Monday, January 23, 2012

Can One Man Make a Difference?

I give you Simo Hayha.

During the Soviet invasion of Finland circa 1939; Simo served as a sniper in the Finnish militia. He conducted his duties alone in the harsh winter, armed primarily with an un-scoped Finnish variant Mosin-Nagant. Was this one man effective? 705 dead Soviet soldiers will endorse his efficacy. By the way; he accomplished this task in about three months time.
The Soviet army was so terrorized by this small man and his little rifle, that they eventually tasked an entire battalion to hunt him no avail. That's an entire battalion tied up with one partisan......think about it.

When asked later in life how he became such a good shooter, Simo simply responded...."Practice".

Friday, January 20, 2012

AmMerc nails it...

"Practice the Simple Things HARD, and the hard things become simple.  I can't remember which of my buddies has that as part of his signature line, but it is largely true.  SF, Rangers, SEALs don't really train on anything different than a regular Soldier or Marine, they just train on the basics until they never get it wrong."

   The man speaks the truth,  head over to his site to read the rest....

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Wealth of Knowledge

   If you have not already.....head over to SHTF School. Amazing blog written by a gentleman that lived through the horror of the Balkans conflict in the early nineties and has some real "been there done that" insight to offer regarding the breakdown of society and all that follows.

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Taking Ownership...

That's right Bruce.......there are many like it.....but this one is MINE.

Saturday, January 14, 2012


Looks like we will be having a Gunfight Concepts Pistol, Gunfight Concepts Carbine and the Kidnap Defense/E&E Course, which should be a lot of fun. Also considering a Carbine Be-Your-Own-Armorer Course. Dates should be finalized shortly and will be posted asap....

Thursday, January 12, 2012

My Training Doctrine In One Sentence...

   "Resolute exercise of core marksmanship fundamentals and awareness, while outside the aggregate sphere of comfort and familiarity."

Tactical Tactical Tactical.....

   Often the word "tactical" becomes nothing more than a vestigial adjective, thanks in part to spurious overusage by the community in an attempt to achieve window dressing for their products. One must keep in mind that the substantive quality of the subject must be intrinsic to it's core as opposed to it's packaging. I say this not to belittle or condescend, but as a challenge to everyone (including myself) to constantly evaluate your training and strive to keep it relevant, realistic and challenging.

Appendix Carry

Appendix Carry seems to be a reoccurring theme lately, so I thought I would drop my two cents on the subject.
   For those that are unfamiliar with the technique; it involves positioning an IWB (Inside the Waist Band) holster forward of the hip so that it sits between 12 o'clock and 3 o'clock on the body.
   Some of the Pro's of this particular carry are:

1) Better concealment (less "printing"), especially when bending over.

2) Easier/faster draw stroke while wearing cover shirt or jacket.

3) Easier/faster access while driving or seated.

4) Better retainment in a close proximity struggle or grapple scenario.

   While the list above is not exhaustive, it sufficiently makes the point for the advocates of said technique.
    Now for the Con's:

1) Personally, I find it quite uncomfortable... and think what you will about "toughing it out" if it's a good technique; I know human nature and myself well enough to know that procrastination and bad carry habits lie at the end of that road.

2) It orients the muzzle towards your genitals and/or femoral channel, especially while seated; thus violating the 2nd rule of firearms handling (Do not place anything in front of the muzzle that you do not wish to destroy). And that's where this style of carry loses me (I dislike the horizontal shoulder holster carry for similar reasons).
    Some may counter my supposition by stating that, based on their advanced level of training/experience, they would never make a "rookie" mistake like that. Be that as it may, I believe, it quite frankly, falls under Murphy's law. The number of AD/ND incidents when reholstering are quite numerous and more often than not, are due to wardrobe or gear malfunction as opposed to faulty trigger discipline (Rule 3). One factor I would have to point out is that, with very few exceptions, this is a striker fired-no manual safety-pistol phenomenon (ie, Glock, M&P, Kahr, etc). The culprit often being a bunched-up bit of shirt tail, or an errant zipper pull finding it's way into the unoccupied trigger well as the weapon is being forced downward into what will, tragically,  become it's final firing position....the holster. You don't have to be a medical doctor to know that a gunshot to the genitals and femoral area of the quadriceps can quickly become a life altering scenario.
   I felt compelled to address this style of carry as I am seeing it more and more lately. Some of my co-workers use it, as it does help lower their carry profile while working in a non-permissive environment and Raven Concealment even started making a special Appendix Carry holster at the request of the Modern Army Combatives cadre down at Benning.
    In closing, while appendix carry does have some useful benefits, it is not something that I would choose to employ, largely based on con #2 mentioned above. If you do decide to use this style of carry then I would stick with a hammer fired pistol with a manual safety/decock, which would allow you to "ride" the hammer down while holstering; thus ensuring that the weapon could not fire.

Tuesday, January 3, 2012


 " A man can never have too much red wine, too many books, or too much ammunition."
-- Rudyard Kipling