Friday, May 1, 2020

CWP, 1 May MMXX Anno Domini

Hi Sheepdogs,

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"Fear is an instinct. Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN

----- Mindset -----

"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses." 
-- Tom Givens

Should I Provide First Aid to the Attacker I Just Shot? by Greg Ellifritz
     If you don't understand this, STOP, and think about it. 
If you are thinking the Good Samaritan laws in your state will
protect you from liability, STOP, your perspective is wrong. 
I put this article is in the mindset section, not the medical/survival section. 
If your mindset is wrong, you're not doing self-defense; you're vying for
organ donor.
     If you approach the downed criminal, he will attack you,
his accomplices will attack you, the police will shoot you to prevent
you from continuing your attack on the helpless victim, a civilian
will shoot you to defend the guy lying on the ground that you just shot. 
     As a civilian self-defender, your primary mission is to escape. 
You should be moving away from the criminal. 
Approaching the criminal is not escape.  Approaching the downed
criminal is your continuation of your attack on the helpless person. 
No one can read your mind.  No one will attempt to read your mind. 
They are just going to shoot, because it is a very high stress situation. 

“Choice, not chance, determines your destiny.”
-- Aristotle

10 Cases Where An Armed Citizen Took Down An Active Shooter
An armed “good guy or gal” who is at ground zero of an attack can stop the carnage sooner.
by Massad Ayoob
     I put this in the mindset section because your beliefs control
your actions.  If you don't believe that you can do good, you won't
carry consistently, religiously.  If you don't believe that only you
can stop the carnage, you won't take action.  If you haven't made
peace with your God in your decision to use lethal force to protect
the innocent beforehand, you will hesitate at the crucial moment. 
And as we saw in the White Settlement church incident, hesitation
of a second is enough to get yourself killed.

“Leadership is solving problems. The day soldiers stop bringing you their problems
is the day you have stopped leading them.  They have either lost confidence that
you can help or concluded you do not care.  Either case is a failure of leadership.”
-- Colin Powell

Cases where concealed handgun permit holders have stopped mass shootings by John Lott

On Her Own: You Are Worth Defending
Even if you are not in current danger,
or you have no child to keep safe . . . you,
on your own, are worth defending.
by Annette Evans
     Please share this with your female loved ones and friends. 
Some ladies need these words of truth spoken to them.  And will
appreciate your effort in the future.

Avoidance, Deterrence, and De-escalation
-- John Farnam

----- Safety -----

Don't go to stupid places.
Don't do stupid things.
Don't hang out with stupid people.
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.
Don't look like a freak.
Don't fail the attitude test.
-- John Farnam

Store guns out of sight and inaccessible by the Tactical Professor
     If the good guy had been wearing his pistol in a concealed holster
while taking his nap, the outcome would probably have been different. 
Yes, as a matter of fact, I do nap with my pistol on; don't you?
     When I was in Riyadh, the CIA field agent at the U.S. Embassy told
me that the enemy was aware of my presence and that I should take
precautions.  I took that warning seriously and still do. 
     Let me give you the warning. 
"The enemy knows of your presence.  Take precautions." 

Muzzleloader Explodes Like Grenade, Takes Off Shooter’s Fingers
     That's why shooters must read and follow the instructions in
the manual that comes with the firearm.  All manufacturers have
web sites from which you may download the manuals. 
If you are reloading or muzzle loading, you have to use the correct
propellant, you have to use the correct amount of propellant.

Teaching children about guns by the Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
     Julie Golob’s book
"Toys, Tools, Guns & Rules: A Children’s Book About Gun Safety"
Free downloads at

"Knowing When Something's Wrong" with Vince Harrison
     Church Security Through Prevention
All kinds of good stuff at CV Ministries, check out the web site.

"The fast and/or emphatic reholster is an awesome way to shoot yourself."
-- Chuck Haggard

----- Training -----

"Reasons for 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."
-- Claude Werner the Tactical Professor

     John Farnam has posted all of his DTI Operator Series Videos,
including his series on Tactical Treatment of Gunshot Wounds, on the
DTI Web Page at, as a service to all his Students,
Instructors, and Operators.
     "The Good flashlight technique is named after Ken Good.
Ken used to work for Surefire.  Now, I believe he is out consulting on his own."
-- John Farnam

Plans are folly.  Planning is essential.
-- Dwight Eisenhower

"Experiential Learning Laboratory with Craig “SouthNarc” Douglas –
The stuff you don’t learn in gun school" by Tim
     . . . Under stress and experiencing the mental lockup described earlier,
they simply had no idea what they had actually done.
     Imperfect recall while under the effects of adrenaline and stress
is one of the reasons those with experience in the criminal justice system
advise you not to be too chatty in the aftermath of a shooting.  You can
very easily say something that is inaccurate and that can dramatically
complicate your life.
     . . . People experiencing extreme stress often do strange things
because normal thought processes simply aren’t available to them. 
     . . . I like having a high level of shooting skill but even world-class
skill is no substitute for being a competent tactician when the chips are down.
Craig’s approach to instruction has a better shot at giving you the tools
to become that competent tactician than most of the other options on the market.

