"I just cleared out some space in the freezer."
sounds much more productive than
"I just polished off another pint of ice cream."
In answer the question, "What do I need to do to be articulate?"
Jordon Peterson answers, "Read a lot. Write down what you are thinking.
If you do that 15 minutes a day for 10 years, you really straighten out your
"If you're going to speak effectively, you have to know way more than
what you're talking about. You want to know 10 times as much as you are saying
in the lecture."
“ Jordan Peterson: "How To Become Articulate" ”
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----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think,
'I'm at a disadvantage,'
I have news for you: you are.
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.
The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender --
all the factors that untrained people think make the difference when it comes to violence --
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.
-- Tim Larkin
"Can Violence Be Virtuous? (Light Over Heat #12)" by Prof. David Yamane
"When Violence IS and IS NOT the Answer (Light Over Heat #13)" by Prof. David Yamane
David quotes Tim Larkin's book, "When Violence is the Answer".
I read Tim's book and highly recommend it.
Train and practice so that violence is not a shock to your system. Because going into
shock will slow you down. Shock may cause you to stop completely. Training and
practice will prevent shock. No, really, John Hearne says so.
"There are no victims, only volunteers.
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are,
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
"The desire for Safety stands against every great and noble enterprise."
"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"Situational Awareness for Concealed Carry" by Greg Ellifritz
Tom Givens describes “awareness” as knowing who is around you and what those
people are doing.
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."
-- Tom Givens
"Tom Givens discusses violent criminals"
Fuck up the criminal's OODA loop by doing what he does not expect. He expects
When he demands your money, he expects you to reach for something on your waistline.
Feign compliance as you step to the side (to get out of his field of view), present your pistol,
and fire to center of mass.
He's not going to drop his weapon and surrender. He's not going to run away. He's going
to shoot you. So, you must shoot him before he shoots you. If you attempt to talk to him,
he will be shooting you while you are talking.
If he is close to you, present to your close contact position and fire. Elbow pulled back
as far as you can. Bottom of your pistol grip pressed firmly against your rib cage. Top of
the pistol tilted away from your body so that your slide doesn't get fouled in your shirt.
If he has a knife, use your support-side hand to protect your carotid arteries.
If he has a gun, use your support-side arm to protect your heart and lungs.
If he has fists, use your support-side arm to protect your head.
This is why you have to avoid, evade, and escape. Even if you are innocent, completely
justified, and in every sense the good guy, you can still get killed.
"Concealed Carrier Fatally Shot During Armed Robbery" by Luke McCoy
God's hedge of protection is not a bullet proof shield. You must make good choices.
You must have the skills. You must have the judgment to be able to execute the correct
skill at the correct time.
"Sometimes, it is easier to kill the wolf."
[than to defend the sheep or teach the sheep how to defend themselves.]
-- Marcus Wynne
----- Aftermath ----- (You have to be alive to have these problems: criminal and civil liability.)
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
In the aftermath of a lethal force encounter, NEVER talk to the police.
Ask for your attorney and remain silent. If you start talking, you have
waived your right to remain silent.
In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
In the righthand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".
Or, the direct link is,
Because self defense insurance is essential.
"Concealed Carry: After the Shooting" by Massad Ayoob
Well, if you are cool calm and collected, I guess you could follow this advice.
But, are you going to be cool, calm, and collected after being viciously attacked and
shooting someone? Probably not. The effects of high stress are diarrhea of the
mouth and constipation of the brain.
Remember, everything you say WILL be used against you. Why not let your attorney
tell the police where the evidence is and who the witnesses are? Why not let your
attorney tell the police the dynamics of the crime? Why not let your attorney tell the
police that you would like to file a complaint against the bad guy?
After all, your attorney is going to be there long before the police arrive. Because
you have a self-defense insurance policy that gives you an attorney on call 24/7, and
the average police response time is 7 minutes; 30 minutes in rural areas. Averages
are a statistical thing and very deceptive. As David Yamane says the average American
has one testicle and one ovary. So, the average response time includes the times when
the police NEVER show up. But your attorney will show up because he only gets paid
if he shows up for you. The cops get paid no matter what. In Nashville, TN the Chief
of police has ordered his officers not to do any pro-active policing.
You are the first responder. The police might not show up. They may be too busy
with other calls.
If you don't have money for an attorney, it may be several weeks before you see
a public defender. In the mean time you're in jail. You ever been in jail? You got what
it takes to survive in jail? That's why you must have an insurance policy that includes
"Self Defense Or Murder? Homeowner Shoots Man In Garage" by Colion Noir
The end turns into a commercial for USCCA. The problem with USCCA is that they only
pay if they think the event was self-defense. So, you get judged by them before you get
judged by the jury. And if you don't have the money up front for attorney fees, expert
witnesses, bail, private investigators, consulting attorneys, etc., you won't be able to mount
a legal defense. As Andrew Branca says, a $50,000 defense is entirely different from a
$200,000 defense. In America, you get as much justice as you can afford.
I don't know which policy Colion is talking about. You have to read the policies carefully
and read the fine print, exclusions, exceptions, caps, etc.
Just remember Kayla Jean Giles.
"74-year-old Ohio man who sleeps near gun shoots teenage home intruder:
'I shot him again'
Alleged teenager suspect is 16 years old" by Pilar Arias
NEVER talk to the media! His laughing will be used against him at trial.
NEVER let the media take pictures of you. Never let the media take pictures of your premises.
Now, the teenager's friends and relatives will be able to target the home owner. And worse,
nut jobs will target the home owner. Remember John Hinckley Jr.? If you become known,
the crazies will come out of the woodwork to attack you. Be smart, shut up! Stay out of
sight. Bragging about shooting someone who broke into your home is an act of criminal
NEVER TALK TO THE MEDIA! NEVER GIVE AN INTERVIEW TO A REPORTER!
"Aftermath – Surviving a Home Invasion , Now What?" by Matthew Maruster
This interview will be used against the home owner at criminal trial to show that he
regrets what he did because he knew that what he was doing was wrong. Such is
consciousness of guilt.
His time estimates will be used against him. Because they won't match the re-enactment
of the prosecution's theory of the case.
This interview will be used against the home owner at the civil trial to show disregard
for life. He had enough time to unlock his gun safe and load his gun, so he had more
than enough time to flee, which would have saved the life of the victim. He valued
his material possessions more than the life of a human being.
The home owner's characterization of the intruder as "crazy" will be used against
the home owner.
The venue was rural. But, courts are in cities, not in the country. The jury pool is
going to be a bunch of flaming liberals from the city, because that's where the vast majority
of the population resides.
Talking to the media, giving a video recorded interview is an act of criminal stupidity.
Don't do it!
"Firearms Instructor Charged with Murder After “Self-Defense Shooting” "
by Brian Armstrong
"If you start talking, you may say something stupid that gets interpreted as entirely
different from what you meant. These statements can sometimes be considered
“excited utterances” and used against you. We have all watched a court case on TV,
and a lawyer has said, “objection, your honor. That’s hearsay.” Under normal
circumstances, what a 3rd party heard you say can not be used in court, but if your
statement was made when you were still under stress, it might be admissible under
the “excited utterance” exception."
" “EXCITED UTTERANCE”:
A STATEMENT THAT CONCERNS A STARTLING EVENT
(SUCH AS A PHYSICAL ASSAULT) AND THAT IS MADE
BY A PERSON WHILE UNDER STRESS CAUSED BY THE EVENT"
[If you run your mouth, you will be charged with murder. - Jon Low]
“Your understanding and consent are not required
for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones,
and destroy all you hold dear.”
