Here are a few links to articles and videos I found interesting this week and want to share. Some are intellectual. Some are informative. Some are just fun. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
Matt Bracken writes a great article about the implications of NY state’s 7- round magazine capacity limitations.
“What is this, then? One set of rules for the masters, and another for the peasants?
That’s exactly what it is. But the political power elites will say that they need the greater firepower for their protection! To which I will ask, So my family doesn’t deserve the same opportunities for protection that are afforded to you? Because you are a ruler and I am the ruled, your life is worth four times more protection than mine? In New York, yes.”
Matt’s fictional books are highly recommended.
Unfortunately, this is the reality for many of the police “instructors” out there.
Doctor Cynthia Koelker discusses a potentially life saving drug to have on hand in the event that you or a family member develops a severe allergic reaction far away from established medical care. While it isn’t nearly as good as injectable epinephrine, it is much better than nothing and worth a try.
Back when I started police work, the only reliable source of good officer safety and survival information was The Police Marksman Magazine. It always had some of the best gunfight analysis articles available. Unfortunately, it folded about 10 years ago. It’s now being re-started as an internet publication. Sign up for their email list at the link.
A nice article about wound cleaning and closure in the wilderness. The authors’ book The Doom and Bloom(tm) Survival Medicine Handbook is an excellent medical resource.
Very easy to make (and generally legal) improvised explosives which can be detonated by rifle fire. These things are even more powerful than they appear on video. Be VERY careful if you decide to make one.
A slightly different take on school shooting response from Tony Blauer in the CrossFit Journal.
A concise handout (with link to videos) covering everything you might need to know about starting IVs.