August 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 20

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:

Try to shoot where he's gonna' be, not where he was.


Which Is Better?

A friend and I were having a discussion about the pros and cons of sighted vs. point shooting.  Most of you realize, it's hardly a unique subject.  From time-to-time, I run articles, here in my News Letter, from different writers, whose opinions on the subject I respect.  About 4 articles down, you'll find another one by Mike Ox.

Like so many subjects, there are many variables that can come into play, and make it difficult to call one method, BEST.

"BEST" is usually not a good descriptor, anyway.

Once you brand somehing, "BEST," you do so to the exclusion of all else.  That would mean that which ever method got your "Best" label, it would ALWAYS be better than whatever was in second place.

I don't know about you, but I've been taught (by shooting instructors, as well as masters of other fighting disciplines, that the situation defines what is most appropriate.  I can think of scarcely any times when, "Because it's the method I like to use," had much relevance in choosing an effective fighting method.

Add to our problem:  We don't get to choose the circumstances under which the fight will be fought.  If we got to choose, simply being somewhere else, would almost always be my first choice.

So, what do I teach?

  1. Learn and practice the methods that work in the broadest of probable circumstances.

  2. No method that works in your immediate circumstance is "wrong."

  3. If you choose badly, make you choice work.

  4. If you're faced with the question, "Is it better to focus on your threat when shooting or focus on your front sights?"  The answer is "yes."

    How do I know?  I read the article - - Always Cheat, Always Win

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

What Do I Say After a Shooting?

Greg Ellifritz

You’ve just shot the criminal who broke into your house and threatened you with a weapon.  The threat has been neutralized and police have been called.

You’ve read my articles in the past, so you know it’s not a good idea to have a gun in your hand when the cops arrive.  When you hear the sirens, you secure your firearm in a safe place and meet police at the door with empty hands.    

Civilians Stop Mass Murder- the real news you didn’t see

Rob Morse

I research news stories of civilian self-defense. These important events receive relatively little media coverage.  We had some important cases in just the last few weeks.  I’ll give you the details, but first let me explain why these stories are important to understand.

Timeline- There are about 20 million citizens licensed to carry a concealed weapon in public.    

Weak-Hand Only: A Critical Shooting Skill You Need to Know

Chris Christian

Modern pistolcraft stresses a firm two-handed firing grip on the gun because it’s the best way to deliver fast and accurate fire.  The drawback for those involved in a violent self-defense encounter, however, is that two hands may not always remain functionally available.    

Sighted vs. Point Shooting:  Myths and Realities

Mike Ox

A common argument in the shooting world for the last half-decade has been whether it’s better to focus on your threat when shooting or focus on your front sights.

The answer is, "Yes."

OK … so maybe it’s a little more complicated than that.    

How To Remain Armed In A “Gun-Free” Zone

Rich Brown

In this article, we will explore how to be constantly armed in a “gun-free” zone.  This may mean an aircraft, airport terminal, museum, concert, sporting event, government building, etc.  Anywhere and everywhere that has put measures in place to completely disarm us.    

Double Taps: Please, No!

Ralph Mroz

In the old days, and still somewhat true today, several instructors taught the “double tap”.  This is more than simply two shots fired quickly together, a technique known as the “controlled pair”.  An actual double tap requires that you fire two rounds as fast as you can pull the trigger.    

BAD FORM:  Girlfriend Hospitalized After Man Fails to Identify Target

John Falkenberg

A man is facing some serious charges after he shot and seriously injured his girlfriend in the middle of the night when he mistook her for an intruder, The Keene Sentinel reports.

When he woke up to suspicious noises, grabbed his defensive firearm, and when he saw a silhouette down the hallway, opened fire.    

How to Pepper Spray

Chuck Haggard

Amongst the cognoscenti, the popularity of a less-lethal option for EDC has been steadily increasing.  Whether you use one to add to the force continuum, or because more deadly weapons are illegal in your locale, you need to know the why’s and how’s behind them.    

Training Armed Teachers – This Isn’t the Classroom You Remember

Rob Morse

Arming school teachers is a hard subject to discuss.   Last week I took a training class where school staff learned to protect students from an armed attacker. What these teachers did was extraordinary.  As you would expect, school staff take their students safety very seriously.  The teachers want to protect “their kids”.  They worked hard to put their bodies between a bullet and someone else’s children.  They did an amazing job.    

Doer of Deeds : School Security, Who Will Stop Them?

John Farnam

“Far better it is to dare mighty things, to win great triumphs, even though checkered by failure, than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy much nor suffer much, because they live in the gray twilight that knows neither victory nor defeat.” ~ Theodore Roosevelt

Ever-more sophisticated “facial-recognition technology” is currently in-use by government agencies, banks, casinos, et al.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


A Cautionary Tale

Chris Bird

Those of us who carry handguns on a daily basis need to remember that, no matter what our training, getting involved in a gunfight involves risk and does not always end well.  This story is taken from my book, Surviving a Mass Killer Rampage:  When Seconds Count, Police Are Still Minutes Away, and is told in more detail in Thank God I Had a Gun.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Integrity in Training - Even the Small Things Make or Break your Success

Leslie Buck

Everything you do is important.  The quality of execution in small details can lead to big successes or huge failures.  Imagine a busy contractor building a house.  In a rush to finish the job, he takes small shortcuts.  He follows the building plans, but sometimes he doesn’t add as many nails as he should.  Tired, he sometimes does not quite measure and cut everything true.  He makes it "good enough” so that he can get the job done.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: August 26, 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.

We Are All Preppers, But Some of Us Don't Know It Yet

Erica N

Prepping is what it is.  Exactly what it is.  Prepping is getting ready for the future.  We are mentally, physically, and spiritually getting ready for something that is going to happen.  Whether that "something" is in an hour, a day, a week, a year, or sometime in the future, we are getting ready for it.    

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