Trigger reset is one of those skills, that if you were like me, when you learned it, it pretty much changed your level of accuracy instantly, especially with a pistol. I remember one of my trainers summarizing it for me:
“Unlike a rifle, where the barrel is 16 to 20 inches or greater, most pistol barrels are only 4 to 5 inches..that means the bullet has not got very far to travel before it exits, that means that any movement you make in working the trigger, exponentially effect the bullets path that much more.”
It made perfect sense. Pretty soon I was shooting the lights out.
But where the trouble came into paradise is when I learned the EXTREME differences between Competition Marksmanship and Combat Accuracy.
Most of the skills we are taught when we first start learning to shoot revolve around the square range and static targets. There is typically no stressors and no movement involved. Our success (and our ego) depends on the black X Ring and how well we shoot it out, right? Compare this to actual Combat shooting in a life or death struggle; whole new ball of wax. Now, all that really matters is that we stop the person trying to kill us right? Is he really going to grade us on our groupings or on our shot placement? Will he have his handy pair of calipers to measure your spread?
Now, I know most of you have heard this passionate spill before from me, so let me put it another way so I don’t sound redundant and boring.
The “Degree” of accuracy required is different in Competition and Combat shooting. In Competition Shooting, Accuracy is expected 100% of the time, no matter the situation. You are expected to punch a round through a paper target, preferably in the black, every time. In Combat Shooting, accuracy has looser tolerances and is both subjective and situational.
Let me give you an example: Some meth head has a taken a kid hostage, the perp standing still at 12 yards with a knife to the child’s throat, threatening to kill him. The only available and relatively safe shot the perp is giving you is the right side of his face, maybe 3 inches total from his nose to the edge of his cheekbone. Here, the SITUATION and in part, the DISTANCE, has determined that you MUST BE ACCURATE so that you kill the perp and protect the kid.
To contrast, if the same perp was just 12 feet away from you, armed with a handgun, but with no hostage, Now your level of accuracy is lowered, because you have a much bigger target in front of you (his center of mass) at a much closer range. Make sense? (FYI: In the first example, I realize the example is a bit far fetched for any CO. The reality, regardless of the weapon involved, is quite simple: for long distance shots that require a great degree of accuracy, ALWAYS get closer if you can! This is why they train hostage rescue teams to always try and close distance with the perp and get a shot angle on them that reduces the chance of an errant round hitting a hostage or bystander.)
OK, so going back to trigger reset. Since it is a skill that most of us practice on the square range, how applicable is it in an ass puckering, “kill or be killed” situation? I mean are you really going to remember a fine motor skill that involves you letting up the slack just enough to hear or feel the reset, all the while rounds are whizzing around you as you are moving to cover and your adrenaline is jacked thru the roof? Yeah, probably not. But that is OK, because you understand that TRIGGER RESET is a skill you can call upon (with Pistol or Rifle) when you need a greater degree of accuracy above and beyond standard combat shooting. Because, ultimately, when you look at the scenarios involved in most civilian self-defense shootings, in most cases, combat accuracy is going to be sufficient to end the threat.
So in closing, when the CO has Trigger Rest tucked away into his training memory bank, he has a very applicable and legitimate resource to draw upon when he needs it. The trick, is to train and drill in such a way that will force the CO to draw upon that skill frequently (and randomly), as the situation dictates.
Always remember that the thing that sets amateurs and professionals apart is the ability to seamlessly flow between skill sets.
Stay Focused, Armed and Dangerous!
I stumbled across this video by accident while meandering through the halls of YouTube and thought that everyone would benefit from it. This is a 12 minute video from Pat McNamara. He spent 22 years in Special Operations (including 13 years at The Unit) and now has his own training company alongside a few books, like Sentinel and T.A.P.S.
In this video, he is discussing zeroes, MOA and ballistics, and natural point of aim.
In case you don’t know Mark Cuban…well, he is rich…very, very rich. He is a multi-billionaire and he owns the Dallas Mavericks basketball team. He is also a reality TV star, appearing on Shark Tank, encouraging, advising, and investing in start-up businesses. He owns many online media outlets, including many blog hosting companies, and a major movie distribution company. He is second-generation American.
