Saturday, May 29, 2021

CWP, 29 May MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
 
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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.
 
"Concealed Carry Myths" by David Workman
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2021/5/13/concealed-carry-myths
 
"Cover is your friend" by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2021/05/25/cover-is-your-friend/
Excerpt:  
     "My advice is that if you see a group of POlice from different agencies gathering,
leave the area immediately."
     "A deputy and a trooper mistakenly fired 8 rounds at an innocent boy."
---
     Yup, that's what comes of violating Safety Rule 4:  Be sure of your target.
"But, he had the same build as the suspect."  "But, he was dressed in a similar
fashion as the suspect."  WRONG!  We positively identify the person before
we consider shooting him.
     When I went through Artillery Forward Observer School, the Army instructors
told us that whenever we needed to call in an air strike to try to get Marine pilots.  
Because the Marines would fly inverted over the target, low enough to positively
identify the target, before making their strafing or bombing run.  The Air Force
pilots would fly high, so as not to get shot down (because that was a career killer),
and so scatter their bombs all over the place.  Maybe killing you.
     The prosecutor:  "What I'm saying is we can't prove beyond a reasonable
doubt that they [the law enforcement officers] committed a crime."  [by shooting
at the innocent bystander].  
     Do you think any civilian would have been treated so nicely by the prosecutor?  
Good guys have a much more difficult task in combat than the bad guys, because
the good guys have to follow the 4 safety rules (which means they have to think).  
These LEO's did not meet the standard of Good Guy.  
---
"Thinking is one of the hardest things a person can do.  That's why so few people do it."
-- Henry Ford
 
     “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 -----
 
     “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.
 
"Leg shots" by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2021/05/27/leg-shots/
Excerpt:  
     "So much for the idea that shooting someone in the leg isn’t the application
of deadly force.  The Village Idiot JRB [Joseph Robinette Biden Jr.] has no clue
but that’s no surprise."
     [It would be difficult for a state prosecutor to charge a non-lethal-force
crime when any firearm is used.  A federal prosecutor has no latitude.  So, of
course, it's best to have no bill or no charges.  That's why you have to keep
your mouth shut and let your attorney speak for you.  And in order to have the
attorney, you have to have a decent insurance policy. -- Jon Low]
 
     See the web page on self defense insurance by clicking on the link
in the column to the right of this blog posting, "Self Defense Insurance".  
This web page is updated on a regular basis (by people smarter than I).  
 
----- Mindset -----
 
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
 
     For good guys, combat is a high order intellectual activity, because we have
to follow the 4 safety rules.  For the bad guys, not so much.  
 
"Travis Haley talks about gunfighting"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tCq7pEtSIV4
     Pay attention.  Be present.
     Failing over and over is why I succeed.
     Compassion is the number one attribute of a gunfighter,
because the more you care about someone, the more you are
willing to fight for them.  (Which includes keeping their
bread winner alive so he may continue to provide for them.)
 
"Failure is an indication that someone tried to do something."
-- Ingersoll
 
"Stationary Momentum!" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/stationary-momentum-2/
     Yes, we are in an arms race.  Always have been.  Always will be.  
     Bringing a knife to a gunfight is an act of criminal stupidity.  
So, if you only carry a knife, you are a fool.  
     Not carrying any weapon means you have made a conscious decision
to place yourself on a lower rung of the food chain.  This is a grave
disservice to all of your ancestors who survived long enough to
procreate to allow you to be alive today.  
     If you are carrying a revolver for self-defense or the defense of
others, you are either not thinking, or you are taking the advice
of people who are not thinking.  You should assume that you will
have to reload in any combat action, even if it is after the action
in preparation for a renewal of the action, or a new action.  Bad guys
do not operate alone.  They operate in gangs.  
"The revolver is too difficult to reload.
The revolver takes too long to reload.  
The revolver requires reloading too often."
-- Tom Givens 
     No, the revolver is not more reliable than the modern semi-automatic.  
You can convince yourself of this by disassembling both types of handguns.  
Count the parts.  The more parts, the less reliable.  
Count the number of moving parts.  The more moving parts, the less reliable.  
Count the number of springs.  The more springs, the less reliable.  (Also,
the smaller the springs, the less reliable.)
Got the epiphany?  If not, ask a gunsmith to explain it to you.  
     If that doesn't convince you, try shooting a modern revolver without
cleaning it for 10,000 rounds.  Count the number of stoppages.  How many
stoppages were you able to reduce in real time and continue firing?
Now, do the same experiment with a modern semi-auto pistol.  How many stoppages?  
How many were you able to reduce in real time and continue to fire?  
Can't do the experiment yourself?  You can look up the data from such experiments
online.  A lot of organizations have done these tests.  
     It is true that the persons who will attack you are, generally speaking,
non-productive, uneducated, scum of society with long criminal records, who
have been sexually, physically, and emotionally abused since birth.  But,
that doesn't matter.  Your duly elected or appointed judges and parole boards
release them into your society to interact with you.  This is intentional.  
This is what you get for voting liberal.  Or, allowing your friends and
relatives to vote liberal by not speaking to them in an intelligent and
logical manner.  Emotional arguments are a waste of time.  If you lack the
intellectual ammunition, please read,
Crime Prevention Research Center
https://crimeresearch.org/
     You change the world by changing the vote of one person at a time.  
It's not just his vote at election time; he also votes with every dollar
he spends.  MAGA!  
 
