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Most of us always have our phones on us, so why not implement a self defense device into your phone case? Not a tactical spike or brass knuckles, but a taser! 650,000 volts will surely stop anyone posing a threat. If you are worried about taking calls with that many volts ready to go, fear not! The safety mechanisms are solid, yet take less than a second to disable. Just move the safety switch forward and rotate the electrode cap downward. The assembly's fortified housing and wraparound rubber sleeve will also protect the iPhone itself from any damage. But, because the Yellow Jacket includes its own external battery, a switch on the bottom can redirect the Yellow Jacket's battery into the smartphone itself.
Now you may have some concerns about regularly placing a tool meant to inflict pain and temporary paralysis next to your face. Yellow Jacket co-founders Sean Simone and Seth Froom (shocker and shockee respectively in the featured video) assure us they have taken every precaution to ensure their weapon is safe, and unleashes its fury only when commanded by the user.
Sabre has released their new small, personal OC spray bottle with GPS and smart-phone capabilities. Through the app, you can set up an alarm that automatically alerts the person of your choice when the OC bottle is sprayed. Along with the alarm, the physical location of the device user’s cell phone is also sent. This is a great addition to an already great and classic self defense tool. It will be interesting to see if this catches on. Of Course, along with the abundance of pros to this device, there are a couple of possible drawbacks to consider. False alarms, Reluctance to use for fear of “causing a stir”, and Non-effectiveness in no service areas.
Sabre, along with Fox Labs and several others, is a respected manufacturer of OC dispensers, designed for personal defense. At Sabre’s SHOT Show booth, we saw a sign that read: “Smart OC” Trying to imagine how OC spray could be “smart,” Vicki and I approached the booth and talked with folks there.
Just about anybody can master this move. There is a pressure point called the "Spleen 6" that will knock any attacker down. This point is one hands width up from the ankle bone on the INSIDE of the leg. All you have to do is stomp at a 45 degree angle to this point as hard, fast, and thorough as you can. This move is said to be so painful that most people pass out, and if they don't, they surely wouldn't be able to walk on it. You will likely break a vital part of their leg doing this. If they try to run after you, they may tear an artery and bleed to death. This move is no joke, use it wisely and with discretion.
I know that when you think “knockout”, you’re envisioning some sort of punch or blow to someone’s coconut, right? Well what if I told you that you could actually knock someone out with a simple “ankle stomp”? Think about how powerful this could make you?
Pepper Spray is easily the most popular and widely available form of #selfdefense out in the market today. It is cheap, small enough to carry anywhere, not typically regulated, non lethal, and very easy to use. When considering purchasing pepper spray, there are a couple of things to keep in mind.
First, there are 3 commonly used formulas CN, CS, and OC. CN and CS are military produced and irritate the skin and eyes and cause the predator pain. OC is an inflammatory that causes pain and inflammation of the mucous membranes around the face(making it painful and difficult to breathe and open the eyes). The latter is the best bet if you want to immobilize your attacker,
Another thing to think about is whether you want a spray, mist, or foam. Foam is the least popular, as it is harder to aim and takes a little longer to work on the attacker. It is safer however because it is a lot more difficult for you or people around you to be affected by it. The only real downside to mist or sprays is that it is very easy for you and people in the vicinity of the spray to inhale. I have personally accidentally been affected by pepper spray when testing it. It was pointed in the sink with the sink running, my eyes, mouth, and face covered, and i ended up coughing for about 10 minutes as it had infiltrated the air. Try to be downwind when you are spraying if at all possible.
Of course, I’m not telling you to carry pepper spray instead of a gun. However, there are situations in which carrying a firearm just isn’t viable, and carrying pepper spray is better than nothing.
According to Guns.com, the best 9mm ammo for Concealed carry/self defense are: Federal Hydra-Shok, Hornady XTP Custom, Remington Golden Saber, Winchester PDX1, and Speer Gold Dot.
A critical element to any self-defense or concealed carry set-up that is often overlooked is the ammunition fueling the firearm. A key component in winning a gun fight, choosing the right ammunition is vital to ensure survivability.
Is a single action #Revolver a good choice for #SelfDefense ? Read the article below and decide for yourself. There are pro's and con's just like anything else but there aren't many reasons why you couldn't. Single action revolvers have been a reliable tool since the late 1800's, and still do the job in the modern age.
When one thinks of a single action revolver, usually the same thought comes to mind, two gunslingers all duded up in cowboy hats with low slung holsters drawing on each other from a paced out distance. Then a blinding flash from both guns, and in most cases, the good guy walks away while the bad guy is lying face down in the dust.
This attached article explores whether the Ruger LCR Revolver in 327 Federal Magnum is a suitable choice for close range #selfdefense scenarios.
Retailers tell me that a hot-seller among small, serious pistols these days, actively competing with the S&W Shield, G43/42, Kahr PM9, Walther PPS/M2, SIG 365, and the Ruger LC9S/Pro, as well as 38Spl snubby revolvers, from both Ruger and S&W, is the Ruger LCR (snubby revolver) in 327 Magnum.
Ever since handguns were invented, one of the goals of the makers is to make more efficient guns and ammo. There are some objectives such as more accuracy, power, and range. Another objective is more firepower. These are things that have and are still being worked on today.
This particular case is interesting because although it was in self defense, the Mr. Burse still was punished for gun crime charges. His wife was threatened by an angry tax client (taxes make me angry too but I wouldn't threaten to shoot someone over them!) so he prepared himself to deal with the situation, just in case this woman wasn't just all talk. Seems reasonable to me! So as he sat, with his gun, waiting for whatever was to come his way. The crazy thing is, he ran into some unrelated and unexpected trouble. A man ran into the Establishment where Burse was waiting, and announced that he was going to rob him, revealing two handguns under his sweatshirt. Burse fired, and shot the man who died soon after. Sounds like self defense to me! I would be curious to hear the justification in the excessive and unfair charges, which due to previous convictions could land Burse in jail for up to 12 years!
Authorities ruled the year’s first homicide in Lawrence, Indiana, as self-defense, but prosecutors have charged the man who pulled the trigger with a gun crime. Prosecutors charged Antonio Burse, 34, with one count of unlawful possession of a firearm by a serious violent felon, local media reported. Burse shot a man who brandished a weapon over a tax dispute at Burse’s tax preparation shop on March 6.
What is called the “380 Auto” over here, is called “9mm Kurz,” “9mm Corto,” or “9×17” in Europe. “Kurz” and “Corto” both translate to “short” The cartridge has been around for over one-hundred years, nearly as long as the currently more-popular 9mm Parabellum (AKA: “9×19,” “9mm Luger”).
The 380Auto's enduring popularity is due partially to the fact that it is a low-pressure round, even by pistol standards. That being the case, pistols chambered for it have largely employed (until recently) straight “blow-back” designs and are thus much less expensive to manufacture than are pistols that incorporate a locking system. And, because there are so many blow-back pistols chambered for this round, commercial ammunition manufacturers load the 380Auto strictly within SAAMI (Sporting Arms and Ammunition Manufacturers' Institute) specifications. Thus, the 380Auto can be loaded only so “hot!” For that reason you'll probably never see a 380Auto “+p”
Some among my colleagues consider any pistol in 380Auto caliber to be inadequate for serious purposes, and maybe they're right. And yet, Glock's G42 (Glock's single-column 380Auto pistol) has been extremely popular among consumers (many of whom are admittedly naive) since it was introduced several years ago. So popular is the G42 in fact, that S&W recently brought-out their version, the S&W Shield EZ handgun. Kahr's version, the P380 (which has been around the longest) is smaller than either the Glock or the S&W All are designed for discreet concealed-carry and personal protection.
Hardball ammunition is, of course, available for practice, but “serious” ammunition for the 380Auto is generally a hollow-point between 80 and 90grs. Velocities range from 950 to 1050f/s. Reputable manufacturers all make their own versions. Penetration generally falls short of the 12″-18″ FBI Standard. The real question is this: Can we instructors, in good conscience, recommend for serious purposes, any 380Auto gun/ammunition combination? As noted above, there is no universal agreement on this!
Some will insist the 9×19, even with modern +p ammunition, is still only marginally adequate, even grossly inadequate, and that only 40S&W, 357SIG, and 45ACP should ever be considered. What I tell students is this; Any pistol/ammunition combination can be correctly called “grossly inadequate!” Pistols, in general, have scant “redeeming social value,” save the fact that they are small, and we can carry them around discreetly concealed.
On 26 February, 2018, Dave Thompson, a #firearms instructor, used an #AR-15 type #rifle to stop a knife attack he witnessed in the apartment complex where he lives.
