Friday, July 18, 2014

CWP, 18 July 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

My head is up and I'm looking around.

***** Training *****

     Climbing, an important survival skill.
     When I was training to climb (for some
of us, climbing does not come instinctively)
we were taught to climb as do the monkeys.
Monkeys never pull themselves up (against
gravity) with their arms.  In fact, if you
watch monkeys in the wild, you will rarely
see them bending their elbows while
climbing.  Their arms are straight as they
swing or pivot about their hand grip and
their shoulders.  A very efficient method.
So, they never tire.

     I read an article that suggested you
find out about the instructor's insurance
before taking a class from that instructor.
     The State of Tennessee requires
"Handgun Training Schools" to carry $300,000
of liability insurance before being able to teach
the Tennessee Handgun Permit class.
     In addition to liability insurance, which
may cover a student shooting himself or others
in the class, there is also Professional Liability
insurance which covers the instructor being
sued for something that the instructor taught
the student to do.
     Massad Ayoob says,
"Find out beforehand if your instructors
will speak for you if you get in trouble
for doing what they taught you to do."
     No one has ever asked me about my insurance.
I carry $1,000,000 of general liability
and $500,000 of professional liability insurance
through the
NRA Endorsed Property & Casualty Insurance Program.
I also carry insurance to protect the kind people
who allow us the use of their property for our

***** Gear *****

     Ammo prices and sources.
     How I miss the days of yore when in the
Marine Corps a SSgt. would hand me an ammo can
(500 or 1000 rounds) and tell me not to hurt myself. 
     Having to buy your own ammo in the
civilian world is expensive. 
But, we are free to buy ammo.
Happy Independence Day!

***** Laws *****

Laws and frequently asked questions concerning the
Tennessee Handgun Permit

Gun law web sites.

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

     Article on the After Action Report
of the Washington Navy Yard attack.
"Police departments may hold the mistaken belief
that the personnel working within gated military
installations in the United States, such as the
Navy Yard [in Washington, D.C.],
are heavily armed and capable of
defending against threats.  The truth, however,
is that the majority of the individuals working
on military bases are not armed," the report said.


Friday, July 11, 2014

CWP, 11 July 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

4 tactics that can save your life in a plainclothes gunfight
"Use stealth to reach an advantageous position
before beginning your attack.  Yes, I said attack."
"If deadly force is justified, don’t threaten it, use it!"
"Stalk your prey and launch a devastating strike,
violent aggression will win the day."

Concealed Carry - Technique and Mindset

***** Training *****

Study confirms: Force-on-force benefits top traditional target training

Shooting on the move.

It is important to teach your children.

     A police officer at a PPC match in South
Carolina told me that the officers in his department
don't train without ear protection, because auditory
exclusion automatically blocks the sound.
     A friend told me that he shoots without ear
protection because that is realistic training.
You're not going to have time to put in ear plugs
in in a gun fight.
     Hearing loss is permanent and cumulative.
If you don't wear ear protection while live fire
training, you will destroy your high frequency
hearing first and eventually go deaf.

***** Gear *****

Free online survival manual for all you preppers.

     Part 1, Minute Of Angle and Inch Per Hundred Yards
     Part 2, Angular MIL
     Part 3, Second Focal Plane vs. First Focal Plane
     Other articles.

     Neat application programs for your smart phone:
IPSC shot timer
Dry Practice Drill

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

Wheelchair-bound homeowner kills home invader.
     The good guy was in a wheelchair and got
shot, but prevailed.  If the good guy didn't
have a gun the outcome would have been worse.

Miami-Dade Police Urge Residents To Arm Themselves After Possible Budget Cuts


Thursday, July 3, 2014

CWP, 3 July 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Training *****

"Shooting is 90% Mental" part 2 of 2
     "In fact, these studies showed that our brain's
physical layout, how much space is apportioned
to certain tasks and how strongly one neuronal
firing is connected to another, is shaped by
experience and the life we live," wrote Begley.
     "As Tim Conrad explained in his January, 2013,
article on muzzle flip [citation below], this
conscious signal can take up to 0.3 seconds from
recognizing the desired sight picture to moving the
trigger finger -- too long to capture the opportunity
for a perfect shot.  However, if the signal is
initiated spontaneously in the cerebellum where
such procedures are thought to be stored through
repetition, the reaction speed is much quicker.
Signals are processed by the 'deep brain' almost
twice as fast as the problem-solving frontal lobes."

     This is why Mike Maples says, when you practice
think everything through.  But, when in competition
or combat, don't think, just attack the problem.

     Part 1 of this article is at

"Muzzle Flip and Follow Through" [citation for above]
"However, from the time the brain decides it has a
good sight picture until the finger can put enough
pressure on the trigger to make this happen, is on
the order of 0.3 seconds.  A lot can happen in that

     I try to teach things, but that doesn't mean anyone
learns anything, because some people learn by reading,
some by watching, some by listening, some by doing.
So, I urge you to read, listen, do, ask questions, and
take classes from other instructors.

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

Truth is hard to come by in the liberal media.
     School shootings are down, not up across America.
     Obama lies when talking about guns.

***** Laws and Commentary *****

     May I invite your attention to the
following train of logic.
     Persons use illegal psychotropic drugs. 
They claim religious freedom and appeal
to the Supreme Court of the United States. 
The SCOTUS rules against them, basically saying
in the majority opinon (writen by Justice Scalia)
that you can't carve out religious exemptions to
federal law.  Federal law has to be applied equally
to everyone.
Employment Division, Department of Human Resources
of Oregon vs. Smith, 494 U.S. 872 (1990).
     To override that SCOTUS decision,
the U.S. Congress passes the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993,
which basically says that one can do any crazy
stupid thing one wants to do because the government
should not burden religious practices. 
(Why would a Democrat controlled Congress pass a
religious freedom act?  Remember, the Congress
had been contolled for 40 years by Democrats
before Gingrich lead the Republican revolution
in 1994.  The answer is that politics is not
about ideology, it's about revenge and
punishing your political enemies.)
     The Democrat controlled Congress passes the
Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), which mandates
drugs that a woman may use to abort her baby.
     Hobby Lobby and Conestoga Wood Specialties
appeal to the SCOTUS, arguing that ObamaCare
violates their religious beliefs (they object
to baby murder).  The SCOTUS rules in favor of
Hobby Lobby, saying in the majority opinion
(written by Justice Alito )
that the ObamaCare mandate violates federal law
(the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993). 
Burwell, Secretary of Health and Human Services,
et al. v. Hobby Lobby Stores, Inc., et al (2014).
     The opinion is written very strangely
because Justice Alito knows that the Court
is setting a precedent and
that the ruling will be revisited many times.
The opinion does not say that the ObamaCare
mandate is unconstitutional (because the
government is not establishing any religion). 
The opinion says that the mandate violates
federal law.
     Okay, Staff, so what does this have to do
with guns?
     In the United States, all you need to have
a religion is a belief. 
     So, by the SCOTUS's interpretation of the
Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993, a
legal precedence has been set that
my religious belief that I must keep and bear
arms overrides any federal law burdening
my religious practice, unless the Government
“demonstrates that application of the burden
to the person —
(1) is in furtherance of a compelling
governmental interest; and
(2) is the least restrictive means of
furthering that compelling governmental
But, the 2nd Amendment establishes that the
government has no compelling interest in
infringing upon my right to keep and bear arms.
     That's why the four liberal justices
said that the decision is of "startling breath". 
They can clearly see what's coming down the pike.