“Your understanding and consent are not required for someone to take
your life, kill your loved ones, and destroy all you hold dear.”
-- William Aprill
 
"Inner Strength: This Is The Research-Backed Way To Increase Grit" by Eric Barker
https://www.bakadesuyo.com/2016/05/inner-strength/
 
"Are Your Instincts Putting Your Child in Danger?" by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/are-your-instincts-putting-your-child-in-danger
     You protect your children by planning and executing correctly.  
     If you don't think, you don't buy life insurance; a lack of planning.  
     If you don't know the correct action, you will submit to being tied up
when the bad guy has a knife to your child's throat.  WRONG move.  
"THE TRUTH ABOUT VIOLENCE" by Sam Harris
https://samharris.org/the-truth-about-violence/
     If you operate on instincts, you'll get all the good guys killed.  Because there
is nothing natural about fighting.  There is nothing instinctive about fighting.  
Fighting is a high order intellectual activity (physical and mental) that requires
training and practice.  Sorry, that's just the truth.  
     If you think, "I've grown up with guns and knives all my life.  They are simple
to use.  I don't need training.", then you are in an alternate reality of superstition.  
If you believe things that you know are false, that is not superstition.  Superstition
is when you believe things that you know are true, that are false.  A world of difference.
 
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
 
----- Safety -----
 
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
RULE I: ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED.  
RULE II: NEVER LET THE MUZZLE COVER ANYTHING YOU ARE NOT WILLING TO DESTROY.
RULE III: KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL YOUR SIGHTS ARE ON THE TARGET.
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  
 
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 -----
 
     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)
 
"Skill Set: Drop That Weapon" by Tiger McKee
https://www.thetacticalwire.com/features/9fcc4ecb-7ef9-4436-9d2d-92760e246fab
     At coaches school at the Olympic Training Center in Colorado Springs, CO,
we were taught not to pamper or coddle our athletes.  It leaves horrible
training scars.  
     At some addiction rehab facilities, they coddle and pamper their clients.  
The results are always bad.  
     Mr. McKee is explaining that coddling and pampering your pistol will
leave life threatening training scars.  
     It is wrong to value an inanimate object so highly that you hesitate to
drop it in combat.  It is wrong to value a material possession above a life.  
But, if that's how you train, that's how you will behave.  
 
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
 
"Concealed Carry Corner: Most Common Issues With Concealed Carriers" by Matt E.  
https://www.thefirearmblog.com/blog/2021/05/20/concealed-carry-corner-most-common-issues-with-concealed-carriers/
Excerpt:  
     "It’s important to look at training as a marathon, not a sprint.  
You need to build your skills slowly but surely over time to build
confidence in your abilities."  
     ". . . I have seen individuals carry a handgun in an outside the waistband
holster and simply pull their t-shirt over the whole thing and call it “concealed.”  
THIS IS NOT OK!"
     "Whether you’re brand new or experienced, it’s always a good thing to keep
learning and trying to be a better shooter than you were the day before.  Whether
that’s improving your skills through training or improving your gear over time,
it’s important to make an effort to constantly better yourself when carrying a
concealed firearm."
 
Care enough to continue your training.
 
