While the following is directed
at the firearms instructor, keep in mind that every time you offer
advice to another shooter, you have assumed the role of instructor.
Two of my best shooting instructors never gave me the first
instruction on shooting. Both of them, however, have taught me lessons that put the
whole process of shooting into much clearer perspective:
Don't teach your student new techniques,
when what he really needs is an appropriate application for the
techniques he already knows, and
One of the most effective
gun fighting lessons you can learn is to become more efficient
through commonality of movement (the ability to accomplish
various tasks with similar movements).
Point 1 example: Don't
spend unnecessary time trying to teach the latest, "Kurdish squat &
point" shooting stance technique. Don't waste valuable
training time making sure your student is intimately familiar with a
technique that will never benefit him. Set broad parameters
and let your student find his own comfort zone within those
Realize that your student has skills
and techniques that have been developed over many years. These
are techniques that he has become comfortable with; Let him use
Rather than teach your student the
correct stance, "according to Jeff," get him to show you the stance
he used for stability and ease of movement, on the basketball court
in the 11th grade. Get your student to demonstrate his stance
when teeing off on the golf course. You'll probably find the
stances to be relatively the identical. The difference will be
that one is seen, by the student, as a new technique to be learned,
while the other is as simple as remembering something he did with
ease when he was 17 years old.
Point 2 example: I've
been lead to believe that a gunfight is likely to last no longer
than 3 seconds. Keeping that in mind, you should teach
minimizing the number of decisions that your instructions require
your student to make, before he can shoot his aggressor. i.e.,
if you teach that a good shooting stance can be common to any weapon
at hand (pistol, shotgun, carbine), you will help your student waste
less time trying to determine the stance appropriate for the weapon
he is using.
Train, Train, Train
Maryland scraps gun "fingerprint" database after 15 failed years.
|The Baltimore Sun
Millions of dollars later, Maryland has officially decided that
its 15-year effort to store and catalog the "fingerprints" of
thousands of handguns was a failure.
Since 2000, the state required that gun manufacturers fire every
handgun to be sold here and send the spent bullet casing to
authorities. The idea was to build a database of "ballistic
fingerprints" to help solve future crimes.
But the system — plagued by technological problems — never solved a
single case. Now the hundreds of thousands of accumulated casings
could be sold for scrap.
"Obviously, I'm disappointed," said former Gov. Parris N. Glendening,
a Democrat whose administration pushed for the database to fulfill a
campaign promise. "It's a little unfortunate, in that logic and
common sense suggest that it would be a good crime-fighting tool."
The database "was a waste," said Frank Sloane, owner of Pasadena Gun
& Pawn in Anne Arundel County. "There's things that they could have
done that would have made sense. This didn't make any sense."
How to Get the Most out of your Self Defense Training (in a short
period of time)
Don’t mess around. Your life
depends on it.
Time is precious because we have so
little of it. Obligations of work, family and personal life all
leave little time for training, but training is important.
Without it, your chances of prevailing in a violent attack are
greatly diminished. In addition to pushing your training up the
priority list, you have to train efficiently. It’s all about
managing the time you have to train in order to get the most out of
it. After teaching for more than 20 years, I have seen that
there are a few simple things students do to learn faster. If
you follow the advice below, you will avoid wasting your valuable
time while also improving your ability to learn.
If you garden at all you've probably heard of using worm
castings and/or rabbit manure for fertilizer. The following
article talks about using worms with rabbit manure for a
At the November meeting of SAAMAG
we'll take it one step further and talk about raising rabbits &
chickens in a deep litter coop for the best of all worlds. The
meeting will include group discussions and a short video
demonstrating this method in practice. This is an exciting way to
have meat from rabbits & chickens as well as eggs for your table &
trade all in one barn as well as having the most wonderful
fertilizer for your garden and worms for fishing.
To see how much interest there is,
we'll also be doing a taste test of at least one, maybe two recipes
for "Meals In A Jar."
I hope we see you on Sunday, the
14th. Please don't forget to RSVP (above).