     Past emails have been uploaded to the
blog at


Wednesday, July 2, 2014

CWP, 30 June 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Laws *****

Tennessee Switchblade Ban Repeal Bill Signed by Governor Haslam
Excerpt:  "As of July 1, 2014,
there are no longer any per se illegal knives in Tennessee."

Tennessee gun laws.
     Please note laws that go into effect on 7/1/2014,
on page 8.

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

First person lethal force encounter.

     Stupidity is an international problem,
and now appears to be the policy of the Chinese police.
"Before [Chinese Police] can take aim at a suspect,
police are required by law to identify themselves,
issue verbal warnings and shoot into the air.
If they do fire at a person,
they are supposed to aim for non-vital body parts."
"Officers were required to fire off six bullets
within three seconds."
"We stress rapid firing, as an officer must draw
the gun and shoot the first bullet within 1.2 seconds,
and the officer must hit the target with the first shot ..."
     As was explained in a previous email,
never fire a warning shot, never shoot to wound.
     The commonly accepted standard in the United States
for presentation from the holster to the target is
1.5 seconds (for a trained individual).  Think
about what it means to impose a 1.2 second standard
on the police recruit in training.

CWP, 27 June 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

"Warning Shots Are Not Advised",
     Never fire warning shots.
You're not going to be on a multimillion dollar
range that will safely catch your bullets. 
Any shot fired into the air will come down
with approximately equal speed on someone's head.
Any shot fired into the ground will ricochet off
the concrete sidewalk, the asphalt road, or a stone
in the ground.
     But, more importantly, it's not legally
justifiable.  You're engaging in brandishing,
attempted felonious assault, improper discharge
of a weapon, etc.  If you had time to fire a
warning shot, you had time to run away.
     Never shoot to wound. 
Shooting in combat is a low probability event.
Shooting at an extremity is a zero probability event.
Which means you're going to miss.  Every miss is
destroying property and injuring innocents, perhaps
killing innocent bystanders.
     Shooting to wound is not legally justifiable. 
You're engaging in torture and mutilation (battery).
     Always shoot to the center of mass to
stop the attack.  Because you don't have time
to do anything else when in fear for your life.
Your only concern is to stop the attack.

***** Training *****

"Tactics and Training" by Jeremy D. Clough
Page 44.

***** Gear *****

1911 modification

Avoid the Remington R51.

***** Technical *****

High speed ballistics photography
High resolution photographs,
some in 3-D, no stereoscopic viewer necessary.
Click on the images to see a larger version.

***** Commentary *****

     Please recognize that "No Guns Allowed" postings
infringe upon your ability to defend your
inalienable rights to life, liberty, and your
pursuit of happiness.
     Guns are the essential tools to defend life;
self-defense, defense of loved ones, defense of others.
     Guns are the essential tools to defend liberty;
defense against revenuers, defense against abuse of
power under color of law; remember Athens, Tennessee;
remember the colonial British in 1775 and 1812;
remember Mr. Bundy's cattle in Nevada.
     Guns are essential tools in the pursuit of
happiness.  This is an inalienable right.
Don't surrender this right to the liberal mindset.

     I had to take another driver safety class.
(Not court ordered, just for the insurance discount.
The class was for elderly drivers.  I'm 55.)
     "Motor vehicle crashes are the number 1 cause
of death for people ages 4 to 33."
     "In 2008, 37,261 people died on our roadways,
and 1.6 million were injured."
     "The best way to spot potential trouble is by
     "On average, it takes a driver 0.75 seconds
to react to an emergency."
     "Your peripheral vision will diminish.
Compensate by looking around."
     "Look 10 to 12 seconds out in front of you."
     "Defensive driving simply means being prepared
for any eventuality and remaining alert."
-- American Safety Council

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

     Kudos to Sig Sauer for expending the time,
effort, and money to fight the Bureau of Alcohol,
Tobacco, and Firearms.

     It's important to know who your enemies are.
Microsoft’s ban on using its services to promote guns.



CWP, 13 June 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

     Active Shooter Countermeasures by Gabe Suarez.
     More Active Shooter Countermeasures by Gabe Suarez.

***** Training *****

Practice Actually Works by Dave Anderson
Learn to keep your eyes open as the gun fires.
Sounds simple?  Hardly anyone can do it all the time;
many can’t do it at all.

Trigger Terms by Dave Anderson
Page 22.

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

     Looks like no Tennessee State IDPA Championship
this year, 2014 A.D.  The Middle Tennessee Shooters Club is
out of the IDPA business.

     Big matches in the Middle Tennessee area:
Gallatin Steam Plant Shootout, 14 June 2014,
Rainier Ballistics Invitational, 19 July 2014,
Music City Cup IV, 4 October 2014,

***** Gear *****

Blind Hogg web site for 1911 enthusiasts
who like to tinker with their guns.

Holsters by Ralph Mroz
Page 50.
     Ralph recommends a straight drop or only a slight cant
in the holster for concealment.  But, you should also
note that support side hand presentation from the
holster by reaching behind yourself is more difficult
if the holster cants the pistol forward.

***** Commentary *****

     "No Guns Allowed" signs at businesses and
government establishments deny you the use
and services of public accommodations.  Such
prohibitions deny you the use of bathrooms.
This is a form of apartheid.
     The right to self-defense is a God given
right (Luke 22:36, et al), recognized and enforced
by the U.S. Constitution (2nd Amendment)
as a Constitutional right.
We were born with this right.  We were born
this way.

CWP, 11 June 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

What to look for and what to do -- Larry Yatch

***** Training *****

     Immediate Action Drills by Dave Dolbee.
     Mr. Dolbee (and many others) teaches Tap-Rack-Bang, 
which is appropriate for competitions, but never for
self-defense.  No modern gun school teaches this.
The NRA does not teach this.  No police academy
that I know of teaches this.
     In the case of a malfunction, the immediate
action is Tap-Rack-Assess.  Assess means to line
up the sights on the target, take the slack out
of the trigger, and assess the situation.
The firing of the pistol must always be an
intellectual decision, and never a trained
reflex response.  In our class we always tell the
story of the San Francisco Police incident that
really drove home the need to change this training.
     San Fran Police were in a fire fight with
suspects in a hotel hallway.  A police officer
has a malfunction.  While clearing the malfunction
a little old lady steps out into the hallway.
In the after action report, the office says he
saw the lady, but could not stop himself from
shooting her.  In this high stress situation he
could not override his training.  That is why
we train.  We don't want anything to override
our training.  That's why no one teaches
Tap-Rack-Bang anymore.

