Thursday, July 30, 2020

CWP, 30 July MMXX Anno Domini

Hi Sheepdogs,
     With rights come responsibilities.  With the right to keep and bear arms,
comes the responsibility to continually train and practice to maintain
competence.  A weapon system without continuous operator training is a
danger to everyone within range. 
     "Hey, Staff, It's like riding a bicycle, once you learn you never forget." 
     That is absolutely false.  Marksmanship is a perishable skill.  Tactical
maneuver is a perishable skill.  Physical and verbal avoidance, deterrence,
and de-escalation are perishable skills.  Such skills must have been practiced
recently to be effective.

*****     *****     ***** Software *****     *****     *****

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

----- Mindset -----

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

     In the comments section of one of John Murphy's videos, John says,
"I make no claim to being a combat veteran."
     I had to write to John to tell him that my recollections of combat were
running, hiding, and later, searching for survivors and body parts.

It’s about prevention, not response.
-- Michael Mann

Jordan Peterson: Guys who are too nice? Good luck.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=b6-360oFHZ4

Considerations for Lethal Force Part 1 by Varg Freeborn
https://gunmagwarehouse.com/blog/considerations-for-lethal-force-part-1/
Considerations for Lethal Force Part 2 by Varg Freeborn
https://gunmagwarehouse.com/blog/considerations-for-lethal-force-2/
Considerations for Lethal Force Part 3 by Varg Freeborn
https://gunmagwarehouse.com/blog/considerations-for-lethal-force-part-3/

"The art of cognitive blindspots | Kyle Eschen | TEDxVienna" by Kyle Eschen
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OOG65rSM5fA
     The video on inattentional blindness referred to is
"selective attention test" by Daniel J. Simons
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vJG698U2Mvo
     Consider how many seconds you can get ahead of your emeny by applying
this principle.  You could have your pistol out and on target before he
noticed what you were doing. 
     Remember the video I posted a few months ago where the guy pulls up
his shirt and rotates 360 degrees to show that he is unarmed, only to
produce a pistol in his hand?
     These sleight of hand techniques are not that difficult to execute. 
Yes, you have to practice.  But, it's no harder than practicing your
presentation or a malfunction clearing operation. 
     This is in the mindset section, not the technique section, because
I am advocating you learn the principle from which there are a million
possible implementations (the technique) of the principle.  A possible
technique would be to wave at someone behind the bad guy (whether or not
that someone exists) pretending to warn that person to run away,
to force the bad guy's attention away from your presentation from the
concealed holster.  Yes, you have to practice.  Flubbing a magic trick
in combat is different from flubbing on stage in front of an audience. 

     The vast majority of violent crime against us good guys (which is
a very specific category) is crime of opportunity, as opposed to premeditated. 
You can avoid this crime by causing the criminal to decide not to attack you. 
The criminal is looking for easy money or easy sex.  If your body language
says that you are not easy, then the criminal will pass you by for easier
prey.  You get the body language by taking expert training and by practicing
what you were taught.
     "I can fake it.  I'm a good actor." 
     No, you can't.  Unless you've spent significant time in prison, you
won't even know what to fake, much less how to fake it.  

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

----- Safety -----

Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET

     You must have a plan for when the mob traps and attacks your car.  You must
have a plan for when the mob attacks you as a pedestrian.  You must practice your
plan with your family.  Because you must be able to execute your plan faster than
the mob can execute their violence against you.  Otherwise, you lose. 
     Blaming others for the tragedy will not bring anyone back to life. 

Six Self-Defense Commands and Strategies for Families . . .
http://godgalsgunsgrub.blogspot.com/2015/06/six-self-defense-commands-and.html
     I could not find the author's name anywhere on the web site. 
I wrote to him to request his name for attribution or a moniker if he could not
give me his name.  Short bio of the author at
https://www.blogger.com/profile/18289354729286002247

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

Why Practicing Gun Handling is Critical by Shane Jahn
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2020/7/16/why-practicing-gun-handling-is-critical/
Excerpt: 
     Having many years’ experience, our shooter had allowed himself
to be over-confident and complacent.
     Seek out more good training. Learn from your mistakes and share
them with others so that they don’t make them. 

