October 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 16

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:

Laser:  A gun mounted receptacle used for storing dead batteries.

Question from a friend:

What Kind of Gun Should I Buy for My Spouse?

Good news - I suppose.  My dear spouse has decided to take up shooting.

Now, comes the question, "What kind of gun should I buy?"

What about a .32 ACP?  That would be controllable.  But, I believe it might be a little under-powered.

Maybe, something in a nice chrome plated .44 Magnum?  Now, that's a gun.  But, I guess it could be a little too much to control.

Then, there's the whole issue of semi-automatic vs. revolver.  Many semi- automatics can be loaded with more than twice the ammunition of a revolver.  This could prove useful to a less experienced shooter.  At the same time, that could lead to uncontrolled "spray & pray."

A revolver would probably be simpler to operate in a stressful situation; especially for someone who might tend to be less mechanically inclined.

Cost would be another factor to consider.  I know I spent a lot on my own gun, but I'm probably more apt to get some use out of it, rather than leaving it to rust, in the bottom of a dresser drawer.

There seem to be far to many variants to consider - night sights, a laser, a lightened trigger, higher capacity mags, standard blue or stainless, customized slim grips ...

What about a pink gun?  No - I refuse to go there.

Back to the original question:

What kind of gun should I buy for my spouse?

Heck, it might be simplest to just let him pick out his own.

Train like your life depends on it.

Top 5 Things Every Female Shooter Needs To Know


Are you a female?  Are you new to guns?  Then here are five things you should know.

1. Don’t let anyone pick out a gun for you.

I’ve seen this scenario, or one like it, play out countless times at the gun store counter.  A guy walks up, wife (or girlfriend, or chick friend, etc.) in tow, looking for a gun for the lady.  While the intended recipient stands patiently nearby, the gun shop clerk and her hubs chat away, deciding between them what will suit her best.    

“Don’t Run in a Straight Line” and other Bad Advice

Greg Ellifritz

When listening to experts describe how to flee from an attacker who is shooting, the most common statement heard is “Don’t run in a straight line.”  Many people advocate running in a zig-zag pattern or running in a crouched position instead.  A target that is small or that moves randomly will theoretically be more difficult to hit.

A simple internet search finds that zig-zag running is recommended by Wiki-sites, Tactical “experts”, martial artists, University Police Departments,    

Sheriff's Tips:  Just Hit the Target

Jim  Wilson

Too often, the enthusiasm of the gun gurus distorts the realities of personal defense.  To listen to some, you just aren't going to survive without this latest and greatest new gun.  Others will suggest that you have to be carrying two guns, a box and a half of ammo, and a tactical flashlight.  Oh, and let's not forget that fighting knife.

Now I certainly have nothing against new guns or new gear, for that matter.  But I think that some folks are turned off by the idea that you need to leave your home geared up like you are going to spend the day in the Sandbox.  The fact is that what you carry is not nearly as important as what you can do with it.  That's right.  The gun you carry is not nearly as important as your ability to hit the mark with whatever gun you can afford to carry and like to carry.    

What Makes A Good Handgun Holster?

Tamara Keel

“So, what makes my holster bad?” asked my Internet friend.

He had me there. I mean, he had bounced into the discussion thread and mentioned his new holster, a Sausage Sack Custom IV from GunHolderCorp and we’d all told him that his purchase was bad and he should feel bad for making it, and then he asked, “But why?”

And, you know, he had a point.  In the circles of my shooting buddies, Holster maker X or model Y is just kind of known by cultural osmosis to be bad and wrong, but what makes a bad holster?  Or, more to the point, what makes a good holster?.    

Concealed Carry or Open Carry? Which Is Better?

Jim Pope

Let me begin by stating this article is written from the perspective of a 30 year veteran police officer, but the topic is whether non law enforcement (NLE) citizens should carry concealed or carry openly.

Officers have some considerations and obligations that NLE do not. We could not just “opt out” of shooting scenarios for example. We have to engage. That is not a cheap shot at NLE.

Honestly, if you have a Colt .380 and observe what appears to be numerous gang members with long guns in a running gun battle with what appears to be other gang members, your only logical option is to become an excellent witness and I advise you to exercise that option.    

Passed by the Legislature, signed into law by the Governor - after a year, the question lingers, "Concealed Carry, or Open Carry?"

An applicant once asked me, "What does it take to carry a gun openly in Texas?"

Easy, I replied:  "All you need is a handgun, a license, and a Low IQ."

-- Michael

Distracting Questions

Greg Ellifritz

In order for a criminal to get close enough to commit his crime, he has to appear non-threatening.  If he appears dangerous, his “prey” are likely to spot him earlier and either run away or call for help.  Hence, the criminal will close the distance, often using the pretense of asking a question to appear less threatening.

The same questions seem to get asked over and over again.  Criminals use them because they work.  Read the story linked below.  Here’s one such example of a distracting question used to facilitate the commission of a crime:    

The Myths and Realities of Sighted vs. Point Shooting

Mike Ox

A common argument in the shooting world for the last half decade has been whether it's better to focus on your threat when shooting or focus on your front sights.

