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Thursday, August 14, 2014

AFTER-ACTION: WHAT TO SAY TO THE COPS

One of the things that is incessantly being discussed in the CCW/LEO community is the after-event-discourse. In other words, what do you say...or not, after you have whacked an attacker. As expected, the variety of advice is as different as people's choices in guns and ammo. A prevailing attitude - promulgated by the attorneys - is to simply shut up and say nothing under any circumstances. I disagree and here is why - I have been in more than a few of these and also investigated quite a few of these. I noted some trends and tried to use those...


PISTOL IN QUARTATA - Old Sword Technique For Modern CQB

Pistol In Quartata is a term we use to define a movement matrix for extremely close range restricted movement combat. The term "In Quartata" means "out of line" and refers to a swordsman's move out of line with his adversary's attack. Moving off the line of attack is not new and has been a part of the fighting man's repertoire for ages. We've proved it, both on the street and in force on force training, that it is possible to create a situation where the adversary may miss you with his first shot, while you will likely hit with yours....


Wednesday, August 13, 2014

The Elusive 300

Our department had a scored pistol qualification course that determined one’s proficiency ranking and corresponding monthly shooting bonus. The course was shot from 25 yards and consisted of three stages: Six rounds in sixty seconds Twelve rounds with a reload in forty seconds Twelve rounds with a reload in thirty seconds. This was shot on the standard B-27 silhouette target, scored at point value. Thirty shots, each worth a maximum of ten points. To qualify at all, one must score a minimum of 210 points. A score of 275 to 289 earned one the Expert pin, a score of 290-299...


BE CAREFUL WITH MAGAZINE WELLS

I suspect this will turn into one of those articles where I get all manner of hate mail telling me that the emperor is in fact not naked at all. Well, no matter. Here goes. Development comes from many areas, but from automobile racing, to physical conditioning, and from mountain climbing to shooting - innovation happens most often in the competition realms. Some of these developments may have application in the combat realms as well, although admittedly not all of them. But if we fail to look at these and consider possible real-world advantages, we become like the techno-averse "purist"...


Tuesday, August 12, 2014

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APPENDIX CARRY - COMFORTABLE, CONCEALABLE, QUICKEST

I first began working with what is called “Appendix Carry” when two things happened concurrently. I jammed up my right shoulder doing overhead presses in the gym, and I began to work in some ground fighting Jujitsu into the skill sets (I hate ground fighting, but you never know right?) I had normally carried in the 4:00/5:00 position, but now found my shoulder got very sore reaching back there. You know the story the doc tells you when you tell him it hurts to do something right? He usually says, “well stupid…don’t do that”. Moving the pistol forward of the...


Monday, August 11, 2014

ON SAVING THE DAY WITH YOUR CCW

Lessons learned from 15 years in Law Enforcement and from analysing many private citizen gunfights. Feel free to disagree, but do so not from the emotional desire to be Captain America, but from a practically driven, thought out position. RULES FOR ENGAGEMENT (OR NOT) 1). Mind your own business. And that includes the "be a good witness" thing too. Unless it shocks the consciousness of humanity, it has nothing to do with you...stay out of it. Feel free to make the anonymous call if you wish, but that is the extent. And "shocks humanity" will be quite clear and obvious,...


Saturday, August 09, 2014

YOUR FEELINGS

No...I am not going to get all sensitive with you guys. But lets talk about what Bruce Lee called "emotional content". Nobody ever killed an adversary without some sort of emotional involvement. There are several codified responses to violence. They are fight - flight - freeze - posture - submit. The right response can be cultivated and I am a believer, very strongly, that you will react as you program yourself to react. Unconsidered, your reaction is unpredictable. As a young man entering police service I sat and listened to all the Cop Shrinks tell us about PTSD (it wasn't...


Moving Targets

Not every club has access to elaborate moving target systems, and it is certainly less common for the individual to have them to practice on their own. Consequently, when presented with a stage like this at a major match shooters who haven't encountered these challenges before can be intimidated. Here is some general guidance if you do encounter this type of stage. 1) Pay close attention during the stage briefing, and watch the demostration of the targets being activated. This is particularly true if you are the first shooter. 2) If you are not the first shooter watch at least...


Friday, August 08, 2014

"Fit To Fight" Workout

"Fit To Fight". I just did this for a workout. Divide your body weight by two, and set up two dumbells with 1/2 of your weight in each one. Pick them both up, and walk fifty yards w/o dropping them. Once you arrive, do another activity. Repeat for ten circuits. So I carried two 90# dumbells 50 yards ten times in total. Now add some shooting. So a Glock 19 holds 15 shots minimum...that is 15 circuits. Carry the dumbells from the firing line to the 25 yard line and back, as fast as your little size elevens will carry...


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