Here Are 4 Concealed Carry ‘Holsters’ That I Simply Don’t Trust,
And Reasons Why You Shouldn’t, Either by Brandon Curtis
https://concealednation.org/2020/07/here-are-4-concealed-carry-holsters-that-i-simply-dont-trust-and-reasons-why-you-shouldnt-either/

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

----- Training -----

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by Dr. Sherman A. House
https://civiliandefender.com/
Sat, August 15, 2020
8:00 AM – 4:00 PM CDT
On Target Shooting Sports
915 North Thompson Lane
Murfreesboro, TN 37129

     Every Wednesday at 4:00 PM Central Time, Michael Mann does a webinar for
church security teams.
https://www.facebook.com/SafeWithMann/
     Michael Mann Security Services
https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCxi2b2Q-RK0G3U1gLPE9Cmw/featured
Lots of useful videos.

Without testing, there has been no training. -- Greg Hamilton

Private lesson –Training Modules by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2020/07/23/private-lesson-training-modules/
     Watch the video.

“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.”
from Principles of Personal Defense by
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)

Skill Set: Fundamentals by Tiger McKee
https://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/c2ba92ab-56cd-4ffa-8a17-329ac4e1b41e
Excerpt: 
     "The fundamentals of responding to a threat are:
Move, Communicate, using Cover, Shooting - if or as needed, and Thinking."
     ". . . it’s extremely difficult -- if not impossible -- to remember
to do something that you haven’t learned."

Training is Just as Important as the Firearm You're Carrying by Sheriff Jim Wilson
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2020/7/24/training-is-just-as-important-as-the-firearm-youre-carrying/
Excerpts: 
     “Don’t tell me what you carry — show me what you can do with it.” 
     "Ability, not gear, wins gunfights."
     ". . . training is more important than what we are carrying."

"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

     Bring your gloves to practice (the ones you wear in the winter to keep your
hands warm). Make sure you can do everything with your gloves on.  No, you won't
have time to take your gloves off in combat.  And if it's cold, you won't want to. 

Why practice?
    "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

Friday Fundamentals – Performance Standards by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2015/10/23/friday-fundamentals-performance-standards/
     Without measurement, you're lost in space.  Try these drills
and get an anchor in reality.  You might be surprised at how you
stack up against the law enforcement professionals in our country. 
Or, you might be shocked. 

Dry Fire Training To Improve Defensive Handgun Skills by Richard A. Mann
https://gundigest.com/more/how-to/firearm-training/dry-fire-training-to-improve-defensive-handgun-skills
Excerpt: 
     "I’d urge you to become devoted to dry practice."
     "What Are The Dry Fire Training [Topics] You Should Focus On:
Trigger-Pull
Firearms Presentation
Follow-Through And Holstering
Reloading
Immediate Action: Stoppages"
     "Don’t focus on the target. Your attention should always be on the front sight or reticle."
     "In fact, frequency is more important than duration."

     I know some instructors and schools teach target focused aiming.  They are just wrong,
theoretically, and practically. 
     If you focus on the front sight, you will be concentrating on the front sight. 
(Because visual focus on an object equals mental concentration on that object.  Because
just about all information to the brain comes through the eyes.)
So, you will know where your pistol is aimed. 
     If you focus on the target, you will be concentrating on the target; and your
front sight will wander off the target and you'll never notice it, because you are
concentrating on the target.  Remember inattentional blindness?  You're not looking
for your front sight, so you won't see your front sight, so you won't be able to
aim your pistol.
     "Staff, can't the same argument be made for the target? with the conclusion that
you have to focus on the target?" 
     No, because: 
1.  The target is moving relative to your line of sight, whereas your sights are
not moving relative to your line of sight.  (Admittedly, this is a subtle psychological
thing.)
2.  In your field of view, the target is, generally, several orders of magnitude
larger than your front sight.  (So, the target is hard to miss.)
3.  You have immediate visual feedback and control of your front sight.  You have
no such control of the target.  (I'm talking about real targets, not stationary
paper targets.)  So, your perception of control over the objects is very different. 
(Cogent explanation requires a deep dive down a psychological rabbit hole.)
4.  While inattentional blindness may apply to targets (We have all seen competitors
run past targets in an IPSC or IDPA match without shooting it because they didn't
see it.), in combat we wouldn't be pointing our pistol at the target in the first
place unless we had already decided that it was a deadly threat.  So, it is
inconceivable that we would be blind to it through inattention.  

