Archive for May, 2010

Pistol Reqs

Posted in Uncategorized on May 29, 2010 by Jay

One of my readers, Stephen, emailed and asked about the updated pistol requirements. So, here they are. If you can offer a suggestion, I’d love to hear it:

Any Sig Sauer P-Series

Any Beretta 9X series

Any H&K series

Exceptions – No Single Action Only, Must be in 9mm Parabellum or .40 Smith & Wesson or .45 Automatic, Except for .45 auto, most hold 10 rounds or more.

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GT Distributors Run!

Posted in Uncategorized on May 28, 2010 by Jay

I’ve heard a lot about GT Distributors in Austin, so I decided to make the trip up there to check them out. I needed another pair of pants for the academy, so it was a great excuse to go.

And wow, what a store! They don’t sell everything in the showroom that they do on the website, but still, it’s a fantastic place to visit and just walk around.

The prices they have are reasonable too. Normally stores tend to have their prices jacked way up compared to other online stores, but not GT. The price you see on the website is the price you pay in the store.

They had a massive ammo selection. Not just common LE calibers too (9mm, .40, .357 Sig, and .45), but other calibers like .25 auto, .32 acp, .38 spl, and to my surprise, a loaded shelf of .380 auto ammo!

I went up to the gun counter, chit chatted with a couple of the guys there, and they were willing to let me hold and mess with the pistols they had, even though I wasn’t LE (I didn’t tell them I was a Cadet).

I checked out their used pistol selection, and damn! LE-trade in Glocks for ~$300, they had a cherry Beretta 92 for $379, 4 H&K USPs in .45 Auto for around $515, and the one I’m going to pick up (if it’s still there in a month [more on this in a bit]), a Sig P226 with 3 mags for $445, plus several used snub-nosed revolvers and pocket automatics.

The catch? L.E. only. However, as a cadet, I do qualify as for their L.E. discounts.

I know I’m going against the advice TxGunGeek and KR (of KR Training fame) gave me in getting the P226, however, I don’t have a choice. It’s out of my hands. I’m not allowed to say why it’s out of my hands (OPSEC), but I’m sure you can figure out why I’m not allowed to talk about it. At least I am allowed to stick with Arthur’s advice about common caliber.

We can sit here and argue about DA/SA vs DAO vs SAO, however, this is the world of LE. What works and what is required is often 2 different things, and nothing any of us say is going to change it. I realize the difficulties behind DA/SA, but the only thing I can do is train, train, train and perform to the best of my abilities with what I have to use. Does I not agree with it? Sure! But, in the end, not my decision.

Anyway, if you love to shoot and live in the Austin area, certainly go by GT Dist and check them out. It’s not all L.E. only stuff, as anyone can buy their mag pouches, holsters, etc. Most of the clothing is the “tacti-cool shoot-me-first” 5.11 stuff, but they do have other stuff. And to make things even better, they have a sewing area set up too. There was an off duty cop buying a shirt and some “POLICE” patches to put on said shirt, and they hand sewed it on for him free of charge. It’s cool that they offer stuff like that for free. It goes to show how much they care!

I will admit, I did buy one of these:

I realize it is one of the 5.11 “tacti-cool” shirts, but it was just too cool to pass up.

Scratch One

Posted in Uncategorized on May 23, 2010 by Jay

I went to Hobby Lobby this past weekend with Mom to pick up some stuff she needed. Anyway, as we were going in, I noticed this sign they had posted by the front door:

Click to embiggen if you can’t read it.

So, by entering “the premises”, you automatically agree to lose your 4th Amendment Rights (unreasonable search and seizures). Even if you park your vehicle in the parking lot (which is in a shopping plaza) and walk to another store, according to that, since your on “the premises”, they automatically retain the right to search your vehicle.

