Weapons and Ammo: The Swartz Colt 1911 Machine Pistol

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The Colt 1911 Machine Pistol

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OK I will admit it, this is about as non-practical a firearm as you can get, and yeah it bothers me somewhat they would tear up a beautiful Colt 1911, but you have to admit, this thing looks bad to the bone!!

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Modern Warfare: Booby-Trapped AK Mags

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Boobytrapped Mag in Bosnia

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Something to think about when battlefield pickups are your only option…these bastards are getting more and more crafty.

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Shooting Mechanics: Trigger Slack

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Trigger Slack

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It is said that if you want to be a good shooter with any weapon, there are three words you need to learn: TRIGGER, TRIGGER, TRIGGER!!

I have not been seeing a lot of articles concerning the actual mechanics of shooting well.

The mechanics of shooting well are foundational and never change folks. Learn them, be aware of them and seek to master them all your life.

Being a Student of something and seeking to master it is always the mark of a true warrior.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Armed Citizen Corner: Another Case of Fleeing Suspects

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Home Owner Arrested After Shooting Burglar

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I agree with Bob on this one, I expect the charges will be dropped unless there is more to the story than we are being told.

However, let’s look a little bit closer because I have been noticing a pattern as of late with some recent incidents involving armed how owners or Concealed Carriers and “fleeing suspects”

If your life is not in IMMINENT DANGER (and please forgive me for using these ‘legalese’ terms, but I want you guys to get into the habit of thinking this way if you are going to carry and use a gun for self-defense) and you get into a self-defense scenario and the suspect or suspects FLEE… let them go!

DO NOT CHASE THEM as it can result in the Cops thinking you are the BAD GUY WITH THE GUN !

And definitely DO NOT yell the ubiquitous Hollywood action film  “STOP OR I WILL SHOOT!”

Yeah OK, the scumbags broke in and stole something, but at this point, they are not trying to HARM YOU OR YOUR LOVED ONES. They are fleeing away from you and your home. Yelling “STOP” and inviting them back into a confrontation is not a smart move. Yes I know they violated your property and had no right to do that and you are pissed off, But consider: It’s 3am, it’s dark you are still half way asleep and your brain is not all the way together because of the combination of all this and stress…do you really want to invite a confrontation with a thug who is possibly armed for the sake of either retrieving a MATERIAL object that can be replaced or worse yet, trying to do the job of Law Enforcement and make a citizens arrest? No of course not.

Let the Cops do their job and catch this idiot and retrieve your stolen goods if possible. Just remember to get a good description of the guy (or vehicle and plates) and the direction they went.

Now I know it is real easy to armchair quarterback a hairy situation like this, but I am only doing it for the sake of helping you guys remember that when you use a gun in self-defense, there is not just ONE FIGHT for your life, but TWO. The First happens on the street and the second happens in the Courtroom, and believe me when I tell you the one in the courtroom often suck way worse than the one on the street (unless you are killed on the street that is.)

Be Smart!

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Armed Citizen Corner: TX Couple Defend Themselves in Own Driveway

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Texas Couple With Gun In Car Shoots Armed Robber

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IMO, this story was a royal fluke. In other words, this couple is darn lucky that the would-be robber was a first rate IDIOT.

The fact that a firearm could be “passed” to the husband during the robbery, is definitely A-TYPICAL to say the least!

Having said that, here are a few observations:

  1. Never let your Guard down! Even in your own home or driveway!
  2. NEVER get out of your car during a robbery,  if possible.
  3. If you carry concealed, carry on your PERSON 24/7, No Exceptions.
  4. If you carry a handgun in your vehicle, have it reasonably accessible so you can draw and shoot quickly
  5. You are sitting in a 2 ton weapon. If possible use it! It trumps a measly handgun any day of the week plus Sundays.

I often harp on the fact that Armed Citizens neglect their “Vehicle Fighting Skills” way too much.

Being that we spend the majority of our time in our vehicles, the probability is always high something will happen while we are in them.

If you don’t have the means to practice live fire in a vehicle, at least take some time practicing how best to access your gun from your holster while seated in your vehicle (with your seat belt on) and accessing the gun from a hidden area in the car (like the center console or under the seat). Work on it and Tweak it until it is smooth and relatively quick.

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Practical Solutions For The Gun Guy: Public Restrooms and the Responsibly Armed Citizen

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What Do You Do With Your Gun When You Use The Restroom?

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Nifty article about a subject not often discussed in gun circles.

