Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
If you own a Glock, you should be reading this article. It provides a very detailed series of instructions in order to strip the weapon and replace all of the springs.
While you are reading, you’ll also want to check out the author’s article about How to Lubricate a Handgun.
Many people who come to my classes have weapons that are either over-lubricated or have no lubrication on them. Here’s an article explaining how to lube your handgun correctly. It isn’t all that complicated. Your pistol is a machine with moving parts. Put a small drop of oil on any place where two pieces of metal rub together. Problem solved.
Some words of wisdom about accessorizing your AR-15 rifle.
For my friends interested in the fine art of lock picking.
Some slick ways of concealing a ready-to-use blade in your hand or by using items of clothing. This is an important concept that I teach in all of my two-day knife classes. Stabbing someone is easy. Getting the knife out and open is hard. Being able to short circuit the draw and opening procedures by using techniques like these buys you a lot of time in a fight.
Don’t you hate it when scientific testing ruins the mythology that has been passed down for generations? It turns out that the .308 round doesn’t significantly out perform the .223 round when penetrating many common barriers. And what you’ve been told about the penetration of a .30 Carbine round is wrong as well.
A great idea to add “man on man” shooting competitions to you larger classes without a lot of down time.
Some great information for my female readers.
“Where do I go next?” is a common question asked by students after they have passed their first concealed carry class. Many don’t understand, but most CCW classes provide very little tactical training. They are fine introductions, but are usually focused on gun safety rather than life saving tactics. Here is a list of skills that a CCW carrier should master. Read it and decide where you want to focus your efforts. The journey is never complete.
Did you know that your ammunition’s velocity will change depending on how hot or cold the case is? 100 feet per second difference can lead to pretty significant point of impact changes in a precision rifle.
I really don’t care what you eat. If your body works well on a vegetarian diet, more power to you. The only thing I care about is that you make your dietary decisions on facts and not emotion or disinformation.
“Practicing your skills out of context, out of the conditions under which you can reasonably expect to need them, isn’t practicing realistically. Start with the task you want to achieve, and practice the skills you need in — as close as you can — the same types of circumstances in which you’re likely to use them.
Start your path to more realistic training now, by looking at your practice regimen and the skills you’re working on. Look at each skill, and ask yourself: a) how likely is it that I’ll need this skill; b) what task does this skill support; and c) am I practicing in a way that’s congruent with how I expect to actually use it?”
In my medical classes, I always get questions about snake bites. I’m convinced that there is more mythology present in the ideas people have about treating snakebites than with any other medical topic. I don’t spend much time on snakebites in my class because they kill fewer than five people a year in the USA. If you are interested in the state of the art with regard to treatment of venomous snake bites, here is a great article.
If you travel at all outside of the USA, it would be smart to read up on these common scams that target foreigners. I’ve seen many of them in my travels. If you want more scam avoidance information, wait for my upcoming travel safety book. In it, I have a 30-page chapter listing these scams along with a whole bunch of others I’ve experienced over the years. More importantly, I tell you how to avoid all of this nonsense and “de-select” yourself as a target of the scam artists.
I don’t think this has to be an either/or. Students should be proficient at both methods of disengagement. Different scenarios require different skill sets. If you’ve been to 15 different carbine courses, but have never taken a class about how to verbally and physically handle people, I might suggest that your training priorities are somewhat skewed.
A novel idea for finding potable ground water in an urban emergency.
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