Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
I get a lot of questions about pistol caliber carbines. I’m really not the right one to ask, as I don’t own any myself. Here’s a good comparison of three of the leading PCC guns on the market.
A skill that most amateurs will never master.
Good gelatin testing and velocity information for you .32mag/.327 mag fans.
Some fun old guns you’ve likely never seen before.
“In conclusion, if you are a new pistol owner, do not think of it as talisman that will defend you magically. It is a tool, and like any tool you must develop a skill set to be able to use it effectively. Get some training. Treat it as your last resort, but be ready to use it effectively if you ever must.”
Nine Defensive Gun Uses Where People Legally Carrying Concealed Guns Have Stopped Crime, Cases From Late August To Mid September 2019
Reading about incidents like these allows you to imagine some of the scenarios you might encounter. Once you can imagine the scenario, you can determine the best way to solve it.
A good discussion about how independent media sites are being silenced.
An article that explains the differences between gas and inertia operated semi auto shotguns as well as describing the relative advantages of each system.
What I’m reading…
A more optimistic look at our current tribulations. Crises force positive adaptation. I’ve been training to master the art of thriving in states of violence and chaos for more than 30 years. So have many of you. It’s time for those of us who have put in the work to flourish and to carry our loved ones through the fire.
Do your favorite techniques pass Dave’s tests?
Salvatore articulates some of the reason I carry my defensive weapons in the front of my body.
Critically important information from Dr. Aprill.
One of my favorite medicinal herbs. It was once called “Wound Wort” or “Soldier’s Herb.” It’s a natural antiseptic and blood clotting agent. It also works well for skin infections and fever. It grows everywhere. Take a look at this article and learn how to recognize this one.
I have to admit a secret fascination with gun torture tests, especially on weapons that everyone “knows” are unreliable. This test may make you think a little more of the lowly Hi Point.
I remember the first Hi Point that our officers took off of a criminal. I was the training officer at the time and it was my job to test fire all of the guns taken from criminals so that we knew if the gun was operable (it might be harder to make a concealed weapons charge stick in court if the gun didn’t work).
I decided to do a little torture testing of my own. I took the gun exactly as it had been removed from the criminal (no lubrication) and fired 350 rounds out of it as fast as I could load the magazines. I remember it had seven malfunctions in 350 unlubricated rounds fired. Not the best track record, but it was way better than I expected it to perform.
It’s true. We rarely take more than a few car theft reports across the whole department in any given year. When I first started in the mid-1990s I remember personally taking about one car theft report a month.
“Police have too much power, because politicians have too much power. There is little chance that the George Floyd protests and riots will reverse the criminalization of daily life. How many “Defund the Police” activists are also calling for a radical rollback of politicians’ prerogatives to punish almost any activity they disapprove? There will be some reforms and plenty of promises, but as long as cops have pretexts to harass and assail millions of peaceful Americans every day, the outrages will not end. Until protestors realize that the problem is Leviathan, not the local police chief, oppression will continue.”
For more police content, check out A Retired Police Officer’s Plea
Steve Moses discusses some best practices for retention shooting.
I’ve long been able to “flip the asshole switch” and become unpleasant if necessary, but I prefer not to live in that condition. This article discusses the value in being disagreeable.
I teach suturing in some of my medical classes because of demand, not because I think it is exceptionally useful. People want to learn to sew other people up, even if under most circumstances a novice is better off with steri-strips, tissue glue, or staples.
If you want to learn some suture basics read this article as well as Part Two.
Need more medical stuff? Read Protocols for Common Injuries from Police Weapons.
While I care almost zero about clothing fashion or dressing stylishly, I do care about dressing to conceal my weapons. This post/video may help you do that.
Ken Hackathorn talks about the realities of a gunfight….
“One of the most interesting things that I continue of learn as I study real world shootings is the fact that the degree of difficulty is not particularly high. Most shootings/shootouts require pretty straight forward skills. Running, jumping, rolling and other antics that are popular in the movies rarely come into play for real. Most of the time, it’s just a simple matter of alignment and trigger press. Ranges are rarely more than 10 yards, as a rule more like 5 yards being pretty common. Lighting conditions will be low, but there is usually enough light to see your target and align the gun. “
Cecil shares more than 30 years of choking experience and comments on why banning “blood chokes” is a bad thing. For another perspective, read Chokes are Choked Out in Police Work.
Yes. You are on a list. Just visiting this site likely gets you put on a list. In my mind, the answer isn’t going to be found in ensuring that you do not get put on the list. Too late. The solution is adding so many people to the list that the information becomes unusable.
This is a reasonably comprehensive primer on escaping criminal restraints that would be useful to all my friends who travel internationally.
In this month’s edition of the Rangemaster newsletter, Tom provides some excellent shooting drills and some advice about how to choose the targets you use for training. Opens to PDF.
What happens when the victim is armed but not mentally prepared for combat.
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