Sunday, April 16, 2023

CWP, 16 April MMXXIII Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs,
     This newsletter is continuing education for students of defensive pistolcraft.  
     He is risen.  
TacCon24 registration will open to the public Sunday, 16 April 2023 at 6pm Central Time.
     The term "gun violence" is a term of propaganda.  Anyone who uses the term is conflating
guns with violence.  We all know that to be false.  Far more people are killed by falling,  
killed with cars, killed with blunt instruments (including the ground), killed by hands and feet
than are killed with guns.  
     Guns don't kill.  Guns save lives.  
     Guns are inanimate objects.  Attributing violence to guns is intellectually dishonest.  
     The term "active shooter" is a term of propaganda.  We are all shooters and we are all
active in shooting and in life.  To use the term to conflate our healthy shooting addiction
with the evil of mass murderers is pure propaganda.  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
----- 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
"The Concealed Carry Lifestyle" by Dave Spaulding
     The biggest impediment to prevailing in any fight is not our ability to shoot well,
it is our willingness to fight in the first place.  
     . . . a mirror will allow you to study your draw stroke and see where unnecessary
motion is evident.  
     [I have always told my junior rifle team members to practice in a mirror.  The instant
feedback will cause the student to immediately and automatically correct errors.  
The student's neglect to do mirror practice is obvious to the coach.  The student
will display all kinds of awkward movements and positions. -- Jon Low]
     A gun that is not on your person is a gun that will never enter the fray -- it’s as simple as that.  
     Fight preparation begins in the brain.  
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"Switched-On Concealed Carrier Wins Insane Gun Fight Against Moto Robber"
by John Correia
     What a gunfight should look like.  A 20 second gunfight, it lasted an eternity.  
Good guy no injuries.  Bad guy dead.  Other bad guy drove away.  
     You may get attacked by chance or by design.  This was by design.  Notice
that the bad guy did not run away when confronted with lethal force, but rather
pressed the attack.  Notice that the bad guy retreated to a position of tactical
advantage.  Retreat is a tactical maneuver.  Retreat is not surrender.  
     You don't remember that guy you bullied decades ago in high school,
but he remembers.  And he's been biding his time.  No, he is not psycho.  
He just has a well defined sense of revenge, because that is how he was raised.  
Jesus commanded His followers to forgive and leave vengeance to the Lord.  
But other religions / cultures demand revenge.  It's a matter of honor, don't you know. 
“Willingness” is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
     Stay in the shadows.  It's harder for the enemy to see you.  And you won't get sunburned.  
     A person's ability to accept a thing as within the realm of reality is limited by their
experience.  Anything outside is outlandish.  
     "You need to have the capacity for danger.  You need to be ‘dangerous’.  
Yet, you need to learn how to not use it except when necessary.  And, that is not
the same thing as being harmless.  . . .  There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  
Harmless just means you’re ineffectual and useless."  
-- Jordan Peterson
----- Safety -----  (How to prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.  
How to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders.)
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER [in the register position]
RULE IV:  BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  [Also, what may move in front of your
target (in case someone panics and runs in front of you) and what is beyond your
target (in case your shot misses or passes through your intended target).]  
"The First Five Seconds!" by John Farnam
     "If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it.  
The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury.  Therefore
what he must fear is his victim."  
-- Col. Jeff Cooper
"Officers kill homeowner after responding to wrong address" by Associated Press
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger,
     One of those Ring door bells,
attached to the front door or the wall next to the front door would have gone a long way
to keeping the residents safe.  All of my neighbors have them installed.  You can see and
talk to the guys outside without having to open your door.  Generally best to stay away
from your front door, as the bad guys can and do shoot through doors.  
     Police are human.  They make mistakes.  No sense compounding the mistake and getting
killed.  The officers might get convicted.  The wife might get a big civil settlement.  
But, the husband is still dead.  How could he have avoided getting killed?  
1.  Don't answer the door.  Let the police get a warrant.  They would not have been able to.  
Call 911 and tell the dispatcher that there are men claiming to be police at your door trying
to make entry.  "Are they really police officers?"  Impersonating a police officer is a common
2.  Leave via the back door.  Leaving is always a good idea.  Go to a movie theater and see
the new "John Wick Chapter 4" movie.  No, as a matter of fact, you don't have to get involved
in the drama.  My father (who was a prosecutor, defense attorney, and judge) often said,
"You can always walk away."  And it's true!  
3.  Answer the door from your smart phone, using your remote door bell video and audio
system.  Lot's of them on the market, cheap as dirt.  
