Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Since I retired from my police job last year, I’ve made it a point to do much more hiking. For the last year, I’ve averaged hiking 15-20 hours a week in addition to my regular workouts. I enjoy it immensely and think it’s given me a lot of health (both mental and physical) benefits. If you are a hiker, listen to Michael’s advice about carrying a gun in the woods. Then go buy his book Trail Safe.
Some tips for mixing seatbelts and appendix carry. And don’t worry about your seatbelt causing the gun to fire during a crash.
Mickey offers some sound advice about one handed draws.
A worthwhile read if you are interested in this topic.
This is a really good article. It will likely offend anyone who strongly identifies with either the far right or the far left on the political spectrum. Keep reading, even if you are offended. The article describes the difference between fear and anxiety and how large interest groups on both sides of the political aisle increase your anxiety to create a predictable response. Understanding how your brain processes information is key to avoiding irrational fears and anxiety.
A fast and fun 10-round shooting drill to serve as a good assessment of your skills. Here is another 10-shot drill that will improve your skillset.
“The job of police officers is indeed difficult, dangerous, and demanding of judgement calls. The actual hazards our police officers face are numerous; we need not add made-up ones to the list. When it comes to their assistance in medical situations (which is not exactly their area of expertise), they need to examine the published guidelines and direction from medical providers, physicians, and toxicologists and not the media. Incidental exposure, either dermal or inhalation will not kill you or even cause significant symptoms. But waiting for specialized units and equipment to help decontaminate or render “safe” a scene, may kill the patient.”
Solid revolver advice here.
Good advice here. Next week I will be posting an article explaining my own unique take on optimal situational awareness when out in public places.
This article makes a good case for ensuring that as an armed citizen, you are capable of prevailing even when ranges exceed normal “handgun” distances. I agree 100%. Not convinced? Read this article from Ed Head and try “The Bane Drill.”
Some basics about red dot sights on your handgun.
And if your red dot fails, here are some ways you can still prevail.
“Why do we continue to run “Stress Academies” where trainers scream and yell at recruits and punish them with physical exercise? Why do we still run academies where the prevailing mentality is, “Shut your mouth and do what you are told.”? Why are we still crushing recruits with PT in academies to the point where people end up injured and occasionally hospitalized? Why do we continue to teach in ways that are contrary to what the evidence and research says about learning and retention?”
Annette provides some best practices for choosing AR-15 magazines.
For anyone who wants a basic intro to edible plants, here’s a good one. Great pictures and adequate descriptions. Most of these plants grow in Ohio and also have medicinal uses as well. If you want even more info, this site is an amazing resource as well.
You might also find this article handy as well. It contains medical treatment for plant poisonings if you screw up your identification.
Dr. Yamane introduces and comments on a valuable reference on concealed carry.
As if you needed yet another reason to avoid this monstrosity.
“To the point, however, I must first say this. I will not encourage you to break the law. As responsible members of the 2A community we have to set an exceptional example of how to be a law abiding citizen. Much to the frustration of the left though, a sign posted on a door is not a law. It is a private company policy and nothing more. My personal beliefs are simple. I carry concealed and I do it well. I make sure I am not printing and there is no chance of my gun being exposed. With that as my standard, I carry everywhere in the civilian world. Restaurants, stores and any retail setting. It is not an act of bravado or arrogance, but rather preparedness.”
Good safety information for anyone who runs, walks, or jogs for exercise. The same author’s article on what to do if someone approaches your car is a valuable read as well.
What I’m reading…
This is a frightening gunfight that perfectly illustrates why we don’t try to shoot people in the legs. Both one of the officers and one of the suspects took leg wounds in this gunfight and continued to fight.
The history of America’s most popular shotgun as well as advice on which models to avoid.
I think this is an optimal plan for close quarters fighting. Firearm carried accessible to strong hand and fixed blade knife carried centerline for weak side access provides a lot of options.
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