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Colorado’s rural schools arming themselves against danger, long response times

A distributed threat (lone gunmen, terrorism, etc.,) requires a distributed response.

Teachers and staff members in at least a dozen of Colorado’s most remote school districts are arming themselves instead of waiting for local law enforcement to rescue them in the face of a Columbine-style attack.Those districts have employees carry concealed weapons, train like law officers and then be the first line of security should a school or classroom be targeted by assault.

Source: The Denver Post H/T sayuncle

Hybrid-80 polymer 80% AR-15 lower build and review – Will it hold up to heavy use?

Lets go ahead and list the pros and the cons and why I suggest this as your next AR build! Pros follow. Lightweight, it weighs on average about half what an aluminum standard lower will weigh. Remember, ounces are pounds and so on. I like having an AR that is capable of 200- 300 yard shooting that weighs 5-6lbs loaded. Its NICE! Strong, I was unable to break it with standard drop testing and even some minor use of it as a hammer with the butt stock as the handle.

Source: thesurvivalistblog.net

The Best Thing for Concealed Carry

While I understand why people make up lists for the “x” best “armaments or equipment,” it is important to always remember that the single best thing you can get is training.

“The best gun to win a gunfight with is the one in your hands” is what Evan Marshall says.

After a lifetime of shooting weapons, Evan understands that “any gun will do if you will do.”

The reality is that you can fight like a champ with what you have as long as you have the training required to use it well.

Give an operator a Hi-Point or the darling of this week’s gun magazine and the problem will be solved just as quickly.

They may curse you for the former and bless you for the latter, but make no mistake, it’s not the gun or equipment doing the work, it’s the training they received and the dedication they put into mastering any new tool or equipment they are issued.

Having said that, please, do go out and experiment with different firearms and equipment to your heart’s content.

Please do support the industry with your time and money, it will spur further innovations we all can all use.f you are lucky, you will find a tool or equipment that is worthy of joining or replacing something in your carry kit.

If you are lucky, you will find a tool or equipment that is worthy of joining or replacing something in your carry kit.

But while you do, just remember that it’s your training that will put you over the top and make you better, it’s not the tools and accessories themselves.

 

What is the Strategy for Winning a Gunfight?

The strategy for winning a defensive gunfight is converting disadvantage to advantage.

Let’s clarify what we mean by defensive combative firearms training.

Because you are not the one instigating the confrontation, you will initially be at a disadvantage and in a reactionary and defensive state because you are behind in what John Boyd called the decision making process or the “OODA Loop”.

Conversely, because your adversary is selecting the time, palace, conditions, and weaponry for the confrontation – he will initially start with the initiative as the causal factor in your situation because he has already completed may OODA Loops before you ever even knew of him or his intent.

While starting in a reactive state is an initial disadvantage; proper training can teach you how to convert this initial reactive and disadvantageous situation to your advantage and to the disadvantage of your adversary.

Solid training programs can teach you how to react in a manner that will cause your adversary to react to your actions, and exploiting this initial success can allow you to then wrestle the initiative away from your adversary and then keep him in a reactive state so you can end the with a more favorable outcome for yourself.

The key here is for you to become the causal factor to your adversaries plan for you, and thereby placing him in a disadvantageous reactive state, and the more solid your skills are, the easier it will be for you.

Obviously, converting the initial disadvantage to advantage is key, and this key does have a price, and that price is effort in training.

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What is Tactics?

“There is only one principle of war and that’s this. Hit the other fellow, as quick as you can, and as hard as you can, where it hurts him the most, when he ain’t looking.” – Field marshal William Joseph “Bill” Slim (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/William_Slim,_1st_ Viscount_Slim)

What is tactics and why should I care?

In short, tactics is “the art and science of winning engagements and battles. It includes the use of firepower and maneuver, the integration of different arms, and the immediate exploitation of success to defeat the enemy… the product of judgment and creativity…” FMFM 1

I will flesh out the above paragraph shortly, but so as not to string you along, and answer the question about why you should care about the study of tactics I can think of a few compelling reasons.

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Coming After Your (replica) Guns?