As we were leaving, I saw the store manager and asked her about this policy. She said it is a safeguard against shoplifters and those who seek to break the law. I off-handedly asked her, “How can you take away one of my rights, guaranteed to me by the Bill Of Rights and the Constitution?” She said that Hobby Lobby is a private business, on private property, and is “different”. I couldn’t let that go. I quipped, if that’s the case, then does that mean you can take away my right to Free Speech? Due Process? If you can suspend one of my rights, why can’t you suspend all of them? Does that mean I can go home and create all the rules I want, since it’s my private property? She repeated the bit about shoplifters again. At that point, I told her I would never do business with Hobby Lobby again, and will be calling that city’s District Attorney about this violation of my civil rights and left.

Now, I didn’t yell, get angry, cuss, etc. I was very polite and calm, but I am serious about the District Attorney bit. I am calling them Monday during my lunch break. I don’t see how they can just suspend my civil rights just because they feel like they can.

If you shop at Hobby Lobby, I suggest you see if that sign is posted at your store. I’m scratching Hobby Lobby off my list of stores I’ll shop at, and I hope you do the same.

Academy Update

Posted in Academy, Class on May 18, 2010 by Jay

First, I need to insert my foot into my mouth. I said posts would be more frequent, however, I lied. I do get an hour for lunch, but I use the time left over from when I’m not stuffing food into my face to do classwork/homework. Cellphones are prohibited in the classroom, so it’s hard to blog on the cellphone if it’s left locked in my car.

Anyway, my schedule is as follows (lots of rough estimates, so be warned):

  • 4:30 a.m. – roll out of bed
  • ~5:40 a.m. – Leave house
  • ~6:30 a.m. – Arrive at Academy
  • 6:45 a.m. – In formation in parking lot to be inspected. If someone fails inspection, we do push ups, number depending on how bad they fail inspection.
  • ~7:00 a.m. – Back in Classroom, begin instruction
  • ~11:00 a.m. – Lunch
  • ~12:00 p.m. – End Lunch, resume instruction
  • ~5:00 p.m. – ~5:30 p.m. – End Class. End time is dependent on how much we get covered during the day.
  • ~5:45 p.m. – ~6:00 p.m. – Home

Then I have to eat, do homework, read, polish my boots, press my uniform for the next day, and shower. Hopefully in bed by 10 p.m.

Homework consists of re-writing the rough notes into final notes and reading the information handouts if we didn’t cover something in class. Tomorrow (19th) we have our first test over history of policing. Thursday we have our second test over Professional Policing. Next week, we have 3 tests.

Quite literally, I don’t get much free time from academy work. There is always that next thing to be done, to get ready, etc. I’m cutting into my sleep time to make sure yall have an update, so maybe I don’t feel quite so bad for realizing I haven’t given yall an update.

History of Policing was meh. Most of the information covered was about England, and how we adapted our early systems of policing from them. We discussed early L.E. in Texas, and how it’s changed over the years. When TCLEOSE was founded in 1965, the Texas Legislature didn’t give them any funding, so they were inactive until 1967, when they were finally given funding.

Today (18th), we covered Professional Policing and got a little bit into Professionalism and Ethics. Professional Policing covered the newest style of policing, Community Policing. Basically, the citizens and the P.D. are supposed to work together to help cut down on crime. The citizens are given more input into how the P.D. is supposed to be run. In that style of policing, cops are considered “Community Peace Officers”, and are customer service oriented.

The part of Ethics we covered today was fun, because we got into the police sub-culture. Police Culture is healthy, sub-culture is negative. Sub-culture is where cops lose faith in humanity and sink more into the “police only understand police” mentality. Some cops slide into this sub-culture because of the stresses of the job. We saw a very graphic video today, from a suicidal cop blowing his brains out, a 6-year-old girl dying from a gunshot wound (on camera too), to policemen taking a report on a child rape case, and all parts in between. Why show us this? To give us a taste of what it will be like for us. Sure, as the Instructor said, we won’t see that kind of stuff day-to-day, week to week, or even month to month, but it is stuff we will have to deal with. That kind of stuff stays with an officer, keeps them up at night, and gives them nightmares. If not handled properly, that kind of stuff builds up, hardens an officer, and that officer slides into the sub-culture. If handled properly, that officer will maintain a healthy relationship with everyone and continue to be a fine officer.

