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Posted: 5/22/2019 - Comments
I got back to the station and my uniform was in shreds. My knees and elbows looked like I was some little kid that fell off his bike. In short, I looked like crap. I had just concluded a nice little ground fight with an MS-13 gang member. In retrospect, I should have simply stabbed him in the neck...but we learn and live…thankfully. He was brought in beaten up bad, and choked out...but very much alive. In my experience, fights do not always go to the ground. They do if you lose your bala...
Posted: 5/22/2019 - Comments
Here is what you see - suddenly and unexpectedly. What is it? You have a couple of seconds to decide. Guess wrong and you die. Can you justify shooting the bearer? You can be mistaken in your perceptions and still be legally justified. ...
Posted: 5/21/2019 - Comments
I recall what could now be considered "yesteryear". Our uniform pants had what was called a "Sap Pocket". It was intended to carry - wait for it - a sap. This was the first line of less than lethal for most. And most carried something like a 415 Gonzales. It was an 11" piece of something hard wrapped in black leather. And when in the sap pocket it was inches form the casual hand. Many times I saw older deputies and slightly built officers, who probably would have never done well in a fist fight,...
Posted: 5/13/2019 - Comments
1). All fights involve one party taking the initiative and the other party responding. There are no mutually agreed upon fights. You start the ambush, react to it, or avoid the danger area altogether. Most modern gun training, takes the assumption that, due to a super developed mind-set, that the “modern operator” will never be surprised and thus always have the initiative. Very wishful thinking for anyone...ninjas included. 2). If you have good information and can trust what you see, ...
Posted: 5/9/2019 - Comments
1. High level of marksmanship ability via Skill and Equipment 2. High level of applied tactics and concepts via proper and complete force on force indoctrination and associated disciplines 3. Complete understanding and internalizing of real world ROE via memorization and daily exercise of the Flowchart of Justified Deadly Force 4. Gentleman Warrior self-image that sets the stage for the requisite mental attitude, and simplifies action. Have those four...really have them, and any active...
Posted: 5/8/2019 - Comments
I was reading the debriefings from the recent active shooter events. It appears the LE responders often had enough identification of the shooters to eliminate any question of who they were engaging. Yet the officers didn’t shoot them. Shooting a man that has just shot others, is justified at first sight. Even if they are not currently involved in the act, but your contact is contemporaneous to the act. Having just shot a bunch of innocents a few minutes earlier doesn’t make him unable to do ...
Posted: 5/4/2019 - Comments
I was doing some research on Karate stances and footwork recently and saw that images of the old masters showed relatively normal stances. More like "real life" than anything you might see today. Today everything is exaggerated. A front stance is like a deep lunge for example. And many modern schools - never having learned it properly - promote the deep stance thing. But I believe the original purpose of these was to teach a shifting of weight and a sense of the transition ...
Posted: 1/21/2019 - Comments
I have participated in more than a few gunfights in reduced light. For 15 years, with few exceptions, I worked between 1700 HRS and 0500 HRS. And I hunted bad guys in buildings and in the street. When I discuss this low light problem, I speak from personal experience. But we are not here to discuss me. The article on using weapon lights was been read quite a few times and it seems to polarize the reader. They either agree with my position, or they question my sanity. The gun world, like most of ...

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