January 11, 2017

Vol. 11  No. 02

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

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Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form

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Gun-Free Zones aren't.


Whose Life Matters?
(We are not sheepdogs.)

Fight only to WIN.  I don't fight for you; I fight for me.

Seize the mind set that yours is the most important life in the fight.  This attitude, alone, will certainly not guaranty you will win.  However, when properly mixed with an abundance of training and preparation, it can enable you to prevail and be available to protect any others who might need and deserve your help.

“The purpose of fighting is to win.

There is no possible victory in defense.

The sword is more important than the shield and skill is more important than either.

The final weapon is the brain.

All else is supplemental.”

―John Steinbeck

Hopefully, if you carry a gun, you've considered the possibility that, some day, you might find yourself in a fight for your life.  Yours or another's life might ultimately depend on what you are willing to do, and how well you are able to do it.

Fill in the blank:

In a "life or death" fight, the most important life is that of:  ____ .

a.  My child
b.  My spouse
c.  My mother
d.  My own
e.  None of the above

If you selected an answer other than "d" we need to talk.

Face reality, my friends.  To have died to protect another doesn't make you a hero.  It just makes you dead.  And, once you have died, you are of no use to anyone, unless the bad guy happens to hurt himself tripping over your body.

If you are willing to sacrifice yourself to protect another, you will find it more time efficient to give in to the the bad guy's initial demands.  In the final analysis, there will be no difference.

I once had a student, who claimed she would fight, to the death, to protect her daughter.  However, she expressed concern over whether or not she could summons enough violence to save herself in a fight.

My advice to her:  "Fight to save your daughter's mother.  Your daughter's life might depend on her mother's ability to help her survive the encounter."

Train like your life depends on it.

(It Could)

JTT:  Situational Awareness

Jeremy Stafford

Most firearms classes at least pay lip service to situational awareness and mindset, but very few give you actual drills to help build that awareness.  It’s not magic, it just takes hard work and diligence.

When I was a boot police officer I had many great training officers.  One of the best lessons I ever learned regarding situational awareness was the result of a conversation I had with a Training Officer named Mike Fraser.  I asked Mike how he could spot assholes so much faster than me, and his advice was no-shit life changing.  He told me “you look right outside the window, I’m already looking at the end of the block.”  Simple, concise, and effective.    

Levi’s ‘No Guns’ Request in Keeping with Past Company Actions

David Codrea

Twitter reactions to Levi Strauss & Co. asking customers not to bring guns into its stores are being dominated by pro-gun sentiment at this writing, with promises to buy someone else’s jeans overwhelming the handful of supporters who “think” being disarmed makes them safer.

The open letter statement itself, while giving “progressives” a false sense of victory to crow about, is actually pretty tepid. Mindful that a significant number of customers are flyover country/red state gun owners, CEO Chip Bergh took pains to frame it as “a request not a mandate.”

That’s probably smart, although the timing of the move right after seeing the vulnerability of yet another “gun-free zone” at Ohio State wasn’t.    

Becoming a "Man At Arms"

Sheriff Jim Wilson

The term Man At Arms is one that goes back several centuries. It was probably first used in the era when gentlemen were also skilled swordsmen.  Sadly, it has fallen out of use in modern times.  But, in this time of a legally armed citizenry, we really ought to bring it back into service.  It denotes a way of acting, an attitude, a manner of conducting one's life and business.    

Women On The Frontlines Of Campus Carry

A1F Daily Staff

“It can happen anywhere.”  The omnipresent threat of terror and violence is the common thread that has drawn three young women together in support of concealed carry on campus.  They believe that if it’s fine for them to have their gun tucked away with them Friday at the mall, Saturday at the theater and Sunday at church, then they should also be able to take that same gun onto campus on Monday.

It’s about personal protection, not campus protection, say Lydia Longoria, Antonia Okafor and Joanna Rodriguez.  The ladies are members of Students For Concealed Carry, and they’re leading the charge in a fight for their rights.    

Voodoo Gun Owners and Superstitious Self-Defense

Rob Morse

Louisiana -  We make two large mistakes about self-defense.  Some of us think guns are good, and some of us think guns are bad. Both viewpoints, as I’ll describe them here, are wrong.

There is no place for superstition in self-defense.

The people who think guns are bad don’t read Ammoland, so let’s talk about our superstitious friends who think guns are good.  It sounds silly when I describe our actions in such unflattering terms, but we all know many of these voodoo gun owners.    

This Is Why You Don’t Shoot Them In The Leg

Bob Owens

All too often we hear the question, “Why not just shoot them in the leg?” This graphic video of a fatal officer-involved shooting of a bank robber is the answer.

An Iranian bank robber armed with a knife is boxed in by a crowd that won’t let him leave, but leery of getting stabbed with his hunting knife, they won’t tackle him, either.  A plainclothes police officer shows up armed with a pistol and tries to take the man into custody, but the robber runs around a car.  He finally turns towards the officer with a dirt median strip behind him.  The officer sees an opportunity to fire a debilitating shot that will impact with relatively safety in the soil of the median instead of of ricocheting off the pavement into the crowd.    

The Dichotomy Of Speed

Gabe Suarez

Recently at my forum, we had a discussion regarding an interview that had been done with none other than Wyatt Earp, back in the 1930s in the Saturday Evening Post.  Earp said to his biographer -

"The most important lesson I learned from those proficient gunfighters was the winner of a gunplay usually was the man who took his time."

