You Don’t Need a Gun for Self-Defense

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As the old saying goes, “Amateurs talk Hardware, Professionals talk Software.”

Train Realistically, Safely and OFTEN!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

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I admit the title of the article is a bit of a clickbait. If you are an avid reader of my blog, you are likely not my target audience. But I hope you share it with someone who might think that a firearm is the solution to their self-defense needs. The post You Don’t Need…

You Don’t Need a Gun for Self-Defense — Shooting-Performance.com

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Tactical Tourist Need Not Apply

I had a guy email me recently asking me:

“Is it really that bad that we need to own all these weapons and train to protect ourselves every weekend? Our parents did not do this stuff, why are we? Are we getting duped into thinking that this TERRIBLE EVENT everybody is talking about is going to happen to us at any minute, so we better be ready and spend our hard earned money on training and weapons that could be going into an IRA or our Kid’s vacation fund?”

It was an intriguing question, I must admit.  It was intriguing to me personally because honestly, I had never thought about it.

It had always been my lifestyle to train.

Yeah at first like most folks it was a hobby, then pretty quickly it became a way of life; and therein my friends lies the rub. The key to really understanding the mentality behind this amazing sub-culture of “tactically minded civilians” is understanding it’s their LIFESTYLE!

You see if it is anything else but a lifestyle, lazy human nature will eventually kick in and suddenly the drive and fortitude to continue will dry up. Your training will become intermittent and worthless and eventually you will become that lowest form of animal, the basest of all creatures; the “tactical tourist.” This person is a member of every tactical or prepper forum out there and is never short on opinions on how to be the deadliest form of mall ninja imaginable.

He is one of those guys that likes to argue why one instructor is better than another or why one instructor’s platform is superior to another. Blah, blah blah. He may have started down the right path, the path to becoming a prepared and dare I say “Dangerous” civilian, but somewhere along the line he slipped off and started following a trail very similar, a trail that petted his ego and made him feel good about himself, but in the end he was no more prepared than when he started and the only thing scary about him is his bank account. It’s a sad but common story.

OK, so you know when you make a statement like this there is one finger pointing at you and three back at me, right?

The solution is quite simple.

You have to STOP talking and START Training.

YOU (not somebody else) have to develop goals of what you want to learn and accomplish and find QUALITY people with solid backgrounds to teach and help you and GET TO WORK!

Compare the time you spend arguing/jawing about a topic or trainer and the time you actually spend TRAINING on that topic.

You will often find the results woefully out of balance.

Get off the inter-web and get out of the tactical training”cult of personality” circus. When I first started, I had no ideal of what I needed to learn, so I learned a little of everything. Modern technique, point shooting, krav-maga, sambo, filipino knife, combative knife, systema, tomahawk fighting, how to pick a lock, how to bypass a siphon block, etc. And as time went on, I tailored and developed COURSES OF FIRE for each weapon system I owned.

Remember: Your skill sets need to be all encompassing, not just WEAPON oriented, but FIGHT oriented.

Your dry to live fire ratio should be like 70/30.

Dry fire is something that can be done practically anywhere so do it!

Your drills should change frequently.“Never get stale or satisfied” was a motto I once read on a gym wall, and I try to apply that to all areas of my life.

Adapt your training to what your enemy is doing. For example, in the military, if VBIEDS (Vehicle Born IED’s) are on the rise, then “How to Assault/Stop/Disable a moving or static vehicle” becomes priority on the training calendar. As civilians we need to do the same. If Active Shooter or Home Invasions are on the rise, we need to hit that head on with SITUATIONAL Force on Force drills.

Lastly, and this is a big one lately. Let’s all stop the useless jabbering about what MIGHT happen in the world and start training to deal with the worst possible case scenario.

From a practical standpoint this is a much better use of our time and resources. Do you honestly think that our enemies are wasting time jabbering about the POSSIBILITIES of what will happen in the future or are they just training to kill us in the most efficient way possible?

The gauntlet has been laid down and TIME is short.

The life you save could be your own So TRAIN Hard, Realistically and Often!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous.

 

Armed Citizen Lessons Learned: The Ryan Whitaker Shooting

Phoenix Pay $3 Million to Settle Whitaker Police Shooting Lawsuit

First off let me say This was a 100% preventable TRAGEDY and in my humble opinion $3 Million Dollars for the life of an innocent white man with no criminal record is UTTERLY DISGRACEFUL. Along with this the fact that none of the Officers involved were FIRED is telling of the systemic system of deficient training and discipline at work in most law enforcement agencies across the nation.

