COUNTER TERRORISM Feed

This discussion arose from our article on bypassing body armor. Today what seems like armor may easily be a bomb vest. There have been several instances of bomb vests here in the USA. And in the majority of active shooter events, there are explosives involved, whether they are successfully employed or not. And Law Enforcement is taking this into consideration. Here is a communication from the Training Sergeant of a major urban police agency in Arizona: Thought you'd like to know that (at a recent active shooter training event - (1) Head shots were encouraged (2) Insurance shots were explicitly called for and (3) in a multiple opponent drill, taking no prisoners was held as a valid approach to the problem. To expand.... (1) they want the hits anywhere on meat, but if a head shot appears, do it. The training venue had the initial distances approx 50 yards, so practicalities were addressed as well (2) Role player doing the jihadist imitation with a cell phone and a pipe bomb. Your article on Turkey was exactly on point with the... Read more →


Today, armor is prolific and common. Armor that withstands rifle fire is also common. You don't know the quality and level of the bad guy's armor. So which is a better tactic? Break through or bypass it? In my 3 vs 1 gunfight (way back when dinosaurs roamed the earth) all three bad guys were wearing armor. My default tactic of directing fire toward upper chest and face made such equipment irrelevant. And the most important point is that I was not aware they were wearing armor until later. I don't think you will be aware either. The other point is, that even if you know there is armor, do you know what sort of armor do they have and do you feel lucky enough to test it? Then there is the matter of what if what seems like armor is not really armor but explosives? So the suggested default is to assume armor is present, even if you do not see it initially. And the reality is that you will be dealing with the problem with a CCW-EDC Pistol... Read more →


RED DOT - COUNTER TERROR DRILL & TARGET

THE TARGET - Printed on a 8.5x11" sheet so the edges of the face target touch the edges of the sheet top, bottom and sides. THE DRILL - From the holster. RD/CT Pistol Qualification · 25 Yards: 3 Rounds to the body-4 seconds 2X- 6 rounds · 15 Yards: 3 Rounds to the body-3 seconds 2X-6 rounds · 10 Yards: (2 body, 1 brain)-3.5 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 10 Yards: 3 Rounds to the face -3 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 7 Yards: (2 body, 1 brain) -3 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 7 Yards: 3 Rounds to the face -3 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 5 Yards: (2 body, 1 brain)- 2.0 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 5 Yards: 3 Rounds to the face -2.5 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 3 Yards: (2 body, 1 brain)- 2.0 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 3 Yards: 3 Rounds to the face -2.0 seconds 1X- 3 rounds · 10 Yards to 3 Yards-Shooting on the move-3 rounds body, 3 rounds face 2X 14 rounds total. Course is a total of 50... 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 →


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 →


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 →


I am old enough to remember my first duty shotgun at LASD. It was an Ithaca 12 gauge. The stock had been cut down as had the barrel. It was handy and it was fast owing to its balance and its well-worn action. And I recall the old deputy that trained us in skipping buckshot off the concrete range at the Wayside training range. He relayed some tall tales about taking rioters out at the knees during the first iteration of the LA Riots held in Watts. I later learned that what I initially thought were exaggerations, were pure fact and the deputy had personal experience dropping about ten rioters that way. In those days, the spread of the pattern and lack of reach of the shotgun was seen as a huge asset by the law men that carried it into urban harm's way. Sometime after that, the shotgun fell out of favor. It began when the Gunsite crew began trying to turn the weapon into a rifle, and tighten the pattern to the point where any benefit of the... Read more →


Here is the article mentioning the report - Final Police Report On Las Vegas My Thoughts - Rationality and morality are not the same. All rationality requires is a reason and a motivation. I have fought evil much of my adult life and even the worst had a reason that made sense to them...and even though we would not have considered action like theirs, one could connect the thinking. On motive for the LV shooting...does it matter? I don't think so. I have always avoided boxed in areas that were difficult to enter and leave. And even more so in our Age of War. Will I miss some over paid oversized court jesters throwing a stupid ball? Maybe...but I have no interest in such things...nor in any similar events. A man in a hotel room shooting people is what it is...an opportunity for me to express who I am by kicking in his door and killing him. There really are no other options are there? If you are in the kill zone...well...nothing to do but run, duck and cover and... Read more →


JULY 25 - SAINT JAMES DAY On the death of King Alfonso, the Moors (That era's ISIS and Al Queda) demanded the reinstation of the Tribute of 100 Virgins (fifty noble and fifty common), which Alfonso had defied. The new king, Ramiro, denied them the tribute and prepared for battle. On the night before the Battle of Clavijo he dreamt of St. James, who told him that God had chosen James as the patron for the Spanish kingdoms. According to the legend, during the battle Saint James appeared as a warrior on his white horse with a white banner to help Christian armies of king Ramiro I of Asturias in battle against the Moors. The Christians marched on the cry of "¡Dios ayuda a Santiago!" (God save St. James!). They soundly defeated the Moors, and James became known as "Matamoros". On July 25th, we celebrate the feast day of Santiago Matamoros. The faithful are admonished to train with weapons and educate themselves on the habits of their adversaries. Read more →