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"Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
----- Mindset -----
“Woman must not depend upon the protection of man,
but must be taught to protect herself.”
-- Susan B. Anthony
"The Cheshire Man", written By John Connor
As a man thinketh, so he is.
Time Lag in Combatives by Kelly McCann
Someone's opinion of you doesn't have to be your reality.
When buying a self-defense weapon system (pistol, holster, belt,
flashlight, magazine and flashlight pouch, ammunition, cleaning gear,
etc.), some people think, "How much money am I going to spend on
something I will probably never use?" But, they should be thinking,
"How much money will I spend on something that my life and the lives
of my loved ones will depend on."
Of course, any weapon system without a trained operator is a
danger to everyone within range. And only a well trained and practiced
operator would be competent with the weapon system. That's just reality.
-- Two rounds to the center of mass may not stop the attack.
Consider the two following articles. --
Why one cop carries 145 rounds of ammo on the job by Charles Remsberg
". . . officers involved in a shooting will not remember to do
basic things due to the trauma, adrenaline and anxiety. Write down
simple instructions like wake up, eat breakfast, etc."
Bad guy was hit 14 times, 3 hits to his head, and survived.
Video: Man charges at Texas LEOs with knife after being shot 7 times
from Houston Chronicle
Bad guy was hit 7 times before knife attack. He was shot
several more times after the knife attack. Suspect survived.
Year Of The Gamma Rat
I have heard many pastors preach this sort of attitude.
My pastor says, you can't control what happens to you, but you are
always in control of how you react to what happens to you.
The most prized desire of civilized man is to be left alone.
Unfortunately, the uncivilized wish to enslave you. So, you will
have to fight them off.
"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
----- Safety -----
Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
Be in bed by 10 PM. Your own bed.
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.
-- John Farnam
The “Date Night” Restaurant Robbery by Greg Ellifritz
This is a sober calm analysis of a high stress situation.
The kind of analysis you need to think about now, before you
are faced with such a situation. Because you may not be able
to make good decisions under stress during the situation.
Being a hero is not a thing to be strived for. Remember,
every medal awarded for gallantry is awarded for conspicuous
gallantry. In my experience, the vast majority of gallantry
is inconspicuous. Real heroes don't want to be celebrities.
Because normal good folk don't want to be celebrities.
Celebrities are targeted by the wackos for murder, e.g.
John Lennon. The children of celebrities are targeted for
kidnapping. Hence, the gray man; gray family, gray children.
How to Win the Bullet Surprise by Kathy Jackson
An explanation of extractors and ejectors.
"The fast and / or emphatic reholster is an awesome way to shoot yourself."
-- Chuck Haggard
----- Training -----
If you want to be competent with a pistol,
you really need to do a 4 or 5 day class at one
of the prestigious gun schools. (If you don't
graduate, repeat until you do. I took the 4 day
Defensive Handgun class at Front Sight four times
before I graduated. As my father told me, "After
a few years, nobody will care when you got your
degree. Nobody will care where you got your
degree. No one will care how long it took you
to get your degree. All that matters is that
you have it. [I paraphrase, because he was
talking about the bar exam.])
If you want to stay competent, you need to:
dry practice daily,
shoot a match monthly, and
take a class annually (preferably from a different
instructor every time).
Ya, actually, I do this. Otherwise, I'd be a
If you want to contribute to your community,
teach a few classes every year. You'll learn a lot.
The classes need not be formal. They could be informal
coaching of friends and relatives. What matters is that
you do it. Love is action. Love is the things we do.
"Reasons for training:
1. You don't know what you don't know.
2. Much of what you know is wrong.
3. It's good to have some of the answers to the test before taking it."
-- Claude Werner the Tactical Professor
HE’S GOT MY GUN! by Steve Moses
Quoting Paul Sharp and Fletch Fuller. I've taken classes from these gentlemen
at Tac Con. Real world practical.
"The real value of training, though, is that it improves competence,
which leads to a higher level of confidence."
