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.


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.

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.


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.

Match Report, USPSA At Hansen Range, 080716.

I came into this match with zero expectations of competency: I haven’t shot a serious match in over three months, and my practice regime has been spotty at best.

I wound up 25th of 36 shooters, and considering I blew one stage completely (which we won’t talk about) and that there was only two other Production shooters (more on that later), I’ll take it.

I wanted to see what the difference was between a upper C Class shooter like myself and an A Class Production shooter was, and video seemed the best way to accomplish this. I had someone record my run, then recorded a better shooter on his run and then spliced them side by side, with graphics to show you where each of us are on the stage at any given time (Spoiler alert: He finishes WAY ahead of me).

A screenshot from my video editing software also provides some insight: His splits are significantly quicker, he’s getting in and out of shooting positions faster and he’s not missing.


In the past, I poo-poo’ed the idea that physical fitness was a major component of practical shooting, but now I’m beginning to re-re-think that idea.

Common (Gun) Core.

Me, last month:

What disturbs me, though, is how many trainers don’t include measurable standards as part of their training process. How do they know if their students are qualified for their more advanced classes if they can’t judge their progress? Is having the check clear for a Tactical Shooting 101 class all the requirements for entrance into the Tactical Shooting 202 class? If so, what is the purpose of that first class: To improve the student’s skills, or to provide more opportunities for the student to spend more time (and money) with the trainer?

Tam, today:

If the trainer is not grading your performance, is not measuring your skills against your peers and your own performance baseline at the start of the class, it’s generally for one of two reasons:

– They’re probably not as clueful as they think they are.
– They don’t want to hurt the feelings of customers because that cuts down on repeat business and good word of mouth.

I’ve had trainers, well-known trainers who you’d say, “Oh, him, I’ve heard of him!” tell me they don’t do tests in their classes because of that second reason. That’s a business decision they’ve made, and given the size of these guy’s operations, it works depressingly well for them.

It’d be interesting to do a Venn Diagram of firearms instructors who don’t do standardized testing in their classes vs. firearms instructors who are also for rigourized standardized tests in our public school system….

“Our children aren’t learning in school because there’s no testing! There’s too much emphasis on ‘feel good’ learning and not enough of the Three R’s… What, do standardized tests in my gun classes? Are you mad? I don’t want to teach to a test!”

Everything Old Is Mildew Again.

Really? People are STILL trying to argue that Condition Three Carry (loaded magazine, no round in the chamber) is a viable way to carry concealed?

What is this, 1886, or something?

I did a quick search for “origins of Israeli carry”, and the best I could come up with was the video below that says the Israeli weren’t well trained when they first started out and this post that suggests the guns the Israelis had when they became a nation sucked so they carried them with an empty chamber for safety’s sake.

Ok, I can dig it. That almost makes sense. There’s another post on a pro-Condition 3 carry site over here that hints there also might be some influence from W.E. Fairbairn (he of the Shangai Police Force and my favorite knife), but I need more data before I can reach a conclusion there.

The bottom line is, if you carry in Condition Three because you’re afraid your gun might go off accidentally, either get a new gun or get a clue. Having to rack the slide on the draw turns your pistol from a handgun to a hands gun, as Tam is wont to say. You’re faster on the draw when you’re faster getting your hands to where they belong, and you the added advantage of being able to use your other hand for things like fighting off attackers, guiding your loved ones away from safety or holding the reins of your horse as you shoot Robert Duvall.

Carrying your pistol the way it’s meant to be carried, with a round in the chamber and the appropriate safety devices engaged, is the way to go. Anything else is handicapping your pistol with your own ignorance.