Weekend Knowledge Dump- June 17, 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.


Baggage Claim


Ed talks about some of the dangers present in the baggage claim area of a third world airport.  He’s right.  Lots of shady characters hang out there.  Be careful.  Two more tips:

1- Keep you baggage claim tickets.  In third world countries there are often security guards who compare the tags on your luggage with the tickets as you exit the baggage claim area.  Not having the claim ticket will cause a big hassle.

2- As soon as you clear baggage claim, rip off the luggage tags and throw them away.  You don’t want scam artists working the airport to know your name or the flight you were on.  In some countries, criminals will casually survey the luggage tags, and then google the names.  If they find someone who is wealthy or has a prominent position in a large company, they will follow that person and “arrange” transportation for them in the taxi queue.  That transportation will be taking them straight into a robbery or kidnapping.



Personal Privacy in a Mass Surveillance Age


An incredibly informative podcast filled with tips on how to make your everyday use of technology safer.



Real Live Tueller Drill, 2016

(Everett, MA 04/21/16) Police investigate an officer involved shooting on Broadway in Everett on Thursday, April 21, 2016. Staff photo by Nicolaus Czarnecki

The Tueller Drill was first done in 1983.  It was a drill designed to show officers that a charging person armed with a contact weapon could travel 21 feet before the average police officer could draw his gun.

Here’s a real life example of dealing with a charging opponent.  The officer’s tactics are sub-optimal, but he did hit with four out of four shots.  Hard lateral movement is desirable in a situation like this, but may not always be possible if traffic or innocent bystanders are downrange.



1911 Test Time—Safety Checks 101


If you carry a 1911, do you know how to check to verify your weapon’s safeties are functioning properly?



Firearms Training or Trends?


“It seems the firearms training industry is driven more by celebrity than it is by substance. “Old school” you say? How about referring to them as techniques that have been proven in conflict over many years, things that are known to work. They just may not look flashy.”

A nifty script.

FireShot Screen Capture #169 - 'A nifty script_ I Swimming in Deep Water' - godsbastard_wordpress_com_2016_06_03_a-nifty-script

An example of using non-violent communication in a potential defensive encounter.  More on the topic HERE.



Kidnapping by Multiple Attackers Caught on Camera


How a kidnapping might go down and some advice about how to prevent it.  Here is a different kind of kidnapping attempt that you must be prepared for as well.  Here’s one more article about kidnapping issues.  This one is about what you should do if a kidnapper targets your own child.



Home Security Tips From an Ex-Burglar


Some intel from two former burglars who talk about how they entered houses.  Lock your doors!



The AR-15 does a lot of things well. Except this.


Height over bore is a real issue with AR-15 rifles, especially when making a precision shot at close range.  My officers (who shot about 1000 rounds a year out of their AR-15s) regularly forgot to adjust for this when shooting inside of 25 meters.



Triggers, Hammers, and Levers: Understanding Double Action Pistol Types


A primer on the different types of double action autopistols and how they all work.



Frisk to Fleeing Felon


A cautionary tale for my police readers.   One other tip for my cop friends: You need more car insurance.



It’s Okay to Cry


We know that women cry more often than men, so why are male firearms instructors astonished when they see a female student crying on the range?  This is a good article for male firearms instructors to read and understand.  Here’s another article covering the same author’s thoughts about why some women hate guns.



Surrendering to Death

Hands Raised In The Air

A lot of info about the Bataclan theater attack (from the band’s lead vocalist) that you won’t see in other media sources.



How to protect your home from rioting mobs using fire as a weapon


Have you ever considered that you may have to protect your house from criminal firebombs?  Besides criminals using fire, some of you will be interested in protecting against forest fires as well.  Read Part 1 and Part 2 of this article series to learn about that.



The kids are alright: US teens drop sex, drugs and smoking new reports shows


Hmm…does the widespread legalization of marijuana cause more kids to start smoking it? Doesn’t appear to. In 1999 26.7% of teenagers reported having tried marijuana. In 2015, that percentage was down to 21.7%.

It appears that kids these days are staying home, playing video games and interacting on social media more than actually doing things like drinking, smoking, using drugs, or having sex.



HK MP5 Field Strip

FireShot Screen Capture #002 - 'HK MP5 Field Strip - The Firearm Blog' - www_thefirearmblog_com_blog_2016_06_09_hk-mp5-field-strip__utm_source=rss&utm

Last week I posted videos about how to field strip the FNC and the SKS.  This week you should learn how to break down an MP-5.



Pop Culture Pacifists: Making the World a More Dangerous Place

“Someone out there wants to hurt you. You just haven’t met them yet.”



Surviving restrictive firearms legislation


The push for stricter firearms legislation is already starting less than a week after the Orlando tragedy.  Here are some buying basics if you want to get ahead of the curve.  Don’t forget to consider body armor as well.  It doesn’t have the protection of the second amendment and may be the first thing outlawed.



Ignore The Sign?

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This may be a viable strategy in the age of active killers choosing “gun free zones” as their playgrounds.  H/T to Practical Eschatology for sharing this link.



Tune in tomorrow for a special extra edition of the weekend knowledge dump covering all the best articles about the Orlando active killer incident.




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