Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
It’s tough to beat a J-frame or LCR carried in a pocket for some low-threat self protection scenarios.
Some useful articles in this free online magazine.
Useful tips for vehicle carry. While you are on their site, read Concealed Carry Corner: Most Overlooked Problems With Carry Guns.
Speaking of CCW rigs, you should read Clint Smith’s thoughts on the topic.
The sap is my favorite impact weapon to carry. This video provides a good introduction to the sap and some simple striking techniques.
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. As the holidays are approaching, you might like the same site’s Holiday Season Crime Prevention.
What I’m reading…
Thanks to Tamara Keel for the recommendation.
“Whether it’s broken bones, muscle tears, a bad back or something that lands you in a wheelchair, don’t let it come between you and your desire to carry a concealed gun. If you get injured, you need to adjust your thinking — and hardware — to make do.”
Useful revolver basics. You may also want to listen to Michael Bane’s podcast about the Gunsite Revolver Roundup. I had to miss teaching there this year because of a scheduling conflict, but I’m already set to go back next year. It’s the best revolver training you’ll find.
If you have more than a passing interest in revolvers, you will also want to join me in subscribing to the American Fighting Revolver Patreon page newly created by my friends Darryl Bolke and BrYan Eastridge. You get a lot of revolver content for $5.00 a month.
An important distinction.
I wish more gun owners practiced EITHER exercise or drills. Most of the shooters I see at the range are only practicing turning money into noise.
On the topic of shooting drills, you might also want to try the author’s Shotgun Diamond Drill.
I get more questions about carrying .22s than any other subject. 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.
Steel targets are fun to shoot, but can be dangerous if you don’t exercise basic safety procedures.
Spiked drinks are not just an urban legend. I had a drink spiked (I think the bartender was trying to drug my girlfriend and got the wrong drink) in Jamaica. I stopped a kidnapping attempt when a guy spiked a traveling companion’s drink in Ecuador. In addition to these experiences, I also responded to half a dozen drugged drink rape cases in my cop career. If you notice any unusual physical effects after consuming a drink, get some help immediately.
I cover the topic in detail in my travel safety book (which would make an excellent holiday gift for the travelers in your life).
“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.
An interesting analysis of some of the problems associated with military rifle training. Opens to PDF.
Pay attention to Claude’s advice to avoid the “negative outcome” this self defender experienced.
I spoke about “negative outcomes” in the link above. Here’s another one. I’ve written extensively about criminals using pepper spray. I’ve also written about why I personally don’t generally consider it to be a stand alone lethal force threat. You can disagree with me, but put yourself in the shoes of the defendant here. Would you want to go through this ordeal?
I discussed a case where the criminal used pepper spray against his victim above. On a similar theme of criminals using less lethal weapons, here’s a case where the bad guy pulled a Taser on an officer. If you want to learn how to defeat a criminal Taser attack, read Fighting Against A Taser or Stun Gun.
Curiously, this officer missed his first shot even at contact distance. To be fair, that “miss” might have also been a negligent discharge. Regardless, it shows how fighting within arms reach requires a very different skill set than shooting at stationary targets 20 feet away. Why don’t you come to one of my close quarters shooting classes and learn how to do it better.
I don’t watch that many movies, but I found this one to be insightful. It’s free and posted online at the link above. It’s a must watch if you are a police officer. You officers should realize that your police administrators, city officials, and local prosecutors will throw you under the bus just like they did to the officers in this case if the optics of your use of force appear even somewhat questionable.
If you cops who watch this think “it can’t happen to me,” I’d postulate you probably shouldn’t have passed your agency psychological test. Your bosses will lie under oath just like these police administrators did. I’ve personally experienced the very same thing. Get out of the policing business right now if you have any other options. A pay cut isn’t nearly as bad as a prison sentence for doing what your department trained you to do.
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