November 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 24

News Letter

To Our Veterans,

Thank You


Staying Alive®:  Firearms Training & Texas License To Carry

Michael J Arnold


Scheduled Training:
Subject: Texas License To Carry
Date: CLICK HERE for next class information.
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124

CLICK HERE for directions.

Random Shots:

The fascination of shooting as a sport depends almost wholly on whether you are at the right or wrong end of the gun.

- - P. G. Wodehouse


How Much Will I Risk For A Non-Combatant?

You Can't Save The World

Before I get to the question, I should probably define my terms.

I define a non-combatant as any individual who will not become an active participant in a fight to save his/her own life.

I divide non-combatants into two distinct groups:

  1. In the first group, I include those who, because of physical or mental infirmity, cannot fight.  I call them legitimate victims.

  2. In the second group, I include those who, for whatever reason, choose not to fight.  I call them illegitimate victims.

Please note that my two groups do not provide a separate category for conscientious objectors.  That is because, objecting to a fight on moral or other grounds is still a choice.  And, because it is a choice, I include those individuals in the second category.  The victim status of this group is of their own choosing.

I don't know if Clint Smith ever actually said, "You may save your family, you may save yourself, but you can't save the world."  No matter to whom you attribute the phrase, it's true; choose your battles wisely.

Don't let an illegitimate victim get you into a fight that's not worth the risk - HIS/HERS.

Choose those deserving of your risk taking wisely.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Should Rabbis (or anyone) be Liable if They Create These "GUN-FREE ZONES" and Defenseless People are Murdered?

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"Any house of worship is a wide-open exposed soft target for lunatics and hate-filled radicals to exploit, and everyone knows it.  Why would your leader refuse guards and insist you be unarmed?"    

Ten Major Tactical Mistakes

Brent T Wheat

Want a quick and easy read that doesn’t tax your brainpower with monotonous things like storyline, plot development, and resolution?  Here’s our quick-n-dirty guide to ten major tactical mistakes that too many people make … yes, maybe even you.

1. They don’t carry a gun.    

Cold Weather Carry

Richard Nance

As a native Californian, I sometimes forget the whole world doesn’t walk around in T-shirts, shorts and flip flops year-round.  Recent trips to northern Illinois and central Pennsylvania reminded me not everyone has it so easy when it comes to concealed carry.  Clearing a baggy T-shirt to draw your handgun is a lot different than having to fish your handgun out from under layer after cold-blocking layer of garments.    

The Myth of Pain Compliance

HK Slade

Almost 20 years ago, I attended a conference and listened to law enforcement trainer Phil Messina talk about the problems of using pain compliance to stop a violent attacker.  This was well before I went into law enforcement myself, and, at the time, I scratched my head and wondered why he was spending so much of the limited class time to make an argument that seemed self-evident.  After all, the act of attacking someone is inherently painful.  If someone is angry enough, drunk enough, or scared enough to swing a fist at something as hard as my head, he probably isn’t going to mind me pinching that little meaty tab between the thumb and forefinger.    

Handgun Combatives

Dave Spaulding

Fighting or shooting...which are you practicing?

It is one of the finest pieces of cinema ever produced IMHO. THE SHOOTIST (1976), Ron Howard (Gillum) to John Wayne (J.B. Books):

Gillum: "How did you get into so many fights and always come out on top? I nearly tied you shooting!"

Books: "Friend, there's nobody out there shooting back at you!  It isn't always about being fast...or even accurate...that counts.  It’s being willing!  I found out early that most men, regardless of cause or need, aren't willing.  They'll blink an eye or draw a breath before they pull the trigger...and I won't!"    

Armed Church Security in Colonial America

David Yamane

In my recent review of Clayton Cramer’s book, Lock, Stock, and Barrel: The Origins of American Gun Culture, I noted that the armed church security that I have just begun examining is not new.

Of course, like gun culture itself, church security has changed dramatically over the years.  In Colonial America, Cramer shows, church security was often mandated by law in connection with militia service.    

Use These Non-Permissive Environment Carry Tips to Enhance Your Concealed Carry

ITS Guest Contributor

Civilians who go through their day armed face an interesting paradox.  Though we as a class of gun-carriers certainly have the most total man-hours spent carrying concealed and potentially the highest stakes if discovered, some of us seemingly don’t care about employing the best practices to accomplish our objective.  That objective is simply to get through our daily itinerary with no fuss and no hassle, un-assailed and ideally to carry our pistols undiscovered, with no one the wiser.    