Having said that, we are living in dangerous, edgy times when the Armed Citizen cannot TRUST anybody and that includes Law Enforcement. I say this not because I am anti-law enforcement across the board but because from a practical personal safety standpoint, Law Enforcement training nationwide has proven to be way too deficient and inconsistent to take any chances.

So What can  the Armed Citizen take away from this?

  • Don’t Plan on Calling 911. No seriously, Just don’t plan on doing it. Why? Because you are INVITING Law Enforcement into a situation that has a very high probability of going badly. As I have said many times on this blog when it comes to your personal safety and the safety of your Home and Family, YOU ARE ON YOUR OWN. DO NOT PLAN ON ANYBODY COMING TO HELP OR SAVE YOU.

  • Before you open your door, know who is on the other side not just via a peephole but with a strong verbal challenge. “WHO IS IT!?”

  • Never Open any Door Holding a Weapon with Police on the Other Side. Regardless if you are on your own property or not. It is obvious Police training and Mentality in this area is highly deficient so just NEVER DO IT!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

When the Fight Comes To You: Why the Pump Is Primed For a Rural Conflict

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I originally wrote this back in October. How are you using your time?

There’s a common misconception in the Survivalist community. “I’ll retreat…get away from the major population centers…work to live off the grid…and let the urban hellholes rot.

Well…about that.

Rural living is, for all intents and purposes, a better way to live. We’re more in tune with the natural world by and large, not in spite of it, and for the most part the lifestyle lends itself well to harder people used to doing without. And for people like me, there’s nothing that replaces the generations-deep connections to your homeland. The people there are your people- and in spite of differences, there is a deeply ingrained love of place. It is home.

Sounds good until the problems begin to bubble up. The first issue is questioning exactly how many in those rural areas are actually self-sufficient…

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Nobody is Coming to Help You

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Earlier this month in south FL (Broward County, which includes the Miami metro area), a disabled senior citizen (disabled from childhood by polio) frantically called the BCSO to report that a man was breaking into his home.

The suspect (unknown to the resident) was pounding on the resident’s locked door, eventually slamming his body into it, breaking the glass.

Eighteen BCSO deputies were dispatched and arrived at the scene within minutes, but did not approach the house where the felony was happening!

Minutes passed with no action on the part of deputies who remained some distance away, despite the fact that the disabled resident was in obvious grave danger and had informed the 911 Operator multiple times that he was scared to death, armed, and might have to shoot when the door gave way.

More minutes passed with no action on the part of deputies, who has long-since arrived!

Over the phone, the 911 operator can hear glass breaking.

Still, no action on the part of deputies!

A neighbor steps out of his house, sees what is happening, also calls 911 and yells at the suspect to go away.

The suspect walks over to the next house!

That neighbor and others are now flooding 911 lines reporting the attempted home invasion(s), joining with the affected resident’s desperate call.

Still, deputies are nowhere to be seen, much less do anything!

Eventually, the suspect walks over to several uniformed deputies he could see and is taken into custody without further incident.

He is already out of bail!

Not surprisingly, the SO has refused to answer all questions about this incident and has put-out the usual, tired boiler-plate:

“The Sheriff’s Office constantly reviews and assesses its responses to emergency calls in order to provide the highest level of service to the public… blah, blah, blah”

Welcome to our “New Era of Policing,” brought to you by liberal/Marxist politicians!

Individual police officers know and understand that they are the continual target of liberal prosecutors and judges, who want police de-funded, and who just can’t wait to throw them in jail.

They know and understand that shooting a violent felon, even when completely justified, is an automatic career-ender!

They know and understand that confronting any violent suspect will not have a happy ending, and that whatever physical action they take to protect themselves and innocent citizens will be denigrated, criticized, picked-apart, and will result in demotion, probably termination, plus criminal (and civil) charges against them. They’ll probably be unemployed and bankrupted, likely find themselves in prison.

They know and understand that liberal sheriffs, police chiefs, mayors, governors will not stand behind them, will not defend them, but will casually throw them to the wolves, while themselves cynically marching right along beside violent rioters!

Many LEOs are thus departing the profession in disgust, and fear!

In the interim, can you really blame the few who remain for indecisive “tactical loitering,” as my friend and esteemed colleague, Ron Borsch, fondly calls it?

Neighbors, some of whom are professing liberals, in the foregoing episode are shocked, indignant, disgusted, and fearful.

Well they, and residents of other Democrat-controlled areas, had better get used to this “new normal!”

Liberals need to be careful what they wish for!

In Broward County, their wish has been granted!

 

“Betrayal is the only truth that sticks.”

Arthur Miller