Sunday, October 15, 2023

CWP, 15 October MMXXIII Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs,
     Who do gun-control laws affect?  Law abiding citizens.  The criminals don't feel any
inhibition to using 30 round magazines in states that mandate 10 round magazines.  They
may be criminal, but they are not stupid.  
     Liberal politicians are not stupid either.  They know that by passing gun-control laws they
are effectively criminalizing the behavior of their political opponents.  This allows them
to arrest, convict, imprison, and disenfranchise (stop them from voting) their political
opponents.  It's intentional and it is evil.  It has nothing to do with community safety or
saving the children.  Much the opposite.   Gun-free-zones create unarmed victims for
armed criminals to prey upon, such as all mass murders at schools and other gun-free-zones.  
Table of Sections:  
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
All the things you can do to avoid the lethal force incident.  
Table of contents:  
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
"Short memories lead to short lives!"
"Short Memories!" by John Farnam
President Theodore Roosevelt at the Sorbonne, Paris in 1910:
     “It is not the critic who counts:  not the man who points out how the strong man
stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better.  The credit belongs to
the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and
blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because
there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms,
the great devotions, who spends himself in a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows,
in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at
least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and
timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat.”  
     "Violence is a tool that doesn't discriminate between good and evil.  
It just works." -- Tim Larkin
     [So you better master violence, because the criminal has.  You must
be willing and able to strike first.  Whoever strikes first has a huge and
continuing advantage in the fight.  Often, there is only one strike in the
fight.  Because at that point the other is incapacitated.  That's why
Bruce Lee said, real fights are short. -- Jon Low]  
     ‟We don’t decide what is necessary to survive a
lethal force encounter initiated by someone else.  
That person decides what’s necessary for us to survive.”  
– William Aprill
"Do Criminals Target a Specific Age Group?" by Shelley Hill
     "A proper self-defense mindset starts with the acceptance that there is evil in the world.  
If you don’t or can’t accept that there is evil in the world, then the mental preparation,
tool carrying, and skill acquisition are just motions gone through to feel better or “safer.”  
If you have accepted the world as it is, then all our accepted best practices logically follow."  
     "In a nutshell mindset is the acceptance of the world as it is,
not how we would like it to be, and then doing what is necessary to prepare."  
-- John Hearne
     ‟Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice.”  
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"Veterans Take Over Tennessee Town [Athens, TN]" by Liberty Doll
     Oh, this is real.  Sometimes you have to shoot the sheriff and his deputies.  
Otherwise, you live under oppression.  
     There are a lot of corrupt law enforcement agents.  If you don't shoot them
first, they will arrest you and put you in prison for the rest of your life.  
[You might be able to prove your innocence.  But you'll have spent 30 years
in prison and someone will have expended hundreds of thousands, if not millions,
of dollars in legal fees.  My state Senator, Mark Pody, worked a long time to
get an innocent man out of prison.]  
Your choice.  
     The Second Amendment to the U.S. Constitution gives you the choice.  
Fighting the government is never fun or easy.  You often end up doing it
by yourself, because the vast majority of people are cowards who would
never raise a gun against the government.  
     American Revolutionary War:  
~10% of the colonists took up arms against the British government.  
     War of Northern Aggression (Civil War to all you liberal Yankees):  
31,443,322 population of the U.S.
2,100,000 Number of Northerners mobilized to fight for the Union army.  
880,000 Number of Southerners mobilized to fight for the Confederacy.  
9.5% of population took up arms on either side.  
Less than 1% of population have ever served in any form of Armed Forces.  
How many of them do you think will be willing to shoot the police, deputies,
federal agents, et al?  
     But that's okay.  Because as the Tennesseans of Athens showed us,
it only takes a handful of brave men to overthrow a corrupt government.  
As the Marine Corps taught us in the classroom, you only have to kill
10% of the enemy unit to cause it to panic.  In the real world, often much
less than 10%.  In my anecdotal biased experience, you can get the enemy
to panic and scatter without killing any of them.  Of course, it helps to
get the enemy to blow themselves up (Electronic Counter Measures) or to
shoot at each other (Signals Intelligence).  Which is fairly easy to do.  
     “Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- Lt. Gen. David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
“I Saw an Opportunity and I Took It.” by Greg Ellifritz
     If you don't understand how criminals think, you will consider them
human or a child of God and hesitate to immediately kill them.  
That hesitation will allow them to kill you and your loved ones.  
You will easily identify them, if you don't choose to close your eyes.  
     ‷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
     For us, civilian defenders, the primary mission is to avoid the fight.  
“How do you win a gunfight?  Don't be there.” -- John Farnam
This requires situational awareness and a good mindset (an acceptance there there is
evil in this world, and I don't care if people think I'm rude or racist, I will walk away).  
     The secondary mission, because you failed to avoid the fight, is avoid getting hurt.  
"You win gunfights by not getting shot." -- John Holschen
     The tertiary mission, because the assailant is pressing the assault, is to stop the
attack immediately.  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get." -- John Holschen
You must know exactly where to apply force to immediately incapacitate the enemy.  
Huge criminal and civil liability.  If your counter-attack does not instantly stop the
enemy, you won't be charged with murder, because you're dead.  You may be charged
with murder if the enemy dies within a year of your counter-attack.  But you have
to be alive to be charged.  Always better to be alive, as you might get conjugal visits
in prison.  
     The power of proper mindset.
     Neighbor called to ask for help.  Young black males, known to be violent and
aggressive, were in the parking lot blasting their music from their cars and doing
their drugs.  The noise was waking her kids and rattling her windows.  This was
after dark, about 20:00 hours on a week night.  So, I get dressed and go out to
politely ask them to turn down the music and to leave.  No, really, I was sincerely
polite.  One of them tells me it's a free country and he can do whatever he likes.  
I point out that he is on private property and he is waking the children.  
He wants to fight.  So, I move in to attack.  He jumps back obviously scared,
taken by surprise that the old chink was going to fight.  And not just fight, the
chink was going to attack.  (I never displayed a weapon.)  They left.  
     Learn from my mistake.  Don't be eager to get into fights, just because you
haven't in a long time.  Even if you're sure you're going to win, you might not.  
I knew to do my breathing exercises to lower my pulse rate, but hesitated to do
so, because I was enjoying the elevated pulse rate and adrenaline dump.  I guess
I am still addicted to combat.  Don't be like me.  You end up alone.  
     The next morning, the drug dealer (female) who lives in the apartment two
doors away from mine, calls the apartment manager to complain that I confronted
her guests in the parking lot.  The apartment manager warns me that one more
complaint and they will not renew my lease.  
     No good deed ever goes unpunished.  
***** Situational Awareness *****
"Are Those Really Gunshots?" by Greg Ellifritz
     "Being embarrassed is far better than being dead."  
     “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  
     Tennessee Highway Patrol says, get your wheels aligned and then put a piece
of tape at 12 o'clock on your steering wheel.  That way when one of your tires is
low or the wheels go out of alignment or something else is wrong, you'll be able
to tell because the steering wheel won't be centered when driving straight ahead.  
