Thursday, July 14, 2022

CWP, 14 July MMXXII Anno Domini

 Hi Sheepdogs,
     If you believe in the God given duty to self-defense and defense of those for whom 
you responsible, you need to watch this to understand who your enemies are and what 
they are doing.  
"Tucker Carlson: You can no longer fight back"
     Officers can be forgiven for losing a battle.  They can never be forgiven for being taken
by surprise.  Prepare.  Don't be taken by surprise.  
*****     *****     ***** Software *****     *****     *****
----- 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  
"Ed Monk Exclusive on IFC Warrior Wednesday EP 29"
"Anatomy of a Carjacking and Murder" by the Tactical Professor
     "Lock your doors and take the keys with you whenever you leave your vehicle.  Tire
maintenance always puts you in a head down posture.  Do your best to maintain your
awareness of the area around you.  Cars that pull up next to mine always give me the willies
from the old days.  At an air pump, it’s common and almost always benign but obviously not
100% safe."  
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
"Gabe White lecture on mindset:
"If not me, then who?" at his Pistol Shooting Solutions class"
     Hat tip to Gabe New.  
     If not me, then who?
     Who dares wins.  
     The audacity of will and skill.  
     Mindset is a by product of superior preparation.  
[I took a class from Gabe White at Tac Con.  He does have the fire in the belly. -- Jon Low]
"In Self Defense - Episode 103: Craig Douglas PT.2"
     "I think you can show a guy you are armed without drawing it.  I think you can draw it and
not point it at him.  I think you can draw it, point it at him and not shoot him.  And then I think
you can draw and fire, right?  And those are all things that are again, little taps on the brakes
that keep you hopefully from having to fire." -- Craig Douglas
     "If I point a gun at someone, I'm most assuredly comfortable with shooting them, I've just
chosen for the moment not to." -- Craig Douglas
     "Is there a difference between immediately assaultive and expressively violent?  Yeah.  Most
assuredly.  People in low-income neighborhoods and ghettos all around the country, routinely
point guns at each other expressively and not a shot is fired.  Now, unless you have
experienced that and understand that, you don't know.  Now, can somebody fire a shot in a
heartbeat?  Most assuredly.  Here's the point though:  the point is to hone their social literacy
and get them to understand there are probably even greater slices of gray beyond just, shoot,
don't shoot.  Gun in hand, gun in use." -- Craig Douglas
"Consistency in Concealed Carry"
An Interview with Tom Givens
Interview by Gila Hayes
     "It is just a tool that I need to carry around.  I have a spare tire in my vehicle.  I have a fire
extinguisher in my vehicle, and I have a first aid kit in my vehicle.  It is all the same mentality.  
Whatever comes up, I have got the tools to deal with it."  
-- Tom Givens
     "I have people tell me all the time, “I am smarter than that, I would know where the gun is.”  
Yeah, they have not had to access it under any real stress.  Stress makes you a lot dumber."  
-- Tom Givens
[Real stress is when you piss on yourself, shit on yourself, shake uncontolably, suffer tunnel
vision, suffer auditory exclusion, suffer false memories, suffer temporary amnesia, etc.  
The people Tom is referring to don't know what they are talking about because they have never
suffered "real stress".  
-- Jon Low]
Givens:  I can laugh at anybody.  I laugh at myself!  I have been carrying a gun for so long that
if I went out without it and I got murdered, I could never look anyone in the eye again.  
eJournal:  [Laughing] No, you probably wouldn’t be looking anyone in the eye.  
Givens:  I would have to have a closed casket funeral because I would be so embarrassed.  
     Use tools.  You're human, right?  You want to stay at the top of the food chain, right?  
You have to train and practice with your tools.  Using tools is not instinctive.  There is nothing
natural about tool use.  As my father would often tell me, "That's not the proper tool.  Use the
correct tool for the job."
     “As long as we can both get out of the car, just let them have it.  
I have insurance and the car isn’t worth either of our lives anyway.”  
– my [Claude Werner] instructions about potential carjacking to a
former girlfriend who lived in a sketchy area.  
"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) -----
     "This is an enormous problem in the training industry.  People take all their training from a
single instructor (either out of a sense of loyalty or because the instructor’s cult of personality)
and fail to learn new or different ways of doing things."  
-- Greg Ellifritz
"Trigger Management" by Lee Weams
Sat, August 20, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
Royal Range USA
Nashville, TN 37221
$225.00 + $21.94 Sales Tax = $249.94
"Essential Pistol" by Lee Weems
Sun, August 21, 2022
9:00 AM – 5:00 PM CDT
Royal Range USA
Nashville, TN 37221
$225.00 + $21.94 Sales Tax = $249.94
     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)
Active Self Protection National Conference 2022
Sept. 23-25, 2022
Outside of Manhattan, KS
     I'm going to the Guardian Conference
(because Tac Con sold out in a couple of days, literally).  
