Outsource Your Security.

The personal empowerment brought about by the internet is changing the way society works. As I said earlier this year,

The world’s largest bookstore, Amazon, has no stores, and the worlds largest armed force, the American gun owner, has no generals, ranks or chain of command.

WISO-Wireless-Emergency-Whistle-Safety-AlarmSo how can the American gun owner self-organize into something larger than just one or two people? What would happen in a Ferguson riot if a shop owner had something like this, with a half-dozen or so respectable, committed, responsible gun owners in their network?

This wireless whistle instantly notifies your friends and family in an emergency. WISO uses a combination of Bluetooth technology and GPS tracking.

The whistle sends out pre-selected SOS messages to your friends or relatives via SMS or email. It also includes your current location and can even contact up to seven people at once. The whistle weighs only 12 grams and has batteries that last two months. WISO is available now and costs $51.

Would that help someone survive the riot or a flash mob? I think so…

The Unreality May Overwhelm You.

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… so I post what I thought was a fairly innocuous question in a popular gun rights group on Facebook.

I’ve seen a lot of people showing off their carry guns and guns they carry in their vehicles, but what I haven’t seen a lot of is people talking about how they carry a first aid kit that’s capable of dealing with a gunshot wound or other trauma.
If we carry a gun because we know that the cops won’t show up when we need them, shouldn’t we also have a first aid/trauma kit because the paramedics won’t show up any faster than the cops do?

Reactions to this post fell into one of two categories:

  1. Why should I care about performing first aid on the bad guy?
  2. Sure! I got a nice big kit in my truck!

So people tend to see GSW’s and other traumatic injuries as something that will only happen to the bad guy, because, um, they just will! Apparently these people have never considered that a gunfight might be a two-way affair.

They also think that having a first-aid kit in their vehicle is being prepared to deal with a gunshot wound. Would they also consider themselves as being prepared to deal with a gunfight if their gun was in their truck when they needed it most?

Faith-Based Firearms Training

If I myself set the standards for what it would get me into heaven, you’re darn right I’m going to set standards that I am capable of passing. I’d say something like “Don’t use Microsoft Windows, drink light beer or go to an American League game (because the DH sucks) and lo, yours is the kingdom of Heaven.”

By the same token, if I set the standards for when I feel I’m good enough to defend myself with a firearm, chances are, I’m going to set the standards at a point I know I’m capable of reaching. I can hit paper at 25 yards? Dude, I am SO ready!

The problem is, most firearms owners today feel they are capable of defending themselves with their gun, but they have no desire to expose themselves to a revival service (also called a basic pistol class or a match) and have a “come to Jesus” moment on how bad they really are and how woefully unprepared they are to put rounds on-target under stress. The only thing that saves most of them, I think, is that the crooks are even less-prepared to deal with a gunfight, and tend to run away when things go bad for them.

This is not true of an active shooter. Dealing with an active shooter, someone who will not give up until you and a bunch of other people are dead, is taking things to a new level. Flight 93 showed us that even the most determined of attackers can be stopped, but only at a high, high cost to ourselves.

Not sure if I’m ready. And I know I don’t want to find out if I am.

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A striker-fired LCP? Yes, please!

So, a little bird told me recently that we may see a new striker-fired Ruger LCP in the coming weeks.
Presumably, the company will follow the naming convention it used with the LC9 pistol by adding an “s” at the end of the LCP to indicate the new firing mechanism.
If the rumor is true, and we are going to see a new Ruger LCPs, I wonder if that spells the end of the hammer-fired versions of the tiny handguns.

If there’s one thing that all pocket .380’s have in common, it’s that their triggers really, really suck. The only exception to the rule are the ones based on the 1911 platform like the Sig P238 or Colt Mustang, and they have the added baggage of external safeties (not one of my favorite things on a defensive handgun). A pocket .380 with a decent (say, 6 pounds) trigger a la the Glock 42 would be a winner, and because of the ongoing struggles with my P3AT, I’d look VERY hard at getting one when it comes out.

Everything Old is Modern (Isosceles) Again.

Take a look at Elden Carl’s stance in this photo posted last week on Gunsite’s Facebook page.

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Y’know, for a photo that’s supposed to be showing off the Weaver stance, it’s sure looking like Elden Carl is using Modern Isosceles.

It’s almost as if there’s nothing new, and all we’re doing is re-learning the same things over and over again, or something.


Updated to correct for my creative spelling.

Learning From Front Sight.

I’m not that big of a fan of the training at Front Sight: I think it’s uniquely suited to getting people 2/3rds of the way up the first hill of the Dunning-Kruger Effect and that’s about it. However, nothing they taught interfered with my learning from other, more robust trainers, so there is that.

One thing Front Sight does exceptionally well, though, is engage with and talk with the mainstream media, and this article at The Nation, of all places, is a really, really good example of how to talk to a left-leaning reporter about guns and self-protection without seeming like Rambo redux.

And the same is true of Rob Pincus. Look, you may not like what he teaches, his (wrong) stance on the value of competition or other items in his resumé, but anyone can extol the virtues of firearms training and safe firearms ownership to people who already own guns. Talking about why Obama is 100% wrong on the Second Amendment to people who think he was born in a manger? That’s take a level of confidence most trainers just don’t have.

But it’s a skill they need.

Mind of No Mind

I’m in agreement with Gabe here, though I’ll take it one stop further than he does.

I use some that favor low stances and quick foot work, others that favor circular arm movements, and others that are quick and staccato in movement.

But I do them routinely, like I work dry-firing – the pistol kata – into my daily life.  From mindfulness comes mindlessness…and from a study of patterns comes freedom from patterns.

Thanks to competition, I don’t think about reloading under pressure, I just do it. Yes, I may not do them all the time with my head up in a state of tactical awareness all the time, but the mag goes into the gun quickly and smoothly and my sights are back on target right quickly. You learn in a match how to move quickly and safely with a gun in your hand. You learn what you need to see to get your hits on-target quickly and efficiently. You learn to deal with small amounts of stress so you’ll be able to deal with the stress of a gun fight.

Dry fire is kata. Matches are sparring. Gun fights are, well, gun fights.