Monday, April 1, 2019

CWP, 1 April MMXIX Anno Domini

God can do more than we can hope or imagine.

Greetings Sheepdogs,
    If I have incorrectly paraphrased the instructors at the
2019 Tactical Conference, the fault is completely mine.

***** Mindset *****

      Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III

“When the Unexpected Meets the Unprepared”

Not Everyone Should Conceal Carry – Train, or Don’t Carry
"If you're not willing to practice, don't carry a firearm."

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

     Criminals don't think the way we do.  To think that they do
is a fatal mistake. 
     Never beg for mercy.  They won't show any, and doing so excites
and emboldens them. 
     Never bargain.  Because they won't keep their end of the bargain. 
     Never cooperate with a criminal.  It will only get worse
for you.  The secondary crime scene is always better for him and
worse for you because it is more secluded.
     The only thing they understand and fear is force.  The sooner
you initiate (without telegraphing your intentions) an explosive
counter attack, the better your odds of survival.
     If you take pity on the criminal because of his background,
you are wrong.  And he will take advantage of your stupidity.

"Life is hard.  It's even harder if you're stupid." -- John Wayne

     Sensei Cat Fitzgerald says, "Be the pussy.  Don't be the balls. 
Pussies are tough.  You can push a baby through a pussy.  Balls
are fragile.  Ever been hit in your balls?  So, when the conflict
comes, walk away.  If he calls you a pussy, be the pussy."

***** Safety *****

“The fast and/or emphatic reholster
is an awesome way to shoot yourself.”
-- Chuck Haggard

***** Training *****

“You don’t rise to the occasion, you fall to your level of training.”
-- J. Bridger

CCW Training: Are We Practicing the Wrong Skills?

“Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it.”
-- Bruce Lee

Meta : Critical Skills and Goals for Personal Protection

Why do I need to train?
    "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

Minimum Competency for Defensive Pistol

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

     If you don't get 100% on the 10 question test,
you need training.  Because what you don't know will
kill you.

11 Exercises That Will Enhance Your Shooting Technique and Your Core

***** Tactics *****

Audacity wins.
-- Carl von Clausewitz

The presentation spectrum (from low to high level threat) – 
[Times given are for someone who practices a lot, when nothing goes wrong. 
In combat, things go wrong to foul the presentation.]
     Open hands up in front of your head to protect your face and head. 
Verbal commands to “STOP!”, “GET BACK!”, as appropriate.  You are 2.0
seconds from firing.
     Clear concealment garment and establish a correct grip on your pistol. 
Keep the pistol in holster and issue verbal commands if appropriate. 
You are 1.5 seconds from firing.
     Establish a correct grip on the pistol before removing it from the
holster.  Remove the pistol from the holster.  Hold the pistol inside a
jacket pocket, inside your jacket, behind your thigh, under the table,
or some place out of sight (because you don't want the bad guy to see
your pistol).  At this point you are 1.0 seconds from firing.
     Present your pistol to a ready position.  If the bad guy is close
enough to grab your pistol (about 7 yards, 1.5 seconds), use a compressed
ready position.  If the bad guy is far enough away to require sighted
fire, use a low ready position (because you want the bad guys to see
your pistol).  In any event, keep your field of view clear and don't
point your pistol at anything you are not willing to destroy.  Keep your
pistol low enough to see his hands.  You are 0.7 seconds from firing. 
     Present to the target (sights aligned, slack out of the trigger). 
You are 0.3 seconds from firing, depending on how accurate you need to
be to make the shot.  (We are assuming you stop at this point to assess
and make the decision “not to fire” or “to fire”.  If you've made the
decision to fire previously, then the time is much less.)
     Thanks to Gabe White at the 2019 Tactical Conference
in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

Who Dares Wins.
-- motto of the Special Air Service

***** Technique *****

"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley

More Than CCW: Self-Defense Beyond the Firearm
. . . Walking out to car, grocery bags in one hand,
you reach into your pocket and turn on a super-bright
flashlight, lighting up the path to your car and
sending out a clear signal to everyone around that
you know how to deal with a dark parking lot. Does
turning on that light also send a signal to any bad
guys around you that you’re ready to deal with them
as well? I’d say it does.
. . . The rough-and-tumble nature of a close-quarters
situation meant that it may not be possible to draw a
concealed firearm in time to dealt with a threat,
or it could be wrestled away, out of the fight, and
became irrelevant to the outcome.
. . . self-defense means more than just defending your
life with a firearm. It means living safely and securely,
no matter what happens, by using all the skills and
tools available to you.

