Refuse to look like a victim

Wow. It turns out that just like a pack of wolves singling out the weak and infirm, human predators go after the people who act like victims

And what was it about these people that made them seem vulnerable? A later study found that the men were picking up on whole suite of nonverbal cues, including the length of their stride, how they shifted their weight, and how high they lifted their feet. Taken together, these cues gave the psychopathic men a rough gauge of how confident their potential victims were. Body language that implies a lack of confidence — read: socially submissive — includes lack of eye contact, fidgeting of the hands and feet, and the avoidance of large gestures when shifting posture. 

If only there were a simple, easy-to-use guide to help you become aware of how you interact with your environment… something colour-based… something with only four things to remember… 

If only

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Nine in the side pocket

Michael Bane talks about The Next Big Thing in guns

So I’m thinking the next wave is marketing a slightly larger 9mm polymer-framed DAO (or the equivalent trigger system) that look a lot like the .380s? It’s an obvious up-sell for .380 owners, the perfect 2nd gun. 

Sccy CPX-1

Been there, bought that, and I agree. My Sccy CPX-1 was the first gun I bought for CCW use, and while it’s been a problem child for me, it’s also a phenomenally handy gun to have around, as it’s small enough that I can carry it in a pocket of my dress pants for carrying to and from work, but I can also switch it to an IWB holster for more casual times. It’s accurate enough that I can turn in decent El Presidenté times with it, and wlth 10+1 rounds of 9mm JHP, it gives me a little more security than the 7+1 rounds of .380 with my P3AT. I loves me my CZ P-07, but when it gets right down to it, a gun that’s handier to have around is a gun that you’ll have handy when you need it. 

Grace Under Pressure

Why do we seize up when the pressure is on? Why do we choke? Wy do routine actions suddenly become almost impossible in anxious moments? 

Lifehacker.com has a few reasons why, and some things to help us through it. 

So, why do we choke under pressure? A lot of the explanation can be boiled down to the fact that, under pressure, the prefrontal cortex (the very front part of our brain that sits over our eyes) stops working the way it should.

This can result in a lack of brain power available for demanding thinking and reasoning tasks (e.g., taking a test, responding to on-the-spot questions to a client) because worries about messing up co-opt these brain resources. However, under pressure, we also often try and control what we are doing in an attempt to ensure success. Too much attention to the details of activities that are best left outside conscious awareness (e.g., in golf, too much attention devoted to how your elbow is bent as you take a 3-foot putt you have holed thousands of times in the past (or miss the “A” zone at three yards – Ed.)) can disrupt a fluent performance and make you miss the hole.

Some suggestions to help us stay cool when the heat gets turned up are: 

- Close the Gap Between Practice and Competition

- Don’t Dwell

- Focus on the Outcome

- Write It Out

Read, as they say, the whole thing. This is really useful stuff for competition shooters and anyone who’s taken steps to defend their lives if needed. 

P.S. And yes, the title is yet another musical reference.

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The gun you have

I still dabble in photography, even though it’s been almost ten years since it was my full-time job, and photographers are still equipment-obsessed, a trait they share with firearms enthusiasts. Camera companies spend millions of dollars on ads that show the wonderful, striking photos you can take with your SuperTouchDeluxe XV3 (now with MondoPixel technology!), and photographers fall for it, thinking that all they need is the latest technology to turn into the next Yousef Karsh.

But the fact is, great photos can be taken with any camera, and chances are, you can defend your life with just about any firearm. It’s not the tools you use, it how you use the tools you have. Tam’s post on The Firing line nails it wonderfully.

Two reasons people are anti-training (perhaps not coincidentally, this is also why people are anti- competing in organized shooting sports):

1) “It costs too much.” Somebody has fifteen guns, a motorcycle, a PS3 with plenty of games hooked to his flat-panel TeeWee (not to mention the PS2 and PlayStation in the attic), and who knows how many other toys, and a $200-$400 handgun training course “costs too much”. Hey, Skippy, how ’bout selling that Taurus Raging Judge you were bragging about buying last week and using the proceeds to get yourself taught how to use one of the fourteen other guns you already had? (And maybe sell one of those and take an MSF class for your motorcyclin’ while you’re at it.) The problem is, people can’t point at new mental furniture and say to their friends “Look what I just bought!”

