Thursday, July 15, 2021

CWP, 15 July MMXXI Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
"We have this day restored the Sovereign to Whom alone men ought to be obedient.  
He reigns in heaven . . . and from the rising to the setting sun, may His Kingdom come."  
-- Samuel Adams, July 2, 1776
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----- Basics -----
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     This is why you have to train your women folk.  
"Thief Smashes Car Window, Climbs Into Vehicle and
Robs Female Driver Stuck in Oakland Traffic in Broad Daylight (VIDEO)"
by Cristina Laila
     "The woman was screaming for help while she was being robbed
and it wasn’t until 30 minutes later someone called the police."
     "Oakland city council recently voted to defund the police and
strip  more than $18 million from the Oakland Police Department’s budget.
     Crime has increased 90% in the Democrat hell hole of Oakland
and now the city is having break-in robberies while driving like
they do in Brazil and Argentina."
"MUST HAVE DRILLS before your 1ST RANGE TIME!" by Lena Miculek
     How to pick the gun up off the table correctly.  
     Do you notice how fast she goes in some parts?  She has done these things
so many times that she can't do them slowly.  She doesn't remember how
difficult these simple basic things are for newbies.  Learn from her mistake.  
Go very slowly when teaching newbies mechanical operations.  
"What Every First-Time Gun Owner Needs to Know - Gun Guys Ep. 32
with Bill Wilson and Massad Ayoob"
"Better to stay out of trouble than get out of trouble."
-- Tactical Professor (Claude Werner)
----- Aftermath -----
(You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
"I am a most unworthy sinner, but I have cried out to the Lord for grace and mercy,
and they have covered me completely.  I have found the sweetest consolation since
I made it my purpose to enjoy His marvelous presence."  
-- Christopher Columbus
     Do not approach the downed bad guy!  
     Run to cover.  If there is no obvious threat, holster and conceal.  
Because the responding police officers become the threat and will shoot
anyone holding a gun.  
     If you feel you have to approach the downed bad guy, know that he
is playing opossum and will kill you as soon as you are in range.  So,
don't render first aid.  Don't attempt to disarm him.  Don't attempt
to restrain him.  We have no duty to do any of these things.  We are not
police (even if you are).  We are not Emergency Medical Technicians (even
if you happen to be).  Situational context prevails.  
     If you get close to the bad guy, he will kill you.  Or, the police
will kill you, having mistaken you for the bad guy.  So, take cover and
if possible, holster and conceal.  
Email that I sent to my siblings -
     May I invite your attention to
If you're too lazy to do your own research and thinking, just go to
and buy a policy to cover you and your family.
Beside the standard policy, I also carry the "Bail Bond & Expert Witness"
and the "Multi-State Protection".
     If you have to use force or lethal force to defend yourself or your
loved ones, you will be prosecuted, you will be sued.  That's just the
world we live in.  Prepare!  You and your families do not have the
resources to defend you.  And you should not be asking your parents to
mortgage their home for you.  
     I pray to God you understand what I am saying.
     Please check out the web page "Self Defense Insurance" by clicking
on the link in the column to the right.  
"Armed Self-Defense: Reality vs. Fantasy" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "Plans are nice – realistic plans are even better."
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
"Knowing that intercessory prayer is our mightiest weapon and the supreme call for
all Christians today, I pleadingly urge our people everywhere to pray . . .
at sunup, at noonday, at midnight, all through the day.  Let us all pray for our
children, our youth, our aged, our pastors, our homes . . . our churches . . .
for ourselves . . . our nation.  Let us pray for those who have never known
Jesus Christ and redeeming love . . . Let prayer be our passion.  Let prayer
be our practice."
-- General Robert E. Lee
“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
     The purpose of self defense is to prevent getting hurt.  You don't have to wait 
until the bad guy hurts you before counter-attacking.  If you wait that long, you 
may not be able to counter-attack.  You'll just be lying there watching him stomp 
you to death.  So, read the following articles, so that you can articulate why you 
shot him before he hurt you.   
     Yes, counter-attacks can be preemptive.  It's called counter time in fencing.  
It's called survival in the real world. 
"The Body Language of Aggression" by Jim Wilson
"How to Spot a Bad Guy -
A Comprehensive Look at Body Language and Pre-Assault Indicators"
by Greg Ellifritz
"From Animal To Advocate Marc MacYoung Part 4 -
Target Focus Training - Tim Larkin - Self Protection"
     I have read Mr. MacYoung's books and recommend them.  
     The preceding parts of the interview - just for completeness,
From Animal To Advocate Marc MacYoung Part 1
From Animal To Advocate Marc MacYoung Part 2
From Animal To Advocate Marc MacYoung Part 3
"Gain Stability" by Brian Enos
"Tactical Training Scenario- Crazy Man in the Park" by Greg Ellifritz
     "You win every time you avoid shooting someone in a situation like this."
     On the other hand, it will never come up in court that if the good guy
hadn't shot the bad guy, the bad guy would have continued to strike innocent
victims until he killed several; because that is just speculation.  No matter
how obvious it is to the good guy and witnesses.  That's why self defense
immunity laws are so important to protect good guys from bad guys and from
"Cognition: Non-Emphasized Aspect of Defense" by Rich Grassi
     Review of Claude Werner's book.  
"Springs Debunked" by Brian Enos
     This article is not about gear.  Rather it is
". . . mechanical to conceptual, and then from conceptual to awareness.  
[Because] Being aware is the key to everything good."
"Recognition Primed Decision-making (part II)" by the Tactical Professor
“The true soldier fights not because he hates what is in front of him,
but because he loves what is behind him.”
