Friday, September 26, 2014

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

***** Mindset *****

"Mindset of Shooting"
by Jon Hodoway
"... invite the professionals to the emergency
as early as possible. And on those occasions
when we don’t have the gift of time to allow
for the professionals to arrive we should be
well versed in judiciously deploying our firearm."

     Someone saw an old man planting a carob tree.
This person asked the old man when the tree would
bear fruit.  "After 70 years," the old man said.
"What!" the other man exclaimed.  "Do you expect
to live 70 years and eat the fruit of your labor?"
The old man answered, "I did not find the world
desolate when I entered it.  As my ancestors
planted for me before I was born, so I plant for
those who will come after me."
-- From Taaith, Fol. 23, col., in The Talmud
     Every sheepdog we train is another sentinel
who will protect our children, grandchildren,
great-grandchildren, ...
We can also reasonably expect a significant
fraction of those we train to train others
in the skills and mindset of the sheepdogs.

The truth about “stopping power” – Anatomy First
Excerpts paraphrased:
     There is no well defined quantification
of stopping power.  If you can't quantify
it, you can't measure it.  If you can't
measure it, it is outside the realm of
     The bullet is the wrong topic.
Where to place the bullet is the correct
topic of discussion.
     "... the human body twists and contorts
in frustrating ways and this makes your
“center mass” shooting a severe difficulty."
     The author, Aaron Cowan, cites two articles,
"Whats Wrong With Wound Ballistic Data, and Why"
by Dr. M.L. Fackler (1987), and
"Undeniable Evidence" by Dr. M.L. Fackler (1999)
in "Wound Ballistics Review",
International Wound Ballistics Association
(no longer an active entity), 
to say that speed of the bullet is more
important than the mass of the bullet for
penetration.  Which would lead the reader to
buy the lighter faster bullet as opposed to
the heavier slower bullet.
This directly contradicts the opinion at
Front Sight Firearms Institute.  Front Sight's
reasoning is that the kinetic energy equation
is not appropriate.  Rather, the momentum
equation should be used because momentum is
a conserved quantity.  Kinetic energy is not
conserved, so it's really hard to say anything
about it. (Total energy is conserved.  Kinetic
energy is not conserved.  Kinetic energy is
easily converted to other forms of energy.)
Upon impact with the body, the bullet rapidly
loses its kinetic energy (speed).  If the
bullet does not fragment (or disintegrate)
the mass is approximately constant, as it
would be with a copper jacketed round nose
bullet.  So, the more massive bullet will
retain more momentum, which Front Sight
interprets to mean would give deeper
     I do love to give my readers
opposing opinions.
***** Training *****

"Why Firearms Training is a Must"
by Jon Hodoway
"Guys, don’t attempt to instruct your beloved
how to shoot. You are emotionally connected to
each other. This makes it very difficult to be
objective for both parties."

***** Pedagogy *****

     The IDPA match is an essential part of
our Defensive Pistol course.  But, we will not
be shooting the match as all the other
competitors will be shooting the match. 
     They will be going fast to win the
competition, to get a good score.  We will
be going slow to avoid getting killed.
They will often fail to engage a target,
because they didn't see the target,
because they were going too fast.  We will
go slow enough to ensure all threats
behind us have been incapacitated.
     They will crowd cover.  We will stay
away from walls, because we understand
how bullets ricochet.  We will stay away
from corners because we know there is an
enemy behind the corner who will grab our
gun or arms.
     They will not be too concerned
about shooting innocent bystanders
(it's only a three second penalty). 
We will never shoot a "no shoot" target,
because we understand that that is a
loved one who will die when we shoot her.
     "Tactically correct" is different
from the tactics used to win the IDPA game
or the IPSC game.  Let us never confuse them.

***** Tactics *****

     In the class that I am presently giving,
a student asked, "What if I'm not sure about
the guy?  I have an uncomfortable feeling
about him, but there is no overt speech or
action that I could articulate to a jury that
would reasonably cause me to present my gun."
     First option is to run away.  [If you
fear looking like a coward in front of your
girlfriend, you need to bring your girlfriend
to a self-defense class to educate her, so
that she will understand that running away
is the smart, mature, and manly thing to do.]
Distance is your friend, it gives you time. 
But, if you have your kids with you, or are
carrying someone else's baby,
this might not be an option.
     In such a situation, you must determine
the intent of the guy.  Screaming "STOP!"
is a means of determining intent.  Any normal
person would stop or walk away.  If the guy
continues toward you, one could infer malicious
     Profiling (while politically incorrect)
is a reasonable tool.  Sheriff Nash (Dorchester
County, South Carolina) said that signs of a
criminal are:  no shirt, tattoos, bad teeth,
and body odor.  Gang tattoos are a dead give
away, though if you don't study gangs, you
probably won't be able to recognize them.
     Calling 911 is a smart thing to do.
Not only does it let the guy know that you're
calling for police, it creates a witness for
you.  Be aware that modern smart phones are
controlled by the 911 dispatcher, not you.
You can't hang up the phone, only the
dispatcher can hang up the phone. 
Even if it turns out to be nothing
(or you've turned it into nothing by your
actions) a police officer will probably show
up to talk to you.  Yes, this happened to me,
while lunching with ladies from my church
in Lebanon, TN.  It was much less
embarrassing than one might expect.