Also a part of ethics, we covered morality, character, and integrity. We will be getting into this a lot more tomorrow during class.

And, in great news, I did receive a job offer today! To be…

…a Constable!

Not exactly my dream job, but constable positions pay a lot due to the massive O.T. they get, and the department is willing to pay for the rest of my gear for the academy. No paycheck during the academy, but it is something gear wise, since I need all my duty gear, a pistol, and ammunition. Constables work for a judge and do the judge’s L.E. work for them, like serving warrants, delivering writs, and other civil service stuff. It’s a lot of leg work, sitting through court proceedings, with little traffic and other enforcement. Sure, I would be able to enforce traffic laws, however, you’d have to screw up really badly traffic wise to be pulled over by a constable. It’d be a great way to start off my career, since it’d give me experience in the court side of things. Not much room for advancement, however, it’s a guaranteed job out of the academy.

For those wondering, my pistol would be a standard DA/SA Sig P220R in .45 ACP. If hired, I would be required to shoot and use their pistol not only on duty, but during the Academy as well. I could not buy and use a S&W M&P or other pistol instead. P220 is it. I have no say in the matter, which is normal for departments who issues pistols. Sure, some will allow you to buy off a list or buy it and get it approved, but most aren’t. You shoot what they give you to shoot, and that’s that.

I have 3 weeks to give them notice of my acceptance or denial, so it’ll be time to think.

Even though we haven’t gotten into the penal code and Criminal Code and Procedures yet, so far, I’m excited to start each day. Hopefully I’ll continue to be excited so it’ll make the time go by quicker.

Graduation (when I pass everything Academy wise and pass the TCLEOSE test) will be November 4th. According to the schedule, it’s 25 weeks long.

I’m so ready!

Intro to Day 1

Posted in Uncategorized on May 17, 2010 by Jay

I didn’t sleep much last night, combination of excitement and nerves. I woke up this morning, stumbled into the kitchen, turned on the T.V., and what do ya know, COPS is on.

Now, it’s time for breakfast, then pack my lunch, then get my uniform on. I’ll be fine until I leave, cause my parents will make me nervous, I’ll be fine on the drive up, until the last 10 minutes or so, when the nerves hit again.

Today should be an interesting day to say the least!

Academy Orientation

Posted in Academy on May 13, 2010 by Jay

The Academy hosted Orientation/Family Night tonight. I got to see some of the cool stuff we’ll be doing in about a month or so, listened to the Director and the Chief Instructor talk about whats going to be happening over the next few months, and all the ways they can terminate you.

For instance, we have to take a minimum of half a page of notes per each hours of instruction, including films we watch. Those are our rough notes. After we do the rough notes, we will later have to re-write them (IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS, NO CURSIVE, BLACK INK ONLY) and submit them for grading, as our FINAL notes. You fail the FINAL notes? Termination.

We have a notebook to keep, that has all the handouts and our FINAL  notes. They can randomly, without warning, subject us to a notebook grade, which is pass/fail only. You fail a single notebook review grade? Termination. Unfortunately for me, I don’t have all that great organizational skills, so the notebook organization thing has me worried.

You fail to submit your homework on time? Termination.

You fail to submit a class assignment on time? Termination.

You turn in uncompleted work, be it class assignment or homework? Termination.

You forget your cellphone in your pocket as you enter class? You are written up and have to write a ten page essay, with a minimum of 12 internet references or 6 book references.  Yes, seriously, we are not allowed to have cell phones, pagers, or other electronic communication devices in the classroom (meaning not even in a backpack) unless they are mandated by the cadet’s sponsoring agency or during extreme circumstances as approved by the Chief Instructor or the Director. You forget your cellphone in your pocket a second time? Termination.

You seriously have no wiggle room. You walk the line for 6 months, hold your breath, and hope you don’t fall off.

Anyway, as part of the orientation, we received part of the materials for the class.

Remember now, I said part. This is about 1/3 of our class materials.

