Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Quality information and analysis from Paul Martin. You should buy his book.
Craig gave me one of his El Nino push daggers and this sheath to evaluate. I’m wearing it as I type this update. Both the knife and the sheath are extremely well thought out. The sheath can hold both the regular push dagger as well as the trainer with no modifications or adjustment. It will clip to the waistband of a pair of gym shorts or yoga pants without the need for a belt. It is a work of genius. The plan is to make the same sheath available for other fixed blade carry knives (like the TDI and the Benchmade) at some time in the future. So far I’m really impressed with this setup. The sheath should be commercially available soon.
Useful holster guidelines.
After last week’s school shooting in Nashville, I had to dig up this older article for your edification. Computer modeling of active killers in schools shows that having armed teachers/SROs significantly decreases fatalities.
“What we found was profound,” said Dietz. He said a single resource officer “or even an armed teacher in a defensive position between attacker and students can reduce the number of victims by up to 70 percent.”
The recent Nashville shooting has also led to an increased call to ban firearms. I went back and dug up this study you might find enlightening. Gun ownership rates in the USA as well as other countries shows no correlation to homicide rates.
“There is no clear correlation whatsoever between gun ownership rate and gun homicide rate. Not within the USA. Not regionally. Not internationally. Not among peaceful societies. Not among violent ones. Gun ownership doesn’t make us safer. It doesn’t make us less safe. The correlation simply isn’t there. It is blatantly not-there. It is so tremendously not-there that the “not-there-ness” of it alone should be a huge news story.”
For an even deeper dive into this issue, read Dr. Yamane’s article Understanding and Misunderstanding American Gun Culture and Violence.
“Guns remain a normal part of life for a large part of the US population. At least 75,000,000 American adults personally own a gun, and tens of millions more live in households with guns in them. A comprehensive survey released by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center in 2017 highlights the fact that a majority of the population currently lives with a gun in their house or has in the past, and a sizeable minority – what I call the “gun curious” – have thought about or are actively considering acquiring a gun. Only about one-third of Americans say they do not and will never own guns. A remarkable 7 out of 10 American adults have fired a gun at some point in their lives—nearly 180 million people. Viewed the other way around: A minority of American adults has never shot a gun. Guns are statistically normal, and normal people use guns.”
Continuing on with the Nashville school shooting, pay attention to ASP’s analysis of this incident. You should also watch Officer Engelbert’s interview as well.
A shooting drill to try for your next practice session. If this one is too advanced for you, try the Hold Control Drill.
“Key point: To a person who doesn’t have a confident knowledge of what normal looks like and how to deal with it, everything is abnormal and therefore scary.”
Street People Strategies: Personal Security Tactics for Homeless Panhandlers, Con Artists, and Muggers
What I’m reading…
If you wear a “battle belt” or duty rig, this system is an ingenious and affordable way to swap guns and holsters without tearing apart your belt rig. Best of all, you can retrofit any of your current Safariland holsters with the three screw attachment for around $50.
Just because he’s smiling doesn’t mean he is friendly.
A useful discussion covering the dangers of using deadly force to protect your property.
I agree with the author. The OLAES is my favorite pressure bandage if a larger size product will fit in your kit. You can buy them for a great price HERE.
A very informative interview with Gunsite’s Freddie Blish.
We don’t hear too much about “Saturday Night Specials” in the media anymore. Here’s your interesting fact of the day. Back in the late 1800s through the early 1900s, these guns were called “Suicide Specials” because they were cheap guns that would likely only reliably hold up for a single shot. For what it’s worth, I bought a Jennings J-22 (like the photo) in 1989. It was $69. I still have that gun as well as a Raven MP-25 that has at least one documented body on it.
“Everyday schmucks with their heads up their asses are myopic. They couldn’t spot a psycho with a shotgun if it were hanging a foot below his trench coat. So it is our job to protect and serve. Don’t be one of the zombies constantly in the “white” according to Jeff Cooper’s color code. If you find yourself there, say, “Pop.” That’s the sound it makes when you pull your head out of your ass.”
A paramedic provides a rational analysis of the latest drug trend.
Gelatin, velocity, and accuracy testing of the 5.7mm round. While it wouldn’t be my first choice in a defensive caliber, putting several of these rounds on target quickly will likely make your attacker far less motivated to continue his violent behavior.
I’ve recently started rucking one or two days a week. It’s brutal. I think I could argue that at a body weight of 265 pounds, every walk is a ruck. But I still throw on my pack and do a couple miles every week. Rucking (long walks while carrying a weighted backpack) is an incredible way to improve your fitness. Here’s how to do it correctly. Read Part Two as well.
If you want to add some resistance training to your workout without joining a gym, try The Ultimate 6 Week Calisthenic HIIT Workout Plan.
This is an insightful article explaining how the average violent criminal differs from you and I. It also supports my habits of daily heavy weight lifting and the cultivation of an attitude that leaves no doubt in the criminal’s mind that I am not a “bitch.”
Gunfighting lessons from Wyatt Earp. I own the book from where these quotes were taken. Serious historians discount a lot of the material written by Stuart Lake. These quotes may be legitimate. They could also be completely made up. We’ll never know.
Some tips for more effective use of your handgun when in and around cars.
Solid life advice from Bill Jordan. I wouldn’t feel undergunned if I could only carry my 2.5″ model 19 for the rest of my life.
Unfortunately, these are skills we all must possess to survive life in our modern age.
As a fellow “Fudd X-er,” I’m excited to share Sherman’s latest offering. No, I don’t have any dot-equipped revolvers, but I’m not opposed to the idea.
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