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Thursday, February 22, 2018

Firearm Safety! Get it Right!....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Get It Right
A mistake with firearms is embarrassing at best, but often times tragic.  As owner of a firearm it’s your responsibility to ensure every action you perform is done safely.  Safety is the result of always using proper technique and when a problem is discovered, correcting it immediately.
In the beginning, when these actions may be new, you should think about how to do something before ever starting.  Go over in your mind what you need to do, visualizing yourself performing the necessary actions.  Before touching the weapon decide where is a safe direction in which to keep the muzzle directed.
“If I did have a negligent discharge what will stop or trap the bullet,” you ask, preventing it from causing any injury.  Look around, taking note where other people are so you don’t muzzle them.  Most rounds will easily punch through interior walls, so this includes people that might be in the same structure as you but not in the same room.  Once you’ve decided what you need to do and calculated how to perform those actions, visualizing them, then you act.
While working with the firearm don’t get into a hurry or be distracted.  Fast will get you into trouble with the opposite gender, motorcycles and guns.  Going slow decreases the chances you’ll make a mistake.  Avoid letting your mind become involved in anything else.  When that firearm is in hand, your sole purpose in life is safety.  If there is something else that needs to be done, secure the weapon first.
When you do make a mistake, stop and make a correction.  Not correcting a mistake immediately increases the chances you’ll do it again.  We tend to get locked into behavior patterns.  It becomes “O.K,” and eventually forms a habit.  You cannot afford bad habits with firearms.  Applying an immediate correction – to yourself or someone else – disrupts the action, both physically and mentally.
When I make a mistake not only is it corrected immediately, but I’ll also perform the corrected action several times – right then and there.  Otherwise it gets planted into my miniature brain as a right or acceptable action.  Don’t let a wrong thought or action go uncorrected, and the best time to correct it is right then and there.
Finally, every time there are firearms present – whether it’s you or someone else handling them – stay serious.  This is not the time to be joking around.  You make sure everyone maintains the proper attitude.  If there is a problem you can’t correct, you should leave, moving to a safe area.  Firearms are lethal weapons, and must be treated accordingly.
The ability to handle a firearm properly is a skill.  It’s developed over time, always using correct techniques, which ensures safety.  Get instruction in how to operate your firearm safely.  Always stay focused, never allowing yourself to become distracted.  Watch yourself, and keep an eye on others. When a mistake is identified correct the problem immediately.  And when you get it right, always congratulate yourself, creating confidence and a positive self-image.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, 

Sunday, February 18, 2018

Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry: Appendix Inside the Waist Band, Trigger Control and Situational Awareness

