In this week’s List you’ll find: a great review of my Threat Centered Revolver course; a look at the .22WMR revolver as a defensive option; another idiot shoots and kills someone he didn’t need to shoot at in the first place; some instructors don’t teach, they operate a buffet; how not to be seen (and therefore targeted); how to tell when things are about to go south; ammunition is back!; and a look at a tactical medicine class (and why you need to take one).
A review of my Threat Centered Revolver class!
Boris from the More Exploring Off the Beaten Path blog (a great read if you’re into geocaching) attended the Threat Centered Revolver class I taught in Phoenix a couple of weeks ago. He had a huge amount of snubnose experience when he got to the class, but he found himself learning things no one else had bothered (or perhaps even knew) to teach him. Please read his superb review — then get read to book my next open enrollment class (announcement coming soon)!
The .22WMR as a defensive option?
A few weeks ago I angered a bunch of gun hobbyists by penning an article in praise of the pistol caliber carbine. Today I don’t need to do the dirty deed myself — the Tactical Wire did it for me! There is a small subset of people who may be served by a very light recoiling gun in .22WMR, and Smith & Wesson obliges them with the Model 351c. It’s not intended as a solution for everyone, but there are those people who have recoil issues (usually because of nerve damage) but can still pull a double action trigger. For them, the 351c beats a sharp stick. There’s always a solution out there, but sometimes it requires thinking outside of the hobbyist box! (A rifle in .22WMR may be an even better choice for some people, but I’ll leave that blasphemy for another day.)
Don’t be this idiot
I’m sharing stories like this because it’s important to understand when the use of lethal force is appropriate and when it’s not. First, because it’s part of your responsibility as a gun owner; second, because it’s likely to keep you out of prison. In this case, a homeowner chased off some teenagers who were looking for a home to burglarize. When the teens hopped into their car and began to drive away, the homeowner started lobbing rounds at them. He ended up killing the driver, and is now facing manslaughter charges. His life wasn’t in danger, and he didn’t need to be shooting at a departing car. If you’re not clear on these concepts, you need to read The Law of Self Defense by Andrew Branca and Deadly Force: Understanding Your Right to Self Defense by Massad Ayoob. (Better yet, take one of their classes!)
“Pick the one you like best”
There are so-called instructors out there who “teach” by presenting several options, then letting the student pick the one they like the best (or “whichever works for you”). If you’re a student, you have paid good money to get an informed opinion by a knowledgable instructor; if all he or she does is let you make up your own mind, you could have stayed home, saved the money, and accomplished the same result. You’re paying for information and guidance — demand better! Ask questions, expect reasoned answers, and in the event there is truly an issue with a concept/technique/piece of equipment, expect alternatives or modifications that will work for you.
Going grey (in a good way)
This article was written with security contractors in mind, but it’s worth reading for the rest of us too. How much information do you willingly give criminals — both here and abroad — simply by how you dress and act? Read this with an open mind and think about your life: for instance, do those gun stickers in your pickup window tell bad guys what you have at home? You’d be surprised what people can tell about you without you knowing it. Reduce your target profile; practice being less conspicuous.
Can you tell when something is about to happen?
You may have heard about “pre-incident indicators”, but do you know what they are? Do you know what people do and how they behave just before violence is initiated? This is a good introductory article about the most common indicators and some of your response options. Study it and then watch the people around you.
Ammo prices going down, supply going up
The CEO of Winchester talks about ammunition supply and demand. This is actually good news, because ammunition makers have been swamped for the past several years. Both range and defensive ammunition have been hard to get and expensive when you could find it. I’m starting to see ammunition supplies going up and prices edging down, which is great for your ability to train and practice regularly!
Why you should take a medical class (and who to take it from)
John Daub recently penned a review of a tactical medicine class taught by Caleb Causey. In it, he gives some very good reasons why you need to have trauma response training — and what he thought of Caleb’s instruction. Read it and get to class yourself!
P.S.: If you can’t attend one of my workshops, do the next best thing: get yourself a copy of my latest book, Protect Yourself With Your Snubnose Revolver! You have your choice of Kindle, iBooks, and paperback versions.
Opening photo by Backpacker – pixabay.com (CC0 public domain)