Tuesday, June 15, 2021

CWP, 15 June MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
     I believe that a picture is worth a thousand words.  So, no matter
how good the article is, if the article has pictures of unsafe practices,
I won't cite it.  
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----- Basics -----
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
Front Sight Reality Check #81
     What's the 1st rule of gunfighting?  Avoid the fight.  
What's the 2nd rule of gunfighting?  Have a gun.  
     You having a gun does not cause the gunfight.  You not having a
gun causes you to lose the gunfight.  You're not going to have any
choice as to whether or not there will be a gunfight.  The bad guy
gets to make that decision.  
“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
     If you carry a gun, you have to carry self defense insurance.  
You've got auto insurance because you drive.  You've got life insurance
because you've got loved ones.  
     If you carry a gun, you might shoot someone.  Yes, you will be
prosecuted and sued.  No, you can't afford it.  
     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".  
That web page is updated on a regular basis (by people smarter than I am).  
     All kinds of user friendly information for your newbie friends at
     They got:
a whole bunch of videos in various categories,
a link to NRA sponsored training courses,
a link to find a gun range, NSSF,
a link to gun laws, NRA-ILA,
a link to find a gun, actually kind of interesting how they do this,
a link to locate a gun dealer (this page don't work too well).  
     If you're a gun person, you probably have many people in your social
circles who have bought a gun for the first time within the the last year.  
Even if you don't know about it.  So, look for instructors, clubs, and web sites
to refer the newbies to.  
     I have sold 16 pistols [including holster, belt, magazine pouch,
extra magazines, ammunition (usually a case of 1000 rounds), and sometimes
a flashlight; because I always try to sell complete sets] in the last year.  
So, the newbies are out there.  Feel the duty to help them.  
"9 Common Questions New Shooters Ask" by Ed Head
     “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 have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
"There is no royal road to anything.  One thing at a time, all things in
succession.  That which grows fast withers as rapidly; that which grows
slowly endures."  
-- Josiah Gilbert Holland
     So, invest in your training.  Invest the money, time, and effort.  
"Accept victory" by Lee Weems
     If the bad guy is walking away, let him go.  
"Law of Self Defense News/Q&A Show: June 3, 2021" by Andrew Branca
     Andrew covers several things, but the thing I found staggering was,
"Activists Protest “Persecution” Of Keith Davis Jr. After New Attempted Murder Charges"
by Emily Sullivan
     As Andrew says, stop and consider if this nightmare happened to you.  
You are grabbed off the street in a case of mistaken identity (as alleged by
defense counsel).  
You get prosecuted for murder.  Hung jury.  
You get prosecuted for murder again.  Hung jury.  
You get prosecuted for murder again.  Convicted.  Conviction overturned on appeal.  
You get prosecuted for murder again.  Convicted.  Conviction overturned on appeal.
You are now preparing for your fifth murder trial.  
     Remember, you are sitting in jail this whole time, unable to get bail because
you were convicted.  Before that you were unable to make bail because you didn't
have enough money.  Who in the world has enough money for 5 capital murder
     After the first trial, you have no money.  So, of course you're going to get
convicted at the second trial.  But, a miracle occurs, you don't get convicted.  
No money for expert witnesses to testify for you.  No money for private investigators
to find witnesses for you.  No money for consulting attorneys or subject matter experts.  
This is clearly an act of God to demonstrate how incompetent and vindictive
State's Attorney Marilyn Mosby is.  (She prosecuted 6 police officers for the
murder of Freddie Gray, even though there was zero evidence of a crime, much
less a crime of murder, much less that the 6 police officers committed the murder.  
A purely political prosecution.  An abuse of power under color of law.  That's
why 2 of the police officers were acquitted at bench trial, no jury just a judge;
and the charges were dropped against the other 4.  Because it would have been
the same evidence in all 6 cases.)
     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).  
"If you can't be thankful for what you receive,
be thankful for what you escape." -- Anonymous
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
"It's better to be a lion for a day than a sheep all your life."  
-- Sister Elizabeth Kenny
“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.)
     "You are not putty in the hands of fate.  You are a child of God.  
Look for His invisible hand, not miracles.  He who looks for providence
will see it everywhere." -- Pastor Heath Cross
"Skill Set: Sudden Violence" by Tiger McKee
     "Surprises come in two formats, good and bad. To avoid the shock of
an actual attack you’ve got to become familiar with reality.  Pay attention
to your surroundings and the people around you. At the first hint of
trouble – don’t second guess your initial “warning” – you avoid, escape
or prepare to defend. When forced to fight, expect to get hit, cut or maybe
shot.  Yet, regardless of what happens, you must remain focused on
defeating the threat(s), and in a timely fashion.  Your training and
practice must reflect reality, focusing on the skills needed to defeat a
sudden, aggressive attack."
