Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Home safety isn’t solely a function of being armed. Lock your damn doors!
You do occasionally clean your magazines, right?
The Big M4 Myth: ‘Fouling caused by the direct impingement gas system makes the M4/M4A1 Carbine unreliable.’
Still think the Ar-15 is an unreliable weapon? You might want to read this article and change your mind. If your AR-15 doesn’t work, it’s because :
1) It’s a crap gun made by a sub-par manufacturer
2) You are running crap magazines
3) You aren’t lubricating it correctly
4) You have the wrong buffer/buffer spring and extractor springs installed.
For more AR-15 content, read this Inspection Guide for Gun Buyers.
Why you should not be using fake CAT tourniquets.
“You have to unplug from the machine and take back your life and learn to live with less and sit under trees and read the great minds and create art and listen to music and sound your “barbaric yawp over the roofs of the world.”
Quit doing things you hate to impress the faceless people among us.
Decondition yourself from culture, quit suppressing your uniqueness, travel to places that frighten you a bit, learn to embrace silence and solitude a few times a week. And most importantly — you must awaken from your culturally-induced slumber and try to find simple joy among the sacred.”
Basic equipment tips to be prepared for your next shooting class. I would also recommend the device pictured in the author’s photograph above. The MagLula UpLULA will save you both time and hand strain when reloading countless magazines all day.
I think the logic behind Michael Janich’s recommendations for kids’ self defense techniques is spot on. I don’t teach many children’s self defense classes, but I think that the low line kicks he recommends (combined with eye strikes) are the most effective techniques we can teach kids who aren’t large enough to generate power with more traditional strikes.
Everything new and exciting in the revolver world.
Some sensible medical carry gear advice.
What I’m reading…
I picked this one up when it was free a few weeks ago. I just read it last week on the beach in Mexico. I found it to be a very entertaining take on the normally boring apocalyptic novel. This is the story of a completely unprepared and unskilled millennial who slept through evacuation warnings and was left virtually alone after her state was destroyed by volcanic interruptions and tectonic shifts.
“So there are three takeaways from this:
- Unsighted fire happens, and more often than we often like to admit.
- Practicing sighted fire helps improve your shooting ability even if you don’t focus on your sights under extreme stress.
- Practicing sighted fire diligently can maximize your potential to see and use those sights under extreme stress.
As I’ve said many times in class, practicing sighted fire will improve your unsighted fire, but it doesn’t work the other way around.”
A quick tutorial about the differing ways flashlight manufacturers describe light output.
A deep dive into the history of the development of the shooting grip most of us currently use and teach. The author makes the point that the “thumbs locked down” grip might be better for beginning shooters. Karl Rehn has mentioned using the same grip when training students who had weak grip strength.
Steve talks about how dealing with active killers at various different ranged might require differing movement patterns. Read Part Two as well.
Read Tom’s newsletter and try his monthly shooting drill. Opens to PDF.
For those of you who don’t recognize the name, Col. John Boyd is the genius who developed the OODA loop for explaining the process of decision making under the stress of combat. Numerous books have been written about his ideas, but here are the only recordings of Boyd himself lecturing on the topic. They were painstakingly converted from betamax tapes found in the Marine Corps University archives.
Defensive Gun Uses by those legally carrying guns: 22 cases over six weeks from late June to early August 2019
Utilizing what you learned about Boyd’s theory above, studying real life instances of criminal attacks provides you with a faster “orient” response when you encounter similar behavior patterns.
Understanding these concepts may be useful in the future.
Why I don’t think open carry is a good idea. Think these kind of incidents are rare? Read this article to learn about more than 65 similar incidents in the last few years.
If you are reading this, you are probably the “gun person” among your family and friends. Will you be prepared for this request if it comes up?
Those of you who provide church security services should read this article.
If the words “OODA Loop” written above sound like a foreign language to you, check out this article. It covers many tools to increase awareness and provides an introduction to Boyd’s concepts. The secondary sources cited in the article are excellent and well worth your time to read.
I agree with max’s advice here. My work and home defense AR-15 rifles all have a 50 yard zero. What about if you have a short barreled AR-15 “pistol”? Read Best AR15 Zero Distances for 16 inch and 10.5 inch Carbines. The 50 yard zero works great for the shorter barrels as well.
I’ve purchased a lot of pistols on Gunbroker over the years. Here are some good strategies to get the best deal. Want some more Gunbroker content? Read Gunbroker Review – Where Have All The Good Guns Gone?.
Claude discusses the value of a precise aiming point.
I carry the Velocitors in my .22 long rifle guns and the Hornady Critical Defense in my .22 magnums.
I hate watching long videos on the internet. Spencer is my hero. He’s distilled the most important aspects of appendix carry into a one minute long video.
I have been testing one of Spencer’s new holster designs for the past couple weeks. I think you AIWB carriers will be blown away when he drops the new model.
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