Saturday, September 1, 2018

CWP, 1 September 2018 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I've been reading through The Cornered Cat blog.
Lots of good stuff.
https://www.corneredcat.com/

***** Mindset *****

Avoidance, Deterrence and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

GUARD YOUR MINDSET.
https://www.corneredcat.com/one-piece-of-advice/

     "The sword is more important than the shield
and skill is more important than either.
The final weapon is the brain.
All else is supplemental.”
-- Steinbeck

Escalate the violence?
https://www.corneredcat.com/escalate-the-violence/

Sad but true.
https://www.corneredcat.com/sad-but-true/

THE JUSTIFICATION WINDOW!
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/07/the-justification-window.html

Always
https://www.corneredcat.com/5219-2/
Excerpts:
     . . . the instructors in that class were indicted —
one of them for Reckless Homicide, and the other for Negligent Homicide.
     NRA rule: “ALWAYS keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.”
     . . . don’t let anyone point a gun at you. Even if it is ‘unloaded’. 
     “The Responsibility of the People to keep the
Gun Pointed in a Safe Direction Shall Not Be Infringed.”
     Follow the rules even when they seem redundant.
Follow them *BECAUSE* they are redundant. That redundancy
is our backup for when we turn out to be human after all.
     Related news articles:
https://www.cincinnati.com/story/news/2016/06/18/police-1-dead-accidental-clermont-co-gun-shop-shooting/86085726/
https://www.wlwt.com/article/ccw-instructor-assistant-indicted-in-fatal-gun-store-shooting/3568518
https://www.wlwt.com/article/ccw-instructor-daughter-plead-not-guilty-in-gun-shop-owner-s-death/3568769

Carry where?
https://www.corneredcat.com/carry-where-2/
Excerpt:
     Carry your gun. It’s a lighter burden than regret.

Lessons from the Headlines: Abduction Attempt
https://www.corneredcat.com/lessons-from-the-headlines-abduction-attempt/
     Yes, it can happen to your child in broad daylight
in a crowded store.  Accept it.  Prepare for it. 
Regret is a heavy burden.

Lesson from an old guy (Jim Cirillo)
https://www.corneredcat.com/lesson-from-an-old-guy/

YOU CAN BE WRONG AND YET STILL BE JUSTIFIED
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/08/you-can-be-wrong-and-yet-still-be-justified.html
     As Andrew Branca says, "You don't have to be right.
You have to be reasonable."

Shoot to kill?
https://www.corneredcat.com/shoot-to-kill/
Excerpt:
It’s not enough to be right at the beginning of the fight.
You have to be right at the end of the fight too. You
need to stop at the right time. And that means guarding
your mindset. From start to end, you truly are shooting
with the goal of stopping the threat. Nothing more,
nothing less, nothing else.

Could You Really?
http://www.corneredcat.com/article/mindset-facing-fear/could-you-really/
Excerpt: 
     I do not love the bright sword for its sharpness,
nor the arrow for its swiftness, nor the warrior for
his glory.  I love only that which they defend. 
-- J.R.R. Tolkien, "The Two Towers"

Nightmares and Dreams
http://www.corneredcat.com/article/mindset-facing-fear/nightmares-and-dreams/

"Amateurs talk tactics.  Professionals talk logistics."
-- Napoleon

"Beginners talk hardware.  Professionals talk software"
-- Jeremy Clough
https://americanhandgunner.com/you-dont-need-that/

On Avoidance
https://americanhandgunner.com/on-avoidance/

Young Wolfhounds
http://defense-training.com/2018/young-wolfhounds/

Four stages of denial
https://www.corneredcat.com/four-stages-of-denial/

Fear and the freeze response
https://www.corneredcat.com/fear-and-the-freeze-response/
Excerpts:
     “How is it that no one in the restaurant knew what
was going on? [Woman being abducted by adult male]
And why wouldn’t you call out or cry for help when
there were so many people around?”

Big Gains in Personal Safety
https://www.corneredcat.com/big-gains-in-personal-safety/
Excerpt: 
. . . All the biggest gains in personal safety don’t happen
on the firing range. They actually happen inside your own mind.

Complacency kills.

***** Training *****

"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses." 
-- Tom Givens

"Like swim lessons for little kids,
the purpose of a defensive handgun class for adults
is to teach you how to do some things
you do not already know how to do." 
-- Kathy Jackson

Self Defense Quiz (free)
http://selfdefensequiz.com/
     After 10,000 unique tests, the average score of people
who have regularly carried for 5 years or more is 5 out of 10.
As our President would say, "Sad."