Appendix Inside the Waist Band (AIWB) Carry has become more and more popular as internet personalities use and promote it. The ability to carry concealed is at an all time high, for us good guys, at least. Bad Guys have been doing this forever, and they usually carry stolen guns, which is likely one reason among many that they’re called Bad Guys. Anyway, a lot of good people are actually carrying, and that’s a good thing.
To be cliche, life is short, and we should embrace every day as favorably as we can, and pursue what we enjoy. However, there are days when perhaps, through some twisted, masochistic trait of my own generation, I force myself to watch the trials of the elite out there in Internet Land. Typically, it’s some tool bag with a clever screen name, whining about some microscopic thing that invites his fellow cretins of a similar stripe (also with clever screen names).
My job, at its base level, is to train people to overcome dilemmas when firearms usage is unavoidable, and all avenues exhausted. The pivotal time is at hand, and we must stop the miscreant(s) from harming ourselves, others, and/or the public at large.
Of course, since everyone is not inculcated in a constant bath of high stress, this is when the brain tends to “go Caveman’, and we’re reduced to very base behavior sets. Thus, watching/listening to these people could be considered homework, of a sort. So far, I’ve placated myself into this belief.
Since my state allowed its residents to carry concealed, I’ve had my permit. It’s utterly amazing how many people are at loggerheads about just HOW to carry, WHAT to carry, and so on. I have to be adult enough to recognize that not everyone carries a pistol as part of their daily routine, and then, with bated breath, wade into the nonsense.
One of the carry modes taking up a lot of space is the AIWB. If you don’t know- AIWB is an acronym for Appendix, Inside the Waist Band. Doesn’t that sound tacticool? Anyway, the dilemma of a LOT of these people is about potentially shooting ones self in the Femoral Artery, which turns into a soliloquy to rival Hamlet. They go back and forth, talking themselves into, and out of, this mode of carry. Usually, along the way, the second dilemma rears its ugly head, and that is, to carry chamber hot, or not? Following are one guys observations about things like these. This should be fun.
Let’s start with facts. Each of us is shaped differently, by degrees. Women are shaped differently than men.Each of us will have ideas that others won’t like. The trouble starts when people get a little, shall we say, AGGRESSIVE, about why their way is best, and then make a self inflicted video of themselves perhaps being rather silly about a debate they started themselves.
To carry inside the waistband is a life changing decision- let’s face it. All of your clothing has to be increased in size to accommodate a pistol hiding in the pants…somewhere. Common motions like rapidly squatting, bending, etc. can be challenged by the introduction of this foreign object we’ve decided to tuck into our dungarees.
AIWB people, at least out there in Internet Land, seem fixated on using full size duty pistols, and a few of these pistols are also sporting lights. As a holster maker, I’ve done a few of these, and cringe each time I do.
Let’s realize that not everyone is svelte enough to put a 2 pound gun into our Levi’s- it’s a question of Tactical Girth. I’ve tried it several times, and don’t like it. I prefer Strong Side Hip Carry, just like I carry my duty pistol- economy of motion. To be caught flat footed rooting deeply/semi-controllably with both hands in my pants,trying to access a firearm while keeping a dirtbag from ventilating me seems rather silly at least, and fatal, at most.
Also, look at the majority of these people going on, pouring their hearts out to Internet Land, and you’ll see that by and large, they are of a type. They’re typically blessed with good genetics, a lot of them appear to be physically fit, and it makes me wonder if they had enough attention as children in their formative years. The good news is, thanks to everyone having a palm sized computer now, they can extol the virtues of themselves whenever they want to.
These people need to understand that the clock is ticking for all of us, and that with life comes changes. After the age of 40, the old body just starts to degrade, and trying to keep things going smoothly takes a lot more work. Perhaps the AIWB mode won’t be so groovy then, who knows? If you’re over 40, and still rocking the AIWB carry, hats off to you. If you get the chance, check out the old Western photos of how people concealed revolvers back in the day.
I’ve written like 3 articles for this forum now, so I’m a  Bona Fide pro. This is a silly presumption, is it not? However, just as easily, I could get on my phone and do all sorts of matriculation to post video in Internet Land saying I was indeed a pro of … whatever. In my spastic way, I’m striving for analogy of what chafes my cheeks about this whole AIWB “issue”, whether real or imagined. A lot of these Logo Lovers are toting Glocks when they decry the turbulence that is their life, and their maudlin indecision to make decisions. This greatly offends me, and here are some reasons why.
These guys treat Glocks like the Hot Psycho Girlfriend- that means- hey, this gun is The Stuff, but I’m not sure where I want to hide it, and how I want to feed it- chamber hot, or not? Alas, poor Hamlet! I DO NOT get paid by Glock, I’ve just used and maintained a few hundred of them for the better part of a quarter century.
One of our poor Hamlets was explaining to the world how he had reverted from carrying a striker fired pistol (i.e. Glock), and went back to a Double Action/Single Action trigger set up, as if anyone cared. He was carrying both pistol types AIWB, and had great concern for his Femorals, and the possibility that he could take his family bloodline out of the picture if he got Froggy  Finger on the Bang Switch.
This may be a time for a teaching point, if you don’t know what a DA/SA trigger arrangement is. The idea in a nutshell is that the chamber has a round in it, and things are going wrong. You get the Roscoe out of your pants (in this particular carry choice) and come to bear on the target that has the ability to end your life, or someone elses.
That first trigger press will break the shot at say, 12 pounds. Provided you have presence of mind to ride trigger reset (a skill that takes practice, but is very doable) your follow up shots will break at say 8 pounds. Basically, the first shot takes more poundage, follow up shots, less poundage. Is everyone clear, now? Good.
The DA/SA set up has been around for decades, and you typically find it in service pistols of the military/police flavors. I can say to you that I had this arrangement for a few years in the form of the HK USP 40 caliber arrangement. I could make it work, quite effectively. I can also say to you that for the average person off the street, it’s a flaming nightmare from a teaching /learning perspective -and this is only one guys perspective.
Here is why,whether you want to admit this or not, this type of trigger set up allows you to believe (at some level) that you can have the finger on the trigger, pressing out slack, and if you don’t have to fire, you could save yourself from firing , due to heavy poundage, and, perhaps you target saw the error of his ways, and dropped his gun.This is a foolhardy thought process, at its core. I’ll also step out onto a thin, trembling limb and say this, have you ever noticed the amounts paid in lawsuits versus the dollar amounts spent on training?
Now, let’s introduce the second portion of the nightmare- we know that the brain “goes Caveman” when things start to unravel. We drop into Isosceles- not Frickin Weaver, for Petes sakes, we have blood flooding to our core, yada yada yada. If you feel that the physiological aspects of high stress are worthy of further exploration, leave editorial comments, and we could delve deeper into that. Let’s carry on with nightmare , part Deux, shall we?
Admit to yourself this fact- from a uniformed carry capacity, you don’t exactly over train (typically), and if you carry as a private person….you probably don’t train, either. Not when there are A.D.D. inducing things to do, like watching (insert sport of choice here), spending thousands of dollars on a hobby like golf (nonsense), or thousands more outwitting a crafty creature…like a fish.Or, maybe you’re too busy self-decrying your plethora of problems with your phone, and sharing it with the world out there in Internet Land.
So, you have your DA/SA trigger arrangement, you got the gist of it however long ago, and managed to shoot a qualifying score of whatever dubious demand, and you’ve now convinced yourself that you are the Pistolero of the Tri County Area. Since you’ve got that rocking 6 pack o abs,(carefully concealed by just a light coat of Tactical Girth) you’ve also got the latest/greatest kydex holsterthat is capable of making you 50% better just by sticking it in your pants.