Instructors include:  
- Mickey Schuch
- Chuck Haggard
- AJ Zito
- Riley Bowman
- Wayne Dobbs
- Todd Fossey
- Brian McLaughlin
- Samuel Middlebrook
- Andrew Branca
- Bryan Eastridge
- Matt Little
- Melody Lauer
- More to Come
"Street Encounter Skills and Tactics" by FPF Training
Tim Larkin on
Firearms & Self Protection Part 1 - Tim Larkin (interview of Bill Rapier)
     We have better soldiers than anywhere else in the world because we have mentally and
physically challenging organized sports in our schools.  
     We teach:  
1)  Heightened awareness.
2)  Firearms safety.
3)  Being 100% certain that when you pull the trigger the gun goes bang.  
4)  Clean draw stroke from concealment.  
5)  One hand only blade deployment and shooting, with either hand.  
6)  Weapons retention.  
7)  Shooting while grappling.  
     You need tools.  Spending 2 hours teaching a 75 year old grandma to shoot will make her
a problem for the home invader.  No matter how much Ju-Jitsu you teach her, she's not going
to be much of a problem for the home invader.  
Firearms & Self Protection Part 2 - Tim Larkin (interview of Bill Rapier)
     To progress, you need deliberate training with feedback.  Otherwise, you end up mastering
     Correct blade geometry.  A fighting knife is a thrusting knife, not a slashing knife.  
     Aiming protocol, from near to far:  
1)  contact to grabbing distance - natural point of aim shot (no sights, you're in too close),
2)  grabbing distance to just out of grabbing distance - back plating (you're covering the target
with the back plate of your pistol, no sights, you shoot before you fully extend your arms),
3)  outside of grabbing distance but close enough for confidence - frontsight focus,
4)  too far for confidence - frontsight-backsight-frontsight-target-frontsight (to ensure sight
alignment is correct, to positively identify the target).  
     Keep going.  Complete the drill.  Never stop.  You don't get a do over.  Stopping is a training
Firearms & Self Protection Part 3 - Tim Larkin (interview of Bill Rapier)
     Personal willingness.  Are you willing to shoot?  You have to think it through beforehand.  
Otherwise, you will hesitate during the incident, which leads to regret.  
     You have to have physical fitness.  You have to have the correct equipment.  You have to
be able to draw and holster safely.  You have to be muzzle aware.  You have to be trigger
finger aware.  
     Bill Rapier recommends you always have a light on your pistol (weapons mounted light).  
[I disagree.  There is a dangerous proclivity to search with the weapon mounted light.  A
violation of Safety RULE II:  
-- Jon Low]  
     The window of the red dot sight was so fogged up, I couldn't see my iron sights through
it.  Other times there was so much water that I saw 5 dots instead of one dot.   [And yet he
still recommends red dot sights? -- Jon Low]
     When you use a red dot sight, you eliminate sight alignment and front sight focus.  
[I disagree.  
     If you don't keep the red dot in the center of the window, the dot is not exactly at the point
of impact.  If don't keep the dot in the window, you can't aim.  So that's the same as sight
     If the dot is not in the window, where do you have to look to get the dot into the window?  
You have to look at the pistol.  Focusing on the pistol is the same as focusing on the front sight,
because they are at the same distance from your eye.   
     You're only going to get the dot in the window automatically on the first try, if you're
shooting in pristine range conditions.  From awkward positions, you might not to see your
dot.  You're going to have to search for it and move it into your window.  
-- Jon Low]
American Tactical Shooting Instruction, LLC
From an email from Patrick Kilchermann --
     We must never forget:
The enormous differences between a green Private First Class and a seasoned Navy SEAL
have very little to do with the amount of gun or shooting training the two have had.  It also
has very, very little to do with physical strength.  
     And yet, all too often I meet people who are stuck in that sort of mental loop:  
"once I can afford good pistol training . . . if only I attend enough shooting courses . . .
next year I'll be training with . . . "
     Consider this:
When a soldier or marine walks out of basic training, approximately $36,000 have been spent
to get him to that point.  That's college and recruitment bonuses, that's food and lodging and
gear, and that's pay for him and his share of all his instructors and teachers.  But if that same
man walks out of SEAL Qualification Training 2.5 years later, over $500,000 will have been
spent on him.  And he already knew how to shoot fast and accurately going in.  
     Yes, we must become comfortable and proficient with our bodies and weapons.  Those
skills will always require a little upkeep.  But essentially, we can look at those skills as boxes
that we can check, so that we can move on . . . so that we can move on to building our minds.  