"When health is absent, wisdom cannot reveal itself, art cannot manifest,
strength cannot fight, wealth becomes useless, and intelligence cannot be
applied." -- Herophilus
[The ancient context is that Herophilus is urging his students to attack
before the enemy can hurt you in personal combat, because if health is lost,
all is lost. -- Jon Low]
"Presence" by Brian Enos
"Nothing in life is to be feared.  It is only to be understood."
-- Marie Curie
By: Justin Collett
     If a guy steps into the elevator with you and you don't feel good,
step out of the elevator.  You don't have to be polite.
     Miss McMains fought, BRAVO!
"Don't be afraid to take a big step.  You can't cross a chasm in two small jumps."  
-- David Lloyd George
Who is a warrior?" by Ron Avery
     This is deep.  Be careful.  Mr. Avery is asking questions you may not
want to answer.  
"Happiness is not pleasure.  Happiness is victory."  
-- Zig Ziglar
"Concealed Carry Myths" by David Workman
"It is as important to relax our minds as it is to concentrate them."
-- Charles B. Newcomb
"Deadly Conduct and Attempted Murder" by tacticalprofessor
     The mother was physically incompetent.  The FBI agent was intellectually
incompetent.  Makes you wonder about the temperament of the people they hire
into the FBI these days.  Remember the FBI agent who was break dancing, dropped
his pistol, and shot a person in the disco when he tried to pick up his pistol?  
We practice safely picking up our pistols from the ground.  Don't they do that
at the FBI academy?  No, as a matter of fact they don't.  (On the word of an
FBI agent stationed here in Nashville, TN.)
     I have heard many self defense instructors teaching the mindset of trusting
your gut.  As in, do not dismiss your feelings.  You don't have to be polite.  
You don't have to worry about people thinking you are racists.  
     Your "gut" or "your feelings" or "your intuition" is your brain executing
a high order intellectual analysis.  You may not be able to articulate what your
brain is doing.  That's okay.  A lot of what we think is not translatable into
human language.  Remember, the human is God's masterpiece of creation.  
     Waiting until you have enough information to be able to articulate a threat
is always too late.  I know that's what the legal beagles want, but it's
tactically wrong.  
     Most children have this high order analysis beaten out of them in childhood.  
For instance,
     "Daddy loves Margie."
     "No, Johnny.  Daddy loves mommy.  Daddy does not love Margie."
So, Johnny learns to disregard his correct conclusion based on circumstantial
evidence and convinces himself that they were just childish thoughts.  
The child was using the 14 mega bits of data per second that Marcus Wynne
talks about below in the article, "Avoiding Attacks While Driving".  
     Some instructors teach AOJ (Ability, Opportunity, Jeopardy), not wanting
to teach the traditional AOI (Ability, Opportunity, Intent), because they claim
you can't read the assailant's mind, so you can't know the assailant's intent.  
I think that is nonsense.  You absolutely can read the assailant's mind by
observing his body language, speech, and movement.
     A person who is able to retain his ability to do high level analysis with
incomplete, indirect, or circumstantial evidence is a superb intelligence
analyst.  Sherlock Holmes?  Of course, Sir Arthur Conan Doyle was writing
fiction, so it had to make sense, so Holmes had to articulate everything.  
In the real world, not always possible, even in hindsight.  An intelligence
analyst sees the same data as everyone else.  The difference is that the intel
analyst is able to make connections that the others don't see.  This is not
jumping to conclusions.  This is seeing the obvious.  
"Don't memorize anything.  Rather, study it until it becomes obvious."
-- Prof. Norman Christ, Physics Dept., Columbia University
Unfortunately, very few people study, so to them, the connections are not
     Study pre-assault cues and such, so that the assailant's intent will
be obvious to you.  Or, simply trust your gut.  
"Anger blows out the lamp of the mind."  
-- Robert Green Ingersoll
"The Drill Is Not The Application" by Marcus Wynne
     Athletes and coaches at the Olympic Training Centers refer to "flow" as
being "in the zone".  I think.  
"The great victories of life are oftenest won in a quiet way,
and not with alarms and trumpets."
-- Benjamin N. Cardozo
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
----- Safety -----
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
"Lock Your Doors!" by Tom Givens
     Ladies, if your husband is this lazy and stupid, divorce is appropriate.  
It sure beats being raped and murdered.  I guess it depends on how much 
you think your life is worth.  
     You don't think people like this exist in your social circles?  
Share this article with your friends and be prepared to be shocked.  
"Children are creative" By the Tactical Professor
     "Leaving loaded and unsecured guns lying around, even on a top shelf, is irresponsible."
"I cannot give you the formula for success,
but I can give you the formula for failure -
try to please everybody."  
-- Herbert Bayard Swope
"You can't please everyone.  Even God can't please everyone."  
-- Pastor Gregg Surrat
"Repetitions." by Robin Banks
     For women.  Concerning social behavior.  
"Should You Carry Your Gun With an Empty Chamber?" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "Beyond a doubt, carrying with an empty chamber is a bad idea — so bad
an idea, in fact, that it could get you killed."  
     "This business of carrying with an empty chamber comes from people who,
while they might mean well, really don’t know what they are talking about.