-- Rehn & Daub
Special Supplement to Church Shooting Reality Check Video by Brad Ackman
May I invite your attention to the first two videos on this web page?
"You train for the people who love you."
-- Tatiana Whitlock
Your Tactical Training Scenario - Three Difficult Disarms by Greg Ellifritz
What is your overall opinion of competition preparing you for a real gunfight?
by Claude Werner
This is on Claude's Patreon page, but he opened it up to the public
because it is important for you to read and understand.
What to Look for in Defensive Firearm Training by Paul Carlson
Simple training leads to high confidence and low competence.
Complex training leads to low confidence and high competence.
Retention Shooting and the Downward Angle by Cecil Burch
As to what is responsible, downward angle.
Body language and threat recognition by Massad Ayoob
Oldie but goodie.
In my last blog posting, in the Training section, was
"Introducing a Firearm to a Woman in Crisis"
I admit to giving a pistol and ammo to a lady who was in fear for her
life and the lives of her children from an ex-boyfriend. Protective
orders were issued by the local court. I asked my friends, who were
the local Constables (Lowest level of law enforcement in Tennessee),
the County Sheriff, and her across-the-street neighbor (a graduate
of my Defensive Pistol class) to look in on her.
I should have given her 50 hours of training:
20 hours of theory, in the classroom
20 hours of practicum, live fire on the range
5 hours for shooting an IDPA match
5 hours for force-on-force using Simunitions
at a minimum before handing a pistol to anyone for use in self-defense.
But, reality rarely gives us time to prepare. So, prepare now,
before the threat faces you.
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
Mental Training Techniques by Dr. Don Lullen - Sunday, February 16, 2020
"The other technique I recommend for training at home is dry firing.
I shoot more shots mentally than I dry fire. I dry fire more shots than
I fire with live ammunition. You can reinforce the techniques you have
learned by dry firing."
I put this article in the practice section of the blog
because these techniques are for you to practice on your own,
and not really a thing you need training in.
First priority - visualization.
Second priority - dry practice.
Third priority - live fire.
The truth is that you can achieve competence without spending
any money on ammunition. This truth doesn't cause or encourage
the purchase of ammunition, but it's still the truth. So, now you
underatand why you won't see it espoused in the commercial
gun magazines or commercial gun web sites.
"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
Be obsessed or be average.
My Range Won’t Let Me . . . ! by Kathy Jackson
Work-arounds for restrictive ranges.
Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever you
have practiced, no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
If you do the hard things, life will be easy.
If you only do the easy things, life will be hard.
-- Pastor Mike Ayon
----- Techniques -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
Maintaining Control of Your Pistol by Steve Tarani
Why you need to keep your finger off the trigger by Mike Ox
Shooting-Performance T.V. Episode 7: One-Handed Shooting 5x5 Handgun Series
by Mike Seeklander
A technique worth trying. It might work for you.
Tactical Training Tip #3: Shooting from Retention by Bob Allen
"It’s NOT your Trigger Control" by Michael Seeklander
Mike says accuracy errors are predominantly caused by inconsistent
grip pressure, as opposed to bad trigger control. He advocates gripping
tight and maintaining the tight grip throughout the shot process.
Not easy to do. Not easy to know that you are not doing it.
Look at people's trigger fingers the next time you go to the
range. You will see many trigger fingers flying off the trigger
on every shot. But, those persons will swear to you that their
trigger control was correct. They trapped the trigger to the rear
after every shot and followed through as they were taught. They
will say this, because they believe what they are saying.
That is why coaches use video recordings at practices. It is
easy to know something is true that is false. It is easy to believe
something is true that is false. The shooter is justified in this false
belief because he can feel his finger and knows what he is doing.
Such is epistemology, knowledge via justified, true, belief.
That's why every yoga studio and ballet studio has mirrors on the
walls. Because it's very easy for the body to fool the brain.
It's very easy for the brain to fool itself.
The coach can tell the shooter that the shooter is doing
something wrong, and the shooter (especially children) will
acknowledge; but the shooter will not believe that he is doing it
wrong. That's reality. That's why the coach has to use video
recordings. That's why the shooter has to practice in a mirror.
