Friday, April 22, 2016

CWP, 22 April 2016 A.D.

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     As a parent, I thought you should read
"Dear Parents: Here’s Some Hard Lessons
From Haruka Weiser’s Murder"
     Train your daughters!  Because you're
not going to be there to protect her. 
Four days at Front Sight is fun, but not
necessary.  There are a lot of good
instructors in your area.  Check with your
local gun clubs.  Check the NRA Instructor's
     You don't need to shoot.  The lectures
for developing the proper mindset are the
important thing.
     Our enemies monitor all church web sites
continuously.  (This was mentioned at the
Sheepdog seminar.  So, I am not citing
classified sources.)  The United Methodist
Church "declared" all of their churches to be
"weapons-free".  Within hours of the
declaration, the Jihadist chat rooms were
passing the word to add the Methodist churches
to their target lists.
     It's as if the Methodist bishops never
read their Bibles; Luke 22:36, Nehemiah 4:17-18,
Nehemiah 4:23.  Claiming that God will protect
us is superstition, not Christian theology.
     The mass murderer who killed 9 persons at
the Emmanuel AME church in Charleston, SC had
initially gone to the College of Charleston to
kill people, but when he saw the armed guards
he thought that he would be shot and so instead
went to the church because he knew that the
church was a gun-free zone.  Because the church
had made it common knowledge that they were a
gun-free zone, in hopes of attracting people
to their safe-zone.
     You can educate the ignorant.  You can
medicate the crazy.  But, you can't fix stupid.
Please don't let stupid get your children killed.

***** Mindset *****

     Major Ara├║jo's essay was written
in Brazil but applies everywhere.

"Because you can, doesn’t mean you should ...
a cautionary example of what not to do."
     I love the baby cartoon.

"Should I Provide First Aid to
the Attacker I Just Shot?"
     As a Marine Corps military policeman,
I was taught not to approach the suspect
if you are alone.  I would never attempt to
handcuff without a partner present.  I would
never attempt to render first aid until the
suspect was first handcuffed.  I remember an
incident that took 5 of us to handcuff a guy.
So rendering first aid by yourself is wrong.

***** Training *****


"Skill Set: One Thing at a Time"

     This is why it is so important to keep your
trigger finger in the register position until
your sights are lined up on the target and
you have decided to fire.

***** Education *****

Olympic pistol-shooter Gabby Franco

" Understanding the myth of the '21 foot rule' "

***** Tactics *****

"Tactics Against Active Shooters"
     Those officers were not trained in
positioning at all. The report itself is
very nicely done with a lot of diagrams and
it is very informative and descriptive,
but the conclusions the report drew are
entirely false. If you look at the layout,
those officers just were not trained in how
they should have positioned themselves.
     That is a mistake that even a lot of
police officers don’t understand. They feel
they have been trained that they have to
verbalize prior to engaging in gunfire.
In exigent circumstances, that simply is
not true. As Tom Givens says, most people’s
training comes from TV and it is all wrong.
Couple that with people who are only
marginally skilled and don’t have confidence,
what are they going to do? They are going
to try to close and that is the wrong
solution, I think, in most cases.
     Specifically, if we don’t train people
to shoot the head, I do not think they will.
     Running our mouth about it without
doing it on the range is ridiculous.
      ... will refer again to Bill Rogers.
His concept is that you have to make a
plan before you make a move. The way he
puts it, “I’ll solve it when I get there."
has killed an awful lot of people.
When you get there, you are no longer able
to solve it.

***** Techniques *****

Using your front sight as a speed gauge
(excerpt from a training letter to his students)
by Dr. Ignatius Piazza
"... how fast can you shoot and still maintain
a hand-span size group? Your speed depends on
how accurately you must shoot. Generally, more
accuracy requires more time. The good news is
you have a gauge right on the weapon which will
tell you how fast to go. It's your front sight.
If you present your weapon and see a very small
front sight against a large thoracic cavity,
you can shoot very rapidly and still guarantee
the hits. On the other hand, if you see a very
large front sight against a tiny target, such
as a target at great distance, you need to slow
down to guarantee the hits. Generally, a small
target is a function of distance, but not
always. A hostage situation at close range
would also require you to take a slow, very
accurate shot. So, even at conversational
distances you may need to shoot slowly,
depending on the size of the target. ..."
     When Dr. Piazza talks about shooting
slowly, he is referring to the trigger press.
The presentation is always fast, which includes
taking the slack out of the trigger.  It is
only the trigger press that slows down to
ensure the surprise break, which guarantees
the accurate hit.

"Tactical Pistol Drills
Close Range Engagements"
     Notice how he shifts from an upside
down grip to a normal grip, when firing with
support side hand only.

"Appendix Carry ...
Thousands of Thugs Can’t be Wrong!"
     Please note that some of Mr. Ellifritz'
holsters aren't holsters at all (as seen in
the last photograph).

