June 11, 2017

Vol. 11  No. 22

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:

Just because it's not the best method, doesn't mean it won't work.


Purse Carry

A few weeks ago, a good friend and student of mine, said she'd like some training that covered off-body (purse) carry.

My immediate response was, "Sure, how hard could it be?"

For the record, I've also been quoted as having used the phrase, "What's the worse that could happen."

You will find a good article, by Annette Evans (below).  And, if you are interested, another good article on the subject is available from Melody Lauer, in two parts:  Part 1 & Part 2.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Best Way to Conceal Carry for Women: Holsters, Purses, & More

Annette Evans

Women in the gun community get a lot of advice.

It’s always well-meaning, but some of it is better than the rest.

With the huge numbers of women who are dipping their toes into the concealed carry world, it seems that even more people want to tell the ladies how to do it.

I’m at just about the ten-year mark of carrying a gun, and I’ve explored many of the methods that are commonly recommended to women.

I’ve discovered that they’re not always great solutions for me, especially for full-time carry, and that by focusing only on “girl solutions,” I was missing out on a lot of what works well for all bodies, male or female.

Read on, so you can learn what I learned before spending your hard-earned cash on carry gear that might not be right for you.  I’ll cover the pros/cons of:

  • Purse Carry

  • Belly & Corset Carry

  • Ankle Carry

  • Thigh Carry

  • Bra Carry

Ten Commandments for Concealed Carry

Massad Ayoob

I’m not Moses, let alone God, but the following 10 bits of advice are written in stone nonetheless.  Not by God, but by the vastly powerful mechanisms of logic, law and reality.

Commandment I:  If You Choose to Carry, Always Carry As Much As Is Possible

Hollywood actors get to see the script beforehand, and nothing is fired at them but blanks.  You don’t have either luxury.  Criminals attack people in times and places where they don’t think the victims will be prepared for them.  It’s what they do.    

Armed Civilians Don’t Train the Way They Fight, But They Will

Rob Morse

When it comes to self-defense, there is always a trade-off between realism and safety.  We don’t train the way we want to fight.  That may change as technology goes up and prices come down to let civilians afford more realism in their self-defense training.  For a long time we set aside realism as we made training safer.  This affects even the new student who is working on basic skills.  This may be true now, but it is changing for the better each day.

Step away from the student’s perspective for a minute.  The instructor wants to see exactly what the student is doing.  As an instructor, how will you make sure your student is safe as he presents a loaded handgun to a target from inside a concealment garment?  Out of sight isn’t necessarily safe, and we’ve been talking about carrying in the conventional position on the strongside hip where the instructor can have a good view.  Some carry positions are harder for the instructor to see.    

Pepper-Spray Should be part of your Every Day Carry...

G4 Personal Safety

After recently spending some time answering questions and discussing pepper-spray with several different folks, I decided to post some of my thoughts about carrying pepper-spray for defensive use.  In the spirit of full disclosure, I am a SABRE Red certified instructor, often recommend their products, and the gals and I carry their products daily.

So, in no particular order, here are some thoughts:

Pepper-spray should be part of your Every Day Carry for self-defense:  Pepper-spray is inexpensive, easy to use with training and practice, is legal to carry on all 50 states (but check your state's laws), and is typically non-lethal.  Pepper-spray will usually not completely disable an attacker or aggressor, but it will often give you the chance to at least slow down the threat, create distance between you and the threat, and hopefully escape the situation and contact law enforcement... yes... anytime you have to use your pepper-spray against a threat... call the police!    

I believe the most important part of any shooting endeavor can be summed up in 4 words, "Don't shoot good guys."

For those who favor more lengthy explanations, try:

"Never initiate any action, with a gun, over which you have insufficient control."

The speed of the draw means very little when you're staring at your gun, laying on the ground, where you just fumbled it.

-- Michael

How to Draw a Gun From Concealed

Jacob Paulsen

There are several common places to carry a concealed firearm and just as many different types of holsters to use.  Despite your own chosen configuration the core elements of a functional and quality draw are the same.  We will explore how to draw a concealed handgun in detail, below.

Why Your Draw Matters

As a gun owner and concealed carrier you have a ton of different things to think about and ways to train.  I can think of nothing more foundational or important to train than your draw from your daily concealed carry holster.    

Tactical Breathing: Control your breathing – control your mind

Mark Miller

“Your breathing should flow gracefully, like a river, like a water snake crossing the water, and not like a chain of rugged mountains or the gallop of a horse.  To master our breath is to be in control of our bodies and minds.  Each time we find ourselves dispersed and find it difficult to gain control of ourselves by different means, the method of watching the breath should always be used.”    

Carrying Concealed in Vehicles – Part 1

Donovan Beard

Since a large portion of our day is spent in our vehicles travelling to and from work, it’s worth mentioning a few key points for carrying concealed in vehicles.  One of the first things to cover is your method of carry and whether or not it remains effective when you are in your vehicle.