Claude Werner offers the following to you free of charge,
because he believes it is important for you to know. 
"Indoor Range Practice Session 11 (flashlight shooting)"
http://store.payloadz.com/results/337896-tactical-professor
     In particular so you don't shoot friendlies.

10 Pro Shooting Tips, From 10 Top Shooters
https://www.concealedcarry.com/firearms-ownership/pro-shooting-tips/

Defensive Handgun Training: 3 Critical Fundamentals
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/7/31/defensive-handgun-training-3-critical-fundamentals/

"14 Defensive Handgun Carry Commandments" from Ken Campbell
https://www.ballisticmag.com/2018/07/27/defensive-handgun-carry-tips/
Excerpts: 
". . . we like to think a tool will circumvent our need to train,
learn or practice. It won’t."

Oh my people . . .
https://www.corneredcat.com/oh-my-people/

"Dabbler"
https://www.corneredcat.com/dabbler/
Excerpt:
     There’s a level of joy, of wonder, that’s never available
to the casual hobbyist. A level of delight that most don’t
even realize exists until they’ve already done the work it takes
to get there. And it’s most visible in the areas of physical
skill. There’s a wild sense of elation, even abandon, that goes
with struggling through a tough spot and reaching the other
side successfully. That’s a type of joy that mere dabblers
never can feel even though they, too, might be having fun
doing the same basic activity.
     The article by Kruger and Dunning referred to by the author,
http://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download;jsessionid=AED01A7A5AF8399548D66CEF525CC845?doi=10.1.1.64.2655&rep=rep1&type=pdf

     You won't have a deep enjoyment of cardiovascular
activity until you break through the pain barrier. 
And you need that to be able to lower your blood
pressure, pulse rate, respiratory rate, and most
importantly to be able to relax during the high
stress situation.
     You won't have a deep enjoyment of the positions
until you can achieve them correctly, which means
having them well within your range of motion, which
means stretching, which means breaking through the
pain barrier of stretching your muscles so that you
can relax in position.
     You won't have a deep enjoyment of shooting until
you master trigger control, so that you can achieve
the surprise break epiphany.  (And you won't achieve
this until your optical system is in order.  Yes, you
have to be able to finely resolve your front sight. 
Because your brain uses your sight movie to control
your muscle tension, muscle tonus, and trigger
pressure.  Visual aids are legal and are encouraged
by your coaches.  But, if you don't get an eye exam,
no one will have the information to help you.  And if
you don't give the doctor's report to your coach,
your coach won't have the information to help you.)
     Only when you are able to execute good shots on
demand will you break through the psychological
barrier to confidence.  The surprise break will give
you the ability to do this.
     That is the beauty of our endeavor,
gunfighting is completely objective,
a perfect meritocracy.  Doesn't matter who is morally
good or bad.  The more highly trained, more practiced,
more skilled person wins.
     At the beginning of every American Legion
meeting, we ask God to make our might right. 
But, whether we are right or wrong, we are
going to win the fight.  Because we are better
fighters.  It doesn't matter what kind of
horrific childhood the enemy had, we are not
going to allow him to hurt our people.

Growth
https://www.corneredcat.com/growth/
Excerpt:
So . . . do you want to be better at protecting yourself and the people you love?
Do you want to be a better shooter?
Do you want to be better at identifying danger? And better at avoiding it?
Do you want to have a more solid understanding of the legal realities of self defense?
How far outside your comfort zone are you willing to move,
and how long are you willing to keep pushing through your limitations?

Why Practicing Gun Handling is Critical
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/8/9/why-practicing-gun-handling-is-critical/

Context matters
https://www.corneredcat.com/context-matters/

Lessons from a close encounter
https://www.corneredcat.com/lessons-from-a-close-encounter/
Excerpt:
What’s the lesson, here? It’s this: If you are ever involved in a
high-stress situation, and your gun sounds funny to you, don’t
quit! Keep doing whatever you need to do to survive. Odd-sounding
gunfire just seems to be part of the package. Don’t let it throw
you for a loop.

Decisions and Drawstrokes – What’s really important?
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2018/08/18/decisions-and-drawstrokes-whats-really-important/
     The cited articles are well worth reading.

