Jesus of Nazareth told His disciples, and He
tells you, to keep and bear arms. And if you don't
have arms, sell your coat and buy arms. Book of
Luke 22:36. So, anyone who infringes upon your
right to keep and bear arms is working against God.
Excerpts from Bill Jordan's book "No Second
Place Winner" are interspersed below.
I donated $55 to Miss Kystie's legal defense fund.
She defended the life of a conservation officer by
shooting and killing the assailant, and is being
sued for her heroic behavior.
***** Mindset *****
Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
-- John Farnam
Theodore Roosevelt Jr.
Always lead by example, especially your children.
Interesting that John quotes Admiral Hopper, a computer scientist.
Computer scientists make the best leaders. There is a bridge on
the Charleston (South Carolina) Naval Weapons Station named after her.
She gave me a piece of wire the length of which was the distance
that light (or an electrical signal) would travel in a nano-second.
Profound misunderstanding of David vs. Goliath
by Malcolm Gladwell
"Nothing he can buy from a life insurance firm takes
the place of his ability to shoot fast and accurately.
. . .
The kind of life insurance he can buy with competent gun
handling ability is obviously much more practical."
-- Bill Jordan
"A competitor in a pistol match, conventional or combat style,
would be thrown off the line for unsportsmanlike conduct if he
tried to take an unfair advantage to himself. We would all feel
that his actions were deplorable, and that his punishment was
justified. This is an attitude which much be quickly and firmly
suppressed in mental conditioning for combat.
. . . "
-- Bill Jordan
". . . with enough determination you can win even when you
appear to be losing -- just keep shooting!"
-- Bill Jordan
Notice your thoughts. You are not your thoughts.
You are the one noticing your thoughts.
-- Kristen Frick
6 Terrible Reasons To Not Carry Concealed
Self-Defense: Developing A Combat Mindset
***** Training *****
Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam
Work in Progress (It’s Okay . . .)
And that’s yet another reason I am such a strong advocate
of truly excellent training from the very beginning — because
it is often far less work in the long run.
Safety Not Guaranteed: VEHICLE TACTICS with JOHN FARNAM
The left and right side of your body are sisters.
They are not twins. -- Kristen Frick
Effects of exercise on your brain
(It's a TED talk. You don't have to slog through heavy reading
in a peer reviewed journal.)
Dr. Wendy A. Suzuki, Professor of Neural Science and Psychology,
Center for Neural Science at New York University.
1. Immediate effects such as improved reaction times.
2. Long lasting effects, change of brain anatomy and physiology.
3. Protective effects, against neuro degenerative diseases.
How much exercise? 30 minutes 3 or 4 times a week.
"Exercise will protect your brain from incurable diseases."
"If anything instructive has been written on the subject
of gunfighting, not as a game but as a grim reality, it has
remained obscure. There are probably several reasons for this
omission: among them a natural reluctance to write of the
particulars of such a bloody business, aggravated by a ridiculous
taboo against any suggestion in writing that a handgun might
be used for another purpose than punching neat holes in a
paper target. A more likely reason for this dearth of material
on the subject is that combat has no rules and no clear-cut
pattern which can be reduced to essentials and set up in
training formula. There is no manual for gunfighting.
. . .
Each fight is different and the officer must react
differently -- and always correctly -- to each. These reactions,
even if proven correct by their success, are not always logical
appearing. At times the right action is 'sensed' against all
logic and the wise man follows his hunch and lives. Instinct,
born of a terrible desire to survive, takes over; perceptions
are sharpened and the right move is taken because of subconscious
reactions; the result of these abnormally sharpened perceptions."
-- Bill Jordan
"A question often asked of themselves by young officers is,
'How will I comport myself in the face of fire? Will I stand up
or will I break?' On the surface this would appear to be a
question which can be answered only if it becomes an actuality.
As a matter of fact the answer can be given with very little
change of error. Almost invariably a man, provided he does not
have too much time to think, will automatically do what he has
been trained to do. Again provided that his training has been
thorough and intensive."
