September 11, 2018

(Never Forget)

Vol. 12  No. 21

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:

Don’t go anywhere with a gun, that you wouldn’t go without a gun!

--  John Farnam


But You Said ...


Understand what you are reading before you go on.

What this News Letter is:  What we bring you, every month is a collection of articles pertaining to subjects that will, hopefully, answer some of your questions, or stir occasional controversy, to give you a little relief from the endless psycho-babble you get from network and/or cable news outlets.

What this News Letter is not:  This News Letter is not, and was never intended to be a "how-to" instruction manual for prevailing in a gunfight, or fighting off zombies after the SHTF.

It's a collection of ideas.  Sometimes the ideas are our own (me, Chris, Rudy, or Pat).  Much of the time they originate with folks that we consider to be reputable, in the fields of self defense, and general preservation of life, and the quality of same.

Weigh the ideas.  Challenge them.  Throw out the ones you believe are crap.  Filter them down to the ones you will believe will work for you.  And, use those that fit your beliefs and lifestyle to your advantage.

Also, if you have information you believe would benefit our small community, let us consider it.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Deadly Force Shooting Factors

John Farnam

“Shoot, when you have no choice!  Don’t, when you have other choices that are reasonably safe.  When you have no choice except to shoot, who cares if it’s ‘legal?’  When you don’t need to shoot, who cares if it would have been ‘legal?’” ~ Frieling

The foregoing quotation, from a celebrated lawyer, represents his inevitable answer to the naive question:

“Can/should I shoot someone if they ….?”

When you’re involved in a deadly-force incident, particularly one where guns were present, here are some factors that will lend credibility to your case:    

Best Pepper Spray for Self-Defense: Burn those Baddies’ Eyes!

Megan Kriss

Pepper spray is probably the most popular self-defense item available.

This makes sense.

While guns are absolutely a more reliable form of self-defense…pepper spray does have its advantages.    

14 Defensive Handgun Carry Commandments

Ken Campbell

When it comes to using a handgun for self-defense, the world is full of experts who have never pointed a gun in fear.  There is also this blurred line between the application of the defensive handgun and competitive shooting.  Yes, the basics of marksmanship matter with both, but the application can be very different. Most articles of this nature that deal with defensive handgunning will offer specific drills, cartridges, ammunition and firearms suggestions.  This is partly because humans are gear driven; we like to think a tool will circumvent our need to train, learn or practice. It won’t.    

Concealed Carry: 10 Pieces Of Gear To Avoid Like The Devil

Massad Ayoob

If you are criminally charged or civilly sued over something involving your use of a firearm, you may find that your gun becomes a focal point of the opposing side’s case against you.  Unscrupulous lawyers with a case to make are very likely to take advantage of the fact that the media and certain politicians and activists have for generations demonized firearms and the people who own them.    

Shotgun Patterning, Part 1:  Pattern Your Shotgun!


The title of this post may seem a bit redundant, but I wanted to emphasize a vitally important point. That is, you must pattern your shotgun.  No two shotguns, not even from the same manufacturer, will necessarily pattern the same.  To quote Tom Givens, every shotgun barrel is a “unique snowflake!”  Thus, if you are going to rely on a shotgun for defensive purposes, you need to go to the range and pattern your gun with your choice of ammo to see what it is capable of.    

Mightier Than the Sword

Dr Wes Doss PhD

Concealed carry, still today a hotly debated and emotionally charged topic regardless of which side you're on.  If you know me, anything about me or my background, I am confident you know which side of this argument I'm firmly on.  Having worked in plainclothes both stateside and in foreign countries, I have come accustomed to carrying concealed with whatever tool I could, be it based on the laws and customs of my location or just the practicality of where I was or what I was doing.  This could include; a handgun (with lots of ammo), a knife or two (or three), chemical agent, an impact tool and yes, a tactical pen.    