Police said a witness to the stabbing incident retrieved an AR-15 rifle from their home and stopped the attacker “with only a threat of force.” The witness had both a valid firearm owner's ID card and a concealed carry permit, according to the sheriff's office. The witness, who spoke with WGN-TV, said he ran to grab his AR-15 after hearing the commotion and spotting a “pool of blood” in his apartment building hallway. “Blood was everywhere,” said neighbor Dave Thomas, adding that he chose the AR-15 over a handgun, saying, “Bigger gun, I think a little more of an intimidation factor. Definitely played a part in him actually stopping.”
The AR-15 is one of, if not the most popular type rifle in the United States. Its many advantages have made it the rifle of choice for millions of Americans. Dave Thompson already mentioned the rifle, because of its easily recognized profile, has a high intimidation factor. Most defensive uses of guns do not require a shot to be fired. That is exactly what happened in Dave Thompson's incident. (edit) The event took place in Illinois.
AR-15 rifles are easy to control, have low recoil, sufficient stopping power, and magazine capacity to handle multiple assailants, with a reserve for misses, “warning shots”, and the potential of drugged or drunk assailants. Thompson recognized these advantages. From wgntv.com: Thomas says he is also a firearms instructor. “The AR-15 is my weapon of choice for home protection,” Thomas said. “It's light, it's maneuverable. If you train and know how to use it properly, it's not dangerous. And this is just a perfect example of good guy with an AR-15 stopped a bad guy with a knife. And there were no lives taken, so all in all it was a good day.”
The same advantages that make the AR-15 a good choice for home defense make it a good choice for police officers. The AR-15 platform is one of the most commonly used by numerous police departments and sheriff offices around the country. Conversely, citizens have always looked to police for examples of what are reliable and effective firearms for defense of self and others. There are numerous choices of caliber and projectiles for AR-15 type rifles. The most common caliber used by citizens and police alike is the .223 or 5.56 X 45 cartridge. While there are small differences between the two designations, most rifles will handle both cartridges interchangeably.
The easy customization of the rifle, the availability of numerous accessories such as telescopic sights, lasers, bi-pods, stock configurations, muzzle brakes and suppressors all add to the appeal of the rifle. The ability to change the rifle to different calibers, with a change of upper receiver, is another reason for the popularity of the AR-15. Semi-automatic rifles have been common and legal in the United States for over a hundred years, but the AR-15 has come to be the American rifle for all.
I never thought I’d write a review of a coin #purse . However, when Gene of #MeanGeneLeather told me about his newest product, the “Hot Tamale,” I was thoroughly intrigued.
Gene’s website description for the Hot Tamale states that it’s intended for spare change, but can also be used for personal defense. We joked here that it could be used to make change, both at the store, or to your situation. Designed to store $10 in quarters, the Hot Tamale is handmade from a selection of different U.S. leathers and made to be worn on the belt. Using a fold-over design, the Hot Tamale wraps over a belt and secures to itself with a directional security snap that prevents accidental release if snagged.
Its zippered opening accommodates the $10 in quarters, or another variation of items. It’s super simple to pop the directional security snap and pull the Hot Tamale for use. I haven’t had one instance where the brass snap came undone unless I was purposely unsnapping it. The size of the Hot Tamale is very low profile, despite its overbuilt ruggedness that Mean Gene is known for with his handmade leather belts. The brass zipper utilized is also a quality made YKK zipper and had no issues opening at the wrong times.
This is much like I always say with carabiners, “screw down so you don’t screw up.” MGL used this same philosophy when designing the Hot Tamale, ensuring that the zipper would move towards the closed position with gravity, rather than away.
Measuring 3” wide at the change storage end and as wide as 2” at the tail, the 1 1/4” taper between these is comfortable to grip as you’re removing it from your belt to make change. The leather measures in a 1/4” thick where the two pieces that make up the Hot Tamale are joined together. 1/8” thick pieces of leather are stout for this coin purse and it’s worn in nicely as I’ve carried it (around the house.) It weighs 3.2 oz. empty and 11 oz. filled with $10 in quarters.
I’ll get the legal questions out of the way now and say that you definitely need to check with your local laws and ordinances before you go carrying this around outside your home or vehicle, whether it’s filled or empty. The big deal here is that as a coin purse, it could be misinterpreted as a “Club” aka “Blackjack,” or “Sap.” In Texas, a “Club” is defined as “an instrument that is specifically designed, made, or adapted for the purpose of inflicting serious bodily injury or death by striking a person with the instrument…” That being said, Texas only deems it unlawful (committing an offense) when a person intentionally, knowingly, or recklessly carry a “club,” on or about his or her person outside of their own premises or premises under the person’s control. Vehicles are ok too, provided you’re inside it or directly en route to your own vehicle or one that’s under your control.
Last week, the #Kansas House of Representatives passed two #gun bills on Final Action, and sent them to the #Senate . If you received last week's update, you already know what each bill covered. If not, feel free to read about them here, or take a look at our bill summary below. The Senate Committee on Federal and State Affairs will hold hearings tomorrow (Tuesday, February 13) on both HB2042 and HB2145.
For the sake of background… HB2042 started out as a bill allowing 18 to 21-year-olds with valid concealed carry permits from reciprocal states to again legally carry in Kansas. This wasn't an issue until a drafting error in another bill last session unintentionally caused a mixup in statute. During floor debate on HB2042 last week, the House amended the bill to allow Kansas citizens ages 18 through 20 to carry a concealed firearm with a concealed carry license. Unfortunately, the bill was also amended to require anyone carrying a firearm on a college campus to have a concealed carry permit.
This provision of the bill is opposed by the KSRA and NRA as a major departure from constitutional carry. HB2145 would amend the definition of “criminal use of weapons” by adding possession of a firearm by any of the following: Fugitives from justice; Aliens illegally or unlawfully in the United States; Persons convicted of a misdemeanor for a domestic violence offense within the past five years; and Persons subject to court orders restraining them from harassing, stalking, or threatening an intimate partner, child, or child of an intimate partner.
This bill specifies a number of requirements that must be met by a court order before the individual named in the order would be guilty of criminal use of weapons. The bill would require such court order to: Have been issued after a noticed hearing where the individual had an opportunity to participate; AND include findings that such person is a credible threat to the safety of an intimate partner or child; OR Explicitly prohibit the attempted, threatened, or actual use of physical force against an intimate partner or child that would reasonably be expected to cause bodily injury.
HB2145 had little debate, and passed the House by a wide margin on a voice vote. No damaging amendments were added to this bill, so the KSRA will continue to monitor this bill to ensure that the due-process rights of Kansas gun owners remain unharmed. HB2042 is a different story. Our friends in the House were able defeat a dangerous amendment by Rep. Barbara Ballard which would completely prohibit the carrying of firearms on campus for self-defense. But after defeating the dangerous Ballard amendment, another amendment was offered by Rep. Clay Aurand to prohibit individuals from carrying a firearm on campus without first obtaining a concealed carry permit. That amendment passed, and is currently part of the bill's language.
While other necessary provisions of HB2042 prevent us from urging that the entire bill be scrapped, it's crucial that the Senate remove the dangerous Aurand amendment when they have the opportunity to do so. We will urge that they do so when we testify in the Senate Committee tomorrow. Please email Senators who serve on the Federal & State Affairs Committee, and strongly urge them to REMOVE the Aurand amendment from House Bill 2042.
It's your worse nightmare. Something went “CRASH!” in the living room and now you're lying in bed, shocked awake and quietly trying to hold your breath while straining for tendrils of sound. The sole focus of your existence at this moment is trying to classify the problem as routine or something far worse. Is it the cat, a cat burglar or something more horrendous? Did one of the kids get up in the middle of the night and bump a table or is someone inside your home, preparing unthinkable horrors for you and, even worse, your family? As your feet silently hit the floor and you consider the options, your first wish is for some kind of superhuman vision that would give you a clear advantage in what could soon be a lethal-force encounter. Fortunately, if you are among the growing group of truly prepared Americans, you have an extraordinary advantage that gives you the figurative high ground against any threat: thermal imaging and night vision devices (NVD).
Until recently, many home-defense responses involve the use of flashlights. Obvious cost comparisons aside, thermal and night vision devices represent a better alternative by all other measures, allowing a defender to silently observe the area without giving up the concealment afforded by darkness. This ability to observe, plan and act before openly committing to an engagement provides time – a truly priceless commodity.
Long a staple of military and law enforcement teams, these two technologies are becoming a more common and important part of the home-defense plan for those who are serious about self-protection. As prices continue to decline, physical size decreases and features and image quality increase, more homes, apartments, ranches and homesteads are gaining the significant advantages that come with these devices that literally offer a sixth sense.
In the electronic vision systems arena, there is considerable confusion between the two types of devices. Thermal imaging is much more effective at finding bad actors, especially those trying to conceal themselves because a heat signature is virtually impossible to disguise. On the other hand, NVD’s require some type of existing light, which, even if it is supplied by an IR illuminator, can still give away the user’s position. In the end the choice often comes down to cost, as NVD’s are somewhat less expensive, though the market is rapidly narrowing as thermal imagers come down in price.