     “There’s a huge training myth out there.
That MYTH is that Information = Something of Value.
FACT: Information = 0, unless people are inspired to act.”
-- Valerie Van Brocklin

     An email to the junior rifle shooters that I have coached --
Hi Team,
     The following articles are recommended by USA Archery. 
Motor Learning: Block vs Random Practice by Trevor Ragan
     "The most important thing is reading."

     What would random practice be?
     Every shot in a match or practice session or
combat is similar, but not the same.
Growth Mindset Introduction:
What it is, How it Works, and Why it Matters by Trevor Ragan
     Coaches, herein is presented a list of things
you need to cause your athletes to believe.  Because
all behavior springs from one's belief system.
Cheers,Coach Jon


The Strength Of The Concealed Carry Family by Matthew Maruster
     It may sound cliche, but the family that trains together stays together.
Or better yet, survives together! Stay safe out there and God bless.

Pistol Shooting With Physical Challenges by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     Personal preferences based on esthetics and sentimental attachments
to certain types of pistols have no place in combat.  Self-defense is combat.

     I shot a qualification course that was part of a job application. 
The interesting thing about this test was that they issued all equipment,
ensuring that you've probably never used this equipment before. 
And if you have, they change the equipment to ensure you haven't. 
So, I was using a rather wide nylon duty belt with two magazine pouches
on the left side (I'm right handed) with flaps over the top that snapped
into place and a level 2 retention holster at 3 o'clock.  In order to get
the Glock 22 (40 caliber) out of the holster, I had to push one lever
down with my firing side thumb and then push another lever to the right
(toward the pistol) with my firing side thumb.  They gave us several
minutes to practice with the holsters to figure out how they worked and
to get a smooth presentation.  The course of fire was a total of 50 rounds
at varying distances (If you didn't know that with a pistol you have
to aim low at long range, you would have missed several targets.),
varying number of rounds fired in each string, and varying time limits. 
[If you didn't already know the counts for timing your rate of fire,
you would have had a hard time with the time limits.  Fortunately,
I had learned from a class at the Citizens Safety Academy that
"1 front sight, 2 front sight, . . . " will give you one shot per second;
"1 and, 2 and, 3 and, . . . " will give you two shots per second; and
"1, 2, 3, 4, 5, . . . " will give you four shots per second.]
The course of fire was not described before hand, no walk through. 
The range officer explained the course of fire immediately before
you shot it, and then gave the command to fire.  There was some slow
fire (no time limit), rapid fire (very short time limit), support hand only,
firing hand only, forced (because the magazine is empty) reloads, etc. 
I think the 50 round boxes of ammunition that they gave us had dead
cartridges mix in, because everyone was getting malfunctions that they
were expected you to clear automatically and continue firing to finish
the course of fire.  But, nothing was said about there being dead rounds
in the boxes of ammo.  Very little instruction was given.  No help with
clearing malfunctions was given.
     I had to do the qualification twice because the Tennessee Armed Guard
license specifies the pistol that you are carrying down to the make, model,
and caliber.  And I wanted to be able to carry another type of pistol. 
The test was not the same the second time I did it.  I'm sure that's because
they know that the people who have finished the test, walk out into the
waiting room and talk to the people waiting to take the test.
     This test induced a bit of stress, causing several persons to fail,
as in they didn't qualify, so they didn't get the job or lost their job,
a BIG DEAL.  Can you imagine getting fired because you couldn't pass a
shooting test?  That took it to a new level mentally for me.
     Ya, I know in self-defense classes we talk about shooting to save
your life or the life of a loved one, which would of course be high stress.  
But, it's theoretical.  Shooting to get a job or keep your job is real.
[Yes, I passed with a 93% and 96%.]