     "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

     Practice the shooting exercises starting with something in your hands to
simulate a cell phone or bag of groceries.  If you don't practice dropping whatever
is in your hands to free your hands for self defense, you'll still be holding the
item when the coroner examines your remains.  (Yes, I understand that your baby is
a different situation.  Make sure to drop her feet first.)

Bad practice equals bad performance.
-- Richard A. Mann

----- Techniques -----

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

Weak-Hand Only: A Critical Shooting Skill You Need to Know by Chris Christian
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2018/7/9/weak-hand-only-a-critical-shooting-skill-you-need-to-know/
Excerpt: 
     "The ability to transition to the weak hand and return accurate fire can be
a life-saving skill.  But, it is a skill that must be learned and absorbed into
the subconscious mind."
     Drills:  With support side hand only --
     "One Ragged Hole" - From ready position, 5 rounds at 5 yards slow fire,
attempting to place all bullets through the same hole.
     "Bill Drill" - From the holster (yes, you need to get a support side holster)
6 rounds at 7 yards rapid fire.
     "Transition Drill" - From low ready, 6 rounds at 5 yards with 3 targets 2 feet apart,
attempting to transition smoothly between targets.  Move eyes first, then the sights
to your line of sight.
     "Emergency Shift Drill" - From pistol in firing hand, transfer to support side
hand and fire.  [I think inserting the web between the thumb and index finger under
the tang and over the hand that is gripping the pistol, and then sliding the gripping
hand down and off the grip works better than a side to side transfer. -- Jon Low]

Taking It In The Crotch, Is Appendix Carry For You? by Patrick Roberts
https://gundigest.com/gear-ammo/accessories/taking-it-in-the-crotch-is-appendix-carry-for-you
     The ergonomic arguments are cogent.  This article gives the details
for adjustment for comfort and function. 
     Mr. Roberts talks about adjusting "ride height", by which he means the
level of the holstered pistol relative to the belt line / waist line. 
That, of course, is a function of the ride height of your pants. 
Tatiana Whitlock goes into detail about this in her class on concealed carry. 
Apparently women's clothing ride height has a lot more variability than that
of men's clothing. 

     Accept your wobble. If you achieve a surprise trigger break, you will get
good hits, no matter how much your sights look like they are wobbling.  Yes,
actually it is magic. (Any sufficiently advanced technology will appear as magic to
the ignorant.  God's creation, the human, is very advanced technology.)
     I see a lot of NRA and YouTube.com videos teaching breath control.  I do
not teach breath control to my defensive pistol students, nor do I teach it to my
junior rifle team athletes.  (I am a level 3 rifle coach, certified by the NRA, CMP,
and USA Shooting.)
     I believe that breath control in a combat situation will happen automatically,
as an autonomic nervous system function.  So, I don't waste time teaching it.
     Studies by USA Shooting at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado
Springs, CO and the United States Army Marksmanship Training Unit demonstrate
that with practice, the shooter will automatically (without instruction) release the
shot at the respiratory pause, after the exhale and before the inhale.  After
significant training and practice the shooter will automatically release the shot
between heart beats.
     By automatically, I mean without training to do so, without conscious effort
to do so.  So, teaching something that will happen automatically with practice is
unnecessary, and perhaps counter productive. 

