Thursday, November 4, 2021

New Defensive Pistolcraft Post ...

 ... from Jon Low. (Link here). For those that like Jordan Peterson's talks, Jon has you covered this week with some that are applicable to armed defenders. Moving on to other topics:

  • The first article that Jon links to is "Your CCW Gun Doesn’t Matter…" by Keith Finch. This article may be a bit different from what you normally hear online (but not from me!): because the first rule of a gunfight is to have a gun, your carry handgun "needs to integrate conveniently enough into your day-to-day that it becomes an easy habit." So, if small and lightweight is all you can do, so be it. As Jon puts it: "A surgeon is not known by  his scalpel.  Any scalpel will do.  The surgeon is known by his skill." This is why many devoted CCW carriers will have more than one carry gun or set up, varying the gun or the carry method as allowed by circumstances. I, for instance, will typically carry a larger handgun when going out to the desert to do some shooting than what I carry to the office (unless, of course, I am specifically practicing with what I carry to the office); or, in the opposite direction, I keep my J-frame handy for those times where I need to pocket carry.
  • Jon also includes a couple articles from Evan Dzierzynski of Nova Defense. The first answers the question of how you should respond if someone approaches your vehicle. The second addresses safety for joggers and runners. His primary recommendation is to run with one or more other people, but he does have advise for those insisting on running alone. Also check out the article "Pedal to the Metal: 5 Tactical Driving Tips for the Everyday Civilian" By Wyatt Knox, linked to by Jon.
  • There are also a couple good articles on the attack cycle and disrupting the attack cycle: "LIFE SKILLS | Attack Cycle" by Steve Tarani at American Cop; and "Failing the Interview" by the Tactical Professor.
  • Tom Givens, writing at American Handgunner, asks, "Are You Training For Fads, Fantasy Or A Fight?" He lays out some of the typical things he has seen with students that have been involved in defensive shootings.
  • Jon has some comments about "Does Trigger Control Matter For Self-Defense?" by Mike Boyle. In describing the trigger press, Boyle writes: "Once the shot breaks, reset the trigger to fire the next shot." Jon takes a different position, explaining:

I think that trapping the trigger to the rear by continuing to press the trigger after the shot is fired, and getting the sights back on target after recoil with the trigger still trapped to the rear is an essential part of your follow through.  Only when the sights are back on target (the target that you just shot, not the next target) should you reset the trigger.  This ensures that you actually hit the intended target.  Which must be done before moving your eyes to the next target.

 As I sit here, I know that I hold the trigger back as Jon describes when I am making shots with a rifle as part of my follow through, but for the life of me I don't know if I do that with a handgun. I assume I do because I don't know why I would change between the weapons. Something I will have to pay attention to next time I'm out shooting. Anyway, Boyles article is a great primer on using the trigger.

  • Jon has some information on holsters and pistol selections for us lefties ... at least those of us who shoot with our left hands. My father, also a lefty, made me learn to shoot right handed because that was pretty much all there was: left handed bolt-actions, at that time, were rare and very expensive.  So I have shot right handed my whole life and my holster and carry is based around right-handed shooting. But I still practice shooting handguns with my left hand on occasion. My oldest son is left-handed ... very left-handed ... so I just let him go ahead and shoot left-handed. Since I could also shift to left-handed, it has worked out with my teaching him. And with my having semi-auto rifles, he didn't need something specifically for left-handed shooting.

 In any event, Jon has a lot more articles and commentary at the link, so check it out.


  1. Pinning the trigger (with the rifle or pistol) is used for precision shots.
    Rapid fire strings are fired without that.

    1. I paid attention, and I immediately allow the trigger to reset with handguns.


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