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HOW TO BE A VICTIM AND NOT A SUSPECT In the past section we discussed the value in being categorized as a victim rather than a suspect. You don't have complete control over this, but you have a far greater degree of control over it than the "CCW Lawyers" would have you think. In order to show you how to become a victim, I will first show you how to become a suspect. Silly? No...just read. This is how you become a suspect, get listed as the primary suspect in the report, get arrested, booked and charged. Don't call 911. That should do it immediately. But lets say you did call 911 for the sake of the article. You were short and evasive with the 911 operator, creating an adversarial position from the start. Then when the officers arrived, you gave a ridiculously short, artificial, and dismissive statement, after which you demanded your lawyer. Congratulations Gary Goodguy, you are now the suspect in a homicide investigation. You will not be able to change that ever. The next steps of course... Read more →


This will likely become a series of articles rather than just one, but I wanted to begin here with this discussion. There are two things that you must realize. Opinions that have not been tempered with personal experience are not as valid as those that have. For example...the opinion of an emergency room doctor on treatment of an injury is vastly more valid than that of the Red Cross First Aid graduate. Personal experience on a topic creates valid opinions. Lack of that invalidates the same. The second point is that nothing is easy. There are no magic words, magic techniques, or magic invocations where everything stops. Someone may have told you that at some point but is simply not true. What there are are lazy people and lazy instructors. The lazy people want a cheap and easy "magic technique" (such as a special stance or a special sight picture) and a "magic word" (I want my attorney), rather than engage their brain, educate their mind and be more than the couch surfing underachiever class wants from life. Before the... Read more →


One of the systems I studied was JKD, or Jeet Kune Do. If we are to use western terminology, you would call it the Intercepting Fist System. What was notable about JKD was that it sought to develop the individual’s personal attributes for fighting. Today, in our concept integration program, this attribute development is essential to the modern gunfighter. Let’s see how these apply. 1). Awareness and Sensitivity - To see the opponent's intentions. This requires an attentive and receptive mind that is outwardly focused. It requires the ability to profile people that may be adversaries, but also to profile events, locations and times of day…and perhaps even of the year. The gun people might be tempted to call this “mind set” but it goes way beyond this. 2). Line Familiarization - To be familiar with the angle of attack that an opponent launches. Most of the gun world ignores this, but we focus on it deeply during the reactive area of training. And not only the line and angle of an opponent’s attack, or line of fire, but also... Read more →


I was working drills again with the Amphibian (an NP3 Stakeout with rifle sights) this afternoon before my lifting session. In my opinion, this weapon surpasses all other available platforms for the private citizen proactive weapon application. What do I mean by that? Well, there are proactive weapons, such as Shotguns, Rifles, SMGs and SBRs. These are not in any way defensive weapons nor reactive weapons. One must go and get them in anticipation of the fight. Or transition to them once he has regained some control over the events at hand...if they are available and the fight threat continues. So few people understand this and so they classify all firearms as firearms, never knowing their true specific and special roles outside of the artificial training range. To choose a weapon one must first identify the mission. A man carrying a weapon in spite of the various signs in New York City would be foolish to select any weapon larger than a small concealable pistol as circumstances preclude it. Same for a man walking alone in bear country would be... Read more →


I had responded to the call of suspicious circumstances. It was dark and cold and the sort of night that you wanted to spend in your cruiser writing reports with a cup of Starbucks on top of some parking structure and not walking around somebody’s backyard. The call had been of a fight in progress by the I-10 freeway. This was an area frequented by the Santa Monica subculture of stree people. Unlike the images of the media, we did not find many widows and orphans in their ranks, but rather dopers, parolees at large, and thugs on the run. In that part of town it may have been anything from a common domestic to gang fight in progress…or both. On arrival I was greeted by the victim with a huge gash across his face. The paramedics had arrived before me (something I had never seen before nor since…probably a mistake in dispatching). I recall the bloodied victim’s response when I asked him “Que paso hombre?”. “Machete!” I moved through the freeway underbrush quietly without even a flashlight hunting the... 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 →


What does this have to do with anything today? Because what you are seeing in St. Louis is not really about race regardless of what the media are saying. Kareem Abdul Jabbar got a couple of things right. It is about “class warfare”, and its being created and fed by the Communist Movement in America. Read more →