They clearly don’t have the experience or knowledge to be discussing the
subject at all.  The sad news is that if you carry with an empty chamber,
you have very likely lost the fight before it ever started."
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 (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
     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)
Greg Ellifritz writes:  
     "I can’t believe it’s been nine years since we lost my good friend Paul Gomez.  
Nothing is guaranteed.  In addition to Gomez, in my adult firearms training life
we’ve lost Jeff Cooper, Louis Awerbuck, Jim Cirillo, Wes Doss, Chuck Taylor,
Carlos Hathcock, Pat Rogers, Rex Applegate, Todd Green, Ron Avery, and
William Aprill." -- Greg Ellifritz
     Get your training now.  Nobody lives forever, and those who do, won't train
you after they retire.  
"On Sept 3-5 we have a Three-Day Firearms Instructor Development Course
coming up at the Red Hill Range in Martin, Georgia." -- Tom Givens
     Tom got out of his hospital bed to give us the Instructor Development
Course.  This guy is hard core dedicated.  
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
     "And that kind of insight isn’t learned on the shooting range."
“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.
     The IPSC shooter reads the stage description, listens to the stage briefing,
does a walk through, and makes a plan (what order he will take the targets,
when he will reload, etc.).  He then executes his plan, as fast as he can.  
Does that sound like combat?
     If you're going to use an IPSC match for tactical training purposes,
you should move slowly, engage the targets as soon as possible (taking the
shoulder or elbow shots before coming around the corner to take the A-zone
shots), never muzzle the no-shoot targets, stay back away from corners,
stay back away from walls, etc.  Does that sound like a way to win the match?  
     Attitude is everything.
CCW Myth #19:  "Most of My Shots Will Hit My Target." by Patrick Kilchermann
     Here's another DEADLY MYTH for you today.
"I'm a good shot at the range. Therefore: Most of the shots I fire at a bad
guy during a violent attack will HIT him."
Unfortunately, this is not true.  Get a load of these statistics:
For armed-defense gunfights that take place at a distance of ZERO to SIX FEET
between armed-victim and attacker . . . 57% of shots miss their target.  
And for armed-defense gunfights that take place at distances of Six to
Twenty-One FEET between the armed-victim and attacker . . . 77% of shots
miss their mark.
     The truth here is disappointing.  It even makes us scratch our heads.  
("How the heck are these people missing 57% of the shots they fire at
SIX FEET or less??  I can shoot 4-inch groups at seven YARDS, even under
rapid fire - without missing a single round!")
But these stats are true, and I'm here to say that they've been observed
in real handgun combat many, many times.  I've even seen them first hand
in the Sim arena, where my team and I duke it out with less-than-lethal
handguns to test out the strategies and tactics we teach.
Like most of these myths, our responses as people who go armed need to be twofold:  
     FIRST, We have to say: "Not Me. I'm going to do better than that.
I'm not a statistic."
     But SECOND, we have to adopt a little of what I call 'tactical humility.'  
Meaning:  we need to understand that these stats are made up of a very broad range
of armed combatants . . . some of whom are probably a lot better at the range
than we are.  And that means . . . no matter what we might think we're capable of,
it's possible that we - too - will suffer from this kind of terrible hit and miss
     So here is some food for thought, my fellow Guardian.
FIRST . . .
We need to understand the differences between TARGET accuracy and COMBAT accuracy.  
These are two separate skills entirely and we have to practice them both.
If we don't practice both . . . and if we only practice TARGET accuracy . . . then
in combat, we're going to perform with our handguns as if we have never fired a
handgun before in our lives.  
SECOND . . .
We need to accept that it's a LOT harder to hit a target when both YOU and your
attacker are moving.  And that, in fact, being at ultra-close range means that
your target can move across a much wider field of view [angular displacement]
than what you're used to, if all you do is fire at stationary targets at
distances of 5 to 20 yards.  Learning to track moving targets is a CRUCIAL skill
for anyone who carries concealed.
[Well, ya, a moving target is harder to hit, but what makes the target hard to
hit is that he's shooting you, stabbing you, punching you, choking you, etc.  
-- Jon Low]
THIRD . . .
We have to make sure our FIRING TEMPO (how many rounds we train ourselves to
fire and the speed at which we fire them) is programmed in such a way that we
will guarantee ourselves enough accurate hits to STOP a violent attacker, even
if we do miss 5% - 70% of the shots we fire at our attackers.
And finally . . .
We need to make sure we're carrying handguns that hold enough ammunition in
their magazines to ensure that we can still guarantee 2 to 3 solid,
center-of-mass hits on target - EVEN IN SPITE OF a 70% miss ratio.  
That means we need to carry pistols with magazine capacities of AT LEAST ten rounds.  
     So now we've covered the following myths by illuminating the following truths:
#21) That 76% of armed-defense engagements begin as AMBUSH ATTACKS to which we
have very, very little or no warning.
#20) That the average armed-defense engagement lasts only 3 seconds.
