Know Your Texas History: Frank Hamer’s Sweetwater Gunfight

Frank Hamer’s Sweetwater Fight: Lessons Learned

 

As a writer and old west “enthusiast” I absolutely love reading about the old Texas warhorses like Frank Hamer.

Men who were cut from rawhide and raised in the traditions of the 19th century old west but forced to live in the modern “civilized” 20th century.

In short, men who were the last of the Old West Gunfighters.

“When we talk about personal defense, we may spend too much time talking about attacks from criminals who are not known to us.

It is also a good idea to realize that dangerous encounters can occur with people who are known to us. This reality should also be considered when we are formulating our own personal defense plans. That said, the overpowering urge should always be to find a way to avoid trouble whenever it is the least bit possible.”

 

For further reading on Hamer, I highly recommend these two books:

I’m Frank Hamer: The Life of a Texas Peace Officer

Manhunter: Frank Hamer, Texas Ranger (A Novel based on the Life and Times of Frank Hamer, Texas Ranger)

 

Shooting at Moving Vehicles

Shooting at Moving Vehicles

 

Great information.

Understanding how bullet’s react through various mediums is key to being effective with your firearm in self-defense situations.

 

Shooting Mechanics: The Tactical Chicken Wing

The Tactical Chicken Wing

 

A great example of a technique more suited for competitive and sport shooting but not the modern tactical battlefield.

Train Often and Realistically.

 

(Note the Elbow Position in the above and below photo)

 

AK Corner: Poor Man’s EO-Tech

 

Sonny Puzikas was the first person I heard use the term “Poor Man’s EO-Tech” in relation to the front-sight aperture on an AK many moons ago.

Coming from the AR school of thought, I was not sold on the ideal that you could neglect your rear sights and still make accurate shots.

I was soon proven wrong and shown how at 50+ yards this technique could put Combat Accurate (not sub-MOA groups) rounds on target, aka “Snap Shots”.

(Snap-Shot Sight Picture)

Reviewing Head Shots

When drilling on “Head Shots” in relation to STOPPING a Bad Guy IMMEDIATELY, it is VERY Important to understand BRAIN ANATOMY.

Here are two articles on the subject I highly recommend you re-read:

 

Don’t Forget to Drill on Head Shots

Are You Good Enough to Take a Head Shot When Everything is On the Line?