-- William Aprill
After every bank holiday weekend, I say to myself,
"Susan, you have to stop drinking so much wine."
Luckily, my name's not Susan.
----- Safety ----- (how to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders)
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.
If you drop your pistol, let it go. Would you try to catch a falling knife?
"Russians are Coming!" by JOHN FARNAM
As has always been the case, armed citizens represent the only real protection
of the innocent!
“Woe betide leaders, now perched on their dizzy pinnacles of triumph, when they
cast-away at a conference table what soldiers had won on a hundred blood-soaked
battlefields.” -- Winston Churchill
Crime Prevention Tips of the Week: (Nashville Police Department)
Beware of scams. Protect yourself from fraud.
Add your name to the do not call registry. Either call 1-888-382-1222 or use the website
Inform yourself about scams and frauds
Avoid isolating yourself. Have a hobby, visit friends, family, or volunteer somewhere.
Do not allow someone to pressure you into making a fast decision.
If it sounds too good to be true, it probably is. Be skeptical.
Do not sign documents before reading them. If you do not understand what the
documents are, seek advice from someone you trust.
Do not give out personal information (SSN, account numbers, PIN numbers,
or financial information) to anyone you do not trust over the phone or online.
Always shred or tear up financial and billing information.
Be suspicious of solicitors at the door or by phone.
Do not give them personal information.
Remember To Park Smart:
Never leave your keys or key fob in your vehicle.
Always lock your vehicle and take out valuables.
Guns stolen from vehicles remains a big problem.
376 guns have been stolen out of vehicles in Nashville alone this year as of 03/22.
Looking around doesn't cost anything and is a health habit.
-- Joe Foss
"WHY DO YOU NEED TO KEEP YOUR TRIGGER FINGER UP OFF
THE TRIGGER (AND ON THE FRAME)?" by Erick Gelhaus
Rangemaster News Letter
Also at this address,
Read the section on PROACTIVE [safety] TIPS. Share with your friends and
relatives, especially your daughters and young ladies.
"The purpose of locks, cameras, alarms, lighting, and dogs is not
to keep bad men out—none of them will do that.
Their purpose is to give you enough warning to
arm yourself and get involved before it is too late."
“Violets are purple,
Your blood is red.
You left your door unlocked,
Now I’m standing by your bed.”
"Body found of Nevada woman kidnapped from Walmart parking lot"
by Tim Stelloh and Todd Miyazawa and Kurt Chirbas
Statistically speaking, all crime occurs in Wal Mart parking lots from 22:00 to 06:00
(10:00 PM to 6:00 AM). So, DON'T BE THERE!
If you have to be there: Park under a light. Pay attention to who is around you. Letting
the assailant know that you see him by shining your flashlight at him is a big deterrent.
The criminal predator wants surprise. Deny him surprise, and he will move on to easier prey.
If he attacks, FIGHT! The bad guy expects compliance and submission. The sooner you
gouge out his eyes, the sooner you can escape. The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get.
KEEP FIGHTING! You will win.
You may lose. But, if you are able to take out his eyes, you will be saving all of his
subsequent victims. Which is a big win for your community.
As Jeff Cooper says in his book, "Principles of Personal Defense", the first person to
fight back usually stops the serial murderer. The reason there were serial murders in the
first place is that all of the previous victims surrendered without a fight.
"Personal Safety, Self-Defense
How to be rude" by Annette
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:
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.
"Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
In the classes that I teach, before we start the section on the manual of arms,
I tell my students that I am going to teach them some techniques. But they will
not master the technique in this class. Mastering the techniques takes practice,
which takes time. So, they will have to make time for practice, schedule time
for practice. Time is invaluable, so it must be carefully allocated.
Practicing whenever you feel like it, is not deliberate intentional planned
practice. It's usually just goofing around with your gun.
The one thing all world class athletes have in common is that they keep a highly
detailed journal. This gives them the data to apply the scientific method to their
training to force improvement of performance.
So, you have to keep a journal in which you plan and record your training
and practice. If your journal says, on March 3rd you will attend Tac Con, you do it.
You don't let anything interfere with your plan. Just as you wouldn't let anything
interfere with you getting to work on time. Right? (If you are sometimes late for
work, you need to fix yourself before any of the writing in this blog will be
meaningful to you.) You and your loved ones are not going to immediately die if
you are late for work. They might if your training is inadequate.
"Being in the "zone" is being in the zone of proximal development." -- Lev Vygotsky.
I recommend you send John Murphy an email and get on his emailing list.
He sends out material occasionally that is very useful.
Lee Weems' classes at Royal Range USA in Nashville, TN:
8/20/22: Trigger Management
8/21/22: Essential Pistol
TACTICAL DEFENSE INSTITUTE
Recommended by Greg Ellifritz.
"Katie Pavlich at GunSite Academy, the AR just got sexier."
Gun ownership by women increased 600%.
In your next class, ask questions. You can always ask "Why?"
-- Jeff Gonzalez
"Your Tactical Training Scenario . . . Position of Disadvantage" by Greg Ellifritz
"It’s the criminal’s job to make sure he has you at a disadvantage before he commits
his crime. Many novices assume they will have plenty of time and forewarning. They
assume they will be able to draw their weapon, flee, or have time to call the police. The
reality is more like the scenario described above. You won’t even know you are in a
fight until you are knocked to the ground and stabbed."
– Have you ever trained to draw your weapon while your hands are full? What do you
do with the items in your hand? Drop them? Throw them? Keep them? What if the
“item” in your hands was your child?
– Have you ever trained to draw and fight from the ground?
– Have you trained weak hand tactics? What if that stab wound disabled your gun hand?
Would you be able to access a weapon with your non-dominant hand in a compromised
position? (If not, take a class and learn how to do it!)
– Have you ever trained to shoot or fight when dizzy, dazed, or off balance? If you get
hit in the head, all those things are likely to happen. (Hard to find this in civilian training,
but the Marines will do it.)
Assume that you will start the fight from a position of disadvantage and train for
"Take training from different instructors.
We are all wrong about something."
-- John Farnam
"Priorities in Personal Protection" by the Tactical Professor
"What is Most Important in Self Defense - Master Class with Ken Hackathorn - Episode 27"
I'm a master class IDPA or IPSC. I can handle any situation. WRONG! The
statement doesn't even make sense.
If you are using combat marksmanship, you have failed situational awareness and
Ken Hackathorn refers to Paul Howe's video,
"Hostile or Friendly? Target Discrimination - CSAT with Paul Howe"
Some guys are proud of the fact that they got a certain score, or they got A-zone
hits on all their targets. But, the tactically correct thing to be proud of is "no hits on
no-shoot targets". Can you claim that? If you passed though a shoot-target and
hit a no-shoot target behind it, you can't claim it. If you killed the little girl in the
dressing room who you didn't even know was there, you can't claim it.
“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.)
"Bring on The Outdoor Season" by Tom Hinojosa
• Awareness/Mindfulness - It all starts with how you typically approach your
world. Daily habits shape your life and influence your ability to skillfully
implement high performance strategies as needed. How aware are you at
any given moment of what your brain is actually thinking about? A simple
exercise to increase awareness is called, Notice Three Things. Throughout
your day, pause for a moment and notice three things you can see. Listen
carefully and notice three things you can hear. Notice three things you can
feel in contact with your body like, your watch or your shirt on your back or
the ground or floor beneath you. Then try doing them all at once.