     ‟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, "Principles of Personal Defense"
     “I care not for a man's ‘religion,' whose dog and cat are not the better for it.”
-- Abraham Lincoln
"How do you do?" by John Farnam
     “Free advice is usually overpriced” -- Charles McKenzie
"More Bear Stories!" by John Farnam
     Referring to this incident,
"Canadian couple killed by ‘desperate’ grizzly bear were
highly skilled hikers who ‘took every precaution’: friends"  
by Alyssa Guzman
     This is what happens to tree huggers who refuse to carry guns.  
Can't carry in Canada, MOVE to a free state!  
Yes, as a matter of fact, it is that simple.  
"Slaughter of the Innocent!" by John Farnam [Israeli war]
     Referring to the incident covered by these articles,
"Update!" by John Farnam [Israeli war]
"Lessons!" by John Farnam
From Dr. Stephen P. Wenger --
     I have repeatedly made the point that security must be layered.
    Serious burglars know that there is a lag time for police to respond to an
electronic alarm.  However, safes and similar precautions, in most areas,
may delay them long enough not to risk sticking around long enough for
police to arrive.  
    Although a dog may be neutralized, it may be one more layer that can
be added to deterrence, which is key.  Before the corporate consolidation
of the alarm industry,  many professionals in that field would concede that
the most important part of an alarm system is the signage warning that the
premises are alarmed (preferably with signage from a different company
than the alarm service, should a burglar think that he knows how to disable
a particular brand).  
    One of my last pair of students queried me as to why I had an alarm
sign posted prominently in front of my home.  Despite my explanation,
he refused to accept the premise that deterrence is preferable to the
damage from a forced entry and the gamble that police will respond in
time to catch the burglars in the act, which he regarded as the function
of an alarm system.  
    When I first moved here, I was amazed at the relatively low rate of
residential burglaries in an area where many homes are not occupied
year-round.  It finally struck me that the area tweakers figured that if
they are detected by a homeowner or a neighbor, they are more likely,
here in elk country, to get shot with a rifle of .270 or higher power than
with a handgun.  
    Perhaps the worst-case scenario - as happened a several years ago in
Utah, I believe before you subscribed to the Digest - is for a known
owner of guns to answer the door unprepared and end up forced at
gunpoint to open up his own safe for the robbers.  As I try to recall the
details of that incident, I believe that he was murdered after he opened
his safe.  
-- Stephen P. Wenger
"How to Grip a Handgun: Do's and Don'ts"
by Frank Melloni
     How to grip your handgun so as not to cut or burn yourself.  
This is no joke.  If you go to a public range, you will see this all the time.  
You should consider it your duty to point out these mistakes, so the poor
newbie doesn't get hurt.  (Though it may not be a newbie.)  
     Of course, no good deed goes unpunished.  She will think you're hitting
on her.  He will think you're trying to make him look stupid in front of his
girlfriend.  Etc.  But you're up to it, right?  
     I've been to private indoor ranges (open to the public), where the paid
range safety officers would not intervene unless the shooter was endangering
other shooters.  They told me, if the shooter cuts or burns himself that's his
problem.  Well, ya, but it may also turn him off to shooting.  That's one gun
owner you lost, or one liberal you failed to convert into a pro-gun person.  
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
     Don’t go to stupid places.  
     Don’t associate with stupid people.  
     Don’t do stupid things.  
     Be in bed by 10:00 PM.  (Your own bed!)  
     Don’t look like a freak.  
     Don’t fail the attitude test.  
----- Training (figuring 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)
--- Start of Classes ---
FPF (John Murphy)
"John Murphy and The Skill Acquisition Paradigm" by Lee Weems
Trident Concept Courses (Jeff L. Gonzales)
Professional level courses for military, law enforcement and government agencies.
     For those who have graduated from the Rangemaster Instructor Development
(three day course),
"Advanced Firearms Instructor Development Course" (two day course), $581.73
February 17, 2024 · 9am - February 18, 2024 · 6pm CST
Royal Range USA
7741 U.S. Route 70 South
Nashville, TN 37221
     I am racing against time attempting to juggle my schedule to attend,
because this course always sells out months in advance.  

--- End of Classes ---
     “Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something.”  
-- John Farnam
     “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
     "Those motivated by a desire to improve their
gunfighting skills as opposed to a quest for trophies,
must be willing to bleed ego on the match results
to avoid shedding blood in combat."  
-- Andy Stanford
     ‟Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice.”  
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get competent at that task) -----
     “Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans.”  
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
     ‶Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.″  
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
     “Perfection is not attainable.  
But if we chase perfection,
we can catch excellence.”  
– Vince Lombardi
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
     ‟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 *****     *****     *****
     Suggestions on how to deal with the incident that you failed to avoid.  
Table of contents:  
----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it,
which tactics to use, which includes walking away) -----
     “How do you win a gunfight?  
Don't be there.”  
-- John Farnam
     "You win gunfights by not getting shot."  
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (maneuver and fire in support of your strategy) -----
     "Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
"Here's What a Predator Looks Like and How They Attack Their Victim"
by Jason Hanson
     The primary thing is to let the bad guy know that he no longer has the element of
     “Fortuitous outcomes reinforce poor tactics.”  
-- Chuck Haggard
"Should You Verbally Challenge A Burglar?" by Docent
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, Escape
     This is very useful!  
"Knife Attacks: Dealing with the Charging Attacker" by Greg Ellifritz
     Yes, the tactic is counter-intuitive, as many correct things in life are.  
That's why you must get training.  As Claude Werner says,
"You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to have the answers before the criminal tests you."  
     Over the past decades, I have taught many things that I believed to be correct,
that I now know are wrong.  So, I don't teach them anymore.  I try to keep up
with best practices.  Things change.  It is a mistake of youth to think that the way
things are is the way things have always been.  Strive for constant improvement.  
To stagnate is, in a very real sense, to die.  
     "The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics,
                             especially when disabled or under stress) -----
     "Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
"The Importance Of The Press Check" by Richard A. Mann
     The chamber check, as well as the magazine check, are essential administrative
actions.  Such checks are not combat actions.  They are essential in training,
practice, and testing situations.  
     The comments (in the comments section after the article) saying that such
checks are "tacti-cool" or "a sign of incompetence" are ignorance.  
"Retention Shooting: A Few Articles" by Docent
     In fencing, they call it "in fighting".  When the bodies are touching, the fencer
needs to pull his grip away from the opponent, so as to be able to bring the tip of
the sword to bear on the opponent.  
     In the gun community, they call it Close Quarter Combat.  The shooter needs to
pull his grip (usually by pulling his elbow) away from the opponent, so as to prevent
the opponent from grabbing the shooter's pistol.  Also to prevent the slide from being
pushed out of battery.  Pistol no fire when slide out of battery.  
"How to Shoot a Gun Accurately - Front Sight Focus"
     How to focus on the front sight.  Where to aim on the target.  Focusing fixes your
sight alignment.  
     You will only learn things you believe in.  
     Whether you believe you can, or believe you can't, you're right!  
