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Loading an Ar-15 in California, can be quite a chore. This nanny state has many stupid regulations, but for every dumb regulation there’s a genuis workaround.

Using a new product from Cross Armory,  simply separate the upper receiver from the lower and watch the magazine fall out. This new device is totally complaint with the People’s Republic of California’s laws, the children will all be safe when you follow this procedure.

The down low on this new product:

Cross Armory’s SAFE MAG is a modification, designed in California, for weapons in regulated states that require fixed magazines, such as CA NY CT MA MD and other states. The Cross Armory SAFE MAG works by releasing your magazine instantly when you separate the upper and lower receivers of your AR-15 or M4, without having to press a button.

Cross Armory’s SAFE MAG is intended to be consistent with the fixed magazine laws which state that your weapon must have a “fixed magazine” which has been defined as “an ammunition feeding device contained in, or permanently attached to, a firearm in such a manner that the device can not be removed without disassembly of the firearm action.” The firearm action of an AR-15 and M4 is housed in the upper and lower receivers. Separating the upper and lower receiver to release your magazine disables the firearm action.

This product will help gun owners in lots of other states such as New York and Connecticut stay legal when taking guns to the range. It also helps irrational politicians and the people who vote for them feel SAFE.

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Is Michael Bloomberg training bomb squads these days? A bomb Squad in SanAntonio, TX evacuated three houses after discovering a few boxes of old rusted ammo. Apparently they have never watched myth-busters, which has an episode on throwing live ammunition into a fire. When ammo goes off outside of gun, it’s just not that dangerous. Old rusted ammo is very unlikely to fire simply from being moved, even if it did discharge, it would pose a pretty minimal risk to the public.

Here’s the fear mongering from the local bomb squad:

SAN ANTONIO – The San Antonio Police Department’s Bomb Squad was called to a Southwest Side neighborhood Saturday after dozens of rounds of ammunition were found underneath a home.

The ammunition was discovered on the 7900 block of Dempsey Drive, near Old Pearsall Road and Southwest Military Drive, around 2:45 p.m. Saturday.

Capt. Troy Balcar of the San Antonio Fire Department said a family member found a sealed box with about 75 rounds of decades-old ammunition underneath the house. He said the rounds were about 40 years old, based on a date written on the box. Half a dozen nearby homes were evacuated for about three hours.

“This is definitely a big danger, because they’ve been under there so long,” Balcar said. “They’ve rusted, they’ve been exposed to the weather, elements outside so we definitely want to get them disposed of as quickly as possible.”

Family members said a veteran who served for more than 30 years lived at the house until he passed away recently.

This is the second time old ammunition has been found at the home. Just last week, the bomb squad spent about half an hour disposing of shotgun shells found there.

Hmm, that’s reassuring, the spokesperson from the San Antonio bomb squad doesn’t understand the risk of common ammunition. Who on earth would trust these fools near an actual bomb?

Ammunition discharged outside of a gun simply can’t reach a high enough velocity to penetrate walls. Obviously, you wouldn’t want to discharge a bullet in your hand, but lets not act like 911 needs to be called every time someone finds corroded ammo. It’s fine for bomb squads to help citizens dispose of ammo, but evacuating nearby homes is completely insane.


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Boring, predictable, and dumb. It’s hard to imagine Hollywood’s newest political propaganda film any other way. This film better be categorized as fantasy or maybe it’s part of the progressive porno genre, in any event, it looks completely ridiculous. It’s a movie about a lobbyist who outsmarts the big bad evil gun lobby.

In reality, the fight over gun control has been the “little people” coming together to fight billionaires like Micheal Bloomberg. Hollywood is rapidly becoming one of the only places left where people still believe the ridiculous lies and myths spread by desperate anti-gun progressives. Polls now show record low for support of the so-called “assault weapons ban.” American’s just don’t want gun control.

Watch this trailer and you’ll see just exactly how pathetic the newest anti-gun pitch really is:

Honestly, it looks like a crappy movie even if it wasn’t about gun control. This is why Hollywood keeps losing money, they just can’t resist politicizing everything. Keep in mind, Bloomberg actually pays people to coach film-makers on how to insert anti-gun messages into movies. It’ll be interesting to see how effective this film is, my guess is not very.

P.S. This is the chick from Zero Dark Thirty — the movie about how the SEALs took out Osama Bin Laden? Whiskey, Tango, Foxtrot, OVER? What a shame she would stoop this low in her career after that!


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Accurately discharging a firearm is a multifaceted skill that requires hours of practice to perfect, and even more to keep sharp. Everything from breathing to body stance has a significant effect on your ability to shoot effectively, and your grip is a crucial factor to firing accurately when it counts the most.

But do you really know how to grip a semi-auto pistol properly? Say you get dropped in a crisis scenario, and you have to reach for your gun at a moment’s notice. Are you holding it correctly to maximize accuracy?

If you have even a hint of hesitation is saying yes to that question, you owe it to yourself to watch the video below:

Did you learn anything? Have you been doing it right all along, or do you have some problem points?

Tell us in the comments.

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I just discovered an incredible “new” dry fire technique that I’m sure will — at least — double my speed and accuracy in about a week or less …

Let me backup one moment, and make the qualification that this discovery is “new to me” …

… Meaning maybe a lot of elite shooters are already out there doing this, but I didn’t know about it.

And I’m guessing you don’t either.

In any case, here’s the simple, yet cool technique that I think is going to double your speed and accuracy …

We’ve Talked About How Important Your Shooting Grip Is …

When it comes to shooting, your shooting grip is extremely important.

Everything from your accuracy to your ability to manage recoil is determined by how well you can grip the gun.

Heck, you can even induce malfunctions in your gun if you do things like let your thumbs ride along the slide with a semi-auto. Or you could seriously hurt your thumbs with the wrong grip shooting a revolver.

Either way, your grip is extremely important to shooting well.

We also know that dry fire, practicing without any ammo, is a good way to practice your shooting skills (including your grip).

