December 11, 2016

Vol. 10  No. 20

News Letter

We wish you the best Christmas, ever.

Michael, Pat, Rudy, and Chris

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.

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What Do You Know About The Tueller Rule?
(a refresher)

Ask almost anyone, who legally carries a handgun, if they know about the Tueller Rule and the most likely response will be, "Sure, that's the rule that allows you to shoot someone who gets closer than 21' with a knife.


Tueller (more appropriately, the Edged Weapon Defense) does not, in and of itself, give one justification to use deadly force.

To refresh what you were (should have been) taught in your CHL/LTC class, law enforcement trainer, Dennis Tueller, of Salt Lake City, set up a series of scenarios involving good guys armed a gun, and bad guys armed with a knife, at varying distances from one another.  The purpose of the exercise was to determine how long it took an officer to recognize a threat from an assailant armed with a knife or other edged weapon, draw his sidearm and fire 2 center mass rounds at the charging assailant.

Here's where the problem comes into play.  Through either misunderstanding, or as a result of having been taught wrong, or both, "Tueller" has been grossly misinterpreted as carte blanche justification to shoot anyone who wanders into your 21' perimeter with a knife.  Nothing can be further from the truth.

The following is an excerpt from Force Science Institute's Part 1 of a 2 Part Series, "Edged Weapon Defense:  Is The 21-Foot Rule Still Valid? Was It Ever?"

1. MISINTERPRETATION. “Unfortunately, some officers and apparently some trainers as well have ‘streamlined’ the 21-Foot Rule in a way that gravely distorts its meaning and exposes them to highly undesirable legal consequences,” Lewinski says. Namely, they have come to believe that the Rule means that a subject brandishing an edged weapon when positioned at any distance less than 21 feet from an officer can justifiably be shot.

For example, an article on the 21-Foot Rule in a highly respected LE magazine states in its opening sentence that “a suspect armed with an edged weapon and within twenty-one feet of a police officer presents a deadly threat.” The “common knowledge” that “deadly force against him is justified” has long been “accepted in police and court circles,” the article continues.

Statements like that, Lewinski says, “have led officers to believe that no matter what position they’re in, even with their gun on target and their finger on the trigger, they are in extreme danger at 21 feet. They believe they don’t have a chance of surviving unless they preempt the suspect by shooting.

“However widespread that contaminated interpretation may be, it is NOT accurate. A suspect with a knife within 21 feet of an officer is POTENTIALLY a deadly threat. He does warrant getting your gun out and ready. But he cannot be considered an actual threat justifying deadly force until he takes the first overt action in furtherance of intention–like starting to rush or lunge toward the officer with intent to do harm. Even then there may be factors besides distance that influence a force decision.

“So long as a subject is stationary or moving around but not advancing or giving any indication he’s about to charge, it clearly is not legally justified to use lethal force against him. Officers who do shoot in those circumstances may find themselves subject to disciplinary action, civil suits or even criminal charges.”

Lewinski believes the misconception of the 21-Foot Rule has become so common that some academies and in-service training programs now are reluctant to include the Rule as part of their edged-weapon defense instruction for fear of non-righteous shootings resulting.

“When you talk about the 21-Foot Rule, you have to understand what it really means when fully articulated correctly in order to judge its value as a law enforcement concept,” Lewinski says. “And it does not mean ‘less than 21 feet automatically equals shoot.’”

CLICK HERE to read Parts 1 and 2 of this series in their entirety.

TEXAS - For more information on justification for the use of deadly force, CLICK HERE.

Train like your life depends on it.

Timing … a Missing Component in Training
Greg Ellifritz

One of the hardest things I do as a firearms and self defense trainer is convincing people that their lives are worth defending.  Many students come to my classes with an attitude that displays an extreme lack of self worth.  It’s hard for me to comprehend, but many people do not believe that their lives are worth more than the life of the criminal who attacks them.

Whenever anyone says, “I could never shoot another person,” I know that one of two possible thoughts are going through his or her head…    

Choosing the Right Shotgun Stance
Jeff Johnston

Mike Lamb is a former Force Recon Marine and instructor at Stoic Ventures.  In his many YouTube videos he coaches the merits of a squared combat stance—feet in a standard isosceles stance, shoulder-width apart, shoulders square to the target.  He says the buttpad should be placed inside of the shoulder pocket, a bit closer to the sternum so recoil is sent straight back so he can absorb it and get back on target.    

Exercise Your Freedom | Cover Versus Concealment
Frank Winn

In the exercise of Second Amendment freedoms, a good trend is rolling forward, or at least it seems so to us.  Folks are taking seriously the idea that firearms ownership isn’t enough.  Crowding the cover—substantial head and torso revealed, probably the right foot, too.

Granted, acquisition is a crucial step.  Our fervent hope, however, is that it follows a period of introduction and instruction.  In both arenas, early learning needs to focus on safety, and then the technique(s) that apply to your particular firearm.    

