April 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 08

News Letter

Staying Alive®:  Firearms & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: Saturday, 04-23-2016
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124
CLICK HERE for directions and map.

Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form

Random Shots:

God, grant me the freedom to carry my handgun openly, and the good sense not to.


John Steinbeck is often given credit for the line, "If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck."

Unfortunately, a large segment of our society expects us to consider the fairness of a fight to be more important than the primary objective of winning.

We, the potential victims, are being expected to consider the intent of the robber, rapist, or murderer.  Supposedly, only then can we determine how much force is necessary and appropriate to stop an aggressor, and to win the fight.  Heaven forbid we should use excessive force to stop an attacker from killing our mother in an attempted robbery.

What we have completely lost sight of is it is the attacker who chooses the path.  Most often, the victim is just responding to a life/death situation with the only available option.

It should never be the victim who bears responsibility for knowing that a robber, "... has always been such a good boy," and that he was just stealing to pay for his school books.


(a) A person is justified in using deadly force against another:

(1) if the actor would be justified in using force against the other under Section 9.31; and

(2) when and to the degree the actor reasonably believes the deadly force is immediately necessary:

(A) to protect the actor against the other's use or attempted use of unlawful deadly force; or

(B) to prevent the other's imminent commission of aggravated kidnapping, murder, sexual assault, aggravated sexual assault, robbery, or aggravated robbery.

I've read Sec. 9.32 (above), many times, and I have yet to find any reference to:

  1. If my attacker has only a knife, I am not allowed to use a gun;

  2. If my attacker needs to buy books for school, I am not allowed to use deadly force to stop him from robbing me; or

  3. If my attacker, "... has always been such a good boy," I must consider that fact in a fight.

Know when Deadly Force is justifiable.  Use it as soon as you believe it is necessary.  And, damn those who claim to be guardians of political correctness.

Another of Steinbeck's quotes also comes to mind:

"The purpose of fighting is to win ..."

Train like your life depends on it.

I've considered Chris Bird a good friend for a number of years.  Chris has a new book, Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage.  His new book will soon be joining Thank God I Had a Gun and The Concealed Handgun Manual on bookshelves.

Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage

Chris Bird

This book could save your life!

Improve the chances of saving your life and the lives of others during an Active Killer shooting.     READ MORE

The Messy Reality of Self-Defense

Rob Morse

This is an adult discussion.  It’s neither fit for college students who major in the art of being perpetually offended, nor other sensitive children.  I report on self-defense – the good and the bad. I talk about the messy reality when we defend ourselves from criminal attack.  I mean real physical harm, not the emotional “trauma” of seeing the name of a Presidential Candidate written in chalk.  This is what I’ve noticed as I studied civilian self-defense.  First, thousands of ordinary people defend themselves with a firearm every day.     READ MORE

Gun Violence or Violence?

Timothy Wheeler, MD

The wrong focus makes us miss the core problem, which is really violence done by any means, whether the tools of injury are guns or fists or feet. If we get it wrong, we harm millions of innocent people with unjust laws.

Now, just a few facts on the good side.  Despite an uptick in the last few years in California’s big cities, the rate of firearm homicides nationwide has actually been decreasing over the last two decades, and it’s leveled off in the last few years.  And the absolute number (not just the percentage, but the total absolute number) of fatal firearm accidents has been steadily declining for decades, since the 1930s, even as the U.S. population has more than doubled and gun ownership has gone way up.  You can verify these facts for yourselves from the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports, the Centers for Disease Control’s WISQARS search function, and the CDC’s National Center for Health Statistics.     READ MORE

5 Questions Before You Carry Concealed

B. Gil Horman

Choosing to legally carry a handgun for personal protection is a big responsibility that must be taken seriously.  Above and beyond which caliber is the best or what action type to choose, there are a variety of important considerations which need to be taken into account.  Here are a few of the many questions someone should ask himself or herself before buying a firearm to carry outside of the home:     READ MORE

Misconceptions About Pistol Sights

NRA Shooting Illustrated

What’s that old saying? A lie, told often enough, becomes truth?

We gun people are often guilty of a related thing. That would be passing along hearsay comments over and over, until they become assumed fact.

Some of the things that I’ve heard a thousand times relate to gun sights. You know, observations like “Big Dot sights are too big to be useful” or “they’re not precise enough!” I got a bug up my butt to put some of these handgun sight myths to the test so I could start to separate truth from hearsay.     READ MORE

Back to Basics.  Review these Fundamentals for Shooting Success.

Eric Lamberson

At the beginning of every year, I like to review marksmanship fundamentals. These fundamentals form the foundation for all accurate shooting, but they are something many overlook.

