Tuesday, November 25, 2014

CWP, 25 November 2014 A.D.

Greetings Concealed Weapons Permittees,

***** Mindset *****

"Real World Survival!" by Walt Rauch.
"If you don't want to be eaten,
don't look like food."
May be ordered from
Rauch & Company, Ltd.
P.O. Box 510
Lafayette Hill, PA 19444

"Avoiding Negative Outcomes" by Claude Werner
Excerpt:  [Bracketed comments are mine.]
Negative outcomes can result from problems such as:

• Gunhandling issues
o Negligent discharges - shooting yourself unintentionally
o Negligent discharges - shooting someone else unintentionally
o Losing or forgetting your gun in a public place

• Marksmanship issues
o Lacking confidence in your ability and getting too close to a criminal
o Shooting beyond your skill level and hitting an innocent downrange
  [That's why training is so important.  How else
    are you going to get an objective measure of
    your skill level?  You have to know your skill level.
    Yes, IPSC or IDPA competitions will give you a
    measure, but simulators or force on force with
    simunitions is much better for our purposes.]

• Tactical issues
o Shooting at someone without identifying the target
  [If you shot the wrong target in the night shoot,
   this is talking to you.  This is not a matter of
   skill.  This is mindset.  This is attitude. 
   Taking the situation seriously, and caring enough
   to shoot only when you can positively identify
   the target.]
o Chasing criminals after they break off contact
  [A gentleman whom we will call Joe, was drinking sake with his
   friends in a restaurant.  Someone walks in and
   announces, "Some guys are stealing a motorcycle
   off the back of a truck in the parking lot."
   So, Joe rushes out, hops in his truck and chases
   the thieves.  Joe catches up with them, exits
   his truck and confronts the theives, who proceed
   to beat Joe into unconsciousness.  Joe now has
   thousands of dollars of dental bills and permanent
   life altering injuries.]

• Legal issues
o Shooting when it's not justified
  [You have to understand "justifiable use of lethal
   force", the difference between "immediate" and
   "imminent", "ability, opportunity, and intent",
   "disparity of force", "escalation of force", and
   "retreat".  Otherwise, you have no business
   carrying a gun.  Operating from a position of
   ignorance is an act of stupidity.  As John Wayne
   said, "Life is hard.  It's even harder if you're
o Carrying where it's illegal
o Firing warning shots, a la Joe Biden
  [Never fire warning shots.  Never shoot to wound.
   Joe Biden says he advises his wife to fire two
   shots into the air to scare away the intruders,
   her double barrel shotgun is now unloaded, and
   useless as a weapon.  Which the intruders know.
        Of course, Jill is much smarter than Joe
   and does not listen to his nonsense.  Because
   firing the two shots into the air is a criminal
   offense where they live.]

***** Tactics *****

"Flashlight Techniques" by Dave Spaulding
Other videos in the Ruger series,
Tactical Tips Part-5:  HolsterSkills
"You will acquire a fast draw by doing less."
Tactical Tips Part-7:  Proper Training
Tactical Tips Part-18:  Extreme Close Quarters

***** Training *****

     "What is the value of training?"
by Claude Werner
9 November 2014
“Why should I take training?”
1.  You don’t know what you don’t know.
2.  Much of what you know is wrong.
3.  It’s good to have some of the answers
    to the test before taking it.

Davidson:  Did you notice the detail of scoring at the IDPA
match we just shot?  Several people that had much better
scores than we did had much, much worse hits on target. 
Next time I am going for spray and pray.  I think misses
( unless it is failure to neutralize  ) don’t matter,
time is all that counts.

Jon:  That's why the IDPA match when played as a game
is not good training for our purposes.  But, when shot
in a tactically correct manner is excellent training
for self defense.
     It's important to keep the two separated in your
mind.  I can't.  So, I always shoot in a tactically
correct manner.  Because in combat, you will revert
to your training.

Batting Cages
     I once took a girlfriend and her son to the local
batting cages to practice batting.  I was thinking this
will be fun (and easy, even though I had never done it
before).  At 45 miles per hour, the ball wizzed by so
fast, I couldn't see it.  It took me about 15 strikes
before I fouled the ball off into the net behind me.
     Her son was in another cage and had his machine
turned up to 90 miles per hour.  Ah, to have the eyes
and reflexes of youth.
     I thought to myself, how silly to think that I
could execute this skill without training or practice.
Self defense is several orders of magnitude more
complex than batting.  And yet we all know persons who
buy a pistol, fire a few rounds at the indoor range,
and carry it around thinking that they can defend
themselves.  Talk to them.  Urge them to get training.
You are doing them a great favor.

     Training changes over the years in all industries,
because we are always striving to include the best
practices and discard the suboptimal.  For example: 
     "tap, rack, bang" was the standard way to clear
malfunctions.  But, now days it's "tap, rack, assess",
because we always want the shooting to be an intellectual
decision, never a programmed reflex response.
     When I went through Marine Corps Recruit Training,
our fingers were always on the triggers.  Now days, the
Primary Marksmanship Instructors and Drill Instructors
will ensure your finger is in the register position.
    There are many other examples.  The point is that
you should be willing to suggest improvements in doctrine
to your instructors.  In a worst case, they will ignore
you.  In a best case, they will implement your suggestion
and cite you in their next book; and you may be responsible
for saving a life or preventing a self inflicted injury.

     "Shooting Yourself By Accident"
"The person most likely to shoot you is YOU.
Why? Because you’re always there." -- John Farnam

     "Things I learned from the Masters"
"In the beginner’s mind there are many possibilities,
but in the expert’s there are few."

     In the class that I am presently teaching, a student
was grouping well, but occasionally the group would open
up vertically.  I thought his form looked good.  So, I asked
to see his pistol.  He had a pistol with a white disk
painted on the front sight and a white square painted on
the rear sight.  I noticed that I had to tilt the pistol
a noticeable amount to align the disk and square as opposed
to when I aligned the top of the front sight with the top
of the rear sight.  I asked him which sighting system he
was using.  Because there were two distinct sighting systems
with different points of impact.
     Since, he would not be able to see the white disk and
square in the dark, we decided to take a black indelible
marker and blacken out the disk and square.
     Problem solved.

Rule 4 violations

     Yes, Virginia, there is a correct way to breathe.

***** Gear *****


***** News *****

     "Around The Water Cooler, Part Two"
by Rich Grassi
A study of active shooters showed that they
"almost exclusively seek out 'gun free' zones for their attacks."
-- Brendan Keefe, a reporter from WCPO-TV 9,
an ABC Affiliate in Cincinnati, OH.
     That's why so many parents home school their children.

***** Miscellany *****

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