Jon Low published a new post at his blog on September 16, 2021. As you know, his posts are packed full of interesting and useful links; tips, tricks and commentary; and just good horse-sense when it comes to carrying and using a concealed weapon.
First up: Jon is a defensive pistol trainer, as probably most of you know. He has provided information on some upcoming presentations he is giving, about which he writes:
I'll be giving 4 hour lectures for Concealed Coalition at the Bass Pro in the Opry Mills shopping center in Nashville, TN.
October 9th, 2021 A.D. from 9:30am - 1:30pm
November 6th, 2021 A.D. from 9:30am - 1:30pm
We'll be doing the paperwork for the baby Tennessee Handgun Permit aka "Concealed Handgun Carry Permit", as opposed to the "Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit". As of 1 July 2021 no permit is required to carry concealed in Tennessee, but there are lots of restrictions as to where you can carry without a permit. So, without a permit you're a third class citizen.
The class will be just talk, no live fire, no hands on pistol manipulation. Hopefully, lots of useful educational discussion.
Background, https://www.tn.gov/safety/tnhp/handgun/permittypes.html click on "Concealed Handgun Carry Permit (Effective 1/1/2020)"
On July 1st of 2021 the "Constitutional Carry" (misnomer) law went into effect. So, you don't need a permit to carry in Tennessee. But, it's nice to have the Enhanced Handgun Carry Permit for when you travel to other free states.
So, on to some of the topics that caught my attention:
- I found the following observation interesting:
"Friends with extensive military experience assure me that they have spotted the reflections of night sights in soldiers’ eyeglass lenses."
-- Stephen P. Wenger
[Stop and think about that. Wenger is talking about the tritium glow in the dark sights that are shining back towards you. They are bright enough for the enemy to see them reflecting off your glasses or goggles.
When I was in the Marine Corps, we would paint our faces, including our glasses leaving only a small area in the center sufficient to see and aim the rifle. The black Marines didn't have to paint up, but they had to keep their mouths closed, because the high contrast between black skin and white teeth is highly visible. Everyone had to blacken their noses because it sticks out. Physical contrast (anything sticking out, breaking the otherwise innocuous background pattern), brightness contrast, and color contrast must be eliminated. -- Jon Low]
- Jon links to an article entitled "7 more tips for tactical movement" by Mike Wood at Police One, which is advice for police SWAT teams on clearing rooms. Jon adds his own comments:
We teach, don't attempt to clear your house, because clearing is dangerous. I know. I've done it. Even if you are intimately familiar with your house, you can still get ambushed. Even if you have practiced for a year (every month at weekend drill), you can still lose (at annual training).
So, why do we teach you how to do it? You hear glass breaking in the middle of the night. You hear your daughter screaming from her bedroom down the hall. You're not going wait for police. You have to move quickly into position to apply controlled accurate fire within the safety rules. Getting yourself killed doesn't help anyone. So, we train and practice.
- He links to an article on breaking the terrorist attack cycle, also at Police One.
- He relates that you can get Stephen P. Wenger's book "DEFENSIVE USE OF FIREARMS" free of charge at https://spw-duf.info/ by clicking on the picture of the book at the bottom of the web page.
- A great interview with Massad Ayoob at Armed Citizens Network on trial strategy and expert witnesses.
- He links to a couple articles on gun cleaning and maintenance. I know that these sound like boring topics, but if you want your firearm to work when you need it to, this is necessary information.
- Jon includes a link to a video about armed self-defense and the law, as well as a series of 7 articles by Steven Harris about the use of deadly force.
This is important stuff. You remember Michael Drejka, the Florida man that was shoved to the ground by a young black man, and shot the man in self-defense, and then basically talked himself into a manslaughter charge because of his faulty reasoning? Jon notes that Drejka has been beaten while in prison. The lesson here is learn when you can and cannot use lethal force in self-defense, and to shut up until your attorney arrives. I have been taught self-defense law both in a classroom setting using a textbook as well as on my own from numerous videos, articles, and books. I still watch the videos and read the articles and books because it is so important to keep the information reasonably fresh in your mind and gain understanding from the people that deal with it or teach it on a regular basis.
- Jon notes that the so-called Progressives are now targeting our access to ammunition, and cites to a couple articles on the topic. He also gives a couple sources for ordering ammo on line.