Accuracy Class
https://www.corneredcat.com/accuracy-class/
Excerpt: 
     . . . Focusing on the fundamentals tends to bring out
the best in shooters. This is true no matter what your
existing skill level might be. But you have to reject the
idea that you already know everything, if you are ever
going to learn anything. That, too, goes back to fear and
insecurity. If you want to learn, you cannot be afraid
that others will see you learning.

Training Rant
https://www.corneredcat.com/training-rant/
Excerpt:
. . . when you practice without training first,
you will often practice the wrong things.
You will also often fail to practice some of the
right things.

Trigger Awareness Exercise --
     TAE #1: Feel The Trigger
https://www.corneredcat.com/trigger-awareness-exercise-1-feel-the-trigger/
     If you do this exercise correctly (as specified in the text),
you will have an epiphany.  If your trigger is not perfect, ask your
coach for help.  Yes, the problem can be fixed.  You wouldn't drive
a car with faulty brakes, would you?  Why would you use a trigger
that wasn't working correctly?  Mr. Scott Pilkington and Mr. Buck Parson
can fix your trigger.  Just ask.  Suffering in silence is an act
of stupidity.
     TAE #2: Watch the Wobble
https://www.corneredcat.com/tae-2-watch-the-wobble/
     The incompetent right handed shooter scatters low left and
the incompetent left handed shooter scatters low right, because
he is anticipating the recoil and pushing against the anticipated
recoil before the projectile has exited the muzzle.  The surprise
break solves this problem (and many others, as it defeats your
autonomic nervous system responses to your stress and stimuli).
     TAE #3: Save Your Pennies
https://www.corneredcat.com/tae-3-save-your-pennies/
     TAE #4: Whistle Stop
https://www.corneredcat.com/tae-4-whistle-stop/
     TAE #5: Random Whistle Stop
https://www.corneredcat.com/tae-5-random-whistle-stop/
     TAE #6: Feel It on the Range
https://www.corneredcat.com/tae-6-feel-it-on-the-range/
     TAE #7: Follow Through
https://www.corneredcat.com/tae-7-follow-through/

"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock

***** Tactics *****

". . . personal defense is a lifestyle, not a hobby."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson

     “In asocial or predatory violence, particularly in a predatory ambush,
the purpose of presence and verbal skills is to keep you off the victim
list. As such they must become habits. You may never even know if they
worked. If a predator scans you – which will happen several times a day
in the crowded part of a big city – and decides to pass, chances are
good that you will not even notice. Success, in this subject, is often
invisible. If your habits of presence — how you walk, how you scan,
what you do with your positioning and your hands — are good, the bad
guy quietly moves on, never even coming to your attention.”
-- Rory Miller and Lawrence A. Kane
"Scaling Force: dynamic decision-making under threat of violence"
ISBN-10: 1594392501
ISBN-13: 978-1594392504
https://www.amazon.com/Scaling-Force-Dynamic-Decision-Violence/dp/1594392501#reader_1594392501

Only those who risk going too far can
possibly find out how far one can go.
-- T.S. Elliot

***** Techniques *****

Don't go to stupid places. 
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
-- John Farnam

Keep the Muzzle Below the Berm
https://www.corneredcat.com/keep-the-muzzle-below-the-berm/
     . . . when reloading, when clearing malfunctions, when
performing after action drills, etc.  You don't shoot
at aircraft with pistols.  Your muzzle flash will draw
their fire.  You take cover.  Running to cover is always
a smart move.

     We are practicing combat shooting in adverse conditions,
not target shooting in pristine conditions.  So, open up
your rear sight (one or two hundredths of an inch should be
sufficient).  The rear sight is a window.  You look
through the rear sight to see the front sight.  The front
sight is the object of interest.  Yes, I know that's
counter intuitive.  You're thinking the bad guy should
be the object of interest.  But, if you focus on the bad
guy, the front sight will wander off and you'll never
notice it.  (Inattentional Blindness, if you don't focus
on it, you won't see it.  So, you can't aim.)  Then you'll
wonder why you're not hitting where you are aiming.  It's
because you are not aiming.  Focusing on the front sight
is aiming.  Focusing on the threat is what scared bunnies do. 
Don't be a scared bunny.  Be a competent operator.
     "One ringy dingy.  Two ringy dingy." 
-- Lily Tomlin
     I was an operator for AT&T.  We roamed the world
on the telephone systems.  Those were the days.  We played
on the cables that the Charlie Brown laid.
     We understood the code that ran on the GTD-5's and
DMS-100's.
     The MOS (Military Occupational Specialty) for
Signals Intelligence in the Marine Corps isn't 2600 by
accident.
     Security clearances are for consumers.  So, they can
read what the producers wrote.  The producers don't need
security clearances and don't care whether or not some
bureaucrat grants them one.  Be a producer.  Consumers
are easily swayed and deceived.