#19) That the majority of your shots will miss their targets, and so we need
to PREVENT this through smart 'combat accuracy' practice and COMPENSATE FOR IT
through the handguns we carry and the way we fire them.
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
"We should be careful to get out of an experience only the wisdom that is in it -
and stay there, lest we be like the cat that sits down on a hot stove-lid.  She
will never sit down on a hot stove-lid again . . . but also, she will never sit
down on a cold one any more." -- Mark Twain
     They filmed at Marine Base Hawaii.  Used to be called Kaneohe Marine Corps
Air Station when I was there.  I recognized the background.  Fond memories.  
     Training in suppressing fear and panic.  This should be part of every
self defense class.  The students would be less likely to panic in combat after
this training.  
     WTF!  Marines who can't swim?  How did they graduate Recruit Training?  
When I did boot camp in 1981, failure to swim qualify got you washed out.  
Back then, the Marine Corps had a 1/3rd wash out rate at Marine Corps Recruit
Depot San Diego (Hollywood Marines).
"Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get good at that task) -----
     Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
     Practice requires discipline.
"Some people regard discipline as a chore.  
For me, it is a kind of order that sets me free to fly."
-- Julie Andrews
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
"Iron rusts from disuse, water loses it purity from stagnation . . .
even so does inaction sap the vigor of the mind." -- Leonardo da Vinci
     So, practice!
     When practicing,
"Don't waste your time striving for perfection;
instead, strive for excellence - doing your best." -- Sir Laurence Olivier
     Concerning practice, especially dry practice -
"When you want to hurry something,
that means you no longer care about it
and want to get on to other things."
-- Robert M. Pirsig
"Thinking & Shooting" by Brian Enos
     Concerning practicing a technique until you master it -
"Consider the postage stamp:  its usefulness consists in
the ability to stick to one thing until it gets there."
-- Josh Billings
"Incorporating Movement and Exercise Into Dry Fire Drills" by Taylor Thorne
     Don't just view this article, do it.  I think, if you practice, you
can maintain a two handed grip when running from one position to another.  
Just bend your arms and keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction.  
     "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
----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"Why Do We Train & Aim For Center of Mass?" by Travis Pike
     John Farnam says, the center of mass of the human body is at the navel.  
So, that's the part of the body that moves the least.  So, aim there first
and then work your way up the center line of the body to the head.  
     John Holschen says, shoot the center of mass of the available target,
whatever you happen to see (foot, elbow, shoulder, whatever).  Don't come
around the corner for the A-zone hit.  If you do, you have exposed too
much of your body to your enemy.  It may not be incapacitating, but it
could cause a psychological stop.  Which is still a win for you.  
     Jon Low says, shooting in combat is a low probability event.  Shooting
at an arm or leg is a zero probability event.  So, shooting to wound is
an act of criminal stupidity.  
     There is no contradiction in the preceding.  It's all context sensitive.  
"5 Biggest Mistakes Concealed Carriers Make" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
"The True Distance of a Typical Gunfight" by Chris Baker
     If you don't aim (use your sights) you do not rise to the standard of
Good Guy.  The only exception would be close quarter combat (when the
bad guy could grab your pistol) in which case you are physically indexing your
pistol against your body to ensure a hit.  
     In Dungeons & Dragons that I played half a century ago, there were Good,
Bad, and Neutral players.  The good guys had to abide by all kinds of restrictions
like not hurting innocent bystanders, much less attacking them.  The Bad and
Neutral players had no such restrictions.  You should decide what type of
person you are before you strap on your gun and walk out the door.  Because
you won't have time to decide in combat.  And, hesitation kills.  
     If you didn't decide to be a good guy, maybe you should attend church
and let the Holy Spirit help you.  
"1 Quick (life saving) Lesson From First Gunfights . . . " by Mike Ox
     "Slow down." [in the context of combat]
[Check out the age of the guys in the video.  As I get older, the kids look
younger and younger. -- Jon Low]
"Victory is not won in miles, but in inches.  
Win a little now, hold your ground, and later win a little more."
-- Louis L'Amour
"Your Tactical Training Scenario- Attacked on a Bicycle" by Greg Ellifritz
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to do that task) -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
     “A human being should be able to change a diaper, plan an invasion,
butcher a hog, conn a ship, design a building, write a sonnet, balance
accounts, build a wall, set a bone, comfort the dying, take orders,
give orders, cooperate, act alone, solve equations, analyze a new
problem, pitch manure, program a computer, cook a tasty meal, fight
efficiently, die gallantly. Specialization is for insects.”
-- Robert Heinlein
"Avoiding Attacks While Driving"
An Interview with Marcus Wynne by Gila Hayes
     "My friend and mentor Ed Lovette, whom you’ve previously interviewed,
was the leader in the tactical industry who formalized study and
evaluation of after-action reports.  He found after studying some thousands
of incidents involving personnel who’d been through advanced driving that
essentially none of the skills they’d been taught were utilized.  What was
actually used in terms of driving skills were driving forward, driving
around, backing up and turning around.  The key element was their
situational awareness – their ability to see the attempt unfolding while
they were driving."
