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“Having studied this platform of evidence-based “real world” violence, particularly where the victim has been a female, I have identified three techniques that criminals consistently use to subdue or incapacitate a victim in order to take what they want. The lucky bad guy may only need to use one technique, the truly talented ones can use all three. I call them by the acronym A.D.D. which stands for Ambush, Distract and Disparity.”
“At the end of the day what’s more important than anything is that the carrier is aware of not only the realistic performance capabilities of the tools they’ve selected, but of themselves as well. Once you have a good grasp of those two factors, you can work a firearm into your lifestyle accordingly. It will require some adjustment, but it shouldn’t require you to completely reinvent yourself.
So let’s see if we can get this to catch on. “Dress around the gun” is dead. Long live “dress for the gun”!”
A very insightful article from Massad Ayoob. You’ve heard these myths espoused by gun store commandos. Ayoob dismantles them all.
How would you have handled this scenario?
What I’m reading…
I just started this one, but their discussion about the difference between “stress” and “pressure” already makes it a valued purchase.
With all the concern about assault weapons, how has the share of murders with rifles changed over time?
“The percentage of firearm murders with rifles was 4.8% prior to the ban starting in September 1994, 4.9% from 1995 to 2004 when the ban was in effect, and just 3.6% after that (3.9% if you look at just the first ten years after the an ended).”
Why all of my impact weapons classes contain instruction on drawing, opening the expandable baton, and stick retention techniques.
Are you alone and in transition? No, I’m not soliciting you for a date. I’m describing the conditions predators look for in a victim. The Tactical Professor explains it all in this article
Ed Calderon talks about some ways you can maintain your “gray man” status while traveling.
A very informative discussion about our likely future.
Justin reviews two new revolver reloading devices.
Some of you might find this to be a very useful piece of gear.
Training classes covering “vehicle gunfighting” skills are very popular of late. There is nothing wrong with learning to fight from around a vehicle. Almost every criminal defensive scenario involving a car can better be addressed by either driving away or be using the car as a weapon to run over the attackers rather than shooting.
The proper pronunciation for all those fancy gun words you can’t say correctly.
I see a lot of handgun instructors (usually police instructors and basic CCW instructors) who have no clue how to operate some of the handguns that their students use. That’s poor form. If the majority of my students are carrying a certain gun, I try to do my demonstrations with a similar gun. I have holsters, mag pouches, and accessory gear for my 1911, a Beretta, a S&W double action auto, a Glock, and both mid-sized and snub nosed revolvers. I’ve developed the necessary proficiency and would feel comfortable teaching a class using any of them. If you wouldn’t feel comfortable teaching a class using a different pistol than you normally carry, I think there is a deficiency in your instructional skills.
Everything you’d ever want to know about the Mosin.
More information than you would ever possibly need to know about the .40 S&W cartridge’s development.
I really like this drill and use it a lot during my rifle training sessions. You can also do a similar drill with pistols.
“These are not sudden, impulsive acts where a student suddenly gets disgruntled,” Lina Alathari, the center’s head, told the Associated Press. “The majority of these incidents are preventable.”
The reports found that in 80% of the shootings, the attackers’ behavior was so alarming that it “elicited concern from bystanders regarding the safety of the attacker or those around them.”
The report will be used to train school and law enforcement officials on how to better identify potential attackers and how to stop them.
Among the signs that school officials, families and peers need to be aware of are increased anger, an interest in weapons and violence, depression or isolation, self-harm or a sudden change in behavior, the report said.
It found that while most U.S. schools have security features like cameras in place and have adopted lockdown procedures, only 17% of schools have a system in place where students or families can notify authorities of a student in crisis.
Alathari said the report shows that schools may need to think differently about school discipline and intervention.”
A discussion of the legal concept of disparity of force.
Although lots of people have rifles chambered for the .30 carbine cartridge, it’s rare to see gelatin and penetration testing on the round. This is valuable data.
An interesting look at the changes in blood chemistry of a person on a high fat carnivore diet.
This is a topic that hasn’t garnered much study in the past.
My friends in the public service should be paying close attention to the details in articles like this. You can’t count on your pension still being there when you retire.
You should be saving lots of cash and/or developing skill sets in other fields that will provide sustainable income into your elderly years.
“Similarly, research on street fights, or mass shootings shows that most people that have the will to fight and kill are actually bad at “doing” violence –as are the great majority of humans. Only very few people in very specific situations manage to be violent effectively, and it is those outliers that make it to the news. Contrary to common belief, rates of violence and crime have never been as low in most Western countries, as they are today.
Such findings have implications; fear of people’s cruel nature and violence lurking around every corner perpetuate everyday actions, drive voting behavior, and impact policymaking through worst-case-scenario thinking. Fearing fellow humans as inherently violent and cruel not only lacks empirical grounding, but research also shows it leads people to make bad decisions. Surveillance videos and recent research on violence challenge this notion that we need to fear each other. They counter the idea that we need elaborate protection from each other and constant state surveillance, which not only tends to cost public funds but also often curtails civil and human rights (e.g., privacy, free speech, free movement, right of asylum). The optimistic outlook offered by scientific analyses of videos might mean we can spend our time more wisely; instead of fearing each other and investing time and resources to protect ourselves from exaggerated dangers, we could enjoy society and our remaining civil rights and freedoms a little more.’
After you understand and master basic firearms handling safety and fundamental accuracy, you should start looking for good force on force training classes. You will learn much more useful information in one of those than a whole bunch of square range shooting classes.
My friend Tom Givens has a new book available for pre-order. Although the stated date of publication is next year, Tom’s publisher told him it would be out far earlier (before Christmas). Tom is one of the most knowledgeable firearms trainers in the business. His last book Fighting Smarter is one of my top five defensive book recommendations. You’ll want this new book.
Don’t wait until it comes out. Take the time to pre-order it. The number of Amazon pre-orders a book has contributes to its “best seller” status and the frequency by which it is recommended to other readers. Help Tom out and make his book a #1 best seller.
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