     The Weaver platform is still taught and practiced.
http://olegvolk.net/gallery/friendsandstrangers/insun/insun_P9_7545web.jpg.html

I would prefer the thumbs high,
http://olegvolk.net/gallery/models/erika_hana/erika_2557.jpg.html
and the support side index finger under the trigger guard,
but it's hard to achieve perfection.
Click on photos to enlarge.

Are we clear?
https://www.corneredcat.com/are-we-clear/
     Protocol for gun handling.

Squib
https://www.corneredcat.com/squib/
Excerpt: 
     However (and this is important!), if you ever hear that
weird-sounding phthpht or pop sound [indicating a squib]
in real life, when you are defending yourself from a violent
criminal, you should keep shooting. Why? Two reasons.
. . .

     In his book The Art of Modern Gunfighting (Pistol), Reitz writes:
“It is very difficult to fine tune a trigger press if all one does
is to press the trigger rapidly. You can never learn the nuances
and idiosyncracies of a particular trigger at great speed.
This knowledge will only come at a slower speed and then
will be built upon from that point.”

Poker
http://chirontraining.blogspot.com/2017/11/poker.html

Easy Mark
http://injennifershead.com/?p=3113

***** Gear *****

     If you don't have a support side holster,
you're wrong.  God's not going to give you two
weeks advance notice of the injury you're going
to have.
     Remember what Sherman says, "If you prepare
for the emergency, it ceases to be an emergency."

     Read this.  This is vitally important!
"Winning Vision Revisited" by Dr. Norman H. Wong in
Shooting Sports USA magazine, pages 24 to 33
http://www.nxtbook.com/nxtbooks/nra/ssusa_201808/index.php#/24
     Dr. Wong speaks the truth.  Get an eye exam!
Make sure your athletes get an eye exam before the start of every
shooting year.  And anytime they start to have problems or
complain about vision related problems.  (If they have money,
they access to medial doctors.  If they don't have money, they
have TennCare.  There is no excuse.)
     "I recently had an eye exam, Coach."
     No, your optometrist's or ophthalmologist's prescription
may not be correct.  That's why you have to get a second
opinion.  Always get a second opinion.  Humans make mistakes.
And a lot of humans are involved in making your vision
correction devices.
     "My vision is perfect, Coach.  I don't need glasses." 
Perfect vision means you meet an arbitrary standard for
resolution at an arbitrary distance (20/20 vision), and your
eyes focus to infinity when relaxed.  So, your vision is
not perfect for shooting.  Your eyes don't focus at your
front sight when your eyes are relaxed.  Read the article!
     Monocular vision is different from binocular vision.
This is not obvious.  This is deep and difficult to understand
without years of medical training.  That's why you have
to believe what Dr. Wong says.  Don't ignore him.
     If you don't understand what Dr. Wong is saying,
ASK ME!  This is critically important!
---
     There is also an article about sports drinks in
this magazine.  Do not drink sports drinks.  They will
disturb your body chemistry.  (We learned this at the
coaches course at the Olympic Training Center in
Colorado Springs, CO.  It's true.)  Do not drink caffeine. 
Do not drink sugar. 
     "What does that mean, Coach?" 
     No soda pop.  Not before the match.  Not during the
match.  Not after the match.  Not ever.
     If you are in a leadership position, never
drink such things in front of your athletes.  All
leadership is by example.

1911 Disassembly and Deep Clean
https://www.range365.com/1911-disassembly-and-deep-clean
     I disagree with the author. 
     You must use a bronze bore brush.  A nylon bore
brush is too soft to remove the copper and lead fouling. 
There is enough heat and pressure in your bore to
chemically bond the fouling to your bore.  So, you
need a bore solvent and a bronze brush to get it out. 
A steel brush is too hard; it will scratch your bore.
     A toothbrush made for humans is too soft to do
what you need to do.  Yes, I know toothbrushes used to
be made of boar bristles.  But, modern dentists
generally agree that your toothbrush should be soft. 
Your gun brush needs to be very stiff.  A stiffness
that would destroy your gums.