While he has been influenced by Ayn Rand and espouses many libertarian ideals, he has endorsed and voted primarily Democrat in the recent past. Which appears to me to be contradictory. However, I found him personally quite engaging, charismatic, and straight talking. But, something always seemed a little off to me, but I was never sure exactly what. Perhaps it was his coyness about presidential aspirations.
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Democrats sure have been enjoying their new powers to control the choices and freedoms of individuals during this Chinese virus pandemic. And it turns out that they’ve been making it worse with some very poor – or deliberately evil – decision-making.
Here’s the story from the New York Post:
Of all the missteps in the early days of the coronavirus crisis, New York state’s Health Department may have committed the worst: ordering nursing homes to accept residents who tested positive for COVID-19.
Instead of quarantining the folks most vulnerable to the disease, the state encouraged its spread: 85 percent of the state’s confirmed deaths from the bug are people over 60, with nearly a quarter of all corona fatalities coming in nursing or adult-care facilities — and at least 2,210 such deaths tallied in the city.
And when asked…
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Veterans chuckle when reporters use the phrase “heavily armed” to describe protesters carrying shotguns or rifles. Said reporters betray an ignorance born of aversion when they use that phrase. Here’s an example from Justin Caruso at Daily Caller:
Hint: heavy arms aren’t carried. Ergo, “heavy”. Heavy arms are artillery, missiles, main battle tanks and the like, literally heavy, crew-served weapons. I was a Navy puke and even I know this.
Justin ol’ buddy, a military unit with M4s, .30 caliber machine guns and small mortars is considered “lightly armed” by the Army. I’ll take the Army as my authority. Tell us you saw protesters with artillery and armor and I’ll withdraw my objection.
So enough with the sensationalist nonsense. Just stop. You sound like a schoolgirl from deepest Manhattan. At best it reveals who your audience is. The protestors were armed in the same sense pheasant and deer hunters are “armed”. Let it go.
Scott Terry at Backwoods Resistance reminds us why we should plant potatoes. Excerpts:
Growing food in a post-SHTF situation requires crops that are easy to grow, have high calorie content, are easy to cook, and are easy to store. The potato meets all these requirements. The potato is one of the few crops that a person could live off of exclusively, if they had too. Potatoes are a great source of carbohydrates, protein, and Vitamin C. They can be boiled, fried, or baked. Potatoes can be stored very easily in a root cellar for up to 10 months.
Excerpts from an EMP op-ed at Washington Examiner:
Can you imagine if our grid went down and we lost electricity for an extended period of time? As bad as our current situation is, it could always be a lot worse. We relied on our government leaders to prepare our country for a pandemic, and we see what that got us. We rely on that same leadership now to protect our electric grid…
The EMP Commission estimates a nationwide blackout of the United States lasting one year could kill 90% of Americans from starvation and societal collapse…
The strategy of pretending to do something but really doing nothing and then throwing money at the threat when it happens will get millions of Americans killed when there is an EMP.
This is not news to Woodpile Report readers, but it’s suspicious how many articles about an EMP attack are showing up for no obvious reason.
James Dakin at Bison Prepper sees collapse coming and warns what prepping really means. An excerpt:
You may think a garden makes you independent, but that is largely a false sense of security. It is certainly better than nothing, and a good start, but until you are absolutely 100% calorie self sufficient AND free of their financial control AND far enough away from city resupply and city dwellers of the enemy tribe persuasion, you are being controlled. That doesn’t mean Don’t Try, it means Don’t Delude Yourself.
Tyler Durden at Zero Hedge comments on our collapsing food supply chain. An excerpt:
The immediate outcome of this food supply chain collapse will be even more rapid food inflation, hitting Americans at a time of unprecedented economic hardships with at least 26.5 million now unemployed since the pandemic struck the US.
And with a sharp economic recession, if not outright depression unfolding, more Americans are ditching grocery stores for food banks, putting incredible stress on these charities, which has forced the government to deploy National Guard troops at many locations to ensure food security to the neediest.
