November 11, 2015

Vol. 09  No. 22

News Letter

Staying Alive:  Firearms & Texas License to Carry

Michael J Arnold



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:

  1. Don't teach your student new techniques, when what he really needs is an appropriate application for the techniques he already knows, and

  2. 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 acceptable limits.

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 them.

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.

Simple wins.

Train, Train, Train

Maryland scraps gun "fingerprint" database after 15 failed years.
The Baltimore Sun
Erin Cox
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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."    READ MORE

Bayanihan Kali Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
Subject: No Point Counters  -  Part 4
Date: Saturday, 11-22-2015
Time: 1500 - 1900
Place: off Cynthia Dr
Garden Ridge, TX  78266
CLICK HERE for directions.

How to Get the Most out of your Self Defense Training (in a short period of time)


Leslie Buck

Dont 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.  Its 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.    READ MORE

SAAMAG: Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Home Made Fertilizer
Instructor: Pat
Date: Sunday, 11-15-2015
Time: 3:00pm - 5:00pm
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range  (CLICK HERE)

Please CLICK HERE to RSVP.  Everyone is welcome but please help us plan by letting us know you're coming.  We'll be meeting (indoors) at the Bexar Community Shooting Range meeting room.

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 great mix.

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).

Published by:

Staying Alive, Inc.
PO Box 126
St Hedwig, TX 78152


Michael Arnold
Pat Scott
Rudy Salazar

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