Tuesday, January 31, 2023

CWP, 31 January MMXXIII Anno Domini

 Greetings Sheepdogs,
*****     *****     ***** Prevention *****     *****     *****
----- Mindset (figuring out the correct way to think) -----
     "We don’t decide what is necessary to survive a lethal force encounter initiated
by someone else.  That person decides what’s necessary for us to survive."  
– William Aprill
     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
"Fear is an instinct.  Courage is a choice."
-- Rear Admiral Joseph Kernan, USN
“Willingness” is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!”  
-- David M Shoup, USMC Commandant, 1960-1963
     In order to stop the bad guy before the event turns into a mass murder,
you must stop the bad guy within 30 seconds of the start of the attack.  
That requires that you be Present, Armed, and Willing.  
-- Ed Monk (paraphrased)
     "You need to have the capacity for danger.  You need to be ‘dangerous’.  
Yet, you need to learn how to not use it except when necessary.  And, that is not
the same thing as being harmless.  . . .  There's nothing virtuous about harmlessness.  
It just means you’re ineffectual and useless."  
-- Jordan Peterson
----- 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  
RULE III:  KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER [in the register position]
"Dog shoots man:  
Kansas deputy finds 32-year-old hunter dead in his car and
concludes his dog stepped on the trigger of his rifle in the back seat"
by Harriet Alexander
     "Several states, typically under their game codes, ban loaded long guns inside
vehicles, ostensibly to keep poachers from shooting from vehicles.  Way back when
I took a hunter-education course, we were taught not to chamber a round until
ready to take a shot.  That instruction emphasized empty chamber not only in
vehicles but in traversing fences and lifting guns into tree stands."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger, http://spw-duf.info
     "If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it.  
The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury.  Therefore
what he must fear is his victim."  
-- Col. Jeff Cooper
     The Metro Nashville Police Department strongly encourages Nashvillians to
lock their automobile doors, secure any valuables---especially guns, and
REMOVE THE KEYS.  Please do not leave vehicles running while unattended.  
Vehicles left running to warm up on cold mornings are an easy target for car thieves.  
Less than a month into the new year, 81 guns have been stolen from vehicles in
Nashville. The total number of guns stolen this year in Davidson County is 94,
which means that 86% of guns stolen so far in 2023 have been taken from
     Last year, 1,378 guns were stolen from vehicles in Nashville. More than 70%
of ALL guns reported stolen in 2022 (1,952) were taken from vehicles.  This is an
increase from 2021 when 1,303 guns were stolen from vehicles.  Going hand in
hand with vehicle burglaries is vehicle theft.  A review of last week’s stolen vehicle
reports in Nashville shows that 52% of the automobiles taken (26 of 50) were easy
targets because the keys were left inside or made available to thieves.  Last year,
74% of the automobiles taken (2,687 of 3,622) were easy targets because the
keys were left inside or made available to thieves.  Just like guns taken from
vehicles, these stolen vehicles are also routinely involved in criminal activities,
including carjackings and robberies.  
-- Metro Nashville Police Department
"There are no victims, only volunteers.  
You volunteer by looking uncertain and afraid.  
You volunteer by being, as grass-eaters invariably are,
unprepared to confront the hazards of life."
— Jeff Cooper
John Farnam's rules to keep you out of trouble:  
Don't go to stupid places.  
Don't do stupid things.  
Don't hang out with stupid people.  
Be in bed by 10 PM.  Your own bed.  
Don't look like a freak.  
Don't fail the attitude test.  
----- Training (figuring out the correct tasks to learn) -----
     You need training because:  
You don't know what you don't know.  
Much of what you know is false.  
It's good to the have the answers before the criminal tests you.  
-- Claude Werner (paraphrased)
John Hearne's classes,
"Take training from different instructors.  
We are all wrong about something."  
-- John Farnam
Security Operations Summit (SOS)
Faith Based Security Network
July 27th, 28th, and 29th of 2023 in
Lebanon, TN
For more details,
“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
"Training Rule #2 and Don’t Shoots" by Erick Gelhaus
     When I take my students to shoot the IPSC or IDPA matches, I insist they not
muzzle the no-shoot targets.  The Safety Officer won't penalize them for muzzling
the no-shoot targets.  So you have to be aware and move your muzzle around the
no-shoot targets.  
Training is NOT an event, but a process.
Training is the preparation FOR practice".
-- Claude Werner
----- Practice (how to get competent at that task) -----
     "Train, Practice, Compete
are the key elements in the development of humans."
-- John M. Buol, Jr.
