Gruesome Ax Attack – Complying Doesn’t Always Work
An update on this gruesome attack that took place in Commifornia.
The victim offer to pay the attacker with what he had but in return, the victim received server blows with an ax.
I’ve mention before that complying doesn’t always work. This is based on multiple cases throughout the country in the past 5 years I’ve came across. You should never have the attacker decide your fate. Your life is 1000 times more precious than these low life thugs and no other human, scumbag has the right to end your life. I wound’t recommend drawing on a already drawn gun. Buy some time by playing along until the attacker is distracted and make your move in order stop that threat. In this situation the attacker uses a melee weapon, fight and use any opportunity ( block with your arm, step back) to draw and put rounds on target. Even if your arm gets injured, you still have another harm to shoot and using one hand to shoot at this range you should to be able to get rounds on the bad guy. A broken arm is better than receiving multiple blows to the rest of your body and head.
I hear many colleges post their “what to do plan” when you get attacked. They always tell you not to fight back and just comply 🙄 SMH. News your mainstream news media will also give you such dangerous advice. Also notice that most attackers occurred in gun free zones. Keep your head up and always carry. Be extra aware when going through transitional spaces.
The good news these cowards have been arrested and the victim is still alive. The bad news is that the victim suffered great bodily harm.
This is my second review for Green Ops. It’s also my second class I attended with them. This after action feedback and review will be about the rifle class taught by the team. Being mainly a pistol person for four and a half years, I’m starting to venture on to learning how to use a rifle correctly, effectively and efficiently. In particular the AR platform. Most all civilians in the United States who carry a firearm daily for self protection carry a pistol. It’s imperative that we spend more time and money to train and practice on the tool we carry daily. On the other hand, many of us also own the most popular rifle in American known as the AR-15. AR doesn’t stand for Assault Rifle, it stands for ArmaLite after the company that developed it in the 1950s. The AR-15 rifle platform is very versatile, you can use it for hunting, target shooting or self defense. Whether you already own one or plan on acquiring one, you should know how to effectively and safely use this rifle. You probably don’t use it or carry it everyday with you but it’s good to know how-to when needed. For this class, students are not limited to just bringing an AR-15, there was one student who brought a Tavor 🙄 😀 .
Mike and Brett are great instructors with abundant of knowledge from their years of experience in the fields. Massive loads of knowledge dump in-coming. You better get ready to work out your mind and body for this class.
I decided to take the Defensive Carbine Class I, since I’m not a newbie due to the fact that I took the Minute Man Rifle class with FPF Training by John Murphy.
The range where the class took place was in Culpeper Virginia. We started out with Brett discussing the legal aspects of self defense. Two thumbs up for this. Not all instructors will cover this in every class or unless it’s related to the topic or whatnot. For the most part, I already knew lots of the legal side and the responsibility of being a gun owner that Brett lectured. There might be others who don’t know and students come from many backgrounds, I think that’s very beneficial to address the legal side too.
Besides the well known three rules of self defense (ability, opportunity, jeopardy), Brett talks about preclusion. This piece of information was somewhat new to me and very essential. Example, the judge can asks, “was there anything else you could have done to avoid using lethal force?” You might go, um… Maybe. Now you just admit that there could be a better option. Instead, your answer should be NO!
Up next is some two and a half hours of shooting action before lunch. Out on the range to soak up the sun on a 90 degree plus humid day. The temperature was way above average for this time of the year being the end of April but I took it like a champ since I’m used to this weather. Apparently at the same time on the western part of the country, and in particular the rocky states were experiencing below average temperature with freezing rain and snow.
We started out at the 50 yard line to to confirm our rifle zero. Mine was perfect since I already did my homework 🙂 . One student was using iron sights. The rest were using some type of optic, most common was the Aimpoint PRO.
Rifle targets were setup with different squares. We were instructed to shoot three sets, standing, kneeling and prone. Mike emphasizes on the stance which is very important and valuable. You may ask why? Because it helps you control the recoil which keeps you stable and on target. When you fire a string of rapid fire, you will be able to easily control the recoil and your shots won’t start to crawl up. I’m always checking my stance in every shooting drill set I do, Mike and team were making sure we have a good stance all throughout the day.