"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner

----- Practice -----

Why practice?
    "To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment
when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and
offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique
to them and fitted to their talents.  What a tragedy if
that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that
which could have been their finest hour."
-- Winston Churchill

"Skill Set: What I Practice" by Tiger McKee

Measurements and Standards for Pistol Shooting by Tamara Keel

     Be careful what you practice.
Because you will do in combat whatever you
have practiced, no matter how ridiculous."
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens

----- Techniques -----

"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee

How to Spot a Bad Guy -
A Comprehensive Look at Body Language and Pre-Assault Indicators
by Greg Ellifritz

[It appears that someone has hijacked this web site.  I hope they get it fixed
by the time you read this. -- Jon Low]

Where Should You Carry Your Reload?  by Chris Christian
     It's always better to have and not need than to need and not have.

Stickfighting Angles
Combative Knife
Combative Knife II
Combative Knife III

Verbal Judo principles:
1.  Everyone needs to be respected.
2.  People would rather be asked than told.
3.  People would like to know why they are being asked to do something.
4.  People would prefer to have options over threats. 
5.  People want to have a second chance.

"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee

----- Tactics -----

How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam

Question from Marcus Wynne: what is the current doctrine about tracking from one
target (active shooter) to the next target (second active shooter) when the muzzle
will cross non-shoots in between?
     Back in the Dinosaur Days, I was taught, practiced and taught in a crowded
scenario to retract the pistol to a center chest or high ready when moving my
shooting platform to position to a place where I could then extend and shoot the
second or third shooters.  Rationale was to retract the gun close to maintain
control with a number of uncontrolled panicked people and hostile shooters until
I had a clean line of fire on my next target.  And that was considered to be a
better solution instead of tracking across non-shoots, or shifting to a low
extended ready.
     What is the current doctrine and what are the thoughts about it?
[There were many responses from much more experienced and competent instructors than I. 
But, I am not at liberty to display their responses.] 
Jon Low's response: 
    I think it is a bad idea to muzzle friendlies and innocent bystanders. 
So, I train my students never to do it.  Because Murphy's Law says,
anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible time.  Unlike
the military and police, who have a tolerance for collateral damage, my civilian
students cannot tolerate the civil (reckless endangerment) and criminal
(aggravated assault with a deadly weapon) liability of muzzling an innocent person.
      [How I implement my philosophy in training.  Actually, only the last
paragraph is pertinent to our conversation.  But, I included the whole section
for context.]
     In my Defensive Pistol course, we use IDPA or IPSC matches for the tactical
scenarios.  We used to set up the scenarios on our range, but that was just too
much work for the assistant instructors.  The IDPA clubs do a better job than
we ever could.  But, we always shoot the matches in a tactically correct manner:
     Moving slowly, not racing to win the game.  We will go very slowly to
ensure we positively identify every shoot-target and every no-shoot-target.
It is common for the Safety Officer to inform the shooter that he failed to
engage several targets, because the competitor just ran past them without seeing them. 
     Staying back away from corners, not crowding cover.  We will stay back
away from corners, windows, and doors, because we understand that there is
someone hiding there who will grab our pistol.
    Staying away from walls, as bullets do not ricochet off walls as light
reflects off a mirror.  We know that when a bullet hits a surface most of the
momentum perpendicular to the surface is absorbed by the surface,
while most of the momentum parallel to the surface is retained by the bullet. 
So, bullets tend to skim along surfaces that they hit. 
    We will shoot at the first part of the enemy that comes into view,
because we can do so without exposing our bodies.  We can always get the
A-zone hit later as we come around the corner.  But, we understand that
whoever gets the first hit will usually win the encounter. 
    We will not muzzle no-shoot targets.  We will not sweep across no-shoot
targets when transitioning from one shoot-target to another shoot-target. 
Because unlike the other competitors, we are not playing a game. 
We are training for combat.  Self-defense is combat.

Considerations for Home Defense by Varg Freeborn
     You may be surprised to find out that based on FBI over-penetration testing,
the .223/5.56 shot by common AR-15 rifles can be the safest caliber over shotgun
and pistol rounds in this situation. 
     If you really want to take home defense seriously, it is advisable to take
some quality CQB training from reputable instructors who have experience in
dealing with domestic structures in the U.S. and criminal threats. Not just one,
but a few teachers.

