April 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 10

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:

The question is not:  "Do you have the right to remain silent."

The question is:  "Do you have the good sense to remain silent?"


School Safety

Your children's safety is available, if you want it.

But, how badly do we really want it?

What price do we put on the safety of our next generation.  How much are our children worth.  And can we put an acceptable cost on the safety of the many teachers dedicated to the task of educating them?

Could anything be worth more than the lives of our children?

At the risk of angering some parents, I suggest you take a hard look at the financial excuses thrown out for failing to adequately train and arm school personnel.  Then, compare the security cost savings to monies wasted on your school's "feel-good" social engineering programs and, of course, the indispensible athletics activities.

You'll soon realize just how little your school really cares about whether or not your child makes it home alive.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Look closely.  The teacher has a weapon slung over her shoulder.  In Israel, much of the population is armed and moves about daily with guns in full sight.  When you live surrounded by enemies that say daily they want to kill you, it's a good idea to take them seriously.

Real School Security IS Already Available If You Will Accept It

John Farnam

“The search for truth takes us where evidence leads, even when we don't want to go there.” ~ Bart Ehrman

Since the 1970s, Israelis have had to confront, and deal with, armed attacks on schools by Palestinian Islamic terrorists.  Attacks were (and are) beastly and relentless.

The distasteful, but inescapable, conclusion to which they reluctantly came is that schools will have to protect themselves!

There will never be enough soldiers, nor police, so that an adequate number can be assigned, permanently, to each school, hospital, place of worship, gathering-places of all kinds.

Israelis have had to honestly confront the ugly fact that they will have to take individual, personal responsibility for protecting their own homes, schools, places of worship, et al.

In the case of schools, teachers and administrators have had to step-up to the plate, become armed and trained, and accept direct, personal responsibility for the safety of children in their charge.

The points are:    

Stand, Move, or Seek Cover... What Works in a Gunfight?

Greg Ellifritz

As the full-time training officer and firearms instructor for my police department, I often have the opportunity to attend firearms training sessions from some of the best trainers in the world.  I have noticed that most of these trainers teach students to shoot their firearms while moving, with the premise being that a student is less likely to be struck by incoming fire if he/she is a moving target.  In addition to “shooting on the move”, almost all trainers advocate moving to cover in a gunfight, if said cover is nearby.  These two techniques make seem to be very logical.  Most people would agree that making yourself a moving target and seeking bullet-resistant cover could only help one’s chances of winning a gunfight. Having an inquisitive mind, however, I’ve always wondered exactly how much of an advantage one could expect to gain over his opponent through the use of movement and cover.    

Take a second, save a leg.

Chuck Haggard

“The fast and/or emphatic reholster is an awesome way to shoot yourself.” – Chuck Haggard

We often see people practicing for a faster draw from the holster, and as they speed up each draw they also start SLAMMING the gun quickly back into the holster on every repetition.  That’s a very predictable result of getting a little adrenalin going.  “Faster! Go faster!” is the chant in your head, after all, so it’s no surprise that your body reacts to it by going faster.    

Situational Awareness for Concealed Carry

Greg Ellifritz

Now that most states have a process allowing citizens to legally carry concealed handguns, many of you may be carrying a firearm more frequently, or just starting to carry for the first time.  A common mistake I see with a great number of my students is an obsessive focus on acquiring and carrying the “right” firearm and associated gear at the expense of neglecting more vital aspects of self defense.    

3 Tips to Protect Against Home Invasion

Kevin Creighton

At a Cub Scouts meeting a few years ago, my son and I were tasked with creating a home fire escape plan in order to earn a merit badge.  We wrote out what we’d do in case of fire, how to tell if the fire’s outside your door and how to move through smoke.  We teach fire safety to our children in order to keep them safe from a fire inside the home, but what do we teach them how to be safe from violence entering our home from the outside?    

Home Defense: Pistols vs. Shotguns vs. Rifles

Kevin Creighton

If you’re a gun owner, there will come a time when you’ll hear someone tell you to “just get yourself a shotgun for home defense.”  The fact is, though, that pistols and rifles can be handy to have in a home-defense situation, just as much as shotgun is.  The trick is knowing what each gun does well and what it doesn’t do well.  For instance, pistols are good for moving about and other tasks where a free hand is needed, like opening doors, leading people to safety and/or holding a flashlight.  However, pistols are lacking in firepower compared to a shotgun or a rifle.    

Who is to Blame for School Shootings?

Rob Morse

I’ll cut right to the point.  We can stop murderers from killing our kids in school, but it isn’t easy.  The politicians, particularly the Florida politicians, are against it.  What can we do to save our students?

We’ve asked the people who train SWAT cops what they can do.  They said it takes too long to assemble a SWAT team.  It takes too long to put the team in position near the school.  It takes too long to clear the building and time is the enemy.  Several students and staff will be shot every minute.    

The Facts About Guns at School.

John Lott

President Trump thinks arming school staff and teachers deter threats.  Surprise, media fact checkers from The New York Times to FactCheck.org accuse him of “false and misleading claims” to “inaccurate facts.”

The FactCheck.org analysis has been carried on hundreds of news site.  Yet, any serious look at the data shows that Mr. Trump’s arguments are more clearly grounded in facts and a deeper understanding of these attacks than the fact checkers would dare let their readers know.    

