Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Situational Awareness: Mall Madness and Self-Defense
I can’t tell you the last time I’ve set foot in a mall. It has to be at least a decade ago. For those of you who visit these places more often than I do, this is a good article.
The Best 4 Day Strength Training Program for Maximum Strength and Mass
This looks like an excellent program. I’m going to give it a try next month when my travel schedule dies down a bit.
Dry Fire Journal: Dot Draw
Samuel shares a useful dryfire drill. If you want to work a live fire drill, try “The Crusher.”
5 Secrets You Learn When You’re A Gun Consultant For Movies
Entertaining article interviewing a Hollywood movie armorer. Ever wonder why it seems that every movie bad guy is armed with a Beretta 92? The armorer explains why.
October Rangemaster Newsletter
This edition has great articles by both Tom Givens and Dave Spaulding. Take a moment to check it out.
Human Aggression Management: Defuse and Deescalate to Defend
Recognizing and handling aggressive behavior.
Flashlight Self-Defense Tactics to Show Your Attacker the Light
Michael Janich talks about flashlight tactics. His cycling hammerfist technique is something I teach in many of my impact weapons classes.
Remington 870 v Mossberg 500 v Mossberg 590: Comparative design notes
A very useful and detailed comparison between the three most popular defensive pump shotguns.
Knife Defense Techniques For Armed Citizens
Ever wonder what one of my knife classes is like? Read this review from Kevin Creighton. You might also like Kevin’s article about What to Look for in a Firearms Trainer.
“Melody Lauer says “the gun is supposed to be an enabler, not a disabler”. Let your defensive capabilities allow you to live your life, not chain you only to the activities where you can bring a gun.”
While you are on the site, you should also take a look at Gunfighting Footwork – Shooting, Moving, and Winning.
When In Doubt, Run!
Pay attention to Michael’s advice here. You can’t de-escalate if you don’t know the rules of the game.
Assaulter’s Guide to Stairways
Some tips for clearing stairways.
The Safety Trap: A Security Expert’s Secrets for Staying Safe in a Dangerous World
What I’m reading…
More mechanical failures
Valuable malfunction clearing advice.
Upscale Ear Protection Roundup
Options for higher end hearing protection.
What 15 Months of Sergeanting Taught Me About Leadership
One of the best police leadership articles I’ve read…
“The most important part of managing an in-progress incident is making sure everyone is working towards the same goal. For example, a neighboring agency is chasing a car toward your jurisdiction for charges that don’t meet your policy. Some of your cops think the mission is to help catch the bad guy, some think it is to drive to the opposite side of town and avoid at all costs, and some will try and channel the pursuit away from your populated areas. It is up to you to understand your command’s expectation and put out a mission statement over the air so everybody is clear what we are doing. As the car barrels toward the bus full of nuns there will not be time to approve every decision. Make your intent clear and the smart people you work for will make it happen.”
Reporting From the Healthcare Disaster
Read this ER doc’s horrifying account of the current state of our medical system. If this doesn’t inspire you to take my systems collapse medical class and learn how to care for yourself, nothing will.
Concealed Carry Corner: When To Trust Your Carry Gun
Useful considerations for choosing a concealed carry piece.
Should We Train for the Trends or the Outliers?
Thoughts on structuring your training efforts.
The Speed Strip Revolver Reload
Good information about reloading the revolver with “speed” strips. Unlike the author, I’ve had better luck with the Tuff Products Quik Strips than the original Bianchi Speed Strips. I can’t tell you how many of the end tabs I’ve ripped off of the speed strips. I’ve been using the eight round quick strips loaded with five rounds. Starting at the finger tab, I load two, space, load two, space, load one, space. The space at the end turns the strip ambidextrous and allows me to use it as a finger tab if I draw the strip upside down.
Like a box of chocolates – vehicle stops and approaches
For my police readers. You may also like What May Happen After a Shooting: Cops’ Reactions Vary.
Home Security: Indoor Security Cameras for 2022
I regularly get questions about home security cameras. That isn’t my area of expertise. I would defer and suggest you seek out some knowledge from posts like this one.
Bustamonte, I Hate You
In the days before the internet, gun people got their knowledge from books and magazine articles. As I was growing up back in the 1980s, my favorite gun writer was Skeeter Skelton. Skeeter was a great writer who penned monthly columns for Shooting Times magazine. Here is an example of his work. I think you’ll enjoy it.
Reasons Why People Win And Lose Fights
Active Self Protection shares a segment of my friend John Hearne’s excellent presentation. I’ve seen this full presentation four times now. I learn something every time I hear it.
Putting Training into Context:
In this month’s ACLDN newsletter, there is a great interview with John Murphy. For what it’s worth, the ACLDN is the legal payment protection program I choose to use. I think it’s one of the best bargains out there.
For John Murphy fans, hit up my site next week and you’ll see a review of his Street Encounters class.
Sig Sauer P365-380 Review: It’s Fun to Go Fast
This might be a viable home defense/CCW option for folks who have extreme recoil sensitivity or intense arthritis pains in their hands.
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