The Super Duper “New” Dry Fire Technique I Just Discovered

Watch the short video below by SFC Keith Sanderson — an olympic shooter — and listen to the two things he does.

One is dry fire and the other is static holding drills:

Now maybe I’m the only one who has never heard about this, but the idea of holding drills is completely new to me.

And given how much we’ve talked about how important it is to grip TIGHTLY and maintain a CONSISTENT grip while pistol shooting–I can see the immediate benefit that these holding drills will bring to the table for increasing speed and accuracy.

What’s interesting is that Mr. Sanderson prescribes these holding drills even BEFORE prescribing dry fire — calling it the building phase.

Each holding drill you should be gripping as hard as possible, and maintaining as good a stance as possible — for the entire drill. He says if you’re not sweating you’re not trying hard enough.

He prescribes 6-8 holding drills per day, for 5-6 days in a row. For the holding drill, you do one full minute on, then two minutes rest. Repeat 7 more times.

So that’s 1 minute work, with 2 minutes rest. Repeat 7 times for 8 total sets per workout. Do it for 5-6 days in a row.

Total Time Investment: 24 minutes a day for 6 days to make you a much better shooter!

He then says at the end of that 6 days of training, you’ll be able to grip the gun as hard as possible without shaking — which of course is a huge benefit to shooting accurately.

This will work for both pistol and carbine training.

Remember, No Ammo Is No Excuse. Dry Fire!

What’s amazing is if you listen to the last part of the video, Mr. Sanderson says that between the 2008 Olympics and two world cups, into 2009 (a six month period) — even though he had access to unlimited range time and ammo and guns — he only fired less than 500 rounds of live fire.

The rest of the time he trained, for hours each day, doing dry fire.

He credits this to making him the #1 shooter in the world at the end of that period of time.

Elsewhere in the video he says that he does 100 “rounds” of dry fire for every live fire round.

This next week, go ahead and try out this static hold dry fire routine and let me know how it improves your abilities the next time you go to the range!

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President Obama got on TV Tuesday, January 5, 2016 to unveil his list of gun control executive orders.

In case you missed it, it was quite the show …

Obama even shed some crocodile tears as you can see in the featured picture on this post.

I wanted to share with you a summary of Mr. Obama’s executive actions and how they might affect you and your ability to defend yourself.

The good news is just hours after the President ended his television address, my local Virginia Citizens Defense League (VDCL) sent out a great analysis that I’ll share with you now.

(If you can find a local gun rights organization you can support, do it. You can be much, much, MUCH more effective at a local government level at protecting your right to bear arms.)

The Obama Administration Uses Propaganda, Half-Truths, Manipulation of Data, and Outright Lies To Push Gun Violence

Before we get into the Executive Actions, please take a look at the tweet the White House released the same morning:

This is just the first example of how politicians — and the Obama administration in particular — use half-truths, manipulation of data, and outright lies to push their propaganda of “gun violence”.

The tweet reads, “A violent felon can buy the exact same weapon over the internet with no background check, no questions asked.”

This quote implies that a violent felon, or anyone for that matter, can buy a gun online and have it delivered to their own home with no background check and no problem.

This is of course patently false. A complete lie.

But it’s a way of telling a lie which is supported by a thin sliver of truth (presumably for plausible deniability and defense of the lie at a later date).

Many people don’t realize that it’s perfectly legal to buy firearms online. But there are MANY rules that govern those sales …

1. You must be 18 years or older (or 21 if your state requires you to be 21 to own a rifle)

2. You cannot have the rifle shipped to you or your home address. You must locate a FFL (Federal Firearm License) dealer in your area where the rifle will be shipped to. All stores that sell guns are required to be FFL dealers, so the firearm is usually shipped to your local gun shop.

2. When you pickup your gun from your local FFL, they will perform an “FFL Transfer” of the rifle into your hands. This is the standard background check that everyone who buys a gun from a gun dealer goes through.

Therefore there is NO such thing as an “online loophole” to purchase guns online and avoid a background check. You WILL have to endure a background check to receive a firearm purchased online. Period.

The guns are ordered by you but must be delivered to a Federally-licensed gun dealer who performs all the necessary federal (and if applicable in your state, state level) background checks and handles the other legal matters before you can receive the weapon.

That’s just the start of the lies and propaganda that the White House used this week.

Now let’s talk about Obama’s Executive Actions …

The full list of Obama’s Executive Actions can be found here at the WhiteHouse.Gov website.

Important Point About Gun Death Data

One thing that’s critically important to understand is that the numbers the President used for his press release are twisted. See the explanation below:

“Before I begin my analysis, I’d like to point out that the number the President uses for deaths caused by the use (or misuse) of a firearm includes suicides (much more than half of the total) and lawful self-defense shootings by citizens and police. Should suicide and lawful self-defense be considered “gun violence?” No.”

If you ask me, including suicides and lawful self-defense shootings by BOTH police and civilians in the number of “gun violence” deaths is incredibly sneaky and misleading.

But Mr. Obama and his minions have to reach for any and every bit of leverage and twisting of the facts to support their agenda because the truth is that we do NOT have a “gun violence” problem in America and the term is made up propaganda to push an agenda to disarm the American people.

Keep that in mind.

Without further delay, here is the …

VCDL’s analysis of President Obama’s Gun Control Executive Actions:

Much of the Executive Orders (EOs) really don’t change anything, but try to put a menacing or intimidating spin on them. Others simply double-down on existing enforcement (yawn), some are bad, and one VCDL likes. Here is what they really do (or don’t do).

1. A dealer who sells guns exclusively over the internet or at gun shows is still a dealer and needs to have a license and do background checks. This is a “yawn” as it is simply restating current law and how it has always been enforced. Net effect: zero.