Hold Tight To The Past, The Old Masters on Gun-Gripping, by Massad Ayoob
https://gunsmagazine.com/handguns/hold-tight-to-the-past/
     Grip as tight as you can, otherwise the enemy will take the pistol away from
you.  He'll slap it right out of your hand.  Or, grab it and twist it out of your
hands.
     If you can't wrap all of your fingers around the grip so that at least your
middle finger tip is pointing back toward you, then the grip is too big for your
hand.  So, you won't be able to control it very well.  So, you won't get much accuracy. 

     Please consider,
Learn To Make A Coin APPEAR INSIDE A Glass!!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=B_g67Q8YgH0
     Do you see how you can use the techniques to gain time in a fight? 
Magicians talk about being ahead.  For us, that corresponds to being
seconds ahead in a fight.  Already having decided what action you are
going to execute.  Already having the concealment garment cleared. 
Already having the pistol out of the holster.  Use misdirection and
inattentional blindness to get ahead. 

     Six of us security and nurses were holding down a psych patient in order
get him restrained (physically and chemically).  He had pulled out his IV and
was sucking on it.  Punching, kicking, biting, spitting, bad language, etc. 
I was responsible for his right arm.  Remembering what an instructor had
taught me, that they may be crazy, but they're not stupid.  I tell him,
"Stop struggling.  I don't want to break your wrist." 
     I am always surprised at how effective simple direct words can be. 
Use your words. 

Little old lady
https://www.corneredcat.com/little-old-lady/
Transcript: 
     Seems to me that everyone is chasing after the self-defense techniques
used by athletic young adults.
     Not me.
     I want to know the self-defense techniques that work best for little old ladies,
because (if all goes right) someday I will be one.
     And if a technique is so easy to use and so certain that even a little old lady
can use it, why would I not learn to use it now?

"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee

----- Tactics -----

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

“Don’t Run in a Straight Line” and other Bad Advice by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/dont-run-in-a-straight-line-and-other-bad-advice

Another ‘Worst Possible Case’ – Interrupting a Murderer by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2020/07/17/another-worst-possible-case-interrupting-a-murderer/

Closing with the enemy by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2015/06/23/closing-with-the-enemy/
     On the other hand, I have closed with the enemy to ensure my shot hit the enemy. 
I simply lacked the confidence to shoot from the farther distance. 
     Then again, unlike Prof. Werner, I was never infantry. 

Avoiding The Ambush by Jeff Chudwin
https://www.lawofficer.com/avoiding-the-ambush-2/
     Wow!  You need to read this. 
     "AMBUSH CAN BE AVOIDED OR DEFEATED."
     "THOSE WHO WIN; FIRST PREPARE TO WIN."
     "Don't rush."  Because rushing causes self-imposed time compression, which
causes mishaps.  It takes a great deal of training and practice to avoid rushing
in a high stress situation.  That's why you have to take classes from experts
and practice what they teach you.  Yes, you have to spend your own money and
your own time.  How much is your life worth?  How much are the lives of your
loved ones worth? 
     The article is worth reading just for
"Closing: Standing Orders From Rogers’ Rangers"
     Like my father and grandfather (and I suspect other ancestors, because I'm
here), we are chronically early.  Because we hate getting ambushed. 
There are people who are always fashionably late.  You may be married to one. 
You may be dating one.  She ain't a country girl.  And she ain't the girl next door. 
At Front Sight the instructors would tell the students,
"If you can't be on time, be early." 
     "Why?  Will being late cause you to miss something?  Aw, poor thing. 
Suck it up buttercup."
     No, being late will cause you to get killed.  I know of an officer who
did not get his unit to the correct position in time.  A friendly artillery
fire mission destroyed his entire unit, 100% fatality.  Being late causes
death. 

Distance, How Close is Too Close?
Lessons Learned From Self-Defense Encounters Caught on Camera
by Matthew Maruster
https://www.concealedcarry.com/training-2/lessons-learned-from-self-defense-encounters-caught-on-camera/
Excerpt: 
     "Don't overestimate your ability to get effective hits on a man-sized
attacker at close distances. Even at only around 10 feet, the rounds had
no effect or missed the attacker.  Either way, the officer drastically
[over]estimated his ability, along with the time and distance it would take
to stop the charging attacker."