For example, the new handheld or weapon-mountable FLIR ThermoSight Pro PTS233 thermal imager offers an unparalleled suite of professional features at a price starting under $2200. Similarly, the compact, 7.4-oz. handheld or helmet/goggle-mountable FLIR Breach PTQ136 multifunctional thermal monocular starts at just $2,495. Still too much? Consider that the capable FLIR Scout TK thermal imager – ideal for detection and identification at the relatively close engagement distances typical in home defense scenarios – is available at a street price below $600. On the NVD side, the Armasight by FLIR MNVD night-vision monocular offers Gen 2 resolution for under $1700. All are solid options for those who are serious about family and property protection.
Insights into the needs, motivations, habits and purchases associated with the self- and home-protection market for #firearms and accessories are now available. Released by Southwick Associates in conjunction with the National Shooting Sports Foundation ( #NSSF ), this infographics-based report will help companies better target their marketing and identify products and services with greater appeal to protection-oriented consumers.
“Protection-oriented firearm owners represent two-thirds of total spending in the market,” said Nancy Bacon, Vice President at Southwick Associates. “With a significant amount of these consumers having little understanding of firearms, it’s imperative that businesses understand how to best connect with them. The reasons why they decide to finally buy – and why they choose one product over another – are much more than just price and ‘keeping my family safe’.”
Covering both long guns and handguns, the protection-oriented market provides significant growth potential. Compared to the hunting and recreational firearms markets, the protection-oriented market is much more likely to be first-time owners, female, younger and more ethnically-diverse. People who maintain a firearm for protection purposes spend 52% more annually on equipment, accessories and services versus non-protection-oriented firearm owners. (View the infographic).
The At-Home and Away-From-Home Protection Market for Firearms is a supplement to the previously-released Consumer Segmentation Analysis of the U.S. Commercial Firearms and Accessories Market report. Along with other supplemental reports covering the modern sporting rifle and handgun markets, this series of reports examines the demographics, activities, motivations, needs, purchase drivers and shopping habits of those who own or would like to own a firearm and accessories for protection purposes. Designed to help companies better understand the different factors that motivate consumers to buy different types of firearms and why they select specific models, these reports highlight the unique differences across different types of firearm consumers.
“With 24 million Americans interested in buying their first firearm, and millions of current firearm owners purchasing in part for protection, this information will help businesses better understand this important segment,” reports Jim Curcuruto, NSSF’s Director of Research and Market Development. “To help increase use of this important information, NSSF members receive a discount on these reports and related custom research through Southwick Associates.”
We all know #umbrellas can keep us dry when it’s raining or give us shade when the sun is out. However, probably one of the most uncommon yet effective uses of an umbrella is for #selfdefense . When you find yourself trapped in a dark alley with muggers coming after you, but you don’t have a knife, a #gun, or pepper spray, the best way to protect yourself is to use an umbrella. With this in mind and without further ado, below are ways to use an umbrella as a weapon, so you can outlast any dangerous situation you encounter.
Umbrellas are a gentleman’s self-defense weapon. In fact, a form of martial arts known as Bartitsu uses canes or umbrellas as its first line of defense. There are a lot of things you can do when it comes to close proximity combat. However, without getting fancy, the best way of using the good ole umbrella is to use it like a light stick. Stab, poke, swing, distract, and strike the culprit who wants to do you harm. You can also use the hook to trip, trap or choke your attacker. Defending yourself is even better if you’re using the Unbreakable Umbrella. This parasol is a phenomenal impact weapon. Because it is as strong as a steel pipe, it won’t break when you whack an attacker. However, it’s still light, making it easy to carry as a weapon. According to Gizmag, the Unbreakable Umbrella is a “peculiar mix of genteel elegance and chilling weaponry.” It may cost a bit more than an ordinary umbrella, but it’s worth every penny.
The use of weaponized umbrellas has been a part of pop culture for quite a long time now. Batman’s nemesis, the Penguin, has a wicked collection of parasols that turn into weapons. Further, if you’ve seen the movie Kingsman: The Secret Service, you’ll know Colin Firth’s character beat up some hooligans using nothing but an umbrella. However, he didn’t just use an ordinary umbrella. Instead, he used a bulletproof one that came with gadgets such as a projectile launcher and a taser. In the real world, it turns out umbrella guns are not just fiction. There was this particular incident where a Bulgarian novelist and political dissident named Georgi Markov was assassinated with the use of an umbrella gun in 1978. The weaponized umbrella has a poison pellet that hit Markov’s thigh, causing his imminent death.
According to investigators and scientists, it was a modified parasol that had a cylinder of compressed air that discharged the pellet into the barrel after pushing the trigger. The trigger, hidden in plain sight, is located in the umbrella’s handle. You need to be some sort of an expert in making weapons to come up with an umbrella gun. Or perhaps, you need to be a secret agent or a spy to obtain one. Although it is not far-fetched, it’s also not easy to convert an ordinary sunshade into something that can cause physical damage when fired from a distance.
Would you like to know how to #escape #handcuffs using a paper clip? This is a badass skill to learn and one that you might actually save your life someday!
How to Escape Handcuffs | Breaking out with a Paper Clip: Handcuffs are not the most complicated of locks and this trick is not really a big secret. In unfortunate times and if someone abducts you for a reason, this might come in useful. With that said, having a paper clip as one of your everyday carry items is not bad at all. If you want to learn this crafty skill, here are the steps to do that. But please, don’t use this to escape from the police if you don’t want to have any problem with the authorities.
Step 1: Make the Paperclip/Key: Start by biting the small end of your paper clip so there’s a little dent at the top near the end. Unfold the side of the clip to make a little handle. This will be your makeshift key to free you from the handcuffs.
Step 2: Paper clip to Keyhole: Hold the clip between your third and fourth finger and guide the head of the paper clip through the keyhole. Use the meaty part of your thumb to turn the makeshift handle and free your hand.
Step 3: Free the Other Hand: Once you have one hand lose, it’s really easy to free the other hand as well. In just a few seconds, you’re free from the handcuffs. As a rule of thumb, go on the top edge of the keyhole on the thin side of the cuffs then turn toward the wide end of the cuffs to open them.
Other handcuffs have double-locking mechanism so picking that will be a little more difficult. To disengage the double-lock, turn the paper clip in the other direction until you hear a click, and then go ahead and open the cuffs the same way as instructed in the steps.
“I’m wondering if you have some advice for the old & broken. I suffer from severe spinal arthritis, and any kind of physical altercation would result in severe injury. In my neighborhood there have been unprovoked #attacks against the elderly, disabled and homeless. I’m not a fearful person, and will #defend myself and loved ones to the best of my ability. However some techniques about using a cane or other improvised defense effectively would be greatly appreciated.” – Thanks, Dan H.
Thanks for reaching out Dan – first you should know at the Self Defense Company we regard self defense as a need that you must constantly adapt your current skill set to meet. Today you could be 6’2″ and bench press 405 lbs, but that’s all going to change – so what you do as a young man, is NOT what you do as a more “seasoned” person. As you pointed out, one of the ways to level the playing field in the street is WEAPONS.
In the SDTS Elite Program you’ll discover how to use everything from your cane to edged weapons, ice picks and dozens of other tools to help you survive and we even include FIREARM RETENTION. What you need to do is go through the core techniques to see what you can do and eliminate what you can’t do. Then we focus on working within your comfort zone. Usually after about 5 or 10 times you can tell if you’re going to be able to do something or not. Self defense is personal – what works for one person might not work for someone else. The upside is the SDTS Combatives core techniques are simple, large motions that any one with basic use of their arms can do.
After you understand the core techniques, the weapons techniques are based on the same exact biomechanics, so there’s no reason to relearn the movement. We just put the weapon in your hand, give you the principle tactics and you GO. The same goes for firearm retention as well. Again, and I can’t stress this enough – if you’re working on something and after a few times and it doesn’t feel natural, skip it and go on to the next thing. I recently had an Elite Member tell me the stomping hurt his feet and ankles – the solution…DON’T STOMP, just make sure you don’t shuffle your feet.
Self Defense is about ADAPTATION: Adapt your self defense to you, NOT you to your self defense. Too many times instructors try to make you overcome your physical restrictions through technique. I remember in Tae Kwon Do trying to teach a 65 year old with arthritic knees and a bad back how to do a jump spinning back kick…not pretty. Truth is he didn’t need to learn this because there are other things he could have done to accomplish the SAME GOAL. Self defense is RESULT oriented – the technique is secondary.