-- Patrick Kilchermann
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
     The point of aim for maximum damage to the cardiovascular system:  
the intersection of the line between the armpits and the vertical center-line
(i.e., the upper chest). -- Andy Stanford, "Surgical Speed Shooting"
“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
     Monster Hunter recommended some web sites for good information (as opposed to internet
nonsense).  But, it took a bit of searching on the given web sites to find the training articles and
videos.  If I couldn't find them, I did not list them.  So, here they are:  
     Langdon Tactical
Pistol Skills Series
     Lucky Gunner
Start Shooting Better
Shooting 101
     Active Self Protection
Their videos are on their channel,
not their web site.
     Tim Herron
Videos are on the channel,
not the web site.
I took a class from him at Tac Con.  A purely civilian perspective.  
      Pat McNamara
Videos are on the channel,
not the web site.
     Shiv Works
Videos are on the channel,
not the web site.
Care enough to continue your training.
2022 Thunderstick Summit (sold out within an hour of posting) $700
     All of the current disciples of the Gospel of the Gauge will be teaching together in Dallas
in September at the first Thunderstick Summit.  This is a unique opportunity to get an in-depth
education on the defensive shotgun from several trainers at one time.  
     Classroom and range instruction will be conducted by Tom Givens, Erick Gelhaus,
Steve Fisher, Rob Haught, and Darryl Bolke.  Event size is limited.  Better register very soon if
you want to attend.  (The event was sold out within an hour of the posting.)
     The classroom and range facility are first rate.  Excellent hotels and numerous restaurants
are 10 minutes away.
     [The event was sold out within an hour of announcement?  I wonder how many slots
they had?  $700 is not bad for a three day class.  But, it is rather specialized.]
     Claude Werner, in his report on the Surgical Speed Shooting Summit, said
"It’s likely that neither measurement process in shooting is related to the
observer effect in quantum mechanics."
     I responded, "I disagree. . . . I can assure you that many physicists believe that a conscious
observer (as opposed to an unconscious observer such as a measuring instrument) affects the
outcome of every experiment at every scale.  The difference in outcome may be masked by
error at the macroscopic level, but it is still there.  Just as one cannot measure the conservation
of momentum (in the person-Earth system) when one jumps on the Earth's surface, but still
believes in conservation of momentum; so it is with our belief that a conscious observer affects
the outcome of every experiment.  
     Physics is a religion as any other.  And has many denominations.  
     I will refrain from wasting your time with a detailed explanation."  
Claude said, "A detailed explanation would not be a waste of my time.  From someone who
has some real knowledge of the phenomenon it would be quite interesting."  
Jon Low will now waste everyone's time by giving an explanation.  
Hi Claude,
     The Theory of Quantum Mechanics, referred to as QM in the following text,
states that every system (ill-defined term at best) exists in multiple states simultaneously
(not a single determined state), and that each state has a theoretically determined
probability.  [Some systems have a finite number of states.  Some systems have
an infinite number of states. The state might refer to the particle's position in space.]  
The probability of being in each state can be calculated using the Schrodinger
Wave Equation, referred to as SWE in the following text, (which sort of corresponds to
the experimentally determined probability within experimental error).  And that when
a measurement is made on the system, the SWE "collapses" to one of the possible states
with probability determined by the SWE.  
[Herr Doktor Professor Albert Einstein did not believe in QM.  Remember,
physics is a religion with many denominations.]  
     There is a thing called "the observer effect".  This refers to the thing
(instrument, but not necessarily an instrument) that you are using to measure
the object, affecting the experiment.  For instance, in order to measure an object,
you have to see the object, so you have to shine a light on the object.  By shining
a light on the object, you are hitting the object with photons.  The photons,
bouncing off of the object, change the momentum of the object.  
This is not what we are talking about.  
     There is a thing called "the conscious observer effect", referred to as X in
the following text.  X is a theory in the realm of QM, but also in the realm of
Theoretical Physics and the realm of philosophy, that says that a
"conscious observer" (as opposed to an inanimate measuring instrument) causes
the SWE to collapse, which means to appear to be in one of the possible states.  
X does not say what the SWE collapses to.  So, X does not allow the scientist
to predict which state the system ends up in, only that the system is no longer
simultaneously in multiple probabilistic states.  
     An individual photon or electron can behave as a particle or as a wave,
depending on the experiment.  But, for any given experiment, you only get one
of the two behaviors.  When you set up an experiment where you can
know or predict the path of the particle, you get particle behavior (a probabilistic
scatter pattern, not a diffraction pattern in the two slit experiment [the SWE
has collapsed] ).  When you set up an experiment where you don't know or
can't know, even after the experiment, the path that the particle took, you get
wave behavior (a diffraction pattern in the two slit experiment, indicating that
two waves were interfering with each other (even if there is only one "particle"
in the experiment), superimposing and canceling [the SWE never collapsed] ).  
So your knowledge or lack thereof affects the experimental result.  
     If my explanation has been coherent, this behavior should strike you as bizarre.  
How can the particle know whether or not it is being observed by a consciousness?  
