Edition 19

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This issue contains the training calendar for the 1st QTR of 2011!  We have plenty of room in this month’s Concealable Weapn Permit (CWP) and Basic Defensive Handgun (BDH) classes.  Times, location and equipment requirements are covered to the left.
BDH is our entry level handgun fighting course and the logical next step for a CWP holder.  You don’t need a CWP to take the class.  You don’t even have to own a handgun; we’ll loan you one of ours at no extra cost.  Depending on which way you’re leaning, we can set you up with either a medium or small frame S&W .38 Special revolver or a Springfield XD in 9mm, plus holster and mag / speedloader carrier.  All you’ll need to do is provide the ammunition.
An important feature of this class (all our fall and winter classes) is the amount of low light training you’ll get.  Being able to hit the Threat in low light is critical and a skill we don’t spend nearly enough time developing or maintaining.  Unfortunately, it’s not as simple as turning on a flashlight and lining up the sights.  Do your best to take advantage of the short winter days by attending one of our defensive gunfighting classes this quarter.
Note:  It gets COLD when the sun goes down so dress appropriately.  Layers are a good thing as it’s often warm during the day and uncomfortably cold and damp after sundown.

Lessons Learned: Handgun Combatives Class

As part of last December’s HanCom class, we ran some anti-carjacking scenarios using role players armed with AirSoft guns. The results were eye-opening for the participants, to say the least.
Initially the setup involved one occupant in a car stopped (trapped) in traffic being approached by a person of unknown intent. Later we added a passenger in the car, first one who was unable to assist you, then a passenger who could help you fight back. The passenger brought a new set of variables to the problem. In short, the presence of a passenger can either help you or tremendously complicate things for you. Depends on the passenger.
Here’s a rule (I call it the Hombre Imperative from the 1967 Paul Newman movie by that name): Avoid hanging out with incompetent people.
Bottom line in anti-carjacking: If you’re not paying attention and mentally ready to instantly, aggressively counter-attack your attacker, you’re at his mercy. If he wants you dead, you’re dead.
Maybe this first edition of 2011 is the appropriate place to review the Fundamentals of Situational Awareness:
  1. Know who is around you and what they’re doing.
  2. To the extent possible, be able to see and manuever.
  3. Have a plan for every reasonable contingency.
    And last, but certainly not least-
  4. Honor your instincts!
How much time do you spend in a car every day? Do you sometimes drive through areas you wouldn’t want to walk through?
The next HanCom class is tentatively scheduled for APR 2011. Remember too that BDH or equivalent is a pre-requisite for this class.

Next Issue

Lib and I came home late in the evening from a class a few weekends ago to find the back door to the house open. I’ll talk about what we did, good and bad, as we cleared the house. Some interesting Lessons were (re?)Learned.
Hope to see you in a class soon!

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