Links to some of the best tactical information on the web. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
An excellent tutorial on how to properly grip a handgun and what features you should be looking at when purchasing a defensive sidearm.
A good primer on water purification and storage.
A basic outline of some of the more common traveler scams. Look for more information in my upcoming third world travel safety book. It contains a 17-page chapter detailing scams like these and how to avoid them. While we are on the topic of travel Nomadic Matt’s 12 Things Not to Do When You Travel is a very useful guide. I cringe when I see clueless Americans trying to cash traveler’s checks overseas. Good luck with that….
I don’t always agree on the author’s taxi advice. It really depends where you are traveling. You’ll always pay more as a tourist, but I’d rather pay for a $3 taxi ride than pay 30 cents to ride in a jam packed and poorly maintained mini-bus that takes 20 minutes longer to get me to my destination.
Some quality advice for those of you who lift weights.
George Williams provides quality commentary on a recently-released video discussing armed citizen response to active killer events. George’s advice at the end of the article is spot on. If you are a police officer and are not responding to active killer events in the manner he suggests, your tactics are about 10 years out of date.
A very comprehensive article on patient assessment and treatment in a grid-down medical scenario. There is a lot of advanced information here.
Great article about resilience here, but even more important are the research links it contains. Follow them and enjoy the rabbit hole. Top notch information.
An informative article from the Tactical Professor. Everyone should try this basic drill. It’s a phenomenal teaching tool for understanding the concept of “see what you need to see to make the shot.”
Some fascinating first hand accounts of weapons performance in the Korean War gathered from soldiers immediately following their battles.
Let me make it clear that I don’t care one bit about what you eat. If you want to subsist solely on the inner bark of pine trees, I couldn’t care less. What I do hate is when people try to tell me what I should eat without doing their research first. Here is a nice list of studies that show a more omnivorous diet is superior to a vegetarian or vegan one. Science for the win!
“People see carrying a gun as a task and it’s not. It’s deeper. They want if “A” then “B”, almost like teaching someone to drive. But guns are exponentially more complex because there aren’t any rules – which is where most people get hung up, especially in force on force. You have to be able to function outside of rules because the whole dynamic isn’t governed by rules. It’s chaos. So how do you manage chaos? You follow a set of principles (which can also change) and make the best choice you can.”
Active Self Protection provides lessons learned from four videotaped armed robberies.
More is not always better…especially when it comes to running.
A useful article about common defensive pistol problems and how to fix them.
Mosby hits it out of the park again with this article:
“When the bell tolls for you, and you are in a gunfight, you have exactly zero control of the outcome. You have zero control over who you will be fighting. You have zero control over what training he has had. You have zero control over his speed and accuracy. You have zero control over whether he moves at the moment you break your shot, causing you to miss. You are not in control over anything that you are not in control of. Accept it. Embrace it. Accept responsibility for what you are responsible for.
So, what are you responsible for, that will make a difference? Why bother training, if we don’t have control anyway?
You are responsible for you. You are responsible for your actions. You do have control over who your enemy will be fighting. You have control over the training you will have had. You have control over what speed and accuracy you will be able to achieve. You have control over whether you are fit enough and fast enough to move. You are in control of everything that you are in control of. Accept that responsibility.”
A handy, printable dry fire target. Set it up at 10 feet and you have targets scaled from 50 yards to 300 yards to practice with.
If you’ve studied your criminal law, you understand the concepts of the “reasonable man” and “totality of the circumstances.” In this article Hock shares his courtroom experiences and talks about “the dumbest juror” as an additional hurdle you must overcome to win your self defense case.
A great followup to my commentary on the use of the term “sheepdog” in last week’s knowledge dump.
I know I have a lot of readers from northern Ohio. If you are in the Cleveland/Akron area on the last weekend of April, you’ll definitely want to check this out. My friends Paul Carlson and William Aprill are teaming up to teach an amazing class. It is one you won’t want to miss.
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