***** Gear *****

Animated graphic of how silencers work.

Why tritium sights are futile.
     On the other hand, the purpose of
tritium sights is to enable you to find
your gun in the dark, not necessarily
aim your gun in the dark.
     What are we aiming at in the dark?
If we light up the target with a
flashlight to positively identify the
target, the sights will be silhouetted
against the target.  So, no need for
tritium sights.

***** News *****

In Missouri, Public School Students
Are Learning How to Handle Guns Safely

How Gun Control Made England The
'Most Violent Country In Europe'

Square Reader denies service for gun transactions.

***** Promotions *****

Franklin Gun Shop is one-stop shopping for the
items on the Defensive Pistol equipment list.

***** Miscellany *****

     Older postings may be found at
     Lesson plans may be found at


Monday, September 22, 2014

CWP, 19 September 2014 A.D.
Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

"Everyman use of force: grey and not so grey areas"
by Aaron Cowan.  September 3, 2014
"[Use of lethal force] does not require that
your attacker be armed with a weapon,
nor have already injured you."
     The author refers to reasonable distance
when attacked with a contact weapon.  Remember
the Tueller drill.  Seven yards (21 feet) is
too close.  The author says to get the 21 foot
rule out of your head.
     Many schools teach two rounds to the
center of mass and then assess the situation.
But, the author says use maximum force to
stop the attack.  That is, continue to shoot
until the threat stops.
     "Some people deserve to be shot."
     "Situational awareness and the ability
to swallow ones pride are two great ways to
avoid a situation that can devolve into

***** Training *****

Immediate Action

"A Critical Look at Failure Drills"
by Aaron Cowan
Part 1 of 2, September 14, 2013
Part 2 of 2, September 16, 2013

***** Pedagogy *****

"The Importance of Training"
by Aaron Cowan
November 21, 2013

     I just got back from a three day level 3 rifle coaches
course at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs,
CO.  There was a pisol coaches course in the room next door
and we had a lot of interaction with them.
Much of the learning came from discussions with
other national level coaches.  There was a lot of conflict
between what is taught in the professional gun schools
and what is taught in the Olympic/International
coaching schools.
     For instance, they didn't recognize "surpise break",
and when I expalined it, they rejected it as crude and
not "what the elite do". 
     They don't feel the need to teach the safety rule,
trigger finger in the register position when the
pistol is not on the target, as when resting between shots.
Because, they fear not getting the trigger finger back in
exactly the same position on every shot.
     But, of course, Olympic shooting is a very
different game.

***** Gear *****

     The magazine pouch is necessary. 
It should carry at least one magazine,
and perhaps your flashlight. 
You need to carry an extra magazine to
clear malfunctions, not because you
fear running out of ammunition. 
     Only fully loaded magazines will be in
your magazine pouch.  Empty magazines
will be on the ground.  Partially
filled magazines will be in your pocket.
     Leather pouches are nice,
but Kydex are cheaper and perfectly

     The dummy ammunition, Snap-Cap
(brass base) or Zoom (machined aluminum),
is essential for training.  Your pistol
must function correctly when dry practicing. 
Your extractor will eventually rip the rim
off the cheap plastic dummy ammo.

     The best long term decision on a
flashlight would be a rechargeable flashlight
such as the Streamlight Strion,
because the cost of batteries will kill you.
     The disposable battery type flashlights
are cheaper,
Or, the Surefire, though they are much more
expensive, is usually the cheapest
place to buy them.
     I've found perfectly functional
flashlights in the sporting goods stores
for as little as $40.  The important thing
is to have a thumb pressure switch on the
rear of the flashlight.  Press on,
release off.  No clicking, no strobes,
no colors.  Simple is better.

***** News (propaganda is further down) *****

Good Gal Wins.  Yeah!

Good Guy Wins.  Ya!

***** Promotions *****

Looking for ammo.

Alien Gear 2 holster combo.

Springfield Armory, 3 magazines and
mag pouch.

***** Propaganda *****

     The Obama Administration attempts to make
the gun control debate all about race, but the
National Association for the Advancement of
Colored People and the
National Council of La Raza won't bite.!

***** Miscellany *****

     Older postings may be found at

     Rather than emailing the lesson plans
to students, I published the lesson plans
as a book on
"Defensive Pistol" by Jonathan D. Low
ISBN: 9781311454133
This publication will be updated from time
to time.  The ISBN will remain the same.
You are welcome to invite your friends to
download their own free copy, rather than
sharing yours.