December 26, 2017

Vol. 11  No. 52

News Letter

(Train for the Worst)

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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Train for the Worst

How many times do people dismiss the probability of being the victim of a violent act by hiding behind the odds?

I'm sure you've heard (or maybe even said), "The odds on my being the victim of a violent act are so remote, I'd have to be paranoid to believe something bad will happen to me.  After all, bad things happen to people who usually have it coming to them."

Sound familiar?

It's too easy for some of us to rationalize - "They don't call it 'Sin City' for no reason.  Those people in Las Vegas should have expected what they got."  Unfortunate as it may be, there are some, who actually believe such drivel.

If the people in Las Vegas should have expected the worst, because of where they were, what should the people in Sutherland Springs, Texas, have been expecting?  Should they have been sitting in God's house, peacefully waiting for the executioner to make his entrance, before the next hymn?

It seems like life, occasionally, tends to defy the odds.  Train for those occasions.

One Saturday afternoon, a few years ago, I was about to teach one on my shooting students the advantage of "staying in the fight" by using her support hand for shooting.

I began, "If your primary shooting hand were to become incapacitated, for any reason ..."

At that point, I was interrupted by her boyfriend, who finished my sentence, "... don't bother to learn that crap.  The odds of having to know how to shoot left-handed are too remote to even worry about.  You'll never have to do it."

My next move was to kick myself, for not having made him sit in his car, where he could not interfere.  But - too late for that.  So, I pointed out, to my student that the "odds on her ever having to use her gun, at all,"  were very remote.  But, I was quick to add, "However, at the moment when life starts going into the dumpster, "odds" go out the window.  From that point, it will be training that keeps you alive, not statistics."

John Farnam reminds us:  “Don’t go to stupid places with stupid people and do stupid things.”  But, even when you follow Farnam's guide, bad thing can still happen to good people.  Train for the unforeseen random acts of violence.

Back to the range:  I gave my student a quick recap of Murphy's Law, followed by, "Train for what CAN happen.  If you know the odds are that bad things are likely to happen where you are - BE SOMEPLACE ELSE."  But, be prepared to play the hand you are dealt.

Weak Hand Shooting
Travis Pike

One of the most invaluable life-saving skills a concealed carrier can learn is weak handed shooting.

Weak handed shooting is simply using your firearm with your non-dominant hand.  For the majority of us, our right hand is our dominant hand, so our non-dominant hand is the left hand.  Vice versa for those who are left-handed.  Learning to shoot one handed is a valuable skill and learning to shoot with your weak hand is just as valuable.

Today we are going to dive headfirst into weak handed shooting.  We are going to talk shooting and weapon’s manipulation, and leave you with a few drills to improve your weak handed shooting skills.    

New links added:

For several years, we have listed books on our "links" page, by two of our favorite authors, Chris Bird and Tyler Woods.  We have added several (5) new books, which we believe will also be of interest to any of our readers, who are serious about protecting their own lives or those of a loved one.

-- Michael

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

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