October 11, 2020

Vol. 14  No. 14

News Letter

Staying Aliveģ:  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:

ď...I believe that most people would be better off with 300 rounds and the skills of having shot 20,000 as opposed to 20,000 stockpiled and the skills of having shot 300.Ē

-- Clay Martin


Today, terms like "junk science" and "fake news" and the like have become far too commonplace.

Our society's ability to verify the truthfulness or accuracy of information that bombards us has not come close to keeping pace with the rate at which such "B.S." can be spread.

In our last News Letter, I touched on the fallacy of being able to scare off bad guys with the "sound of a 12ga being racked."

Like the once popular TV series, "Mythbusters," I think articles that bring your world closer to reality are a must.

Quoting from a another recent article by Chris Mudgett (September 18, 2020, outdoorlife.com):

Losing the Tactical Advantage

One disclaimer Iíd like to make right out of the gate:  It has been said, and often repeated, that the simple sound of racking a shell into the chamber of a shotgun is enough to repel the most determined intruders.  This mindset is incredibly naÔve.  When armed, and responding to a potential threat, your firearm should be loaded, with the safety on and positioned at your choice of ready position.  Itís a mistake to think racking a shell into the chamber as an act of intimidation will scare an intruder off like you see in Hollywood movies.  You have actually just lost the tactical advantage and told a potential adversary 1) youíre armed, 2) what youíre armed with, 3) your location, 4) your magazine capacity is limited, and 5) youíre untrained.

Read the full article, below.

Train like your life depends on it.

(It could)

(My thanks to Gary H for submitting the following article)

Why a Shotgun Is a Great Option for Home DefenseóPlus 3 Guns You Should Buy

Chris Mudgett

The 12-gauge pump shotgun is touted as the ultimate home defender.  Itís far from a one-trick-pony and about as general-purpose of a firearm as you can buy.  A shotgun can take the place of a rack of assorted rifles as long as youíre shooting at shorter distances, and can be used for hunting, garden pest control, guarding the family campsite, and, of course, defending your home.   

(My thanks to Gary H for submitting another good article)

Shooting at the Speed of Decision Making

Bob Jewell

One of my struggles as a shooter focused on personal defense has been in the area of shooting faster.  A couple of training courses Iíve attended had tests at the end of the course that put an emphasis on shooting fast.  Most of the time, Iíd watch myself and other students shoot fast and miss.    

Staying Alive in the Brave New World

Michael Bane

If you are not armed all the time, you are a fool.  The time for fond illusions of safety has passed.    

Why You Should Regularly Carry the Same Gun

Tamara Keel

While having options is always good, intimate familiarity and thus competence is fostered by regularly carrying the same gun.    

Should you carry or keep your self defense gun on an empty chamber?

Caleb Lee

I recently read a story where a civilian who was concealed carrying fought back against an armed bank robbery and won.  He shot the guy 3 or 4 times and the armed robber didnít shoot back once, instead, he turned and ran out of the bank before collapsing. 

Thatís not the surprising part Ö   

5 Key Factors For Choosing Your Gun Instructor

Brad Fitzpatrick

Firearms training shouldnít end when you obtain your concealed carry permit, and next-level training with a competent firearms instructor is the fastest and most effective way to improve your shooting skills.  Not all shooting instructors are created equal, however.  So how do you know what qualifies a shooting instructor as competent?  How do you know that youíre getting the best return for the time and money youíve invested in a shooting coach?    

How to Shoot Small Pistols Better

Chris Baker

The problem is as old as the concept of concealable personal firearms:  The smaller a handgun is, the more difficult it is to shoot.  Whether itís a single shot derringer or a polymer-framed pocket .380, handguns that are easy to carry sacrifice their utility in other respects.  This can be an acceptable sacrifice if the convenient size of a small gun means that weíre more likely to actually have it close by when we need it.  On the other hand, the small pistol might not do us any good if we canít shoot it accurately enough or quickly enough to fend off an assailant.    

Looking for Concealment

Matthew Allen

The human brain is an interesting machine that somehow manages to survive the ongoing contrast between conscious and sub-conscious.  For our part we tend to see the conscious as the equal and, if we were honest with our egos, the "better half" of the brain.  After all, this is where we as individuals do our daily living.  Yet the conscious mind has a problem.  It is subject to preconceived notions, prejudices, memories that fall into the spectrum of truth and half truths and our own idealism.    

Criminal Mindset Ė Make Yourself Harder to Kill

Travis Pike

It might be cheesy to open an article up with a quote from Sun Tzuís Art of War, but it applies so well; if you know the enemy and know yourself, you need not fear the result of a hundred battles.  Today we are going to talk about knowing yourself through the lens of your enemy.  The enemy being criminals.  Using the criminal mindset to critically analyze your daily life is an excellent way to spot weaknesses and make corrections.    

Slow Practice

Tiger McKee

Training is the introduction of new techniques.  Practice, learning through repetition, is necessary to apply these skills properly.  Itís important to attend training, but the majority of your time should be spent practicing the techniques over and over again until they become automatic.  The best way to practice is slowly, step-by-step, concentrating on efficiency, not speed.    

Privateer Publications Responsible Information About Shooting, & Self Defense

Chris Bird


The Election

Chris Bird

This is my last column before the election November 3.  So, instead of my usual opinions about carrying a concealed handgun or even the scarcity and price of ammunition, Iím going to write about politics.

I know, anybody who hasnít been in a coma for the last three months has probably seen or read more about ďThe ElectionĒ than they want to know.  However, at the risk of being redundant, Iím going to plough some of that ground again.    

Bayanihan Kali:  Fighting and Emergency Medical

Rudy Salazar


Scheduled Training:

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Why I Donít Carry an Expandable Baton

Greg Ellifritz

Question from a long-time reader:

ďHow do you see the carry and use of a collapsible baton by a civilian CCW person?  I guess the thought here is how do you see the collapsible baton fitting into the range of nonlethal to lethal tools available for self-defense?  Where does it fit in? What tactical scenario do you see the baton being used?  For example instead of pepper spray for a non-lethal defense?Ē    

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