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Armed Citizen Corner: Thinking About Weapon Retention

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In a recent article in Ammo-Land, Bob Irwin tells of a woman who staved off a carjacking, kidnapping, assault and possible rape and murder by being armed. The problem is the story could have just as easily had a tragic ending because of WEAPON RETENTION. When the woman pulled the gun on the attacker, she did not mind her distance and the perp grabbed the gun and a struggle ensued. Luckily, it ended well for the woman and the attacker fled after an errant shot was fired off.

I have found over the years that a surprising segment of firearm trainers don’t like to go too deep into the subject of weapon retention simply because they think it is some kind of lib-tard ploy to try to dissuade citizens from carrying a handgun because of the chance that “the bad guy can take your gun away from you and kill you with it…”

When in reality WEAPON RETENTION it is one of the MOST IMPORTANT skill-sets a citizen should drill on!

Most people when they hear “Retention” think immediately of Retention Holsters.

Personally, I think for CONCEALED CARRY retention holsters are not the greatest ideal.

My reasoning for this is simple. If you carry correctly and keep your gun CONCEALED, ie hidden from “plain view”, the only person that knows the gun is there is YOU, so why increase the odds of not being able to quickly present your weapon when you need to under stress it if you don’t have to? I mean the last thing you need is to be all amped up and in that split second you need your gun not be able to draw it quickly because of a holster. I understand speed in weapon presentation from any rig boils down to training, but if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it I say!

OPEN CARRY however is a different animal altogether and in this writers humble opinion, DEMANDS a retention holster. As the old battle hardened General once said: “When you lose the element of surprise in a fight, you have lost just about everything.” Ask any uniformed street cop and they will tell you that walking around with a gun on your hip has more negatives than positives attached to it. Why? You are announcing to the whole world you are armed and consequently, painted a target on your back.

But retention holsters are not why I wanted to write this piece.

What we really need to be talking about is FIRING POSITIONS or how we present the gun once it is out of the holster, because as the story above about the carjacking shows, irregardless if you carry Open or Concealed, once you present the gun and the perp knows you are armed and intend to shoot them is when the real contest begins or ends!

With that said, let me emphasize a point I have found to be true: When you draw your weapon, the sooner you fire it, the better. In other words, don’t treat a firearm as some magic talisman you wave around in front of you to make bad things go away! The more time you take in a combative (or close quarters) situation to shoot, the more opportunity the perp has to grab your gun and either foul the shot or disarm you.

Combative Handgun training is about realizing that most self-defense shootings are going to be at close range, irregardless of how much you try to be in Condition “Yellow” and not allow strangers into your “Reactionary Gap” or whatever you want to call it.

There are basically two ways you can practice retention firing positions: One and Two Handed.

I suggest you drill on both with a very strong emphasis on shooting one-handed due to the need to have one hand free for GUARDING or FENDING (Guarding against getting knocked out cold and Fending off the asshole trying to kill you to gain distance. Note: These Positions have nothing to do with your footwork, ie Weaver, Isosceles, Modified Isosceles, etc. This is all about what you are doing with your upper body.)

Also, I know there are those that train with the “Half-Compressed”, “1/4 Compressed”, etc. I don’t fool around with all that. In the field, you know what length you are going to need to compress the weapon so the bad guy cannot grab it, no need in making a training dogma out of it!

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This is the standard firing position most people are taught and it works great when the perp is not right up on you and you have time to take a good solid firing position.

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Two-Handed Compressed

OK, so you were able to draw your weapon with a two-handed grip with the asshole right on top of you. Congrats, Now start working the trigger. Rinse and repeat. Something tells me you are gonna need to use at least one of those hands soon though!

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One-Handed Full Extension

If we looked a dash-cam and CCTV footage, we would see this firing position used a large amount of the time both by LEO’s and Civilians. Practice this firing position a lot folks. You will not always have the luxury of getting that support hand into the mix for whatever reason.

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One-Handed Compressed

Again if we were to look at video or take a poll, this would be a position a large amount of people used when attacked. Note: The non-weapon hand can be used either to GUARD or FEND, depending on the situation. Typically in a tight close-quarters scenario, it is more important to not get KNOCKED OUT than it is to fend off the attacker to gain distance, but again, each situation is unique and you cannot make a training dogma out of it. Bottom line: Work the trigger until the asshole is down and is no longer a threat.

Safety Note: I would be remiss if I did not mention to take care in your training not to “muzzle” or shoot your own arm when you are training in one-handed compressed drills. It happens more times than you know folks and it occurs because people are not paying attention to where everything is before they start working the trigger.

Kelly Mccann’s Combative Pistol and Southnarcs ECQ Handgun are excellent resources for those of you that want more on this subject.

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