Archive for the ‘Technique’ Category

Resource Predators versus Process Predators

January 5th, 2013

Monkey-dance challengers are loud and seek an audience. Apologize and back away. Predators seek secluded venues with no witnesses. Adopt an interview stance and warn them. Ninety percent will then flee. One in ten resource predators will still try to take your property and escape. Let them. No property is worth going to prison or spending your life savings to avoid prison. Process predators will try to take you somewhere private or bind your hands. Fight for your life.

Short-Circuiting the Monkey Dance

December 22nd, 2012

Some self-defense experts teach students to de-escalate potentially violent situations: apologize, reatreat, defer, accept blame. Others teach aggressive escalation: be loud, be clear, and be increasingly firm in making it obvious that you are not a victim. The apparent discrepancy between the two tactics is because instructors are talking about two different kinds of violence: (1) the monkey dance and (2) predation. Any reponse that de-escalates a monkey dance will aggravate predation, and vice-versa.

Video Recording Confrontations

October 20th, 2012

You are attacked in an attempted rape or robbery. You shoot the attacker. He tells police that he was minding his own business when you shot him for no reason. He is wounded. You are not. Who do the police believe? Who gets charged with a crime? In the eyes of police and prosecutors, many self-defense incidents become he-said, she-said scenarios in which the choice of whom to prosecute is essentially a coin-flip. A video of the event can resolve it in your favor.

The Tueller Principle

October 6th, 2012

A knife-armed attacker 21 feet away can kill you before you can draw and shoot. Whether the attacker is young, old, fat, thin, fit, sedentary, male, female, makes little difference. From a standing start, an attacker can cover 21 feet in 1.5 to 2.0 seconds. That is how long it takes you to draw and shoot. Watch the video below. Remember it. Post a comment that you watched it. You may someday need to prove in court that you knew this fact, and that is why you fired.

The First Rule of a Gunfight

September 29th, 2012

Don’t be there. Virtually all self-defense firearms instructors agree that the first rule of any gunfight is to be somewhere else when it happens. How can you manage that feat? Famed instructor John Farnam, head of Defense Training International teaches a four-layer avoidance strategy: (1) don’t go there, (2) be invisible, (3) be deselected, (4) disengage. Only if all four layers fail should you draw your weapon as a last resort.

How to Stop a Mass Shooting

September 1st, 2012

On average, 14.3 victims are killed in each mass shooting that is stopped by the police. On average, only 2.3 victims are killed in each mass shooting that is stopped by civilian bystanders. We show how these facts were computed. Then we offer two possible explanations: First, police arrive too late. Second, armed bystanders are better trained.

Should You Carry With a Round in the Chamber?

August 18th, 2012

The short answer is “yes”, with any pistol designed after World War II. Concealed-carry novices often ask this because it seems dangerous to carry a pistol with its firing pin aligned with a live cartridge. If the pin should accidentally slam forward, won’t it fire the cartridge with potentially horrible results? For example, if the back of the pistol (the exposed hammer, say) were hit hard (by being dropped muzzle-up, for instance), would that not drive the hammer into the firing pin and the pin into the cartridge? Even without an exposed hammer, would not dropping a pistol muzzle-down force the firing pin into the cartridge by inertia? Although such fears were well-founded with pistols designed over a half-century ago, they are no longer valid. Modern pistols have mechanisms that stop the firing pin from touching a cartridge unless the trigger is pulled.