Thursday, May 12, 2022

CWP, 12 May MMXXII Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
     "Do you expect to be honored in the world where your Lord was crucified?"
-- Charles Spurgeon
     "Do not pursue goals that lack eternal meaning." -- John Harris
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----- Safety -----  (How to prevent the bad thing from happening in the first place.  
How to avoid shooting yourself, friendlies, and innocent bystanders.)
Jeff Cooper's Rules of Gun Safety  
"Gun Safety 2022 – Part V" by Claude Werner
     I put a lock on my walk in closet.  Go to any hardware store, tell them what you're
trying to do, and they will sell you the parts.  It's easy.  
     Looking around doesn't cost anything and is a health habit.  
-- Joe Foss
"Keeping tabs on Unintentional Discharges" by the Tactical Professor
     Don't be that guy.  Obey the 4 safety rules (see above) like your loved one's life depends
on it, because it does.  Don't leave your guns where others can get them.  And teach your
friends and relatives.  The life you save may be your own.  [Though you'll never know of
it, because only those of us who can see the other paths in a multiverse will ever be able
to inform you of the tragedy that you avoided.  Of course, when you get to heaven, you
might want to explore all of those alternate paths to see what could have been.  (If you
believe in the mutiverse model of Quantum Mechanics.)]
     "One of the handguns had an accidental discharge during the cleaning process."  
Hundreds of person in the U.S. are shot (including ricochets) by unloaded guns during
cleaning every year.  
     ". . . the defendant [SSgt. Mem], a soldier at the base who was not qualified to use the
weapon, picked up one of the rifles and looked through its scope without checking to see
whether or not it was loaded."  ". . . the defendant looked through the scope of the rifle
and pulled the trigger."
     "An investigation found the round was fired from a neighboring property, . . ."  
RULE IV: BE SURE OF YOUR TARGET.  [As well as what is beyond your target (because
you may miss or pass through) and what may move into your line of sight (because
untrained persons will run into lines of fire when panicked).]
     ". . . the child’s uncle was on the second floor of the apartment when he accidentally
fired the gun.  The bullet went through the floor and struck the child (4 years old), who
was on the first floor."
"The Primary Safety" by Richard A. Mann
     You'll hear instructors saying,
     Always buckle your seat-belt because you can't predict when a drunk or distracted driver
will ram you.  
     Always wear your pistol because you can't predict when the criminal will attack you.  
That's his decision, not yours.  
     Always keep a fire extinguisher in your home, because you can't predict when a fire will
start.  (Someone may throw a Molotov cocktail at your house, intentionally or accidentally.)  
     Your thinking should be proactive, not reactive. 
     Always wear your pistol, because you may need to shoot someone (criminal) or something
(dog, coyote, snake, etc.).  
     Always buckle your seat-belt, because you may need to ram someone or a vehicle.  As
Greg Ellifritz says, hitting a human with your car will probably disable your car.  You need
to be able bodied (as opposed to disabled) after the incident.  
     Always keep a fire extinguisher in your home and car, because you may need to put out
someone else's fire.  
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.  
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
     If you look at someone bigger, faster, and stronger and immediately think,
'I'm at a disadvantage,'  
I have news for you:  you are.  
But that's only because you just put yourself there for no reason.  
     The truth is that anyone can do debilitating violence to anyone else.  
Your size, your speed, your strength, your gender --
all the factors that untrained people think make the difference when it comes to violence --
all matter far less than your mindset and your intent.  
-- Tim Larkin
"A Guide to Overcoming 27 Reasons You Don’t Carry Your Gun Every Day"
By Jacob Paulsen
     Consider this.  Share it with your friends.  
The Duty to “Preclude” by SHAWN VINCENT
     You might not have a duty to retreat, but it's a good idea if you can do it safely.  
It demonstrates to the jury that you did everything you could to avoid using force.  
Retreat is a tactical maneuver.  Retreat is not surrender.  You retreat to cover.  
You retreat to a position of tactical advantage. 
"Reduce Gun Violence with Cognitive Behavior Therapy" by Roxanne Patel Shepelavy
     "My impression as a lay person is that CBT has been rising as the preferred approach to
many mental disorders.  Perhaps it will prove of value in reducing the cycle of violence in
the communities that suffer from it most but I'm reminded of the old riddle of
     How many psychiatrists does it takes to change a light bulb?  
     Just one, but the light bulb has to want to change."
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
     The 2023 Tactical Conference will be held on March 24-26, 2023, in Dallas, Texas.
Tickets went on sale at 11:00am Tuesday, April 12, 2022, and were completely sold out
at 11:00pm, Friday, April 15. That’s three and a half days!  If you dithered,
we will be announcing Tac Con 2024 in April of 2023.  Be prepared.  
-- Tom Givens
Annual Rangemaster Instructor Conference (for certified Rangemaster Instructors)
Sat, Oct 22, 2022, 8:00 AM – Sun, Oct 23, 2022, 5:00 PM EDT
Oconee County
1140 Experiment Station Rd
Watkinsville, GA 30677
John Murphy
Lee Weems
In your next class, ask questions.  You can always ask "Why?"  
