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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

Single Action, Double Action. Double Action, Single Action. Double Action Only. Single Action Only. Multiple Strike……. I try and break down the multiple types of handgun actions in the simplest terms.

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thumbVideo: Train to Stop a Human Threat Using a B27 Target

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Published on: January 23, 2015

Lots of people still use the old B-27 targets. If you are shooting for the X your bullets will not be as effective as they could be. A working knowledge of anatomy is important for effective shot placement. The goal is to stop the threat quickly. The B-27 target doesn’t teach you how to do that.

Do You Recognize these Five Common Piles of Prepper BS?

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Published on: January 18, 2015

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The golden horde theory has been portrayed for years by survival authors, bloggers and fiction writers, but will the golden horde of hopeless refugees swarm like hundreds of thousands of locust from the cities to the countryside after an economic collapse?

No they won’t, not after an economic collapse anyways, in fact, I look for the opposite to happen, with hordes of people packing it up and leaving rural areas for the cities to look for work (when things settle down and after the initial riots that will occur in some areas). Recent examples of this happening after an economic collapse; include present day Greece, Argentina 1998–2002, the former USSR in the 1990s, New Zealand in the 1980’s and the U.S. Great Depression of the 1930’s.

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GABE SUAREZ: MISTER LONE WOLF JIHADIST, MEET MISTER LONE WOLF COUNTER TERRORIST

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Published on: January 15, 2015

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The terror events of the past year – in the western world – have showcased several points. Among them are these:

1). The fact that while the authorities are very good (for the most part) at thwarting organized, foreign-sponsored groups of terrorists, their ability to prevent a self-motivated jihadist is severely lacking. It is severely lacking and shall continue to be thus while we enjoy a relatively free society. Moreover, I doubt any readers would want to trade freedom for complete safety…or actually, the illusion of safety.

2). The fact that legislation and referendums and executive actions have no effect on those who have decided to become terrorists, since it is endemic of that particular group to flaunt any laws outside their own. Witness that France (and Canada), with some of the most restrictive gun laws on the planet, could not prevent a small marginally skilled group of Islamic Terrorists from killing nearly twenty people with extremely prohibited Kalashnikov Rifles.

3). The fact that as noble, self-less and courageous as the responding units may be, they are by nature a reactive force, and not a preventive force. They always have, and will inevitably always will, arrive too late…and after the fact.

The foregoing points are irrefutable by anyone that has followed the history of these events. The mere fact that the leaders of the free world refuse to actually name the enemy, labeling them as “radicalized”, or “extremists”, is indicative that the slaughter of innocents and non-combatants will continue until, ostensibly, we all submit, or die.

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Gabe Suarez: EVERY MAN IS A COUNTER TERRORIST

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Published on: January 11, 2015

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…So consider the following – if you can, be armed always. Yes…I know. But consider the implications. Of the ten dead civilians in France, how many would have willingly disobeyed unconscionable laws in order to stay alive? If it is difficult, learn to conceal the weapon better. At the very least have a knife with which to stab a terrorist to death.

And stabbing a man to death is an exercise in extreme violence. It is not some strip mall karate school exercise done with high school kids to get in shape. It is violent and sudden and what the body does in its final moments will shock you…maybe, if you haven’t gotten your mind right about such matters.

If you look like the King Of Comedy rather than the King Of the Cage, put down the f*cking remote and get your ass in fighting shape. The terrorist coming to kill you has taken his fitness seriously…do you think he is kidding?

If you are armed your life is easier. Resist the temptation to leave the real sized fighting gun at home and go forth with some “civilian friendly metro sexual” pistol. Anyone can carry a full sized fighting pistol with a little fore thought and care in dressing for the weapon.