All that is most of what the Academy will cover, though, it is only roughly 2/3rds of it. The other 1/3rd we will be receiving later on, when we cover those sections. However, that doesn’t include the handouts the guest instructors will give us. All in total the Chief Instructor said we will have anywhere from 3-4 FOUR INCH (caps for emphasis) binders of handouts and notes, if not more. A lot of it depends on how we take our notes.

That, as you can tell, is the Criminal and Traffic Law Manual, with supporting cases. Doesn’t look too bad does it?

Guess again. That book and 75 pages of that pile of papers will be what we are studying for the first 64 hours of class time.

Yes, you are reading that correctly. 7 inches of papers with the law-book.

That thick stack of paper covers:

  • BPOC Rules
  • Fitness & Wellness
  • History of Policing
  • Professional Police Approaches
  • Ethics
  • US Constitution & Criminal Justice System
  • Code of Criminal Procedure
  • Penal Code
  • Arrest Search & Seizure
  • Spanish
  • Juvenile Issues
  • Child Abuse
  • Health and Safety Code (Drugs)
  • Traffic Law
  • Accident Investigation
  • Traffic Direction
  • Crisis Intervention Training
  • Hazardous Materials
  • Written Communications
  • Problem Solving
  • Force Options
  • Texas Alcoholic Beverage Commission
  • Patrol Concepts
  • Crowd Control
  • Crime Prevention
  • Consular Notification
  • Intoxicated Driver
  • Mechanics of Arrest
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Emergency Communications
  • Multiculturalism and Human Relations
  • Firearms
  • Professional Police Driving
  • Civil Process
  • Criminal Investigations
  • Booking Procedures
  • Case Management
  • Latent Prints
  • Crime Scene Search and Sketch
  • Courtroom Demeanor
  • Victims of Crime
  • NIMS ICS 100
  • NIMS ICS 700

Of course, I will have things a little easier, since this is my second time around, however, there are still some major differences. The first academy I attended was a “college-type” academy, meaning it’s like going to college. Everything is informal, real low-keyed, let’s-all-kick-back-and-have-a-good-time type of attitude. This academy is a “semi-military” academy, meaning it’s a lot like going to boot camp, except we don’t have to live in the facility and we won’t have them screaming at us near as much. Boots are expected to be polished and shined, pants are expected to be pressed, shirts are expected to be pressed, that kind of stuff. We are expected to be in formation at 6:45 a.m. every morning to start our day.  The quicker we get started, the quicker we get to go home, and well, study.

I will be doing a lot of studying, probably anywhere from 2-4 hours a night, since we will have a lot of homework. In the first week, we will already have 2 tests. The second week, we will have 3 tests. After that, I don’t know. The key is getting through the first section, which covers the history of Policing and all the various codes. The Director said once we get past those, everyone will get into a sort of rhythm, we get into the fun stuff, and it’s all downhill from there.

My schedule for the next 5 months will be as follows: I will be waking up at ~5:00 a.m., out of the door not later than 5:45 a.m, then drive the necessary ~45 minutes to the academy, to be in formation at 6:45 a.m., if not earlier. At the end of the day, I’ll be let out at ~5:30 p.m. (depends on how the day goes) and walk in the door ~6:15 p.m. I will then study for 2+ hours, do whatever it is I need to do, then sleep. If I go to sleep at ~10:00 p.m. every night, I will get ~7 hours of sleep a night. Yes that is a lot of rough estimates, simply because I’m not sure exactly how things will work out yet.

At this point, instead of pleading you to keep reading and the usual “blogging will be light for a while”, I will say expect blogging to increase. Since I get an hour for lunch every day and have the WordPress app on my phone, I can post during my lunch break or save it as a draft and finish it when I get home. The plan is, I’ll blog about that day at the next day’s lunch break, meaning I’ll post about Day 1 on Day 2, Day 2 on Day 3, etc. This way it’ll not only help me remember study-wise, but it’ll be a great blow-by-blow update for you following at home. I’ll try to outline what we did classroom wise and include stuff like PT and class punishments (i.e. push-ups).

I think this will be a great resource for those to see what all has to be done to be a cop in Texas, not just at the range, but everything we will have to know and remember.

