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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...and whether you should say anything at all. If he has already shot people, and there is no doubt about what is happening, 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. What in God's earth is so hard to understand about that I do not get. 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... Read more →


Last year I wrote about The Value of Kata, and cultivating Mindlessness. And implied in the articles were how repeating patterns of combat related movements lead to the ability to execute movements without the need for any analytical thought, or as I said, mindlessly. Rather than the so-called "dead patterns", this type of training teaches the body how to move reflexively, and in doing so, allow a creativity of application that would not have been possible otherwise. In the firearms world we drill all the weapon presentation and manipulations in "dry fire" which is in itself, a form of kata training. This is done again, for the purpose of repeating the prefect movement pattern so many times that it can be executed without the need for analytical thought. The mind, having been freed for the "how" of executing the move or technique, is free to apply actions or reactions to the situation at hand. Recently I was host to our group from Italy and Switzerland here in Arizona. One of the visitors, Andrea Micheli, wanted to use the visit to... Read more →


As we know, places like New York are some of the most repressive of personal liberty with regards to self-defense. I find it incredible that those who have authority in such places ever come out and say what Bratton has said. It is like walking into the chicken coop and announcing that Col. Sanders has just pulled up. Unarmed people have little recourse when the terrorist shows up unannounced to murder in the name of his socio-cultural-religious beliefs. Just as the dead - from Fort hood to London Bridge. How many would have willingly risked breaking any rules in place, and been armed, if they knew what was coming for them on those particular days? Neither New Yorkers nor Londoners have that option apparently. Here is what Bratton said - “European-style terror attacks are going to be the new normal in our world,” “The pace of terrorist attacks, certainly in Europe, has been increasing.” “That type of attack is quite likely to occur in the United States at some point in time.” “As the issue in Syria comes to closure... Read more →


Instructors that teach yelling out warnings prior to shooting - when the events have clearly identified the bad guy shooter - are idiots. Yes, I said it and I stand by what I said. And I have the real world experience to back up my position. Students who have been trained that way - get that stupidity out of your minds right now, and get your minds right. We have discussed this before. The first time was about twelve years ago on this blog with regards to the Tacoma Mall shooting. Tacoma Mall Shooting - 2005 It was back in 2005, at the Tacoma Mall in Washington state. A civilian CCW guy named McKown heard the gunshots. Gun in hand, McKown scanned for the shooter. As the gunshots stopped, McKown tucked his pistol back under his coat. We later learned that was when the shooter was reloading. McKown said, "Young man, I think you need to put your weapon down." The shooter shot McKown, hitting his spine and paralyzing him for life. And From today's headlines - Congressman Scalise Assassination... Read more →


“To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.” Winston Churchill My own comments: Fortunate are those who are tapped on the shoulder once. Blessed are they who are tapped multiple times. Read more →


The trend since Mumbai has been to go "low tech" and high shock. Nothing is more low tech than a Molotov Cocktail. London attack: Molotov cocktails 'found in back of terrorists' van' 12 Injured After Molotov Cocktail Explodes in Paris Restaurant The History: A Molotov cocktail, also known as fire bomb, is a generic name used for a variety of bottle-based improvised incendiary weapons. Due to the relative ease of production, Molotov cocktails have been used by terrorists, irregular forces, or even regular soldiers that are short on equivalent military-issue weapons. They are primarily intended to set targets ablaze rather than explode. The name "Molotov cocktail" was coined by the Finns during the Winter War against the Soviets. The name was an insulting reference to Soviet foreign minister Vyacheslav Molotov, who was one of the architects behind the Molotov–Ribbentrop Pact signed in late August 1939. The pact with Nazi Germany was widely mocked by the Finns, as was much of the propaganda Molotov produced to accompany the pact, including his declaration on Soviet state radio that bombing missions over Finland... Read more →


There is a saying in spanish that describes insurgency combat - "tira la piedra y esconde la mano". Loosely translated it means "throwing a stone and then hiding the hand that threw it". Inherent in the act is concealment, and the expectation of going unnoticed, specially when surrounded by a crowd or mob or people. Preferably a mob that had no involvement, directly in throwing the stone. So the recipient of the stone has no idea which individual in the mob threw it, but he damn sure knows it came from that particular crowd. And the stone thrower, like Mao's fish, keeps swimming along unidentified. But the people in the mob...you can bet that they know who he was as they were standing right next to him, or heard his friends discussing the procurement of stones, or something along those lines. I think we all see it. The problem is that the west cannot successfully deal with the dynamics of that mob and retain its own egalitarian self-image. But soon, its self-image will not be the most important thing. But... Read more →


"One of them had a big knife, then he came in and walked around the restaurant, I guess they just kind of stabbed anyone that they saw and knocked things on the ground and then we just hid." So this last weekend - mid Ramadan (but the UK authorities are adamant that has nothing to do with it) - yet another series of well coordinated attacks in London. The timing was on cue, and the technology was primitive, yet the effect was successful. The weapons were simple: Aggression, Motor Vehicles, and Knives. Unless the nanny-state wishes to now castrate the aggression out of all males, prohibit all sharp instruments in an Okinawan-like decree, and force everyone to use public transportation, the ability of the state to prevent the next one is ridiculously impossible as long as the culture that advocates such things is allowed to roam free in the west. That last bit is out of the hands of normal people like us, yet we are the ones that will stand at the front line of the effects of the... Read more →


Clausewitz wrote about it as "The Fog Of War". SunTzu wrote about it as "not knowing yourself or the enemy". It is a lack of certainty. It comes from a lack of information about what is actually at hand. Without information, accurate decisions are very difficult to make. What happens is you get a bunch of educated guesses and then a tentative decision based on those guesses. That is why military planners spend more on gathering intelligence than on the weapons to exploit it. How does that play out for the individual operator? Quite simply, if one is denied the suitable intelligence to make a decision, no decision will tend to be made. And at such a time, unless there is an ingrained, and trained default response, the subject will likely freeze in place...as if he is on pause waiting for more information to be provided. One example is the shooting at the nightclub in Orlando by Mateen. Put aside the 4S issues of a midnight drink in a questionable hood for a moment and follow the discussion. Think of... Read more →