You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen

----- Education -----

"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin


     Every book or lecture or class has at least a few gold nuggets that you
will find if you have a good attitude and want to learn.  Ralph's books have
many polished diamonds embedded in the text.
     Ralph Mroz's books - They are a compilation of his blog posts and articles
from 1994 to 2019, and a few before then. 
Street Focused Handgun Training, Volume 1 — Equipment; ASIN: B086P6F9J3
Street Focused Handgun Training, Volume 2 - Training;  ASIN: B086Q7F4DJ
Street Focused Handgun Training - Volume 3, Tactics;   ASIN: B086RWNMPM
     I offer you my glossary of the acronyms that he uses, in order of appearance --
[The following is what I think the acronyms mean. 
I may not have gotten the correct meaning.]
ND = negligent discharge
COM = center of mass
AIWB = appendix (on the belt between the point of the hip and the navel) inside the waist band
CT pros = counter terrorism professionals
b/u or bug = back up gun
case of ammo = 1000 rounds of factory new ammo, not reloads, not remanufactured,
     not a box of 50 or a big box of 100
BTW = by the way
HD = home defense
BG = bad guy
ear pro = hearing protection
PALS = pouch attachment ladder system
DSS = Department of State Security (The secret service of the State Dept. --
     unlike the Secret Service of the Treasury Department,
     they get into gun fights regularly. -- Ralph Mroz)
MIPS = million instructions per second
PC = personal computer
YMMV = your mileage may vary
EDC = every day carry
NV = night vision
NVG = night vision goggles
HDPE = high density polyethylene
OTC = over the counter (drugs)
CC = concealed carry (bag)
SBR = short barreled rifle
AOR = area of responsibility
FS = full size
CQC = close quarter combat
1st SFOD-D = 1st Special Forces Operational Detachment Delta (US Army)
POA = point of aim, as opposed to POI = point of impact
MRDS = mini red dot sight
IPSC = International Practical Shooting Confederation,
     United States Practical Shooting Association in the United States of America
IDPA = International Defensive Pistol Association
GSSF = Glock Sport Shooting Foundation
DERP = foolishness; stupidity.  I can't belive this appeared in the
     Random House dictionary without etymology.  Random House used to be
     a scholarly dictionary.
DQ’ing = disqualifying
po’ed = pissed off (I think.)
CT = counter terrorism (I think.)
PO = police officer
F-o-F = force on force training (Simunitions, Air Soft, etc.)
OODA = observe, orient, decide, act
FIs = firearms instructors
LE = law enforcement
LEO = law enforcement officer
AG = attorney general (politician)
DA = district attorney (prosecutor, also a politician)
Atty. = attorney (defense counsel)
2A = second amendment to the U.S. Constitution (the one we swore to uphold and defend)
GSW = gun shot wound
PR = public relations
PC = probable cause (or maybe person computer?)
FWIW = for what it's worth
AT = anti-terrorist (I think?)
WTF = what the fuck (I think?)

     Ralph says to zero your pistol at 25 yards, because you'll be on at
25 yards in case you need to make that long distance shot, and you'll only be
an inch low at 2 yards, which is well within the margin of error.  But,
if you are zeroed at 2 yards (as pistols from the factory are) you will be
5 inches high at 25 yards, which is outside an acceptable margin of error (in
the sense that if you are aiming at the center of an 8 inch diameter disk, 
being 5 inches high will be a miss, 8" diameter = 4" radius). 

     Ralph says, "Very few people know how to run a force-on-force simulation properly."

     Proper, specific training is not obtained by shooting an IDPA match on weekends, BTW.

     [Ralph lists 25 things with which you need to be competent in order to prevail
in a lethal force encounter.]
     And yet, almost all American training focuses only on element 13. 13. If you have to shoot, you have to hit the BG (bad guy), preferably COM (center of mass).
That is, one out of 25+ things you need to be competent at to truly survive a violent

     Competence with speed and accuracy at 7 yards doesn’t necessarily translate
into an easy day at 3 yards, IF YOU MAKE THE EXERCISE REALISTIC, and not just a
shooting exercise.  At those close distances you have to deal with an attacker
who can reach you before your draw is completed, thus you have to integrate empty
hands skills with drawing and shooting, which is a much harder thing to do
correctly than simply drawing and shooting.  I emphasize “correctly” because,
as the technique (there’s really one that works*) for dealing with that situation
has diffused throughout the training community over the last 10-15 years, it has
gotten watered down and feeble, quite often by instructors who don’t really know
what they are doing. Of course that makes it easy to teach, and too easy for the
unwitting students to perform well.

     ". . . you can start to concentrate on what has always been a better
survival strategy than improving your technique — improving your tactics."

     "Get physical therapy if you need it."
[If your shoulder does not have the range of motion that it should.  Suffer
through the pain of physical therapy and get it working properly. -- Jon Low]

     ". . . if the BG “shoots you” through a wall, you lose. Very few shoot
house exercises that I’ve been through enforced that real-world rule that has,
unfortunately, resulted in cops killed.  Drywall and wood walls don’t stop
bullets and a BG has no ethical compunctions about shooting through them,
while you mostly can’t (because: target discrimination).

