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DEFENSE TRAINING

LUKE 22:36

"Let the one who has no sword sell his cloak and buy one".

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Shot Timer App

Posted on June 29, 2015 at 5:08 PM Comments comments ()
Here is a small review of a free shot timer app you can download to your phone. I do apologize for the low lighting in the range. We shoot more low light than anything and I didn't have any of the other back lighting set up at the time. 

I'm very pleased with the free shot timer for our training purposes. It has helped me improve my draw from concealment time by .2 seconds with just a few hundred practice runs. You may be thinking this is a lot but you can go through a few hundred runs in an hour or so. You may also be thinking that's only .2 of a second, but you never know when that .2 will be the difference between life and death. 



























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The 2nd Amendment

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 5:47 PM Comments comments ()
Before I get into the 2nd Amendment I just want to throw out that I'm as pro-gun as anybody, however I want to follow the Constitution as best I can.


"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

The above is the 2nd Amendment to the Constitution. I'm going to go over actual writings from our founding fathers and break it down a bit. For the most part everybody breaks it down to what they believe it means or have been told it means by someone no more educated on the subject than them. This goes for both sides ( conservative & liberal ) viewpoints as well.

To be a true constitutionalist I must read it for what it says and research it for what it is meant. 

Typically the left or more liberal anti-gun crowd reads the first part and stops there. "A well regulated militia". They stop here and say the militia is the military and normal people have no right to have firearms. Well, this is way off in just reading the rest of the 2nd Amendment and looking at what our founding fathers have said. 

The whole 2nd Amendment:
"A well regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed."

"I ask, Sir, what is the militia? It is the whole people. To disarm the people is the best and most effectual way to enslave them."
George Mason
Co-author of the Second Amendment
during Virginia's Convention to Ratify the Constitution, 1788

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

"… the people are confirmed by the next article in their right to keep and bear their private arms"
Philadelphia Federal Gazette
June 18, 1789, Pg. 2, Col. 2
Article on the Bill of Rights

"Firearms stand next in importance to the constitution itself. They are the American people's liberty teeth and keystone under independence … from the hour the Pilgrims landed to the present day, events, occurrences and tendencies prove that to ensure peace security and happiness, the rifle and pistol are equally indispensable … the very atmosphere of firearms anywhere restrains evil interference — they deserve a place of honor with all that's good."
George Washington
First President of the United States

"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry
American Patriot

This is nowhere near an exhaustive list of quotations from our founders. There are many more that say the same things. This tells us that we the people are the militia, not the military, and we have a right to keep and bear arms so the anti-gun point in ignorance at it's best. 

Now... The pro-gun crowd always seems to get hung up on "Shall Not be Infringed!"

This is all I ever hear from them. They always say we shouldn't need to take a CWP class the 2nd Amendment says shall not be infringed. The 2nd Amendment is my gun permit. I ask them what the whole 2nd Amendment says and they say "SHALL NOT BE INFRINGED"!!!

I then go to point out the it does actually say "Well Regulated". That usually quiets them down for a moment or so anyway. 

Then I usually have them say regulated didn't mean the same thing then as it does now. It meant the firearms themselves had to be in good working order. Well, I'm going to list some statements from our founders and go from there. 

First we'll work on the "well regulated" part.

"A free people ought not only be armed and disciplined, but they should have sufficient arms and ammunition to maintain a status of independence from any who might attempt to abuse them, which would include their own government." 
George Washington

"A militia, when properly formed, are in fact the people themselves …"
Richard Henry Lee
writing in Letters from the Federal Farmer to the Republic, Letter XVIII, May, 1788.

"To preserve liberty, it is essential that the whole body of the people always possess arms and be taught alike, especially when young, how to use them."
Richard Henry Lee
American Statesman, 1788

"The great object is that every man be armed." and "Everyone who is able may have a gun."
Patrick Henry
American Patriot

"The constitutions of most of our States assert that all power is inherent in the people; that … it is their right and duty to be at all times armed; … "
Thomas Jefferson
letter to Justice John Cartwright, June 5, 1824. ME 16:45.