3.  Answer the door from a side window, balcony, etc.  
Excerpt from "The Modern Technique of the Pistol", by Greg Morrison
     There are no exceptions.  Do not pretend that this is true.  Some people and organizations
take this rule and weaken it; e.g. "Treat all guns as if they were loaded."  Unfortunately,
the "as if" compromises the directness of the statement by implying that they are unloaded,
but we will treat them as though they are loaded.  No good!  Safety rules must be worded
forcefully so that they are never treated lightly or reduced to partial compliance.  All guns are
always loaded - period!  This must be your mind-set.  If someone hands you a firearm and
says, "Don't worry, it's not loaded," you do not dare believe him.  You need not be impolite,
but check it yourself.  Remember, there are no accidents, only negligent acts.  Check it.  
Do not let yourself fall prey to a situation where you might feel compelled to squeal,
"I didn't know it was loaded!"  
     Excerpted from:  The Modern Technique of the Pistol, by Greg Morrison, Gunsite Press,
Paulden, Arizona, ISBN 0-9621342-3-6, Library of Congress Number 91-72644.
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.  
----- Training (finding out the correct tasks to practice) -----
     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)
TacCon24 registration will open to the public Sunday, 16 April 2023 at 6pm Central Time.
Security Operations Summit 2023, $159.00
27 - 29 July 2023 A.D., 07:30 Thursday morning to 13:00 Saturday
The Journey Church
1240 Leeville Pike
Lebanon, TN 37090
     Hope to see you there.  
Rangemaster Annual Instructor Reunion/Conference, $526.77
August 12 · 8am - August 13 · 5pm CDT
White Hall Last Resort Range
4220 Gravel Pit Road, White Hall, AR 71602
Guardian Conference
Oklahoma City Gun Club
12465 NE 234th St, Arcadia, OK 73007
September 15th - 17th, 2023
Friday, Sept 15th, 2023; 7:15 AM - 5:30 PM
Saturday, Sept 16th, 2023; 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
Sunday, Sept 17th, 2023; 8:00 AM - 5:30 PM
     I got my tickets and hotel reservations.  Hope to see you there.  
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
     I have been teaching since 1987 (NRA classes).  Those were beginner level classes.  
I didn't really teach at an intermediate level until after I had been through the Front Sight
curriculum starting in 1996.  I didn't start to think of myself as a competent teacher until
I started taking classes from the instructors that I met at the Rangemaster Tactical
Conferences starting in 2016 and more recently the the instructors that I met at the
Guardian Conference.  
     I taught a lot of things that I no longer teach, because I presently think that the old stuff
is wrong.  But, when I learned it for the first time, I thought it was great.  As Claude Werner
says, "You don't know what you don't know.  Much of what you know is false."  But, you
don't know that what you know is wrong unless someone tells you why it is wrong.  
Ya, you might figure it out for yourself, but that's unlikely.  It's usually by reading and taking
classes from others that you learn that what you are teaching is wrong.  
     In regard to your comment about some shooters performing better when shooting with
their non-dominant hand:  I'm a left-handed shooter that shoots right handed (and better
than left handed, although that might be a matter of practice).  But I was taught (forced?)
to shoot right-handed by my left-handed father (who also shot right-handed) because back
then, left handed rifles were rare and expensive and no one made ambidextrous pistols.  
He shot right-handed for the same reason and because that is how he'd been trained while
in the Army.
     I have a left handed son that is looking at shooting right handed because it is just easier
to find pistols, holsters, etc., set up for right handed.  I'll let you know whether he is better
at shooting right-handed after some practice.  
-- Mark
“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
"Serious weapons and training!" by John Farnam
     “In a real fight,
I would no sooner kick someone in the head
than I would punch him in the foot!”  
-- Bruce Lee
"IMAGE vs. Reality
Human Physiology And Survival"
by Will Dabbs, MD
     Though we really do not understand why sleep is such a critical commodity,
the human animal dies from lack of it [11 days] long before he dies from lack
of food [21 days].  [Lack of water for 3 days will kill you.  Lack of oxygen for 3 minutes 
will kill you.  Lack of blood for 4 minutes will kill you.]  
     . . . the best tactical hardware on the planet is nothing more than ballast
if you aren’t in satisfactory physical condition to operate it.  
     Getting old may not be negotiable, but allowing yourself to get soft and fat
are personal choices.  <<If you smoke cigarettes and think you are in any way serious
about survival, you are deluding yourself.>>Highlight??  Eat right, exercise and practice with
your primary defensive weapon as often as you are able.  In so doing you can
better protect your family, impress your bride, and defend your castle for those
times when life really hands you lemons.  
"Why the “Little Things” Matter During Training" by Pete Feeney
     I'm doing firearms training for a church security team later today.  
     Shooting situations where there are lots of innocent people (and possibly multiple
attackers) are very different than shooting at static paper.  
     We not only need to have great fundamental shooting skills, like what we'd get
shooting paper . . .
