Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
This is a prescient article for those who are paying attention. I predict that some of our countrymen will need to understand these ideas well if they want to make it through a potentially violent period of time. The article mentions having good fire suppression gear as a necessity. If you don’t have fire extinguishers in your house, read the same site’s BLAZING BATTLES: HOW TO CHOOSE THE RIGHT FIRE EXTINGUISHER.”
Try the Three Seconds or Less shooting drill. Then try it again with your smaller carry gun.
“The data shows what we already knew: smaller guns are harder to shoot. Those with lower skill level shoot poorly regardless of gear. Those at higher skill levels shoot higher overall scores, but drop more points on average when switching to the smaller gun. That’s a result different from what was observed in years past, with a smaller data set. More than half the shooters capable of shooting 90% with their primary gun couldn’t do it with the smaller gun (19 of 37).”
If you carry a small pistol you should keep it cleaner than your full sized gun. Read Maintaining your pocket revolver: 8 tips to keep your defensive gun in tip-top shape.
Some quick tips to avoid being carjacked.
A very good analogy for a handy piece of gear that can be used for multiple medical emergencies. I use the North American Rescue version in my kits, but I’ll be checking out the Chinook in the future.
Some fun pistol shooting drills for your next range trip. Don’t forget to check out my shooting drills archive as well. I have details of more than 60 of the drills I use in my own practice sessions.
“Most people don’t know what they don’t know. This is not acceptable with a firearm. Please help me spread this article and motivate those that don’t know to seek the help and instruction they need! If you are skilled and able, PLEASE take the time to bring someone in need to the range. Start them on the right path!”
Have you ever considered how your defense options will change as you age or if you become injured? I worry about the injury quite a bit. I have left handed holsters for all my regular carry guns in the event I injure my dominant hand. I work on drawing and shooting from them a couple times a year at the range. I think doing that would be beneficial for most shooters.
Claude’s exceptional advice for training with .22 pistols. Also on the topic of .22s, check out how cartridge manufacturers are working to make the .22 more effective and efficient.
“Remember when people used to buy 12 rolls of toilet paper that would last a couple of weeks, then got nervous and started buying 30-packs every time they could find them but claimed there was a toilet paper shortage? The current ammo situation is very similar.
“When people quadruple their normal buying habits with regard to ammo purchases, there is less there for the next person,” explained Neil. “Now multiply that behavior by 10’s of millions and you can see why it’s hard to find ammunition right now.”
Curious about the actual research on the effectiveness of masks in preventing viral transmission? What about research about some of the negative reported side effects of wearing masks? Here is a one-stop shop for all the published research on the issue. You might be surprised.
As a side note, these are all published studies in peer reviewed medical journals. When I tried to share the link on Facebook, the platform warned me that if I shared it, all of my Facebook posts would be throttled by the company. Apparently, not all science is considered equal on the social media platforms.
Review of the Emerging Evidence Demonstrating the Efficacy of Ivermectin in the Prophylaxis and Treatment of COVID-19
Since I’m tempting fate by posting Covid-19 science, I might as well do it right. I’ve been reading the science about using Ivermectin as both prophylaxis and treatment for Covid-19 for quite a while. I took the drug once after some third world digestive issues, so I knew I wouldn’t have any side effects. Four months ago I began taking Ivermectin as Covid-19 prophylaxis. I take .2mg/kg of bodyweight once per month (the smallest tested dosage I found in any of the research protocols).
Since the pandemic began, I’ve made four international trips. I’ve also traveled all over the country teaching physical fighting techniques in close quarters to large groups of unmasked people. I haven’t had a sniffle. I’m not sure if it’s the Ivermectin or my other supplements that are responsible for my good health. I also supplement with Vitamin C, Zinc, Quercetin (a zinc ionophore), and high doses of Vitamin D. It might be the combination of all of these substances that have prevented me from catching the virus.
I’m not a doctor and this isn’t medical advice. I’m just sharing my experience. Read the article. It’s a description of all the published studies on Ivermectin versus Covid-19 through January 12, 2021. Opens to PDF.
I agree. Sand-filled heavy bags suck. Here are some other options.
If you plan on taking your guns apart, do yourself a favor and buy a good gunsmith screwdriver set so you don’t mangle your firearm screws.
Why your shouldn’t be using a RATS tourniquet.
A great option for those of you who have drawers full of old SureFire flashlights.
A discussion of survival supplies you might not have considered. In addition to the gas meter wrench, I don’t think it would hurt to have a fire hydrant wrench either. When the fire department stops showing up because they are no longer getting paid and the city water pumps don’t have electricity to operate, you may have to open the hydrants for an old fashioned “bucket brigade” for fire suppression. You have buckets, right?
What I’m reading…
Pillars of the Earth was the first fictional book that truly enraptured me. I literally couldn’t put it down when I first read it in college. I’ve read the rest of the series since then. This is the latest, a prequel to Pillars of the Earth. I think it’s the best of the series so far. It’s 926 pages, so don’t think you’ll finish it in an afternoon.
If you know how your firearm actually operates, you are in a better position to diagnose the cause of the gun’s malfunction.
A useful article for my police readers.
Take a look of the surveillance footage of this murder. Dude simply walking his dog. First pre-attack indicator (separating and curtailing escape routes happens at 1:08. Gun is displayed at 1:14. This guy had exactly six seconds to act. What would you have done if you saw the men split up on your approach?
I call indicators like this “predatory movement patterns.” You must be adept at identifying them quickly because the attack is immanent.
Criminals targeting you will regularly move in a predictable fashion. Anyone attempting to correlate their movement with yours (following, paralleling, directly approaching in crowds) should be viewed as a danger. Attempting to limit escape routes or “corral” your movements should be concerning. Running directly towards you is an obvious threat cue.
People who turn or look away when you notice them are worthy of your attention. A conspicuous lack of movement should also ping your radar. People who are sitting in parked cars without getting out should be watched suspiciously.
Car crashes may be the most common times a regular citizen may utilize first aid skills. This series describes the actions one should take when responding to a car crash before the medics/cops arrive. I will add one other thing. An old cop who trained me once said “Any single car crash should be considered a suicide attempt until evidence rules that out.”
Suicidal people are often violent and irrational. The point my old cop friend was trying to make is that one shouldn’t automatically assume that the victim of a single car crash will be happy about your efforts to help. Something to keep in mind.
Surprising research disputing a widely-held myth.
I had a bachelor’s degree when I got hired as a cop. I completed my master’s degree going to school part time as I worked full time as a cop. I don’t think degree requirements are useful. I’ve seen great cops who have degrees and great cops who do not have them. In 25 years of cop work, I really didn’t see any correlation between college degrees and performance as a police officer. Degree requirements are especially harmful now when the entire country is suffering from a lack of willing police applicants.
Information that may be very useful for some of you.
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