• Focus Training: Your conscious mind wants to constantly be active as you go
through each day. Thinking about what’s going on, what happened earlier, and
what may happen later (like, eating) are normally good things, but not while you
are competing. Focus involves how you are casting your attention at any given
moment. You must be totally present and focused on what you are doing right
now as you get set for each shot, begin your shot cycle, and provide feedback to
your brain after each shot. You can practice being focused on what you are doing
throughout your day. It is important to focus while you practice and not let your
mind wander. To strengthen your ability to focus, try following just one insect or
bird flying around your practice field. See how long you can follow it with your
eyes. If you loose it, find another one and follow it for at least 20 seconds.
Cultivate a curious mind and see how many details you notice.
• Distraction Training: The outdoor environment is naturally full of potential
distractions including wind, rain, heat, birds, airplanes and much more. While you
have little or no control over the distractions in your environment, you do have
control over how you choose to process those distractions. Again, it takes
practice, but you can improve your ability to not let environmental factors take
your attention away from your shot preparation and execution. Much like focus
training, you need to practice placing your attention on a given task and keeping
it there. Work towards resisting distraction and concentrate on what you’re
supposed to be doing. Of course, you should minimize distractions that you have
control over. Consider leaving your cell phone in the car or at least on airplane
mode in your gear bag. If you are training with others, you can take turns
shooting an end while the others have a conversation a few feet behind you.
Work to keep your thoughts on your shot process and not on whatever it is your
friends are talking about.
• Mental Toughness: Often, whether you are able to perform at your best comes
down to your ability to cope with adversity. To achieve consistent high
performance requires the archer to remain completely focused and calm in the
face of difficult or unexpected circumstances like surprisingly strong winds, a
summer rainstorm, extreme heat, flying dust, or lengthy tournament delays. It
could be how you react to going behind in a match or how you handle a mistake
such as misjudging the wind. You must be able to stick with your shot cycle, trust
your training, and maintain your self-belief and motivation. Develop more mental
toughness by practicing under challenging situations including wind, rain, under
lights and more as you prepare for outdoor tournaments.
“The secret of success is this.
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – so you can
fight like it means nothing when it means everything.”
-- Lofty Wiseman
"Learner Centered Approach to Daily Reflection" by Guy Krueger
G - Goals: This includes both the outcome and process goals for the learner.
R - Reflect: The learner needs to reflect on the positives and the criticals.
I - Input: Input should come from both the coach and from the learner.
P - Plan: Plan the detailed personal actions that are needed for growth in the specific area.
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
"Learning is a Skill ft. Dr. Michael Merzenich and Trevor Ragan"
Bottom Line Up Front: Always be learning something new.
You need training because:
You don't know what you don't know.
Much of what you know is false.
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
"Firearms Training: Habits That Stick" by Monica Newman
Life is all about breaking bad habits and forming good habits.
That's why training ladies and children who have no prior experience is so pleasant.
No bad habits to break.
" Forget “Fundamental” " by Dave Spaulding
"Advanced skills are the basics mastered." -- Bruce Lee
"There is no advanced gunfight." -- Louis Awerbuck
" “War game” scenarios in your head or from actual events reported on line or in the news
and work them out, recreate them or even develop solutions while practicing. All of this will
better prepare you for the fight of your life - for your life. It’s up to you as we must all be
active participants in our own rescue, as nothing else will do."
"You have to be lucky to win, and the more you practice, the luckier you get."
-- Lones Wigger
"Human Performance w John Hearne" By Bryan Eastridge
"John Hearne provides the most succinct summary of the factors involved in winning
a gunfight I have ever heard. Well worth the time." -- Greg Ellifritz
At time 10:20 in the video, "People who win have a high level of emotional
control and a high level of skill. People who lose have no emotional control and
no skill. Everyone is somewhere in-between."
Beyond the One Percent by Karl Rehn
"Amateurs think equipment,
Students think techniques,
Experts think tactics."
-- John Holschen, InSight Training
--- Compare to
"Amateurs think tactics.
Professionals think logistics."
"The problem, as gun politics activists point out, is that the “best practices” standards
of the big schools, if used as state minimums, would restrict the right of self defense to
those with the excess money and time needed to meet those standards. Often those
people are at much lower risk of criminal attack than those with smaller budgets and
"OLD WEST ADVICE . . . LESSONS LEARNED FROM WYATT EARP"
BY JEFF 'TANK' HOOVER
1. “No wise man ever took a handgun to a gunfight.”
2. “The most important lesson I ever learned was the winner of a gunplay usually was the
one who took his time. The second was if I hoped to live on the frontier, I would shun
flashy trick-shooting, grandstand play, as I would poison. In all my life as a frontier
peace officer, I did not know a really proficient gunfighter who had anything but contempt
for the gun fanner, or man who literally shot from the hip.”
3. “Fast is Fine, But Accuracy is Everything . . . ”
4. “Shooting at a man who is returning the compliment means going into action with the
greatest speed of which a man’s muscles are capable, but mentally unflustered by an urge
to hurry, or the need for complicated nervous and muscular actions which trick shooting
"If you’re not formally trained, do it. Training is the most important accessory
you can buy, more than any gun, or ammo." -- Jeff Hoover
"Becoming a virtuoso of firearms requires hours upon hours of dedication and
perseverance. There are no shortcuts to becoming a master, but there is a tendency
among new shooters to ignore the basic fundamentals of marksmanship and quickly
move to learning more “advanced” or “cool” looking techniques, skills, or added
"Solid fundamentals are required to become the best in any skill, especially in
firearms training. The problem comes from shooters having weak fundamentals
and a desire for useless (and at times dangerous) or flashy techniques. Many times
this is supported by firearms instructors either afraid to insist on perfection before
moving on, or worse, a lack of understanding of their importance. This will
eventually lead to a lack of virtuosity and a delay in truly mastering the art of
shooting. It’s vital to understand, especially in firearms training, where mistakes
can be fatal, the importance of hammering on the basics of shooting:
1. Shooting Platform
3. Sight Refinement
4. Sight Picture
6. Trigger Control
-- Chris Sajnog, "How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL"
“The minute you get away from fundamentals — whether it’s proper technique,
work ethic or mental preparation — the bottom can fall out of your game, your
schoolwork, your job, whatever you’re doing.”
-- Michael Jordan
Click on the link in the right hand column labeled "Lesson Plans" and then click on
the link in the text to download the lesson plans for my Defensive Pistol course,
free of charge. Or, you can go directly to
Or, email me if you want the latest version.
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
How do I know if I'm shooting too fast or too slow?
At Front Sight (Hey, it was a good gun school in the mid 90's.) we learned that one should
strive for a hand span size group. For any given distance, bigger than a hand span indicates
that you're shooting faster than you can guarantee acceptable hits. Smaller than a hand span
indicates that you're being more critical with aiming and trigger control than necessary to
get acceptable hits.
"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 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
----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"What is your objective? Escape!
The pistol is just one of many emergency rescue tools to use in your escape
and the escape of your loved ones." -- Massad Ayoob (paraphrased)
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
Road rage? All doors locked. All windows up. Your seat belt is still on and has been
since you entered your car. Slow down, let him pass. Pull to the side of the road and let him go.
What if he stops or forces you off the road? Use your car, make space, drive in reverse.
Perform the evasive maneuvers that you learned in driving school to get away. You win!
What if he traps you? Insert your ear plugs (because you always carry ear plug in your
pocket or on a string around your neck, right? Right!). Don't make a big show of it.
Don't hide what you're doing. Just don ear muffs or insert ear plugs. Tell your kids to cover
their ears. Shooting from inside a car is loud. Stay in your car. You can still use your car.