How can the particle choose which slit to go through?  How can the particle go
through both slits simultaneously?)  
     "Well, it's a different experiment, so of course we get different results."  
     Well, no, it's the same experiment.  The only difference is whether or not
the observer is conscious, or an inanimate machine (measuring instrument).  
     Note that the SWE is not derived from anything.  Schrodinger just wrote it
because it fit observations.  So, it works to describe or predict phenomena,
but nobody has a cogent theory as to why.  There is no well defined theoretical
derivation of the Schrodinger Wave Equation from first principles.  
     As opposed to the Theory of Thermodynamics.  All of the laws of
Thermodynamics are derived from first principles.  I know.  I actually
did the derivations as an undergraduate.  That was in Prof. Sven Hartmann's
thermodynamics class.  Sven Hartmann (1932-2021).  Ya, he just died last year.  
Columbia University, Physics Department.  
     Actually, the SWE does not directly give us the probabilities of being in a
particular state.  The square of the amplitude of the SWE at a particular time
and place [because the SWE, for any given particle, extends through all time
and space] is the probability of being at that location at that time.  
Note that the amplitude of the SWE at any given time and place is a
Complex (having Real and Imaginary vector components) valued vector,
assuming we are operating in 3 space dimensions and 1 time dimension.  
So the probability of being in a particular state is the square of the magnitude
of the vector given by the SWE.  In higher dimensional spaces, it gets much
worse.  We can't just scale up using higher dimension vectors.  We are forced
to use higher rank tensors to model the behavior.  But, you don't have to
believe that there exist higher dimensions.  Such a belief is a different
denomination of the religion of physics.  
     If I had had more time, I would have written less.  If you have questions,
I would be happy to try to answer.  
[The email was edited and proofread before publication in the blog posting.]
     Of course, I [Jon Low] may be wrong.  I often am.  Ya, I know the explanation was sloppy,
but you get the idea.  (I hope.)  My proofreader, Yurij Baransky, was a classmate and fellow
physicist at Columbia University.  His comment was that the foregoing explanation was good
enough for government work, and that my comments on SWE not being derived from first
principles was superfluous.  He recommends,
"Through Two Doors at Once:
The Elegant Experiment That Captures the Enigma of Our Quantum Reality"
by Anil Ananthaswamy
ISBN-10 ‏ : ‎ 1101986093
ISBN-13 ‏ : ‎ 978-1101986097
ASIN ‏ : ‎ B079KTT95K
Publisher ‏ : ‎ Dutton (August 7, 2018)
     Of course, all mistakes are mine.  
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
"Gun Skills: Next-Level Dry Practice" by Ron Norton
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
"The Top 5 Missed Shots in Handgun Shooting" by the Tactical Professor
     "If you can’t be bothered to expend fifteen minutes a week in dry practice, two extra
magazines on your person are most likely meaningless."  
"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
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
As a civilian carrying concealed for self-defense, your mission is to escape the bad situation.  
Or, to afford your loved ones the ability to escape.  Your tools are used to escape.  
     You are not there to apprehend, mete out justice, exact revenge, or anything like that.  
     Get your mission straight in your mind.  "Get out NOW!"  
"The shorter the fight, the less hurt you get."
-- John Holschen
"Anytime you get involved in a fight, there is a chance you will get injured and die.  Or, get
convicted and spend the rest of your life in a cage with dangerous unpleasant people."  
"If you are innocent, there is a 10% chance that you'll be convicted.  That's just the noise
in the justice system."  
-- Andrew Branca
     Oh yes, lots of innocent people get convicted.  That why the Innocence Project has gotten
so many people released from prison.  And they have a huge backlog of cases.  My state
Senator Mark Pody has worked on such cases to get innocent persons released from prison.  
Never for an instance think that there is any justice in our legal system.  You get as much
justice as you can afford.  That's why you have to have a self-defense insurance policy.  
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
"Make Use of Cover by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     "It is an excellent idea to incorporate the use of cover into the dry practice that one does at
home.  It also helps the armed citizen identify useful cover in his own home.  Setting up dry
practice sessions in different parts of the home, different rooms with different furniture, gives
one a better perspective on the available cover and the defensive techniques that can defeat a
home invasion."  
"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
"The Handheld Light as an Impact Weapon" by Salvatore
     A lady sent me an email requesting handgun instruction.  
"I have decided I want to learn how to shoot a handgun."
"This is something I think God is telling me to do."
And I thought to myself, that's an excellent reason for wanting to learn to shoot a pistol.  
So, I asked her if she were right or left handed, and asked her to stop by my apartment
in Nashville to try out several pistols so we could find one that fits her hand.  
     I am presently getting equipment together for her.  I always try everything together to
ensure it works, before giving it to a student.  (The following was done dry.  No live ammo
in the room.)  I set up the gear left handed with the pistol at nine o'clock and I attempted to
draw the pistol with my right hand:  
0)  if I fumble the pistol, I will let if fall to the ground without attempting to catch it.  I will
then establish a proper grip and pick it up off the ground.  (This may be the fastest.)  