Such visual feedback is required to break the shooter out of
his false beliefs.
Grip pressure would be hard to see. So practice, to achieve
a high level of kinesthetic awareness, is required to get the
grip pressure consistent throughout the shot process. Pay attention
to a thing, and you will become sensitive to that thing.
Grip Control by Ernest Langdon
Not a technique that I teach, but worth experimenting with,
as it might work for you.
Other training tips at
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
----- Tactics -----
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
Avoidance, Deterrence, and De-escalation
-- John Farnam
----- Education -----
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
Traffic Stops: What CCW Citizens Need to Know by Sheriff Jim Wilson
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
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"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
4 Tips To Choose a Defensive Handgun by Sheriff Jim Wilson - Monday, February 17, 2020
Primer Marks Explained by George Harris - Monday, February 17, 2020
I get these marks on my primers in my XD pistols in .45 ACP.
No big deal.
In the Marine Corps, we were taught to download (remove one round)
from our 30 round magazines to prevent stoppages (and to use that round
to adjust our sights). I have read many instructors in the
self-defense / firearms community telling their students to download
their magazines to prevent stoppages.
Reliability, as safety, is staying away from the edge of the
cliff. Or, as the pilots would say, staying away from the edge
of the envelope.
Yes, there are cons. In this case, one round less ammo in the
magazine. As always, the choice is yours. Choose wisely. [Choosing
wisely, may be learned from experience. But, it is better learned
from the experience of others.]
John Farnam recommends the
EAGTac DX3B Clicky Pro flashlight
7/8 inches in diameter and four inches long
$88 MSRP (manufacturer's suggested retail price)
Fury Carry Solutions has some neat stuff.
Their inside the waistband holsters are interesting.
They do all kinds of fancy surface decoration. Not
shown on their web site. Bright Hawaiian Hibiscus
patterns, etc. A gentleman at a recent Shoot & Scoot
match found them functional.
After market magazine springs, because these things
wear out. I've had to replace many to maintain reliability.
If you compress them, and they don't spring back to the
original shape, they are displaying plastic, not elastic
behavior. Time to change the spring.
I list the distributors rather than individual manufacturers
because the distributors carry springs from many different
Other distributor's web sites were too difficult for me to
filter pistol magazine springs.
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."
-- Tom Givens
----- Technical -----
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
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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 -----
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
“There’s a huge training myth out there.
That MYTH is that Information = Something of Value.
FACT: Information = 0,
unless people are inspired to act.”
-- Val Van Brocklin
"Be careful what you teach.
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Pedagogy -----
Teach positive. Teach what to do. Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam
Let's Fix What's Broken
No author is cited, but the team is described at
Notice who they quote at the top of this web page,
our friend Bill Hayes.
An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
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How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
A Shot into the Night Part 1: The Botched 9-1-1 Call by Shawn Vincent
This is why you need training:
What to do in the event of a bad situation,
What to say, and what not to say, in the 911 call,
What to say to the responding officers, what not to say to the responding officers,
If you don't have the training, you might do all kinds
of stupid things, because you don't know that they are stupid.
Doing stupid things will get you in all kinds of legal and
civil trouble. Being the good guy is not enough. You have
to be smart.
"Life is hard. It's even harder if you're stupid."
-- John Wayne
INTERVIEW WITH DON WEST NATIONAL TRIAL COUNSEL
This is why you have to keep your mouth shut. It's real
easy to talk yourself into a murder conviction, even if you're
innocent. The conversations with the 911 dispatcher are evidence
that will be used against you.
Get training. Know what to say. Say it. And then shut up!
If you are accused of murder, testifying at trial is an
act of criminal stupidity.
Never say you intended to kill the bad guy. Police are not
trained to kill. We are not trained to kill. Your only purpose
is to stop the attack. "I shot him to stop his attack."
You never intended to kill him. His death was incidental to
your shooting. "If he had just left me alone, I would not have
shot him." "If he had not advanced on me, I would not have shot
him." "I shot him to stop his attack."
