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Last time we compared the Speed Load to the Flying Side Kick of Karate. The comparison was that they are both very flashy, "wow" techniques, but virtually useless. The notion that "it will be there when you need it" is poorly thought out idea since we want to program success and not failure...and the speed rock will in fact lead to failure. And so we begin - this time with the other "flying side kick"...the Speed Rock The premise was to use it in close quarters where one was being attacked by a knife...when the standard Bill Jordan draw would be insufficient to prevent the knife man from succeeding. Nothing was ever said of the gun man's trigger finger, but in those days, it was still believed that one could beat the other man to the shot and that one's shot, hitting, would immediately kill the antagonist. One would grip and rock the pistol out of the holster, as well rocking the upper body back so that it would coincidentally align the weapon with a higher value target on the... Read more →

We are quickly devolving into a society of images, where the flashy hold more importance than anything else. This isn't new, but the prevalence of media has made it more pronounced. It has always had a society where the juggler held people's attention far more than the scholar, and the jester was more popular than the knight. I recall in my days as a Karate instructor (real karate not what we see today passed off as karate). A new student would come in an ask when he could learn the flying side kick. "Listen grasshopper", I would tell him, "you can't even keep your balance yet". But the flying side kick that hit nothing at all, was never seen in a real fight, and was easily evaded even by a blind man, got more attention than the low round kick to the leg. The low roundhouse kick was seen in many real fights and often broke the recipient's leg, but was not flashy and was all but ignored. So today we see the two "flying side kicks" of the gun... Read more →

It was only a matter of time. The "gun media mafia" is now anti-stakeout. The astounding thing is that they don't seem to be anti-Mossberg Shockwave, when our Stakeout 870 is used in the same way. I suspect if Larry Vickers had come out with the concept, these same detractors of the Stakeout would be rubbing their man-parts all over it and then wiping it down with canola oil...but there I go on a tangent. So the arguments...lets discuss them one by one shall we. 1). They say that these weapons are difficult to shoot well. Truth: We all recall the anti-red dot rhetoric where the same guys would claim that the red dot slowed them down, that they had to hunt for the dot, and the dot would disappear when they shot. We showed that all of these issues are training issues and that any new technology has a learning curve. The problem is that the lazy do not care for learning curves. Truth: Many of the pundits come from the police world where two trends have been insinuating... Read more →

One of the new discussion at warriortalk involved this incident. How Two Wisconsin police officers thwarted an ambush attack The article is a good read of the dynamics of the event. Basically, in a nutshell, a bad guy set up an ambush as a robbery attempt. I have investigated lots of robberies and this was not a robbery in the classic sense. Again, this is my opinion..the bad guy is dead and cannot give us his motive. Of note is the following passage: "The officers moved to the side (east) door just as a man dressed in camouflage began to exit, armed with an M4 carbine with an optical sight and suppressor. As the armed robber started to raise his slung carbine, fully loaded with a 90-round drum magazine, the officers fired a total of 13 rounds from their sidearms in 2.6 seconds, landing seven hits on their adversary and more on his weapon." That reads like a police report, but here is what I think the reality of the event really was - The good guys made up their... Read more →

A STUDY OF TEMPO AND TIMING The shooting range can only measure two things: speed and accuracy. But there are many more elements that cannot be measured there that are imperative to success in a gunfight. Timing and tempo being two others. When to strike is more important than how fast to strike. And how quickly to strike in relation to the enemy's actions is just as crucial. Unimportant issues on the sporting fields, with its start signals, and rules, but intensely important if the goal is to win by design, not merely survive by default. One important consideration is the timing of starting the fight. Not allowing the other man the opportunity to fully launch once you recognize the sequence of events. Musashi called this "Holding Down A Pillow" like smothering the attack. The other is how fast and how often do you need to hit him to end the fight. Once the initiative is seized, it cannot ever be relinquished or he will turn the table and kill you. The "limited violence" crowd doesn't understand this. The timing... Read more →

I worked for fifteen years in Southern California Law Enforcement. During those years I worked Night Patrol, SWAT, Narcotics (Raids as well as UC work), Gang Unit, and any dangerous detail I could find. I was in alot of shootings. But I pointed guns and yelled at many more bad guys than I ever shot. So in this thread I will discuss the gunpoint dialog...or what to say. If he has a weapon in his hands, skip all of this and just shoot him. You will thank me when you are 80. So will your yet-to-be-born kids and grandkids. And so will the supermodel –wife you have not yet met. First, I want to point out that unless your adversary is some criminal incarnation of Mister Rogers, he is not afraid of you. He has contempt for you and everything you hold important. And more...your life and that of your family means absolutely nothing to him. That is the guy I want you to prepare for, and not the wishy washy pseudo thug with the saggy pants halfway down his... Read more →