Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Although I wouldn’t put the Lehigh Defense cartridge into my list of the “top loads,” the author’s ballistic testing results provide very useful information for any of you who carry the .38 special.
“Some industry experts estimate that we won’t see a return to normal inventory levels for 12 months, even when assuming a Republican presidential victory in November. Normal inventory is defined as being able to buy as much as ammo as you want and can afford from the internet or your local retailer. Worse yet, prices may not return to pre-COVID levels for an up to 12 months after that. The long term disruption to the supply chain tends to result in increased costs for manufacturers which will get passed on to the consumer until we see a full economic recovery. Unless one of the factors causing massive demand suddenly changes or disappears, we can expect to see increased prices and rationing for some time to come.”
For more confirmation of this bad news, read Ammo Sold Out Nationwide with Future Supply Unknown.
If you ever get the opportunity to shoot a bowling pin match, do so. It’s some of the most fun a person can have with in gun in hand.
Active Self Protection has recently released some incredibly high quality shotgun content featuring Matt Haught. Start with this video and then watch the videos below:
Since we are talking about shotgun stuff, have you ever wondered how “less lethal” rubber buckshot performs in ballistic gelatin? Here is a test. Three of the eight pellets penetrated a cardboard target that was covered in a T-shirt and entered the gelatin block. Average penetration was less than an inch. This round would certainly hurt, but isn’t likely to stop a determined attacker with a diminished pain response caused by drugs, alcohol, or mental illness.
In all my less lethal instructor courses, I’ve been far more impressed by 37mm less lethal rounds than the “rubber buckshot” fired through in 12 gauge shotguns (like the link above). Unfortunately, we mere civilians can’t practically purchase 37mm foam baton or rubber buckshot loads. This article provides information about how to load your own 37mm rounds. Loading impact munitions into these shells would make a great crowd control weapon, but it likely violates Federal law. Don’t ever do that.
If you are a handgun instructor who doesn’t know the names and the relative advantages/disadvantages of the primary handgun shooting stances you are doing your students a disservice.
There are a lot of new AR-15 owners out there. This article will help keep you on track. This article about AR-15 sights may also be valuable. Finally, check out Defensive AR-15 Setup 2: Everything Else.
“Just because you may experience fear does not mean that you must live in fear. By understanding the mechanics of fear, changing your perspective and managing your expectations, you can control your fear in the face of danger”
“This is not a perfect science. As I write this, I hesitate to want to offer any hard guidelines as things can change drastically from one scenario to the other. However, my goal here is to give you tools, not just reassurance. Here is how I would recommend deciding on a treatment order if you had to walk into a situation right now.
Treat the major bleeds first.
Treat those who can’t breathe second
Treat anything else last”
While you are reading up on medical issues, I might also recommend that you check out Controlling Chaos: Tips for Dealing with Traumatic Injuries.
Have you ever considered that you might have to use your self protection skills to defend yourself from an animal attack?
For $30, this tool might be a great addition to your range bag if you shoot an AR-15 rifle.
“If you care about justice, and you absolutely should, you should care about facts and the ability to discuss them openly. Justice requires contact with reality.”
Please excuse a little more cop-related content on my very last day of being a police officer.
Police use-of-force attorney Missy O’Linn talks about some of the unrealistic expectations put on today’s police officers. Another good article about police tactics is The Folly of Police ‘De-Escalation’:
“Yes, a cop who acts as though everyone he meets will try to hurt him is a fool, but a cop who forgets that some people will indeed try is a fool who will probably end up dead.”
A lot of you carry pocket pistols. If you do, please consider these suggestions to help you use it most effectively.
Listen to Michael Bane’s advice about what to do if you get caught up in a riot in your automobile.
This is a useful reference if you want to take the advice above and avoid all types of riots or protests. This site allows you to search for protests and rallies by state. Do your homework and stay far away from any such event.
The Tactical Professor offers some valuable advice about confronting criminals. You may also like his advice about using a Megaphone for Home Defense.
Don’t be a problem solver for situations that aren’t necessary your problems.
What I’m reading…
Reid has put together a unique book that cites a huge variety of primary sources. The book does a good job merging insights from the past in to a comprehensive guide to current best practices.
Many of you have newly-purchased AR-15 rifles, but do not yet speak the language. If you don’t know what M-Lok is, read the article for clarification.
Detailed information covering a devastating active killer terrorist attack that was perpetrated five years ago.
Self protection strategies for the disabled is a topic that doesn’t get as much coverage as it should.
Although I do not own a pistol-caliber carbine, I think they have utility in many home defense scenarios, especially if the defender has issues with blast and recoil.
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