Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
An option for finding ammo that lots of shoppers haven’t considered.
As my friend Darryl Bolke says: “Museum guns are the last ones to get banned.”
“Be careful in selecting an instructor and do your homework before laying down your money.”
On the same topic, you might also enjoy 5 Key Factors For Choosing Your Gun Instructor.
Watch the video and see how this shooting could have very easily gone much worse for the off-duty cops here. If bad guy number two had any desire to kill the cops, he could have shot them both in the back of the head from a distance of less than 10 feet. These cops got lucky.
For my cop friends, please don’t do stupid stuff like this. How do you think this guy would have felt about confronting the criminals if the ensuing gunfight killed his wife? It’s not worth it. You aren’t getting paid to get into gunfights on your days off. Let it go. “Not your people? Not your problem.”
Massad Ayoob analyzes a robbery and highlights the importance of waiting for the right opportunity to act.
Useful information for those of you who travel with blades.
“There’s a subtle link between language and violence that often gets overlooked; we take a look at how manipulation and coercion inevitably result in what we consider the ‘universal language’ – one we all speak and understand.
“Examine yourself with a criminal mindset throughout the day and see your vulnerabilities. Examine where you work, shop, and even where you get gas. Actively pay attention to your habits and try to correct them. Corrections are often just simple subtle shifts in behavior, however they must be consciously made to be effective.”
Matthew Allen is one of the few “out of the box” thinkers in the tactical industry. Check out his valuable insights on the relative merits of cover versus concealment. His website is also a veritable goldmine of quality information. I especially like his series “Dark Arts for Good Guys.”
For more cover/concealment information, check out Cover and Concealment
Cecil offers some tips for improving your closed guard game on the ground.
Tight shoulders? Read this.
For some additional exercise related content, you may also like The 10 Week Functional Power Building Program (Part 1). Overall, it looks like a very intense routine for people who want to gain strength and size. I saw a couple workouts utilizing high rep Olympic lifts as cardio. When done occasionally, it’s probably fine, but in general I save the Olympic lifts for strength and power generation and use other modalities (like kettlebells) for cardiovascular fitness.
Some very good drills for the beginning tactical shooter. If the only training you have is a CCW class, this would be a great place to start. If you are more advanced, try Four Key Systematic Drills for Handgun Skill Development.
You might want to start tuning up your rifle shooting skills before the coming election. For that, try Justin Dyal’s AR-15 Intermediate Level Shooting Drill: The 3×5.
If your ammo stash is looking low, try Tim Kennedy’s Dry Fire Drills.
Some real life “bug out bags” here. Take a look at this article about the items that Syrian refugees are carrying with them to ensure their survival during a real life urban “bug out.”
“According to the National Safety Council, your overall odds of dying from a firearms discharge this year are about one in 514,000. Pretty small chance, as most of the soft spots on your body (around 80 percent) are not fatal areas when it comes to being shot. According to statistics, you have a 95 percent chance of surviving if you get to the hospital with your heart still beating.”
I haven’t had the gunfighter dream in years. Unlike the author, I have never found that intensive training triggered my nightmares. Instead, I realized that my dreams were triggered by a subconscious recognition that my training was inadequate. I started going to the shooting range after every one of those dreams. They slowed in frequency. Now I train a couple times a week and I never have the nightmares described in the article.
A former LAPD officer discusses why six inch (as opposed to four inch) revolvers were popular carry guns in the 1960’s and 1970s. He also describes the clamshell holster which seemed to be the SERPA of its day.
Concussions are common injuries and can have lasting consequences. Here’s how to identify them and what to do for treatment. Although this article is in the context of high school sports, the same guidelines apply for you martial artists/fighters as well.
One more head injury post this week. Having experienced a few “flash knockouts” in car crashes, football hits, and boxing sparring sessions, this is a topic that intrigues me.
“I don’t follow the usual preparedness blogger recipe for content, which involves stoking fear and urging the purchase of weapons and cloistering from the rest of society. I don’t find that to be a particularly good recipe for a functional society. We need prepared people setting a good example, helping others and leading the way. We need all citizens doing these things.
In the following post, I will distill my guidance further to help jump start your efforts. My usual preamble for such discussions applies here: I offer my guidance to anyone who wishes to help build a better prepared community, irrespective of their political leanings and candidates of choice. I urge every American of all backgrounds to better prepare themselves not just for post-election challenges but for the various perils we face year round.”
It’s 354 pages. Only the most interested are going to read it, but I can’t help but think that implementing many of these practices will prevent a lot of misery in the future.
Have you ever considered that the targets you use in training could be producing Training Scars?
If you are interested in gun fighting history, you owe it to yourself to read about Frank Hamer.
Those of you who favor shotguns for home protection need to master this skill set. It makes a phenomenal difference in your recoil control. Rob Haught Shotgun Basics will provides some additional tips to explain the technique.
Too few gun owners consider the aftermath of a defensive shooting well in advance of when it happens. H/T to Practical Eschatology for sharing the link.
I own all of these books. This might be the best list of books for the new gun owner that I’ve seen in print. You should have all of the recommended books in your library.
Feeding your 37mm.
This is probably the most succinct summary of the case that I have seen. Mas describes why the cops were not indicted and brings up another issue. The woman’s boyfriend shot a cop during the raid. He was not indicted for that shooting for the exact reason the cops were no-billed.
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