"Advanced Skills" by Paul Sharp
     "There are no advanced techniques.  There are fundamentals honed to
perfection through conscious effort.  Then there is the application of those
fundamentals against ever increasing challenges.  The mechanics don’t change,
our understanding grows so we’re able to apply the technique against higher
and higher levels of resistance.  As we advance we face greater resistance and
better opponents which causes our understanding of the hows, when’s and
why’s to advance.  The mechanics remain the same.  We become advanced."  
Practice is the small deposits you make over time,
so that in an emergency, you can make that big withdrawal.
-- Chesley Burnett Sullenberger, III
     Dry practice!  No one has enough time or money for live fire practice.  It's free
and convenient.  
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
Creating and maintaining the habit" by Stav
"Panic is simply the lack of preprogrammed responses."  
-- Tom Givens
"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
*****     *****     ***** Intervention *****     *****     *****

----- Strategy (deciding on the end state and how to achieve it,
which tactics to use, which includes not getting involved) -----
How do you win a gunfight?
Don't be there.
-- John Farnam
     Awareness, Avoidance, De-Escalation, and Escape
"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
"The Secrets of Verbal Deescalation
Your best defensive tool isn’t always in your holster."
by Sheriff Jim Wilson
     In the middle of a gunfight, it is probably a mistake to say,
“My gun is empty and I need to reload it.”  It is far better to shout out,
“Loading!”  And your partner replies, “Covering!”  By doing so,
he or she lets us know they heard us and will try to handle things
until we get back in the fight.  
"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
"That's a Thing #21: MUC'ing while Two Kuhl" by John Murphy
     William Hayes finds his red dot by pushing his pistol to the target with muzzle
high, and then bringing the muzzle down onto the target / red dot down into the
center of the window.  He never has to search for it, because he knows where it is,
even if he can't see it in the window.  He knows that it is above the window and
that lowering the muzzle will bring the red dot into the window.  
     He also uses a light gathering front sight attached to the front of the slide to
aid in aligning his pistol to the target.  So he is never searching for his red dot.  
     Focus on the target, place the dot on the target.  
     If you can't find the dot in the first place, use the iron sights.  
     If you lose the dot (for any reason), use the iron sights.  
"Trigger Take Up - The Truth" by Gabe Suarez
1.  finger in register position [touching the barrel / frame]
2.  finger touching trigger (not pressing the trigger)
3.  finger takes out the slack [staging the trigger]
4.  finger breaking the shot
"5 Strategies For Effectively Completing a Tactical Reload" by Massad Ayoob
"It's not daily increase but daily decrease - hack away at the inessentials!"
-- Bruce Lee
*****     *****     ***** Postvention *****     *****     *****
----- Aftermath (You have to be alive to have these problems:  
criminal and civil liability.) -----
     In the right hand column of this web page, click on "Never Talk To The Police"
or use the direct address
“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, click on the link labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  
Or, the direct link is,
Read this before you buy insurance.  You need to make an informed decision.  
     "You need to read the fine print." -- Massad Ayoob  
“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
----- Survival, Medical, etc. -----
"If you prepare for the emergency,
the emergency ceases to exist!"
-- 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
*****     *****     ***** Education *****     *****     *****
"You will never get smarter or broaden your horizons
if you're unwilling to learn from others and read."
-- Becca Martin
     Please sign up for John Lott's newsletter at the Crime Prevention Research Center.  
     Check out the Crime Prevention Research Center.  
     I attended Ed Monk's classes:  
"A School-Focused Study of the Active Shooter Threat:
Planning & Training to Minimize Victims"
"Critical Law Enforcement Lessons -
Learned from Active Shooter Attacks"
"A Study of the Active Shooter Threat &
How We Can Minimize Victims"
at the Glock Store in Nashville, TN.  
     Things that I learned:  
     During a mass murder event, a victim is killed every 10 seconds on average.  
The first minutes are at a higher rate.  But it averages out to one death every 10
seconds.  So calling 911 and waiting for the police to stop the attack results in
around 40 deaths; if the call to 911 occurs immediately after the first shot is fired,
the dispatcher understands the panicked caller, the dispatcher immediately
transmits the radio call, the police travel to the scene, the police figure out where
the bad guy is, the police aggressively attack the bad guy, and win the gunfight.  
This all takes 6 to 7 minutes in a best case scenario.  That's 36 to 42 deaths in a
best case scenario.  
     If you want fewer deaths, you have to stop the bad guy sooner.  This requires
that the people at the scene who saw and heard the initial attack engage the bad
guy with sufficient force to stop him.  This does not mean they have to kill the
bad guy.  Simply confronting the bad guy will cause him to commit suicide,
surrender, or run away.  Which means that the killing of innocent persons has
stopped.  The only exception would be Jihadists, who will fight until killed.  
