Over the past few months, threads and discussion have often become a lively debate on choosing instructors and the merits of training in anti-terror tactics. This article addresses many of these discussions. Not surprisingly, an honest appraisal of the current situation finds the author coming up short in certain areas, and willing to admit it.
The reason most start carrying a concealed weapon is self-protection, with the protection of those around you as a close second. When those around you are your loved ones, and the people whose lives or health is being threatened, it is a fairly easy decision of when to get involved. However, when the threat is merely in your vicinity, or the threat is too strangers, the decision becomes much more blurry. This is true in the individual’s mind and the mind of the courts or legal letter of the law.
The most dangerous places are outside the home. Inside the home, we have barriers including outer doors, glass, and hard interior doors. Hopefully, the family has your back, and you have a plan. If not, you have more problems than I can address. Illegal narcotics, and the pharmaceutical industry’s greed-fed opioid epidemic, turn many against their fellows, and the family is the first victim—just so you will not be surprised. My home is modest, and I have genuine affection for my neighbors. I am lucky. My first line of defense is
I am sure many of the readers of The Shooter’s Log started out with a Daisy Red Ryder. Most will remember little Ralphie opening his Red Ryder on Christmas morning in A Christmas Story—or at least his mother’s warning about shooting his eye out with it. Others, such as myself, started with something owning a little more pep such as a Winchester Model 69A .22 Long Rifle—a bolt-action .22 LR that quickly taught me to make every shot count small game such as rabbits and squirrel. Fortunately, a few years after that, I got the Daisy and while Black Bart never crossed my path, I thoroughly enjoyed torturing my little green plastic army men in mock wars for months afterward.
October 31 is one of the most anticipated nights of the year for many kids. Thoughts of candy, getting to stay out late, parties at school, and a chance to be a superhero for a night are all innocent thoughts in a child’s mind. However, for adults we see the sinister side behind all the sugary treats and silly scares.
After recent events in Barcelona, Orlando, Paris, Las Vegas and other places, the prospect of a lone wolf or organized attack with severe consequence seems more and more plausible. I am certain any right-minded person would stop a terror attack if it was within their ability. But that is the question: “Do you have the ability?” The first thing you have to consider is that you may be killed. Many terrorists, unlike common killers, are on a hell-bound trip. Holding a gun on them or threatening them will be meaningless.
Trigger pull, trigger jobs, trigger reset—the trigger has as much (or more) to do with accuracy on a handgun as the sights. However, there is a lot of bad information on how and when you should look into having a trigger job done on your favorite pea shooter, and the best trigger pull weight for your purposes.
Going to an established range is one of the best ways to be introduced to the shooting sports. While getting your start in shooting by going with a friend or family member who is already an experienced shooter is always recommended, shooting at an established range with a professional Range Safety Officer (RSO) or certified instructor is your safest option.
There are a lot of tactical trainers to choose from these days. Some trainers are better than others—as are some students, but that is another story. Occasionally, the lesson may have been taught correctly, but as the word (lesson) spreads, each copy gets a little fuzzier. Before long, self-professed experts, well-intentioned neophytes, and keyboard ninjas are parroting once solid tactics, but their version has drifted so far from the original intent, that the lesson has morphed into something that has wandered over the line into being dangerous.
In this video, Rob Latham and Rob Pincus discuss the differences between the assessment of a stage at a competition and a tactical situation. Common mistakes competition shooters habitually bring to a tactical situation, and the correct way to assess your situation during a confrontation. Are you making some of these mistakes? How many of these mistakes have you seen in live training classes or other online videos.
Share the lessons you learned, tips for others, or general thoughts about the video in the comment section.
You do not have to be a victim of a hurricane to experience the destructive effects of flooding. A broken pipe, ruptured water heater, or a sump pump that goes out during a storm is enough to do it in some areas. In any case, flooding and firearms are not only a bad mix, it can be a financial disaster. This leaves firearms owners who have seen their guns and stored ammunition submerged by flood waters wondering whether their firearms and ammunition can be salvaged and used safely. Fortunately, the National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) and Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers’ Institute (SAAMI) have the answer. Here is the full release.
There have been many books written on shooting from Hit the White Part by my friend Massad Ayoob to Paul Weston’s book on combat shooting for police and Ed McGivern’s Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting. Some are dated and while Chic Gaylord’s Handgunner’s Guide is worth a look, the gear is outmoded. All are worth a read. Anything by Jeff Cooper and his able student Gabriel Suarez, is worth the money.
The lone wolf attacks of the past few years have been called a leaderless Jihad. This is essentially correct. From the Boston Bombers to the attacks in Orlando, we are seeing those with mental illness to one degree or another, marginality, and difficulty sustaining relationships becoming cyber-radicalized. The problem of cyber radicalism is a current one that sees no sign of abatement.
I am sure many of you have already read internet chatter or watched a YouTube video regarding the SIG P320 failing drop tests. This is true, false, and somewhere in between. To be honest, this is not “new” news. Word spread at the 2017 NRA Show about the SIG P320 having a trigger issue.
The single most popular firearm in America today is America’s rifle, the AR-15. Sportsman, hunters, competitive shooters, law enforcement, home defense—the number of uses and users may be impossible to count, but the fact that America’s rifle is here to stay is unequivocal. Many of us already own one or more AR-15s, others are still looking for the right deal or to build their own.
We have all watched a movie, and most likely felt at least a touch of anxiety for the innocent victim, as the bad guy breaks into an occupied home. It is not hard to put yourself in the victim’s shoes. While the comment section on an article like this is often filled with bravado, in reality, your shorts might end up filled with something not as sweet smelling or quite as likely to impress or intimidate the would-be burglar.
When you look at training today, the face of training has changed since the majority of us began carrying a handgun. At one time, most NRA instructors were Korean War or Vietnam War veterans.
The word “rule” has been carelessly tossed about by law enforcement and CCW trainers for decades—perhaps it was just misunderstood. In truth, when talking about the 21-foot rule, most are referring to the “Tueller Drill.” Careless lips have led to some dangerous conclusions, especially among the civilian population. It’s a confusion that’s being cynically exploited to get headlines, and it has even reared its ugly head in the courtroom a time or two, but it needs to be addressed for safety.