New Study: 17.25 million concealed handgun permits, biggest increases for women and minorities


Despite the expectations of many after the 2016 elections, the number of concealed handgun permits has again increased. In 2018, the number of concealed handgun permits soared to over 17.25 million – a 273% increase since 2007. 7.14% of American adults have permits.    

Art of Defense: Improving Your Draw

David Dolbee

In Art of Defense Episode 3, Beau Doboszenski of Defensive Mindset Training goes over three things you need to stop doing in order to achieve a faster draw.  Get a solid, more accurate draw when it counts.    

Preventing 3 Gun Safety Mistakes New Shooters Make

Jeff Johnston

We've all got lots of reasons to teach someone to shoot.  Whether we're introducing an adult friend or relative to the world of gun safety or teaching our own children, we should always remember that there's quite a lot to learn...and that newbies can and do make mistakes.    

Shooting Stance vs. Shooting Technique

Jeremy Stafford

From the earliest days of Col. Jeff Cooper’s Modern Technique, we’ve been taught that stance (Jack Weaver’s stance, of course) was the foundational concept that everything is built on.  But is it?    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Situational Awareness - Part I

Chris Bird

What is Situational Awareness?

Ed Lovette, who taught situational awareness as a CIA officer, defines it as a state of general alertness, which allows you to take the element of surprise away from a threat to your personal security.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Medical Training – The Life You Save May be Your Own

Jeff Cramblit

It doesn’t matter if you’re out hunting, on the range practicing, or driving down the highway, when chaos strikes, it strikes fast.  One missed step along that ridge, a ricocheting bullet off a steel target, a distracted driver, a slip of a blade, and you can find yourself in a life and death situation.  Beyond gun safety, first aid training is more useful than any other training you could attend, though most of us put it a ways down the list of our planned training.    

The Tueller Drill Myth:  Why The 21 Foot Rule Isn’t a Rule At All

Chad McBroom

The March 1983 issue of SWAT Magazine contained an article titled How CLOSE is TOO Close? by Dennis Tueller, a Salt Lake City Police Officer.   The article is generally credited for first establishing the importance of the “reactionary gap” within Law Enforcement circles.  The article addressed Tueller’s own experimentation, which determined that the average healthy adult male can cover a distance of seven yards (21 feet) in about 1.5 seconds    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: September 23, 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.

As part of a self-reliant lifestyle, we need to think about growing our own food.  That doesn’t mean just a big garden, but meat animals as well.  I had a friend who's dad raised quail and eating dinner at their house was a treat.  My friend's mom cooked with quail eggs and we had scrambled quail eggs for breakfast.  I couldn't tell the difference between the quail eggs and chicken eggs, except they were just smaller.  Her dad would grill quail with bacon… they were fabulous!

As someone who is wanting to be self-reliant, I've been interesting in raising quail for some time. Pound for pound, quail arguably have one of the best feed conversion ratios of any "domestic" animal.  Quail have a feed conversion ratio of 2:1, chickens 3:1, and rabbits raised for meat had an feed conversion ratio of 2.5 to 3.0 on high grain diet and 3.5 to 4.0 on natural forage diet, without animal-feed grain.

The ability of a female to reproduce its body weight in any given year is another measure where the quail is without parallel.  Being able to quickly replace stock is an important consideration when you think about raising food animals.  They mature at 6 weeks.  That's right, 6 weeks they'll start laying eggs and are fully grown at 6 weeks.

Below is a good starter article about raising quail:

-- Pat

Raising quail
  A home grown delicacy

Allen Easterly

Raising quail is inexpensive, easy, provides very healthy low-fat white meat, and supplies the fertilizer you need for your home garden.  The moderate start-up costs for raising quail are well worth it.  A simple 8×8-foot open-sided pole building is fine to start with.  You can also use an empty corner in an existing outbuilding.  Wall in the upper half to keep strong winter winds away.  Sturdy wire should be applied over the bottom half to help keep pets and predators at bay.  There are a lot of wild critters, including snakes, that like to snack on quail and their tasty eggs.    

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