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Monthly Archives: January 2017

Is civilization good for us? Sebastian Junger on the dangers of social fragmentation. – Vox

Boyd is in the Details.” – MS

We’re primates, we’re social animals, and we’re wired for that close, communal connection. When you take people who’ve experienced the pleasure of that, and you pick them up and put them back down in the great American suburb, they’re going to feel like something is missing because there is something missing. If you look at the rates of mental illness, suicide, depression, schizophrenia, in the modern American environment, they’re sky high and climbing.

Source: Vox

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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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

Justices reject appeal over Illinois concealed-carry rules

The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday let stand an Illinois system of issuing concealed carry permits that gun owners had complained violated their constitutional rights… The court did not explain its decision, saying only that it would not interfere with the decision by the 7th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals backing the state’s requirements for obtaining a concealed-carry license.

Source: Chicago Tribune

Chicago Loses Again, Federal Court Rules In Favor of Gun Ranges

“The city tried to severely limit where shooting ranges could be located, and they failed,” he continued. “The city put up arguments about the potential for gun theft, fire hazards and airborne lead contamination, and they failed. Even the judge’s opinion today noted that the city had ‘produced no evidentiary support for these claims beyond the speculative testimony of three city officials.’ This nonsense has got to stop.

Source: ammoland.com

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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