We all paused the action to have lunch and a break in the shade. Mike showed us on paper that had an illustration on how the 5.56 bullet trajectory path and it’s relation to the 50/200 yards zero. This information was already in my head from reading what others published on ar15.com and pistol-forum.com and so forth. By the way, lunch was included and provided by the range folks. Thanks for the tasty burger!
One free Green Ops T-shirts was given to every student.
Back out to the range for the rest of the class. Time for a lot of shooting! We started doing more reloading drills. Then briefly touch on the types of malfunctions and how to properly resolve it. Their time spent on malfunctions topic was on point and didn’t spent half day on this which is how it’s done.
We did some training on shooting multiple targets, just like with handguns, your eyes quickly moves first follow by your arms and gun as a whole.
We did shooting from cover in the standing and kneeling position, similar to how I did in their handgun class.
What was new for me and really stood out in this class was how to deal with your natural body movement which translates to your rifle sight being in constant motion. Let’s be real, we can’t be 100% still like cement stature due to our blood flowing and partially the respiratory system. Don’t fight it! Holding your breath does helps, but that’s mostly for precision single shots. At first I would waited for my dot to be at the center of the circle, then bang on the trigger 😮 ! This of course messed up my shots. Instead they showed me once the dot is about to come on target or “just” crossing the borderline of the target to then pull that trigger. This helped with accuracy but that’s with proper stance and the rifle stock firmly pressed against my shoulder.
Next was moving back to the 50 yards line shooting standing, kneeling and prone. Then we finally moved back to the 100 yards line. It gets harder since it only takes very little movement for your shots to not be on target. The best shot are always in the prone position due to the rifle being the most stable. I did notice one student didn’t have his proper foot position while shooting prone and wasn’t corrected or notice. Both feet should be flat like either one of these two positions in the two pictures below.
But instead his heels were pointing up and toes on the ground which makes it harder to be stable and steady due to the nature of this posture. Maybe in depth of proper body position during prone is cover in the Defensive Carbine Clinic course which is their entry basic level rifle class.
As the time progresses towards the end of the class, we did steel target shooting from the 100 yard line on all three positions. One neat thing was to make use of the wooden pole when shooting standing, thus helps keep the body still. I was ringing steel on every shot from the prone position.
Last but not least was time for the Northern Virginia police rifle qualification drill. To sum it up, the drill incorporates shooting from the 50 yard line with various position, moving closer to the target, timed, and shooting from cover. Basically this drill is for those officers who wish to carry an AR-15 rifle in the trunk of their car. Us civilians are responsible for every bullet that comes out the barrel. Cops do have some leeway but still, they have to be accurate since rifle bullets travel much faster than handgun bullets which in turn does a lot more damage to flesh and bone. Rifles are great power stoppers but on the unintended person is really something we don’t want. I had a flying score on this drill, only missed two shots!
If you live in Northern Virginia and looking for to build up a good solid rifle foundation skills, Green Ops is your starting point.
Your Everyday Carry Trauma Medkit
There is no reason not to carry a basic trauma medkit as part of your EDC gear. It’s not just for gun shot wounds. What if someone stabs your upper arm for trying to steal your purse? Let’s say you gotten into a car accident and somehow severed an artery, you have about 2-3 minutes before you bleed out and die. The ambulance is six minutes away which by then you would passed and die. Having a tourniquet handy and knowing how to quickly use it by closing that time gap is key to your survival. If you are able to stop the bleeding before the paramedics arrive you’re good to go. Unfortunately we can’t put tourniquet on our necks. Once at the hospital they’ll take it from there. I don’t rely on paramedics having a tourniquet, know how to quickly use it and reaching to me in time.
See what femoral artery bleedout looks like and notice it doesn’t take that long. *GRAPHIC*
Just knowing how to incapacitate your taker with bullets is not enough, you should be able to patch yours up as well. You are better off carrying a trauma kit than having a backup pistol. Statistics and surveillance feeds from hundreds of cases where a concealed carry uses his or her gun to fend of an attacker is over in seconds. You hardly go through the next magazine. You are better off learning how to quickly clear your malfunction, train and practice on getting that gun out fast and accurate on target. Learn how to use cover and carry that extra spare magazine and a trauma kit all the time.
