March 11, 2020

Vol. 14  No. 04

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

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Random Shots:

"I carry a gun, because a cop is too heavy"



I've never been a big Jeff Cooper fan, and now I know why.

I was so pre-disposed to not believing in color-coding my life, I really never took the time to pay attention to what Cooper was actually saying in his "The Seven Principles of Self-Defense."

Once I stopped and listened to what Lt. Col. John “Jeff” Cooper was saying, it made too much sense not to make it part of my daily routine:


Always know the answers to these two questions:  (1) Who’s around me?  (2) What are they doing?


Select a course of action and get on with it.  Don’t second guess.


Fighting is by definition an aggressive activity!  The best defense is an explosive counter-attack.


You must move quickly.  Speed comes from practice and economy of motion (not desperate hustle).


You must keep your head!  You cannot miss fast enough to win.  Front sight, press.


In our context, this means absolute single-mindedness of purpose.  Once the fight starts, the only thing that matters is winning.


Turn the tables.  Do what your aggressor least expects you to do.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

On Acccuracy

Roy Huntington

So I shot the gun at the normal combat range of seven yards,” reads all too many lines, in all too many gun articles I see.  Who says it’s seven yards, anyway?  And I see this reader mail: “I didn’t see any accuracy testing at 25 yards,” generally in reference to an article about a pocket gun of some sort.  It got me to thinking:  What is accuracy, how much of it do we really need — and is it overrated?.    

Filling the Gap Between Too Little and Too Much Force

Steve Moses

“If all you have is a hammer, everything looks like a nail.” Multiple individuals have been incarcerated as a result of using or threatening to use a handgun when other options were available.  Concealed carriers should know their state’s laws regarding the use of deadly force.  There are at least three basic elements in play:    

Some In Iowa Bothered By Permit Holders Dropping Off Their Kids

Tom Knighton

Let’s say you’re someone who carries a firearm on a regular basis.  For the sake of argument, let’s say you’re someone who legitimately has reason to believe you may be targeted for a crime due to something other than chance.    

More about Refining the Drawstroke

Claude Werner

"What do criminals do when you shoot them with a handgun below the diaphragm?  [i.e., the abdominal cavity]  Pretty much the same thing they were doing before you shot them." --Tom Givens    

Why you need to keep your finger off the trigger?

Mike Ox

I’m part of a few instructor groups online and a question was recently posed about an agency whose policy is to scan for threats with the trigger finger on the trigger and the slack taken up.

The response was pretty much universal…if your sights are on your intended target, the finger goes on the trigger.  If your sights aren’t on your intended target, your finger goes off the trigger.

But why?    

Ammunition Sensitivity and What to Do About It

B. Gil Horman

Few things are as discouraging to shooting enthusiasts ready for a good day at the range as having a gun repeatedly jammed up with failures to feed or eject when using the ammunition on hand.  If the gun is in good working order and there's nothing obviously wrong with the ammunition itself, you may be dealing with a case of ammunition sensitivity.  Although every type of firearm can suffer from some form of ammunition-related issue, a discussion of semi-automatic platforms is a good way to cover most of them.    

The Non Gun Safe Gun Box


I left a comment on my previous post that I thought I might as well turn into a full post.

I’ve talked about UL RSC (Underwriter Laboratory Residential Security Container) standards and double eye-locking before.

I am a nut for gun safes. When you own a lot of guns, proper storage of those guns is important.    

Practical Vehicle Carry

Kjell Rosenberg MD

A student recently asked me this question:  What’s the best way to carry in your car?  This is not at all a simple question to answer.  And of course, I have a lot of opinions about the best way to do it but decided to look up some articles about the topic to see what other experts were saying.  Not surprisingly, I found an excellent article written by Greg Ellifritz which I will be quoting and referring to below.  I highly recommend you read that article in its entirety since it deals with a few issues that will not be discussed in this article.    

Maintaining Control of Your Pistol

Steve Tarani

As an armed citizen, what can you do to keep from being disarmed in a violent physical altercation?  In defensive carry there are many considerations when training to fight with a handgun, most commonly being rapid deployment and marksmanship.  The less common, but equally important, are the dynamics of retaining your firearm in a fight at extreme close quarters, also known as weapon retention.    

Choosing Shotgun Chokes for Home Defense

Jeff Johnston

“Thou shalt not think about using anything but cylinder bore,” reads the Third Commandment of defensive shotgunning when it comes to the use of shotgun chokes.  Or it might as well.  Despite limitless combinations of barrel length, gauges, loads and shot sizes that change the dynamics of shotgun performance depending on specific needs, the entire tactical world seems to believe there’s only useful choke, and that’s none at all.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


Why Carry a Gun?

Chris Bird

To many of us this seems like a stupid question.  We have been carrying a handgun for years.  It is better to have it and not need it, rather than need it and not have it.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

Rudy Salazar


Scheduled Training:

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Don’t Bring a Jiu-Jitsu to a Gunfight!

Michael Seeklander

Have you ever heard the saying, “don’t bring a knife to a gunfight?”  Of course, you have.  Well, this one is similar.  I am calling you out!  And, before you get your panties or speedos in a wad, be reminded that I started training in BJJ with Royce and Rorion Gracie in the ’90s and am still currently hitting the mats three days a week.  I am one of you.    

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