     "An openly carried gun is no deterrent to criminality.  If it were, we wouldn’t
have so many cops being attacked lately.  If it doesn’t work for them as a deterrent
against harm, it sure won’t work for you.  Understand you may make yourself a
target because the gun is visible!  The Law of the Jungle makes clear that the gun
on your hip does not belong to you, it belongs to whoever wants it the most."  
-- Greg Ellifritz
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
Suggestions on how to treat your wounds; avoid prosecution, conviction, and prison time.  
Table of contents:  
----- Aftermath (You must be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.) -----
     If you're going to carry a pistol for self-defense, you better have an insurance policy
(or whatever the proper term is).  Don't want to end up destitute and in prison for the
act of saving your life or the lives of your loved ones.
"So You've Decided to Purchase Self Defense Liability Protection"
by Paul T. Martin
Cited paper,
     There is a table at the end of the paper, but it's dated.  
      Andrew Branca recommeds and uses CCW Safe.  
Massad Ayoob (on the board of Armed Citizens' Legal Defense Network) says,
"Read the fine print".  Because every policy is different, very different.  
I carry U.S. Law Shield.  Because they are the only ones that will cover cops and
private security guards.  
     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.  
The various policies are drastically different.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
"Firearms Legal Protection (FLP) Self-Defense Policy Review for 2023"
by Attorney Marc J. Victor
     Wow!  There are some real problems with the contract.  Yes, I also have
this coverage.  
"US LawShield Self-Defense Policy Review (2023)"
by Attorney Marc J. Victor
     “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 of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
     “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
----- Medical -----
     "If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House
     After Action Report on Narcan training by Jeremy Reese, TN Department of Health.  
There was a lot of information.  I'm just paraphrasing from my notes and memory.  
     You are not training to save the scum bag drug addicts.  You are training to save the
innocent little babies poisoned by the careless drug addicts, who left the fentanyl in
the baby's crib.  
     Opioids will hinder breathing.  The person who has overdosed will not be breathing
or he will sound like he is snoring.  He is not snoring, he is suffocating.  
     If in doubt, administer Narcan.  It can't hurt.  It has no adverse reactions.  It has no
side effects.  Though, by stripping all of the opioids from the receptors, it may cause
the subject to display violent psychotic behavior.  As this may be the first time in ten
years that he has not had any opioids attached to his receptors.  
     If the subject is non-responsive and you notice an ashen complexion on a Black
person or blue finger tips and lips on a White person, perform a sternum rub.  If
no response, call 911 and request an ambulance, spray the Narcan into the subject's nose.  
They don't have to be breathing.  Lay them on their back and tilt their head backward.  
The Narcan will drip down to the blood barrier and get into their blood stream and
into their brain.  
     NEVER attempt mouth to mouth resuscitation without a correctly working
barrier.  The drug addict has been sharing needles and using dirty needles.  You
will get infected.  Which means debilitating disease and death.  
     Start CPR.  
     After 2 to 3 minutes spray more Narcan into both nostrils.  
     Repeat until the subject becomes responsive or the EMT arrives.  
     Opioids attach to receptors in the brain causing euphoria.  Narcan knocks the opioids
out of the receptors and takes their place in the receptors, thereby blocking the opioids
from attaching to the receptors.  Narcan only works for 30 to 90 minutes.  After that
the opioids will knock the Narcan out of the receptors and attach to the receptors,
causing a relapse in about 2 hours.  So you have to call 911 immediately and stay
with the subject until the ambulance arrives.  Roll the subject into the recovery position.  
So they don't drown in their own vomit.  
     In any case, you cannot be charged with any sort of crime.  Because of the
Tennessee Addition Treatment Act and the
Tennessee Good Samaritan Act.  
     2mg of fentanyl is lethal.  
     You cannot get a fentanyl overdose by touching fentanyl.  Just wash it off with
soap and cold water.  92% of media coverage concerning fentanyl is false.  
     Fentanyl is mixed into every type of drug smuggled into the U.S.  The ingredients
are made in China and shipped to Mexico.  The Mexican drug cartels cook the
ingredients into fentanyl, but often make mistakes thereby generating one of 25 or
more fentanyl analogs.  They are not chemists nor pharmacists.  There is no quality
control.  Some of the analogs are 100,000 times stronger than fentanyl.  They cannot
be used as drugs, because any amount will cause overdose and death.  
     Fentanyl is by far the cheapest drug on the market.  Therefore, the highest profit
margin.  Addiction causes an inelastic supply-demand curve.  
     The normal person who takes fentanyl feels euphoria hundreds of times that of
sex or eating a pizza.  And so chases the euphoria, which gets harder and harder to
achieve as he builds up a tolerance to the drug.  
     The addict wakes up sick everyday and will spend all day stealing (because he
is too sick to work any sort of job, there is no such thing as a functioning addict)
to get the money to buy the drugs to stop the feeling of sickness.  It's not that he is
chasing euphoria, he is running from sickness.  
     And then it gets worse.  
----- Survival -----
" ‘Calling forth the Militia’ – Americans Prepare for Terror Attacks "
by Lee Williams
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     "Clearly, Joe Biden helped get us into this dire situation.
    Biden allowed millions of military-age males to enter this country illegally,
including hundreds on the terror watch list.  You could see them rallying
yesterday in major cities across the United States, celebrating the terrorist
atrocities in Israel.  
    Biden ignored Iranian sanctions and allowed them to generate more than
$40 billion in oil revenue, which they used to fund their terror campaigns.  
And then he gave them $6 billion more in an ill-conceived ransom payment.  
    Biden gifted the terrorists in Afghanistan more than $7 billion in military
equipment, including aircraft, armored vehicles, explosives, small arms and
ammunition.  Time will tell if these weapons are being used against Israeli
Defense Forces.  
    While he was arming terrorists, Biden used every trick in the book to
disarm law-abiding Americans.  He even created an office in the White House
to coordinate his plans for total civilian disarmament.  
     In fact, when you look at the totality of his actions, it makes you wonder
whose side Biden is even on."  
     "We are the well-regulated militia the Framers had in mind when they wrote the
Second Amendment.  It is time to accept that responsibility.  You’ll need a good rifle;
a handgun is also recommended.  You’ll need ammunition stored in magazines since
ammo in a cardboard box will do you little good.  You’ll also need training – professional
training.  Find an instructor who understands how to shoot, move, and communicate."    
     "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 *****     *****     *****
Table of contents:  
     "You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
"Rangemaster OCTOBER 2023 NEWSLETTER"
"Weekend Knowledge Dump- October 13, 2023" by Greg Ellifritz
     I read "More Tactical Reality" by Louis Awerbuck.  Here are  some of the things
I learned:  [After all these years, when I read his words, I can hear his accent.]  
     "The young man knows the rules.  The old man knows the exceptions."  
     "The primary objective of this article is to suggest that you use the right tool for the
     An old carpenter once taught me to use 19 - 20 hammer strokes per minute to pound
a nail into wood.  If you use the correct weight hammer, everything runs smoothly.  If
the hammer is too light, using 40 strokes a minute results in a bunch of misses, and
the nail still doesn't penetrate.  Use too heavy a hammer at 10 strokes per minute, and
you'll mar the wood and probably smack your thumb."  