For such is the command of Allah as spoken by Mohammad, peace be upon him.  
     Bad guys choose to attack in gun-free-zones.  Because their goal is to kill lots
of people so that they will be famous.  (Get the highest score in the video game.)  
They know that in any gun-friendly location, they will be killed before they can
achieve their goal.  
     Church attacks start in the parking lot.  So the church security team must have
persons in the parking lot to interdict the bad guy.  
     Your priority skills should be:  
1.  Safe gun handling.  
2.  Accuracy (what is your 100% distance and time?)  What is your max distance?  
You must know to a certainty at what distance you can guarantee hits on target.  
You must move into this distance before attempting a shot.  Because innocent
bystanders will be all over the place.  There are no misses.  There are only
unintended hits.  Which damage property, injure innocent bystanders (or friendlies),
and may kill them.  
3.  Accurate shooting while moving.  
4.  Building search techniques.  
     Please notice that "Fast draw"  is nowhere on this list.  
     You might be out gunned, but you shouldn't be out skilled.  
     When you aggress, close with, and engage, good things happen.  
     It took 4 professional cops 30 hits to stop the bad guy in Dayton, OH.  
So expect to shoot the bad guy many times in order to stop the attack.  
(One shot stops only happen in the movies.)
     You must be present.  You must be armed.  You must be willing.  
     Don't be delayed by casualties.  You can't save lives faster than the bad guy
can take lives.  You do the most good by stopping the bad guy as soon as possible.  
     If you are threatened and scared, hide behind your front sight and press your
problem away.  If the bad guy is still there, press again.  If the bad guy is still there,
press again.  If the bad guy is still there, press again.  . . .
     Lock downs are criminal stupidity.  Locking persons in a room is the most
efficient way for the bad guy to kill lots of persons.  Walls will not stop bullets.  
Doors will not stop bullets.  
     Know what reloads and malfunctions look like.  Teach other what reloads and
malfunctions look like.  So persons can see the opportunity for counter attack or
     Armed citizens have never shot the wrong person.  Cops have.  Cops have
shot other cops.  Cops have shot innocent bystanders.  
     "Run, Hide, Fight" is wrong, and directly responsible for many deaths.  A better
paradigm is "Fight, Flee, Barricade".  Vicious ruthless counter attack is by far the
best response, because it has the highest probability of success and historically
the lowest casualty rate.  Fleeing is good, as long as everyone does not flee to an
assembly point, because that just creates another mass of people to be targeted.  
If you barricade, you must prepare a welcoming party for the bad guy.  
     Attempting to de-escalate or "talk him down" is an act of criminal stupidity
and will only get you killed.  
     Don't harden targets.  The bad guy is already inside.  Hardening just makes
it harder for the good guys to get in and stop the bad guy.  
     Hardening a church will effectively make the church unwelcoming to those
the church wishes to attract.  
     In the context of a mass murder events -
     An armed citizen has never shot the wrong person (because the armed citizen
was there from the beginning of the incident and so knows who is who and what
is going on).  The police do all the time.  
     An armed citizen has never shot innocent bystanders or friendlies (because
the armed citizen was there from the beginning of the incident and so knows
who is who and what is going on).  The police do.  
     The is only one incident of an armed citizen, who shot the bad guy, mistakenly
getting shot by the police.  (That was because the an armed citizen picked up
the bad guys rifle after shooting the bad guy, making himself fit the description
of the bad guy.)  This doesn't usually happen because the incident is usually over
several minutes before the police arrive.  In this case the bad guy had made a
false 911 call to get police to come, in order to ambush and kill police officers.  
So, there were police converging on the scene before the shooting started.  
The bad guy was only able to kill one police officer before the armed citizen
shot and killed the bad guy.  
     If the armed citizen is close enough to see or hear the start of the incident,
it is effective and safe for the armed citizen to shoot the bad guy.  This action
minimizes the number of casualties.  The legal liability is minimal.  
Thanks to Ed Monk.  
     The above is the truth.  Which is diametrically opposed to the propaganda of
TV shows.  
"At The Federalist:
How Hollywood Uses TV Shows To Lie About Good Guys With Guns"
by John R. Lott
"Murders in US Are Very Concentrated, and They Are Becoming Even More So"
by John R. Lott
Buttons to download paper at the bottom of this web page.  
     So it really is worth it to move your family to a better neighborhood.  That's
what freedom of travel and freedom to live anywhere in the U.S. is all about.  
No, you don't have to live the crime-ridden Democrat controlled inner cities.  
You can move.  It's not easy.  But it is simple.  Move.  
"The Most Interesting Dentist Alive" (Dr. Sherman House)
     Sherm is interesting.  But his wife is far more interesting.  My father told me that
to get the measure of a man, look at the women in his life:  wives, girlfriends,
business associates, etc.  