     . . . Problems we ran into over the years were that we taught
people to shoot faster than they could discriminate and see.
This caused many problems with fratricide and friendly fire.
-- MSgt. Paul Howe

     Teaching clearing techniques and tactical medical skills is of far less
value than showing you how to not have to use those skills to begin with
as the situation presents itself. 

Five habits of responsible gun owners: 
They get training.
They know the law.
They are unconsciously obsessive about safety.
They don’t mix alcohol and guns.
They are discreet.

     MSGT Howe’s position is that you get a sight picture for every shot.


Webinar: Site Emergency Plans 04_16_2020 by Michael Mann

Dynamics of Police Shootings by Greg Ellifritz
     Search for the term “Trigger Affirmation” about 3/4ths down the
web page.  Check out all the reasons that a person will touch their
trigger in violation of our safety rule.  And in these situations,
the person doesn't know that he's touching his trigger and doesn't
believe that he's touching his trigger.  This should concern you and
cause you to video record your training in high stress scenarios to
see if you are doing this.

"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam

*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****

"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley

----- Gear -----

“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers

Ambidextrous Controls by Bryan McKean
The following are truly ambidextrous -- 
     The latest FN pistols are ambidextrous, but they are expensive, FN 509
retails for around  $900.  They're good out of the box, but the grip
doesn't fit my hand.  Herstal Group includes FN Herstal, Browning, and Winchester.
     The latest H&K pistols are ambidextrous.  They have the magazine
release lever, as opposed to the button.  The VP9 retails for around $600.00. 
It's good out of the box and the grip fits my hand nicely.
     The Ruger American pistols are ambidextrous.  They retail for
around $500.  But, they take a bit of gunsmithing to make them reliable. 
For me it was worth it because the grip fit my hand and the angle fit my wrist.
     The Honor Defense, Honor Guard pistols are ambidextrous. 
They retail for around $300.  I've never groped one, so I can't say anything.
The following have ambidextrous slide locks --
     The latest Glocks (shown in the article) have ambidextrous slide locks. 
But their magazine release is reversible, which means you can make it right
handed or left handed.  That's not the same as ambidextrous. 
     The latest Walthers have ambidextrous slide locks.  But their magazine
release is reversible, not ambidextrous.
     The S&W M&P's have a slide lock on both sides and a reversible mag release.
The following has an ambidextrous magazine release --
     The Springfield Armory XD has an ambidextrous magazine release. 
You can press it from either side to release the magazine.  But the slide
lock is only on the left hand side of the pistol. 
     I neglect DA/SA pistols because I believe a pistol should have the
same trigger pull on every shot. 
     I neglect revolvers, because I haven't found any that allow the
cylinder to swing out on both sides. 
     All of those that I have mentioned can be purchased without thumb safeties. 
I have read too many reports of persons being unable to fire the pistol because
they forgot to defeat the safety.  Yes, it is of course a lack of training and
practice.  But, why make the weapon system more complex than it needs to be?

"Top 5 Cleaning Tips To Keep Your Pistol Pristine" by Brad Miller, Ph.D.

Buying Holsters for Dummies: A Guide to Choosing a Proper Holster by Luke C.
     . . . I find that holsters that leave the muzzle of the gun exposed
at the bottom of the holster are not so great as they increase the
likelihood that you’ll bump the muzzle and unholster the gun – try to
avoid these styles of holsters.  [Also, exposing the leather of a holster
doesn't scream "GUN!" as exposing the muzzle would. -- Jon Low]
     . . . remember that the holster is an extension of the gun.
Your holster is part of your life-saving equipment that you’ll likely
be carrying with you every day.  Buy a high-quality, functional rig
and maintain it and it will serve you when the time comes.
     [I agree with the author.  When I was an armed guard, I used the
Safariland ALS and found it to be effective.  I found that you can
unscrew the ALS holster from the plastic belt attachment that it comes
with and bolt it onto the leather portion of an Alien Gear or
Crossbreed holster for an inside the waistband ALS holster. -- Jon Low]

Tatiana Whitlock talks gear
     Red dot sights are effective for people suffering from aging eyes.

As John Farnam so insightfully puts it,
“You are far more likely to run out of time than rounds”.

10 Great Defense Loads
Factory ammo with proven performance
by Eric Conn

“Your car is not a holster.” – Pat Rogers
Wear it or lock it up.

----- Technical -----

"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee

Guniversity: AMMO 101 - Naming Conventions

A Primer On Buying Used Handguns by Patrick Sweeney
     This is actually a detailed protocol for inspecting various
types of handguns by a master gunsmith.

