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Officer Armed With Pistol Killed Two Jihadis With Body Armor, Rifles in Texas

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Published on: May 4, 2015

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The heavily armed Garland SWAT police that we’ve seen in most of the media coverage never fired a shot, as the terrorists didn’t get that close.

This incident clearly shows that a decently-trained and level-headed handgun shooter can engage with and destroy rifle-armed adversaries, and that a perceived firepower advantage is irrelevant if those with the firepower lack skill to aim their weapons effectively.

Practice, practice, practice, folks.

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UNDERSTANDING RIOTS by David D. Haddock and Daniel D. Poisby

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Published on: May 4, 2015

After the Los Angeles riot in spring of 1992, almost every pundit in the country took a turn at explaining why riots occur. The conventional wisdom on the subject went something like this: certain dramatic events such as political assassinations or unpopular jury verdicts crystallize riots from social rage. So to understand riots, one must understand the causes of social rage, usually said to be racism, poverty, lack of economic opportunity, and why people who experience this rage manage it in such a destructive manner. The usual suspects include breakdown of the family, television, and a generalized cultural disorientation.

All of these explanations have some truth in them, but are evidently incomplete. First, they explain too much. The predisposing social conditions are with us all the time, yet riots are episodic. Second, they explain too little. Many mob actions, like European soccer riots or the increasingly predictable civil meltdowns in the home cities of National Basketball Association champions, are triggered by good news, and not obviously related to social injustice or existential anomie.

Indeed, during the Los Angeles riots, anyone with a TV set could see that jubilation rather than fury best characterized the mood of the people in the streets. It is hard to credit that these exhilarated looters with their new VCR’s and cameras were protesting the jury system, the state of race relations in Southern California, or anything else. They were, in fact, having a party. Moreover, many of those who risked life and limb opposing the more outrageous excesses of the rioters were themselves poor, unemployed, and victims of racism.

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Capitol Police Left Guns in Bathrooms

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Published on: May 1, 2015

 

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When a member of Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell’s security detail left his Glock and magazine stuffed in the toilet seat cover holder of a Capitol Visitor Center bathroom stall, a CVC worker found the gun, according to a source familiar with the Jan. 29 incident and two other disturbing instances when Capitol Police left loaded firearms in problematic places.

A 7- or 8-year-old child visiting the Capitol with his parents found the next loaded Glock lost by a dignitary protection officer, according to the source. A member of the security detail for John A. Boehner, R-Ohio, allegedly left the firearm in the bathroom of the Speaker’s Suite on March 24.

A third Glock was found the night of April 16 by a janitor cleaning the Capitol Police headquarters building on D Street NE. The weapon was left in plain sight, sparking additional concern about the department charged with protecting one of the world’s most important and frequently visited complexes.

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CAUTION: Criminals don’t think like you do! (by Dean Rieck)

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Published on: April 25, 2015

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A couple years ago, I attended a 3-day handgun class at Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, Ohio. One of the many ideas that stuck with me was what the training center’s owner, John Benner, said in the classroom portion of the training:

“Criminals don’t think like you or me. Their minds work differently. They want what they want and all you are to them is an object in their way.”

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thumbCan You Carry a Huge Pistol (Desert Eagle .50AE) Concealed on Your Person? (Video)

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Published on: April 3, 2015

Not just one but two .50 Desert Eagles concealed with a shoulder holster. If you think you cannot conceal your handgun in our shoulder holster, you NEED to watch this. The Desert Eagle is certainly not an EDC, but it is easily concealed. The point is that if I can conceal two full size .50 Desert Eagles then the average person can easily, completely and comfortably conceal most any “full size” or smaller handgun. And carrying both guns is “all day comfortable!”

NJ Mayor pushes gun-safety classes for children, gunlocks for adults

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Published on: March 30, 2015


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The casings from Deborah Buzby-Cope’s handgun clink on the concrete as she shoots target practice, firing in rapid succession at the gun range.

“No, this grouping isn’t good. Let’s try it again,” Bass River Township’s mayor says, pulling the target close and checking to see how many bullets hit center.

Goggles and ear protection muffle the sound and guard against injuries. On her second try, Buzby-Cope groups the shots to the center of the target. She draws down the handgun and smiles at her success.

The mayor uses a gunlock when she is done shooting. And she is hoping she soon will get all New Jersey gun owners to do the same for the sake of children.

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thumbVideo: Dry Fire Drills

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Published on: March 23, 2015

In this video, Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives talks about ways that you can practice your skills outside of the range in the comfort of your home. For more information or to sign up for a class visit www.handguncombatives.com or like us at www.facebook.com/handguncombatives

Manhattan’s lone laser tag arena lets you save Gotham

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Published on: March 8, 2015

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Times Square was no longer safe. One faction of the army advanced from Wall Street and another was swooping in from the Brooklyn Bridge, guns drawn.

With nowhere else to turn, Paul Shapiro grabbed his pistol with both hands and squeezed off rounds in the direction of the skyline.

With a flash of color, his target lit up as he retreated behind the Washington Square Arch and planned his next move.

This Gotham wasteland isn’t some post-apocalyptic version of New York — it’s Urban Mission, a new laser tag arena at the Bowlmor at Chelsea Piers. “Once you get in there, you feel like a little kid,” says Shapiro, 31, of Chelsea.