"The Need for Ambidextrous Skills" by Tom Givens
Rangemaster Newsletter June 2021 A.D., on page 4.
https://rangemaster.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/05/2021-06_RFTS-Newsletter.pdf
 
"Awareness Delivers . . . " by Brian Enos
https://brianenos.com/awareness-delivers/
     Yes, you too can achieve this.  It is the difference between not taking
the shot because you fear hitting the hostage, and taking the shot because
you know the bullets will hit where you aimed them.  A world of difference.  
 
"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
 
"Drills, Qualifications, Standards, & Tests" by John Daub
https://krtraining.com/Drills-Qualifications-Standards-and-Tests-2021-05.pdf
 
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
 
"Dry Practice Essentials – Part 1" by the Tactical Professor
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/2021/05/21/dry-practice-essentials-part-1/
 
"Woman Holding Baby Takes Attackers Gun; Shoots Him" by Christian Xaypanya
https://www.usacarry.com/woman-holding-baby-takes-attackers-gun-shoots/
     You need to practice shooting one handed, because you might have a baby in
your other hand, as in this case.
 
"Single-Hand Shooting: A Neglected Skill" by Salvatore
https://www.usacarry.com/single-hand-shooting/
Excerpt:  
     "Practice the Single-Hand Draw"
---
     Practice presenting with the support side hand only, until you can do it
efficiently.  Slow is smooth.  Smooth if efficient.  Efficient is fast.  
Because you have eliminated all of the extraneous movement.
     That's why good authors rewrite and rewrite and rewrite.  Herman Melville
rewrote sections of "Moby Dick" 13 times.  The prose becomes clearer and denser
(as in information density) with every rewriting.  
 
"Free Dryfire Drills Training Module" by Sierra Whiskey Co.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mNsuYHS3ZR0
     You can also go to a specific drill by clicking on the chapter in the
right column of the web page.  Some of the drills have shoot-targets,
no-shoot-targets, and unknowns all moving around.  Very challenging.  
 
     "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 (how to do what you should be able to do) -----
 
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"Visual Flow" by Brian Enos
https://brianenos.com/visual-flow/
Excerpt:  
     "What I learned from that was revolutionary, because I realized I could
precisely call any shot on any target faster than I could just sling a
“hoper” at the target.  Ponder that for the rest of your shooting life."
     Mr. Enos describes a very special type of shot process.  
     As shooting coaches (I am a level 3 rifle coach.) we teach our athletes
to form a shot process, a plan of execution, and then to execute to the plan.  
Mr. Enos' describes the visual preparation for the shot.  
Everything else in the shot process is assumed to be happening automatically.  
So, one has to have a clearly defined shot process that one has practiced
enough for it to be automatic, for this modification to have any benefit.  
 
"Concealment Tuneup" by PhillyEDC
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=D_VsueaWUus
Do you smell like a cop?  
Printing isn't just with the gun.  
"Printing with your whole personality."
A deep dive into holster modifications and positioning.  
 
"The life and death theater of espionage" by Jonna Mendez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cza9uQiFbU4
     How the Moscow Rules apply to us:  
Trust your gut.
Don't look back.  
Staying consistent over time.
Knowing the opposition and their terrain intimately.
Pick the time and place.  
Keeping your options open.  
There is no limit to a human being's ability to rationalize the truth.

"Deception, Illusion, and Espionage: An Unlikely Recipe for Success" by Jonna Mendez
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MctMx-8lljU
     Do you understand "magic"?   Our performance will allow us to win the gunfight.
 
"CAN YOU REALLY ACCESS YOUR GUN WEAK HANDED?" by MASSAD AYOOB
https://americanhandgunner.com/discover/can-you-really-access-your-gun-weak-handed/
Excerpt:  
     "Reaching across the bulky external vest carrier and getting a proper
grip on the handgun while defeating holster safety devices is impossible."
     "A Backup Gun (BUG) accessible to the non-dominant hand is the
logical “fix” for this potentially deadly problem."
     "Thanks to Jerry Boyd"
 
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
 
----- Tactics (what you should be able to do) -----
 
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
 
"How to Stop a Deadly Encounter Before it Begins" by Ed Head
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2021/5/16/how-to-stop-a-deadly-encounter-before-it-begins
 
"Fighting and Exfil from a Vehicle: Getting "Off the X" - CSAT" with Paul Howe
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0O59WFSkVyE
 
"Front Sight Reality Check #80" by Brad Ackman
https://www.frontsight.com/fsrc80/patriot-tbd.asp
     People making a mistake as to when the gunfight is over.  
Just because you think it's over, doesn't mean the bad guy thinks it's over.  
 