Slow is smooth.  Smooth is efficient.  Efficient is fast.

Involuntary Hand Clenches Leading to Accidental Discharge
     The document referred to in Greg's article,
Actually, this document covers all kinds of things.

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

7 Simple Follow-Through Tips to Improve Your Accuracy (Right Now!)

"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen

Movement & Distance in Self-Defense

     Carrying your pistol without a round it the chamber is wrong. 
You won't have time to load.  If you think you will, your imagined
scenario is unrealistic.  No mugger is going to initiate an attack
from across the parking lot.  They are going to use devious techniques
to get close to you, within conversational distance.  "Got any
spare change, Mister?", "Can you give me a light, Ma'am?", "Do you
know where the Wal Mart is?", "Let me help you with your groceries,
ma'am.", etc.
     At 7 yards you will have 1.5 seconds to present to the target
and fire (if you have practiced a lot and decided to act).  No time
to load. 
     At conversational distances, 1 to 2 yards, you won't have time
to present your pistol, much less load.
     So, you have to have a loaded pistol and unarmed skills.  Of course,
if you are aware, you avoid the situation in the first place.

***** Gear *****

Avoidance, Deterrence, and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

     Everyone is different.  So, the chances your new from the factory pistol
is correctly sighted in for you is negligible.  So, yes, you have to adjust
your sights to move your point of impact to your point of aim. 
     If you are not shooting tight groups, it's you, not your pistol.  If you
are right handed and scattering low left (or left handed and scattering low
right) it's you anticipating the recoil and pushing against it (not getting
a surprise break).  Don't move your sights until you can shoot a tight group
on demand.
     Use a proper sight adjustment tool to move your rear sight left or
right to correct for windage.  [For $120 from Brownells, you can't go wrong.
]  Move the rear sight in the direction that you want to move the point
of impact.  [Don't move the rear sight with a punch and a hammer. 
How would I know this?]
     Grind the front sight down to move the point of impact up.  Replace
the front sight with a taller front sight to move the point of impact down. 
And then grind to perfection.  And then coat with flat black.
     We assume you are using fixed sights, because adjustable
sight are too fragile for combat.  Self defense is combat.  [If you bang
your adjustable sights or use them to rack your slide, you will throw them
out of zero.]

Carrying Concealed While Working Out

***** 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."

     Instructors, you have a duty to your profession or calling as it may be,
to maintain a professional appearance.  If you're going to be pulling up
your concealment garment to present your pistol, you must wear an undershirt.
Exposing your skin or underwear is inappropriate.
     Your clothing should be clean.
     Your students should not be able to smell you.  Maintain a
high standard of personal hygiene and avoid perfumes.  This is also
tactically correct.  It is also correct for hunting.

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

***** Pedagogy *****

Qui docet, discit.  (He who teaches learns.)
-- motto of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers

     My math professor, Dr. Adolf Mader, told me that there were two
ways to learn a subject:  study it or teach it.  Teaching it is by
far the better method, because your students will ask you questions,
forcing you to do the research to answer their questions.

"Train, Practice, Compete are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.

***** Education *****

"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
[    Hey, Staff, that's an awkward translation.
     Having studied Latin only a little bit, I tend to transliterate
rather than translate.]

     In order to win the conflict, John Farnam advises you to:
Divide the enemy's focus.
Disrupt the enemy's plan. 
Disable the enemy's body.
Destroy the enemy's will to fight.
     Attacking the Central Nervous System is optimal, but that 
target is very difficult to hit.  So, we usually use our
bullets to attack the Circulatory System.  Be aware that
even if you destroy the enemy's heart, he will have 5 or more
seconds of animation before blood pressure drops to the
point where he is incapacitated.  [Five seconds is more than
enough time for him to kill you and many others.  So, you
have to stay in the fight.]
     Thanks to John Farnam at the 2019 Tactical Conference
in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

     Dr. Martin Topper says it takes about 0.6 seconds from
your decision to fire, to actually causing your finger to
start moving.  And then it takes about 0.3 seconds to go
through your trigger control process.  So, you need to do
force-on-force training to reduce the amount of time that it
takes you to make your decision.  And, you need to do dry
practice to reduce the amount of time it takes you to press
correctly to get that surprise break (essential for accuracy
on demand). 
     The bullet must generate an over pressure of at least
2 atmospheres in order to cause remote tissue damage.  Pistol
bullets generally won't do this.  So, you can't expect to
cause brain damage by shooting the enemy in the torso, as you
might see with center fire rifle bullets.
     Thanks to Martin Topper at the 2019 Tactical Conference
in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