The images below shows how I carry my Ricci edc trauma kit. It includes the CAT tourniquet, a blood clot bandage, some steri strips and a small roll of duck tape.
Woman Defended Herself From Being Rape With a Knife
For you fella ladies out there.
Thumbs up for this lady who decided not to be a victim. Learn how to use a knife to save yourself from being attack by a boogieman. In some situations a gun might not be the right tool for various reasons. I recommend carrying the Ka-Bar TDI straight knife in the Phlster sheath on your hip or appendix position for easy access and rapid deployment. In today’s world this can happen to anyone anywhere, keep your head up!
Whether you are a competitive shooter, police officer or an armed civilian who carries your gun everyday. This dot torture drill will really keep you in check by letting you know whether you need more time on the range. The drill was originally developed by David Blinder. Dot Torture shooting drill pushes your overall pistol marksmanship to the limits. Your draw stroke, grip, shooting stance and trigger control all come in to play here. This is an excellent exercise to include with your routinely range sessions.
You will need 50 rounds per drill and the above target which can be downloaded from pistol-training.com PDF version that can be printed on a standard size printer paper. This are two inch circles. The short instructions are on the target itself. You will first start at 3 yards, you’ll need to pass 100% before increasing the distance or adding time.
Instructions taken from pistol-training.com
Dot 1 – Draw and fire one string of 5 rounds for best group. One hole if possible, total 5 rounds.
Dot 2 – Draw and fire 1 shot, holster and repeat X4, total 5 rounds.
Dots 3 & 4 – Draw and fire 1 shot on #3, then 1 shot on #4, holster and repeat X3, total 8 rounds.
Dot 5 – Draw and fire string of 5 rounds, strong hand only, total 5 rounds.
Dots 6 & 7 – Draw and fire 2 shots on #6, then 2 on #7, holster, repeat X4, total 16 rounds.
Dot 8 – From ready or retention, fire five shots, weak hand only, total 5 rounds.
Dots 9 & 10 – Draw and fire 1 shot on #9, speed reload, fire 1 shot on #10, holster and repeat X3, total 6 rounds.
Below is my result of running this drill for the first time. Being a gun owner for four years, and been away from the range for a month and half due to various and personal reasons, the results are not the best. It goes to show that I’ll need to do this more often. I definitely need more weak and strong hand shooting practice. I will be including this drill as part of my regular range sessions.
I was drawing from the concealment hip position at moderate speeds.
Staying Safe At Motels & Hotels
I’ve been traveling more frequently in the past three years, the more I observed and figured out ways to defend myself if such hostile situation were to present itself. A lot of us travel for leisure or work related, which is why we should take the appropriate steps keep our selves and love ones safe while lodging. First off, let’s start with an Infographic – Hotel for Single Gal, this also applies to single guys, family or groups as well.
Let’s dive into discussing how the armed citizen can use various methods to protect his or herself when staying at motels and hotels.
Choose to stay in a decent neighborhood. You can survey the area by driving around, asking someone who has been or lived there, or the best option is getting your info from the internet beforehand.
Stay in a multi level hotel building as opposed to a motel with a single floor flat type building where your room has direct access from the parking lot. It’s much easier and quicker for criminals to make their hit and run in single level motels. A door and window at ground level with vehicle access is their preferred choice.
Most hotels and inn buildings have one way in, which is through the front entrance where they have to pass by the reception. Side doors are locked and only accessible via a guest room card
If the area you are staying only has a motel, then choose one that’s in a decent area, well lit and has security cameras.
Who said you don’t need a gun for protection in a 4 star hotel? One example was an incident at Grand Hyatt in San Antonio TX back in 2014where a concealed permit holder had to use his gun or he would have ended dead or gravely injured.
Before you accept the room and pay, ask the front desk that you want take a look at the room first. Make sure the door has a dead bolt and a chain for additional layer of security and buying you more time. Make sure the dead bolt lock and chain is working properly.
Take note of your exits on the floor you are staying, which direction it leads once you exit the building; rear, sides, or front side of the building. Know the exit location in respect to the building is useful when making your escape to your vehicle if needed.