     We also need to be able to think while shooting.  
     Do I have a clear shot?  
     Do I have a safe backstop?  
     Am I in a good spot to make the shot?  
     Angles and awareness are key.  
     But you can't learn or practice those skills on a square range.  
-- Mike Ox
     Self defense actually makes you less violent.  
     Now I know that might sound counterintuitive cause most think self defense
is all about fighting back and protecting yourself . . .  
     But the truth is self defense is about much more than that . . .  
It's about understanding violence, avoiding it whenever possible, and minimizing
its impact when it does occur.  
     It's not just about learning how to fight back . . .  
     It's about knowing how to avoid violence in the first place . . .  
-- Tim Larkin
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get competent at that task) -----
     "Most people don't know how to practice." -- Ken Hackathorn
     Hopefully, you have had expert training before practicing to ensure that what you are
practicing is correct.  
     Practice should be planned (have a list of things to do and execute to your list), deliberate
(as opposed to casual), and intentional (attitude, concentrate on what you are doing without
     If you are practicing a new skill, practice should be slow to ensure you are doing it
correctly and not engraining bad habits.  If you are practicing a skill you know well,
practice should initially be slow to make sure you're doing it correctly (not unintentionally
engraining bad habits).  
     You must keep a highly detailed journal.  
     Before going to practice, write down what you are going to work on at the practice session.  
(What are you going to accomplish?  If you don't know, STOP!  THINK!  {Ya, I kow it's hard.  
Don't hurt yourself.}  If you don't have any goals, you're wasting your time. )  
     During the practice session, execute the things on your list.  
     After the practice session, write down what you did at the practice session.  Write down
what worked, and what didn't work.  Write down what you will be working on at the next
session based on the results of this session.  
     Otherwise, you're wasting your time.  Wasting time can be fun, especially when doing
it with someone hot.  Just don't confuse it with practice.  Only practice will improve your
     "I went to the range today with the guys and shot a thousand rounds, while drinking a
cooler of beers, and grilling burgers and hot dogs.  What a great day of practice.  I'm ready
for war.  NOT!"  
     If you're going to practice, you're probably going by yourself.  Or, possibly with your
coach.  Team practices make sense for team sports.  Shooting is an individual sport / art /
skill/ combat skill.  Going with friends is distracting.  If you want to accomplish your goals
for the day, best to go by yourself.  You're not being anti-social.  You're being serious.  
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
"Overreacting and Fear" by Kathy Jackson
    “When you aren’t skilled and confident, you get scared and you over react.”
— Greg Ellifritz
     Key point:  To a person who doesn’t have a confident knowledge of what
normal looks like and how to deal with it, everything is abnormal and therefore scary.  
     [Training and Practice mitigate Overreacting and Fear -- Jon Low]
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
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
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
     My right hand grip strength is presently 85 pounds.  My left hand grip strength is
presently 80 pounds.  You should know yours.  (If you ask a physical therapists, they will
help you.  It only takes a few seconds.)  These data should be recorded in your journal.  
The one thing all world-class athletes have in common is that they keep a highly detailed
journals.  This gives them the data to apply the scientific method to their training and
practice.  The scientific method allows them to force improvement in performance.  
As opposed to blindly stumbling about and accidentally occasionally making improvements.  
And worse, not knowing why one improved.  
"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
*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****

----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it,
which tactics to use, which includes not getting involved) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
Dear Jonathan:  
     The national media refuses to cover that the Nashville mass murderer looked at two
other targets but decided against them because "security was too great."  As we have
shown over and over again, this is not a new twist.  The mass public shooters may be
crazy, but they aren't stupid.  They pick targets where victims can't defend themselves.  
Isn't it newsworthy why these murderers pick the targets that they do?  You would
certainly think so.  
John R. Lott, Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
(484) 802-5373
     In case you don't understand the above excerpt from one of John's emails --
     All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones, because the bad guys choose
gun-free-zones, because no one can defend themselves.  
     That is why liberal politicians create gun-free-zones.  It's intentional,
to create victims, to create crisis, to use to advance their anti-gun agenda.  
     And the sickest most disgusting part is that the executives and administrators
of the church and school made their facility a gun-free-zone.  (The mass
murderer knew this, as per her notes.)  The executives and administrators
of the church and school knew or should have known that the result would
be a mass murder.  They chose political correctness over the lives of those
that they were responsible for.  And they will deny it until the day they face
God.  Because God will not abide their political nonsense.  
" Covenant School Mass Murderer had looked at two other targets,
but decided against them because “security was too great” "
     All “security was too great” means is that they were not gun-free-zones.  
     Never allow political correctness to get you or your people killed.  
