January 11, 2018

Vol. 12  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

CLICK HERE for directions.

Registration: CLICK HERE for class registration form

Random Shots:

If you can't reach your gun from where you're sitting, right now, you don't have one.


Defensive Shooting in Two Easy Steps

  1. Put the front sight on the middle of the bad guy.

  2. Don't let the front sight move from the bad guy's middle, while shooting.

All else is fluff.

Fluff is what your brother-in-law teaches at the range, on Saturday mornings:

  • Fluff:  Stance - 17.62 inches of separation between feet, "nose beyond toes" to shift weight forward, and knees flexed 5.34 degrees off vertical.

    • Reality:  You'll probably have tripped over something and fallen or been knocked on your butt.  This might be bad, since you've never practiced shooting from that position.

  • Fluff:  Grip - Firm with support hand exerting 58.6 percent of the total pressure on the gun, and the shooting hand exerting 41.4 percent of the pressure.

    • Reality:  100 percent of the grip pressure on the gun will have to be with your support hand, since 3 of the fingers on your normal shooting hand were broken, when you got knocked on your butt.  This could be bad, since you've never practiced shooting with your support hand.

  • Fluff: Sight Alignment & Sight Picture - The top of the front sight and the top of the rear sight must be at the same height, with the front sight centered on the groove of the rear sight.  Focus must be on the front sight.

    • Reality:  The ability to focus on anything except the bad guy, and, more specifically his weapon, will most likely be beyond your ability, when your heart rate is exceeding 170 beats per minute.  This could be bad, since you haven't practiced enough to know to keep the gun level; especially from your new position, sitting on your butt.

  • Fluff:  Trigger Control - (1)  The Initial Slack – this is a no man’s land of movement between where the trigger rests normally and where it breaks.  (2)  The Trigger Break – this is where the gun actually fires.  (3)  The Stop – After the gun has fired, this is where the trigger stops moving. Most times the stop and the break are the same point. Some guns it’s not.  (4)  The Reset – This is the point where, upon releasing the trigger, the gun is ready to fire again.

    • Reality:  Let's review - An aggressor has attacked you and knocked you on your butt, in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  You have three broken fingers on your shooting hand and a heart rate in excess of 170 beats per minute.  And, you want to talk about trigger control.  At this point, it's doubtful you will have bladder and bowel control.

    • It's conceivable this could be the end of the encounter.  Why?  Because, since your shooting time, at the range, never included setting and then having to disengage your safety, before you can even pull the trigger, much less control it.

  • Fluff:  Breathing - No need.

    • Reality - See previous section - the ability to breath went away with the cessation of brain activity.

There's all you should need to realize that the shear simplicity of the Two Step Shooting Method makes it the best in a defensive situation.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Reasonable Self Defense Response Tips : Update

John Farnam

Addendum to yesterday’s Quip on reasonable self defense:

I’ve received many responses to yesterday’s Quip about lethal self-defense, as you might imagine, and I thank all who took the time to get back with me.

Here are some particulars that need to be added:

  • 13) Don’t shoot unless you have to! It all comes down to that. When you need to shoot immediately in order to prevent yourself from being crippled/murdered, it will probably be blatantly obvious! When it isn’t, you probably don’t need to shoot!    

How Often Should You Clean Your Concealed-Carry Guns?

Sheriff Jim Wilson

OK, I'll just go ahead and admit it right up front.  I'm not real religious about cleaning the guns that I use for hunting and plinking.  I have soothed my conscience by the fact that modern powders and modern lubricants are such that this is no longer critical.  However, there is one exception to my moral weakness:  I clean my concealed-carry guns religiously.    

5 Critical Elements Of A Handgun Training Program

Tom Givens

Tacticool instruction might be fun, but it won’t make you a more prepared armed citizen.  Handgun training should focus on the skills with practical tools that will save your skin.

What should handgun training focus on?

  • State of Mind

  • Functional Handgun

  • Handgun Presentation

  • Keeping Your Gun Running

  • Solid Hits    

Recognizing the Sound of Gunfire

Greg Ellifritz

With all the recent active shooter/active killer events happening worldwide, I’m continuing to see reports of the exact same phenomenon … people don’t recognize the sounds of gunfire when they are being shot at.  In almost every mass shooting, victims report that they heard a loud noise, but thought it was some other more innocuous sound.  In a recent school shooting, Jordan Coates, a student at the school stated:  “My back was to the door.  I heard a pop and thought it was a bag because people do that”.    

Adding a Light to Your Pistol ? - Read This First

Gabe Suarez

The topic is lights on handguns.  Let’s discuss the why and how.  The why is easy.  A pistol mounted light is in place to illuminate possible adversaries and danger areas during a fight.  There is no other reason to add one.  If there is, please advise me in the comments.  And no, “makes the pistol look cool on Instagram”, while it may be true is not a reason to add one.    