-- Jeff Gonzalez
SIG FREEDOM DAYS, May 6-8, 2022 at the Ben Avery Shooting Facility in Phoenix, Arizona
$79.95 per person per day
     Not really training, but should be interesting.  The Ben Avery Shooting Facility is
really nice.  I shot there when I lived in Mesa, Arizona and worked at General Dynamics
C4 Systems in Scottsdale, Arizona.  The hot air balloon "races" were astounding.  
The dust storms were just like in the Arabian Peninsula.  
“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
     If you put a compensator on your muzzle, you're asking for a eye full of hot gas,
burning powder, and carbon dust when you fire from the close contact position.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     Shooting a red dot sight with co-witnessed iron sights, you will see that the iron sights
block the lower half of the red dot sight window (when you place the red dot in the center
of the window).  That is important information you are losing.  Gabe Suarez recommends
adjusting the red dot sight so that the iron sights appear in the lower third of the sight
window.  (So, the sights are not co-witnessed, when you place the red dot in the center
of the window.)
"Original Red Dot - Discussion On Cowitness" by Gabe Suarez
     Gabe talks about how on a rifle the iron sights are folded down so as not to interfere
with the sight picture when using the red dot sight.  As far as he knows, no such folding
iron sights are available for pistols.  [Opportunity for an enterprising machinist!]
     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)
"How to Shoot a Gun Accurately - Front Sight Focus" by Chris Sajnog
     If you pause the video, a list of other videos will appear that you might find interesting.  
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
"Why Combat Accurate Training Doesn’t Work (Except When It Does)" by Mike Ox
     ". . . even if you put a gun in a vice and drill every round through the same trajectory
into a charging attacker, the movement of the attacker is going to give you hand sized
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
“No one rises to the occasion.  That's just a myth.  
They sink to the level of training that they have mastered.”
-- Ken Alexandrow, Agape Tactical
"The value of shooting groups." by Claude Werner The Tactical Professor
"Drawstroke Dry Practice with Stacked Boxes" by Claude Werner The Tactical Professor
"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
----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it, which tactics to use) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
"A prudent strategy is more important than tactics,
because good strategy can overcome bad tactics -
but good tactics can never overcome a bad strategy."
Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
     "Sometimes, it is easier to kill the wolf."
[than to defend the sheep or teach the sheep how to defend themselves.]  
-- Marcus Wynne
     If you interdict the criminals before they attack your church, no one at your church gets
hurt by gun fire, arson, explosions, getting rammed by vehicles, etc.  Isn't that better
than having to shoot the bad guy in your church?  How many casualties are you willing
to tolerate?  If the answer is truly zero, then you have to interdict before the attack.  This
of course takes a competent intelligence gathering operation, or being fed by one.  
     This isn't self-defense.  This isn't legal.  But if done correctly, it never happened.  
And isn't that really the outcome you want.  When the sheep can graze peacefully, we win!  
This was and is the intent of the Global War On Terrorism.  Which, by the way, is ongoing.  
The U.S. does not draft now days.  No one is going to recruit you into the GWOT.  
It's a come as you are party.  All volunteer.  (Our Armed Forces are not volunteer, they
get paid.)  As with the militias of old, you need to supply all of your own equipment; all at
your own expense.  [Don't take government money.  There are all kinds of strings attached.  
The politicians and bureaucrats will stab you in the back.  Remember Blackwater working
for the U.S. State Department in the Middle East.  Ya, that was Secretary of State Hillary
Clinton's fault.  But, it was bad judgment on the part of Blackwater to trust the U.S. State
Department.  Oh, were you thinking Benghazi?]  
     I use "interdict" as we used the word in the Marine Corps.  "Termination", "Body
Extraction", "Interdiction", etc.  We actually use words correctly, no euphemisms.  
You win gunfights by not getting shot.
-- John Holschen
----- Tactics (tasks that you should strive to be able to do in support of your strategy) -----
"Real fights are short."
-- Bruce Lee
by Steve Moses
"Concealed Carrier Fatally Shoots Two Teens During Armed Robbery" by Luke McCoy
     Never render aid to the guys that you just shot!  They tried to kill you.  If you get close
enough to render aid, they are close enough to kill you.  No, they are not incapacitated.  
They are playing opossum.  Now that they are lying on the ground, their blood pressure in 
their brain is increasing and they will wake up.  BANG!  You're in a fight again.  
"Your Tactical Training Scenario- Dealing with Molotov Cocktails and Fire Bombs"
by Greg Ellifritz
     "Having seen more than a few pedestrian versus vehicle crashes in my police career,
I can attest that even after hitting just one person, a lot of vehicles are disabled."
     Your car is not a tank.  Don't think that you can ram things and survive.  
"Using A Vehicle for Cover in a Gunfight" by Mike Chiarappa
     I have fired a 30-06 through an automobile engine block.  So it all depends.  