You killed the absolute HELL out of a paper target at 15 feet two years ago (granted, it was paper, and it couldn’t move, because it was stapled down real good). You hit that 3×2 foot piece of paper nearly every time- now granted, the sights are a little bit off, because nearly all of your shots went low left (you’re an awesome Righty, after all), and you’ve got that kick ass DA/SA trigger set up that the (Insert police department/military unit here) uses, and it’s All Good.Besides, we had to get home early that day, because watching cars go around in the same circle, really fast, is utterly rapture-inducing.
If it were possible for both of my triggeer fingers to develop nausea from pecking out this type of hogwash, both would be vomiting, but this is how a LOT of people equate their abilities-part time average shooter (at best) with an over abundance of self inflected Bad Assery.Dangerous.
Back to Hamlet. He’d had a DA/SA trigger- most likely from a former profession. He got on the CCW/Poly pistol bandwagon, and rode it all the way to town. At some point, the festering thoughts of Femoral piercing, and junk shooting started to foment rebellion in his mind, and he said to himself “Self, we should go BACK to that other kind of trigger, you know, that one that absolutely prevents me hurting my little self, while releasing the hounds on these Bad Guys I’m fantasizing of. Both he and Himself were content with that, and he felt that through his epiphany, it should be shared with all who chose to read his tale of convoluted logic.
Back to reality, and Glocks. They have changed the game. If you choose to deny that, fine. I’m a trained, certified Armorer for Glocks, and feel it prudent to share a few truths.Striker fired pistols now appear in many formats by various makers, and what they do, and how they make their bits/pieces work is stunning, I’m sure, but I’m sticking to Glock, because that’s who certifies me. I’ve been an Armorer for other platforms of pistols as well, but, that’s not germane right now.We’re going to show you something through a display that you will perform.
Step 1- take your Glock, and empty it. Visually, verbally,physically verify the damned thing is empty. We need to be absolutely certain the firearm is EMPTY. If you screw this up, someone could die. Things get no simpler than that-no margin for error here.Even better yet- divest yourself of all external factors that might distract you from what is about to happen. That means get rid of the damned phone (no one wants to see you pursing your lips as you gush on about whatever you ate- no one cares. By the way, those photos are not SELFIES- they are LONELIES. If you are so out of touch that you have to take pictures of yourself, or food, reconsider carrying a firearm, at all.
Step 2- We have an empty Glock. Now, really look at the trigger- and note there’s a “tab” in the center. Do NOT touch the tab, and charge the slide- that means , pull the slide to the rear, as if you were chambering a round, which you do not have, because you have no bullets or magazines at all. We are in Learning Mode. We have an empty, charged pistol at this point, and we’ve noticed there’s a “tab” inside the trigger shell. This is our Trigger Safety. While still not touching the Trigger Safety, put both trigger fingers on either side of the Trigger Safety, and pull to the rear as hard as you can. Pull that damn thing back until you feel light headed, and the pistol is shaking in your palsied hands, and what happens?
NOTHING! this is Exhibit A- if you don’t put your booger hook on the Bang Switch until you’re ready to engage, the gun CANNOT fire. Simple. Now, if you get Froggy Fingered (a.k.a. stupid) and initiate the firing sequence, well, the 3 safeties of the Glock will work as designed, and the round will detonate. The gun is an inanimate object, and to function, it needs a stimulus.
You are exactly that- your finger is the  stimulus. If the target is “your junk” when you suffer from mental flatulence, well, hopefully you can diall 911 as you leak out. By the way, you’ve got about 120 seconds. Maybe the Bad Guy won’t rob you as you fade out. (You probably don’t carry a tourniquet, anyway- that pocket is for carrying your phone, after all.) Ergo, it is logical to NOT put the finger on the trigger until you are ready to fire. Maybe someone should make that a rule, or something, and put it out there to the shooting community at large, to get everyone into the proper frame of mind…
Glocks are DAO- the BATF says so. DAO means Double Action Only, and they come from the factory with 5.5 pound triggers. This is good enough, leave it alone. Perhaps you have some other flavor of striker fired pistol, like a Springfield XD-these are considered SAO-or, Single Action Only. It’s really fun to listen to “experts” pontificate about how the XD trigger is “smoother than Glock”.
Well, since it’s a SAO, and a Glock is DAO, it damn well ought to have a smoother trigger. Geez…If you want to see if the same exercise works with your XD,try it. The caveat remains the same, make sure the gun is unloaded, chamber empty,no magazines in the area, and Rock On, Willie.
Back to our Hamlet- ah, the lamentation. I wonder if Hamlet knew any of this, or if he just drank the kool-aid from wherever he’d first came across the DA/SA flavored pistol. His “logic” was first, carry the DA/SA (likely because it was mandated), switch to poly striker (was this a band in the 80’s? Poly Striker? I might have seen them in concert) and somewhere along the line, he had his Epiphany (which he shared, remember?) and went back to DA/SA to preserve “his junk”.
Arguably, he now is carrying a more complicated pistol, and he has to remember that reset thingy to get a lighter series of follow up shots(under excruciating stress). Isn’t it great to live in America, where you can own multiple pistols, and you can fumble around and buy pretty much any trigger set up your little misinformed heart desires? Isn’t this a polite way of saying “do what you want”?
No aggression here, just thought invoking statements designed to spur you into making educated decisions, rather than the rants of a guy who perhaps is missing some pretty pivotal points.But hey, he’s skinny enough to carry his gun AIWB, so that’s awesome, just ask him-never mind, he’ll TELL you.
If you go into concealed carry, you owe it to everyone (those around you too, not just yourself) to explore the various facets of each carry type. This can get expensive, or, you can borrow stuff from peers to try in the name of science. Make your own decisions, and don’t drink the kool-aid of the person you may be borrowing gear from. They may have valuable insights, but, you are the alleged adult who has opted into this very serious endeavor, that carries enormous gravity.Each carry mode has virtues, as well as pitfalls.
Regardless of which mode you choose- there is one constant that you cannot purchase- Situational Awareness.I can say to you that I’ve carried a sidearm to protect myself and others for nearly 3 decades, and a lot of these “experts” who work themselves into a lather with their “tutorials” on the You Tube would definitely have my antennae up, if we occupied  the same space and time. I’m a passionate guy, and I get the concept, but some of these people carry on vociferously, and their eyes are open a little too wide. Some of you understand what that means.
Has Situational Awareness ever really changed? Granted, the tools we use in tandem with it have indeed changed. Holsters only came in leather, once upon a time. Then, nylon was going to save the world. Some embrace change, while others claw against it. Kydex has revolutionized things, and yet there are those who resist it. Are they wrong? I can encourage you to have Awareness, but can I truly teach it? I can have you tell yourself to “watch for things”, but the damned phone will trump my words, nearly every time.
The sad truth is that the phone has become the bubble of the Grass Eater. The analogy of Sheep, Wolves, and Sheep Dogs is at an all time high, and the frickin Sheep Dogs are getting obsessed with the phones, as well. If you’re really invested in the kydex wave, get yourself a holster for your phone, and keep it there.
The flock truly needs you, as now they tend to pay their bills with the phone, and their whole little life is sunk into that collection of parts as they go about their “day” , rapt and absorbed. Who knows, maybe they’re watching a video put out by a misinformed “expert” on how to carry the pistol they’re paying no attention to.
So, what did we learn?
Lots of people are legally carrying today
Lots of these people may not have Situational Awareness
You cannot purchase Situational Awareness (even on your phone, and there’s no app for it)
Everyone is unique, and carry options vary
Tactical Girth, physical size, body shape, age, and potential physical infirmities will dictate what works for you
Your carry mode means Absolute Squat if you do not practice the necessary manipulations dry at home, and hot on a range
If you find yourself in a true gunfight, don’t over analyze shooting your Femorals, or “junk”, (if toting AIWB style)- that’s where training comes into play. If you DO over analyze, it’s okay, because maybe the Bad Guy will shoot either of those areas for you
Being passionate about a topic is fine- with proper knowledge of the topic. Attempted Coercion through hostility is NOT passion
Lots of people carry striker fired pistols, and all stripes of trigger set ups in between
If you don’t press the trigger, the gun won’t go “BANG”
Bonus Item, Number 11- Was Poly Striker really a band? Are you sure?
Featured image courtesy of NightHawk Custom

