Monthly Archives: February 2015

Weekend Reading: An Interesting Perspective on the M855 Ban

M8551UPDATE:  Mr. Branca kindly offers this to any DTG viewer who buys his this weekend, until Sunday, midnight.  You can even ask for an autograph:

“Hey, DTG, thanks for the kind words.

In appreciation, I’ve set up a “free-shipping” promotional code for your viewers of your blog, good through this weekend.

Use promo code “dtg” (without the quotes) at checkout when purchasing “The Law of Self Defense, 2nd Edition” at my blog ( and it will deduct the cost of standard (book-rate) shipping.

And if folks would like their book autographed, they can indicate as much in the comments field at checkout.

Just remember, the free shipping runs only through Sunday. 🙂

–Andrew, @LawSelfDefense”

Many thanks, Andrew!

While reading an exceptionally long, but good, post over at Weaponsman, I noticed his link to an Andrew Branca article on the ‘why’ that might be behind the M855 ban.  You can read it, here, at his site, “Legal Insurrection.”

Weaponsman pointed out that Mr. Branca is the author of a very good book I’ve had in my library for over a year:  “The Law of Self Defense, and I was glad to see that, as it’s chock full of very, very good information.  Consider looking it over and getting yourself a copy, either from his site or Amazon (and if you’re a ‘Kindle Unlimited’ subscriber, you can read it free), and while you’re at it, think about his offer of a free introduction to on-line training for the specific laws of your own state in regards to self-defense and use of force.  Check it out, here.

Time is on your side… Yes, it is.

Pearls of wisdom in this post…H/T to WRSA and JMosby’s blogs.

SBG Bartlett

Patience is a virtue you’re going to need in this game. Having the patience to grind away, day after day, is really the most important attribute you can bring to this endeavour. Never missing a training session, never letting up on your pursuit of your objectives is far more important than any genetic advantage. I know guys with incredible genetic gifts that do nothing with the advantage they have been given.

A key factor in becoming an adept is simply time. You aren’t going to be a top level shooter, MMA fighter, strength and endurance monster within a few years. Ain’t going to happen. There might be exceptions but they prove the rule. It takes time. I’ve talked to guys that were frustrated with their progress after 2 or 5 years. I told them I’ve been pursuing an integrated approach to fighting since 1992. One guy told me, “I was…

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Got the Winter Doldrums? Use the down time to your advantage….

winter doldrums

Here’s a few things you can do, in no particular order, to help you get through these last formal weeks of winter:

  • Detail disassemble, clean, and lubricate (“Frog Lube” is the cat’s ass!) your Personal Self-Defense platform.
  • Check the edge and hone your primary fixed blade ‘field knife.’  If it’s not razor sharp, it’s not ready for the field.
  • Continue with your regular PT program.
  • Empty your ruck and LBE/LBV, and go over it looking for rips/tears and make repairs as needed.
  • Repack your ruck and LBE; get your ‘temperate’ load out set to go (keep your cold weather set up for now…you never know, really.)
  • Check your compasses for correct operation.
  • Continue with your regular PT program.
  • Re-read, “A Failure of Civility.”
  • Re-read our series on Basic Patrolling here, here, here, and here.
  • Empty any ‘ready’ magazines, disassemble them clean and lightly coat the spring with a good rust preventative lubricant (‘lightly’ means barely discernible) and reassemble.


  • Set up all the ammo taken out of your magazines as this year’s ‘training’ ammo and load your freshly cleaned and lubed magazines with ‘fresh’ ammo.  (Tip:  To keep finger oil off the brass that will eventually cause corrosion, consider wearing rubber gloves while loading the fresh ammo.)
  • Change up and continue with your regular PT program.
  • Clean, disinfect and refill your water carrying equipment with stabilized oxygen treated water.
  • Practice your dry fire a couple times a week or more with both carbine and pistol (you always ensure you drop the magazine and check the chamber before this practice, right??)

