June 11, 2020

Vol. 14  No. 09

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:

"A woman who demands further gun control legislation is like a chicken who roots for Colonel Sanders."

-- Larry Elder


We have become a Nation of touchy-feely-wimps, incapable of expressing an opinion on any subject for fear of offending someone.  The following originally appeared in my April 25, 2012, News Letter.  I believe it has become even more relevant over the past 8 years:

It’s About Fairness

Stop beating your head against the wall.  You will never convince some folks that guns are anything except instruments of evil.  You’re just wasting your time trying.

Like with so many other things, I have a theory as to why some will never accept the idea that guns should have a place in your life.

Think about who it is that condemns guns.  It’s the same individuals who believe  that, before you can use any kind of violent act to defend yourself from an attacker, you must first take into consideration that the little thug, who’s trying to kill you or your loved ones, might have had a troubled childhood.  They believe that, before you can judge him, you must, “walk a mile in his shoes.  It’s only fair.”  And, life is [all] about fairness.

Listen carefully - I’m not going to judge anyone in the Wal-Mart parking lot.  There is only one judgment call to be made:

“Is my life in immediate and imminent danger?”

Then, there’s the issue of using a gun to defend yourself against a poor little street urchin who can only afford a knife?  It’s just not fair.

I don’t carry a gun because I’m looking for a fair fight.  The truth of the matter is that I’m not looking for any kind of a fight, at all.  Leave me and mine alone, and I will live out my life, without ever getting into a fight.  But, if forced to defend myself, I don’t want the fight to be a fair one.  I want it to be horribly one-sided and swiftly concluded.  I want to win.  There is no other acceptable outcome.

Winning is a concept lost on some folks.  They will never understand a concept that does not excuse bad behavior in the name of ‘fairness’.

With some, it will always be a matter of ‘fairness’, as they define it.  Some folks will never get it.  You will never change their minds.


“If you find yourself in a fair fight, your tactics suck.”

― John Steinbeck


There - I got all the way through without making any reference to bleeding-heart liberals...


Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

Teaching New Gun Owners to Cheat and Survive

Rob Morse

You survived an attack because you avoided a fair fight.    

Appendix Carry…Thousands of Thugs Can’t be Wrong!

Greg Ellifritz

Why are all the thugs carrying pistols in their waistbands in front of the hip?  And why do most cops and CCW permit holders carry behind the hip?  Are there lessons to be learned from the bad guys?  As one of the few cops who actually carries his gun in the front “appendix” position, I say “yes”.    

(My thanks to Karen G for submitting the following article)
The Concealed Carry Trap – Are You Caught In It?

michael seeklander

Somewhere in the U.S., a concealed carry class graduated this weekend and a group of 10-50 students are now armed with the legal right and knowledge to apply for their permit, and then carry a gun.  The problem is that those students often times walk out of that classroom or off the range (if a shooting test is required in their state), and step right on to a trap.    

(My thanks to Jerry A for submitting the following article)
Gun Fighting is a Skill That Requires More Training, Not More Information

Chris Sajnog

As a retired Navy SEAL and Director of Training at Center Mass Group, I’ve been around firearms for most of my life.  During that time I’ve seen lots of “new” shooting techniques come and go; some good and some not so good.  One thing that’s never changed, is what it takes to be a great gunfighter, hands on training.    

10 Commandments of Concealed Carry

Massad Ayoob

Carrying a lethal weapon in public confers a grave power that carries with it great responsibilities.  Those who lawfully engage in the practice realize that.  Those who are considering concealed carry need to know what those experienced people know.

If You Carry, Always Carry    

61 Statistics Describing U.S. Gun Owners, Demographics, Concealed Carry, and More


There are more gun owners now than ever before.  It’s not just my opinion, it’s a matter of scientific fact.  This article is going to discuss some excellent research on gun owners including: demographics, how they use them, how often they carry, as well as much more.    

7 Movements That Give Away Your Concealed Carry Advantage (And How To Fix Them)

Matthew Maruster

If you carry a concealed gun, there was a “day one” when you went out into public carrying your handgun for the first time.  Or, maybe that day is coming for you and you're here for tips.

To some degree, you probably were (or are) concerned with the general public finding out that you were carrying a concealed gun.    

7 Pistol-Shooting Tips For People With Arthritis

Dr. Joseph Logar, PT, DPT

When you have arthritis, gripping a pistol can be like holding the handle of a jackhammer wrapped in barbed wire.  Merely assuming your grip or trying to mitigate the gun's recoil can cause "Uncle Arthur" to flare up.  But why?  The pain originates from the fact that a shooter must exert considerable force to support the weight of the pistol, and to provide the stability needed for accuracy.    

Shotguns for self-defense during a crisis (like maybe COVID-19)

Mike Searson

If there is one firearm which is an enigma, it's the shotgun.  There is a lot of misinformation touting its superiority and an equal amount extolling its weaknesses.  However, in a situation like the current pandemic, the right shotgun may be good enough for most shooters if the situation grows into civil unrest and maybe even subsistence hunting.    

Top 10 Ways to Practice Situational Awareness Everyday


Essentially, situational awareness is simply being aware of what’s going on around us so that we can see things coming and take action, preferably before it even happens.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


You Will Do What You Have Practiced

Chris Bird

She knew what to do because years before, her brother had taught her what action to take if someone broke in at night and she had practiced.

“He taught me how quickly someone can get you before you even have a chance to fire the gun,” she said.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

Rudy Salazar


Scheduled Training:

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CAT TQ 101

J Allen

The Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) from North American Rescue is easily the most ubiquitous tourniquet in the North American landscape.  They’re affordable, proven, and available widely.  Most everyone knows how to use one in theory, and many in practice.  However, we can all improve.  With that in mind, here are a few tips for easier application to help stop the bleed quicker and better.    

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