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Of the 86 fatal shootings involving imitation firearms since 2015, the most common theme was mental illness: 38 of those killed had a history of it, according to their families and police reports. Fourteen of the calls were domestic disturbances. Ten others began as robberies. The remaining circumstances range from patrolling neighborhoods to serving arrest warrants to making traffic stops.

Are more laws needed to make a fake gun look fake to protect the person wielding it inappropriately?

Is the problem fake guns that look too real (whatever that means), or could other factors be at play?

Since people under a life or death situation (such as those described in the article) naturally achieve a sympathetic nervous system or (SNS) response which includes the loss of color vision; what modifications will be demanded when simply coloring guns differently doesn’t fix the problem?

It seems to me that the real problem is that some people choose to intimidate, coerce, or otherwise threaten other innocent people, and then other people react with appropriate levels of counterviolence when faced with someone acting in a manner that suggests that they or others are in immediate jeopardy of loss of life and limb.

As my friends in law enforcement say “You do stupid thing, you win stupid prizes.”

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String of shootings on party buses exposes gray area in regulations in Chicago?

And near the bottom of the article, the real issue comes out.

I am skeptical that any licensed carriers committed any of the shootings, and if they did, they need to be made an example of.

No need for further regulations, simply enforce violations of the NAP will take care of it.

There are already laws on the books for this kind of behavior, no need to place more regulations on any industry.

Pearson said he didn’t think a change in the law would make any difference because it’s unclear whether people shooting others on party buses are licensed concealed carry owners.

Source: String of shootings on party buses reveals gray area in regulations – Chicago Tribune

Review – JDM Holsters

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JDM custom Kydex holster

JDM Holsters is a custom manufacturer based in the Quad Cities providing custom Kydex solutions for whatever your needs may be – whether a gun or a knife, Joe has you covered.

I was first introduced to Joe by my good friend Erik Mattley of Davenport Guns when we were looking for holsters designed to work with the Viridian XTL series tactical light for our Handgun Provisioning Package.

The package provides shooters with a Glock 19, spare magazines, Viridian XTL, holster, Blackhawk magazine pouch, 50 rounds of ammunition, a membership into the Defense Academy, and most importantly – the training to tie it all together via our Handgun Basics course – all for well under $1,000.00.

While we are fans of the Viridian XTL because of its technology that allows the shooter to select either a constant on or strobe function and can activate itself on the draw if the shooter chooses to do so, we were not pleased with the narrow selection of holsters available for this developing technology.

While there can be no doubt that other light manufacturers will need to adapt this instant on technology (Viridian calls it ECR: Enhanced Combat Readiness/Instant On) or lose market share, right now there just aren’t that many manufacturers who are building holsters for this nascent technology.

I had called several manufacturers who simply couldn’t accommodate our needs, and had just about given up hope.

Enter Joe.

Joe was kind enough to come into the shop and discuss our needs, show us samples of his work, and focus his considerable talents on coming up with a solution for us.

Long story short – I was so impressed with Joe, his holsters, and his dedication to his product that I asked him to build one for me (photo at the top), and I have been wearing it now for almost 6-months.

What do I think of Joe’s work now that I own one of his creations?

I love my JDM holster. It’s rock solid, works they way it should, is a good looking holster, and it’s finished with obvious attention to details. Joe’s craftsmanship is evident in his product, and his commitment to his customers is as commendable as it is rare.

If you’re reading this Joe – you have my respect brother, you build a quality holster and I am glad that I know you.

With more colors, designs, and variations than you can shake a stick at, Joe’s holsters are worth every penny (and then some), the QCA is lucky to have him, and I wish him the best of success in his business.

If you are looking for a custom solution for your needs, reach out to Joe on his Facebook page, or give him a call at 563.370.1274. You won’t regret it.

Finnland: Local man ignores laws and kills town official and two journalists.

It’s a common enough story that (again) shows that people who want to murder will always find a way, regardless of the laws.