Chuck Haggard ​and Lee Weems talk about stuff
https://www.facebook.com/groups/RangemasterInstructors/permalink/2989386214647196/
     They discuss the correct use of optics on pistols and rifles,
flashlights attached to pistols and rifles, and such.
These tools have very narrow niches of use.  Using them incorrectly
could get you charged with aggravated assault.  
Searching should be done with binoculars or a spotting scope,
when hunting animals or humans.  Never with the optic on the firearm.  
 
"What Tennessee’s New Permitless Carry Law Means For Black Gun Owners" by DAMON MITCHELL
https://wpln.org/post/what-tennessees-new-permitless-carry-law-means-for-black-gun-owners/
     It's not just Black people who need training to protect themselves from being
shot by the police.  Everyone needs this training.  When the cops show up, they
cannot see your halo.  You must behave correctly in order to avoid getting shot
by the police.  See the Tactical Professor's article cited above (or below),
"Cover is your friend".  Incompetent police shot at innocent people all the time.  
It is your responsibility to protect yourself, because nobody else is going to
protect you.  
     Yes, that is our beloved Aqil Qadir of Citizen's Safety Academy being interviewed.
 
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
 
" The “Educational Beatdown” " by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/the-educational-beatdown
     I've read Marc MacYoung’s book "In the Name of Self Defense" and highly
recommend it.  I've haven't read Rory Miller’s books yet, but will as soon as
they arrive.  
" More on the “Educational Beatdown” " by Greg Ellifritz
https://www.activeresponsetraining.net/more-on-the-educational-beatdown
     As to why police engage in this behavior.  
 
"7 Myths of Protecting Houses of Worship -
Myth #1 - Guns Protect Churches" by Michael Mann
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fqxO23G5U_c
     Trained, observant, servants who are willing to report, protect churches.  
 
DTI videos by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/videos/

"Concealed Carry: Issues and Perspectives" by John Murphy
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0Ju5GtzzgLE&list=PLkL2g0uY2GSduhVBwzGL2ROyN-TSdDGLq
 
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
 
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"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
 
"Why You Should Always Be Adapting for Everyday Carry" by Tamara Keel
https://www.shootingillustrated.com/articles/2021/5/16/why-you-should-always-be-adapting-for-everyday-carry
 
Minute of Mae: Villar Perosa 1915
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mycT3Flp8b8
 
"What if I Told You That Vehicles Don’t Have a Blind Spot?" by Jason Crist
https://www.itstactical.com/skillcom/driving/what-if-i-told-you-that-vehicles-dont-have-blind-spots/
 
"SELF-DEFENSE FOR THE MOBILITY-CHALLENGED
STAY PRICKLY REGARDLESS OF YOUR PHYSICAL ABILITIES" BY DAVID FREEMAN
https://gunsmagazine.com/discover/self-defense-for-the-mobility-challenged/
Excerpts:  
     "If you have never purchased a real gun belt such as the thick 1.25"- or
1.5"-wide belts offered by CrossBreed and other leather companies, stop right
now and order one.  I can wait.
I’m serious about this.  Having a belt built for carrying a gun on your waist
is foundational.  If you’ll promise me you’ve got the belt situation taken
care of, we can move on to holsters."
     "This is where the fundamentals of proper grip, sight alignment, breathing,
trigger pull and follow-through are so important.  You’ve been taught these,
right?  If not, spend the money for instruction with a qualified handgun
instructor."
     "I have an understanding with my wife and sons — they’ll tell me when I’m
no longer safe to carry a gun and I’ll accept their verdict, knowing they are
each able to assume the defender role if it becomes necessary."
 
"AYOOB: IS THE .45 OBSOLETE?" by Massad Ayoob
https://www.thearmorylife.com/ayoob-is-the-45-obsolete/
     I include articles like these because I am a 45 ACP cultist, having been
drinking the Kool-Aid since 1981 when the Marine Corps still issued the manly
pistol.  
 
"How And Why A Revolver May Jam" by Mark
http://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/2021/05/how-and-why-revolver-may-jam.html
     I hear people saying revolvers are more reliable than pistols all the time.  
It's just not true.  
 
