Sunday, May 16, 2021

CWP, 16 May MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
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Even if the incident from several days ago bothers you, call.  It's
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“You are no more armed because you are wearing a pistol
than you are a musician because you own a guitar.”
from Principles of Personal Defense by
Col. Jeff Cooper, USMC, (1920 – 2006 A.D.)
----- Basics -----
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
     Your gun should be:  
1.  Reliable (will always go bang when you pull the trigger)
2.  Ergonomic (you can shoot it wrong handed easily)
3.  Lubricated (Vagisil, butter, urine, etc.  Lube will carry crap away,
as opposed to collect crap and stick to parts. -- Pat Rogers [paraphrased])
4.  Cleaned (to effectively inspect the parts)
Excerpt:  "The lesson for concealed carriers is that if you manage
to break contact with a perceived aggressor, do not re-engage."
     “No possible rapidity of fire can atone for habitual
carelessness of aim with the first shot.” -- Theodore Roosevelt,
(26th President of the United States) The Wilderness Hunter, 1893
----- Aftermath -----
"You cannot exceed your ability;
trying to do so invites failure."
-- Brian Enos
"After a Defensive Shooting: What to Do" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "You should also understand that, if you are still holding
your gun when the police arrive, you stand a very good chance
of being shot.  Police officers cannot tell the good guys from
the bad guys by simply looking at you.  If they see a gun in
your hand, they must assume that you represent a threat to them."
     "Just a few years ago, in a Southwest city [Pheonix, AZ],
police shot a man whose wife had told them on the phone that he was
the good guy who was holding a gun on a home invader.  When the
first officer arrived on the scene, the wife told him the same thing.  
The officer promptly went into the house and shot her husband nine
times.  Police officers can be stressed and confused, too."  [They
can also be grossly incompetent due to lack of training and lack
of practice. -- Jon Low]
     "You may even be transported to the jail, still in handcuffs.  
Don't argue with it, just live with it. It is not the end of the world."
     "Eventually, someone is going to advise you of your
Constitutional Rights and attempt to interview you.  This is
where it is critical that you have already sought the advice
and guidance of a criminal defense attorney prior to carrying
your defensive handgun.  You should use the earliest opportunity
to contact that attorney and get him or her down to talk to you
and be present when the police question you."
     "Be polite to the interviewing officers, but tell them that you
are very upset and stressed out.  Tell them that you intend to
cooperate with them but that you simply want your attorney
present before you make any sort of statement — verbal, written or video."
     I'm not recommending.  I'm just informing that CCW Safe has a
new plan available to guys like us.  But,check out my embedded comments. 
     CCW SAFE Protector Plan $179.00 per year
The CCW Safe Protector Plan is available to active or retired military
or law enforcement officers.  Honorably discharged military veterans
that did not retire are eligible for the Protector Plan by using the
code USAVETS at check out.  
     The Protector Plan covers any criminal, civil or administrative legal
action stemming from a self-defense incident occurring while OFF-DUTY.
This plan is non-transferrable.  The Primary member must either carry
pursuant to HR218 for Law Enforcement members, or have a Concealed Carry
permit.  Military personnel must carry under a Concealed Carry permit.  
Furthermore, all permits must remain valid during the coverage period.
     Membership applicants are required to submit proof of active duty or
retired status.  The Primary member will be covered up to the level of
a $500K bond for any legal use of force responses to life-threatening
attacks at their residence, in their vehicle, any location where it is
legal to carry a concealed weapon in public, or on premises where
possession of a firearm is not illegal (all legal weapons covered).  
[Does that mean CCW Safe is going to determine whether or not the use
of force was legal prior to the jury deciding?  Does that mean CCW Safe
is going to determine whether or not the threat was life threatening?  
That might be a problem for the policy holder. -- Jon Low]
Force used against other family members
Force used against people who are in member's house with permission
  by invitation, excluding servicemen, delivery, contractors, etc.
Any force that is not in self-defense [In whose opinion? -- Jon Low]
DOES NOT cover other emergency workers (see FAQs)
Restrictions listed in Terms of Service
     The states of New York (NY), New Jersey (NJ) and Washington (WA)
do not allow coverage for self-defense incidents.  However, law
enforcement officials in NY are eligible for coverage under this plan.
"What Happens To Your Gun After A Self Defense Incident? (John's Briefs)"
It’s about prevention, not response.
