March 27, 2017

Vol. 11  No. 12

News Letter

(Birdshot for Self Defense)

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

Let your friends know we have scheduled an open enrollment Texas License To Carry class for Saturday April 15th.

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In the past couple of weeks, I've been asked by several of my students about the advisability of using bird shot in a "home defense" shotgun.  My answer is usually one that I plagiarized from someone, too many years ago to remember who:  "Bird shot is a very effective load, if you're ever attacked by a covey of quail."

I did, however, find an article that I hope will help put things in perspective, when it comes to defending yourself with "kinder, gentler loads."

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Bird Shot for Self Defense and Some Stopping Power Statistics

Greg Ellifritz

People stop their attacks for a variety of reasons after they have been shot.  Some stop because of pain.  Others stop because of shock.  Still others are physically incapacitated by blood loss or organ damage.  We can’t rely on shock or pain to stop an attacker who is exceptionally motivated, mentally ill, drunk, or on drugs.  We must achieve physical incapacitation.  That happens either by hitting the brain or upper spinal cord (causing death or paralysis) or by doing enough damage to organs and blood vessels that the bad guy collapses from blood loss.

Birdshot doesn’t reliably penetrate deeply enough to hit those vital targets,    

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