Links to some of the best tactical information on the web. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
Why you should ALWAYS carry your gun
What you can learn from the gunfights that 65 of Tom Givens’ students have been involved in.
The Magical Content Tree
Dmiti Orlov perfectly describes the challenges of creating content for a web site. I especially struggle with the issue he lists as #4 in the article. The widespread presence of social media does not reward quality work, only writing that the viewer agrees with. Furthermore it leads to the thinking that web content should be free and the creator should not be compensated. I have no banner ads on my site and rely on reader donations to help fund my work. Last year I published 235 free articles without charging for the service or annoying my readers with banner ads. I just did the math. Last year exactly 0.00187% of my total readers sent in a donation. People truly believe that “content grows on trees.”
What Should I Practice?
Dave Spaulding shares some excellent advice about which drills he would run if he only had 50 rounds to shoot. I don’t think I could come up with an overall practice plan that is any better. Dave’s book Defensive Living is one of the best shooting/self protection books on the market.
Defeating Drones: How To Build A Thermal Evasion Suit
This may be useful information for some. The suit clearly works, but I think it might be excessively hot for anything other than cold weather operations. Max Velocity’s idea may work better.
The Old Guy’s Thoughts On Street-Fighting
Good advice here….
S&W Model 351C – Old Man Gun?
Speaking of “old man” fighting skills, how about an “old man gun?” I’m happy to see that I’m not the only crazy old man out there. I love my 351 C and carry it (with a clipdraw) tucked into my waistband while doing chores around the house and yard. Dr. Martin Topper also agrees. Check out his article on Mini Manstoppers: Using A .22 WMR Load For Self-Defense.
3 Reasons Gluten Intolerance May Be More Serious Than Celiac Disease
Non-Celiac Gluten intolerance is a real thing. If you are having digestive issues, read up on the topic in this informative article.
A thorough evaluation of many of the flash hiders currently on the market. For my money, it’s tough to beat the standard “birdcage” model that comes on most rifles already.
How to Train for Fighting
An article about adapting Jim Wendler’s 5-3-1 strength program for the combat athlete.
We Become What We Do: More On Mindset
John Mosby writes a must-read article on mindset:
“The problem with Americans today is that our minds are as weak and soft as our bodies. We want to have our cake and eat it too. We want to bask in the luxury of middle-age comfort, but still be a bad ass. People want to believe that running a two hour obstacle race makes them a “Warrior” or a “Spartan.” Others want to believe that wearing a bunch of cool-guy kit and a homo Hoplite velcro patch will make them one of Leonidas’ 300. Well, tough shit…It doesn’t work that way.”
In addition to John’s excellent advice, I would tell you simply to “Do Hard Things.” Those “hard things” don’t have to be combat related. It could be climbing a mountain or navigating an especially difficult downhill mountain bike single track. If you have a track record of completing difficult tasks, when you encounter another difficult task, your brain can flash back to previous successes. When you can say “This is nothing compared to xxxxx,” then you’ve won half the battle.
Along the same lines, you may be interested in reading The Pussification of the West.
Guns, suicide prevention, and backwoods lifestyles
Massad Ayoob shares some important information about suicide prevention for gun owners.
Five Keys to a Successful Surveillance
For my police/PI readers, here’s an article with a few tips to help you not get burned on your next stakeout operation.
Feeding Eugene Stoners Brainchild
Excellent advice about AR-15 magazines from Mike Pannone. I especially like this piece of advice:
“Once a magazine malfunctions and it cannot be traced to debris, it will only get worse. Get rid of it.”
I would say the same is true for handgun mags. Get rid of any mag that regularly causes malfunctions!
One To The Brain
Quality information from a medical doctor about where to aim your head shots.
Great advice from both the Active Self Protection video and the written TTAG analysis. Your malfunction clearance drills and ability to use cover must be reflexive!
Vortex SPARC II: The Dot That Would Not Die
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