August 11, 2020

Vol. 14  No. 12

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:

“Cogito, ergo sum armatus:  I think, therefore I am fully armed.”

-- Anonymous


Practice is Important  -  Training is Imperative

Practice:  to perform or work at repeatedly so as to become proficient

Train:  to form by instruction, discipline, or drill

Let's start with the bottom line.  Shooting is not instinctive.  Shooting is a learned skill, and, if you learned it wrong, all the practice in the world will not make it anything but but what you learned - "wrong."

Surprise, surprise, if you repeat bad training often enough, all you get is proficient at doing the wrong thing, really fast.  This should not be your objective.

Find a way to train.

Are good instructors to expensive?  Even if you have to follow your trainer's written word or video presentation, find someone who has a good reputation, knows shooting, and who  can start you down the right track.  If you can't afford 1-on-1 training, form a small group and make training financially palatable for both the group members and the instructor.

Keep in mind that the vast majority of the good shooters you will meet have never been near "Front Sight" or "Thunder Ranch."

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

I have addressed the "21 Foot Rule" before.  It is also referred to as the "Tueller Rule" or the "Reactionary Gap."  My former students know I bring it up in all my classes, if for no other reason, just to point out how we are setting up a false sense of security when we decide we need to stay "at least an arm's length from a potential aggressor."

Following is a well researched article by Brady Kirkpartick, in which he does an excellent job of explaining what the "Rule" is all about.  Enjoy it and please learn from it.


Is It Important To Know The 21 Foot Rule?

Brady Kirkpatrick

You’ve probably heard of the 21 foot rule.  How Close is Too Close?

When gun enthusiasts talk about the 21 foot rule, most are actually referring to the “Tueller Drill,” which wasn’t a rule at all, and which now confuses many well-intentioned gun owners.

Whether you’re a beginning or experienced shooter, studying this “rule” is an eye-opener.  So, where did it come from, and what does it mean for you as a gun owner?    

Purse Carry

Greg Ellifritz

Let me get this out of the way first.  I am not an expert in the subject of carrying a gun in a purse.  I have never once carried a purse, let alone one with a gun inside.  I probably will never in my life have such occasion to carry a gun in a purse.    

Why Range Ammunition Is A Bad Choice For Your Self-Defense Gun

Sam Hoobler

Don’t use range ammo as self-defense ammo.  There are a number of good reasons why it’s a bad idea.

Range ammunition — meaning full metal jacket or fragmenting ammunition in center fire rifles and pistol, target or bird shot in shotguns — is a generally poor self-defense ammunition choice.    

Preventing 3 Gun Safety Mistakes New Shooters Make

Jeff Johnston

We've all got lots of reasons to teach someone to shoot.  Whether we're introducing an adult friend or relative to the world of gun safety or teaching our own children, we should always remember that there's quite a lot to learn...and that newbies can and do make mistakes.  When teaching your protégé to shoot, gun safety should be the primary concern.    

(My thanks to Dan G for submitting the following article)

The Back-Up Gun: 3 Reasons To Carry One

B. Gil Horman

While perusing various online sources of gun-related news and information, I've noticed an old term cropping up that I haven't seen in a long time:  The New York Reload.

This term was brought into circulation by Massad Ayoob many years ago after learning that officers of the NYPD Stakeout Unit of the time, who were armed primarily with double-action revolvers, often moved to a second (or third) wheel gun when the ammunition was exhausted in their primary firearm.    

Rimfire for Personal Defense

Richard Nance

Disclaimer:  Using any rimfire-chambered firearm for personal defense is less than ideal and, generally, not recommended.  Centerfire cartridges have proven more effective for self-defense.  However, for shooters who don't have access to a more suitable firearm, or for those who are recoil adverse or who have a physical condition preventing their control of a centerfire firearm, a rimfire pistol or rifle could be a lifesaving tool.    

Tom Givens discusses auto pistol reliability

Tom Givens


Firearm Self-Defense with Your Children Present

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Are you a parent? Do you know how to defend not only yourself but your kids?

As parents who are gun owners, we’re responsible for more than just teaching our kids the four golden rules of gun safety.  We’re responsible for teaching our kids and ourselves what to do in case of a threat to our lives–a threat to their lives–and as with all firearms skills, those aren’t thing you learn in real-time.    

Dry Practice is Critical During Ammo Shortages

Sheriff Jim Wilson

I was at my local gun store this morning and, to say the least, the ammo shelves were virtually empty. I’m told that it’s that way all across the country. So, with all the trouble and chaos that’s going on around the country, you probably ought to be hanging on to what ammunition that you already have. On top of that, a lot of the public shooting ranges are closed to meet various health mandates. And, my friends, this is not really the time to interrupt your important defensive practice.    

Stockpiling Ammunition

Greg Ellifritz

With the recent COVID-19 pandemic and lots of civil unrest, I’m getting more and more people asking questions about stockpiling ammunition.  Online ammunition outlets have been sold out of popular products lately.  Ammo availability at local gun stores is starting to increase, but prices are high and many stores are limiting the amount of ammunition an individual can purchase.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


Drawing the Gun Part I

Chris Bird

Most people who carry handguns on a regular basis wear them in holsters.  The ability to draw your gun from a concealed holster and fire an accurate shot at close range in less than two seconds is a skill worth acquiring.  It could save your life. But remember, the fastest draw is to have the gun in your hand.

Most shooters go to the range to practice without a jacket and wear the gun exposed.  Practice drawing the gun from the position it will be in on the street, that is, with the gun hidden under a jacket or under a shirt that is not tucked in.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

Rudy Salazar


Scheduled Training:

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Cutting-Edge Combatives

Conrad Bui

Social collapse brings many problems.  Thirst and hunger will slowly kill, but violence can end life in a heartbeat.  It may be a gangbanger looking for an easy target, a bandit who likes your expensive-looking MultiCam bug-out bag, or one of the many unprepared souls who blocks your path because a disaster left him desperate.  Threats come in 1,001 different flavors.  How violence is served up is difficult to predict.    

PTI Advanced Hand vs. Knife:  Part 1

Bill McGrath

Pekiti-Tirsia Empty Hand vs. Knife technique is based on the following principles:

Train as if your attacker has been trained in knife work: The Philippines is a blade culture and blade attacks are common. Pekiti-Tirsia empty hand vs knife techniques were developed by those trained in blade work, based on how a trained fighter may attack.    

Be sure to check back next month for Part II


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