2. There is no specific threshold on the number of guns sold, as to what makes you a dealer. That has always been true. The BATFE takes into consideration several factors in determining if you are just a person selling a few items from your private collection or if you are trying to earn a living, or part of a living, by buying and selling guns. Here Obama tries to scare gun owners by saying that someone had been found to be in the business of selling firearms “when as few as two firearms were sold or when only one or two transactions took place, WHEN OTHER FACTORS ALSO WERE PRESENT” (emphasis mine). Here he’s obviously found some obscure cases that must have had some unusual “other factors” that made it clear the person was actually selling guns for a living, even with a small number of sales. This EO is implying that BATFE might be looking harder at people who sell guns regularly to make sure they are not really “in the business.” Other than trying to scare people by also pointing out the penalties for being in the business without a license, I don’t see this as changing the status quo on private sales at all. Net effect: zero, but meant to intimidate people into not doing any private sales.

3. Requiring everyone in an NFA trust to have a background check. This will have ZERO effect on crime, as criminals are NOT setting up trusts to buy NFA items! No one has been killed with a lawfully owned machine gun since the 1970s, when a police officer murdered his wife with one. This is simply a waste of time – doing something just to do something. Net effect: all those who are part of an NFA trust must have a background check.

4. Push for states to include more mental health data. Virginia has been doing this for a long time, predating the Virginia Tech massacre. Net effect: no effect on gun owners generally and no effect for Virginia gun owners at all.

5. More NICS employees will be hired to make NICS checks quicker and available 24/7, which is fine with VCDL as it will make it faster to buy a gun through a dealer. Net effect: positive because of quicker gun purchases.

6. Centralize tracing bullets used in crime. Net effect: zero for gun owners.

7. Step up investigating those who are illegally selling guns over the internet. Net effect: zero for gun owners.

8. Clarify that dealers are to notify the police about the loss or theft of guns. Net effect: zero for gun owners and zero for gun dealers, who already do this anyhow.

9. Direct U.S. Attorney’s Office to renew domestic violence outreach efforts. This requires coordination with state and local police on domestic violence crime. BUT it also requires coordination with “community groups focused on domestic violence.” I do not trust giving such “community groups” special treatment by the government. Net effect: no real change for gun owners.

10. Get information from the Social Security Administration on mental health issues for the purpose of disqualifying some people from owning a gun. Net effect: this is DANGEROUS, as it can strip people of their right to own a gun WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. A very tiny minority of those with mental health issues are dangerous. Just because you let someone else balance your checkbook doesn’t mean you should not be able to own a gun, but that’s what Obama is doing. Obama is casting a huge net for the purpose of catching what actually boils down to a handful of people.

11. Change HIPAA laws to allow states to share “certain” information from a person’s health records. Net effect: this is DANGEROUS, as it can strip people of the right to own a gun WITHOUT DUE PROCESS. No cookie cutter, bureaucratically controlled, examination of a person’s medical records should be used to strip someone of any of their rights without DUE PROCESS!

12. Encourage the development of “smart guns.” If there is a market for “smart guns,” they will be developed with or without government help. Hint: if police, government agencies like the Secret Service, or the military don’t want smart guns, then they probably are not going to be successful. Net effect: none for gun owners, just government wasting more tax dollars on another boondoggle.

In Summary, Two of Obama’s Executive Actions Are Concerning. The Rest Are Paper Tigers …

The sharing of people’s health records and the Social Security Administration data is definitely concerning.

As pointed out by VCDL, these efforts could easily be used to deny people their right to own guns without due process.

What can you do to stop the President’s decrees?

The Gun Owners of America (GOA) writes:

” … Gun Owners of America will be working with legislators on Capitol Hill to “defund” the president’s unlawful orders. This is the preferred “short term” approach because these no-funding provisions can be attached to “must pass” bills that the president will sign. Stay tuned for future alerts to this effect.

Third, GOA and its foundation are pursuing swift legal action. We have already fought battles like this — and won.

For example, GOA was recently involved in the legal defense of Bob Arwady in Houston, who was wrongly accused of dealing in firearms without a license — and he was acquitted by a jury. You can read more on this case here.

Lastly, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul (R) introduced legislation last month to that declares that any executive action by Obama that infringes upon the Second Amendment rights of all Americans “shall have no force or effect.”

This is a good bill (S. 2434), and we will pursue it if we think there is any chance of pushing it past a presidential veto.”

So keep your eyes and ears open, and look for ways to fight any future gun control. Join the NRA, the GOA, and any local groups in your area (like the Virginia Citizen’s Defense League is for Virginians).

Hopefully, you already realize that “gun control” doesn’t work. But in case it’s still not clear …

Please be sure to read why the term “Gun Violence” is simply propaganda and there is no gun violence problem or “epidemic” in America.

Also, read why guns are SAFER than the prescription drugs your doctor prescribes you.

And finally, you can see why more Obama gun control will not make us safer.

Please share this article with anyone who is concerned about the President’s new gun control executive orders.

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Recently I had a close family member ask me advice about guns and holster types.

It made me realize that some things I take for granted, because I’ve read so much and trained so much, are not immediately obvious to the casual gun owner or new gun owner.

The fact is: most advice that’s in gun magazines or even on the internet (with a few exceptions) is trash.

Many gun articles are written by writers with little actual training experience or even very little concealed carry experience.

Others are written by people that at one time were experts, but haven’t updated their knowledge base in years, or continued to adapt to proven improvements in basic TTP’s.

So let’s talk about the basics today, what I call the 80/20 version (based off Pareto’s principle of the 20% of knowledge that will get you 80% of the results you want) …

The Question: What Gun & Holster Combo For 2015?

So a close family member sent me the following email that sparked this discussion:

    “What do you think of the Glock 17? Heard anything bad about it? Do you have holster for small of your back?”

And at first, I was stunned.

After all, the Glock 17 is the handgun that started the polymer/synthetic gun revolution. It’s, literally, the most popular handgun in the world.

I thought that “everyone” knew it would be a great choice for a self-defense handgun.

But, as I said, what I thought was common knowledge apparently isn’t.

Now that’s not to say I’m an expert that knows everything, but I do have a fair bit of experience here having spent quite a bit of time learning from true experts in the field–the best of the best.

The point is that there is a CLEAR trend in the modern combat pistol choices of today’s experts.

