Can’t Ask For Higher Praise

Woke up this morning to a trackback from Say Uncle, which lead me to Kim du Toit’s blog entry about my post on What Happens After a Gun Fight. While he has some critique, he makes this comment:

The link above is worth remembering. Study it, commit it to memory, and do a lot of role-playing in your mind.

It may make a huge difference in your life.

Don’t think I can ask for a blog post to do more than make a difference in people’s lives. Its the reason I write these long articles and it is the reason Front Sight does what they do.

What Happens After the Gun Fight

I’ve blogged about how to shoot welland what mental preparations you need for a gun fight. Now we need to think about what happens after the fight. There are three main parts I’ll discuss: what happens in your head, what happens when the cops get there, and what happens in the courts.

This discussion is based on a lecture given at the Front Sight during the 4 Day Defensive Handgun course. It comes from my notes and their hand outs filtered through my memory. Their handout gives credit to Massad Ayoob for contributing.

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Moral and Ethical Decisions on the Use of Deadly Force

You have to decide ahead of time when you are going to react with deadly force. There are legal constraints the dictate when you should use your weapon, but it is the moral and ethical decisions that will actually determine when you do.

These are my reflections on the lecture I heard at Front Sight. If you carry a firearm, this article describes the things you must think about today.
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Front Sight Scenario Come To Life

I was reading the Self-Defense Gun Use Blog yesterday and was struck by how close it was to our home invasion scenario at Front Sight. It also brings up ethical issues that we discussed.

Teen shot, charged, after breaking into classmate’s home

Here we have people complaining because an unarmed person was shot. The Front Sight people talked to us about the fact people are going to have a different standard when they look back at the situation. All they are going to see is an unarmed person shot by an armed one. They will assume that is wrong until you prove otherwise.

This is a classic case of a determined attacker. A determined attacker isn’t the norm, and they aren’t rational.

A rational criminal will skip over someone who seems to be a problem. They are in it for the easy money. If someone seems to be aware of them and not an easy victim, they skip them because they know an easy one will be along later.

A determined attacker is out to kill you or do you serious harm. In those cases you have to act to defend yourself and stop the attack. You also have to be prepared for them to continue to try and kill you even if you shoot them.

In this case the homeowner/father did everything right. He called the cops. He waited for the guy to come to him. He warned the guy he was armed. And still the guy broke the door down and came after him.

They told us you needed to be able to honestly say “He forced me to shoot him in order to stop him from harming me or my family.” Not he was a scumbag or a goblin that deserved it. Not I thought he might hurt me.

How To Shoot Well

During my 4 Day Defensive Handgun course at Front Sight, we took notes for all the indoor lectures, and they gave us notes for those classes. But we didn’t take any written notes on the range, which is a shame because that’s where they taught the nitty gritty of shooting. All of this is from my memory, and from reading Tactical Pistol Marksmanship.

Here are some core principles of good marksmanship.
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16 Boxes of 9 MM With Your Name On It

Just called the Pahrump Wal-Mart to confirm they have my ammo. 16 boxes of 100 rds. Whoot!

Working down my list of final things to get done before tomorrow. I’d actually planned on working tomorrow since we don’t leave till 9 PM, but I’ve got stuff to do and decided to take it off.

Went to the range last night with the Mrs’ Springfield XD and put around 300 rds through it. That is a lot of shooting. And a lot of magazine loading. It also taught me a few other things I need in the range bag.

Surgical Tape and Band-Aids My thumb was getting tender and seemed to have little flecks of metal ground into it from loading magazines. My index finger was also developing a blister from all that firing. Thought some tape could be wrapped around them. Band-aids need to be there in case of pinched in the slide injuries.

Pen and Paper Of course we’ll need this for note taking during training, but I wanted to log how much I’d shot and didn’t have anything to write on or with in the bag. Need to put a little note pad and a pen in there.

Marking Tape I used bullseye targets last night because I wanted multiple places to shoot on a single target. Noticed one of the people next to me had tape and could tape holes over to tell which holes were new and which old.

Cleaning and lubing supplies My friend from Talon Arms told me to make sure I keep the guns oiled. I hadn’t even thought to bring that stuff. He said a dirty gun that is oiled will still fire.

My range bag is pretty cool and there is a lot of stuff in it. I’ve been thinking I may actually try and carry it on and put the guns in their hard case in my regular bag. Just seems to strange to go through security with a bunch of gun accessories, like empty mags, holsters, and flashlights. None of that stuff is on the list, and I’d feel safer not checking that soft bag.

My shoulder also gave me pain last night after a couple of hundred rounds. Part of that is it must be out of alignment, so I’ll go see the chiropractor tomorrow about it. But it also looks like we’ll be sore, using muscles we aren’t used to.