If he has half a brain, he'll decide to break off the engagement. You win!
If his vehicle has the engine in the front, ram the back of his vehicle. If the engine is in
the back, ram the front. Less mass, easier to get that end of the car to slide. And you
drive away. Win!
If you can ram his driver's side door before he gets out, do so. Best to keep him in his
car. His door is not good cover. Your front windshield isn't much better, but it is better.
[Sloped armor is better than non-sloped armor. Your windshield is sloped. His door is not.
(from your position)]
Now you have the option to get out of your car or not.
If you want peace, prepare for war. He will see your preparations, then he will make a
decision. (If he's smart, he will leave. But, there are a lot of stupid people in this world.)
If he continues his attack, you counter-attack until he is incapacitated. You always win!
Visualize. Rehearse in your mind. Then it will be much easier when you have to do
it in real life. WIN!
"Making Quick Decisions" by SHERIFF JIM WILSON
Decision making is strategic because is must be done in advance. Tactical decisions
are made during combat.
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do in support of your strategy) -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
Why you should never use your pistol as an impact weapon.
"Moment armed Peruvian mugger accidentally shoots dead his
accomplice while the pair try to rob a frightened victim's bike"
by ADRY TORRES
"A GUN ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND ISN’T THE BEST IDEA, NO MATTER WHO SAYS SO"
by Grant Cunningham
"Paul Howe: Fighting from Vehicles — Get off the X!" by Jim Davis
Master sergeant Howe recommends practicing your pistol shooting at 100 yards range.
Note that a model 1911 type pistol firing a copper jacketed round nose 230 grain 45 ACP
bullet at 830 feet per second (which is the standard military load) will be zeroed at 2 yards
and at 100 yards. So, at 100 yards, you aim center of mass of your target, no hold over.
Burn this into your memory, because it works for just about any 45 ACP pistol. At 50
yards, the bullet will impact 9 to 12 inches high relative to point of aim. Much less
variation in point of impact for a 9mm, because they have a flatter trajectory, because
they move much faster.
"ANOTHER ROUND OF LOW LIGHT CONSIDERATIONS" by Erick Gelhaus
Outside your house, you probably won't need your flashlight for self-defense,
because the robber has to have enough light to target you, which means you have
enough light to defend.
Inside your house, the probability of encountering a no-shoot-target is much higher
than encountering a shoot-target. So, you have to have your flashlight to positively
identify the target. You should also use your words. Loud and clear, "Who's there?"
But, won't that give away your position? Yes, it might also cause the bad guy to flee,
which is a big win for you. But, most likely it will be some relative answering, "It's me."
"Utilizing the Element of Surprise" by JEFF GONZALES
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task or skill in support of your tactic) -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
"Covert Draw" by Tiger McKee
As Mr. McKee states, the real beauty of a covert draw is that you can holster when the
threat passes and no one will know that you had a pistol, much less had drawn your pistol.
And if the threat doesn't pass, everyone will be amazed at the speed of your draw.
"Beginner Target Shooting Tip #9: Trigger Control" by Kay Miculek
"Shooting Through Bags and Purses" by Greg Ellifritz
Carrying off body is a bad idea, but if you choose to, Eve and Greg show you how to.
You have to use a hammerless double action revolver. Otherwise, the confined space
will foul the action. So, you won't get a second shot.
"Top 5 Pistol Tips And Tactics With Lena Miculek"
In archery, we are taught to rotate the bow-arm elbow out. Good idea.
Drawing marks on your hands to index consistently is a good idea.
I disagree with putting your support side fingers in front of the trigger guard.
As this reduces the length of the lever arm for resisting muzzle flip. Pulling the
grip back toward you with your support-side hand, while you push forward
with your firing-side, is what mechanically controls muzzle flip during recoil.
Get your support side hand up high, and you lose this effect.
Study, practice, and understand the "surprise trigger break". Eventually, you will
have an epiphany. If not, ask for help. This is life and death important.
"4 Ways To Make Yourself Invisible" by The Action Lab
Do you see how you can use this to help your concealment, especially at home.
"STOP STEPPING OFFLINE" by Warrior Poet Society
"Learn How To Shoot Faster" by Chris Sajnog
"The Top 3 Firearms Training Myths: Recoil Control + Dry Fire + Live Fire"
by Chris Sajnog
Save time and money, DRY PRACTICE!
Real training is dangerous and exhausting.
Focusing on the front sight automatically takes care of sight alignment.
Focusing on the front sight stops the saccadic eye movement. (Saccadic eye movement
is a voluntary movement (like breathing). So you can control it.)
-- Chris Sajnog
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
This morning my son said his ear hurt. So, I said, on the inside or outside?
So, he walked out the front door comes back in and says both.
Moments like this got me wondering if I'm saving too much for college.
***** ***** ***** 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 of the self-defense training that I have taken has had the underlying assumption
that the attacker is a stranger. For men, this is statistically valid. For women, this
assumption is false.]
A colleague and I were discussing comments by Tim Larkin concerning defense against
known persons (as opposed to strangers), often intimately known persons. The majority
of men who suffer homicide are killed by strangers (legal definition). The vast majority
of women who suffer homicide are killed by known persons, often intimately known
persons. Such self-defense is extremely complicated. If you don't believe me, take a
class on domestic abuse. Your local police department probably gives such a class.
My colleague's opinion was that we should not be teaching self-defense against
intimately known persons. Because we need to stay in our lane. We don't have the
psychological training to deal with abused persons. What are you going to tell her?
"Move out.", "Leave him.", or something like that? Such advice is not useful. Often
If the wife or girlfriend leaves, where will she go? Where would she go with
children in tow? She has no source of income, no savings, no friends or relatives who
would support her. Not everyone is like you. If you would support her, she doesn't
know how to contact you, because she is not in your social circles. If you took her in,
you would soon kick her out. Because addicts lie 100% of the time, addicts steal 100%
of the time. Dave Ramsey says so. So, you don't have to believe me. If shelters exist
in the area, they are probably full. Shelters that will take families are extremely rare.
I have placed persons in shelters. I know what I'm talking about.
If the daughter leaves, the police will return her to her parents.
If the daughter runs away, she will end up on the streets being used as a prostitute.
(Because she has no marketable skills.) If arrested, she will be returned to her parents,
no matter how bad they are. Such is the reality of the family court system.
The judge's purpose in life is to reunite families. Ya, I know what I'm talking about.
I was a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) for children in the Tennessee
Family Court system.
I have painted a rosy picture, because I am an eternal optimist. The reality is much
worse and would sicken you. So, I will spare you the details. You may remember
the details from William Aprill's lectures at Tac Con. There are actually a lot of evil
people in this world that need to be killed. Violence is the only answer. (Hat tip
to Tim Larkin.) No, the judges will not keep them locked up. Look at
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson's sentencing record, in particular of violent pedophiles.
Surprised? Then you are naive. (She was recently confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.)
Here is an article by Salvatore,
"Domestic Violence and Home Carry Considerations" by Salvatore
After asking for comment and opinion from several instructors,
I offer the following --
Self-defense against a known-assailant is the same as self-defense against
an unknown-assailant. (So, don't worry about teaching it differently.)
Giving advice such as "Leave!", "Break off the relationship.", etc. is common sense
and does not require special training in psychology or social work.