Friday, February 16, 2018

A Study of Vioence....By Aaron Haskins

Studying Violence | If You Don’t Want to Get Your Ass Kicked…

There are a few things you might ought to do.

Aaron Haskins
Some conversations I’ve been in recently on social media have brought up the question of what’re the most important things to study and train in order to become a proficient civilian combatant—in other words, what should people prioritize if they want to avoid getting their asses kicked in the event of a fight. After some thought, I came up with the following list of seven items. I’ve ordered them deliberately, to some extent the order I’d recommend someone brand new to the field approach and prioritize them. Of course, there’s plenty of room for debate on that subject, and I don’t at all claim this is the definitive list. For example, I left off medical training, which I do consider essential to being a good armed citizen, specifically because that’s for dealing with the effects of a fight rather than helping you during the fight itself. But the list was designed to spark thought and conversation.
So without further ado:

1. If You Don’t Want To Get Your Ass Kicked | Fitness

Three components to this. First, you need a decent enough conditioning level so you’re not gassing out 10 seconds into a fight. Whether or not you can keep going is one of the most decisive factors in an entangled engagement of any sort. Plus it helps when you decide discretion is the better part of valor and it’s time to run away.
Second, you don’t have to be the strongest guy/gal in the world, but stronger is better, especially relative to your opponent. Yes, technique is a thing, but strength can overcome a LOT of shortcomings in technique so long as you’ve got at least SOME technique. A recent article at jiujitsubrotherhood.com pointed out what the author called “the biggest lie in jiu jitsu,” the idea that technique overcomes everything. In fact, a strong fighter with decent technique will generally overcome a weak fighter with excellent technique.

