Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Most of you who have carried guns for years have never heard or understood this information. The video is worth your time to watch.
Did you know that .22 LR and .223 rounds penetrate a similar number of interior walls? The key to avoiding collateral damage inside a home isn’t choosing an underpowered defensive round. The key is creating safe lanes of fire and avoiding missing the target.
A nice analysis of my firearm stopping power data.
Just like being able to recognize poison ivy, learning to recognize Poison Hemlock and Wild Parsnip as potential threats should be part of your kids’ education.
I did some testing along similar lines with my officers a few years ago. The difference in speed really came down to where the backup gun was carried (ankle or pocket faster than vest) and what type of problem the primary gun had. If the primary gun was merely empty, it was almost always faster to reload than to go to a backup gun. If the primary gun had a complicated malfunction *one that required more than a tap/rack to clear), it was almost always faster to go to the backup gun.
A great idea if you use more than one shotgun or multiple types of ammunition for defensive purposes. Once you get your shotgun patterned, try shooting The Shotgun Speed Drill.
For those of you who believe revolvers are infallible.
Some preliminary research findings from Force Science Institute.
Some science regarding how to develop a more resilient personality. This is important stuff. The technique I’ve found most useful in my life is to simply do difficult things. It doesn’t matter what type of activity it is, completing a difficult task will help you gain resilience. When facing tough challenges, I regularly look back on my achievements and it alters my perspective. I think thoughts like: “You climbed Kilimanjaro while you were so sick you vomited every other step. This current challenge nothing compared to that.” or “You’ve survived rogue African soldiers pointing AKs at your face and escaped a 600,000-person riot. Fighting with this crackhead isn’t nearly that bad.” Doing hard things gives you the confidence you need to do other hard things.
I run a couple of websites, but beyond that, I have zero computer or technological knowledge. I do have friends who investigate computer crimes and I listen to them. They all tell me to follow this website, so I do. This article popped up and I thought some of you might find the information useful.
Hemostatic gauze information.
Jacob Paulsen talks about some problems with dealing with Pay Pal. He dishes the dirt on Facebook as well.
Do you think revolvers are more reliable than semi auto pistols? Not always. Read this article about an ITTS revolver class where 1/3 of the students’ revolvers were inoperable at the end of a 200-round course of fire. Opens to PDF.
My friend Ed Lovette’s new edition of the classic The Snubby Revolver is now available for purchase. I was honored to have attended Ed’s last snubby revolver training class before he retired. I’ve long loved the book, but wished it was longer. Ed made my wishes come true. It’s still a slim book (206 pages) but I would estimate it has five times more content than the out-of-print original.
A discussion of the results of a comprehensive study of handgun owners by the NSSF.
Why you might want to include some movement in your next practice session.
A primer on investing in precious metal (other than lead).
Important information for all drivers…how to adjust your mirrors so that you don’t have a “blind spot.”
Read about some legends.
Hiking poles saved my ass when I summited Mt. Kilimanjaro. On a similar topic, you should probably learn how to do camp security properly.
Very good legal information.
This is information that all shooters must understand, but few actually do. There are circumstances that cause an involuntary clenching of the fist. If you experience one and your trigger finger is anywhere near the trigger, you will inadvertently fire your gun. If you are interested in more information, check out my article on the topic.
“In summary, don’t be intellectually lazy. If you wish to contribute to the dialogue, be specific and helpful with actionable guidance. Otherwise, be silent and learn.”
A topic that doesn’t get as much press as it deserves.
Take a look at the advanced Gunsite 350 shooting drill. Can you make the standards? Speaking of standards, most of my students fail to objectively evaluate their progress. How good are you? Take a look at this article to get an honest answer. The Mad Half Minute is a fun drill to try as well.
Could you imagine something like this happening? As my late friend William Aprill stated “Your understanding and consent are not required for someone to take your life, kill your loved ones, and destroy all you hold dear.”
Karl Rehn reviews an old handgun shooting book and adapts a few of the training drills from the book for the modern day (with a printable target).
Massad Ayoob’s thoughts on the .45 cartridge. You might also find his thoughts on the J-frame valuable as well.
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