Sage Dynamics Firearms Training: Fetal Position Shooting

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The latest installment of firearms training information from Sage Dynamics covers Fetal Position shooting.  Their lead instructor, Aaron Cowan provides a thorough overview focusing on the Principals, uses, along with problem solving.    

Steel-Case Ammo: Bad For Your Gun?

George Harris

What are the pros and cons for steel shell cases, more specifically, Winchester’s USA-Forged 9 mm, 115-grain (Item WIN9S), 150-round pack?  Darrell Moriarty, Lago Vista, TX

Steel cartridge case use in handguns (as well as long guns) has been the source of controversy since their inception.  One of the biggest misconceptions is since steel is harder than brass or aluminum, it must be harder on the gun as it travels through the cycle of operation.  Those of that opinion are quick to reference extractor breakage or failure, especially in the AR-15/M16 platforms.    

‘Students’ Bill Of Rights’ Illustrates They Need To Study Rights More

Tom Knighton

One thing Parkland did was mobilize the youth of this country far more than anything else in recent memory.  High school students, normally pretty docile if not oblivious to the world around them, embraced gun control as a cause and started flapping their gums on a topic they knew nothing about.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


No article, from Chris's Corner, this month

Chris and his wife are visiting friends and relatives, "Down Under"

Here's Chris interviewing a local resident for a future article, on Concealed Carry, in a pouch.

We believe Chris might be unarmed, in compliance with local laws.

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

The Knife Whisperer – The Whispering Reverse Grip Tip

Hock Hochheim

I’ve heard the whisper.  Have you?  The secret tip.

“If you see a guy hold a knife like this (reverse grip) watch out!  He really knows what he is doing.”

Said the tipster who knows nothing, anyway.  A receiver from another tipster who knew nothing.  I have heard that “insider tip” numerous times.  One time, I was even told this tip by a guy who had never been in the Marines, but heard this tip from a “Marine friend.”  The irony was I was in Triangle, VA, hotel restaurant next to the Marine base Quantico, there teaching Marines among other things – “knife.”  Some of it saber grip knife.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: Pot Luck Meal
Instructor: Pat
Date: December 09, 2018
- - No November meeting - -
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Location is available by CLICKING HERE to contact Pat for the latest information.

RSVP using the same link.


This is an excellent time of year to put in trees & shrubs.  The article, Living Fences: "How-To, Advantages and Tips", mentions some of the plants that will grow in Texas,  such as the Osage Orange, Pyracantha, and Jujube.  But, it doesn't mention one of the more effective fences of thorny Texas natives, the Acacias.  Especially notable is the Cat Claw Acacia (Acacia greggii A. Gray), aptly named.

A good article describing the Acacia is by an author from Boerne, Bill Ward. https://npsot.org/wp/story/2009/193/

Cat Claw Acacia is a shrub with a plethora of branches that have thorns which appear as the claws on a cat (and as sharp!).  This woody bush can range anywhere from three feet in height to ten feet.  This native South Texas plant can be found on the Edwards Plateau and South Texas Plains in dry arroyos, valleys, sandy soils, gravelly hills, and slopes. Cat Claw is in bloom from April to October.  It is foraged by butterflies, bees, other insects, white-tailed deer, and small mammals such as rabbits, quail, and other birds.  Small mammals and birds use Cat Claw for protection, nesting, and roosting.  Insects which inhabit this plant produce a residue that is used for varnish and shellac.  Native Americans used the seeds in mush form for back pain relief.  Other common uses include landscape, xeriscape, as an ornamental, or hedge plant.

Most acacias require processing before they can be consumed.  The primary barriers to the consumption of acacia seeds are the toxins stored in them, primarily cyanogenetic glycosides that produce illness if they aren't processed properly (Kingsbury, John. M. - 1964 Poisonous Plants of the United States and Canada. Prentice-Hall, Englewood Cliffs, New Jersey.).

Aboriginal Australians developed techniques that involved heating, pounding, grinding, and leaching the acacia seeds, and each method was adapted to the individual species being processed (Low, Tim - 1989 Bush Tucker: Australia's Wild Food Harvest. Angus and Roberson, Sydney, Australia. ). Cat Claw Acacia

Living Fences: How-To, Advantages, and Tips

Harvey Ussery

Fences on your farm or homestead define property boundaries and separate production zones (garden, pasture, orchard).  They provide privacy and security from animal (and perhaps human) intruders.  They confine livestock and protect them from predators.  They guard crop areas from wild raiders (such as deer) as well as animal allies (such as sheep and goats).

Your first choice for such a multifunctional homestead necessity may be manufactured fencing:    

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