― G.K. Chesterton
----- Safety -----
"I have now disposed of all my property to my family; there is one thing more I
wish I could give them, and that is the Christian religion.  If they had this,
and I had not given one shilling, they would be rich; but if they had not that,
and I have given them all the world, they would be poor."
-- Patrick Henry
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
     Some of you have taken vows to protect a lady.  Some of you have a duty
to protect a girl, because you are her father or guardian.  It is physically
impossible to be with her 24/7, and you might not have the financial resources
to hire bodyguards for her.  So, what do you do?  
     Send her to professional training, so that she can protect herself and
your family when you are deployed.  May I recommend
This is not the $1250 class in Elk Mountain, WY.  This course is only $750.  
     Yes, I have paid tuition and provided housing for ladies in the past, because I care.  
Show you care.
"Love is action.  Love is the things you do."
-- Pastor of the Sunnyvale Presbyterian Church
"Making MEN into WARRIORS - by being better WOMEN" by Good Patriot
     Because this is a matter of family safety.  
     Immature persons, as some children, blame their problems on others.
     Mature persons, as some adults, take responsibility for their problems
and change their behavior to fix their problems.  Changing one's behavior
takes a great deal of self discipline.  
     Spiritually mature persons, as some Christians, ask the Holy Spirit to
fix their attitudes.  Then the change in behavior that fixes the problems
comes automatically, naturally.  Because the attitude is correct.  
     I had a female friend tell me that she watched the first three minutes
and then quit because it was sexist.  I explained to her that she thought
it was sexist because she was of the world and believed what the liberal culture
taught her.  Actually, everything the Good Patriot says is Biblical, which
my friend would have known if she was attending a Christian church.  Unfortunately,
many churches that claim to be Christian do not teach the Bible, but rather
a popular theology that won't offend anyone.  
     Real Christians say,
     "Murdering babies is wrong."  No matter what the U.S. Supreme Court says,
no matter what the culture says.  No one has a right to murder a baby.  
     "Perverted sex crime is wrong."  Even if some churches sanctify it in
marriage.  God's law never changes.  
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) -----
"Enthusiasm is the yeast that makes your hopes rise to the stars.  Enthusiasm
is the sparkle in your eyes, the swing in your gait, the grip of your hand,
the irresistible surge of will and energy to execute your ideas."
-- Henry Ford
"That's A Thing, Episode 4- A Three For One!" by John Murphy
     What is lethal force and when is it justified.  The difference between
cover and concealment.  Taking the shot without a full target view (as you
would get in an IDPA or IPSC match).  Note that this is done with positive
target identification.  This does not mean we are shooting at unidentified
noises or movement.  
"The Compass Drill with Tatiana Whitlock! Trigger Time TV."
     This video seems to have been cut in the middle of the training session,
but you'll get the idea.  Tatiana demonstrates the way I teach passing the
pistol from one hand to the other.  I think this technique is best practice.  
     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)
Email from Patrick Kilchermann -
It is a dark night.
You are walking down an alley.
Suddenly a man appears in front of you, about 30 feet ahead.
He lifts a club above his head and begins charging at you.
In horror you shout, "STOP OR I'LL SHOOT!" as you begin drawing
your pistol from concealment . . .
     If this is sounding familiar, it's because this story is
essentially THE scenario that ~95% of modern handgun and concealed
carry training are working to prepare you for.  
~95% of tactics . . .
~95% of strategies . . .
~95% of hands-on training drills . . .
This is what they're all working to prepare you for.
     Think of the design of an indoor shooting range. This is
exactly the sort of situation those ranges are suggesting with
the target practice they offer, right?
YOU are up here.  . . .
HE is down there.  . . .
 . . . somewhere between 5 and 25 yards away.
     Well, let's continue:
Suddenly your pistol is out . . .
You push into a full shooting stance . . .
The man is still charging.  . . . it's now or never!  
CRACK! CRACK!  You fire two shots into center-mass.  
The man slows, but he's still coming, as you raise your sights
to his head and your finger takes up the slack on the trigger once more.  . . .
     What you've just read is the stereotypical self-defense shooting scenario.
I've heard it repeated in countless conversations . . .  
I've seen dozens of training videos and magazine articles begin this way . . .
and I've seen courses claiming to be 'professional' set up to meet this
(and only this . . .) sort of scenario.
And that's not to say scenarios like this NEVER happen, but here's the real deal:  
This is not how self-defense happens.  It's not how attacks happen.
It's not how criminal predators or threats think or act.
It's just not.
And it's not how YOU will think or act "in that moment", either.
If you ONLY train and prepare (mentally AND physically) for this kind
of situation, you're leaving yourself unprepared (or at least very
under-prepared) for the vast, 95% majority of situations.
> Home invasions DO NOT happen this way.
> Ambush attacks DO NOT happen this way.
> Anti-social conflagrations DO NOT happen this way.  
[Incorrect word usage.  I'm pretty sure he means "conflicts".  
"conflagration" means a large destructive fire. -- Jon Low]
> Car jackings DO NOT happen this way.
> Workplace violence...
> Mass / Active shootings....
In other words . . .
Given that this is not how incidents actually happen . . . a hefty (and tragic)
amount of training and practice we 'good guys' get is setting us up for failure.
#1 - The "alleyway confrontation" myth HURTS us because it blinds us to where
most attacks REALLY happen.
#2 - It HURTS us because it has us prepare for self-defense in the most
rudimentary of ways.
#3 - Because violent attacks happen so differently from this "alley confrontation",
focusing our preparation on this scenario leaves us completely unprepared
for the sorts of attacks we're actually most likely to face.  
No. Instead:
Isn't it a shame that virtually 100% of modern handgun practice ranges FORBID movement?
