February 11, 2020

Vol. 14  No. 03

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:

"There is no Team in I"

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STAYING ALIVE is NOT a Team Sport.

  1. Select a group.

  2. Tell them, "Raise your hand, if you routinely carry a gun."

  3. Send the stupid ones home. (For the benefit of folks from Austin,  those are the ones that didn't raise their hands.)

  4. Ask the remaining gun carriers, "Why do you carry a gun?"

  5. The answer I most frequently get is, "To protect me."

That's also the answer I always give.

Then you learn that not all the stupid ones went home.

A leftover, who probably rode in from Austin on his white horse, says something profound like, "I carry to protect those who cannot protect themselves."

I call:  BS

No, no, no - - If you don't protect the longevity of Number One, you won't have the opportunity to protect Number Two, Three, et al...

Even if you intend to protect others, first protect yourself.  Otherwise, you just become not much more than a safety hazard; a bump in the dirt, for someone else to trip over.

This ideology is what makes me believe the best way to protect any group (work, school, church) is to arm EVERYONE who can legally carry a gun.  Then give them good instructions and training on how they can individually win the fight.

What about "security teams?"

Again, I call:  BS

If it's OK with you, I'll choose not to trust my own safety and protection to an albeit well intentioned (paid or volunteer) security guard whose first concern is, justifiably, over the safety of their two year old daughter, away in the nursery.

My advice:

Make security personal

  1. Get a gun.

  2. Learn your gun, well.

  3. Train with your gun.

  4. Train with your gun.

  5. Train with your gun.

  6. Carry your gun, everywhere you go (or don't go there).

  7. Know that you can and will use your gun to protect yourself.

  8. If the need arises, use your gun to fight like you're the 3rd Monkey.

  9. When it's over, take your family and your gun home.

  10. Train with your gun.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Some parts of the following article will tend to contradict my Commentary (above).

What's the purpose of contradicting myself.  It's just another opinion.

Be  a sponge.  Always consider more than one opinion.  Question everything.  Choose the method that you believe will work best your YOU.

-- Mike

Church Security Planning | Step-by-Step Video Guide

John Lovell

In the wake of terrible active shooter (killer) events in recent history, churches are scrambling to increase security and develop security plans. The difficulty of course lies in HOW to increase church security without it effecting the overall mission of the church.    

Skills Check: Ankle-Carry Drill

Ed Head

While it offers excellent concealment, ankle carry requires extensive practice to master the various draw techniques one may require to bring the pistol into action.

Do you carry a defensive handgun in an ankle holster?    

You Don’t Have to Shoot First; But You Better Do Something!

Von Kliem

“The officer should have waited until he actually saw the suspect’s gun. If the suspect tried to shoot him, he could have shot first.”     Anonymous

The above quote didn’t come from an angry anti-police protestor or a biased civil rights attorney.  It came from a police legal advisor.  It came from an intelligent, civic-minded, pro-police advocate.  And he’s not alone.  Some of our strongest allies have trouble understanding the complexity of use-of-force decisions.  Even now many of you are remembering a close friend or family member asking,  “Why didn’t they just shoot him in the leg?”    

Identify Before You Shoot

Claude Werner

The Tactical Professor puts the proverbial “bump in the night” into proper perspective.    

5 Essential Drills for Your Home-Defense Shotgun

Kevin Creighton

Shotguns are powerful and effective fighting tools.  To get the most out of your defensive shotgun, you need to understand its limitations in range and ammunition supply while taking advantage of its power and versatility.  Here are some drills you can practice to learn more about your defensive shotgun.    

3 Tips to Protect Against Home Invasion

Kevin Creighton

At a Cub Scouts meeting a few years ago, my son and I were tasked with creating a home fire escape plan in order to earn a merit badge.  We wrote out what we’d do in case of fire, how to tell if the fire’s outside your door and how to move through smoke.  We teach fire safety to our children in order to keep them safe from a fire inside the home, but what do we teach them how to be safe from violence entering our home from the outside?    

How To Make Difficult Conversations Easy

Eric Barker

Someone is screaming in your face at the top of their lungs.  Or ranting angrily and you can’t get a word in edgewise.  Or maybe they’re sobbing so hard you can barely understand what they’re saying.

We’ve all been there.  These situations don’t happen a lot (thank god) but we all feel helpless when they do.  And because they’re rare we don’t ever seem to get better at handling them.

Problem is, these moments are often critical because they’re usually with people we care about.

What’s the best way to handle these difficult conversations? What works?    

Personal Defensive Weapons that Run & Run

John Farnam

“Cleanliness and order are not matters of ‘instinct.’ They are matters of education, and like most great things, you must cultivate a taste for them.” ~ Benjamin Disraeli

Many mistakenly believe that spring-loaded “dust-covers,” designed to obdurate ejection ports on military rifles, were an invention of Gene Stoner, as none appeared on the previous two generations of US Rifles.

Not hardly!    

No One Is Coming To Save You

Greg Ellifritz

Most citizens assume that the police officers who patrol their neighborhoods are competent fighters.  Those people couldn’t be more wrong.

Depending on the state, police officers usually get somewhere between 40 and 60 hours of training in “defensive tactics” in the police academy.  A lot of that training is classroom book learning.    

Your Tactical Training Scenario- Denial

Greg Ellifritz

Read the first paragraph of this article about an active shooter attack in Arizona.

“Pam Simon’s first thought was “this is not happening.” The aide to Gabrielle Gifford’s next thought was “that’s a toy gun.”  A moment later:  “It’s happening.”

This shooting was so outside her reality that she couldn’t accept what was happening.  Her brain was trying to rationalize it as anything but an attempt to kill her.

If you can’t even accept the reality that you could be shot as bullets are striking your body, you have no chance at mounting an effective defense.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


The Myth of the One Shot Stop

Chris Bird

I recently received a book called Deadly Force Encounters: Cops & Citizens Defending Themselves and Others by Alexis Artwohl and Loren W. Christensen.  Alexis has been a behavioral science consultant to law enforcement, providing traumatic incident debriefings to many police officers and their families during her years as a clinical and police psychologist.  I had interviewed her about people involved in traumatic incidents having memory lapses and memory consolidation that may take a couple of days.  This is why it is advisable to allow two sleep cycles to pass before making a detailed statement about a shooting in which you were involved.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

Rudy Salazar


Scheduled Training:

CLICK HERE for a complete calendar of scheduled training opportunities.

Even if you choose to learn Cane Fighting from a DVD, make sure you also train with a knowledgeable instructor, who can assist in enhancing your force-on-force experience.  To do otherwise would be like learning the mechanics of marksmanship from a book, without having an instructor teach you how to apply what you've learned in an actual fighting sitution.

The man in Ellifritz's article (below) is very lucky not to have sustained serious injuries, when he lost his cane in the fight.

I believe you will also find interesting, some photos from one of our previous classes on using the Cane as an Effective Weapon.    CLICK HERE

-- Rudy

Can a Walking Cane be an Effective Weapon?

Greg Ellifritz

I’ve taught hundreds of people how to fight with a cane.  I genuinely believe that a cane can be an excellent “low profile” weapon in the right hands…assuming the person wielding the cane has a little training or practice.  Before I talk about how best to use the cane, let’s take a look at how NOT to use it.    

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