Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Former Green Beret Reveals #1 Shooting Drill You Aren’t Doing Right (or Enough!)
This may be the single most important drill to practice with either a handgun or rifle.
Rory Miller discusses “creepers,” “violence junkies,” and fake apologies.
Update on the Raven Concealment ModuLoader Pocket Shield by Chris Fry
Short Barrel Shepherd describes how he carries the Raven Pocket Shield designed by my friend Chris Fry. The pocket shield is a great piece of kit. For those of you working in “gun free zones,” A Ka-Bar TDI knife mounted on a pocket shield and placed into your front pants pocket, might be the best bet for extremely discreet carry when you can’t pack a pistol.
Use of Force Averted in Home Invasion
For all of you “I’ll shoot anyone who enters my house” folks. Read this story. Decide how you might react if an unknown adult autistic man enters your house through an unlocked door. Are you going to shoot this guy? I would hope not.
Lightest AR-15 Handguards: Roundup 2017
I’m a big strong guy, but I still like my fighting rifle to be as light as possible. When you are holding the rifle on a barricaded gunman for hours at a time or searching an area the size of a school or department store, you will appreciate all the weight saving measures you can implement. Here are a few options for cutting the weight on your carbine.
How To: Addressing Common AR Malfunctions
Speaking of the AR-15 platform, can you reflexively identify and remediate all the likely AR-15 malfunctions? If not, you have some work to do.
When Nuthin’ Works
One more from the malfunctions file. Yes, even your revolvers can malfunction. If you carry a wheel gun, you should be aware of some of the ways revolvers will puke on you.
Everything Is Fucked and I’m Pretty Sure It’s the Internet’s Fault
“The internet, in the end, was not designed to give people the information they need. It gives people the information they want.
And sadly, there’s a huge difference.”
The Super Ego, or Why Men are Afraid to Train
“The false ego generated by all the talk and supposition drives modern man to actually avoid professional training. If they take that big step and attend a course or go to a school they risk having all their pre-disposed notions shattered. They might discover to their great displeasure that they aren’t actually good shooters and that their favorite blaster is not actually akin to Thor’s Hammer. Having been raised in a society that embraces mediocrity and excuses failure, these men’s ego can’t risk the blow. Their solution is to simply buy more expensive gear.”
Do Foam Rollers Actually Work? A Review of the Evidence
The author takes a look at 40 different academic studies about the efficacy of foam rolling and discusses the results. I foam roll on my Rumble Roller and use a lacrosse ball on smaller areas at least five days a week. Even though the science says I’m probably not doing much, it makes me feel a whole lot better. I think feeling better is a good thing and I’m going to continue to roll.
Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver
What I’m reading…
All of you long time readers know that I am a revolver fan. I’m reading this one to see if I can pick up any new tricks for shooting my old guns.
The Retardation of the Firearms Industry
“Most of the people you see promoting the industry today have no experience, no background, and no idea how to properly test, evaluate, or describe the proper application of a product. Keep that in mind as you research your next purchase. Experts are there. They’re just sitting quietly in the corner and not running around like a five year old in a toy store, drooling over each item they see in fancy packaging. Be smart and take some time to learn who’s helping you make decisions about YOUR needs.”
Cop Shoots Armed Robber, and Then the Fight Starts
Just another reminder that your pistol will not instantly reduce an attacker to dust.
9 Edible Wildflowers of Spring
It’s starting to warm up. Do you know which spring flowers are edible? You should probably also know which are poisonous as well.
ATM STRATEGY with Tony Blauer
Check out this short video…no ass kicking, but smart ATM psychology. I’ve trained with Tony a whole bunch of times and he has some great stuff.
A Smart Idea
A simple and elegant solution to the problem of dropping handcuff keys shared by Ed. A small magnetic necklace clasp attached to your hidden handcuff key makes the key much easier to control when removing handcuffs behind your back.
Barrel Race 2017
What are the most accurate Glock replacement barrels?
Don’t click ‘like’ on Facebook again until you read this
This article is a year old, but I hadn’t heard of “Like-Farming.”
How to make yourself hard to kill, according to a special operator
“Across the board, the men and women that pass tough selections and outperform their peers in the military are simply stronger than their peers. I did not say “bigger,” I said stronger. Stronger in all tasks, globally stronger. Can you throw on one-third of your bodyweight in armor and gear and carry your friend 400m at a dead sprint? No? Well then, Turbo, I don’t care what your marathon time is.”
Your Ability to Focus Has Probably Peaked : Here’s How to Stay Sharp
Lots of valuable tips for increasing focus and concentration.
Bullying. It’s Complicated
Interesting perspective here. Be honest, are your tribal identity statements (referred to in the article as “freak flags”) made more to tell people you support your “tribe,” or are they a “fuck you” message to people who are not in your tribe?
If you walked up to a stranger and said “fuck you,” you would expect that there would be consequences for that action. Why is anyone surprised when their tribal identity “fuck you” statements garner a similar response?
Especially concerning social media, think about what you are doing. I know a lot of you post articles, comments, and memes trying to “educate” the other side and convince them that should join your “tribe.” How well do you think you are doing when you start your educational comments with the written equivalent of a big “fuck you?”
Giving a “fuck you” to whatever group ideology you oppose may make you feel good, but it won’t make anyone change his/her minds.
The Bump That Bumps the Bump in the Night
A podcast full of compelling information from Dr. William Aprill. William discuses how some people are mentally “wired” to act in dangerous situations and some are not. This requires a plan to optimize whatever action you are likely to take and truly evaluate they types of situations in which you choose to engage.
TCCC-Level Care Guidelines for First Responders
Medical protocols have changed significantly due to the lessons learned from our wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. The military battlefield medicine protocols are filtering down to the civilian world in the form of “Tactical Emergency Casualty Care.” The committee that establishes the TECC guidelines recently published a consensus opinion about what skills police officers and non-EMS trained firefighters should know and practice to effectively save lives after combat-related trauma.
If you are a cop and you have never heard of these protocols, you are behind the curve. These are lifesaving guidelines which should be taught and practiced by every police agency in the country. Armed citizens should also know and practice these guidelines if they ever anticipate going into harm’s way.
If you’ve never seen this stuff, please come to one of my Tactical First Aid classes. I teach these skills and will get you quickly up to speed on the recommended treatment guidelines.
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