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Weekend Knowledge Dump- August 14, 2020

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Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.


Situational Awareness – Everything You Need to Know

A very comprehensive look at situational awareness.  You should also read Situational Awareness in the Age of Masks and How to Maintain Your Situational Awareness and Avoid an Ambush



The Five Best guns for concealed carry

Good advice here.  You can’t go wrong with any of these.



CHOOSE ADVENTURE: Read This Travel Guide for a Practical Education in Modern SHTF Survival

Thanks to Daisy for the incredible book review! I like her summation:

“Honestly, it’s a Mad Max 101 guide that every prepper should read.”

You can buy the book here.



Clearing AK Malfunctions (basics)

Not all of you rifle shooters favor the AR-15 platform.  For those of you who like the AK, here are some techniques for clearing AK malfunctions that you probably haven’t seen before.  “This is not a Barbie Doll.  This is the AK rifle.  That bitch likes to be slapped and treated hard.” 

One safety concern: use extra caution to ensure the muzzle isn’t pointed at your head or body if you try the “kick the charging handle” move.



How To Deal With Threatening People in Public – Jocko Willink

Very good advice from Jocko.



Three Drills for Pocket Pistols

A few useful drills to practice with your pocket guns.



Don’t Tell Me How To Do My Job: A Law Enforcement Officer’s Perspective

I’m guessing that most of you probably already know this information, but you may want to share it with your less enlightened friends.



Muzzle Brakes: Ability To Stay On Target


A study to determine which muzzle brakes were most effective at reducing muzzle movement.  Their muzzle brake Sound Tests are important research that you should be considering as well.  Finally, check out their piece on Muzzle Blast and Ground Signature.



Everything You Need to Know About Concussions

Traumatic brain injuries should not be treated lightly.  Learn how to recognize and treat a concussion.



Dry Practice Function Stacking: Varying The Draw

Some ways to make your dry fire practice sessions more useful and entertaining.  You may also like the author’s thoughts on 1911 reliability.



A Biomechanical Comparison of Kettlebell Snatch Styles

Those of you who geek out on kettlebell stuff will really like this article.



Many Americans Are Convinced Crime Is Rising In The U.S. They’re Wrong.

“The trouble is that fear about crime isn’t rational, and it’s hard to convince people to think differently about a problem that they don’t experience on a day-to-day basis anyway. “You can tell Americans that the crime rate is lower today than it was in the 1990s, but it won’t feel real to them,” said Kevin Wozniak, a sociologist at the University of Massachusetts Boston. “That is, unless politicians stop drumming up the crime rate and people stop hearing about murder every night on the local news.”

And that seems unlikely to happen in 2020.”



Choosing Pepper Spray for Everyday Carry

This is a very good article/video demonstrating the strengths and weaknesses of the various pepper spray platforms currently available.



Elevator Action: How to Escape Being Trapped in an Elevator


Have you ever considered what you would do if you were trapped in an elevator?



1986 Miami Shootout: The Aftermath

Quality information from one of the participants of this legendary gunfight.


 BCM Training Tip – AR-15 Left-Handed Manipulation

AR-15 tips for you southpaws…or for you right-handers who recognize your dominant had can become injured in the fight.



Problem Neighbors (Those Who Live By The Feud)

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As a cop, I responded to calls about neighbor vs. neighbor feuds more often than most people expect.  Some are downright nasty.  Here is some background information about the thought process of the “bad neighbor” and how you can stop the madness.

If you enjoyed the article, check out the author’s book In the Name of Self Defense.



The What & the Why – Rack It – Methods of Closing the Slide

An article discussing the strengths and weaknesses of three different slide racking methods.  For what it’s worth, I generally use the slide release if it is big enough to be useful in a hurry.  For more info on this topic, read When Pistols Are Like Pickles.



Tactical Reminders from a Drug Raid

Any of my police readers who serve search warrants should check this article out.



Trust your Gut: Reading People

Explaining and refining how your intuition works to help you evaluate other people.



Yes, It’s All Your Fault: Active vs. Passive Mindsets

“The hard truth is that most things in your life – good and bad – are your fault. The sooner you realize that, the better things will be. Here’s how to cultivate an active mindset and take control of your life.”




If you aren’t already aware, the tactical world lost a great resource last week when Dr. Wiliam Aprill passed away.  I taught with William regularly and learned something every single time I listened to him lecture.  For those of you unfamiliar with William’s work, read this thoughtful summary written by Steve Moses.

If you would like to learn more about what Dr. Aprill taught, please spend some time on Resources By and About William Aprill of Aprill Risk Consulting.



The Glock Gadget

I think this is a useful addition for your defensive Glocks, especially if you carry in the appendix position.



10 Things The Aliens Forgot To Tell Us When They Left Us Here


Phenomenal advice about living a better life.  You may also be interested in the same author’s article about the Pros and Cons of Going to College.



The Historical Record: Elden Carl and the .44 Magnum

Fascinating history of how the .44 magnum was used in Southern California police work in the 1960s and 1970s.



When Things Go Bad

security_weekly_1920_0Advice from STATFOR about how to best escape from an active shooter.  You may also want to read my article Don’t Run in a Straight Line.



Glock Magazines: Some Other Options (and why)

Like the author, I prefer Glock factory magazines for defensive carry.  I regularly use Magpul and KCI mags for practice.



3 Other EDC Items Worth Considering

While I don’t always carry medical gear, I am more likely to leave my house without my gun than without my pepper spray or flashlight.





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