Saturday, May 1, 2021

Weekend Reading: New Active Response Training "Weekend Knowledge Dump"

    Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training has published another Weekend Knowledge Dump with a lot of links to good info on self-defense and firearms training. A few articles that caught my attention in particular were on the topics of: surviving a car jacking, not being a tactical hobo (i.e., recognizing that not all people can or want to dress around the gun), tips on concealed carry when wearing a suit coat or sports jacket, a look at stopping big predator animals with handguns, carrying tools used to escape restraints, and a comparison of drawing and shooting from a few different holsters.

    As to the article on car jackings, Greg comments that the incidence of car jackings is increasing because vehicles have become harder to start without the proper key or fob, forcing crooks to resort to car jacking.

    The articles on concealed carry that doesn't involve dressing around the gun are always of interest to me because I work in an office environment. I know and respect the opinion of people that are of the opinion that you should dress around the gun. This is sometimes possible without looking like a "hobo" by using a different method of carry and/or holster other than strong side outside the waistband (OWB) or inside the waistband (IWB), but this raises its own concerns. Appendix carry is currently very popular because of its speed, but it always carries the risk of accidently causing yourself serious or lethal bodily harm if the firearm were to go off for some reason, such as when reholstering. In years past, the shoulder holster or cross-draw holsters were popular, but now such methods are considered unsafe because you will muzzle other people simply by carrying the weapon let alone when drawing or holstering; although I suspect that the fact that gun ranges ban practice with such holsters is probably most responsible for the decline in popularity. The other way to mitigate having to dress around the gun is to reduce the size and weight of the gun, making it more concealable. But this, too, raises issues as to capacity and ease of shooting.

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