Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
AK Upgrades To Trick Out Your Kalashnikov
Not happy with the looks or performance of your AK-47 rifle? Here are some customization options.
Swing For the Fence
Paul sharp has some simple but critical concepts to share with you regarding fighting with impact weapons.
The Dynamics Of A Riot
Advice worth paying attention to:
“This is exemplary of the fact that, in every case, reason is abandoned and anger rules the day. No lessons are learned by the rioters. In fact, months later, rioters have often been quoted as saying, “We showed ’em.”
So, what can we take away here? First, and most importantly, that riots are by their very nature spontaneous, mindless, and, for the most part, uncontrollable. Second, if an individual lives in or near a location where sociopolitical tension is on the increase, he is living in danger. The spontaneity of a riot means that he cannot prepare for it. If it arrives on his doorstep, or if he’s on the street at the time when it occurs, he may lose everything, including his life.
Since riots are mindless, rioters cannot be reasoned with. There’s no talking your way out of the danger, once it has reached you. Finally, as riots cannot effectively be controlled, the one and only defense against them is to conclude that, if one lives in an area where socioeconomic conditions indicate that the location (whether it be a neighbourhood or even an entire country) is unsafe, it may be time to move.
The key here is that the move occur before violence erupts. Once it has, it’s too late.”
TSA Has No Basis for How It Picks Out Terrorists, Just Makes Stuff Up
More bad press at the TSA. You are not “safe” at an airport.
“..In GAO’s review of all 178 sources TSA cited as support for its revised list, GAO found that 98 percent (175 of 178) of the sources do not provide valid evidence that is applicable to the specific behavioral indicators TSA cited them as supporting.
..Seventy-seven percent of the sources TSA cited (137 of 178) are news articles, opinion pieces, presentations created by law enforcement entities and industry groups, and screen shots of online medical websites that do not meet GAO’s definition of valid evidence.”
How To Choose The Right Tactical Rifle Sling
Sound basic advice about choosing a rifle sling. My tactical rifles wear one of only three different slings: the Magpul MS-1, the Blue Force Gear Vickers Sling, or the Viking Tactics Sling. All are two point slings with similar fast-adjust methods. You can’t go wrong with any of those slings.
Concealed Carry: A New Legal Consideration!
Legal continuing education for my cop readers. Also read Concealed Carry and Police Encounters
For even more information, check out Kevin Davis’ article on problematic police use of force policies.
Wasp Spray? Pffft… Buzz Off!
The myth of wasp spray being an effective defensive option needs to be debunked. Wasp spray is absolute shit as a weapon. Read the article above and then check out my linked article within to see an example where wasp spray failed miserably in a home invasion attack.
Why High Performers Feel Awkward In Mediocre Groups, And What They Can Do About It
Good advice for you overachievers out there.
What Do You Want to Create and Why Haven’t You Done It?
“It’s easy to continue to be a consumer and live a passive, reactive life, rather than be a creator, explorer, and innovator.
But if you take the easy path, you’re throwing away your time and possibly your life. And you’re being numbed at best, but more likely depressed or anxiety-ridden.
(Studies correlate higher levels of news and social media consumption with depression and anxiety.)
But if you take the harder path, the one that often comes with discomfort, pressure, doubt, and struggle, you will end up more alive, free, happy, and fulfilled.”
Mindset is the Fairy Godmother of Survival
“Do you know what god is? Training is god.
Nothing improves mindset, this mythical idea of being mentally strong, more than training does. When you are good at something–and I mean genuinely good at something, not “social media” good–then mindset doesn’t factor into the equation.
Skill trumps hope, every time and all the time.”
Cowboy Time Machine: Legendary Bat Masterson, Colt Single Actions & Wyatt Earp – Part 1
Quality information about some of the more legendary Old West gunfighters. Part two discusses how television portrayals of these men got a lot of the details wrong.
How the Modern World Made Cowards of Us All
“Our sin tends to be timidity, not rashness. On average, we say “no” too much when faced with an opportunity or dilemma.”
Patterns of Training – Frontline Debriefs
“When an application of force is ultimately viewed by juries through video or cell-phone capture, it can easily be misinterpreted as excessive, unwarranted, and unlawful. In some cases, this may be true. In other cases, the force application was, by all applicable standards, fair and just … and yet juries do not view it as such.
This is the paradox of deadly force application. Your actions are ultimately adjudged by those who might never have experienced a scintilla of the decision-making skills and actions that you undertook in fractions of a second. Training must account for the fact that one is expected to cease the application of force when active resistance is overcome.”
Prepping For Life: The balanced approach to personal security and family safety
What I’m reading…
This is Grant’s brand new book just published this week. It provides a systematic approach to evaluating the potential dangers you may face in your life and coming up with a plan to address them. I’m only about halfway through it, but it appears to be a valuable resource for anyone interested in being more prepared.
The Counting Game
Cecil Burch outlines a very simple way to increase situational awareness.
MANAGING THE INITIAL POLICE CONTACT
Gabe Suarez shares his opinion of the best way to handle police interrogation following a defensive shooting.
How Vision Impacts Your Shooting
Quite a bit of information about vision and shooting. A worthwhile read for everyone.
Scary strangers, children, and boundary setting in the grocery store
Kathy Jackson talks about enforcing social boundaries in a public location (dealing with creepy people).
Give these shooting drills a try and see how well you do.
Paul-E-Palooza 4: “May the Fourth Be With You”
The Paul Gomez Memorial Training Conference is coming up in a couple weeks in northern Ohio. It’s an amazing training opportunity where you will get to train with some of the top instructors in the country for a very low price. All instructors are donating their time and all tuition fees will go to a scholarship fund to benefit the late trainer Paul Gomez’ three kids.
I will be teaching a bomb class and Dr. Lauren will be teaching about pet first aid. I hope to see you there!
P320 Recall Issued By Dallas Police | Prohibited From Duty Till Repaired
A caution for those of you who carry the Sig P320. Some experts say that there are no problems with the pistol.
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