If I get you to get your attacker to hesitate with a finger jab, a right cross or spit in his eye you get the same result and that’s what counts. The problem is you’re used to systems that force you to do what everyone else is doing and what works for the majority of people in class, might not work for you. You need to discover what fits your present skill set and adapt it to your self defense. Thanks again for your question Dan, oh and remember – as we get older, we get meaner…
You can count on any and all .45 ACP #ammo, right? Can we all agree that any #ammunition that says .45 ACP on the box is capable of the following? Leveling an entire city block, but it might take two rounds Knocking an ill-tempered 350-pound wild boar into the next county, but only if it’s downwind Taking out an ICBM in trans-orbital flight. Obviously, those are fired from long slide pistols. Don’t tell Rocket Man; it’s a national security secret With that settled, it still makes sense to carefully choose your .45 ACP carry ammo. If you didn’t dedicate yourself to finding and choosing the very best ammo on which to bet your life, what would France think?
Over the past couple of years, I’ve toured the Sig Sauer ammunition factory twice. The old one was located in a cornfield in Kentucky and the brand spanking new one is just outside of Little Rock, Arkansas. Touring the factory isn’t what puts this ammo on my short list; it’s the testing and tweaking they do that explains why the ammo performs as well as it does. I’m pretty sure the folks at SIG go through enough gelatin blocks to fuel the sun, or at least Al Gore’s house for a long weekend. The reason for the non-stop gelatin slaughter is that the Sig Ammunition folks start the ammo design process with clear goals of crushing the FBI ballistic testing protocols. We can get into the details of that another time. The short explanation is that it’s a series of tests that ensure bullets penetrate to the desired depth in gelatin blocks, expand properly, and maintain their weight after passing through all sorts of barrier material like various fabrics, wood, steel, and automotive glass. Anyway, the process is to design, test against the FBI scenarios, and tweak as needed. Rinse and Repeat.
The result of all that is some pretty good ammo. The V-Crown hollow point design has internal construction and scoring which creates a two-stage expansion. It opens into picture-perfect bullets while penetrating deep into the target. As for penetration and expansion, I tested that with Clear Ballistic gelatin blocks on a different occasion using an FN FNX 45 Tactical pistol. Five different shots went to 16, 16, 18.75, 19.25, and 20 inches. All of those expanded to about 1.5x original bullet diameter with measurements of .655, .712, .646, .671, and .644 inches. As for weight retention, everything stayed together beautifully. The lightest bullet post-shooting weighed in at 229.9 grains.
The HST bullet design has made quite a statement over the past couple of years in all of its caliber offerings. Like the Sig Sauer V-Crown, it’s designed to excel in the FBI testing protocols. That means it’s going to handle barriers like heavy clothing, wood, and glass and still perform admirably. The 230-grain offering has a rated muzzle velocity of 890 feet per second. When I tested it using a Shooting Chrony Beta Master Chronograph, I actually recorded higher velocities of 913.5 fps and 942.9 fps from a Springfield Armory TRP 1911 and Springfield Armory XDM respectively. Even with the super-compact Smith & Wesson shield, the speed was just under 800 feet per second.
There is NO DIFFERENCE between #selfdefense for men and women – young and old – injured and healthy. Self defense is ALWAYS the smaller and weaker versus the bigger and stronger. Self defense is ALWAYS you versus MULTIPLE attackers. Self defense is ALWAYS you versus ARMED attackers.
Attackers pick victims over whom they think they can impose their will. They DO NOT go out looking for a fair fight. If a defensive tactic works for a woman, it should work for a man – in other words, if it works for someone smaller and weaker it better work for someone bigger and stronger.
And not only are “special techniques for women” redundant – women’s only self defense classes are ALMOST USELESS.
Because the overwhelming majority of women are ATTACKED BY LARGER AND STRONGER MEN. So practicing against another woman is just impractical. We all know how I feel about partner training for self defense, but if you must, at least have your partner resemble the thing that’s going to try to rape, assault and kill you. The same goes for the elderly and the injured.
Since your need for SELF DEFENSE IS CONSTANT, you must constantly adapt your current physical ability to meet that need. (whatever your condition). Out of shape?…YOUR ATTACKER DOESN’T CARE. Older?…YOUR ATTACKER DOESN’T CARE. Pregnant?…YOUR ATTACKER DOESN’T CARE. Broke your arm?…YOUR ATTACKER DOESN’T CARE.
If you can leave your house, you better be able to defend yourself. Oh and here’s a news flash…. When you’re older, smaller, weaker or injured your chances of being attacked multiply. At the end of the day we all should train like women.
It is illegal for civilians to own #bodyarmor ? YES. Anyone can purchase #bulletproof protection…unless you’re a convicted felon. In that case it is illegal for you to possess body armor of any kind. You should also know that if you commit a crime while wearing body armor, the penalties will be stiffer.
Do you need a permit to purchase body armor? NO Anyone can purchase ballistic protection. You do not need a special permit or registration.
What armor do you REALLY need? Law enforcement typically wears Level 3A soft body armor and some (but not all) have Level 3 or 4 armor plate inserts. The plates cover the area the size of an Ipad and the vest covers the torso. Military and Tactical Police Units wear plate carriers with Level 3 or 4 plates that typically cover a little larger area.
As you can guess, the higher the protection, the higher the price.
How practical is it to wear bodyarmor? First – it’s bulletproof so EXPECT some weight and “bulkiness”. Some designs will restrict movement more than others. Remember you’re sacrificing a little comfort for NOT GETTING SHOT.
Vest or jacket? The reason we chose to do a BODYGUARD Jacket over a vest was simple – ease of use. You’re going to wear the jacket when you’re most vulnerable: Commuting to work, Going to the movies, At a sporting event or concert, Shopping at the mall, Any other situation where you’re in contact with the general public and large crowds
A jacket give you the ability to to put it on and take it off as needed, where a vest requires you to take your shirt off or if you wear it over your shirt – it draws unwanted attention.
There’s a great photo essay on the World Adaptive Surfing Championships in the Player’s Tribune. Each year competitors from all over the world with disabilities from blindness to missing limbs compete in this special #surfing championship. These amazing people have a common desire, to surf. Regardless of their affliction, they’ve #adapted their current physical state to accomplish this task. Now think of this in terms of #SELFDEFENSE.
Your need for self defense is CONSTANT, but your physical and mental assets change from day to day. As you get older, or injured you become MORE VULNERABLE and more attractive to predators. As humans we have good days and bad – sometimes we get a little out of shape (or a heck of a lot). You’re not a machine, it happens. True self defense is a skill that needs to change with your current state of readiness.
When think you “need to get in shape” or you’re “too old” then need to change what you consider self defense to be because what you’re thinking of really isn’t self defense at all – it’s a fighting art or combat sport which requires a higher level of fitness and athleticism. Self defense needs to work in YOUR WORLD, right now. Adaptation begins with a simple YES or NO answer – YES you’re going to do it or NO you’re not.
After that you do whatever it takes to make it work…because you’re done making excuses. There are hundreds of reasons NOT to do something, and only one reason TO DO something. Successful people focus on the goal, unsuccessful people focus on the problems. When it comes to self defense people always have the same excuses: No time. No money. No ability. …until they have a close call or worse -they’re a victim of a brutal attack. Then they suddenly find the time and the money and more importantly – the WILL to make it happen. It shouldn’t matter if you’re training on your smartphone or in person – just get it done. Make it happen…ADAPT. Make yourself FIT your circumstances, because you can’t make your circumstances FIT you.
Before entering any room, always look for a second way out, because under stress most people will always #escape the way they entered. But if you set in your mind that you will use an alternate exit if something goes off – you will be able to escape to #safety a lot easier than the rest of the crowd.
Unfortunately, sometimes you don’t always see a or have a second exit. Signs can get obstructed or simply broken (until next year’s inspection) or you might walk into a business that isn’t required to have a second exit. You heard that correctly – not all public spaces are required to have a second exit. You could be walking into a one way out room and NOT EVEN KNOW IT.
Luckily there’s a REAL EASY WAY to know if the store you’re walking into has one or more exits. According to building codes, the door on occupancies with less than 50 will SWING IN and are NOT required to have a second exit, while the door on spaces with an occupancy of 50 or greater will SWING OUT and have a second exit.
Door SWING IN – one way out, Door SWING OUT – two ways out. But that’s not all…. Without complicating this with fire codes, the general rule is for every 160 people of occupancy there should be an exit. So if you’re in a larger venue, mark your nearest exit and make sure it’s CLEAR.
Remember, occupants have a tendency to block exits with storage and equipment. Sure, they clear them for the inspection, but right after the fire marshal leaves, it’s business as usual. Think of your local deli or market. They get a lot of deliveries every day and that means a lot of boxes. Most likely they stack the boxes by the back door exit and throw them out at the end of the day.
Imagine trying to get through that in a hurry. Now add 20 people behind you trying to escape an active shooter… your day went from shitty to extra shitty. People are survive real life and death situations because: They have a plan. They practice. They take action. They have a little luck (the better your plan, the more you practice the better your luck).
