Links to some of the best tactical information on the web. If you have some free time, check them out this weekend.
Buckeye Firearms Association is the premier gun rights advocacy group in Ohio. They host me and several other instructors to teach classes as fund raisers for the organization. Check out the course options and sign up for some training! I’ll be teaching extreme close quarters handgun shooting classes for them in May and September. The first class will be next weekend!
Mas Ayoob provides an in-depth discussion on Castle Doctrine and “Stand Your Ground” laws. His article 3 Post-Court Myths is useful to read as well. To better understand these concepts, you should also check out Massad’s new book Deadly Force.
While I don’t think this is a good plan in our current policing culture (it will likely get you arrested anywhere you try it in the USA), I have used some of these techniques in foreign countries where I’ve traveled. It’s good to have information like this “just in case.”
I get lots of questions about AR-15 optics. Here are a few options that won’t break the bank.
Some deep thinking here. Found and forwarded by my friend Marcus Wynne.
Take a look of this excellent set of videos compiled by Active Self Protection. They show the reality of a street knife attack. Are you training for events like these?
Here’s a slick trick to look out for…watch the video.
Some Pro Tips along with some valuable shooting drills to try.
These excuses work pretty well if you need to have a “reason” to be in an area for a long time. You should also be aware that criminals can use them in the same manner that cops and PIs do.
Matt Jacques shares his rationale for carrying in the appendix position. While this position isn’t for everyone, it is my preferred carry method. With the right gun and holster, it makes for the fastest draw and best position to defend against a gun grab.
Most of us need to get stronger. Here are a few helpful hints to make that happen. While we are talking about strength, remember to keep your feet strong as well.
Todd Greene offers his opinions on red dots sights for handguns. I agree with most of what he says. I think they have some utility when students are shooting small targets at longer distances, but in my experience, tend to slow a student down at closer range. I don’t currently own any RDS equipped pistols. That may change if my eyesight worsens with age. The one group of people who seems to benefit the most from RDS pistols is the folks who can’t see their front sights due to age-related vision changes. Being able to see a red dot instead of a blur where the front sight once was is a game changer for them.
A lot of good information about choosing an optic and mount for your AK rifle. On my “working” AK, I have a Midwest Industries flat top mount and an Aimpoint Micro. That combination has worked well for me.
Craigslist scams/robberies occur fairly frequently. Here is a comprehensive list of tips to avoid being taken.
Ballistic gelatin testing of the new dual purpose train/defend round from Winchester. I’m not impressed. The 9mm load does not expand nearly as well as its counterparts. The .380, while failing the FBI test, doesn’t perform significantly worse than its peers.
I often get requests for information about horizontal draw sheaths for the Ka-Bar TDI LE Knife. While I haven’t personally played with this one, it looks like a good option. Depending on how you carry, the horizontal sheath may offer more concealment. The downside is that it may be less accessible to the opposite hand.
A well-done video comparison of the new Glock 43 and the Smith and Wesson Shield.
Sam Harris interviews an English professor who took up MMA as a hobby. The fighting professor wrote a book called The Professor in the Cage: Why Men Fight and Why We Like to Watch. It looks like a good book that many of my readers would enjoy.
The average person thinks that police officers are well trained and have excellent shooting abilities. Having been a full time police firearms instructor for 13 years, I can tell you that this assumption is categorically false. This article from Force Science Institute provides additional proof. “Trained” police officers only did 13% better than untrained shooters when they were tested. Most police academy training is horrible…and that is generally the best training the officers get. In-service training is usually worse or often non-existent. If the cops get bad training to start and then only shoot 25 rounds a year (all that is required in Ohio) for practice, how good do you think those officers are with their pistols?
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