-- Michael Mann
----- Mindset -----
“If something’s worth doing, it’s worth doing right—the first time.”
-Bud Enos
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"The Goal of Training" by Brian Enos
     "The simple act of shooting while aware and goal-free is tremendously beneficial.
For each string of fire, watch for something new, something you’ve never noticed."
If You Seek Peace . . . Prepare For War.  
"South African Armed Security Van Evades Armed Robbers In Insane Chase"
by Marmee Rooke, The Tatum ReportMay 1, 2021

Marcus Wynne's comments and background on the above,
"Superior Performance Under Life Threatening Stress, AKA Grace Under Fire"
by Marcus Wynne | May 3, 2021
     "The driver in this video is Leo Prinsloos."
     Check out Mr. Prinsloos' school at
What do you notice?  
     “The key is to pre-visualise what it going to happen and stay in that mindset
so when the bullets start flying you know what to expect and are prepared for it.”
-- Leo Prinsloos, on his mental ability under stress
You have life insurance to protect your loved ones (if you have any).
You have auto insurance because it's required by law and
you need your car in legal working order.  
You have self defense insurance because leaving your family destitute
is the height of irresponsibility.  
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
----- Safety -----
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
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.  
----- Training -----
     “The secret of success is this.
Train like it means everything when it means nothing – so you can
fight like it means nothing when it means everything.”
-- Lofty Wiseman.
"OC spray use and Street Encounter skills"
by Agile Training and Consulting, Chuck Haggard
Fri, July 9, 2021
6:00 PM – 9:00 PM CDT
752 East Northfield Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
"Close Quarters Handgun"
by Agile Training and Consulting, Chuck Haggard
Sat, July 10, 2021
8:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
3175 Pleasant Ridge Road
Woodbury, TN 37190
"OC spray and less lethal tools for non LE, Instructor course"
by Agile Training and Consulting, Chuck Haggard
Sun, July 11, 2021
8:00 AM – 6:00 PM CDT
752 East Northfield Boulevard
Murfreesboro, TN 37130
Shoot Better in 15 Minutes (trigger control drills) by Greg Ellifritz
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
     Marcus Wynne says --
     There’s a huge difference between “doing the drill” and “applying the skill.”
The presupposition in most training design (firearms especially) is that doing the
drill translates into having the skill.  It happens often enough that most trainers
don’t question that.
-- Wynne, Marcus. Neural Based Training: Book One: Retrospectives (p. 80). Kindle Edition.
. . . if someone is “trained” to shoot anybody else with a gun, what if there’s a
good guy in there with a gun?  Or a team mate who is not where he’s expected to be?
The additional processing of data to determine not only armed status but why he/she
is armed and what is he/she intending is not only possible, but demanded,
by warriors operating in an ethical and moral framework.
-- Wynne, Marcus. Neural Based Training: Book One: Retrospectives (p. 81). Kindle Edition.
. . . So you (or your shooters), will stumble, swear, have a difficult time,
justify not doing it . . . if it’s easy to do, you’re not learning.  You’re
just validating what you already know.  The sign of true and effective learning
is confusion (because you don’t know what you don’t know, and if you’re not
confused you’re not learning something new)).
-- Wynne, Marcus. Neural Based Training: Book One: Retrospectives (p. 82). Kindle Edition.
     While many (most?) people have forgotten the Prince’s Gate hostage rescue
in London, it’s still studied intensively by special operations units and some
police tactical units.  I’m fortunate to have had the detailed debrief courtesy
of Lofty who trained the original SAS hostage rescue and close protection teams.  
The single hugest point in his debrief was this:  everything possible that could
go wrong, did go wrong.  And despite that, the team and team members solved, in
the moment, every problem that came up and continued to drive on and accomplish
one of the most daring wins in the history of special operations.  
-- Wynne, Marcus. Neural Based Training: Book One: Retrospectives (pp. 85-86).
Kindle Edition.
     [Murphy's Law is real.  Don't for an instant doubt it.  Plan for it.  
Defeat it by building systems that minimize the number of things that
can go wrong. -- Jon Low]
     The recent programs specifically address enhancing sensory channels like
vision, auditory, olfactory, even gustatory in addition to the kinesthetic
-- Marcus Wynne
     [gustatory     adjective
Of or relating to the sense of taste.
American Heritage Dictionary of the English Language]
     Marcus gives several exercises to improve kinesthetic awareness.  
If you attend training at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs
(I'm sure it's the same at the other OTC's) you will find that much of
the training is about improving kinesthetic awareness.  
