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.

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.

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.

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.

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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.

A Truly Senseless Tragedy.

Why, oh why, was blank ammunition used in a gun that was pointed at another person?

A woman has reportedly been shot and killed by a police officer during a Citizens Academy class at the Punta Gorda Police Department.
According to the Punta Gorda Police Chief, 73-year-old Mary Knowlton was shot several times by a police officer in a role-playing scenario where the officer was playing the “bad guy,” and the woman was playing a victim.
Two participants were selected from the class of 35.
The officer was supposed to be firing blank rounds, but live ammunition was used instead.

I am (very) marginally ok with blank ammo being used solely to simulate the sound of gunfire, but even that idea gets a C- grade from me. We have so many different options out there now, there is almost no reason to use blanks. Heck, even Hollywood realizes the danger of blanks and uses “non-guns” these days as much as they do real guns with blanks in them.

Not only are we living in a golden age of firearms training, we are in a golden age of firearms training accessories. Airsoft, SIRT, blue guns, LaserLytes… they are all available with zero qualification needed. Blank ammunition should be left on the silver screen and starters guns where it belongs,

Update: Thinking a bit more about this, that poor lady was shot several times before the cop realized “Oh, crap, I just shot someone!”, and this done was under non-life threatening conditions.  We only have X amount of attention to any given task at any given moment, and at that moment, all that cops attention was focused on getting his hits (which he unfortunately did). The red mist took over, and someone died. Also, one of my biggest takeaways from this is that advanced tactical training requires a teacher with advanced tactical training. We don’t know if it was a SWAT cop who fired those shots or just some beat cop making a few extra bucks by teaching a class, but either way, the methods used in this simulation were NOT those used by any respectable trainer I’ve ever heard of. If you’re taking an active shooter class (or any advanced class) from someone with just an NRA PPIH Instructor degree on his wall or from someone who breaks the Four Rules of Gun Safety, safely put your gun away, smile politely and leave as quickly as you can.

Update II: There was a newspaper photog there, on-scene as it happened, and her account is over here. Take a look at this photo she snapped of the officer as he was about to discharged his firearm.

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He’s not using a police issue Glock 22, he’s using a snubbie revolver of some kind. That means that he or someone else had to have seen every single bullet that went into that revolver before he shot that lady. If you or I tried a stunt like that, we’d be looking at manslaughter or negligent homicide charges.

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!”