     In case you don't know, Meharry was a Black university, medical school, dental
school, etc. when Sherman was there.  In case the video wasn't clear, Sherman
isn't Black.  
     I attended Sherman's medical trauma class at Tac Con.  When I brought John
Farnam to Nashville to teach his Instructor Development class, Sherman attended.  
     He used to practice dentistry at an office across the street from my apartment.  
I visited him there once.  Pulling teeth in the ghetto.  
     The Civilian Defender web site,
     Becoming the Civilian Defender,
" 5 Rookie Gun Handling Mistakes That "Old Hands" Make " by Frank Melloni
     . . . sometimes what you think you know just isn’t so.  
"Cops & divorce:  Third time is the charm?" by Missy Morris
     This is not just for cops.  This is wise advice for anyone.  And so apropos for me.  
"Looking for Icebergs with Steve Tarani" by Lee Weems
     5% of cops train on their own time and their own dime.  
Steve Tarani's blog,
"Cogito, ergo armatum sum." (I think, therefore armed am I.)
-- John Farnam
*****     *****     ***** 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
Law of Self Defense ADVANCED Live Online Course
Saturday, April 15, 2023
9AM-4PM Mountain time (10AM to 5PM Central time)
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“One of the greatest delusions in the world is the hope
that the evils in this world are to be cured by legislation.”  
-- quoted by Stephen P. Wenger, no author is cited
"Tennessee’s ban on 18-20 year olds obtaining handgun permits declared
unconstitutional." by John Harris
     The 7 page ruling is included on the web page.  
"Five CRAZY Use-of-Force Events" by Andrew Branca
     Lots of lessons to learn.  Andrew speaks very clearly, so I have the playback
speed at 1.5.  
"Chauvin Appeal Argued!" by Andrew Branca
     It's not about whether or not Chauvin spends the rest of his life in prison.  
It's about due process.  If the court can deny due process to Chauvin, they
can do it to you.  
     Case law is just as legitimate as a statute passed by the Legislature and signed
by the Governor.  Case law from outside the jurisdiction is not controlling, but
it is informing.  
[Ya, I know the audio from the court is terrible.  But Andrew explains everything
pretty well.]  
"West Virginia Senate passes guns-on-campus bill at colleges" by Leah Willingham
     The bill now goes to the House of Delegates, which has a Republican
super-majority, which will pass the bill.  Governor Jim Justice (R) was elected with
2/3rds of the vote.  Ya, he's going to sign it into law.  
"Supreme Court Unanimous Decision On 2A Rights Denied Expansion!!!"
by Armed Scholar
Good cause vs. Probable cause.  
    “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
*****     *****     ***** Instruction *****     *****     *****
Colonel Robert Lindsey to his fellow trainers:  
"We are not God's gift to our students.  
Our students are God's gift to us."  
----- Instructors -----
the students who require the extra effort
are the ones who need us the most!"
-- John Farnam
     I read "On Training" volumes 1 and 2, by Dustin P. Salomon.
ISBN 13:  978-1-952594-07-6
ISBN 13:  978-1-952594-08-3
I recommend you read the book.  Some of the things I learned from the book follow.  
     "One of the really interesting, and somewhat counter-intuitive, things that
I learned when I was researching this is that an awful lot of the learning process
happens subconsciously.  Also, a lot of it can only happen when a student is
not using the information.  Some of it can only happen when the student is
     "There is a tremendous difference between shooting methods
that work well when you are trying to put holes in the target and
those that work well when the target is trying to put holes in you."
-- Rex Applegate
     "Not all training is good training."
-- Inspector Chris Butler, Calgary Police Service, Force Science instructor
     "So, what happens to our students if we run really effective,
but nevertheless bad training?  
Think on that for a minute, because it happens every day."  
     "Ever hear a halfway decent cover band play requests and wonder how they
know every song so well?  It might be surprising to realize that they actually do
not know the song that well.  The listener's mind fills in the notes."  
Principle 1:  Just because the instructor said it does not mean the students heard it.  
Principle 2:  Just because the students heard it does not mean that they learn it.  
Principle 3:  Just because [the students] learn it does not mean it will help them.  
     An instructor cannot talk a student into proficiency.  
     "The second alternative for shortening the OODA Loop is to remove or reduce
the requirement to orient or decide.  This facilitates movement directly from
observation (stimulus recognition) to action.  Ideally, orientation and decision-making
are both done ahead of time.  When accomplished successfully, observation leads
directly to action.  This eliminates the time-sucking steps of orientation and
decision-making, both of which are extremely difficult under the brain-altering
physiological effects of the stress response."