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
"Why The Cover VS Concealment Paradigm Is Flawed" by Jacob Paulsen
     "Anyway, John has now watched and analyzed over 30,000 videos of real
 gunfights. I asked him the question burning in my mind.
     How many times have you seen a bad guy or gal fire through concealment
to hit the good guy or gal?
     Think about it.  It makes sense to categorize objects as cover or concealment
independently only if they perform differently in a gunfight.  
     So what was John's answer to my question?  ZERO.
     Not one single instance ever where John could say that concealment
wasn't 100% just as effective in a gunfight as cover."  
     [These are not highly trained bad guys.  I've witnessed and debriefed Marines
where fire through foliage, walls, and vehicles was common practice. -- Jon Low]
"Sheriff's Tips: Firing The Most Important Shot" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     ". . . the most important shot that will be fired is the first one.  
Nothing stops fights like putting the first hit into the vital zone
of the attacker.  No one’s performance improves after they have
taken a solid hit to the vital zone and gunfight studies clearly show this."
     "They are going to be moving and turning.  For that reason, it helps
to think of the target in three dimensions.  Imagine that something the
size of a large grapefruit is located in the body and, regardless of how
the body is turned, you have to hit that grapefruit to stop the fight.  
This helps determine the actual aiming spot required."
     "A smooth, quick draw and a solid hit to the vital zone with the
first shot is critical to winning a fight.  It is what we should practice
most, whether in dry practice or live fire."
"Defeating Heuristic Completion" by John Murphy
"An LE [law enforcement] Perspective on “Spreading Your Hits” On Paper Targets" by Mike Ox
     In combat, you'll be half as good as you are on the range in pristine conditions.  
Don't kid yourself.  
     There is a lot of criminal stupidity in the training community.  Be careful.  
"How to Get the Most From Firearms Training" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     ". . . We may have to deal with special issues like shooting with bifocals
and arthritic joints, but it can be done.  In spite of age and physical handicaps,
good training will help a person increase his or her defensive abilities
dramatically.  To think otherwise is to acknowledge a false barrier."
"Last Weekend With 450+ Women Shooters . . . and why they’re the future of shooting."
     There are many different training meetings.  You should make an effort to check
out different ones each year.  It's really easy to join a clique or tribe, but not
necessarily a good thing to do.  
     Many university departments are incestuous in that they hire their own graduates.  
When I was in the Ivy League, I noticed that the professors would only cite other
Ivy League papers.  In training, diversity is a good thing.  
"AIMING IS USELESS! 3 Secrets To Great Shooting | Rob Leatham 6x IPSC World Champion!"
     Shooting is simple.  Not easy.  Simple.
     The process for shooting fast is different from the process for shooting accurate.  
You can't train a persons to shoot slow fire accurately and then tell them to do the
same thing faster.  Because the process is different.  [This is really deep.  -- Jon Low]
(Ya, I know that I cited this article before.  It's relevance, not dementia.)
"The Magic of Knowing that You Can Shoot Quick and Straight" by the Tactical Professor
Excerpt from the book cited in Claude's article:
     "It is a grand and glorious feeling to know that you can shoot quick and straight,
but don’t fool yourself, be sure you can do it."
     When I was a child, I went to a piano recital, in Mrs. Fautz' house, that
my sister was playing in.  Mrs. Fautz was the piano teacher.  (I was not playing
because I neglected to practice.)  
     A little boy played beautifully.  I was certain that he was playing at a
professional concert level.  My mother agreed (she had expertise in such things).  
Mrs. Fautz, the piano teacher, thanked the boy, told him the execution of the
piece was flawless, and let him return to his seat in the audience.  
     A little girl, played a piece, which I thought she did quite well.  Though
I did notice that she consistently skipped a note, the F above middle C.  Or,
maybe the piano key was broken and the note just didn't play?  After she finished,
Mrs. Fautz asked her to play the third movement again in the key of E instead
of F, and adajio instead of allegro, and pianissimo.  She instantly executed.  
     On the drive home, my mother explained to me that Mrs. Fautz had not asked
the boy to replay anything with modifications because he would not have been
able to immediately.  After a few weeks of practice, he would be able to.  
Because he had memorized the mechanical action by rote and didn't really
understand the theory.  On a deep level, he did not understand what he was doing.  
I thought that was very sad, but my mother assured me that he was happy with his
performance and his parents were delighted with his performance, and he would
play at parties and everyone would be happy with his performance.  