The answer is "yes."

OK, so it's a little more complicated than that. But as you get deeper and deeper into shooting, you come to realize it's not a black-and-white issue.

Sighted shooting practice (in the right quality and quantity) sets up the muscle memory so that in an extreme stress situation, your sights automatically come up into alignment between your dominant eye and your target. And unsighted aiming is simply a preliminary step in the process of using your sights.    

Sheriff David Clarke: 'Being Scared Is Not Enough,’ Get a Gun to ‘Fight Back’

AWR Hawkins

Responding to trepidation caused by the Burlington, WA, mass shooting; the violent protests in Charlotte, NC; the Minnesota mall stabbings; and other high-profile attacks, Milwaukee County Sheriff David Clarke said, “Being scared is not enough.” Rather, Americans need to have guns with which they are ready to defend themselves.

Speaking live to Fox News’ Neil Cavuto on September 24, Clarke stated:    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Sheriff Wayne Ivey of Brevard County, Florida, Urges His Citizens to Arm Themselves

Chris Bird

In early December 2015, a husband and wife team of Muslim terrorists hit a county social services building in San Bernardino, California, killing fourteen people and wounding twenty-one.  When the police arrived and entered the building, the terrorists had escaped.  The county building was, of course, a Gun-Free Zone.

In the aftermath, there were the usual whines for more gun control from the usual suspects but there were some less-expected responses too.  Many sheriffs, mainly in upstate New York and Florida, urged their residents to carry guns.    

Review:  Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage

Greg Ellifritz

I recently read a book about active killers that many of you will enjoy. Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage by Chris Byrd was just released and is one of the better books available on the topic.

Unlike many books, Chris looks at the problem through the eyes of both police officers and everyday citizens and provides suggestions for both groups about how to correctly respond in an active killer attack.

The author used a unique structure for the book.    

Another Review:  Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage

Dean Weingarten

I met Chris Bird at a Gun Rights Policy Conference (GRPC).  We were sitting next to each other in the front row.  We’d both interviewed Vic Stacy, the hero who made hits at 57 yards at the Peach House gun fight.

Stacy shot the insane killer who was shooting at police sergeant Steven Means from behind cover.  He made the shots with a 6 inch, stainless .357 magnum Colt Python.  Not surprisingly, the stories we got were nearly identical.  Chris published his account in one of his books, mine went on Gun Watch.  Stacy’s story is one of those used in Chris’ latest book.

At the 2016 GRPC, I received Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage, published this year.  The research that went into the book is outstanding.  The book is extremely informative and easy to read.  There are details you will not find elsewhere, unless you follow Chris’ steps and gain access to official records and interview participants.  The details make the book read like an adventure novel.  It’s hard to put down.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

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How to be Mentally Ready for a Violent Attack

Leslie Buck

You can’t just hope you will be ready, you have to train your mind to be ready.

One of the keys to successful performance of a self defense technique is repetition, but you can practice a technique a million times, and it will never work if you do not recognize when to apply it.  Your 10,000 hours hitting a target, sparring with a training partner, or pulling a trigger will fail to be enough.  You can have all the physical skills you need, but if you are not aware of your surroundings and mentally ready to act or react, they will not be accessible in time.

If you hope to successfully respond to a threat, you must be aware of your surroundings.  You need to know what is around you, who is around you and what they are doing.  This is known as situational awareness, and it is something you can develop.  You also must be in a ready mental state prior to the encounter with a threat. Situational awareness and a ready mental state are critical skills that you must have.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced
Date: October 23, 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:  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.

Mexican Oregano

Howard Garrett

HARVEST/STORAGE:  Use the leaves fresh from the plant or pick them when green and dry.  Store in glass.

CULINARY USES:  Tea and good for flavoring meats including cabrito.  Use fresh as an oregano substitute.

MEDICINAL USES:  Drink tea for respiratory problems.    

Another Texas Tough plant that is beautiful, edible and medicinal.  What's not to love!?  I use Mexican Oregano in any recipe that calls for oregano.  It's not quite as strong and a bit sweeter.  Check out the uses in the second article.  I'm going to try putting a whole branch over the coals the next time we grill.

-- Pat

Mexican Oregano - Lippia graveolens

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Mexican oregano is not genuine oregano.  It is indigenous to Mexico, some regions of South America and Guatemala.  The species is grown as an evergreen during the winter in many regions, while it may shed its leaves when it is too cold and the plants are under stress.  However, throughout the summer Mexican oregano plants are seen covered with white tubular blossoms.  Similar to majority of other herbs, Mexican oregano plants need to be trimmed during the summer.  These plants thrive well in humid regions, especially the coastal gulf regions, which make Mexican oregano an excellent landscape plant.  Compared to other herbs, Mexican oregano prefers some additional moisture..    

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