     "Ride the bike first, then lecture about biking skills."
     "Your sensory channels (we’re primarily concerned with visual and
auditory at this point, but they also include taste, smell, kinesthetic
feeling, somatic marking, etc.) pick up EVERYTHING – to the tune of
approximately 14 million bits of data per second.  Your conscious mind
can process in a range of 5 to 11 bits per second. Those are the parts
you CONSCIOUSLY attend to."
     [Concerning driving skills - practice the one you rarely use.  
Find an empty parking lot (late at night or on a weekend) and drive
backwards at speed through obstacles.  Drive backwards around a lamp
post.  Drive backwards between the concrete columns.  Practice until
you achieve the epiphany.  Until you know exactly how fast you can
go without loosing control.  Automobiles with front wheel steering
are not stable when driven backwards.  You have to practice.  It's
the only way to achieve a deep understanding. -- Jon Low]
"Life is like a ten speed bike.
Most of us have gears we never use."
-- Charles M. Schulz
"Tension is a habit.  Relaxing is a habit.  
And bad habits can be broken, good habits formed."  
-- William James
Louis Awerbuck: Shooter Movements
Excerpts from email by Mike Ox & David Morris -
     ". . . viewing a firearm as your primary self-defense tool is a HUGE mistake!"
     ". . . you may not have your firearm with you when violence strikes.
And if you have it, there's a better than even chance that you'll have to fight
to [get] it before you can use it -- think about it . . . most bad guys don't
announce their intentions from 21 feet away.  They wait until they're within
bad-breath distance before they strike.  And, at that point, they can easily jam
you if you go for your gun.
     And since Mr. Murphy seems to visit at the worst possible moments, there's
no guarantee that a firearm will always function or be effective."
     ". . . That's why I value reality-based empty hands combatives . . ."
     [Real hand-to-hand combat techniques are designed to kill or incapacitate
your enemy immediately.  So, you're not going to find these techniques in any
sports or traditional martial arts school.  Sorry, that's just reality.  The
Judo that the Marine Drill Instructors taught us is never taught in the Dojos
that you can send your kids to. -- Jon Low]
     If appendix carry were a good idea, maybe instructors like John Farnam,
Tom Givens, John Holschen, Ignatius Piazza, et al would carry that way.  
Maybe Louis Awerbuck, Jeff Cooper, et al would have carried that way.  
Just saying.  
Email from Mike Ox and David Morris --
     Punching the head in self-defense is something that is instinctive
and part of our vocabulary, with terms like "knock his block off,"
"hit the button," and "right in the kisser" being common.
     It's an incredibly popular target . . . in practice, in dreams,
in sparring, in sport, and in self-defense.
     But is it effective?
     It can be.  Almost everyone has seen one-hit knockouts.
     But there's another side of the story . . . some would call it
the real story.
     I'm going to take you back to 2 fights from UFC 193 . . .
     In one of the fights, Jędrzejczyk vs. Létourneau, it went 5 rounds
to a decision.  According to the announcer at the end of the fight,
Jedrzejczyk landed 200 hits on Letourneau’s head.  200!  And they were
a combination of punches, elbows, and kicks.
     These were the very combinations of punches, elbows, and kicks that
are taught in self-defense classes every day from coast to coast --
delivered by a professional fighter, and they didn't "work."
     In a self-defense situation, strikes like this . . . even to the
head . . . usually depend on your attacker CHOOSING to quit in order
for you to win.  They also depend on your un-protected hand not getting
broken in the process.  
     Fast forward to Rousey vs. Holm . . .
     Something truly spectacular, yet predictable, happened in this
fight and the announcers completely missed it . . . and so has every
article that I’ve seen on the fight.
     Holm knocked out Rousey by executing a strike to the vagus nerve
with a kick, triggering a vasovagal response and turning Rousey’s
light’s out instantly.
     There’s a beautiful area on both sides of the neck where the vagus
nerve runs.  Get a good hit on it, and it’s light’s out . . . instantly.
     When the vagus nerve is hit with sufficient force (a few PSI . . .
not very much), the brain panics and responds with vaso-dilation . . .
essentially relaxing the circulatory system so that the
“size of the pipes” increases.
     When the “size of the pipes” goes up without an increase in blood
volume, pressure drops.  When the pressure drops, the person faints or
passes out.
     This is important, because while everyone and their Cousin Bob is
training to punch an attacker’s head (like Jedrzejczyk did 200+ times)
you can practice striking higher leverage targets that will actually
stop the threat, like the vagus nerve (like Holm did 1 time and ended
the fight).
     Keep in mind, the vagus nerve strike is no play toy.  It’s
something you’d use if you were justified in using a firearm, but
couldn’t, for whatever reason.
-- Mike Ox and David Morris
"Accuracy in Defensive Shooting: Effective Targets are Small" by Salvatore
     High thoracic cavity, triangle defined by nipples and clavicle notch.  