Studying the application of violence - if you don't want to get your ass kicked, be fit. Get in the gym.
The truth is a strong fighter with decent technique is probably going to beat a weak fighter with excellent technique.

Sure, excellent technique will often beat awful technique regardless of strength, but if you’re in an entangled fight against someone with even a basic level of training strength makes a huge difference. Plus many violent criminal actors are generally looking for a payday and are less likely to target people who don’t look like an easy mark—muscles help you avoid the fight in the first place.
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, get in the gym.

How not to get your ass kicked - get your ass to the gym.
How not to get your ass kicked – cardio and strength training is important. You’ve likely heard that before.

2. How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked |Decision-Making and Judgement

The ability to a) recognize indicators that shit is about to go down and b) make good decisions to either avoid the shit in the first place or set yourself up for success when it does go down, is absolutely essential to avoiding getting your ass kicked. The easiest way to win the fight is to not be in the fight. Any time you engage in combat, there is a non-zero possibility you will lose. Any time you’re caught unaware and start at a disadvantage, that possibility goes up dramatically. Learn to recognize pre-violence cues and respond appropriately. ECQC and similar force-on-force scenario training is great for this, supplemented by watching videos of others doing it right and wrong with proper analysis (such as that offered by John Correia at the Active Self Protection channel on YouTube).
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, make decisions to avoid it — and pay attention to what is going around you.

How not to get your ass kicked - pay attention and make good decisions.
Officer Michelle Jeter of the Carthage, TX Police Dept. did not pick up several non-verbal cues of an impending attack during a traffic stop that left her beaten nearly to death on the side of the road. We can learn from this, and other lessons, to pay better attention and to make better decisions.

3. How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked | Aggression and “Violence of Action”

This wins an awful lot of fights even in the absence of any skill whatsoever: The mindset that you WILL win. You don’t want to fight unless you absolutely have to. But if it becomes necessary, you want to win, and to win as quickly as possible. You need to train that mental switch to go from “nice guy” to “turbomurder” the instant you decide there’s no way to avoid this fight (though I’d avoid that phrasing if you have to explain yourself to the authorities).

How not to get your ass kicked - make the decision to win, and to win as quickly as possible.
Hesitation and vacillation can get your ass kicked, or even get you killed.
Aaron Haskins, If you don't want to get your ass kicked. Studying violence - a civilian combatant should be able to flip the switch to violence.
Be ready to flip the switch if it’s time to flip the switch.

It’s not a natural thing. No one goes from Joe Schmoe to Viking Berserker without planning to do so beforehand. The idea that you’ll just “see red” and become an unstoppable fighting monster is bullshit, and you should feel free to point and laugh at anyone who claims that’s what they do in a fight.

Studying violence - if you don't want to get your ass kicked, be ready to flip the switch.
“Be nice, until it’s time not to be nice.” James Dalton

Such a response requires mental preparation well in advance of the fight. Get your mind right and your body will follow. In the immortal words of James Dalton, “Be nice, until it’s time to not be nice.”
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, get your mind ready to make that switch.

When you have to shoot, shoot. Don't talk.
Tuco may not rank among the great philosophers of the world, but he has this right – don’t posture or pontificate. If it’s time to do work, then get to work.

4. How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked |Unarmed Skills

While the majority of self-defense fights aren’t entangled engagements, a significant number are. There’s no really good dataset, but I’ve heard estimates from multiple experts ranging from 15-35% of fights ending up in extreme close quarters (that is, within arm’s reach, if not actively entangled), if not higher. As Craig Douglas likes to point out, a mugger by necessity has to approach to conversational distance to take your stuff. If it’s a bar fight, you’re likely to be standing really close before the fists and bottles start swinging. At such distances, you can’t rely on the magical talisman of your weapon(s) unless you can effectively deploy and apply it/them. You’d be well advised learning how to deal with the entangled fight, unless you want to roll the dice and hope you’ll get lucky. I’m a gambling man and I know I wouldn’t take those odds. If you choose to study unarmed combat, there are many options.
While I’ll avoid recommending any specific art over others, I’ll say this: I’ve studied martial arts for over 20 years. I’ve got black belts or other advanced rank in styles ranging from Tae Kwon Do and Karate to multiple forms of Kung Fu. I’ve studied Krav Maga and Kali and boxing even a little Muay Thai. And I still got my shit pushed in by a girl 2/3rds my size at ECQC. Why?  Because she was better at grappling than I was.
If you look at successful MMA fighters, you’ll see they’ve all got a couple things in common. Damn near every single one of them uses some form of kickboxing for striking, either western or Thai for the most part, though a couple branch out with things like Sambo. And every single one of them uses some form of grappling for entanglements, generally BJJ, Judo, or western wrestling (or, again, Sambo). Virtually none use fancy traditional martial arts like TKD, Karate, or Kung Fu. This is what is commonly called a clue.
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, learn to grapple.