4 Firearm Myths That Bad Guys Believe But You Shouldn’t
Mike Ox

Myth 1: You can't shoot accurately with a [fill in the blank] pistol.

Normally, I hear this argument about subcompacts, pistols/revolvers with long, heavy triggers, or pistols that have a long double action for the first round and a single action thereafter.

The fact is that all of these make firing fast and accurate groups more difficult, but it shouldn't be an excuse for poor performance.  If you have a subcompact pistol or revolver that shoots large groups, I challenge you to put it in a gun vice, shoot a few rounds with it at 10-15 feet, and see just how precise and accurate it really is.    

Establishing the Combat Marksmanship Mindset
Bob Owens

On occasion, we have guest posters at Bearing Arms. Today’s guest is Frankie McRae the owner of Raidon Tactics, a firearms training company in central North Carolina.

Frank McRae is the former head of the US Army Special Forces Advanced Reconnaissance Target Analysis and Exploitation Techniques Course (SFARTAETC) at Ft. Bragg N.C. He started his military career in the 1st Ranger Bn as an 11B infantryman.  He served in the 1st Special Forces Group (ABN) Okinawa Japan, in Cco 1st Bn. 1st SFG(A) (C-1-1) where he was an assault team leader for F team, Troop 1 in the Combatant Commanders In-extremis Force (CIF) conducting operations in Operation Enduring Freedom, advising, training and standing up the Light Reaction Company of the Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP).  He was then assigned as an Instructor to the SFARTAETC at the Special Warfare Center and School in Ft. Bragg NC, was promoted and became the NCOIC of the course and awarded for having the highest graduation rate for the course in its twenty year history.     

We Asked 86 Burglars How They Broke Into Homes
Kyle Iboshi

Do you ever wonder whether your home security system or “Beware of Dog” sign actually keeps burglars away?

We did too.  So KGW's investigative team sent letters to 86 inmates currently serving time for burglary in the Oregon Department of Corrections.  The inmates were asked to respond anonymously to 17 questions detailing how they broke in, when the crime occurred and what they were looking for.

What we learned could help you keep your home safe from burglaries.    

Tips For Getting Comfortable With Concealed Carry
Rob Morse

If you’re like many gun owners, you don’t carry a firearm every day even though you have your concealed carry license.

Maybe it’s because while you realize the importance of being armed, you just don’t feel comfortable carrying in public. Maybe you’re worried everyone will know you have a gun. Or maybe you’re concerned you might make a mistake, like dropping your gun in the cereal isle at the grocery store.

That’s okay. All it takes is practice to make carrying a firearm feel safe and familiar.    

6 Best Compact Concealed Carry Pistols in 9mm
Col Ben Findley

There are many very good, top-rated 9mm compact pistols available now for concealed carry, so I want to help you narrow your decision by giving you just a few of my opinions here. Of course, picking the best compact concealed carry pistols is a very individual decision for you based on your personal preferences, criteria, and a lot of considerations.

It was very difficult for me to narrow down my original list of 21 9mm carry guns, but I want to briefly give you my criteria, considerations, on the final six best compact concealed carry pistols. I hope the ones here to help you make your own choice.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Crime Scene Warnings
Chris Bird

Recently I read a post by Greg Ellifritz in his excellent blog "Active Response Training" in which he warned that a Punisher skull logo added to a handgun or even a tiny American flag could be used against the owner by an unscrupulous prosecutor or plaintiff’s lawyer.

This reminded me of other things to avoid giving lawyers a way to suggest that you have been waiting all your life for a chance to blow away somebody.  And, it just happened to be his client whose mother loved him and who always helped old ladies across the street.  That he also knocked the old lady down and ripped off her purse or that he regularly beat his long-suffering wife and kids are irrelevant.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Ground-Fighting Realities And How Not to Get Stomped Into A Stain
Michael Janich

When people fight, it’s not unusual for at least one of them to end up on the ground.  While it’s probably not the 90 percent probability touted by the people who teach grappling for a living, the odds are still pretty high so it makes sense to add some ground-fighting to your combative skill set.  But before you run down to the local jiu-jitsu school and sign up, you might want to think about what you’re really trying to achieve.    

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.

55 Preparedness Items
Ken Jorgustin

There are countless survival preparedness supplies (preps) that you might consider, acquire and store ahead of time, before any potential short-term emergency, a longer-term disaster, or even a SHTF collapse.

This list of 55 preparedness supplies is intended to get you thinking about your own potential needs for preparedness.  I’ve purposely listed a variety of supply categories – many not related to one another – with the intent of getting you to think beyond just food and water.    

What Preparedness Items To Take With You On Vacation?
Ken Jorgustin

What Preparedness Items To Take With You On Vacation?

Given the timing (it’s August) and the fact that August is a popular month for vacations, I am curious to know what you have thought about taking, or have taken with you on vacation having to do with preparedness for ‘just in case’…

I know that I typically bring some ‘extra’ preps whenever going away on a vacation, and I would imagine that many of you also do the same thing.    

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