You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen

----- Education -----

"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin

Vehicle Attacks: Targeting Houses of Worship by Michael Mann
https://youtu.be/10p-Y1Pgv3s
Excerpt: 
     "The police evacuated people from the area, some who had been waiting for hours."
[If you got hit by a truck, could you survive without emergency room medical treatment
for hours?  You better know how to stop the bleeding, apply tourniquets, chest seals,
and pack wounds.]  This incident was in Nice, France during Bastille Day celebrations.
     Michael gives these seminars every week.  A fantastic gift to our community. 
https://www.facebook.com/SafeWithMann/
     You have to see the enemy rehearsals a week to a week and a half before the attack. 
Pay attention!  Look around!
     Security by design, not target hardening.
     Intelligence, not hardware.
     Maintain close relations with local law enforcement.  So, they will give you
intel.  So, they recognize your people, so they don't mistakenly shoot your people. 
     Use of Suspicious Activity Reports. 
     Prevention, not response!  Yes, you can prevent the attack.  Yes, you can know
when the attack will come.  Intelligence gathering, analysis, and dissemination
isn't that hard.  Just do it! 

     During Operation Iraqi Freedom, we were operating out of the U.S. Embassy
in Ankara, Turkey.  We were hunting terrorists.  We were fairly successful. 
The guys in Istanbul, missed one.  A terrorist drove a gasoline tanker truck
into a wedding party, killing just about everyone.  Time lines and spider webs. 
     Time lines allow you to associate events, and induce relationships and causality.
     Spider webs (association charts) allow you to see relationships between
persons who may never have met face to face.  You've heard of Six Degrees of
Separation?  That was Frigyes Karinthy in 1929.  Now days it's 5 degrees of separtion
at most.  Because of the internet and social media.  But, in the bad guy social
circles it's even less than 5, because they know the government and private
intelligence agencies are actively searching for them.  So, they are not going
to associate with a person, unless they have a fairly direct connection to that
person in the number of people vouching for someone in any chain of such vouching. 
     This has forced the terrorist organizations to rely on broadcasting their
propaganda in hopes of radicalizing a nut case.  The nut case turns into the
"lone wolf" terrorist who pledges allegiance to the organization.  But nut cases
stick out like sore thumbs, if you pay attention and look for them. 