"The best we can help for concerning the people at large is that they be properly armed."
Alexander Hamilton
The Federalist Papers at 184-8

I think you should be getting the idea by now. In each of these and many more I have not listed it gives to the idea of discipline, taught, properly, duty, etc. This leads into the fact that they thought you should be taught and disciplined with your arms. In other words regulated. This leads us to the idea of training with your firearms especially to carry out in public places. 

Now the idea that regulated meant something entirely different than what it means today.


A nation under a well regulated government, should permit none to remain uninstructed. It is monarchical and aristocratical government only that requires ignorance for its support.
Thomas Pain 1792

Sec. 3.  Internal government of the State.
The people of this State have the inherent, sole, and exclusive right of regulating the internal government and police thereof, and of altering or abolishing their Constitution and form of government whenever it may be necessary to their safety and happiness; but every such right shall be exercised in pursuance of law and consistently with the Constitution of the United States.
NC Constitution 1776

Here are two examples of places calling for government regulation in the same time period that the 2nd Amendment was written. So for those that are saying that well regulated means that the firearms are in good working order, this would in turn mean that the governments writing tools are to be in good working order... We know this is not the case for either one. 

This gives us the conclusion that we not only should be armed but it is our duty to be armed and trained. Are CWP programs constitutional? Yes. This would be the regulation, now you can't tell someone they can't carry nor can you make it so hard to obtain a permit that the average individual can't but you can be required to take the basic training class to be able to carry in public. 

As far as the infringement, this would be they can't tell us what kind of firearms we can and cannot own but that we may have to have training classes on them. 

Another deal is everybody wants open carry. Am I against this? No. I'm not for it meaning I would never open carry personally because I like the element of surprise but am not against it. If they implemented a carry permit that covered concealed and open carry, this would be true constitutional carry. 

For the ones wanting what they are calling "constitutional" carry by anybody being able to strap a gun on and carry it without any sort of training and safety class. This is not what the 2nd Amendment says nor is it what the writers meant when they wrote it. Our founding Fathers were very smart in putting together the Constitution the way the government is regulated as well as the people. The people are the masters but even masters have to follow certain rules. This is what makes everyone get along around each other safely. 

Stay Safe, Stay Armed  






About Me

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 12:19 PM Comments comments ()
Well, the first thing I need to throw out there is I'm a terrible writer. I write how I speak and there's nothing eloquent about it. I'm southern and I know it shows but if you can get past that hopefully you may find some good information in the rest of my blogs / reviews.

I am first and foremost a Christian, a husband, I have no kids but have 5 animals so I figure that's close enough. 

I take teaching / instructing armed self defense very seriously even though I'm not a hard core one way instructor. I do realize that everybody is different and not everything that works for me works the same for everybody else. We must adapt skill sets to our unique individual needs. 

We must also adapt guns, caliber, ways of carry etc. I have my caliber preference, holster and holster position preferences, gun preferences, drawing preference, shooting stance preference, etc. 

We are all different and unique and must adapt this to our everyday lives and carry in a way we can be comfortable with. Now, when I say comfortable I don't particularly mean that the gun and holster is going to be comfortable at first. It will take some getting used to. What I mean by being comfortable is that we are able to carry concealed legally, draw the gun fast enough to be effective, be able to handle the gun we've chosen effectively hitting the target in the right spots. So If I say I'm comfortable with my set up it means that I'm confident enough with it that I believe that if I'm attacked I'll be able to stop the attack with my set up.

I am a firm believer in the Bible and the Constitution. I believe we must follow them both very strictly. However, I don't condemn others for their beliefs. I believe in the whole Constitution especially the 2nd Amendment. I'll have to write another blog just on it because I believe the 2nd amendment for what it means and not what the right nor left is telling me it means. For the most part neither ever gets it right. 

