Edition 55

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I hope you and your team are well and continuing to diligently train and prepare for that day.


I have lost track of who’s coming to the Carbine Operator course this weekend.  If you’re planning to attend, please contact me ASAP.


I’ve made an adjustment to the format of the newsletter:  Reminders about UPCOMING CLASSES have been inserted into the left column beneath the Training Calendar.  Also, I’ve added links to some of the class descriptions so you don’t have to call and ask.


Not too soon to start thinking about gift certificates for training as a Christmas present.  They’re available for every class.


It’s also not too soon to start thinking about the UBC in December.  We’ve made some major revisions to the curriculum, making the scenario more challenging and realistic.  Don’t forget DC1 is a prerequisite for DC2 and UBC and CO1 is a prerequisite for DC1.


As always, hope to see you in a class soon.


Train hard; put God first!



Book Recommendation

I very strongly recommend you download and read William Forstchen’s DAY OF WRATH.

This is a timely and urgent book about ISIL attacking targets inside the US.  Forstchen has simply taken actions these animals have already committed elsewhere and set them in small towns in the United States.  Nothing speculative about it.

Since 2002 or so, when it became apparent the Islamists had failed to achieve their purpose, I and others have been warning that the next attack would be directed at the heartland of America.

Listen, we can talk about everyone being a citizen of NYC if it makes us feel better, but the truth of the matter is the attacks of 9-11-01 took place far, far away from the majority of America.  NYC and DC might as well be on the moon for all the thought I give them each day.

But, if terrorists simultaneously attacked school buses filled with kids as they went about their routes in different rural areas across America, that would forever change the lives of millions of Americans.  Imagine the same thing taking place at high school football or basketball games across America.  Things would change.  If you believe you have less freedom as a result of The Patriot Act, you haven’t seen anything like the repressive laws that would come about in the wake of this type of event.

We are led by people who ‘never let a good crisis go to waste’.

I do believe it’s just a matter of time.

We can and must ready ourselves.  We must ready our families.

Read more here about the book and:  AboutISIL

Please remember to use www.smile.amazon.com and support Paladin Training’s mission.  I’d link directly to the book but I can’t figure out how to do it without linking my account.

Death of a Firearm Instructor

I’m sure you’ve heard about the instructor killed when a 9 year old student lost control of a fully automatic pistol.  I probably shouldn’t use the terms ‘instructor’ and ‘student’ when talking about the relationship between these two people.  That event was about amusement, not training.


But, what a tragic story for everyone involved!  A husband, father and veteran is dead in his prime, a young girl is surely traumatized and likely robbed of a future that, until this occurred, included at least the hypothetical chance of learning how to defend herself with a firearm.


Plenty has already been said and written about fault so I’ll fore go that.  Let’s talk instead a little about training kids to shoot.  Really, I could use some training in that area myself as (a) Paladin is not in the business of training young children in gun safety, and (b) Libby and I don’t have children.


It doesn’t take any skill and not a whole lot of physical strength to ‘shoot’ a gun.  Very young people can support (i.e., hold) and fire a gun.  The important question is this:


Can they CONTROL the gun during recoil?


If you intend to supervise a young person shooting a SEMI-AUTO,  load the gun as a single shot, charging the magazine with only one round, until they have demonstrated the ability to handle the recoil.


People are dead because they fired guns that recoiled more than they could control:  Hit in the top of the head by barrels, hit in the head by rounds unintentionally fired while the gun was in full recoil, etc.


Maybe because it’s what I learned on, I think the ideal handgun for teaching a new shooter the fundamentals of marksmanship is a Ruger Single Six revolver in .22 LR.


Consider these points:

  1. Inherently accurate
  2. Cheap ammunition
  3. Little recoil and blast
  4. Has to be manually cocked for each shot, effectively making it a single shot
  5. Good sights and trigger
  6. Rugged and durable
  7. Won’t be ‘outgrown’
    And lastly, seemingly at odds to the purpose of shooting well…
  8. Has a long, relatively slow hammer fall

Number 8 is actually a plus, from a training standpoint, because it means that the shooter must concentrate on the fundamental of ‘Follow Thru’ in order to shoot the gun well.

In essence you have a gun that is accurate, but you have to work a little more to shoot it accurately.

If you take this advice seriously, might as well get the convertible version that comes with a .22 WMR cylinder.  This will greatly increase the versatility of the gun.