     [Concerning the various forms of iron sights] ". . . lateral offset and / or high-impact
groups, and shot placement can often be attributed to quirks of optical / mental
misperception of sight picture and alignment.  . . .  dependent on the current ambient
light conditions and actual physical construction, dimensions, and shape of the sights
themselves.  It can baffle both shooter and instructor alike and often leads to a
misdiagnosis by the coach."  
     "Yes, you practice malfunctions on a firing range — but you know in advance
they're going to occur.  Yes, you practice shooting and moving, use of cover, and
speed-loading on a range — but it's all predetermined.  . . .  
. . . you need a brain to fight — you may not have an operational gun available."  
     ". . . most shooters know that yanking on the trigger will cause inaccurate hits,
nowhere near as many realize that more shots are lost after the striker whacks
the primer than before.  This occurs primarily because immediately after the
powder is ignited, the shooter relaxes before the bullet exits the gun barrel.  
. . . accompanied by the insatiable human desire for  instant gratification —
in this case, not refocusing on a metallic front sight — leads to the shootist
looking for the bullet impact before the weapon's firing cycle is completed."  
      ". . . Jeff Cooper's ʽcenter of mass’ – like so many other things in recent
years – has been bastardized and plagiarized to the extent that it has now been
misconstrued as meaning center of mass of the upper torso — and this not what
he initially intended.  The idea is to shoot center of mass of the part or portion
of the target that you wish to strike — and this isn't always center of the upper
torso."  [Notice Louis' correct use of the m and n dashes.  Precision of language is
precision of thought. -- Jon Low]  
     ". . . you had better be able to operate ALL of your firearms ambidextrously.  
And ambidextrous doesn't mean drawing your pistol right-handed, transferring
it to your left paw, and then shooting the range drill left-handed.  . . .   the chances
in a fight of your taking a hit as you're transferring the handgun from hand to hand
are the same numerical likelihood as this author [male] falling pregnant."  
     ". . . the prime cause of lost shots — poor follow-through — . . . "  
     "While all and sundry are enamored of quotes like those of Steinbeck's King Arthur
“the final weapon is the brain” ilk, most don't really and truly practice the theme,
relying more on shooting expertise than situational analysis, movement, attacking
and defending from nonconventional body positions, etc."  
     "Patience may be a virtue, and maybe all good things come to those who wait,
but it must be balanced with action and alacrity when your life's at stake.  If you
don't have a brain, it doesn't matter how well you shoot."  
     "Light travels faster than sound.  This is why some people appear bright until
you hear them speak."  [This is an excerpt from an essay in which Louis explains
the Dunning-Kruger effect long before the paper was published. -- Jon Low]  
     "There are many nuances to the art of shooting, even though it's easy to explain
basic principles to somebody.  The problem is that everybody is, to a greater or
lesser extent, different — mentally and anatomically — and the trick is to be able
to analyze and correct the individual's root problem.  
     If this is not done at the formative stage, one can spend literally years and
thousands of rounds of ammo perfecting garbage.  Knowledge of anatomy and
amateur psychology are almost mandatory to become a true marksman — and
going into battle with anything less is relying on pure dumb luck."  
     "As Pat Rogers says, survival is merely the by-product of winning."  
     "Hearing, vision, and fine motor skills degrade inversely proportionately to
heart rate — it's as plain and simple as that.  A 140 - 150 pulse is about the break
point at which the degradation starts to take a heavy toll, so it's no wonder that
fighting abilities are almost nullified when people pump higher — some have
been measured at 300!  . . .  
. . . how to reduce the problem . . .
Breathe in three or four seconds; hold your breath three or four seconds; breathe
out three or four seconds.  Repeat half-a-dozen times."  
     [In the context of using bad tactics in training.]  "In fact it's going so well why
don't you try the same technique a third time — and a surprising number of people
do just that — because you know you won't be killed.  That's the beauty of training
— you get to commit suicide over and over.  . . .
     The object of training is to learn from your mistakes and simulate reality — not
to yuk it up and take chances you wouldn't take for real merely because you're not
going to get hurt."  
     "Fear is not an instinct; it is learned.  And if it is learned, it can be unlearned
and conquered."  
     "If you try to shoot a one-inch group on a one-inch target, you will invariably
shoot a three-inch group.  On the other hand, if you shoot for center of mass of
a six-inch area, you will shoot a one-inch group — it's as simple as that.  
It's called mental control under pressure.  Make the overall target as large as
possible and you will inversely proportionately reduce the amount of self-induced
pressure, which resultantly reduces trigger control and sight picture follow-through
     [In the context of head shots.]  "The key points to remember are
(a) the human neck doesn't elongate, so the cranial motion is more ‶bobbing″ in
nature than actual lateral and vertical distance traveled; and
(b) the head doesn't ‶reduce″ in size like other body parts unless it's partially
obscured by something or someone in the foreground."
     This doesn't pertain to defensive pistolcraft, but I think it's important to know
what the rifle guys are talking about when they talk about this stuff.  
"Optics Terms Defined: Contrast to Focal Plane" by NRA Staff
"Optics Terms Defined: Magnification to Objective Lens" by NRA Staff
"Optics Terms Defined: Ocular Lens and Parallax" by NRA Staff
     [This whole discussion assumes we are talking about variable magnification
     1st focal plane, aka front focal plane, means the reticle is etched into a lens
before the light gets to the magnification section of the scope.  So the reticle is
fixed to the target, meaning that the reticle grows and shrinks with the target as
magnification is adjusted.  The windage and elevation markings of the reticle are
correct at any magnification.  
     2nd focal plane, aka rear focal plane, means the reticle is etched into a lens
after the light goes through the magnification section of the scope.  So the reticle
is fixed to the shooter's eye, meaning that the reticle always appears to be the same
size no matter what the magnification is.  The windage and elevation marking on
the reticle are only correct for one magnification setting, usually the maximum
     Moving the ocular lens adjusts the focus of the reticle to the vision of the shooter's
eye.  So this adjustment must be made for each shooter and whatever glasses or
contact lenses the shooter is wearing at the time.  This adjustment has a bearing on
the parallax, but is not the primary adjustment for parallax.  
     Moving the objective lens adjusts the focus of the target to the vision of the shooter's
eye.  So this adjustment must be made for each shooter and whatever glasses or contact
lenses the shooter is wearing at the time.  This is the primary adjustment for parallax,
if the focus at that distance corresponds to the parallax at that distance.  
-- Jon Low]
"First Focal Plane vs. Second Focal Plane Scopes Explained: Which is Best?"
by Joseph von Benedikt
"FFP vs SFP Riflescopes: Which Should You Get?"
by Richard Mann
     Nice pictures demonstrating the difference.  
"Register Now for Public-Land Christmas Tree Permits
Yes, we're bringing up Christmas before it's even Halloween.  
Will you forgive us if we tell you about $5 trees?"
by NRA Family Staff
     Going into the forest and cutting down your own Christmas tree!