Nikki Goeser talk on the danger of gun-free zones
The purpose of gun-free-zones is to create unarmed victims
for armed criminals to prey upon. Not the "effect", the "purpose".
The politicians who vote for gun-free-zone bills, and the politicians
who sign gun-free-zone bills into law, know that their laws will
result in the murder of good people. The anti-gun politicians
pass these laws intentionally with Malice Aforethought.
The company executives who impose gun-free-zones on their employees,
do so with Malice Aforethought.
The bad guys use Red Flag laws to disarm the good guys,
to create unarmed victims for armed criminals to prey upon.
Anti-gun politicians enact Red Flag laws with Malice Aforethought.
In case you don't understand the insidiousness of Red Flag laws,
Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPO).
Bloomberg Spending B-I-G to Buy 2020 Election by Dave Workman
". . . CCRKBA’s Gottlieb has a word of advice:
“Be sure you’re registered to vote at your current address,
and make sure your friends and family members are registered.
Start organizing get-out-the-vote efforts in your communities.
Get involved in political campaigns and actively support
candidates who support your rights, and above all, make
protecting the Second Amendment your personal responsibility.” "
Bernie Sanders Pivots,
Signs on to Repealing Lawsuit Protection for Gunmakers
by AWR Hawkins
Joe Biden to Gun Manufacturers: ‘I’m Going to Take You Down’ by AWR Hawkins
“How do you tell a Communist?
Well, it’s someone who reads Marx and Lenin.
And how do you tell an anti-Communist?
It’s someone who understands Marx and Lenin!”
-- President Ronald Reagan
DHS ordered me to scrub records of Muslims with terror ties
by Philip Haney, 02/05/16 12:00 PM EST
[President Barack Hussein Obama, II issued the order
with malice aforethought, after he had bowed and kissed the
hand of the Saudi Arabian King.
-- SSgt. Low, Jonathan D.; Intelligence Specialist; USMC]
Self defense insurance:
6 Concealed Carry Insurance Options To Protect Your Six (2019)
by Gun Digest Editors
Self-Defense Gun Owner Insurance Programs Compared (no author cited)
This web page, the chart, and the PDF file are updated on a regular basis.
Andrew Branca's info-graphic describing the 5 elements of the law of self defense.
Foundations: The 5 Elements of Self-Defense Law
AAR (After Action Report): STATE OF FLORIDA VS. MICHAEL DREJKA
by Steven Harris
Remember that the police who responded to the incident
did not arrest Drejka because they thought the shooting might
be self defense. Later, the Sheriff declined to press charges
against Drejka because the Sheriff thought it was plausibly
It was only after Drejka shot off his mouth without counsel
present for several hours while being recorded (audio and video)
that he effectively talked himself into a murder conviction.
The video recording was played at trial and used as evidence
to convict him.
Never talk to police! Tell your attorney what happened
and let him give your statement to the police. Everything
you say (and do) will be used against you.
Never talk to anyone else about the incident or your
feelings about the incident, because they will testify against
you. Yes, they will. Some will willingly testify against you.
Some will comply with a subpoena to testify to avoid a fine and
jail time. Some will be tricked by the prosecutor (The U.S.
Supreme Court has ruled that the police and prosecutors may
lie to the defendant and witnesses. ) to testify in a
deposition to exonerate you by providing exculpatory evidence.
This will result in opening avenues of discovery that will
"Holy shit! They got so much evidence against me that
I'm going to get convicted and spend the rest of my life in
prison. I better take the plea deal."
No! All the evidence that they showed you is fake.
Just like the fake news on TV.
 Frazier v. Cupp, 394 U.S. 731.