5. How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked | Non-lethal Options

It doesn’t matter how justified you are in killing someone in self-defense, if it happens, you’re going to have a bad day. Potential psychological trauma aside, think about the legal fight: possible criminal charges, possible civil lawsuit. Even if you were fully justified, there’s a chance you go to jail anyway. How it looks, how the cops respond, and how the prosecutor frames it to the jury will all play a part.
Even if you don’t to to jail, odds are very good you’re going to be out a shitload of money after paying your lawyer to make sure you don’t. And depending on your community, there’s the possibility of social repercussions for your actions, too—again, no matter how justified. So try to avoid killing anyone you don’t absolutely have to kill. Understanding what your nonlethal options are—pepper spray, tasers and stun guns, even a flashlight or an impact weapon—and how to use them properly can help you both avoid an asskicking AND murder charges.
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, learn ways to beat the other guys besides killing them.

Baton strike areas - escalation of trauma by vital and vulnerable striking areas. Don't want to get your ass kicked? Have a less lethal option to resolve a problem.
Do you routinely carry a less lethal option, should violence be called for? Are you at least aware of such options that might be around you?

6. How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked | Bladed Weapons

Anyone studying violence will quickly see that a significant number of fights become close quarters entangled engagements. Often it’s difficult to access and use a gun in that kind of environment. An alternative is a blade. But while many people carry knives, they often have zero training on how to use them.
How many of you reading this carry a folding pocket knife for self defense, but have never practiced drawing, opening, and establishing a useful grip on it under the pressure of someone charging you down intent on murder?
From personal experience, I can promise you that it’s not easy, even with practice.  Force on force training is invaluable here, because it will expose the flaws in your current thinking: if you carry a small fixed blade on your belt angled up, you might discover that it’s a lot harder to draw that way when someone is fighting your arm to keep you from succeeding, while angled down is harder to conceal but more accessible. Or if you carry a pocket knife on your right side, what happens when your right arm is pinned or busy doing something essential and you can only use your left to access a weapon?
Things like this must be considered. This also goes back to judgement: when are you legally allowed to use a knife, given that it’s potentially lethal force? If you ARE allowed to use it, when and how will it be effective versus when will it just be a waste of time and effort? Do you know whether slashing or stabbing is a better option in a given situation? Where should you target?
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, don’t just carry the knife, learn when and how to use it.

How not to get your ass kicked - understand the proper use of multiple weapons, including knives, and know both when to use them and when not to.
How not to get your ass kicked. Let’s not forget, any weapon can be taken away and used against you.

7. How Not to Get Your Ass Kicked | Firearms

There’s a reason I left this one for last.

Studying violence: How not to get your ass kicked - guns are only of use if you know when and how to use them properly...pretty much like any other weapon. Aaron Haskins.
How not to get your ass kicked: guns are not some magic talisman that solve all your defensive problems.

It’s not because I think knives are more effective than guns and should be prioritized over guns. It’s because too many people fixate on the gun as a talisman that wards off all evil. “I don’t need to worry–I’ve got a gun.”
Unless you’ve trained in using it, and (like any other weapon) know when and how to use it properly, congratulations, you’re carrying a cool-looking highly dangerous paperweight. It’s as potentially deadly to you as to anyone else, and there are ALL SORTS of considerations that most concealed carriers never even think about. You don’t know what you don’t know. So if you’re going to carry a gun, GET TRAINING. GOOD training, not a bullshit four hour concealed carry permit course from some random jackass at the local gun range.
Find people who know what they’re talking about and study. Read articles and blogs from famous trainers and gunfighters. Attend high quality shooting and force on force training. Do the dry fire practice. Go to the range and practice the stuff you suck at until you suck less at them, using the drills you learned in training courses. Learn the laws of self defense inside and out in your jurisdiction.
So if you don’t want to get your ass kicked, carry a gun AND KNOW HOW AND WHEN TO USE IT EFFECTIVELY.