The Best Handguns For Self-Defense (An 80/20 Guide)

The short and long of it is that you can’t go wrong with a 9mm Glock or 9mm Smith and Wesson M&P.

If you want a full-size “service pistol” then choose the Glock 17 9mm or the Smith & Wesson M&P9.


If you want a slightly smaller, usually easier to conceal option, then go with a “compact” model of one of the above. The Glock 19 or the M&P Compact 9mm.

(For the record, I carry the Glock 19 Gen 4.)

If you want (or need) an even SMALLER gun for some reason, then you get the most reliable small gun you can in this category which, again, can be found in the Glock 43 9mm or Smith & Wesson M&P Shield.

Both the Glock and the Smith and Wesson M&P line have been proven over decades of use by police, military and competitive shooters. They work.

You will see more people using these at shooting classes, competition shooting events, and in the holsters of American Police than any other guns for a very clear reason. They’re proven. They work. They’re the best choice if you’re just starting out or don’t know what you don’t know yet. Pick the one you like better and that fits your hand best.

9mm ammo is the cheapest of all service calibers and is readily available, pick a self-defense load from this list and then practice with the cheapest stuff available. Done.

The Best Holsters For Concealed Carry

The second part of the family member’s question was asking me if I had a small-of-the-back holster.


Please don’t carry a gun there. Don’t get a shoulder holster. Don’t even think about carrying a “cross draw” holster.

And for the love of God, get a real holster, not a flimsy $10 Wal-Mart nylon holster that won’t stay on your belt and folds and flops around meaning you have to point the gun at yourself and use two hands to re-holster your gun after shooting.

Here is the best advice:

Get an inside-the-waistband, probably kydex, holster and carry it behind the hip on your strong side (most likely around 3-4 o’ clock, figuring out the most comfortable and concealable place on your body behind the hip).

* Appendix carry is also an option, but not until you have a lot of training under your belt and understand the risks involved. 

Stay away from cheap brands like Uncle Mike, Fobus, etc.

While many experts I respect hate hybrid holsters, I carried one for the majority of my concealed carry experience (Crossbreed Super Tuck Deluxe) thus far but I do certainly recommend switching to a better made kydex one at the earliest opportunity.

If you’re into leather, then Galco makes the Summer Comfort or the Royal Guard(very respected and been around a LONG time).

If you’re into Kydex (I am), then Raven Concealment makes a good pancake style holster. JM Custom Kydex makes an excellent IWB holster as well.

I further recommend an FBI cant for reasons I will explain later, but it makes things better most of the time.

In Summary …

I like simple.

Whenever I start learning about a new topic, I try to put my ego and personal preferences aside and learn from the experts first.

I didn’t pick a gun and carry method and then seek to defend it because I liked it. I chose the one that has been proven to work and then worked from there.

Here are some additional articles that are great reading if you want more info than this short, 80/20 guide I gave you:

Your First Gun – by Greg Ellifritz

The 5 Best Handguns for Self-Defense – Caleb (not me) at Gun Nuts

Gun “Experts” and their Idiotic CCW Choices – Greg Ellifritz

Features to avoid when buying an IWB Holster – Greg Ellifritz

Recommended holsters for concealed carry – Caleb (not me) at Gun Nuts

If you’re getting started looking for a good self-defense gun and holster in 2015, then following the simple advice in this article will save you a LOT of time and frustration.

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Because you can go absolutely crazy if you don’t look at the lighter side of life every once in a while, today I want to present you with EIGHT amazing times that a good guy fought back against armed robbery and won!

The truth is, contrary to what the mainstream media and state want you to do — which is just to roll over and be a good victim — fighting back is often a GREAT solution when your life is threatened …

As we’ve discussed before in these digital pages, Jeff Cooper notes in his Principles of Personal Defense (emphasis mine) …

“…On a realistic note, I can point out that in every single successful defense against violent attack that I know of and I have studied this matter for nearly three decades –the attacker was totally surprised when his victim did not wilt.

“The speed, power, efficiency, and aggressiveness of the counterattack varied greatly, but the mere fact of its existence was the most elemental component of its success.”

Watch these awesome gifs of live footage showing actual attempted armed robberies to see how when the good guy fights back it catches the attackers totally off guard.

#1: Unarmed Wrestling Skills Against an Armed Robber


This guy was minding his own business inside an establishment and as soon as he finished purchasing something a guy comes in waving his gun.

I love how he pivots towards the threat, doesn’t back up one inch and immediately closes the distance into clinching range and proceeds to drag him out of the store.

I don’t know the story here, but I guarantee the would be robber didn’t see that one coming!

#2: Robber with knife gets a chair to the face!

unarmed2This dummy, brandishing what looks like a box cutter, thought he was going to come across the counter to mess with the store clerk — the guy behind the counter gave him a Professional Wrestling style folding aluminum chair to the head and stopped him in his tracks!

#3: Unarmed VS a Shotgun, Who Wins?

unarmed3This is one of my favorites of all time as the good guy is making a tons of mistakes walking down the street, at what looks like night time, with all his attention focused on what appears to be his cell phone.

He doesn’t notice the hoodlum run up behind him and shove a pump shotgun in his face. But what the good guy does next totally catches the bad guy by surprise, instead of cowering in fear the would be victim gets pissed and snatches the shotgun out of the bad guys hand and attempts to beat him with it! I love this!

#4: Old man at ATM takes a chair to armed robber!

unarmed4Some stick up kid thought he was gonna rob an old man who was watching his buddy’s back at the ATM. The old man didn’t like the sound of that so he grabbed the nearest — again — aluminum folding chair and start trying to take the robbers head off!

NOTE to self: study professional wrestling moves with aluminum chairs!

#5: Wheelchair Guy Chokes Out Robber

unarmed5The store clerk was already fighting back against this robber when the guy in the wheel chair rolled up (pun intended) and decided to rear-naked-choke him out.

Unfortunately, the guy slipped away, but the wheelchair guy decided to hang on and it looks like he applied a different choke while the other store customers gave the robber some nice shots to soften him up.