"1791 ULTRA CUSTOM HOLSTER" by Tom McHale 
https://americanhandgunner.com/gear/1791-ultra-custom-holster/
Excerpt:  
     "The new 1791 Ultra Custom IWB and OWB holsters are leather, inside and out,
but sandwiched between is some magic material that softens to a moldable consistency
when heated.  After submerging and “cooking” the holster in a Ziploc bag (to keep it dry)
at 160 degrees for about five minutes, you can mold it into near any shape you like.
     The company offers a variety of sizes so just order something close to your gun and
you can hand fit the rest. If you mess up or want to change guns later, just repeat the
process."
ULTRA CUSTOM CONCEALMENT HOLSTER
https://1791gunleather.com/holsters/ultra-custom-holsters/
 
"BIG SIGHT SYSTEMS
BIGGER SIGHTS MAKE BETTER SHOTS" by ROY HUNTINGTON
https://americanhandgunner.com/handguns/big-sight-systems-see-your-gun-sights-better/
     For those of us with less than perfect vision.  Which is the case for all of us
in low light conditions.  
     Aidan machines out the rear sights of my pistols to widen them by 2 hundredths
of an inch.  Because that is appropriate for my vision, my glasses, and my arm length.  
 
"Do You Need A Red Dot Sight On Your Carry Pistol?" by Chris Baker
https://www.luckygunner.com/lounge/do-you-need-a-red-dot-sight-on-your-carry-pistol/
 
"Pistol Red Dots from a Former Industry Insider" by Johnny of Sierra Whiskey Co.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=c3vu8b8jkIw
 
“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers
 
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
 
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
 
"Shockwave Shadows in Ultra Slow Motion (Bullet Schlieren)" by Destin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BPwdlEgLn5Q
 
"How A Semi-Automatic Handgun Works" by 45Snipers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BqZsSk5FFX4
 
"Semi-Auto Handgun Trigger Reset" by 45Snipers
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=43H7crsgDZg&t=0s
 
Other videos
https://www.youtube.com/c/45snipers
 
"How to Measure to a MILLIONTH of an Inch (The Dawn of Precision)" by Destin
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=T-xMCFOwllE
     The ability to manufacture precision firearms, the ability to manufacture
interchangeable parts, etc. traces directly back to this.  
 
"Optics ABCs: What All Those Terms Mean" by NRA Staff
https://www.nrafamily.org/articles/2021/5/21/optics-abcs-what-all-those-terms-mean
     Reticle in the first focal plane means the reticle and the target are
magnified by the same amount, so the hold overs remain constant.  
     Reticle in the second focal plane means the reticle is held fixed as
the target is magnified, so the hold overs change with magnification.  
 
Sig Sauer P320: Before & After Voluntary Upgrade
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=HQLWaEAPERg
 
"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
 
John Johnston of Citizens Defense Research teaching
“Technical Handgun: Tests and Standards,” Dahlonega, Georgia, June 2020.
Concluding comments to his students --
     “Thanks for your money, but more for your time.  
You don’t know how much you have and you can’t get any more.”  
     “In the big picture, this isn’t that important.  
Make the world a better place.  Be kind.”
Hat tip to David Yamane.
 
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
 
"Einstein Field Equations - for beginners!" by Dr. Bob Eagle
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=foRPKAKZWx8
"Mass tells space-time how to curve and
curved space-time tells mass how to move."
Includes an introduction to vector calculus.  Ya, I know the math is heavy.  
     If you thought that was fun, consider Prof. Leonard Susskind's lectures on
general relativity, all 13 of them.  A bit more rigorous.  Stanford University.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hbmf0bB38h0&list=PLPPSIjDe9T-81p1CjN49_Zi_L4-NQorTp
The only way to stay awake during Susskind's lectures is to have read ahead and
to be prepared with a list of questions to interrupt him with (at appropriate times).  
Like Prof. Baltay, Prof. Susskind will assume your question is deep (as opposed
to the stupid question that you actually asked).  And will attempt to answer the
deep question.  How many firearms instructors do you know who will do that?  
 
