Monday, August 23, 2021

New Posts from Jon Low

 Jon Low has a couple recent posts up at his Defensive Pistolcraft blog including an August 15 post and a post from yesterday, August 22. Both of these are compendiums of links to articles and videos, as well as commentary from Jon.

    I like to pick out a few things from each post that caught my attention for one reason or another to share (and entice you to visit Jon's blog). 

    In the August 15 post, one of the things that attracted my attention was a list of YouTube videos, playlists and channels which Jon recommended, including a Concealed Carry Lecture Series Playlist. Check it out.

    He also has some advice on how to use an IDPA or IPSC match for training purposes. I will point out that by doing this, you will not win: depending on your skill level and the skills of others attending, you will probably, at best, wind up in the middle of the pack. In any event, Jon writes:

     When you shoot these matches, you should try to do so in a tactically correct manner.

     Do not rush to beat the clock and win the game; rather, move slowly and carefully.  Shooting faster than you can think will lead to shooting the wrong person, which will lead to criminal prosecution and civil law suits. If at the end of the course of fire, the Safety Officer informs you that you failed to engage a target, it means that you were going so fast that you missed a bad guy, so he would have shot you in the back.

     Do not crowd cover; rather, stay back away from corners, doorways, and windows.  If you extend your pistol past a corner, the bad guy hiding behind the corner will grab your pistol.  If you hug walls, you will be hit by anything that ricochets off the wall.  Bullets do not ricochet off walls as light reflects off of mirrors.  Most of the momentum perpendicular to the wall will be absorbed by the wall and the bullet.  So, bullets tend to skim along walls.

     Do not muzzle no-shoot targets.  In the game, you will only be penalized for actually shooting a no-shoot target.  But, if you muzzle a no-shoot target you are violating Safety Rule II:  Never let the muzzle cover anything that you are not willing to destroy.  And in the real world, you would have committed an aggravated assault by pointing your pistol at an innocent bystander.

     Shoot whatever part of the target comes into view first.  If you move far enough around cover to get the center of mass hit, then you have exposed too much of your body.  Shooting the enemy's foot, elbow, etc. may not be incapacitating, but it may be enough for a psychological stop.  If not, it will at least inhibit the enemy's performance.  As you move around the corner, you can get the center of mass shot when it comes into view.

 And, as to some easy unarmed techniques to disrupt your attacker's OODA loop:

     My recommendations in order of preference are:

1.  Point all five fingers forward and gouge the eyes with the intention of penetrating to the brain.  If your fingers are long enough to reach the brain, you have a central nervous system hit.  If the enemy is wearing glasses or goggles, strike up under the eye protection. This will cause blindness, giving you time to escape.

2.  Palm strike to the nose with the intention of driving the nose into the brain.  While driving the nose into the brain may not be feasible, it's the thought that counts. This will usually cause bleeding, tearing, and temporary blindness; giving you time to escape.

3.  Stomp with all your weight on the foot as close to the ankle as possible (not the toes, he may be wearing steel toed shoes).  The small bones in the foot are easily broken.  This prevents him from chasing you, allowing your escape.

4.  Elbow and knee strikes with the intention of breaking bones.  If you are not hitting hard enough to break bones, you just need to practice.  You'll be able to break boards within a thousand repetitions and by two thousand, you'll be hitting hard enough to break bones.  (Hey, if I can do it, you can do it.  You've seen me.  I'm a wimp.)

A point here is that you need to have a mindset and use an amount of force generally not taught in your typical dojo.

    Turning to the August 22 post, a few notable points:

    First, Jon links to a couple articles by Hock Hochheim and Greg Ellifritz on pre-attack indicators. I want to emphasize how important this is to being able to articulate why you defended yourself against the nice gentleman with the long criminal history and plethora of jail house tattoos. 

    Second, Jon links to a couple YouTube videos on the 10 best tactical boots that last forever and the 10 best tactical gloves on Amazon for the military, respectively. I've a decent pair and a really good pair of hiking boots, but I'm beginning to think that I want something that goes a bit higher.

    Third, Jon includes a good discussion of the dangers of lead vapor and dust from shooting.

    Finally, Jon discusses the use of gold coins to assist with escaping from a collapsing country (e.g., Afghanistan) and, if you have ransom insurance, convincing the insurer to hire professionals to extract you from a foreign nation. Matthew Allen, author of the Straight Forward In A Crooked World Blog, has explained that the primary reason for contractors/mercs to use Rolex watches are also because they make good bribes to get you on that last plane out.

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