"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam

*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****

"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

Grip --
Hat tip to Mark at Practcal Eschatology
https://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/
The following was stolen from the above web site.
     How To Make Sure Your Handgun Fits You by Tom McHale
https://bearingarms.com/tom-m/2013/11/23/how-to-make-sure-your-handgun-fits-you/
Tom refers to photos, but I couldn't find any on the web site.
     Grip Fitting 103 by SFC Richard Merrill and the USAMU International Pistol Team
https://www.usashooting.org/library/Instructional/Pistol/pistol_july_aug_2009.pdf
Wow, this is really for target shooting. 
     Hand Size Counts in Safe Handgun Use by Joel J. Heber
https://citeseerx.ist.psu.edu/viewdoc/download?doi=10.1.1.1011.842&rep=rep1&type=pdf
This is really a legal brief, more than advice to us. 
     #SHOOTTip – Handgun Size & Fit by Julie Golob
https://www.juliegolob.com/shoottip-handgun-size-fit
     How To Properly Fit A Handgun To Your Hand by (could not find the author)
https://blog.gunassociation.org/properly-fit-handgun-hand/
     How To Fit Your Hand To Your Pistol by Julianna Crowder
https://www.agirlandagun.org/how-to-fit-your-hand-to-your-pistol/
     Proper Pistol Grips by (no author cited)
https://www.agirlandagun.org/training/proper-pistol-grip/
Approved, Not Recommended, and Dangerous grips.
Good informative pictures in the article.
       The Right Fit by Rich Grassi
https://www.handgunsmag.com/editorial/tactics_training_hg_therightfit_200903/138790
I'm sure holding the pistol, with the firing side thumb down,
like a hammer works for some people, but I don't think it's optimal. 
     Like a Glove: Picking a Handgun to Fit Your Grip by (couldn't find an author)
http://www.combatarmory.com/blog/like-a-glove-picking-a-handgun-to-fit-your-grip/
     How to measure for your Custom Grip by Andrew Berryhill
https://www.precisiontargetpistolgrips.com/custom-measuring.html
This is really for target shooting.
     Okay, that was a lot of text to read.  Let's distill it.
Refer to the pictures in "Proper Pistol Grips" article above.
1.  Barrel must be in line with the bones of the firing side forearm. 
In line, not just parallel to. 
2.  Firing side hand must be as high in the tang of the grip as possible. 
Flesh should be bunched up under the beaver tail.  
3.  Firing side fingers should be able to wrap around the grip far
enough to allow at least the middle finger tip to point back toward the shooter. 
4.  Distance from the surface of the back strap to the face of the trigger
is correct if the trigger finger is able to press the trigger straight to
the rear (after all slack is taken out of the trigger).  No sideways pressure
on the trigger.  The trigger finger should have no contact with the pistol
except for the face of the trigger.
5.  All kinds of opinions on where the firing side thumb should be. 
But, it should not be sticking out to the side, that indicates that
the girth of the grip is too big.  Tom Givens says the thumb should
be high, not pulled down as if gripping a hammer, but rather up as
if gripping a saber. 
6.  Firing side middle finger should be up tight against the bottom
of the trigger guard. 
7.  Support side hand index finger should be up tight against the
bottom of the trigger guard. 
8.  Base of the support side thumb should be in contact with the grip. 
No air gap.  (If you've got an air gap, it means your support side
hand is too far back on the grip.)
9.  Base of the thumbs should be in contact, no air gap.  (If you've
got an air gap, it means your support side hand is too far forward.)
8.  I think the support side thumb should be high, because I have seen
many students (not just my students) not be able to figure out why the
pistol won't fire, and it's because their trigger finger is pressing
against their support side thumb.  Ya, as a matter of fact this does
happen.  I've seen it in a lot of classes.  Keeping the support side
thumb high prevents this problem. 

     And if you're not saturated by the subject yet,
Secrets of Handgun Grip by Dave Campbell
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2020/7/12/secrets-of-handgun-grip/
Excerpt: 
     "Handguns are the most difficult firearms to learn because
they are small, relatively lightweight and have limited points
of contact with the shooter. "
     "American gun makers believed — correctly in my not-so-humble opinion —
that handgun shooters would naturally want their guns to shoot as if they
were pointing their index finger toward the target with a straight and
locked wrist.  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."

UPLULA MAGAZINE LOADER | Load magazines fast!
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CVVEQ7bAEFs
Excerpt: 
      Do you worry about breaking your nails when loading your magazines?

Suboptimal Concealed Carry Rigs - Are you doing #EDC wrong?
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eXALz6Y-up4&feature=emb_logo

When Tasers Fail
https://www.apmreports.org/episode/2019/05/09/when-tasers-fail
Excerpt: 
     APM Reports found more than 250 fatal police shootings nationwide
between 2015 and 2017 that occurred after a Taser failed to incapacitate
a suspect.  In 106 of them, the suspect became more violent after
receiving the electrical shock, according to a review of case files and
media reports, suggesting the Taser may have made a bad situation worse.

     In every self-defense class that I have attended, we were taught
to fire several rounds into the assailant because pistol ammunition is
ballistically deficient and the probability of a one shot stop is very
low.  The same is true of pepper spray.  Some people are not affected
by pepper spray.  The same is true of Tasers; some people are not
affected.  (The reason does not matter.  The result is "no affect".)
     Believing that your tools are 100% effective may result in you
being shocked when they don't work.  If you know that your tools may
not work, it won't bother you too much when they don't work.  Such is
proper mindset. 