‘Friendly Fire’ Strike Kills 5 Special Operations Soldiers in Afghanistan
     The U.S. Air Force Bombardier violated our
safety rule, be sure of your target and what is
beyond it.
     When I was an artillery forward observer,
we learned to call in artillery, naval gun fire
(missiles now days), and close air support.
The U.S. Army instructors urged us to always
call Marine Corps units if possible for CAS.
The Marines would fly low and make an inverted
pass over the target to positively identify the
target before bombing it.  The Airmen would fly
high to avoid getting shot down, because losing
a plane was a career killer.  So, the Airmen
would scatter their bombs all over the place;
possibly on us.
     The U.S. Army Intelligence Specialist
violated our safety rule, be sure
of your target and what is beyond it.
     When I was an intel pog, we were anally
retentive to the max when writing targeting
orders, knowing that a mistake would likely
kill our buddies.
     It is the responsibility of the person
whose finger is on the trigger to be sure
of the target and what is beyond it.

***** Gear *****

     Article against gun mounted flashlights.
     Response to the article.
     My 2 cents.  We teach our students not to mount
a flashlight on their pistol.  It complicates their
weapons system.  You have to keep your system simple,
because simplicity is reliability.  It allows the
operator to search with the gun mounted flashlight,
which violates our safety rule, never cover anything
you're not willing to destroy.  It requires a special
holster, which increases the expense of your weapon system.
No, you're not going to have time to attach the
flashlight to your gun; and if you think you could
during an adrenaline dump, you're naive.
As we learned in a Tactical Response class, most
people can't dial 911 on their phone in a high
stress situation.

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

Media Silent as Guns Used to Save at Least
Seven Lives Since May 25, 2014 A.D.

Officials: Man interrupts store robbery,
kills attacker
The journalist, Mike Glenn, was unclear.
The police are recommending that the good guy
not be charged.  The reader can only surmise
the police will charge the suspected armed

***** Technical *****

     In a previous email, I forwarded to you,
"NRA Firearms Science:  Point of Impact vs. Point of Aim".
At the end of the video, the diagram is wrong for
pistols.  For pistols, the zero is where the trajectory
crosses the line of sight the first time (where the
bullet is traveling up), not the second time (where
the bullet is traveling down).  The authors of
the video have confused a rifle trajectory with
a pistol trajectory.
     Why is that significant, Staff? 
     At ranges beyond the pistol's zero,
the pistol's bullet will impact above
the point of aim.  At ranges beyond the rifle's zero,
the rifle's bullet will impact below the point of aim.
     If you mistakenly think the bullet will impact
low on long range pistol shots, you're going to aim
high.  Combine this with the fact that the point of
impact is above the point of aim, and you're
guaranteed to miss the target by shooting over it.

***** Commentary *****

     When I see a sign saying "No guns
allowed" or "No open carry", I understand
the management of that establishment to
be saying, "We don't like your kind,
you're not welcome here."  To which I
always respond by walking away for two
1.  This is exactly the same as saying,
no negros allowed or no homosexuals allowed.
2.  The law abiding in the establishment will
be unarmed victims for armed criminals
to prey upon.  The armed persons will be
criminals.  No one will protect me.

CWP, 2 June 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Commentary *****

     We teach Defensive Pistol classes,
as opposed to offensive pistol classes.
The techniques are different. 
     Who would use offensive techniques? 
A SWAT team executing a hostage rescue,
an infantry fire team clearing a house.
     Are there occasions for civilians to use
offensive tactics? 
     The Mexican village militias were
considered vigilantes before the Mexican
government officially recognized them as
self-defense units in the war against the
drug cartels. 
The militias do not "defend" the villages
from the drug cartels.  The members of
the cartels are already in the villages.
Everyone knows who they are.  They
operate openly.  The militias attack
and kill the cartel members, on the
streets and in their homes. (Many of
the cartel members were police.)
     You don't think this can happen
in the United States?  It already has.
That's why our U.S. Constitution forbids
the quartering of troops in private homes.
3rd Amendment U.S. Constitution.
     The A-21 Campaign (a Christian ministry)
uses volunteers, predominantly former
British SAS (Special Air Service) and
U.S. Navy SEALS to rescue girls from
sex slavery.  But, there is a significant
civilian contingent.
     Brothels that use slaves,
by their nature, require police protection
in order to operate.  So, the A-21 sometimes
kill police officers.
     You don't think this can happen
in the United States?  It already has.
In November 2010, U.S. Attorney Jerry Martin
in Nashville announced the indictment of
29 Muslim Somalis for operating a sex slave
operation in Minnesota, Tennessee, and
     When the A-21 noted that none of the
law enforcement officers who where aiding
and abetting the Somalis were indicted,
A-21 offered a list of the officers to the
Special Agent In Charge of the Human
Trafficking department of the Tennessee
Bureau of Investigation.  The Special
Agent immediately stopped all communication
with A-21 and refused to meet with the
A-21 representative.
     Thank God the firearms training
industry is unregulated.  Otherwise,
no professional school would risk
training those who might be considered
vigilantes or cop killers.
     U.S. Federal law prohibits the military
from training civilians.  Thank God there
are no laws prohibiting the civilians
from training the military.  I have seen
many U.S. Marine Corps units training
at Front Sight.  I have seen orders from
the Special Operations Command in Tampa, FL
for units to train at civilian schools
around the country.
     Why?  Because the military is a huge
bureaucracy, and bureaucracies are slow
to adopt the best practices.  Because
bureaucracies are slow at everything.
     In 1981, when I went through
recruit training, we were not taught to
keep our trigger finger in the register
position.  Thank God training is improving.

***** Training *****

     I gave a lecture on self-defense.
A person in the audience, "John Doe",
said that in the event of an attack,
he would,
"shoot the assailant in the knee cap."
The meaning was that he would
not kill the assailant.  I attempted to
explain to John that shooting in
a high stress situation has a low probability
of hitting anything.  So, he should always
aim to the center of mass of whatever
the target is (in this case
the thoracic cavity).  Because that gave
the highest probability of getting a hit.
     Shooting to wound may not be legally
justifiable. (depending on the state laws)
     Shooting at a small target such as a
knee cap is a low probability event.
Every miss is injuring innocent bystanders
and destroying property.
     John responded by saying that
he "never missed".  So, I attempted
to explain that never missing on the
indoor air conditioned range with stationary
targets is not the same as shooting a
threatening (perhaps attacking) moving target
while moving yourself, while being jostled
(if not stabbed or punched),
while bystanders are moving in panic in the
immediate vicinity whom you are attempting
to avoid shooting.  (As Tactical Response
teaches, there will probably be more people
you don't want to shoot than people you
do want to shoot in any lethal force
     All my explanation would
have been for nought if a cute little old
(disabled) lady had not agreed with me
and assured John that I was telling
the truth.

