... from Greg Ellifritz at Active Response Training. Some of the links that jumped out at me were:
- An article going over the ins and outs of pocket carry of a pistol whether in trouser pockets or an outside pocket of a winter coat or similar. While pocket carry is not ideal, it is very convenient; and, in cold weather, if you are bundled up, a pistol in your coat pocket is probably going to be faster to access than most other forms of carry. The latter is best done with a snub nosed revolver that either is hammerless or has a shrouded hammer.
The main problem with pocket carry is having a handgun that is small enough to actually work for pocket carry, which in turn can depend on the style of trouser. For instance, the author of the article thought that jeans were good for concealed carry, but my experience was the opposite: the cut of the pocket opening made a much smaller opening to grasp a pistol, further exacerbated by the fact that jeans are generally a tighter fit. Cargo pants (or shorts) are good for pocket carry because they are looser and the opening to the front pockets are more generous. Unlike the author, however, I don't like carrying the handgun in a cargo pocket as they are typically harder to access and the shape of the pocket (square) tends to let the handgun shift position, even with a holster.
Accessing a pistol carried in the pockets of a pair of shorts or slacks is also extremely difficult when seated. However, although I haven't tried any of their products, I recently heard of a company called CCW Breakaways that might have solved this problem (as well as the difficulty in accessing a pocket pistol from a pair of jeans).
- Speaking of snub nose revolvers, Greg links to an article discussing whether you should carry a reload for your carry revolver. Greg adds:
I tell students in my revolver classes that I consider carrying a reload for your small frame revolver to be an act of optimism. How long does the average gunfight last? There are variations, but three to five seconds is a pretty good estimate. How long does it take to reload a small revolver with a speed loader? With practice, most of you will be in the four to five second range.
See the problem?
- Another good article was the one discussing how criminals think differently than normal people, discussing the behavioral traits of antisocial criminals, with a deeper dive into the differences between the sociopath and the psychopath. And I liked this quote: "Always recognize that GUNS do not kill people, but rather deranged PEOPLE kill others through their usually conscious and negative irrational efforts to use the weapon in an evil way."
I would also point out that while you might have a surprisingly large number of people that have committed a crime in their lifetime, the habitual offenders (aka, career criminals) are a much smaller group which in my review of the research appears to be about 6% of a particular cohort. These 6% will be responsible for roughly 50% of violent crimes and property crimes. In other words, one crime--even a significant one--may not be indicative of a person's life course, but if he or she has committed multiple crimes, it is probably a good indicator of someone who is or will be a habitual criminal.
- There is a good article on recognizing pre-attack indicators, dealing with aggressive dogs, including specific advice on how to safely use a handgun to shoot a dog without endangering other people. However, just as their are certain portions of the human population to engage in violence and homicide, so too there are certain breeds that disproportionately show up in dog statistics. For instance, although the author of the article downplays the risk posed by pit bulls, it is a valid concern: "Despite accounting for just 6.5% of all dogs in the United States, pit bulls were responsible for 66% of total fatal dog attacks between 2005 and 2017."
- Greg has included a link to printable targets. If you have access to a color printer, this may be a good way to save money over buying the smaller targets.
- For those interested in providing medical care in a combat environment, Greg includes an article on special considerations on treating blast injuries from land mines; specifically, what is termed the landmine umbrella. Essentially, this occurs where the blast travels up the leg pealing flesh off the bone, like an umbrella opening up, and then after the blast, the flesh closes back up around the bone (like an umbrella closing). But, to someone treating the injured person, it is easy to miss how high the injury extends.
- An article on how carrying a truck gun (i.e., a rifle or carbine) will, for most people, provide little or no benefit, while presenting opportunities for the firearm to be stolen or running afoul of the law.
- For those of you training others or teaching someone to shoot, an article discussing how to articulate criticism into something positive rather than something negative and, thus, avoid emotional training scars.
- And, finally, I really appreciated the link to the August Rangemaster Newsletter, from which Greg recommended the last article: "Magic Words Or Just Magical Thinking?" by Steven M. Harris. Harris observes that many of the "magic words" we are told to use when articulating to police why we used lethal force can actually get us in trouble and help build a case against us. Part of the problem, I suspect, is that such remarks are stating a conclusion rather than stating facts. They may also lead us to believe we are justified in shooting someone when, in fact, there is no justification. One of the examples he uses is the female Dallas police officer (Amber Guyger) who mistakenly went into the wrong apartment, thinking it was hers, and shot the man that lived there because she felt in fear for her life. I've written about Guyger's case before (see here and here).