Range Time

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Most of my weekends are spent teaching classes, attending gun shows or other events.  I have to admit, I don’t practice as much as I would like.  Ironic, I know, since I work at a gun range.

So, this coming Sunday, October 26, from 12-4, I will be at Federal Way Indoor Range for some much needed practice time.  If you too, need some practice time, come and join me.  Or just stop in and visit a while.  I always enjoy seeing my students, and meeting new shooters.  “You meet the nicest people at the range.”  Hope to see you there!  Janice

Before you buy a gun…

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So, you have decided to buy a gun.  This is a big decision that carries with it big responsibilities.  Here are three simple, but very important points to consider before you buy:

1. Have you obtained training in the safe and proper use of a firearm?  If not, do some research and locate a basic firearms safety class in your area to attend BEFORE you purchase your new gun.  This will help you better understand the basic safety and operation of a gun, and start to familiarize you with the different types that are available in today’s market.  A good class will include not only how to operate a gun, but also help you to understand the proper mindset necessary to safely do so, as well as proper storage and maintenance.

2. Practice.  Are you willing to practice enough to stay competent in the use of a firearm?  Be honest with yourself.  If the answer if “No”, you should probably abandon the idea of owning a gun.  If the answer is “Yes”, you will need to locate one or more ranges in your area that are open to the public or consider joining a gun club.  Once you have completed your training class, you should consider visiting a range that offers rental guns and try out several.  Expect to pay for use of the range, rental fee, ammunition and targets.  Avoid buying a gun without first shooting one just like it.  You may need to make several trips to the range before you decide on the “one” right gun.  Take your time, and don’t let anyone talk you into something just because they like it.

3. Take your time.  Shop around and compare selection and price.  Again, don’t let the sales person or a friend talk you into a particular gun just because they think it is the “best” gun for a woman.  Only you can decide what is the “best” gun for you.  This is an investment, and more importantly, it is a tool that may save your life someday.  You need to feel comfortable with it, and you need to like it.  Don’t be afraid to get what you want.

Situational Awareness and Positioning (part IV)

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:

There are so many times in a day when you have to let people into your space. I think we have to accept it. My tolerance changes radically when I’m in transitional areas like parking lots etc.

–DTOM

It’s important to take context into account when speaking about SAP. There’s been some commentary about my post that I must not live in a big city or ever take the subway. Since I grew up in Chicargo and live in Atlanta, that’s not true. I ride public transportation quite often, even when I don’t have to.

The comment about transitional areas is on point. Rarely are we concerned about being robbed or beaten up in line at Starbucks. The video of the dude getting mugged in NOLA recently is more our concern and representative of the positioning I’m getting at.

NOLA robbery 2 crop

While public places, e.g., the coffee shop in Lakewood WA

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Situational Awareness and Positioning (part III)

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When he got within 5 or 6 feet… Lawler leveled the Glock and fired once, hitting DeCosta in the groin.

Man pulls 13-inch knife during fight, gets shot

A previous post discussed The Tueller Principle, or as Dennis put it originally “How Close Is Too Close?” In light of the above incident, The Tueller Principle and two related concepts bear further clarification and quantification.

A concept that is seldom discussed in the personal protection community, among either instructors or practitioners, is proxemics. The term proxemics was originated by a cultural anthropologist, Edward Hall, in his book The Hidden Dimension.  Its meaning is how we, as humans, interpret and manage the physical space around us. This should be an integral part of planning for personal protection, but usually is not.

Professor Hall’s work breaks out several spatial zones that we perceive around us. Most important to us regarding…

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Situational Awareness and Positioning (part II) The Tueller Principle

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:

place yourself in the best tactical position.

Positioning

In 1983, Dennis Tueller wrote a groundbreaking article entitled How Close is Too Close?  As a result, the terms the “Tueller Drill” and the “21 Foot Rule” have become well known. The Tueller Drill is even incorporated into the NRA Personal Protection In The Home Course.

However, in a 2008 interview, Dennis notes that he doesn’t use those terms, instead referring to it as the Tueller Principle. His original article relates the concept of a ”Danger Zone” and the need to “place yourself in the best tactical position.” The revolutionary, for the time, concept he came up with was to measure Distance/Time Relationships of Armed Encounters. By doing so, he brought about a much greater understanding of the concept that distance is your friend.

The article also emphasized using cover and placing obstacles between yourself and an attacker. The context…

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Situational Awareness and Positioning (part I)

Janice:

Situational awareness is always at the heart of my personal safety training. In this article, “positioning” is examined. Great information from the Tactical Professor.

Originally posted on tacticalprofessor:

“Son, always park the car so the rear end is facing the sun. Then you won’t have to sit on a hotseat when you get back in.”

That was one of my father’s dictums to me, while spending the summers in Phoenix with him. It was my earliest instruction about the value of positioning. The dictionary gives several relevant definitions for the noun form of the word position:
•    a place occupied or to be occupied; site: a fortified position.
•    the proper, appropriate, or usual place.
•    situation or condition, especially with relation to favorable or unfavorable circumstances.

Now that emotions and internet commentary have quieted down about the recent Las Vegas murders of two police officers and a private citizen with a concealed weapon, it’s useful to discuss the relationship between ‘situational awareness’ and positioning. The two concepts are interrelated and complementary but not identical. Unfortunately, the…

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Concealed Carry Laws

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Here are some resources to help understand the laws regarding concealed carry.  Be sure to check the laws in your state for specifics.

Armed Citizens Legal Defense Network – What Every Gun Owner Needs to Know About Self-Defense Law

Handgunlaw.us – Guide to Handgun Laws, State by State

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