AR-15 Cleaning & Maintenance: A Complete Guide
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/8/4/ar-15-cleaning-maintenance-a-complete-guide/
     When I was assigned to Mike Battery,
3rd Battalion, 14th Marines in Chattanooga, TN,
it was easy to distinguish between the Marines
with combat experience and those without.  Just
watch them clean their rifles.  If your life has
never depended on your rifle functioning correctly,
it's hard to get motivated to do a detailed cleaning. 
It's just another irritating chore. 
     To pass inspection, some of the guys would
use carburator cleaner (or other such chemicals). 
Resist such urges.  Clean and dry will rust.  An
oily rifle is a happy rifle.

Secrets of Handgun Grip
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2018/8/8/secrets-of-handgun-grip/
Excerpts:
     Smith & Wesson and John M. Browning both found that
a grip angle of 118 degrees from the centerline of the
barrel to be the most comfortable and natural angle.
     Georg Luger, the folks at Steyr, H&K with its P7,
and Gaston Glock insist that a sharper angle of 122
degrees to be better.
[This measurement is from the barrel axis down and back
to the front strap of the grip.]

Holster retention systems and sloppy research
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2014/09/22/holster-retention-systems-and-sloppy-research/
Excerpt:
A few people drink from the fountain of knowledge but most only gargle.

http://olegvolk.net/gallery/friendsandstrangers/karen/karen4545.jpg.html
Click on photo to enlarge.
Excerpt:
Fashion styles come and go,
but safety accessories are always in season.
Stay safe, go armed.

Check it out (your holster)
http://www.corneredcat.com/check-it-out/

Lessons from the headlines #6: How _not_ to check out your new holster
https://www.corneredcat.com/lessons-from-the-headlines-7-how-_not_-to-check-out-your-new-holster/
Excerpts: 
    Always follow the Four Rules of firearms safety
(even when you have a new holster).
    Never point your gun at your own hand,
or at someone you love, even when you have a new holster.
    Never put a loaded gun into an unfamiliar holster.
Always check it out first.

Why Are Hollow-Point Rifle Bullets More Accurate?
https://www.ssusa.org/articles/2018/8/19/why-are-hollow-point-rifle-bullets-more-accurate/

***** Instructors *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God’s gift to our students.
Our students are God’s gift to us."

Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced
https://www.corneredcat.com/beginner-intermediate-advanced/

Normalization of Deviance
https://www.corneredcat.com/normalization-of-deviance/
     It's on you.  Even if someone else takes responsibility
for the bad outcome.  It's still a bad outcome that you
should have prevented.
     One of our guard orders was to "take responsibility
for everything in sight."  Maybe you were never on guard
duty.  Maybe you were never a Marine.  Doesn't matter, 
take responsibility for the safety of everyone around
you.  Ignorance is no excuse.

For Instructors – a wake up call
https://www.corneredcat.com/for-instructors-a-wake-up-call/
Excerpts:
     Safety is not “everyone’s job.” 
     It is the job of each one of us, individually. 
This means sometimes we will need to
speak up . . . individually. 
     When we see something that’s not as safe as
it reasonably could be, we have to be brave enough
to step up and change it. Even if other people
have shot in that bay before and “didn’t have a
problem with it.” 
     Part of being a good instructor is learning
how to ‘read’ a range for safety. 
     A medical kit is about as useless as tits on
a bull unless there’s someone there who knows how
to use it. That someone should be you — even if
you always poll your students and find out who
has appropriate medical training so you can
assign the task to the person with the highest
level of training, there will be times when you
find out that you are that person.

What does training do?
https://www.corneredcat.com/what-does-training-do/
Excerpt: 
     Sadly, all too many students quit at step one or two.
Good instructors must motivate students to continue, and
help them understand the value of having well-practiced
skills that will stand up under severe stress.

What I Do
https://www.corneredcat.com/what-i-do/
     Do you have such a list?  Have you thought about
such things?  Have you made decisions about such things?

Tears
https://www.corneredcat.com/tears/

Seeing the baby elephant
https://www.corneredcat.com/seeing-the-baby-elephant/
Excerpt:
“What have you learned?”

Respect, Trust, Growth
https://www.corneredcat.com/respect-trust-growth/

Instructor Ethics 101
https://www.corneredcat.com/instructor-ethics-101/
Excerpt: 
     In order to fulfill my most important responsibility
to my students, I have to risk pushing them beyond their
comfort levels. And I have to do it in a way that will
cause them to work harder rather than to shut down.
If I’m not willing to take that risk for the sake of
my students’ lives, I have no right to call myself a
self-defense instructor.