Stuff You Don’t Read, The Back-Beat Story On Connor-Style T&E’s by John Connor
     A list of things you ought to check on your pistol.

The 4 Things to Look for in a Folding Knife by Justin White

Ask Yourself These 5 Questions Before Choosing a Knife by Terry Trahan
     Terry Trahan's article didn't have any pictures.  So, I couldn't
figure out how the lock types worked.  So, Terry referred me to the
web pages below.

KNIFE LOCK TYPES GUIDE by Andrew Hamilton and Logan Rainey


BEST KNIFE STEEL COMPARISON AND CHARTS by Trevor Brown and Andrew Hamilton

Locking Mechanisms

[ARFCOM News] NEW 3D Printed FGC-9 + Gunshops Essential + NRA Layoffs
     This article in in the Technical Gear section because they report
on a 3 dimensional printed 9mm pistol that is effective and reliable,
as in combat worthy.  This not a zip gun.  It has a rifled bore. 
Electronically rifled, not machined.

"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen

*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****

Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:
"We are not God's gift to our students.
Our students are God's gift to us."

----- Instructors -----

Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam

     Contrary to rumors, Lockton Affinity Outdoor is still insuring NRA instructors. 
I just renewed my policy for
$500,000 Bodily Injury & Property Damage Each Occurrence Limit
$500,000 Professional Liability Each Occurrence Limit (this is in case you get
sued for something you taught)
$1,000,000 General Aggregate Limit
$1,000,000 Products-Completed Operations Aggregate Limit
$500,000 Personal and Advertising Injury Limit - Any One Person or Organization
$100,000 Fire Damage Limit- Any One Fire
$5,000 Medical Expense Limit - Any One Person
Deductible $0.00
and would recommend you carry at least this much coverage.  We live in a litigious society. 
     Note that teaching the real stuff, like a 360 degree scan , violates NRA
safety rules, IDPA safety rules, IPSC safety rules, and the range safety
rules of just about all of the commercial ranges.  So, be careful. 

     "Be careful what you teach. 
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens

     In the armed security training that I went through over
the past two weeks, one of the things they stressed was to maintain
a high level of personal hygiene. 
     Floss your teeth (because you have to remove the plaque
below the gum line, or else it will become tarter, destroy your
teeth, and stink), brush your teeth (to remove all stains
(as in from the tobacco you've been chewing), plaque, and such),
and brush all surfaces in your mouth (especially the tongue,
which has a lot of hair, which means lots of surface area). 
     Scrub all surfaces of your body before going out in public
(especially before meeting the client or customers) so as not
to have any offensive odors.
     All hair should be neatly groomed.  No beards or mustaches,
as they are extremely difficult to keep clean, especially after eating.
And they generally stink.  You may not notice it, but others do.
     After washing your clothes, dry them immediately.
Otherwise, they will stink of mildew.  It doesn't matter
that you can't smell it, others can. 
     If you keep yourself and your uniforms clean, you won't
need to cover the stink with obnoxious perfumes, and no one
will have to tell you to leave work to wash off the perfume. 
     We never have a second chance to make a good first
impression.  Attempting to repair a bad first impression is
very difficult.
     I recommend that you wear an undershirt, so as
not to show skin when demonstrating presentation from concealment. 
At one end of the spectrum, a hairy flabby belly is not pretty. 
At the other end of the spectrum, a svelte abdomen may be
sexually provocative.  Either way, it's inappropriate for a
professional setting.

----- Pedagogy -----

     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.

Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam

An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented. 
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon

*****     *****     ***** Legal, Political, and Philosophical *****     *****     *****

Our Constitution was made only for a moral and religious people.
It is wholly inadequate for the governance of any other.
-- John Adams, October 11, 1798

Defensive Gun Uses By Those Legally Carrying Guns:
Dramatic cases from the middle of August to the middle of September 2019
by John Lott
     "Propaganda" is what the mass media choose not to show you.

Defense of Last Resort Part 2: Crossing the Threshold
     Andrew Branca says, “going to the fight never looks like self-defense.”
     Charles Dorsey made a decision that he would not use his firearm unless
or until Espinoza got through the front door.  He had established a threshold,
and he waited for the perceived intruder to cross that threshold before
deploying deadly force.  It very likely saved him from prosecution and
potential conviction.
     [Note that the Dorsey incident went on for 13 minutes.  That's a long time. 
The police did not arrive within that 13 minutes. 
     Dorsey was patient and won.  Wafer was impatient, advanced through the
front door, and encountered a stranger.  WHY?  Just stay inside and hunker down.
-- Jon Low]
In Self Defense - Episode 57:  with Don West and Shawn Vincent
Defense of Last Resort Part 2:
Non-legal Consequences and the Trouble with Video
     The transcript of the pod cast is below the audio player,
so you don't have to listen to the pod cast.  I find it much
faster and easier to read the transcript.