Most don't even let you draw from concealment.  
This is a major problem.
-- Patrick Kilchermann
SI VIS PACEM, PARA BELLUM. (If you seek peace, prepare for war.)
"The real value of training and practice isn't gaining technical competence,
it's achieving confidence in your abilities."
-- Claude Werner
Tom Givens writes -
For those of you who have graduated from our other two levels of instructor
development courses, we have three Master Firearms Instructor Development
Courses coming up in the next few months.  Unfortunately, after these there
will be no more until 2023, so better sign up for one of these.
Oct 1-3, 2021  Master Instructor Course, McLoud, OK
Jan 14-16, 2022  Master Instructor Course, Nashville, TN (indoors)
Jan 29-31, 2022  Master Instructor, Homestead, FL
“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
Tatiana Whitlock, upcoming training
”Do or do not. There is no try.” -- Yoda
"Counter-terrorism For The Security Professional" (online course)
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM CDT on
Monday, August 9th
Monday, August 16th
Monday, August 23rd
Monday, August 30th
$40 tuition.
Email from Mike Ox --
"5 Reasons Punching Attackers Doesn't Work For Self Defense (From the UFC)"
     I recently re-watched UFC 200. It was great...again :)
     If you're not familiar with the UFC (Ultimate Fighting Championship),
it's like boxing, but with kicks, elbows, joint locks, grappling, and way
fewer rules.  Oftentimes, it's called Mixed Martial Arts.
     Because there are limited rules, a lot of people make the mistake of
thinking that putting on gloves and practicing jabs, crosses, hooks, and
upper cuts is valuable for self-defense.
     I want you to re-think that as you read these 5 lessons from the fights . . .
     First off, in the Edgar vs. Aldo fight, with 1:42 left in the 4th round,
they showed the following graphic:  [I could not copy the photos. -- Jon Low]
     In the first 3 rounds, Aldo connected with 60 head strikes and Edgar
connected with 53!  Both guys took 50+ punches/elbows/kicks to the head from
a professional fighter and still kept fighting for rounds 4 & 5.
     If you’re training, practicing, or visualizing
“knocking someone’s block off”
or aiming for the chin, think again.
     Change your targeting a little bit . . . to the side of the neck, throat,
or slapping the ear, and you have a MUCH better chance of stopping a threat
and still being able to use your hand to manipulate weapons, phone, or keys
     This is where you’ve got to be very clear in your mind why you’re
training and what you’re training for.
     If you use effective, full speed strikes in a self-defense dojo, MMA gym,
sparring, or in combat sports, you will seriously injure and possibly kill
your opponent.  That's why most schools don't train them.
     Self-defense schools and MMA want their students to be safe and avoid
injury when they practice, spar, and fight, and they choose the techniques
that they train and practice accordingly — they just happen to be less than
ideal for stopping real life violence quickly.
     And practicing those techniques may help you burn calories or do good
in a match, but they aren’t the best techniques for defending your life
against a lethal force threat.  
     Next, in a surprise series of events, I got to watch one of my favorite
fighters, Anderson Silva, fight Daniel Cormier after Jon Jones failed a
blood test.  Silva was praised for agreeing to fight with only 48 hours notice.  
     When I first heard this, I was impressed and admired his decision.  
He JUST had his gallbladder taken out 2 months prior.
     Then I thought about how much notice you and I would get if we were
involved in a fight for our lives.
     If I had notice, I’d call multiple friends with carbines (the police)
and might arrange to make sure my family wasn’t there.
     But real life violence doesn’t give you notice.  It’s not “a fight” in
the sense of the UFC.  It gets thrust upon you with very little warning.  
And you’re left reacting with whatever skills you’ve got programmed into
your mind and body at that moment.
     Third, in the Nunes vs. Tate fight, Nunes caught Tate with an illegal
knee as Tate was getting back on her feet.  The ref didn’t call and it
shifted the balance of the fight.
     There are 31 “fouls” in the UFC, like groin shots, eye gouging,
throat strikes, etc.  They’re illegal because they can cause immediate
damage.  (Think about that.)
     The list of things that you can’t do in the UFC and MMA are a GREAT
starting point for the skills and techniques you should practice to
quickly stop real life violence.  
     Fourth, after watching (and enjoying) multiple real-life fights,
we saw a commercial for some cable show where one actor was beating up
another actor . . . but it portrayed real violence and made both my
wife and I flinch.
     If you can watch a “fight” be happy, enjoy it, and cheer one or both
of the fighters on, you’re watching sport, not violence.  Seeing violence,
even dramatic portrayals of violence, causes an uncomfortable reaction
among most people at some level.
     Sport fighting is great for teaching kids.
     Sport fighting is great for keeping participants from getting injured.
     Sport fighting is great for teaching fundamentals.
     Sport fighting is great for getting fit and feeling good.
     But it's not great for self-defense.
     Sport fighting is like shooting paper targets at a square range.
There are components that absolutely apply to real-life violence situations,
but being great at one doesn’t necessarily make you good at the other.  
To be clear, I LOVE sport fighting and there's nothing wrong with it.  
It is what it is, and it's not what it's not.
     Finally, there was Lesnar vs. Hunt . . . the heavyweights. Their
combined weight was more than 540 pounds and they fought for 3 full 5 minute
rounds!  I don’t know about you, but I wouldn’t want to fight a trained 250+
pound fighter for 15 minutes.  They both did.  They both took multiple
strikes and kept fighting . . . probably harder strikes than what you or I
could deliver.  
     What they didn’t take were strikes to the eyes, throat, neck, ears,
groin, or other target areas that can level the playing field for you and
me against younger, faster, doped out attackers who aren’t going to respond
predictably to pain.  
