Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Great advice from Dave Young about what to do if “protestors” attack your car. I also like larger pepper spray dispensers for this purpose if things get really bad.
How reliable are today’s battle rifles in comparison to those of World War Two?
Kerry Davis talks about how to apply a commercial tourniquet and how to improvise on if you need to.
A great article from former CrossFit poster girl Gillian Mounsey about why she doesn’t do CrossFit anymore (opens to PDF).
Learn the true scientific facts behind student learning styles.
For all of you folks engaged in the false dichotomy of right vs. left and Trump vs. Clinton. Take the time to read this article and embrace the recommendations within.
I first saw this technique in a ground fighting seminar taught by Royce Gracie. Royce advised dropping to the ground and kicking if a knife wielding attacker had you backed into a corner and you couldn’t escape. It seems useful in that context. It may also be useful for those of you with absolutely no empty hand fighting skills. While I think that other tactics will work better, those other tactics require training and practice. This one doesn’t.
Lately I’ve been carrying a belt with hidden pockets like the ones mentioned in the article. I’ve been keeping escape tools (razor blade, handcuff keys, shims, and lock picks) in the belt pockets. After reading this article, I have some ideas for some additional stash items.
The latest TECC (civilian version of the military tactical combat casualty care) medical guidelines. Everyone should be familiar with these protocols and know how to apply pressure dressings, tourniquets, and chest seals. Read this. Learn the skills. You may save a life with this knowledge.
Since we are talking about medical skills, you should also read Improving Upon Blast Injury Response in Mass Casualty Scenarios.
Are you still carrying a Taurus Judge? If so, check out these ballistic tests. Note that not a single round tested passed the FBI guidelines for minimal bullet penetration.
Have difficulty racking the slide of a semi-automatic pistol? Read the article and watch the short embedded videos.
I’m always surprised when I hear about people taking rifles to gunsmiths in order to have scopes mounted. It isn’t very hard. Read this article and do it yourself!
All the science you will ever need to read about vitamin D.
A high quality analysis of the problem:
“In 2015, in a Nation of 330 million people, the police made contact with over 55 million citizens.
Of those 55,000,000 contacts, there were 965 fatalities.
What that means is that of all the individuals in 2015 who had some form of official contact with a police officer in the United States in 2015, 0.00175% were killed.
“How many of that 0.00175% were “unarmed” black men who were killed by a white officer?”
What that means factually is this – an unarmed black American who came into contact with a white police officer in 2015 had 0.00007% chance of being killed.
To put that into context, if you’re a black American between the ages of 15-34, you are about 132 times more likely to be killed by another young black American, than you are a white cop.”
Something to understand…directly from ISIS. It isn’t all about our wealth, our freedom, or their jealousy of us. It isn’t all about us conducting wars on Islamic soil. As usual, no one simple answer will suffice, despite what the news media wants you to believe.
From the latest ISIS publication, the six reasons ISIS hates the West.
Speaking of ISIS, this article talks about the history of Islamic terrorist attacks against hospitals and makes the case that we are extremely vulnerable to a similar attack here in the USA. After recently re-reading the reference cited (Gidduck’s When Terror Returns) I will note that not just any hospital makes a good target. For a mass hostage siege, the terrorists have to quickly get hostage compliance without effective resistance. That means hospitals with primarily children as patients will be the terrorists’ first choice.
Field expedient fix for a broken AR-15 extractor spring.
If you aren’t practicing for the skills that the author describes, you will simply be unprepared should you encounter a terrorist attack. Plinking beer cans in the back yard is not going to make you ready.
Valuable slide presentation about tactical lessons learned from Mexican drug cartel gun battle. This one is graphic. Don’t click on it unless you don’t mind seeing lots of blood and dead bodies. Take note of the weapons. Anyone who doesn’t own a semi-automatic rifle is behind the power curve.
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