#6: Combat Vet Sticks His Gun In The Bad Guys Mouth


Talk about cool calm and collective. And this is the only ARMED good guy on our list. This robber decided to pick a combat vet with a couple tours in the Middle East under his belt as his victim. Wrong choice.

When the clerk sees the bad guy’s gun, he calmly uses his support hand to block the presentation of the robbers gun — while he simultaneously draws his own gun and sticks it into the mouth of the bad guy who was probably making some stupid verbal threat at the same time.

I heard the cops later found the guy, because it was easy to swab the good guys barrel for DNA!

#7: Dumb Robber Drops His Gun And Store Clerk Picks It Up For Him!

unarmed8This idiot tried to keep his gun concealed until the last minute and fumbles his draw stroke so bad he drops the gun right on the counter in front of the store clerk who promptly picks it up and aims it at him.

About that time the bad guy remembered he had a pressing appointment and ran out of the store double time!

#8: That Time Roundhouse kicks to the face took out multiple car jackers


Most people will tell you that high kicks or kicks in general “don’t work on da streetz” — but this store clerk, Mayura Dissanayake, who was a part time MMA fighter didn’t care.

He saw his buddy getting car jacked in the parking lot so he ran outside, and I quote from his TV interview, “The First Guy I Saw I Just Kick Him In The Face” which is the best quote ever. If I ever die, I want that put on my tombstone. He continued “… then I punch the other guy”.

Sounds simple enough! Then the car jackers tried to get away …


There were multiple car jackers — most ran away to the getaway car — but one of the guys was a slow runner which allowed Dissanayake to knock him down with a hook. Then he kicked him in the face a couple more times to knock him out.

Whenever Someone Tells You That Fighting Back Against Bad Guys Doesn’t Work, Send Them This Page

Let them see for themselves that with just a little bit of “can do” American attitude, the good guys can beat plenty of bad guys.

As a final reminder that actually training makes you even more likely to win in a situation like this (think about how many of the guys you just saw probably had training first), I’ll leave you with this video of the time a FEMALE MMA Fighter in Brazil, Monique Bastos beat the crap out of a stick up kid in Acailandia, Brazil:

“I was going to my jiu-jitsu training when they arrived on a motorcycle and said they wanted our phones,” Bastos told “I tried to hold my phone, and I realized they were not armed. When they tried to escape, I lifted the rear wheel of the bike and they fell on the ground. The guy who took my phone ran away, but I was able to get the other one.

She then rear naked choked the one guy and took him to the ground, where she put a triangle lock on him from behind (normally his face would be facing inwards to her crotch) — then she held them there while waiting 15 minutes for the police to get there.

Oh, and this type of stick up kid armed robbery stuff is kind of common in Brazil, so this wasn’t the first time this girl stopped a robbery.

“I’ve been through this a few times before, and it’s the second time I fought back,” she said. “There were two guys, and they were using knives, but I was able to use my jiu-jitsu and get my phone back. It’s a huge risk, but I did it to defend myself and my friends, so I used what I learned.

God I love it.

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I recently wrote an article about keeping your self-defense handgun without a round in the chamber, so-called “Israeli Carry”.

My opinion is I think you should keep a round in the chamber, because there’s no reason not to given that modern guns are so mechanically safe.

Some people chimed in to defend carrying without a round in the chamber. Some points were well thought out, but there still appear to be many people that think they will possibly h
ave time to recognize a life-or-death situation … and then … have time to rack the slide before defending themselves.

Today, I want to look at a video making the rounds on the internet — from Israel no less — that shows how quickly a situation can turn deadly and the disadvantages of “Israeli Carry” in such a situation.

The Palestinian-On-Israel “Crash and Stab” Campaign of Late 2015

Maybe these things are happening all the time in Israel and we’re just now reading about it because we have the internet, but in late 2015 in Israel there has been a wave of violence, mostly in Jerusalem.

As we go to press, Palestinians have killed three Israelis and injured up to 22 in attacks using cars, knives, guns, and meat cleavers.

Today, we’re going to look at this video

Israeli police were checking out suspicious characters at Damascus gate.

In the picture below you can see the officer in the middle of three standing officers, holding a blue object, which are the papers the seated guy (in a blue jacket) gave him.


He appears to hand the papers back and then question the seated person more …


The seated man stands up, casually pulling up his pants and adjusting his clothing as he looks away from the police officer and his two friends that are questioning him.


As soon as he gets standing, it appears that he drew a knife with his right hand from somewhere on the back of his body …


And in way less than a second, he reaches out with his left hand and grabs the officer’s head, and brings the knife up getting read to plunge it down into his neck and upper torso.


You can see the officer’s friend has already started to react to the first stab by reaching out with his hand …


But it’s too late as you can see the officer’s body react to the stabbing in this freeze frame …


But the attacker loses his left hand hold on the officer’s head, and the officer backpeddles away from the attacker — making too much space to get stabbed anymore and the attacker follows him as the other officers react.


Now, he’s turned to face the other officers …

And it’s interesting to note that it appears at last 3 of these 5 other officers look like they’re reaching for their handguns to begin their drawstroke …


It looks like the officer directly in front of the attacker throws a front kick at the attacker (that the attacker parries with the knife in his hand), as the officer behind him draws his sidearm …


Pay close attention to the officer who drew his gun first (it appears)– that I drew a red arrow pointing at. You can see he has the gun out of the holster at this point and it’s even pointing in the direction of the bad guy. At this point he could of begun shooting …


Except that, it appears he is carrying Israeli style and had to rack the slide on his handgun to chamber a round before he could engage the attacker. Again, look at the red arrow I drew you can see him turning the gun horizontal, and reaching over with his support hand to rack the slide with a slingshot grip (if you watch the video in slow motion, and pay careful attention, you can see the whole process)


In the time that it took for him to rack the slide and then reacquire the sight picture on the attacker, the attacker had moved quite a bit and started going towards the other officers …


Of course he eventually shoots, and they all swarm him and shoot him to the ground eventually …

What Can We Learn From This?

