Wednesday, July 2, 2014

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

***** Mindset *****

What to look for and what to do -- Larry Yatch
http://www.businessinsider.com/navy-seal-explains-how-to-escape-a-dangerous-situation-2014-5

***** Training *****

     Immediate Action Drills by Dave Dolbee.
http://blog.cheaperthandirt.com/tap-rack-bang-action-drills/
     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
http://www.nytimes.com/2014/06/11/world/asia/friendly-fire-strike-kills-5-special-operations-soldiers-in-afghanistan.html
     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.
http://www.denverpost.com/news/ci_25921024/gun-mounted-flashlights-linked-accidental-shootings
     Response to the article.
http://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2014/06/10/weapon-lights-serious-problem-bad-reporting/
     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.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Journalism/2014/06/01/Media-Silent-As-Guns-Used-To-Save-At-Least-Seven-Lives-Since-May-25

Officials: Man interrupts store robbery,
kills attacker
http://www.chron.com/news/houston-texas/houston/article/Officials-Man-interrupts-store-robbery-kills-5514834.php
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
robber.

***** 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
reasons:
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.
http://www.breitbart.com/Big-Government/2014/05/31/Chili-s-Asks-Customers-Not-To-Open-Carry-In-Their-Restaurants-Sonic-Does-The-Same

Cheers,
Jon

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