***** Gear *****

Inspecting your ammo

Low-Light Handgun Sights
     This is why I have stopped recommending
tritium glow in the dark sights.  I don't
think they are worth the expense.

***** Instructors *****

     "Tap, Rack, Bang" is wrong.  Anyone
teaching it is not teaching best practices.
The shooting, "Bang", should always be an
intellectual decision.  Never a reflex
response to something else, such as a
malfunction.  I know there are a lot of videos demonstrating "Tap,
Rack, Bang".  They are wrong.  I know there
are a lot of schools and individual
instructors teaching "Tap, Rack, Bang". 
They are wrong.
     The NRA teaches "Tap, Rack, Assess".
Front Sight teaches "Tap, Rack-flip, Point".
The shooting, "Bang", should not be part
of the drill, because if you practice it
thousands of times, you will not be able
to override your training in a high stress
situation.  Which means you will fire,
"Bang", even when you should not.  That's
why we train, so that nothing can override
our programmed reflex responses.  Because,
only our programmed reflex responses are
fast enough to allow us to win.
     If you don't understand this or disagree,
please contact me.  We are responsible for
what we teach.  We can be sued  for what
we teach.  It's called "professional liability".
You should be carrying insurance for
professional liability, in addition to general

***** Pedagogy *****

     Yes, girls are different from boys.
"Coaching Males/Coaching Females"
"... male and female brains have important
structural and functional differences."

***** Survival Tips *****

"What To Do In The Event Of A Bomb Blast"

***** Miscellaneous *****

"Texas A & M University System
Embraces Campus Carry"

"Central Valley School Board Votes
Unanimously To Arm Teachers"

     I received an email advertisement from
Galls.  It offered a men's short sleeve
tactical polo shirt.  I thought to myself,
"tactical polo shirt?"

     A recent lesson plan is at
For the latest, send me an email,


Friday, April 8, 2016

CWP, 8 April 2016 A.D.

Greetings Sheepdogs,
     I just finished, 4/1/16, reading "Fighting Smarter"
by Tom Givens.  His words of wisdom are scattered
below, some out of context, but poignant. 
     You should get his book.

***** Mindset *****

     Your main enemy is reaction time.

     Believe me, if you have internalized that a
specific person is an actual threat to your life,
but that you have the means to stop him if need
be, it gets easier to mentally deal with the

     This is how you win fights, by being mentally
prepared to win.

     The other nagging self-doubt concerns over-
reacting and shooting someone under unjustifiable
circumstances.  If you are reading this, that
will not happen.  Citizens who are responsible
enough to obtain carry permits, seek expensive
training, making time for practice sessions, etc.
are simply too honest, caring, and self disciplined
to shoot people without just cause.

     In fact, for many the problem they will face
is the exact opposite of being "trigger happy".
Believe it or not, every day, people who are
armed and know how to use their weapons, and who
have a need to use their weapons to save their
lives, fail to do so and die as a result.  This
happens to both private citizens and police
officers alike.

     Many people don't realize that your awareness
skills are more important than your marksmanship
skills.  Well, you can't shoot something you don't
know is there, or don't know it needs to be shot!

     Shame on you if you get a speeding ticket!
You should've seen the cop long before he could
get a radar reading on you.  If that were your
girlfriend's husband behind that bush with a rifle
instead of a cop with a radar gun, you'd be dead

***** Training *****

     Proper training ingrains the proper responses.
Repetition is the mother of all skill.  With skill
comes confidence.  With confidence comes the ability
to think under pressure and make sound tactical

     Practice builds skill, skill builds confidence.

     Panic is simply the lack of a pre-programmed

     If you make tactical decisions every day of
your life, they will come easily to you if you find
yourself in dangerous circumstances.  If you have
never practiced this decision making process, how
do you expect to do it well under extreme stress?

What you should work on:
     Fast, efficient, reliable presentation of the
handgun from concealment.
     Ability to accurately place several quick shots
into an anatomically important area of the target at
3 to 5 yards.
     Ability to place an anatomically important hit
in a reasonable amount of time beyond 7 yards out to
at least 25 yards.
     Ability to reload quickly and efficiently.
     Ability to rapidly move off the line of force
(sidestep) without hindering the presentation of
the pistol from concealment.
     [I would add the ability to clear malfunctions
quickly and efficiently. -- Jon Low]

     The court's position is that if you have a
deadly weapon it is incumbent upon you to seek
proper training in its use and then to follow
the rules.

***** Education *****

     In fact, self defense shootings by legally
armed citizens are almost always ruled justifiable
by the authorities, while almost a third of police
shootings are ruled questionable or improper.

     According to FBI studies, probably 80% of the
ones you will actually have to fight will be under
the influence of drugs / alcohol / drugs and
alcohol at the time.  What's the good news? 
They're drunk and/or drugged, which plays Hell with
their reflexes, reaction time, and motor
coordination.  They'll be relatively easy to deal
with, IF you are mentally prepared (Condition Red)
and have done your homework.

