Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 1, 2016

Written by Greg Ellifritz

Topics: Weekend Knowledge Dump

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


This is Why You MUST Have Retention on an Open Carry Firearm


I posted an article about this incident when it happened, but there are plenty of people who didn’t get the message.  Watch how quickly an open carry firearm can be taken from you.  I don’t open carry for that reason.  If you do choose to open carry, make sure you use a retention holster.  I like the Safariland ALS for that purpose.

If that video didn’t convince you, check out the story about how a man had his poorly concealed pistol snatched from his holster while in line at a gas station.  Folks, your open carry (or poorly concealed) pistol is a tremendous liability.  You aren’t scaring the criminals.  You are arming them instead.



This Is How To Make Good Decisions: 4 Secrets Backed By Research


Making good decisions under stress is an underappreciated aspect of tactical proficiency.



2nd Amendment, Facts, & Social Media


“The same frustration that many feel with the media when uneducated statements about firearms are broadcast is the same frustration many experienced subject matter experts when amateurs firearms enthusiasts espouse their limited perspective as gospel. Your .45 ACP Croatian HS2000 clone with G2 R.I.P. ammo in the magazine that resides in your favorite Serpa paddle holster is not a good personal preference to have for self defense or the defense of others.”



Recommended Medicine for Hunters and Preppers


This is a fairly good article about simple drug stockpiles for international travel, wilderness excursions, or the zombie apocalypse.
Unfortunately, it doesn’t cover how to get these drugs legally without a prescription. If you want that information, come to one of my medical classes!



If you are interested in medical issues, here is a very informative article about how Australian military medics stabilized a very serious gunshot wound in the field, evacuated the patient, explored the wound and then did surgery. Despite what Col. Cooper said, the .223 rifle isn’t a “poodle shooter.”



The Golden Second – Ten Lessons in Crime-Fighting from a Counter Mugger Expert

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While I don’t totally agree with everything the author advises, this is a great article by a man who’s truly been there…he was a cop assigned as a decoy and was mugged 256 times!



The Razor’s Edge: How to Choose a Defensive Blade for Every Day Carry


Good advice for choosing an every day carry defensive blade.  My personal blade of choice is the Spyderco Delica.  Living in a state where concealed carry of a “dangerous weapon” is illegal, I like that the Delica appears innocuous.



Sighting Systems for the Defensive Shotgun


Some sighting options for your defensive shotgun.



The Ankle Holster: Convenient but possibly deadly


Dave Spaulding tells a story about how he was nearly killed because he carried his primary gun in an ankle holster.  I carry my backup gun at work on my ankle every day, but like Dave, I never carry my primary gun in that position.



Who Should Take A First Aid Trauma Class? YOU!


Andy Loeffler provides a very nice review of one of my recent tactical first aid classes.



A Good Way to Blow Your Hand Open!? | Interrupting AR15 Cycle of Operation

A technique to remember in the event you find yourself at close range with an attacker armed with an AR-15.



Don’t Unload Your Defensive Guns If You Don’t Have To


Good advice here.  Constantly rechambering the top round from your magazine will eventually damage that round and cause it not to fire.



To Help A Criminal Go Straight, Help Him Change How He Thinks


Fascinating advancements in criminal psychology.



How extreme beliefs, not mental illness, may fuel mass shooters


Since we are talking about criminal psychology, you should probably also understand how the “overvalued idea” contributes to some of the most heinous crimes.



Active Shooter: The First Five Minutes

After shooting his employer, an employee decides to shoot the office staff.

Retired police officer and prolific author Loren Christensen provides the information you need to survive the first five minutes of an active killer attack.  If you liked this article, you will also enjoy Loren’s book Surviving a School Shooting.



How to learn self-defense from video footage


Wim Demeere gives some tips about how to use surveillance video and sites like YouTube to improve your self defense skills.



Correcting a Common Prone Handcuffing Position

My friend and instructor Shawn Chitwood demonstrates a more effective way to handcuff a prone prisoner.  This method offers more control and less liability than traditionally taught prone handcuffing techniques.  All my cop readers should take a look.



July Rangemaster Newsletter

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Tom Givens has just published the July issue of his excellent newsletter.  It’s definitely worth reading.



Bug Out Bags for Kids


Items you may want to include in your child’s bug out bag.





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