"Arming teachers: Science or shot in the dark?" by Carole Carlson
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be competent to do in support of your strategy) -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
"Watching Their Hands and Making Decisions
There's a threat in front of you, and things are starting to get ugly.  Now what?"
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
"The Pelvic Shot" by Docent
     The Dave Spaulding article that Docent refers to,
"Pelvic Shots: Fight Stoppers or Self-Defense Fiction?" by Dave Spaulding
     "Even then, what we were trying to hit was not the pelvis,
but the ball joint where the leg joins the pelvic girdle."  
     Spaulding recommends your primary target be the high thoracic cavity to damage the heart
and lungs.  Your secondary target be the head to damage the brain.  But of course, you shoot
at the center of mass of whatever target is available to you.  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics) -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
     In the following videos, I demonstrate twisting torso and legs, and changing arm
positions (Weaver to Isosceles to Reverse Weaver), and going to one handed shooting
to get 360 degree azimuthal range of fire (maybe much more than 360 degrees for
some of you).  Hey, you might need to track and shoot your adversary as he moves
around you.  If you're sitting, you'll only be able to use the torso twist and arm positions.  
If you're lying on your back, maybe only the arm positions.  
     The Reverse Weaver was taught to me by John Holschen in one of his classes at
Tac Con a few years ago.  The advantage is that you maintain your two-handed grip.  
     Yes, it takes practice.  Nothing worth doing is easily done (at least not for me).   
     The reason I'm doing this is that my text explanation was not sufficient for a
reader in Slovakia.  Thanks to Aidan Hoffman for the cinematography. 




"Ayoob: Do This to Stress-Test Your Gunfight Survival Skills" by Massad Ayoob
(Carrying and shooting with your other hand.)
     It made me a better, more understanding, and more patient instructor ever since.  
     I spent this morning practicing left handed (I am right handed, since birth) in preparation
for my eventual transition to carrying and shooting left handed.  I intend to make the transition
before being forced to make the transition by arthritis of my neck (C5, C6, C7) and
right shoulder (AC).  Just as with reloading, it's better to do it when you want to,
rather than when you have to.  
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
----- Aftermath (You have to be alive to have these problems:  
criminal and civil liability.) -----
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
“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 right hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is,
Read this before you buy insurance.  You need to make an informed decision.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
“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
----- Survival, Medical, etc. -----
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
"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
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
Tony Blauer's blog
Recommended by Bill Hayes.  
"Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 7, 2023" by Greg Ellifritz
"Weekend Knowledge Dump- April 14, 2023" by Greg Ellifritz
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
*****     *****     ***** Legal *****     *****     *****
     "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
     From an email from John Harris --
April 13, 2023
     “Well-regulated” does not mean regulated by government.
     The Second Amendment provides that “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.”  The phrase has a specific purpose.  That purpose is not to authorize
government entities to enact laws or regulations that limit who could own arms,
what kind of arms they could own, or what they lawfully did with those arms.  
     Unfortunately, too many people, including too many serving in government,
operate under the delusion that the language of the Second Amendment authorizes
government “regulation” of firearms.  Too many operate under the delusion that
the Second Amendment only protects “sporting arms” or “self-defense firearms”.  
     The purpose of the phrase “well-regulate” was to underscore that the right
protected by the Second Amendment included the political right of the citizens to
have arms (not just firearms) and accessories suitable for the people to rise up and
displace any existing or future government.  Because the Second Amendment
protects a political right, its purpose is not limited to self-defense, hunting or
recreational shooting.  The Second Amendment, stating that a well regulated
(equipped and trained) militia (the citizenry) is necessary to the security of a free state,
was specifically understood and intended to protect civilian ownership of
military grade firearms.  
     In 1840, the Tennessee Supreme Court held in Aymette v. State, 21 Tenn. 154 (1840),
that “the arms the right to keep which is secured are such as are usually employed in
civilized warfare, and that constitute the ordinary military equipment.  If the citizens
have these arms in their hands, they are prepared in the best possible manner to repel
any encroachments upon their rights by those in authority.”  
     In 1939, the United States Department of Justice submitted a brief to the
United States Supreme Court in the proceedings of United States v. Miller, in which
the Department of Justice stated the following concerning the nature of arms that are
protected by the Second Amendment from government infringement:  
     “While some courts have said that the right to bear arms includes the right of the
individual to have them for the protection of his person and property as well as the
right of the people to bear them collectively (People v. Brown, 253 Mich. 537;
State v. Duke, 42 Tex. 455), the cases are unanimous in holding that the term “arms”
as used in constitutional provisions refers only to those weapons which are ordinarily
used for military or public defense purposes and does not relate to those weapons
which are commonly used by criminals.”  
     But the advocates of gun control focus on the phrase “well-regulated” and exhibit
their civics ignorance by completely misconstruing the phrase.  