     NRA Defensive Pistol class in June 2014.
Please see attached flier.

***** Gear *****

Bullseye Camera System,
Review at by Ron Avery,

CWP, 28 May 2014 A.D.
Happy Memorial Day, Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Training *****

     I attened the Crazy Owl Retreat in Red Boiling
Springs, TN this Memorial Day weekend.
There were many clinics in Yoga, martial arts,
and food preparation.
     Cat Fitzgerald taught a class,
"The Truth About Knife Fighting".

He said (I paraphrase heavily):
     There are three categories of confrontations:
     Martial Arts - which is a game that you play with
an opponent and has well defined rules. 
(No eye gouging, no biting, no breaking bones, etc.) 
Under these rules, if you go up against a better trained
more experience opponent, you will probably lose.
So, you would not bet on yourself unless you were
given extrodinary odds.
     Fighting - which is combat between two persons
who have invested their ego in the outcome, and
there are no rules.  If you were smart, you would
run away or decline to fight, because you run the
risk of serious injury or death when you fight.
But, because you have stupidly invested your ego,
you engage.
If you fight a better trained more experienced
opponent, you will probably lose.  So, you would
not bet on yourself even if you were given
extrodinary odds.
     Self Defense - which is to incapacitate the enemy
immediately and leave.  There are no rules.  You
must win because your life is invaluable and
your loved ones are depending on you. 
You always bet on yourself.
     [ Editor:  What does it mean to bet on yourself?
You invest your time, money, and effort in yourself,
by investing in lessons from experts and investing time
practicing. You're putting your money on you.
     Life insurance, ransom insurance, self-defense
insurance are all bets against yourself.  You may
feel that they are necessary or a responsible thing
to do.  It's just important that you understand the

     Action takes about 0.5 seconds.  That is the time
from when a person decides to initiate an action to
the beginning of the movement of the action.
     Reaction takes about 2.5 seconds.  That's the
time from when a person perceives a threat to when
that person takes action against it.
     So, if you immediately attack, your action will
beat the enemy's reaction to your attack.
You may beat him by even more than 2.5 seconds
because criminals do not expect their intended
victims to attack them.  Criminals choose victims
that they think will submit and not put up any
     So, in a self-defense situation, immediately
attack.  Don't talk, don't negotiate.  Attack
until the enemy is incapacitated and leave.

     Three considerations in self-defense:
1.  Escape.
2.  You're going to get hurt (cut, shot, etc.).
3.  Never give up.
     Escape is always good, because you can't get hurt
if you're not there.  But, you may be disabled.
You may have to protect someone else.  So, then you
need to immediately shift into self-defense mode.
You're not going to fight.  You're going to stop
the attack immediately and leave.
     The criminal uses fear of injury to control
(terrorize) the victim.  By accepting that you are
going to get injured, maimed, etc. you take that
tool away from the criminal.  You don't worry about
getting hurt.  You don't do things to avoid getting
hurt.  Because it's a foregone conclusion that you
are going to get hurt.
     Statistically speaking, realistically speaking,
there is no up side to surrendering or submitting
to the attacker.  You think you're only going to
get raped?  If you submit, you'll get raped, beaten,
mutilated, and maybe murdered (statistiaclly speaking).
Sociopaths don't have any compassion or mercy.
Sociopaths are not like us.  They are not misunderstood
good people.  They are evil, and as a rabid dog,
must be put down.  Otherwise, they will put
you down.  Besides, you would be doing the
assailant's next victim a grave disservice. 
Statistically, any stranger who attacks you has
a long criminal record.  (Official or not,
some criminals are smart enough to avoid conviction.)
[end of paraphrase of excerpt of Cat's clinic]
My apologies to Cat, but it was hard to take notes
during the clinic, and my memory distorts things.
So, all errors of addition, omission, and distortion
are mine.

***** Mindset *****

     There is a movie, "Spartan", with Val Kilmer.
In it a junior Marine instructor tells a Master Gunnery
Sergeant:  Sir, I teach edged weapons, knife fighting.
To which the MGSgt. replies:  Teach your Marines to
kill.  So, that while the enemy is fighting, your
Marines are killing them.
[I was going to use a memory from boot camp,
but it was too vulgar.  So, I cite a Hollywood movie.]
     Techniques for killing are entirely different
from techniques for fighting.
     As Bruce Lee said:  Real fights are short.
His comparison was to the silly Hollywood
movie and TV fights.
     The best self-defense techniques allow you
to kill quickly, so as to allow you to leave
as soon as possible.  The shorter the fight,
the less hurt you get.
     As General Colin Powell said, "I'm not
looking for a fair fight.  This is not a
boxing match."  The General's mission was to
destroy the enemy as quickly as possible so
as to minimize friendly casualties.
     In self-defense, that is your mission.

***** Commentary *****

Self-Defense Programs in Martial Arts Schools Have to Change
Redefining Crime: Why We Are Failing Our Self Defense and Martial Arts
By Lissette Fitzgerald
     This is an illuminating first person
account by an expert in self-defense and martial arts.

CWP, 22 May 2014 A.D.
Happy Memorial Day, Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

"You don’t need to be right, you have to be reasonable."
2014 International Law Enforcement Educators and
Trainers Association Annual Conference,
Deadly Force Expert Panel.  The moderator was
Massad Ayoob and the panel included, Dr. Alexis Artwohl,
Jeff Chudwin, Ron Borsch, Emmanuel Kapelsohn,
John Bostain, John Farnam, Dr. Fabrice Czarnecki,
Don Alwes, Kevin Davis, and Chuck Soltys. 

"... historically, two-thirds of these events
[active criminal shooter] are stopped by
civilians — in most cases, unarmed civilians."
-- Ron Borsch at the above event

***** Training *****

     Why it is so important to sharpen your skills
and stay alert.
"36,000 Criminal Alien Releases in 2013"
     Not to mention the tens of thousands
of citizen violent criminals released by the courts
and parole boards.

***** Culture *****

"Armed and Female" by Paxton Quigley
Weapons prevent rape.

"Armed and Female" by Massad Ayoob
When most women carry guns,
most rapists will masturbate alone in the dark.

***** Legal *****

Professor James Duane

***** Lack of Training *****

Man, 63, arrested after gun fires in movie theater
     Lessons learned:  Always carry your pistol in a holster,
preferably attached to your belt, not in your pocket.  Don't
use Derringers that don't have a trigger guard.  Don't use
guns that can't pass a drop test.
     The arrest was correct.  The above acts of stupidity
constitute reckless disregard for others.  Ignorance is no
excuse.  With rights come responsibilities.  The right
to keep and bear arms entails the responsibility to get
training to keep and bear arms competently.
     Spread the word.  Get expert training.  Teach your
friends and relatives.