Apparently realizing that a statement like that would be taken out of context, he continued -    

Questioning the Premise of Your Preparations

Grant Cunningham

My apologies if you’re not a fan of the show South Park, but an old episode has a training lesson for us.

On that episode, some little people known as Underpants Gnomes presented their 3-part success plan:

Phase 1: Steal underpants.
Phase 2: ???
Phase 3: Profit!

The joke, of course, isn’t that there’s nothing in Phase 2; it’s that you can’t make money from stealing used underwear no matter what Phase 2 is.  That same lack of “big picture thinking” happens in the defensive training world, too.    

Self-Defense for Women: Getting to "No!" You

Tamara Keel

Harpy.  Witch.  Nag.  Shrew.  Termagant.  Scold.  There are so many synonyms and euphemisms for "unfriendly woman" in the English language that I could just keep listing them until I ran out of space for the meat of this column.  And language controls how we think; the fact that there are so many terms for a woman who is Not Nice indicates that this is something that society has thought about rather a lot, and wants to be able to describe in great detail.    

Handgun Self Defense Ammo , You Can Bet Your Life On

Tom McHale

While no one I know wants to be shot with one, handguns aren’t exactly pocket howitzers.  They make holes.  Yes, messy ones, but holes nonetheless.

A shot from a handgun might stop a determined attacker, but likely won’t.  Just ask Sergeant Timothy Gramins of the Skokie Police Department.  His attacker soaked up 14 rounds of .45 ACP before he quit fighting back.

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Black on Black Crime

Chris Bird

Some years ago, prolific author John Perazzo wrote a book called The Myths That Divide Us: How Lies Have Poisoned American Race Relations. In the book, Perazzo states that the FBI’s Uniform Crime Reports indicate blacks are responsible for nearly sixty percent of robberies while they make up only thirteen percent of the population. Many of these robberies involve convenience stores.

“Contemporary black males aged fourteen to twenty-four are among the most dangerous demographic groups in American history. Constituting just one percent of our country’s population, they commit at least thirty percent of its murders each year,” Perazzo writes.

Yet these figures are a well-kept secret. They remain hidden from the public, largely un-addressed by the self-censorship of the mainstream media. Many of the perpetrators in these accounts of self-defense are black.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

Tabak Toyok (Nunchaku) Seminar


March 11, 2017
8:30am - 12:00pm
Lt. Ken Murray, BCSO
(click here for bio)
    TCOLE Instructor
    Lakan Guro, Bayanihan Kali

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

In the following article, Leslie Buck points out that:

The assumptions we must make are:

  • You will have more than one opponent,
  • Your opponent will be armed,
  • Your opponent will be trained,

Something very important for you to remember about those three assumptions is that, at least initially, your opponent controls two out of three of the elements.

It's going to be up to you to have the the superior level of training necessary to win the encounter.

-- Rudy

Ready for the Worst - Self Defense Designed for Realistic Threats

Leslie Buck

A good self defense program is based on an observation of reality. It is based on a practical understanding of potential threats.  By understanding a threat, we can develop a relevant defense.

In developing your approach to self defense, there are many things to consider.  These considerations should affect your decision of what to train, how to train, and how to prioritize what you spend the majority of your training resources (time, energy, money) doing.

Initially, it helps to identify what or who you are fighting.  The following three assumptions about who that is will direct your other training choices.  They are significant because they will frame your entire outlook.  The assumptions are:  The opponent is armed.  The opponent is trained.  There is more than one opponent.    

Field Medicine for Terrorist Attacks

Greg Ellifritz

Editor’s note:  Lots of folks are asking about tactical first aid classes after yesterday’s active killer attack in Florida.  Medical professionals on scene reported that their initial response included 40 paramedics and even with that, they were overwhelmed.  People were not getting the care they needed.

You may not be in a position to kill a terrorist or stop a terrorist act, but you may be in a position to help the wounded.  Here is an article I wrote after the Boston bombing titled “Field Medicine for Terrorist Attacks.”  It describes the basics of what you need to know about stopping serious bleeding from gunshot wounds and blast injuries as well as some links to trainers who can teach you more.  I’m reposting it so folks can more easily find the pertinent information it contains.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: January 29, 2017
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Location is available by CLICKING HERE to contact Pat for the latest information.  Please 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.

Bleach for Survival?

Jeanie Beales

There are two types of bleach – chlorine bleach, the one most commonly used, and peroxide bleach – advertised in bleaches that you can safely use on colored clothing.  Peroxide bleach does not kill germs.  What we are concerned with for survival purposes is chlorine bleach, as it kills most germs.  You also do not want to use bleach that has additives – like lavender or pine scented additives – to it because these will interfere in survival uses.  The part we are interested in is the chlorine because this has the kill power.    

Why You Should Always Be Prepared for a Survival Situation

Gaius Marcius

Since the dawn of time there have always been rites of passage for men.  In ancient times it may have been to hunt your first animal, or survive in the wilderness on your own.  Generally they all meant the same thing: to be a man meant you are now able to provide and care for yourself.  To acquire your own food, shelter, and handle your own problems.  Nowadays this rite is often the moment your parents decide they can leave you at home by yourself without you burning the house down.  And our first hunt for food by picking up a phone and ordering pizza.    

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