Studying Violence : If You Don’t Want To Get Your Ass Kicked

If you aren’t comfortable carrying and using lethal weapons, that’s fine. You do you. The first five will get you an awful long way along the road to not getting your ass kicked. As Tom Givens put it in a recent class I attended, “I’d rather face a doofus with a $3000 Wilson pistol than a hard man with a sharp stick.” But if you ARE going to carry weapons with the intention of possibly using them if necessary, then learn how to do so well.
Guns and knives aren’t talismans. They’re tools. Owning a tablesaw does not a master woodworker make.
Some of my friends have taken to referring to this concept as “The Study of Applied Violence.” We need a better name for it, but it’s not a casual pastime. It’s very much a comprehensive martial art, with distinct yet interrelated components of unarmed fighting, nonlethal weapons, and lethal weapons, unified by a common understanding and mindset. It deserves as much devotion as any other martial art, because a little knowledge is a dangerous thing. If you don’t want to get your ass kicked, do the work ahead of time so you’re ready when and if that day ever comes.

Thursday, February 8, 2018

Skill Set: Foundations....Tiger McKee

Skill Set: Foundations
?Foundations are an essential part of self-defense.  There are physical foundations, such as stance and grip, mental foundations to ground the physical actions, and moral foundations that serve as the base for all.
If you start from the ground up the first thing to examine is your physical stance.  The proper stance provides stability.  The stance is incredibly important, especially in the beginning when you’re learning how to shoot accurately.  A good stance allows you to use proper footwork so you can shoot accurately while moving, index efficiently to engage multiple targets or work around cover and clear corners.  It all starts with the proper foundation – the stance.  For fighting – defending against a violent attack – an aggressive fighting stance is mandatory.
The firing grip - whether it’s with one or two hands - is also another physical foundation.  The ability to operate the pistol properly – shooting accurately and manipulating the weapon efficiently - starts with the grip.  A solid grip allows you to press smoothly and straight to the rear to fire accurately, and then reset the trigger to fire the next shot.  If you have to reposition the support hand between each shot you’re not starting with the correct grip.  Having a pistol that fits your hands is important; a pistol that’s too small or too big makes it difficult to acquire and maintain the correct grip.  Practice until you can acquire and maintain the proper grip, providing a solid foundation for the pistol.
The stance is a physical foundation, but it also plays into the mental part of the equation.  The mind tells the body what to do, but your stance – the physical –influences the mental - how you’re thinking.  Assuming a fighting stance puts you in a fighting frame of mind, mentally preparing you for what’s to come.
Having the right mental foundation will also show in your physical actions.  Watch some one who is sure of what they are doing.  Their mental attitude will be displayed in their physical actions.  This is important, because ninety percent or more of our communication is body language.  Most threats are not looking for a fight; the right body language – a fighting stance that flow from the proper mental foundation - may change their mind about what they thought they were going to do.
The proper moral foundations are mandatory.  You have to ask yourself the hard questions before becoming involved in a confrontation.   What are you ready, willing and morally prepared to fight for?  Given a choice we would avoid all confrontations, but there are times when avoidance or escape are not options.  In a fight you may injured or worse.  You may be forced to physically injure another person, and they could die as a result of your actions.  Are you ready to accept this and the consequences of your actions?  Get your moral foundations established well in advance of the need.
There are physical foundations that support all your skills.  Skill is important, but all your techniques rely on having a solid mental foundation.  Ultimately, all relies on the moral base.  Make sure when the time comes you’re doing the right thing for the right reasons.  In other words, you’re standing on a solid foundation.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy


Tuesday, February 6, 2018

Shadow System LLC, Slide

HI FOLKS, Just wanted to share a little information with you.  Just got back from the range where I had to qualify a RPO, (Retired Police Officer).  While I was there I had a little time to run a new Glock that I put together.  Shot 50 rounds of Speer 124 gr. factory and 15 rounds of my 115 gr. reloads.  Distances were from 3 to 12 yards, slow and rapid fire.  Very satisfied with the initial results of this build.  I have attached a couple of pics.

So if you are interested here is the make-up on this gun;
Glock OEM factory frame
Apex flat, thin blue line trigger and trigger bar
3.5 Glock connector
Mag Pul, enhanced mag well
Shadow Systems LLC, Enhanced Carry Slide, this is a beautifully milled slide
Scott Warren, Dave Sivigny competition sights, fiber optic front, plain black rear
Lone Wolf LLC, fluted, flush cut, signature series barrel
You can see from the pic that the barrel does not extend beyond the front of the slide
All other parts are all Glock OEM 