So, I should not feel sad for him.  (Think IPSC or IDPA champions.)
     My mother explained to me that the girl had a deep understanding and
would go on to be a great composer and performer.  The F key above middle C
was not broken.  It was out of tune (but only very slightly).  The girl heard
it during the performances that preceded her performance and so decide not to use the key.  
But, she didn't feel the confidence to change the key of the opus.  But,
Mrs. Fautz knew she could, and so asked her to do so.  A good instructor will not
embarrass a student in front of others.  But, will challenge a student in front
of others, for that induces stress, which is a good thing.  
     You want to be like the little girl.  (Think those who have prevailed
in combat.)
     My email to a student concerning attending his first IPSC match at a
private club, and using it as tactical training as opposed to a competition
that he would be trying to win --
Take it slow.  You are not racing as everyone else.
Engage shoot-targets as soon as any portion comes into view.  Shooting the arm,
foot, etc. is good.  You can always get the center of mass hit later as you
come around the corner.
Neutralize all shoot-targets, with at least 2 rounds in the A-zone or -0 zone.
Do not shoot the no-shoot targets.  Do not muzzle the no-shoot targets.
Do not crowd cover.  There is a bad guy behind every corner who will grab your
Stay away from corners, doorways, and windows.  There is a bad guy hiding
behind the corner.
Stay away from walls.  Ricochets hug walls.
     You will be disqualified if you break the 180 rule.
You will be disqualified if you muzzle any part of your body (or anybody else's body).
You will be disqualified if your ammunition does not make the power factor.
You will be disqualified if you drop your pistol or lose control of it.  
(If you lose control of your pistol, let it fall to the ground and then safely
pick it up.  DO NOT attempt to grab a falling pistol.  If you do, it will fire
and hit something that you don't want to hit.)
You will be disqualified if you have a negligent discharge, defined as within
3 feet of your feet, or over the berm, or obvious to the safety officer.
     Appendix inside the waistband holsters are forbidden.  (Because enough
guys have shot themselves in their femoral artery that the club has decided
the liability is too great.)
Blackhawk SERPA holsters (or anything like that) are forbidden.  (Because
enough guys have shot themselves in the leg, foot, and ass that the club has
decided the liability is too great.)
Remember, holstering is the most dangerous part of any exercise.  So, holster
slowly and carefully, watching what you are doing.  Because your shirt or
something (like your finger) will get caught on your trigger.  I guarantee it.  
Of course, it won't happen when you are carefully watching.  The gremlins will
wait patiently until complacency overtakes you, and you slam your pistol into
your holster without looking.  BANG!
     Who knows how long it will take for someone to have the presence of mind
to call 911?  Who knows how long it will take to get a 911 operator?  Sometimes
they put you on hold.  Sometimes the system will hang up on you when they get
overloaded, because they figure that if it's important you will call back.
Response time from the 911 call for the fire department is about 5 minutes,
an ambulance is about 10 minutes, a Life Flight helicopter is about 15 minutes
(if one is available, the cost will start at $1000).
You, on the other hand, will bleed to death in 4 minutes.
Ya, I know a lot of guys carry trauma kits on their belts, but very few have
the training and have practiced enough to competently use the equipment.
Sorry, that' just reality.
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice -----
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
"How to Hone Your Handgun Skills" by George Harris
     Practice in the mirror.  You will immediately see all of your awkward
nonsense.  And you will automatically correct it without anyone laughing
at you.  
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
     Yesterday, 15 May 2021, I shot a USPSA match in Chapel Hill, TN.  I shot
one of the no-shoot targets.  It was not a marksmanship error.  It was a judgment
     The hostage was in front of the bad guy.  The hostage was low enough
that I thought I could do a high thoracic cavity shot, as opposed to a head
shot.  So, I aimed for the center of the area defined by the triangle formed
by the notch at the top of the sternum and the nipples.  The shot hit the top
of the hostage's head.  When I centered my hand span over my point of aim,
my point of impact was within my hand span.  So, it was bad judgment, not bad
     That's why I have to shoot matches.  There was no other way for me to have
learned this.  And learning in practice is so much better than learning in
     "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 Choke Someone With Their Own T-Shirt During a Fight" by Sullivan Cauley
     Worth testing out with a partner.  
