Weekend Knowledge Dump- July 10, 2015

Written by Greg Ellifritz

Topics: Weekend Knowledge Dump

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Links to some of the best tactical information on the web.  If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.


Why you should ALWAYS carry your gun


What you can learn from the gunfights that 65 of Tom Givens’ students have been involved in.



The Magical Content Tree


Dmiti Orlov perfectly describes the challenges of creating content for a web site.  I especially struggle with the issue he lists as #4 in the article.  The widespread presence of social media does not reward quality work, only writing that the viewer agrees with.  Furthermore it leads to the thinking that web content should be free and the creator should not be compensated.  I have no banner ads on my site and rely on reader donations to help fund my work.  Last year I published 235 free articles without charging for the service or annoying my readers with banner ads.  I just did the math.  Last year exactly 0.00187% of my total readers sent in a donation.  People truly believe that “content grows on trees.”



What Should I Practice?

Pistol work

Dave Spaulding shares some excellent advice about which drills he would run if he only had 50 rounds to shoot.  I don’t think I could come up with an overall practice plan that is any better.  Dave’s book Defensive Living is one of the best shooting/self protection books on the market.



Defeating Drones: How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit


This may be useful information for some.  The suit clearly works, but I think it might be excessively hot for anything other than cold weather operations.  Max Velocity’s idea may work better.



The Old Guy’s Thoughts On Street-Fighting


Good advice here….



S&W Model 351C – Old Man Gun?


Speaking of “old man” fighting skills, how about an “old man gun?”  I’m happy to see that I’m not the only crazy old man out there.  I love my 351 C and carry it (with a clipdraw) tucked into my waistband while doing chores around the house and yard.  Dr. Martin Topper also agrees.  Check out his article on Mini Manstoppers: Using A .22 WMR Load For Self-Defense.



3 Reasons Gluten Intolerance May Be More Serious Than Celiac Disease


Non-Celiac Gluten intolerance is a real thing.  If you are having digestive issues, read up on the topic in this informative article.




A thorough evaluation of many of the flash hiders currently on the market.  For my money, it’s tough to beat the standard “birdcage” model that comes on most rifles already.



How to Train for Fighting


An article about adapting Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1 strength program for the combat athlete.



We Become What We Do: More On Mindset


John Mosby writes a must-read article on mindset:

“The problem with Americans today is that our minds are as weak and soft as our bodies. We want to have our cake and eat it too. We want to bask in the luxury of middle-age comfort, but still be a bad ass. People want to believe that running a two hour obstacle race makes them a “Warrior” or a “Spartan.” Others want to believe that wearing a bunch of cool-guy kit and a homo Hoplite velcro patch will make them one of Leonidas’ 300. Well, tough shit…It doesn’t work that way.”

In addition to John’s excellent advice, I would tell you simply to “Do Hard Things.”  Those “hard things” don’t have to be combat related.  It could be climbing a mountain or navigating an especially difficult downhill mountain bike single track.  If you have a track record of completing difficult tasks, when you encounter another difficult task, your brain can flash back to previous successes.  When you can say “This is nothing compared to xxxxx,” then you’ve won half the battle.

Along the same lines, you may be interested in reading The Pussification of the West.



Guns, suicide prevention, and backwoods lifestyles


Massad Ayoob shares some important information about suicide prevention for gun owners.



Five Keys to a Successful Surveillance


For my police/PI readers, here’s an article with a few tips to help you not get burned on your next stakeout operation.



Feeding Eugene Stoners Brainchild


Excellent advice about AR-15 magazines from Mike Pannone.  I especially like this piece of advice:

“Once a magazine malfunctions and it cannot be traced to debris, it will only get worse. Get rid of it.”

I would say the same is true for handgun mags.  Get rid of any mag that regularly causes malfunctions!



One To The Brain


Quality information from a medical doctor about where to aim your head shots.



Great advice from both the Active Self Protection video and the written TTAG analysis.  Your malfunction clearance drills and ability to use cover must be reflexive!



Vortex SPARC II: The Dot That Would Not Die

Recoil Magazine puts the Vortex Sparc through some incredibly rigorous testing and it held up well.  This optic and the Primary Arms MicroDot are the only two “cheap” optics I’d consider on a fighting rifle.
For those of you worried about accidental discharges while holstering your Glock pistol, “the gadget” may be a solution to evaluate.  Take a look at what it does.  The crowdfunding campaign goes live today.




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2 Comments For This Post I'd Love to Hear Yours!

  1. Marcus Wynne says:

    Thanks for putting together the best aggregator of tactical and preparedness lifestyle posts, Greg. Great stuff.

  2. vxxc2014 says:

    In light of today’s events in Chattanooga I am going to say: US MIL should have automatic CCW when on duty in uniform, all 50 states and territories. We are at war, and the uniform makes us a target.

    Hitting recruiting stations didn’t begin today in the US. Nor is it new globally as the Iraqi insurgents made a point of targeting them.

    We are being slaughtered like animals in pens.

    We’re at War. Uniforms are a target, legitimate by the way.

    We need to be armed.