Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
A very informative long-form article about choosing both handheld and weapons mounted lights for defensive encounters. I don’t think there’s anything better on the market right now for a pistol light than the Surefire X300U with the DG switch. I back that one up with a Fenix PD35 handheld light.
Some innovative thinking on police citizen review boards. I could get behind these boards if the members passed the background check, polygraph, and training classes the author suggests.
Please remember, however, that all cops currently work under the authority of the ultimate citizen review board. It’s called a jury.
As like many questions, the answer to this question depends on your mission and your skill level. If you are a true revolver fan, you’ll also like this article.
Don’t be deluded that anti-gun activists will stop when they get your “assault weapons.” This long list of quotes shows how the leaders in the gun control movement really think.
“In the long run, appreciation of our culture won’t be won by only engaging the anti-gun crowd on their terms. It isn’t enough to only make our culture known when we are called to defend it. We must also do it during lulls and periods of normalcy. As a young American, the pride I felt in using my hands to learn a skill was unrivaled. No sport or achievement in school mirrored the satisfaction of focusing my body and mind on a target, and then sending a bullet to score a direct hit.”
Don’t like the sliding spacer on your eight -round Shield magazines? My friend Paul designed an excellent replacement baseplate with a locking sleeve and a relief cut to allow for easier mag stripping during a malfunction.
I have a couple and will be testing them in the next few weeks. So far, they look great!
Very interesting reading about a cognitive bias that you may not understand.
I found the information about “choke points” to be especially useful.
What I’m reading…
Since I’m headed down to Puerto Rico next week for a little R&R, I figured this book would properly set the mood.
Some cool apps for all of you long-range shooting nerds.
Off grid diagnosis and treatment of appendicitis. The author’s book is an excellent text to have on hand if the lights go out.
This is why I prefer the 124 grain loads in the shorter barreled 9mm pistols.
I’m excited to try this drill during my next range training session.
Uber has been a complete game changer for me when traveling in foreign countries. By not using a cab, I avoid the overcharging “gringo tax,” reduce my chance of robbery, and avoid fumbling around with cash trying to pay the driver in a sketchy neighborhood.
Uber isn’t however, devoid of its own scams. Read this article and learn about how unscrupulous Uber drivers operate their scams
This information might be useful for some of you.
Cecil demonstrates a very slick way to disengage and create distance from a dominant position in a ground fight. For my cop friend who think that the move Cecil is advocating looks too much like a forbidden “choke,” move your arm up a bit higher. Driving the edge of your forearm against his nose or cheek will often cause enough pain that the move will work the same way.
The proposed changes to the “respiration” part of the TCCC “MARCH” algorithm. Battlefield medicine is constantly evolving. If you want to be able to handle a gunshot wound patient, you must keep up on the basic guidelines. That course you took 10 years ago may not be enough. Opens to PDF.
An in-depth analysis of shooting through vehicle window glass.
Explanation of most of the common handgun gripping errors.
Although I’m not a fan of Charter Arms revolvers, I found this article to be an interesting history lesson.
If any of you have elderly family members who own guns, this is an important question to explore.
Some very valuable equations for both medics and preppers alike.
If you haven’t taken a recent first aid class focused on treating battlefield injuries, this would be a good article for you to read.
For any of you who still think your vote “counts.”
Ralph Mroz shares some hard-won wisdom for all you folks who carry concealed firearms. His list is on point, but please ignore the recommendation for the “Honey Badger” ammunition in the middle of the article. My guess is that Ralph didn’t actually write that sentence. I’m guessing that was an editorial addition made to please an advertiser.
“Defensive shooting means you’re coming from behind in a fight someone else started. Most criminals will not attack someone unless they feel they already have the advantage of numbers, surprise or whatever. While willing to be part of a shooting — they’re not interested in being in a gunfight. By the time it turns into a fight, you may very well already be hurt and therefore less capable. Your gun may jam, which happens surprisingly often in shootings. You may miss; also very common. Your bullet may not perform as you expect. Your assailant may be on drugs and unable to realize how badly they’re hurt. There may be several suspects and one may be in ambush behind you before who you think is the primary attacker even approaches you. A thousand things can go wrong, and it only takes one to turn the cards against you.
Once you’re forced to act, all these realities have to be faced and overcome to survive. Jammed guns have to be cleared, multiple hits have to be delivered and maybe multiple attackers addressed. All of these are part of the critical skill set of defensive shooting, and when the flag well and truly goes up, there is absolutely no time for second-guessing or hesitation. At that moment it’s a physics problem, not a moral or legal one.
But if you could have walked away, you would have won at much lower cost.”
I learned a couple things when reading this article. My bet is that you will learn something as well.
Managing chaos without losing your shit is an extremely valuable skill to cultivate if you want to win a gunfight.
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