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Germans arming themselves with illegal guns and grenades

I weep for Germany and its unarmed citizens.

However, there is a bright side, the market (even if it’s black) is working just fine. It seems that some enterprising individuals were able to start an online business, find the demand, ship products, and shut down their operations quite successfully.

With the advent of the distributed internet (Maidsafe) cryptocurrency (Bitcoin, Safecoin, etc.,) 3-D printing (plastics, metals, and ceramics), and online marketplaces such as OpenBazaar, I suspect you will see many more people opting for personal security.

Various packages were available to customers, ranging from €7.99 to €799, and includes guns, grenades and ammunition.Professionals, including doctors, were getting the deadly weapons delivered to their workplaces, according to Sued Deutsche.

Source: Daily Mail Online

The Proper Use of Cover and Concealment

As we mentioned in the Tactical Definitions post previously, cover is something that will provide ballistic protection (like the engine block of your vehicle) and concealment is something that won’t provide ballistic protection (like the dark, shrubs, furniture, etc,).

While using cover and concealment sounds simple enough, there are some nuances of which you should be aware, which if not understood and properly respected can come back to hurt or kill you.

The working area

The working area simply refers to the area you can work behind cover without exposing yourself to your adversaries direct fire and varies from situation to situation.

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Your Sphere of Influence

As Boyd so adroitly pointed out, we need more interaction and influence with our environment in order to thrive.

The more influence you can have on a given area, the greater you are able to shape the situation to better meet your desired ends.

We call the space you have direct observation over, and which you can potentially interact with and influence, the sphere of influence or “SOI,” because it represents a 360-degree sphere or “bubble” around you.

In the following diagrams, you will get a better idea of how the sphere of influence can be visualized.

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Spalling at Various Distances

In yesterday’s post, we introduced you the effects of spalling, today, we will dig deeper into spalling and give you some ideas of how you can mitigate the effects. In the below

In the below photos you will see two targets. Both targets were shot under identical conditions, with one exception; the target on the left was “hugging” cover (well within arms reach of the cover), and the one on the right is the one that was about 6 feet or one large step back from cover.

We have used white arrows to help you see the effects. The larger the arrow, the larger the impact from the spalling.

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Distance and Spalling

In the previous post, we talked about additional considerations for moving safely. Let’s take a closer look at the concepts that surround this subject.

a. Distance – can be the distance your adversary is from you, the distance you are from your cover, and/or the distance you need to move to get to where you want to be, etc., all of which can play to your advantage if you know how to use distance.

The FBI/DOJ, tell us that the vast majority of lost defensive gunfights will take place in very close proximity to you (7-yards and in), and your adversary will dictate this distance, especially if you are caught unawares.

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Considerations for Safe Movement

Now that you have a basic individual movement technique down, let’s go ahead and start thinking about how we can safely use our environment so we can get to where we want to be as safely as possible.

As we have mentioned before, clearing an area means that we are searching an area in order to either safely bypass the area or to occupy it.

In order to get to where we want to go safely, we want to move tactically. Again, this is using a broad brush stroke to simply say that your movement should fit our situation so you can arrive at your destination safely and effect the desired change.

There are many ways defensive scenarios may play out. Two of the more common are the ambush contact where your adversary has maximized his surprise in his attack, and he springs his attack close to you in order to maximize the psychological shock.

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Individual Movement Techniques (Part 2)

In the last post we covered what Individual Movement Techniques were and their purpose, in this post we will discuss the first ITM, the heel to toe method.

To start moving forward, all you need to do is begin in your generic shooting stance (see the 4th drill in your firearms drills manuals) which is; feet comfortably apart, with the feet, hips, and shoulders roughly on the same plane, add a light natural bend in the knees to lower your center of gravity (which will act as your shock absorbers during movement and is a position you will most likely find yourself in when under stress), and top it all off with the weight of your body over the balls (just behind your toes) of your feet.

Think of this as the “ready to move/pounce in any direction” stance, because if you are positioned correctly you should be able to quickly move in any direction instantly without having to redistribute/ transfer your weight first.

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Individual Movement Techniques (Part 1)

Keeping in mind the tactical principles we spoke of above, we are now going to incorporate individual movement techniques.

What are individual movement techniques?

Individual movement techniques (IMT’s) are the most basic footwork techniques that are employed at the individual, team, and higher level. If practiced appropriately, these basic tactics and techniques should serve you well when you do have a second shooter (such as a significant other or a friend) to back you up.

Basic footwork concepts

The purpose of footwork is to get you from where you are to where you want to be safely and as quickly as you deem necessary.As you can well imagine, in most gunfights you will need to maneuver in order to put yourself in situations that you can begin to shape circumstances.

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KIM Options and Ideas

In the last post, we talked about how to set up and conduct the memory enhancing KIM (Keep In Memory) game. In this post, we will give you some ideas on how to add variety, help increase mental flexibility, improve retention, provide more opportunities to grow their skills.

Increase Difficulty

After the first exercise you can begin to feather in different conditions to help you keep the games challenging:

– Add one item for each new game (up to 20).

– Increase the time between the game and the time the trainees are allowed to write.

For instance, during the second exercise give them a 5-10 minute task or a break before they are expected back in the classroom. The next time it may be 15-30 minutes of some other task/break/combination and eventually, it can be days or weeks between the observation and the writing down of the items in the KIM Game.

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Keep In Memory Games

KIM Games (Keep In Memory)

Originally adapted from the Rudyard Kipling’s book Kim’s Game, the object of this exercise is to help increase a student’s memory.

KIM games are used extensively in the military for a reason, they work.

KIM games easy to set up and run by micro-teams (2-3 men). For your observation exercise, you will need some help (your battle buddy), some basic tools and class material, and some training aids.

Everyone should take turns setting up the KIM game and partaking in the exercise.

KIM games are normally set up with both items from the real world such as tactical equipment, projectiles, brass, pens, scraps of paper with writing or photos on them, cleaning rods, boots, etc., and realistic miniaturized toys such as rifles, handguns, vehicles, people, tactical equipment, etc.

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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.

 

OMG “lawmaker drops gun on floor near children at Statehouse hearing”

Rep. Carolyn Halstead, a Republican, said her backpack caught on the gun as she took it off. She said she quickly grabbed the gun and put it into her bag… Witnesses said several children were seated nearby but the hearing carried on with little disturbance.

Not sure what to make of this.

At the bottom, they tie this article in with the fact that the state of Illinois – which is filled with great people, yet is dominated by that shining beacon of purity, prosperity, and peace, otherwise known as “Chicago” – has restrictive gun laws for the places the state conducts its business.

The article seems to be suggesting that the logical solution is to have the same enlightened laws (such as those that have been impressed upon the people in Illinois) foisted upon the people of New Hampture.

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Boost Your Observation Skills (#2, Xs and Os game)

The Xs and Os Game

While you continue to sharpen your senses and observation skills with your 4-senses drill, begin playing situational awareness game that Jeff Cooper called the “Xs and Os game”.

To play the Xs and Os game, keep a running list of all the times someone surprises you or catches you unaware in your daily life, whether at home, driving, the office, at the gym, or walking, hiking, jogging, or running.

Every time someone catches you unaware, mark down an “X,” and every time you detect someone approaching you mark down an “O”. If you keep working the above 4-sesnses drill, before long you will find that your “Xs” quickly outstrip your “Os.”

Your goal in the Xs and Os game is to eliminate all Xs.

Use your 4-senses drill throughout your day, at work, on the road, in conjunction with the Xs and Os game and you will be well on your way to becoming situationally aware.

 

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