To have and to have not
https://www.corneredcat.com/to-have-and-to-have-not/
Excerpt:
Fantasy sells, but uncomfortable truths save lives.

Instructor Responsibility
https://www.corneredcat.com/instructor-responsibility/

Crawl, Walk, Run Off a Cliff
http://pistol-training.com/archives/3707

“Can I teach that?”
https://www.corneredcat.com/can-i-teach-that/

Advice to firearm instructors
https://www.corneredcat.com/advice-to-new-firearm-instructors/

"Every time I teach a class,
I discover I don't know something."
-- Clint Smith, Director of Thunder Ranch

***** Pedagogy *****

“Never stop learning.” That includes following
the news to see what methods the miscreants are
using to harm us. It means staying in contact
with your firearms instructor to discover new
techniques or receive simple reminders. And it
means keeping up with the tools of the trade
that can keep you alive. Not just guns, but
other less-lethal or security devices, too. 
-- Ken Campbell

Mirror, mirror, on the range . . .
https://www.corneredcat.com/mirror-mirror-on-the-range/
Excerpt:
     Instructors who make excuses not to demonstrate
are often allowing their own egos (often, fear of
failure or looking bad) get in the way of their
students’ best opportunities to learn.

***** Education *****

Children and Tragedy
http://drlatebloomer.com/children-and-tragedy/
     For those of you who don't understand how
children think.

Raging Against Self Defense:
A psychiatrist Examines The Anti-Gun Mentality
http://jpfo.org/filegen-n-z/ragingagainstselfdefense.htm
     For those who don't understand why anti-gun
liberals think the way they do.

"Find a good lawyer and visit with them about
the laws in your jurisdiction. . . You need
to talk with a lawyer familiar with criminal
prosecution and defense.  Put their card in
your wallet; it might end up being one of the
most important calls you ever make." 
-- Ken Campbell

JULY 25 - SAINT JAMES DAY
http://blog.suarezinternational.com/2018/07/july-25-saint-james-day.html

Rangemaster newsletter
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-08_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf

Gun Goddess Learning Center
https://www.gungoddess.com/pages/learning-center

The surprising burden of ignorance
https://www.corneredcat.com/the-surprising-burden-of-ignorance/
Excerpt:
     And especially, that is why people who have never
had serious defensive handgun training think there’s
nothing to learn and no reason to invest in it.

Transliterations into our modern Latin alphabet for English
speakers is always difficult.  The spelling is
first word {mu omicron lambda omega nu}, second word{lambda alpha beta epsilon}
http://olegvolk.net/gallery/friendsandstrangers/jade/molon_labe_0822.jpg.html
Click on the photo to enlarge.

     Taken from Andrew Branca's email letter of 20 August 2018 at 6:41 AM.
Hey folks,
     I caution in every class that just because someone has a certain
job title--firearms instructor, cop, lawyer, prosecutor, judge--
you MUST NOT assume that they know a darned thing about use-of-force
law. They MIGHT know, if they've made a diligent effort to educate
themselves rather than simply re-tell nonsense they've previously
been taught themselves, but you MUST NOT ASSUME that they know,
based on their job title.
     Here's an excellent example of this,
https://upnorthlive.com/news/local/prosecutor-offers-reminder-of-michigan-self-defense-laws
out of Michigan in a news article involving a purportedly defensive
shooting. They manage to get extensive quotes from an actual Michigan
prosecutor, identified as Benzie County Prosecutor Sara Swanson.
Attorney Swanson is quoted as stating explicitly:
"Michigan does not have a 'Stand Your Ground' law like, say Florida has ..."
     In fact Michigan adopted a SYG law almost identical to that of
Florida's and in 2006 only a year after Florida adopted SYG in 2005. 
You'd think a Michigan prosecutor in 2018 would be aware that the
state's had a SYG statute for the past 12 years, but apparently
you'd be wrong.
     For reference: Michigan's law --
http://lawofselfdefense.com/statute/mi-780-972-use-of-deadly-force-by-individual-not-engaged-in-commission-of-crime-conditions/
(1) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the commission
of a crime at the time he or she uses deadly force may use deadly
force against another individual anywhere he or she has the legal
right to be with no duty to retreat if either of the following
applies: 
(a) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the use
of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent death of
or imminent great bodily harm to himself or herself or to
another individual.
(b) The individual honestly and reasonably believes that the
use of deadly force is necessary to prevent the imminent
sexual assault of himself or herself or of another individual.
(2) An individual who has not or is not engaged in the
commission of a crime at the time he or she uses force
other than deadly force may use force other than deadly
force against another individual anywhere he or she has
the legal right to be with no duty to retreat if he or
she honestly and reasonably believes that the use of
that force is necessary to defend himself or herself
or another individual from the imminent unlawful use
of force by another individual.
     EDUCATE YOURSELVES! Assuming that the so-called "legal experts"
around you actually know use-of-force law is
HAZARDOUS TO YOUR LIBERTY!
     Two excellent and free ways to do this is to catch
our weekly "Law of Self Defense Show" at
http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/show
     Also, we do all our blogging on our Patreon page,
with each blog post freely accessible for a week or so,
after which content (including our higher value expert
reports and video and podcast recordings of each week's
"Law of Self Defense Show) is restricted to our paying
patrons:
http://www.lawofselfdefense.com/patreon
--Andrew
Attorney Andrew F. Branca
Law of Self Defense LLC