     So, what’s the big takeaway from UFC 200? (or UFC 264)  Don’t confuse
sport fighting, boxing, wrestling, or most martial arts with a real-life
lethal force threat.  They’re not the same.
     They’re not designed to be the same. One is for fun, sport, and social
conflict and the other is only applicable when you’d be justified in shooting
the attacker.
. . .
Stay safe and God Bless,
Mike Ox & David Morris
"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
"Dry Fire Practice" by Michael Mann
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
     I sold a weapon system (pistol, lots of magazines, holster, belt, flashlight,
magazine and flashlight pouch, suspenders,
1000 round case of ammunition, 5 rounds of dummy ammo, little plastic thing to
put in the magazine to help with dry practice,
complete set of cleaning gear, detailed instructions on what classes to take,
detailed instructions on how to dry practice, all bearing surfaces in the
trigger mechanism were polished, rear sight machined out by 2/100ths of an inch
to accommodate for low light conditions, grip contoured to correctly fit his hands,
and such) to a friend a few years ago.  I saw him recently and asked him how his
training and practice were going.  He told me he runs the slide on the pistol
everyday as he sits in his recliner watching TV.  
     He hasn't taken any classes.  He doesn't dry practice.  He has never fired
the pistol.  I was crushed.  
     Me:  You don't know that the pistol works for you.  
     Him:  You tested it, right?  
     Me:  Just because it worked for me does not mean it will work for you.  
The grip angle might be wrong for you, preventing you from naturally and
automatically pointing on target.  That can be fixed.  Our grips and grip
pressures are different.  So, while I don't get malfunctions, you may have a
malfunction probability of 1/1000 per round fired.  That can be fixed.  
     Him:  I'm as good as I want to be.  
(That's a statement that students at Front Sight are taught to say to
the instructor, if the student wants the instructor to go away and leave
the student alone.  The instructors will honor the request, unless it's
a safety issue.)
     "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
"Target Perspective and Shooting in 3D" by John Murphy
     Ya, it's obvious, in pristine range conditions without stress.  But, in
combat, if you haven't thought about this ahead of time and practiced this,
it's not going to be obvious or automatic.  
     If you're using a pistol, it would be best to shoot around arms, legs,
and other obstructions.  I would attempt to avoid obstructions even with
a .223 rifle (from experience).  
     The Hornaday Critical Duty or Critical Defense ammo has a red plastic
plug in the hollow point cavity to prevent the cavity from getting plugged
when passing through clothing.  Hornaday advertises the bullet as being
barrier blind.  Meaning that the bullet is still effective after passing
through barriers.  I'm waiting for Chuck Haggard's review.  
"Contextualizing live fire training" by John Murphy
     Visualize, imagine, every shot as if your life depended on it.  
It's exhausting mentally and physically.  You'll have to sit down or lie down
and rest afterwards.  
"For peace of mind, resign as general manager of the universe."  
-- Larry Eisenberg (I could not track down which "Larry Eisenberg" this is.)
"Pistol vs. Rifle considerations" by John Murphy
     If the bad guy has a rifle and you've got a pistol, he would prefer long
range and you would prefer short range.  So, charge in.  That's what the
Marine Corps taught us.  Close with the enemy and destroy him by fire and
close combat.  
     As John says, at close range he can't fire any faster than you can.  
     "But, what if he has an automatic weapon?"  
     Then indeed you are in luck.  Because automatic weapon fire is extremely
difficult to control without lots of training and practice.  And the probability
that he has such training and practice is very low.  
     On the other hand, if he starts modulating the trigger to create 2 and 3
round bursts, it would be best to take cover.  
"Honesty is the first chapter in the book of wisdom."  
-- Thomas Jefferson
"A Huge Tip For Using Cover and Concealment" by John Correia
     Don't crowd cover.  Stay back away from corners.  
"Handgun Self-Defense: Move to Stay Alive" by W.H. "Chip" Gross
"How to Get Off the "X" " by Steve Tarani
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
"Skill Set: Follow-Through" by Tiger McKee
     "Firing a shot isn’t difficult – obtain a good sight picture, hold steady
and press the trigger smoothly.  Most people think that’s all there is to the
shooting sequence but, it’s actually only half of the equation.  The second
part is follow-through."
"This time, like all times, is a very good one if we but know what to do with it."   
-- Ralph Waldo Emerson
Weapon retention -
"Video: Coaching gun retention from a cross grab technique" by Jerrod Hardy
     Yes, this takes strength, but more than that it takes presence of mind, and
a willingness to use strikes that will cause grave bodily harm or death.  The
coach teaches to grab and pull the jaw, but putting fingers into the eye socket
and pulling the skull around with your fingers deep in the eye socket is more
effective.  Turn your hand so your fingers are pulling up toward the top of his
head.  If he tilts his head back to break your grip, he will expose his neck.  
(Besides, grabbing his jaw would allow the bad guy to bite your hand.)  
     If you're not willing to gouge eyes, you have effectively decided to lose.  
"How to Reload a Handgun for Defensive Shooting" by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "The problem lies when people started copying something without
understanding why it was performed that way."
"Tactical Tips
Well, Tactical-ish, At Any Rate"
by John Connor
     " “Tactical Speed Reloading” and “reloading on the move” come up frequently.
I don’t do either one.  I do stable, sure and certain reloads, done as speedily
as I can keep them assuredly stable and certain."
     Concerning shooting while moving - "I advise against it."  
"Gonna Move? Move!"
     "Many teach “The only effective fire consists of aimed, deliberate shots
delivered to center mass of your opponent.”  Just my opinion again, but wrong-O!  
