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Some unconventional thinking, but I like the shooting drill the article mentions.
For many years I’ve advised “Not your people. Not your problem.” This dude epitomizes that motto, but did he make the right decision?
While I certainly wouldn’t want to get involved in this incident, as a quality human being, I’d at least call 911 and get the description, license plate number, and direction of travel of the car that the kidnapper used.
A simple exercise to increase your situational awareness.
Many officers are incredibly discouraged with the poor training their departments provide. Many mistakenly think seeking private training on their own is pointless if it is equally as bad as the stuff the department provides.
Data on handgun penetration through residential walls. Read their summary:
“Bottom Line: Handgun Penetration Through Walls
-.22-.38 Caliber rounds penetrate roughly the same through dry wall
-Normal 9mm, .357, and 45 ACP rounds will generally penetrate around 10 inches of dry wall.
-Pine board and dry wall are not cover
-Interior wall penetration shouldn’t be the prime consideration for self defense rounds
The best way to avoid overpenetration isn’t by choosing a less effective round. Instead, plot out safe lanes of fire and train so that you don’t miss your adversary. If your bullet goes through the bad guy first, it will penetrate through far fewer walls.
Tom’s December newsletter has an excellent article about police training (or lack thereof). Opens to PDF.
Very interesting article about the history and development of the Karambit knife. I generally don’t recommend these kind of knives for defensive purposes for the average person. It takes a lot of practice under a skilled instructor to become really good with them. With that said, I’ve taken a knife class from the author (Steve Tarani). He’s one of the top knife instructors in the world. When he talks, I listen.
Best practices for addressing students’ concerns in classes.
This two part Ballistic Radio podcast interview with John Hearne is an absolute “must listen” for those of you who are interested in improving your combative skill set. In both episodes, John covers the science behind performance enhancement and what you must do to fully “learn” a skill. Fascinating stuff. Don’t forget to listen to Automa… what? (Part Two) as well.
The latest financial scam you should be aware of.
Innovative hiding spots for your guns.
“Keeping a rifle and body armor in a vehicle is likely only a way of providing an easy score for a thief. The nature of violence clearly demonstrates that bad things happen fast and the likelihood of the self-defender ever making it to the rifle and armor is almost non-existent. “
I agree. I haven’t carried a rifle and armor in my car a single time since I retired last year. Now, with no chance of being called in to work in an emergency and no need to carry a rifle and plates in my cop car, my cool guy gear stays locked up in the house.
Michael Bane discusses how the trial may profoundly affect the future of firearms and self protection training.
Stop loading your defensive shotguns with birdshot.
Massad Ayoob talks about some issues you should be considering if you have children at home. You should also read his article about verbal warnings.
If ammo prices ever drop again, you might want to acquire a stockpile for the next ammo availability crisis.
What I’m reading…
“It’s time we all came to terms with our compulsion: How is anyone going to make America or themselves great again—if we’re all glued to our devices and television screens? How can anyone maintain their sanity when everything you read, see, and hear is designed to make you stop whatever you’re doing and consume because the world is supposedly ending?”
Some ideas for better home defense.
Dr. Yamane drops some knowledge. You may also like the author’s expanded thoughts on the topic in My Ongoing Thoughts on the Kyle Rittenhouse Situation
Should you draw before or after you remove your seatbelt?
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