Friday, October 8, 2021

Latest Defensive Pistolcraft Post

Jon Low published a new Defensive Pistolcraft post on September 28 with, as always, a useful selection of tips, articles, and commentary.  

    One of the article to which he cites is "How To Load a Handgun Magazine" by Jeff Gonzales. Forgetting that I had an experienced shooter teach me the fundamentals of shooting, it seemed odd to me that someone wouldn't know or, at the least, be able to figure it out. But Jon reports:

    No, it's not obvious.  Lots of my students insert the bullet-end of the cartridge in first, instead of the primer-end of the cartridge.  I have had persons familiar with the M-16 / AR-15 type rifles attempt to push the pistol cartridge straight down into the magazine through the lips of the magazine, as opposed to pushing down in front and then sliding the cartridge back under the lips of the magazine.  

     Teaching beginners is much more difficult than teaching non-beginners.  And requires far more patience.  Patience is not the same as tolerance.  One should never tolerate safety violations; that's just unacceptable.  

But as I think about it, I had to show my kids how to load the magazines after they started shooting.

    Having had to deal with paying for a legal defense out of pocket, Jon is very cognizant of the importance of insurance. He relates:

     Please read and share the article on self defense insurance in the link in the right hand column labeled "Self Defense Insurance".  You have insurance to drive your car.  You have insurance to protect your loved ones in the event of your death.  So, carry self defense insurance, so your loved ones are not left destitute after your use of lethal force to protect their lives.  

     George Zimmerman's legal defense cost eight million dollars, $8,000,000.  Nashville Police Officer Andrew Delke's legal defense cost three million dollars, $3,000,000 before jury selection started.  And both of these gentlemen were completely justified in shooting their assailants.  Don't be a fool.  Get insurance.  

     I fought the Cherry Hill, NJ police and the New Jersey prosecutors.  I plead not guilty and my attorney got the prosecutor to drop all charges in New Jersey state court.  

     I fought the civilian Department of Defense police and the U.S. Attorney in federal court on Fort Dix.  I plead not guilty and my attorney got the Federal Magistrate to dismissed all charges.  

     You too can win.  But, you've got to have money to hire competent, connected attorneys.  Otherwise, the legal system will grind you up.  

     As Andrew Branca says, you get as much justice as you can afford.  

     Andrew says you should have an insurance policy that allows you to choose your own attorney.  That may be correct for Andrew, as a sophisticated knowledgeable attorney himself (so he uses CCW Safe), but how many of us have the wherewithal to choose a competent attorney?  

     I use U.S. Law Shield because they vet their attorneys.  So, I feel confident that the attorney that they give me is competent.  (I also happen to know the self defense attorneys in my area, so I am biased.  U.S. Law Shield is also the only company that will cover licensed armed guards.  So, I don't have a choice.) 

    Another of the articles to which Jon links is one by Greg Ellifritz on the topic of "Contact Distance Shooting…Rescuing a Friend or Family Member." The gist of the article is that if you are having to use deadly force to intervene in a crime being committed against someone else, it is more likely than not that you will have to shoot the criminal while the criminal is still in close proximity to the victim. Since you don't want to miss and accidently shoot the victim, Greg recommends shooting at contact distance (although, with a semi-auto, this means shooting from a couple inches away so you don't push the gun out of battery--he also notes that it seems to be instinctual to push the barrel into the target as all of his students seem to do so; you either need to carry a revolver or train that reflex out of you). Jon comments: "Ralph Mroz recommends locking up with the good guy by grabbing a hold of the good guy and then shooting the bad guy where the neck meets the shoulder aiming towards the heart and lungs." Good tip if you are able to do so--it would allow you to control the victim's location and movement to keep them from the line of fire--but it might not be possible if the attacker is on top of the victim. In that case, a shot through the top of the ear should instantly drop them.

    Jon also presents some tips and techniques for accessing a holster on your strong side using your weak side hand. Check them out.

    Anyway, lots more good stuff there, so be sure to read the whole thing.

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