Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
I think reason number four is a problem of epic proportions in both the civilian and police shooting instructor world. There are some extremely poor shooting instructors out there.
It’s important to be able to differentiate the true experts from the pseudo-experts.
“In every field, there are very few true experts, who understand the given subject and operates accordingly. There are, however, typically, very many pseudo-experts, who do not not understand the subject but yet are able to operate because they have compiled a large amount of tips and tricks on how to behave and respond by copying the behavior of the experts(*). The problem why pseudo-experts is that pseudo-experts do not understand why the rules are the way they are. This means that they do not understand the limits and context of the rules they are copying and so when the limits are exceeded or they leave their familiar surroundings, they do not know how to think and act because they are really unfamiliar with the subject on a fundamental level.”
A couple weeks ago I wrote an article about how I used naloxone to save the life of a woman who had overdosed on heroin. I got a lot of questions about naloxone (Narcan) after I published the article.
Here is an excellent resource for those who want to study the issue in more depth. The site also has a free online naloxone administration training course. I haven’t taken it yet, but will do so in the next few days.
If you have friends or family who use either heroin or prescription opiates, you need to learn this life-saving skill.
“Tears aren’t weak. They aren’t the end of the story. Sometimes, they’re the beginning.”
Velocity testing of some of the commonly available 5.45mm AK-74 rounds.
Challenging shooting drills you can practice with your rifle.
Training advice to ensure that your skills survive the test of combat.
Even though it’s a self-defense oriented website, these life lessons are more universal and cover far more ground than what is found on many gun/fighting/tactical blogs. I had a lot of these same insights when I was in the jungles of Peru last month. Read this article. Embrace the lessons you find useful. It’s a far cheaper alternative to traveling to South America and hanging out with indigenous spiritual healers.
Thanks to Practical Eschatology for sharing the link.
Registration is now open for next year’s Rangemaster Tactical Conference in Little Rock, Arkansas. This is one of the premier tactical training events in the country. You can train with dozens of the world’s best instructors in one location for a very reasonable price.
I am honored to present at the conference for the fourth time. I will be teaching my class on “Escaping Criminal Restraints” and Dr. Lauren will be teaching a pet first aid class.
These are important traits and actions to understand. With a little practice, you will quickly recognize when someone is using one in a conversation with you. When you notice someone using more than one of these tactics, end the conversation. You are about to be scammed.
One more for the “open carry is a crime deterrent” file. The bad guys are really not impressed by your gun.
Even highly trained shooters experience a significant drop in performance when they switch between a full sized gun and a pocket gun. In students with lower overall skill levels, the difference is even more pronounced. Recognize that fact when you are choosing your daily CCW gun.
Don’t believe Karl’s stats above? Check out what happens when Rich Grassi shoots the FBI qualification test with a Ruger LCP.
In last week’s Knowledge Dump, I shared a couple articles about a potential problem noted with the Sig P320 pistol. Several sources stated that the gun could accidentally fire a round if dropped. If you have a 320, watch this video. It seems that Andrew Tuohy might have figured out the cause of the problem.
Sig has instituted a voluntary upgrade of the trigger mechanism for P320s that are affected.
An alternate perspective on road rage. Consider this possibility every time you feel the urge to honk your horn or raise your middle finger.
A fairly decent tactical analysis of a recent gunfight captured on police body cams. This one is especially useful for my police readers.
A good mob violence survival guide from ITS Tactical.
You history buffs will like this article about the rifles used in the Civil War.
Yes, many people have “handles.” You can use those handles to manipulate their bodies in a fight. I still remember an arrest I made a few years ago. A guy with hair about as long as the guy in the photo above kidnapped a woman and cut her throat with a knife. She escaped and called police. Several other officers and I went into the house to arrest him. He decided to fight. I got a good hold on his long hair and yanked his head back. He ended up on the ground and the fight was over.
Use the handles your opponent gives you.
A long interview with Marty Hayes about some of the things you should be considering with regard to stopping an active killer attack.
If you carry a revolver for self protection and you use speed strips to carry spare ammunition, you should be practicing the “partial load.” It’s a critical skill to master. Two bullets now is often a better solution than six bullets 10 seconds from now.
Waiting for the proper opening is a critical self defense skill to have. Don’t try to draw on a drawn gun.
The danger of accidental fentanyl or carfentanil exposure to first responders aiding overdose victims has been dramatically overstated. This article dials back the hysteria. Don’t be afraid to treat OD patients. Use your basic PPE and you will be fine.
Here is another article on the same topic. Is there a risk that cops and medics can OD on opioid powders encountered while treating a patient? The conclusion:
“It is not zero risk and certainly not impossible, but extremely low,”
In part two of the article series I posted last week, Paul Sharp talks about a simple and effective impact weapon combination. Those of you who have trained with Michael Janich might see the similarity between this and Janich’s “cycling hammerfist.”
I hope my traveling readers find this piece as compelling as I did.
“When we travel, we forget who we were taught to be and we come back to who we truly are. We enter new landscapes, we engage with different cultures, and by separating ourselves from the voices that have dictated our lives, we have space to nurture and discover our uniqueness.
We play. We explore. We get uncomfortable. Stuff goes wrong. Stuff goes right. We figure it out. We learn. We grow.”
Do you really know how to grip a semi-automatic pistol? Read the article. I bet many of you are doing some things wrong. Take Claude’s advice here and use the grip he recommends. Your accuracy and recoil control will improve.
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