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“When the Unexpected Meets the Unprepared”

19 Mar 19
Mosque Shooting Incident in New Zealand, 16 Mar 19

Learning points from Sunday’s mass shooting in New Zealand:

1) Islamics are no less vulnerable to these events than are Jews, nor Baptists!

Perpetrator’s “manifesto” was (as most are), rambling, confusing, incomprehensible drivel!

An army of mental-health experts are currently wringing their hands in a futile effort to “understand” him.

His guns and even magazines were covered with “slogans.” He recorded the entire event.

He is a fruit-cake!

They all are!

The world is full of such extremely dangerous deviates, and always will be, and most are not in institutions!

2) You are on your own!

It can’t be said too often!

Islamics are imagined to be so tough and ready. It’s all hype! We plainly see that they are no more “ready” in Christchurch, New Zealand mosques than are Jews in NYC synagogues, nor Baptists in TX churches!

No one in that mosque had a gun, except the perpetrator!

We all need to know and understand that police, while perhaps “on the way,” won’t arrive, and be in a position to take significant action, until corpses are all cooling, and the perpetrator has long-since either committed suicide, or escaped.

That’s the way these events always turns out.

Therefore:

The first five seconds are more important than the next five hours!

When there, you’ll have to take action with weapons you’re carrying, or that you can get your hands on within five seconds.

Failing that, you have scant chance of altering the outcome, nor of saving yourself!

Who routinely go armed, have necessary weapons skills, and are mentally prepared have a good chance of victory, even under such desperate circumstances.

The unprepared have no chance, and their religion is irrelevant, as we see!

“When the unexpected meets with the unprepared, we find the greatest astonishments!”

Mehmet Murat ildan

What we won’t find is a “happy ending!”

/John

2019 Rangemasters Tactical Conference

17 Mar 19

2019 Tactical Conference, Avondale (New Orleans), LA

The 2019 Tactical Conference this weekend, organized and staged by Tom Givens, was at the Nolatac Racetrack in Avondale, LA, just southwest of New Orleans.

Vicki and I were at this facility for the first time in our lives!

Tom’s tireless effort in putting-on this annual event greatly benefits all Operators in attendance.

Mas Ayoob and I both presented Classes, along with our esteemed colleagues Marty Topper, John Hearne, John Murphy, Bill Aprill, Karl Rehn, Craig Douglas, Tom Givens, Skip Gochenour, Claude Werner, and a host of other notable experts and exponents of our Art.

There were both lecture, live-fire, and scenario-based programs, run simultaneously at this expansive facility.

Vicki and I love this annual event, as we get to see and experience what our friends and colleagues are currently teaching, and rub elbows at numerous impromptu group-discussions, both at the range, after-hours at our hotel pool/vestibule, and over breakfast at the local IHOP.

Much therapeutic cross-pollination!

Out sincere thanks to Tom and Lynn, as always!

Operators need to be in attendance, as we all have the solemn responsibility and duty to advance, refine, preserve, and promulgate our Art!

/John

High Crime!

15 Mar 19

High-Crime Cities:

Business Insider recently published a List of the fifty “most dangerous” cities in the world, in terms of violent crime.

South and Central America, particularly Mexico, Venezuela, Honduras, Guatemala, Columbia, El Salvador, and Brazil are all good places to stay away from, as is all of South Africa!

Kingston, Jamaica, and San Juan, Puerto Rico also made the List.

Chicago nearly earned this dubious distinction, but Baltimore, Detroit, New Orleans and St Louis did make the List.

Crime “statistics” are heavily influenced by local politics, and many homicides (particularly in third-world countries) are thus never reported, bodies never found, and no statistical notation ever made! So, I strongly suspect each of the cities mentioned above are actually far more dangerous that even this unsavory List would indicate!

Not even mentioned are cities in “war zones,” which includes much of the Middle East.

Also not listed are cites where statistics are not even kept, or are unavailable, like most of Africa, North Korea.