Rangemaster newsletter
http://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/08/2018-09_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf

***** News, Legal, Philosophical, and Political stuff *****

Civil War happens when the victimized are armed.
Genocide happens when they are not!
-- A.E. Samaan

     Your safety and the safety of your loved ones is your
responsibility.  You think the police, fire, or ambulance
services are going to respond to your emergency?  How can
they when they never get the message?
"911 Emergency: Call Centers Can’t Find Workers"
https://www.wsj.com/articles/911-emergency-call-centers-cant-find-workers-1533398401
     You are on your own.  Prepare.

Police chief: Officers warned Colorado homeowner to drop gun
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/02/police-chief-officers-warned-colorado-homeowner-to-drop-gun.html

Texas Tech police say the campus carry law makes Tech safer
https://www.everythinglubbock.com/news/kamc-news/tech-police-say-the-campus-carry-law-makes-tech-safer/1335470065

Florida armed bystander stops gunman at crowded back-to-school event at park, police say
http://www.foxnews.com/us/2018/08/06/florida-armed-bystander-stops-gunman-at-crowded-back-to-school-event-at-park-police-say.html

Freudian Slip
http://defense-training.com/2018/freudian-slip/

17.25 million concealed handgun permits, biggest increases for women and minorities
https://crimeresearch.org/2018/08/new-study-17-25-million-concealed-handgun-permits-biggest-increases-for-women-and-minorities/
Excerpt: 
     "Despite 14 states that don't require licenses in all or
virtually all their states, there are now over 17.25 million
permits, an 890,000 increase over the past year. Again, the
biggest rates of growth for permits were for women and minorities.
-- Dr. John Lott
John R. Lott, Jr.
President
Crime Prevention Research Center
http://crimeresearch.org
johnrlott@crimeresearch.org
(484) 802-5373
     Look at the graph at the bottom of the article.  This is
why it is so critically important to leave Hawaii.  Get out
while you still can.  The taxes and cost of living are sky high. 
The government regulations are so onerous, small businesses
like VeriFone, Inc. have fled to California (not much better,
but better).

Why the Gun is Civilization
http://www.corneredcat.com/article/ethical-questions/why-the-gun-is-civilization/
Excerpt:
     . . . [the gun] removes force from the equation . . .
and that’s why carrying a gun is a civilized act.

Stop I-1639
http://olegvolk.net/gallery/technology/arms/No_to_I1639_0929web.jpg.html
Excerpt:
At age 18:  Adult enough to marry.  Adult enought to join the military. 
Adult enough to sign a contract on a car or house.  Her vote counts as
much as anyone's.
I-1639 proposes to treat her as an incompetent minor and keep her
defenseless till age 21. 
No to discrimination against young adults:  Stop I-1639!

Civilian Carry Radio
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCtV-rvhm-7YA2bZGLGQ1fxw

ACLU Fighting California Democrats over Gun Control
https://www.breitbart.com/california/2018/08/24/aclu-fighting-california-democrats-gun-control/

A hero in Clackamas
https://www.corneredcat.com/a-hero-in-clackamas/

Evil
http://defense-training.com/2018/evil-4/

How a Botched Study Fooled the World About the U.S. Share of Mass Public Shootings:
U.S. Rate is Lower than Global Average
https://crimeresearch.org/2018/08/new-cprc-research-how-a-botched-study-fooled-the-world-about-the-u-s-share-of-mass-public-shootings-u-s-rate-is-lower-than-global-average/

A course explaining self defense insurance.
https://lawselfdefense.org/self-defense-insurance-explained-preorder

Knowing the tune but missing the music
https://www.corneredcat.com/knowing-the-tune-but-missing-the-music/

Few tyrants argue for 'slavery of the masses.'
Instead, they argue for the power to
'protect people from themselves.'
-- AE Samaan

***** Survival Tips *****

"Militum semper memento"
(Always remember the soldiers.)