     ". . . avoid preparing exactly for somebody else's fight (which occurred yesterday).  
Instead, students should prepare for the next fight, occurring sometime in the
undetermined future, on as-of-yet unknown terrain, against an undetermined
     ". . . the assailant's natural physiological reaction to receiving gunfire to his
front while charging over an extended linear distance.  He turned his back and
kept charging backwards.  . . .  How would anyone respond to unpleasant impacts
repeatedly occurring to their front?"
[Mr. Salomon's point was that it was reasonable to shoot the assailant in the back.  
Because that was the surface that the assailant presented when attacking. -- Jon Low]  
     "In this case, the [plain clothes] officer identified himself to the dispatcher
during his initial call.  However, this information never made it to the first
[uniformed] officer who arrived on scene."
[This is why it is so important for the good guy to holster his pistol before the
responding officers show up. -- Jon Low]  
     ". . . Procedural memory is the only memory system that can be reliably accessed
by the brain during high levels of stress.  This includes use-of-force situations and
other critical incidents.  When the stress level goes up, whatever is in procedural
memory is what is going to come out.  The content of the other memory systems
during critical incidents is largely irrelevant."  
     "The focus of training programs should also be shifted from the repetitive
performance of clinical skills to the repetitive performance of the decision-making
processes that lead to applications of force."  
[This is why Melody Lauer's course on tactical scenarios is so important. -- Jon Low]
     "This leads many instructors and mentors to erroneously diagnose early
“failure to perform” (often an integral component of effective learning) as a
fundamental “inability to perform”.  These are not the same thing; however
this is not well-understood, and both our students and our culture suffer as
a result."  
     [Tom Givens understands this, that's why in his Instructor Development
classes (and I imagine his other classes as well), he allows the student who
failed one of the tests to retest later.  I have met many persons who have
bragged to me that they finally graduated upon retesting.  
     John Farnam likes to say, we fail magnificently in training, so that we may
succeed in combat.  
-- Jon Low]  
     "Progressive Interference" by which Mr. Salomon means that overloading
the student with information (beyond what the student can absorb), interferes
with the student's ability to retain the information.  Both academic information
and physical skills.  
     "While conducting detailed analysis of problems is not sexy, high-speed,
or exciting, applying a structured process of analysis for difficult and complex
issues is a skillset that should be in the toolbox of every serious firearms and
tactics instructor."  
-- Dustin P. Salomon
     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 Salomon
     May I invite your attention to an excerpt from "On Training", Volume 2,
by Dustin P. Salomon?
ISBN 13:  978-1-952594-08-3
[In the context of women (in particular) believing that they cannot
do something that they can do.]
     “Believe it or not, there is a name for this phenomenon where
a person learns that they "cannot" do something that they are
perfectly capable of doing.  It is called "learned helplessness".
Unfortunately, it is something that way too many people -- usually,
thought not necessarily exclusively, men -- teach in this industry,
especially to women.”
    It is not just in the firearms / self-defense industry.  It is a cultural
problem.  Parents teach their daughters to behave a certain way.
Society (especially peers) teach girls to behave in a certain way.
     This is what makes teaching self-defense to women so difficult.
That is why when I teach, I never do anything for the student.  I let
them struggle.  I never let the husband / father / boyfriend do anything
for the lady.  I explain to them that if you do it for her, you are preventing
her from learning.  Only by doing will she learn how to do it.
     When teaching your daughter self-defense, let her do it.  Teach
her the use of tools.  Criminal predators are young, strong, fast, and
ruthless.  Only the use of tools allows the bunnies to defend themselves
from the pack of hyenas.
Semper Fidelis,
     "The most valuable resource that all teachers have is each other.  
Without collaboration, our growth is limited to our own perspectives."  
-- Robert John Meehan
*****     *****     ***** Gear *****     *****     *****
“Mission drives the gear train.”
-- Pat Rogers
"3 Defensive Handgun Features You Don't Really Need
There's a lot to ponder when you're buying a gun . . . but not these things."  
by Jim WIlson
2.  EXTENDED SLIDE STOP [also may inadvertantly lock slide to the rear]
     The point is, you don't know what you don't know,
and there is a lot you don't know.  There are all kinds of pistols out there that
will work for you.  You just don't know about them, because you don't know
to look for them.  
"5 Pistols They Didn’t Show You At the Gun Store" by Graham Baates
"Choosing A Rifle" by Jeff L. Gonzales
From an email from Gabe Suarez --
From Patreon Joseph:  "Mr. Suarez do you have any suggestions for those of us
with astigmatism?  A red dot looks more like a ven diagram / starburst then a
clean dot for me.  Any alternatives that might be helpful?"  
