Monthly Archives: October 2014

The Case for the 9mm Micro Pistol

Don’t over look the, ‘little’things…

Every Day Carry Solutions

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Every armed American has their favorite carry piece (and caliber too for that matter). Here’s an option that should be looked at if you haven’t already: The Micro sized 9mm pistol.

Consistent Carry:

Like many Americans, I find myself in clothing ranging from white collar attire to knock around work clothes as I work underneath my vehicle. And to tell you the truth, as much as I love my Glock 19, I just can’t carry it as often as I’d like. Either it’s getting in the way or I cannot properly conceal it. Sure it’s fine in the winter when I’ve got a jacket on, but in the middle of the summer when you can fry and egg on side walk, and I’m in running shorts? It ain’t gonna happen. And what ticks me off is that I like the high capacity of the G19, the terminal performance of modern…

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PT, the Magic Pill that Keeps Us Going!

Max Velocity penned a superb critque of a Discover Channel program, “Watchmen, Militia Rising.”  I’d encourage its reading along with the comments.  Here’s the video under scrutiny:

The cornerstone of all training and individual and group effectiveness that’s missing, based on the people appearing in the program, is a general lack of health and fitness.

Health?  Sure.  Excess weight is a symptom of existing health problems, most likely Diabetes II.  The same goes for excessive tobacco, alcohol, or other drug use, prescription or non-prescription.  The best thing you can do for your health is start doing ‘push aways’ (push away from the table) and start to exercise discipline in what and how much you eat.  Stop with the High Fructose Corn Syrup based foods and get some good nutrition.  You’ll find you won’t eat as much after awhile.  Balance your diet with 1/3 protein, 1/3 carbs (good carbs, like green things), and 1/3 natural fats (don’t fall prey to the ‘low fat/no fat’ garbage that turns to processed sugar in your system and then turns to fat stored on your body).

Fitness?  As has been hammered on here and many other reputable web sites (JC, Max, WRSA, Sierra 12, etc) without the physical capabilities to carry the weight of weapons and equipment for long periods of time while maintaining alterness and the capability to respend effectively when an emergency presents itself, the individual or group isn’t going to do much save for give their opponent some field fire practice.  Yes, it takes work.  Yes, you’ll be sore.  Yes, it’s a long-term life style change.  There are superb programs available; we prefer mostly body weight exercises, but that’s a personal choice issue.  Find one that suits you.  Then, start doing it.

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Closer to home, relate what you saw in the program and read at Max’s to your NPT preparing and training against the day when, ‘A Failure of Civility’ becomes the new reality.  How long do you think your team will keep your families safe and OPFOR at bay?  Do an honest self-evaluation.  Is your NPT training comprised mainly of social time or posing in the latest, greatest camouflage pattern?  If so, you might want to reevaluate your objectives and priorities.  Do you have any real expertise or skill sets within your NPT?  If not, seek help in trianing.  There is nothing wrong whatsoever in saying, “I don’t know what I don’t know, and I’m going to get somebody who does know what to do to help me!”

If you need help in training, don’t think you can get eveyrthing you need from the internet!  The internet and various books/manuals avaiable are great….for what they are: academic references to familiarize you with the subject material or provide useable lists of necessary tools and equipment. You need some practical experience.  It’s not going to be free.  Remember, in almost all cases in life, we get what we pay for.  Expertise doesn’t come easy or cheap.  It’s typically gained over years and years either in military service or thousands and thousands of dollars spent going to reputable schools (what makes people think these commodities (and certain skills and expertise are, in fact, a comodity) are public domain is beyond me).

So, buckle down, reset your priorities, save your pennies, sell some things you’re not ever going to use, and contact us here, or Max, or JC, or Sierra 12, or Force on Force.

And if you want to save 15% here, or Max’s or JC’s, become a member of the III Percent Society for America.

Open Letter to All Who Say: “I’ll come to YOUR place when SHTF!”

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Pass this along to all those wonderful folks who look at you as their contingency plan.

Key grafs:

“I tried to persuade you to prepare for what’s coming and, in the process, revealed that to you that I’m preparing. You realized that I have food, guns, etc., and ended up saying, half kidding but half serious, “I’ll come to your place when SHTF.””

