Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
What Just Happened?
A valuable perspective on Afghanistan from a man who spent two decades of his life fighting in the area.
Common Problems & Solutions with AR-15 Barrels
A lot of technical information about AR-15 rifle barrels.
380 vs. 38 Special – What’s the Difference & Which is Better?
Last week I posted a .38 spl versus .380 acp article that got a lot of views. Here are Caleb Giddings’ views on the same topic.
TRAINING DESIGN: Mirror Neurons, Facial Recognition, And Undercover Counter-Terror
Marcus Wynne does a deep dive on some interesting aspects involving the psychology of survival.
5 arm drags for Bjj and wrestling
In my police career I used arm drags to set up more takedowns than any other technique. Here are a couple simple ones to play with.
PRE-FIGHT? WHAT ABOUT PRE-CRIME?
Hock’s comprehensive list of pre-assault indicators. For my take on the issue, read Spotting Bad Guys.
Practicing Awareness – Part III
Claude provides some good techniques for building your awareness.
Tactical Tip: How to Use a Rifle Sling
Quick and easy version of doing a quick loop with a tactical sling. In The Art of the Rifle, Col. Cooper stated the technique did not work, but I find that I shoot a little better doing this.
A Look Back at My Concealed Carry Handguns
“The more skill you have, the more use you can make of sub-optimal equipment. As I said in the previous paragraph, a highly skilled operator can make more use of a J-frame revolver than the poorly skilled with a full-sized, full-capacity pistol. On the other hand, ideal equipment in the hands of the skilled user can significantly increase his or her capability, but there is a point of diminishing returns. Is a 5″ M&P a substantial upgrade over an M&P Compact? Probably not enough to merit carrying the much larger gun; the law of diminishing returns still applies.
A small gun reduces capability but is more portable. With low skill these guns bring very little to the table. A high level of skill and recency can make up for many of the shortcomings of a small gun. High skill with a larger (or otherwise more capable, i.e. via magazine capacity, etc.) gun equates to more capability, but less portability. Finding this balance is the job of the end-user. There are no easy answers here. If you own a Ruger LCP and a Glock 19, the Glock clearly has more capability. If you won’t carry it due to size/weight that capability has been 100% negated. So how do you find that balance?”
187 — ED CALDERON | THINGS MOST PEOPLE DON’T KNOW
A very informative podcast about the current state of the world of the Mexican drug cartels.
Pistol Barrel Length And Velocity
Handgun velocity testing with two different loads and four different barrel lengths.
Should You Worry About COVID-19 in Whitetails?
Information for my deer hunting readers. Besides Covid-19, you still have to worry about CWD as well.
Ground-Fighting Realities and How Not to Get Stomped into a Stain
An aspect of ground fighting that isn’t often taught in most MMA-based grappling programs is what to do when the defender is grounded and the attacker is still standing. This happens a lot in real fights. You should spend some time doing the work in this type of scenario. In this article. Mike Janich gives you some tips to get started.
Shooting Tips: Fighting with an AK
Valuable advice for you AK shooters.
WELFARE CHECKS CAN KILL: TACTICS FOR BETTER OUTCOMES
We need to re-think how cops do welfare checks.
“People have the right to refuse to see a doctor, go to a hospital, take their medications, call home, lock their doors, eat healthy food and any one of a number of other actions some of us might deem imprudent. Unless there is danger of violence, police should not be the first option for a welfare check. The first option should be friends or family. If the person refuses help, then family and friends should continue to be the option. Under specific circumstances, mental health outreach workers, adult protective services and, sometimes, child protective services should check on people. And here too, unless there is a threat of violence, they should return again if refused on the first attempt. If the person is likely neither a threat to themselves nor others, we need to leave them alone at some point.”
We also need to take a look at our use of tire deflation devices as well.
Time To Talk: Tactical Tampons
The “tactical tampon” myth needs to die. I would pack a wound with my own dirty socks rather than using tampons.
Security guard released from custody after killing a man at a gas station
You may be carrying a gun, but that gun is community property. It belongs to whoever can control it and keep it in the fight. Think about that before you decide to open carry.
If you want to read about scores of other negative consequences following open carry, read Friends Don’t Let Friends Open Carry.
Snipers at War: An Equipment and Operations History
What I’m reading…
An incredibly comprehensive history of the world’s military snipers, guns, ammo, and gear from the 18th century until today.
Anatomy of the Room Part
Understanding room layouts is critical for being combat effective inside a building. If you understand how the rooms are laid out, you can construct ambush sites as well as avoid common locations where the enemy can set up his ambushes. Part two covers different corners and wall styles.
Colt 1908 Vest Pocket: The One That Started It All
I own two of these little beauties. They are astonishingly small. While the Browning Baby is a little smaller, I shoot the 1908s a lot better. I occasionally carry one in a front pockets as a hideout piece.
ARE YOU A GOOD PERSON OR JUST A GOOD FIGHTER? Is Being Tough Keeping You From Being Kind?
I’m friends with most of the people Alex is speaking about. He is 100% right. Being a great fighter or tactician is awesome. Being a great human being is far more important.
PISTOL SHOOTING DRILLS FOR COMBAT MARKSMANSHIP
Some excellent shooting drills for your next practice sessions. If you are looking for a sensible qualification for CCW students, you may also like A Fresh Look at Pistol Qualifications.
Alternative perspectives on drug use and addiction
A nuanced perspective on drug use and addiction from one of the smartest doctors on the planet. Dr. Attia’s podcast is pure gold and is well worth the small annual charge. It contains the best health and longevity information out there.
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