Bring guns.  Bear spray does not work.  (Well, it works for the bear.  
She gets a yummy meal.)  There are also nasty humans in the forest
that need to be dealt with.  But fewer than going to buy a Christmas
tree in town.  (Going into town is always a bad idea.)  
     "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
     Sometimes we win!  
"Win in Hawaii protecting gun permit applicants from gross privacy violations"
by John Petrolino
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
Law of Self Defense by Andrew Branca (free book, just pay shipping)
"The 5 Elements of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca (free of charge)
"Dr. John Lott, Jr.:
94% of Mass Public Shootings Occur in Places Where Guns Are Banned - 12/15/2022"
     The purpose of gun-free-zones is to create unarmed victims for armed criminal
to prey upon, including criminal government agents.  Those who advocate
gun-free-zones are evil.  
     "The very atmosphere of firearms anywhere and everywhere restrains
evil interference - they deserve a place of honor with all that is good."  
-- George Washington
     "From a Rebel Leader, engaged in the overthrow of a tyrannical government . . ."
-- C. Richard Archie
     In case you missed the HUGE ATF NEWS, FPC has helped deliver another
blow to the agency's tyrannical Pistol Brace Ban.  
     A Federal District Court has issued a preliminary injunction that is identical
to the emergency injunction handed down by the Fifth Circuit.  
     Translation:  ATF is BARRED from enforcing the ban against FPC,
all FPC Members, as well as all individual plaintiffs and their families,
Maxim Defense - and all its customers!  
Stay Free,
Firearms Policy Coalition
United States v. ZACKEY RAHIMI"
     The feminists and "Me Too" activists would have you believe all women.  
But only about 50% of female complaints (the ones actually filed and signed
by a real female) of rape and sexual assault are true.  That is to say that
50% are verifiably false.  I first learned of this statistic while a military policeman.  
But the statistic is the same in the civilian world.  So laws requiring the police
to make an arrest when the female says, "He choked me." or whatever the magic
words are in your jurisdiction, prevent any discretion on the part of the police
     "Without such laws, police would never arrest."  
     Probably true.  Because any experienced officer knows that the complaint is
false and that she will withdraw the complaint before trial (wasting everyone's
time).  I have a friend who is a magistrate here in Nashville.  He tells the women
that he will press charges against them for filing a false complaint, if they
withdraw their complaint.  Doesn't matter, they still press the complaint and
later withdraw the complaint.  (Because:  I love him.  He didn't mean to break
my jaw.  Etc.)  They claim it never happened.  They claim it was the police
officer's fault.  The police forced her to file the complaint.  And other such
     In Tennessee, the police don't need a complaint to arrest a suspect.  
If it's clear that the guy was beating on the gal, the police will arrest.  They're
happy to.  But when there is no evidence of the guy beating the gal, the gal's
complaint forces the police to arrest the guy.  The gal just says the magic words,
and all of the frequent fliers know the magic words.  And the police are forced
by law to arrest.  It's $800 to $1000 in legal fees to get the arrest record expunged.  
     Please subscribe to the Crime Prevention Research Center newsletter.
     I had breakfast with a criminal defense attorney who practices in the Middle
Tennessee area.  He told me that 95% of his cases are plea deals that never go
to trial.  He files to go to trial more than any of the other attorneys in the area
(Wilson County, TN).  But a lot of the other 5% never go to trial either.  They
just linger until the prosecutor drops the case, which is a win.  The prosecutor
can let the case drag on for years without doing anything.  Ya, there is a
Constitutional right to a speedy trial, but all kinds of things can legally and
correctly prevent the case from going to trial.  Everyday that you're not
convicted is a good day.  Take as many of them as you can.  
"Israel Loosens Gun Laws After Unprecedented Terror Attack"
by Stephen Gutowski
     "Israeli Minister of National Security Itamar Ben-Gvir announced on Sunday he
has ordered officials responsible for issuing gun licenses to broaden its standards.  
As the death toll inflicted by terror group Hamas grew to over 600, Ben-Gvir said
he wants more Israelis to be able to legally arm themselves.  
     “Today I directed the Firearms Licensing Division to go on an emergency
operation in order to allow as many citizens as possible to arm themselves,”
he posted, according to a Google translation.  “The plan will take effect within
24 hours.”  
     [They are being massacred and the Israeli government responds by loosening the
gun-control laws.  As opposed to passing out guns and ammunition to its citizens,
as did the Ukrainians.  A noteworthy difference. -- Jon Low]  
Hello Jonathan,
     This week the 9th Circuit, sitting en banc, granted a request by California's
Attorney General to leave in place the state's current ban on standard-capacity
     In doing so, they stand in open rebellion against the United States Supreme
Court--purportedly their superiors--in their refusal to even pretend to apply the
constitutional legal analysis required by the Court's decision in Bruen.  
     Join me today as I read the petulant 6-page majority opinion continuing the
denial of Second Amendment rights to law-abiding Californians.  
     Much more importantly, I also read the substantive 36-page dissent which
would find the standard-capacity magazine ban unconstitutional.  This dissent
is a solidly grounded legal analysis deeply sourced in the Supreme Court's
modern Second Amendment jurisprudence, including Heller, McDonald, and
     It also reflects appropriate outrage at the feckless 9th Circuit majority.  
-- Andrew Branca
"9th Circuit in OPEN REBELLION Against Supreme Court on Second Amendment!"
by Law of Self Defense
    “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
"Why ‘eye dominance’ is critical for pistol success" by Mike Ox
     For my competitive target shooters, I teach --
Keep both eyes wide open and relaxed.  Relax the facial muscles.  If you use the
muscles in your eye lid to close one eye, you will cause fibrillation, which will
cause fibrillation in your aiming eye.  
     Use a blinder that allows light to enter your non-aiming eye.  Otherwise, the
lack of light will cause the non-aiming eye pupil to dilate, forcing the aiming eye
pupil to dilate, causing a decrease in resolution.  
     Release the shot at the respiratory pause between the exhale and the inhale.  
But never hold your breath for more than 7 seconds, because the partial pressure
of oxygen in your blood will decrease causing a loss of fine visual acuity.  You
won't notice it, but it's real.  
     For my self-defense shooters (which is combat shooting), I teach --
Close your non-aiming eye for the fraction of a second needed to release the shot.  
This eliminates the double image, which would cause a right-handed shooter using
his right eye to aim to miss way off to the left of the target.  Because Murphy's Law
guarantees that you will be using the wrong image.  
     Murphy's Law:  anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible
     To defeat Murphy's Law, you must eliminate anything from your combat system
that can go wrong.  This doesn't mean you will win.  It means you won't be helping
the enemy.  
     "Teach them diligently . . . "
-- Deuteronomy 6:7
     Unless you are teaching some other type of class, you should explain to your students
that this is a defensive (As opposed to offensive.  The Marine Corps has offensive
training, if you are interested.) pistol course designed for civilian concealed carry for
self-defense (primary objective is to escape).  This is not a competitive target shooting
class (racing to win the game).  This is not a hunting class (stalking, trailing, tracking).  
