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.

What If The Next Rung On The Ladder Isn’t There?

I’ve been on a tear recently about how few people who get a concealed carry permit and then do anything with it, like, oh, I don’t know… CARRY A GUN.

I honestly can’t understand that. It’s like getting a driver’s license and then immediately selling your car and riding the bus for the rest of your life.

It occurred to me this morning, though, that maybe people don’t get post-CCW training is because the post-CCW training offered by their permit instructor SUCKS. Most instructors, I believe, look at the minimum requirements needed to teach concealed carry, get them, and then stop because hey, I’m qualified now. They don’t teach advanced classes because they can’t teach advanced classes. At best, they’ll get an additional NRA cert, like Personal Protection Outside The House, and away they go.

No additional trust images, no evidence of outside learning, no evidence of ongoing education, just hey, NRA Qualified Instructor!

We don’t allow our kids to be taught by a teacher who stopped learning the day they graduated with their degree, so why should we settle for a CCW instructor whose last training class was during the Bush Administration?

The Bush Sr. administration.

This attitude of instructor complacency needs to change. If instructors want better students and more revenue opportunities, they need to be better instructors.

What Caliber You Use Doesn’t Matter…. Until It Does.

An interesting reflection on .22LR as a defensive round, from Greg Ellifritz.

The reader asked me to explain why I considered the .22 stops to be more likely “psychological stops” as opposed to physical incapacitations.  That’s easy to explain…and it doesn’t have anything to do with the size of the muzzle.

There are only two mechanisms for physically incapacitating someone with a handgun.  The first is a shot to the central nervous system (CNS).  A bullet placed into the brain or the upper spinal cord will usually stop someone instantly.  Can the .22 do that?  Certainly, but I think a brain or CNS shot is less likely with the .22 than with a larger caliber.

Another fact that many people haven’t considered is the difference between police and armed citizen gunfights.  My friend Claude Werner often points out that when a criminal is involved in a gunfight with the police, the stakes are higher.  The criminal knows that the cops won’t stop until he’s dead or in jail.  That’s not true with a gunfight against an armed citizen.  The armed citizen just wants a break in the fight.  If he can cause the criminal to flee, he wins and stops shooting.

Take a look at this surveillance video from a Florida robbery a couple of years ago: Once one of the supposed “victims” starts to fire back, the bad guys beat feet, and quickly. In their experience, having a person fight back is as foreign to them as someone speaking Albanian at the McDonald’s drive up window is to me. When it happens, they have no idea how to handle it, and de-ass themselves from the area as quickly as they can.

The very definition of a psychological stop.

Now, am I will to bet my life and the lives of my loved ones on a crook running away when he’s shot? Nope. That’s why I carry something bigger and train I’m semi-competent with my gun of choice. However, the first rule of gunfight is still in effect: Have a gun, even if it’s a wimpy little .22.

No Excuses.

I’m constantly amazed by how many people buy a gun, get a CCW permit, and then do absolutely nothing. In my first training class, my instructor said that only one in three of his students would take the steps necessary to carry their guns on a day in, day out basis, and if anything, I think he over-estimated that number.

In an attempt to stem the tide and get people used to carrying, I’ve tried to lay out what a new gun owner should do before, during and after their concealed carry permitting class so they have a chance to put what they’ve learned into practice.

It’s over on Ricochet.com. Enjoy.

How Hard Is It To Shoot Like A Marine?

Not very hard.

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FIVE SECONDS for two shots from the holster at a target that’s 7 yards away? Does that include time for a Starbucks run and a mani-pedi? Look, I get that Marines have a lot to learn, like how to call in artillery fire and small unit tactics, stuff that I (thankfully) don’t have to worry about, but if you qualified Expert on that course of fire, you’re probably looking at D Class (the lowest class available) if you shoot in USPSA.

Marching As To War

Looks like the J.V. team is going on the road:

ISIS Kill List Names 15,000 Christian Americans Targeted for Death

According to a report recently made public, early this year, ISIS specifically identified 15,000 Christian Americans for death and instructed jihadists already in America to begin widespread murder.

The Kill List report comes in the wake of ISIS already publicly warning American and British Christians that “they were next.” British police last week publicly warned its 5.4 million Christians to be on alert and in some areas increased security.

And the kicker? The FBI didn’t warn anyone on the list they were targeted by ISIS. How thoughtful of them.

The list was apparently created by culling through published church directories and other sources. 15,000 people out of America’s millions and millions of Christians seems pretty small (and it is), but terrorists have a bad habit of killing other people on their way to their main target, so this is something that everyone who attends a church needs to take into account.

Is there someone in charge of handling emergencies at your place of worship? What’s the procedures for your church staff if there’s a worshipper who has a medical emergency in the sanctuary? Where’s the nearest hospital/fire station/police station? Can a car drive right up to and into the narthex of your church? If so, it’s only a matter of time before someone stomps on the gas instead of brake and causes mayhem aplenty.

And that’s accidentally. Imagine what would happen if someone did that on purpose.

Look, I agree 100% with what St. Paul wrote about our struggle not being with flesh and blood, but with spiritual wickedness, but the fact is, spiritual wickedness (and if this sort of thing isn’t wicked, what is?) is behind this threat to our faith and Christianity’s existence on the Earth.

It’s time to take up the cross. And take up the sword as well.

Are We Not Men?

My friend Rob talked on Facebook about being in a fast-food restaurant when the power went out.

Power flickered, then came back on, sorta, in a “emergency lighting in a sub” kind of way. The registers and computers all down and they couldn’t figure out how to fill all the many outstanding orders without power.

I finally yelled out what mine was and that it should have been next out and pulled out my pocket FourSevens light to give the guy putting the food together enough light to work by. I got my food and then they hustled everyone out and locked the doors. I don’t think anyone else got their food or even refunds.

Miguel talks about a dramatic water rescue facilitated by someone having a knife and states:

If your Every Day Carry kit does not have a knife (or two), it is time for you to get it.

I agree with both of these ideas 100%. As I sit at my desk in my office right now, scrupulously avoiding finishing a presentation I’m working on, I have a Photon II flashlight and a Leatherman PS on my keychain and a CRKT Pazoda II clipped to my pocket. All of these are innocuous, inoffensive and won’t raise any alarms, yet I’ve pulled each of these out of my pockets and put them to some use in the past week, something I (thankfully) can’t say about my defensive firearm.

Get a clue: Get a knife and a flashlight, and worry about what will happen before you worry about what might happen.


And yes, the title is yet another musical reference.