Miyamoto Musashi, from his “Book of Five Rings,” written in 1645AD, near the end of his life
One of our students recalls a valuable drill, and now knows why we include it:
“Earlier this year, I was by myself in our remote mountain home.
Shortly after midnight, I was awakened by our driveway alarm and dogs barking. Getting up to investigate, I saw headlights on our steep mountain approach, heading in my direction. I observed for a few minutes as at least one car pulled below my drive and backed up. Very suspicious, as I was not expecting anyone!
I own two pistols, and on this particular day both were in the shop having sights installed. As a novice shooter, I only feel truly comfortable shooting my own guns.
But, my “favorite” guns weren’t available!
My brain immediately flashed back to my training with Vicki and the ‘Battlefield Pick-up Drill,’ where we all handled and shot every gun present. This has to be the most valuable training exercise of my entire shooting life, although I didn’t know it at the time!
Thanks to that training, I knew it was possible that I could pick up whatever pistol was available, and run it correctly and effectively. Thus mentally equipped with this ‘battlefield mentality,’ I retrieved my husband’s 1911 (which I had never shot), and then called 911.
While I’ve never shot my husband’s 1911 pistol, I was not afraid of it. I have shot other 1911 pistols, and I know how to run them, even though they’ll probably never by my favorite.
I stood guard, observing headlights crisscrossing below my property, until police arrived. I was informed the next day that several people in the cars in question had been arrested as burglary suspects.
No harm done, but as it turns out, this incident was a wonderful training exercise and wake-up call, and I discovered the true value of that ‘Battlefield Pick-up Drill,’ which, at time Vicki put us through it, I thought was superfluous!
I have my ‘regular’ pistols back now, and all is well, but I know I will never again think in terms of self-imposed ‘limitations.’
I’ll find a way to win, not look for an excuse to lose!”
Musashi in his day was a seasoned and exceptional fighter, the “John Boyd” of his time. He lived in a dangerous place during a particularly dangerous era, where the naive and unprepared seldom died of old age!
We are fortunate that he wrote down valuable and hard-learned advice shortly before he died (natural causes) at the age of sixty-one.
He knew, as we do, that a “favorite weapon” is little more than an excuse to lose. Thus, with the convenient absence of the “favorite weapon,” the fight is decided before it ever starts!
In his most famous duel, Musashi (age thirty at the time) was challenged by an extremely famous swordsman, known and feared throughout the region. The confrontation was pre-arranged and took place on a beach. The challenger, waiting in full battle regalia, was astonished and disgusted when Musashi arrived, late, and barely dressed, as if he had just woken up. Musashi neglected to even bring his sword!
Enraged and insulted, the challenger move forward quickly to make short work of this impudent “Master.” His overconfidence was his undoing!
Musashi, using an oar from the boat in which he had just arrived, killed his hapless opponent in less than a minute, then immediately departed in the same boat!
As it turns out, the challenger was completely outclassed, not even in the same league! He paid dearly for his miscalculation!
Musashi was always “ready.” He never waited for perfect conditions. He never hesitated!
In his honor, we put students through the “Battlefield Pick-up Drill” today, with today’s weapons, so our students absorb this ancient wisdom well!
During our lifelong journey as Operators and students of the Art, we can’t help but develop preferences. We all like some guns better than others, sometimes for good reasons, but sometimes for no particular reason at all, at least none we can persuasively articulate.
We must love, and be familiar with, all of them and never look upon the invariable absence of “perfect conditions” as some kind of limitation upon our ability to gain victory.
“The road of life is paved with flattened squirrels, who couldn’t make a decision!”
“There are always those who mistake their own dilapidated condition for the decadence of a civilization.”
From a friend in MA:
“Our local newspaper in Worcester, MA (Boston) has announced that it will no longer report violent crime in the area, because such straightforward reporting, ‘makes certain populations look bad.’
Inherently dishonest media people like these must think that when they don’t report what is really happening, we can all pretend it’s not really happening!
Similarly, a local city manager has ordered his police department not to release crime reports to the public, because ‘it will upset them’
Many in my neighborhood are professing Democrat/leftists. Yet, they’re all buying guns (including ‘weapons of war’) and ammunition, the very same guns that Marxist politicians they voted for want to forcibly take away from them.
When confronted with their blatant hypocrisy, they mimic Hollywood’s arrogant Communists with a flippant ‘laws are for little people’
Of course, none of these smug liberals think they need training, since they egotistically consider themselves intellectually superior to ‘little people.’
The result is a spate of UDs, also mostly unreported.”
When Rhodesia became Zimbabwe, Rhodesia was English-speaking, with a mixed black/African and European/white population. Violent crime was extremely low. Rule of law was universal and respected. Utilities were functional. Infrastructure was modern and well-maintained. Rhodesia experienced vigorous economic growth, prosperity for all citizens, exporting food worldwide.
Then came the Communists!
They inflamed tribal divisions. Communist forces, backed by the USA, UK, PRC, and the USSR, overwhelmed all opposition.
After the Communist victory, the Mugabe government committed countless atrocities against his citizens, including former supporters, white farmers, and black tribesman alike. Not surprisingly, he confiscated nearly all privately-owned firearms.
Since then, Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), formerly the ‘breadbasket of Africa,’ is an economic basket-case, a classic case-study in hyper-inflation. Starvation and squalor are rampant!
Previously a popular destination for African immigrants seeking freedom and prosperity, now nearly everyone, of all races, with the means to leave Zimbabwe, is doing so!
Venezuela, Cuba represent other examples of ‘what Communism can do for you’
Yet, some naive demographics in America just can’t become Communists fast enough!