     "You never know what works for you until you test it at full speed and
full force." -- Ralph Mroz
"Improving Draw Stroke" by Dick Jones
     ". . . The object is to self-critique your draw and eliminate issues
that slow you down or are unsafe.  Standing in front of a mirror may
help you in this.  . . . "
     "When you start your car, you find the key in your pocket,
orient the key to fit into the key slot, insert the key and start
the car.  Do you have to think about this?  You’ve repeated
that process thousands of times and you don’t have to think
about it.  It just happens.  It happens without thought because
of repetition.  You should develop your draw the same way.  
Imagine the value of a fast and consistent draw that requires
no conscious thought in a deadly force event or at the
beginning of a complicated stage in an IDPA or USPSA match.  
Success comes with attention to details and developing skills
through repetition."
"My thoughts on the draw stroke" by John Murphy
     "You can actually lose a gunfight."
     "You can win the gunfight and be subjected to legal scrutiny and
then subsequent prosecution."
"Aiming A Defensive Handgun, Is There One Right Way?" by Richard A. Mann
     I do not agree with Mr. Mann.  But, I am always happy to consider
differing learned opinions.  
"Quad Loading Tips and Tricks with Tetiana Gaidar and Arthur Shachnev"
Taran Tactical
"Perfect stance vs. odd angles . . . which is faster?" by Mike Ox
     Mike performs the experiment and gives you his data.  
You should perform the experiment yourself.  Because everyone is very different.
"Busting the Myth Of The Iron Grip For Shooting" by Mike Ox
     "Grab a grip dynamometer and try to hold max grip and you’ll see that it drops
off by 20% or more in the first 5-10 seconds . . . (This happens if the person
gripping THINKS they’re maintaining the exact same force.)"
“Falling With Style” The Power Of Kickstands and Cross-Steps" by Mike Ox
     This seems to be a very useful skill set.  
     I don't agree with much in this article, but I'm always happy to entertain
differing opinions.  I don't think placing the pistol in your pocket is a good idea.  
Your pocket is not going to hold the pistol tight.  I think sticking the pistol
down your pants in front of your navel is better, as your belt will hold it tight
against your body.  Remember, the pistol is unloaded at this point and isn't
loaded until you rack the slide.  
     Can you place your pistol into an appendix carry holster and draw it out
without muzzling yourself?  If not, you should not be using appendix carry.  
Don't know?  Then watch what you're doing.  Can't tell?  Then watch yourself
in a mirror.  Still can't tell?  Then ask someone competent to watch you during
an IDPA or IPSC match.  (Unless you do the Keepers Squat every time, which is
an awkward movement, you will be muzzling yourself.  Sorry, that's just reality.  
If your belly is so big that you can't see what's going on down there, I
guarantee you are muzzling yourself.  Remember, your holster will not stop
bullets.  So, if you are pointing at yourself in order to holster, you are WRONG!)
     Can you place your pistol into a shoulder holster and draw it out without
muzzling yourself (your support side arm) and the people around you?  If not,
you should not be using a shoulder holster.  Don't know?  Then watch what
you're doing.  Can't tell?  Then watch yourself in a mirror.  Still can't tell?  
Then ask someone competent to watch you during an IDPA or IPSC match.  
[Oh, right, you can't.  Why not?]  (Unless you do something awkward with your
support side arm every time, you will be muzzling yourself.  Unless you do
something very awkward with your firing side hand, wrist, and arm every time;
you will be sweeping the area around you.)
Imagine you are carrying your baby with your support side arm in a crowded
shopping mall.  You have to stop the guy with the rifle from shooting everyone.  
Can you draw from your shoulder holster without muzzling your baby?  Without
muzzling all the people in the shopping center?  
It's just a thought experiment.  Visualize and understand.  
     I could go on, but you get the idea.  
     Of course, you will never shoot yourself, because you are well trained
and you practice regularly.  You will never become complacent.  So, you can
defeat Murphy's Law.  
     The problem is, you can't.  In a high stress situation with people
jostling you and striking you with deadly intent, anything that can go wrong,
will go wrong, at the worst possible time.  
The way to defeat Murphy's Law is to develop your system so as to minimize
the number of things that can go wrong.  Because, if they can't go wrong,
they will go right.  If you never point your pistol at yourself or anyone
you don't intend to shoot, then you can't shoot yourself or any friendly
or innocent person.  If you allow the possibility of an unintentional shooting
then you are committing negligence.  
