Video: "2G-ACM - G3 vs AKM - Introduction & Moving Targets"--InRange TV.
- "Terrorist ‘Summer Camp’ Trains Children in Stabbing, Firearms"--The Washington Free Beacon. The al-Quds terrorist group claims to have trained more than 30,000 children this summer to carry out terrorist attacks using various knives and firearms.
- "How to defend yourself against a knife attack: Martial arts expert reveals the TWO easy-to-learn moves that could save your life"--Daily Mail. Video at the link. One thing that should be mentioned in relation to defense against knife attacks is that you probably will get cut (hopefully not deeply) and should be mentally prepared. Also note that each of the defenses offered end with you running away--in a knife attack, distance is your friend.
- "Getting the Most from Dry-Firing Practice"--Shooting Sports USA. Although written from a competition point of view, I think the points raised are valid for dry fire practice in other contexts. The author raises three general types of dry fire (non-shooting) practice:
- "The Rehearsal." This is practicing the set-up or preparation for shooting. The author focuses on all the things to prepare for shooting at a long-range rifle event. However, this has application to daily carry as well as self-defense. For instance, when beginning into daily carry (or perhaps shifting to a different weapon or method of carry), you may want to have a short list (mental or written) that you use for getting ready so you don't forget something important. Go through this list. More importantly, though, is home defense. Being woken by an alarm or dog barking or crash of glass, you will want to grab certain items or make other preparations before investigating the noise. Run through these preparations. This type of practice or drilling doesn't involve actual "dry fire" of the weapon, but can be important.
- "Technical and Mechanical Improvement." This is the meat of dry-fire practice, and what most of us would think of when we hear or read the term. The author of the article writes:The first and foremost conviction necessary to make dry-firing “work” is a commitment to two things: Observation and natural point of aim. By observation I mean close observation of front sight location and movement. No matter what, that’s the “it.” You must learn to connect front sight location at the instant you are aware of the audible “click” of the hammer or striker fall, not just when the trigger breaks. There are a few milliseconds in the interim (lock time). It won’t take long to develop the skill of calling shots with more precision and realism during dry-firing with this as a goal. It’s how a shooter learns to separate what should be and what actually is. If you are perfectly aware of the front sight location on the aiming black at the strike, that by itself may improve follow through because you are “holding on” just a little longer. It’s a small thing, but many small things happen in the time it takes for the round to fire. No matter what your last name, everyone’s gun is moving. It’s here that the shooter learns to watch closely for movement.
He then goes on to note that it is through dry-fire practice that we learn our natural point-of-aim.
- Finally, "Experimentation." Dry-fire practice is the time to try something new or different in draw, equipment, mounting the weapon, etc.
- "No major US hurricanes in 11 years. Odds of that? 1-in-2,300."--Ars Technica.
- Flashback: "Storm warning: Climate change to spawn more hurricanes"--USA Today (2013).
- "New Russian Saiga MK-107 Recoil-less Rifle"--The Firearms Blog. From the article: “The new Russian Saiga MK-107 is a semi-automatic gas operated rifle with recoil-mitigating balanced action. This means that rifle features two gas pistons, entering a single gas block above the barrel from opposite directions.”
- "Spooked by obesity trends, the U.S. military is redefining its basic fitness standards"--Military Times. On one hand, that obesity is so bad that the military is having to rethink standards is a sad commentary on our lifestyles. Perhaps abandoning recess breaks and PE classes in order to emphasize class-room skills was not a wise choice. But on the other hand, the military (and hopefully the rest of government and academia) is now being forced to acknowledge that BMI is a terrible measure of fitness, and to develop more accurate methods of measuring fitness.
- "Tips to Save Your Feet When Covering Lots of Ground on Your Next Hunt"--Outdoor Life. Step over, not on, logs and rocks; step between rocks or mounds, not on them; "On steep uphills, conserve energy by locking your knee at the apex of each step"; don't weave or meander--pick a straighter course of travel; shorten your stride length a bit; and keep hydrated.
- "Guest Post: Making a Walking Stick from a Pummel Pipe"--Blue Collar Prepping. Making a walking stick or cane from steel pipe, which also makes a good club.
- "6mm Remington & .243 Ammunition – History & Usage"--Ammo Land.
- "Gun Review: Original Remington Model 51"--The Truth About Guns.