This is not a law enforcement class (duty to pursue and arrest).  This is not a military
class (responsibility to initiate lethal force assumed by high authority, mission to destroy
the enemy by fire and maneuver, and if necessary, to destroy the enemy by fire and
close combat).  
     For us, civilian defenders, the primary mission is to avoid the fight.  
“How do you win a gunfight?  Don't be there.” -- John Farnam
This requires situational awareness and a good mindset.  
     The secondary mission, because you failed to avoid the fight, is avoid getting hurt.  
"You win gunfights by not getting shot." -- John Holschen
     The tertiary mission, because the assailant is pressing the assault, is to stop the
attack immediately.  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get." -- John Holschen
You must know exactly where to apply force to immediately incapacitate the enemy.  
Huge criminal and civil liability.  If your counter-attack does not instantly stop the
enemy, you won't be charged with murder, because you're dead.  You may be charged
with murder if the enemy dies within a year of your counter-attack.  But you have
to be alive to be charged.  Always better to be alive, as you might get conjugal visits
in prison.  
     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
[That's why you must prime the pump by having your students read your book
or documents for the class before the class.]
     There is a classic psychology experiment that we studied as under grads.  
     You train a dog to execute a behavior when shown a square.  He executes
the behavior, you reward him by giving him a treat.  
     Then you train the dog to execute another behavior when shown a circle.  
He executes the behavior, you reward him by giving him a treat.  
     Once the dog is comfortable with these two commands and behaviors,
you start showing the dog things that are between a circle and a square.  
The dog cannot decide which behavior to execute.  This induces a neurotic
behavior in the dog.  
     You will see this neurotic behavior in your shooters who are trying to aim
with a rear sight notch that is too small for the front sight post.  They cannot
easily keep the front sight in the rear sight notch, so they struggle, so they
become neurotic.  
     The solution is to machine out the rear sight notch.  Usually by 2/100th
of an inch or so, so that there is ample light on both sides of the front sight
when aiming.  So the shooter can easily keep the front sight in the rear
sight notch.  (You also may need to machine the rear sight notch deeper down.  
So the segments of light on either side of the front sight post are easier to see.)  
     This can also be seen with red-dot-sight shooters.  The solution is to
reduce the magnification, bring the target close to the shooter, increase the
size of the target, make the dot bigger, etc.  
     With practice, the wobble will decrease.  But being realistic, the shooter
might not practice enough to accomplish this.  So the above solutions are
given to reduce the neurotic effect.  Which will make practice much more
enjoyable for the shooter.  
     At a class in which I was a student, another student was scattering her shots
left and right.  When I asked to inspect her pistol, I could not see any light on
either side of her front sight.  Either her front sight was too wide or her rear
sight notch was too narrow.  I explained this to her.  But some instructor had
told her that her sights were correct, so she believed him and wouldn't change
or fix her sights.  Extremely destructive teaching.  I speculate that the other
instructor's arms were shorter than hers, so the sights worked for the instructor.  
     “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
"Why do Handguns Appear more Effective in Stopping Bear Attacks than Rifles and Shotguns?"  
by Dean Weingarten
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.  
     The reasoning applies to self-defense use of force.  That's why it's better to use a pistol
than a rifle or shotgun.  In-fighting is a bitch with a long gun.  
     An instructor (I can't remember who it was.  It was one of the big names that you
would recognize.) teaches his students to use the weapon that they practice with the
most for home defense.  For most of us, that's the pistol, not the rifle or shotgun.  
From an email from Jason Hanson --
"Proof you should carry concealed while driving"
     Randy S. lives in Las Vegas, Nevada.
One day, he was driving near Harry Reid International Airport when he was the
victim of a carjacking.  
     Police were searching for a man who’d been seen spraying graffiti near the airport.  
The suspect took off running as police approached.  The suspect jumped a wall and
ran into heavy Las Vegas traffic with a gun in his hand and fired shots.  
He pointed his gun at drivers until he forced someone to stop.  That driver was Randy.
As the suspect pointed his gun at him, Randy drew his own pistol and fired two rounds
at the criminal.  The 30-year-old suspect was transported to the hospital where he died
from his injuries.  At the time of the incident, police said that Randy was the victim
of a carjacking and wasn’t facing any criminal charges.  
     These days, drivers have so many things to be aware of . . .
From car accidents to carjackings there is no question that people are vulnerable in
their cars.  This is just one of the many reasons I always carry concealed.  When
carrying a gun in their vehicle, many people put their gun in the glove box, console,
or under their seat.  This is because, for some people, it’s not comfortable to carry
a gun on your body while driving.  But I always keep my gun on my body – even
when I’m driving.  The amount of time it could take to get your gun out from the
glove box or from under the seat is precious time wasted.  By the time you’re able
to draw your gun, it could already be too late.  A criminal might already be in your
car by then.  Since I believe the best place to carry your gun in your car is on your
body, here are a few options to do that.  
Carrying concealed on the hip is the most common way people carry.  But, in a
vehicle it can be hard to draw a pistol from your hip.  Most people will need to
move their bodies or shoulders to the opposite side to give them enough space
to safely draw.  So, when you get in your car, always make sure to clear your
cover garment from the gun.  The clothing could make it impossible to get your
gun.  And you want the clothing to be loose even when your seatbelt is fastened.  
     Cross draw:
I’m not a big fan of cross-draw holsters but sitting in the car is one of the times
it could make sense.  A cross-draw holster sits with the butt of the gun forward.  
So, it’s relatively easy to reach across the body to draw the gun instead of
reaching back to the hip or other location.  A gun holstered in the cross-draw
position shouldn't be easy to see by others when you are driving.  But when you
get out of the car you would need to put on a jacket to cover the pistol.  
If you are considering a cross-draw holster, I would check out the ones made
by DeSantis.
     Shoulder holster:
If you spend a lot of time driving (for example a truck driver or taxi driver)
your best option might be a shoulder holster.  Shoulder holsters are fast and
can be one of the most comfortable ways to conceal a gun.  The drawback is
that you would need to wear a jacket to cover the holster, even when driving.  
If you are considering a shoulder holster, I suggest brands such as Safariland
and Galco.  
     Ankle carry:
I’m not a fan of ankle carry.  But, in a car it can work.  The good thing about
carrying a gun on your ankle in the car is that you can draw it without anyone
seeing it.  If someone is approaching your car you can lean forward and have
your hand on your gun before they know it.  While ankle holsters are good
for being in a seated position, the problem is when you get out of your car
you still have a weapon on your ankle.  This can be a disadvantage if you
need to draw your gun when standing.  It’s a long way to go, and will be one
of the slowest draws you can perform.  
     Pocket carry:
One of my favorite ways to carry concealed is pocket carry.  It’s discreet and
simple to draw your pistol.  But pocket carry is not the best when you are
driving.  First, your seatbelt might cover your pocket, and if you have to draw
the pistol the seatbelt could be in the way.  Also, if your pants are tight, it
might be hard to clear the pistol from your pocket.  So, when I carry a
pocket pistol, I wear pants that have plenty big pockets.  This allows me to
draw my pistol quickly and safely even when seated.  
