January 11, 2019

Vol. 13  No. 02

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:

Those who hammer their guns into plows, will plow for those who don't.

-- Thomas Jefferson


Trigger Reset

There are probably as many shooting methods as there are instructors.  And there is no lack of instructors, who will tell you, THEIRS is the ONLY correct method.

The first two articles, below, deal with Trigger Reset.  The first, by George Harris, is fairly short and to the point.  The second article includes no less than a dozen opinions on the subject of reset.

Which method is the most effective?  That depends on you.  The reason I present different solutions to the same problem is in hope that you will do your own evaluations and determine what actually works best for you.

So, how do you spot a method likely to be somewhat less than effective?  One sure-fire way is to steer clear of instructors, who try to convince you that theirs is the ONLY correct way.  Often, you will find you are being taught by an instructor, who only teaches one method, because of a lack of understanding concerning other methods available.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Trigger-Control Tips:  Slapping vs. Resetting

George Harris

The Problem

Much has been written about trigger control since the beginning of shooting.  But, the majority of writing on the subject is focused primarily on the rearward movement of the trigger, with little-to-no attention given to the forward movement.  After closely observing a group of shooters at your gun club, you notice some of them focusing on controlling the rearward and forward motion of the trigger, while others are concerned only with the rearward trigger movement - regardless of whether they are shooting rifles or handguns.    

Trigger Reset: Should You Use It?

Bryce M Towsley

In recent years, there has been a lot of chatter about feeling the trigger reset when shooting a pistol. The technique is often described as follows:

  1. At the shot, trap the trigger back with your finger.

  2. Align the sights and let the trigger come forward until you feel the reset.

  3. Break the next shot.    

Competition Shooting: Potential Pitfalls for the Casual Competitor

Aaron Israel

I like to participate in shooting competitions, as do a lot of shooters who own and carry guns for personal defense but are also shooting hobbyists.

As I’ve written before, I believe that competitions are great ways to meet other shooters and have a good time shooting your gun.  They also help you fine tune your gun-handling skills and experience different shooting positions and angles that don’t present themselves in normal square-range practice sessions.  They may also afford you the opportunity to do things that the range you practice at won’t otherwise allow.    

Knock! Knock! - Show Us Your Glock

Evan F Nappen Atty at Law

The Murphy Magazine Ban WILL be enforced. It is only a question of what degree it will be enforced against honest gun owners.

“The New Jersey State Police corresponded with Breitbart News on December 11 and refused to rule out house-to-house enforcement of the state’s “high capacity” magazine ban.”    

10 Common Handgun Draw Mistakes, and How to Fix Them

Guy Sagi

An important part of self-defense is the draw.  If you can’t get your gun into action quickly, you’re probably going to lose a gunfight. As such, shooters should regularly practice their draw.  However, many aren’t practicing properly with these 10 handgun draw mistakes being very common.    

4 Cases That Examine if a Shot in the Back Is Murder or Self-Defense

Massad Ayoob

It is a prevalent myth that anyone shot in the back must obviously be the victim of a cowardly murderer.  There are even some prosecutors who seem to take that as a given.  In real life, however — and in real courts — the totality of the circumstances have to be taken into consideration.  Consider the following.    

Heuristic Problem Solving

Tiger McKee

Making the decision on when and how to respond to a potential threat can be difficult.  At first, there seems to be a multitude of questions to be answered in order to come to the correct conclusion.  When should you start initiating your response?  How drastic does the response need to be in order to stop the threat?  The problem is if you wait until you know all the answers it’s probably too late to respond.  How do we come up with a rapid, correct response?  The answer is heuristic decision making.    

How To Make Sure Your Handgun Fits You

Tom McHale

Today’s handguns come in more shapes and sizes than a random assortment of Wal-Mart Thanksgiving sale shoppers.  Not only that, many modern handguns come with replaceable grip panels so you can adjust the size to fit.

When deciding what’s best for you, comfort is a factor, but it’s not the definitive method of fitting a handgun.  Just because one grip or another “feels good” doesn’t mean that you’ve got a proper fit.  To be sure, you’ll want to check a couple of other things to help you decide which gun, or grip panel configuration, is right for you.    