     Never use cover or concealment to hide from the enemy.  Use it to aid your attack on the
enemy.  You know you're going to win.  You're executing your mission smart, not in a rush.  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
----- Techniques (ways to execute a given task in support of your tactics) -----
"Use only that which works,
and take it from any place you can find it."
-- Bruce Lee
Drawing from appendix carry while seated.  
An excellent argument against appendix carry.  
     It's not your genitalia.  It's your femoral artery.  Doctors will say it takes you 3 minutes 
to bleed to death.  But, in 20 seconds, you will pass out.  So, you have to put that tourniquet 
on yourself in 20 seconds, otherwise you bleed to death.  Do you carry a tourniquet?  Do 
you know how to apply it correctly?  If you've done it in class and think you're good to go, 
let me tell you that a correctly applied tourniquet hurts like hell.  So, if you were comfortable
in class, you're WRONG!  
     Why are their training partners holding their chairs?  So they don't fall backwards.  
You think that's a problem?  The instructor obviously does. 
     “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

"Why You Can't Asian Squat (And the Benefits You're Missing)" by Matt Hsu
"How to Asian Squat - 3 Exercises You Need" by Matt Hsu
     The reason you have to be able to do this is that the squatting position is the fastest lower
position to get into and the fastest to get out of, as opposed to prone, sitting, kneeling, or
any other lower position.  The squatting position also gives you a supported shooting
position, just like the supported kneeling position.  And this works for hand-gun and
long-gun.  And it is stable if you do it correctly (feet flat on the ground, not up on your toes).  
     Here is another posture video while we're at it.  
"How to fix hunchback posture in 3 minutes" by Matt Hsu
     Don't be surprised if it hurts like hell.  Make sure to get the small of your back to touch
the wall.  A head forward posture puts a huge strain on your neck muscles to hold your
head up, as opposed to having your head supported by bone (your spinal column).  This
will cause muscle tension head aches, relieved by massage on the neck and muscles at the
base of the skull.  But you can avoid all that by getting your head to sit correctly above
your body, not in front of it.  
     I have had chiropractors tell me that this exercise regimen will cause a flattened spinal
structure.  The spine has a natural curve and flattening the spine weakens the structure and
will cause long term problems.  
     So as with everything in life, you must do the research and decide what is correct for you.  
     Posture is part of body language that will help you be deselected by criminal predators.  
Slouching is being too lazy to exert the effort to sit up straight or stand up straight.  If you
slouch, it will eventually become an engrained habit.  If you have this habit, you need to
break it.  You break bad habits by replacing them with good habits.  High chest.  This will
tilt your head backward.  With the high chest, tilt your head forward so that your eyes are
looking out the center of your eye sockets.  Good.  Now you don't look like a scared bunny.  
“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.)
"Stop Blinding Yourself " by Matt Landfair
     Flashlight techniques.  Yes, brighter is better.  If you can blind the enemy, you might not
have to shoot him.  WIN!  
"Why we shoot pistols one-handed" by the Tactical Professor
"The Primary Safety" by Richard A. Mann
"The Follow Through Fallacy" by Steve Tarani
     "At such breakneck performance speeds as measured in tenths and hundredths of a
second there’s no room for mechanical, visual, or even mental subdivision of the fire
control process."
     I disagree.  I think you must trap the trigger to the rear, re-establish your sight picture on
the target that you just shot, and then only after getting this second sight picture should you
reset the trigger.  That is the end of the shot process.  Only after the end of the shot process
should you transition to the next target (whether the same target or a different target).  The
follow through ensures that you hit what you're aiming at.  
     If you're going so fast that you're not getting a correct follow through, you're shooting
faster than you can think.  Always dangerous in combat.  But, I'm sure it's a lot of fun in
competition, where it really doesn't matter what you hit.  
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
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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
     Sometimes instructors, who don't know any better, will ask me to audit their classes in
exchange for a written critique afterwards.  The smarter ones will ask me for a written
review after I have already paid for their class but before I've taken it.  The truly unfortunate
ones will get my review whether they ask for it or not.  In any case, I'll mention a couple of
things that I have observed.  
     Some instructors teach to put your thumb behind slide and to push it into the holster.  
This prevents the slide from being forced back when the holster is tight.  I think the holster
is too tight and should be adjusted.  The friction should be on the trigger guard, not the
slide.  The real problem is that this leaves a training scar.  The student will place his thumb
behind the slide when establishing his grip before drawing the pistol out of the holster.  
Not all the time, nothing happens all the time, unless you've practiced a lot.  But, enough
of the time that it could happen in a combat situation, a high stress situation.  This is bad
because you really need to get the correct grip before you pull the pistol out of the holster.  
     Some instructors teach that the sights are only used to refine the aiming and that the
body index is actually the primary aiming mechanism.  I suppose this would be true in a
target shooting environment where you've taken the time and had the opportunity to establish
your NPA (natural point of aim).  But, I doubt this is true in a combat environment.  I have
always found that I need to use the sights to adjust onto target.  I have never had the
pleasant surprise of having my sights on target when I presented my pistol to the target
in combat.  But then again, my personal experiences are anecdotal.  Anecdotal incidents are
not statistically significant.  (But, I have also had similar experiences as a Forward Observer
and as a Cannoneer in artillery units.  So, I kind of know what I'm talking about.)