     Yes, if you shoot and intentionally or unintentionally hit the wrong person,
you are negligent.  You didn't train and practice enough to be competent in
combat conditions.  You present a threat to the good guys and the innocent
bystanders.  Sorry, if that hurts your feelings, but somebody had to tell you.  
Better me than the prosecuting attorney (or the plaintiff's attorney).  
Ya, you might be able to get off the hook by claiming your actions were
reasonable in the totality of the circumstances.  But, how much better if you
don't shoot the wrong person because you are competent.  
     Don't envy the guys in the military who get all of their training paid
for by Uncle Sam.  They are sacrificing much more for their training than what
you would pay in the civilian world.  When deploying, we would joke that we
were taking an all expense paid vacation on Uncle Sam.  But, it was just a joke.  
"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
"Why Doing the Unexpected Aids in Self Defense" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     ". . . crooks tend to visualize what is going to happen much like we have
encouraged armed citizens to do."
     ". . . the crook’s visualization tends to take the form of fantasy."
     "True personal defense comes from between the ears,
not from the gun on the hip.  Do the unexpected and wreck his day!"
"Tactical Moment" by John Holschen
     John tells me he hopes to make more of these videos in the future.  
"Armed Self-Defense: 4 Reasons to Practice Movement Drills" by Brad Fitzpatrick
     Some people can walk and chew gum at the same time.  Some can't.  You need
to know which type of person you are before the combat starts.  As Dirty Harry
said, a man's got to know his limitations.  Either type of person can win in
combat.  As Brian Enos says, attempting to exceed your ability leads to failure.  
So, staying within your envelope of capability allows you to win.  
"Islamic Terrorist Hostage Sieges" by Greg Ellifritz
     "If you get caught up in a terrorist hostage siege, you must fight or escape.  
You cannot wait for the police to save you.  They aren’t coming.  They are too
busy trying to “negotiate” with a terrorist who is only leading them on and buying
time to increase his fortifications, media exposure, and body count.  By the time
the cops figure this out, it will be too late for you."
     An article explaining why aiming anywhere other than the brain, heart,
or lungs is an act of criminal stupidity.
"Should cops shoot to incapacitate?" by Kyle Sumpter
     "But assuming a hit is scored, it is not logical to suggest or assume
we can rapidly incapacitate a person by shooting them in the pelvic region,
abdomen, legs and arms (PALA)."
     "Even a total cessation of blood flow to the brain can allow 10 seconds
of purposeful action . . . " -- Police Handgun Ammunition Selection, Martin Fackler, MD
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
DTI videos by John Farnam

"Concealed Carry: Issues and Perspectives" by John Murphy
"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
"Pat Rogers Final Speech" (M-16 / AR-15 platform lecture)
     "I have 20/20 vision. I'm also 69 years old.  I can't see shit anymore."
     "Does the telescopic sight help you shoot better?  No.  It helps you
see better."
     "If you're not trained, you are a liability before you are a benefit
to anybody."
     "Maintain habitual familiarity."
     "Two things to hit the target:  sights and trigger."
     "Slip 2000"  [I concur.  This is great stuff. -- Jon Low]
"How can a P320s fire un-commanded? AKA P320 fires while in its holster?" by Grey Wolf Armory
     Explanation of the design flaw.  

"Is The SIG P320 UNSAFE?! Lawsuit Detailing Numerous Incidents Says YES!" by Guns & Gadgets
9mm - BRASS - FMJ - 115 Grains - NEW - 1000 Round Case 20 x 50 round boxes!/FREE-SHIPPING-9mm-BRASS-FMJ-115-Grains-NEW-1000-Round-Case-20-x-50-round-boxes/p/307764091/category=109016534
“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
"The Secrets of Gunpowder" by NRA Staff

"Lubing Your GLOCK in . . . 3, 2, 1 Easy Steps" by Jeff "Tank" Hoover
     Appropriate for all semi-autos.

"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
Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam
     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
----- Andragogy -----
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
     The test of whether or not the student has learned something
is the student's ability to explain it to someone else (not the
teacher, not another student in the class).  I think Prof. Christ's
words were, the test of whether or not you understand a concept is
your ability to explain it to a non-physicists, a layman.  
     Prof. Christ didn't like the elitist attitude that one should
not even bother to explain deep philosophical physics concepts to
non-physicists because they lacked the background and education
to understand.  He believed that if you had a deep understanding
of a concept, you would be able to explain it to the interested,
but ignorant person.  