     Chief Lee Weems explained the three levels of citizen-police
Consensual encounter.  Nothing required to initiate such a contact. 
Investigative detention.  Requires Reasonable Articulable Suspicion.
Custodial arrest.  Requires Probable Cause.
     There are 18,000 law enforcement agencies in the U.S. 
17,984 are state, local, and tribal.
     Thanks to Chief Lee Weems at the 2019 Tactical Conference
in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

     John Holschen says bullets will splatter at 12 to 20 degrees
from the hard surface that they hit, no matter what the incident
angle is.  So, stay away from walls!
     Stay back away from anything you are using as cover.
     If the target is identified as an enemy, shoot the first
part of the target that comes into view.  Don't wait to get
the center of mass shot in the A-zone.  If you can see the
enemy's A-zone, he can see you.  If you shoot his elbow or
foot, when it's all you can see, he probably can't see you
at all.  Of course, you have to lean way over to get your
eye out in front of any other part of your body.  [Of course,
we are assuming that you have previously positively identified
the target.]
     Thanks to John Holschen at the 2019 Tactical Conference
in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S.A.

History of SAAMI: How Ammunition Is Standardized

The Appearance of Target Size
     Looking through your glasses at any angle other than perpendicular
to the lens will cause distortion.  So, turn your head, so that you are
looking out of the center of your eye socket and you are looking through
your lens perpendicular to the plane in which your lens was ground.
     Yes, it's important.  Visual distortion may prevent you from
correctly identifying your target.  Visual distortion may prevent you
from aiming correctly.
     Read the other articles by Dr. Wong linked to at the end of the

“Destiny doesn’t make appointments,
nor does she waste her time with the naive and unready!”
-- John Farnam

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

GOA Defends Bump Stocks and AR-15s in Court
     Unfortunately, the U.S. Supreme Court declined to hear
the case.

How do you win a gunfight? Don’t be there.
-– John Farnam

     I bought a U.S. Law Shield insurance policy.  I'm not
recommending them to you.  There are so many policies and
they are all very different.  You have to do your homework
and figure out which one works best for you and your family. 
     But, you ought to have a policy.  It's cheap, because
statistically speaking, we are more law abiding than police. 
And police have to pass background checks, psychological tests,
and all kinds of screening for honesty.
     The policy should give you money up front to post bail,
hire an attorney, private investigators, and expert witnesses. 
(As opposed to, "might give you money after review", or
"if they like the facts of the case".)  You get as much justice
as you pay for in the real world. 
     The policy should have a 24/7 phone number that you can
call for help.  If they are not willing and able to help you
on Christmas Eve, what good are they?
     The policy should have a list of competent, vetted
attorneys who will take your case.  (As opposed to, "who might
take your case after review", or "if they like the facts of your
     Policies that reimburse you afterwards only if you are
acquitted, are a total scam.  Such policies have a huge
financial incentive to ensure you are convicted.  This is
a conflict of interest, which is a violation of fiduciary
duty, which is why such policies have been declared illegal
in many states by the Attorneys General of those states. 
[Yes, those AG's are rabid anti-gun liberals and hate the NRA,
but that doesn't change the facts on which the orders are based.]

The Continuing Expansion of Permitless Carry

Every Picture Tells A Story, Part VIII

Concealed Weapon Carry Laws in the US: A Primer

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

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

"Life is hard.  It's even harder if you're stupid."
-- John Wayne

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

***** Basics *****

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

Tips For Your First Training Class

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

***** Miscellany *****

Coolest Shooting Ranges in the United States
     Rock Castle is within driving distance for me. 
I'm going to check it out next weekend.

15 Shootouts: Lessons From Ralph Friedman
     Friedman at that time was single and playing the field.
The time came when he was hit on by a beautiful young woman
who invited him to her place after work for feast and frolic.
A busy day in the precinct left him working late and unable
to keep the date, and she was furious when he phoned to tell
her so. Shortly thereafter, he learned how close a call he’d
escaped: the woman was the half-sister of the knife-man
Friedman had killed on the rooftop, and waiting in her
apartment were multiple male friends of the deceased. They
had planned to ambush Friedman when he arrived, torture him
to death, dismember his corpse, and dispose of the pieces.

     A guest pastor at my church spoke to this point in a
recent sermon.  If you stay close to God by doing what
you're suppose to do, as opposed to chasing sex, you will be
okay.  King David was supposed to be out in the field waging
war as was his duty at that time of the year.  But, instead
he was at home looking at naked women.  This lead to all
sorts of horrors in his court and family.

Ahhhhh, Texas

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With God, all things are possible.

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