Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
An informative look at how home made firearms are used throughout the world.
Information that some of you have never seen before.
Speaking of revolvers…
Yes. You need an AR-15 “pistol.”
Pepper spray is an incredibly useful self defense tool. I would honestly rather leave the house without my gun than without my pepper spray. For more information, check out my article HERE.
What I’m reading…
Life advice from one of the world’s greatest investors.
I met Gabe White at last year’s Rangemaster Tactical Conference. I look forward to taking one of his classes in the near future.
Compliance might be a valuable strategy. It might not be. It should never be your ONLY option.
A topic I cover intensively in my knife classes. I should be covering it more in my gun classes as well.
The most recent active killer statistics from the FBI. Hate crimes also increased 17% last year.
Speaking of active shooter situations, two new active killer incident debrief reports were released last week. The first describes the Broward County Parkland school shooting. You should take the time to read the linked article. A lot of police training is abysmally poor. A lot of officers are lazy and unmotivated. Some officers can’t run “due to being older.” Unfortunately, these may be the officers coming to rescue you in an active killer event or terrorist attack.
You all need to recognize that you are likely to be on your own for a while. No one is coming to save you. Plan accordingly.
If that fact isn’t frustrating enough, take a look at the second report. In the Pulse Nightclub shooting, medics were not told that SWAT was going to conduct an explosive breach. They thought the killer detonated the bomb. The closest fire station placed itself on lockdown and took 11 minutes to respond. Police and Fire command staff set up independent command posts and didn’t communicate with each other during the attack. The police and fire policies for responding to a terrorist attack had not been updated since 2001.
I wish I could tell you that this miserable performance is an isolated incident, but it is actually quite common throughout the USA. While there are a lot of heroic cops and firemen willing to put their lives on the line to save you, they are hampered by poor leadership, a lack of training, and a bunch of co-workers who really don’t give a shit about doing their jobs well.
Need more evidence that your first responders aren’t quite trained up as well as you would like? The Federal Air Marshals (one of the best trained law enforcement agencies in the country) had over 200 “Gun Mishaps” in the last 12 years.
The author provides some survival tips if you are forced to “bug out” after a natural disaster. For another resource, check out my article on Bug Out Bags.
Neil Strauss is a very entertaining writer. The book he references in the article (Emergency) is quite good. Any true Doomsday Pepper will enjoy it.
Useful tips for vehicle carry.
As the AR-15 continues to gain in popularity as the long gun of choice for home defense, I’m noticing fewer and fewer people who really understand the shotgun. If that description applies to you, here’s a good article to get you sorted out.
If you have the right skill set, you can do good work with a .22 pocket gun. You’ll also want to read about the myth that .22 cartridges are less reliable than their centerfire counterparts.
A brief synopsis of each state’s firearms laws.
For even more information about how each states views guns, read Best States for Gun Owners.
It’s frightening when you realize that some people believe this is actually a good idea.
I suspect that most of my readers are familiar with my affinity for the Dot Torture Drill. If you haven’t ever tried this drill, you’ll want to click the link and give it a shot (literally).
“It works for me” is only an accurate statement if you have truly done the work necessary to test your weapons choices under realistic fight conditions. For another perspective on this topic, check out Everyday Carry: Everybody’s Wrong.
A very good PowerPoint for you medical geeks showing the recent changes in the TCCC guidelines for handling a tension pneumothorax. Here is a PDF explaining the changes.
If you have no idea what I am talking about, you need to get yourself to a battlefield medicine class. Until then read the latest version of the Tactical Combat Casualty Care guidelines.
One more medical article for you this week. I passed my first kidney stone earlier this year. The experience was not a lot of fun. This is probably a topic you want to research if you are interested in austere medicine.
For any of you who carry a Walther PPS M2.
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