When traveling to most of the foregoing towns and places, you won’t be able to be legally armed.

All the more reason to not go!

The world is a lot more dangerous than most think!

Think twice about off-shore travel!

Even within CONUS, be alert, go armed, stay away from places mentioned above.

/John

FTM

12 Mar 19

Last weekend, during a DTI DHG Course in LA, I had my first chance to test terminal effect of Lehigh Defense all-copper (monolithic) FTM bullets.

LD manufacturers their own line of FTM ammunition, and also supplies bullets to Underwood, Black Hills, and others.

We shot a pork loin through a SIG320 (9mm) with LD FTM +p (90 gr), Speer Gold Dot +p 115gr, hardball, Hornady CD, and several others.

All completely penetrated nine inches of pork!

Tissue damage from the hardball round was unimpressive. Through and through. Exit and entry looked nearly identical. The piece of loin did not move when shot. Recovered bullet displayed no deformation.

Gold-Dot bullet expanded as advertised. Exit wound was large and ragged. Pork loin jumped when hit. Internal damage to tissue along the wound-channel bore witness to significant tearing and cutting.

Several other high-performance HP rounds, including Hornady Critical-Duty 135gr, turned-in a similar performance.

All (except hardball) were very satisfactory!

Lehigh FTM bullet’s performance and wound-channel were indistinguishable from that of the high-performance HPs. Much tearing and cutting, ragged exit wound.

The recovered FTM bullet was not deformed, save for a slight “dent” in the base, probably inflicted when the bullet (after exiting the pork loin) struck the gravel backstop.

Of course, I need to examine more evidence. Yet, this first test demonstrated to me that depth of penetration and tissue destruction brought-about by FTM bullets compares favorably with that from high-performance HPs

All with no expansion, no deformation!

/John

Flush and Insolent!

8 Mar 19

“A dauntless American Patriot, who describes himself as “not a gun-guy’ is like a Knight of the Round Table saying of himself:

‘I’m not really a sword-guy!’”

JD Carr

Late on the afternoon of 14 Dec 1774 (Wed), exactly one year after the famous “Boston Tea Party,” more than four hundred armed New Hampshire Militia members, lead by John Langdon, showed-up at King George III’s Powder Magazine, located within the guarded walls of Fort William and Mary, New Castle, NH.

They overpowered British guards and seized ninety-seven barrels of high-quality British Army black powder.

It was distributed immediately among other New Hampshire Colonial Militia Units.

It was not a “fair fight.” It took place during a bitter snow storm, and the six mortified Redcoats manning the Fort at the time were taken completely by surprise.

A few shots were exchanged, but the attack was over very quickly, with two British soldiers wounded in the process.

The next day (Thursday), another raid on the Fort, this one lead by John Sullivan, resulted in the seizure and removal of several cannon and numerous muskets.

Four months later, in April of 1775, the famous “Shot-Heard-‘Round-the-World” would be fired in Lexington, MA!

Our magnificent American Revolution had well and truly begun!

This wildly successful (but little-known) raid was expertly planned and lead by what British General John Burgoyne disdainfully called:

“Rabble in arms, flush with success and insolence!”

Seized were the equivalent of “detachable, registered, serial numbered, high-capacity magazines, stamped ‘for British use only’”

Spiritual ascendants of Burgoyne (Democrat/socialists) still to this day contemptuously refer to proud American gun-owners as “armed rabble,” as they still try to “justify” forced gun confiscation, and subsequent enslavement, ever “for our own good.”

Audaciously, proudly standing in their way, we modern-day “Rabble,” still flush and insolent, insist that guns, and all our rights as Americans, are not to be enjoyed solely, exclusively by the smug, self-declared, political elite!

“Some birds are not meant to be caged. Their feathers are too bright, their songs too sweet, and wild.

So, you let them go, and when you open the cage to feed them, they fly out past you!