1)  by reaching around the front, thumb pointing forward, palm outboard (Yes, as a matter
of fact, many people can do this.  It's just a matter of stretching and practice.)  *establishing a
high tight grip before pulling the pistol out of the holster*.  
2)  by reaching around the back, *establishing a high tight grip before pulling the pistol out
of the holster*.  
3)  by reaching around the front, pulling the pistol partially out of the holster, rotating the pistol
around while still in the holster, and establishing a proper grip.  (As taught at FLETC.)  
4)  by reaching around the front, pulling the pistol out of the holster and inserting it inside my
belt in front of my navel, rotating it around, and establishing a high tight grip.  
5)  by reaching around the front, pulling the pistol out and trapping it between my knees,
and then establishing a correct grip.  (Prevents mobility, but it's good to know more than
one technique.  Just in case.)  
     I believe it is necessary to know these techniques because one may be disabled before the
incident or become disabled during the incident.  I know very few instructors teach these
techniques, as they are difficult and dangerous.  But, I do NOT believe these techniques
to be advanced techniques.  I believe they are basic essential techniques.  
     Yes, they are difficult at first.  You may not be able to do them at first.  It takes stretching
and practice, and perhaps months of practice.  It may require a change of equipment.  
You CAN do these techniques.  
Positive talk -> positive thought -> positive talk -> positive thought -> . . .
     You may be required to execute such a technique in combat.  Is that enough motivation
for you?  
     This guy was shaking my hand and would not let go.  Then he was crushing my hand.  
He thought it was real funny.  Until I drew my pistol with my left hand an pointed it at him.  
Oh ya, there are all kinds of nasty people in this world.  
"The surreptitious draw is a real thing" by Rich Grassi
     ". . . it’s not the individual technique applied over-and-over that saves the day.  
It’s the thinking behind the technique."  
"Tom Knight and the Lisp Machine" from "Some AI Koans" from the "Jargon Files"
     A novice was trying to fix a broken Lisp machine by turning the power off and on.
     Knight, seeing what the student was doing, spoke sternly:  
“You cannot fix a machine by just power-cycling it with no
understanding of what is going wrong.”
Knight turned the machine off and on.
     The machine worked.
     Among the issues that I had with keyboard commandos, back when I participated in a few
online forums, was the significance of the Kydex “click” or “clack.”  “No one's gonna notice
it in the middle of a gunfight,” some proclaimed.  Fine but what about when you realize that
the threat level has risen in a venue such as a business that is being robbed and you want gun
in hand without announcing yourself as a target?  Rich adds in a photo caption,
“. . . A slow pressure could minimize the distinctive sound of the draw, but be quick to the hit
should that become necessary . . .”  Another option, for those who prefer the rigidity and the
impermeability to sweat of Kydex are Silent Thunder, leather-lined Kydex holsters from
Garrett Industries.  Another disagreement I had in forums was over the risks of reholstering a
pistol with a short-stroke trigger and no thumb safety in an AIWB holster.  “Not an issue,”
I was assured by the range-oriented commandos, “most people are in too much hurry to
reholster anyway.”  What if you need to reholster – surreptitiously or not, while seated?  
Some list members will recall the case of a police firearms instructor in Massachusetts, who
bled out after shooting himself while holstering or reholstering a S&W Shield in an AIWB
holster while driving to work.  To make matters worse, that model had the optional thumb
safety but it had not been engaged.
-- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
     When you bite, you must bite with the intention of breaking bone.  Yes, you can.  
"Engaging high angle active shooters at distance.  Can you?  Should you?" by Mike Ox
[When shooting uphill or downhill, your point of impact will be high relative to the point of
impact when shooting horizontally.  Because the acceleration of gravity is not perpendicular
to the velocity.  Bullet drop maximizes when shooting horizontally.  At any other angle the
bullet drop is less.  So, what Mike is saying is true. -- Jon Low]
"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
     If you can do one-on-one classes, please try it.  You will find it satisfying.  Because you
can pay attention to the student's details.  "Attention to detail" was one of the principles
constantly repeated in Marine Corps recruit training.  
     Be careful what you teach.  
Because your students will do in combat
whatever you have trained them to do,
no matter how ridiculous.
-- "Shooting in Self-Defense" by Sara Ahrens
----- Andragogy -----
     An instructor should not expect any learning to take
place the first time new information is presented.  
-- "Building Shooters" by Dustin Solomon
     "The 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
     Analysis of Robb Elementary School incident.  
"Cowardice and lack of training are not the same — THERE IS NO EXCUSE"
by The FieldCraft Survival Channel
     The significance of this video is that the narrator puts the timeline and videos together so
that it is in context.  