Here is some news you won't find in the mainstream media. Again this week, responsible #gunowners defend themselves and the people they love. #Selfdefense instructor David Cole joins the Self Defense #Gun Stories Podcast to look at three new examples. Were these gun owners lucky, or were they trained and prepared? What can we learn from their experience? Listen and find out. (17-minute podcast) All three victims survived lethal attacks because they had a gun.
First story- Are you armed at home?
You’re a grandmother and a widow. You live alone. You’re asleep in bed. It is after midnight when you hear someone trying to pry open your bedroom window. You walk to your dresser and grab your gun. You pull open the blinds and point your gun at the attempted robber. The robber falls over. You see him scramble to his feet and run away. You call police.
Second Story- Are you armed at work?
You’re a pharmacist. You own and operate your own store. It is 9 in the morning and you unlock your front door. You’re behind the counter when you see three men dressed in black rush inside. Two of them jump over your counter. They pull out bags and start grabbing drugs. One of them shouts for you not to move and reaches for his pocket. So do you. You shoot at the two attackers closest to you. The three men run from the store. You call police. You give your address and a description of the get-away car. Police arrest one man when he goes to the hospital for treatment of gunshot wounds.
Third Story- Are you armed when walking on the street?
It is the day after Christmas. You walk out of a store on the southside of Chicago. It is a little after 6pm, and it is already dark and cold. A man walks up to you. He pulls a gun out of his jacket pocket and tells you to hand it over. You reach into your pants pocket and grab your wallet. Your wallet contains your Illinois Firearms Owners Identification Card. It also contains your Concealed Carry License. You’re armed. You hand the robber your wallet. You draw your gun and shoot your attacker in the chest. The attacker drops his gun, and you step back inside the store to call police.
I am today seeing officer-involved #shootings which are completely justified, by any standard. The shooting then being the subject of civil suits, where cities don’t even put up a fight, as they dole-out untold millions of #taxpayer dollars to the “bereaved” families of vicious, violent, (and mercifully dead) criminals but these innocent officers. Officers who acted properly and did correctly the job we pay them to do, are also being viciously prosecuted by politically-active prosecutors, who cynically see an unjust conviction merely as a career stepping-stone.
So, when you’re involved in a self-defense shooting, what will be important? The factor that will most sway prosecutors is usually the way the event is reported in the papers and other news media. When the headline is, “Local Gun-Nut Slays Honor Student,” you can bet the system will be under immense pressure to prosecute, while facts of the case shrink to irrelevance! When the shooting is cross-racial, hang on to your hat! You may find yourself being prosecuted merely to mollify rioters! When the shooting takes place during an election year, hang on to your hat! A political candidate may push for prosecution merely to court votes from a particular minority. We saw this exact phenomenon in the Zimmerman Case in FL in 2008! So, where is “safety?” There is none, but here are some things I can recommend:
1) Be a good person! Heaven knows none of us are perfect, but good people ever strive towards goodness, decency, and personal honesty. At the same time, be very good at minding your own business!
2) (a) Don’t go to stupid places. (b) Don’t associate with stupid people. (c) Don’t do stupid things. (d) Be in bed by 10.00pm (your own bed!). (e) Have a “normal” appearance. (f) Don’t fail the attitude test!
3) When you go armed, keep weapon(s) discreetly out of sight. Don’t talk about your guns. Don’t “show” your gun(s) to anyone. Don’t brandish your gun except for good cause.
4) When you must shoot, use your sights, press your trigger carefully, and hit with every shot.
5) Stop shooting when the threat(s) is clearly neutralized.
6) Don’t chase suspects!
7) Don’t flee the scene, except as necessary to preserve your own safety
8) Be first to the phone! Report the incident to police as soon as practicable.
9) Know what to say, and what not to say, to police. Know your lines!
10) Get your lawyer involved as quickly as possible
11) Be prepared for an unpleasant aftermath, endless media lies, PTSD, complete disruption of your life. Don’t expect anyone to be sympathetic, nor “understanding.”
12) Like any traumatic event, you’ll never really “get over it,” but as days and weeks pass, you’ll be able to put it in perspective, and move on.
Don’t #shoot unless you have to! It all comes down to that. When you need to shoot immediately in order to prevent yourself from being crippled/murdered, it will probably be blatantly obvious! When it isn’t, you probably don’t need to shoot!
When you need to shoot, shoot with sufficient volume and accuracy necessary to produce lethal wound(s) and thus finish the fight quickly. The longer this fight goes on, the more deadly risk you expose yourself to. When there must be a lethal response on your part to a deadly attack, get the fight over with as quickly as you can. In legal parlance, you can’t shoot someone in a “non-deadly” manner, nor should you try!
Don’t approach downed/wounded suspects. When a suspect has been wounded, even when he is on the ground and not moving, stay well away from him. He is still extremely dangerous!
Whatever you do, or don’t do, it won’t be “perfect.” Understand and expect that many will come along afterward and point-out where, and how, your could have done it better. And, they’ll probably be right! Happily, the law doesn’t require you to be “perfect.” It does require you to be “reasonable,” however the System chooses to define the term.
Join ACLDN (Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network)! They are a powerful ally, and one you’ll be glad you have!
#Bulletproof #clothing has had a presence in spy movies and sci-fi novels for a long time, but in reality, the materials capable of stopping a bullet haven’t been conducive to any kind of clothing that could pass for normal. Well, that might be changing when it comes to one of the bulkier clothing items people wear: winter coats.
A company on IndieGoGo, called simply Bulletproof Jackets, has raised more than $42,000, 70 percent more than they need to get started, for a “lightweight, comfortable, and fashionable” line of winter coats incorporating “the latest in ballistic fiber technology.”
According to the crowd-funding site, the products are “made from 100% US Kevlar XP” and are lightweight and flexible with a National Institute of Justice 0101.06 IIIA rating with the ability to stop handgun rounds up to and including a .44 Magnum. If you need proof, check out the video to see on of the Bulletproof Jacket coats in action.
“These jackets offer the same protection found in soft body armor used by nearly all Law Enforcement Officers and Military Personnel. We want to save lives. You can help us do just that.” With the current concerns over self-defense in an active shooter situation, these garments offer a solid degree of protection that’s practical and inconspicuous for every-day wear.And, to that end, these coats, styled for men and women, aren’t tactical garments by any means. One model, The Wonder, is a normal looking 3/4 length overcoat with a hood for women with a front zipper, a chest pocket, side pockets, and high-neck coverage and a 70/30 wool blend. The hood is also integrated, and made from the same material. MSRP: $379
The Freedom is a unisex quilted vest with four pockets, down pillowing, and a completely polyester exterior that comes in four colors. The best part is it looks like a million other insulated vests on the market. MSRP: $289 The best part is you can wear this under a regular mid-weight coat for extra warmth, and a full vest of protection.The Arctic is a long-sleeved insulated coat with down pillowing and a ribbed stitching pattern and a polyester exterior and a high collar for more warmth. It also comes in four colors and a diamond stitching pattern. MSRP: $289
For men, there’s The Sherpa, an actual sherpa-lined hoodie with a zip front, two front pockets, and polyester construction with included Kevlar. A hoodie that can stop a .44 Magnum sounds pretty attractive. MSRP: $289There’s also The Sport, which is a men’s softshell jacket with a left chest pocket, two side pockets, a full zip front closure, high-neck coverage and a hidden chest pocket. Finally there’ s The Logan, a botton-front men’s overcoat that’s a 3/4 length that covers and protects the thighs. It’s fully lined with a zipper inner bib, two inner pockets, and two front pockets with a 70/30 wool blend. If you didn’t know, you’d never think it was anything but a normal overcoat. MSRP: $379The site says the products from Bulletproof Jackets should be available in January 2018. If they are, then this will be one heck of a layer of passive self-defense for the colder months. We're going to keep our eye on them...
#Pepperspray is the best non-lethal #selfdefense tool you can carry. I prefer to never, ever, go anywhere without my #gun, but sometimes those illogical “gun free zones” simply cannot be avoided. Pepper spray accompanies every gift card I have ever given to a loved one who was old enough to carry it, but was not yet at the legal age to get a concealed carry permit. When my daughter began taking college classes while still in high school, she had a can of pepper spray attached to her backpack, in her purse, and clipped onto her jeans at all times when she was on the campus.
Pepper spray laws vary widely by state. In some states, anyone with a felony conviction on their record cannot legally carry more than 4 ounces of pepper spray – but felons are not supposed to have guns either. In most states, anyone over the age 18 or older can carry pepper spray.Pepper spray is comprised of three basic chemicals – Orthochlorobenzalmalonitrile – CS, Alphachloroacetaphenone – CN, and OleoresinCapsicum – OC. The CN and CS chemicals cause extreme irritation in membrane tissues and cause the stinging sensation on the skin and especially in the eyes. This stinging typically lasts about five to 30 seconds. When the target is on drugs, drunk, or has an extremely high pain tolerance, they will be impacted far less severely – if at all, by pepper spray. The OC chemical component of pepper spray causes an inflammatory and involuntary reaction on the eyes. It causes a temporary lack of vision and extremely and immediately dilates the capillaries.