After Action Analysis: April 22, 2020 by Andrew Branca
     This is really important.  You can shoot the armed robber
when he is attempting to rob you.  But, you can't shoot him when
he's running away. 

"Korematsu!" by John Farnam
     When the duly elected Nazis (National Socialists) controlled Germany,
they arrested the Jews, Gypsies, homosexuals, mentally retarded, and other
undesirables, put them in concentration camps, and killed them. 
     When the duly elected Democrats controlled the United States, they arrested
U.S. citizens of Japanese ancestry and put them in concentration camps. 
And the Democrat controlled U.S. Supreme Court said it was Constitutional.
     I pray you would never order your subordinates to carry out such
"legal" and "Constitutional" orders.  Especially, if you are a field grade officer.
[I emailed the above words to every field grade officer and flag grade
officer that I know well enough to ask a personal favor of.  Exactly one
half of them assured me that they would never obey such orders and would
never issue such orders.  The other half told me things like "It's
sometimes difficult to tell right from wrong when you are very close
to it."  I suggest that it is very difficult to do what's right, but
it's fairly easy to decide what's right.]

The following is from Tom Givens.
     There are still some among us who are so naïve they believe the system
will somehow protect them.  One of the hardest things for a lot of modern
people to accept and internalize is the fact that no one is coming to save
you and that you alone are responsible for your safety and security. 
     Here is a perfect example. Gary Ridgway was convicted as the
“Green River Killer”, one of the most prolific serial murderers in US history. 
When captured, to avoid the death penalty, he agreed to lead authorities to
many unrecovered bodies of his victims.  He was convicted of 49 (yes, 49)
murders and sentenced to life without the possibility of parole.  Last week
a committee voted 5 to 4 against releasing him from prison so he wouldn’t be at
risk to catch the Corona virus. 
     There is no doubt that he killed more than 49 people and he likely would
re-offend if released.  Only one vote kept him from being released.  The
people who voted to release him don’t give a rat’s ass about you.

District Judge Halts California’s Ammunition Background Checks
     This is why you have to vote for pro-gun politicians, because they
appoint pro-gun judges.

Lynchburg, VA Circuit Judge F. Patrick Yeatts rules Virginia gun range can open amid virus closures

Did Illinois just ban or at least strictly limit concealed carry? by John Lott

After Action Analysis: April 29, 2020 by Andrew Branca
     As Andrew says, all of the anti-police activists were demanding that the
police wear body cameras, anticipating that it would expose excessive use of
force by the police.  But, such is not the case.  The body cameras, in the
vast majority of cases, provides evidence to justify the police actions. 

". . . the right to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed." 
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution (the one we swore to
uphold and defend against all enemies)

*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, and such *****     *****     *****

"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Sherman House

Troxler Effect And Instability Of Our Sight Picture by Norman H. Wong, O.D.
Winning Vision, Revisited by Norman H. Wong O.D.
     If you think you can do precision position rifle shooting with
regular prescription eye glasses, you are WRONG!  It is physically
impossible to look through the center of the ground prescription
while in a correct shooting position.  So, you are looking at a bad
angle, probably over the bridge of your nose or through the top of
the lens.  This creates a huge amount of distortion. 
     Coaches, don't let your athletes wear their regular glasses. 
Get their parents to get them contact lenses or get them shooting
glasses.  Accurate and precise shooting is impossible with distorted
     At the level 3 coaches course at the Olympic Training Center
in Colorado Springs, CO, the instructors taught us that holding
one's breath for 8 seconds would cause the partial pressure of oxygen
in the blood stream to decrease to the point where the athlete would
lose fine vision resolution.  The immature shooter will never notice
this, so you must teach this. 
     The athlete with good cardio vascular conditioning has to hold
his breath for 1 to 2 minutes before the carbon dioxide build up will
cause discomfort.  Note that a lack of oxygen will not cause discomfort. 
As long as the carbon dioxide is removed from the respiratory system,
the oxygen can be depleted until the person dies without any discomfort. 
This is why so many aircraft pilots crash, and why so many SCUBA divers
die.  So, the athlete must be taught to breath continuously, and not
hold his breath.
     With practice, the shooter will automatically release the shot
at the respiratory pause after the exhale and before the inhale.  With
significant dedicated practice, the shooter will automatically release
the shot between heart beats.  (I learned this in the late 1970s in
a lecture from personnel from the U.S. Army Marksmanship Training Unit.) 
     The athlete who has been training, as in a real training program,
will have a low pulse rate ~60 beats per minute, a low blood pressure
~60/90 mm Hg, and a low respiratory rate which the shooter will adjust
automatically to the environment (elevation / barometric pressure,
temperature, humidity, clothing being worn, etc.).   So, the trained
athlete will not notice the loss of fine visual acuity unless you
bring it to his attention.  And maybe not even then.  So, you have
to train the shooter to breath continuously and not hold his breath
for more than 8 seconds.  Because he will easily be able to do it and
want to because he is distracted by the shot process, especially the
sight movie.