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Andragogy -----
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
"Last weekend with 550+ Women Shooters and why they’re the future of shooting . . ."
by Dave Ox
     "Eye dominance was a big breakthrough for several shooters who had been
mis-assessed for eye dominance in the past, which is incredibly common."
     ". . . one of the biggest reasons why woman only shooting events are so valuable is
because there are no men around to coddle them.  (The male instructors were all on
board with this)  At a woman’s only event, the women load their own mags, rack their
own slides, haul their own gear, etc."
     Free tactical vision training presentation,
     Free counter-assault training presentation,
Qui docet, discit.  (Who teaches, learns.)
-- motto of the American Society of Law Enforcement Trainers
     I am teaching a young lady who was sent to me by her fiancé.  He and I had worked
together in a previous life.  How do you get such students?  Reputation.  You have to have
a reputation such that parents will ask you to baby sit their children.  My parents explained
to me what an honor it was for parents to ask me to baby sit their children.  You can't
expect students to referred others to you if in class you talk about how you were "higher than
a giraffe's cunt" or allow your assistant instructors to use such language.  At Front Sight
during the 4-day instructor development class, the instructors explained to us that our
demeanor had to be such that students would fee comfortable sending their daughters to
our gun school.  

     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
"An Amateur’s Guide to Carrying a Gun" by Chris Hernandez
"Pointless Red Flag Laws" by Thomas E. Gift, MD
     " “Red flag Laws”, which allow police to seize the firearms of people accused of being at
risk to misuse them, have been passed in 19 states.  Do they do what proponents say they do?  
A recent study by Veronica Pear, PhD and Garen Wintemute, MD, and co-authors says the
answer is clearly, “No”. "
     Primary source document,
"Firearm Violence Following the Implementation
of California’s Gun Violence Restraining Order Law"
by Veronica A. Pear, PhD; Garen J. Wintemute, MD; Nicholas P. Jewell, PhD; and
Jennifer Ahern, PhD
"Homicide Trends" by Tom Givens
Among male victims, they were killed by:
Spouse, ex-spouse, or girlfriend 5%
Other family member 6.8%
Acquaintance/known person 35.3%
Stranger or unknown killer 52.9%
Among female victims, they were killed by:
Spouse, ex-spouse, boyfriend 30%
Other family member 11.8%
Acquaintance/ known person 21.8%
Stranger/unknown 36.3%
     Most (52.9%) male victims are killed by strangers.  Most (63.7%) female victims are killed by
non-strangers.  So one would think that self-defense training needs to be tailor-made to sex,
as the perpetrators are different.  [Old stats, but still relevant.]
Suarez International / On Demand pages
Presentation on Evolution, Contours, & Consequences of Gun Culture 2.0
(Light Over Heat #19) by David Yamane
Handgun owners:  
36% liberal
20% conservative
Wow!  Can you believe that?  
"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
"It doesn't hurt anymore.  I'm getting used to it."  
No, you're not "getting used to it".  
You're going deaf.  
Hearing loss is permanent and cumulative.  
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"Putting Big Dot Sights to the Precision Test" by Tom McHale
     If Tom (whom I know from my time living in South Carolina) is willing to correctly
use the word "apothegms", the least I can do is cite his article.  I remember shooting in 
his back yard.  Fun times! 
     "Good people find out the hard way that their gun
is worthless in a fight until it's actually in their hands."
-- Mike Ox
     So do your loved ones a favor and learn some hand-to-hand combat skills.  
"Frangible Ammunition: Pros, Cons & Myths
How is frangible ammo different, and should you use it?" by Jeff Johnston
     "First, because it doesn’t penetrate well, frangible ammo is not the ammo of choice
for most self-defense scenarios that are unpredictable by their very nature."
     Target Sports USA has ammo (relatively cheap)
Buy in bulk (1000 rounds) and no shipping charge.  
David Hernández writes
"A Turkish semi-auto that is compatible with Benelli parts and gets a recommendation."
Stoeger M3000 Defense Freedom
     I take personal recommendations seriously.  
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
     I am desperately trying to convince friends, relatives, and students of this.  In Nashville,
the vast majority of pistols used in crimes were stolen out of cars.  Stealing pistols out of
unlocked cars is a common occurrence.  Stealing unlocked cars that were left with their
engines running that have pistols in them is a common occurrence.  Yes, there are thousands
of people leaving their cars unlocked, running, and unattended everyday.  Only a few
hundred get stolen everyday, because there are only a few hundred thieves executing this
crime everyday.  So most of the people who practice this stupidity don't get their car or
pistol stolen, and so believe that it won't happen to them, until it does.  
     Now days, you can turn any flashlight into a rechargeable flashlight by buying a
rechargeable battery.  They have micro-USB ports.  Plug it into a wall outlet or your
computer and in a few hours it's ready to go.  