     "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
 
"Colonial Pipeline Paid Hackers Nearly $5 Million in Ransom"
by William Turton, Michael Riley and Jennifer Jacobs
https://finance.yahoo.com/news/colonial-pipeline-paid-hackers-nearly-141548661.html
     The bad guys, DarkSide, did not disable the Colonial pipeline.
They disabled the billing system.  Colonial stopped pumping fuel
because they could not accurately bill their customers.  
     What affect do you think Colonial Pipeline's act of cowardice
will have on future attackers?  
     Why do the bad guys use the Russian banking system?  Because
the Russian banking system is unregulated.  So, it's really easy to
launder money.  
     Five million U.S. dollars (equivalent) is chump change.  The
point was to set a precedent.  They proved to future victims and
the insurance companies that they are honorable, that they will
lift the attack when paid.  
---
     Is there a short term solution?  Yes, back up and restore.  
Yes, it is that simple.  (The billing department did not continuously
record data, and the enemy knew this.)
     Is there a long term solution that will prevent such attacks
in the future?  Yes, don't use proprietary software, including all
operating systems and application programs.  Instead, use open source
operating systems and programs.  The open source software is free
and doesn't have the vulnerabilities of proprietary software, because
thousands of programmers have reviewed it.  It's a level of peer
review that the private corporations can never achieve in their
Quality Assurance departments.  
     Being part of the Microsoft Corporation monopoly is criminal stupidity.  
     If your IT department forces you to change your password periodically,
they are criminally stupid.  Such a protocol is cryptologically WRONG!  
Good passwords never become stale.  Bad passwords do not improve with
change.  To think so, indicates a lack of understanding of cryptologic
theory.  
     If your IT department forces you to use certain characters in your
passwords, they are not increasing the complexity of your password.  
They are just making the password more difficult for the human to
remember, which forces the human to record the password somewhere, a
vulnerability, because the enemy will find it, where ever it is recorded.  
Putting any restriction on the form of the password decreases the
space that the enemy will have to search to find the password.  So,
the bureaucrats that make these password policies don't even understand
probability theory.  
-- SSgt. Low, Jonathan D., MOS 2651
Honor Graduate, Cryptologic Communications School,
Naval Technical Training Center, Cory Station,
Pensacola, Florida.  (and a lot of other crypto schools)
 
     "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
 
"2 men wrongfully sent to death row awarded $75M in damages" by Associated Press
https://www.yahoo.com/news/2-men-wrongfully-sent-death-223338803.html
Excerpt:  
     ". . . the Robeson County Sheriff’s Office, one of the defendants,
settled its part of the case for $9 million.  The town of Red Springs,
originally named in the civil suit, settled in 2017 for $1 million.
     Friday's judgement came against former [North Carolina
State Bureau of Investigation] agents Leroy Allen and Kenneth Snead,
who were part of the original investigation."
---
     Do you see what the plaintiff's attorneys are doing?  The massive
judgment is against the law enforcement officers.  No qualified immunity.  
Who in their right mind would apply for a law enforcement job knowing
that this result was possible decades after the incident?  
     The jurors are responsible for the wrong verdict.  They should be
paying the judgment.  But, of course, that would never happen.  
     Well, if you can't defund the police, you can scare away all the
qualified applicants.  Then what will you have?  
 
"Governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
 
     Do you think this political movement to defund the police is new?  
No no (as Liz Wheeler would say), it is not.  May I invite your attention
to Aesop's Fable, "The Wolves and the Sheep"?  Probably first written down
by Demetrius Phalereus (a philosopher in Athens, Greece) around 300 B.C.  
---
"The Wolves and the Sheep"
     “Why should there always be this fear and slaughter between us?”
said the Wolves to the Sheep.  “Those evil-disposed Dogs have much to
answer for.  They always bark whenever we approach you and attack us
before we have done any harm.  If you would only dismiss them from
your heels, there might soon be treaties of peace and reconciliation
between us.”  The Sheep, poor silly creatures, were easily beguiled
and dismissed the Dogs, whereupon the Wolves destroyed the unguarded
flock at their own pleasure.
---
Translated by George Fyler Townsend. Aesop's Fables (p. 29). Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
 
"Proof that the Black Lives Matter narrative is false" by Liz Wheeler
https://lizwheeler.locals.com/upost/711369/proof-that-the-black-lives-matter-narrative-is-false
 
"Another BIG 2A Case Appealed To Supreme Court"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zZALq1ytJGI
     The ruling,
GEORGE K. YOUNG, JR., Plaintiff-Appellant,
v.
STATE OF HAWAII;
United States Court of Appeals, Ninth Circuit.
https://scholar.google.com/scholar_case?case=1150563384993429760&q=young+v.+hawaii&hl=en&as_sdt=6,43&as_vis=1
 