Number one, it appears that it’s still popular to carry Israeli style in Israel. Go figure …

Number two, I don’t know much about the equipment that Israeli Police in Jerusalem carry, but these cops were kitted out. Here’s a picture of two others that I found online and it appears that drop leg holsters are popular (it’s what the guy who I pointed arrows at in the video was wearing as well).


I point this out because I can almost guarantee you that your concealed carry draw is slower than drawing from a drop-leg holster like this.

Which means in a life or death situation, the time it takes you to

1. Realize you need your gun
2. Draw your gun

Is going to be a lot slower than even this officer was able to react.

And finally …

In Self-Defense Situations, You Often Find Yourself Way Behind The Power Curve

In fact, this video is a perfect example of knife stabbings …


Because, contrary to movies or what is commonly taught as knife defense in most martial arts schools — you generally find out you’re in a knife fight after you realize someone is stabbing you.

You see, most traditional martial arts train for knife defense with a “start” position like this — where the guy with the knife is standing a couple feet away — holding the knife, letting you know “Hey! I’m about to stab you! Are you ready?”


In real life, this is usually the “start position” for defending against a knife attack — when you realize there’s a guy who’s stabbing you :


In other words, you are WAY behind the power curve in real life because you’re the good guy.

Again to quote Jeff Cooper’s Principles of Personal Defense:

“In defense we do not initiate violence. We must grant our attacker the vast advantage of striking the first blow, or at least attempting to do so. But thereafter we may return the attention with what should optimally be overwhelming violence. “The best defense is a good offense.” This is true, and while we cannot apply it strictly to personal defensive conduct, we can propose a corollary: “The best personal defense is an explosive counterattack.””

I will note that in this video, you’ll notice the police officer that was stabbed was out of the fight. He never had a chance to draw his gun. In fact, if he did not have 6 other friends with him, with their own guns, he might be dead.

Something To Think About …

In short, it’s hard enough to even get your gun out and on target when you’re being attacked, why make it harder on yourself by carrying an unloaded gun too?

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I recently had the great pleasure of experiencing both the thrill of victory and the bitter taste of crushing defeat all in just two days while training with one of the greatest firearms instructors around …

It’s kind of fitting too because the theme of this course was “subconscious performance under stress” … but … I’m getting ahead of myself.

The two day course was Tactical Pistol Skills held in Culpeper VA on August 22-23, 2015 by Ernest Langdon.

Who is Ernest Langdon?

Ernest showing off the “Unobtanium” Beretta M9A3. I forget what he was discussing here, but I’m 99.9% sure he wasn’t talking about how great the reset was on this new Beretta.

In short, he’s easily one of the most experienced and respected firearms trainers of modern times.

I’ve written before about the context of civilian firearms training and when looking for a qualified instructor to train with, you’re usually choosing between …

  1. Either an instructor with a military background (spec ops included) …
  2. Or an instructor with Police Officer background …
  3. Or a competition shooter turned instructor …

… None of which are particularly relevant to the average citizen conceal carrying in plain clothes in everyday life.

But Ernest Langdon breaks the mold. It’s as if the gods somehow directed his career path so that his ultimate fate would be to teach tactical skills to the civilian population.

An exaggeration?

Perhaps. But just check out this guy’s resume …

12 years active duty as U.S. Marine—all over the world—where he served as the Chief Instructor of the Second Marine Division Scout Sniper School, as well as the Platoon Sergeant of a Close Quarters Battle (CQB) and Designated Marksman (DM) teams and a Scout Sniper Platoon.

He’s also a graduate of 30 formal shooting schools and 4 anti-terrorism schools with instructor certifications from the FBI, NRA, US Army and US Marine Corps.

As if that wasn’t enough, he’s a graduate of US Army Ranger School, Navy SCUBA School, US Army Airborne School, US Army HALO School and both USMC Scout Sniper School and Scout Sniper Instructor School.

Now at this point, you might think he’s just another snake eating, door kicking, spec ops ninja and—while that’s cool—it’s not really relevant to defensive firearms use by civilians.

And right you would be … except … you didn’t let me finish.

More interesting to me was a fact that I completely skimmed over when I first read his extensive bio, but it’s critical that you understand this.

Chief Instructor of The High-Risk Personnel (HRP) Course …

Mr. Langdon served as the Chief Instructor of the High Risk Personnel Course (HRP) during his time in the Marines.

Actually, not to put too fine a point on it, but—as I understand it—he was instrumental in developing much of their curriculum because he attended all the top commercial and government schools to ensure the best training was available to students that attend the courses offer by the Marine Corps.

What is the High Risk Personnel (HRP) Course? In short, the HRP Course was developed for military personnel so they could prevail against terrorist and criminal assaults while operating in high risk assignments.

In other words, concealed carrying military personnel—often in urban environments.

And that is very applicable to what we do as civilians who conceal carry.

But wait. It gets better.

USPSA Grandmaster, IDPA Distinguished Master, 10 National Shooting Titles, and 2 World Speed Shooting Titles …

Langdon also checks the box for “competition shooter”.

And by that I really mean competition champion.

He’s got 10 National Shooting Titles and 2 World Speed Shooting Titles under his belt and is basically the highest ranking possible in the two most popular shooting sports in the USA (IDPA and USPSA).

He’s also been working in the firearms industry in some or another for over 17 years, so he knows how the gun business is run because he’s seen it from the inside out for nearly two decades.

And finally, he’s currently a deputy at a local police department and is on staff with The Police Policy Studies Council …

So he checks the box for having law enforcement experience too.

The bottom line is: Ernest Langdon has one of the most unique backgrounds as a firearms instructor that I’ve ever seen both in depth AND breadth of his knowledge.

And to say I was excited about taking an Ernest Langdon class would be an understatement.

Tactical Pistol Skills After Action Report (AAR)

Date: August 22-23, 2015
Instructor: Ernest Langdon
Where: Culpeper, VA
Students: 10-11
My equipment: Glock 19 Gen 4 with multiple magazines. Two SafariLand 074 magazine holsters weak side. IWB crossbreed SuperTuck strong side.  Speer Lawman 147gr 9mm ammo. I think that’s it.

