Monthly Archives: December 1998

Draw Technique & Shotgun Ammo

19 Sep 98, Saturday, 7:15AM Clarification on draw technique: The retention draw is what we’ve been doing all along with our rock-and-lock stage. The idea is to draw the pistol up and keep it close to the body as the first step, then extend if indicated. My friends in Africa indicate that people who have […]

Farm-Protection in South Africa

15 Sep 98, Tuesday, 8:51AM This just in from on of my Instructors in South Africa: I gave an intense Farm-Protection Course in the King Williamstown area over here several weeks ago. What timing! One of my students used the techniques to save himself from certain death last week (Thursday, 10 Sept 98 ). As […]


10 Sep 98, Thursday, 9:16PM This from a friend in Oklahoma. Sounds like a good idea! With all the terrible heat here this summer, we have discovered another desirable modification to the 1911. Since we sweat greatly in this one-hundred-degree, plus heat, and since all that sweat beads up on the port side of the […]

From the Wires

3 Sept 98 >From the wires: FAA allows self-defense sprays in checked bags The Federal Aviation Administration reversed itself and will now allow airline passengers and crew to carry personal, aerosol self-defense spray containers on aircraft, but only in checked luggage. The new regulation allows just one such spray per person (no word on how […]

More from South Africa

27 Aug 98, Thursday, 8:42AM From friends in South Africa: Two American tourists were hi-jacked in Johannesburg yesterday, probably by Nigerian bandits. The man and his wife were ordered out of their rented BMW. The man apparently asked the bandits not to shoot him or his wife, as they are Americans. On hearing that their […]


25 Aug 98, Tuesday, 10:19AM Items: >At a recent match, a Glock 35 had an explosion. No injury to the shooter or bystanders, but the magazine blew out (downward), and the mag catch was broken. The resident Glock Armorer replaced the mag catch, and that was all that was needed. The magazine itself was fine. […]


This from a friend in the Midwest: “I’d like some thoughts/comments on this one. It involves a friend of mine _____ was dispatched to a Domestic in Progress/Man with a knife. The man in question was threatening his mother and sisters with a butcher knife, and said that he wanted to die. When _____ and […]

Incident in the Midwest

15 Aug 98, Saturday, 12:23AM Incident in the Midwest Something interesting happened the other day that I thought you might find interesting. A gunman broke into the one of my friends offices and took hostages! Dr. _________ is a Pedodontist in _______ MI and I refer many children to him who are difficult to handle. […]


1) Glock pistols should be shot only with the HOTTEST ammo available, even in practice. During my “close quarter emergency countermeasures” classes, we shoot a lot from the “retention” position. Most every time a gun incurs a stoppage, it is a Glock. Students need to shoot with a solidly LOCKED wrist to make sure the […]

More from Africa

3 Aug 98, Monday, 5:34PM More from Africa: When dealing with guys like the SA special forces, you get to see very clearly if the techniques that you teach will work on the street. After going through the normal firearms training, I then put them through “hell week” where I test their new found skills […]


31 Jul 98, Friday, 10:43AM From one of our police students in the Midwest: In (Rifle/Shotgun) class the other day you stressed being muzzle-conscious and learning to live with the long arm slung, and being aware of where it’s pointed at all times. One of the officers I work with runs bloodhounds, is active in […]


23 Jul 98, Thursday, 1:25PM A friend in Bosnia (working for the UN) just sent this brief. I had to edit it a little in order to preserve his anonymity: 7 July 98 I am here in beautiful Bosnia/Herzegovina, firmly ensconced in my new job and enchanted by the conspicuous beauty of the County. Driving […]


14 Jul 98, Tuesday, 2:12PM This additional from my friend in the Philippines: One of the guys I train with regularly was a target of Communist hit men a short time ago. He was ambushed by a party of three, all in a car. The bad guy’s shot (45 ACP hardball from a pistol) skimmed […]

Johannesburg, South Africa

2 July 1998 Along with his stethoscope, thermometer and other medical essentials, Dr Keith Annandale always packs a gun in his bag before leaving home for his practice in Putfontein, Benoni (South Africa). He killed two armed men who attempted to rob him at his surgery room on Tuesday. He shot the men after they […]

1998 NTI (National Tactical Invitational)

31 May 98, Sunday, 6:18PM The 1998 NTI (National Tactical Invitational) at Harrisburg, PA, 26-30 May 98: Vicki and I just completed the NTI. It was the best one thus far. As was the case last year, there was one A standard draw-and-shoot exercise, several Movement-and-Decision exercises, involving the latest iteration of the wonderful NTI […]


In October, Polson, MT, sheriff’s deputy, Grant Holle, was suspended for fourteen days for violating department policy. He had been summoned to assist fellow officer, Tina Schlaile, who was detaining multiple-DUI offender, Rich Logan. Logan was slowly driving away in his car after he had been pulled over and as Officer Schalaile was approaching his […]

Russian Army Lessons Learned from the Battle of Grozny

A friend in DC just forwarded this to me. It is very interesting. It confirms that competent and dedicated riflemen are unconquerable. >>Russian Army Lessons Learned from the Battle of Grozny The Russian Army learned many lessons from its experience in Grozny: (1) You need to culturally orient your forces so that you don’t end […]

Duty Gear

After having heard debates and insight on duty gear I wanted to add my own two cents worth. How many agencies have taken the gear they issue, use, or approve for wear and really test its worthiness? A case in point. Our agency issues the Don Hume the H739 SH NO. 34 as a duty […]

Vehicle Operations

When in a car under fire: In all cases the cars were well-built, European models, moving at fifty miles per hour or less. All hostile bullets were oblique shots from distances of anywhere from five to eighty meters. In the cases where I was in the vehicle, I recall a lot of glass shards, bullet […]