Primary sources:  
     "Hallway footage obtained in Uvalde school shooting" by KVUE"
     "State officials provided a timeline of the massacre and have corrected crucial details
amid public demands for information on how authorities handled the situation."  
by Reese Oxner, Carla Astudillo and Eric Neugeboren
     "Robb Elementary School Attack Response Assessment and Recommendations"
by Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training
Excerpts:  (paraphrased)
     Morbidly obese persons are not operators.  They are a liability.  
     "Everybody wants to be an operator until it's time to do operator shit.  Not one of these
guys is doing his job."  
     The cops waiting around outside the classrooms allowed the wounded children to bleed
out and die.  An adult will bleed out in 3 minutes.  A child will bleed out in less time.  You
have to kill the bad guy immediately in order to allow the EMTs to come forward to
render medical aid.  Waiting around outside is WRONG!  Always has been, always will be.  
     In the Marine Corps, we were taught not to render medical aid to our wounded.  Our
mission was to push forward and kill the enemy.  That would allow the Corpsmen to advance
to take care of the wounded.  That is the only tactic that makes sense.  
"New report details missed chances to stop Uvalde shooting"
by Paul J. Weber and Jake Bleiberg
Among their findings:  
    It appeared that no officer waiting in the hallway during the shooting ever tested to see if the
door to the classroom was locked.  The head of Texas' state police agency has also faulted
officers on the scene for not checking the doors.  
    The officers had “weapons (including rifles), body armor (which may or may not have been
rated to stop rifle rounds), training, and backup.  The victims in the classrooms had none of
these things."  
    When officers finally entered the classroom at 12:50 p.m. – more than an hour after the
shooting began – they were no better equipped to confront the gunman than they had been
up to that point.  
    "Effective incident command" never appears to have been established among the multiple
law enforcement agencies that responded to the shooting . . .   
     Despite all this, the nation's two largest teachers unions – and biggest lobbyists – continue
to oppose allowing teachers who'd like to do so to work armed, relying instead on
“the professionals” to respond to events such as this one. -- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
----- 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
     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,
“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
"How the Supreme Court Just Boxed in the EPA, and What That Means for the ATF"
by William Kirk
Citations are given under the video.  This is significant.  
"Bodega Breakdown: Murder 2 or Self-Defense?" by Andrew Branca
     Long form legal analysis of the Bodega stabbing.  
     You don't have to be correct.  You only have to be reasonable.  
     New York state has a duty to retreat.  
     The prosecution has to dis-prove self-defense beyond a reasonable doubt.  They have the
burden of persuasion.  Persuading the jury, beyond a reasonable doubt.  But, before the
prosecution has to do that, the defense has to produce enough evidence to convince the court
that self-defense is a reasonable legal theory in this case.  The burden of production.  
Law of Self Defense on Rumble
     "If you carry a gun, so you're hard to kill, know the law, so you're hard to convict."  
     Free infographic on the 5 elements of self-defense.
     Free one hour webinar, every Wednesday at 13:00 Central Time, register at,
     "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."  
"LIVE! Auto Parts Store Pew-Pew: Self-Defense or a Violent Crime?" by Andrew Branca
      "Your attorney is not going to parachute in.  It may be a long time before your attorney
shows up.  Maybe 30 days.  Or as long as it takes to your arraignment."  
    “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
*****     *****     ***** 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
"Arthritis Tips: How to Load & Unload Semi-Autos" by Dr. Joseph Logar, PT, DPT
----- Gear -----
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"SSS Summit Course of Fire Initial Impressions" by Claude Werner
     "Conventional iron sights gave the best performance overall."  
     "Although it won’t be a popular view, I think unless a person is willing to be trained and
commit serious practice time to using a Red Dot Sight, it’s counterproductive in the context
of the Armed Citizen."  
[Please take Claude seriously.  He knows what he's talking about. -- Jon Low]
      I have heard instructors recommend putting skateboard surface material or the material
that contractors put on slippery surfaces to prevent slipping on the grip of your pistol.  
I think this is a bad idea.  It has been my experience that students tear the skin on their hands
with such aggressive friction material.  
     I would recommend a thin friction surface such as bicycle handle bar tape.  
For a thicker friction surface, I would recommend the tape used for tennis racquet handles.  
     Here's an event you might be interested in,
National Association Sporting Goods Wholesalers
October 26-28, 2022
2022 NASGW Expo
Kansas City, MO
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
----- Technical / Maintenance -----
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
"5.56mm Twist Rate Chart" by Eric
     No mention of muzzle speed (muzzle velocity).  Strange.  The bullet's spin in revolutions
per second is a function of bullet speed.  
"Gel Test: Remington High Terminal Performance 9mm JHP" by GunSpot
     Internal ballistics is the study of the bullet's state from primer ignition to the muzzle.  