What gets to me most is when an innocent life is taken and there were ways to have stopped it. Whether it's an accident due to a firearm being left out unloaded for a 3 yr old child to get to, or when an evil person walks into a church and shoots a bunch of people. Both can be stopped by common sense use of safety rules, or by legally armed citizens defending themselves. 

Do I believe in Common Sense Gun Control? YES
Common since being that if you're being attacked you have enough common sense to pull and control your gun while shooting to stop the attacker. Anything less than this is not common sense, it's either ignorance or someone wants control over people. 

I hope this had given some insight to me and what some of my beliefs are. 

Stay armed, stay safe

    

"Patrol" gun belt by Alpha Omega Gun Belts

Posted on June 27, 2015 at 11:24 AM Comments comments ()
I have had this gun belt by Alpha Omega gun belts for several months now and feel it's to the point where it's broken in enough that I can give a review on it. 

Here is the excerpt from their website:

"Patrol"

"This belt is for the law enforcement community,or if you just happen to like black belts. Dyed black and polished to a shine. This belt will not only look great, but will give you unparalleled performance in the field. Made from 2 layers of premium American veg-tan leather from Hermann-Oak Tannery that are glued and hand stitched together for unsurpassed strength and reliability. This thing is 1/4"+ thick and 1 1/2" wide! Comes with HEAVY DUTY brushed nickel buckle. IDPA LEGAL!"


The owner actually lives near us and I know him personally but am going to keep this review at just that a review.

The belt I have is the one listed above and I have a cross stamped at the end of it which is pretty cool. It won't be seen by many since I typically keep my shirt un-tucked but I do tuck it in occasionally. 

I was wearing either a nylon military style belt or a single layer leather belt. Both of which did their job and did it pretty well or so I thought at the time. I really didn't notice that I had to pull my pants up a lot and I had to keep them so tight to keep everything held up I didn't realize how uncomfortable it was. I also didn't realize that they would both lean out causing more discomfort and what ever I had on at the time to stick out more than I wanted it to.

I started wearing this belt as soon as I received it. I'm going to tell you this is one stiff belt when you get it, just like a brand new pair of good leather work boots. It does have a break in period. When I first put it on I tried to pull it as tight as I had been doing with the other belts but that was way too uncomfortable. I had to loosen it up a notch so it didn't dig into the top of my hip bones. Once I did loosen it up it did feel a lot better. I was however a little worried about it sagging since I didn't have it tight enough to keep it up, or so I thought.

This belt doesn't have to be super tight to stay up, it just needs to be snug around your waist and it's sturdy enough to hold your pants up without being so tight it's digging in and cutting off your circulation. 

With my other belts the more stuff I added the tighter I had to go and even then I had to keep pulling the belt up. Not with this one, I can put all my daily edc gear on and it has no problems. My gear consist of gun w/holster, multi-tool, and 2 extra mags. This belt has no problems holding the weight up and it distributes it so you have a good feel and don't feel off balance. My others did not, you could feel one side sagging and had to keep pulling up at it. 

I am very pleased with the belt and it will last for many, many years. It even comes with a care kit and instructions on how to take care of it to get the most out of it. 

If you're not happy with your current belt you should definitely check this company out. They have several colors to choose from and you won't have to buy another belt for a very long time. Whether you're a police officer, ems worker, fireman, or concealed carrier you won't be disappointed with this belt. 

The company stands behind their craftsmanship as well and takes pride in their work. Go check them out: http://www.aogunbelts.com/













The first 3 pictures are of my belt and the other 2 below are of the other colors you can choose from. 


























Overall these belts are some of the nicest I've seen. They will do whatever you need them to do and probably much more. I could add a lot more to mine with no problems. They are definitely worth it and you'll save money in the long run and will be much happier with the way they carry. 

ASG Bersa BP9cc Airsoft Blowback Gun

Posted on June 26, 2015 at 4:48 PM Comments comments ()
I just received my officially licensed ASG Bersa BP9cc blowback CO2 powered airsoft gun. The only size difference in this gun and the real one is the height is 5.12 inches due to the magazine had to be longer to hide the CO2 cartridge screw handle. The rest is about as close to it as you can get. The magazine releases the same as the real one but the magazine itself is a lot smaller, It's just long and very skinny. 

