As a General Rule, Crowds are BAD

From the Archives, 2018

At a car show recently held in Victoria Texas, a drunk paroled felon who had been locked up for (wait for it) D.W.I, drove his car into a crowd of people, killing a 65 year old man.

This type of threat where a vehicle is used as the weapon, has become common place in the last few years, as witnessed in the Bastille Day Attack in Nice, France in 2016 , the Hudson River Park Bike Path Attack in New York in 2017 and most recently the Yonge Street Van Attack in Toronto Canada.

Regardless of the motive of the attacker whether it be islamic terrorism or a delusional drunk moron, the end result is the same: Mass carnage.

As John Farnam points out in his recent quip, words like “security”, “protection” and “safety” are words that exist only in the vocabulary of sheeple. It is no longer realistic for the armed civilian to assume any of these things EXIST when you go out in public.

In fact, when you start looking at all of the mass casualty attacks worldwide just in the past five years, the old adage of “there is safety in numbers” is proven a severe falsehood.

In the 21st Century, people gathering in large crowds must now be considered a serious liability to the martial citizen. Apart from vehicle attacks, just look at what happened with the Las Vegas shooting.

The bottom line is this: The only “security” that exist in venues like this is what you, the ARMED citizen create for yourself and your tribe.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

The Combat Realities of Trigger Reset

From the Archives, 2016


Trigger reset is one of those skills, that if you were like me, when you learned it, it pretty much changed your level of accuracy instantly, especially with a pistol. I remember one of my trainers summarizing it for me:

“Unlike a rifle, where the barrel is 16 to 20 inches or greater, most pistol barrels are only 4 to 5 inches..that means the bullet has not got very far to travel before it exits, that means that any movement you make in working the trigger, exponentially effect the bullets path that much more.”

It made perfect sense. Pretty soon I was shooting the lights out.

But where the trouble came into paradise is when I learned the EXTREME differences between Competition Marksmanship and Combat Accuracy.

Most of the skills we are taught when we first start learning to shoot revolve around the square range and static targets. There is typically no stressors and no movement involved. Our success (and our ego) depends on the black X Ring and how well we shoot it out, right? Compare this to actual Combat shooting in a life or death struggle; whole new ball of wax. Now, all that really matters is that we stop the person trying to kill us right? Is he really going to grade us on our groupings or on our shot placement? Will he have his handy pair of calipers to measure your spread?

Now, I know most of you have heard this passionate spill before from me, so let me put it another way so I don’t sound redundant and boring.

The “Degree” of accuracy required is different in Competition and Combat shooting. In Competition Shooting, Accuracy is expected 100% of the time, no matter the situation. You are expected to punch a round through a paper target, preferably in the black, every time. In Combat Shooting, accuracy has looser tolerances and is both subjective and situational.

Let me give you an example: Some meth head has a taken a kid hostage, the perp standing still at 12 yards with a knife to the child’s throat, threatening to kill him. The only available and relatively safe shot the perp is giving you is the right side of his face, maybe 3 inches total from his nose to the edge of his cheekbone. Here, the SITUATION and in part, the DISTANCE, has determined that you MUST BE ACCURATE so that you kill the perp and protect the kid.

To contrast, if the same perp was just 12 feet away from you, armed with a handgun, but with no hostage, Now your level of accuracy is lowered, because you have a much bigger target in front of you (his center of mass) at a much closer range. Make sense? (FYI: In the first example, I realize the example is a bit far fetched for any CO. The reality, regardless of the weapon involved, is quite simple: for long distance shots that require a great degree of accuracy, ALWAYS get closer if you can! This is why they train hostage rescue teams to always try and close distance with the perp and get a shot angle on them that reduces the chance of an errant round hitting a hostage or bystander.)

OK, so going back to trigger reset. Since it is a skill that most of us practice on the square range, how applicable is it in an ass puckering, “kill or be killed” situation? I mean are you really going to remember a fine motor skill that involves you letting up the slack just enough to hear or feel the reset, all the while rounds are whizzing around you as you are moving to cover and your adrenaline is jacked thru the roof? Yeah, probably not. But that is OK, because you understand that TRIGGER RESET is a skill you can call upon (with Pistol or Rifle) when you need a greater degree of accuracy above and beyond standard combat shooting. Because, ultimately, when you look at the scenarios involved in most civilian self-defense shootings, in most cases, combat accuracy is going to be sufficient to end the threat.

So in closing, when the CO has Trigger Rest tucked away into his training memory bank, he has a very applicable and legitimate resource to draw upon when he needs it. The trick,  is to train and drill in such a way that will force the CO to draw upon that skill frequently (and randomly), as the situation dictates.

Always remember that the thing that sets amateurs and professionals apart is the ability to seamlessly flow between skill sets.

Stay Focused, Armed and Dangerous!

What Is It For?

 Another sage quip from John Farnam regarding keeping your fighting gun simple. This is a prime example of Competition “race” gun mentality bleeding over into the Practical Carry arena.


