December 11, 2018

Vol. 12  No. 25

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 information.
Time: 0800
Place: Bexar Community Shooting Range
Marion, TX  78124

CLICK HERE for directions.

Random Shots:

It's one thing to shoot yourself in the foot.  Just don't reload the gun.

- - Lindsey Graham


'Tis the Season

Turn on the evening news -

French rioters and the cops are playing catch with CS canisters.  Today, French officials labeled a shooting as a terrorist attack.

Thousands of invaders are massing on our southern border, waiting for us to blink.

DOJ Special Counsel Robert S. Mueller continues to hunt evil witches.

Rudolph the Red Nosed Reindeer's father has been banned, for bullying.


That's better.  Thank God, the off switch on my TV still works.

If the French, the Central American Illegals, Robert Mueller, and Rudolph's papa, all survive, until after the New Year, I'll turn the TV back on and see how they're doing.

But, for now, I intend to think pleasant thoughts and enjoy the CHRISTMAS SEASON like I used to.

To all of our friends, from Pat, Rudy, Chris and me:

We hope you have a Safe and Merry Christmas, and a most Prosperous and Happy New Year.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

In Wake Of Synagogue Shooting, How Effective Are Armed Citizens Anyway?

Tom Knighton

President Donald Trump stirred up a hornet’s nest when he suggested that the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh would have been well-served with having an armed guard on the premises.  The idea of an armed individual on-hand to deal with threats seems to be a complete anathema to the mainstream media.  This, despite the atrocity taking place less than a year after Sutherland Springs.    

Modified Texas LTC Qualification

Karl Rehn

Flying back from teaching the Historical Handgun and Advanced Handgun classes in Virginia last weekend, I was thinking about how the Texas License to Carry course of fire could be modified to be a better standard, but still retaining most of the characteristics of the original drill.    

Level Up:  Driving 101 Introduction

ISG Team

In this series, we're going to discuss vehicle tactics.  Not “throw-yourself-to-the-ground-and-shoot” vehicle tactics.  No, no.  We're going to talk about things that will help keep you from letting the situation rot to the point that those tactics are necessary.  Part of our game plan is telling people things they don't want to hear, so let's start with this:  Statistically, you probably suck at driving.    

Spreading Lies

Todd G

An interesting conversation on pistol-forum.com over the past few days raised the specter of “too accurate” as it is being taught at some fairly high places including some programs at the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center.

The theory, in a nutshell, is as follows:  Rather than put multiple rounds into a small concentrated area, it’s better    

Home-Defense Shotgun Handling: Advice from the Experts

Jeff Johnston

Even non-gun folks somehow know a shotgun is a great choice for defending the home.  No doubt millions of Americans have Remington 1100s, 870s, Model 12s, Mossbergs and old doubles stashed in their closets—just in case they go duck hunting or have a break-in, whatever comes first.  And the plan is sound … if keeping a shotgun handy was where the home-defense plan began and not ended.    

Personal-Defense Preparation:  Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

Jeff Gonzales

For many people who are taking up concealed carry, the first thing I suggest is to consider the worst-case scenario.  If we had to define what a worst-case scenario would look like, start with being surprised.  If that wasn’t challenging enough, you could start from positional disadvantage, such as on your back, or simulate being injured to further complicate the situation and add more realism.    

Defensive Shotgun Accessories:  What Do You Need?

Sheriff Jim Wilson

There is absolutely no question that a shotgun is one of the best defensive tools that the armed citizen can choose.  There is also no question that some people will take a perfectly good shotgun and stick all kinds of bizarre accessories on it.  I've seen shotguns with bayonet lugs, extended magazines and bright lights that I'm sure must have come off of a 1958 Cadillac.    

Today’s Best 9mm Self-Defense Ammo

Josh Wayner

We are living in an era in which 9mm is king in terms of popularity and widespread availability.  There is a large number of reasons for the success of the cartridge, among them low recoil and even lower cost.  In this article we will be looking at some of the best 9mm self-defense loads around today and the ideas behind them.    

What?  More Situational Awareness?  Haven't we had enough on this topic?

Not really

However, if you believe you already know all you need to know about the subject, simply SKIP THIS ARTICLE.

  - - Feel better, now?

- - Mike

Situational Awareness Tips & Drills

Ken Jorgustin

Even for those who feel pretty confident about their own situational awareness, sometimes it can slip.  It’s good practice to engage in purposeful awareness beyond the ordinary ho-hum of life’s activities.

Note that situational awareness is NOT engaging in paranoia.  Being paranoid is being nervous or afraid of everything.  Situational Awareness is simply a state of mind relative to being alert of one’s surroundings and situations.

Here are some tips and drills for your own situational awareness:    

Handgun Training: 7 Critical Aspects of Pistol Shooting

Steve Sieberts

Seven fundamentals of handgun training apply whether you’re training for self-defense, competing at a match, on the silhouette range or plinking with a .22 pistol.

The seven fundamentals of basic pistol marksmanship are:    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


The Concealed Handgun Manual - Seventh Edition

Chris Bird

A lot has happened since I published the last edition of The Concealed Handgun Manual in 2011.  Now all fifty states and the District of Columbia have some kind of concealed-carry law.  The last state to pass such a law was Illinois.  However, there are still several states and cities that make it as difficult as possible for ordinary citizens to carry a gun for self-defense. New York City, New Jersey, and Washington D.C. come to mind.  It is easier for a six-foot snake to get through a 9mm bullet hole than it is for an ordinary resident to get a concealed-carry permit in New York City.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

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Get Off the X:  Exiting & Equalizing in a Fight

Steve Tarani

I teach firearm courses nationwide, and at the start of one of my most recent, intermediate-level shooting classes, I posed the question:  “Most of you are licensed to carry a concealed firearm.  Can anyone tell me where you may NOT carry a firearm?”  Answers varied from federal buildings such as post offices and courthouses to airports, hospitals and businesses where carrying a firearm on the premises is prohibited by the proprietor.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting

No December meeting

Homesteading in the Burbs – Dream Big, No Matter How Small Your Property

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I just finished being interviewed by a reporter for Vice.  The subject was on food storage, preparedness, and homesteading.  One of the questions that the reporter asked me was something along the lines of do I consider myself a prepper, a homesteader, or a mixture of the two.  My answer was quite honest.  “I’m a prepper, but I’m a homesteading wannabe.”  And it’s very true.  We have grand dreams of having our own homestead, but we aren’t ready for a full homestead right now.    

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Michael Arnold
Chris Bird
Rudy Salazar
Pat Scott

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