CWP, 15 May 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

     Pray for vigilance.  So, you will
have knowledge of the event before the event
occurs.  The price of liberty is eternal
     Pray for courage to defeat fear and
     Pray for calm to defeat stress.
     The most powerful mindset is justified
true belief, epistemology.

     Do you wear your seatbelts when driving? 
Why?  Do you intend to crash into something? 
Are you itching to get into a collision?
     Do you keep a fire extinguisher in your
kitchen?  Why?  Do you intend to start a fire? 
Do you think someone is trying to burn your
house down?
     Do you carry a gun?  Why?
     Because there are persons and animals,
some criminal, some stupid, some smart,
who will cause you problems that you will
be forced to solve.

***** Reality of Concealed Carry *****

     Video: Waffle House Burglar Shot,
Killed by Concealed Carry Permit Holder
     Keep your mouth shut. 
Talk to your attorney first.  Your attorney
will advise you as to what to say to the
police or prosecutor, if anything at all.
Do not give television interviews, even if
you are a hero.  The enemy will twist your
words, label you a racist, and sue you.
     They can't call me a racist, I'm not
     George Zimmerman was not caucasian.
The liberal media had to coined a new term
to brand him a "white hispanic", in an
effort to gin up racial hatred.  But, he
wasn't white.  His father was Jewish.
His mother was Venesuelan.
     Don't deceive yourself.  Selling
advertisements on enemy media outlets
overrides truth every time.

***** Training *****

     What I learned at Tactical Response:
     When doing your 360 degree scan, look for
good guys, bad guys, and places to go (cover
and concealment).
     Don't leave guns in your car if you
have NRA bumper stickers. 
     In high stress situations when you
get the adrenaline dump, you won't be able
to dial your phone.  You're going to lose
fine motor control.  Blood pressure may
top 200.  Plan accordingly.
     Alertness.  Keep your head up and
look around.
     Surprise the enemy.  Do the unexpected.
     Your life will not flash before your
eyes.  Your regrets will:  God, your will
(the legal document)
or lack thereof, your living will or lack
thereof, your life insurance or lack
thereof.  Your responsibilities will: 
spouse, children, mission, etc.  So, get
your life in order and make peace with
your God, so you can concentrate on the
fight without distraction.
     Don't hesistate to order the potential
threat to leave you alone in a loud firm
voice.  Predators don't like the attention
this draws.
     Not being shot is more important than
shooting the bad guy.
     It's not the great shot that wins the
fight; it is all the little mistakes that
you don't make.  Amateurs practice until
they get it right.  Professionals train
until they can't get it wrong.  Masters
never stop training.
     Nearly every gunfight will have more
people you don't want to shoot than people
you do want to shoot.
     The faster you finish the fight,
the less you will get shot.
     87% of police murdered in the line of
duty failed to draw their gun.
     Citizens are only forced to shoot
would-be attackers one out of thirty times.
     Do not ask anyone to call 911 on your
behalf.  Make the call yourself.
I Phones and smart phones don't hang up
until the dispatcher releases the call.
Even if you hang up, they are still
recording you.
     Get insurance, for instance,
Armed Citizen's Legal Defense Network
NRA Self Defense Plan
     Hick’s Law: Reaction time increases
with the number of choices.
Citation:  Hick, W. E. (1952),
“On the Rate of Gain of Information”,
Quarterly Journal of Experimental Psychology,
Vol. 4, p11-26.
So, always wear your equipment in the
same place. Always execute immediate action
when the gun doesn’t go bang.  It will be
obvious when something else needs to be done.
Always shoot to the center of mass of
whatever the target is. The fewer decisions
you make, the faster you go. The fewer
things you have to choose from,
the faster you go.

CWP, 2 May 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

Sheriff David Clarke Jr.

***** Training *****

One handed presentation from concealment with
a closed front garment.  By John Holschen.

     When I was studying physics in academia,
Prof. Christ asked us for the correct statement
as to the speed of light.
     "Nothing can travel faster than light."
False.  You can shoot electrons through a quartz
crystal at 0.99 times the speed of light in a vacuum, c.
While light travels through the quartz crystal at
about 0.6 c.  Quartz has a high index of refraction,
so the light is moving slow.  The electrons are
moving faster than the light.
     "Nothing can travel faster than the speed
of light in a vacuum."  False.  Imagine you're on
the Earth shining a laser on the Moon.  Move the
laser ever so slightly, ever so slowly, and the
spot of light on the Moon easily moves across the
surface of the Moon at greater than c.
     "Information cannot travel faster than
the speed of light in a vacuum."  That's about
all you can say within the Theory of Relativity
if you want to avoid causality problems.
     It takes a bit of thought, experiment, and
experience to get it right.  It's not obvious.
     Similarly, at Front Sight they say that
in combat you will be half as good as you are
on your best day on the range.  Other schools
say, in combat you will revert to your training.
I think Tactical Response is closer to the
truth when they say,
You will NOT rise to the occasion.
You will NOT default to your level of training.
You will only default to the level of training
that you have MASTERED.
     It takes 2000 repetitions to engrain muscle
memory.  It takes 10,000 hours of dedicated
practice to reach a level of mastery.  That's
how long it takes the average world class
athlete or concert musician.  That' how long
the Beatles took.

     I took the Fighting Pistol class at Tactical
Response in Camden, TN on April 26-27, 2014 A.D.
I learned the Stanford Scan,
while maintaining the two handed grip, bend the elbows and
rotate from the shoulders to bring the pistol in close to the
side of your head (so no one can take the pistol from you)
with the pistol pointing up (so the pistol is not pointing at
anyone while you rotate 360 azimuthal degrees).
Look around, completely around yourself.
     This differs from the Sul (Portugese, south) position scan
that I had learned in military police training in 2002 A.D. and
in NRA police training. Where we point the pistol down while
holding it in close to our chest.  The standard Sul position
has the support side hand against the chest with the pistol
and firing side hand on top.  The retention Sul position has
the support side hand on top of the pistol and firing side hand.
     The Stanford Scan is better because the good guy
maintains the proper two handed grip.  Which allows a
more reliable and faster presentation to the target.
     I learned lots of good stuff.  I hightly recommend
this class.

***** Ammo *****

PMC Bronze 223 Remington 55 Grain Full Metal Jacket
$6.99/20 per box, $349.50/1000 per case

PMC Bronze 308 Winchester Ammo 147 Grain Full Metal Jacket
$13.99/20 per box, $349.75/500 per case

PMC Bronze 9mm Luger Ammo 115 Grain Full Metal Jacket
$13.99/50 per box, $279.80/1000 per case

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

"No Flying with Guns" by Charles C. W. Cooke.

This is the reality of good guys with guns.