Cranio ocular cavity, triangle defined by eyes and tip of nose.
     If not shooting to the front of the body, you're going to have to
extrapolate.  Which isn't easy if you haven't taken an anatomy class
(or art class, in which you draw human bodies).  
"Skill Set: Revolver Grip" by Tiger McKee
     Even if you don't shoot revolvers, you may need to help the newbie
at the range avoid cutting their thumb or cutting their thumb off.  
"Weight transfer and stance"  by Claude Werner
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
----- Education -----
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
"7 Myths of Protecting Houses of Worship - Myth #2 - Acts of Violence Are Random"
by Michael Mann
"The Bookshop has a thousand books,
All colors, hues, and tinges,
And every cover is a door
That turns on magic hinges."  
-- Nancy Byrd Turner
DTI videos by John Farnam
"I am more involved in unlearning than learning.  
I'm having to unlearn all the garbage that people have laid on me."  
-- Leo Buscaglia
"Concealed Carry: Issues and Perspectives" by John Murphy
"I do not know what I appear to the world, but to myself I seem to have
been only . . . playing on the seashore . . . whilst the great ocean of
truth lay all undiscovered before me."  
-- Sir Isaac Newton
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
[John's Latin is correctly formed.  My English translation is stilted because
it is a transliteration.  Better would be "I think, therefore I'm armed."]
*****     *****     ***** 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
"Ayoob: Don’t Make These Carry Gun Modification Mistakes"
"The Case for Custom Defense Guns" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
"Best Concealed Carry Holsters for Women" by Annette Doerr
     [I would be really careful about those Sticky Holsters.  You need
constant firm pressure pressing the holster against your body.  Which
means really tight pants. -- Jon Low]
"Learning By Seeing" by Jim Shepherd
     Better grip means better accuracy.  So, use an extended magazine when
using a micro-compact pistol.  
Craft Holsters
Discount code:  CUT-IT-DOWN10
There is also a returning customer discount of 10% which can be combined
for a total of 20% discount.
They have holsters for your pistol with a light or laser attached.
"Concealed Carry--No Elegant Solution (Updated)" by Docent
     Now days, you can find a lot of good inside the waistband holsters that
don't collapse.  They are either Kydex, hybrids, or leather with a reinforced
mouth that holds the mouth of the holster open for one handed holstering.  
[At Citizens Safety Academy we had a debate about proper word usage.  So,
I never use the word "reholster".]
"The Kristen McMains Case Pt.2" by Shawn Vincent
     “When I come down to fitting people with the right handgun for them for
concealed carry,” Tatiana says, “My strategy is never the smallest possible
gun; my strategy is always the largest possible gun that I can fit that
individual with, that fits their hands properly and can adapt to them for
concealment safely and adequately, meaning that they can conceal comfortably.”
     ". . . firearms instructor Vicki Farnam puts on a phenomenal program for
off-body purse and backpack carry."
     The Beretta 32 didn't fire, so she repeated pulling the trigger until
it discharged?  Did she not pull through the long initial double action
trigger on the first try?  Did she pull through, but struck a bad primer
that after being struck again fired?  Or, did something else happen?  
Always hard to figure out what happened in combat.  
"How to make Sure a Pistol ‘Fits’ You" by Dave Anderson
"SR.2M highly accurate & very efficient submachine gun"

"Suppressor in Slow Motion"

"AK-47 Underwater at 27,450 frames per second"

"Ultra High Speed Cameras –
How do you film a tank shell in flight or a Nuclear bomb test?"

"APFSDS long rod penetrator animation and slow motion impacts"
“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
     If you thought only high tech weapons systems and infrastructure were
vulnerable to cyber attack, think again!  It's rifle and pistols too.
"Hackers Can Disable a Sniper Rifle — Or Change Its Target" by Andy Greenberg
"Hacker cracks smart gun security to shoot it without approval" by Selena Larson
     Plore was able to defeat the security in both directions.  He fired
the pistol when the wrist watch was no where in the area, and he prevented
the pistol from firing when the shooter was wearing the wrist watch.  
This technology is criminal stupidity.  
     It's even worse when you're talking about artillery, drones, missiles,
and such.
"Vulnerabilities in Weapons Systems" by Bruce Schneier
"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
"Instructor 101: The Basics" by Justin
     Be on time and be prepared,
     Stay on topic and don’t let breaks and stories get out of hand,
     Study and rehearse your lesson, and
     If you don’t care, pretend you do.
"Qui docet doctores?" (Who teaches the teachers?) by Kevin Creighton
     "Trainers who think the missions of the cops and the military are somehow
relevant to armed citizens are setting themselves and their students up for failure."
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
"How Recent, Relevant, and Realistic?" by the Tactical Professor
Teach positive.  Teach what to do.  Don't talk about what not to do.
-- John Farnam
"Don't find fault.  Find a remedy." -- Henry Ford  
     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 -----
"If you have knowledge, let others light their candles at it."