External ballistics is the study of the bullet's trajectory from muzzle to target.  Terminal ballistics
is the study of the bullet's behavior in the target.  
"Gun Safety: Squib Loads" by NRA Staff
     Well, I don't think a gunsmith is needed.  Unload and field strip the pistol or swing the
cylinder out of a revolver.  Place a wooden rod or cleaning rod in the barrel against the bullet,
while holding the barrel and rod in place, bang the rod against the ground or a table top.  The
contact method, as we were taught in Boy Scouts.  
     "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)
*****     *****     ***** Personal Security, Medical, Survival, etc. *****     *****     *****
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- Dr. Sherman House
"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
"History!" by John Farnam
     "We must not delude ourselves into thinking that current leadership of the Democrat Party,
and a large percentage of elected Democrats, are not Communists.  And like Communists
everywhere, their goal is absolute control and power, period!"  
-- John Farnam
"Tucker Carlson: Why are they so angry?"
     This is why it is so important to have local militias and local Sheriffs.  FBI agents value
their pensions above their oath to uphold and defend the U.S. Constitution.  Zero FBI agents
have resigned or refused to obey orders to attack political opponents of the Biden
"IRS Buys Full Auto P90 Tactical Rifles!! What Are They Preparing For?!"
"Left-Wing Minister Wants to Confiscate Guns Owned by Members of Right-Wing AfD
(Alternative für Deutschland)"
by Paul Joseph Watson
     "Maier, who belongs to the Social Democrat Party (SPD), has tasked his employees with
establishing a working group on “Weapons and Extremists” to move forward on the issue."  
     Let us remember that NAZI stands for National Socialist Party.  It is always the socialists
who want to disarm you.  They go by different names in different countries, but they are
all basically communists. -- Jon Low
     "More recently, I am reminded of legislation in New York that requires applicants for
unrestricted pistol permits to grant authorities access to social-media accounts for the
preceding three years.  How soon before Bruen-affected states start checking permit
applications against voter registrations?" -- Stephen P. Wenger, W2MRA
     "I'm in favor of God, guns, and oil." -- Donald Trump, 9 July 2022 A.D. in Achorage, AK
No, I wasn't there.  I watched the live stream on  
     "Quit calling it 'gun control'.  It's civilian disarmament." -- Kevin Sorbo
     Quit calling it 'abortion'.  It's baby murder.  
     Quit calling it 'gay rights'.  It's perverted sex crime.  
     Quit calling it 'trans rights'.  Men have no right to compete in women's sports.
Or use women's bathrooms.  
     I could go on and on, but you get the idea.  They are all euphemisms for evil.  

     When I worked for G4S Security (recently bought out by Allied) all of their horror stories
were about their officers shooting or Tasing people who didn't need to be shot or Tased.  So,
G4S was perfectly happy to hire people who would never shoot bad guys.  (Gabe Suarez
tells of a police chief that he worked for who said that officers would never get in trouble
for not shooting.  Sort of like the Uvalde, TX police who just let the kids get killed in Robb
Elementary School.)  
     Since working for the Jewish community: community centers, synagogues, and such;
we try to recruit people who will shoot bad guys, as opposed to running away or freezing or
     The best predictor of future performance is past performance.  
     There is a security school that gives a lot of classes in the area.  I asked their boss to send us
people to interview, as we are always looking for security officers.  I told the boss that we need
people who will actually shoot when necessary.  He has sent us zero persons.  A lot of people
take the classes to get the credentials, not to do the work.  They all think they are going to be
managers; make the big money.  
     In Tennessee, anyone with a clean record who sits through a 16 hour class, passes the
written test, can hit the side of a barn, and pays $105 will get a Tennessee Armed Guard license.  
There is no mindset screening.  There is no question on the test such as, "Would you be willing
to use lethal force in self-defense or the defense of others?" or "Would you be willing to go
hands on with someone to prevent them from stealing property that you were responsible for?"
     "What's the point, Staff?"  
     You have to interview carefully.  Check their background and military or law enforcement
experience.  Some credentials don't mean shit.  
     The kind of hand-to-hand combat Marines are taught will kill immediately.  The kind of
hand-to-hand defensive tactics that police are taught will not kill.  BIG DIFFERENCE.  
MMA fighters, have training scars from all of the rules that they must obey while competing.  
They won't automatically gouge eyes, bite, grab hair, break joints, etc.  That's a real problem.  
Because the bad guy will.  Whoever disables the other guy first, wins.  
     Another entry for my list of credentials for good rules of engagement just popped into
my mind.  (Sometimes my memory hides things from me.  Sometimes I get memories which
come of themselves. -- paraphrased from "Dune" by Frank Herbert)  When I was between
jobs and living in South Carolina, I applied for a job at the maximum security prison (they
also have the state's death row) in Ridgeville, SC.  During the job interview, they informed me
that it was the guard's duty to shoot to kill any prisoner attempting to escape.  They explained
to me that the prisoner putting his fingers through the wire fence was breaching the perimeter
and that lethal force was required at that point.  They asked me if I would be willing to shoot
escaping prisoners in the back.  I said, yes.  
