May 11, 2020

Vol. 14  No. 06

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:

"The greatest victory is that which requires no battle."

-- Sun Tzu


"Should I take Covid-19 precautions?"  Of course, you should.

That's like asking, "Should I wear a seat belt?"

Whatever precautions you take, however, should be based on sound medical advice from your own physician, and not from some ill-informed politician.   Almost no one, who holds political office, will ever give you advice about your health that is not agenda driven b.s. from the Nanny State.  And, their advice is almost certain to enhance the power of their office and/or get them re-elected.

"I was thinking about attending my handgun training session, but I'm being told to avoid groups over 10, in number.  What should I do about attending?"

Believe me, when I say, "Groups of 10 was extracted from a politician's butt," and has no more basis in reality than any other number between 1 and ____ (fill in the blank).  It just seemed to be a number, that a guy who's never held an honest job in his life, thought he could get the sheeple to go along with.

For God's sake  -  Do what your mother encouraged you to do, the whole time you were growing up:  Wash your hands, and don't hang out with kids with runny noses.  SHE WAS RIGHT.  Use common sense.

Also,  if you're symptomatic (fever, etc...) Stay the hell away from me.  Whether it's Covid-19, the flu, or a common cold. I don't want what you have.  Don't give it to me.

If you are member of a high-risk group, stay away from people who might compromise your health.  Whether through exposure to Covid-19 or the seasonal flu, stay away from people and places your doctor has warned against.

With specific regard to our training sessions:  Do what you believe you need to do, to guard your health, now.  We'll wait for you.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Should I Provide First Aid to the Attacker I Just Shot?

Greg Ellifritz

I had an interesting question posed to me by a student in the Systems Collapse Medical Class I taught in Virginia.  He asked me:

“If I have to shoot a criminal in a gunfight, should I provide first aid before the paramedics arrive?”    

Rob Morse makes an excellent point, with his advice to concentrate on how to get the most out of your practice [training].  And, it's not working on your split-times.  Please heed his advice.


How Do You Protect Your Family With Your New Gun?

Rob Morse

Millions of new gun owners brought their gun home.  That gun in its box in the bedroom closet won't keep you safe until it is part of your security plan.  Becoming a gunfighter takes months of practice and makes you seconds faster.  In contrast, having a security plan takes only a few hours and gives you minutes of advantage.  Spend your time where it does the most good.  This is what should you do first.    

Before you say, "Anybody should be able to load a magazine," try real hard to remember how much fun it was, the first time you did.


Guns 101 – Loading a magazine

Claude Werner

Loading (charging) a magazine is another task that’s neither intuitive nor easy for beginners.  Here’s an explanation of one way to do it.    

Blend In: Embracing the Gray Man Mentality

Kat Ainsworth

You’ve seen him in public.  I’m talking about the guy in khaki cargo pants and a T-shirt splashed with some guns-and-death-related witticism about stacking bodies.  Or the dude with an “operator beard” and gun-company shirt open carrying his Glock while grocery shopping.  And don’t forget the one wearing the “shoot-me-first” photographer vest.  Odds are that you have encountered one of these individuals.  This clothing and swagger screams, “Look at me! I have a gun!”    

8 Self-defense Tips for Men

Wim Demerre

This “self-defense tips for men” post is the result of a combination of factors.  First of all, I recently started teaching self-defense to another private student and he asked a number of questions.  Second was a conversation with a fellow author about the reality of self-defense and violence versus the myths and misconceptions we see people believe in every day.  The conversation turned to the erroneous assumptions men in particular seem to have on this topic and he suggested I write a blog piece about it.  I gave it some thought and this is the result.    

On Her Own: You Are Worth Defending

Annette Evans

Even if you are not in current danger, or you have no child to keep safe ... you, on your own, are worth defending.    

Ambidextrous Controls

Bryan McKean

Firearms manufacturers are always looking for ways to improve upon their products.  The latest craze seems to be adding ambidextrous controls.  This trend is likely the result of military and law enforcement contracts requiring a single gun that will work for a diverse selection of end users.  Initially these controls seem to only benefit the 10% of the population who are left-handed.  There are some benefits you right-handed folks may not have considered.    

Skill Set:  How I Practice

Tiger McKee

The speed you practice should be slow.  This is a tempo that eliminates, or greatly reduces the chances of making a mistake.    

It's sometimes referred to as a "New York" reload.

Do I carry spare ammo?  Yep - in my spare gun.

Why?  Why not?


Reasons to Carry A Backup Gun

Joshua Gillem

We've gone really far in depth about the amount of ammo you should carry, why you should consider carrying extra ammo, and the importance of using the proper type of ammunition.  Something I don't feel like we've touched on a great deal is the backup gun.

More specifically, why carry a backup gun to begin with.  But first, let's discuss what a backup gun even is.    

Range Etiquette For New Shooters

Joshua Gillem

We've all been there before, our first time at the gun range.  It can be a bit nerve wracking your first time if you have no idea what you're doing.  I get it, I've been there.  I still experience it when I visit a new range.  Though, it is a bit different for me now.

Being that I've been in YouTube videos and have been working for the industry for one publication or another for several years now, I worry about if anyone will recognize me.  Believe it or not, it has happened (thankfully not that often) and it can be awkward for me (which is why I don't usually do YT vids anymore).

But, that's besides the point.  The point is to discuss range etiquette for new shooters.  Let's hit a few points of things to remember when you go to the range:    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


Snub-nosed Revolvers Versus Semi-Autos

Chris Bird

A few days ago Mike sent me an article by Jim Grant from Ammoland Shooting Sports News giving four reasons never to carry just a snub-nosed revolver.  I don’t know Jim but he does make some good points.

He writes that too often beginning shooters are advised to carry a snub-nosed revolver.  He thinks this is a mistake.  His first reason:  You’re not a good enough shot.  Or to put it slightly differently, revolvers are harder to shoot well, particularly those with two-inch barrels.  Grant has some support for this point of view.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

Rudy Salazar


Scheduled Training:

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The Handgun as an Impact Weapon

Justin White

It’s a nightmare scenario that many fail to train for:  defensive shooting at extremely close range.  We’re talking inside arms reach, tooth and claw, skin-on-skin conflict.

Maybe there was an ambush, a distraction as the attack occurred, maybe you let them get too close because you didn’t think they’d really attack you.  For whatever reason you find yourself fighting for your life at the kind of intimate distance for which your 10 yard square range practice has not prepared you.    

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