July 11, 2020  

Vol. 14  No. 11

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 Nation that makes a great distinction between its scholars and its warriors will have its thinking done by cowards and its fighting done by fools."

- Thucydides


For years I have wrestled with the problem of new shooters who seem capable of only two shooting speeds:

  1. Dead Stop - while waiting for that perfect alignment of all things in the universe, before breaking their shot, and

  2. Some where around mach 2.

Since neither of these shooting speeds has much value in the Walmart parking lot, I've concentrated a lot of my efforts on helping students find a useful middle-ground.

My efforts have centered around knowing each of my students, not as shooters, but as an individuals with real and definable limits.  Then, it's up to me to work within those limits.  Because, if I can't, I believe I'm wasting both my time as well as my theirs.

I need to get my student to understand his/her limits and do what ever it takes to operate in a highly efficient manner within their own boundaries.  This is how they learn control.  They learn to keep their thought processes and physical abilities in sync.

This has been my objective.

The other day, a friend sent me an article by Tiger McKee that has given me better insight into what I've been teaching for years.  Many of you will be able to find yourselves in McKee's article, below:

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

(My thanks to Jerry A for submitting the following article)
Skill Set:  Verbalization

Tiger McKee

One of the biggest problems when learning a new skill, or attempting to modify an existing skill – which is even more difficult – is the brain.  The brain spools up much quicker than you can physically perform.  The technique you’re working on has five steps.  Physically, you're on step 2.  The mind has already cycled through the five steps; it's saying, "Speed up, you're way behind...    

Top 9 Mistakes I See Training Classes

Michael Seeklander

I want to spend a little bit of time and share with you the top 9 mistakes I see it most of my training classes.  Now keep in mind these mistakes are not all shooting related mistakes, but they are all things that greatly affect my students performances and their ability to train themselves to a very high level.  So let’s get on with it!    

It's nearly a decade old, but this may be one of the best articles you will ever read on surviving crowd violence.


Saving Yourself in a Crowd

Lawrence A. Kane

Mobs are dangerous. Highly emotional and impulsive, they often erupt violently.  Crowds can turn into mobs if members become indifferent to laws, choose to disregard authority, or take advantage of the perceived anonymity that a large group can provide, and follow instigators into violent acts.    

Openrange Defense - Is Awareness Mightier than the Gun?

Marlan Ingram

Is surviving as simple as being aware? See who beat Billy the Kid, Wild Bill and others...    

3 Questions To Stay Alive

Tiger McKee

Your first response to danger should be avoidance and escape.  Not being involved in a confrontation is the easiest, safest path to victory.  You do everything possible to avoid/escape trouble.  Yet, there are situations where that either fails or isn’t an option.  “But,” you ask, “how do I know when it’s time to fight, to use aggressive force to stop the threat?”  My response involves three other questions.  Do I know the details?  Am I going to contribute to solving the problem?  Is it worth risking my life?    

Fighting Shotgun!  The Three Keys To Success!

Mike Seeklander

This’ll be the first blog that I’ve actually written about shotgun shooting, and this article will focus on the defensive use of the shotgun, as well as some quick tips and thoughts about setting up your defensive shotgun.

First let’s discuss the reason behind the use of a shotgun.  Shotguns were originally designed as a hunting weapons.    

Scan and Assess

Pat Rogers

We have had it driven into us that not only must we do this, but also that the only reason to do this is to look for other bad guys.

The methodology on exactly how to do this was mostly nonspecific, but with two separate tracks.    

I’m Now Carrying a Gun At Home:  Here’s What I’ve Learned

Donald Frame

TTAG got my attention regarding the merits of home carry, so I decided to give it a go.  I’ve been at it about a month, carrying more than 90% of the time at home and here are the results so far: carrying at home is not as much of a pain as I had anticipated.  Most of my carrying has been with largish pistols in various forms of pocket carry, and it’s not too bad.    

How Riots Made One Man Buy His First Firearm

Tom Knighton

When it became clear that COVID-19 was not only on American shores but also not likely to be contained, a lot of people bought guns.  Many because, as Asian-Americans, they feared being blamed for the virus. Many others because they feared a lack of police response to 9-1-1 calls due to the corona virus.    

Simple Knife Carry Hack – The Static Cord


You can spend a lot of money trying to accomplish the seemingly simple task of attaching your knife sheath to your belt in a way that is concealable and easy to access.  Yet, in spite of all that money spent, you may not be able to match the comfort, concealability, flexibility, and reliable deployment of the lowly, dirt cheap, static cord.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


Blood Feud

Chris Bird

The first time Leo Arredondo got into a gunfight, he was on his lunch break.  He and his friend Raul “Bear” Garza were at De La Rosa Home and Auto Supply on Nogalitos Street in San Antonio when a red pickup pulled up in front of the auto-repair-shop bays.  It was shortly after 3 o’clock in the afternoon.  They knew there was likely to be trouble when they saw the driver, seventeen-year-old Valentino Garcia Jr. and his uncle, Ricky Garcia, twenty-five, get out of the pickup.    

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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