Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
The skill set of reflexively and efficiently clearing firearm malfunctions is very poor among gun owners without formal firearms training.
“A picture is worth 1000 words.” This important information is much easier to process when it comes in graphs instead of paragraphs.
With the explosion of quality WMLs, I’m seeing lots of folks (including lots of cops) using them incorrectly. Pay attention to what Mas says here.
“… the teacher will provide the student not only the appropriate solution to a given problem, but he will bring the student to a position of which he is able to understand the subject itself and to manipulate it deliberately to his own context or needed form of solution.”
“The dark age is not coming, it’s upon us. Look around you and see the standard of living people put up with. The number of displaced and homeless persons are increasing. Political crises are raging and the economy is plunging. Amidst this whole catastrophe, what’s your shelter?
To put it straight, the people that will survive the dark age are those who have shifted from being afraid of taking actions to being afraid of not taking them at all. Go out today and make a change. Rise above your comfort and seek solutions. The times are tough, and only the tough ones will live through.”
A 10-round shooting drill to improve your speed. If you want something a little more difficult, read Think First, Shoot Second: A Pistol Drill to Mess With Your Head.
Lots of carjackings happen at gas stations. I’ve begun keeping my car running and staying inside the locked car while I fill up. If I’m accosted, my primary plan is to drive away.
“Taking responsibility for your own protection doesn’t end with walking out of the gun shop with your firearm. It doesn’t end with taking a basic pistol class or with taking an advanced concealed carry course. It’s an ongoing study and mindset of learning not only how to deal with but also how to steer clear of situations that can lead to pulling your gun. Once you do, you’ve committed to a series of events that, at worst, will end in someone losing his or her life and at very least being detained by police. In most cases, a lengthy court process, huge legal fees, lost wages, fear and uncertainty are part of the aftermath. That’s why it’s absolutely vital that you are familiar not only with your firearm’s operation but with your rights and responsibilities under the law.”
Ken Hackathorn discusses what he thinks are the most important skills a self defender must master.
A Spanish translation of one of my popular family safety articles.
Caleb wants you to broaden your ideas of what may be cover and what may be concealment. Furthermore, I think you should be considering seeking cover from responding cops as well as from the bad guys.
Some tips for corrosion-free ammunition storage. the author suggests ammo cans and water bottles as storage mediums. I have also had good luck with empty paint cans (available cheaply at paint stores) and five-pound protein powder plastic bottles. Both of those hold a lot more rounds than a one quart water bottle.
Your chance of being scammed or jacked in an internet-based item sale is far higher than most people believe.
Factors to consider when choosing a shotgun for self protection. Once you pick a good shotgun try Shooting The FBI’s Shotgun Qualification.
The realities of school shootings.
It seems that general knowledge about revolver shooting is becoming obsolete. Few people carry them anymore and many don’t know how to fix the occasional problems that revolvers display. If you shoot a revolver enough, I guarantee this one will happen to you. Notice and fix it early. If you tighten the ejector rod the moment you notice cylinder opening getting sticky, you will save yourself the hassle of having to perform the fix the author describes.
Criminals are increasingly using pepper spray against victims. It’s best if you know how to fight through the chemical agent and stay in the fight.
A review of the most common pressure dressings on the market as well as a tutorial about how they work.
A deep dive into pistol zeroing.
A quality analysis covering some of the psychological aspects of violence.
Tatiana describes some common pistol presentation errors.
Tips for identifying escape routes.
Cleaning up cruddy lights and sights.
Some key points to teach you how to differentiate a common low back strain from something more serious in field conditions without complex imaging technology.
What I’m reading…
Learning about camouflage and target indicators.
If you don’t believe this article, check out the research I cite in my tourniquet research review. The RATS tourniquet is sub-optimal under every evaluation criteria. Since we are talking about medical skills, you should probably also take a look at the free medical course from Mountain Man Medical.
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