     It isn’t commonly known but I have a number of eye hereditary conditions,
one of which is astigmatism.  In my early years teaching, I am sure you recall
seeing me with glasses.  I went to great lengths to find the best shooting glasses
possible and set them up as daily wear prescription glasses.  One day, the
degradation was such that the eye doc suggested Tri-focals!  
     My response was very simple, “Hell No!” I found the best eye surgeon in AZ
at the time (2005) and had Lasik done on both eyes.  The only way to describe
the results is “Life Changing”.  I still have a slight bit of astigmatism but its minor
compared to the past.  
     Many people have it and simply figure out ways around it.  But it bears
discussing now.  And while 2005 is approximately five years before we designed
the first Red Dot Slide, I was still using dots on all my rifles.  
     In a simplified description, astigmatism causes blurry vision.  People with
astigmatism will see the dot blurry, smeared, like a starburst or otherwise
distorted.  Often, these people think a dot has no use for them, but that is not
the case.  
     In fact, the front sight on the pistol will be difficult to focus on for most
of those people, and the dot, be it blurry, starburst, or what have you, will
still be smaller in size that the front sight, allowing them to reap the benefits
of the dot pistol regardless of their eyes.  A standard width steel front sight is
approximately 12 MOA.  A dot will be anywhere from half to a quarter of
that size, thus indexing it on the desired target, even if blurry or starbursted,
will still provide greater potential for accuracy.  
     It is simply a matter of learning the visual dexterity, focal shifting and
accepting of what you are seeing as sufficient for the shot to be taken.  
     Are there things that can be done to mitigate the astigmatism issues?  Absolutely.  
1). Get Your Eyes Fixed - Before you invest in that new custom pistol,
or that motorcycle, get your eyes fixed.  No, it is not cheap but then again,
nothing good in life is.  And if the first eye doc says you are not a candidate,
go see another eye doc.  He might be correct, but in my experience, doctor
shopping should always be done as not all of them are of the same perspective
on human optimization.  
2). Choose The Right Dot - The wavelength of a green dot is more accessible
to eyes with astigmatism.  When we began working with the green Holosuns,
I know it was easier and less fatiguing for my eyes, and many students reported
the same thing.  Some eyes will prefer a smaller dot – 2 MOA for example,
while others will benefit from a larger 6 MOA dot.  As well the glass clarity
is a big factor.  
     If you come to one of my Optics Pistol Classes I bring out a variety of
optics and you will get a chance to try them out.  You can even run the class
with a loaner pistol if you wish.  
3). Learn To Accept What You See – Remember that the front sight is about
12 MOA.  Even the bigger 6 MOA dot from Trijicon is half that size.  As long
as you can center that dot on the desired target spot you wish to hit, you will
benefit from having that dot on board.  But it is a matter of training the eyes
to see what they need to see and then training the mind to accept that it is
sufficient for the problem at hand.  
     I am interested to hear what others with less than perfect eyes have done
to mitigate or overcome these issues.  info@suareztactics.com
-- Gabe Suarez
What you need to know about carrying a gun off-body!" by Stav
     Cross body strap.  Top opening.  Separate compartment for your pistol.  
Thigh carry.  
"church concealed carry |
something new, thigh holster, answering your Q's!
12 days of carry day 6" by Stav
Pistols for small hands:  (in order of grip girth from small to big,
in order of pull length from small to big)
Sig P365XL (the grip is long enough to allow all fingers on the grip
without a magazine grip extension.  The regular P365 grip is too short.)  
Walther PDP F series
Glock 48, like the Glock 43 but with a longer barrel
Glock 43
Smith&Wesson Military&Police Shield EZ
Ruger LCP Max (this has a longer grip allowing you to get all of your fingers
on the grip, the regular LCP grip is too short)
     If the grip is too short, you will pinch your hand between the grip
and the magazine when reloading.  
"Save Your Spine: How to Pack a Backpack
Here's how to carry everything you need without hurting your back."  
"Bullets EXPLODING at a Quarter Million Frames Per Second!"
by Ballistic High-Speed
     Spalling, not exploding.  Note the sparking when the bullet hits the plate.  
Check out vortices.  Wish I had one of these cameras when I was doing fluid
“Your car is not a holster.”
-- Pat Rogers
*****     *****   Religion, Politics, History, War Stories, et al   *****     *****     *****
"Good habits and skill beat luck every time."
-- Sheriff Jim Wilson
Rest In Peace, David Younger
     Jeff Gonzales informs us via email, and announces the
David Younger Honorary Seat in his memory.  
They will offer a single seat in as many classes as they can.  You must be an active
duty law enforcement or first responder to qualify.  The seat will be on a
first come / first serve basis and subject to verification of credentials.  
