February 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 05

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

Random Shots:

Life is precious.  Protect yours with a vengeance.


I know the first thing you all do, every morning, is rush to your computer to search for any changes the State of Texas might have made, overnight, which will impact your life - - of course you do.

Here's one you might have missed (emphasis added):

Texas Administrative Code

RULE §6.14 Proficiency Requirements

(a) The figure in this section provides the proficiency demonstration requirements applicable to applicants for either a license to carry a handgun or certification as a qualified handgun instructor.

Attached Graphic

(b) A handgun license applicant must score at least 70% on both the written examination and the proficiency examination.

(c) A handgun license applicant will have three opportunities to pass the written examination and the proficiency examination within a 12 month period.

(d) The qualified handgun instructor or approved online course provider must submit all examination failures to the department on the class completion notification.  The notification must indicate if the failure occurred after the handgun license applicant had been given three opportunities to pass the examinations.

(e) On successful completion of the written or proficiency examinations, the qualified handgun instructor or approved online course provider, as applicable, shall certify the handgun license applicant has established his or her proficiency on the form and in the manner determined by the department.

(f) All certificates of training (LTC-100 or LTC-101) are valid for one year from the date of issuance.  Any certificate of training that is required in conjunction with an application must be valid on the date the completed application is submitted to the department.

Source Note: The provisions of this §6.14 adopted to be effective March 15, 2017, 42 TexReg 1137; amended to be effective January 11, 2018, 43 TexReg 236

NOTE:  A DPS representative has advised me, that any CHL-100 or LTC-100 issued under the previously recognized two year rule, will still be valid for 2 years from its date of issuance.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Skill Set: Foundations

Tiger McKee

Foundations are an essential part of self-defense.  There are physical foundations, such as stance and grip, mental foundations to ground the physical actions, and moral foundations that serve as the base for all.

If you start from the ground up the first thing to examine is your physical stance.    

Why do we teach moving while drawing a defensive firearm?

Grant Cunningham

A popular concept taught in many defensive shooting courses (including mine) is movement off the line of attack.  It’s variously referred to as “getting off the X” or “lateral movement”, and probably some other terms I’m not remembering, but the concept is pretty consistent:  make it harder for the bad guy to hurt you by getting out of his way.

Moving is useful.

The idea has merit.  Once someone commits to an attack, if you move they either have to change their direction of movement to intercept you, or they have to change their aim to hit you.  Mind you, movement doesn’t make it impossible to successfully complete an attack, it just makes it a little more difficult — and buys you a fraction or two of a second to put your counter-attack into action.    

Why the Diagnostic Pistol Target is a Waste of Time

Chris Baker

Whether it’s called the “Diagnostic Pistol Target,” the “Pistol Correction Chart,” or the “Troubleshooter Target,” there are dozens of places online where you can find slightly different versions of the same printable target.  The resource is supposed to help shooters self-diagnose their bad pistol shooting habits, but I think your practice time is better spent elsewhere.    

Pittsburgh Murder Conviction Shows Why Being Afraid Doesn’t Make It Self-Defense

Tom Knighton

When you talk about self-defense shooting, the phrase, “I was in fear of my life” gets thrown around a lot.  Some will even try and argue that you can use that argument to justify almost any shooting, that as long as you can say you were scared then a jury will let you off the hook.

Which, of course, is complete and total bovine excrement.    

Rodney Dangerfield Must’ve Taught Beginners

Kathy Jackson

I have written before about the dangers and problems caused by people who don’t (yet) know what they are doing when they step up to teach.  This goes ten-fold for people who step up to teach beginners without themselves having any real skill or understanding of the job.


From a good friend, runner and shooter, who's smart enough to realize the gun is just one piece of the puzzle:

"I do not carry [when I run] because I have no place to hide a gun.

I do carry pepper spray and a knife.

I do not wear headphones and I always carry my phone in my hand.

It doesn’t bother me one way or another to run with other runners that carry.

I am constantly looking ahead and scanning my surroundings.  I am comfortable running by myself or with a group."


Why I Run With a Gun

Cindy Kuzma

A small percentage of people carry a firearm while running, according to a recent survey conducted by Runner's World.  Of 4,670 respondents, two percent of men and one percent of women said they sometimes carry.    

Best Shooting Hearing Protection [2018]: Passive to Electronic

Scott Dylan

There’s been a lot of excitement lately about the Hearing Protection Act making silencers more accessible and less regulated, but silenced or not, the crack of gunfire still deserves respect.  After all, silenced isn’t really silenced at all.

What if I told you that the percussive vibrations of each gunshot actually kill vital little hairs deep in your inner ear?  And then what if I told you that can open the door to a high pitch ringing or humming noise that can last forever?    

How Important is Speed?

Gabe Suarez

Time for a perspective check. Every so often, the temptation returns to us all. It could be the YouTube video with the cool guy doing something really fast.  It could be the competitive shooter running a stage.  But the bug nibbles on your earlobe.

"Gooooooo fassssssterrrrr."    

9What Are The Rules And Standards On Eye And Ear Protection When Handling Firearms?

ssusa Staff

Both eye and ear protection are required in most shooting facilities, and where they are not, are highly encouraged at all times.  An individual’s eyes are vulnerable to a number of potential hazards, such as flying parts or particles, while shooting, handling or cleaning a firearm.    

911 Limited-Immunity Law ~ 911 Callers Deserve “Miranda Rights”

Alan Korwin

  • Fifth Amendment Right Against Self-Incrimination

  • Right to have a lawyer present during questioning

  • Right to remain silent because — “Everything you say will be used against you.”    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


A Gift of a Gun

Chris Bird

Valentine’s Day is almost upon us and many of us are thinking about giving something to our spouses or, to be politically correct, our significant others – okay I don’t like it either – to your boyfriend, girlfriend, son, daughter, lover, mistress or toyboy.  And some of you might think it the perfect opportunity to give her/him a gun.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:
February 17, 2018
0845 - 1145
Stick to Knife Training

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Wound Packing 101

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It is a well-known fact that bleeding is one of the biggest killers of trauma patients.  Those from a military medical background will also know that extremity bleeding is the #1 preventable cause of death on the battlefield.

But what happens when a wound is not amenable to a tourniquet?  Or is a large cavity?  This is where wound packing comes in!

Wound Packing is a basic but critical skill that will stop that vital red stuff (blood) from leaving the body.  It has been taught to military medics around the world for a number of years but for some reason hasn't been widely adopted by our Ambulance Services or First Responders.  Especially here in Australia.

When to wound pack:    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


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

Medicinal Plants List

Emily Nealley

The following is a medicinal plants list of common species that can be found in most areas throughout North America.

Nature has blessed us with an array of amazing medicinal plants.  These plants can be found right outside our doorstep from the spunky, dominating dandelion to the handsome stalks of stinging nettle.     

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