2) People can’t shoot, but think they can. At the range, nobody is really watching them shoot and, face it, everybody else at the range is awful, too. But if they go to a class or enter a match, it will get proved officially: “Joe/Jane Averageshooter: First Loser”. It takes humility to learn and lose. Humble people don’t boast on their adequacy. So most people go and buy another gun instead, because when they open the box on that gun, it won’t look up at them and say “You stink!”; it’ll say “You just bought the official pistol of SWATSEAL Team 37 1/2! Congratulations!”

If you want to take better pictures, learn about light and get some training, because chances are the camera you have is up to the task. If want to defend your life, learn to use the gun(s) you have, because they’re the ones you’ll need if your life is on the line.

Product Report: Crossbreed SuperTuck Deluxe

I am an Acolyte (Second Class) in The Cult Of Mac, and one of the liturgies in our faith is The Ritual of the Unboxing, where we carefully document not only our latest purchases from Apple, but how the items were shipped to us in the first place

Yes, it’s a disease, and no, there is no cure. 

So when my Crossbreed Supertuck Deluxe arrived in the mail yesterday, it’s only natural (for me, at least) to document how it got here and how it works. 

Disclaimer: I am not a high-speed, low drag operator. I scored a “1” on the mall ninja test only because my AR has a bunch of rails on it. I’m not former law enforcement or special ops, I’m just a guy who wants to protect his family as best as he can.

I had decided on CZ P07 to replace my Sccy CPX-1 as my daily (non-work) carry pistol. Finding a good day-in, day-out holster for the P07 has been a bit of a challenge. I purchased a BladeTech OWB Kydex holster for the P07 for IDPA, and I wanted my carry holster to mimic the retention and reholstering capabilities of the BladeTech but was comfortable enough to wear all the time. Because my holster options for the P07 are limited, I decided to go with a Crossbreed SuperTuck for Springfield XD-M, and it holds the P07 pretty well (more on that later).

Packaging

For starters, the holder came by regular snail mail, a surprise for someone who’s used to everything being shipped by UPS or Fedex. 

Contents

The pack contained my holster, the extra J-Hooks that I ordered in case I wanted more concealment than the normal hooks, a brief letter saying that I should hang on to this if I needed to use their lifetime warranty, a quick guide to reshaping kydex for added retention if needed, and a membership form for the NRA. One thing it didn’t come with is some instructions on how to best use it with your clothing, something that a newbie to the hybrid tuckable holster world like myself could have used. 

Fit

The P07 fits the holster quite well. Really well, in fact, considering that it was made for another gun entirely. If the retention on the BladeTech is a 10, the retention on SuperTuck is an 8. Initially, I thought it was a little loose in the holster, but once I had the holster on my belt and the gun the holster, the pressure of the holster against my body made it secure enough to go ahead and use it for now, and if I need to snug up the gun in the holster, I can always follow their instructions on how to reshape the kydex for a tighter fit. 

Concealment

The holster is incredibly comfortable to wear. My previous experience with an IWB holster has been limited to a Bianchi 100 for my Sccy CPX-1 and Galco 2nd Amendment for my P3AT. In the Crossbreed, my P07 is as easy to carry as the Sccy, even though the P07 is a bigger and heavier pistol. I chose strong backlighting for this shot because it works great (along with strong sidelight) for showing how a gun prints,. You can see in that shot while the Crossbreed does show up as a little asymmetrical, it’s nothing overtly noticeable.

IWB

It also seems easy to draw from, but I’ll know more on that later this week after I run it thru an El Presidenté or two at my next practice session. 

All in all, I’m wildly satisfied with the quality, fit and value of the holster, and I’d definitely recommend it to anyone who is looking for a comfortable, easy-to-wear and practical holster for their CCW gun.