At the beginning of every class, I tell my students that I am not an attorney
and that I am not giving them legal advice. When I get questions, I will talk
about "battered spouse syndrome" because there is a form of the law in every
state. But, I'm always scared that someone will use it as justification for
murdering their spouse. Claiming that while the threat was not imminent,
it was inevitable and unavoidable. I remember William Aprill talking about
cases where the wife successfully used the battered spouse syndrome as her
defense. If the student/defendant says under oath that you, the instructor,
told her that such use of force was justified, how are you going to testify,
under oath, when subpoenaed?
The judge probably won't allow you to plead the 5th Amendment, because
you are not in jeopardy. So, if you refuse to testify, you will held in contempt
of court and imprisoned indefinitely, until you testify.
Everything you say under oath will be used against you at your civil trial.
When you get sued for what you taught, because you mentioned it in your class.
[Will your insurance policy cover this? Read the fine print carefully.]
Of course, the probability of such an incident and such a law suit is
extremely small. I worry too much.
"COACH’S MENTAL HEALTH:
HOW TO SET HEALTHY BOUNDARIES AS A COACH" by Kevin Chapman
Why does a coach need to think about their boundaries?
How to set boundaries with your team.
How to set boundaries with parents.
How to set boundaries with administration.
How to set boundaries with your own goals.
Owning your mistakes.
The importance of sticking to your boundaries.
". . . by setting clear boundaries and expectations early, you’re not only helping
yourself and your mental health, you’re helping your team members, parents, and
The NRA has more than 13,000 NRA-certified police and security firearms instructors.
On the civilian side, over 125,000 certified instructors now train about 1,000,000 gun
owners a year. On the competition side, nearly 7,000 certified coaches are specially
trained to work with young competitive shooters.
According to John Howard, Deputy Director Education & Training Division of the NRA,
there are only 318 instructors that hold the rating of NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor.
Which entitles the instructor to teach the NRA Defensive Pistol course, geared toward
civilian concealed carry for self-defense.
You might want to ask your instructor, how many persons have they certified as
instructors? You have to consider the amount of time they have been teaching; 50 years
is entirely different from 3 years. It will give you an idea as to whether the certifications
are handed out like candy, or hard earned.
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
----- Andragogy -----
An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
"In firearms training, you really need to nitpick the fundamentals of marksmanship
and insist on them relentlessly with every shot [your students] take.
-- Chris Sajnog, "How to Shoot Like a Navy SEAL"
"The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."
-- Robert John Meehan
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"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
Law of Self Defense, webinar (there are 3 dates, limited to 100 persons per date)
6 April 2022 A.D. at 13:00 Central Time
16 April 2022 A.D. at 13:00 Central Time
20 April 2022 A.D. at 13:00 Central Time
"John S. Farnam Interview 12/2020" by Mallory Knapton
Art and science of defensive shooting.
We learn to avoid the mistakes that our instructors made.
People who think they are perfect are a source of annoyance to those of us who are.
[I had heard it as "People who think they know everything irritate those of us who do." -- Jon Low]
Students need to struggle.
Philosophical overlay that makes it all make sense.
If you're going to teach, you have to be respectable.
I find your counsel confusing, but your example is always clear.
* You could not possibly confirm a threat that fast. What are you doing? Teaching
people to shoot at movement? * [Teaching students to shoot faster than they can
think is a grave disservice. -- Jon Low]
The only reason we accomplish anything is because we are going to die.
Lose your fear of failure. Lose your fear of death.
The future of the 2nd Amendment does not lie with aging males.
"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
From an email from Ox & David Morris --
“Balance” is when both eyes see the same. If the eyes aren’t balanced, it’s common
to miss-judge where things are towards the better-seeing eye.
(See the book, “See to Play: The Eyes of Elite Athletes” P. 29)
In addition, the clearer your ability to see incoming objects, the quicker and more
accurate your reactions are . . . both because you can accurately anticipate when an
incoming object will get to you . . .
and . . . (this is a biggie)
The more confident that your brain is that it can identify threats in your environment,
the quicker it will initiate reactions and the quicker your muscles will move.
So, when I wear lenses, I'm generally doing things . . .
First, I'm correcting my vision down to 20/13 or 20/10 . . . depending on the day.
I actually have to special order the contacts I wear because they're only a .25 prescription
in my right eye. (I used to be over 2.0) [I assume he is talking about diopters, as in 2.0
diopters. -- Jon Low]
Second, I'm balancing my vision so that both eyes have the same acuity.
Third, I've got astigmatisms in both eyes that are more pronounced when I sit in front
of a computer and less pronounced when I don't. I wear lenses to correct for this.
Acuity is the EASY part of vision to take care of. And, it's important, but so are
these other aspects of vision that I bundle under the heading of "Combat Vision."
Combat vision is not 20/20 vision or whether or not you wear readers, but it's other visual
factors things that will help change the course outcome of a violent encounter.
· Peripheral awareness and peripheral vision
· Pre-defined visual cues
· Visual processing speed
· Situational awareness
· The speed that you can shift focus (scanning)
· How quickly your vision stabilizes during and after movement
· Vision at off-angles
· The level of coordination between your eyes as you shift focus
· The length of saccadic suppression (transition blindness) when you shift focus
(we’ll cover this)
· Quality of smooth movements of the eye and lack of blind spots (known and unknown)
· Quality of spinal/midbrain/conditioned reflexes to visual input
· Integration of the visual, vestibular (balance), and proprioceptive
(hand-eye and foot-eye coordination)
· Ability to maintain vision speed and acuity at off-angles to the face,
when the brain is subjected to balance challenges, and while the body is moving
· The speed and accuracy you can convert complex visual input into beneficial
motor output (OODA Loop)
· And more . . .
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"Shooting from bags and purses- Entire Demonstration" by Greg Ellifritz
"Don't suffer bad equipment." -- Elden Carl
Louis Awerbuck recommended the Springfield Armory XD Tactical in 45 ACP.
That's why I carry one to this day.
I went to my favorite pawn shop, Music City Pawn, to see what guns they had, as the
inventory changes rapidly. I found a Springfield Armory XD Tactical in 45 ACP. If I
bought it, it would be the 5th such pistol that I would have purchased from them. So,
after I checked to see that it was unloaded (the clerk had checked before handing it to
me) I asked to field strip it, so I could look at the inner parts. I noticed the sear didn't
move much, and suspected that the previous owner had done some sloppy gunsmithing.
Attempting to get a crisper trigger release, he had reduced the sear engagement. Having
done a poor job, the sear engagement was insufficient to hold the striker. So, when the
slide went forward, so did the striker. So, the pistol would not work.
Lessons learned: carefully inspect used pistols before buying, don't buy a pistol
that has had modifications to the trigger mechanism.
"20 Best Concealed Carry Guns In 2022 (Updated!)" by Dick Jones
The author says, "The greatest demand going armed makes is mastery of your firearm."
This is false. The most important is mindset. You don't need a gun to win the fight,
you need a trained, practiced, knowledgeable brain. If you make good decisions, you
never get into the fight in the first place. That's a big win for you.
If you can't get all of your fingers on the grip, you won't be able to control the pistol.
Don't buy it. Don't use it.
If you need the magazine inserted to get all of your fingers on the grip, I guarantee
that you will pinch you hand when reloading. In a high speed reload under combat
stress, you will pinch you hand hard enough to bleed profusely. If you're in a civilized
environment, you go to the emergency room and get a tetanus shot and anti-biotics.
But in the field, it could lead to infection and death. At any rate, buying or using such
a pistol is stupid. Don't buy it. Don't use it.
". . . being parallax-free, you do not NEED to co-witness in order to use the dot.
Dot on target, anywhere in the glass (irons nowhere in sight) and you still make the hit . . ."