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How to Create a Safe Room in Your House or Apartment

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Published on: December 9, 2014
The homes of many rich, famous people have a secret hidden within them. Somewhere, in the depths of the home, is a secure room to which the residents can retreat in the event of a home invasion or violent intruder. A safe room was carved into the original house plan, and many of these are state of the art. Features might include a bank of monitors for viewing what’s going on outside the room, a small kitchenette, comfortable furnishings, fresh air venting, and a hardened communications system. These expertly designed rooms can cost tens of thousands of dollars, but you don’t have to be a movie star or a multi-millionaire to build your own version of a safe room. Even the most humble home or apartment can have on a place to which vulnerable family members can retreat if they are under threat.

3 lessons learned from a surprise knife attack

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Published on: December 9, 2014

Three important lessons about suspect control were driven home for a Nashville officer — with knife slashes to his face, neck, and back. The attack occurred as P.O. II John Timm and his zone partner Ofcr. Mike Hunnicutt of the Metropolitan Nashville PD were attempting to resolve a domestic conflict.

An Hispanic male had tried to pick up his young daughter after school but school authorities would not release her to him because the child’s mother (the man’s ex-girlfriend) was the custodial parent. He took her anyway. Police were alerted and Timm and Hunnicutt detained the subject on a traffic stop a short time later. The child was in the car, apparently unharmed.

“We got the parties out of the car,” Timm told PoliceOne. The mother showed up and “the situation escalated due to the suspect not wanting to give up the child. There was a lot of arguing between the parents in Spanish.”

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Bracken: When The Music Stops – How America’s Cities May Explode In Violence

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Published on: December 4, 2014

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From Matt Bracken:

In response to recent articles in mainstream military journals discussing the use of the U.S. Army to quell insurrections on American soil, I offer an alternate vision of the future. Instead of a small town in the South as the flash point, picture instead a score of U.S. cities in the thrall of riots greater than those experienced in Los Angeles in 1965 (Watts), multiple cities in 1968 (MLK assassination), and Los Angeles again in 1992 (Rodney King). New Yorkers can imagine the 1977 blackout looting or the 1991 Crown Heights disturbance. In fact, the proximate spark of the next round of major riots in America could be any from a long list cribbed from our history.

We have seen them all before, and we shall see them all again as history rhymes along regardless of the century or the generation of humankind nominally in control of events. But the next time we are visited by widespread, large-scale urban riots, a dangerous new escalation may be triggered by a fresh vulnerability: It’s estimated that the average American home has less than two weeks of food on hand. In poor minority areas, it may be much less. What if a cascading economic crisis, even a temporary one, leads to millions of EBT (electronic benefit transfer) cards flashing nothing but ERROR? This could also be the result of deliberate sabotage by hackers, or other technical system failures. Alternatively, the government might pump endless digits into the cards in a hopeless attempt to outpace future hyperinflation. The government can order the supermarkets to honor the cards, and it can even set price controls, but history’s verdict is clear: If suppliers are paid only with worthless scrip or blinking digits, the food will stop.

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The 2013 LEOKA Report- Studying the Cop Killers

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Published on: December 3, 2014

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The FBI recently released its annual Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted report. According to the FBI webpage:

The FBI publishes Law Enforcement Officers Killed and Assaulted each year to provide information about officers who were killed, feloniously or accidentally, and those officers who were assaulted while performing their duties.”

I find the report to be a treasure trove of information about cop-killing violent criminals. It should be mandatory reading for every police officer. Armed citizens will also find the information useful as the criminals who prey on cops also regularly attack citizens in a similar manner.

The report is long. It doesn’t matter. Take the time to read it. You may learn something that will save your life.

One of the most interesting sections is the chapter of Summaries of Officers Feloniously Killed. The chapter provides short descriptions of the circumstances involved in all 27 felonious police deaths last year. Take your time to analyze each situation. If you are a cop, figure out how you might use the lessons presented in this report to improve your tactics and awareness. Don’t let these officers’ deaths be in vain. They would want you to learn from their mistakes.

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How the NYPD Knows You are Carrying a Gun Concealed (Graphic)

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Published on: November 10, 2014

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