Knowledge to make your life better. If you have some free time, check out some of these links this weekend.
Mike Boyle’s thoughts on carjacking.
A road map for leadership development.
Hey! I recognize that guy! Thanks to Mas for the shout out.
If you would like to be exposed to more of Massad’s wisdom, read Firearms and cold weather considerations. That article is almost 20 years old and nothing needs to be changed. True “evergreen” content. How many of you think the latest Instagram/Tik Tok firearms instructors will remain relevant 20 years from now?
“Because a physically and mentally dangerous man will always be needed.”
Andrew Branca provides a solid legal analysis of the Houston shooting I posted in last week’s Knowledge Dump.
Guns are not the only tools used to kill people.
Follow-home (also known as “jugging”) robberies are becoming increasingly more common. Watch this and see what they look like. Remember that whenever you are carrying large amounts of cash or other valuables.
Read Massad Ayoob’s analysis of Brian Murphy’s shooting. Murphy is the very definition of the word “survival.” If you want some more information about this incident, check out my article on the Sikh Temple shooting.
This one is pretty spicy for a police shotgun course. If you are more interested in handgun shooting, watch Drill of the month for Run Your Gun Not Your Mouth.
If you have solid plans to deal with each of these situations, you will be well on your way to avoiding “random” violence.
More gelatin testing of some of the more obscure .32 defensive offerings.
Tamara discusses some of the issues regarding the carrying of spare magazines. While needing a spare magazine in a civilian encounter is rare, I still carry one most of the time.
I get a lot of questions about flying with guns. It’s not as difficult as you might expect. Last year I flew 52 domestic air flights with guns in my checked luggage. Depending on the airport and your flight time it should not really be a big deal. If you want a deeper dive into the subject read my article on flying with guns.
“The obvious gun on your hip is like a sign that says, “look at me.” When the weapon is concealed, you blend in and do not attract as much attention. This is especially important when you have family or friends with you. The last thing I would want is to draw an armed criminal’s attention to myself and my family in the store. Why not take a tactical approach and have the advantage?”
Important considerations here. My recommendation is to shoot as many household objects and pieces of furniture you can whenever you get the chance. Lots of household objects aren’t true “cover,” but have enough mass to deflect or slow down high velocity projectiles.
How to carry extra ammo on your gauge. May not be super applicable, because I rarely see non-police shotgun fights ending up needing more than a couple rounds. For what it’s worth, all my defensive shotguns have either a side saddle or butt cuff to carry extra ammo. I keep the guns loaded with buck shot. My side saddles are full of slugs. If I have to do a “select slug drill” it’s as easy to do as possible.
Mindreader: The New Science of Deciphering What People Really Think, What They Really Want, and Who They Really Are
What I’m reading…
My bud Spencer Keepers getting a shout out from Massad Ayoob in a very well balanced article on appendix carry. I still think Spencer’s appendix holsters are the best designs on the market and wear one almost every day.
Want more AIWB info? Read my post Thousands of Thugs Can’t Be Wrong.
Hock is one of my favorite martial arts instructors. He has a tremendously varied skill set, and isn’t dogmatic. Here are his thoughts about stick disarming. He is also spot on about the need to train knives in both forward and reverse grips The Equal Opportunity Stabber, Saber or Reverse Grip?
If you are into either history or tales of individual heroism, read this article. Then read the book Jack Hinson’s One-Man War.
More information to fuel the revolver renaissance.
A really old (and now deceased) firearms instructor in my state academy once told me that the “FBI Cant” on holsters was designed for the crouched, forward leaning shooting stances cops used from the 1930s until the 1980s. When one is crouching and leaning forward, the shooter doesn’t have to break or unlock his strong side wrist to facilitate the draw if he is using a canted holster.
Lots of folks talk about pre-attack situational awareness. Less often do we hear about awareness DURING the attack phase.
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