Friday, July 29, 2016

CWP, 29 July 2016 Anno Domini

Greetings Sheepdogs,

***** Mindset *****

“Silence in the face of evil is itself evil:
God will not hold us guiltless.
Not to speak is to speak.
Not to act is to act.”
-- Greg Ellifritz

A Pistol?

***** Training *****

The Art of Instructing (Part 1 of 2)

Range Conduct & Firearms Safety
     Be careful what you teach.
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
     Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever
you have practiced in training, no matter
how ridiculous.

Skills Check: The 3-Second Drill

Shooting Scans
". . . on the battlefield, sometimes it’s not who’s the best
trained or who has the coolest gear, a lot of times it boils
down to who sees who first . . ."

"Lessons for the Ladies"
by Il Ling New - Thursday, April 28, 2016
     You may have family and friends who are shooters.
They may be sure they were put on this earth to
teach you, and insist upon doing so.
     But, here are some proper responses.
"No." "Stop." "Don't." You get the idea.
     Remember, just as in driving or cooking,
the fact someone has been doing something a
long time doesn't mean he does it well. Even
if he does it well, that doesn't mean he can
teach others to do it well.
     As I say to men and women alike, guns are like shoes.
They have to fit. That means they have to fit both the
occasion — training, carry, car, etc. — and the user.
Much like shoes, you are the best, and possibly the only,
person to judge that fit. Even more like shoes, guns are
best chosen after being tried out a bit.
     And don't buy cheap. Just like with shoes,
you get what you pay for.
Just Another Appliance
     Do not be afraid. Remember, ladies, firearms are
a part of our heritage. In the pioneer days, women
treated guns like just another household tool.
Pesky bear in the garden? Grab that rifle and take
care of the problem.  Cupboard bare and men off in
the fields? That shotgun leaned up in the corner
ought to bring a bird or two for supper.
     Last, but absolutely not least, always remember
your mind is your primary weapon. A good defensive
firearm course will teach you things above and beyond
what you can do with a handgun. Just in the act of
taking a class, you're on your way to gaining the
most important protective asset of all — the foundation
of a strong defensive mindset.
     Learning to shoot: fun.
Having my own pistol or pistols: cool.
Knowing how to use it: priceless.

***** Tactics *****


***** Techniques *****

Recoil management for fast double taps
     The author is assuming that the reader is using
an isosceles grip, as opposed to a Weaver grip.

***** Gear *****

Do NOT Use These Types of Holsters

To Flap Or Not?
(Whether or not to have a flap on your magazine pouch.)

     Cleaning the bore of your barrel has always
been the most difficult part of gun cleaning
(especially with 155mm Howitzers, we used nylon
bristled bore brushes and CLP, no joke).  I used
to use chamber brushes to bore out my .45 ACP
barrels.  I used to put my cleaning rods in the
chuck of my electric drills.
     But, now Brownells sells the
"Double Tuff Bore Brush" in every size imaginable. 
These bronze bore brushes are much stiffer than
ordinary bore brushes. It takes quite a bit more
effort to push and pull these brushes through
your bore.  But, the cleaning effect is much better. 
I can now get my bores glassy smooth in 40 strokes
instead of the usual 120 strokes. 
I'm anally retentive.  I use a bore scope.
     If you are satisfied with rough spots in
your bore from fouling, shame on you.  That
"good enough for government work" attitude
will get you killed.

Arma Dynamics, printable targets,

***** Instructors *****

***** Pedagogy *****

***** Education *****

Safety in Thailand: Tips & Advice
(of course this applies every where in the world)

Criminals Think Differently – Understand Them & Remain Armed
Posted on July 13, 2016 by Col. Ben Findley

John Farnam's videos

The Reliability of the Revolver vs. the Semi-Automatic Handgun

***** Legal stuff *****

Drunk, angry guy is kicking your front door,
but the court decides that YOU are the aggressor?
By Andrew Branca, March 22, 2013

Self-Defense Immunity Laws: Which States Protect You Best?

Excerpt from Andrew Branca's email on
why you need to know the self-defense law:
. . .
     The first is an extension of the adage,
"when seconds count the police are only minutes away." 
In the same way, when you see that aggressors' knife
you won't have time to pick up the phone, chat with
your lawyer's receptionist, get forwarded through to
his office, explain the situation, wait for him to do
some research, then finally get his call back with
the expert opinion you require.  By then it will be
far too late.
     The second is that, sadly, your lawyer may not
be as good at self-defense law as you'd like to think. 
Not possible?  Think again.  The typical lawyer is
not well trained in self defense law.  In my three
years of law school we spent perhaps as many minutes
on the subject of self-defense, and that experience
is common to all the lawyers with whom I'm familiar. 
In addition, few lawyers encounter "genuine"
self-defense cases in their practice (that is,
self-defense claims by otherwise law-abiding citizens,
as opposed to the ridiculous claims of self-defense
often raised by thugs).
     So what happens if your lawyer doesn't know
what he needs to know?  You go to jail. 
Don't believe me?  Just ask Adam Barker, whose
lawyer's mistake cost him ten years hard prison time:

Can a “colorful” past damage a claim of self defense?

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

Take a defensive driving course.
It may save your life. 
It may reduce your insurance rate.

Breaking through road blocks
     The technique described is correct.
But the physics is a bit more subtle
than the given explanation.

***** Miscellany *****

Crime Prevention Research Center (John Lott, et al)
Excerpt:  "6.1% of the adult population now has a concealed handgun permit."
(not including states with Constitutional Carry)

Take a survey to help establish a database of
public opinion on what constitutes reasonable
force for police officers.

     Lesson plans may be found at
or send me an email requesting the latest


Jonathan Low

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