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"Inspection and Care of Self Defense Ammunition" by Tom Givens
     "The reason that I bring this subject up is because I have been told multiple times by both
inexperienced shooters and experienced shooters that they seldom clean their handguns and
was even told by one that the reason they purchased a particular handgun was because they
only had to clean it every 10,000 rounds."  
     You take a bath everyday, right?  Why wouldn't you clean your EDC (every day carry)
pistol at least every week?  
     "My pistol has a high tech finish.  It will never rust."
     Ya, but the tiny springs in your trigger mechanism aren't coated and they will rust, and
eventually crack.  The springs in your magazines will rust and crack.  The big recoil spring
will rust and crack.  Murphy's Law guarantees they they will break during combat, because
"Anything that can go wrong, will go wrong, at the worst possible time."  You defeat
Murphy's Law by doing whatever you have to do to ensure nothing can go wrong.  
     Every time you clean, you are inspecting.  You see a part that ain't right, replace it.  
Yes, it is that simple.  
"SIG P320 Dead Trigger" by Mel_the_Nut
     There are actually several pistols that will not work when assembled incorrectly,
while appearing to be correctly assembled.  
"Issues when incorrectly reassembling the P320?" by Alma Cole
     Magazine won't lock into the magazine-well when the pistol is assembled incorrectly.  
So, you can't load the pistol normally from the magazine.  So, it's hard to imagine going
into combat with the pistol in this condition.  
     "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
(capitalization as in the original document, militia refers to YOU)
----- Aftermath -----  (You have to be alive to have these problems:  criminal and civil liability.)
“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
     Tom Givens gives us useful statistics,
"Sheriff: Homeowners should shoot burglars to 'save taxpayers' money' "
     "If somebody is breaking into your house, you're more than welcome to shoot at them,"
Sheriff Bob Johnson said.
by Mike Stunson
10 Things to Remember if You're Forced to Shoot" by Stan Campbell
     "Do not hand [the officers] anything out of your pockets."  
     "Do not post anything to social media.  Don't share information with anyone."  
     “If a situation arises that creates fear of threat, assess it carefully and ask yourself,
"If I didn't have a weapon on me at this time, what would I do?"
This one question could keep you from being launched into a traumatic incident that
might change your life irrevocably.”
     If you piss or shit on yourself, don't hide it.  Tell the police.  This is physical evidence
that you feared for your life.  "Excuse me officer, I have to change my clothes and wash
up.  I pissed on myself."  
     How the hell are you going to remember these 10 things after the most traumatic
experience of your life?  
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
     In the right hand column, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is,
     A student told me that he doesn't feel that he needs to buy insurance that will cover money
for bail.  Because he doesn't believe that he will be beaten and sodomized in jail.  
     Why do you think the New York state legislature enacted their no bail policy?  It was to
protect the good guys who get arrested and don't have the financial means to post bail.  
(Almost all persons arrested by New York police are poor.  Because they are easier to
arrest and convict.  Because they don't have any juice.)  
Even if they are not beaten and sodomized, they want to get out of jail.  So, when the
police tell them it's just a formality, sign the paper and we will release you, they sign the
paper (most can't read) which is a confession, are arrested, and spend the rest of their
life in prison.  Yes, as a matter of fact, it is a common practice.  The U.S. Supreme Court
has many rulings saying that it is perfectly fine for police to lie to suspects.  
     You think the poor guy can afford an attorney to file a motion stating that the confession
was given under duress (beating and sexual assault)?  He didn't have the money to post
bail.  How is he going to hire an attorney to argue that he was tricked into signing the
     When the Cherry Hill, NJ police raided my apartment (without a warrant) and confiscated
my guns (I had a permit to acquire and possess), my attorney spoke to the prosecutor who
was handling the case.  My attorney showed me a document that the police had given to the
prosecutor.  It was a consent to search my apartment.  I informed my attorney that I had
never consented, and that was not my signature.  In fact it wasn't anyone's signature.  It was
the script font of the Microsoft Word program.  The attorneys had a good laugh and the
prosecutor dropped all charges.  It still cost me about $35,000 in legal fees for my attorney
and his support staff.  And then another $5000, because I had to hire another attorney to file
the motions to force the police to return my guns.  As Andrew Branca says, the process is the
     You think any of those cops were disciplined for the forgery?  What planet are you from?  
A lieutenant had instructed the detective in charge of my case to create the consent document
so the officers who had conducted the raid wouldn't get jammed up for a warrantless seizure.  
That lieutenant went ballistic when he heard that the charges had been dropped, and threatened
to file all kinds of charges.  But the prosecutor told him to pound sand.  These people all
know each other.  I only got all the dirty details later in a conversation with the police chief.  
He and I had been on good terms since I first moved into Cherry Hill, NJ.  Maj. Cook who
had been the Provost Marshal at New River Marine Corps Air Station had told us to always
check in with the chief law enforcement officer anytime you move into a new town.  