They are well-advise to look over the cliff, before they jump!
“The ideal subject of totalitarian rule is not the convinced Nazi, nor the convinced Communist, but people for whom the distinction between fact and fiction, the distinction between true and false, no longer exists.”
Last Friday, in Wuerzburg, Germany, a man of Somali origin nonchalantly walked into a department store and asked to look at knives.
He then casually selected one and immediately stabbed three women, while AA shouting. All three died at the scene!
Several others were subsequently attacked, mostly women.
Patrons surrounded the attacker and held him at bay until police arrived.
Upon arrival, police shot the suspect (non-fatally) and then made the arrest.
The single Somali suspect had been allowed into Germany in 2015 on “temporary asylum.”
Since his arrival, he had been completely non-productive, non-employed, and lived on handouts in various shelters. He had several contacts with police, had even undergone “psychiatric evaluations,” but in every case had been cut-loose almost immediately.
Local authorities now say they are “looking at the possibility of the man having been radicalized as an Islamic extremist.”
Of course, all victims of this vicious murderer were unarmed (by government edict) and unable to protect themselves.
These incidents in the UK and Western Europe are so common now that they’re seldom even reported in the Western Press. Yet, I’m sure some Germans still naively believe their government “protects” them from murderous ideologues like this one.
The truth is that government officials there, as well as here, are interested mostly in protecting themselves.
They are provided (at our expense) with heavily-armed bodyguards for that very purpose.
Yet, these same officials piously tell the rest of us (who can’t afford bodyguards) that we should never dream of protecting ourselves in any effective way, because that would be “taking the law into our own hands.”
In other words, their lives are important. Ours are expendable.
It’s the same all over!
“‘Safety’ is a fence, and fences are for sheep.” (Karen Marie Moning)
“‘Anarcho-tyranny’ is a concept, where the state is more interested in controlling citizens, so that citizens do not oppose the overbearing political class (tyranny), rather than controlling real criminals (which might bring about peace and prosperity, and worst of all, dignity).
‘Laws’ are therefore enforced only selectively, depending on what is perceived to be beneficial for the ‘ruling elite.’” (Sam Francis)
VBCs (at long last) may be wakening!
Representatives of the LAPD were recently summoned to a public forum in one of the City’s high-rent districts.
Citizens there were fearful and frantically expressed alarm at the gigantic spike in violent crime and widespread general lawlessness .
They demanded that police “Do something!”
As they’ve had to do so many times before, police command-staff officers in attendance then reluctantly informed these naive citizens that nothing could be done, because these same citizens had voted this tragedy upon themselves!
“You voted for this Marxist sleaze. What did you think would happen?”
Figuring all this out isn’t difficult, assuming you have at least a couple of working synapses and are willing to face reality, instead of living in some make-believe world!
Marxists are criminals, by definition! Leftist politics does not attract honorable people.
When elected/appointed, their only interest is the seizure and consolidation of absolute power, and extermination (literal) of all opposition. They sincerely believe that the rest of us exist only to serve them!
Their MO is to shamelessly use private-sector thugs to violently enforce their leftist political agenda upon the rest of us, much as Stalin did in harassing (eventually murdering) pesky dissidents and political opponents, and as Mudero is currently doing in Venezuela.
Accordingly, violent criminals are enthusiastically doing Marxists’ dirty-work for them, here and now! This is precisely why Democrat politicians won’t allow their precious criminals to be arrested, nor prosecuted, nor incarcerated.
Resulting violent chaos is what we’re seeing in CA, NY, IL and other Marxist enclaves.
Why is anyone surprised?
“We the people are the rightful masters of both congress and the courts, not to overthrow the Constitution, but to overthrow men who pervert the Constitution.” (A. Lincoln)
When the “mainstream media” refer to “mass shootings,” we never get to know what kind of gun(s) was used. They know, but they won’t tell us, unless of course it’s an M4, Kalashnikov, et al, one of the ones they want confined to their political bedfellows, but banned from ownership by us “ordinary citizens.”
In any event, here is a paragraph or two you’ll never hear, nor read:
“Not one of the murdered/injured, bystanders, nor witnesses at this massacre were armed and thereby able to effectively stop this attack. Both company policy and state law prohibits the carrying of concealed weapons by these aforementioned persons. The sad, but predictable, result of these manufactured ‘gun-free zones’ is, as always, pitiable carnage.
How did that ‘run, hide, fight (without weapons)’ advice work this time?
About as well as it always does?
And of course, where were our vaunted ‘security personnel?’ Hiding, like everyone else?”
Why are these words never, ever spoken at “mass shooting” scenes?
Meanwhile, boot-licking “woke” CEOs, who are just dying to climb in bed with every Democrat politician they can suck-up to, decry our Second Amendment as they dutifully mouth assorted other classic Communist propaganda.
Americans may are buying-up the entire retail supply of firearms and ammunition, and then some, but most are leaving those firearms at home, deeply fearful of violating a leftist “malum prohibitum,” issued by hand-wringing, woke CEOs (timidly peering-out from between their cadre of heavily-armed bodyguards), and also mandated by a sleazy, hypocritical Democrat-heavy state legislatures, and city councils.
Neither want American citizens doing anything to take care of themselves!
They want only victims, lots of victims. They want all Americans to think of themselves only as pathetic victims.
Indeed, they want you to consider perpetual victimhood to be your sacred civic duty!
They love victims, but only as long as they stay victims!
When you don’t want to be a victim, indeed refuse to be a victim, they hate your guts!