Handgun Ready Positions


I must admit that, as time has passed and John and I have written so many articles, sometimes I lose track of topics we have covered.  Rather than embarrass myself by asking John if either of us had written a full article on ready positions, I took the time to scroll through all the articles to check!  Seeing no such article, I thought I would tackle the subject.    

Beware Sympathetic Muscle Response

Joseph Terry

In the stress of a gunfight, sympathetic muscle response can cause you to unintentionally fire your weapon.  Here’s how to avoid it.

Firearms trainers are always warning you to keep your trigger finger “indexed” along the frame of the gun until you have something to shoot — that is, keep it out of the trigger guard.

There are many reasons for this but the dangers posed by sympathetic muscle response rank high on the list.    

Gun Training: How to Choose Your First Class

Eric Hung

I’ll cover the current options and break them down into two groups…online and in-person. I’ll break down the pros/cons for each, plus a couple suggestions that I’ve personally used.

By the end…you’ll have a great grasp of what to do next in your gun journey!

Why Take Gun Training Courses?

There’s a bazillion reasons ... but here are the three biggest one that stand out to me:    

When do we Talk About Politics and Guns?

Rob Morse

We have our priorities.  First, we have to keep guns away from children if we have guns in our home.  Next, the adults with a gun in their home need to know how to handle firearms safely, and hopefully, effectively. What should come next? Talking about politics and guns seems to slip off our priority list, and that carries a danger of its own.  Carrying a firearm for your safety is a very rational choice, but... there is a “but.”  Unless you’re careful, you are also at risk of malicious prosecution for infringing one of our many gun laws.  When is it time to talk about gun politics with new students and existing firearms owners?    

The Benefits of Starting a Neighborhood Watch

Sheriff Jim Wilson

There was a time in America when we knew all of our neighbors. Sadly, times have changed and our lives have become busier. Life has also become a good deal more dangerous, and we are continually seeking ways to counter threats.  As I've said before, awareness of what's going on around us is a key to having a good defensive plan.  We use our senses—our eyes and ears—to be alert for trouble while there is still time to deal with it effectively.  Multiplying the number of eyes and ears that are alert for danger simply makes good sense.  That is why a neighborhood watch program makes good sense.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Why the Bombs Didn't Explode

Chris Bird

On April 20, 1999, the two youths drove to the school in their cars and parked them near the entrances to the cafeteria.  Sometime about 11:14 a.m., they got out of their cars and toted two 20-pound propane bombs in duffle bags into the cafeteria and placed them near two lunch tables.  They return to their cars to wait for the explosion.

The bombs were set to explode at 11:17 but they didn’t go off.  The students got out of their cars and a couple of minutes later the shooting started.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

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Tourniquets – Not a Last Resort

Shawn Whittington

An injury on a shooting range, a motor vehicle accident, a child running through a plate glass door, and even an animal bite are all injuries I’ve personally seen in the field that required aggressive bleeding control to save the victim’s life.  When I got started in EMS over two decades ago, we were taught that tourniquets were only to be used as a last resort.  Once applied, the tourniquets had to be loosened every five minutes to restore blood flow to the affected limb to prevent extensive tissue necrosis – death of most or all organ tissue cells due to blood loss.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: January 28, 2018
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 "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.


A friend and I were discussing being prepared and growing a garden.  One thing we both agreed on, in this part of the country, if you haven’t already started a garden and gotten your soil healthy, it’ll be too late to start when you need a garden to sustain you and your family.  Because of the heat, drought, and Texas generally ornery weather, it takes years to get a healthy soil that will produce an abundant garden dependably, year after year.  You can feed it chemicals and force it to produce in the short term, but it’s like trying to raise a child on Snickers bars.  I’ll let you think about that mental image for a few minutes.

You can “cheat” like I did on some of my beds, and purchase compost in bulk to amend your existing soil.  But even that will take a couple of growing seasons before you have a healthy crop of earthworms and a good balance of nutrients.

The point I’m trying to wind my way to is that if you are trying to prepare for some of the nasty tricks that life throws your way or you just want to be more independent, if you want to know what’s in the food you eat and know what chemical it’s been sprayed with (or not), start growing NOW.  Even if you need to grow in containers, get some experience with growing things you like to eat.  It will give you some insight into bugs and what happens when the watering is inconsistent and what diseases can happen when plants are overcrowded.

Following is an excellent article for starting a garden:

-- Pat

Ten Secrets for a Successful Spring Vegetable Garden

Skip Richter

When gardening fever hits in late winter, there are few of us Texans who are not at least a little inspired to go out and grow something. For many folks it hits about the time they are passing a garden center or shopping in one of the mega home centers, and see those green plants down at the other end of a long aisle.    

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