Interesting

Posted in Uncategorized on May 12, 2010 by Jay

I was on a gun store’s web page, checking out their firearms, and saw an advert for Front Sight . I clicked the advert, and was presented with a ‘Basic Firearms Quiz’. I took it, since it certainly had a self defense feel to it, and I thought it would be interested to see how my ideas compared to what they had to say.

Here is the quiz. The choice I selected I bolded.

1) Which of the following handguns would you consider the best for general self defense?

  • Single Action Revolver, example: Colt Peacemaker
  • Double Action Revolver, example: Smith and Wesson Model 29
  • Double Action Semi-auto, example: Beretta 92F
  • Single Action Semi-auto: example: Colt 1911
  • Safe Action Semi-Auto: example: Glock
  • Action Adventure Hero Auto: example: UFP2000

2) Which gun would you consider the best for immediate general home defense?

  • Handgun
  • Shotgun
  • Rifle

3) What method do you consider the best for everyday carrying of a concealed handgun?

  • Ankle holster, covered by pant leg
  • Belly band holster covered by shirt
  • Fanny pack holster worn around the waist
  • Holster on outside of belt covered by shirt, vest, or jacket
  • Inside the waistband holster covered by shirt, vest or jacket
  • Shoulder holster
  • No holster, gun tucked inside pants

4) On a new defensive handgun, fresh out of the box that seems to be shooting a few inches low at 10 yards, what do you feel is most likely causing the low shots?

  • The barrel needs to be oiled
  • The sights need to be adjusted
  • You are not pressing the trigger correctly.
  • The gun needs to be sent back to the manufacturer
  • Most handguns out of the box shoot a few inches low at ten yards

5) What should you do if you are “Cross Dominant” and shooting a handgun?

  • A. Learn to shoot with your non dominant hand
  • B. Learn to shoot keeping both eyes open all the time
  • C. Close your non-dominant eye, turn your head slightly and use your dominant eye
  • A and B
  • See a psychiatrist
  • None of the above, close both eyes

6) What will tend to improve your accuracy with a handgun the most?

  • Purchasing a newer gun
  • Buying better quality ammunition
  • Placing a laser sight on your gun
  • Learning the “Three Secrets”
  • Shooting more

7) What will make you less likely to ever have to use lethal force to defend yourself or your family?

  • A. Being alert and aware of your surroundings
  • B. Being mentally prepared to defend yourself
  • C. Being armed with your gun
  • D. Being skilled with your gun
  • All of the above
  • A and B Only
  • None of the above: Hire a body-guard

8) What handgun would you recommend for a woman who wants to protect herself?

  • Pocket Pistol
  • Small Revolver
  • Single Action Semi-auto
  • Double Action Semi-auto
  • Safe Action Semi-auto

9) What do you feel is the best handgun caliber for general self defense?

  • .45 ACP
  • 10mm
  • .40 S&W
  • .357 magnum
  • 9mm
  • .38 Special
  • .380
  • .25
  • .22

10) What do you feel is the standard response in using a defensive handgun when you must shoot to defend your life?

  • A. With a major caliber handgun, two quick hits to the thoracic cavity
  • B. With a minor caliber handgun, three to four quick hits to the thoracic cavity
  • C. With a sub-caliber handgun, three to four quick hits to the cranio-ocular cavity
  • All of the above
  • A and C only
  • None of the above: You keep shooting until your attacker stops moving

At the end of the quiz, I got the results. According to them, I had 5 correct and missed 5.

Their answers, and why they believe what they say is correct. I’m not quoting their entire support paragraphs, just enough so you get the jist of what they believe. I’ll put my opinions on their answers at the end of their answer quote block.

1) Which of the following handguns would you consider the best for general self defense?

  • Safe Action Semi-Auto: example: Glock

What you want in a defensive handgun is reliability and simplicity. Why? Because in a real gun fight you will only be about half as good as you are on your best day at the range, simply from the stress of a lethal encounter. This is due to the adverse effects of adrenalin on your dexterity. Gross motor movements become stronger, but fine motor coordination deteriorates. Manipulating your gun and hitting your target require fine motor coordination. With nothing more to manipulate than the trigger, slide release and magazine release, the “safe action” semi-auto Glock is by far the simplest to use, and therefore is what I consider the best choice in a defensive handgun. I get no benefit at all from Glock for endorsing their weapon. I’m just telling you that I can carry and shoot any gun extremely well and I choose to carry a Glock because it is simple to shoot well in a gun fight.