-- Gabe Suarez
"Cowitnessing Dot and Irons" by Suarez International
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
Binary triggers fire one round when pressed and one round when released.
I would never recommend such a trigger. In the past there were release triggers used
in competitive rifle shooting. My coaches always considered such things dangerous.
Because there is no way to disarm a release trigger.
Well, I guess you could hold the trigger back while unloading: remove the magazine,
rack the bolt / slide, and then release the trigger. But, that is awkward.
Franklin Armory also has binary triggers for Glocks. A negligent discharge just waiting
IS AN EXPLODING CARTRIDGE DANGEROUS
Do not try at home.
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
(capitalization as in the original document, militia refers to YOU)
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"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
"Massad Ayoob - What is an Expert Witness? Critical Mas Episode 18"
Dennis Tueller wrote the article that got published in SWAT magazine in 1983.
But it was Mike Waidelich who did the underlying research. He's dead, so I have
to speak up for him whenever I can.
"Kayla Giles Federal Suit Against USCCA & Co. Dismissed:
What’s Correct Take-Away Lesson?" by Andrew Branca
Kayla Giles satisfied her burden of production, so she was allowed to argue
self-defense at trial. USCCA sent $50,000 and then stopped paying. But the coverage
was for $200,000. USCCA just decided that she was guilty (before she was convicted)
and stopped paying. She was convicted because she didn't have the financial resources
to wage the legal battle. No money to hire expert witnesses, private investigators, subject
matter experts, consulting attorneys, etc.
The USCCA policy did not have the option to not pay. So this was clearly
a breach of contract.
Tasers don't work. I know from personal experience.
"One Week to Stop the Wait: Silencer Shop Sees 6-Day eForm Approvals" by Luke C.
Approvals for suppressors used to take 6 months to a year.
Tennessee Reciprocity - Updated 8/2/2021
U.S. Law Shield web site for state's laws
Infographic by Andrew Branca, free download
"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe,
and preserve order in the world as well as property.
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use."
-- Thomas Paine
"Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
The book is free of charge. Just pay shipping, so you don't have to drive to Colorado
to pick it up.
"Educate yourself. So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage."
If you carry a pistol, you should have read this book.
"Second Amendment Protection Act signed with support of law enforcement"
by Jasmine Hall
"Attorney Marshall Lovrien Wins Self-Defense Trial, with Assist from Law of Self Defense"
A self-defense case is unique. It's not a drug case. It's not a sex assault case. The attorney
has to know the self-defense law (most don't). You have to know the law. The attorney has
to educate the jury starting at voir dire.
911 calls get admitted into evidence as an "excited utterance". So, ask for the police and
an ambulance, and then HANG UP! If you can't hang up because you've got a smart phone and
the 911 dispatcher has taken control of your phone and is keeping the line open, STOP
TALKING! Running your mouth will cause the prosecutor to prosecute you. It doesn't
matter what you say, because anything you say WILL be used against you.
If you don't have a private attorney on retainer, you're not going to see an attorney
for several weeks, while you sit in jail. Public defenders have about 50 cases that they are
working on at any given time. Assuming a 40 hour work week, you're getting less than an
hour of the public defenders time per week. You think he's going to remember your name?
much less the details of your case?
If you start talking, you have waived your rights. Can you keep silent for several weeks,
while you're sitting in jail? Not likely. Do you understand what happens in jail? The
American Red Cross will not accept your blood donation if you have been in jail. Do you
know why? Can you survive jail? Many people don't.
"Convicted NC murderer killed in prison assault, state says" by WITN News
That's why you have to have a self-defense insurance policy that provides money for bail.
You have to get bailed out before the first appearance, otherwise the judge will impose
all kinds of conditions. (This is a real problem. If you don't understand this, talk to your
criminal defense attorney. Your divorce attorney or real estate attorney won't know anything
about it.) Some charges are "no bond", so you sit in jail. You have to have a smart, well
connected attorney to fight this and get you bailed out. Yes, a good attorney can get you
out. In America, you get as much justice as you can afford.
[My sister, the big time attorney, would complain about dad et al never practicing law.
They (attorneys, prosecutors, judges, politicians, etc.) would just cut deals in back rooms.
But, that's not true. The deals were cut on the country club golf course, the country club
dining room, or some fancy restaurant. (Or, if you had a nice house, your dining room.)]
"So much academic writing is just garbage."
"Firearms law firm issues warning to gun owners of forced-reset triggers" by Asher Notheis
"Evans warned against contacting the ATF . . . "
"Does Ban on Carrying Weapons "Inside Any Building in Which Judicial Proceedings
Are in Progress" . . . apply to a judge's home when the judge is participating in judicial
proceedings remotely?" by EUGENE VOLOKH
Interesting to me because it's Tennessee.
"Smith & Wesson Sues Hawaii" by Guns & Gadgets
"Smith & Wesson goes on offense against Hawaii's anti-gun attacks" By John Petrolino
"FBI Smacks Down ATF!" by Guns & Gadgets (for those who don't read)
Primary source documents and analysis,
"FBI and ATF in a Lover’s Quarrel?" by John Petrolino (for those who read)
The FBI is saying that the ATF is responsible for resolving background check
denials. The ATF is saying that the FBI is responsible. In the mean time, the citizen
is denied the gun. Your tax dollars at work. Can you imagine having to file a federal
law suit to buy a gun? Can you imagine the expense of this endeavor?
This is why you don't want to visit France.
" ‘I am opposed to self-defense’ –
Macron says farmer had no right to kill a burglar who broke into his home.
Despite France seeing a drastic increase in crime and murder,
Emmanuel Macron said he believes that people do not have
the right to defend themselves."
by JOHN CODY
France also has no statutory rape law, because there is no age of consent.
Why in the world would anyone choose to live in Hawaii?
"Navy sailor files lawsuit after being denied gun permit for ‘feeling homesick’ "
"Supreme Court Issues 6-3 Decision & Helps Kyle Rittenhouse Get Payback!!!"
by Armed Scholar
United States Supreme Court
THOMPSON v. CLARK ET AL.(2022)
Argued: October 12, 2021
Decided: April 4, 2022
[I went to
but could not find the case. So, the citation is from Find Law.]
Plaintiff may sue police, prosecutors, government entities, etc. for malicious prosecution
without an affirmation of innocence. Note that the liberal Justices voted for this ruling,
while the conservative Justices voted against this ruling.
Prosecutors generally have qualified immunity. Government entities generally have
sovereign immunity. But just as the corporate veil can be pierced, so can a judge waive
these immunities for cause.
George Zimmerman got a not guilty verdict. Kyle Rittenhouse got a not guilty verdict.
These are affirmations of innocence. Those Soros prosecutors have got to be shitting in
The justice system in the U.S. moves like a glacier, slow but inexorable.
"Charges Dropped Against Florida Dad Who Shot At SWAT
Team During Raid In Which Cops Injured His Baby" by Matt Agorist
"I see little difference between knocking for ten seconds, then breaking down the door,
and not knocking at all. From the earlier report: “As for the warrant police claim to be
serving at his home, they haven’t told the public what it was for. Pensacola Police have
only called it a “high-risk search warrant” part of an ongoing investigation. TFTP looked
up the arrest records for Marioneaux and he has just one pending charge, for shooting
at the officers – meaning he wasn’t charged with anything in regard to that suspicious
warrant.” -- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
This is your opportunity to fight back. Sign the letter to your Representative and
"GOA FIGHTING BIDEN’S ATTEMPT TO EXPAND THE GUN REGISTRY"
by Aidan Johnston
"Biden DOJ Classifying Gun Parts as ‘Firearms’ in Effort to Ban ‘Ghost Guns’ "
by AWR HAWKINS
“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 a dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
***** ***** ***** Survival, Medical, Personal Security, etc. ***** ***** *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
"Ukrainian Civilians get basic military training with machine guns" by John Lott
"Interesting that a large number of civilian women are receiving training
on how to use machine guns to defend themselves and their country."