 ***** Entertainment *****
For those who missed the imagery, those are
"stacks of Marshal amps".

CWP, 23 April 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Training *****

     Practice is not necessarily live fire.
Dry practice works.  Visualization works.
(Ask any world class athlete.)
As Dr. Ignatius Piazza says, live fire is only
needed to verify what you have learned in
dry practice.
     The one thing all world class atheletes have
in common is that they keep a highly detailed
journal.  This recording of empirical data transforms
the recreational sport into a scientific experiment.
Thus allowing you to apply the scientific method to
force improvement in performance.  The scientific
method is
hypothesis -> experiment -> theory -> hypothesis -> experiment -> theory
ad infinitum.
     When you go to a coaches class at an Olympic
Training Center, you pick up nugets of wisdom.
     How do you maintain balance?  What prevents you from
falling over?  Predominantly, it's visual cuing.  You see
horizon lines, vertical lines where walls meet, etc.
     In a high stress situation, we lose peripheral vision.
When we close our non-aiming eye to eliminate double images
(to ensure we are aiming at what we think we're aim at)
we lose stereoscopic vision.  So, we've lost most of
our visual cues.
     That means that in such situations we rely on our
inner ear for balance.  What can I do to improve my inner
ear balance?
     Stand up, feet together, arms out stretched to your sides,
up on the balls of your feet and your toes, twisting your
body, rotate all the way to your right, back to center,
rotate all the way to your left, back to center.  Fell over
a few times?  With practice you won't.  When you can do it
without falling, do it with your eyes closed.  That's the
     Stand on one leg, holding the other out off the ground,
deep knee bend all the way down, then all the way back up.
Fell over?  With practice you won't.  When you can do it
without falling, do it with your eyes closed.  That's the
     Closing your eyes eliminates visual cuing, forcing
you to exercise your inner ear balance.

***** Gear *****

Costa Ludus on night sights.
Excerpt:  (paraphrase)
"Use a different color front sight.  So, you don't line
up the three dots with the front sight to the left or
right, as opposed to the center."
[end of excerpt]
     Having the sights that far out of alignment would
feel awkward.  I could tell.
     Maybe on a square range in calm conditions.  But,
he's talking about when the adrenaline is pumping in
high stress conditions.

Check out the inside the Waistband (IWB) holsters.

***** Ammo *****

Ammo prices.
The spread sheet on this web page is apparently
updated continuously as prices and supply changes.
I bought 1000 rounds of Wolf .45 ACP ammo for 36 cents
per round from Target Sports USA.  This was factory new
Russian ammunition, steel caes, Berdan primed, so not
reloadable, but cheap.  I received it 6 days after
ordering it, including a weekend.
The ammo was manufactured in February 2014.

***** News (as opposed to propaganda) *****

When Seconds Count
     This isn’t a “If she only had a gun!” moment because
apparently there WAS a gun in the household and for whatever
reason, she didn’t have control of it.  It’s simply to point
out that cops do not have teleporters and cannot necessarily
come to your rescue as fast as you need them to.
     You need to be your own first responder.
[end of excerpt]
     I whole heartedly agree.  That's why you need to have
recently taken a first aid class.  That why you need to
have recently taken a water safety / life saving class.
That's why you need to have recently taken a firearms class.
I know you have recently cleaned your gun.
Guns don't save people. People save people.

***** Humor *****

Tree being shot at, fights back.

CWP, 17 April 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

"For evil to flourish,
all that is needed is
for good people to do
-- Edmund Burke 1771 A.D.

***** Mindset *****

"Principles of Personal Defense" by Jeff Cooper.

"The first principle is that you must not fool yourself
and you are the easiest person to fool."
-- Richard P. Feynman

***** Training *****

"Education is learning what you
didn't even know you didn't know."
-- Daniel J. Boorstin

Basic pistol training.

Advanced training techniques
"The object of teaching a student is to enable
the student to get along without his teacher."
-- Elbert Hubbard

     Optimized Use of Cover by John Holschen.
You don't win gun fights by shooting the other guy.
You win gun fights by not getting shot.
[end of excerpt]
     In past decades, before TV and politics destroyed
the sport of fencing, fencing was scored by touches received,
as opposed to touches made on your opponent.  Because
not getting stabbed and bleeding to death was in fact
to win.
     The single touch bout in epee was common,
because real duels usually ended with the drawing
of first blood.  Because in past times blood loss
or infection would lead to death.
Excerpt: (paraphrase)
The shooting games teach you to shoot for the center
of mass by rewarding you with points or time.
But in the real world, if you can shoot the assailant
in the hand, foot, arm, or leg without exposing
yourself that might be sufficient to cause him to run
away.  Which is a big win for you.
[end of excerpt]

"I am always ready to learn
although I do not always like being taught."
-- Winston Churchill

     James Yeager of Tactical Response
says the shooter should keep his
head up and look around while holstering,
because you need to maintain situational awareness.
     I disagree.  Statistically speaking, holstering
is the most dangerous part of any shooting class.
So, you have to watch what you're doing to ensure
that nothing gets caught in your holster.  Because,
as we saw in a video in a previous email, getting
a jacket draw string caught between your pistol and
your holster can result in a negligent discharge.
     You should not be holstering in the first
place unless you have determined that the situation
is copasetic.
     Holstering should be slow and careful, watching
what you're doing.  No awards for speed holstering.

***** Pedagogy *****

Attitude of the lecturer --
     When you read to your children as babies, there is
no interruption:  no questions, no discussion.
     As your children get older, the books that they
wish you to read to them change and the level of
interaction changes.  They ask questions and want to
discuss the reading; and it is your duty to explain
"the beast with two backs" [Shakespeare's "Othelo"]
no matter how difficult or uncomfortable it makes you.
(If you are not willing or able to explain in clear simple
terms, you should not be giving the lecture.)
     So, the attitude of the lecturer should be
story time for adults with interruptions gladly
entertained, questions welcome and always answered
responsively (there is nothing worse than to have
a judge rule your answer non-responsive), and
discussion appreciated.
     Don't let the discussion wander to far.
It is your duty to keep the discussion focused on
     It is important to read the lecture from a
script, not to speak extemporaneously.  This prevents
errors and interjection of the speaker's opinion
as opposed to the author's opinion.  This is a
matter of integrity and consistency. 

***** Web sites *****
"Carry your gun. It’s a lighter burden than regret."

***** Recall *****

Remington is recalling Model 700 and
Model Seven rifles with X-Mark Pro (“XMP”)
triggers manufactured from May 1, 2006 to April 9, 2014.

     I have attached the latest version of our lesson
plans for our Defensive Pistol class that we use in
our NRA Defensive Pistol course.
     We no longer teach the low ready position, instead
preferring only the compressed ready position.  So, that
the shooter is pushing the pistol straight forward to
shoot and pulling straight back to her chest into a
close contact position when not shooting.
     We are teaching a retention Sul position  when
scanning (rotating 360 azmuthal degrees while view vertical
strips from your feet to your zenith).  Pistol pointed down
at the ground at a point about 2 or 3 feet in front of
your feet.  Both hands over the pistol held to your chest.
     As always, corrections, suggestions, and comments
are greatly appreciated.