Thursday, February 1, 2018

Take Cover...by, Tiger Mckee

Skill Set: Take Cover

Cover provides you with protection against the threat, and is only cover relative to what type weapon they are using.  If someone is trying to hit you with their hands or an impact weapon or cut you, then an object that prevents the threat from getting within arm’s reach provides protection.  Against a firearm you’ll need an object that “stops, impedes or redirects bullets.”  Cover prevents you from being injured, and yet under stress most people don’t use it.
Moving to cover isn’t natural.  We don’t instinctually run for cover when attacked.  The techniques for using cover are not natural.  Creating distance between you and your cover is mandatory, especially when someone is firing at you.  Yet, most of us will tuck in tight to cover, which is where we feel safe.  But bullets striking that hard surface create a storm of debris and fragments that can injure or kill.  Distance almost completely eliminates this happening.  There are a lot of other reasons to create that distance.  It puts more distance between you and what’s on the other side of cover, allows you to see more of the environment and gives you more room to maneuver.  None of this is instinctual.
So, how to you learn to go to cover and use it properly?  First comes training, the introduction to these skills.   Next is practice, where you begin to program these actions into your response through repetition.  Using cover starts with conscious decision; repetition turns it into a subconscious response.
Once you’re behind cover, it’s decision making time.  Remember, cover provides protection.  The best response is to use this protection to break off contact, escaping the danger.  Or, you may be required to engage the threat from behind cover.  This means working on your fighting position so you’re exposing very little of your body while being able to engage any part of the threat’s mass.
You’re engaging the threat and they break contact, ducking behind cover in an attempt to escape.  This may be the ideal time for you to escape.  Be very careful about rolling out in an attempt to reengage the threat.  They may be trying to suck you into an ambush.  Reacquiring the threat could turn you into the aggressor; now you’re the bad guy.
Regardless of what you’re doing if they are shooting back get behind cover.  We see a real problem with this during force-on-force training.  The bad guy is shooting – the good guy is covered and protected.  Yet the good guy will try to work around or over cover in an attempt to engage, getting hit in the process.  This may be the result of watching too many John Wick movies.  It’s certainly a case of them never seeing anyone stick their head out and taking a direct hit.  Get behind cover where it’s safe and then decide what to do next.
Never lose sight of your mission statement.  Do you need to break contact and escape at the first opportunity, or is it your job to keep pushing until the threat is neutralized?  Focus on your mission before the fight.  During the confrontation you’ll have plenty to think about without trying to figure out your life’s purpose.
Study and learn how to use cover, and then get in plenty of practice.  If these skills are ever needed they will serve you well.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, 

Thursday, January 18, 2018

Safety and Responsibility, Good Information

Skill Set: Slam Fire

The free floating firing pin strikes the primer every time the chamber is loaded, although normally not with enough force to fire the round, until it does.  Keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction.

During a class this week a student’s pistol experienced a couple of “slam-fires.”  Twice, during an empty reload with a Browning Hi Power, the pistol fired when he cycled the slide to chamber a round.  I was watching him carefully – we had just started working on empty reloads and I was watching him carefully - so I know his finger was nowhere near the trigger when this occurred.  The pistol was pointing downrange – we teach students to keep the muzzle on target during reloads - so there was no danger.  Slam fires are not uncommon, and an important reason to always keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction during all manipulations.
The pistol in question had been modified.  It had a trigger job done by a gunsmith.  In order to get a lightweight, crisp trigger ‘smiths will often cut the tolerances too close on the hammer and sear, and/or lighten up spring pressures on the trigger components.  Cutting and fitting everything to these tolerances will produce the desired feel.  But often it’s usually not long before things wear, and the hammer starts to jump or follow the slide forward as it cycles.  The result is an unintentional discharge.  This would be different from a negligent discharge, which results from the finger being on the trigger at the wrong time.  (Although technically this is a form of negligence since the weapon has been modified to the point it is unsafe.)
Be very careful when it comes to modifying a trigger.  First, make sure the gunsmith you’re using is qualified to perform the work you’re looking for.  Work that’s performed improperly is dangerous to you and anyone else around you.  It can lead to slam fires, plus for defensive purposes a trigger that is too light is simply dangerous.  Under stress you’ll end up firing an unwanted shot; this is especially true when attempting to reset the trigger after firing a shot.  A light trigger also potentially opens you up to some serious legal problems.
Slam fires will occur with long guns too.  The AR, AK, SKS, 870 shotguns – and most other long guns – have a free-floating firing pin.  This means that every time a round is chambered the firing pin hits the primer.  Normally it doesn’t striking the primer hard enough to ignite and fire a round.  But, if you have a faulty round, or a high or sensitive primer the weapon can fire when chambering a round.  This is true while firing and when manually loading or reloading.  And yes, slam fires will occur with bolt-action rifles as well.
A dirty firearm can also cause slam fires.  When too much grime builds up in the channel for the firing pin it prevent can the firing pin from traveling freely.  If the firing pin locks up in a forward position it can cause a slam fire.
The possibility of a slam fire means when you’re manipulating your weapon – loading, unloading, reloading or clearing stoppages - the muzzle should pointing in a safe direction.  For administrative manipulations – loading, unloading or checking its status – the muzzle should be pointing downward and at something that would stop or trap an errant round.  During reloading or clearing a malfunction the muzzle should be on target, so if a slam fire does occur the round is going downrange.
Owning a firearm is about responsibility.  Buy good equipment.  Be careful when it comes to modifications.  And always keep the muzzle pointing in a safe direction.
Tiger McKee is director of Shootrite Firearms Academy, lsafety and responsiblilit