So I made the courtesy call, expecting to just drop off a letter and leave.  But, the receptionist
informed the police chief, and he invited me up to his office to chat.  So we had been speaking
for a few years before the incident.  He told me that the union was strong.  He would never
have been able to fire anyone.  And he had to work with these people everyday, so he wasn't
going to make waves.  Nothing worse than having subordinates stabbing you in the back.  
He wasn't apologizing to me, just explaining realities.  
     I hope such realities don't disturb you too much.  I assume that's why you're reading
this blog.  To learn about realities.  
Self-Defense Gun Owner Insurance Programs Compared (continually updated)
Or download the PDF file by clicking on the link in the text on the web page.  
“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
*****     *****     ***** Legal *****     *****     *****
     "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
"Washington state police chief ‘frustrated’ officers couldn’t pursue suspected catalytic
converter thief.  Chief Stacy Denham says thieves have become more emboldened
because they know officers won’t pursue them under a new state law."
by Suzie Ziegler
     Can you imagine living in such a state?  In most states, police have a duty to pursue and
arrest.  It's mind boggling.  
     Free infographic on the 5 elements of self-defense.  Free download.
"Mother of 3 Shoots Intruder Twice in the Chest As He Was Breaking In" by Brian Armstrong
     Thank God for Texas Governor Greg Abbott!  He defended the Castle Doctrine against
the liberal wackos.  
"A glossary of militia law terms
Understanding the equipment early Americans had to possess" by David Kopel
     Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
     "Lawful Defense Against Rioters, Looters, and Arsonists" by Andrew Branca
available at
Excerpts:  (paraphrased with my irreverent comments)
     Every person participating in the riot is responsible for the worst behavior of the rioters.  
The peaceful protesters are not responsible for the behavior of the rioters.  
Will you be able to tell the difference?  
     Every person in your organized defensive group is responsible for the worst behavior
of someone in your group exercising poor judgment.  Not everyone is trained as you are.  
     Don't be there.  You win!  
     If you wait for the riot to come to you, or go to the riot, you have a greater than zero
chance of dying and a greater than zero chance of spending the rest of your life in prison.  
     Peaceful protesters, obstructive protesters, violent protesters (rioters).  
Can you distinguish?  Do you know how to handle each category?  
     Persons saying "all lives matter" have been killed by Black Lives Matter mobs.  
So don't talk to them, LEAVE!  
     If your car automatically unlocks your doors when you shift gears to park, you need
to fix this design error.  You need to be able to keep your doors locked in a riot.  If your
mechanic can't fix this, change cars.  Participating in your own murder is an act of
criminal stupidity.  Keep your windows rolled up.  Force the bad guys to break something
to get in.  That eliminates any ambiguity.  Now you know they mean to kill or seriously
injure you, so you are justified in using lethal force.  Having your doors unlocked and your
windows rolled down is an act of criminal stupidity.  
     Your vehicle is a more effective weapon than your pistol.  
     If the rioters are around your home, stay in your home.  If they are threatening projecting
force into your home (shooting at you, throwing Molotov cocktails), you are justified in
using lethal force.  They don't have to breach your home.  They don't have to do violence.  
Self-defense is the use of force to prevent the violence.  
     Andrew gives many questions that you need to think about and answer before you are
confronted with the threat, because they are not easy to answer, and trying to figure them
out under the stress of the threat is going to be impossible.  They are moral questions,
not legal questions.  
     Make your tactical decisions and trigger points ahead of time.  You actions may be
reactive, but your decision making should be proactive.  Example, if a rioter displays a
Molotov cocktail, I will immediately shoot him.  If you don't make the decision ahead
of time, you won't act decisively, immediately; and your car will be on fire with your
spouse and kids attempting to bail out into the mob (if they are not buckled into their
car seats, hard for a 4 month old to unbuckle her straps and get out of the car seat,
much less the car).  
     "Oh, that's horrible.  I don't want to think about such things."  
     If you choose to neglect thinking about such things, you are participating in your
own murder.  
     "I wouldn't shoot a person just because he's holding a bottle with a rag hanging out of it."
     When your car is on fire, you won't be able to go back in time to shoot him to prevent
him from throwing the Molotov cocktail at your car.  You and your passengers are going to
suffocate or burn to death.  
"Stand Your Ground: Legally Defending Yourself Outside the Home" by U.S. Law Shield
What Is Stand Your Ground?  
Where Does Stand Your Ground Apply?  
Where Does Stand Your Ground Come From?  
When Does Stand Your Ground Apply?  
How Do I Use Stand Your Ground?  
What if I Live in a State Without Stand Your Ground?  
What Is the Purpose of Stand Your Ground?  
What Does Stand Your Ground Mean?  
Does Stand Your Ground Still Exist?
Who Started Stand Your Ground Laws?
"Bought a New Gun? Here's What To Do Next... | U.S. LawShield LIVE Ep. 7"
     I have found buying guns interstate very easy. for instance will take
care of getting the FFL (Federal Firearms License) from your local FFL (Federal Firearms
     Every state has a safe storage law.  So, if a child gets access to your gun, you're liable;
criminally and civilly.  
     Know the law before you buy a gun.  It's a very special piece of property, with all kinds
of laws on possession, carry, and use.  