Nothing really to add, because they are right. Simpler means easier to use.

2) Which gun would you consider the best for immediate general home defense?

  • Handgun

The best gun for general home defense is the one you have in your hand at the time you need it. If your guns are so inaccessible as to take you 30 seconds to 1 minute or more to access them when you hear breaking glass in the middle of the night or someone pounding down your door, it really doesn’t matter what gun you call your home defense gun because you won’t have the time to get to it. There is also the question of maneuverability with a gun. The longer the gun, the more difficult it is to use in the close confines of hallways and doorways.

A better reason to choose a shotgun for home defense is because the pattern of the shot doesn’t require as precise an aim as a rifle or handgun, especially in low light conditions. Also, the stopping power of the shotgun is significantly greater than the handgun while not presenting the problem of over-penetration that the rifle creates.

 So, “shotgun” is a good answer if you can safely access it immediately. However, most gun training experts first reach for a full-size, major-caliber handgun with a dedicated light attached so they have something of power and target identification immediately in their hand, then they move to secure their shotgun, submachine gun, or rifle.

I answered shotgun. The problem with handguns is, 99% of the time, they aren’t just laid out on the nightstand or under your pillow. They are in a draw or some kind of holster. Mental aspects aside, as they said, in a stress situation, a shotgun is going to do a lot better, since it is easier to aim, and if you’re using buckshot, the chances of overpenetration aren’t neverly as severe. I believe its worth that second or two you’d lose to grab the shotty.

3) What method do you consider the best for everyday carrying of a concealed handgun?

  • Inside the waistband holster covered by shirt, vest or jacket

The most common method of carrying a concealed handgun is “no holster, gun tucked inside the pants.” While this is the by far the most common method, it is not the best method. In fact, it takes advanced training and skill to carry in this manner and still be able to consistently present the weapon quickly and efficiently from concealment.

I go into great detail on the pros and cons of all the methods of concealed carry in my Gun Training Reports. But the short answer here is this: You want a balance of the utmost concealment in all manners of dress and weather conditions with allowing a consistently fast presentation of the handgun. Therefore the best method for everyday carrying of a concealed handgun is “inside the waistband holster covered by shirt, vest, or jacket.”

Only issue here is, any CHL holder or off duty LEO is going to carry in some kind of holster, not gangsta style stuck in the waist band. I’d love to know where they came up with “The most common method of carrying a concealed handgun is “no holster, gun tucked inside the pants.””

4) On a new defensive handgun, fresh out of the box that seems to be shooting a few inches low at 10 yards, what do you feel is most likely causing the low shots?

  • You are not pressing the trigger correctly.

The reason the gun shoots low for the student is because the student is not getting a “surprise trigger break” and instead is “making the gun shoot” which causes the gun muzzle to dip ever so slightly. As distances increase, this slight dip at the muzzle results in hits that are a few to several inches low at 10-15 yards and complete misses at 25 yards.

No issue here, it’s just a matter of learning the pistol.

5) What should you do if you are “Cross Dominant” and shooting a handgun?

  • C. Close your non-dominant eye, turn your head slightly and use your dominant eye

“Cross Dominance” is an interesting situation that affects over 10% of the shooting population. It occurs when the dominant eye is on the opposite side of the body from the dominant hand. If you shoot right-handed, it works best if your right eye is dominant. In over 10% of the cases, a right-handed shooter has a dominant left eye or vice versa. So the correct answer is to simply squint or close the non dominant eye (in a “cross dominant” this would be the eye on the side of the dominant hand) and tip or turn your head slightly to sight with your dominant eye.

Again, no issue here.

6) What will tend to improve your accuracy with a handgun the most?

