October 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 22

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:

Every time I teach a class, I discover I don't know something.

--  Clint Smith


(Doctors for Responsible Gun Ownership)

Increasingly common have become my conversations with gun owners who start off, "The other day my doctor asked me if I kept guns in my home," or "At my last VA appointment, my doctor was inquiring about whether of not I had firearms in my home."

My first inclination has been, "Tell the SOB it's none of his business."

However, I'm starting to realize that response doesn't come easily to many (of us) who have been reared with a degree of respect that attaches itself to the guy, who we trust to keep ourselves and our loved ones safe and healthy.

So, what's the best way to handle the situation?

First, you should realize that, by asking the question, your doctor has violated the trust you placed in him/her.

Before you respond to either a question from your doctor, or one that appears on  a health related questionnaire, spend a few minutes looking over the DRGO letter, by following the link, below:

What to Do When Your Doctor Asks About Your Guns

Health care professionals misusing their patients’ trust to push a political agenda of gun control is called an ethical boundary violation.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Friends Don’t Let Friends Open Carry

Greg Ellifritz

It’s no secret that I’m not a fan of open carry (carrying an unconcealed handgun or long gun in public).  Except in a hunting context or in very rural areas where one is unlikely to encounter another human, I generally think it’s a poor decision to carry openly.  Too many bad things can happen.  I’ve explored some of those issues in my article The Perils of Open Carry.    

Practical Guide To The Tactical Shotgun

Scott Wagner

What you need to know about the tactical shotgun:

  • 18-inch barrel is advisable.

  • 12-gauge is the most universally acceptable bore.

  • 20-gauge and .410 are acceptable for certain circumstances.

  • Two rounds are the minimum capacity — 4 and 6 are typical to most pump-actions.

  • Rifle or ghost-ring sights are advisable to add accuracy.

  • Buckshot may have an over-penetration risk.

  • Field shot too can punch through drywall.    

Home-Defense Shotgun Handling: Which Stance is Best?

Jeff Johnston

There’s a bit of a debate over the best stance for defensive shotgunning.  Before you take a snooze cruise on this, realize that stance is much more important than in handgun and carbine disciplines due to the shotgun’s recoil that can shove you off balance and out of position after one shot.  The two main techniques are the tactical/combat stance taught by military guys, and a hybrid, bladed stance adapted by 3-gunners.  Military gurus typically say 3-gunners are adept at competition, but not combat, while 3-gunners say military guys are too slow in their dogmatic, rifle-like approach.  I’ll discuss both so you can decide what’s best for you.    

Self-Defense: The Mystery Of Stopping Power

Patrick Sweeney

The subject of stopping power is often brought up when discussing defensive caliber and ammo options. But, what does it mean — and how important is it?

What is stopping power and does it matter?    

Evading Gunfire:  Should You Zig-Zag, Crouch or Just Run?

Dan Sullivan

A common topic of conversation from people who are considering how best to avoid getting hot lead put to them is movement, specifically running.  When it comes getting shot, or rather not, best practices are encouraged, so it is only natural that concerned people will want to know what the best technique is for avoiding gunfire.    

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?    

Imagined Security Versus Real Safety

Rob Morse

Every firearms instructor has heard this before. ‘I’d get a gun except I don’t want the government to know that I have it. I’d carry the gun, but I don’t want to get my permit and be on a government list.’ Let’s give people with this attitude the benefit of doubt. Are they safer being armed or unarmed?    

Returning Home and Encountering a Burglar or Intruder


Even if you have done a good job of securing your home with locks, strengthened doors, reinforced and locked windows, etc., it is still possible to return home to someone inside your dwelling.  It may be a broken window, smashed in door, or something else that alerts you that someone may be inside.  Regardless of what alerts you, most likely your initial reaction will be either fright or an impulse to protect your possessions.  It may be both of these at the same time.    

Haven't we been down this caliber road, before?

Yes, and chances are good that this won't be our last trip.

  • Keep reading [Start with the following article.]

  • Keep comparing.

  • Keep searching for the best.

--  Mike

Best Caliber for Self Defense: 9mm, .40 S&W or .45 ACP?

Richard Mann

Of all of the firearms related quarrels, none rival the argument over which auto pistol cartridge is best for personal defense.  This is partly because personal protection is very important, partly because folks assume there has to be a single best answer, and finally because there exists no definitive proof that one works any better than another.    

You shouldn’t listen to the “shoulds”.  Or should you?

Grant Cunningham

Lately I’ve been allowing myself to do something I caution others to never do:

Whenever I’ve come across a news story that has something to do with self defense or disaster preparedness, I read a few of the comments left by others.  I’ve noticed something interesting: they often use the word “should”.

“I should be able to shoot anyone who comes into my house uninvited.”

“A couple of days of food should be enough for any emergency.”

“I should be able to go wherever I want without being attacked.”
“Our parks should be safe.”

“The government should respond faster during a disaster.”

“I should be able to carry my gun everywhere.”    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Situational Awareness - Part II

Chris Bird

Last month I discussed some aspects of Situational Awareness, mostly from people who knew much more about it than I did.  In particular, I owe much to Ed Lovette who has written about this aspect of staying safe in an unsafe world and has taught it to the CIA.  I met him when he was teaching us about it as part of a course surviving a mass killer incident at Tactical Defense Institute in Ohio.  Most of this material came from the first chapter of the forthcoming Seventh Edition of The Concealed Handgun Manual.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.



The next drug to add to the EMS formulary should be water.  That’s right.  H20. How many times have you been on a call and the patient has asked for water only to be told by every EMS responder in the room,  “No! You can’t drink anything!”


SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: October 28, 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 Prepare for Severe Weather


The weather can, often times, be unpredictable.  If you are caught off guard by the unexpected, will you be able to survive?  Severe weather preparedness is essential in the event of an emergency.  You should know what to do and how to handle the situation.  We offer you all the advice you need here.    

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