Interested parties must respond to this email,
with their intentions to attend, so feel free to forward to whomever.  
We only ask you train as hard as he did.  
     "Without fail, humans will subjugate other humans, via violence.
To be unarmed is to be subjugated, involuntarily.
Never doubt it!"
-- Norwitz
"Punks!" by John Farnam
From an email from Grant Cunningham, https://www.grantcunningham.com
     "I personally endorse the Club [The Liberal Gun Club] and support their
mission, but occasionally receive some criticism for doing so.  As I told one
particularly vociferous critic,
“the Second Amendment is for everyone — and if you have a problem with that,
you’re not a real American.”  
I stand by that statement."  
-- Grant Cunningham
The Liberal Gun Club
"70% of students who had the perfect SAT scores
were rejected in Stanford University" with Victor Hanson
     This is why cryptography and cryptanalysis in the U.S. government agencies suck.  
They are still recruiting from the Ivy League, Stanford, U.C. Berkley, and those of
a similar ilk.  While the graduates may be woke and politically correct, they can't
solve a differential equation to save their life.  I know because I have had to
interview many in my capacity as a leader of the software engineering staff
in various Lockheed Martin companies.  
     I had to get a max. math score and near perfect verbal score on the SAT,
4 or 5's on the AP (Advanced Placement) exams, Letter in riflery, and participate
in fencing to get into Columbia in 1977.  Even back then, Orientals were
discriminated against to prevent Orientals from occupying 70% of the class
based on academic merit.  Dean Parker (Dean of Students) told me.  
Dean Vreeland (Dean of Academics), who was my mechanical drawing teacher,
confirmed.  "You Orientals are much worse than the Jews ever were."  
[In the context of taking slots in the class based on academic merit.]  
Which is something, because Columbia University is in the upper west side of
Manhattan.  The Jews who live in New York all apply to Columbia.  In those
days, Columbia would shut down on all Jewish holidays because so many
students and faculty wouldn't show up for classes.  
     Why are the Orientals such a problem?  It's the Confucian ethic.  I didn't get
to go to sleep until I finished my homework and my mother or father had
reviewed it as satisfactory (which means they stayed up late with me).  My
classmates, many of whom never finished their homework, would say things like,
"My parents think it's important for my health for me to go to bed at 8:00 PM
every night."  I thought that was bizarre and lazy.  
     For selection into Signals Intelligence, I had to max out the ASVAB (Armed
Services Vocational Aptitude Battery) in particular the GT (General Technical)
"Jordan Peterson Goes Through IQ Test"
     Do you see where this is leading?  
     A neighbor in my apartment complex was complaining to me about how the
realty company that owns our apartment complex was raising the rents.  I explained
to her that they were doing it to stay ahead of what the welfare recipients could
afford.  That's the only legal way they can keep the welfare recipients out.  
Statistically speaking, all the crime, drug use, drug dealing, vandalism, theft, etc.
is due to the multi-generational welfare recipients.  Everyone knows it.  It's just
politically incorrect or racists to say it.  If they didn't raise the rents, we would
have a lot of home invasions in our apartment complex.  
     "The number one way to avoid a home invasion is to not be a drug dealer."
– Chuck Haggard
     My corporation transferred me into another company (wholly owned subsidiary)
so I'm going through the application process.  [Lockheed Martin (a huge corporation)
would do the same thing.  As a software engineer, you're just an expendable asset
to be hired when a project starts and laid off when the project ends.]  
     I did sit ups for 2 minutes (they refused to tell me what the acceptable
number was), push ups for 2 minutes (they refused to tell me what the acceptable
number was), stepping up and down an 18 inch step at the rate of a metronome
set to 72 beats per minute for 3 minutes, and then set to 92 beats per minute for
3 minutes, and some other weight lifting exercises.  They calculated and told me
that if my heart rate hit 160 per minute, I would be disqualified.  There was an
interesting thing at the end that I had never encountered before.  
     Before the start of the physical tests, they took my vitals.  My resting pulse
rate was 52 beats per minute.  They thought that was low.  I explained to them
that it was low because I used to run 3 miles day and still exercise regularly.  
They seemed to accept that explanation.  So at the end of the physical tests, they
sat me down and and told me that they were timing how long it took my pulse
rate to return to my resting pulse rate (52 beats per minute).  If it took too long,
I would be disqualified.  So I went into my breathing exercises, slow inhale on
a 4 count, hold for a 4 count, slow exhale on a 4 count, hold for a 4 count, and
repeat.  Sure enough my pulse rate dropped to 52 in a minute or two.  The
physical therapist says, you know all the tricks.  I said, ya, I've been trained.  