The Back-Up Gun: 3 Reasons To Carry One by B. Gil Horman
https://www.americanrifleman.org/articles/2020/7/24/the-back-up-gun-3-reasons-to-carry-one/

     Many stores are reporting being sold out of guns and ammo. 
I have found that Target Sports USA has ammo.
https://www.targetsportsusa.com/

“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers

----- Technical -----

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

Don’t be a CCW Idiot by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/dont-be-a-ccw-idiot
     Primary sources,
     Charges: Gun fell out of man's sweatpants and discharged,
fatally striking woman outside Trend Bar in St. Paul
https://www.fox9.com/news/charges-gun-fell-out-of-mans-sweatpants-and-discharged-fatally-striking-woman-outside-trend-bar-in-st-paul
     Manslaughter charge for man accused of fatally shooting woman outside St. Paul bar
https://www.startribune.com/manslaughter-charge-for-man-accused-of-fatally-shooting-woman-outside-st-paul-bar/571603972/

Tom Givens discusses auto pistol reliability
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=re8oMnGbnh4

Ricochet Analysis Introduction by Bev Fitchett
https://www.bevfitchett.us/ballistics/ricochet-analysis-introduction.html
     I think penetrating windshields rather than ricocheting off the windshield
is a good reason to use full metal jacket round nose bullets a opposed to
hollow point bullets.  As always, situation / mission dependent. 
You probably won't be able to predict the situation far enough in advance to switch
to the appropriate ammunition. 

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

*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

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

     All leadership is by example.  So, as the instructor, you must set the example
for your students.  By word and deed.  If you are not willing to take on this
responsibility, please consider whether or not you are fit to be an instructor. 

     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

Skill Set: Verbalization by Tiger McKee
https://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/7688e143-30b5-40dd-92eb-155e5a2542fa
Excerpts: 
     Nowadays I teach small classes – one to three or four students.
I enjoy the slow pace, the interaction with the students and the
progress they make.
     Sooner or later in the class, regardless of the skill level
of the students, verbalization comes into the training.  Once students
begin to “talk” their way through drills I start to see major progress. 
The more they talk, the slower the performance and the fewer mistakes
occur.  Their confidence improves, which is critical because your
performance is always equal to your self-image. 
A positive self-image – confidence -- is mandatory for a good performance.
     After all, fighting is decision making at high speed. But first,
you have to go slow, step by step.  Verbalization is the key.

An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented. 
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon

*****     *****     ***** Legal, Political, and Philosophical *****     *****     *****

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798

"Imagine a man who professes over and over his undying love for a woman
but knows nothing of where she was born or who her parents were or where
she went to school or what her life had been until HE came along -- and
furthermore, doesn't care to learn.  What would you think of such a person?
Yet we appear to have an unending supply of patriots who know nothing
of the history of this country, nor are they interested".
-- David McCullough
From "Brave Companions"

“Exemption Culture” by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/exemption-culture/

I Asked Massad Ayoob About Saying Nothing
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WBy9L0gcqGY
     Evidence eradication team. 
     Point out evidence and witnesses. 

     Every Thursday at 13:00 Central Time, Andrew Branca does a Q&A on Facebook at
https://www.facebook.com/LawofSelfDefense/
Actually, Andrew does all kinds of stuff on many different channels and they are all
very informative.

Defining Your “Castle” in Tennessee
https://www.uslawshield.com/defining-your-castle-in-tennessee/

ARMED “CASTLE” DEFENSE: GO OUTSIDE ??? by Steven Harris    (an attorney who regularly
defends LEO's in use of force cases, and is a student of Tom Givens)
http://modernserviceweapons.com/?p=18502#more-18502
     Note that "brandished/gunpointed" is non-deadly force as a matter of law in
some jurisdictions.  Check your local laws. 
     Note the long list of things that justify the use of deadly force, not just
a deadly threat against you.  Check the laws in your jurisdiction. 
     "The defender was under no legal obligation to issue a warning or challenge,
or to first attempt to defend with non-deadly force."