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“I Built an AR-15 in My Kitchen” By Kyle Mizokami

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Published on: March 1, 2015

I built a semi-automatic rifle in my kitchen. I’ll bet that’s one sentence you’d never thought you’d hear. Neither did I, until the day I decided to do it.

The job required drilling aluminum, and tiny shards and slivers of metal were going to fly everywhere. It’s not something you want to do over carpet, so I decided to do it in my kitchen.

Did it work? Hell yes, it did. After three hours of work with light tools, I had built the essential component of an AR-15 rifle. America has now reached a point where people can construct modern weapons in their kitchens.

Is this awesome, crazy—or both?

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Top U.S. Army Marksman Explains Why Gun Nuts Shoot Better

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Published on: February 24, 2015

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Master Sgt. Scott Satterlee is really good at shooting things. He’s a member of the U.S. Army’s elite 1st Special Forces Group based at Joint Base Lewis-McChord in Washington state. He’s also a nationally ranked competitive precision rifle shooter—and one of the military’s best marksmen.

You wouldn’t guess any of this if you met him. Satterlee is soft-spoken and humble—to the point of almost being self-deprecating. Though confident in his abilities, he doesn’t brag.

Recent hit films such as Zero Dark Thirty, Lone Survivor and American Sniper have put America’s special operations community in the spotlight like never before. It’s an odd turn of events for a community often called “the silent professionals.”

Satterlee says he ordinarily wouldn’t talk to a reporter. But another soldier encouraged him to share his story.

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The Ol’ One-Two (The Need for Real Training)

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Published on: February 22, 2015

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“I don’t need that karate crap! I’ve got Glock Fu!”

We’ve all heard the bluster-filled bullshit of the fat slob at the range, as he locks into his piss-poor imitation of a svelte, circa 1979 Jeff Cooper shooting stance, with his custom 1911A1, and proceeds to practice his “defensive shooting” with slow, aimed fire at 21 feet. 50 rounds later, he has displayed an exemplary lack of understanding of what the Colonel was actually teaching, as well as what the fuck actual interpersonal violence looks like…but hey, at least he has a decent group (hopefully), since “speed is fine, but accuracy is final!”

You would think, with the prevalence of high-quality, relatively inexpensive training available in this country, from instructors, trainers, and teachers who have “been there, done that,” that we’d be past the nonsense by now. Outside of the cognitive bias of Dunning-Kruger, there is no reason that anyone with the foresight to carry a defensive firearm in America today, cannot get solid, legitimate training in the application of that weapon in the anti-personnel role. Whether you’re a cop, a prepper, or just a concerned citizen, THERE IS NO EXCUSE FOR NOT TRAINING EFFECTIVELY.

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Preparing for Foreign Travel Where Guns Are Illegal

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Published on: February 12, 2015

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Last week I took a short trip to the Dominican Republic. My trip prompted some friends to ask me how I planned on protecting myself in a third world country where it is illegal for me to carry a firearm. I’ve spent an average of at least six weeks a year for the last 10 years traveling outside of the country. My usual vacation spots are the kinds of places that most experts will advise you to stay away from. Despite that fact, I’ve managed to survive pretty successfully without a gun, spending a grand total of more than an entire year traveling through nearly 40 foreign countries.

If you think that you absolutely need a gun to survive, you are seriously misguided and are missing out on some awesome life experiences by limiting yourself to only those places that allow your concealed pistol. Here’s the crux of what I have learned in my travels: If you don’t act like an asshole, people generally won’t try to kill you.

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Identify before you shoot

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Published on: February 9, 2015

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The house alarm sounded and the wife shot her husband through a closed bedroom door thinking he was an intruder, according to Fayetteville police.

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Obviously, that was a ‘negative outcome.’ Therein lays the problem with simply having a gun without doing any scenario training with it. My research has brought me to the point where I am less concerned with the marksmanship aspects of personal protection than I am with 1) proper gunhandling and 2) appropriate decision-making. Those two items are almost completely absent from most gunowners’ repertoire.

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The Polygraph & Polygraph Countermeasures

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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I discussed this subject briefly back in March during my interview with former CIA officer Lindsay Moran. As I was finishing the Moran article, I found this fascinating article about Chad Dixon, who was arrested for teaching polygraph countermeasures to people seeking federal employment.

I remembered seeing something about another fellow teaching polygraph countermeasures—a guy named Doug Williams, who wrote a book on the subject. Williams, a former police polygrapher, had significantly more experience with the polygraph than Dixon, and he openly advertised his services on the Internet. So I figured that if the Feds were onto Dixon, they were also onto Williams. (Unbeknownst to me, Doug had already been targeted by a sing operation, but he had not yet been charged with any crimes.)

I followed up on the intrigue by purchasing William’s book on polygraph countermeasures, and then I sent him an email asking if he was concerned about Chad Dixon’s indictment. Williams responded by sending me a copy of another book he had written, From Cop to Crusader, with a promise that he’d try to answer my questions. He suggested that I read his book first.

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thumbHandgun Actions – SA DA DA/SA SAO DAO (Video)

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Published on: February 3, 2015

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