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
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 Araújo'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 *****
"OPEN YOUR MIND, SHUT YOUR MOUTH!"
"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
YouTube.com 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?"
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