-- Margaret Fuller
"Tom Givens Discusses Education Beyond the Certification" by Lee Weems
Qui docet, discit.  (Who teaches, learns.)
-- motto of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
"One never notices what has been done;
one can only see what remains to be done."  
-- Marie Curie
     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
" ‘They Took My Life’:
Charges Permanently Dropped Against Woman Who Fatally Shot Ex During Attempted Rape"
by Dorian Geiger
     Well, this is a good thing for self defense in general.  But, just because
the judge dismisses the murder charges with prejudice doesn't mean the prosecutor
can't appeal the dismissal.  So, the headline's use of the word "Permanently" is
wrong.  Since the prosecutor had enough evidence to charge in the first place,
she might decide to pursue the case.  If she gets the dismissal overturned, she can
proceed to trial.  
     The dismissal with prejudice only prevents the prosecutors under the judge's
jurisdiction from attempting to prosecute on the same charges.  It's not uncommon
to see a federal prosecution after a state prosecution or in lieu of.  
     "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
"Gun Control Mythbusting" by Tom Givens
"Governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
Dear Jonathan:  
     We have more new research.  I have a report that I put together on the
truly massive and misleading errors in the FBI active shooting reports while
I worked recently at the US Department of Justice, but it seems to have
disappeared in the fog of the bureaucracy.
Dealing with the FBI data, staff repeatedly demonstrated that there is indeed
a deep state, and the complete unwillingness to fix errors in their data
convinced me that they cared more about whether the conclusion was desirable
. . .
     On Friday, we also had a big victory where a federal judge struck down
California's assault weapons ban.
I served as the expert for the plaintiffs while the state had three different
experts on its side.  While the judge approvingly quotes my conclusion, he
was very critical of the other experts, declaring that they did not accurately
describe other research or improperly manipulated statistics to get the result
they wanted.  But this is just the beginning of the battle.  The California
Attorney General will immediately appeal the decision to the Democrat-dominated
9th Circuit.  The case might then possibly head to the US Supreme Court.
. . .
We have a new address:
Crime Prevention Research Center
P.O. Box 2293
1100 W Kent Ave
Missoula, MT 59801
. . .
     For information on activities at the Crime Prevention Research Center,
here is a link to our “info deck.”
     If you have any friends who you think might find our emails of interest,
please encourage them to sign up by sending them the link here.
. . .
John R. Lott, Jr.
Crime Prevention Research Center
(484) 802-5373
"Interesting Pro 2A Legislature" by Guns & Gadgets
"Supreme Court upholds tribal police in traffic stop, search" by Associated Press
     The significance of this ruling is that it is another 9 to 0 ruling by the
U.S. Supreme Court.  Remember the last one? (Can't seize firearms without a warrant.)  
"Things are looking up!" by John Farnam
"FACTS: Here's how AR-15s are really used in America" by Liz Wheeler
"Missouri Governor Will Sign Bill Nullifying Federal Gun Laws" by Jack Phillips
     The article is behind a pay wall, but the significant part is -
"Missouri Gov. Mike Parson will sign newly passed legislation that would
ban state law enforcement agencies from enforcing new federal gun laws . . ."
"I think firearms dealers should sell firearms by mail without checking
IDs or verifying signatures.  You know, just like mail in voting."
by Kenneth Lounsbery
"How to Effectively Comment on Proposed ATF Regulations" by Luke C.
     Liberals are always screaming, "We have to do something!", which
is a stupid rant because it is not specific.  We conservatives are
logical and take specific action, as specified in Luke's article.  
     Please submit your polite short comment to the ATF as outlined
in the article.  From the comfort and safety of your living room, you
can change the world.  
     I'm not a hypocrite.  Here is the response to my comment for
the arm brace rule change,
"Thank you! Your comment has been submitted to Regulations.gov
for review by the the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives Bureau.
Comment Tracking Number: kpv-ozq8-z8y7"
     Here is the response to my comment for the "frame and receiver"
rule change,
"Thank you! Your comment has been submitted to Regulations.gov
for review by the the Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, And Explosives Bureau.
Comment Tracking Number: kpv-rlq2-vb4j"
"Did Chipman LIE About Losing Issued Firearm???" by Guns & Gadgets
" Republican Senators Suspect Biden ATF Nominee Lost His Firearm As An Agent"
by Gabe Kaminsky
     ". . . Chipman refused the Senate’s request to provide his personnel file,
which raises questions on this matter and what else he is hiding."
"GOP Senators ask Biden ATF nominee if he ever lost possession of his service weapon;
he denies it" by Caitlin McFall
     "Chipman’s nomination is listed for markup by the Senate Judiciary
Committee Thursday."  
     But, as pointed out by Guns&Gadgets, he was skipped by the Committee.  
So, the Committee did not report him out for a full Senate vote.  
     The article refers to "Todd Bowden", but does not identify him in anyway.  
