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For many, the study of gunfighting is like a religion. In religion, one has a canon and expectations that if you attend service and say the right words, you are sure to go to heaven. In the American study of gunfighting it is the same. There is a commonly accepted way to shoot, and it is confirmed by the rituals conducted on the shooting range. If you execute the ritual (dare I say) religiously, everything will work out for you. And then, if you say the right words at the right time, everything will work out well and you shall surely be saved as the prophet has promised. (At this point all will turn to the images of the prophets and bow deeply, eyes on the deck). And anything not in that canon of belief is pagan, and outlandish...beyond the pale as one writer states. But the extremists in every faith have always held back progress as progress is something they fear. They fear it because it may invalidate that which they hold so sacred. Dynamic reactive movement was that,... Read more →


Again, review the chart. The question is shooting bad guys in the back. Many in the gun community, indoctrinated by the fear-mongers and liability-centric trainers are totally averse to back shooting. And it shows. We recall the Minnesota Mal event where tha bad guy terrorist is actually advancing on the good guy back first. And the good guy is shown back pedaling, apparently hesitating to shoot him in the back, and actually falls down. Fortunately, it worked out well for the good guy. A recent question at warriortalk on the legality of back shooting created the need for this article. So lets get to it. I have shot bad guys in the back twice. One was an active shooter and the other a home invader/rapist. Both were justified. In the tactical scheme of things, the back shot will present itself, usually in one of two ways. One the bad guy will be attempting to move from one point to another, either in an attempt to flee after his crime, or gain a tactical advantage. The other is that at the... Read more →


A date that will live in infamy...indeed. It was seventeen years ago this morning when all Americans were introduced to asymmetric warfare. To put things in perspective, by 1962, seventeen years after the bombing at Pearl Harbor, not only had Japan been forced to surrender, but all Japan's friends had been soundly thrashed. Although the new enemy - communism - was rising, the Axis ideology was no longer in existence. There would be no more Hitlers or Tojos in Germany or Japan. But seventeen years after September 11, 2001, the war against the Jihadist domination of the world is still being fought. This is not a war between nations or even between regions, and it goes far beyond the war of political ideas, between capitalism and communism for example. Some ideologies, either political or religious, can never get along nor coexist. It is difficult to define specifically who the enemy is because in all specifics there will be exceptions, but this is a war between a pseudo-religious political ideology, and the American way of life. And until 2017, even the... Read more →


It is important to remember certain things. One is that Islam has been trying to conquer the western world since the first century. The goal being an entire world dominated by the Caliphate. This was the primary reason why Christian Europe launched the Crusades. The second is that notable Christian European warriors have periodically stopped the invasions and bought the west more time. Make no mistake, without these men and their exploits, western europe, and by extension all of the Americas, would have been under Muslim control and western culture would have never existed. One of these men was Charles Martel - At the Battle of Tours Martel defeated a large army of Moors, halting the Muslim invasion into Western Europe. Abd-ar-Rahman, the Muslim governor of Cordoba, was killed in the fighting, and the Moors retreated from what is now modern day France. For seven days, the two armies faced off with minor skirmishes. The Muslims waited for their full strength to arrive. 'Abd-al-Raḥmân, despite being a proven commander, had been outmaneuvered; he had allowed Charles to concentrate his forces... Read more →


This came up as a discussion in the Interview and Investigation Management Class and deserves a blog post for discussion. I will use Zimmerman as the "famous anecdotal example". Zimmerman as we recall, did not go into a deadly force event, he found himself there unexpectedly. We pick Zimm up when the question comes up, "are you the focus of the violence?" And in the end...true to the flow of events and the chart, Zimm was not convicted. But let's add a point of consideration that is not, nor should it be, in the chart. Good Sense. This fits between legal standing (you have a right to be there and are not committing a crime) to preclusion (you are the focus of the attack). There is a great deal of ground between the two. Where the ambiguity came in with Zimm is that while he was in the right, legally speaking, he created that event himself...maybe unintentionally, but nonetheless. So the point for discussion is this - every contact you make under unusual circumstances has the potential to become a... Read more →


I have a spot in my heart for the SIG P226. It was my first semi-auto duty pistol back in 1988. Coming from the world of revolvers, the SIG was like having stolen alien technology from the future in your holster. As a point of comparison, prior to the SIG, I went into battle every night with a revolver and three extra speed loaders (a whopping 24 rounds in total). With the SIG I had (with a third magazine on my belt) 61 rounds at my disposal. Additionally, while I shot Distinguished Expert (297-300) in the LASD quarterly qualification with the revolver, it took hard work. I did it easily with the P226 and the 4-pound single action trigger (there was no policy preventing single action usage). Some history. In 1975, SIG entered into an agreement with German gun manufacturer J.P. Sauer & Sohn to develop and market a new handgun which became the P220. The P220 was the first SIG Sauer handgun sold in the USA. It was marketed initially by Browning as the Browning BDA. The SIG Sauer... Read more →


This month we are proclaiming September as Crusader History Month. And in this piece we want to feature Jan Sobieski and his Hussars, and their role in breaking the siege of Vienna. Very few Americans study any history at all. It is as if they think that the only history of any importance is their own short history. But that is a shame because much of what we are seeing today was born hundreds of years ago, and the motivations of the players back then very much motivate the players today...even if the politicians fail to see it. Islam has been attempting to overthrow the western world since the 7th century. Nothing has changed. They want the entire world under their thumb. Their world is the world which is submissive to Islam. Anything outside their world is the world of the Infidel...that is us. It is nothing new. One may even say it is "history". This month of course, marks the anniversary of September the 11th, 2001. I think we could say without doubt that this date has had the... Read more →


The Beretta 92 burst onto the scene in the mid 1980s. It was the gun the 1911 crowd loved to hate. Cats and dogs were predicted to move in together when this was adopted by the US Military as the M9. The "crunchenticker", is what it was called by the Colt 45 devotees, and anyone that brought it to class was met with derision and ridicule by the staff at the prominent gun schools of the day. But nearly 30 years later it is still around. I prefer Glocks, and SIGs if working DA pistols, but a professional man-at-arms can do well with anything that is put in his hands. I never seriously carried the Beretta, but I bought one from the now defunct B&B sales in North Hollywood in direct preparation for a contract in Italy with Benelli. Along with learning Italian it seemed like the professional thing to do. I had carried a S&W 5906 for years so I was not unfamiliar with the system. I trained up with it and carried one just like it in 9x21... Read more →


On September 1, 2004, armed Chechen rebels took approximately 1,200 children and adults hostage at a school in Beslan, North Ossetia, Russia, at approximately 9 a.m. local time. The siege ended on September 3, 2004, with more than 330 killed, including 186 children, and more than 700 people wounded. Chechen Jihadist warlord Shamil Basayev claimed responsibility for the attack. Let us not forget that the ideology that planned and executed such an event - the same one that flew airplanes into occupied buildings in the USA, and ran down children with a truck in France, is still alive and thriving and that elements inside the USA itself are giving succor and relief to them. So today we remember the victims, we remember the evil and cruelty of the terrorists, and the courage shown by Spetsnaz as they undertook the sisyphean task of rescuing them. Our enemies are still out there, and they still hate us. We still live in a time of war. To learn more about Beslan and what happened there, to know the nature and cruelty of the... Read more →