A local man with a criminal record of violent offenses drove into Imatra (Finnland), around midnight on Saturday and took an illegally obtained hunting rifle from the trunk of his car, ignored the laws against murder, fired four or five shots (probably violating at least a city ordinance) into the presumably unarmed yet, law abiding, victims.

Seemingly satisfied with his work the 23-year-old stopped at that point and apparently waited for capture by the police.

The article mentions that Finnland is seeking an exemption from the European Union’s draconian gun laws based on “defensive needs.” Does this mean that the people of Finnland realize that a distributed threat is best addressed with distributed security?

Kind of sounds like it.

Finland shares an 833-mile (1,340 km) border with Russia and has sought exceptions from proposed European Union restrictions on firearms, citing defense needs.

Source: yahoo.com/news

Someone is learning how to take down the Internet – What you can do to safeguard yourself

In a nutshell: The internet is highly centralized and vulnerable to attacks.

The solution to this problem is a distributed network that that becomes more secure and faster as more people partake.

Technologies like MaidSafe are leading the way, and are now in alpha testing.

“These probes take the form of precisely calibrated attacks designed to determine exactly how well these companies can defend themselves, and what would be required to take them down. It feels like a nation’s military cybercommand trying to calibrate its weaponry in the case of cyberwar.”

Source: KurzweilAI

NY Bombing Suspect ‘Not on a U.S. Terror Watch List’ – Breitbart

As we have mentioned before… “The best security measures, people, and technology the world has to offer could not thwart the ISIS attacks in Paris. Nor will these practices, people, and technologies thwart the next attack.”

Although Rahami is suspected of ties to a bombing — rather than a firearm-based attack — it is worth noting that his alleged example represents a larger, consistent pattern of attackers who would not be stopped by the inclusion of terror watch lists and/or no-fly lists in gun control. In this way, Rahami is reminiscent of the gunman who killed 49 during the June 12 Orlando terror attack and the terrorists who killed 14 in San Bernardino, as none of these attackers were on a terror watch list.

Source: Breitbart

U.S. investigating potential covert Russian plan to disrupt November elections?

Apparently operating off the assumption Americans are suffering from an acute case of the Murray Gell-Mann Amnesia effect?

U.S. intelligence and law enforcement agencies are investigating what they see as a broad covert Russian operation in the United States to sow public distrust in the upcoming presidential election and in U.S. political institutions, intelligence and congressional officials said… Sen. Ben Sasse (R-Neb.) in a statement urged Obama to publicly name Russia as responsible for the DNC hack and apparent meddling in the electoral process. “Free and legitimate elections are non-negotiable.

Denial isn’t just a river in Egypt.

Apparently people are supposed to be more upset who leaked/hacked – than they are supposed to be about the incriminating information that was revealed.

Hint fellas: We have a problem. Ignoring it and pointing fingers isn’t going to make it go away, it will only make it worse.

Source: The Washington Post

Texas anti-gun students seeking safe space after parody film mocks their position

Not believing that all is fair in love and war, the gun-control crowd at the University of Texas (UT) is upset about a parody film created by other students that seems to imply “a dildo can’t save your life.”

“At first I thought that it was just a poorly made rebuttal to our protest,” Lopez said. “And then I skipped forward and I saw the subject shot in the head with the sex toy fall to the ground next to her. Of course I was disgusted.”

While a logical argument could be made that the film is stating an obvious point, the offended group is overlooking the more subtle and twisted sub-plot. . . by disarming people or keeping them disarmed, they are condoning sending men with guns to enforce their desires using the credible threat of lethal force.

In other words, it’s our own fears that enslave them (and their law abiding neighbors). . . And in this case – firearms owners have proven they are the least of societies worries.

Rather ironic.

Who in their right mind would want to disarm the very group of people that have been proven to break the fewest laws?

Who in their right mind would want to disarm a group whose use of lethal force is demonstrated to be extremely long suffering – even to a fault.

This same demographic invests millions of their own dollars seeking out self improvement through training, then purchasing their own training, firearms, training and defensive ammo, and even investing in the best life-saving equipment (including first aid) their money can buy.