  • Learning the “Three Secrets”

 Most people think that you have to shoot more to improve your accuracy. This is incorrect and an extremely expensive mistake to make because shooting more can actually degrade your accuracy and cause you to develop bad habits that take more time and training to fix.Once you learn what tens of thousands of our students now know as “The Three Secrets” and I reveal to you “The Biggest Secret in the Firearms Training Industry” (which I will gladly share with you in my Gun Training Reports) you will know that wasting money on another new gun or the latest, greatest ammunition, or placing a laser sight on your gun will not improve your accuracy as much simply applying the little known and rarely talked about techniques that I share with you in my Gun Training Reports and that we reflexively train into our students at Front Sight.

I agree and disagree on their statements. If I took a training class with instructors, took what I learned from that class and applied it and practiced on my range days, I’d get a lot better. However, it’s ambiguous since we don’t know what their “three secrets” are.

7) What will make you less likely to ever have to use lethal force to defend yourself or your family?

  • All of the above

We teach more than just how to shoot better than the vast majority of people who carry a gun for a living. The “Front Sight Experience” — as our students so fondly describe — is a life changing four days that leaves you with a “comfort of skills at arms.” This change in your level of awareness, mental preparedness, and armed skill creates a confidence that is not cocky, but rather quietly self-assured — and that confidence translates into every aspect of your life. The people you come in contact with, both good and bad, can sense it. The good people want more to do with you and the bad people want nothing to do with you.

In my Gun Training Reports, I will share with you the same information we provide our students — the Color Code of Mental Awareness and Combat Mindset. Once you adopt the Color Code of Mental Awareness and the Combat Mindset as you own, you will be less likely to ever need to employ the skill we teach you in the use of the gun you carry, because criminals will see you are alert, aware, and prepared — and will leave you alone.

Meh, nothing worth adding here.

8) What handgun would you recommend for a woman who wants to protect herself?

  • Safe Action Semi-auto

This is a trick question for all you macho male chauvinists who feel a woman can’t handle a full-sized semi-auto handgun and need to be relegated to a “Lady Smith” revolver, or .25 Auto pocket pistol.Guess what we place in the hands of women who have never shot a gun before coming to Front Sight and rent our equipment? A safe action semi-auto — in other words a Glock. Why? See the answer to #1. Reliable and simple to use are what you need in a lethal encounter, whether you are a man or a woman.

By the end of the Two-Day or Four-Day Defensive Handgun Course, the women who have never shot a gun before are remarkably proficient in their ability to present the weapon and deliver two quick, fight-stopping hits. They would be insulted at anyone suggesting that they try a small revolver or pocket pistol.

I said “small revolver”. Why? Women’s minds are wired different from men’s. Sorry ladies, that’s just the way it is. It’s a physical fact. We think different, act differently in general, and when put under stress, those differences are made that much more apparent. Men tend to do better under stress. I’m not trying to say anything bad about women, that’s just the way the different genders are set up. Male minds have a tendency to do better at analyzing threats and making gross movements. Because of that, men are generally better at clearing jams and other such problems a pistol user might come across. That is why I said revolver. With a revolver, it’s point and pull until it goes click. In the LE reports I read for my ‘Ballistics’ article, there were several cases where it was a female OIS. In several of those female OIS cases, the lady officer would pull the trigger multiple times after her duty pistol had either ran out of ammo or jammed. You could argue that the lady officers in those cases need better training, which is true, but then you get back to the physical aspect of it. Am I saying ladies shouldn’t carry a pistol or are inferior to men? No! We just need to evaluated what the lady in our life is best at, and go from there. For instance, my mom does better with a revolver than an auto pistol. But, my grandmother can operate either one with the same effectiveness. So in those cases, I’d get my mother a good revolver, and my grandmother a good auto pistol.

9) What do you feel is the best handgun caliber for general self defense

  • .45 ACP

The debate over “the best fight stopping handgun caliber” will never end as long as there are ammunition manufacturers willing to pay for advertising in gun magazines and the “vanity articles” for their products that are written to encourage more advertising.I go to much greater lengths to explain handgun stopping power and caliber selection in my Gun Training Reports, which I wrote for you. But, let’s say for right now that ALL handgun rounds are woefully inadequate stoppers compared to a shotgun or rifle. We carry handguns because we can conceal them and maintain an emergency defense weapon on our person.