No, I don't think what the internet shows about Todd Bowden is the whole truth.  
by  Armed Scholar
“Malicious Accuracy” by John Farnam
by Dave Workman
     A similar law suit is going forward in Tennesse in Federal Court in
Knoxville, TN.  Three persons under 21 years of age are suing the State
of Tennessee to be able to carry a pistol.  No, as a matter of fact, no
matter what the media says, we in Tennessee do not have Constitutional
     “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
"Better Renter Security: 3 Tools to Help Stay Alert" by Brian McLaughlin
"Do what you can, with what you have, where you are."  
-- Theodore Roosevelt
"Places to Avoid this Summer" by Greg Ellifritz
     "A smart person might consider avoiding those events this summer."
     May I invite your attention to,
"Myths of Protecting Houses of Worship - Myth #3 -
Call Your Local Police" by Michael Mann
     For those of you who didn't know, the U.S. Supreme Court ruling is
real.  That's just the sad truth. (There are actually several SCOTUS
rulings on this point.)  The police have no duty to protect you.  You
can't sue them or any government body if the police fail to protect you.  
"To Serve And Protect" is a nice slogan, but it has no basis in law.  
The purpose of the police (and all other law enforcement agencies) is
to enforce the government's laws against the people.  
     In case you didn't know, the Nashville Police Department is grossly
understaffed.  My downstairs neighbor (23 year old single female at
the time) called 911 to report persons attempting to break into her
apartment.  She then called me (thinking that I was upstairs in my
apartment, unfortunately I was coaching a junior rifle team at
Montgomery Bell Academy) and her boyfriend.  I arrived in
about 15 minutes.  The boyfriend who had to leave work, arrived in about
20 minutes.  She left to spend the night with friends.  I sat on the
stairs in front of her front door and waited for the police to arrive.  
They never arrived.
This is reality.  You should prepare for reality.  
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
     This is intel.  
7 million rounds of 22 caliber Aguila brand ammunition to be sold in the
United States, stolen in Guanajuato, Mexico.  Associated Press wire service.  
     "The ammunition is made in Cuernavaca, a city just south of the capital,
and was being taken north on trucks to the United States when the shipment
was hijacked, The drivers were later found alive."
     What's wrong with this story?  
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
     Turn off the radio (TV, streaming media, etc.).  Stop.  Listen.  Look.  
That's God communicating with you.  In the rain.  In the wind.  In the clouds.  
As you baby-talk to an infant, so God talks to you.  But, at the other end of
the spectrum.  No, my mistake, at the same end of the spectrum.  
"All miseries derive from not being able to sit quietly in a room alone."  
-- Blaise Pascal
"Real Modern Warfare: Military Employing Laser Weapons" by Sullivan Cauley
     I remember studying laser weapons in physics class.  
Problem:  How do you put a laser powerful enough to burn a hole through
an aircraft into an aircraft?  An aircraft can't carry that much weight.  
Solution:  Put a less powerful laser in the aircraft and reduce the length
of the laser pulse (in time and space).  The Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle
says that the uncertainty in time multiplied by the uncertainty in energy
is greater than or equal to Plank's constant.  (Actually it's
position vs. momentum, but it's the same thing.)  So, if the laser pulse
is very short, small uncertainty in time (or space, as you please), then
the uncertainty in energy is very large.  So, statistically speaking,
the laser will be projecting pulses powerful enough to burn holes in the
enemy aircraft, even though the laser power output on a macroscopic scale
is too low to burn a hole in anything.  
     Remember, God made physics, man just discovered it.  So, it doesn't
have to make sense to you.  That's just the way God made the universe.  
     "Doesn't that mean that energy is not conserved?"  
     That's right!  Some of the conservation laws are macroscopic, not
microscopic (atomic level).  If you look at a vacuum, you will see
spontaneous creation of electrons.  No, really, I've seen it.  
So, mass-energy is not conserved at the atomic / subatomic / quantum level.  
     "But, that destroys my beautiful elegant conception of the universe."
     Don't be a snowflake.  Reality doesn't care about your conception.  
"High-Ranking Chinese Defector Has 'Direct Knowledge'
of Several Chinese Special Weapons Programs"
by Jennifer Van Laar
     "Sources say DIA [Defense Intelligence Agency] leadership kept the
defector within their Clandestine Services network to prevent Langley [CIA]
and the [U.S.] State Department from accessing the person, whose existence
was kept from other agencies because DIA leadership believes there are
Chinese spies or sources inside the FBI, CIA, and several other federal
"There is no such thing as 'the Queen's English'.
The property has gone into the hands of a joint
stock company and we own the bulk of the shares!"  
-- Mark Twain, "Following the Equator", 1897

"The initial letter of a sentence was first capitalised in the 13th century,
but the rule was not consistently applied until the 16th.  In manuscripts of
the 4th to 7th centuries, the first letter of the page was decorated, regard-
less of whether it was the start of a sentence . . . "
-- Lynne Truss, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves", page 22
"A cat has claws at the ends of its paws.
A comma's a pause at the end of a clause."
-- Lynne Truss, "Eats, Shoots & Leaves", page 20
“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

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