If you want to learn a little more about the firearm that was used in the incident in Arizona, here’s a YouTube video on the Micro Uzi:

Interestingly, and perhaps relevant to the accident in Arizona, in his opening remarks the shooter mentions a problem with the folding stock.  He says it’s common.  I haven’t a clue as I’ve never fired one.  But, you can see it happen around the 4:30 mark.  Notice that, when the stock comes loose, the muzzle moves to the left and up… where the instructor was positioned.

Castle Doctrine in Chesterfield County

Cast of characters:

  • Gaskins – the shooter / driver
  • Burr – the witness / passenger
  • Turner – the deceased
  • Two juveniles – sons of Gaskins and Burr / back-seat passengers

In August 2013, Gaskins drove Burr and the two boys to Turner’s house to retrieve some medication for Burr’s son.  Turner and Burr’s estranged wife were living together.

Turner met them in the front yard, carrying a baseball bat and acting in an agitated manner.  It would later be determined his BAC was .21%.

According to Gaskins, Turner opened the PASSENGER side door, pointed the bat at Burr and threatened the two men with bodily harm.  Gaskins said he tried to get Turner to step away but he ‘wouldn’t get away from the car’.  Gaskins said he feared for their safety, pulled a pistol from his pocket and shot Turner three times.  Turner died at the scene.  Gaskins was arrested and charged with murder.

At a pre-trial hearing, Gaskins’ attorney sought immunity from prosecution under the Protection of Persons and Property Act.  Circuit Judge Henry James recently rendered the opinion that the PPPA does not apply, which means the case will go to trial.  I think he’s correct.

Disclaimer #1: All the above comes from the Florence Morning News.  You can read it here: SCNow

Disclaimer #2: I am not a  lawyer.  What follows is not legal advice, etc., etc.


Pertinent Sections of The Protection of Persons and Property Act (PPPA)   

(Read it in full here:  16-11-410 )

SECTION 16-11-440. Presumption of reasonable fear of imminent peril when using deadly force against another unlawfully entering residence, occupied vehicle or place of business.

(A) A person is presumed to have a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily injury to himself or another person when using deadly force that is intended or likely to cause death or great bodily injury to another person if the person:

(1) against whom the deadly force is used is in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering, or has unlawfully and forcibly entered a dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle, or if he removes or is attempting to remove another person against his will from the dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle; and

(2) who uses deadly force knows or has reason to believe that an unlawful and forcible entry or unlawful and forcible act is occurring or has occurred.

(C) A person who is not engaged in an unlawful activity and who is attacked in another place where he has a right to be, including, but not limited to, his place of business, has no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he reasonably believes it is necessary to prevent death or great bodily injury to himself or another person or to prevent the commission of a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60.
(D) A person who unlawfully and by force enters or attempts to enter a person’s dwelling, residence, or occupied vehicle is presumed to be doing so with the intent to commit an unlawful act involving force or a violent crime as defined in Section 16-1-60.

In his argument against immunity the prosecutor mentioned several discrepancies in the witness testimony.  It had to be extremely damaging to the defense that Burr testified he never felt in danger until Gaskins began shooting!  Ouch!

When considering the question of going to the aid of another, this is my worst fear:  The person I’m rescuing doesn’t understand the danger he’s in and so he doesn’t appreciate the reasonableness of what I did by shooting his attacker.

Either that is what happened here or Burr’s assessment of the situation is correct and Gaskins over-reacted.

Whichever, the problem posed by going to the aid of someone who may not understand they’re in danger should be a very real concern for you.  Remember that there are situations where your training might cause you to act before others who are untrained.

Here’s the problem I have with the shooting:  In my reading of the events, nothing leads me to believe that it was NECESSARY for Gaskins to shoot Turner in order to save his or Burr’s life.

That’s a big word and it’s right smack in the middle of Paragraph C above.  I fear we sometimes take too much comfort in the extensions to the Castle Doctrine included in the PPPA and neglect the concept of NECCESITY.  It appears to me that the problem would have disappeared had Gaskins simply put the car in gear and driven away from the indisputably angry and intoxicated Turner.  Once at a safe distance, he or Burr could have called the SO and had a deputy escort Burr to Turner’s place to get the meds for the boy.   End of story / no one shot / no one arrested.

I agree with the decision.

Recommended Newsletter

I think I’ve mentioned him before, but it’s worth a reminder:  If you’re interested in learning more about the legal issues surrounding the use of force, check out  Andrew Branca’s website here:  LOSD

Branca periodically publishes a newsletter that I’ve found interesting.  I know I’ve previously recommended his book The Law of Self Defense.

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