APD Chief: Officer killed gunman with one shot from 312 feet | CLEAT

” The gunman who attacked the federal courthouse, the Mexican consulate and the Austin Police Department headquarters was killed by a single shot taken from 312 feet away by mounted patrol Sgt. Adam Johnson who also held the reigns of two horses.”http://www.cleat.org/2014/12/apd-chief-officer-killed-gunman-with-one-shot-from-312-feet/

There is still a place for traditional marksmanship training. The average gunfight may occur at 2-3 yards but, there’s no guarantee that you get the benefit of that “average” engagement. You will have to “run what you brung” with no opportunity to run back to the rifle some say you should never have left behind. Kudos to Officer Johnson for not being “average!”

-GM

The Bell-Curve: Shooting Practice by the Odds | Growing Up Guns

Defensive Daddy’ blog, Growing Up Guns, continues bang out great material that is well worth reading. I strongly suggest giving his FB page and blog a gander. Defensive Daddy’s latest post, “The Bell-Curve: Shooting Practice by the Odds,” is well worth your time.

-Gary

Stop Fooling Yourself – Monderno on Physical Fitness and Conditioning

“Fitness is a monumentally important aspect of firearms and self-defense…”

-Aaron Cowan via Stop Fooling Yourself – Monderno.

 

This article by Aaron Cowan is spot on. Some of you know that a couple years ago, I started training in Krav Maga. While the hand-on skills set is a huge benefit, the real reason I started working out with Jeanna Cournoyer and Mike Williams at Fight Back Fit started with the great GOTR helicopter hog hunt that just happened to land on my 36th birthday.

I flew that day weighing some 340lbs. WAY over the seat limit for the aircraft and though it was a great day, when I saw the photos, I realized I had a problem. I was that guy I knew wasn’t going to last ten seconds in a real fight. Sure, I was fast on the gun. Really fast. But, between knee and back injuries over the years and a career that had me riding a desk for 12-14 hours a day, I simply wasn’t 21 any more. I know some of the older guys, including Jason, are saying, just wait kid…Keep getting older and we’ll talk.

Fact is, that first 30 second stress drill we ran in my first Krav class showed me how long 30 seconds really can be when you’re tasked with maximum exertion for the duration of the fight. Not only was I gassed at the end, I was largely incapacitated. I couldn’t stand up. I was on all fours, gasping for air. There was no way I could reasonably expect to defend my gun if I had to keep someone from taking it, let alone access and use that gun with the accuracy and speed standards stressed in shooting classes I’ve taken over the years.  That drill caused me to flash back to something you don’t hear in every class but, I did hear from Paul Howe, Sonny Puzikas, and a few others who’d been kind enough to take me under their wing over the years…While mindset is critical, the importance of physical conditioning, overall fitness, and endurance are hugely underestimated and neglected by many shooters.

Many will scoff and I get it. Life gets in the way. I’m not going to be jumping out of a burning helicopter any time soon and I am not Jason Bourne. None of that matters, folks. When you’re elected, the fight is on. Just as you have to “run what you brung” in the gun/knife department, the body you’ve got is the one that will either win or lose this fight. The gun or knife might not be available or you’ll have to fight to deploy them. The better shape you’re in, the more effective you’ll be at deploying that gun or knife. And let’s not ignore the fact there is a very strong possibility that you will suffer an injury during your fight. Again, the better shape you’re in before the fight, the better shape you’re likely to be in after the fight.

So where am I after two years? Well, I’m down 65lbs and still falling with plateaus that come here and there. While weight was a big concern, the important part for me is those 30 second stress drills are now occasionally two or three minute drills. While I still find myself feeling momentary exhaustion as anyone would, the recovery doesn’t require 50 minutes of me gasping for air like it did that first day. I can take a 30 second break and get back into the fight in addition to be generally stronger and faster. I’ll never be a kid again but, I am not fooling myself anymore either.

-GM

Famous last words, “Don’t worry; It’s not loaded…”

If I’ve heard that phrase once, I’ve heard it a thousand times. And out of those 1000 times, 999 of them involved an act of extreme negligence, stupidity, or both occurring immediate before or immediately after those words were uttered by someone committing the aforementioned act. Today was no different.

I was wrapping up my Krav Maga workout for the day when a classmate indicated her car wouldn’t start. A young, recent college graduate, she did what many young, recent college grads do, he called “Dad” for help…And to the rescue he came. I don’t hold that against her…I was that kid too about 15 years ago and I too would have called “Dad.”  Dads are great and fortunately, I’d already helped the young lady get her car started by the time “Dad” arrived.”

“Dad” was a nice enough guy and very gracious for the help we’d extended to his daughter.  Both of them are indeed very nice people. After he’d expressed his gratitude, we continued exchanging pleasantries and talked about his daughter’s misadventures with the offending car that has left her stranded in some bad parts of town on occasion. And this is where things get “interesting.”

“Dad” attempts to illustrate the hilarity of being a worried dad in a bad part of town, trying to “fix” his daughter’s car while keeping his gun handy just in case.  “Dad,” in a series of goofy, unsolicited moves, struggles briefly to remove a small, .380 caliber handgun from his right front pocket with his right hand. It’s in some sort of “tactical pocket sock,” and he then shuffles it to his left hand before placing it under his left armpit.  All the while pointing the muzzle at a dear friend of mine standing a few feet forward and to my right, in front of my truck.

My friend is a pretty smart women with cat like reflexes who instantly removed herself from the direction of the muzzle before I said anything to her. Knowing the man meant no harm, it is still unsettling and I think he saw my demeanor instantly shift from jovial to borderline hostile (as it tends to do when people unnecessarily face me with a gun in their hand). With my friend now out of the way and my smile gone, “Dad” now sheepishly begins to put the gun back in his pocket and utters those familiar words, “Don’t worry; it’s not loaded…”

How many times do we have to say it? Always treat every gun as if it were loaded, period. No ifs, ands, or butts…All guns are assumed to be loaded even if Jesus Christ himself says otherwise.  And then there’s the fact it’s just plain rude and offensive gesture to unnecessarily face another man with a gun in your hand. To do so is typically viewed as a threat and legally interpreted as deadly conduct. Don’t be a rude criminal. Keep your gun in its holster. Don’t tell me “…it’s not loaded.”

As it happens, everyone I know who has ever been “accidentally” shot, was shot with a gun that someone thought was unloaded at the time. Don’t be a statistic or the next news story in which the media says, “…the gun discharged without warning.” You will win the lottery twice and be struck by lightning each time before a gun “just goes off.” Invariably, someone failed to treat the gun as if it were loaded, allowed their booger-hook to interact with the bang-switch, and the gun worked as advertised. Don’t be THAT guy!

-Gary

▶ How to Win a Gunfight – Shoot a Gun – Shooting For Survival FBI Training Video – YouTube

▶ How to Win a Gunfight – Shoot a Gun – Shooting For Survival FBI Training Video – YouTube.

Guns.com posted a link to a pretty cool YouTube video today.  It’s a late 60s early 70s training video from the FBI. There are those who would dismiss advice from the old days but, there’s actually some amazingly relevant info.  Take a look…See if you learn anything.

-Gary