Continue to carry your gun on your persons once you’re inside the room, whether you’re chilling watching TV, on the computer or phone hanging out.
If you are alone, and need to take a shower. Bring your gun in the bathroom with you. Your gun is worthless to you if it’s out and about your room. If someone breaks in and finds it, your life is in their hands. Or if they don’t find it, now the assailant will prevent you from effectively and safely retrieving it. While I’m showering, I normally put my gun on the toilet seat lid (in my holster still) and atop is my tower or cloth that conceals the gun. It’s better to separate your gun and pants since bad guys will go through your pants pocket in searching for your wallet. That’s why I prefer a towel to conceal the gun.
If I hear or know someone just broken in, it’s much easier and quicker to retrieve my gun in the bathroom. Or worse case scenario that the attacker shows up in the bathroom, I can play along until the opportunity presents itself and grab my gun from under the towel. Having your gun hidden under least common objects gives you the upper hand.
If you have any suggestions please comment below.
Green Ops – Defensive Pistol II Review
Are you looking to advance your defensive pistol training skills to another level? If you live in Northern Virginia or vicinity, give Green Ops a shot. I’ll guarantee it’s worth your time and it will definitely upgrade your skills to a whole new level. Seconds is life, why not train with the best?
After taking several courses over the past three years from the area’s sought after defensive firearms training factory FPF Training, I was offered by Mike Green from Green Ops to be their special guest. It was an honor to partake in their Defensive Pistol II course. This is my first class with them.
Michael who is the director of training was the point of contact. He has years of training multiple military government agencies such as Special Forces and Ranger in the US and over seas.
Brent, who was a former LEO is the lead instructor of Green Ops and was already on the range getting ready when we arrived in our convoy with Micheal.
In Defensive Pistol II, you will be mainly shooting open carry. I started out shooting from the concealed with an open jacket since it was pretty chilly in the early morning. But as the sun came out and action heated up, I removed my cover garment. Started off the class with some few accuracy drill tests to see where everybody’s skills stand at. They had us stand at the 5 yard mark shooting at small circles using various different drills. Since it was a bit on the cold side, it’s a good challenge to see how well can I put rounds on target in such conditions. I did pretty well BTW.
We tackle some one handed shooting, both strong and weak.
Demonstrated a few methods of how to effectively and safely transfer your pistol from your strong hand to your weak hand and vise versa.
We were shown different tactical reloading methods, and how long would it take to complete each. Students get to try out each method. I really like the part where you are not just programmed to always reload a certain way. Our options are presented, we get to pick and decide what works best depending on the situation. It is always good to have more than option.
Students were taught how to effectively and efficiently clear various types of malfunctions. Most of the malfunctions we did are the more common ones, all the way to some less common. How a stovepipe looks on a 1911 vs a Glock. The focus wasn’t to much on the malfunctions which is great since more time can be spent on shooting straight and fast.
Speaking of shooting, we used a minimal of 450 rounds.
We learned how to shoot from cover, kneeling and prone. Shooting steel plates with speed and focusing on trigger control. Closer to the end of the class, we got to put our trigger control and grip to the test by shooting steel plates at a little over 50 yards.
Last but not least, how about the FBI Qualification Test? Getting a 57/60 score was pretty impressive with the help of all the food that was fed to my brain during the course.
Despite all the training and how many gun course you can attend each year, it won’t really matter if you don’t practice. Dry firing is the most important piece of your training. It doesn’t cost you anything, five minutes a day will really improve your drawing skills. Download some Shot Timer apps on your phone, once you can beat your last best time, decrease the time a notch.
Then go out on the range and do the same thing. Make every round you have worth it.
Restaurant Robbery in Lima Peru – What Can We Learn From This? (Video)
Armed citizens, take a look at this incident carefully. If you were in his position, what could you have done better? Synopsis: A businessman withdrew large sums of cash then came to the restaurant with his buddy in Rimac district of Lima, next thing you know is all hell breaks loose 😯 Story details
Situation awareness This is the most important piece. If you can’t see the threat coming, then the other defensive skills in covering your ass are pointless.