The facility was a nice private range in Culpeper VA. It was setup nice with plenty of room on the range for all the shooting, and a nice covered area where the lecture and other “talking” could take place. If you’ve ever been to Virginia in the middle of the summer, then you know it’s nice to have some shade when working outside, to store your gear, etc.

Here’s a shot I took of the range from the shaded area …

Private Range
Private Range

Day 1: Lecture and Fundamentals of Pistol Craft (Plus, the 9 Shot Close Speed Drill).

Day one of this two day shooting course started out, as it should, with a good lecture from Ernest. He explained the goals of the course and explained a little more about his background so you could basically see where he’s coming from.

The truth is this course had a VERY specific focus. It was about pure tactical shooting skills. Period.

The assumption is that you had already made the decision to shoot, now you must shoot, and/or you’re in a gunfight.

So there wasn’t a focus on tactics or scenario based training or things like that …

“Tactical” Means Everything Has To Work In An Actual Gunfight…

Even though Ernest has experience as a soldier, law enforcement and is a champion competition shooter he explained that all the skills he teaches have a strong “reason why” behind them.

As Todd Green from says, “What sets Ernest apart from many of his peers in the competition world is the practical nature of his background… and thus the combat-oriented nature of his shooting foundation. He is the first to admit that some of the techniques he teaches and uses are less than optimal for winning matches. But rather than compromise in the name of one more trophy, Ernest instead manages to excel using the same real world skills he has taught to countless Marines, soldiers, cops, and civilians for going in harm’s way.”

All that said—as most truly skilled people are—Ernest was humble enough to repeatedly state that he didn’t have all the answers and that he was not purely dogmatic about any technique, tactic and procedure.

He made it a point to stress that he’s still continually learning and would drop whatever he’s teaching now or change it if he found something that he thought worked better.

His presentation was very thorough and gave a glimpse into what the weekend was going to hold.

One of his major points was about how in his training theory you’re wanting to basically develop the ability to be able to perform subconsciously under stress. Which makes total sense.

If You Like to Shoot DA/SA Guns, You Need To Train With Ernest Langdon …

I won’t get into too many details about what all Ernest will teach you but I will say that if you run a traditional DA/SA pistol then you should definitely take Ernest’s class. He is a master of the DA/SA action pistol.

In fact, he tried to downplay the fact that it’s true, but Todd Green says that Ernest was, “… the first person to win IDPA Nationals in Custom Defensive Pistol (CDP) division with a double/single-action pistol, beating out some of the world’s most talented and most successful 1911 shooters in the process.

(According to what I’ve read elsewhere, the IDPA even changed the rules because they considered the CDP division to be a “1911 only” division and didn’t like that Ernest had won it with a DA/SA Sig Sauer he bought off a local gunshop shelf!)

Ernest Langdon will teach you the “secrets” of how to run the DA/SA trigger that some people seem to struggle with (mostly the first double-action shot).

I don’t know if I would say that it’s rare these days to see an instructor prefer the DA/SA pistol, but it sort of is. I’d say that 80% of the classes I’ve taken all the instructors and students ran some form of striker fired pistol (usually Glock or M&P). This was the first class where I was only one of two Glocks in the class and one other M&P. The rest were a (lot) of Beretta, at least one Sig Sauer and at least one FN FNX .45.

Personally, as far as triggers go … I have a sweet spot in my heart for the DA/SA platform as the Beretta was one of the first handguns that I ever shot well. I also have a beloved P225 that used to be my carry piece. I didn’t start shooting Glock and preferring it as my CCW until about 10 months ago, but it’s been the platform I now have the most time on.

To be honest, seeing Langdon run his Berettas and talk about why he prefers the DA/SA platform makes me want to shoot mine more often. But I’m committed to the Glock right now for CCW for a lot of reasons I won’t get into here.

Just saying, if you like DA/SA – Ernest is the recognized expert.

What I Learned On Day One …

We hit the range for more instruction that started (like all good classes) with dry fire.  I won’t go into detail on what we learned but I learned the Ernest “press out” which basically allows you to get your gun up, on target, aimed and a first shot in the quickest time possible.

The rest of the day was equally enlightening, I won’t cover it because there’s way too much and there’s no way I could explain it better than Ernest (you’ll have to take the class) but I want to emphasize that even though I’ve been to quite a few classes and read voraciously, I still picked up something new on even “basic skills” that he taught. For example …

*** Grip & Stance. I had an incredibly enlightening moment when Ernest described how and why he teaches the grip he does. He solidified and (as far as I’m concerned) ended the debate for the “thumbs forward” vs “Thumbs up” grip and which is better using science and logic.

*** On the draw stroke:  I came away with a much, much better improved draw stroke that I’m now going to solidify with dry practice. I even found a better way to position my conceal carry holster thanks to his class.

*** Reloads: I picked up some awesome tips on the proper way to do reloads. Again, every time Ernest taught something, he gave a strong “Reason Why” he does it that way. It really, really makes you think and you pick up new things (even though you think you’re just learning another basic skill). I also saw what I was doing wrong and how I could be faster (now I’ll practice it in dry fire to make it a habit).

And that’s just scratching the surface of what I have written down in my notes. As far as the live fire we did a ton of drills including shooting multiple targets … transition drills … and more.

You Can’t Buy an Ernest Langdon Hat …

Towards the end of the day we Ernest Langdon’s 9-shot “Close Speed” drill. Mr. Langdon’s personal standard on this drill is 3.5 seconds. What’s really cool is that the top shooter who did the drill the fastest would win an Ernest Langdon Hat. You can’t buy this hat. You can only win it in one of his classes by winning one of the drills.

Here’s Ernest explaining and then demonstrating the drill …



He asked who was first. I took a deep breath and stepped up to the line. I had never run this drill, so I figured what do I have to lose? Turns out I ran it clean (no misses) in 4.05 seconds my first run which was enough to win the hat!