     The following articles talk about a 9 to 0 U.S. Supreme Court decision,
an extreme rarity.  And a big win for us.  
"2A Win at SCOTUS: Police Cannot Seize Firearms Without a Warrant (Community Caretaking)"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hA2izagLnA8
"SCOTUS FINDS WARRANTLESS SEARCH AND SEIZURE OF GUNS UNCONSTITUTIONAL!!! Caniglia v. Strom"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=X7Td5tJov9k
"Major WIN for Gun Rights! Officers barred from seizing firearms without a warrant!"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=knwDRzAjwXE
"Supreme Court upholds privacy rights when police believe someone in danger at home
The justices rejected a 'community caretaking' rule that may authorize police to
enter a home even if they have no evidence of a crime or an emergency" by David G. Savage
https://www.police1.com/legal/articles/supreme-court-upholds-privacy-rights-when-police-believe-someone-in-danger-at-home-mzUnNK9jI7ERhIkY/
 
"THE DIRTY LITTLE SECRET — WHY GUN LAWS FAIL
READ THE POLICE BLOTTER" by Dave Workman
https://americanhandgunner.com/our-experts/the-dirty-little-secret-why-gun-laws-fail/
Excerpt:  
     "Such reports are proof that gun control laws are, at best, misdirected.
Making it tougher for law-abiding citizens to exercise their rights does not
hinder criminals in the least, and the gun grabbers know it.
     Too many of us vote for people who want us disarmed.  It’s no
justification to say you’ll accept the erosion of your rights if it keeps
guns out of the wrong hands.
     The dirty little secret of gun control laws is that they don’t work.
Best keep that in mind next time somebody asks for your vote."  
 
"WINNERS AND LOSERS
THERE ARE TWO COURTS: THE COURT OF LAW
AND THE COURT OF PUBLIC OPINION"
by Dave Workman
https://americanhandgunner.com/our-experts/winners-and-losers/
     Links to the court rulings are given.  
Excerpts:  
     "Judge Jocelyn Newman of the Court of Common Pleas in Columbia, S.C.
ruled that the City of Columbia’s attempt to dance around the Palmetto
State’s preemption law was a non-starter.  She invalidated ordinances
passed in the city because they violated the state law."  
     "A state court of appeals unanimously ruled against the City of Edmonds.
Acting Chief Judge Beth Andrus wrote the opinion, with Judges Bill Bowman
and Lori Kay Smith concurring.  Judge Andrus explained, “We . . . conclude
that the legislature’s express preemption of ‘the entire field of firearms
regulation’ is unambiguous and necessarily extends to regulations of the
storage of firearms.”
     The Seattle case was still pending at this writing, but Seattle is in
the same Appeals Court District, so the smart money is on a similar outcome."  
     "A ruling from U.S. District Chief Judge Dana Sabraw last month
suggested California’s “handgun roster” law might be unconstitutional,
encouraging Golden State gun owners."
 
"Live From The Field" by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/live-from-the-field-3/
     For those of us who spent our military careers fighting the communists,
it is disheartening to see so many of our fellow U.S. citizens embracing
communist ideals.  
 
Tennessee Becomes 2nd Amendment Sanctuary State
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nrYaPS1ScD8
     Gov. Lee ain't so bad after all.  Ya, I gave his campaign a lot of money.  
 
"Spiritual Suicide!" by JOHN FARNAM
https://defense-training.com/spiritual-suicide/
     All mass murders occur in gun-free-zones, because in other places the
body count doesn't get high enough to be considered a mass murder.  
 
"Armed School Employee Prevents Man From Allegedly Kidnapping Juvenile Utah Girl"
by LORENZ DUCHAMPS
https://www.theepochtimes.com/mkt_breakingnews/armed-school-employee-prevents-man-from-allegedly-kidnapping-juvenile-utah-girl_3835232.html
     Only certain persons hyphenate their surnames.  
     Notice, no connection between the perpetrator and the victim.  So, this
is not the typical child abduction you see on milk cartons.  Just about all
of those are non-custodial parent abductions.  Which I admit is technically
a crime.  But, having been involved in many such cases, I know that it is
often better for the child.  The family court judges are often grossly
incompetent as to who they award custody to.  
 