“Before you leave the house, look in the mirror and take one thing off.”

Coco Chanel


“Forward” slide serrations (forward of the ejection port) on pistols are not a new idea.

The Colt M1900 pistol (that would eventually evolve into the 1911 pistol we know today) had them, and it was a bad idea, as it encouraged the shooter to get fingers in front of the muzzle.

At the time, autoloading pistols, particularly pistols designed for the military, were just coming into being, and designers of the era had only a blurred idea how they would be carried, handled, and used in during actual fighting.

A decade later, when the Colt M1900 evolved, by steps, into the Colt M1911, serrations were wisely moved to the rear of the slide, at the insistence of the War Department!

They’ve been there ever since!

Today, forward slide serrations are still a bad idea, for the same reason they’ve always been a bad idea, and only recently have they foolishly made a small-scale comeback, at least among some custom gunsmiths.

They are still extremely (and wisely) rare on OEM pistols!

Forward slide serrations are an example of a “feature” that some shooters in certain quaint competitions may think they want, but for Operators and War-Fighters they are useless and thus ignored when present, dangerous when the shooter mistakenly tries to get his support-side hand far enough forward to actually put them to use.

“Peep,” or “aperture,” rear sights on military rifles, until recently, were mostly confined to America.

Europeans and Soviets preferred “notch” or “V” rear sights.

Typically, iron rifle sights, both front and rear, were made large during wartime, so they could be used to get on-target quickly.

As soon as the war is over, sights become small again, so that high scores can be achieved, once more, during quaint peacetime academic exercises in theoretical accuracy!

This is one reason why the 1917 “American Enfield” rifle was preferred by WWI War-Fighters over the 1903 Springfield.

Both were perfectly functional, but the 1903’s small sights were slower on-target than were the larger (but less precise) sights on the 1917.

Even in our modern age, with universal adoption of optics on military rifles, War-Fighters and Operators want tidy, unlittered reticles with big dots and thick cross-hairs for quick target acquisition, while target competitors (and maybe snipers) want small dots, thin cross-hairs, and all kinds of esoteric ranging information cluttering the reticle and competing for the shooter’s attention.

When a student asks what kind of gun they should get, and what kind of sights it should have, I reply, before asking anything else:

“What is it for?”

“Beware of an old man in a profession where men usually die young!”



Court upholds Right of Armed Citizen to Shoot a Police Officer in Defense

Court upholds Right of Armed Citizen to Shoot a Police Officer in Defense

This man spent Five Years of his life in Jail for acting in Reasonable Self-Defense against a cop who did not follow the rules.

This part bears repeating:

The agents of the government are not supposed to be our masters. They are supposed to be our servants.

When agents of the government act as criminals, they should not be surprised when citizens treat them as criminals. When they disregard due process, they should lose immunity for their actions.

The case shows why the Stand Your Ground law was needed. Warrants are not only to protect the accused. Properly used, they also protect police.  If the officer had a warrant, had knocked on the door and presented it, it is highly likely he would not have been shot.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

The Stuff You Don’t Learn in “Gun School”

Experiential Learning Laboratory with Craig “SouthNarc” Douglas – The stuff you don’t learn in gun school

If you an armed citizen or even just a citizen who wants to be better prepared for the violent world in which we live and have not taken a force-on-force training class with SouthNarc, I HIGHLY recommend it.

The class will do two things simultaneously: DEFLATE your ego and make you re-think EVERYTHING you THOUGHT you knew about fighting for your life with a knife or gun.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Philadelphia Licensed Gun Owner Shoots Three Thugs on Bus

Philadelphia licensed gun owner claims self defense in shooting of 3 teens aboard bus

I would bet a hundred dollars the only reason this is news is the “Legally Armed Citizen” is white and the three thugs are black.

I am sure this is far from over.

The real fight for your life begins AFTER the shooting when you are a Legally Armed Citizen as you know.

On a side note, too bad he only wounded the little bastards.

Three body bags is cheaper than extended medical care on the taxpayer’s dime.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!


Paul Howe on Church Security

As I have said before I Highly recommend Paul Howe’s classes at CSAT. Both the Man and the Facilities are top notch!

Gun Culture 2.0

I had the opportunity to interview and observe Paul Howe at Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT) because I was in Texas for my research on church security. Nacogdoches is one of the two local sites for our project.

So I was sure to ask him a few questions about church security in particular. Much in the same way he teaches his firearms courses the same for civilians, military, and law enforcement, Howe does not teach a special “church security” course. Rather, he teaches the same single active shooter response course for law enforcement, schools, and churches.

Paul Howe’s white board at Combat Shooting and Tactics (CSAT). Photo by David Yamane

To illustrate this, Howe draws an overhead picture of a structure on the white board and asks, “Where is it going to happen?” He answers his own question: “Outside, in a hallway, a room, or a t-intersection.” By this…

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