Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
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Massad Ayoob schools us on the history of the double action trigger pull and how it was once the dominant action choice for American cops. I still have a couple third generation DAO Smith and Wesson 9mm pistols. I think that they are mechanically the simplest autopistols to operate. That’s a real advantage for a shooter who doesn’t want to invest time and money in practice/training. They are essentially 15-shot 9mm revolvers and would still make a great choice for an unenthusiastic shooter who wants a home defense weapon.
If you need deep penetration for hunting or otherwise, the Brenneke shotgun slugs fit the bill.
Kevin Davis describes the state of modern-day policing.
Cutting weight through dehydration is a bad plan.
With ammo available being spotty right now, most of use will shoot whatever we find on sale. With that said, should you find multiple brands available, this article provides quality accuracy and velocity data for several of the most common 55 grain .223 loads.
Larry Vickers discusses optimal sling set up.
The author here seems a bit paranoid to me, but he provides good safety tips for hotels. I don’t think everyone needs to follow all of his advice all the time, but it is certainly sound.
A night vision primer.
“You cannot exceed your ability; trying to do so invites failure.” Read his book Practical Shooting, Beyond Fundamentals.
Sherman shows off a nice revolver/holster combination for you wheelgun fans.
Very interesting article here for those who study the warrior sciences…
People judge fighting ability by looking at faces and upper body strength. There isn’t much you can do about your facial structure, but it seems that you may be able to avoid some conflicts if you build some muscle (at least in the upper body). People will judge you to be a better fighter, regardless of your actual abilities.
Mike Seeklander gives us some rifle shooting tips.
Civil unrest will not be stopping just because the Chauvin trial came to an end. It’s best to prepare yourself for the next wave. To go along with the article linked above, you should also read Urban Violence Spikes, U.S. Murder Rates Back to 1990s Levels.
Massad Ayoob details how defending oneself against mobs is not just a modern phenomena.
Some good hiding spots here.
Drills to practice with your pistol caliber carbine.
“Developing “sly and cunning intelligence,” the ability to make optimal choices about how to use those gadgets, and when and where to use them to greatest effect is often painful and unpleasant. Like many tasks which are hard and humbling, the temptation to ignore and rationalize avoidance of difficulty and humility is powerful, and if we surrender to it, it can easily lead us down the path of failure. “Humans are more important than hardware,” simply means that it’s people who are formidable and effective, and hardware merely enhances their formidability and effectiveness. A subtle distinction, but in my opinion a very important one.”
One of the best articles Todd Green ever wrote.
What I’m reading…
The latest from Jack Donovan.
If you want one of the original Smith and Wesson Shields, get one early. They aren’t making any more.
Having the ability and calmness under pressure to put your attacker to sleep is a nice option to have.
If I was legally or otherwise prohibited from owning a cartridge firing handgun, this would probably be my first choice.
Last week I posted a link to a full PDF copy of a 1978 issue of American Handgunner. Here is one to an even older 1977 edition. It’s cool to look back on the history of the shooting industry like this.
Some quality defensive knife options here. For another excellent article from the same site, check out Hiking Survival: 13 Ways to Stay Alive in the Woods.
This is a good reference for understanding typical situations where normal armed citizens use firearms to defend themselves.
Lucky Gunner puts out more excellent information. This installment teaches you how to sight in your rifle.
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