Stop Disarming Willing Teachers

Jeff Knox

Disarming willing and qualified teachers and other school staff is stupid.

There has been a lot of talk about “arming teachers” recently, but that's really never been the issue. The real issue is about disarming teachers who would like to be carrying.

Like any other controversial subject, any discussion of school safety must begin with some agreement on basic facts and mutual understanding of terms and definitions.
We can't come to a consensus on solutions if we can't agree on what the words we are saying actually mean.    

Advice From a Russian:  Never Give Up Your Guns

Stanislav Mishin

These days, there are few things to admire about the socialist, bankrupt and culturally degenerating U.S.A., but at least so far, one thing remains: the right to bear arms and use deadly force to defend one’s self and possessions.

This will probably come as a total shock to most of my Western readers, but at one point, Russia was one of the most heavily armed societies on earth.  This was, of course, when we were free under the Tsar.  Weapons, from swords and spears to pistols, rifles and shotguns were everywhere, common items.  People carried them concealed, they carried them holstered.  Fighting knives were a prominent part of traditional attire, and those little tubes criss-crossing on the costumes of Cossacks and various Caucasian peoples?  Well those are bullet holders for rifles.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Updating The Concealed Handgun Manual

Chris Bird

Recently, I have been spending time updating my book, The Concealed Handgun Manual, for the first time since 2011, so I have been looking back at the last few years to see where gun rights have changed – mostly for the better.

A lot has happened. Now all fifty states and the District of Columbia have some kind of concealed carry law.  The last state to pass such a law was Illinois.  However, there are still several states and cities that make it as difficult as possible for ordinary citizens to carry a gun for self defense.  New York City, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. come to mind.  It is easier for a six-foot rattlesnake to get through a 9mm bullet hole than it is for an ordinary resident to get a concealed carry permit in New York City.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.


Solution "A" or Solution "B" ?

It's a fact that most fights have more than one solution.

When I'm asked, "Which is better, Fighting Solution A or Solution B?"  I will often reply, "Yes."  That's because the question is almost impossible to answer, without knowing who is controlling the fight when you act.

If forced to fight, you hope you can achieve and maintain early control.  Unfortunately, in a surprise encounter, your attacker will often get to pick the initial direction of the fight.  Then, it's up to you to gain control, so you can apply a solution that will lead to the most expeditious path for winning.

Your objective:  End the fight quickly.  The longer you fight, the greater are your chances of being hurt.  The focus is not on fighting.  The focus is on winning.

Until you can gain control of the direction of the fight, slow response times can keep you behind the curve, giving your attacker the advantage.  You must apply a solution that will allow you to gain control and force your attacker to "play your game."

Picking the correct solution will depend on many factors, such as your age, physical condition, and trained fighting skills.

One solution, not to be overlooked, is RLH (Run Like Hell), and fight another day.  But, remember, successful utilization of the RLH method will still depend on your ability to outrun your attacker.

Also, since many of us, at least those of us who train at all, devote much of our training time to developing armed responses to fighting, we develop a tendency to fixate on our weapons.  We develop a mindset wherein we start to believe there is no path to victory, without the weapon.  Once your thought process begins to revolve around your weapon, you see it as your only means to win.  This weapons fixation can lead to missed opportunities to end a conflict by more efficient means.

Learn empty hand tactics.  End the fight.  Or, learn to use those tactics to create time and distance windows of opportunity.  Then, use those windows to  deploy and utilize a weapon - on your terms.

Learn to use time and distance to your advantage.  Stay in motion - "Stun and move.  Move and stun."

Know your limitations and get appropriate Weapon Retention and Weapon Deployment Training to enhance the odds of your "winning" the fight.


Once You’re in Contact, the Defensive Problem Changes.

Grant Cunningham

Last week I talked about the mistaken notion of seeing self defense and personal safety as a battle to be won, because such a mindset can lead to bad decisions.  Today let’s look at a related topic:  your view of the place for your concealed carry gun might be affected by some mistaken training notions.

Shortly after I wrote last week’s article someone sent me a link to a 10-minute promotional video for a training company. In it, the students were being taught how to defend themselves when in contact with an attacker.  It’s certainly a valuable skill to have, and I recommend training in it, but at the same time it’s one that’s devilishly difficult to teach.

It’s not about shooting, but about being able to physically maneuver and control your opponent to buy you the time to do something else — be it accessing a tool (weapon) or something else entirely.  I know only a handful of instructors* I’d trust to teach that material, and I’m not one of them.  It requires an understanding of the dynamics of defense that go well beyond shooting.

This guy didn’t have any of that.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: April 22, 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.

Uses for Common Garden Weeds

David Beaulieu

If you are tired of toiling for countless hours every year controlling garden weeds, it may come as music to your ears that some of them can actually be put to good use.  Not that knowing this fact will eliminate weeding:  You will still have to take steps to keep your garden from becoming overrun with unwanted plants.  But there is something satisfying about learning that you can eat the weed that you just pulled up or use it to treat an ailment.    

Published by:

Staying Alive, Inc.
PO Box 126
St Hedwig, TX 78152


Michael Arnold
Chris Bird
Rudy Salazar
Pat Scott

News Letter Links:



Copyright © 2001 - Staying Alive, Inc.® Contact Us Click here for Privacy Policy.

E-mail this site to a friend.