We’re just circling the drain. We ain’t seen nothin’ yet. Those ingénues who believe troops are being positioned to “ensure food security” will be among the first to discover otherwise. Get away, and stay away from crowds. It’s the indispensable first step.
Charles Smith at Of Two Minds says What’s Collapsing Can’t Be Saved: Our Fraudulent Economy. Excerpts:
We live in a constantly distorted house of mirrors devoted to maintaining useful illusions of “democracy,” “free markets” and other fairy tales we tell ourselves to reduce the pain of living a vast, all-encompassing fraud in which everyone who isn’t a grifting insider is the loser.
We don’t just have financial bubbles that are popping; we have bubbles in trust and credibility that are popping, too. All the lies, skims, scams, excuses, frauds, bezzles, artifices, profiteering, promotional schemes and rackets are unraveling, not because the virus shut down the economy but because the enormity of all the corruption, lies and fraud is now so great that the entire status quo is collapsing under its own weight…
Once the system collapses, we all lose, even the insiders who have traded every shred of their soul for financial gains, at the expense of everything that was once held dear.
I was an okay cook. That’s what I became when I was a widower the first time and lived alone for five years. A good enough cook. Not bad. Pretty okay. My cooking was basic stuff, irreducibly simple. Scrambled eggs and bacon for instance, or baked fish fillet and baked potato. It was trial and error from day one. I had no clue. Whole meals went into the garbage and I started again. Sometimes I didn’t eat supper until ten at night. Eventually I had 3 x 5 cards with directions for a few different meals.
My only fancy meal was based on southern fried chicken, from a cookbook printed in the 1940s. It’s what I prepared for guests. Better than KFC, not as good as Popeyes. Hah! When I first started cooking for myself someone said, “Cook? He doesn’t even know how to eat.” Solution? Master the supreme entree, southern fried chicken. That’ll show ’em. Truckloads of chicken parts later, it did.
Zoom forward fourteen years. I’ve been cooking again for about two years now, for two at first, now for one. It’s the “for two” part that made the difference. My late wife was an excellent cook and not shy to make, um … suggestions. That’s it, suggestions. My scrambled eggs went from okay to light, fluffy and pleasingly tasty. They even look like the photos in a cookbook, you know, sharp key light from behind, diffuse fill light in front. Kidding. My fish fillets slide apart at the touch of a fork and they taste buttery good, the lemony seasoning merely compliments as it should.
I amaze easily, but I’m amazed how far I’ve come in just two short decades, from a heater-upper of foodstuffs to an almost good enough cook, sort of. I’ll take that any day of the week. Truth is, I have no choice.
1956. Delta Airlines magazine ad
Delta began in 1925 in the Mississippi Delta region with a single crop duster and carried its first passengers in 1929. Delta had an all-jet fleet by 1970.
The DC-7, derived from the DC-6, first flew in late 1953 in response to an American Airlines request for a plane that could fly coast-to-coast in eight hours. Delta had twenty DC-7s.
Zero Hedge – Shocking Study Finds Coronavirus Mutations That Are Much Deadlier Than The Original … probable link between the type of strain that infects a patient and the level of brutality of the symptoms
National Post – Billionaire’s Instagram-perfect isolation on a luxury superyacht draws public outrage … as the world’s wealthy stay in vacation homes, custom bunkers or floating palaces, workers from nurses to supermarket cashiers juggle childcare and risk infection working essential jobs
Navy Matters – Eliminate Aviation Amphibious Ships … gigantic ships that cost a fortune and cram both the aviation element and the ground element together in the same ship. Talk about concentrating risk!
Stuff you may want to think about
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Lock down, The Z Man – There’s lots of red lights flashing in the debt markets and the supply chain. The next months will be interesting. Maybe that will be how everyone forgets about this month of living like lepers and treating everyone like they stink. Before people can start to think about why they were locked in their homes, they will be directed to the next drama, the financial and economic panic of 2020. Perhaps the lesson here is the circus part of our bread and circuses is the government creating increasingly reckless panics seeing if they can blow it all up. Maybe this is all for their entertainment.