CWP, 9 April 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

Jeff Cooper's Commentaries
Vol. 1, No. 6, 2 September 1993
I have often preached that the proper antidote
to fear is anger, and I see no reason to change
my opinion on this. However, there is another
mental condition that serves as well or
possibly better, and that is concentration.
I have discussed this matter at great length
with people who are in a position to know,
and I am not without experience of my own,
and I can state positively that when you find
yourself facing deadly danger, your ability to
concentrate every mental faculty upon doing
what needs to be done to save yourself leaves
no room for fear. If it happens that return
fire is the best solution to your danger,
you are fortunate, because if you have
organized yourself properly your total
preoccupation with your front sight and
trigger control will have become automatic;
and therefore you cannot fear your enemy's
bullet since you are simply too busy
concentrating on hitting him. I think this
truth is incontrovertible, but we certainly
see that large numbers of people who get
involved in street fights, on either side of
the law, have never heard of it.

Shoshone refrain:
Over here, over there, everywhere,
today, tomorrow, always:
Bad men there are.
Hate you they do.
Kill you they will.
Watch out you better!

***** Training *****

James Yeager of Tactical Response
(a series of videos)
Excerpts:  (I paraphrase and any errors are mine. -- Jonathan Low)
     In order of importance:
     Spend your time, money, and effort on the
most important things first.
     Don't install an extended magazine release.
I hear people saying, I need an extended mag release
because I can't reach the mag release without moving
my hand around the pistol.  Well, if you could reach
the mag release while shooting the pistol, you'd be
ejecting the magazine during firing.  The pistol is
designed correctly to prevent you from doing that.
     Keep your magazines loaded.  (They are useless
when unloaded.)  If you know anything about modern
metallurgy, you know that you won't hurt the springs
by keeping your magazines loaded.
     Compression and stretching of the spring within
its elastic limits weakens the spring through the
action of work hardening.  But, compressing the
springs without movement, as in the case of a loaded
magazine in storage, causes no work hardening.
     Loading your magazines to capacity is well
within the elastic limits of the springs.  So, the
springs will not deform. 
[Yeager's explanation was a bit simpler,
but I am sure this is what he meant.]
     Practice saying "STOP!" as part of your presentation.
Because, you will do in combat what you have practiced.
If you don't practice saying "STOP!", you may say
something stupid, like "Die motherfucker!", which
won't play well with any jury.
[end of excerpts]

     Racking your pistol by Tom McHale.
     To share with your friends who may be having
difficulty racking their slides.  One must be
tactful.  At a Bible study, I showed a lady how to
rack her slide.  She had had difficulty for years.
Now that she could do it by herself she was a little
irritated with her husband for never teaching her
the correct technique.  Of course, it wasn't his
fault, for he had never learned how to rack a slide
     Go out and teach, for ignorance runs rampant.

***** Pedagogy *****

     To be a better instructor/coach, I took a
First Aid class.  One of the things we learned was
how to use an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). 
I learned that what you see in the movies and TV is false.
Defibrillators will not start a stopped heart (asystole).
Heart rhythms:
Normal Sinus Rhythm (NSR), the heart is working normally.
Ventricular Tachycardia (VT), a very fast heart beat,
use the defibrillator, it might restore NSR.
Ventricular Fibrillation (VF), a chaotic heart beat,
use the defibrillator, it might restore NSR.
     What's the point, Staff?
     The point is that what I knew was false.  I had a
superstition.  Over the years there were many doctors
in my classes who knew the truth, but never told me.
The topic never came up in conversation.
     About half of the NRA Defensive Pistol class that
we teach is lecture/discussion/questions.  It has to be,
because ignorance runs rampant in our society.  You
can't dispel superstitions until you find them.  You
won't find the superstitions unless you ask questions
and cause your students to make statements and ask
     If you aren't surprised several times during the
class by what a student believes, you aren't eliciting.
     "It's better to be wrong than to be vague."
-- Freeman Dyson
     Because, if the student is wrong, we can
correct him.  But, if the student is vague,
no one can help him.

     Another thing we learned at the First Aid class
was that in an incident (person collapses,
car crash, explosion, what have you) 80% of the
trained first responders will freeze.  Some one in
the other 20% has to give them orders, tell them
what to do, get them moving.  Clearly that 20% would
include the experience personnel who have done this
before and are inoculated to the trauma and stress.
But, most of moving yourself from the 80% to the 20%
is mindset and training.  You have to know what to
do, otherwise there is no motivation to do anything.
You have to be willing to put yourself at risk.
It's easier and more comfortable to stand back and
hide in the crowd.  We were taught that the first
thing you do is to use all your senses to determine
if the situation is safe to render aid.  It doesn't
help anyone if you get yourself injured or killed
in the rescue attempt.
     Of course, a lot of the 80% will be children
who have just finished a First Aid/Life Saving/
Water Safety class (when you're as old as me, all
these young adults look like children) and are
experiencing a disaster for the first time.  But,
having witnessed such children in Marine Corps
Recruit Training, I would bet that mindset and
training overcomes youth and inexperience every time.

CWP, 3 April 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Training *****

"MAY/MUST Questions Answered Correctly. . . Shoot First, Live"
by Steven Harris
Mr. Harris, an attorney, explains the legally
correct concepts and dispels legally incorrect

"Competition and the Tactical World" by Arik Levy
Competition is more than stress inoculation. 
It’s refining the mind to slow down and work the
problem while the body is busy doing something else.

"Competition Vs. The Tactical World part Tres…"
by Arik Levy
     “You won’t see your sights in a gunfight…” 
I hear that a lot as well.  I’m going out on a limb
but I think the people who didn’t see their sights
during their shooting, had never trained to use
their sights anyway.
     In my position, I’m lucky and honored to speak
with officers who’ve been in gunfights and I get to
train with some of elite instructors who’ve worked
defending our country over seas.  They all say the
same thing.  “I saw my sights every time…”

***** Manufacturing Ammo *****

     Discovery Channel's "HowStuffWorks"
     Black Hills

***** Gear *****

Jeff Cooper's Commentaries
Vol. 1, No. 3, 1 July 1993
"The recent marketing attempts to sell laser pointers
for pistols should be viewed askance.  We tested such
devices here at the Ranch some years ago when they
were much more expensive than they are now, and we
discovered that the principle disadvantage of the
laser is that it is slow.  When you present a pistol
properly and pick up the flash sight-picture, you do
it in one smooth stroke.  When, on the other hand,
you present a laser-equipped pistol you must hunt
around for that orange dot on the target, which
takes more time than the acquisition of the flash
sight picture.  The time increment between the two
systems is admittedly slight, but one wonders why one
should install an expensive gadget in order to create
a slight disadvantage."
     Used with permission, because Col. Cooper said,
'Please feel free to paraphrase and disseminate
anything that you may read in this paper. I am a
teacher, not a salesman, and it is my pleasure to see
my teachings spread far and wide.
"Die Gedanken sind frei!"  '

CWP, 26 March 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Training *****

"25 Trigger Pulls to Become a Better Shooter" by Jason Hanson

     In our last NRA Defensive Pistol class, the students
were initially wiggling their pistols around to avoid
shooting through their concealment garments when firing
from the close contact position with one hand.  This
wastes time and is dangerous.  This bad habit must be
broken by correct training.
     We require that the students bring a disposable
concealment garment for use during this exercise.  Have
them stop by Goodwill and pick up an over sized Aloha
shirt.  If the student neglects to bring such a shirt,
we give the student such a shirt to use, because forming
bad habits is antithetic to our training.
     If done properly, a fast competent presentation
from the holster to the close contact position with one
hand will result in shooting through the closed front
concealment garment, and may result in a shot through
an open front concealment garment.
     The student must not use their support side hand
to clear the garment, because this runs the risk of
shooting their support side hand.
     Explain to the student that this is realistic
training.  No mugger is going start his attack from
across the parking lot.  He will be within touching
distance before giving any sign of hostility.  So,
you must be competent to shoot from close contact.

