We don’t need any more posts, videos, articles, memes, epistles, or other complaints about the state of the industry. They were interesting at first, but we have had quite enough of them now, thank you. The shark has been thoroughly jumped. Any additional kicking of the dead horse just makes you sound like a bitter, grumpy, tactical snob… and buddy (and I swear this isn’t targeted at any one person), it doesn’t look good on you.
The English-speaking world already knows that you think there are just too many “firearms instructors”;
too many unqualified posers;
too many wannabe operators;
too many altered DD214’s;
too many “mall ninjas” and “cop-erators”;
too many chairborne rangers;
too many competition shooters teaching tacticool classes;
too many plumbers, and accountants, and engineers teaching “concealed carry” classes;
too many fancy terms for simple techniques;
too many people who have more … Read More »
Recently, ASIS International (an international organization for security professionals) and NFPA (National Fire Prevention Association) teamed up to talk about writing a standard for “active shooter” prevention and response in the workplace. You can read the notes of their January 19, 2016 meeting online here: https://www.asisonline.org/Standards-Guidelines/Standards/Documents/ASISandNFPAMeetingNotesPowerPointandAttendeeList.pdf
In their statistical analysis, they do note that 13.1% of active killers are successfully stopped by unarmed citizens and 3.1% are stopped by armed citizens, however, the role of the armed citizen is conspicuously missing in their threat assessment and response brainstorming session. Generally speaking, ASIS seems to have a history of being opposed to licensed citizens carrying concealed in the workplace, or even having a firearm secured in their own vehicle on their employer’s premises. Based on this, it is safe to assume that any “workplace safety” standards they are involved in writing, … Read More »
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 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 »
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 »
In Ancient Greece, the Helots, who were Sparta’s serfs, or state-owned slaves, would receive a stipulated number of beatings every year regardless of any wrongdoing, so that they would never forget they were slaves, and to keep them from raising their heads, they were not permitted to own weapons, moreover, it was written that if any of them even exceeded “the strength and vigor proper to a slave’s condition, the penalty was death.”
In 70 BC, Cicero wrote of a story about a Sicilian Praetor – Lucius Domitius – Who was brought an immense wild boar. Marveling at the size of the beast, he asked who had killed it.
When he was told it was a shepherd, he ordered the man to be summoned before him immediately. The shepherd came eagerly expecting praise and reward. When Domitius asked him how he had slain … Read More »