-- Bill Jordan
Make the First Shot Count
Train to ensure that the first shot out connects.
Train to a nominal number of rounds downrange to
resolve any given situation. Train to evaluate
what works and what doesn’t.
The Do’s and Don’ts of Handgun Shooting for the Cross Dominant
If you’re concerned about your vision you may want to talk to your
optometrist or ophthalmologist about your shooting and what your
eyes are expected to do in that process. This may help guide your
corrective lens prescription or identify other hindrances to your
Concealed Carry: 10 Mistakes to Avoid
Sheriff's Tips: The Failure Drill Revisited
5 Self-Defense Tips for Women
***** Tactics *****
Only those who risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T.S. Elliot
Pressing the fight
***** Techniques *****
Ernest Langdon explains efficient presentation to the target
"If you get in a gunfight, don't let yourself feel rushed.
Take your time, fast."
-- Captain John Hughes of the Texas Rangers
The Dichotomy of Speed
Being deliberate, as opposed to fearful.
Actually, the statement is,
Slow is smooth. Smooth is efficient (no wasted motion). Efficient is fast.
"Before hostilities are opened, never make a threatening
motion without carrying it through. It may trigger you
opponent's reflexes and you will find yourself left at the gate.
On the other hand, even if he starts first, there is a good chance
that he will hesitate. You keep a-coming and maybe you can take
advantage of that hesitation and catch up enough to get there
first. It doesn't pay to give up."
-- Bill Jordan
Sight movie –
"Sight picture" is a misnomer. You will never get a static picture.
You will always have a moving picture, that is a movie.
Place the top of the front sight on the center of mass of your target
(not the center of mass of the torso, the center of mass of your intended target).
Hard focus on the front sight (see the serrations and scratches on
your front sight). If you are focused on the front sight, you know
where the pistol is pointed. If you are focused on the target,
you are not concentrating on the front sight and it will wander
off on you. You won’t notice it because you are concentrating on
what you’re focused on. And you won’t hit what you think you
are aiming at.
Perform reverse sight picture drill with a dummy gun.
Aim at the center of the instructor's pupil. The instructor will
be able to see if you are aligning the sights correctly.
Overcoming Handgun Wobble Every Time
This is actually quite deep.
Skill Set: Shooting Tempo
When you do miss it’s because you fired too fast.
***** Gear *****
I always carried my backup gun in the front vest
pocket of my body armor. An ankle holster is
unrealistic. You won't be able to get to it in
time. -- Mike Price (retired police officer)
Concealed Carry: 10 Pieces Of Gear To Avoid Like The Devil
Pistol sights under various lighting conditions
Under low light conditions, the light on either side
of your front sight will become very thin or disappear
completely. So, you won't be able to center the front sight
blade in the rear sight notch. So, you have to machine out
the rear sight notch to make it wide enough to allow you to
see light on both sides of the front sight.
John Farnam's Wal Mart test --
He only carries guns chambered for ammunition that Wal Mart carries.
Consider this. If your chambering is so exotic that Wal Mart
does not carry it, how are you going to get ammo during the Zombie
***** Instructors *****
Teaching Tips: Vocal Range Commands
Instructor Ethics 101
What is Value
***** Pedagogy *****
***** Education *****
The Newhall Incident – April 1970
Setting the record straight on the Newhall Incident
I am guilty of telling this myth to
my students. I won't let it happen again.
Or, maybe I will. See excerpt below from
Bill Jordan's book "No Second Place Winner".
". . . Well, after the fight someone noted that McKone's
pocket was bulging and politely inquired as to what might be
spoiling the drape of his trousers. Puzzled, Sam thrust in
an exploring hand. The pocket was full of fired cases.
During the fight, without realizing he was doing so, McKone,
an old reloader, had saved every empty."
-- Bill Jordan
If you believe Hick's Law, too many choices slows you down.
Hick, W.E. (1952), “On the Rate of Gain of Information”,
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology, Vol. 4, p11-26.
If you belive Prof. Barry Schwartz, too many choices paralyzes you.