Pepper spray laws vary widely by state. In some states, anyone with a felony conviction on their record cannot legally carry more than 4 ounces of pepper spray – but felons are not supposed to have guns either. In most states, anyone over the age 18 or older can carry pepper spray. Practice aiming and getting familiar with the canister of pepper spray. You should be able to use the non-lethal weapon by feel and in the dark without looking at the spray canister. Do not use your index finger to press the spray button, even though it may feel like the most natural way to hold the canister. Use your thumb and keep all the fingers wrapped firmly around the canister to avoid the spray from being easily grabbed out of the hand by an attacker.
Unlike using a gun or knife on a potential attacker, pepper spray will not incapacitate the individual. But, it will sting the heck out of his or her eyes long enough to give you a chance to escape. Once the chemical gas is released from its canister, a burning sensation typically happens almost immediately on the skin of its intended target. Next, the target’s eyelids slam closed and they begin to cough or choke. These results are typical, but cannot be counted upon to always happen. A quick search on YouTube will quickly reveal how drug-crazed individuals refuse to go down after not only having had pepper spray used on them by police officers but being the target of a Tazer gun zap as well. The best chance at escaping an attacker when armed with only a non-lethal weapon is to aim as accurately and rapidly as possible then run away screaming to draw attention to the incident as quickly as humanly possible.
When in a panicked state, you might not take the time to gauge, or even consider, wind direction. This could be a fatal mistake. Using pepper spray when the wind could blow the chemical gas back at you instead of its intended target, would leave you completely vulnerable to the attacker. Shake the pepper spray canister at least once a week. This helps ensure the chemical gas mixture remains active and effective. Store away from either extreme heat or cold. Leaving a can of pepper spray in the car during hot summers and chilly winters might render them ineffective. Unfortunately, you would not know until you had to use it – and then it is too late.
If you’re like most responsible #Americans, you probably carry at least one type of #insurance policy. You probably have homeowners or renters insurance, car insurance or life insurance. If you’re a gun owner, you should also consider what coverages you might need to protect your firearms, as well as yourself. Some of the most common types of insurance policies in this regard are available from the National Rifle Association (NRA) and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA).According to a recent poll by the Pew Research Center, personal protection is the reason most firearms owners own a gun. That same poll showed that 66 percent of gun owners own multiple firearms.
Often homeowners, renters, and even auto insurance policies limit their coverage for firearms, which means there is a gap in your protection. One way to deal with this is by talking to an agent to see if you’re able to purchase scheduled personal property coverage. This is an add-on that allows homeowners and renters to cover all items within a sub-limited category to make sure everything is protected. If the policy doesn’t provide enough coverage, another option to consider is ArmsCare Plus from the NRA.
ArmsCare Plus Firearms Insurance provides NRA members with theft and damage protection for legal firearms and attached accessories, such as scopes, rings, mounts, slings and sling swivels. Whether you keep your guns at home or carry them with you, there’s always a risk that something may happen to them. ArmsCare Plus takes over where the other policies fall short. This coverage protects your guns and accessories from loss, damage, flood, fire and theft (including theft from a locked vehicle). One example of an actual claim was a residential burglary where $25,000 worth of firearms were stolen. The homeowner’s insurance paid $2,500. Luckily the owner’s NRA ArmsCare deductible was only $100, so ArmsCare covered the difference of $22,400.
As an armed citizen, there is a chance that someday you might have to use your firearm in self-defense. If that happens, the police will investigate to determine if there should be a trial or not. Should the case go to court, you’ll need to make sure that your family and your assets are protected. The legal follow-up from an act of self-defense can cost you a lot, and it’s an expense that no homeowners insurance policy will cover. Unfortunately, self-defense cases aren’t always black and white. if you are prosecuted or sued after a legitimate act of self-defense, you and your attorneys will need to prove to the jury, through testimony and evidence, that you were justified in your act of self-defense.
One man is in custody following an attempted #burglary gone wrong, wherein the residents at the home actually made a citizen's arrest, detaining him until police arrived.
The suspect, age 22, was trying to break into a residential home on the 1300 block of Nunaka Drive, according to MJ Thim, spokesperson with the #Anchorage #Police Department.
The police spokesperson said that the suspect was attempting to either pick the lock or otherwise break in through a back door when the homeowners were alerted to what was going on.
When the residents heard the noise, they were able to capture him. They restrained him, taping his limbs together with Gorilla Duct Tape so he could not move.
When police arrived, they found the suspect on the ground, held at gunpoint by the homeowners. After conducting an investigation at the scene, the Anchorage PD determined that the story was legitimate, and arrested the 22 year old for first degree burglary.
No injuries were reported to any of the home owners. It was not known if the suspect sustained injuries.
What is Hollow-Point?
First, what is a #hollowpoint bullet? As the name implies, the tip is hollow and has a cavity cut or formed. The idea behind this is that when the bullet passes through liquid-like material at sufficient velocity, the pressure of the fluid inside the hollowed-out area causes the #bullet material to push outward or expand.
Self-Defense Ammo Criteria
At the highest level, premium self-defense ammunition has to do three things.
1. It has to work every single time, possibly under the worst of conditions. Whether wet, dirty, hot, or freezing, it’s got to go bang when you most need it.
2. It has to penetrate the target to an appropriate depth to cause enough damage to stop whatever aggressive behavior caused the user to fire it in the first place.
3. It has to expand reliably under a variety of target conditions to maximize its fight-stopping effectiveness.
Expansion and Penetration
So, hollow-points are designed to expand, causing their diameter to increase as they pass through the target. Acceptable expansion is considered by many to be 1.7x the original bullet diameter. As an example, a 9mm bullet has a diameter of .355 inches. If it expands to 1.7x its original size, then it travels through the target with a diameter of .60 inches.
A Word on Lethality
To come back to the lethality issue, hollow-point ammunition isn’t designed to be more “lethal” than regular full metal jacket practice ammo. In fact, the opposite is truer. It’s designed to stop an aggressor as quickly and efficiently as possible.
If expanding ammunition can generate fight-stopping results quickly, then fewer shots are required to end a given confrontation. As the theory goes, fewer shots mean fewer holes, and that reduces the risk of the most common cause of gunshot wound death—blood loss. When it comes to real-world ballistics, it’s virtually impossible to prove anything, as there are endless variables, but there’s a reason nearly every law enforcement agency has moved to hollow-points.
Can you carry a #gun in your car?
- Before you #concealedcarry in your car, know state and local gun laws.
- With more room in a vehicle, carrying a secured rifle or shotgun is an option.
- The console and glove box are two options for a handgun, but there are others.
- If you carry a gun in your car, check it regularly.
- This is done not only to ensure functionality but also that it has not been stolen.
A close friend put it better than I could regarding why vehicle carry is a good idea. The fact is, he explained, a #handgun is completely unsuitable for #selfdefense. The only reason anyone carries or uses handguns is that they are smaller and more convenient than rifles or shotguns. A handgun, for him, was primarily a tool to use in an emergency that could help him get to a “real” gun. Rifles and shotguns are far more powerful than handguns, and accurate from longer distances.
Vehicle carry of long guns is especially appealing when traveling. If you’re planning a weeklong getaway to the mountains or the beach — even if you have no plans to go shooting — it’s a great comfort knowing you have the means with you for serious personal protection. Likewise, if you are on a drive far from home where there’s a possibility of being stuck or stranded, you might feel under-armed with just your pocket pistol.
A woman in Illinois was reportedly able to protect herself with her concealed carry #firearm after a stranger with a knife jumped into her car. P#olice said a woman who was parked near a shopping mall in Moline on Sunday was attacked by a man who fought his way into her car, according to WQAD 8.
During the fight, the man reportedly slashed the woman’s arm with a knife. He then ordered the woman to drive to Rock Island County, a rural area, according to police. DC GUN-FREE ZONES CAUSE CONFUSION OVER LEGALITY OF GUN CARRY EVEN WITH A PERMIT
Once the woman stopped the car, she was able to reach her gun, which she had a #concealedcarry firearm permit for, WQAD 8 reported.After the attacker saw the weapon, he reportedly ran off and she was able to drive herself to the hospital.Police subsequently opened an investigation and arrested Floyd R. May, 61.
May was charged with aggravated kidnapping, aggravated battery with a weapon, unlawful use of a weapon by a felon and aggravated assault. He is reportedly in Rock Island County Jail on $550,000 bond.
