Sunday, April 29, 2012

Mindset revisited

   Whilst surfing the web yesterday I came across a couple videos of some guys showing off a few Krav Maga weapon "disarm" moves....all well and good....except, the "instructor" in each segment would go to great lengths to teach a faulty, and completely backwards mindset.
   In one video, which dealt with the ubiquitous "guy sticks a gun in your face" scenario, he instructs you to first and foremost comply with the attackers demands....go ahead and give him your wallet, watch, jewelry, car, etc....."because once he has what he wants he will probably leave you alone (followed by the obligatory) and none of that stuff is worth your life." After screaming vulgarities at my unresponsive computer screen, I decided to address this in a more useful manner. To wit:

1) Giving an attacker what he wants only empowers him's the way a criminal mind works, read up on the FBI's own crime data reports.

2) You have taken the position of giving the attacker an assumed moral code. This guy just stuck a gun in your want to let him have the final say whether you live or die?

3) What if what he wants is not a watch or wallet? What if his proclivity tends toward the carnal? Going back to actual crime statistics...violent rape victims are commonly found deceased.

4) You are faced with a lethal threat....act accordingly. Sorry, but the guy crossed the line in the sand when he acted on his nefarious impulses and pointed a weapon at you. You should move to seize any tactical advantage over him at that point........and it starts with the proper mindset.

  I know there are those out there that will disagree with me; civil society and all.........hogwash. There is little that is truly "civil" in our current society. Civility is a rather thin veneer that is stretched over the true nature of a society. I would argue that as our nation continues it's rather steep decline, that thin veneer will stretch to it's eventual breaking point, and those with dark hearts and ill intentions will have little cause to hold back.

   I would point out that I had no issues with the particular techniques they were demonstrating. It just pains me to see them destroy someone's ability to execute said task by giving them a distorted or at best, ambiguous mindset to go with it.

 "....sure you can have my wallet...let me just get it...."

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Some Heinlein for ya....

"Always place your clothes and weapons where you can find them in the dark"
  -- Robert Heinlein

  A lesson every soldier learns a few days into his first combat deployment.....

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Ballistics and such...

"Lethality comes in threes, you need to accurately hit your target. The "center of mass" hold for pistol shooters is fine for a high probability of lethal effects, but it is almost a guarantee that a center mass hit will not "stop" an attacker. To stop an attacker you have to get a central nervous system shot, brain or spinal column, to get a guaranteed stop."

AmMerc has a good piece on ballistics....HERE

I could not have said it any better...

Friday, April 20, 2012


"A tourist is beaten in Baltimore. Young people surround him and laugh. He's pummeled, stripped and robbed. No one helps. They're too busy taping it on their smartphones. That's how we heard their laughter. The video is on YouTube along with the latest McDonalds beat-down and the latest store surveillance tapes of flash mobs. Groups of teenagers swarm into stores, rob everything they can, and run out. The phenomenon is on the rise across the country. Police now have a nickname for it: "flash robs."

  This may seem a bit off topic, but I believe it speaks to the broader issues all of us, that desire to continue drawing breath in an unencumbered fashion, need to stay cognizant of. You could say it falls under the subject of "recognizing your battlespace"....

Read the rest HERE 

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Gear stuff

  I am going to be putting Troy's new Battle Mags through the paces at the June carbine course. They claim to have fixed the "over-insertion" issue that has plagued some P-mag owners....we shall see. I also have some new optics from Vortex to beat up on the range.
   Hopefully, Hard Point and Otte Gear will be able to get me some of their new offerings in time as well. I am a huge fan of Otte Gear; innovative designs inspired by the guys on the ground.....and made in America.   Arcteryx used to be my go-to gear, but as they have moved much of their operation to China (yet their prices have gone up....figure that one out), I have been looking elsewhere for my gear needs. Same goes for Salomon and Merrell footwear....moved to China and quality went to hell......anyways, I am ranting now.....

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

Sniper competition

The COSSA range near Bend will be hosting a Sniper competition on 30 June 2012. I will post more information as it becomes available.....

Might be time to revisit those pesky mil relation formulas...

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

June course dates

I am in the process of finalizing training dates for June/July. Here is what I have so far:

16-17 June...   Gunfight Concepts - 2 day Pistol/Carbine, to be held in the Eugene area.

23-24 June...   Kidnap Defense - 2 day course, to be held in the Bend area.

The weekend of the 30th is up in the air at this point, I have had some varied requests, so I will continue to try and work with everyone as best I can.
   I should also add that I can put on an NRA Basic Pistol Certification course if I have at least a few interested parties. This will give you the NRA cert that will satisfy the Oregon Concealed Handgun License required training. It is also a very good course for those that are inexperienced or new to pistol shooting.   

Gun control...

"After a shooting spree, they always want to take the guns away from the people who didn't do it. I sure as hell wouldn't want to live in a society where the only people allowed guns are the police and the military."
   --William S. Burroughs

The folks above gave up their guns...

"The only relevant standard by which man may secure his basic right to exist, is the ability to wield the same tools of destruction as his would-be oppressor. This entails not merely possession - but expertise as well."

Friday, April 13, 2012

Training for success

   I wanted to address something I sometimes see at the range. Guys are showing up to train with no real plan or goal and consequently are getting little accomplished; sometimes even solidifying bad habits. Kinda like the folks that show up at the gym with no real workout have seen the type; after about 30 minutes you see them casually curl a dumbbell while staring at the TV on the wall before they completely give up and begin to chat up the girl at the counter. Weeks later you notice the same guy looks even more out of shape than when he started. Poor planning....
   So lets look at some outlines for successful training on the range. You have two basic training criteria from which to begin:

1. Sustainment - Seeking to maintain your current skill level or possibly knock the rust off after some time away. Or to put it another way; shooting the drills you like.