"How to Extend Resources In An Emergency" by Mountain Man Medical
"9 Surprising Things You Need to Know About Inflammation" by TrueSport
"2 Reasons to Never Do This (loosen or remove the tourniquet) After Applying a Tourniquet"
by Brian McLaughlin
1. The patient will bleed to death.
2. Toxins that built up in the limb when the blood flow was stopped, will be released
into the blood stream.
Just wait for a doctor to release the tourniquet.
"Emergency Scene Safety: Dangerous Victims" by Mountain Man Medical
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit.
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained.
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
***** ***** ***** War Stories, History, Politics, and such ***** ***** *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
"The Hero of the Sutherland Springs Shooting
Is Still Reckoning With What Happened That Day.
A year in the life of Stephen Willeford,
who disrupted the mass murder in his small town’s
First Baptist Church and became known as the
ultimate good guy with a gun."
Willeford fired 2 rounds from his AR-15 that were stopped by the bad guy's body armor.
Willeford fired one round through a gap in the body armor that entered under the bad guy's
arm. Willeford fired one round that hit the bad guy's thigh. Then, Willeford had to fire
through a windshield in an attempt to hit the bad guy's head.
Langendorff and Willeford pursued the bad guy in a vehicle chase. Dangerous with
lights and siren. Extremely dangerous without. You've got to do what you think is right.
The point is that thinking that one shot will stop the attack is WRONG! You must
have charged magazines ready to go. Be prepared to fire lots of shots. Be prepared to
reload. Keep firing until you stop the attack.
Lithuanian Riflemen’s Union
by JOHN FARNAM
“Some people have greatness thrust upon them.
Few have excellence thrust upon them. They achieve it!
They do not achieve it unwittingly by ‘doing what comes naturally,’
and they don’t stumble into it in the course of amusing themselves.
All excellence involves discipline and tenacity of purpose.”
-- John William Gardner
"Live From The Field" BY JOHN FARNAM
"Distrust!" BY JOHN FARNAM
"Somewhere, a True Believer is preparing to murder you. It's nothing personal.
He just fervently believes that you, and your entire civilization, for the ultimate good
of all humankind, need to be exterminated!
He is making do with minimal food, water, supplies, facilities, and sympathy.
He has learned to depend upon nothing and no one, except himself. To his superiors,
he is expendable. He trains day and night. He lives in filth and has lost count of his
scars and brushes with death. The only clean things on him are his weapons, and he
manufactured his own web gear. He doesn't obsess over cardiovascular health,
body fat, blood-pressure, carbohydrates, nor what workout is best. He is thankful to
have anything to eat! His gear weighs what it weighs, and his run ‘ends’ only when
his enemies stop chasing him. This True Believer has scant concern with pain and
discomfort, neither his nor anyone else's, nor does he worry about other people's "rules".
Brutalized from infancy, he has become brutal himself, and he knows with each
encounter, he either wins, or dies, and, either way, nobody cares, nor ever will.
He expects no mercy, nor will he have any. He doesn't plan on living to old age,
and he doesn't go home at 1700.
He is home!
He lives his “...ism”
"As violent crime soared in Chicago in 2020 and 2021,
Mayor Lori Lightfoot assigned 85 police officers to provide
security for her, her home, and her family" by John Lott
"Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot assigned 85 police officers to protect her and her family
at the same time she was cutting the Chicago police force by 400 officers and proposed
cutting their budget by $80 million."
"Concealed Handgun Permit Applications Soar in Philadelphia, up 600% from recent years"
by John Lott
11k to 70k in a year. Democrat policies driving citizens into the gun culture.
Glock's annual magazine.
I usually only cite good stuff. I filter out all the bad stuff. And give you what I think
is useful information. But I invite your attention to egregiously stupid things that are on
the internet and just won't die. Because you need to careful of them. The following are
"How (& Why) You Should Keep Both Eyes Open While Shooting" by FRANK MELLONI
If you aim with both eyes open you will get a double image. Murphy's Law guarantees
that you will shoot at the wrong image, missing your target, destroying property, hitting
bystanders, maybe killing them.
"OFF-BODY CARRY: CONCEALED CARRY PURSES" by TAYLOR ABNEY
Off-body carry is a bad idea under all conditions. If you can't carry on your body
because the pistol is printing or you are not wearing a belt, CHANGE YOUR CLOTHES!
Yes, it is that simple.
"The Spice Of Life: Rotating Your Carry Gun" by Richard A. Mann
The Bianchi rule -- Always carry the same pistol in the same place.
The time you waste reaching for the pistol that isn't where you thought it would be or
fiddling with a pistol that works differently, is the difference between life and death.
"5 Best Pistol Compensators [Guide]" by SEAN CURTIS
When you fire from close contact (because if you stick your pistol out, the bad guy will
grab it), the compensator will throw hot gas, burning propellant, and smoke into your eyes.
"A GUN ON YOUR NIGHTSTAND ISN’T THE BEST IDEA, NO MATTER WHO SAYS SO"
by Grant Cunningham
Stupidity runs rampant in our society. It is your duty to rise above it.
"Survey: Pandemic First-Time Buyers Younger and More Diverse, Oppose Gun Control"
by Jake Fogleman
". . . about 5 percent of all adults in America purchased a gun for the first time
during the two-year period between March 2020 and March 2022. It also found that
46 percent of American households now report having a gun in the home. Even
with such a surge in first-time ownership and a shift in the demographics of gun
ownership the survey found that attitudes toward gun control among new owners
largely mirror those of existing gun owners. Equal shares of first-time and existing
gun owners (68 percent) support allowing people to carry concealed firearms into
more places. Likewise, 41 percent of both first-time and existing gun owners said
they supported allowing them to do so without a permit. However, first-time
pandemic gun buyers were actually more likely than existing owners to say they
supported shortening waiting periods for gun purchases and allowing teachers to
carry guns in K-12 schools. Both first-time and existing gun owners were
significantly more likely to support each of the policies polled than non-gun owners.
“First-time gun buyers’ attitudes toward gun control look remarkably similar to
those of the pre-pandemic U.S. gun owner,” Roman said. “Whether they bought a
gun because of existing beliefs about gun control – or owning a gun changed their
policy views – is unknown, but it is notable that the policy positions of new gun
owners are so different from non-gun owners.”
The survey was conducted March 3–7, 2022 among 1,106 adults aged 18 and up.
It has a margin of error of +/- 3.85 percent."
"Largest rise in gun ownership?
African-American women" by Cynthia Rosi
"[Women] are among the fastest-growing group of gun owners in the country,
according to the National African American Gun Association. Thomas Cunningham,
who opened this NAAGA chapter in 2018, said of the 2,500 African Americans who
came through classes last year, only five were men. “Our classes have always been
98 percent women,” Cunningham said."
[The old white men who have been teaching for decades need to consider why their classes
are predominantly male. -- Jon Low]
"Jerry McCown on Gunsite, Jeff Cooper, and Cop Stories" by Lee Weems
Firearms training and computer. I love it.
Gun Site had a doctrine. Hallelujah! This is why I tell Lee that there is no such thing
as "doctrine free" instruction.
Muzzling people is a crime, unless you can justify it. Same justification as shooting them.