     You have to practice regularly.  Firearms skills are perishable.  
     There is federal law that allows you to take possession of inherited firearms without an FFL. 
"Permitless Carry: Concealed Carry for Everyone?" by U.S. Law Shield
How Attitudes Towards Permitless Carry Have Changed
Is Permitless Carry a Threat to The Public?  
Should a Concealed Carry Permit Be Required for Safety?  
No Carry Permit Required: A Gun for Everyone?  
Can I Open Carry in Texas Without a Permit?  
Can You Conceal Carry Without a Permit in Ohio?  
Can I Carry a Gun in Indiana Without a Permit?
Is Constitutional Carry the Same Thing as Permitless Carry?  
Does Permitless Carry Let Felons Carry Concealed Guns?
"New Hampshire State legislature votes on a bill to override all federal gun legislation"
by Thom Dunn
     Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA.
"California’s under-21 gun sales ban ruled unconstitutional" by Associated Press
     "Law of Self Defense" by Andrew Branca
The book is free of charge.  Just pay shipping, so you don't have to drive to Colorado
to pick it up.  
     "Educate yourself.  So, you don't spend the rest of your life in a cage."  
     If you don't read, the live (so you can ask questions) online course is at
     The recorded (not live, so you can't ask questions) online or DVD course is at
    “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 a dishonorable population
represents the height of self-deception.”
-- James Madison, 1788
*****     *****     ***** Personal Security, Medical, Survival, etc. *****     *****     *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
"2 MUST HAVE Items for Bleeding Control" by Brian McLaughlin
"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
*****     *****     *****  War Stories, History, Politics, and such   *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
"NJ" by John Farnam
     I would tell you about my time living and working in New Jersey, but my aunt Lois told me,
if you don't have anything nice to say, don't say anything.  
"Russian Gov Seizes 130 Million Rounds of American Ammunition" by Thomas K.
     Hat tip to Greg Ellifritz.
"A Tale of Two Clips!" by John Farnam
"Tucker: This the point where we have to draw the line"
     When a clown moves into a palace, he does not become a king.  
The palace becomes a circus.
-- Turkish proverb  
"Defensive Gun Uses By People Legally Carrying Guns:
24 Cases During February 2022" by
"Active shooter stopped by legally armed Citizens" by
"Weeping and Wailing and Gnashing of Teeth From The Left (Updated)" by Docent
     We had to wait decades to find out who Deep Throat was.  And only after a deathbed
confession by an FBI Agent.  (G. Gordon Liddy had accused Alexander Haig of being Deep
Throat.)  Now days, we know the leaker immediately,
Amit Jain, a Yale Law graduate working as a law clerk for Justice Sotomayor.
     "Jonathan Turley on the leak, which could provoke an assassination of a Justice
to alter the final ruling, so it is a big deal." from
"Second Amended Complaint Filed In NY Suit" by NRA in Danger
Primary source document,
     "[NY Attorney General, Leticia James, second amended complaint] requests that the
individual defendants be barred from ever serving as officers of a NY nonprofit, that they
be ordered to pay double damages for everything they misappropriated, and that they
repay NRA their salaries over the time they were betraying their trust, plus 9% interest.  
If the last wins out, Leticia James should be made an NRA Honorary Life Member, as the
greatest fund raiser in NRA’s history, the only person who raised tens of millions for the
organization without asking compensation."  
"Canada does not recognize defense of self, family or home as a lawful use of firearms."
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
     In comments to the following story,
" Canadian police find drone carrying handguns across border from US" by Rachel Scully
"Why Are Guns So Prominent in American Culture? (Light Over Heat #18)"
by Prof. David Yamane
    Guns will remain popular in American culture because they are used to solve the same
problems that we have faced since the 1600's.  
     Did you notice that Black Lives Matter is pro-abortion?  Just about all abortions are of
Black babies in inner cities.  Planned Parenthood really is waging genocide against the Negros.  
Black lives matter to the Catholics in their churches who are doing their best to stop the baby
murder.  The Black Lives Matter rioters attack the Catholic churches.  No, really.  Check your
news feeds.  The communists (Black Lives Matter) will try to trick you into sending them
money, so they can buy mansions in Los Angeles to hold their birthday parties and Biden
inauguration parties.  Don't fall for it.  Sending money to such organizations is an act of
criminal stupidity.  
     John, who lived in the north of England, decided to go golfing in Scotland with his buddy,
Shawn.  They loaded up John's minivan and headed north.  After driving for a few hours,
they got caught in a terrible blizzard.  So they pulled into a nearby farm and asked the attractive
lady who answered the door if they could spend the night.  
     "I realize it's terrible weather out there and I have this huge house all to myself, but I'm
recently widowed," she explained, "and I'm afraid the neighbours will talk if I let you stay in
my house." 
     "Don't worry," John said.  "We'll be happy to sleep in the barn.  And if the weather breaks,
we'll be gone at first light." 
     The lady agreed, and the two men found their way to the barn and settled in for the night.  