dry fire drill

  • Check your field boots for tears, rips, or frayed laces and replace/repair as necessary.  If you wear leather boots, now’s a good time to Sno-Seal them and carefully melt it into the leather with a heat gun on low.
  • Continue with your regular PT program.
  • Register for our April 25/26 Land Nav class here.
  • Read M. Stanton Evans’, “The Theme is Freedom.”
  • Inventory and cycle your ‘Shelter In Place’ food supplies; add what you can where you can.
  • Sign up for our ‘online’ classroom here.  Lots of good downloadable NPT related information for not much money…just sayin’.
  • Help plan, get involved in or host a Neighborhood Protection Association meeting as outlined in, “A Failure of Civility,” here.  (If you don’t have a book, keep watching their website.  Even with the price increase, it’s the best money you’re going to spend on a ‘how to’ for your local neighborhood.)
  • Continue with your regular PT program.

Obviously, these aren’t the only things you might consider doing, the key is to not get so bored you don’t do anything, and you basically waste good prep time.

Things that make ya go, “Hmmmmm……..”

BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA’S new anti-ISIS propaganda head has close ties with the Muslim Brotherhood and Organization of Islamic Cooperation

Read the whole thing….goes good with a nice cabernet during dinner….just sayin’

Breitbart  Rashad Hussain, a Muslim American with close ties to the White House, will replace Alberto Fernandez, the center’s director, according to The Times.


Hussain, who has reportedly participated in events linked to the Muslim Brotherhood, currently serves as Obama’s special envoy to the Organization of Islamic Cooperation. He will take over when Fernandez retires in April.



About that ‘Global Warming’…

A picture is worth a thousand words…maybe more.  This is a very, very recent NOAA satellite picture.  Drudge links to this headline:  82.3% of the Great Lakes are covered in ice.  More than last year at this time.  In the last 24 hours, the ice has grown over 4,750 square miles.  Over. Night.

Got a Wiggy’s sleeping bag?  Might want to start saving pennies….just saying.  If you want to get one, you can get them here:–sleeping-bags.html  Tell them DTG sent you.

Great Lakes Freeze

Obama Widens the Back Door for Terrorists Entering the USA


Add up the information in this piece with these posts:

Simple math will show that we have what some might call, “a clue.”   Add to that this little gem:

Southfield police have arrested a 39-year-old man who allegedly stabbed two other men multiple times at a bus stop near Northland Mall in Southfield Saturday night.
Terrence Lavaron Thomas, of Detroit, will be arraigned on charges of two counts of assault with intent to murder, one count of carrying a dangerous weapon with unlawful intent and one count of possession of marijuana.
According to police, Thomas attacked the victims, a 52-year-old man and 51-year-old man from Detroit, after he “made several comments about his religion and asked the victims about their religious beliefs just before the assault occurred.”
Nick Loussia, Deputy Chief of Police for the Southfield Police Department, said Thomas “is Muslim, and asked the victims what religion they were” before allegedly attacking them.
A reasonable conclusion drawn from just the above links and the reblog below is that the probability that life, no matter where in the USA you happen to live, will become exponentially less civil is leaning toward becoming a certainty.
Got PT? Got NPT?  Got training?
These people will not hesitate to kill you any way they possibly can.
ISIS Execution
They are training their children as you read this.  What’s the probability that some of these, ‘kids’ will be brought into the country as the mass immigration continues?
 ISIS child training

Socialism is not the Answer


Just how obvious can Obama get away with making it that he does not mean this country well? On infodump Friday, State Department spokescretin Jen Psaki proclaimed:

“The United States has admitted 524 Syrians since 2011. We’re likely to admit 1,000 to 2,000 Syrian refugees for permanent resettlement in Fiscal Year 2015 and a somewhat higher number, though still in the low thousands, in Fiscal Year 2016.”

From about 100 per to thousands per year. Quite an increase. If insufficient resistance is encountered, the numbers will rise:

[Assistant Secretary of State Anne] Richard said the United States was already reviewing around 9,000 Syrian refugee cases referred by a United Nations agency and was receiving “roughly a thousand new ones each month.”

Something else recently exploded out of Syria, other than welfare colonists. Let’s see, what was it…

Oh yes — ISIS:

A senior FBI official has admitted…

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