High Tensile Strength Increases Multifunctional Use of Survival Blankets in Wilderness Emergencies
Both brands of survival blankets show impressive tensile strength,
indicating that they have the potential to serve as temporary
pelvic binders or even as makeshift tourniquets when urgent
bleeding control is needed.

     Willingness is a state of mind.  Preparedness (or lack thereof)
is a fact.

*****     *****     ***** Basics *****     *****     *****

Guns 101 – Loading a magazine by the Tactical Professor
     Using the term "load" as in loading the magazine, overloads the word "load". 
That's why John Farnam teaches we charge and void magazines.  We load and unload

Guns 101 - Locking the Slide to the Rear by the Tactical Professor
     Some pistols don't have a slide lock lever.  Some pistol slides won't lock
back on an empty magazine.

"Personal Defense on a Budget" by Sheriff Jim Wilson

Understanding The Difference Between JHP, FMJ, +P And Other Types Of Ammo
by Brandon Curtis
     A picture is worth a thousand words.

     All kinds of good stuff at

Polite Society Podcast, Guns 101
     A series of introductory presentations of about 10 minutes each.

10 Common Concealed Carry Mistakes To Avoid by Brandon Curtis

Tips For New Pistol Shooters by John Parker (actually Brian Zins)

*****     *****     ***** Miscellany *****     *****     *****

When it's least expected, you're selected.
-- John Farnam

Gathering of Gun Geezers
Understanding the roots of today’s handgun training and competition
by Massad Ayoob
     I had the privilege of interacting with Jim McClary when I was
a Concealed Weapons Permit instructor in South Carolina.  I didn't
know he had retired from SLED (South Carolina Law Enforcement Division). 
     Good to see Mas is still alive and well.
We're all getting old.  Better get your training before the wisemen pass.
     I haven't been able to find the oral histories on Wilson Combat's channel.  Hoping they appear soon.
Tressa Joubert (Wilson Combat Support) says, "We have not released those
just yet, we hope to have them available soon however." 
They will appear on

All kinds of interesting stuff at
Practical Eschatology
List of headlines,

All kinds of neat stuff at
Gun Nuts Media

The epilogue to the written test in my Defensive Pistol course --
. . .
     In case you didn't notice, this is an attitude test. 
If your answers (not the ones you marked because you
thought they were acceptable, but the ones you thought
because that is your true nature) indicate that you
have a bad attitude, please refrain from carrying a
gun for self-defense, until you have an appropriate
level of maturity.  With rights come responsibilities.
     Carrying a gun does not make you a sheepdog. 
Your maturity, mental preparation, and attitude make
you a sheepdog.  If you are a sheepdog, always carry. 
Because Murphy's Law says that anything that can go wrong,
will go wrong, at the worst possible time.  That time is
when you are not carrying.
     My son and I had a hobby.  We often had battery problems. 
So, we started carrying extra batteries.  Then we never had
battery problems.  That's how life works.
     Dr. Ignatius Piazza says, it's better to have a gun and
not need one, than to need one and not have one.  By having one,
the confidence and attitude (displayed in body language and
manner because of your training) may well cause you not to
need one.  That's how life works.
     "Being willing to do violence means you probably
won't have to do violence." -- Marc MacYoung
     This is deep truth.  This is how life really works.

May God keep you and bless you.

     Life is very short.  If you waste time watching TV or playing
video games, you are a damn fool.

/* Random data from the HotBits radioactive random number generator */
unsigned char hotBits[55] = {
    202, 13, 100, 190, 109, 219, 212, 142, 174, 174, 165, 151, 78, 107, 146,
    219, 218, 123, 186, 196, 22, 159, 160, 160, 113, 11, 19, 119, 227, 92,
    102, 229, 104, 118, 61, 215, 44, 223, 145, 155, 159, 122, 114, 197, 118,
    123, 32, 93, 208, 84, 43, 59, 65, 143, 236

Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low

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