     Marcus Wynne says --
. . . this is andragogy, learning for the adult brain, where the instructor shares responsibility for learning with THE LEARNER — not pedagogy, as in teaching down
to ignorant peasants.
-- Wynne, Marcus. Neural Based Training: Book One: Retrospectives (p. 78).
Kindle Edition.
     [andragogy     noun
The methods or techniques used to teach adults:  
Many educators believe that the principles of andragogy,
as advanced by Malcolm Knowles,
have great relevance to adult education;
others are not so certain.
-- Random House Dictionary of the English Language]
. . . What this requires, in the training piece, is instructors who are able
to “not-instruct” when appropriate (which is way more often than instructors
want to think about when teaching adults) and let students work through a
problem – to the point of when they ask for help, saying, “How do you solve
that problem?”  
--Wynne, Marcus. Neural Based Training: Book One: Retrospectives (pp. 86-87).
Kindle Edition.
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
*****     *****     ***** 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
Threat Journal
With regards to a Joint Intelligence Bulletin to law enforcement agencies nationwide -
     "What readers may find odd (or not) is that this bulletin focuses attention on
right-leaning extremists and organizations.  Nowhere are the violence and threats
of left-leaning groups such as Antifa or Black Lives Matter referenced.  Not once.  
This, despite many months of threats and destructive insurrectionist riots across
the U.S. in 2020 and extending into this year."
     "A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State,
the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."  
-- Second Amendment, U.S. Constitution
"Ceasefire Declared Following Deadly Kyrgyz-Tajik Border Clashes" by Albert L.
     I love stories about Kyrgyzstan (Kyrgyz Republic).  I operated there in
the early 2000's.  Ah, fond memories.  Notice that just as India and China
are fighting over water at their border, so Kyrgyzstan and Tajikistan
(Republic of Tajikistan) are fighting over water at their border.  I remember
Ann Coulter commenting that water falls from the sky.  Perhaps, but not for
     I had a girlfriend in Bishkek (formerly Frunze).  After the second revolution
in Kyrgyzstan, she moved to Ankara, Turkey.  I caught up with her there while on
R&R from Riyadh, KSA during Operation Iraqi Freedom.  After the May 11th of 2003
bombings of Vinnell, Al Hambra, and our compound, Jadawel, we had to get out, as
it just got too hot for us to operate in Riyadh.  So, I ended up at the U.S.
Embassy in Ankara for a few weeks.  She is in Antalya now with her daughter.  
Antalya is nice.  I had gone there years before to shoot an archery tournament.  
(Hey, I'm getting old.  I ramble.)
"Governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
"Self-Defense: A Women’s Movement" by Susanne Edward
     ". . . range therapy is real . . . "
"Supreme Court Earthquake
The High Court Takes on a 2A Case" by Dave Workman
     This is why it was so important that we elected Donald Trump.  This is why
it was so important that we elected a Republican majority in the Senate.  This
allowed us to create a pro-gun majority in the U.S. Supreme Court.  Your votes,
your contributions to your political causes, your volunteer work on your
candidates' campaigns paid off.  Sometimes we win.  
"Court to take up major gun-rights case" By Amy Howe
     Sign up for Dr. John Lott's newsletter at
“Enhanced” & “Concealed”: What You Need to Know About Permits in Tennessee
"Tucker: Liberals 'horrified' NYC mayor candidate (a Democrat) wants to carry a gun"
Ice-T Drops the Mic on Gun Rights, the Second Amendment!
"Channel 13 news Interview"
"LaGrange, GA Police Department launches 'Shoot to Incapacitate' program" by Brad Schrade
     What the LaGrange, GA Police Department actually means is "Shoot to wound".  
     The original article appeared in the The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.  
The comments by readers at the end of the Police 1 article speaks volumes.  
Criminal stupidity implemented by desk-bound bureaucrats.  
     National average for police shootings is 2% of the bullets fired hit
their intended target (15% hit the person being shot at, somewhere on his body).  
So, shooting in combat is a low probability event.  Shooting at a smaller
target (as opposed to the center of mass of the torso) is a zero probability
event.  Which means every bullet will be destroying property or injuring
innocent bystanders, maybe killing them.