As you can see in the pic this airsoft is very close to the real gun. In fact the weight of the guns are very close. I'll post some comparison pics below so you can see just how close they are. The noticible difference here is of course the orange tip and the bottom of the magazine sticking out more. This is only to conceal the CO2 cartridge screw. 





I have been using airsoft trainers for a few years now and finally found one that matches my edc handgun. The size and feel of this handgun is very close, definitely close enough for some good practice building the muscle memory for the real gun. 

This gun loads a bit different than my actual trainers. This one you have to install a CO2 cartridge which is good for around 100 rounds of ammo. To install you remove the magazine, and back of the grip and the install the cartridge, It's really pretty simple and well made.  The CO2 cartridge and bbs run around $0.75 per 100 rounds. You read it right, .75 cents per 100 rounds of ammo. Good, cheap, safe shooting. 

The firearm is very accurate out to 7 yards, and starts to rise at 10 yards. If you're gonna practice at 10 yards or more you'll need to keep that in mind and adjust. I kept my practice at 7 yards which is 21 feet and far enough away for defense training. I'll use my actual BP9cc for 10+ yards training. At 5 yards I was hitting the same hole for the most part and at 7 yards having good 1 inch shot groups. Keep in mind this was in my personal indoor range with no wind and aiming. Very pleased with the accuracy of the firearm for close armed defense training. 

This is a blow back airsoft gun the does rack back like a real gun for recoil purposes. It unfortunately only racks back about 3/4 of an inch though. It does have adjustable muzzle flip that I could get it to kick about like a 22lr handgun. It's not much but recoil doesn't matter much for that first shot which is what I us the airsoft guns for mostly anyway. 

The Magazine holds 16 rounds which is twice the capacity of the real gun so you'll either need to load only 8 or try to count shots. I typically load only 8 if I'm doing force on force or multiple shot training. However, I typically only draw and fire one shot to build muscle memory and speed.

The trigger pull on this gun is a hair more than the real thing and not quite as smooth. I haven't looked to see if I can adjust it or not but it really isn't by much. Maybe a pound more which would put it at about 4 pounds so it should throw me off any.  

My main focus with the gun today was drawing from my concealment holster timing it with a shot timer for the iphone to time my draw time. I holstered the gun in my Tuff products appendix carry behind the cell phone holster. I must say I was able to gain some good time with bout 100 rounds of drawing and firing 1 shot. I started out at about 1.35 seconds and was able to get the last 30 at an average of about 1.20 seconds. My best was 1.08, worst at 1.41, and many in the 1.15-1.17 realm. Very pleased with today's practice. It helped to build my drawing skills safely and faster that what I had been doing. At 7 yards I point shoot only, no aiming when I draw my firearm at this distance. If I took the time to aim it would be a bit slower. This is another great use is to build your point shooting up with the gun. Practicing point shooting is a must, you probably won't have time to aim in a defensive situation. 

The draw back to this gun is recoil. It is nowhere near the recoil of my 9mm but it does give some recoil for effect. I can say the less recoil the less likely you'll flinch. I have noticed that when I train with others I can get the flinch out of them and when they fire the first shot with their real gun they won't flinch. So, the low recoil has it's pro's and cons. I however do believe you need training with your real firearm for the recoil purposes with follow up shots etc. 

At a price tag of about $80 shipped to my door I am very pleased with this purchase and am going to put it to great use in my everyday training. I'm hoping to get my draw shot time under 1 second. It'll take some practice but I'll get there even if it takes a few thousand rounds. With it only costing 75 cent per 100 rounds I can afford to practice a lot. I figured It payed for itself today in the way of ammo. I could get about 300 rounds of cheap 9mm target ammo and I probably went through that today setting it up and getting a feel for it before I started timed drawing and shot placement. 