A normal belt has about six holes and adjusts in one-inch increments. Unfortunately, I don’t. Whether it’s the difference between a #Beretta Nano, #GLOCK 19, or crushing a chicken fried steak at Dahlia’s, it’s easy to find oneself “between holes.” #Kore Essential’s Trakline belt has no holes, instead adjusting in 1/4-inch increments on a ratchet-like track . . .
Kore sells three swappable gun belt buckles and leather #gunbelts in brown or black, plus slick little hangers that the buckle ratchet latches right onto for hanging the belt(s) vertically in your closet.
The belt comes really long — 54+ inches. And you simply trim it to size — the general rule is adding 4 inches to your pant size. Obviously I’d recommend erring on the “too long” side at first, as you can always trim off more but can’t add length back on. Inside Kore’s gun belt, sandwiched between two layers of leather, is a poly-core. Basically, it’s a plastic strip that adds stiffness and torsion resistance to the belt, helping it better stand up to the weight of a pistol and other EDC gear.
Once cut to length, it’s a simple matter to add one of Kore’s buckles. The buckle in this review is the X3 style. Flip the lever down to drive seven sharp teeth into the belt, locking it very securely in place. The back side of the buckle is actually designed to work as a bottle opener, too.
The end result is a great belt for everyday concealed carry purposes. Or, heck, for nicer occasions — gun or no gun — as it’s very nice looking rather than giving off that more gruff and tough tactical or utilitarian feel of most gun belts.
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The mandates of #gun #safety are vital. But to be completely safe, our gun handling skills must go beyond just the basics. Here are a few #safer #firearm #handling #tips for the #gunrange.
Probably one of the most dangerous and common gun handling mistakes is “lasering,” also known as “crossing,” “muzzling” or “sweeping.” Many shooters seem to forget that bullets have a very long reach, and that everyone who is placed in front of a #muzzle is in mortal danger. The term “lasering” illustrates the concept that we can visualize a powerful #laser that destroys anything that is in front of it, at any distance—in reality, not unlike a #firearm. Take special care not to point the gun at yourself or others. When walking around on the range, or back and forth to the shooting line, always make sure that your gun’s muzzle is pointed in a safe direction downrange.
Unsafe movements and lasering are all too common while manipulating a firearm’s action. Many people like to turn a gun sideways to work the action, but this potentially points the gun in an unsafe direction. When racking the slide of your semi-auto or opening the cylinder of a revolver, it is important to pay close attention to both your body’s movements and the movements of the gun. Don’t keep your body stationary and then rotate the gun in a dangerous direction. Instead, turn your body, in relation to the gun to keep the muzzle pointed safely downrange, away from others.
While everyone knows the rule about treating all guns as if they are loaded, people consistently laser themselves and others with the muzzles of their “unloaded” guns. It seems that people feel that if the gun is unloaded, they no longer need to be concerned about where it is pointing. There are two vital reasons why the “all guns are loaded” mandate is important. 1. The assumption that “it is unloaded” may be mistaken. 2. If you always treat a gun as if it is loaded, you will permanently imprint proper gun handling techniques in your mind and won’t mistakenly handle a loaded gun improperly. An astounding number of gun accidents happen with “unloaded” firearms.
Drawing & Reholstering
The drawing of a firearm is potentially one of the most dangerous areas of gun handling. Make sure that your support hand follows or parallels the gun during the draw and does not get ahead of the muzzle. Make sure you don’t laser your legs or feet as you bring the gun forward.
Do not release the external safety (if your gun has one) until you are on target and ready to fire. And never place your finger in the #triggerguard or on the #trigger unless you are prepared to destroy whatever the gun is pointing at.
Working The Slide
When you have finished shooting on the range, lock the slide back on #semiauto or open the cylinder on #revolvers. Keep them that way until you are ready to #shoot again. This allows you and everyone else to see that the gun is empty. If you hand your gun to someone else, give it to them open, grip first, pointed downrange.
When checking to see if a semi-auto is loaded, some people use the “pinch” technique, which I find scary. This entails gripping the slide from underneath, just behind the muzzle, and pulling the slide back slightly in order to see if it’s loaded. If an accidental discharge happens, I don’t want my fingers that close to the muzzle. If you need to rack or pull back the slide, get into the habit of griping it from the rear of the pistol.
As the Washington Free Beacon reports, the #concealedcarry #training classes will be intense, taking place over the course of days rather than hours, and involve a more “rigorous” standard for getting certified. Rather than just learning the basics of #firearm safety, students will learn “advanced details” regarding carrying a firearm in public. They’ll also be taught #selfdefense #shooting tactics, #concealed carry mindset, important laws they need to know and more.
“It’s going to be much more involved, much more intense,” NRA spokesperson Bill Powers said. “It was created from the ground up by a team of #veteran #SEALS , veteran #GreenBerets , veteran #lawenforcement experts, and it is very intense. People who have gone through the program are saying it’s the best they’ve ever seen.”
Thus far, heavyweights like #LarryVickers , #DomRaso , #BillHackathorn , #PatMcNamara , #JoeCollins , #BillRogers and #ClintSmith have endorsed the concealed carry training program.
The #NRA hasn’t released details on the cost, training locations and timetable of availability, but NRA-certified instructors, LEOs and #military personnel can apply right now to become #CarryGuard instructors.
Meanwhile, the insurance plan for the NRA Carry Guard program, also known as, #concealedcarry #insurance, will be available in three different membership tiers: bronze, silver and gold. Basically, it’s a way for those with legal issues to be financially protected. The policy holder gets reimbursed once charges are dropped or a not guilty verdict is rendered in a criminal or civil case. The plan also covers bail, a lawyer retainer, gun replacement, lost pay during court dates, psychological support and cleanup costs. A 24-hour hotline for reporting incidents, free coverage for spouses and a subscription to a new magazine called “NRA Carry Guard Magazine” is also included, the Washington Free Beacon says.
Bronze costs $13.95 a month and covers $250,000 in civil suits and $50,000 for criminal defense. Silver will run you $21.95 per month. It covers half a million in civil suit costs and $100,000 in criminal defense reimbursement. Gold will cost $31.95 a month and cover a cool million in civil suits and $150,000 in criminal defense reimbursement.
Civilians who obtain the right to carry #concealed choose to do so for various reasons. The responsibilities of being armed not only require diligent range time, but also the importance of knowing how to handle a variety of situations. When the snot hits the fan folks you don't always have time to break down option A verses option B. Training is the key that we cannot tress enough and the valuable lessons learned through rehearsed scenario's and recognizing when to draw or not all. It's similar to walking into class to take an exam you studied hardly for, with the likelihood of passing being a tossup. You don't have to become the ultimate Chuck Norris of #SelfDefense, but if you do we say go-for-it! It's as simple as educating yourself to become as prepared for the unknown.
#Portlanders and #Vancouver #Concealed Carriers check-out #DoruTraining Group for hands on firearm training and #selfdefense practice.
The biggest impediment to prevailing in any fight is not our ability to shoot well. It’s our willingness to stand up and #fight. When we do, we must be able to make instant decisions in a crisis without suffering brain lock. And let me tell you: It’s easier said than done. We have heard the phrase “shoot, move and communicate,” but it’s actually more involved than that. Other considerations include recognizing threats, making instant decisions, keeping cool under extreme pressure, being concerned about non-hostiles, keeping track of a changing situation and more.
Doru Training Group provides the most realistic and effective #firearmstraining to citizens in the #Portland metro area in order to enable them to prevail in violent situations. Stay on the cutting edge of training methodology in order to ensure students are well prepared to perform under the extreme stress of a violent situation. Graduates are confident protectors of their family and communities.
Close Quarter Gun Fighting
The #DoruTrainingGroup CQG course is a 1 day training class designed to prepare you to #survive a real life violent encounter. It uses the same #SimunitionFX marking cartridge technology as the #military and #lawenforcement which is not typically available for civilians. This allows you to practice the skills you learn in a high stress force-on-force training environment.
Topics covered during the course:
• Introduction to the realities of violence
• Grip, stance, trigger control, and sight alignment
• Drawing, emergency reloads, scanning and movement
• Close quarter shooting techniques-retention and point shooting to 5 yards
• Striking-using bodyweight, anatomy, and gross motor skills to injure any attacker, no matter your size and strength
• Integration of striking and shooting
• Force-on-Force training scenarios with role players. Scenarios will include decision making, multiple opponents, and active shooter situations
A #Texasgrandma was not about to go down without a fight. Rebbie Roberson, 74, was just about to watch the news Sunday night when someone wearing gloves and a mask broke into her home. "And when I started to get up, he was in here on me with a gun facing me right to my face."
What she did next took the #gunman by surprise. Now, Bowie County Sheriff's deputies are looking for the would-be bandit. "So I had to walk right out in front of him," Roberson said as she recalled the harrowing encounter. "I didn't know if he was going to kill me or what." She had her own #weapon on a table nearby.