Schwartz is the Dorwin P. Cartwright Professor of Social Theory and
Social Action, and Emeritus Professor of Psychology, Swarthmore College.
[Ya, he's a socialist advocating redistribution of wealth.
But, nobody's perfect.]
Excerpt: The secret to happiness is low expectations.
So, it is essential that you train to have a small
number of pre-programmed responses that you have practiced
to the point of unconscious competence.
Exploiting cognative vulerabilities.
***** News, Legal, Philosophical, and Political stuff *****
Georgia sheriff warns visitors:
If you kill our citizens, they might kill you back
If I Ruled the World
Malcolm Gladwell: The strange tale of the Norden bombsight
College Senior Stands by Decision to Pose with Gun in Her Waistband
You ever notice that pro-gun conservatives are pretty
and anti-gun liberals are ugly? I mean objectively. It
can't be media bias, because most media is liberal anti-gun.
So, you would expect the media to use pictures of the
Something fundamental is underlying this phenomenon.
Force Science News, April 17, 2018
A “20/20 hindsight analysis . . . in the peace
of a judge's chambers” is expressly forbidden.
. . .
Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals case,
Scott v. Henrich, (39 F3d 912, 914):
"Requiring officers to find and choose the least intrusive
alternative would require them to exercise superhuman judgment.
In the heat of battle with lives potentially in the balance,
an officer would not be able to rely on training and common
sense to decide what would best accomplish his mission."
"Instead, he would need to ascertain the least intrusive
alternative (an inherently subjective determination) and
choose that option and that option only."
"Imposing such a requirement would inevitably induce
tentativeness by officers, and thus deter police from protecting
the public and themselves. It would also entangle the courts in
endless second-guessing of police decisions made under stress
and subject to the exigencies of the moment."
A Bright Spot in School Security
Yeti Coolers Cuts Ties with NRA Foundation
Unpublished CDC Study Confirms over 2 Million Annual Defensive Gun Uses
Illinois County Declares Itself a ‘Sanctuary County’ for Gun Owners
Nashville Mayoral Candidate: One Armed Patron Could Have Made a Difference at Waffle House
I sure hope this Black Conservative Lady wins.
(Our last Mayor, a flaming liberal, plead guilty and resigned.)
Man Who Wrestled Gun Away from Waffle House Shooter Raises over $45,000 for Victims’ Families
Ya, I donated $55 to this one too.
‘I Just Wanted to Live,’ Says Man Who Wrested Rifle From Waffle House Gunman
Attorney Found Guilty in NYPD Gun Licensing Bribe Conspiracy
This is the result of a corrupt system. Constitutional
carry eliminates this problem. (Shall issue would also
have prevented this.)
British Politicians Declare War on Knives
CDC Buried Data Supporting Defensive Use of Firearms
***** Survival Tips *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
Strong Reminder to Stay in the Fight Even When Hurt
Initial viewing of the videos from the body cams
is chaotic and difficult to follow. That's reality.
Fortunately the narrator breaks down the action and
analyzes it for the audience.
5 Things You Need To Know About Emergency First Aid
How to Escape and Evade a Tracker
Ya, I know. I've been through those schools too. Don't send comments.
Remember all that stuff was classified.
***** Basics *****
Handgun Basics: How To Grip a Pistol
Concealed Carry Options for Women
10 Right Things To Do For CCW
By Ralph Mroz (not Roy Huntington, Roy did the video)
Survival Weapons: The AR-15 and Its Derivatives
Typically 1:9 (one rotation in 9 inches of barrel length) will stabilize bullets in the range of 45-75 grains.
Typically, 1:8 will stabilize bullets in the range of 50-80 grains.
Typically, 1:7 will stabilize bullets in the range of 55-85 grains.
***** 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. The lesson
plans constantly change as I take courses,
communicate with other instructors,
and stay abreast of best practices. I have changed
and added a lot from the 2018 Tactical Conference.
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor (also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection)
Front Sight Line Coach (Handgun)
Rangemaster Instructor (Pistol)