     Their assertion that “well-regulated” grants authority to government to regulate
civilian gun ownership was flatly rejected by the United States Supreme Court in 2008
in its Heller decision.  In Heller, the Court explained that the phrase “well-regulated”
described the necessity of a well armed, well prepared and well trained citizenry.  
     Finally, the adjective “well-regulated” implies nothing more than the imposition
of proper discipline and training.  See Johnson 1619 (“Regulate”: “To adjust by rule
or method”); Rawle 121–122; cf. Va. Declaration of Rights §13 (1776),
in 7 Thorpe 3812, 3814 (referring to “a well-regulated militia, composed of the
body of the people, trained to arms”).
     Thus, in complete contrast to the misconstrued use of the phrase would suggest,
the actual meaning of the phrase has more to do with promoting the purchase,
ownership, use and expertise with and of firearms – including military suitable
firearms – by all civilians.  That preparedness and expertise was the basis on which
the 13 states were able to separate from English rule and establish a new nation and
it is that necessary threat to government tyranny that assures the “security of a free state.”  
     Contact Your Legislators!  
     It is critical that 2nd Amendment advocates, advocate for constitutional rights,
"let them feel the heat" as President Reagan taught.  When Tennessee's own
Lt. Governor, Randy McNally, calls for a Red Flag law, a clearly unconstitutional
proposal, it is time to make him and any other Legislators or members of Bill Lee's
administration "feel the heat".  
John Harris
Executive Director, Tennessee Firearms Association
"BREAKING NEWS: Mass. Handgun Roster Struck Down By 1st Circuit"
by Guns & Gadgets 2nd Amendment News
"Judge SHOCKS NJ Residents With Unexpected Response to Gun Carry Law Letter!"
by Martell Training Group
     Federal District Court Judge Renee Bumb sticking it to the anti-gun liberals in
New Jersey.  I used to live in New Jersey; spent a lot of money on attorneys fighting
New Jersey government at various levels.  I should have moved to the South much
sooner.  But, I was angry and principled back then.  I should have spent the money
on my kids, not fighting the government.  Maturity takes time.  
"SPECIAL GUEST! Dr. Markus Funk PhD, Self-Defense Law Expert" by Andrew Branca
"Game Changing Supreme Court Decision Stripping ATF of Power & Authority!!!"
by Armed Scholar
     5th Circuit Court 13 to 3 en banc ruling saying that bump stocks are not machineguns.  
     ATF appealing to U.S. Supreme Court asking the Supreme Court to recognize that the
ATF has rule making authority.  
    “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
*****     *****     ***** 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 -----
the students who require the extra effort
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
Things you may not want to ask but need to know!" by Stavroula Avramidis
     No, there are no stupid questions.  The question is actually deep, you just don't
understand the question.  So, now you have to ask thoughtful questions to figure out
what the student is actually asking, as opposed to what you thought the student was
asking.  A stupid person would not be attending your class in the first place.  
     The vast majority of people are oblivious.  They are not looking for concealed carriers.  
And wouldn't think that you are carrying, when they notice the bulge.  
     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 Salomon
     I have been teaching since 1987 (NRA classes).  Those were beginner level classes.  
I didn't really teach at an intermediate level until after I had been through the Front Sight
curriculum starting in 1996.  I didn't start to think of myself as a competent teacher until
I started taking classes from the instructors that I met at the Rangemaster Tactical
Conferences starting in 2016 and more recently the the instructors that I met at the
Guardian Conference.  
     I taught a lot of things that I no longer teach, because I presently think that the old stuff
is wrong.  But, when I learned it for the first time, I thought it was great.  As Claude Werner
says, "You don't know what you don't know.  Much of what you know is false."  But, you
don't know that what you know is wrong unless someone tells you why it is wrong.  
Ya, you might figure it out for yourself, but that's unlikely.  It's usually by reading and taking
classes from others that you learn that what you are teaching is wrong.  
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
*****     *****     ***** Gear *****     *****     *****
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"Urban Rifle" by John Farnam
     It is always best to stay within reality.  
In order to do that, you must know what reality is.  
"M4" by John Farnam
"4 Deal Breaking Criteria for Holsters, And Why the Majority of Holsters Fail"
by Matthew Maruster (great photos and videos)
Rule #1:  The holster must cover the trigger guard fully,
     so it's impossible to depress the trigger while the gun is in the holster.  
Rule #2: The holster must adequately retain the firearm.  
Rule #3: The holster must stay attached to the body when drawing the gun.  
Rule #4: The holster should allow a full grip of the gun while in the holster.  
     Commenter, Whit, adds --
The holster must remain open to allow the gun to be reholstered with one hand
and without needing to use the gun to open the holster.  