Below are some pictures with the airsoft and real BP9cc for comparison.  



    











As you can see these guns are very close in size and looks. You can tell mine has more holster wear but probably not for long. The top left is of the airsoft on bottom as is the pic to the left. You can see most everything is the same size.  






If you're looking for a great way to train and have a BP9cc this is a great option for you. It will help you in many was to build up your shot placement, speed, and muscle memory. It will also be great in force on force training. 

Stay Armed, Stay Safe.

Bersa BP9cc

Posted on June 25, 2015 at 1:50 PM Comments comments ()
Today I'll be going over the Bersa BP9cc. This is a 9mm double action only (DAO) with a smooth crisp 3.1 pound trigger that feels like a single action. The bp9cc weighs in at 21.5 oz empty, comes with two 8 round magazines that are easy to load and feed smoothly. The barrel length is 3.3 inches with an overall length of 6.35 inches a height of 4.8 inches and .94 inches wide.

 
This handgun feels really good in your hand. It's more of a midsize than a compact but is still easy to carry concealed. I have fed several different types of ammo through this handgun and haven't ran into any problems yet. It has all fed easily with no jams or failures due to the handgun yet. I have had plenty of misfires due to the ammo but not the handgun itself.

The accuracy of this firearm is on par with all the other Bersa firearms I've fired. It has adjustable sights but this one is a tack driver out of the box. It has a great natural point of aim in your hand. It is a very slim handgun which is great for concealing and for smaller hands. It has a long enough grip for larger hands as well. I did put a small hogue handall jr. on the grip which made it just right for me. It had just a bit of room between my fingers and the grip in the front but the hogue grip fixed it. It truly fits like a glove now. 

Drawing the firearm was very easy to get used to. Point shooting came easily once I fired a few rounds for practice making sure the sights were accurate, I then started firing sets of 5 and was hitting a really good group at 10 yards. Less than an inch for most of the 5 round sets. This handgun has a nice large front sight which makes aiming a breeze. I then practiced drawing it empty just to get a feel for it in my conceal carry holster. I then proceeded to draw hot and fire. Speeding up as I got comfortable with the firearm. I am very pleased with the firearm and was able to achieve 1.31 seconds from concealed carry iwb side holster to target. I had some slower some faster but this is a basic average. 

The slide on this handgun is easy to rack for most. I didn't have to put a gorilla grip on it to pull it back. The ammo loads very smooth even if you release the slide slowly. The magazine releases easy when empty or has 7 or less in it. If it has a full mag you need to push up on it and then push the magazine release for it to release easily. This isn't a problem for me as long as it comes out easy empty and it does. 

I did smooth the inside of the trigger guard because it had a seam bur which was rubbing my finger and was a little uncomfortable to me. So I just took a smooth round honing stone and smoothed it out. 

Taking the handgun down was simple. Just unload the handgun, pull the slide back a little and pull while wiggling the slide lock lever until it comes out and push the slide forward. It has a floating barrel so you'll want to remove the spring and barrel to clean your handgun. Putting it back together was as easy as stripping it down. 

I really do like the Bersa BP9cc for a concealed carry / home defense handgun. It is very accurate, shoots smooth, with little recoil. My wife doesn't like the snappy recoil of a lot of 9mm handguns but doesn't mind shooting this one. She says it's very manageable even for her. It is easy to shoot accurately both strong and weak hand either two or single handed. I carry this handgun daily and am very pleased with it. I carry extra mags and use Speer gold dot for my defensive rounds. These are the same rounds I load my .357 sig & mag with and really like them. 

If you like midsize handguns to carry concealed this one is a great choice. It is very comparable in size to the S & W shield. I have fired a shield and the trigger is heavier at about 6.5 lbs, and the slide is harder to pull. Outside of that they are about the same in size and feel. If you don't like a light trigger the BP9cc is not for you, or if you need an external safety it doesn't have one. If you don't need or want an external safety and like the light trigger pull this handgun might be what you're looking for.




 



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