     There is no one-size-fits-all way to carry concealed in a vehicle.  
The decision comes down to comfort and how much time you spend
behind the wheel.  If you drive for a living, you should consider a shoulder
holster.  But if you drive a normal amount of time, your best option might
be your hip.  If you’re not sure which you might prefer, my suggestion is
to try them.  Here’s how . . .
     With a safe and empty weapon, you should practice drawing while
sitting in your car from all the various positions.  Get comfortable with
the movements of each.  One will likely stand out to you as the fastest,
most fluid, and comfortable for you.  That’s the one to use.  In addition to
the intricacies of carrying concealed in your vehicle, there are a number
of nuances to gunfighting in your car.  The windshield, cramped spaces
and lack of true cover anywhere but your engine, all dramatically impact
how you’ll want to shoot and maneuver inside your vehicle.  
Stay Safe,
Jason Hanson
     I got a lot of push back regarding my comments about WD-40.  Readers gave me
examples of gummed up guns that had been sprayed down with WD-40.  So, I admit
it happens.  In my defense -- I clean before first use, after every use, and monthly if
not used.  I do this on every firearm that I own.  So I never give the WD-40 time to
gum up.  
     Well, that's not true.  The firearms that I have in storage are covered in Cosmoline.  
They are also buried in my son's backyard in a concrete "enclosure".  
"My name is Jon.  I'm a prepper."  
"Quote of the day—John Hoschen" by Joe Huffman
     "What handgun the Army has chosen for standard issue should have exactly
zero impact on what handgun a civilian should consider for self defense use."  
     “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.)  
"What Are the Basic Parts of Ammunition?" by Richard Mann
EDC Belt Company
The picture at the bottom of the web page is Bryan Eastridge.  
Contact Kristen at
     I had a client who needed a 56" belt.  EDC made one for me.  
Good quality.  I highly recommend.  

"Best Body Armor of 2023 [Tested]: Hard Plates & Soft Armor"
by Allison
     There is a classic psychology experiment that we studied as under grads
in the Psychology Department at Columbia University.  
     You train a dog to execute a behavior when shown a square.  He executes
the behavior, you reward him by giving him a treat.  
     Then you train the dog to execute another behavior when shown a circle.  
He executes the behavior, you reward him by giving him a treat.  
     Once the dog is comfortable with these two commands and behaviors,
you start showing the dog things that are between a circle and a square.  
The dog cannot decide which behavior to execute.  This induces a neurotic
behavior in the dog.  
     You will see this neurotic behavior in your shooters who are trying to aim
with a rear sight notch that is too small for the front sight post.  They cannot
easily keep the front sight in the rear sight notch, so they struggle, so they
become neurotic.  
     The solution is to machine out the rear sight notch.  Usually by 2/100th
of an inch or so, so that there is ample light on both sides of the front sight
when aiming.  So the shooter can easily keep the front sight in the rear
sight notch.  (You also may need to machine the rear sight notch deeper down.  
So there is more light for the shooter to see.)  
     This can also be seen with red dot sight shooters.  The solution is to
reduce the magnification, bring the target close to the shooter, make the
dot bigger, etc.  
     With practice, the wobble will decrease.  But being realistic, the shooter
might not practice enough to accomplish this.  So the above solutions are
given to reduce the neurotic effect.  Which will make practice much more
enjoyable for the shooter.  
     Coach Hoffman and I have been working on a pistol for a lady with large strong
hands and large knuckles.  She is a massage therapist.  After trying several pistols,
we decided on a Glock 21 in 45 ACP.  I got a used one in fine condition from for $340.  We then:  
     Cut serrations on the sides of the slide to allow a chamber check by reaching under
the pistol and gripping the sides of the slide with the pads of the thumb and fingers of
the support side hand.  I asked Aidan to use his imagination, so instead of the serrations
matching the serrations on the rear of the slide as it came from the factory, the forward
serrations look like crescent moons.  Very artistic.  
     The pistol came with Glock steel sights with tritium glow in the dark inserts.  
Widened the rear notch by 4/100th of an inch (2/100th of an inch on each side).  
Deepened the rear sight notch by 2/100th of an inch to increase the length of the
light segments on either side of the front sights post.  
     Polished all bearing surfaces of the trigger group.  
     Maritime modification of the striker group.  Which means slots were cut to allow
water to drain out of the striker mechanism to prevent trapped water from slowing
the striker in the event that the pistol was previously submerged.  
     Cut the tabs off the sides of the Glock magazines to allow the base plates to slide
on and off.  The pistol came with 3 Glock magazines.  I got five ETS (Elite Tactical
Systems) magazines for the pistol, as I think they function better than the Glock
magazines.  I got the clear plastic (as opposed to any other color) because they
make seeing how many rounds are in the magazine easy.  
     Under-cut and side-cut and smoothed the trigger guard where it joins the grip
to prevent "Glock Knuckle".  
     Cut and smoothed the sides of the tang to prevent irritation of the sesamoid bones
at the base of the thumbs.  
     Cut and smooth the front bottom of the grip to allow access to the magazine base
plate to allow pulling the magazine out of the magazine well.  
     Cut off and smoothed the finger ridges on the front of the grip,
as they didn't fit the client correctly.  Filed grooves in the front of the grip for friction.  
     Detailed cleaning, test firing, and detailed cleaning.  
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
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     "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]
     Multi user protocol.
Can you implement this in software? without common knowledge?  without public
knowledge?  Can you implement this in hardware? without user specific interfaces?  
     "Computer science has nothing to do with computers or science."  
-- Donald Knuth
"Why Quantum Mechanics Is an Inconsistent Theory"
by Roger Penrose & Jordan Peterson
     “Your character is what you do when no one is looking.”  
-- Thomas Jefferson
     "Nothing in life is to be feared; it is only to be understood.  
Life is not easy for any of us.  But what of that?  We must have
perseverance and above all confidence in ourselves.  We must
believe that we are gifted for something, and that this thing
must be attained."  
-- Marie Curie
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence   *****     *****     *****
     "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
"Irony or Karma? China Sub Edition" by Docent
Cited article,
55 Chinese sailors are feared dead after nuclear submarine
'gets caught in a trap intended to snare British and US vessels in the Yellow Sea'
Twenty-two officers were among the 55 reported to have died in the Yellow Sea
China denies it happened - and apparently refused international assistance"
by Mark Nicol
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
     I loved artillery.  We never fired dummy rounds.  Because dummy rounds are
more expensive than high explosive rounds.  (If you don't want it to explode,
don't fuse it.)  I loved being a forward observer.  I loved being a cannoneer.  
The Fire Direction Center was okay, but I always preferred being outdoors,
firing the guns, watching the rounds explode on target, watching the flares
parachute down, adjusting fire, checking the weight of the shell, checking the
powder charge, checking the chronograph, scoping the bores.  