"False Assumptions!
You Most Certainly Can Carry a Larger Gun" by Tom McHale
"Accessing Controls From the Firing Grip." by SLG
     Extended slide locks, magazine release buttons, and safeties are a bad idea.  They will
cause your pistol to slide lock when you don't want it to, release the magazine when you
don't want to, and fail to fire when you need to fire.  
     My modifications to the typical plastic frame striker action pistol
for my students and clients --
     Polish all trigger mechanism bearing surfaces.  Smooth and round the sear
in the frame that holds the striker back.  The Glocks come from the factory
as a sheet metal stamping and so are rather rough and mis-shapen.  
     The maritime modification, which means the cups around the striker have been
cut to allow water to drain out in the event of the pistol being submerged.  Otherwise,
you get a hydraulic action retarding the striker.  Which could cause a light striker
hit on the primer.  ["My pistol will never get submerged."  Ya, right.]  
     Smooth and polish all bearing surfaces that force the barrel up and down as
the action cycles.  
     Smooth and polish all bearing surfaces between cartridge, magazine, feed ramp,
and chamber.  
     Debur all sharp protrusions.  The entire surface of the pistol should be as
a used bar of soap.  Otherwise, your student is going to get cuts and blisters.  
     Grind off the protrusions on the front strap that separate the fingers.  Because
nobody's fingers match those protrusions.  Those protrusions are a serious design
     Grind out some space at the sides of the tang to avoid irritation and blisters when
used by students who have arthritis or protruding sesamoid bones.  
     Grind a smooth undercut and side cuts in the trigger guard where it meets the
grip to avoid "Glock knuckle" (a blister and callous on the big joint of the middle finger).  
     Shave off some of the plastic on the sides of the Glock magazines.  They are
just too tight.  I think you ought to be able to eject the magazine by twisting your
forearm in a snappy motion, roll the pistol (as opposed to pitch or yaw), using
centripetal acceleration to force the magazine out.  Of course, if it dropped free
with gravity that would be better.  
     Machine out the rear sight by 2 hundredths of an inch to allow proper sight
alignment, especially in low light conditions.  Take a hundredth off each side, so as
not to disturb the zero.  They are the steel tritium glow in the dark Glock sights,
not the cheap plastic sights.  If the barrel is short, you may have to machine out
3.5 to 4 hundredths of an inch.  
     Grind smooth the sharp inside corners of the rear sight notch.  And then
coat with an indelible black ink, such as Sharpie Rub-a-Dub Laundry Marker
or Sharpie Permanent Marker.  Hot or cold bluing is difficult these days with all
the EPA restrictions.  
     Machine serrations in the sides of the slide to allow purchase to perform a
chamber check.  Ya, I know some instructors teach against the practice of doing
a chamber check at all.  And some teach against performing a chamber check by
reaching under the pistol and grabbing the sides of the slide with the pads of the
fingers.  And of course, if you have a weapon attached light under your barrel,
you might not be able to do such a chamber check.  But, I teach against weapon
mounted lights for civilian concealed carriers.  And I like doing a chamber check
this way.  Ya, I know it gets your fingers too close to the muzzle.  [I'm conflicted.  
I have psychological tension.  I suffer from institutional inertia.]  
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
*****     *****   Religion, Politics, History, War Stories, et al   *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
     So nice to see others appreciate me.  
"New Defensive Pistolcraft Post" by Mark
referring to
"CWP, 4 April MMXXIII Anno Domini" (the last post)
From a post by Jim Marking.  
     I need to rant for just a moment.  I'm getting old and I’ve worked hard all my life.  
I have made my reputation, the good and the bad, I didn't inherit my job or my income,
and I have worked hard to get where I am in life.  I have juggled my job, my family,
and made many sacrifices up front to secure a life for my family.  It wasn’t always easy
and still isn't, but I did it all while maintaining my integrity and my principles.  
I made mistakes and tried to learn from them.  I have friends of every walk of life and
if you’re in my circle, it should be understood that I don’t have to remind you of what
I’d be willing to do for you.  
     However . . .
     I'm tired of being told that I have to "spread the wealth" to people who don't have my
work ethic.  People who have sacrificed nothing and feel entitled to receive everything.  
     I'm tired of being told the government will take the money I earned, by force if
necessary, and give it to people too lazy to earn it themselves.  
     I'm really tired of being told I must lower my living standard to fight global warming,
which, no one is allowed to debate.  
     I'm really tired of hearing wealthy athletes, entertainers and politicians of all parties
talk like their opinions matter to the common man.  I’m tired of any of them even
pretending they can relate to the life and bank account that I have.  
     I'm tired of people with a sense of entitlement, rich or poor.  
     I’m upset that I’m labeled as a racist because I am proud of my heritage.  I never
stole any one's land, the government did that . . .