And it’s a really, really fun drill so everyone wanted to go again. So we did. My second run was even better at 3.80 seconds which was completely surprising (in a good way).

Winning the Langdon Tactical Hat
Ahh, the thrill of victory! I won a hat!

Total round count day one was somewhere in the 300-450 round range.

Day 2: The Fun Continues and The F.A.S.T. Drill …

The F.A.S.T. (Fundamentals, Accuracy, and Speed Test ) is a drill created by the aforementioned Todd Green. As I understand it, Todd started running this drill in his classes in 2007 and there are two awards for anyone who can prove their on-demand shooting ability by successfully executing this short but comprehensive test.

Todd Green is not running classes anymore, so now Ernest Langdon is carrying on the proud tradition of running this test in classes and awarding those who can perform it.

In short, if you can run this drill in less than 7.00 seconds, you can win an “Advanced” hat pin from Ernest Langdon. If you can run it in less than 5.00 seconds, then you can win the F.A.S.T. challenge coin. I don’t know how many people have won an advanced rating and hat pin, but I know that only 12 people since 2007 have been able to win the F.A.S.T. Challenge Coin.

Ernest explains and then demonstrates two winning runs in the video below:


I’ll be 100% honest. I want that coin. But I knew going into this class that he would be running the drill and my only real shot was at the F.A.S.T. hat pin, because I was pushing close to the 7 second mark (consistently being the key word) in live fire practice.

(I usually use the F.A.S.T. drill at the beginning of my range sessions—I run it “cold” before I shoot anything else to see where I’m at with my “on demand” shooting skills.)

It’s been neat that – without practicing the drill specifically—looking back at my notes from December of 2014, I was running this drill around 9.45 and 9.50 seconds (with misses–which add either 1 or 2 seconds to your score–included). In other words, simply by practicing the fundamentals of pistol craft for the last ten months I was getting better at this test, because my fundamentals were improving.

It’s a great test (not necessarily a great training drill) because you have to draw quickly to get two low percentage shots (a 3×5 card in the head box) as fast as possible, then reload quickly from slide lock, then make four more shots to a higher percentage target. In other words, you have to be good at all the fundamentals to run this fast and accurate enough to win anything but a bruised ego.

The Thrill of Victory Followed By The Bitter Taste of Crushing Defeat …

So following the thrill of victory the day before, I started day 2 with high hopes and the certain knowledge that if I could just subconsciously perform I would be going home with a F.A.S.T. pin.

In the end, when it was my turn I screwed up—got my conscious brain too involved—and ran it in 6.90 seconds raw time, but dropped the second shot just outside the 3×5 in the head box (Misses to the head are a 2 second addition to your score, meaning I failed.)

Here’s my target that I am preserving and sharing with the world so I can remember it every time I get lazy about practicing and so I can stair into the evil face of that second bullet hole as it mocks me!

My 6.90 FAST drill run … yes … that second head shot bullet hole is staring me in the face and mocking me.


For the record, a guy from Maine managed to run it clean in 5.90 and win the hat pin. His name was Frank and he is (obviously) a great shooter. He also had sense of humor. Actually, I hope his wife doesn’t read this because I think he was supposed to be visiting his kids (sorry Frank!)

 Shooting While Moving and Advanced Drills …

The rest of day two was spent learning more and more and running more and more advanced drills.

Some things we did on day two included …

Single hand shooting both weak and strong hand … multiple target engagement … shooting steel … shooting while moving both forward, backward, and side-to-side… directional drills and more.

 Cover, Concealment and Fighting While Wounded…

Ernest gave a REALLY good talk about using cover and concealment and the common mistakes that people make with this from a tactical and technical standpoint. I picked up a TON of stuff from that lecture and demo part of the class.

In the fighting while wounded section, Ernest taught some awesome malfunction clearances—to include what I think was the first instructor to teach one-handed (both strong and weak hand) malfunction clearances of everything (including Type 3 double feeds!). I picked up a LOT from that part as well in regards to multiple ways to do those clearances if the “standard” way didn’t work either left or right handed.

We did more drills, more shooting and then the day wrapped up with one more chance for someone to win another Ernest Langdon hat.

This time, a student named Joe,  running a berretta won it. If I remember correctly, it was an accuracy drill on a b-8 or b-16 style bulls-eye target at about 10 yards. It was basically 10 shots in 10 seconds and whoever was the most accurate–under the 10 second time limit–won the hat.

In short, he KILLED it. Really accurate shooting after a long, tiring day in the sun and running lots of faster, speed drills making it even harder to slow down and find that balance of accuracy needed to get all 10 hits in 10 seconds.

Interestingly enough, I found out afterwards that he was shooting a Beretta 92G that Ernest Langdon did a full custom build on in 2002. I begged Ernest for the details and this is what he said, “That gun had the full works done. Carry Bevel including beveled mag well, Custom 4.7” BarSto Barrel with Target Crown, Trigger job, Night sights, complete rebuild with all new small parts, Level Two Trigger Job with Speed Bump Trigger, Elite II Mag Button, and Teflon refinish.”

In short, that Beretta had pretty much the full Langdon custom performance package that Ernest offered 13 years ago. (Rumor has it that Mr. Langdon may start offering his performance packages again, so if you’re interested keep an eye out on his website.)

Total round count day 2 was around 500.

 The Bottom Line? If You Get The Chance, Take An Ernest Langdon Class

I think most everyone could benefit from an Ernest Langdon class.

I think I would hesitate to recommend it as your first class though …

(I got the feeling that most the people there were at least comfortable drawing their guns, and could pretty much get hits on an 8” circle on demand at around 5-7 yds. You might feel a little out of place if your gun handling skills are less than that.)

That said, one attendee was more of a beginner and he was handled respectfully and given the attention he needed when appropriate. I’m sure he learned a lot.

All in all, it was a great weekend with a great instructor and a great group of people. I will be taking more classes in the future from Ernest Langdon. To visit Ernest Langdon, check out