Zeroing your pistol

I continue to be amazed at how often I hear competitors say, "I've never zeroed the sights on my pistol." The ability to hit a target on demand starts with zeroing (or sighting in) your pistol for the ammunition you are shooting.     READ MORE

Texas DPS update - License To Carry a Handgun Laws

Form CHL-16 2015-2016, laws relating to the Texas license to carry a handgun, has changed.  The current version is now available on the DPS website.

CLICK HERE to download.

Suggestion:  If you download Form CHL-16, do not print it.  Just save the .pdf file on your computer, and it will remain searchable.

If you do not already have Adobe Reader, Click here for a free copy: 

Bayanihan Kali Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
Subject: CQC Baton Counterstrike Tactics

CLICK HERE for printable flyer

Date: Sunday, 06-12-2016
Time: 0830 - 1200
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range

CLICK HERE for directions.

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Our March 13th CQC Knife Tactics - Edged Weapons Training was made a successful training session by a group that came dedicated to work and to learn.

CLICK HERE to see more information on our class.

For those of you, who are new to our News Letter, you can find our web site and Kali training info at:  Kali San Antonio.

Twice a year members of our Bayanihan Kali group are offered the opportunity to attend a short training session on the beach, at Mustang Island State Park.

Kali on the Beach April 2, 2016

The training sessions are hosted and conducted by Lt Chris Garcia, Victoria County Sheriff's Office, who heads an affiliated Kali group in Victoria, TX:  South Texas Marshall Arts Association.

Survival Stress Management for Self Defense - Combat Breathing


Leslie Buck

The stress created by a deadly threat in a survival situation, can suddenly cause your body to respond with physical and psychological (biochemical) changes to prepare you for survival.  Your breathing and your heart rate will become faster, blood with fill your large muscle groups and your body will become warmer in an effort to boost physical performance.  This physical arousal of your body readies you for action, and is mostly caused by the release of adrenaline in your body.  It is commonly referred to as the "fight or flight" response.     READ MORE

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: - Part 1.:  "Refuse to be a Victim"
  (Crime Prevention Program from the NRA)
Instructor Michael Arnold
Subject - Part 2.:  See note, below
Instructor Pat Scott & Ruth
Date: Sunday, 04-17-2016
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Place: Meeting location has been sent to SAAMAG members.

If you'd like to join us, or if you'd like to become a SAAMAG member, CLICK HERE to contact us.

Note:  After the "Refuse to be a Victim" presentation, we will be assembling "Meals-in-a-Jar."

If you are already signed up don't forget to bring canning jars and lids, or Mylar bags.


Have I mentioned I love plants that multitask?

In my attempt to find beautiful plants that are Texas tough and either edible, medicinal, or useful, I've found a few that I've mentioned in previous newsletters.

This month I'll talk briefly about another couple of plants, one that many of you may already have brightening up a shady flowerbed, the other that grows wild and you probably never would have believed it's an excellent edible and medicinal plant.

Turk's Cap, (Malvaviscus arboreus) is one of those multi-tasking plants I love.  It's used as a medicinal herb to treat diarrhea, a culinary herb with the flowers & young leaves used in a salad and the fruits making a good jelly or syrup.  The red flowers are used to make a red dye.  In addition, its bright red blooms enjoy filtered shade where its more difficult to find edibles and usefuls that will flourish.  The only drawback I've found so far is it likes a more moist soil than I usually keep in my flowerbeds.  To solve that problem, I use a deep mulch.  The mulch makes a big difference in how much water it takes to keep the Turk's Cap thriving.

For a really good reference to Turk's Cap and many others, CLICK HERE.

A tip of the cap to Texas mallow


Bob Kamper

Texas mallow or Drummond’s wax mallow is more commonly known and recognized under the name Turk’s cap, although other common names exist – Mexican Apple, Red Mallow, May Apple, Scotchman’s Purse, and Bleeding Heart.

Texas mallow (Malvaviscus arboreus var drummondii) is a shrub that typically remains short (2½ to 4 feet tall) in its native habitats, but easily can reach nine feet in height in cultivation. The leaves are palmately veined, slightly three-lobed and toothed on the edges, and heart-shaped at the base.     READ MORE

Another plant that I'm beginning to really like is the Texas Gayfeather or Liatris.  One article I read said it's usually found in natural habitats with poor soil; the worst thing you could do is to give it additional fertilizer, soil amendments and water.

I don't have to water, fertilize or amend the soil?  It's edible and medicinal?  My kind of plant!

Native Americans first utilized the plant as a decoction for backache, limb pains, as a diuretic, expectorant, and dropsy, as well as heart medicine.  The leaves and root are used today to treat sore throats, gonorrhea, and diseases of the kidney.  The leaves and root are also used for potpourri, an insect repellent, have antibacterial, anti-diuretic properties, and possibly anti-cancer properties, caused mainly by Coumarin.

The Coumarin is the reason for the cautions I've read about Liatris.  Coumarin has an anti-clotting effect on the blood and ingestion may prevent clotting when there is a cut.


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