The best answer of the choices given you above is the .45 ACP. Our grandfathers knew it in World War II and our grandfathers’ grandsons are figuring it out again in Iraq. A .45 ACP stops ‘em best.

There are a number of factors that I cover in My Gun Training Reports to further explain the best caliber, bullet weight, bullet shape, etc., to look for in your particular situation.

He’s right on the aspect of handgun calibers suck, however, as I said in my Ballistics article, caliber doesn’t matter, it’s shot placement. A .380 to the spine is a lot more combat effective than a .45 to the shoulder. Sure, you wreck that person’s shoulder, but they can keep fighting. A .380 to the spine is instant incapacitation.

10) What do you feel is the standard response in using a defensive handgun when you must shoot to defend your life?

  • A. With a major caliber handgun, two quick hits to the thoracic cavity
  • C. With a sub-caliber handgun, three to four quick hits to the cranio-ocular cavity

 If you “keep shooting until your attacker stops moving,” you may find yourself looking at excessive use of force charges and will certainly feel the liability of explaining why you continued to shoot after the threat ended. We shoot to stop the attack, not to kill. Once the attack stops, we stop shooting because that’s when excessive use of force begins. By “stopping the attack” we mean your opponent is no longer showing intent to injure you or is no longer able to injure you.

The standard response that you should train to have, with a major-caliber handgun (calibers with a “4” in them) such as .45, 44, 10mm (a hot .40 caliber) and .40 S&W, is two quick hits to the thoracic cavity.

That should be the standard response with minor calibers as well (calibers smaller than the “4’s” but larger or hotter than .380) such as 9mm. But be prepared to deliver a shot to the cranio-ocular cavity (between the eyebrows and moustache) to stop the fight if they don’t immediately drop. Our troops in Iraq are reporting that when using the 9mm Berettas, three or four hits to the chest are required to stop attackers.

With sub-caliber handguns, don’t even bother shooting your attacker in the chest as you are just wasting time, ammunition, and elevating his threshold for pain by inflicting a non-incapacitating wound. Standard response with a pocket pistol that so many people carry for convenience is three to four quick hits to the cranio-ocular cavity. There is nothing wrong with carrying a pocket pistol in a sub-caliber, you just have to train significantly more in order to shoot it well due to the smaller packages, shorter sight radius and because the standard response is delivered to a much smaller target.

Obviously, as you can tell, he is greatly biased against the 9mm. One thing to note, is he talks a lot about the troops using 9mm Berettas overseas. The problem is, they are using 9mm FMJ ammunition, NOT the advanced JHP your average CHL holder or LEO would be using. Heck, the German military used 9mm pistols through 2 world wars (the P08 Luger and the Walther P.38), and I don’t seem to recall anything saying the 9mm sucked for them. They even continued to use the Walther P.38 as the P1 through the 70s.

Yes, I did say “keep shooting until your attacker stops moving”, because they failed to define ‘moving’. If an attacker is still coming at me or is still standing with a weapon in their hand, I will keep shooting. Once they hit the ground or drop their weapon and are no longer a threat, I will stop shooting.

For the rest, refer back to my Ballistics article I linked to above. As long as it has the necessary penetration to hit the spine or other major nerve clusters, and your shot placement is on, your fine.

And see, this is the major problem I have with most of the literature I read for training schools like Front Site, they want to cram their agenda down your throat. Show me your way, explain the reasoning and logic behind your way, and if I like it and the reasoning and logic are sound, I have no problems doing it. But don’t sit there and say “The 9mm sucks because it’s not effective enough for the troops overseas!”, without giving me some cites, references, or reasoning. As I said earlier, the troops have to use FMJ ammunition, not the JHP ammo us civilians and LEOs can use. Or the “most people carry with their gun tucked in the waistband”. Again, where are the numbers and statistics to prove this?

Anyway, FrontSite can take their agenda and shove it.