By: Kyle Crippen
On the weekend of 29-30 August, 2015, I attended the Defensive Pistol Applications – Close Quarters/Vehicles class instructed by Adaptive Defense Concepts (ADC). I have been an NRA Instructor for Basic Pistol and Personnel Protection in the Home, as well as a Range Safety Officer for almost 3 years. All of my firearms training was either self-taught or with friends. Additionally, I have been a Rider Coach for the Motorcycle Safety Foundation for the past 15 years, and I was a Subject Matter Expert and Instructor while in the Navy. I note my experience as instructor to show I understand various training disciplines and methods.
I was at a Friends of the NRA dinner in March of 2015, and there was an under bed safe with a gift certificate for an ADC class in the silent auction area. I was … 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 »
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 indexed high on the frame or slide unless you are actually … Read More »
AAR is an acronym for “After Action Report or Review.” These are typically completed by both military and law enforcement agencies as well as private organizations to evaluate what happened after any particular event. The intent is to identify the causal factors of the event, failures and successes in response techniques and responders, which then helps the organization to sustain their strengths as well as understand and improve their weaknesses. In the context of training, an AAR usually relates an individual’s personal experience in the class in a form that others may gain insights from, such as: “do I want to train with company XYZ based on the experience of this person?”
AAR’s can be very helpful for any company or individual serious about providing quality training experiences. Not only are they good advertising, they can help to refine classes and … Read More »
When the Clinton-Era crime bill banned “assault rifle” characteristics on “sporting arms,” it meant no more flash hiders on our semi-autos. Before that time, the idea of putting a muzzle brake on an AR-15 seemed just silly. Muzzle brakes were for .300 win mags, not .223’s! But, those plain, crowned AR barrels just didn’t look right, and since a muzzle brake was the only legal option, that’s what we were stuck with. Then the “assault weapons” ban sunset in 2004 and we couldn’t wait to take our muzzle brakes off and put real flash hiders back on. Here we are 10 years later and there’s this huge niche market for AR muzzle brakes, some of them costing over a C-note. I don’t actually know if these make any measurable difference in .223 recoil, which is already considered a “light recoiling” caliber, but they sure do make the range a noisier … Read More »
So far, we have focused on weapon specific techniques, and there’s more of that to come, but let’s take a moment to look at some of the other challenges faced by the left-handed marksman.
In over 30 years of shooting, I personally never set much stock by eye dominance – though I have observed its effects in the occasional student. For some competitive disciplines, eye dominance can be more of an issue for the shooter. Defensive or combative shooting, like any other martial art, highlights the need to be able to function at least adequately from either side. Pristine range shooting and stationary shooting activities enable the shooter to close or obscure the non-shooting eye. For run-n-gun type shooting, a both-eyes-open approach is preferred to help maintain situational awareness, though this can be more difficult for those members of that approximately 1/3 of … Read More »
After practicing the various malfunction drills on AR’s, some of you are probably thinking about changing weapons to something that has a reputation for more reliability. In most shooters, this instantly summons a mental image of General Kalashnikov’s contribution to Anglo-Soviet relations.
Ahh, yes… I speak of the venerable AK-47 and its numerous variants and descendants.
The U.S. Operations Research Office had to study over 3 million casualty reports to figure out what General Kalashnikov knew years earlier; that the decisive factor in most battles was volume of fire, rather than precision. This idea was confirmed by the ORO in their 1948 ALCLAD study that concluded most combat kills occurred at 100 meters or less and that accurate, aimed fire in an offensive role did not seem to be any more effective at creating casualties than randomly fired shots. Keep in mind; … Read More »
“No enemy is worse than bad advice.” ~Sophocles
Today was one of those interesting days when I got to watch several people under the guise of authority give a bunch of other people really bad advice. Bad advice is reaching epidemic proportions in this country. Thanks to the miracle of social media, every nut job with an opinion and a keyboard is out there pounding away with all sorts of recommendations on what to eat, how to sleep, who to sleep with, how to defend yourself and your freedom, how to exercise, and who’s advice you should or shouldn’t take.
Bad Advice Example #1: “Stay calm”
We all know that panic is an unhealthy physical state that leads to irrational behavior, high blood pressure, excessive levels of stress hormones like cortisol, etc… One of the most common examples of bad advice is … Read More »
So California just approved a new “Smart Gun” for use in their state. I am reminded of the classic line from Jurrasic Park:
Dr. Ian Malcolm: “… your scientists were so preoccupied with whether or not they could that they didn’t stop to think if they should.”
What could possibly go wrong?
Sometime around 1500, “wheel lock” firearms were invented. In contrast with other projectile weapons of the age, which were primarily matchlock firearms or bows, wheel locks were the first firearms that could be carried concealed and instantly readied and fired, even one-handed. These features made them particularly suitable for self-defense, as “defense” is typically reactive in nature and leaves little time for the intended victim to prepare any meaningful resistance to a surprise attack. In 1518, however, Holy Roman Emperor Maximillian I banned … Read More »