And, the part of you who knows it was wrong to imprison them in the first place rejoices, but still, the place
where you live is that much more drab and empty for their departure.”

Stephen King (but King George III could have said it, and probably did!)

/John

“The Real Agenda”

6 Mar 19

“Gun control” never “works,” at least for the naively professed “intended purpose” of reducing violent crime.

What these laws that restrict citizens from access to guns will do, and have done every time they’ve been passed, is to vastly reduce risk-exposure endured by violent criminals, while generating a whole new community of innocent victims, who are credulous enough to obey the law.

And of course, manufacturing innocent victims is their real agenda, and is a cornerstone of the socialist/Communist mantra.

Has been since 1917!

Socialists/Communists have zero tolerance for self-reliance and personal independence!

Draconian restrictions on the ownership of a wide range of rifles and shotguns in the UK has been in place in England, Scotland and Wales since 1988.

The British Government banned private ownership of handguns in 1997.

In 2019 in the UK, it is virtually impossible for a private citizen to own any kind of firearm, nor ammunition.

Private ownership of knives is now also under assault. Before long, anything sharp will be banned from private possession. That is the clearly-stated goal of leftists, who have taken over in the UK.

Gun bans of the 1980s and 1990s were all passed amid solemn promises that they would virtually eliminate all violent crime!

They always are!

So, how can it be that England, Scotland, and Wales are “under siege” in 2019, as violent criminals, many using illegal guns, maim and murder innocent victims at a rate far higher than was ever the case when guns could be privately possessed?

Since gun-bans of the 1980s and 1990s, violent crime in the UK has NOT gone down, as leftists unswervingly, arrogantly promised it would!

I’m confused!

Getting rid of guns was going to lead to a crime-free, utopian nirvana for all Britons!

Right?

You don’t suppose British socialists had an entirely different, and hidden, agenda in mind.

Do you?

You don’t suppose what socialists, in the UK and every other country they infest, are really working toward is universal squalor, poverty, idleness, and lawlessness, while simultaneously delivering flowery, lying speeches about a “workers’ paradise.”

Do you?

“North-Korean defectors often find it hard to settle down. It is not easy for somebody who’s escaped a totalitarian country to live in the free world.

Defectors have to rediscover whom they are in a world that offers endless possibilities.

Choosing where to live, what to do, even which clothes to put on in the morning is tough enough for those of us accustomed to making choices.

It can be utterly paralyzing for people who’ve had decisions made for them by the state their entire lives.”

Barbara Demick

/John

“The Real Agenda”

6 Mar 19

“Gun control” never “works,” at least for the naively professed “intended purpose” of reducing violent crime.

What these laws that restrict citizens from access to guns will do, and have done every time they’ve been passed, is to vastly reduce risk-exposure endured by violent criminals, while generating a whole new community of innocent victims, who are credulous enough to obey the law.

And of course, manufacturing innocent victims is their real agenda, and is a cornerstone of the socialist/Communist mantra.

Has been since 1917!

Socialists/Communists have zero tolerance for self-reliance and personal independence!

Draconian restrictions on the ownership of a wide range of rifles and shotguns in the UK has been in place in England, Scotland and Wales since 1988.

The British Government banned private ownership of handguns in 1997.

In 2019 in the UK, it is virtually impossible for a private citizen to own any kind of firearm, nor ammunition.

Private ownership of knives is now also under assault. Before long, anything sharp will be banned from private possession. That is the clearly-stated goal of leftists, who have taken over in the UK.

Gun bans of the 1980s and 1990s were all passed amid solemn promises that they would virtually eliminate all violent crime!

They always are!

So, how can it be that England, Scotland, and Wales are “under siege” in 2019, as violent criminals, many using illegal guns, maim and murder innocent victims at a rate far higher than was ever the case when guns could be privately possessed?

Since gun-bans of the 1980s and 1990s, violent crime in the UK has NOT gone down, as leftists unswervingly, arrogantly promised it would!