     As I'm leaving, one of the nurses says, we know your ID is fake.  You spooks
are terrible.  
     I say, no it's not.  
     She says, you can't be 64 years old, not with the vitals and scores you got.  
I take that as a complement and walk out.  It must be my haircut.  
"Bibi is Back!" by John Farnam
"Your character is what you do when no one is looking."
-- Thomas Jefferson
     *****     *****     *****  Cryptology *****     *****     *****
     "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]
     I have given you the parts.  It is up to you to assemble them in a cryptologically
correct manner, exhibiting your good taste.  
     It would be good if your cryptosystem resisted attack.  It would be better to
avoid any attack.  It would be best if no one knew you existed.  (Of course, they
know you exist.  Recognized presence.  Don't let them find you.)  When we
operated in Riyadh, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia during Operation Iraqi Freedom
under the cover of Lockheed Martin Middle East Services, the company name
did not appear in the lobby of the office building and there were no signs on the
doors of our offices.  Our offices never suffered an attack.  Similarly, you may
hide your traffic in the vast traffic of world communications.  Laying your own
cables, setting up your own radio relays are not as reliable.  The switched system
will give you the best results.  Steganography.  
     You need not fear the ChiComs.  Their system stifles creativity and innovation.  
All the smart Chinese leave to work and live in America.  
     You need not fear the Puzzle Palace.  Their salaries are low, so they cannot
attract the best and the brightest.  They try to recruit all the recent graduates
because they will work for entry level pay.  Sad.  
     You need to be aware of Saint Petersburg.  The Russians are competent.  But
you can defeat them.  They aren't that good.  
     You need to fear Bourbaki.  The French salaries are the highest in the world.  
So they attract the best and the brightest.  They find and tap the best.  The
Mirror Visitor stalks you.  
     Run silent.  Run deep.  (Lori Ingersoll wishes you pleasant dreams.)  
"Chinese Claim they Can Break 2048-bit RSA" by DJ Ware
     Primary source,
"Factoring integers with sublinear resources on a superconducting quantum processor"
by Bao et al (24 authors [What's wrong with that picture?])  
     Ya, the math could be over their heads, or it could be gobbledy gook.  
I have yet to meet or read anyone who says, they read the paper and it is
legitimate or cogent.  
     The paper appears on ARXIV, arxiv.org, which is not a peer reviewed journal.  
And as my former graduate advisor, Paul Wessel, would say, some journals are
     And as one of the cited persons says, why didn't the ChiComs classify this?  
Because this is propaganda for an intended audience.  If they had classified it
and leaked it through spies, it would have been intended for a different audience.  
"Irrational Roots" by Mathologer
     "Premature optimization is the root of all evil."  
-- Donald Knuth
     *****     *****     *****  Intelligence   *****     *****     *****
“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.)
"Global militaries shop at U.S. arms expo (SHOT Show in Las Vegas, NV)"
by Bill Gertz
     "I had no idea that SHOT Show had such a significant military component;
I had thought that those armaments were typically offered in more specialized
venues.  Considering that HK is a German company, I am surprised that Poland
is purchasing those guns in the US.  It will be interesting to see how widely the
Philippines extends lawful gun ownership to its citizens.  Maybe Taiwan – where
private ownership of firearms is virtually banned – will take note."  
-- Stephen P. Wenger, http://spw-duf.info
     Yes, we remember how the Ukrainian government was handing out guns and
ammo to its citizens when the Russians invaded.  
"Elite Russian Soldiers Surrendered Helplessly:  
Ukraine Surprised Russian Army With One Move!"
by ANKA Daily News
     Ukraine is promising Russian soldiers, who surrender, 3 meals a day and
communication with loved ones.  Ukraine is exchanging Russian soldiers who
surrender for captured Ukrainian soldiers without telling the Russians that
the captured Russian soldiers surrendered.  So, the exchanged Russian POWs
are treated as honorable veterans.  Brilliant!  
"Ex-FBI Agent Involved in Trump-Russia Probe ARRESTED
For Violating Russia Sanctions" by Roman Balmakov
     U.S. Department of Justice press release,
     Guess who is having a shredder party?  
"Joe Rogan & Peter Zeihan discuss Mexico's Drug Cartels"
"China's Chemical Warfare" by Roman Balmakov
“If you are reading this and can’t put your hand on your defensive firearm,
all of your training is wasted.” -- Col. Jeff Cooper
     "You can’t truly call yourself 'peaceful' unless you are capable of great violence.  
If you’re not capable of violence, you’re not peaceful, you’re harmless.  
Important distinction." -- Stef Starkgaryen
Semper Fidelis,
Jonathan D. Low
Email:  Jon_Low@yahoo.com
Radio:  KI4SDN

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