Firearms owners do this in order to increase their ability to win the fight of their lives in the hopes of saving innocent life, they do this without any government mandates, handouts, or tax breaks… and they do this knowing full well knowing they will be highly scrutinized and likely be targeted for their efforts to defend innocent life.

Firearms owners and carriers voluntarily deal with red tape, pay the added expenses (in both time and money), and places themselves under government scrutiny — all to be permitted to exercise the right to defend themselves (both before and after, if — God help them — they actually need to shoot another human being in the defense of innocent life).

This heroic behavior and judicious use of lethal force doesn’t just seem to be the product of regulation either, because in those states that allow constitutional carry (no licensing to exercise a right), these unregulated and armed citizens have also proven to be among the least of societies’ problems.

It’s also noteworthy to remember that this demographic includes a grassroots movement whose activists have single-handily kept well funded, astro-turf, special interests like George Soros, Michael Bloomberg, and their ilk – fighting defensive battles as the anti-gunners continues to lose support of their illogical stand.

Well done gun owners, well done.

Source: Houston Chronicle

UK is violent crime capital of Europe, and Disarmed Europe is just plain deadly

The disarmed Europeans people are paying the price for their politicians policies.

Despite what the collectivists insist, disarming the population can not, and will not reduce crime.

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It means there are over 2,000 crimes recorded per 100,000 population in the UK, making it the most violent place in Europe. Austria is second, with a rate of 1,677 per 100,000 people, followed by Sweden, Belgium, Finland and Holland. By comparison, America has an estimated rate of 466 violent crimes per 100,000 population. France recorded 324,765 violent crimes in 2007 – a 67 per cent increase in the past decade – at a rate of 504 per 100,000 population.

Source: Telegraph

Could Hybrid Warfare Happen in America?

 

The biggest military victories of the 21st century didn’t look like people expected. Consider Russia’s seizure of Crimea from Ukraine, which relied upon not fighter jets or advanced warships but crafty public relations, Special Forces, and a proxy army. How did Russian President Vladimir Putin do it? He started with outreach to aggrieved Russian-speaking people in Crimea, posing them as victims of the crooked Ukrainian government. Russian state media and social media flooded the region and the world with propaganda. Putin then encouraged militias to form. They seized an airport, military bases, and government buildings. A parliamentary vote declared Crimea would secede from Ukraine. A referendum, days later, voted the region to become part of Russia. It was a new kind of invasion, and it worked.

Source: popularmechanics.com?

Gun carrying women create concealed carry fashion market

Great news for women, the firearms accessory industry, and the economy. I am glad people are moving away from the “pink it and shrink it” mentality and starting to focus on more practical solutions.

Smolenski started her company right around the time when Chicago city laws changed and she could again legally carry a firearm. When that happened, she struggled to find something that didn’t make her look frumpy and didn’t broadcast that she was packing heat. Most of the clothing was geared to men — coats with hidden pockets, or holsters that tuck neatly inside a waistband. But until the last few years, those weren’t always great options for women who don’t wear belts as frequently and are more likely than men to wear form-fitting clothing, making it difficult to hide the fact they’re carrying a firearm.

Source: Fox News

Hope for Iran: Secret party scene defies strict Muslim authorities with drink, drugs, mini-skirts and music

You just know the state will crack down on it, but seeing the signs of life and independent thinking, shedding the old ignorant rules/laws, and resisting the state to live their lives as they please is always a good thing.

In the living room whisky and vodka flow abundantly while under the kitchen’s buzzing hood the first joints are being lit. While obviously at ease with engaging in several illegal activities at once, the crowd does show slight signs of panic each time the doorbell rings. It is always among the possibilities that one of the invitees or the neighbours squealed to the police.

Source: ibtimes.co.uk

Report: Gun Ownership, Concealed-Carry Permits Up Among Women and Minorities | The National Interest Blog

Good news, more gun owners…

 

A study by the Crime Prevention Research Center earlier this month found concealed-carry permits have boomed nationally, but particularly among women and minorities. “In eight states where we have data by gender, since 2012 the number of permits has increased by 161 percent for women and by 85 percent for men,” the report says.

Source: The National Interest Blog

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