"LOS ANGELES COUNTY IS ISSUING CCW PERMITS!!!" by Joel Persinger
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7-fxYUNd0DI
 
"The deep state is a violation of the separation of powers" by Liz Wheeler
https://lizwheeler.locals.com/upost/716449/the-deep-state-is-a-violation-of-the-separation-of-powers
     In case you are wondering whose fault it is that the swamp exists in
the first place.  Woodrow Wilson, Franklin Delano Roosevelt, Lyndon Baines Johnson,
et al.  Consider all the legitimate persons that had to be assassinated to allow
this progression, not just John Fitzgerald Kennedy.
 
     “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
 
"How to Keep Your Children Safe from Predators" by Chloe Morgan
https://www.theorganicprepper.com/keep-children-safe-from-predators/
Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz
 
“You CAN do pullups, my friend!” by Hampton
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fO3dKSQayfg
 
"Off-Duty LAPD Officer Shot in Chest with Own Gun by Car Burglar" by Christian Xaypanya
https://www.usacarry.com/off-duty-lapd-officer-shot-chest/
     As Pat Rogers says, "Your car is not a holster."
 
"CHOOSING THE BEST HEMOSTATIC GAUZE" by Tim Keller
https://www.personaldefensenetwork.com/article/choosing-best-hemostatic-gauze/#
Neat graphic.
 
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
https://practicaleschatology.blogspot.com/
     The Tactical Professor by Claude Werner
https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com/
     Active Response Training by Gregg Ellifritz
http://www.activeresponsetraining.net/
     Quips by John Farnam
https://defense-training.com/quips/
     Rangemaster newsletter by Tom Givens
https://rangemaster.com/publications/rangemaster-newsletter/
     CIVILIAN DEFENDER by Sherman House
https://civiliandefender.com/
     Handgun Combatives by Dave Spaulding
https://www.youtube.com/c/handguncombatives/videos
     Marcus Wynne
https://marcuswynne.com/blog/
     Jeff Gonzales
https://www.tridentconcepts.com/evolved-training/blog/
     Michael Bane
https://www.michaelbane.tv/category/blog/
 
"How Filmmakers Make Cameras Disappear | Mirrors in Movies"
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VASwKZAUVSo
     This makes me seriously question the authenticity of some
of the gun videos that I have seen.  If you take a low grade
home video and you use high grade special effects, the viewer
is not expecting the difference in technology and is easily duped.
 
Amazing Honey Coiling High Speed Video! - Smarter Every Day 53
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zz5lGkDdk78
     Deep dive into fluid physics.  Warning, there is a nude shower scene.
 
     I'm getting really concerned about how many unique IP addresses are downloading
my book, Defensive Pistol from Smashwords, Apple, Barnes & Nobel, and Scrib.  
The book was meant to be the accompanying text for my Defensive Pistol course,
not a stand alone tome.  
     If you are using the book as a primary source for learning how to shoot a pistol,
you are wrong.  You need to take live in-person instruction from an expert.  
     If you are teaching others what you learned by reading my book, well that's just
a bad idea.  I understand that there is no training available where you are.  But,
you need to travel to get expert training.  Or, you could end up with some really
strange misconceptions, especially because English is not your first language and our
cultural backgrounds are very different.  
 
     It's not just human predators, it's not just animal predators.  Last night
driving home after work at a little past midnight on a dark winding country road,
River Road between Nashville and Ashland City, a big stag charges my car.  
He had a huge antler rack.  I hit my brakes, thinking that he's disoriented by
my headlights.  He rams my car and falls over.  I'm not getting out of my car to
render aid.  He could kill me.  He limps off into the forest.  I inspect the
damage and find the front left of my car crunched in and my left headlight
shattered.  I'm not lying.  My speed was near zero, when the stag ran into my car.  
     Always wear your seat belt, because you cannot predict when a distracted or
intoxicated driver will ram you, or a huge deer (this thing was not Bambi).  
     Always keep a fire extinguisher in your car and kitchen, because you cannot
predict when a fire will start.  
     Always wear your pistol concealed with a round in the chamber and a full
magazine, because you cannot predict the attack (though if you are in condition
yellow, you will have a second or two to see the pre-assault cues).  The bad guy
decides when and where to attack (or not to attack if your behavior dissuades
him).  Correct training and deliberate practice will change your personality,
body language, and behavior; and that will cause the predator to NOT choose you.  
That is the purpose of training; to prevent the attack, not to repel the attack.  
If you have to repel an attack, your training was not effective.  
 
“In the long-run, there is no such thing as ‘luck’.
However, the short-run is longer than many individual lifetimes!”
-- Anon
 
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Jon_Low@yahoo.com
 

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