     I’m tired of being told I need to accept the latest fad or politically correct stupidity
or befriending a group that’s intent on killing me because I won’t convert to their
point of view.  
     I'm really tired of people who don't take responsibility for their lives and actions.  
Especially the ones that want me to fund it.  I'm tired of hearing them blame the
government, or discrimination, or big-whatever for their problems.  
     Yes, I'm really tired.  But, I'm also glad to be in the twilight of my life.  Because
mostly, I'm not going to have to see the retched, depressing world these young useless
idiots are creating.  And lastly, because even though I shouted from the rooftops, no
one listened or seemed to give a damn.  You reap what you sow, and so do your children.  
     No one is entitled to anything.  You have a choice to work, a choice to stay off drugs,
a choice to make something of yourself.  I have nothing to do with your choice.  
That's all on you.  You are entitled to what you earn.  
-- Jim Marking
"Tucker: NPR has always been unbearable and cringey"
"Tucker Carlson: This will lead to poverty all over the US"
     This is significant.  
" "Get Woke Go Broke" is a Lie " by Lauren Southern
     Or maybe not.  
"Anheuser-Busch Loses $5B Pushing Trans Agenda" by Luca Cacciatore
“Mostly Peaceful” by John Farnam
     I spent my entire Marine Corps career fighting communists.  In Recruit Training, the
Drill Instructor who taught us how to fight with a bayonet on our rifle, told us to imagine
stomping with each step and crushing the heads of communist babies.  Still a good idea.  
If you let them grow up, they are much harder to kill.  And you will need to kill them,
otherwise they will kill you and your family.  Historical truth.  
     When the old guard retires out.
     The generals are politicians (require Senate approval).  Will any colonels not surrender to
DIE (diversity [promotion based on race, not merit], inclusion [no sexual perversion is out
of bounds], equity [same outcome regardless of merit, not equality of opportunity] ).  
"Pregnant [criminal] woman shot by Walgreens employee in East Nashville" by Ethan Illers
     I love Nashville.  It's an ongoing dumpster fire.  The sound of sirens and racing cars at
night, that often crash (it's not like in the movies).  The sound of gun fire at all times of day.  
The bad guys thinking that they will never be prosecuted, because Glenn Funk is the District
Attorney (and they are correct).  But, the bad guys are often shot.  Doesn't make the news
unless the narrative can be twisted to serve an anti-gun agenda or the Black Lives Matter agenda.  
     Just as defensive gun use is under reported, so criminals getting shot is grossly under
reported.  I wonder why?  

"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology *****     *****     *****
     "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
[Cryptosystems are considered "arms" by federal law.  
ITAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations]
"I Think Faster Than Light Travel is Possible. Here's Why." by Sabine Hossenfelder
     Do you see how this applies to your cryptology?  Our messages (information) travel in
time (storage:  tapes, disks, solid state memory, etc.) or space (communication channels).  
Time in one direction (maybe more).  Space in 3 dimensions (maybe more).  
1.     Alice:  Think of a number.  Write it down, so you can't change it.  
2.     Bob:  Done.  
3.     Alice:  Reveal your number.  
4.     Bob:  <Turns the paper over to reveal 15.>  
5.     Alice:  Turn your dinner plate over.  
6.     Bob:  <Turns his dinner plate over to reveal a paper taped to the bottom of the plate
with the number 15 written on it.>
     Old magic trick.  No big deal.  You get it, right?  How does Alice's choice of where to look,
correspond to going back in time to write 15 on the paper?  How does the amount of time
between steps 4 and 5, which Alice controls, affect the game?  
     "Okay, Staff, give us a hint."  
     Two entangled particles have well defined probabilities of being in certain states.  We can't
force the wave function to collapse into a certain state.  But we will know the state of the
particle under the dinner plate, based on the state of the particle of the entangled pair that
we possess.  We force the collapse of our particle of pair A.  We now know the state of the
particle under the dinner plate.  If it is not 15, Alice waits, and checks the next entangled
pair, B.  If it is 15, Alice tells Bob to check under his plate.  
     Do you understand what Sabine is doing?  She's really sticking it to the Old Guard.  
"Why π is in the normal distribution (beyond integral tricks)" by 3Blue1Brown
     Hyper-volumes of higher dimensional hyper-spheres, very cool.  For hyper-sphere radius
of one, as the dimension goes to infinity, the hyper-volume goes to zero.  Why?  At what
radius does the volume stay fixed as dimension changes?  Is there such a radius?  
     A hyper-cube of edge length one, always has hyper-volume equal to 1 in the appropriate
     "Don't memorize.  Rather, study it until it becomes obvious."  