Any fire which causes your opponent not to do something beneficial for them or
injurious to you, or to do something tactically unsound is, in fact, effective
fire.  You should learn some physical dynamics of ricocheting and “skipping” shots,
for example, the tendency of small arms rounds, fired at steep or shallow angles
to impact and then travel along fairly close to that hard surface, whether it’s
along a vertical wall or horizontal hard deck.  I’ve finished two and flushed four
with “skippers.” "
     "Two sayings:  
If all you see is a piece of your target, shoot the piece!  Shoot it to pieces,
then shoot the pieces; elbows, fingers, noses, whatever.  They may not be
fight-ending shots, but they’re life-altering shots, I guarantee you.  
     Second, it ain’t enough to shoot somebody until you think he’s dead.  
You gotta shoot him until he thinks he’s dead.  But you didn’t hear this
from me.  It ain’t “proper” or something."
"COOL ON THE RANGE DEAD ON THE STREET | A Hard Look at Shooting Techniques"
by Jeff Gurwitch
     "A trained shooter’s manual of arms is not only usually
shorter but also more refined based off the circumstances."
     "So instead of relying on some generic techniques,
find out what you are truly capable of shooting.  
Then base your reactions and methods off that."
"Clearing The Cover Garment With Your Primary Hand Only" by Brian Hill
     Smooth circular motions, as opposed to linear motions, or stops and starts.  
     If you get a chance, have a conversation with Brian.  He's quite interesting.  
"Training day: Gun retention techniques" by Lindsey J. Bertomen
     ". . . ground-fighting training is a necessary evil."  
[Wrong!  Ground fighting training is a necessary good. -- Jon Low]
     "Holsters last only a couple of years. This is a piece of equipment
that should be replaced regularly without question."  
     "Some instructors teach to break the grip of the attacker.  
This is only partially correct.  Really what you want to do is
break the will of the attacker.  Better, completely strip away
any capacity whatsoever for the attacker to continue their effort."
[The attacker grabbing your pistol intends to kill you and your loved ones.  
You should immediately incapacitate the attacker.  If that is not your
intention, your priorities are wrong. -- Jon Low]
In answer to WantToLearn on the Forum at -
(as to why his right handed friend gets two groups:  one in the bullseye and
one low left)
     The problem is that the right handed shooter is pushing the shots down
and to the left in anticipation of the recoil.  A left handed shooter will
push the shots low right.
     The solution to the problem is the surprise trigger break.
The surprise break denies the brain the information as to exactly when the
gun will fire.  So, all of the autonomic nervous system responses (push,
flinch, freeze, tensing, closing eyes, etc.) occur after the bullet has
exited the muzzle.  So, they don't affect the initial velocity vector of the
     You achieve the surprise break by not intentionally firing the shot.  
Rather, you line up the sights, take the slack out of the trigger, and
smoothly increase pressure on the trigger.  Eventually, the pistol will fire.  
But, because you have not intentionally fired the pistol, you will defeat
all autonomic nervous system responses to the recoil and report.
     Here is one of many techniques for achieving the surprise break.  
You know how much pressure is required to fire the pistol because you have
fired it many times before.  Line up the sights, take the slack out of the
trigger, and apply 1//8th pressure on the trigger, smoothly increase to
2/8ths pressure, gradually increase to 3/8ths pressure, gently increase
to 4/8ths pressure, etc.  I guarantee the pistol will fire before you get
to 8/8ths pressure.  And because you never intended to fire the pistol,
you will get a surprise trigger break.  And like magic the bullet will hit
where you intended every time, on demand.  Any sufficiently advanced
technology will appear to be magic to the ignorant.  And the human is God's
masterpiece of creation, technology far in advance of anything we understand.
     I know that any training technique for achieving the surprise break
is long and complicated.  But, once the shooter achieves the epiphany, the
technique will compress in time and become very fast.  And with practice,
the surprise break can be executed instantly.
     Some good shooters execute the surprise break without knowing what
they are doing.  So, they are good shooters, but bad instructors, because
they cannot explain what they are doing.
     I hope this helps your friend.  Let me know if you need further explanation.
"Don’t Aim, Just Shoot: How to Master Handgun Trigger Control
Learning to trip the trigger without moving the gun is hard.
To master it, you have to forget about aiming at first"
by Richard Mann
     If you can't see your sights on your target because the contrast isn't
high enough, move your sights off the target to a higher contrast background
using your torso and legs, keeping your arms and head as a rigid unit.  
Align your sights, then smoothly swing the sights back onto the target.  
Yes, mounting high visibility sights on your pistol might solve the problem.  
But, knowing and practicing this technique is still a good idea, because you
might not be using your pistol.  In combat, it is not unusual to pick up
and use other people's weapons.  I remember coming home with all kinds 
of souvenirs from deployments.  (Really depends on the officers.  Some are 
sticklers for turning in captured material.  So, we usually didn't say anything 
and just put them in the SKIF, Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility.)  
     If you can't see the sights, because they are covered with mud or something
like that, you can align the pistol by adjusting until you can't see the sides of the
slide and can't see the top of the slide.  
"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
"The first and almost the only book deserving of universal attention is the Bible."
-- John Quincy Adams
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
*****     *****     ***** Hardware (which includes you) *****     *****     *****
"I would like to see every
woman know how to handle
guns as naturally as they
know how to handle babies."
-- Annie Oakley
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"Sights = The Weakest Link" by Greg Ellifritz
     That's one of the reasons Louis Awerbuck recommended the Springfield Armory XD.  
The sights are so tight from the factory that you can't move them with a
sight pusher.  And probably can't move them by dropping them.  There is no set
screw to hold them in place.  A true combat weapon.  You have to put the pistol
in a vice and use a drill press holding a bronze or copper punch to move the
rear sight.  (A hammer and punch is not a good idea.)
