your
class with some strange pistol, it's okay, because you've handled it before
in the gun store.
***** Pedagogy *****
***** Education *****
The Dump Pouch (Training Blog)
Wound Ballistics -- Practical Issues
Dr. Williams suggests actually killing a hog.
Especially if you've never killed anything. Yes,
he acknowledges that this will be difficult for
***** News, Legal, and Political stuff *****
Chris Cox of the NRA-ILA Speaks with James Yeager
Legislative realities are ugly. Because
democracy is ugly. Because humans are ugly.
If The Supreme Court Takes This Gun Control Case,
Its Decision Will Be Huge
The Marine Corps Now Has Its Own FBI-Approved Concealed Carry Glock
The Wolf and the Lamb (Aesop's Fables)
A WOLF, meeting with a Lamb astray from the fold,
resolved not to lay violent hands on him, but to
find some plea to justify to the Lamb the Wolf’s
right to eat him. He thus addressed him:
“Sirrah, last year you grossly insulted me.”
“Indeed,” bleated the Lamb in a mournful tone of
voice, “I was not then born.”
Then said the Wolf,
“You feed in my pasture.”
“No, good sir,” replied the Lamb,
“I have not yet tasted grass.”
Again said the Wolf, “You drink of my well.”
“No,” exclaimed the Lamb, “I never yet drank water,
for as yet my mother’s milk is both food and drink to me.”
Upon which the Wolf seized him and ate him up,
saying, “Well! I won’t remain supperless, even though
you refute every one of my imputations.”
The tyrant will always find a pretext for his tyranny.
[Translated by George Fyler Townsend.
Aesop's Fables (p. 15). Amazon Digital Services, Inc.]
Gunmaker Remington faces default as Americans buy fewer firearms
Blaming Remington's failure on the consumers is
non-sense. Any corporate failure is due to mismanagement
at the executive level.
***** Survival Tips *****
Ken Alexandrow of Agape Tactical
spoke to the Tennessee Firearms Association monthly
meeting last night, 11/21/17, at the Golden Corral in
Nashville, TN. I paraphrase --
Concerning Church Security
No one rises to the occasion. That's just a myth.
They sink to the level of training that they have mastered.
What does the bad guy fear? Not death, because he
plans to die (to get his 72 virgins) or thinks he can get
away without dying. The bad guy's greatest fear is
mission failure. So, if you make him believe that he will
fail at your venue, he will leave and go to another venue.
For church security (or generally for security of your
organization) you need to implement:
Deterrence - The South Carolina mass murderer went
to the College of Charleston, but left when he saw the
armed security guards. He then went to several churches,
but left each one because a greeter approached him in the
parking lot to greet him. (He had many racist and white
supremacist bumper stickers on his pick up truck.)
Anything bad that happens in your church has to come
through your parking lot. So, that is where you must
intercept it. Finally, he went to the Emmanuel AME
church which he knew was a gun free zone, because the
pastor had publicly declared his church to be so.
No one greeted him in the parking lot. So, he walked in.
[When I was working with the Dowelltown United Methodist
Church, I put up posters all over the area inviting
people to our Defensive Pistol classes and advertised
widely to ensure it was common knowledge that DUMC
was not a gun free zone. - Jon Low] Don't post signs
indicating that your church is a gun free zone. That's
just telling criminals that it is safe to prey on
unarmed victims here. If you're afraid of scaring
off liberals, adopt a don't ask don't tell policy.
Make sure your security team knows who in the
congregation is armed. If someone not on the security
team is armed in church, explain to them that we have
a security team. So, please let the security team
deal with the situation. If you present a weapon, the
security team might think you are the bad guy.
(Ken was speaking in the context of mega-churches
where you don't recognize everyone.)
Detection - There is nothing racist about
profiling criminals. Shake the prerson's hand.
Maintain your grip. Don't let go of his hand.
With your left hand feel his waist area.
(87% of the American population is right handed and
so will carry weapons on the right side waist line.)
If you feel a gun there, maintain a grip on his right
hand and ask him about the gun.
Denial - If you are not happy with his answer,
ask him to leave. Your church is a private business.
You can deny service to anyone for any reason.
If he won't leave, call the police and ask the police
to arrest him for trespassing.
No, you don't have to post "No Trespassing" signs.
Just call the police. The police will arrest him.
DON'T LET HIM INTO THE BUILDING!
Once the bad guy is in your building, it's
too late, you're screwed. You're now going to have
a fire fight with a high body count. Unless someone
immediately stops the attack.
The only thing that can stop a bad guy with a
gun is a good guy with a gun. If the good guy is
competent. Which means training and practice.
Nothing in the Bible says you have to bow your
head and close your eyes when praying. The members
of the Emmanuel AME church were killed when they
closed their eyes to pray. Many pastors have been
killed when they closed their eyes to pray. Pray
with your eyes open and looking around.
A New Active Killer Trend and Eight Ways to Counter It
Dr Kenji Inaba is a trauma surgeon at the University
of Southern California. He is also the director of
their surgical ICU.
Bleeding from an area that is a junction of an
extremity and the torso (and neck) that is not
amenable to hemorrhage control by tourniquet.
Self Defense in the House of God
Staying Mentally Healthy
***** Basics *****
Free Basic Handgun Safety Course
This FREE 20 minute online course will satisfy
the training requirements for a Virginia CCW
when the optional certificate is purchased
Safety First: Basics of Pistol Shooting
Getting a Gun for Self-defense? You Need These Five Things
***** Miscellany *****
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. Because
it is constantly changing. Because I am
constantly taking courses to improve my knowledge
of the subject.