     Do you have the willingness to acknowledge what you are seeing
and more importantly, the courage to act immediately?
"Reprogramming the Lay Rescuer Psychology to Cardiac Arrest"
https://www.jems.com/articles/2018/07/reprogramming-the-lay-rescuer-psychology-to-cardiac-arrest.html
Excerpt:
. . . the willingness to acknowledge what she was seeing
and more importantly, the courage to act immediately and
without hesitation. 
. . . reprograming the lay rescuer mindset from a “wait for help” mindset to the “be the help.”

9 Life-Saving Reasons I Try Not To Judge People
https://jamesaltucher.com/2018/07/life-saving-reasons-judge-people/

"Marked for Mayhem" in Psychology Today
https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/articles/200901/marked-mayhem
Excerpts:
     "If I saw a pair of construction boots, for example,
out on the porch or on the landing, I walked right
on by. In fact, I think if women who live alone
would put a pair of old construction boots - or
something that makes it look like a physically fit
manly-type of guy lives with them - out in front of
their door, most rapists or even burglars wouldn't
even think about trying to get into their home."
     Women who are the victims of rape tend to be
less able than average to interpret nonverbal
facial cues - which may render them oblivious to
the warning signs of hostile intent and more
likely to enter or stay in dangerous situations.
     Predatory men can accurately identify submissive
women just by their style of dress and other aspects
of appearance. The hallmarks of submissive body language,
such as downward gaze and slumped posture, may even be
misinterpreted by rapists as flirtation.
     [Note that the "Cooperate" advise at the end of
the article only works when the attacker's only intent
is to get your stuff.  It doesn't make sense to cooperate
with rapists, murderers, batterers, etc.  And you never
know what the attacker's intent is. -- Jon Low]

Emotional Self Care
https://www.corneredcat.com/emotional-self-care-2/

Weight loss motivator
https://www.corneredcat.com/weight-loss-motivator/
Excerpt:
The latest research indicates that losing weight
might help you make faster, better, and more accurate
survival choices when your life is in danger.
     "Latest research" refers to
https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/19015661

New FBI Data on Active Shooters Shows the Importance of Armed Citizens
https://www.nationalreview.com/2018/05/fbi-active-shooter-data-shows-importance-of-armed-citizens/
Excerpt:
Be a lifesaver. Carry a gun.

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House

***** Basics *****

"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

Safe Holstering
https://gunsmagazine.com/safe-holstering/#.W2hf5su0SqY.facebook

Safety Matters: How to Use a Belt Holster
http://www.corneredcat.com/article/holsters/safety-matters-how-to-use-a-belt-holster/
    Lots of useful pictures.

Safety Matters: How to Use a Shoulder Holster
http://www.corneredcat.com/article/holsters/safety-matters-how-to-use-a-shoulder-holster/
     Better yet, don't use a shoulder holster.

How a gun (Colt M1911) works! (Animation)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EjQrhDKDWFk

“Watch your front sight.”
https://www.corneredcat.com/watch-it/

***** Miscellany *****

Blondie's ode to armored car drivers,
"Blondie - The Hardest Part"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vEjCDriXwnI

Babes with Bullets
http://babeswithbullets.com/about-us/
     What a neat concept.

"People who think they know everything
irritate those of us who do." 
Think about it.  It's actually funny on
many levels.

Thanks to Oleg Volk
http://www.corneredcat.com/wp-content/uploads/2012/12/train11771.jpg
Click on photo for a magnified view.
Fascinating gallery at
http://olegvolk.net/gallery/main.php

Basics of the Shotgun Games: American Skeet
http://blog.beretta.com/basics-of-the-shotgun-games-american-skeet
Basics of the Shotgun Games: American 16-Yard Trap
http://blog.beretta.com/basics-of-the-shotgun-games-american-16-yard-trap

     For the latest version (it changes almost daily)
of my lesson plans for my NRA Defensive Pistol course,
send me an email.  Jon_Low@yahoo.com

Cheers,
Jon

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