     More Americans are murdered at work than die
from any other on the job cause.

     "Why is the rifle so much easier to shoot
than a pistol?  Easy.  The rifle weighs more than
its trigger pull, while the handgun weighs less
than the weight of the trigger pull."
-- Larry Vickers

***** Tactics *****

     When holding your gun at the ready, it should
be low enough to enable you to see the hands and
waistline of your adversary. 
     If there is no threat, your gun should be
pointing down at the ground in front of you.
     If there is a threat, your gun should be pointing
at the threat.  You would pull your gun into a
compressed ready if you fear the enemy may grab your

     We want to be careful about "out running our
headlights" and shooting faster than we can make
accurate observations and critical decisions.

***** Techniques *****

Clearing a Double Feed in an AR-15


     I stumbled across this video of grabbing
the slide of an assailants weapon to prevent
it from cycling. Is this a viable defense

Hi Joe,
     Grabbing the slide by itself is not a viable
technique, as grabbing does not prevent the
pistol from firing.
     There are many techniques for disarming.
You must take a class from a competent instructor
to find the technique that works best for you.
The technique must be:
1.  Simple (so you can do it under stress)
2.  Reliable (it must work every time you attempt it
in practice)
3.  Proven (it works under combat conditions against
a gorilla)  You need to talk to people who have used
it in combat.
     If the technique doesn't satisfy these conditions,
keep searching.
     You definitely want to move your body in
one direction and push the pistol in the opposite
direction.  If you can get two hands on the pistol,
you want to twist it so it points back at the enemy.
And then yank. 
     But, grabbing the enemy's pistol is not easy.
It requires a lot of practice.
     Gouging the eyes, or palm striking the nose or
chin to drive the assailant's head back with your
other hand may be a better option than attempting
a disarm with two hands.
     It's always a judgment call, based on the
     Gouging the eyes to blind the opponent is
always my first thought.  Drive your fingers
in and pop those eyeballs and pull them out
of the eye sockets.  Statistically speaking,
you'll be saving his future victims $800,000
of pain, suffering, and property loss.

     I believe in diversity of opinion.  So, I invite
your attention to the following video by Rick Gore,
speaking against the retention Sul position that the
NRA (and I) has been teaching for the past several
years for holding your pistol while scanning and
operating around other friendlies.

***** Gear *****

     Yes, you need electronic ear muffs.  Don't think
about getting a pair.  Just do it.  Not being able to
hear the safety officer's commands is dangerous.

     A sidearm must be reliable, effective,
portable, and ergonomic.  Everything else is gravy.

     "All guns are made for killing."  This is

     The purpose of a high capacity magazine is not
to allow you to shoot more.  It's real purpose is
to allow you to reload less often.

     Visually inspect your ammo.  Remove your
barrel/chamber from your pistol and use it as
a gauge to check your ammo.  Do the cartridges
fit in the chamber?

     For those who like to say that revolvers are
more reliable than pistols, Mr. Givens gives us
two pages of realistic revolver malfunctions,
none of which can be cleared during the gunfight.
     Revolvers are simply old technology that has
been superseded by the technology of the modern

     A high capacity handgun helps avoid the dread
disease, Ammunition Deficit Disorder, which can
be fatal.

Your First Handgun

Carry gear wears out

     Mitch Rosen has outside the belt, inside the
waistband, and between the waistband and the belt

     I've had many years of good service from this

     Snake skin grips for your pistol.

***** Instructors *****

     All safety comes down to
Muzzle Discipline (MUZZLE!) and
Trigger Finger Discipline (FINGER!).

***** Pedagogy *****

Tips for Teaching Women to Shoot
     Colleene Barnett is correct when she says there
are several techniques for doing any one of the
administrative operations.  So, if the person is weak,
arthritic, missing fingers, etc., show them a different
technique.  If you don't know the different techniques,
take a class (or read my lesson plans) and learn them
before taking your newbie to the range.  If you can't
help them to succeed, you're not doing them any favors.

***** Miscellaneous *****

Second Amendment Foundation:
Federal Judge Rules Against
Northern Mariana Handgun Ban

5 Businesses That Rejected
Moms Demand Action’s
Gun Ban Campaign

Suspect Pulls Fake Gun, Store Clerk Pulls Real One
Excerpt:  Des Plaines Police Chief Bill Kushner says,
“Perpetrators are going to get killed as a result of
crimes with air soft guns and they’re not going be
the victims, they’re going to be the offenders.”

Underwater Bullets at 27,000 frames per second
     Great examples of fluid physics.

AK-47 Underwater at 27,450 frames per second
     A layman's explanation of the physics.

     "Life is a sexually transmitted disease that
is invariably fatal." -- Jeff Cooper

     The latest lesson plan is now on


Jonathan Low