"Expert Advice: Should You Carry a Weapon Mounted Light?" by Travis Pike
     Using a weapon mounted light on a handgun forces you to point your pistol
at anything that you are illuminating, which violates Safety Rule II (see above
in the Safety section of this posting).  This is a safety rule.  Safety rules
apply in combat.  So this should supersede any other argument.  
     So, Scott “Jedi” Jedlinski is wrong.  I think he is wrong on a lot of things.  
     Chuck Haggard is correct.  He knows what he's talking about.  He speaks
from real world combat experience.  
     So, Aaron Cowan is wrong.  Aaron Cowan talks about ". . . stability of a
traditional two-handed grip that a WML affords." and ". . . efficiency when
shooting."  Which I surmise means being able to shoot faster and sooner.  
It has been my experience that in combat, I am trying to slow myself down,
so as not to shoot faster than I can think.  The shooting can always be done
much faster than the decision making.  
     The author, Travis Pike, says, that a weapon mounted light is "at worst,
a dangerous distraction."  No, No, at worst it is pointing the gun at an
innocent bystander.  This is why weapon mounted lights on a handgun are a
bad idea.  As Claude Werner asks, "Is the worst case getting shot or negligently
shooting a loved one?"  If you can't answer that question, you need to stop and
     "Haggard: WMLs add cost, size, weight, and an added training burden to
the CCW gun.  NDs [negligent discharges] in the police world are very common
from what Force Science calls “slip and capture errors.”  Add gear without
training or poorly done check-the-box, lowest common denominator training,
and negative outcomes will happen."  
[So, if you're not willing or able to invest the time, money, and effort in the
training and practice, you're setting yourself up for a negative outcome.  You
might even become infamous and be added to the Tactical Professor's database.  
     Subscribing to Force Science is a good idea.
-- Jon Low]
     "Giddings: We can’t always control when we’ll get in a self-defense
shooting, . . ."  
[That strikes me as a very strange statement.  If we could control when,
we wouldn't be there in the first place. -- Jon Low]
     "Cowan: A WML allows for one hand light use, which could be of great importance
to a parent of a small child or to free up a hand to guide or protect a loved one."
[You're going to violate a safety rule for the convenience of being able to use
your other hand?  If you know that you will never violate Safety Rule II with your
weapon mounted light, then why do you need a weapon mounted light in the first place?  
-- Jon Low]
"Concealed Carry Corner: My Top 3 Carry Options" by Matt E.
"Culper Precision Introduces Block19 Customization For Glock 19’s" by Doug E.
     I was in KRB Firearms gun store in Mount Juliet, TN
the other day helping a friend look for a holster for her Glock 43.  The gun
store was kind enough to lend us a Glock 43 to use in our testing.  We tried
several holsters but found none that allowed the shooter to establish a correct
grip while the pistol was in the holster.  
Not having a proper grip will cause the shooter to eventually lose control 
of the pistol (as in not being able to shoot accurately, or dropping the pistol, 
or allowing the bad guy to take the pistol).  
No, you won't have time to fix the grip later.  
     Either she could not get her middle finger up tight against the trigger
guard because the leather was in the way, or she couldn't get the web between
her thumb and index finger up high and tight in the tang of the pistol because
the leather was in the way.  
     I told her that I could cut the leather and refinish the cut surfaces.  
But, she wisely chose to look elsewhere.  
     The indoor gun range is very nice and inexpensive.  Their selection of
pistols is quite impressive.  
"Could “buffalo sauce” mean the difference between life and death in a home invasion?"
by Mike Ox
     Any type of biometric unlocking system is wrong.  Authentication
should be by something you know (a password, pass code, etc.), or something you
have (a key, a fob, etc.).  Using something you are for authentication, such as
your fingerprint, your iris, etc. is wrong.  Because you can't change it.  
(This is basic cryptology.)
So, once your biometric pattern is compromised, it is permanently compromised.  
Which means you have to lock out that pattern from the system, so nobody else
can use it.  Because if it's compromised, all of the bad guys have it.  Bad guys
trade such information on the dark web, just like your Social Security number.  
     Even if your biometric patterns are not compromised, in any real emergency,
they won't be usable, because they will be destroyed or covered with body
fluids or dirt.  When was the last time you got into a real fight and found
your hands and eyes clean and tidy afterwards?  Profuse sweat will prevent
the readers from recognizing your fingerprint.  Profuse tearing (epiphora)
will prevent the readers from recognizing your iris.  
[Strange that "epiphora" appears in the Random House Unabridged Dictionary
(online version), but not in the American Heritage Dictionary (online version).]
"Factory vs. Custom Leather Holsters: What's the Difference?" by Richard Mann
     If your pistol is so small that your trigger finger extends past the end
of the pistol when you are correctly holding your pistol with your trigger
finger in the register position (straight along the frame above the trigger),
then I would suggest that your pistol is too small for your hands.  This
situation creates a very short sighting radius.  Which makes accurate aimed
fire difficult.  
     If your pistol is so small that you can't get all of your fingers on the
grip (your little finger is floating in space), then I would suggest that your
pistol is too small for your hands.  Not being able to get all of your fingers
on your grip degrades your grip (and hence your accuracy) and makes weapon
retention difficult.  
     It's always good to learn from the experience of others.  Especially
when the person relating the experience is knowledgeable, which Tom is.  
"The Great Appendix Carry Experiment" by Tom McHale
“Your car is not a holster.”