"Some in Congress want to know why ATF is choking the 2nd Amendment supply chain"
"New beard policy growing on Santa Fe police officers" by Robert Nott
     I always wondered about operators wearing beards.  Can't get the gas-mask to seal with a
beard.  We never wore beards in the Marine Corps.  The enemy has strict religious rules against
shaving, so they all wore beards.  A guy wearing a mask is a criminal.  (Says Col. Jeff Copper.)  
A guy wearing a beard is an enemy.  Maybe they didn't get the memo.  
     When I was studying psychology as an undergraduate, I read peer reviewed journal articles
that indicated that children's reaction to clean shaven persons was in general good, while their
reaction to bearded persons was bad.  This is cross cultural.  Political correctness does not
change instinctive human reactions.  That's why children cry when their parents force them
to sit on Santa's lap for pictures.  
     "Well that's just because a clean shaven man looks more like a woman."  
     Doesn't matter why.  Truth is truth.  
     "You're feeding the 'toxic masculinity' narrative."  
     Doesn't matter.  Truth is truth.  That's why Marines are clean shaven.  They must be able
to seal their gas masks and they would like to get the good will and cooperation of the locals.  
The Santa Fe police department is engaging in criminal stupidity in a desperate attempt to
reduce turn over in personnel.  
"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
[Cryptosystems are considered "arms" by federal law.  
ITAR, International Traffic in Arms Regulations]
"Connected sums of real projective plane and torus or Klein bottle." by Jos Leys
     This is geometry and topology, not that silly formalized symbol manipulation that they
teach in the "universities".  
     Visual proof that the connected sum of a real projective plane (represented here as a
Moebius strip, but remember that gluing a disc to the border of a Moebius strip produces
a real projective plane) and a torus, and the connected sum of a real projective plane and
a Klein bottle, are homeomorphic.  
"Hyperchaotic 4D attractor"
Differential equations by Safieddine Bouali.  Graphics by Jos Leys.
     Do you see how you can use chaotic functions for pseudorandom number generation?  
"Dimensions 8 German" by Jos Leys (auf Deutsch)
     It is always interesting to see computer graphics of something that you had visualized
especially when they coincide.  I remember studying such forms to model electro-magnetic
fields (force and potential lines) as they were distorted by the space being dragged by rotating
masses.  Good times.  Back when my mind worked.  
Coffin Problems (Murderous Problems, Jewish Problems, Killer Problems):  
Easy to state.  (Low information content?  Low entropy?)  
Reasonable solutions.  (Low computational complexity?  Easy to verify correct solution?)  
Hard to solve.  (One-way problem?  NP Complete?)
     Do you see how such problems can be used in secure protocols?  
"Simple Math Problems To Fool The Best" by GoldPlatedGoof
"Entrance Examinations to the Mekh-mat" by A. Shen
"Main list of math "coffin" problems" by Tanya Khovanova
Home page,
"Jewish Problems" by Tanya Khovanova and Alexey Radul
"Mekh-mat entrance examination problems" by Ilan Vardi
"The “So What?” of the NIST Quantum Resistant Cryptographic Algorithms Announcement"
by Bob Gourley
Dear Jon,
     It isn't just a code book.  The Mirror Visitor is sold as juvenile fiction for little girls,
but it's all about cryptologic warfare.  And it goes deep into several types of [mathematical]
inversions.  How did it ever get past the government / intelligence censors?  Yes, I read it
in the French.  
Dear Clare,
     Yes, just as "Harry Potter" is all about magic in the wizarding world, while it is the most
anti-government, pro-gun series of book in my memory; so the "Mirror Visitor" is about
things that it is not about at all.  Did you notice that Eulalia Gonde is trained in cryptanalysis
by the military?  The author just couldn't resist making it clear what she was doing, to anyone
who cared to notice.  The English translation says it explicitly.  I guess the translator had her
biases and agenda too.  The English translation transcribes many French phrases without
translation.  I was taught that that is always best when you can't translate it.  Let the reader
figure it out without misleading him.  
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
     *****     *****     *****  Intel stuff   *****     *****     *****
“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.)
"Mind Bending Strategy" by GoldPlatedGoof
     The political strategies of Lyndon B. Johnson.  
     The real question is, how did LBJ get his intel in the first place to be able to execute as
he did?  The same way Thomas Jefferson got his intel.  
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     ". . . , nuke the site from orbit.  It's the only way to be sure."  
-- Corporal (E-4) Hicks, Colonial Marine, in the movie "Aliens"
(It was a military operation and he was the highest ranking at the time.)
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Radio:  KI4SDN

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