I’m confused!

Getting rid of guns was going to lead to a crime-free, utopian nirvana for all Britons!

Right?

You don’t suppose British socialists had an entirely different, and hidden, agenda in mind.

Do you?

You don’t suppose what socialists, in the UK and every other country they infest, are really working toward is universal squalor, poverty, idleness, and lawlessness, while simultaneously delivering flowery, lying speeches about a “workers’ paradise.”

Do you?

“North-Korean defectors often find it hard to settle down. It is not easy for somebody who’s escaped a totalitarian country to live in the free world.

Defectors have to rediscover whom they are in a world that offers endless possibilities.

Choosing where to live, what to do, even which clothes to put on in the morning is tough enough for those of us accustomed to making choices.

It can be utterly paralyzing for people who’ve had decisions made for them by the state their entire lives.”

Barbara Demick

/John

No Doubt!

4 Mar 19

Democrats and (your) Guns!

Law-abiding American gun-owners, so viciously hated and feared by Democrats (and all other totalitarians) are slated to be the sole target of Democrats’ anti-gun/anti-freedom agenda as we approach 2020 elections.

Here are the steps (completely predictable, since they were/are used by Stalin, Pol Pot, Maduro, and all other Communists)

1. Identification

“It’s just ‘common sense,” they insist

“We demand to know whom your are, what guns you own, where you live, with whom you associate, what organizations of which you are a member. We also insist on examining your social-media and medical histories, and we demand a list of all prescription drugs you take.

We demand the authority to come to you home any time, unannounced, and examine you weapon(s), so we’re sure they are completely inaccessible and thus perfectly useless for any personal security mission.”

They’re already doing this in Canada. In fact, burglary suspects there are routinely granted immunity from prosecution, in exchange for their testimony that the homeowner’s guns were “improperly stored!”

When Democrats look hard enough, they will surely find some reason that your “gun privileges” should be revoked, forever, particularly when you don’t vote for them,

When Democrats take-over, we can thus look forward to mandatory registration of all guns, and licensing of all gun-owners, as a necessary precursor to confiscation and incarceration.

In states where Democrats are already in control, that is exactly what they’re doing now, along with imposing “red-flag” laws, which allow them to precipitously seize guns owned by outspoken political opponents, forever, on the flimsiest of pretexts.

Democrats are also moving aggressively to revoke legal concealed carry in states where they’ve taken over.

2. Demonetization:

Democrat commissars and lackeys in the media will continue to be recruited to run “stories” unfailingly portraying American gun-owners as radical, unsound, violence-prone criminals. They must thus all be “watched” closely and immediately “turned-in” to police by their neighbors when they “appear suspicions.”

Guns themselves will continue to be portrayed at unstable, inherently unsafe, intrinsically evil machines that regularly “go off” by themselves.

Gun manufacturers and retailers will continue to be portrayed as part of a gigantic, ecumenical criminal enterprise, dedicated to “excessive and dangerous freedom”

First this gun is made illegal. Then that one. They’ll thus nibble away at our rights until “legal guns” no longer exist!

3. Intimidation

We can look forward to Democratic presidential candidates continuing to openly talk about the propriety of their party using overt harassment and violent threats in an attempt to intimidate American gun-owners, as well as the rest of the few remaining who openly speak-out against their Marxist agenda.

4. Marginalization

The media will, once again, be only too happy to assist Democrats is convincing all Americans that gun-owners should be shunned, treated as outcasts and “undesirables.”

5. Separation

Democrats will demand that all gun-owners be asked to depart from any organization they can intimidate into capitulating to their agenda.

Democrats will demand that the question:

“Are you, or have you ever been, a gun owner?” be asked of anyone attempting to become a member of any group. A positive, or even hesitating, answer will, of course, be prima-facie grounds for rejection/ejection-

6. Isolation

The next step with be an aggressive “Turn-in Your Neighbor” Program, followed quickly by the dreaded “Knock at Midnight.”

