Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Attorney Andrew Branca is doing a great job summarizing the issues involved with the Rittenhouse trial.
4 Self-Defense Myths (That Could Ruin Your Life)
“We may chuckle at these and other personal defense myths, but they are out there and are believed by too many. The solution is to get your defensive information from trained individuals. You have made a commitment to carry a defense gun, but you should also make a commitment to get the necessary training needed to use it properly, safely and effectively.”
V-MAX BALLISTIC GEL TEST ~ .22 WMR vs .17 HMR
Gelatin tests of .22 magnum versus .17 HMR at 100 yards. I’m still a fan of the .22 magnum.
Fear Illusions: How Your Brain Gets Hacked Every Day
Very important information about how fear and anxiety are processed in the brain.
“The world is as scary as you decide it is & as beautiful as you decide. You get to choose.”
Colt Safety Recall Regarding Modern Sporting Rifles
Colt recalls some of its newly manufactured rifles.
Law Enforcement Assaults, Killings Spike in 2021
The ugly statistics.
Punk Puts His Hands On Senior Citizen
A scenario you must contemplate before coming to someone’s assistance. You might save the day. You might get knocked out and have your pockets run.
An Alternative Neighborhood Watch for the Suburbs: The Network
Paul Martin shares some smart ideas.
How It Feels To Be Shot
Interesting reading. Eleven people describe their experiences after being shot.
‘Tis the Season for the Wayward Package Phish
A common scam you should be familiar with.
Significant Advantages to the Revolver in Deep Concealment
“While the Glock 26 is, obviously, the more capable fighting gun, being able to quickly, and efficiently, deploy the tool is top priority. Defensive guns are purpose driven tools. I still find that small-frame revolvers serve for deep concealment carry better than anything else. ”
For more revolver content, read Hammer Spurs on Concealed Revolvers and Why.
Gunsite CEO Ken Campbell Gets Candid About His Vision for the Future
I’m honored to be teaching at Gunsite later this month.
Winter-The Bastards and the Misfits
“They say: don’t let the bastards get you down. But they are wrong. Let the bastards get you down. At least that way you still know which way is up.
The bastards are many, and they are multiplying by the day. They outnumber you and I like the stars outnumber the sky. The coming times will be harder than hard, crueler than cruel. A long winter of the human spirit is falling now. And that is exactly why.
Don’t let the bastards turn you into one of them.”
What If You’re Stuck in a Country Consumed by Political Turmoil
A long form article that contains good information. With that said, it might be a little much for the casual traveler.
Something You Should Always Have with You
Mickey talks about his EDC.
The Holster as Administrative Safety Adjunct
Sensible gun handling advice I can embrace.
Some of you youngsters may not remember the famed FBI Miami shootout where eight FBI agents shot it out with two bank robbers (one of whom likely committed a murder in my home town of Columbus, Ohio as well). Over a hundred shots were fired in this four-minute gunfight that changed the course of police and firearms history. If you aren’t familiar with the incident, read this synopsis.
If you want to hear more about FBI firearms history, listen to Lee Weems’ podcast G-Men and Their Guns with Bruce Cartwright.
The Surreptitious Draw: A Neglected Skill
A critical skill that isn’t often explored. I’ve executed successful hidden draws in both real life and in scenario training. It’s useful to explore this topic.
How to Read the Wind
For you long range rifle shooters.
BIANCHI & BEYOND | Revolver Loading Strips
Speed strips are much easier to carry than speed loaders, but your reload time will be two to three times longer.
I just picked up some new speed strips as spares for my revolver classes. I’ve only used them a couple of times, but they seem OK so far. They are far cheaper than other commercial options. Check out Adoreal 6 Pack Speed Loaders.
Should We Train How to Fight After Being Startled?
A lot of well-examined thoughts about training from the startle/flinch. Honestly, I’m not a huge fan, especially when it comes to training the flinch into the drawing of a firearm. As SBS notes, drawing a firearm may not be the correct response to the given threat at the time of the flinch. The one additional factor that comes into play is the difference in types of flinches (or no flinch at all) that people have. I have literally drawn my gun on hundreds of people during a 25 year police career. Many of those incidents have been captured on cruiser video. Not once have I flinched in the way that some trainers say that “everyone” flinches when startled.
Grip Stippling vs. Silicon Carbide: How to DIY Your Firearm for Maximum Grip
An alternative to heat stippling your polymer firearm.
Force on Force Training with KR Training
Lessons learned from quality force-on-force training.
You may also find this force on force article from Karl Rehn’s website to be informative.
When 12 Gauge Shotguns Beat AR15s (5.56, 300blk, 7.62×39)
Rhett drops some important knowledge.
Cognitive bias cheat sheet
“Because Thinking is Hard.”
TFB Armorer’s Bench: Tips and Tricks – AR15 Gas Blocks
I’ve been to several AR-15 armorers’ schools. I took care of my police department’s AR-15/M-16 rifles for more than a decade. I don’t like messing with gas blocks. My best advice is to buy a gun that comes with the gas block in the configuration you like rather than changing it out.
Best AK-47: Complete Buyer’s Guide
Some tips for choosing a quality AK.
GET OFF MY LAWN: Suburban Defense Starts with Keeping Intruders Off Your Property
Protection advice from anyone who wants to invade your property.
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