This has made the rounds now. I have watched it many times over the last few days, and while others have been pontificating of all the things that went wrong, I did my business. It is a busy time, I am looking at contracting with some new manufacturers, I am getting back into training after an arm surgery, and is Christmas. But I must comment on the video because there are lessons to be learned here. Some are hard lessons that I am certain I will be vilified by the snowflaky gun-pussies for bringing up. Funny...those with the least real life experience bark the loudest...but I digress. I need to say these things because they are important. 1). Those who are terrified of being "on the street" (military context - "downrange") will always over react. Overreaction is the equivalent of the fear biting dog that is afraid and has no recourse but to bite. Guys (and gals collectively) that are "fear biters" are afraid of under reacting due to inculcated fear and will over react as compensation. Kinda like... Read more →

One very important visual skill the red dot pistol shooter needs is to learn the "Visual Hand Off". This is a term we use to describe what happens with the eyes as a shooter new to the red dot system is learning to use it. On a rifle, the head and eye is automatically positioned to pick up that red dot as the rifle is brought into the shoulder. A pistol however, floats in space, held there by the two hands. There is no third and fourth point of contact to place the eye correctly. Regardless of the uniformity of your draw, if your eye is not in the visual cone of the red dot, you will not pick it up...nor the sights for that matter. The way to solve this is with the use of the back up iron sights, and we insist that they need to be placed in the traditional positions on the slide. It is best to look for the iron sights FIRST. Especially with contorted field shooting positions or from positions required for using cover... Read more →

This material is taught to security operatives and to law enforcement in the spirit of detecting "illegal" gun carry. I offer it here in the spirit of the fact that you should know who around you is also armed because their motivations may not be in favor of your interests. As well in the spirit of knowing what others may be looking for as well. If you know target indicators, you can avoid producing them. I am not even going to get into show-giving-away moves like wearing "gun clothing". Common Behaviors Security Check: Often those who are uncomfortable carrying weapons will touch and/or adjust the weapons on their bodies as the go through the day. This may be as subtle as a soft bump with the elbow, wrist or hand. Or it could be a distinct grasping of the weapon as they adjust it. The more comfortable the gun carrier is in their position of legitimacy, the less they might care about giving away the fact they are armed. Some carrying in a less legitimate manner might wish to security... Read more →

In a recent intelligence paper, I read that it is common for terrorists to stake out and study a target before committing to action. And if such surveillance is not detected, their plans continue unabated. So in the hope of keeping you more alert, and safer, lets look at this topic to detect and then evade the surveillance team. There are two parts to this discussion. One is identifying a tail, the second is eluding them. A big part of this is daily preparation to make yourself difficult to track and to facilitate eluding any tracker. Now look, if you are Joe Stockbroker, or Phil Physicalthreapist, taking the same precautions as an active Intelligence Agent in a foreign and unfriendly nation is excessive. So keep it all in proper perspective for your current position in life. First consider equipping yourself in a way that you do not excessively stand out in a crowd. There is a great scene in the movie "The Thomas Crown Affair" where every "suspect" is dressed the same way, facilitating Pierce Brosnan's character to elude the... Read more →

The favorite words of the under achievers are "I Can't". And to project their low standards on others, and thus validating their own choices, "You Can't". And then, in order to make those standards the norm, and get others to accept them, they like to minimize the problem. In the age of the parking lot mugger with the switchblade, minimizing the problem was not a concern, because the problem was in fact quite simple. First, if one avoided places and times and activities where their path would cross that of the "thug", they were probably never going to be tested. In fact, since most places where thugs flourished had very restrictive gun laws, it was already a moot point. And as well, unless one went through life with their head planted firmly in their rectum, they would even see an event bubbling and could avoid it. Look at the two images above. One is a spoof of course. A scene from the classic movie, West Side Story. But the character in the photo served as the stereo-typical street thugs seen... Read more →

Here is the reality. Technology magnifies our ability. Technology does not invalidate the "old ways", but it simplifies the process of accomplishing the mission.While we still develop the skill at map and compass, nobody can deny the advent of GPS makes navigation faster and easier. We maintain the old ways and skill for the event where technology fails, but that seldom happens. The "indian" without a proper arrow is as irrelevant as a great arrow being shot by an indian with shitty marksmanship skills. The notion that it is all about skill is wrong and the haven of the cheapskate. A great shooter will not do as well with a Lorcin 25 auto as with a red dot equipped pistol anymore than a NASCAR driver will do as well in a used AMC Pacer as with a finely appointed and tuned Saleen Mustang. And even if one's skill is still developing, it is far less costly to obtain a great piece of gear and then train to its level than to outgrow various marginal weapons. Some people will attain a... Read more →