Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
DA Warm Up
Ernie Langdon has a great set of shooting drills for those of you who carry a traditional double action automatic.
“String One, First Dot: 10 shots, double action only. Focus on smooth DA pull and decoking when you come off the target. Make decoking a natural automatic response.
String Two, Second Dot: 10 shots, single action only. Focus on finding the prep point in the trigger for each shot.
String Three, Third Dot: 10 shots, 1 DA followed by o1 SA, repeat 5 times. Focus on smooth DA pull and finding the prep point for the second shot, decocking after each 2 shot string.
String Four, Fourth Dot: 15 shots, 1 DA followed by 4 SA shots. Repeat 3 times. Focus on smooth DA pull followed by resetting quickly and finding the prep point for each of the 4 SA shots. Decock between each string of 5 shots.
All drills are shot on 2″ circles. Distance is three toss even yards depending on your skill level. Not sure where you are? Start at 3 yds the first time through and then move to 5 yds.”
MINDSET AND LIFE
Quality guidelines for fight avoidance.
Stop Blinding Yourself
A good introduction to flashlight search techniques.
‘Oh sh..’ – the moment an infosec bod realized he was tracking a cop car’s movements by its leaky cellular gateway
My police friends should probably forward this article to their IT people to see if the problem can be fixed.
Some Thoughts on Holstering a Pistol…
In the police academy, I was taught to holster my pistol without looking. It was commonly taught in the 1990s. It was a bad idea. It’s much better to look your gun into the holster.
“Can I teach that?”
Good advice here from Kathy Jackson. Her book “The Cornered Cat” is a must read if you train female students.
Why Root Causes Matter
Take a few minutes to sit down and actually read all the statistics in this piece. The article discusses the true root causes of America’s problem with homicides, suicides, and mass shootings. The author provides some solutions from a left-wing perspective. What would you expect to find at a website titled “The Liberal Gun Club?”
I’m thinking that might turn off a lot of my more politically conservative friends. Don’t allow that to happen. The article contains valuable information. If you choose not to consume this information because of the site’s political stance, you are being willfully ignorant.
When it comes to gun rights, we gun people need to unite regardless of our differing political opinions. There are a lot of left-leaning gun owners out there breaking the stereotype of the traditional “Conservative” gun owner image. They are a huge asset to the gun rights community and a lot of them won’t get involved if they don’t feel welcomed by your political polemics.
Stop that shit and focus on the real problems at hand rather than reflexively defending the political “label” you’ve given yourself.
Thanks to Massad Ayoob for originally sharing the article.
To further slam home the point that politics has no place in firearms training classes, I’d like you to check out Tiffany’s article on the topic. She is absolutely correct. As a political atheist, I don’t support either of the primary political parties. You won’t hear me cutting on anyone’s politics in the classes I teach.
A very good review of the potential complications and treatment of injuries from falls. The authors’ book is an excellent medical reference to have in your library.
FBI Sniper Rifles Through The Years
A fascinating history for anyone interested in precision rifles. I had no idea that the FBI’s first “sniper” rifle was a pump action with a four power scope.
Fight Like A Girl And Other Lessons From A Stabbing
A great article that discusses lessons learned from a woman who fought off a serial sexual predator who was trying to kidnap her.
How to Repay Your Mentors
“The people who gave you your first job, showed you their secrets, picked up the check when you couldn’t afford to? They don’t want that stuff back. They want you to see you learn from their example. I’m not saying it’s good karma, but think about it like this: the stuff they gave you, that wasn’t a gift. It was given to you in trust. You don’t exclusively own that knowledge, you aren’t entitled to profit from the advice, you didn’t get some free ride. No, you just got access to it for a while, access that was contingent on you referring other deserving people to it down the line. Got it?”
Ryan’s book (pictured above) is an excellent read. Anyone who wants to learn how the media manipulates the public should definitely check it out.
Los Angeles Homeless Man Shares the Harsh Reality of Skid Row
This is an interesting video that shows a perspective that most people will never experience.
How to Change Your Mind: What the New Science of Psychedelics Teaches Us About Consciousness, Dying, Addiction, Depression, and Transcendence
What I’m reading…
Famed author Michael Pollan explores the many ways psychedelic drugs are proving to helpful in treating a large variety of physical and psychological issues. I predict more and more “mainstream” members of society working to educate others about the potential benefits of these substances as they become increasingly more accepted.
Don’t Shoot a Shotgun Shell With a Flare Gun. Ever.
For anyone who has silly ideas that plastic flare pistols can safely fire 12 gauge loads.
Claude creates a course of fire for which to objectively compare several different pistols. In part two, he compares five different DA automatics.
Female Sergeant Saves the Day
Quality analysis of this relatively simple police shooting. For all my friends who are in favor of requiring police “de-escalation,” what would you suggest this officer should have done to de-escalate the situation when a bloody assault suspect charges with a knife?
Long Gun Zero
I occasionally encounter cops who zero their rifles at 20 feet. This is a horrible idea. The article explains why.
Penetration Testing And Using A Car As Cover Part 1&2
Some details on the topic of car killing. I’ve shot a lot of cars. The engine, wheels, and structural pillars generally stop bullets. Any other part of the car may stop the round or it may not.
Using .22 Magnum for Self-Defense
Some ballistic testing on the .22 magnum fired out of a one inch barrelled mini-revolver.
15 reasons to consider a snubby revolver for your backup gun
I’m one of the dinosaurs who still carries a revolver as a backup gun at work.
Appendix Carry: What’s It All About?
A good primer on the pros and cons of appendix carry.
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