– Pat Rogers
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
"Hydrophobic Projectiles Slice Through Water With No Drag" by The Action Lab
     Well, the surface friction is reduced, but the projectile still has to
displace the fluid.  So, there is still significant resistance.  Yes, this
technology is used in modern torpedoes.  The real question is "Can we do the
same thing for bullets in air?"  Because surface air friction (in translation
and rotation) is more significant relative to the mass of the air that the
bullet displaces in translation.  
"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 -----
"Use what talents you have; the woods would have little music if no birds
sang their song except those who sang best."  
-- Rev. Oliver G. Wilson
Remember, the students who require the extra effort are the ones who need us the most!
-- John Farnam
"Teaching Tip - Coaching the Struggling Shooter" by Greg Ellifritz
     ". . . Make an effort to express your coaching cues as
positive statements with an external focus . . ."
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
"More with Karl Rehn: Hosting, Traveling, and Facilities for Firearms Instructors"
"Comparing Instructor Programs with Ms. [Karen] Whitlock"
by Lee Weems interviewing Karen Whitlock
     Learning to create your own curriculum, as opposed to preparing to give a
canned presentation that some other organization has prepared for you.  
     "If you try to tell everybody everything you know,
you're not going to tell anybody anything you know."
-- Sherman House
     So, you have to be careful about what you choose to teach and what you
choose not to teach in a given class or block of instruction.
     Some of the students will be sitting there crying.  
     Ask yourself, are your students really understanding what you're saying?
     I've never cancelled a class.  You don't want to have that reputation.  
Ya, I know it can be a huge financial loss.  Ask you friends to attend the
class if you can't fill it up.  The experience you get teaching is invaluable.  
     The non-professional firearms trainer (you teaching your friends) with Ken Campbell.  
"The DIY Instructor"
     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 -----
"Firearms Training
The LCD [Least Common Denominator] vs. Raising the Bar"
by Marlan J. Ingram
     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
"The Facts About Stand Your Ground Laws" by Massad Ayoob
     "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
President Theodore Roosevelt (Republican) was an NRA Life Member.
President Kennedy (Democrat) was an NRA Life Member.
President George H. Bush (Republican) was an NRA Life Member before
resigning his membership.  (Yalie, RINO)
President George W. Bush (Republican) is an NRA Life Member.
President Donald Trump (Republican) is an NRA Life Member.
"Guns and Partisan Politics" by Ashley Hlebinsky
     Don't confuse or conflate political party with gun rights.  There are lots
of anti-gun Republicans.  There are lots of pro-gun Democrats.  They may hide,
but if you look at their voting record, you can find them.  
     "Governments are instituted among men,
deriving their just power from the consent of the governed."
-- Thomas Jefferson
by  Armed Scholar
     "Retroactively", not "retrospectively".  I wish people would check their
word usage before they broadcast.  If you want to communicate clearly, you
have to use the correct words.  
"The Right To BEAR Arms" by John Stossel
     "Police: Gas station clerk followed suspected shoplifter outside,
fatally shot him in face" by Lawrence Andrea
     "Docs: Gas station clerk fatally shot man who stole cases of Red Bull" by Kyle Bloyd
     This is why it is essential to call your attorney immediately and shut up.  
All the facts are consistent with a justified shooting.  A car is a lethal weapon.  
But, by talking to the police without counsel, he has effectively talked himself
into a murder conviction.  By changing his story, he has demonstrated consciousness
of guilt.  If you don't talk to the police, you can't lie to the police.  
     And that's if he claimed self defense.  But, what if he didn't claim self
defense?  What if he just kept his mouth shut?  There were no witnesses to the event.  
There was no video of the event.  Vincent Bibbs was not connected to the pistol.  
(In fact, he has no carry permit.  He was not wearing a holster.  The pistol was
not registered to him.)  There was no aberrant behavior indicative of just having
murdered someone; he was continuing to serve customers as usual.  He did not flee
the scene.  
     Hey, if you want to confess to murder, it's a free country, you can do whatever
you want to.  But, keeping his mouth shut and calling his attorney would have made
him extremely difficult to convict.  And the news reports would have been entirely
     By remaining silent, you are not doing anything illegal or immoral.  
If you can't keep your mouth shut, act dumb.  (That's the advice my father gave me.  
Dad was a Supreme Court Clerk, prosecutor, judge, and attorney in private practice.)   
"What are you talking about?"  "I don't know what you're talking about."  
"I was in here waiting on customers."  "Can I go home?"  "I'm tired,
can I go to sleep?"  "Can I use the bathroom?"  (Preventing a suspect from using
the bathroom is coercive.  It causes pain.  And if you get the right judge, it's
torture.  And anything said under coercion or torture is inadmissible in a U.S. court.  
Of course, there are judges that will allow it.  But, it should be overturned on
appeal.  If you've got the money to pay attorneys to file an appeal.  Self defense
"In Praise Of Dangerous Men" by Marcus Wynne
     Freedom is important.  The media does not portray operations truthfully.  
Hollywood does not portray operations truthfully.  How to not stand out.  
How to carry out operations overseas under the radar.  Bob Casper at Blackwater.
     "The average civilian handles stress like an ostrich, sticks their head
in the sand and hopes no one bites them in the butt." -- Ric Prado
     "You are responsible for your own safety and the safety of your family."  
-- Ric Prado
     "My kids learned situational awareness at age 5." -- Ric Prado
It's political, not biologic, not genetic.  
     No one is born a baby murderer.  No sane person thinks it's okay to
murder a baby.  It takes indoctrination to convince a woman to murder her baby.  
In the 1960s the term was brain washing.  
     No one is born a communist.  Communism is stupid.  No one chooses it.  