7. Eradication

Democrats will work tirelessly to seize all formally legally-owned guns, on any pretext they can manufacture.

A few confiscated guns will be destroyed in a very high-profile display, but most will be quietly “redistributed” among an army of newly-enfranchised “protectors,” who will be curiously exempt from compliance with the aforementioned bans, and all other gun-control legislation!

“A gun-free America” is thus their flowery, but blatantly false, motto!

Selected “Protectors,” individuals drawn from the carefully-developed, totally dependent, politically-reliable underclass (thugs), now newly-armed, will become a private militia whose mission is to ruthlessly, violently suppress dissent within the now-unarmed populace..

Nancy P has already stated that, when a Democrat president gets into office, he will use his “Emergency Powers” to confiscate privately-owned guns, so we don’t have to “wonder” if the foregoing is true or not.

There is no doubt what Democrats intend to do!

“The horror of Communism, Stalinism, is not that bad people do bad things.

They always do!

It’s that good people do horrible things, naively thinking they are doing something great!”

Slavoj Žižek

/John

The Sage!

3 Mar 19

Concealed-Carry Pistols:

Mid-size, double-column, 9mm pistols, such as the G19, SA/XD, S&W M&P, Walther PPQ, H&K VP9, SIG 320, CZ P10C, et al have enjoyed immense popularity among Operators, for some time. They are all 16-shooters (at least) and are designed for concealed carry, particularly for average-to-large-sized men.

Compact, single-column 9mm pistols, such as the S&W Shield, G43, Kahr PM9, Walther PPS/M2, and the new SIG P365 have since emerged, and are popular concealed-carry options for the small-statured (both genders), the small-handed (both genders), and those of both genders who dress “stylishly,” some by choice and some by necessity.

For many among the foregoing, all double-column pistols are “too fat” to conceal comfortably, and/or “too fat” to grip comfortably, even competently.

Compact, single-column 380s, such as the G42 and the S&W EZ have captured market-share for those same reasons!

Now comes a new category:

Mid-sized, single-column, 9mm pistols, such as the new G48, Honor Defense HG9CLE, and the Kahr T9.

These pistols are all flat, but have a mid-length slide, and full-length grip that will fully-support all fingers, even on big hands.

The G48 is an 11-shooter. The HG9CLE is a 9-shooter. The Kahr T9 is also a 9-shooter

I’ve carried all three of these. All are smooth, reliable, slick, flat, and recoil is very mild!

All are small-hand-friendly!

All are easily concealed, with reduced “printing”

All work well with GTM handbags.

My advice is to get your hands on all pistols mentioned above. Thus get an idea of what fits your hands, body-size, style of dress, and general lifestyle, best.

With all choices available, you don’t have to put-up with an obvious mis-match!

We have entered the 2020 “election season!” My prediction is that political violence will become far more common and widespread than this nation has ever seen, since the Civil War!

We’re seeing it already!

The sage, of both genders and of all sizes, will find a way to “go-armed,” continuously, no matter the venue, hand-size, nor style of dress.

The sage will acquire concealed-carry pistols, particularly among those mentioned above, that fit their size and lifestyle.

The sage will become competent gunmen, with whatever they select, through professional training and regular practice.

Among the sage, “going-armed,” adequately and continuously, is no longer optional!

/John

Manufactured Drama!

26 Feb 19

Persistent Gun Myths:

“… an eternal ‘song-‘ waves within which reason has drowned.”

Friedrich Nietzsche

With the aid of left-leaning Hollywood dramatists, who have scant regard for the truth, an entire generation of Americans and Western Europeans have grown-up, believing preposterous myths they’ve seen depicted on the screen more times than anyone can count!

Indeed, I feel sorry for young people, who for the first time behold amorous friends of the opposite sex, who are unclad. When their naively false expectations, gleaned from years of looking at glamorous models depicted in skin magazines, are thus shattered asunder, I suspect many are never quite the same afterward!