2. Enhancement - Learning new skills and seeking to improve speed and accuracy. Or.....shooting the drills that are difficult and sometimes not much fun.

   I have found it to be personally counter-productive to hit the range after several weeks of no shooting and try to learn a new technique or push the envelope on my speed. Now, I am not saying that it's wrong to go out and test yourself periodically with a "cold" drill as a means of establishing your overall improvement; as the cold drill can be a very useful tool. That being a diagnostic and this being training. That being said; I like to decide beforehand if I am going to work on sustainment or enhancement.
   In a sustainment scenario, I would go back and very methodically hit all the fundamentals with drills such as ball & dummy, distance shooting, dot torture, 2x2x2 reload drills, etc. It also helps to keep a log of your scores and/or times to help manage your baseline.
   An enhancement scenario is where I push the envelope. I try new drills, try for better times and shoot with distractions (ie, other shooters in your space, hood drills, stress fire drills).

   When you finish a day of sustainment training, your targets should have some nice tight groups. After a day of enhancement training, your targets may be a mess. If you have nice pretty groups after enhancement, you are not pushing yourself enough. You must induce pressure to grow the skillset. In time you will improve and this will segway into sustainment training as you move on to harder skills.

   Once you have decided on the type of training you can break it down into the next subset - deciding on the particular skills to incorporate:

1. Accuracy
2. Speed
3. Movement
4. Manipulations
5. Stress
6. Multiples

   The following is a drill I commonly use for my own sustainment training that incorporates all of the above:

Setup:  three targets (IDPA/IPSC) spaced one meter apart. Vehicle parked at 50 meters parallel to the target line. Carbine setup behind (up-range) with a malfunction (bolt over-ride, double feed, etc).

Execution: Start at 10 meters facing up-range, pistol in holster. On buzzer, turn fire one round into each target. Go to high gun, turn and sprint to up-range side of vehicle. Holster pistol, fix carbine, shoot two rounds into each target from urban prone (under vehicle using wheel cover), sprint back down to 10 meter line at low ready or high gun, one round into each target head with carbine.

Scoring: On first run, any hits on the target count (regardless of scoring zone). Any misses is an automatic fail. Log your time. On second run, paste notebook paper in center of chest area and 3x5 card in center of head. On second run only hits in the paste-ons count. Log your time.

I call this drill - "Fight to your rifle". 

Besides working the individual skills of multiple pistol engagements, malfunction clearance, physical stress, unconventional shooting positions and shooting from cover - it aids the shooter in solving the speed/accuracy paradox. Since we are not using the scoring zones on the first run, but rather the entire target - you can really push the speed envelope. The second run requires more control as the target zones have shrunk considerably. On the third run you would go back to full target (speed) and fourth back to smaller target (accuracy) and so on. The goal being to see lower and lower times while maintaining the required degree of accuracy.

Thursday, April 12, 2012

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Step outside your comfort zone for a moment...

I know.....I know....I am breaking my own rules here....stay away from political subject matter, but....

"Privileged special interests, whether by legislation or lax enforcement of the law, have begun to Balkanize the nation around provincial and notional concerns. Of course, there has never been a time when sectional interests haven't clashed over sectionally relevant matters such as tariffs, but today's constellation -- racial, gender, ethnic, sexual orientation, educational, environmental, labor unions, and so forth -- has attempted to shut down open-minded discussion of nearly every important subject in political discourse. Seldom do the flacksters for such interests argue for their positions on rational grounds, with objective evidence for support; they'd much rather denounce their opponents as racists, sexist, xenophobes, homophobes, enemies of the environment, enemies of education, or what have you.

The core of the power-seeker's strategy is to divide to conquer. Therefore, it is his aim, wherever and whenever possible, to cause citizens to gather into issue-oriented groups that other issue-oriented groups will view as competitors for government privileges and public allegiance. In recent years, the campaign's public-sector component has become completely visible and maximally vile, yet seemingly nothing can be done to halt it. The private-sector components have become ever bolder about their use of intimidation, threats, and outright violence."

.....peak behind the curtain dear reader.....HERE

Warms the heart... posted at WRSA...


....gotta agree with that...

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

A bit of wisdom from the Colonel...

   "Since most people respond to hypothetical peril with the assumption that it will not come to them, the first step in adjusting to our present social situation is the hard, clear, unflinching understanding that it can indeed come to us - personally. It is amazing to read of people who did not choose to believe this until after they had been victimized. They all knew that burglary, robbery, assault and murder, were not only possible but frequent, but they took no precautions because they simply would not admit that they, themselves could be the victims.
   Once you accept the fact that you may actually be the next target - today - you have taken the first great step toward your own physical security. Having made this simple, if difficult, admission, you can never afterward be surprised, and surprise is the greatest single element in tactics - offensive or defensive."
   -- Col. Jeff Cooper     (italics my own)

   It's not getting any nicer out there folks. Regardless of where you find yourself.....Afghanistan.....Mexico....New York.....Detroit.....or a quiet suburb somewhere.

Thursday, April 5, 2012

Hard Point Equipment

My colleague and friend Thomas over at Hard Point has a new line of gear hitting the market soon. I have used one of his armor carriers for the last couple years and it has become my hands down favorite. His new stuff looks even better, check it out.....

Simple Truths...

"Never was anything great achieved without danger"


"Before all else, be armed"
-- Niccolo Machiavelli

  To properly grasp the landscape of the political battlefield in this country, one must read Machiavelli's The Prince. After that, read his Art of War for some useful insight on the other type of battlefield.

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Ammunition Availability

Have heard from a couple sources now that ammo availability is expected to drop and, of course, prices to rise. I will not delve into the reasons for this on here, but a little google-ing should give you a pretty good idea. Spend accordingly......