-- Prof. Norman Christ, Physics Department, Columbia University
     "Don't memorize theorems.  You can always derive them from first principles."  
-- Prof. Sven Hartman, Physics Department, Columbia University
     "Never memorize anything you can look up."  
-- Prof. Albert Einstein, Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton University
     This list could go on and on for pages.  Any teacher that tests students on memorized
information is wrong on many levels.  
"The Secret Link Between Thousands of Unsolved Math Problems" by Jade
     Jade talks about NP-Complete problems.  (Jade gives a baby tutorial on the connection
of Non-Determinstic Complete Polynomial time problems.  My favorite type of video.  
The test of understanding is one's ability to explain to a layman.)  
     Cited paper,
Richard M. Karp (1972). "Reducibility Among Combinatorial Problems" (PDF).
In R. E. Miller; J. W. Thatcher; J.D. Bohlinger (eds.).
Complexity of Computer Computations. New York: Plenum.  pp. 85–103.
ISBN 978-1-4684-2003-6.
Typed on a manual typewriter.  I have written many papers on a manual typewriter.  
Yes, I am that old.  One had to type 60 words per minute to be a Cryptologic Communications
Technician, MOS 2651.  One had to be able to communicate in Morse Code to get a ham
radio license.  One had to be able to communicate in ITA2 to be a Crypto Tech.  In the old
days.  We old folk reminisce (by definition).  
     I maintain my affiliation with the Middle Tennessee State University (Physics Department 
as an adjunct professor) predominantly for access to journal papers. 
"The applications of eigenvectors and eigenvalues |
That thing you heard in Endgame has other uses" by Zach Star
     What was the other thing you heard in Endgame?  
"The Strengthened Liar and Paradoxes of Incompleteness" by Dialect
     So much more eloquent than I could have stated it.  
"Hopf Fibration Explained Better than Eric Weinstein on Joe Rogan"
by The Truth w/ Carlos Farias
      Mappings of the 4-dimensional hyper-sphere onto a 3-dimensional sphere.  
"The Geometry of a Black Hole" by Dialect
      "Illusion of gravity"? or gravity.  

      "This week’s quantum news held a new version of the double-slit.  Rather than the
usual two slits at a spatial separation, the experimentalists used two slits separated in
time.  This is a weird way of saying they allowed a laser beam to either go, or not go,
through a plate at two time-intervals.  Rather than producing an interference pattern on
a screen, this setup produces an interference in the time-domain which effectively
spreads out the frequencies of the beam.  It makes more sense in maths, I swear."  
-- Sabine Hossenfelder
"Famous double-slit experiment recreated in fourth dimension by physicists" (the press release)
by Stefan Maier
"Double-slit time diffraction at optical frequencies" (the paper)
by Romain Tirole, Stefano Vezzoli, Emanuele Galiffi, Iain Robertson, Dries Maurice,
Benjamin Tilmann, Stefan A. Maier, John B. Pendry, and Riccardo Sapienza
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence   *****     *****     *****
“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.)
     The original documents are in Russian.  Bruce Schneier is working on getting us
" ‘Vulkan files’ leak reveals Putin’s global and domestic cyberwarfare tactics "
by Luke Harding, Stiliyana Simeonova, Manisha Ganguly and Dan Sabbagh
»Vulkan Files«
     I spent 3 years in high school and 3 years in college studying German language and culture.  
So, I read fairly well, and can read a physics or math text with a dictionary in hand.  
"The Vulkan Files
Secret trove offers rare look into Russian cyberwar ambitions"
By Craig Timberg, Ellen Nakashima, Hannes Munzinger, and Hakan Tanriverdi
"The Massive 3CX Supply-Chain Hack Targeted Cryptocurrency Firms
North Korean hackers appear to have used the corrupted VoIP software
to go after just a handful of crypto firms with “surgical precision.” "
by Andy Greenberg
Leaked secret documents detail up to four additional Chinese spy balloons
One balloon flew over a U.S. carrier strike group in the Pacific,
and another circumnavigated the globe with sophisticated surveillance technology
By Evan Hill, Cate Cadell, Ellen Nakashima, and Christian Shepherd
     You've got to give the Washington Post your email to read the story, but you don't
have to pay anything.  Of course, your information is invaluable.  That's why you must
have a disposable alternate identity.  You have several, right?  
     The Discord Leaks are a treasure trove.  
"Tucker Carlson: This will make you sick to your stomach"
     What's the difference between Edward Snowden and Jack Teixeira?  
"Ingraham: We’re being lied to"
     MasInt, SigInt.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     "You can’t truly call yourself 'peaceful' unless you are capable of great violence.  
If you’re not capable of violence, you’re not peaceful, you’re harmless.  
Important distinction." -- Stef Starkgaryen
     He is risen indeed.  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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