Similarly, when viewers look in wonderment at Hollywood’s phoney rendition of “violence,” they are set-up for an extremely unpleasant, and dangerous, surprise when they encounter genuine violence!

As legitimate educators on this serious subject, my fellow instructors and I are routinely presented with the formidable task of helping our students know and understand the real truth, and thus be unburdened from a host of grievously unrealistic expectations.

Examples:

1) The “dramatic death sequence”

When a person is struck with a bullet (particularly a handgun bullet, even several), all kinds of behavioral changes can happen, and everything you can imagine probably has, at one time or another.

However, outcomes such as:

A) The person instantly exploding in a shower of sparks

B) The person hurled into the air (usually with a triple-gainer or two), or

C) The person clutching his chest and then dramatically, agonizingly lecturing the shooter on the true meaning of life for at least twenty minutes,

are all pretty unlikely, although shooting incidents are portrayed thusly, with nauseating frequency, in movies!

In reality, of all behavioral changes on the part of the shootee, you as the shooter may notice, the one most likely to occur is that the shootee will run away. That outcome happens more, by far, than any other!

Actually, after being struck with a bullet(s), the shootee is unlikely to “do” anything, for at least a second or two. As the shooter, you’ll thus have no way of knowing if you were successful or not, as you’re unlikely to be able to see entry-wounds, nor blood.

When he does run away ( a “good outcome,” by the way), he’ll likely display no discernible discomfort in the short term.

Of course, none of that is particularly “dramatic,” so it is shunned by TV dramatists.

You won’t sell corn flakes, nor acne medicine, by portraying people as they run away, now will you?

When trying to promote a particular caliber or brand of ammunition, you’ll hear misguided people say things like,

“A hit in his hand will tear his whole arm off”

Utter fantasy!

Those people need to spend more time at the range, and less in front of the TV!

2) Military snipers and head shots.

In domestic law enforcement, we often train our police snipers to shoot violent criminals in the braincase, because ranges are commonly short, and circumstances are usually such that we want to achieve “instant deanimation” of the felon.

No so with military sniping!

The job of the military sniper is to “manufacture casualties,” lots of them, preferably among the “most essential” of enemy combatants. Accordingly with military sniping, ranges are longer, but targets are bigger than is the case with police sniping.

A significant “hit” nearly anywhere on an enemy combatant’s body will produce a “casualty.” The person is no longer “effective,” and several other enemy combatants will have to stop what they’re otherwise doing in order to attend to him, and his wound(s).

That’s what military snipers do. They manufacture casualties. Instant death is not the goal!

However in movies, military snipers are constantly portrayed making unerring head-shots, always at ridiculous ranges, and their victims always die instantly.

Nothing could be further from the truth!

3) Riders getting shot off their horses

Our ancestors, when fighting horse-mounted Indians, enemy cavalrymen, or assorted other horse-mounted bad guys, almost never attempted to shoot the rider off his horse, as is falsely depicted in countless “westerns”

When defending against horse-mounted attackers, you shoot the horse!

The horse is a much bigger target than the rider, and when hit, the horse will probably fall, severely injuring the rider anyway!

In many cases, the rider is trapped under his fallen horse. With both horse and rider thus immobilized, follow-up shots are far more likely to be effective than when both horse and rider are moving!

But, Hollywood directors are frightened to death of being accused of injuring animals during filming, so they invariably show the stunt-man rider flying off his horse upon being shot, and the uninjured horse happily galloping away.

Again, utter nonsense!

The foregoing are examples of malicious the warping of reality, commonly committed by dramatists, that annoy me most.

Know and understand that nothing you see in dramatic presentations on TV, in movies, nor on the internet, while perhaps entertaining, has the slightest connection with reality, nor truth!

Expect it!

Don’t become a victim of it!

/John

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