"I reached over there and grabbed this #gun. And when I swerved around, I pointed it at him and he ran." With her #38caliber #pistol in hand, Roberson said she followed him, all the while firing her gun and leaving #bulletholes in the walls of her home.
"I'm not sure I didn't hit him. I don't know yet. I sure tried. I sure was hoping. That was the scare of my life." Investigators do not believe the armed intruder was wounded. "I tried to kill him. Anybody break in on me, I'm going to kill them. He's going to kill me or I'm going to kill him."
While at home, Roberson said, she always has her gun close. But she said this was the first and, hopefully, last time she will have to use it. "It could have been worse for both individuals, both the victim and the suspect," Bowie County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Jeff Neal said.
"Every citizen, according to the Texas penal code, has the right to defend themselves and their family."
People stood by watching as a man high on meth got the upper hand in a violent struggle with a #Mount #Vernon, #Ohio, #policeofficer. In June of 2015, #Corporal #Michael #Wheeler responded to a report of a homeless man sleeping on a porch in a north-side neighborhood, about 50 miles northeast of Columbus.
Wheeler found the disoriented trespasser, who wouldn’t move without a #fight. The officer couldn’t call for backup because his shoulder microphone was stripped away in the fray. Next thing he knew, the man was atop Wheeler, grabbing for his #gun. “There were people standing around,” Wheeler recalled recently for #InsideEdition. “But they were just watching.”
There were no #armedcitizens around, except for one man, Dylan DeBoard, who drew a #handgun and announced that he had a #concealedcarry permit. With that distraction, Wheeler soon had the #suspect in #cuffs. A year later, the Mount Vernon City Council presented DeBoard with the Citizens Award of Valor. “Every time I see him, I let him know how much I appreciate what he did,” Wheeler said. “I wish a lot more of society would do what he did.”
#Selfdefense has to be your first priority remember to evaluate the situation, observe, and take action if necessary.
In some cases there are circumstances when you can't draw your #gun in #selfdefense. Why you might ask? When drawing on a drawn gun often times your reaction time to draw, aim, and shoot takes a bit long than the one drawn at the ready. We recommend practicing with a partner, and of course being responsible and not using a real firearms is recommended! Let's begin by watching the video below.
Hands go up, forehead goes in. It is done on one foot, and at the same time right foot kicks towards the groin.
Once you hit, you grab, you lean forward, and you rotate to it. Most people, or what I should advise you to do is to take a small step, and to add a step with your left foot forward, because it will carry you slightly off his center.
Remember to step and rotate to it. Rotate the gun out, and it's in your hands.
Hand and head. Step and push it into him. Take the gun, and it's in your hand. I should tell you that if you happened to do it and the gun ended up in your hand, there's no reason to continue to chase him. You should just open the gap right away.
Take us to New York City. When you step outside to perform a routine chore like bringing the trash to the curb for pickup, or retrieving the mail, you’re unlikely to put a #gun on unless you have one on your person already. That was the case with a famous #NYPD officer several years ago, a man who had won the National Police #Revolver Championship. Off-duty, carrying the garbage out, he saw some punks attacking an elderly woman. He dropped the garbage can and ran to the scene to intervene. The thugs turned on him, and the next thing he knew he was being hit with an iron pipe. He fought back with courage he had exhibited on-duty before, and beat the hell out of them and subdued them. But he suffered hand injuries from bludgeon blows that crippled him to the point where he had to retire from both an exemplary #police career and a stellar shooting career. Had he been carrying his off-duty gun, the outcome would likely have been much better for him when the muggers turned on him.
But why #concealedcarry at home? After all, can’t a person just keep a loaded gun in a drawer, or on a shelf, or in a quick-access #gunsafe? Sure we can, but if we’re in Room A and the gun is in Room B when we need it, we may not be able to reach it in time if a particularly stealthy or clever intruder surprises us face-to-face.
Personally, I open-carry full-sized handguns on my own rural property all the time, but I still keep an open-front shirt or a photographer’s vest near each door that I can quickly slip on to receive any visitor who might not know me and be comfortable with me being visibly armed.
As the arm snakes around your neck by surprise, the first thing to do is bury your chin deep in the crook of the attacker’s elbow. This will protect the throat, and it will drive your lower mandible down low enough that the crushing pressure that might have occluded the great vessels in your neck will now squeeze harmlessly against hard bone. That will hurt, but it will not injure.
Make Your Escape
This movement puts your whole body against just his arm, and particularly your whole body against the trapped elbow joint of his arm. His elbow becomes the hinge of a gate that is his arm, and that gate swings wide open to allow you to escape. Now you’re free of the choke and you have multiple options, but it will go best if you have already decided beforehand what option you’re likely to take.
If you are not a fighter by nature, the best bet may be to simply run. The 180-degree pivot of your rear leg will already have literally given you a running start to do the last thing he expected—running away in a direction straight behind him. As you turn, his arm on that side will still be up and his vulnerable kidney area will be exposed to you. A hammer fist to the kidney, or a strike there with whatever object you might have had in your hand as the assault began, might be appropriate.
No matter where you live, your home should be a safe haven for you and your family. Once inside, you should feel #secureandprotected from the threats of the outside world. Unfortunately, #violenthomeinvasions are becoming increasingly frequent and are happening in even the best neighborhoods. And because of this threat, we all need to take a hard look at our #homesecurity .
The #bestdefenseagainstaburglary or #defenseagainsthomeinvasion is making your home a hard target. Investing in the external security of your home by installing good physical barriers and warning systems will ideally deny criminals entry to your home completely. Even if your home isn’t completely invulnerable, sound physical security will provide a significant challenge that will slow criminals down, call attention to their actions and give you and your family time to react. The time, effort and noise it requires for an intruder to make his way through the outer layers of your home’s defenses gives you the opportunity to collect your family and retreat to a reinforced inner area to #call911 and access #weaponstodefendyourself .
#Goodexternalphysicalsecurity is also important because it has a great deterrent effect. In addition to making entry more difficult, the investments you make in physical security will also send a strong message to anyone even considering your home as a target, hopefully convincing them that they are better off looking for easier targets.
The idea of using #improvisedweaponsforpersonaldefense has been around as long as man. In a critical situation, human instinct naturally compels us to grab the closest, sturdiest object and use it to fight for our survival. But due to the events of recent years—particularly the phenomena of #activeshooters , workplace violence and school shootings—the carry of purpose-designed weapons has become much more restricted. And with that trend, the number of non-permissive environments where weapons are totally forbidden has increased significantly.
History clearly shows that banning weapons has no real effect on stopping violent crimes. Laws only affect the law abiding, so we “good guys” typically only have two choices: Either play by the rules and be vulnerable to violent attacks or break the rules and carry a weapon.
Fortunately, there is a third choice. By understanding how to recognize and use innocuous, everyday objects as improvised weapons, you can bend the rules and ensure that you always have a capable weapon available no matter where you are.
#Lawenforcementofficers have long experienced the #benefitsofcarryingabaton while on duty, and civilians should take note of this tool’s effectiveness at controlling an attacker. Ranging from simple #hickoryclubs and #sidehandlebatons to modern #expandablebatons , these tools are an essential item in an officer’s kit. As the tools have developed, so have the techniques that go with them. Once seen as simply a striking tool, the baton has evolved into an exceptionally effective control weapon as well.
The current gold standard for #batonsinlawenforcement is the expandable baton. This baton is generally built with a cylindrical outer tube that contains #telescopingbatoninnershaft . As the baton is extended, these internal cylinders lock into each other with friction. The composition of the baton ranges from aluminum alloy to steel. The tip of the baton is generally solid and acts as a “power point” when used as a striking tool.
The #baton is opened by swinging it down in a forceful manner. The internal sections will slide out and the baton will lock out with the inertia generated. Depending on the holster or scabbard design, it is possible to carry an expandable baton in either the collapsed or expanded position, which would be helpful if an armed citizen needed to holster an expanded baton and it was not possible or convenient to collapse it at the time. Collapsing it is accomplished by simply driving the tip of the baton straight down into the ground, which forces the internal cylinders to slide back inside each other.
An #intruder at a home in #La VistaNebraska was #shotbyahousesitter during a #breakin over the weekend.
According to KCCI, a man and a woman were house-sitting for the homeowner and were asleep when they were suddenly awoken by a #mankickinginthebedroomdoor at around 2:15 a.m.
One of the house-sitters, Zachary Schmid, 19, managed to #grabagun and #shootthesuspect , later identified as 26-year-old Darrick Minner, who, as it turns out, is an ex-boyfriend of the homeowner.
Minner #immediatelyfledthescene upon being shot, but was #foundbypolice and medics nearby. He was transported to Nebraska Medicine, where he underwent surgery. His injuries has been described by police as non-life-threatening.
Schmid, meanwhile, was questioned by investigators and released. Charges haven’t yet been announced for Minner.