July 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 11

News Letter

Staying Alive®:  Firearms Training & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: CLICK HERE for next class date
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124

CLICK HERE for directions.

Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form

Random Shots:

I carry a gun to protect me.  Standing close is one of your options.


It's been said that in a gunfight, the loudest sound you will ever here is:  "CLICK."

Why did the gun fail to make the hoped for "bang" sound?  Was the problem caused by a "stoppage" or was it caused by a "malfunction?"  Does it really make a difference?  And, why should I care?

In my opinion, too much time is wasted trying to name the problem, and not enough time trying to prevent its re-occurrence.

What really matters is knowing what steps should be taken to get back into the fight.

Am I saying words don't matter?  That is, most definitely, not what I'm saying.  For instance I would not instruct a student to 'squeeze' the trigger.  I would ask him to 'press' the trigger.  The word 'press' is used to paint a mental image of the action I want the student to take.  In this instance I would like to avoid a 'squeezing' motion, with the whole hand, in favor of a 'press' with only the index finger.

On the other hand, correcting the student's use of the word, trigger 'guard', as opposed to trigger 'housing', or (my favorite) 'clip' vs. 'magazine,' will do little to enhance the student's proficiency.

If you have never experienced the proper nomenclature phenomenon, next time you visit the range, refer to a mistake that results in a premature discharge of a gun as an accidental discharge.  You will be corrected by over half of the folks that heard you speak the words.  They will be quick to point out that, "It's not an 'accidental' discharge.  It's a 'negligent' discharge."  Having heard them say that, you now know they are smart, because they actually believe they know there is a difference.

The truth of the matter:  If your critic would just spend more time teaching a shooter that keeping his finger outside the trigger guard will avoid any discharge, accidental, negligent, or otherwise, the world would be a safer place.

Train like your life depends on it.

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7 Tips for Pocket Carry

B Gil Horman

Carrying a small pistol or revolver in a front pants pocket is a comfortable and convenient way to go heeled.  It's a carry method that has steadily grown in popularity over the last decade.  A wide variety of pocketable pistols in calibers both great and small are readily available these days to those who are looking to carry in their clothing instead of on their hip.  But as with any carry method, there are rules and strategies that should be adhered to in order to gain the most benefit and to avoid uncomfortable problems.  Here are a few tips to keep in mind when packing in a pocket:    

Stay Wet to Win

Chris Christian with
Dr. Miguel Tepedino

No matter how well a shooter prepares their body before a match, if they don't take care of it during the match their performance will suffer.  An important factor is maintaining the right internal body water volume.  Dehydration occurs when the body loses more fluid than it takes in.  And it doesn't have to be a scorching summer day for that to happen.  One can become dehydrated on a skiing trip, or shooting a match in 40 degree weather.    

How to Transport a Firearm on an Airline

John McAdams

While the hassle involved with airline travel — particularly the security screening process — seems to be getting worse and worse each day, transporting a firearm on an airline actually isn't as complicated as you would think.  This is great news if you want to take a firearm on an airline with you for a hunting trip, shooting competition or just for self-defense.

However, there is a right and a wrong way to do it.    

Sheriff's Tips:  Watch Their Hands

Jim Wilson

It has been said that the eyes are the window to the soul. While that may be true, it is the hands that hold the threat to the honest citizen. The smartest thing a person can do is to watch the hands of those strangers who are around them until they are satisfied that the person does not represent a threat.    


In his article, Jim Wilson makes a valuable point,  "... it is an excellent idea to keep both hands on top of the steering wheel when being stopped for a traffic violation."

In my classes, I teach, "Put the officer's mind at ease.  Do what you can do to show that you are not the one who plans to end his/her shift early."

Why?  - - Courtesy - -

-- Michael

Why Terrorists Target Gun-Free Zones

John Lott

When will politicians finally recognize that they can’t protect all the possible shooting targets?

Possibly the largest mass public shooting in US history occurred early on Sunday morning, leaving 50 dead. On Friday, also in Orlando, singer Christina Grimmie was murdered after a concert.

Both of these shootings had something in common: They both occurred in places where private citizens were banned from carrying permitted concealed handguns.    

Why I Own the Same Gun The Pulse Nightclub Terrorist Used to Murder 49 People

Robert Farago

Let’s not mince words.  I own an “assault rifle” because I fear my government.  I’m afraid that the government — a self-serving alliance of politicians, bureaucrats and law enforcement officers — will take away my liberty at the point of a gun.  I want to be prepared to counter that eventuality by force of arms, if necessary.  So I bought the best “weapon of war” I could: a rifle that gives me a fighting chance against my own government.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird

Shooting at the University of Texas Clock Tower

Chris Bird

“It felt pretty serious.  I’m a Catholic and I was taught in the event of immanent death, if you say an Act of Contrition, God will forgive you your sins.  So I said an Act of Contrition as I was going up.  I pulled my gun out because I didn’t know what to expect at the top.  Of course I was hoping there was a whole squad of police – an assault squad.”    

We are looking forward to having Chris Bird as a regular contributor to or News Letter.  Look for more from Chris, in the near future.

-- Michael

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

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The Value of Weapons Training for Self Defense

Leslie Buck

Though the world has long been fascinated with competitions that involve fighting with empty hands, there is a growing interest in the study of weapons for self defense.

The popularity of boxing and, more recently, mixed martial arts competitions such as the UFC have inspired many to train the martial arts both for enjoyment and for self defense. Recently however, training with edged weapons, impact weapons, and firearms has become more and more popular.    

Learn One, Learn them All - Commonality of Motion and Skill Transferability in the Filipino Martial Arts

Leslie Buck

The Filipino martial arts are often referred to and thought of as stick fighting, but they involve so much more than that. Really, the Filipino martial arts are systems of fighting that involve a variety of weapons and empty hands tactics and techniques. Sticks are just used as the primary training tools, and not necessarily as the primary weapons.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Part II - Scene Safety and Situational Awareness
Instructor: Rudy Salazar
Date: July 24, 2016
Time: 2:30pm - 4:30pm
Place: Location is available by CLICKING HERE to contact Pat for the latest information.  RSVP using the same link.

Note 1:  This is a continuation of the 2 part series Rudy began on June 26.  Both parts of Rudy's presentation are intended to be "stand-alone.  So, even if you missed part I, you will not be lost picking up at this point.  If you'd like to invite guests to this meeting they would be welcome.

Note 2:  We will assemble "Meals-In-A-Jar" immediately after the meeting.

If you are already signed up for "Meals-In-A-Jar," don't forget to bring canning jars and lids, or Mylar bags.

Mosquito Repellant Plants

Julie Fryer

Did you know mosquitoes are considered to be the deadliest critter on Earth?  Every year they spread a host of debilitating, and often fatal diseases, including West Nile Virus, Encephalitis, Malaria, Chikungunya, Zika Virus, and Canine Heartworm.  Pretty scary for folks like us who spend so much time outdoors!    

From the archives:

Two more plants that have mosquito repelling properties are mentioned in the following articles.  They all have several uses.  Lemongrass is edible.  It's very tasty, especially when cooked with fish or chicken, and it's medicinal.  Lantana is a powerful antibiotic and is a tough as Texas beautiful plant.  And it repels mosquitoes?  I do love plants that multitask.

-- Pat

More Mosquito Repelling Plants


Medicinal Properties of Lemon Grass

Medicinal Properties of Lantana

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