Links to some of the best tactical information on the web. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
The Perils of Concealed Carry: Remember There’s no Prize for the Fastest Reholster
This is the single most common problem I see with relatively untrained shooters. They are WAY too casual about reholstering their pistols. Take the time to ensure the holster mouth is clear of shirt tails, cover garments, and zipper pulls. CAREFULLY reholster your gun, stopping immediately if you encounter any resistance whatsoever.
Zeroing AK: The Russian Way
The Russians may be crazy, but they’ve come up with a pretty effective way to zero an AK-47 with open sights.
LOUIS AWERBUCK REMEMBERED
A thoughtful review of Louis Awerbuck’s life and work. Louis is no longer with us and I, for one, regret having never taken any of his classes. As the author states: “Don’t put off training. The future is uncertain; you could miss out if your “bucket list” trainer changes professions, retires, falls ill, or worse, moves on to Valhalla. Get to it.”
I’ve read all of Louis’ books. The two best in my opinion are Plowshares into Swords and Tactical Reality.
Do you think you know how to safely disassemble your Glock without shooting yourself? You’re probably doing it wrong.
Zeroing Target – 50/200 Yard Zero at 10 Yards
I zero my AR-15 rifles at 50 meters. Here is a handy target that will generate the same 50 meter zero while shooting at 10 meters.
That “Blue Code Of Silence”, That’s Not…
“In all seriousness, most of the complaints filed by the public are because people feel they were disrespected by an officer. They are angry with how an officer spoke to them or looked at them, and so they file a complaint, and not surprisingly, most of those complaints are not substantiated because they don’t violate any laws or policies. Cops are not out here to be touchy feely, and make you feel better about screwing up. If we are in your life, it is usually because you did something wrong and some people, no matter how politely you tell them, do not like being told they screwed up.
On the other hand, look at the outcomes of the internally filed complaints. Not only is the number of complaints as a whole a fairly large number when compared to publicly filed complaints, but the substantiated percentage is much higher. What that tells me is that 1) “good cops” are in fact NOT “covering for bad cops” and 2) when a cop files a complaint, they do so more often because of a legitimate reason and not because their feelings or sensitivities were hurt.”
How To Generate Water In The Frozen North
If you were stranded outside, how would you get water in cold weather? Eating snow is a good way of giving yourself hypothermia. Try these methods instead. The same author’s An Emergency Winter Survival Shelter For The Forest is an excellent read as well.
A Ranger Goes to College (Part 4)
“Back in the day, if you called someone a racial epithet you got knocked out. These days you get a Twitter hashtag.
My disgust with effeminate men is that they have basically quit real life and made a clear choice to live in some alternative universe filled with subjective realities where anything can really mean anything, where they can sedimentalize and spout meaningless feel-good slogans to the acolytes of their peers. You only get once chance at this thing called life, and these guys choose to be completely irrelevant.
Being a forever child guarantees that you never have to take a stand on anything, ever. Why would you? Everything is subjective. The man-child is chronically and willingly unequipped to deal with pragmatic reality. If you are not out there making enemies, then you are not really a man.”
How To Be Someone People Love To Talk To
Most won’t want to admit it, but quite a few of my students and readers have very poor social skills. Their lack of social ability contributes to their discomfort around strangers. Their discomfort leads to fear, which starts them on the path of learning the gun, knife, or physical skills that I teach. I’ve discussed this problem at length with Claude Werner, Craig Douglas, and Dr. William Aprill. They see the same thing with many of their students.
Rather than going to a class that teaches how to make a sub-one second draw from concealment, many of our students would benefit more from a class that covered the basics of how to talk to people. We want to do the class, but it’s doubtful that anyone would show up if the class wasn’t about guns or knives. People don’t know what they don’t know. Social and verbal skills can be learned. Check out the tips in this article. If the socially awkward folks out there embraced even a few of these techniques, their interactions with other people would be much less frightening.
6 Mobility Exercises for an A$$-to-Grass Squat
You may not have any interest in developing power in a low squatting position, but these exercises are still useful for everyday function. We all spend too much time sitting. Doing these exercises a few times a week will help correct the damage you’ve created from excessive sitting.
Active shooters: Trends in the United States and perpetrators’ characteristics
A compilation of some of the data we know about active killers.
Review: Ka-Bar Last Ditch Knife
A nice little review of the knife I designed from the Survival Mom website. You can find the knife for around $15 on Amazon. Check out my article on knives for foreign travel to learn how I carry and use this handy little blade.
A Knife is For Killing
Speaking of knives, here is a conversation with a “knife killer.” It contains some gems of advice. I once met a similar man on the streets of Jamaica. We and I got to talking and I told him that I teach knife fighting classes. He was astounded. His reply was: “To kill someone with a knife doesn’t take skill. It takes HEART.”
The Demand For Autodidacts – The Self-Taught in an Age of Shrinking Budgets
There is a difference between training to create optimal performance and training to reduce liability. Unfortunately, in today’s law enforcement world, the latter type of training is the dominant force. From the article:
“…the bureaucrat (who doesn’t have anything personally at stake when making decisions about how much training those people should get) has also just been incentivized to cut corners and show how they are “doing more with less,” because that is how they will get ahead and be promoted in an era of shrinking budgets.
This often results in check-the-box training events where standards are lowered, class sizes are increased and training hours are reduced to the minimum amount required for a certificate. Maximizing the number of man-hours trained helps an organization to look like they are mission capable, at least in the bullet points of a PowerPoint briefing up the chain of command. For the operators and protectors on the ground, though, shrinking budgets can be terrifying because there is nothing scarier than being deemed “paper-ready” by someone far removed from the actual danger. People who work on the ground realize the very real difference between sitting in a classroom to learn a new skill and being able to actually perform those skills in a real-life situation when your life could be on the line for making a correct or incorrect assessment.”
“When you look at what you can control in your life and what you can’t, know that one of the only things that you can actually influence is your personal development. If our country is going to continue to progress forward and overcome the threats we face today, what we need are people who aren’t going to rely on organizations to provide the training needed to succeed, but professionals who will find the resources they need to proactively develop themselves.”
9mm CCI ShotShell Ballistic Gel Test!
I still get questions from people who want to use handgun shotshells for defensive use. Watch the video and see why this is a bad idea. No one wants just two inches of penetration.
The Active Shooter in the Emergency Department : EMRAP
I know that quite a few doctors and nurses read this site on a regular basis. If you work in a hospital, take the time to listen to this informative podcast about responding to an active shooter situation in that environment.
Training Women to Fight With Guns
Some excellent advice for anyone who trains female shooters. While we are on the topic, read about Why Spouses Don’t Make Good Firearms Trainers.
Dry Fire Drills
Dave Spaulding shares his personal dry fire routine in this engaging video. Dave is one of the best instructors on the planet. Pay attention to his advice.
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