Trigger Terms by Dave Anderson

What DVC means, and how it applies to you.
Page 44.

***** Lessons Learned *****

"Be a survivor, not a victim."

Civil and criminal liability problems with trigger modifications,
by Massad Ayoob.

Debunking a myth about point shooting.

On giving warnings.

***** Recalls *****

Brazilian Police Recall 98,000
.40 S&W  Taurus 24/7 DS Pistols
Taurus (Brazil, not USA)
The video shows the pistol firing without pulling
the trigger and with the thumb safety on.

Springfield Armory XD-S in 9mm and .45 ACP
The statistically insignificant sampling of people
who own this pistol and that have spoken to me about
this pistol have reported malfunctions and
the difficulty of using this pistol because
it is too small to handle.

Winchester .22 Cal. Long Rifle Rimfire Ammunition
Symbol Number: S22LRT
Lot Numbers: GD42L and GD52L
40 Grain Black Copper Plated Round Nose rimfire ammunition.

***** Propaganda *****

Penn & Teller's video on gun rights.

CWP, 18 March 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Training *****

"8 Reasons You Need Real Firearms Training"
by Tom McHale

"Get More From Your Training"
by James Yeager

"Get the most from IDPA"
by James Yeager

Hi Jon-
I recently picked up a Ruger Bearcat which is a
smaller frame single action .22 caliber to teach my kids
how to shoot a pistol.  Both kids are right handed.
Should I teach them to cock the hammer with
their left hand thumb, keeping a solid grip on
the pistol with their right hand?
Of course, trigger finger in the register position.

Hi Jeff,
     Yes, you are correct.  In the "modern technique" as taught
by Jeff Cooper, one maintains the firing hand grip from before
the handgun is removed from the holster to after the handgun
is holstered.  So, cocking the hammer would be done with the
support side thumb.  (As cocking with the firing side
thumb would cause the shooter to lose the proper grip.)
     Such single action revolvers should never be fanned
(Holding the trigger to the rear with the trigger finger,
while cocking and releasing the hammer with the support
side palm.) as these pistols are not designed for fanning.
I only mention it because your kids may have seen the
cowboys in the old western movies do it.
     When I mentioned this to a student once, he thought
I said "fam fire" (as opposed to "fan fire"),
which in the military refers to
"familiarization fire", to familiarize the soldier with
the weapons system, as opposed to a full of course of
     Familiarization fire of all weapons systems is good.
Fan firing a single action revolver is not recommended.

Color Code by Friar Frog

***** Lessons Learned *****

Malfunction -- This past Sunday, 3/16/14, I had a malfunction
with my model 1911, Kimber Pro Carry, and Wilson Combat
magazines, that I had never heard of before.
The magazine went too far up the magazine well.
     Context:  upon running out of ammo, I ejected the empty
magazine.  The slide was locked to the rear.  I inserted a
new magazine and racked the slide.
     The symptom was dead trigger, no click, no bang.
The slide was to the rear.
     I applied immediate action:  Tap, Rack, Point.
The slide would not rack.
     I locked the slide to the rear and attempted to strip
the magazine out.  The magazine would not eject by itself.
I could not pull the magazine out.
     At this point the Safety Officer, John Scott, who had
seen this malfunction before, told me that my magazine was
too far up the magazine well and that I needed to push it
out.  I inserted my support side thumb in through the
ejection port and pushed the magazine out of the pistol.
The magazine had gone too far up the magazine well.
     Once the magazine was out, I loaded and continued the
course of fire.
     I have not been able to replicate the malfunction.
With the slide locked back,
no matter how hard I hit the magazine, I can't get them
to go too far into the mag well.  So, I can't figure out
how I caused the malfunction.
     You all got any suggestions?

     Watch the draw strings of your jacket when holstering.
Carefully, gently holster.  Watch what you're doing to
ensure nothing is getting caught in your holster or gun.
We use holsters that stay open (a leather holster will
have a reinforced mouth) so that we can holster with one
hand, not so that we can holster without looking.  We
always look at what we are doing when we holster.
You would only holster when you are sure there is no
threat.  So, you can look at your holster when you are
     The Police Chief shot himself because he was
complacent.  I write these emails to cause my students
to think, with the hope that such thought prevents
     A pistol with a grip safety or a thumb safety
would not have fired when the trigger was pulled
by the draw string in this scenario.

***** Equipment Review *****

     I bought an Alien Gear holster.  Wore it a few days,
and used it in an IDPA match.
$29.88  right handed holster for 1911 Pro Models with 4" barrel.
  6.95  shipping and handling
 36.83  total
Made in America.
I was very impressed with the quality of materials,
craftsmanship, and design.  I was pleasantly surprised by the
abundance of spare parts included to allow for adjustment. 
The cant and height relative to your belt are adjustable.
The tightness of the holster on the pistol is adjustable,
though your belt tension is the dominant factor.
I spent a bit of time tinkering, as there are a lot of
adjustments you can make.
     You can tuck your shirt in over the pistol and
     I had to cut a bit of the plastic to allow the middle
finger of my firing side hand to achieve a proper grip on
the pistol while the pistol is in the holster.  The plastic
was hitting my middle finger.
     I had to cut a bit of the plastic to allow my pistol,
a Kimber Pro Carry, to fit in the holster.  The plastic hit
my grip stock.  The plastic had obviously been molded to
go around the grip stock, but it wasn't enough.  I had
to cut the plastic to get the pistol to go all the way into
the holster.
     The plastic is not hard.  With a sharp knife you can
whittle it as you would a piece of wood.  If you can't
whittle, you can use a soldering iron to melt and shape
the plastic, or a Dremel Fortiflex tool to grind away
the unwanted plastic.
     30 day money back guarantee.  You can trade the plastic
shell for one to fit a different gun.  Free replacement or
repair if anything breaks.  At least that's the claim.
     I recommend this product.
     Another review,

***** Gunsmiths *****

Jeff Cole recommends Bowen Classic Arms Corporation,