“Making the World Safe for Criminals!” BY JOHN FARNAM
The Three Little Pigs Learn About Gun Control (Book Reading)
"Ben Shapiro Was Denied a Carry Permit | INTERVIEW WITH ERICH PRATT"
"Nearly Half of All U.S. Counties Are Now Second Amendment Sanctuaries" by Lee Williams
"NRA Bankruptcy Case Dismissed! What Does That Mean Going Forward?" by Guns & Gadgets
Court's decision,
May I invite your attention to the enclosed cited letter?
"What To Do If You Don’t Want To Join The NRA" by Sam Hoober
     “Is there no virtue among us?
If there is not, we are without hope!
No form of government, existing nor theoretical, will keep us from harm.
To think that any government, in any form,
will insure liberty and happiness for an dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
*****     *****     ***** Survival, Medical, Security, and such *****     *****     *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
"A Medics Pick : Top 5 Best Tourniquets" by Brian McLaughlin
When it comes to survival, “just barely” beats the heck outta “not quite good enough.”
-- John Connor
*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
All kinds of neat stuff at:  
     Practical Eschatology by Docent
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
     Quips by John Farnam
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
     Marcus Wynne
     Jeff Gonzales
     Michael Bane
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
     Constructor Theory, making statements about what is possible or impossible,
as opposed to stating laws of physics that talk about how particles or waves
behave in time.  
     A light video version by Chiara Marletto,
     A heavier text version by Chiara Marletto,
     And if you are so inclined, the The 32nd Ockham Lecture,
"The 32nd Ockham Lecture ‘The Physics of Can and Can’t’" by Dr Chiara Marletto
From 7:11 to 47:44.  Still accessible to the layman.  
     The following is a colloquium, intended for an audience with the appropriate
background, so it's pretty heavy.  
"COLLOQUIUM: 'The Physics of Can and Can’t':
from the universal computer to the universal constructor"
Notice that Richard Feynman's problem that she refers to was stated in 1957.  
Application 2 requires an understanding of statistical mechanics.  
Got to have an understanding of Category Theory to understand what she's talking about.  
When she says "timeless principles" she means independent of time, in particular
time reversal, which actually happens at the subatomic level.  When physicists talk
about time reversal it's a certain transformation going backwards.  It's not like
a motion picture being played backwards.  Gases spontaneously expand going forward
or backward in time, because entropy increases in both time directions.  So, if God
reversed the direction of time, you wouldn't notice it.  
     Marletto is attempting to do what Emmy Noether (born March 23, 1882, Erlangen,
Germany — died April 14, 1935, Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, U.S.) did, in that,
"In 1918 Noether discovered that if the Lagrangian . . . does not change when
the coordinate system changes, then there is a quantity that is conserved.  
For example, when the Lagrangian is independent of changes in time, then energy
is the conserved quantity." -- Encyclopaedia Britannica
[But, energy is not conserved.  As Herr Doktor Professor Einstein taught us,
energy and mass are different forms of the same thing.  So, mass-energy is
conserved.  E = mc^2.  Today we know lots of conserved quantities.]
So, Noether discovered the first principles from which the conservation laws can
be derived.  Marletto is striving to discover the first principles from which the
dynamical laws can be derived.  (Impressive, isn't she.  Her first language is
      Since, 1978 or so, I've been of the religion that information is conserved
at the quantum mechanical level.  But, of course, that is inconsistent with the
Second Law of Thermodynamics, the entropy law.  Entropy increases implies
information decreases and so is not conserved.  Perhaps in my life time?  
     Einstein did not believe the quantum theory.  God does not play
at dice with the universe.  
     May I recommend,
"Understanding Quantum Physics: A User's Manual, Vol. 1", 1st Edition,
by Michael A. Morrison
ISBN-10 : 0137479085
ISBN-13 : 978-0137479085
     "Any job worth doing is worth doing well." -- Donald H. C. Low
     We worked through these books in my first physics class at Columbia.
The Feynman Lectures -
Ah, such fond memories.
Now the books are free online.  
     Friends of mine wake up each morning; shit, shower, and shave; and go
to the Brewhouse to drink beer, talk story, and relax for the rest of the day.  
They tell me they are retired, they earned their leisure.  They don't feel
they have to do anything constructive.  They don't feel they owe anyone
anything.  I hope I never assume that mindset.  I hope you don't either.  
     In Rotary, we believe that work is honorable.  So, those who do not work
are not.  As Cassius Clay Jr. said, good works is how you pay rent for living
on Earth.  There are those who live off of family money and have never worked
a day in their lives.  They are not like us.  They cannot be, because their
life experiences are different.  Even if they shared parents and home with us.  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low

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