Prioritizing Your Defensive Dollar – By ADC Instructor Michael Lake
We all know that time and money are finite resources and most of us normal folks have to make careful decisions about how to spend them, after all, most of us hand more than 1/3 of it to Uncle Sam so he can piss it away. That doesn’t always leave much for keeping a roof over our heads, meat on the table and the wolf from the door. Most of us know what our rent or mortgage payment is, and we budget for that. Most of us have some idea how much money we spend to feed ourselves and families, and we budget for that. We keep track of our time and plan for our day jobs, domestic chores, and recreation time. When it comes to keeping the wolf from the … Read More »
By: Instructor Jeremy Decker
Precision rifle shots can be taken from a variety of field positions, however, it is widely accepted that shooting from prone offers the most stability, it’s also typically the first position used while learning scoped rifle-craft. What makes the prone position most stable is its low center of gravity and maximum contact with the ground for both the rifle, and the shooter. The most stable geometric shape is the triangle; therefore, the rifle is most stable when it has 3 solid points of contact with the ground. The front of a rifle supported by a bipod creates 2 of these points of contact. Stabilizing the rear of the rifle when shooting from the prone position can be accomplished in a number of ways; but is made much easier with a physical support of some kind, such as … Read More »
By: Instructor Michael Lake
There are a number of different names for them: “bug out” bags, “72-hour” bags, “get home” bags, etc… They all refer to a duffle-bag full of stuff that may mean the difference between life and death, or at least between marginal comfort and severe discomfort during an emergency situation.
There is also no shortage of opinionated articles written about what these kits should contain, and for the most part, the advice out there is OK. Face it, survival is what we do, it doesn’t take a PhD to figure out what things might provide a survival advantage during a societal breakdown.
Fortunately for us, total societal collapse is probably the least likely scenario we need to prepare for. Oh, I’m not saying that it can’t happen or that it eventually won’t happen, but my bet is that it won’t happen the way most people … Read More »
By: Instructor Michael Lake
So you need a scope for your precision rifle and there are just too many confusing options… let me take a few minutes to help you sort some of this out. There are a lot of other articles written by a lot of other people covering some of this stuff, albeit partially, so here’s my effort to put some of the information in one place:
Question 1: What do all the numbers mean?
Answer: The first number or set of numbers refers to optical power, which is measured in units of magnification that, in industry jargon, are referred to as “X.” A 4X scope magnifies the image 4 times. In other words, a 10 inch target viewed through a 4X optic would appear the same size as a 40 inch target at the same distance viewed with the naked eye. Fixed power scopes … Read More »
Hey boys and girls, you’ve had a few months to practice all of those techniques we talked about in Sinister Studies 1 through 6, and hopefully you’ve squared away your eye dominance as well like we discussed in Sinister Studies 7. This next installment isn’t going to address technique as much as it will be an equipment review.
My introduction to shooting was competitive riflery and despite my interest in other shooting disciplines, throughout the years I have always had a special connection with shooting at distance. Most of my competitive shooting was done with match-tuned M14’s and M1A’s, which can be excellent performers. When it comes to precision shooting however, there’s just no substitute for a scoped bolt gun. So in this installment, I would like to explore some options available for the left-handed rifle marksman.
A few years ago I signed up for some precision … Read More »
It’s the gift-giving time of year, people will be getting and giving firearms, which is a fine tradition and a very exciting thing, particularly for a new shooter. What inevitably follows are pics and videos posted to social media of trips to the shooting range. Here are a few tips on what to avoid:
You’re holding it wrong. The biggest problem I see with novice, and even some “experienced” handgun shooters are tea-cup grips, support hand index fingers on the trigger guard, crossed thumbs just waiting to get bitten by the slide and gripping too low. Here’s how to hold a handgun properly: shooting hand high up on the grip, web of the thumb up in the tang (the curved part of the grip at the top). The trigger finger should be indexed high on the frame or slide unless … Read More »
There are plenty of holster options out there, unfortunately, most of the good ones aren’t typically what you find at the local gun and sporting goods stores. They certainly carry a variety of holsters, but for critical uses like concealed carry, the holster is an integral part of your overall weapons system.
Here is my criteria for a suitable concealed carry holster:
1. The holster must STAY OPEN when the firearm is drawn, this implies the material must be something durable like rigid leather or Kydex.
2. The MUZZLE must be protected or covered. Holsters that allow the muzzle to completely protrude, such as competition-style holsters, are not desirable for defensive use for a number of reasons.
3. It should ATTACH firmly to the belt. There are some minor exceptions that are very specific in nature but IN GENERAL, for a defensive carry holster, it should … Read More »
It’s been over 50 years since Bill Ruger introduced his semi-automatic, rotary box magazine-fed rimfire: the 10/22. For those of you new to the 10/22, I suppose a little introduction is necessary. The 10/22 was basically a semi-auto .22 rimfire about as popular as any other until Ram-Line company introduced their polymer high-capacity (20, 30 and 50 rounds) magazines for it. Suddenly, the 10/22 was a lot more exciting than its tubular magazine-fed competitors. Enabled by this increase in capacity, a number of companies introduced polymer folding stocks, ventilated handguards and other “dress-up” accessories. Things were going along fine until September 13, 1994, when President Bill Clinton signed the “Violent Crime Control and Law Enforcement Act” into law. This act, which included an “assault weapons ban,” essentially ended the party for sexed-up 10/22’s by effectively put an end to the … Read More »
We left off on part IV with basic left-handed AR manipulations, but it doesn’t end there, like any semi-automatic firearm, AR’s can sputter, cough or puke occasionally. The military teaches a malfunction clearance drill called “SPORTS” which is an acronym for:
“Slap” the magazine,
“Pull” the charging handle,
“Observe” the chamber,
“Release” the charging handle,
“Tap” the forward assist and
“Shoot,” …assuming you have a target that is still a threat.
Many credible instructors consider this flawed, primarily due to the third step; “observe.” First of all, “observe” only works when you have enough light to see the chamber. Second, and more importantly, the eyes and visual cortex are tied to the frontal, logical, “thinking” portion of the brain. The muscles performing the pull and release action, however, perform it by a programmed algorithm that originates in the central, primitive “action” portion of the brain. We usually … Read More »
In 1954 Eugene Stoner and ArmaLite brought forth on this continent a new rifle, conceived in aluminum alloy, but not totally dedicated to the proposition that all were created equal, in particular: lefties. The original design, the AR-10, featured a charging handle on top of the upper receiver in the “suitcase handle.” This design, while bilateral in nature, didn’t make it to the final AR-15. Skip ahead 60 years: several factors have made AR-15 pattern firearms the most popular rifles in America.
On AR-15’s, efficient manipulations are particularly important. What is the use of all that firepower and inherent accuracy if we waste time fumbling with it? What’s more, the type of manipulations can change depending on the shooting activity. If your weak arm is tied up in a sling because you’re at Camp Perry, you need a different set of … Read More »