For example, if you carry at the 4 o’clock position, when you get in your vehicle your seatbelt will hinder you from accessing your firearm.  Your firearm will also be between you and the seat, which will again hinder access.    

Carrying Concealed in Vehicles – Part 2

Donovan Beard

Thanks for sticking with me and reading the second part of this article.  Yesterday we talked about why you might not want your gun lying around lose in your car.

Another big topic I get a lot of questions about is how to handle a traffic stop while carrying a firearm.  My first recommendation in this regard is to avoid keeping your firearm in the glove box of your vehicle.  This is usually where people also keep the registration and insurance cards that the Police Officer will ask for.    

Readiness Is A Statement Of Fact, Are You?

John Farnam

Ft Collins, CO - “Willingness is a state of mind.  Readiness is a statement of fact!” ~ First heard (by me) in Marine Corps OCS, Quantico, VA, 1967.

The definition of “security” is:

“Whatever you have with you at the moment, and how smoothly and incisively you can put it all into action it to make things go your way” ~ Evan Marshall

At a recent ARTA Course (Armed Response to a Terrorist Attack), I orchestrated many drills where students have to run to where their rifle is, unpack it, and get it running.  They then complete the exercise.    

Shoot Them Again When They are Down.

Gabe Suarez

With the information we received from Istanbul, Turkey and Jakarta, Indonesia, as well the inevitability of that happening here as the American Jihadists increase their skills and operational tempo, I developed the "Istanbul Drill".

The Istanbul Drill teaches us to shoot for the face and neck area to quickly terminate the terrorist, as well as to follow up the downed terrorist with additional face and neck shots to insure the result.    

The Face is the New Target.

Gabe Suarez

The New Paradigm

Today we must assume any adversary is wearing body armor... and in some cases a bomb vest.  We first saw this back in the 1990s with the two bank robbers in North Hollywood.  And we all recall James Holmes, the movie-theater shooter in Aurora, Colorado.  He wore, according to sources, “a ballistic helmet, a tactical ballistic vest, ballistic leggings, a throat protector, and a groin protector.  ”We also get "insider" reports from LE about the San Bernardino Terrorists wearing armor.  We know that Mateen, the Orlando Jihadist, attempted to buy armor that would defeat rifle fire.  The fortunately astute and profiling salesman refused to sell it to him.  And, we know that Micah Johnson, the Dallas Terrorist was wearing a full set of rifle plates.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Radical Islamic Jihad: Solutions

Chris Bird

In light of the recent terrorist attacks in Britain, perhaps it is appropriate to remember the three brave Americans who, two years ago, tackled a radical Islamic terrorist on a train travelling from Amsterdam to Paris.

The solution to terrorist attacks is to fight back.  Run, hide, fight is the current mantra that governments are promoting to their citizens, with fight being the last resort.  However, running or hiding will not stop the attacks and they leave others to die.  The attack will only be ended when the terrorists are confronted with force.  The best people to do this are people who are on the scene of the attack and have the means to fight back.

Ron Borsch, the police trainer who has amassed much information about active-killer incidents, says the most important factor in stopping these attacks is “already on site, armed good guys.”    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Heat Illness Prevention

US Army Public Health Center

1. Heat illness is a threat to individual health and to military operational success:

Despite well documented and effective techniques for preventing heat illnesses, they continue to be a threat to Soldiers in training and combat.
Each year an average of 2-3 Soldiers have died from heat stroke and more than 1000 Soldiers have developed a heat-related illness that required medical attention and/or lost duty time.

Even mild heat illness and dehydration can significantly degrade performance:

  • Degrades performance

  • Losing 4% of body weight from dehydration degrades physical performance 50%

  • This 4% body weight loss is possible in less than 2 hrs!

  • Increases core body temp

  • Every 1% loss of body weight increases core temp .10-.23°C or .18-.40°F (increasing risk of more serious heat illness)

2. Heat illness is preventable!

  • The best solution to heat illness and dehydration related problems is prevention!

3. Training is required!

  • OTSG/MEDCOM Memorandum, Heat Illness Prevention Program for the 2015 Heat Season external link (Password protected - AKO)

  • Army doctrinal guidance per TB MED 507   

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: June 25, 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.

Make a Natural First Aid Kit with Herbs

Susan Belsinger

Home remedy kits can be self-contained healing in a box.  Here’s what you need to make your own.

When I was in seventh grade, I made a first-aid kit for a science project.  It wasn’t very big, and it was rather basic, consisting mainly of adhesive bandages, first-aid cream, gauze, sticky white tape, scissors and iodine.  Over the years, my idea of first aid has changed considerably.  Some of the basic items still have a place in my kit today, but many of my remedies have changed with experience and with my continuing herbal education.  I have learned to make poultices, salves, teas, tinctures and synergistic blends of herbs and essential oils.  I also took an herbal apprentice class with Rosemary Gladstar, which was an amazing learning experience on the uses of medicinal herbs.    

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