Thursday, April 14, 2016

April 14, 2016 -- A Quick Run Around the Web

"Stab into the femoral at an upward angle, then twist the knife as you rip it out.
That way not even a tourniquet will be able to save his soul." (Source)

Some shooting/self-defense articles that I found interesting:
  • "5 Tips to Improve Your Handgun Grip"--American Concealed. Remember what I recently wrote about periodically reviewing the basics? This article covers a few of those basics.
  • "Occluded Eye Aiming – Using Your Scope Like a Red Dot"--Lucky Gunner. A technique to use a scope for up-close shooting. Note: This technique only works if you have an illuminated reticle. The author writes: " Careful observers may have noticed that in the title picture I have the objective lens cover of my rifle’s scope closed. At first glance it may seem like a simple goof, but it’s actually because I’m using a technique called occluded eye aiming. Occluded eye aiming takes advantage of our natural binocular vision, and our brain’s ability to merge information from both eyes into what we perceive as a single image. In the case of occluded eye aiming we merge the image of the scope’s reticle onto the image of the target."
  • "Improve Your Shooting By Embracing Your Natural Point of Aim"--My Gun Culture. I've always noted that one should try to find a handgun that points naturally for you when looking for a defensive pistol. This article delves into the issue of "natural point of aim" as to rifles, shotguns, and handguns. 
  • "Articulation Wars"--Rory Miller at Chiron. Miller observes that acting in self-defense is often simply a matter of self-defense common sense. But you are going to have to explain afterward why you acted as you did, and that is where things can get complicated. He discusses articulating your motives and actions. Part 2 to his article is here.
  • "'It’s a training issue.' I don’t think that means what you think it means."--Grant Cunningham. He writes:
This is why the phrase “it’s a training issue” is like a gigantic red warning light to me. Too often that phrase is used to gloss over inordinate resource demands and to deflect attention from the possibility that the equipment or technique isn’t as efficient as another might be. It can also be a sign that the subject at hand is being used or chosen out-of-context: it might be an acceptable use of resources in its original environment (say, the military), but a poor use in the world of private sector self defense. Wishing issues away by saying that it’s a training issue can be a way of ignoring the reality that it isn’t a good choice for the job.
  • "Why You Shouldn’t Just Shoot Someone In Your House And Sometimes Life’s Out Of Your Control"--Limatunes Range Diary. The example the author uses is her unexpected encounter with two strangers in her living room: it was her child's new school teacher and associate there to introduce themselves; and even though the author had locked her house doors, her 4-year old had let the women into the house.
  • "The 5.56mm Service Cartridge"--Loose Rounds. An article on getting the most (including long distance shooting) out of your 5.56/.223 rifle.
  • "Brushbeater Talks Knives"--Mason Dixon Tactical. The types, uses, and selection of various outdoor/survival knives. That is, a discussion of the type of steel, shapes of the grind on blades, size and so on.
  • "The AR-15 Drop-In Trigger Roundup"--The Truth About Guns. TTAG has tested a baker's dozen (13) different drop-in triggers for the AR comparing take up, creep, break, overtravel, reset, and pull weight between the different triggers, and using a standard mil-spec trigger as a control.
(Update: 4/15/2016--corrected typographical error)

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