Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
If you think your handgun really has stopping power, check out Sherman’s account of a patient with a .45 slug stuck in his face complaining of a toothache. You’ll also want to read Sherman’s post about Becoming the Civilian Defender.
For those of you who don’t wear a polyester uniform to work.
We can shoot fleeing felons only when the present a serious risk of danger to society if they are not immediately apprehended. This case doesn’t meet that stringent criteria. If you don’t understand the concept do some research on the Tennessee vs. Garner Supreme Court decision. From the case:
Some great articles from ITS Tactical to prepare you for your summertime outdoor activities.
Shooters, we need to be smarter than this.
I post a lot of articles about fighting people, but what about dogs? Here’s a good look at how to separate two fighting dogs with a minimal chance of being bitten. Make your grab quick and decisive so that the dog isn’t able to spin and bite you. Keep moving backwards and in a circle so that the dog has to fight to maintain his balance with his front legs.
If you are more concerned about what to do if a dog attacks YOU, then this article might be useful.
Continuing with the animal theme, here are some intriguing case studies about the stopping power of various handgun loads when fired against large predatory animals.
These knife attacks probably don’t look much like the ones you have been defending against in the dojo.
Some recent case law analysis for my police readers.
Another pertinent issue for my police officer friends…
I am incredibly cautious about making entry into a house for a “well being check.” Even if you have only the best intentions, the outcome can be tragic (like this case).
My cop and firefighter friends need to seriously assess whether that well being check is worth an accidental bullet wound.
It’s rare that we find someone who is too injured or ill to get to the phone. While saves like that happen, 99% of the time the resident is either already dead or passed out drunk (or drugged) in bed.
Speaking of history, check out the account of this amazing LAPD gunfight from 1925.
Some sneaky ways to hide your escape tools.
Some basics about the three-gun game.
“Think about it. We are slowly approaching a society where being a “Civilian Defender” (credited to Sherman House) may become the responsibility, on some level, of every ablebodied person in America. Whether it be intel collection via the “See something, say something” campaign, or the off chance that you may have to engage a threat live and in living color (or as a colorful real life bad ass recently said in a Matt Landfair’s Youtube video, “punch a bad guy in the head with a hammer”), you could become the first line of defense against terrorism. Many of us have life experiences we may not realize taught us valuable lessons that could, one day, keep us in the fight and save lives.
Think about it, do the work, and be hard to kill.”
Interesting article about how prisoners train to gain mass while incarcerated. Remember folks, these are the people you will be fighting. Are you training this hard? Link NSFW due to language and mild nudity.
Sherman shares some of Paul Gomez’ unpublished writing about the “Urban AK.” Paul was an encyclopedia of knowledge about the AK. I’m glad he was able to share it with me in an after hours AK shooting session following one of Craig Douglas’ ECQC classes back about 10 years ago.
Folks, you can’t have it both ways. If you don’t want cops aggressively hunting criminals, you can’t complain when the murder rate climbs due to a reduction in police activity. This trend of rising crime rates will continue another 5-10 years until it reaches a point where the pendulum swings the opposite direction and people start demanding aggressive law enforcement. The problem is that in another 10 years, all the cops who know how to find and arrest criminals will be retired or too old to do it. The next generation “kind and gentle” cop who has never been in a fight in his life won’t be able to step up to the challenge. I don’t think we’ll see crime rates drop again for another 20-30 years. We are in for a rough ride.
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