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Primary concerns

I came across this quote today.

"While there is some concern of overpenetration with a handgun cartridge, your primary concern should be that your defensive round of choice will have sufficient penetration to reach vital organs and cause incapacitating blood loss in an attacker."

On the surface the statement is clearly logical enough, provided we remove one aspect of it.

"... your primary concern should be ...."

Lest you ever find yourself in a lethal use of force encounter...or potential lethal use of force encounter, sufficient penetration of your ammo is far from the primary concern.

Your primary concern is to make sure that what you are seeing is in fact accurate, ala use exemplary judgement.

And I mean it. THAT is your primary concern.

"Hold on a minute" you're thinking.

"If I'm startled from my sleep in the middle of the night to someone breaking into my house I need to win that fight short and quick.".

Of which I would concur wi…

Gear Review: The Pathfinder School Canteen Cooking Set

A Client once told me that I have a maddening level of patience. Which I don't necessarily think is true but, you spend enough time in the back of a SUV running surveillance or waiting for hours on end standing behind a Client at a blackjack table in Vegas you learn the fine art of being.

Back in late Spring, the folks over at Dave Canterbury's Pathfinder Store sent me one of their complete Canteen Cooking sets, asking to give it a test and see what I thought. I am relatively certain it was a bit maddening for them in this sense of immediacy world we live in. Because, most gear reviews I've seen are largely based on the unboxing of a new piece of gear and saying "I'll probably use it for .....". I like being able to write that I've you know...used it.

Ironically enough last October when I was in the desert of the U.S./Mexican border running a surveillance operation I thought alot about water. And I was kind of surprised no one had really brought out a st…
It is worth noting, if the feces does ever hit the impeller that is your life. Be a wasp in the world of bees.

I'm still here

Next year somebody remind me that I don't ever dig writing in late winter.

There are a litany of excuses of course.

Work (I never get THAT busy in February....then I did), a Federal case (as an expert witness not a defendant than you very much), then there was a concussion at one point. But, largely the overall power, ability, and desire to write just left.

Then I lost my outline for all of this "securing your six" business, I think it got tossed into the fireplace during a "purge" so-to-speak.

Anyway the drafting process has begun and I'm back on track to get on this again and looking forward to it (run on sentences, over use of commas, elipsisisis and all).

ps to the dude who keeps trying to use the comments section to advertise his Canadian hunting trips. Either set me up on a bear, or a moose (no muskox) hunt and I'll write up the whole thing for you or ...or get your own blog. You may also not want to write in format that rivals Russian soldier spea…

New Series: Securing your Six

If everything goes accordingly at some point this week I'll be launching a new series of articles as previously mentioned, that is essentially a guide to "being your own bodyguard". It is not written in the vein of being FOR people in the Executive Protection game and, therefore not intended to be read as a primer on " learn how to be and then get paid". Though I suspect one could gain insight to be of aid.

Unlike the 'Dark Arts for Good Guys' series that focused on extracting oneself from extraordinary circumstances or the blatant measures of life saving violence against an aggressor; 'Securing your Six' is about everyday application that improves your ability to contend with the world. To the point that in some instances you can alter or atleast attempt to alter a lethal situation without ever firing a shot, not because of some magic verbal judo but because you were smart ahead of time.

I read a tagline once in a gun magazine where the author s…

Of Wolves, Children, and Dogs

Imagine for a moment that wolves were a pervasive problem across the country.

We were left with contending at any given moment a solitary wolf slipping into the school yard, play ground, or birthday party and attacking children. The public out cry began to build and the government in all of it's infinite wisdom decided it should step in.

After much conferring with people who knew nothing about wolves and had never seen a wolf decided that the only real answer was to not risk another child's life. From the Senate to the White House a solution was provided.

Every domestic dog that weighed over 25lbs was to be rounded up and slaughtered.

Dog owners and lovers became enraged "our dogs are not wolves", yet the Government responded "we have talked with experts and have concluded that since dogs are all descendents from the wolf we can not afford, for the sake of the children, to risk what we see as ticking time bombs in our homes. We feel that every dog lover can be …

How we are going to be safer.

Gun Control is often very hard for us to understand because we are not members of the intellectual elite. Therefore I decided to cut through the confusion of "big words" and use this picture to illustrate the forth coming peaceful utopia America will be experiencing in the near future.



When the violence is inherent to the paycheck.