Notice in the video that the good guy (businessman) facing the camera sits in a good spot. He can see who comes in and out of the restaurant. If you are the only one armed in your party, pick a spot in the restaurant where you can easily observe the common area and the exits. Keep your head up and away from that phone, stop being a zombie prey.
As you can see here, the guy is aware of his surroundings so he sees the gunman coming.
Decision making and tactics He then grabs his bag first when he knows what’s coming. I want to comment on this. The best thing to do if you know shit is about to go down in a heart beat, your strong hand should be free to move quickly for your gun. Then the businessman was able to pull out his gun. It’s a bit to late here, the bad guy advanced towards him rapidly and with the gun already drawn. It’s a bad idea to draw your gun on already drawn gun. What’s worse is he also had the bag in his hands with the gun. It’s better to play along with the robbery such as raising your hands slowly and giving him your bag. While the bad guy’s eyes are focus on the bag, that’s when you jump in to action. Nevertheless, the businessman here quickly gets his support hand on the gun and abruptly moves out and away of the attacker’s muzzle direction. You don’t just shoot still in one place, move out to the side and find cover. This lessens your chances of taking rounds from the opponent since the opponent now has to move and reacquire his sights on you. Thumbs up here, who was going to be victim did great in repelling the bad guys. The businessman got lucky and was able to pull off a few shots sending the assailants running for dear life. That’s what happens when you give “most” bad guys back their medicine.
Note that I don’t recommend running and shooting after the attackers, you shoot the stop the threat. If the threat is no longer present, you stop. In most states, chasing and shooting someone who is running away from you can get you in serious trouble with the law.
What we learn from this incident and most, it’s all about speed and precision. It happens so quickly, most shootings and attacks occurs within seconds. Training and practicing helps a lot when under stress.
Idiotic, clueless and freedom hating liberal politicians thinks we don’t need to protect ourselves and wants us to rely on their police who are about 5-10 minutes away. Seconds vs minutes? Give me a break. And 3rd word countries like Peru, you can forget about the cops for sometime. Peru has strict gun control but that didn’t stop bad guys from getting their guns, crime is very high in Lima but the media shy’s away and only report a few major incidents. Only the very few with power and money are allow to carry concealed outside their homes. The average Peruvian citizens are left helpless to the mercy of the ruthless thugs and their government.
You never know when you will be attack, you don’t chose when and where, you just have to be ready. Having said that; It’s better to have a gun and not need it, than to need a gun and not have it. Human life is precious, no one has a right to take that life away, and no one should tell stop you from protecting it. If legally allowed to carry, ALWAYS CARRY!
9 mm 147 Grain Duty Load Testing
The three most popular self-defense 9mm loads out there and we civilians all want to have these in our carry pistols. OK, the Gold Dot G2 happen to be in his testing but I’ll be looking at the Federal HST and Winchester Ranger T Series closer.
Thanks to pistol-form.com member DocGKR (Dr. Gary Roberts) for sharing us his data results.
Test were also conducted through windshield glass, a lot of attacks happen while you are in and around your car.
Pick your load wisely.
You just bought your first AR-15 rifle, or owned one for sometime but have a shallow knowledge of it’s fundamentals and defensive use. You heard about some fun carbine defensive tactical courses but knowing you don’t qualify because of not having the basic solid foundation skill set require to operate this rifle platform in the way it’s meant to. Are you a concealed carrier who want’s to know how to use a rifle in self-defense efficiently?
Minute Man Rifle Course is the gateway course to other intermittent and advance defensive AR-15 courses such as, course offer by Green-Ops, the legendary Pat Rogers (unfortunately who left our world 😥 , and many more well known advance rifle classes and training companies. The class takes place on a private outdoor range in Culpeper Virginia.
Minute Man Rifle class is taught by the skilled and humorous John Murphy who is the lead instructor and owner of FPF Training, he also teaches other handgun courses on this private outdoor range.