Muzzle-Energy Math:  Comparing Shotgun Gauges for Home Defense

Jeff Johnston

Last April I shot a wild boar with a shotgun slug.  The boar weighed 206 pounds, and it died within seconds of receiving the ¾-ounce hunk of lead to its hairy chest. And, can you believe it?  It acted as though it didn’t know it wasn’t from a 12 gauge.  Nope, it was a 20.

Over the years, I’ve taken plenty of big game with a 20 gauge; I choose it mainly because the shotguns chambered for it are typically lighter and easier to wield—so much so that I almost loathe carrying a 12 gauge anymore. What does this have to do with home defense?    

Prepping a Personal-Defense Kit: My Flyweight Travel EDC

Matthew Allen

“Nothing happens to the wise man against his expectation, nor do all things turn out for him as he wished but as he reckoned — and above all he reckoned that something could block his plans."


In the modern age, Seneca is considered one of the stalwarts of Negative Visualization.  Most of us would recognize the concept more readily as the “What If?” mindset; “what if this happens?  Then I will respond in this manner.”  It is the leading concept for being prepared both mentally and physically and, at its core, the centralized philosophical concept of personal defense.  Without question, it also relies on the mind to be balanced and to be able to reflect on personal experience to temper experience against over-preparedness.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

by: Chris Bird


Bumper Stickers and Other Tells

Chris Bird

You have seen cars and SUVs with tells scattered all over their back ends.  Many will have aging Obama bumper stickers while others say Save the Whales, Save the Trees, Save the Air, and Save anything else the owner wants to support.  They may well have tells letting observers know what school their kids attend.

Tells are what poker players term the little unconscious signals that give opponents a clue to what sort of hand they are holding.     

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

by:  Rudy Salazar

Scheduled Training:

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Self-Defense Strategies: Using a Knife or Pistol With One Hand

Steve Tarani

Since I have been employed in the professional-protection industry as an edged-weapons and firearms instructor for more than 30 years, I am often asked about self-defense with a knife versus self-defense with a handgun.  Turns out there are more similarities than differences—especially when it comes to deploying either with one hand.

Most folks who carry a gun also carry a knife.  Because there are certain places where you cannot carry a gun (such as government buildings, airports, posted businesses, etc.), an edged weapon is often your next-best defensive option.  Like a gun, if you’re trained in the use of an edged weapon, it can be an effective life-saving tool.    

SAAMAG:  Self Reliance

by:  Pat Scott


Monthly Meeting
Subject: To be announced.
Instructor: Pat
Date: January 27, 2019
Time: 2:00pm - 4:00pm
Place: Location is available by CLICKING HERE to contact Pat for the latest information.

RSVP using the same link.


It's time to start thinking about the next spring garden.  If you don't have anything in the garden this fall, it's time to give yourself some exercise or better yet, give the earthworms something to do.

I've had people tell me that they tried to mulch with compost and it would form a crust on top.  I personally haven't had that problem since I quit watering with a sprinkler.  I water with weeping hoses and/or drip irrigation.  I believe the crust may be formed by the high alkaline water in our area and when you water with a sprinkler it dries on top and eventually enough alkali builds up and it leaves a crust.  You might help slow the build up by stirring the mulch occasionally.  Alkali is, unfortunately, the beast that bothers us all in this area, but I'd much rather fight the alkali than do without a good 3-4" of mulch, preferably made from a good compost.  I like to do it now and "refresh" the layer of mulch when the plants are a good 6 - 8" tall.

Here's an article worth reading, even if you're an "old hand" at gardening.

Supercharge Your Soil For Spring!

Benedict Vanheems
Mother Earth News

Now’s the ideal time to enrich your soil for the coming growing season.  The best way to do that is to add organic matter to improve soil structure, increase fertility, and feed the essential microbial life that lives in the soil.

A thick layer of organic matter — for instance, compost, animal manure or leaf mold — can be spread on the soil surface then forked or tilled in to the top 6-12 inches of soil.    

Mother Earth News Fair

February, 16-17 2019
Belton, TX

Whether you want to learn how to grow and raise your own food, build your own root cellar, or create a green dream home, come out and learn everything you need to know — and then some!    

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