     Come morning, the weather had cleared, and they got on their way.  They enjoyed a great
weekend of golf.  But about nine months later, John got an unexpected letter from an attorney.  
It took him a few minutes to figure it out, but he finally determined that it was from the
attorney of that attractive widow he had met on the golf weekend.  
     He dropped in on his friend Shawn and asked, "Shawn, do you remember that
good-looking widow from the farm we stayed at on our golf holiday in Scotland about
9 months ago?”  
     "Yes, I do," said Shawn.  
     "Did you, er, happen to get up in the middle of the night, go up to the house and pay her
a visit?"  
     "Well, um, yes," Shawn said, a little embarrassed about being found out, "I have to admit
that I did."
      "And did you happen to give her my name instead of telling her your name?"
     Shawn's face turned beet red and he said, "Yeah, look, I'm sorry, buddy I'm afraid I did.  
Why do you ask?"  
     "She just died and left me everything."  
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology stuff   *****     *****     *****
"Arms discourage and keep the invader and plunderer in awe,
and preserve order in the world as well as property.  
Horrid mischief would ensue were the law-abiding deprived of their use."
-- Thomas Paine
[Remember, cryptosystems are considered "arms" by the U.S. government and federal law.  
ITAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations]
     The following is criminal stupidity.  
"The Quantum Cybersecurity Preparedness Act Builds on National Security Memorandum 8"
by Daniel Pereira
      Does no one in the Biden administration understand that the Theory of Quantum
Mechanics is an inconsistent theory?  Sorry, stupid question.  
Primary source document,
     Herr Doctor Professor Albert Einstein did not believe in the Theory of Quantum
Mechanics.  God does not play dice with the universe.  Which is actually a deep philosophical
statement, not a scientific statement.  Physics and philosophy often overlap.  
     Roger Penrose says Quantum Mechnics is inconsistent.  
     These gentlemen actually know what they are talking about, unlike the above cited politicians.  
     More criminal stupidity.  
"Microsoft, Apple and Google Team Up on Passwordless Standard" by Phil Muncaster
     Biometrics for authentication is WRONG, because unlike a password, you can't change
your fingerprint or iris scan.  So once the bad guy steals it, you're screwed for the rest of
your life.  
     Any fixed ID from your computer can be stolen.  Even if it is encrypted, the encrypted
form can be copied and retransmitted to impersonate you.  
     Only a random number generator in your computer synchronized to a random number
generator at the other end with tight time error bounds would even be reasonable.  But,
of course much more is required for cryptologic authentication.  
     And yet more stupidity.  
"Blockchain Is Perfect Resolution For Global Supply Chain" by BW Online Bureau
     The blockchain systems as presently implemented is mathematically wrong, logically
wrong, and cryptologically wrong.  
     Blockchain in support of crypto currencies is wrong because as Dave Ramsey says,
buying crypto currencies is currency speculation.  Would you invest in a currency that
has no government backing it, no goods or services backing it, no precious commodity
(gold, oil, etc.) backing it?  Blockchain does not back any crypto currency.  
     Blockchain only "instills trust" in those who don't understand it and believe the propaganda.  
     *****     *****     *****  Intel stuff   *****     *****     *****
     I watched a live stream of a mother eagle ripping apart a squirrel and feeding the pieces to
her two babies in their nest from two different angles, see cameras 1 and 2.
     Do you see how you can apply this to your tradecraft?  
     Law abiding citizens committing acts of criminal stupidity.  
"Yakima police say guns are being stolen out of cars on a weekly basis" by Alexandria Rayford
     "Captain Seely with Yakima [WA] police says they are seeing, “at least a firearm a week
getting stolen out of somebody’s car.” "
     Hat tip to Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA.
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
     If you leave your pistol in your car, you are WRONG!
     I foresee a catastrophic failure for the M5 weapons system, chambered in 6.8x51mm.  
The primary problem is the internal workings of the Sig Sauer company.  Do you
understand why they were not named as a defendant when Mexico sued the U.S. arms
manufacturers?  Do you understand why there are several federal law suits against Sig
from law enforcement officers and agencies? (No, it has nothing to do with their pistol
firing without the trigger being pulled or firing when dropped.  These are political
pressure moves.)  Do you understand why Sig is, and will be into the foreseeable future,
the primary U.S. and Mexican small arms supplier?  Do you understand why Sig was
the only gun maker bidding on the contract?  (The others were defense contractors who
had no experience or expertise in the manufacture of small arms.)
No accidents here.  
     I am not a fortune teller.  I am an intelligence analyst; school trained and field experienced.  
When I worked for ORINCON (before it got bought out by Lockheed Martin), the company
president would fly to Hawaii to have lunch with us.  He explained to us how he would
get the contracts.  He hired a retiring admiral to work with the Navy.  The admiral explained
to us that any game could be won.  You just had to find out what the rules were.  I asked
the admiral if he had the money to bribe the politicians.  At which point he adjourned the
meeting.  How presumptuous of me to talk about things above my pay grade.  
     If you find the placement of the article incongruous with the title of the section,
I ask you to stop and think about it.  
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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