 “…If you threaten me and my family, I will use force to defend against any threat. And showing up at my place hungry and unprepared is a threat to me. You will eat my food and use up my medical supplies, generator, firewood, etc. That’s less of these life-saving things for me and my family. That’s a threat.

Is this greed on my part? No. I will take care of the truly needy – those who cannot take care of themselves. But you are different. Very different. You had plenty of chances to prepare for yourself.

But what did you do? You spent the weekends watching football, went on expensive vacations, and never made your spouse mad at you with your “crazy” ideas that something bad was happening. You didn’t do shit because… you would just come to my place. Problem solved, right? You didn’t need to spend time, money, and create domestic strife because I did that all for you.

Not. Why should I spend my time, money, and stress just so you can waltz into my place and live happily ever after? I’m a nice guy, but – really? – I’m going to spend my (very limited) free time, disposable income, and domestic tranquility just so you can have a leisurely life and more material comforts pre-Collapse while I don’t?

Now….all you, “I’m coming to your place” types…we’ll happily help you start now….before it’s too late, so you can have a shot…but we won’t do it for you.

Situational Awareness and Positioning (part IV)

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There are so many times in a day when you have to let people into your space. I think we have to accept it. My tolerance changes radically when I’m in transitional areas like parking lots etc.

–DTOM

It’s important to take context into account when speaking about SAP. There’s been some commentary about my post that I must not live in a big city or ever take the subway. Since I grew up in Chicargo and live in Atlanta, that’s not true. I ride public transportation quite often, even when I don’t have to.

The comment about transitional areas is on point. Rarely are we concerned about being robbed or beaten up in line at Starbucks. The video of the dude getting mugged in NOLA recently is more our concern and representative of the positioning I’m getting at.

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While public places, e.g., the coffee shop in Lakewood WA

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Situational Awareness and Positioning (part III)

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When he got within 5 or 6 feet… Lawler leveled the Glock and fired once, hitting DeCosta in the groin.

Man pulls 13-inch knife during fight, gets shot

A previous post discussed The Tueller Principle, or as Dennis put it originally “How Close Is Too Close?” In light of the above incident, The Tueller Principle and two related concepts bear further clarification and quantification.

A concept that is seldom discussed in the personal protection community, among either instructors or practitioners, is proxemics. The term proxemics was originated by a cultural anthropologist, Edward Hall, in his book The Hidden Dimension.  Its meaning is how we, as humans, interpret and manage the physical space around us. This should be an integral part of planning for personal protection, but usually is not.

Professor Hall’s work breaks out several spatial zones that we perceive around us. Most important to us regarding…

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Situational Awareness and Positioning (part II) The Tueller Principle

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place yourself in the best tactical position.

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In 1983, Dennis Tueller wrote a groundbreaking article entitled How Close is Too Close?  As a result, the terms the “Tueller Drill” and the “21 Foot Rule” have become well known. The Tueller Drill is even incorporated into the NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course.

However, in a 2008 interview, Dennis notes that he doesn’t use those terms, instead referring to it as the Tueller Principle. His original article relates the concept of a ”Danger Zone” and the need to “place yourself in the best tactical position.” The revolutionary, for the time, concept he came up with was to measure Distance/Time Relationships of Armed Encounters. By doing so, he brought about a much greater understanding of the concept that distance is your friend.

The article also emphasized using cover and placing obstacles between yourself and an attacker. The context…

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Situational Awareness and Positioning (part I)

Excellent information!!

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“Son, always park the car so the rear end is facing the sun. Then you won’t have to sit on a hotseat when you get back in.”

That was one of my father’s dictums to me, while spending the summers in Phoenix with him. It was my earliest instruction about the value of positioning. The dictionary gives several relevant definitions for the noun form of the word position:
•    a place occupied or to be occupied; site: a fortified position.
•    the proper, appropriate, or usual place.
•    situation or condition, especially with relation to favorable or unfavorable circumstances.

Now that emotions and internet commentary have quieted down about the recent Las Vegas murders of two police officers and a private citizen with a concealed weapon, it’s useful to discuss the relationship between ‘situational awareness’ and positioning. The two concepts are interrelated and complementary but not identical. Unfortunately, the…

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