Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
5 Steps to (Actually) Make America Great
Some very good advice here.
Soft Skills in the Survival Spectrum — Here’s Why They’re So Important
It’s not always about shooting and fighting.
Testing Tourniquets off Amazon
Don’t buy crappy tourniquets off of eBay or Amazon.
5 Tips for Using Ride Sharing Services and Taxis Safely
If you use ride sharing apps or taxis on a regular basis, you should read this article. I disagree with the author on one point. I prefer to sit in the back side as far away from the driver as possible. If I have to bail out, doing so on the passenger side is likely safer (running to sidewalk versus towards oncoming traffic.) If the driver is a threat, getting out in a way that puts the car in between each of you gives you several seconds to eiher run away or access a weapon.
Most of the cabs I’ve used lately have Covid plexiglass shields between the front and rear of the passenger compartment. That barrier negates the advantages of “having your driver’s back” in a physical confrontation.
THINGS I’VE COME TO UNDERSTAND
It’s great to see that Grant is back to writing. I’ve missed his analytic perspective during the last few years.
An Honest Look at Law Enforcement Training
The truth that no one wants to hear. The primary function of police training is to shift liability away from the agency and on to the officer.
Can Ammunition “Go Bad”?
When I look at my website statistics, I see that a lot of people find my site by searching for terms like “will my old ammo still work?” This article is a good summation of the issues involved with shooting older ammunition.
The Ultimate Guide to ‘Must Have’ Overlanding Essentials
I know nothing about “overlanding” other than the fact that it looks like a good time. I’m certain some of my readers will find this article informative.
MilSurp: The SKS Carbine—What You Need To Know
Useful information for anyone who works on SKS rifles. All of you who like communist rifles may also enjoy GUNMETAL ARMORY: CARE AND MAINTENANCE OF THE AK-47
The Emergency Mind: Wiring Your Brain for Performance Under Pressure
What I’m reading…
Thank you to long time friend Bill Foster for this excellent gift!
The S&W Model 12: An Airweight Classic
I carried a nickel plated model 12 on my ankle as a police duty backup gun for most of my career. It’s a great revolver. As snubby guru Ed Lovette once told me, the 2″ K-frames “conceal like a J-frame but shoot like a real gun.” That’s the best description I’ve found.
The Truth About Brass vs. Steel Ammo
With the current ammo shortage combined with all the latest supply chain disruptions, I think ammo prices are going to head upward again soon. You may have to use steel case ammo if it’s the only thing you can find. This article explains the differences and what warning signs to look for.
On a similar topic, you may also enjoy Visualizing Ammo Cost Trends Across Nine Popular Calibers
Pedal to the Metal: 5 Tactical Driving Tips for the Everyday Civilian
Driving skills are something we all need and use daily, but few of us have formal training in the subject matter. Here are some tips from a pro driving instructor.
Homeowner With Rifle Confronts Car Full of Undercover Cops
This homeowner made some horrible decisions. Learn from his mistakes. I think some people are hyper-territorial as a personality trait. Those people have a self righteous anger when they think their territory is being encroached upon.
If you are extremely territorial, it might be a good idea for you to control your aggressive thoughts and actions so you don’t get killed like this dude.
Your CCW Gun Doesn’t Matter
“Some of the best shooters I know who run some of the best guns and can make them work like a well oiled machine carry a j-frame. That is it. A pocket light, some medical stuff, their wallet, and a small comfortable pistol of some form.”
Are gun ownership rates and regulations associated with firearm incidents in American schools? A forty-year analysis (1980–2019)
An informative study.
“State gun ownership rates declined between 1980 and 2019 while school firearm incidents generally ranged between 20 and 40 incidents before skyrocketing to 102 incidents in 2018 and 110 incidents in 2019. Findings were mixed on the relationship between state gun ownership rates and school firearm incidents and injured/killed victims. Additionally, child access prevention, minimum age requirements for gun purchases, and mandatory gun safety training laws exhibited weak and inconsistent relationships with school firearm incidents.”
Are YOU easy prey for pickpockets?
Seven of the most common pickpocketing tactics.
LIFE SKILLS | Attack Cycle
Better understanding how attacks happen.
City announces strategy to fight gang violence in Columbus
For those of you local readers, here is a summary of the gang activity in our city.
The Difference Between Moving AND Shooting & Moving THEN Shooting
My opinions about shooting while moving have changed over my career. Today (outside of a team environment) I think the “move then shoot” option is better.
I see practicing shooting on the move to be more of a “divided attention” skills check practice. When people have to shoot while moving, thinking, and factoring safety concerns, they learn to be able to effectively handle multiple stimuli at the same time with a gun in hand. That’s a good thing. Shooting on the move is a useful skill to practice, but has limited tactical value.
Humans: Unusually Murderous Mammals, Typically Murderous Primates
Fairly definitive evidence showing how Lt. Colonel Grossman’s assertion that humans have an innate reluctance to kill members of their own species is erroneous.
The Mountain Guerilla’s review of the class Caleb Causey and I taught last weekend. If you are not one of his Patreon supporters, you are missing out.
I support 23 other creators on Patreon. As I tell all of my students, the information Mosby provides is the best value I have seen on the platform. I follow quite a few folks in the tactical industry. The content he shares on Patreon is second to none.
The Four Aces Drill
Brian gives some tips about effective firearms training practices.
KYLE LAMB ON LESSONS LEARNED FROM THE BATTLE OF MOGADISHU
A very informative interview with Kyle Lamb.
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