In re D.A.S., 391 A.2d 255, (D.C. App. 1978)
In re D.A.S. followed Oregon v. Mathiason, 429 U.S. 492 (1977)
Illinois v. Perkins, 496 U.S. 292 (1990)
State v. Patton, 362 N.J. Super. 16 (App. Div.) (2003)
State v. Cayward, 552 So. 2d 971 (Fla. App. 2 Dist. 1989)
Arthur v. Commonwealth, 480 S.E. 2d 749 (Va. 1997)
Sheriff, Washoe Co. v. Bessey, 914 P. 2d 618 (Nev. 1996)
People v. Henry, 518 N.Y.S.2d 44 (N.Y. App. Div. 1987)
Case law on police deception by Val Van Brocklin
I know Val. She was a classmate at Punahou School class of '77.
The Shooting of Renisha McBride - Escalation by Shawn Vincent
Never go to the fight. You should always be trying to get
away from the fight, even in your own home. Once you go to the
fight, it's not self-defense anymore.
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"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
Don't die on the wrong battlefield.
Marshall Luton writes on February 25, 2019
FYI... this just happened! Today, in broad daylight at a very busy,
public place my good friend's wife was at 15th and Denver QT at
the gas pumps filling up her car when a white male in his 40's
aggressively approached her screaming, “You White Bitch!!!”.
This guy had a large knife in his hand and was screaming
“I’ll show you”!!! This woman is always prepared and is always
carrying a firearm ON HER PERSON. She elected not to make this
guy's head into a canoe, and instead, quickly got in her vehicle
and locked the doors. She watched as the suspect began to puncture
her tires with the knife! She got on the phone and made a call
to 911. Officers arrived and took the man into custody. Turns out
the guy was mentally ill.
Lessons to learn:
1) Always be aware of your surroundings.
2) It's best to carry the firearm on your person!
3) Have a plan and stay calm.
4) Get training that will keep you from being a victim!
She did an incredible job and gave herself an out.
Luckily for this guy, she was able to get into her car instead
of draw out on him and fill him full of holes.
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
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When it's least expected, you're selected.
-- John Farnam
We change by associating with people who are different from us,
and people who are smarter than us.
Training and practice will cause change. Change is not forceful.
Change is graceful.
Because, it's not what we know, it's what we do.
-- Pastor Mike Ayon
Pennsylvania man captures (on video, not in traps)
all walks of life crossing log bridge
One score and a few years ago, I took my children for a walk
in the mountains in Hawaii. I told them that we would see
all kinds of wildlife. They kept screaming, "Where are the animals?"
I told them that they had to be quiet. They were scaring the
animals away. If they were quiet, we would be able to walk
right up on the animals, and watch them eating or roaming around.
But, the kids kept screaming. So, we went the whole hike without
seeing any wildlife. I know there is a lesson in this;
I'm just not smart enough to learn it. But, you are.
I went to a Trump rally with a friend.
My friends says, where's Trump?
I point and respond, he's over there.
My friend says, that's not Trump. That's a Trump impersonator.
I've seen Trump on TV, that's not him.
I said, that is him. Everyone was applauding for him. He was
on stage. He went to the podium and gave the speech.
Afterwards, my friend says, I'm so disappointed. I thought
Trump was going to give the speech, not one of his doubles.
I said, that was Trump.
No, it wasn't. You're so naive.
Moral of the story: People believe what they want to believe.
There is a saying, You can have your own opinion, but you
can't have your own facts. That, of course, is false. People do
have their own facts.
Friends have complained to me that they have to leave their
guns in their cars when they go to see Trump, because the Secret
Service won't let anyone in that is carrying. I was in the hall
as a volunteer in the Convention Center in Nashville when Trump
spoke to us at the NRA Annual Meeting. He brought his family on
stage and introduced them to us. No one attempted to disarm me.
I review a lot of videos and text articles to find stuff to put
into this blog. I regret to inform you that the vast majority of
material on the internet and print magazines is false, dangerous,
non-sense, . . .
If you want to learn good stuff, exercise due diligence, find
a competent instructor (by referral or personal interview), and take
a class from said instructor. If you attend Tac Con (the Tactical
you can check out a host of instructors who have been vetted by
Tom Givens. You can talk to the instructor, watch the instructor,
and decide whether or not you want to take a class from that
The NRA has instructors all over the country,
Jonathan D. Low