Also see this from George Ure at Urban Survival:
The food situation is getting dicey with meat, including pork and some poultry production coming off-line. And that will evolve over coming months into supply chain collapses and a general reset of lifestyles at a much lower-than-recent levels.
Putting everyone under house arrest and collapsing the economy is just the beginning. The can is being kicked and it moveth not. A historic catastrophe is plainly visible. Someone else’s fine tuned and compelling opinion won’t save you. Those who can save themselves will save themselves, not you. Those who can’t save themselves certainly won’t save you. Who does that leave?
We’ve been had, Town Hall – The infection made its way to American sooner than we had believed. With three flights a day from Wuhan to New York’s John F. Kennedy airport alone the virus was being imported faster than understood. If 2.5 million New Yorkers were able to fight it off without any treatment at all—unaware they even had it—how much more immunity did we miss out on creating by simply sheltering everyone in place? We are well on our way to a vaccine. We’ve also got a $12 treatment with the hydroxychloroquine cocktail that has smashed Brazil’s fatality rate by 95%.
Collapse, Of Two Minds – “Success” in America is now a game of creating believable facsimiles of what was once authentic. This requirement to hide the truth lest it collapse all the skims, scams, frauds, rackets and insider plundering and pillaging is the Monster Id of America. The more the insiders and institutional technocrat machinery attempt to censor and suppress critical inquiry, the greater the erosion of public trust in the credibility and legitimacy of the dominant institutions. When reality and truth become the sworn enemies of society’s political and economic elites, the society is well and truly doomed.
Mickey Mouse debuted in 1928 with the sound cartoon Steamboat Willie, a parody of Buster Keaton’s Steamboat Bill Jr. and a challenge to the well established Felix the Cat. By late 1930, Felix was gone.
Mickey’s peak was probably his role in Fantasia of 1940, after which he slowly faded in popularity. 1953 saw the last Mickey Mouse theatre cartoon.
More stuff you may want to think about
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Next 60 days, Alt-Market – The supply chain breakdown will go mainstream in a couple months. The stores are sparse right now; they are stretching inventory to fill gap in shelves and limiting purchases on a long list of items to one per customer, but they aren’t in crisis mode yet. Supply is about to be destroyed because of lack of production. The extent of the crisis will become much more clear in the next two months to the majority. The result will be civil unrest in the summer, likely followed by extreme poverty levels in the winter. No measure of “reopening” is going to do much to stop the avalanche that has already been started.
My Most Excellent and Indispensable Rule One for survival, “Stay away from crowds”, may one day involve keeping a crowd away from you. Just sayin’.
Norman Rockwell, American Conservative – We have become, I fear, a less generous people than the great multitude of Americans Rockwell saw with his artist’s eye. Nor have we much sense of humor. Rockwell’s biographer described his work as “steeped in the we-the-people communitarian ideals of America’s founding in the eighteenth century.” Hence not really up-to-date, you know. Life in the Rockwell era was just too funny, too warm, too enjoyable for the then-minority notion that All—All—Was Lost! It certainly wasn’t lost. There was hope in the exertions of normal people in those days.
Flak-Bait, Smithsonian – Across its fuselage was a quiltwork of more than 1,000 patches covering holes—some as large as 16 inches—caused by shrapnel from exploding antiaircraft shells on previous combat missions. B26 Marauder “Flak-Bait” flew 200 combat missions, plus six decoy operations, for a grand total of 206 flights. “We are preserving, not restoring, this great plane. We’re cleaning and stopping any corrosion.” Flak-Bait dropped more than 375,000 pounds of bombs, consumed approximately 160,000 gallons of fuel, flew 178,000 miles and logged 725 hours of combat time.
1945. Peine Germany
736th Tank Battalion Shermans equipped with 76mm turrets pass in review in Peine, Germany a few weeks after the end of the war in Europe. A good ol’ Easy Eight is in the lead, looking about as good as a Sherman ever would.
Peine is a medieval city of about 50,000 in north central Germany, 20 miles east of Hanover.