July 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 18

News Letter

Staying Aliveģ:  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 quickest way to end a war is to lose it"

-- George Orwell


Are We At War?

Who's at war?  We are.

Who's the enemy?  Liberalism.

What's at stake?  Everything.

How do we win the war?  Never quit fighting the battles.

Since this forum has its foundation in matters related to self determination, self reliance, and self preservation, let's assume, for the sake of argument, we are a basically selfish lot.  But, to what end does our selfishness take us?

Our selfish nature gives us the reason and the will to fight for what is important, like our families, and our freedom.  By allowing our selfish nature to place a high price on what is ours, we set the goal post very high, making it very foolhardy for others who would seek to take these things from us.

We've set up warning signs around what is ours.  You might have seen some of them: "Don't Tread on Me" and  "Come and Take It" are two that come to mind.

Are the warning signs enough?  NO!

The warning signs are put in place as a courtesy for anyone foolish enough to believe his liberal, communal rights trump those absolute rights given to us by God.

To win the war, we can not allow ourselves to become complacent, after winning what was actually, only a battle.

The war might never actually be won.  The surest way to find out is to let ourselves lose a few of the battles, along the way.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Where Most Training, And Trainers, Fail You The Student

Tom Knighton

Every year, thousands of people flock to various gun schools throughout the nation.  Others mass at their local ranges to attend classes with traveling instructors.  The firearm training industry is thriving, with millions of dollars flowing to various instructors every year, all in the belief that the training will help students stay alive in a violent confrontation.

However, most of those students donít realize theyíre getting only part of the picture.    

You Need a Better Holster

Greg Ellifritz

Iíve seen some stunning examples of irresponsible behavior by gun owners lately.  All made the nationals news; which, as a gun carrier, you should try to avoid.  All of them involved carrying a gun in a faulty holster or carrying without a holster at all.

Letís look at a couple of these cases:    

Gun Range Etiquette

Elizabeth D Hellmann

Practicing good gun range etiquette isnít just good mannersóitís good sense! Gun range etiquette is a blend of common sense, courtesy and safety.  A day at the range is fun, and good gun range etiquette makes it even better.

Most clubs and ranges require shooters to attend a safety class prior to using the range.  This certifies that youíve read and understand the NRA Basic Rules of Gun Safety and the specific rules that apply at the range youíre using.  Remember that there may be other gun safety rules that are enforced on your range, but these three rules are ALWAYS appropriate, no matter where you are:    

Ballistic Effectiveness: Which Handgun Caliber Wins?

Richard Mann

Whatís the best handgun cartridge or caliber?  I almost hate to open this can of worms due to the urban legends, misconceptions and delusions surrounding the topic.  Many gun writers, defensive trainers and Internet experts have proclaimed they know the answer.  I suspect a lot of this is partly due to a need to boost egos, and partly because humans think there must always be a ďbest.Ē    

3 Combat-Control Fundamentals for the Defensive Shooter

Steve Tarani

When it comes to engaging a violent physical threat at bad-breath distance, most would rather solve the tactical problem with a handgun as opposed to going hands-on with an assailant.

You can never know why, when or where an attack may occur. You wonít know if itís a knife attack, an active shooter or a baseball bat coming straight at your brain box.  All the specifics of an immediate assault are provided only by your attacker(s).    

Fix Your Flinch: Tips for Curing Anticipation When Shooting

George Harris

The Problem:

You are an experienced shooter, having moved up the ranks to mid- to upper-level classifications in several shooting disciplines, but you have never been able to consistently call your shots, especially when they didnít go where you expected them to.  Your suspicions were confirmed recently when one of your shooting partners commented that you close your eyes just before the shot is firedónearly every time you pull the trigger.    

Are You Ready To Carry a Defensive Firearm?

Jarrod Needs

Iím not asking if you passed an arbitrary state minimum course or qualification course as an armed professional.  Iím asking, are you really ready to carry a defensive firearm?  Many people in both the civilian and professional worlds seem to believe that passing these minimum standards means they are ready ó but that could not be further from the truth.    

3 Things To Know About Wheelchair CCW

Dr. Joseph Logar, PT, DPT

Disabled citizens who choose to carry a concealed firearm do so for very good reasons; disabled folks often look like easy targets to criminals.  But when it comes to CCW while in a wheelchair, the user has more to consider than their able-bodied counterparts.  One thing that's key is holster selection.  Like firearm selection, your choice will rely on the your intentions, experience level and comfort.    

Trigger Management and Rule Three

Annette Evans

Most all of us can parrot the rules of firearm safety, but they can get a little harder to follow as shooting becomes more complicated.  This is especially true for what Jeff Cooper termed as Rule Three:

Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on the target.    

Normally, I don't use this forum for product reviews.  The following article is no exception.  Rather, it is being offered to get you to consider the conclusion:

"Avoid perfect solutions to non-existent problems."

Innovative equipment can seldom, if ever, replace training.


Do You Need a Muzzle Stand-Off Device?

Greg Ellifritz

Last week I got a couple of questions about a new product on the market.  A bunch of readers linked to Muzzle Stand Off Device by Proof Mark written by my friends at Recoil Magazine and asked whether I think the product is a useful addition for the average defensive shooter.  Hereís what it looks like:    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Another Conservative Justice for The U.S. Supreme Court, Is It Enough?

Chris Bird

If Judge Brett Kavanaugh is confirmed to be the next U.S. Supreme Court associate justice, will it be enough to get the Court to take up more Second Amendment cases?

Kavanaugh was named July 9 by President Trump to be his pick to replace Justice Anthony Kennedy who has decided to retire.  As promised, Trump is seeking to replace Kennedy, who was often a swing vote on the court, with a conservative.  There is no doubt Kavanaugh is a conservative, judging by his record as a judge in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

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Natural Night Vision

Richard L

Night vision goggles are a great tool but are not always practical.  Sometimes we simply have to utilize our natural night vision.  In order to get the most out of our natural night vision we should understand how our eyes see at night.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Solar Power
Instructor: Pat
Date: July 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.

How to Make a Water Filter


Water is essential to life.  This technique is very useful when you are hunting to survive.  People can live up to a week without food, but only two to three days without water.  Clean water can be hard to find if you get stranded in the wild or if there is an emergency.  If you have to find your own water supply, you must be able to strain out impurities that can make you sick.  This article will tell you how to make a water filter.    

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