Beto's AR15 Boogaloo Is A BUST - Here's Why
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J0xDxFdAbSg

Armed St. Louis Couple Charged With ‘Unlawful Use of a Weapon’
https://www.personaldefenseworld.com/2020/07/st-louis-couple-mccloskey-charged/
     These people are wealthy attoneys living in a gated community.  They were
able to hire attorneys immediately.
     Do you have the money to pay your bail? hire an attorney? hire private
investigators? hire expert witnesses?  If not, you better buy insurance. 
     This couple are both hardcore liberals who support Black Lives Matter
(the group that broke down their fence and threatened them). 
Oh ya, a lot of liberals own and use guns.  Hypocrisy?  I don't see any hypocrisy.

COVID-19 is political by Liz Wheeler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Ohyh-hsNjIk

77% of Republicans Don’t Know This by Liz Wheeler
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bJRWBeoeojA

THE BIDEN PLAN TO END OUR GUN VIOLENCE EPIDEMIC
https://joebiden.com/gunsafety/
You have to click the hyperlink in the upper right corner to get past the donation page. 
     I hope this scares you and motivates you to vote,
get your friends and relatives to vote, donate money to the Trump campaign,
volunteer to work on Trump's campaign, etc.  As the people of
Cuba, Venezuela, et al discovered, if you don't write a check
from the comfort of your living room, you'll be fighting in
the jungles (which you might find unpleasant). 

“Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788

*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****

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

Willingness is a state of mind.  Preparedness (or lack thereof) is a fact.

*****     *****     ***** Basics *****     *****     *****

“Often, it’s what you don’t know that kills you!”
-- Carr

Shooting Outdoors and Cleaning Up Afterwards by Joshua Gillem
https://www.concealedcarry.com/firearms-ownership/shooting-outdoors-and-cleaning-up-afterwards/
     Common courtesy never gets old. 

BEGINNERS GUIDE FOR NEW HANDGUN OWNERS by Walther Arms Company
https://waltherarms.com/2020/07/01/beginners-guide-for-new-handgun-owners/
     A series of videos for newbies. 

What Is MOA, And Why Is It Useful? by Kevin Creighton
https://www.ammoman.com/blog/what-is-moa-and-how-do-you-use-it/

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

*****     *****     ***** Miscellany *****     *****     *****

"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson

2008 Mumbai Attack: A Case Study in Surveillance Detection by Michael Mann
https://www.facebook.com/SafeWithMann/videos/606376670279497
     The 2008 (11/26/2008) Mumbai attack was preceeded by 2 years of surveilance. 
None of the attackers had every set foot in India before the attack. 
The attackers were not highly trained.  And yet were very successful. 
If you can't recognize hostile surveilance, you won't be able to stop it. 
     60 hour continuous attack. 
     172 killed, 300+ injured.
     The bad guys had never been on an elevator and did not initially know how to operate it. 
     Adversary Attack Methodology.
     Time, distance, demeanor.
     The CBS news report on the incident, "Mumbai: Behind The Attacks"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jfYDzq1pYoU
     The Khyber Pass pub is still up and running in Pilladelphia, PA.
https://www.khyberpasspub.com/
     Thanks to Micheal Mann.

Guns & Men:  The Memsaab Speaks METAL VS. METTLE by Helena Connor
https://americanhandgunner.com/guncrank-diaries/guns-men-the-memsaab-speaks/
     This is deep. 

Feminazi & Firearms Don't Mix (this is humor, no really, it is)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ayHXSBAVWL4

     All off color and tasteless humor has been censored to avoid emails
from Sherman asking me, "Was that really necessary?"
     Also, certain persons slapped my head and informed me that children
(at my age, I consider 20 year olds children)
are reading this blog.  In particular, children in London, England, United Kingdom. 
Who are actually using these blog postings as a basis for training. 
I guess it makes sense to use free material to learn a subject when the
government prohibits it.  Especially if the government prohibits it. 

House Of The Rising (Cover in Old French with lyrics in the comments section)
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MvAEMz64O9c

“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon

     My grandson is standing and shuffling before squatting back down. 
He'll be walking soon.

Book of Proverbs
     Practice honesty 11:1
     Choose the right friends 12:26
     Live with integrity 13:6
     Exercise good judgment 13:15
     Speak wisely 14:3

Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com

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