"Prescott Talks - Gunsite Academy Sconce Tour" (history class)
Does your spiral staircase twist clockwise or counter-clockwise? Do you understand
which is correct?
3084 sheriffs in the United States. Constitutional officer, elected. Not like a police
chief appointed by a mayor, beholden to the mayor.
Better than a tour of Graceland, the home of Elvis Presley.
"Cleverness is a gift, kindness is a choice."
-- Jeff Bezos, CEO and Founder of Amazon.com
“Jeff, one day you’ll understand that, in life, it’s harder to be kind than clever.”
-- Jeff Bezos' grandfather
[excerpted from commencement speech at Princeton]
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
I strongly recommend you view/listen to this video.
Joe Rogan Experience #1139 - Jordan Peterson
Long form? A typical math proof requires following a train of logic for an hour
or more. Consider what appeals to the short attention span viewer.
Your best strategic attitude is to pre-suppose that you are insufficient and to
search for a way to improve. "It's my fault. What did I do wrong. What can I
do to improve myself." as opposed to "Blaming others."
Incremental improvement is not glorious. But, it compounds.
"You're okay the way you are." No, you're not!
"Being in the "zone" is being in the zone of proximal development." -- Lev Vygotsky.
Blogger.com tells me that over 5000 unique IP addresses read this blog. I am deeply
honored. I hope that I have given you useful information.
I send emails to less than 500 people to let them know when I have posted a blog
entry. So I guess the others found me by word of mouth or searching the internet.
To those who mention my writing in their blogs, thank you very much.
"I bought an electric car. I'm saving the planet."
"I'm using less fossil fuels than those gas guzzler cars."
I burn gasoline in my car where the energy is immediately used. The efficiency is
50%. The other 50% is lost as heat. (At 55 mph, 50% of the kinetic energy is lost
overcoming air friction.)
When you use an electric car, the fossil fuel is burned to generate electricity
which incurs a 50% lose to heat. Then transmission through the power lines is 50%
efficient, the other 50% goes into heating up the transmission lines. Then there is
the efficiency of storage in batteries, much worse than 50%, but we'll use 50% for
the sake of argument. Then the conversion of stored electrical energy from the
battery to kinetic energy of your car is about 50% efficient. (At 55 mph, 50% of
the kinetic energy is lost as air friction.)
So, to get an electric car to move a given distance requires burning 8 times as
much petroleum or coal as a gasoline powered car. Building an electric car is far
more expensive than a gasoline powered car on many levels.
"The Psychological Significance of the Biblical Stories: Genesis" by Jordon B. Peterson
"The more sexual partners a woman had,
the more likely she was to have depression."
-- Irvin David Yalom, American psychiatrist, emeritus professor of psychiatry at
(This is correlation, not causality.)
"Use This Psychotherapy Technique To End All Of Your Arguments
Jordan Peterson at Cambridge"
"If you care about the oppressed, you should support free speech,
because that is all the oppressed have. If someone is oppressing free speech,
then they are the oppressor."
"Stuart Varney: Now we know why the Russians are bogged down"
Badly trained troops
Long supply lines that are open to attack
Very low morale
***** ***** ***** Cryptology stuff ***** ***** *****
"How to prove you know a secret, without revealing what it is" by Jade
Zero knowledge proof protocols. Real ones are of course more complicated, robust,
and difficult to compromise. But you get the idea. Do you see how to build cryptosystems
around zero knowledge proof protocols?
"This Paradox Proves Einstein's Special Relativity" by Jade
Jade's definition of half-life isn't quite right. But everything else is okay.
Radioactive decay (nuclei disintegrating into multiple particles) and nuclear absorption
(a proton absorbing an electron and turning into a neutron for instance) are not
quantum mechanical phenomena. Under the Schrödinger equation, you can't create
nor destroy particles.
There are a lot of experiments that lend evidence to Special Relativity. None
of them actually prove Special Relativity. In science, theories are not proved.
You have to be a flaming liberal to believe in "settled science", because there
is no such thing. That's why it is so hard for liberal academics to do science.
"Berry's Paradox - An Algorithm For Truth" by Jade of Up and Atom
Having spent much of my life studying algorithmic information theory,
I thought to share this with you.
"Why VPNs are a WASTE of Your Money (usually…)"
Notice he uses the verb "architect" (which doesn't exist in proper English) as opposed
to the correct word usage "design". He's telling everyone who understands that he is
speaking to the public, not to the intelligentsia. And that he knows that you know that
he knows. UNIX Wizards pride themselves on having a command of the English language
and are anally retentive to the max. They would never pronounce the "t" in "often",
because they know that English is a Germanic language and that "often" is derived
from "offen". So, pronouncing the "t" is not euphonic. They can hear the problem.
Similarly for the words "coupon", "Uranus", and other such words. There is only one
correct pronunciation. TV news anchors won't pronounce such words correctly, as
a matter of political correctness. Propaganda is incorrect usage of language to
advance a political agenda, to sort out the sheep from the goats.
Prof. Neil Frazer taught us that nothing can change the frequency of a signal.
This is a deep fundamental truth.
The statement is not that nothing in nature can change the frequency of a signal.
The statement is that absolutely nothing can change the frequency of a signal. If
you could, you would have causality problems.
The statement is not that nothing can change the frequency of the carrier. There are
many crystals that you can shine a light through that will change the frequency of the
light exiting the crystal. The signal is the information. The carrier has no information.
The enemy can induce errors in the signal. (Jamming) The enemy can block the
signal. (Faraday cages of the appropriate mesh size, opaque materials, etc.) But, the
enemy cannot change the frequency of the signal.
"Staff, what if the enemy records the signal and plays it back at a different speed?"
Time and space distortion is detectable. Error Correcting Coding is not necessary,
only Error Detection Coding, at which point you know that the signal is not authentic.
The received signal is not the transmitted signal. So, you would know that what you
received is not the (real) signal.
Yes, this even works for satellites traveling at relativistic speeds. Could you
distinguish between a recording played slow and a signal from a relativisticly fast
moving transmitter? How? Blue and red shifts.
"What if the satellite were moving in a circular arc around you at the center?
There would be no red or blue shifts."
True. But the transmitter would be in an accelerated frame of reference. We would
need to use General Relativity (as opposed to Special Relativity). Also, our directional
antenna would help us determine. [What we learned at Lockheed Martin Advanced
Technology Laboratory in Cherry Hill, NJ was that pointing a null of your antenna at
the jammer was more effective than pointing your main lobe at the intended transmitter.]
"But a transmitter in stable circular orbit is in an inertial frame of reference, isn't it?"
What would the mass of the center body have to be to have a satellite in stable
circular orbit at relativistic speed? Do you see the realm we are in?
You all be careful, here?
The Warrior's Prayer
Please give us discernment to distinguish
friend from foe from innocent bystanders.
Give us clear vision so our aim is true.
Give us calm so we execute correctly.
Give us spiritual maturity so that we stop the enemy's attack
without excessive force, without revenge.
In Jesus name, Amen.
Jonathan D. Low
"Hey, Staff, why should we be reading your stuff?"
I've got some credentials:
NRA Advanced Pistol Instructor 1485008
(also Rifle, Pistol, Shotgun, Personal Protection, and CCW)
Front Sight Firearms Institute, Line Coach (handgun)
Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, Instructor (pistol)
Defense Training International, Instructor (pistol)
Tennessee Handgun Instructor 2563649321
South Carolina Concealed Weapons Permit Instructor 200800838
Riflery Coach Level 3 NRA / CMP / USA Shooting