The only way to make communists is to indoctrinate stupid people.  Yes,
many highly educated people are stupid.  Level of education is not correlated
with intelligence.   
     No one is born homosexual.  No one chooses anal copulation.  Homosexuals
do not reproduce.  They have to constantly recruit from the juvenile population
to maintain their numbers, to maintain their political power.  Because heterosexual 
adults do not convert to homosexuality.  Aids Awareness programs
in the elementary schools are indoctrination and recruiting programs. 
"A Message From the Gay Community"
Performed by the San Francisco Gay Men's Chorus
Excerpt:  "We'll convert your children."
     Yes, they will, if you allow them to. 
" 'Fear on top of fear': Why anti-gun Americans joined the wave of new gun owners"
by Marc Fisher
"Armed Citizens Keep our Community Safe!" by John Farnam
"Police Unions and a Crisis in Police Leadership" by Greg Ellifritz
     "You really should be training to take care of yourself.  
You won’t want future cops responding to your call for help."
     “If responsibility is rightfully yours, no evasion, or ignorance or
passing the blame can shift the burden to someone else.  Unless you can
point your finger at the man who is responsible when something goes wrong,
then you have never had anyone really responsible.”
--Admiral Hyman Rickover
“We used to have ships of wood, and men of steel.
Now we have ships of steel, commanded by men of wood.”
-- Retired Naval Commander
"A Good Loser!" by John Farnam
     Legal analysis by John Harris, Tennessee Firearms Association --
     "A Fourth Circuit federal appeals court issued a ruling on July 13, 2021,
in Hirschfield v. BATFE, et al, 4th Cir. No: 19-2250 (linked below) which
addressed the issue of when do constitutionally protected rights under the
2nd Amendment attach. That appellate court concluded that the rights attach
at age 18 – not age 21 – and struck down a portion of federal law that
prohibits transfers by federal firearms dealers of handguns to those under
age 21."
"Analysis of Ballot Images in Georgia County Shows ‘Provable Fraud’ in Audit:
Election Integrity Group" by Zachary Stieber
     My father told me that "if you believe in democracy, you have to accept
the people's choice."  The underlying assumption is that the winner of the
election is the people's choice.  If not, there is no duty to accept the
election result.  
     “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
"The Golden Second - Ten Lessons in Crime-Fighting from a Counter Mugger Expert"
by Bill Langlois
     ". . . if you find yourselves the object of a stalker's attention is to never,
NEVER lead them back to where you live."
     Check out the section on "Safe-House System".
     [In the Marine Corps, we were taught that if captured, your mission was to
survive.  Not to keep your honor.  Not to escape, though you could try if you
wanted to.  Not to keep secrets (You were given only the information you needed
to execute the mission, in case you were captured.).  To survive. -- Jon Low]
     If you donate (donate, not sell) blood on a regular basis (every 8 weeks),
you will be exercising your body's systems that make blood.  When you exercise,
you get stronger.  You body will be able to better tolerate blood loss.  You
will gain the invaluable information that you can lose a unit (pint) of blood
without dying (or even feeling any ill effect).  This gives you confidence
and more time to put on a tourniquet.  
     At my first school after boot camp, the instructors marched us all over
to donate blood.  So, I formed the habit.  I picked up a lot of good habits in the Corps, 
run 3 miles a day and such.  I would have donated blood anyway, as I thought it was a
good thing to do.  
"If you stay fit, you do not have to get fit.
If you stay trained, you do not have to get trained.
If you stay prepared, you do not have to get prepared."
-- Robert Margulies
*****     *****     ***** Miscellany / History / War Stories *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
"Shootah 2021: Utah’s Gun Industry Range Day" by Daniel Y
     I had to include this article, because the author uses the word "portmanteau"
correctly.  It's not a contraction, it's not a conflation, it's a portmanteau!  
Second definition in the American Heritage Dictionary,
Note the dictionary's reference to Lewis Carroll's Through the Looking-Glass,
in which Humpty Dumpty explains slithy and other made-up words in the poem
"Jabberwocky" to Alice as follows: "Slithy" means "lithe and slimy" ... You see
it's like a portmanteau — there are two meanings packed up into one word.  
"What Is the Great Resignation of 2021?" by Hannah Cox
     "The Stanford Encyclopedia of Philosophy paraphrased a quote of
F.A. Hayek’s like this, “no one can decide that people won’t respond
in predictable ways to perverse incentives unintentionally created by
a central plan, in the same way that no one can decide that insects
will not become resistant to an insecticide.” "
     Enforcing a central plan for the production and distribution of
goods and services is indicative of a communist government.  
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
     Jerry Miculek - Pro Shooter
     OODA Loop
"Up Close With Tetiana Gaidar"
     Yes, there is text in this article.  Read the text.  
Ukraine is not Russia.  The Ukrainians hate the Russians.  We back the
Ukrainians against the Russians.  
US Marines In Action Close Air Support - GAU-21 Machine Gun & M134 Minigun - Training
     Well, this may be why we cannot find any ammo in the stores.  
These Jar Heads are burning it all up.  
     Paul finished the second edition of
"Computer Security and the Internet: Tools and Jewels" by Paul C. van Oorschot.  
You may download a copy free of charge for your personal use at
in the section at the bottom,
new 2nd Edition (version: Jun 29, 2021):
ToC-2e 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 ♣12 ♠13 epilog index-2e
The 2nd Edition also updates Chapters 1-11 (editorial changes),
the preface and index.
     I first connected with Paul when he, Menezes, and Vanstone were at the
University of Waterloo in Canada writing
"Handbook of Applied Cryptography", by A. Menezes, P. van Oorschot, and
S. Vanstone, CRC Press, 1996.
     I highly recommend.  
“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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