John starts out the eight hour training course with the classroom portion first. This is where he feeds your brain with AR-15 anatomy, functions, history of the AR platform, how it evolves and advances through time, and the vast optional accessories. He also goes over the few top quality AR-15s and his personal recommendation. I pretty much knew who are the top 4, BCM, Smith & Wesson, Daniel Defense and Colt, any of these are mil-spec or exceeding. Pretty much every armory in the country makes AR-15 these days, but those above are well known and are proven. Sure, there’re other brands out there that are just as good too. The Smith & Wesson will cost you around a grand (speaking of the T or Tactical model which is the one I have) and the best bang for the buck when it comes to quality along with the few Colt models in the same price range as the M&P T model.
Up next is out on the range. First starting with a non-live firing drill. John drills you down on the fundamentals; how to properly load, reload, grip, safety, sling usage and the various types of malfunctions and clearing them so you can rapidly get back in to the fight. You’ll be provided with dummy rounds for this portion. Basic rifle manipulation might sound and look easy but it’s not quite as brisk as you might first think, especially if you’re a beginner such as myself, this really gets your brain cranking.
Let’s assume you’re a skillful concealed carrier and taken a few advance pistol courses over the years and practice on a regular basis, we all know how smooth and easy is to draw the pistol from the concealment, reload, charge and clearing malfunctions.
How about driving? We don’t really think to apply the breaks or shift gears (assuming you drive manual), it’s called second nature. Learning to use a new and completely different defensive tool is the same thing. You can quickly overcome the challenges and turn it in to an enjoyable day thanks to John’s way of training. He constantly trains and applies what he learned from other rifle instructors such as Pat Rogers and other well known rifle instructors. I’ve observed other students in class who really had very little knowledge on how to zero, reload or marksmanship, and were struggling earlier but excel pretty well in the latter part of the day’s course.
Gary who is John’s assistant instructor was there as usual. Me being an NRA pistol instructor knows that it’s always preferred to have more than one instructor when running a live firing course, unless you’re doing a very small class or one on one. The more eyes the better when it comes to safety and efficiency for any range time of the class.
Now switching gears to live firing for the rest of the day. You will first do your cycle operation drills that you’ve learned during the dry firing portion of the class at the 15 and 25 yard line. Note that your rifle sling is equivalent to a pistol holster, meaning when you’re not firing or manipulating the rifle, it will be slug, always! Once you got the basic rifle manipulations down, it’s time to zero your rifle. Here is where everyone gets to zero their rifle. Couple of students were shooting iron sights. Fortunately my Aim Point PRO was pretty much zeroed (called it being prepared and doing my homework, hey, but not required 😉 ). I only had to make slight adjustments in my elevation. Others had to spend some more time sighting until their sights were zeroed.
Up next it’s time to tackle the big four shooting positions. Standing, kneeling, sitting and prone.
You will be instructed to do multiple drills with each position, various distances and target types that will take up the majority of the class. Call it the “core training”. Here you’ll learn how to control and keep your rifle stable in each position, while trying to improve your accuracy by maintaining proper control of your rifle and minimize wobbling. After each shooting set, it’s what John calls, the moment of shame or moment of pride! Every student will stand in front of their target as John determines what correction is needed or whatnot.
We learned why the POA is about two inches different than POI when you shoot your rifle at close distance (within 10 yards), and why it’s useful in real life defensive situation.
The last drill was shooting at the 100 yards line at steel silhouette targets with each shooting position.
What an excellent opportunity to put your rifle to the test along with your mounted accessories. Light rain nonstop for the whole time we were out on the range. I use Froglube and applied it correctly. My rifle devoured about 400 rounds and ran smooth like butter. I shot the .223 Wolf Gold from Taiwan with zero malfunctions. My Streamlight TLR-1, Aimpoint PRO, Troy backup iron sights all did well without becoming loose or any failures. Only one hiccup that occurred about half way in the class, the sling hook on the bottom of the factory M&P buttstock broke off during manipulation. I should have loop the sling through my A4 buttstock from start, but ended up doing this after it broke and no more problems thereafter. I used the the two point Magpul MS4 sling. If SHTF situation type or bug out day really comes, I’m confident that my rifle with the current setup will live up to the uncertain and unexpected conditions it may face.
Those of you who are living in Northern Virginia or Virginia in general and are looking for some solid AR rifle beginners course, I highly recommend Minute Man Rifle class by FPF Training.