November 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 18

News Letter

Donald Trump

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

Just in time for Christmas.  Consider a Gift Certificate for our December 17th Texas License To Carry class.  CLICK HERE to purchase a Gift Certificate.

Random Shots:

What you hit him with is far less important than where you hit him.


Don't Just Take My Word For It (ever)

I've often said that that the single greatest deficiency in institutionalized firearms training (military or law enforcement) is the failure, on the part of instructors, to allow students sufficient opportunity to ask the most important question, "Why?"

In fairness to the various institutions, one reason for that deficiency might be that departmental limitations on training time and/or funds do not allow the "luxury" of being able to give full explanations of concepts and procedures.  However, another (more likely) reason might be that the instructor doesn't want to deal with the question, because, he just doesn't know the answer.

As an instructor, I have always, and will always encourage my students to ask, "Why?"  After all, if I'm not prepared and willing to answer that question, it defeats a major purpose of training.

As advice for my students, please know:

  • This phenomenon is not limited to institutionalized training.  In fact, I have found it to be quite prevalent in one-on-one firearms training, on private ranges,

  • You should never accept, "It's just the way it's  done." as a legitimate reason for doing anything, and

  • If I, or another instructor can't answer the question, "Why," you've most likely got the wrong instructor.

Challenge the status quo.  Challenge authority.  It's your training.  It's your life.

Train like your life depends on it.

Sheriff's Tips:  Practice With Either Hand

Jim Wilson

Once you have begun to get a handle on the basics of defensive handgun shooting, it is important to practice drawing and shooting with your weak hand. There are a number of reasons for this.  Let's get familiar with those reasons as well as the practice techniques involved.

Bad guys don't stand at 15 yards out, side by side, like silhouette targets. A criminal attack is usually a very dynamic event, with one or more crooks armed with weapons trying to grab you.    

Get a Grip!!

Gabe Suarez

“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” is a stupid mantra of the underachiever and the slothful.  If we listened to those people we would all still be traveling in Conestoga Wagons and using black powder weapons.  That may appeal to some, but hardly to those who would fit at the pinnacle of any endeavor.  And that includes the art of the pistol.

Guys will spend hours discussing how to make the grip feel "natural" on a handgun.  Often they will buy more complicated systems simply because of some intangible feel to the grip.  Or, they will spend hours grinding on a perfectly good handgun to ostensibly make it fit better. Even better is when they, being poor shots, blame it on the ill-conceived grip angle of the weapon they shot poorly with, and with an extremely poor grip themselves.    

An Ounce of Prevention is Worth a Pound of Bullets

Tom Vaughan, MD

I believe everyone who is physically and mentally capable should take personal responsibility for their own health and well-being, and that of their dependents.  That involves living a healthy lifestyle, and seeking competent medical advice.  It also includes taking primary responsibility for their and their loved ones’ personal safety.

The two ideas are inextricably linked and, not coincidentally, the same basic approach can be used to fulfill both obligations.  Avoid, Evade, De-escalate, and Defend—it doesn’t make for a catchy mnemonic, but it’s how I approach both health and safety concerns.    

Ambush Reiterates the Danger of Mobile Phones in Transitional Spaces

John Correia

We now live in an age where your mobile phone is a vital connection to the world, but in transitional spaces they can be very dangerous!  Practicing Active Self Protection means knowing how and when to protect yourself from ambush.

If you value what we do at ASP, would you consider becoming an ASP Patron Member to support the work it takes to make the narrated videos like this reminder about mobile phones and transitional spaces?    

Shot Placement, Incapacitation And Conventional Wisdom

Massad Ayoob

Many, if not most, defensive firearms programs these days emphasize three points of aim on deadly human opponents: center chest, brain and pelvic girdle.  However, the last one, the pelvic girdle, has come under fire from some quarters as not being effective.  This is worthy of debate.    

Here’s Why People Get Shot Reaching Towards Their Waistbands

Bob Owens

The goal of law enforcement agencies nationwide is to protect and serve their communities from criminals.

It is not their goal to see just how much punishment and abuse they can absorb at the hands of the feloniously violent, deeply mentally ill, aggressively suicidal, or deeply stupid.    

Appendix Carry Pros and Cons

Caleb Giddings

If you pay even the smallest amount of attention to trends in concealed carry, you’ll know that right now, appendix carry is one of the hottest.  For those of you who don’t know, or perhaps are trapped in 1989, appendix carry is where you position your carry gun in the region of your appendix; essentially down the front of your pants.  There are tremendous advantages to this carry position, there are some disadvantages and there are quite a few myths, rumors, exaggerations and misunderstandings.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Political Correctness & Zero Tolerance

Chris Bird

In 2010, when news analyst Juan Williams commented on Fox that he felt worried and nervous flying on the same plane as Muslims in traditional garb, he only got fired by National Public Radio, essentially for voicing politically incorrect thoughts.

But, when fear of being branded racist, caused neighbors of the San Bernardino shooters not to report suspicions to police, they essentially share some of the blame for the murders caused by the radical Muslim killers.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Violent Knife Crime and Victims of Knife Attacks

Leslie Buck

It can happen to anyone from anyone.

There appears to no combination of personal relationships in knife related crimes that does not make the news.  Kids as young as age six are attacking others in school and in their homes.  Kids are stabbing parents.  Parents are stabbing children.  Siblings are stabbing each other.  Husbands are stabbing wives.  Wives are stabbing husbands.  Friends are stabbing friends.  And, of course, strangers are stabbing each other.  Threats range from those you know to those you do not.  Unfortunately, that means, at it’s face value, everyone could be a threat.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Potluck meal, from your existing food stores.
Instructor: Pat
Date: December 11, 2016
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Location is available by CLICKING HERE to contact Pat for the latest information.  RSVP using the same link.

Note:  We will assemble Turkey Hash "Meals-In-A-Jar" immediately after the potluck meal.

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

We've all taken for granted the familiar aloe vera plant, knowing it was good for burns and minor skin irritations, but it's more.  Take a look at what the University of Maryland Medical Center has to say about aloe vera, in the article, below.

If you're interested in herbs and their uses, the same website is a treasure trove of information.  This link will take you to some great information on herbs, their uses, side effect links, etc...


When I find a source of information that I believe we can trust I like to send it along.

-- Pat

Aloe - - Overview


The Aloe vera plant has been used for thousands of years to heal a variety of conditions, most notably burns, wounds, skin irritations, and constipation. It is grown in subtropical and tropical locations, including South Africa, Latin America, and the Caribbean. Aloe was one of the most frequently prescribed medicines throughout most of the 18th and 19th centuries and it remains one of the most commonly used herbs in the United States today. However, oral use of aloe for constipation is no longer recommended, as it can have severe side effects.    

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