     We usually had a chronograph attached to the barrel.  It used radar to tell us
how fast the shell was moving immediately after being fired.  From which we
calculated range, time of flight, etc.  I was always amazed at how accurate our
calculations were (in the sense that the rounds impacted where and when we
predicted every time).  I never got that kind of accuracy in any physics lab.  
Do you understand?  
     We could fire at high angle and then at low angle and get both shells to impact
at the same time.  And everything in-between.  Think about how anti-battery
radar handles that.  But we could shoot and scoot.  When we weren't getting our
trucks stuck.  The drives were always the weak link in the chain.  They would
crash or flip a truck and towed gun way more often than anyone would ever blow
up or disable a gun.  
     We compensate for the Coriolis effect, the thinner air at altitude, the weather,
and such.  We have GPS (the good kind).  I don't think our enemies compensated
for everything.  
     We never worried about enemy artillery hitting us.  We always wore the body
armor, just in case.  But no one believed that enemy fire would every hit us.  
Do you understand?  
     A persons' behavior (a unit's behavior) indicates what the person (commander)
believes.  Control their beliefs and you can get the enemy to do whatever you
want them to.  
     I'm sure observers from other countries were thinking, "That's crazy.  
Why are they doing that?"  It was because we were able to convince the enemy of
false things.  Information warfare.  Psychological warfare.  And other types of
     SigInt will always advise the commander not to attack the enemy radio sources
(antenna farms).  SigInt would prefer to listen.  We would get orders not to attack
known enemy artillery sites.  Why destroy them when you can get them to bombard
their own units?  (Why do you think Wagner was convoying to Moscow?  They
had been attacked by Russian army units.  And they were hacked off.)  
"ATF Sends .50 BMG Warning to Border State FFLs" by Jeremy S.
Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger.
(U) Law enforcement is advising Federal Firearms Licensees of expanding
interest of criminal networks’ intention to utilize straw purchasers in acquiring
large caliber firearms such as .50 caliber and/or belt fed rifles within the next
60 days.  This activity is anticipated to occur throughout the entire State of Texas.  
Please contact your local ATF office if any suspicious, attempted or finalized
purchases occur.  
[The "U" means unclassified.]  
Secure Community Network reports, 7 October 2023 --
    Beginning at 6:30 AM local time, Hamas launched "Operation Al-Aqsa Flood,"
which included heavy rocket attacks and the infiltration of Israeli towns on foot
and by sea, including overrunning border crossings and nearby military installations,
engaging in attacks in the street and taking Israeli citizens and several soldiers hostage.  
    Fifteen hours later, at 9:30 PM local time, a second wave of rocket attacks was
launched across Tel Aviv, Bat Yam, and Rishion LeTsiyon, Israel, resulting in at least
several impacts and injuries.  
    This conflict is still ongoing as fighting between Hamas, militants, and Israeli forces
continue in Beit Ummar, West Bank, Shweika, West Bank, Ashkelon, Israel,
Kfar Azza, Israel, Sderot, Israel, Ofakim, Israel, and Re'im, Israel.  
    Numerous Israeli citizens and IDF personnel are reportedly being held as hostages
in several locations in southern Israel as the IDF works to regain control in all the
communities on the Gaza border.  
    Telegram messages from Al-Quds Brigades, Lion’s Den, and Hamas leadership
have called on supporters in neighboring states and other countries to take up arms
and support Hamas’ insurgency.  
    Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu made a video statement online
following the attack, stating, "We are at war. We will win."  
    In response to the attack, the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF) launched
"Operation Swords of Iron," which thus far has included multiple confirmed
airstrikes on Hamas targets in Gaza, in addition to other tactical operations.  
    As of this writing, the Duty Desk has not located any domestic [CONUS]
threats in response to the Hamas attack on Israel.  
    Past events in the Middle East have served as a catalyst for protests, targeted
action, and acts of violence against Jewish institutions and community members
     Estimates by the Israeli military state that over 3,000 rockets have been fired
so far today; for context, in the last conflict in 2021, a total of 4,300 rockets were
fired over the entire 11-day period.  Israeli news outlets report that over 300
Israelis have been killed and upwards of 1,500 have been injured; however,
these reports are unverified.  The IDF has launched counterstrikes against Hamas
targets, and Israeli Defense Minister Yoav Gallant has signed a state of emergency
declaration in effect for at least 48 hours across the country.  
"Intel on the First Days of Israel's War with Hamas" by Ward Carroll
     The Kingdom of Saudi Arabia is the important point.  
"White House Issues Condemnation Of Attack Biden Funded"
     This would be funny if it were not true.  
On Day 5 of the Hamas-Israel conflict, airstrikes continue between the IDF and Hamas,
as Israel continues to target Hamas positions in Gaza and rocket barrages continue into
Israel.  Latest figures out of Israel report over 1,200 Israeli and 22 American fatalities.  
    Hamas has released a statement calling for international support and participation
on Friday, 13 October 2023, in a coordinated campaign effort called "Friday of the
Al-Aqsa Flood."  The call to action reflects an attempt by Hamas to mobilize support
for Palestinians following Hamas’ terrorist attacks against Israel.  
    Arab foreign ministers called for an immediate cease-fire Wednesday in the conflict
between Israel and Palestinian militant groups in Gaza.  Over 1,200 Israeli fatalities
are now confirmed, and over 7,000 injuries have been reported.  
    American and British foreign ministers are meeting with senior officials in Israel
to discuss and provide guidance on the conflict.  
    Hezbollah has launched intermittent strikes from Lebanon to which Israel has
    The leader of Yemen’s Houthi movement, Abdel-Malek Al-Houthi, warned that
if the US intervenes on the side of Israel, they will respond with military options
in support of Palestine, stating:  “We warn America that its direct intervention in
the aggression against the Palestinian people means turning it into a regional war.”  
"Feelings!" by John Farnam
"Some Videos On Israel That Caught My Attention . . . " by Docent
     You can glean all kinds of intelligence by looking carefully and noticing.  
Attention to detail!  
"Here’s THE TRUTH About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict (A Comprehensive History)"
by Ben Shapiro
Re-education camps, de-programming, . . .
Where have we heard this before?  
Wings' release of "Live and Let Die" happened . . . 50 years ago.  
Context:  James Bond movie "Live and Let Die".  The vast majority of
comments concern Jane Seymour.  
Do you understand the lyrics of the song?  
     Intelligence is the opposite of propaganda.  
“How about a shot of truth in that ‘denial cocktail?’ ”
-- Jennifer Salaiz
"Denial!" by John Farnam
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
Rest In Peace Dick Butkus.  
The Golden Rule.  Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.
     Support Israel, buy Israeli.  Israeli Weapons Industry (IWI),
MASADA™ SLIM – 9mm Parabellum
     I would have made a similar post for Ukraine, but the only Ukrainian
products I am familiar with are high end skilled labor in Dubai, UAE.  
"Fellowship  - Two Dimensional" by Mark Fitzhenry
"When You Say Nothing at All - Ronan Keating (Cover by Emily Linge)
"Donald Trump Jr Tweets Now You Know Why We Need
30 Round Magazines Setting Off Gun Control Lobby"
by Colion Noir
     “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
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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