Rangemaster Firearms Training Services1808 James L Redman Parkway, Suite 226, Plant City, FL, [email protected] www.rangemaster.comJune 2020 NewsletterDRILL OF THE MONTHThroughout 2020 we will be running a Drill of the Month in each edition ofthe newsletter. The goal is help motivate folks to get to the range andactually shoot their defensive weapons, and to have some fun in theprocess. Each month we’ll post a drill or a short course of fire. You areencouraged to go to the range, shoot the drill, and then post your thoughtsand a photo of your target on the Rangemaster Facebook page,https://www.facebook.com/groups/rangemaster/ .Rangemaster Advanced Bullseye Course, 2020Fired on NRA B-8, B-8 repair center, FBI-IP1, or the bullseye on an LTT-1Only hits in the 8, 9, 10 and X ring count, all others are misses.All strings begin at The Ready, gun pointed at ground in front of shooter.25 yards 5 rounds30 seconds15 yards 5 rounds10 seconds7 yards 10 rounds 12 secondsStart with 5 rds only in the gun; 5 rounds, reload, 5 rounds5 yards5 rounds5 seconds5 yards3 rounds 3 secondsStart gun in hand, at ready, using dominant hand only5 yards2 rounds 3 secondsStart gun in hand, at ready, using non-dominant hand only30 rounds 300 points possible270 or higher to passIf you can shoot 270 (90%) or above on this, cold, you’re a very good shot.The target in the photo was not shot cold, I had a bit of warm-up, but itgives you an idea what this should look like. Go shoot!
The Thinking Gunman’s Bookshelf,by Tom GivensAs a serious “student of the gun” for over fifty years, I havealways sought out information on every aspect of armed selfdefense. Sadly, I frequently encounter people who own guns,ostensibly for self defense, but they have no knowledge ofdefensive shooting technique or equipment. Others knowsomething about their handguns and may even be good shots,but have never actually considered the moral, ethical and legalramifications of using a firearm in self defense. Still others havesome understanding of these issues, but have no idea of the richhistory of armed self defense in this country, or the evolution ofthe techniques we take for granted today. If self defense againstdangerous criminals is your goal, some understanding of thecriminal’s mentality could be very useful. Finally, someunderstanding of the wounding mechanisms of handgunammunition and of human anatomy are important pieces of thepuzzle. In my view, a well rounded handgunner should have somebasic knowledge and understanding in each of these areas ofstudy.Looking over my personal reference library, I found three hundredand eighty five books dealing with the topics listed above.Generally, they can be divided into two categories, “software andhardware”. The “software” volumes deal with such issues asdeveloping a proper defensive mindset, understanding thecriminal mind, and basic understanding of the legal issuesinvolved in using force. The “hardware” books deal withhandguns, holsters, and other equipment and with the specifictechniques involved in using these tools efficiently. I’ll break thesefurther into sub-sets based on content and make somerecommendations for your reading list. Space constraints keep
me from being able to give you a real book report on each but I’llhighlight why I think some of these books are important to you.SOFTWAREThe first book on my list should be required reading for everyperson who even thinks about carrying a handgun for selfdefense. Principles of Personal Defense was written by JeffCooper in 1972 and is a very brief work outlining the sevenguiding principles of personal combat. Jeff authored a number ofbooks in his long career and many of them contain great insightinto both shooting technique and mindset development. One ofmy favorites is Fireworks , a Gunsite Anthology.Born Fighting, How the Scots-Irish Shaped America, by JamesWebb has been described as “popular history at its finest” by theAmerican Library Association. Webb traces the influx of ScotsIrish immigrants into the US and how their input shaped theAmerican working class’s sense of fierce individualism, persistentegalitarianism and strong sense of personal honor.Deep Survival, Who Lives, Who Dies, and Why by LaurenceGonzales is a vital description of the mental, emotional andcharacter issues involved in surviving catastrophy, whethernatural or man-made. Many years ago Jeff Cooper wrote that“the world is divided into two groups, “copers” and “non-copers”.The purpose of training and personal development was tobecome a “coper”. According to Gonzales, it appears Jeff wascorrect.The Deadliest Men, by Paul Kirchner is a fascinating look at someof the most skilled and successful warriors in history. Paul spentfive years researching this material and has offered some realinsights into the character and actions of some of the best knownas well as some relatively unknown fighters. From well known folkheroes like Sgt. Alvin York and James Bowie to some less wellknown gunmen like Delf “Jelly” Bryce and Lance Thomas,Kirchner gives us a look at what makes real warriors.
Straight Talk on Armed Defense, What the Experts Want You toKnow, edited by Massad Ayoob. This is a collection of chapterswritten by 14 different experts in the self defense field, each withhis own area of expertise. Contributors include Mas Ayoob, Craig“Southnarc” Douglas, William Aprill, Dr. Alexis Artwohl, JohnHearne, me, and others. The information covers all aspects ofarmed self defense.To this list I would add two more works dealing with the emotionaland mental aspects of deadly force incidents. Both offer a greatdeal of information on what you can expect during, and asimportantly, after a defensive shooting. They are Deadly ForceEncounters, Second Edition, by Dr. Alexis Artwohl and LorenChristensen, and Into the Kill Zone, by David Klinger.
HISTORICAL BACKGROUNDWithout comment, here is a good starting list for learning aboutthe history and development of gunfighting in the US. Many areavailable as low cost re-prints, or you can scour gun shows andestate sales for original copies.Fast & Fancy Revolver Shooting, by Ed McGivernSixguns, by Elmer KeithGunfighters, by Col. Charles AskinsShooting, by J. Henry FitzgeraldLegendary Lawman, The Story of Quick Draw Jelly Bryce, RonOwensHARDWAREThese are current works dealing with modern, effective shootingand gunhandling techniques. Each represents current state of theart technique, but because of the different backgrounds of theauthors (law enforcement, special operations military) thosetechniques may vary slightly.Stay in the Fight, Warriors Guide to the Combat Pistol, by KyleLamb, recently retired from US Army Special Operations.Handgun Combatives, by Dave Spaulding, recently retired from along and storied law enforcement career.The Art of Modern Gunfighting, by Scott Reitz, recently retiredmember of LAPD SWAT, winner of several line of duty gunfightsand experienced trainer.Tactical Pistol Shooting, 2nd Edition, by Erik Lawrence and MikePannone, former Special Operations soldiers and excellenttrainers.
Training at the Speed of Life, by Kenneth Murray. Murray is oneof the pioneers in simulation based training and this book is thebible for force on force training.WOMEN’S ISSUES IN FIREARMS TRAININGMore and more women are entering the field of personal selfdefense training, and they bring a unique set of challenges andneeds to the modern firearms trainer. Here are some excellentworks to help guide women and their trainers.Concealed Carry for Women, by Gila HayesTeaching Women to Shoot, by Vicki Farnam and Diane Nichol
GUNSHOT WOUNDINGGunshot Wounds, by Dr. Vincent DiMaio, one of the mostexperienced and respected forensic medical examiners in the USForensic Analysis of the April 11, 1986, FBI Firefight, Dr. FrenchAnderson A detailed look at a historic shooting incident, includingextensive information on the many wounds suffered byparticipants in this gun battle, and how those wounds affected theaction.LEGAL ISSUESIn the Gravest Extreme, by Massad Ayoob is several decades oldnow, but still has a solid foundation of information on the legalaspects of self defense.Deadly Force, Understanding Your Right to Self Defense, byMassad Ayoob. This 2014 release covers the legal issuesinvolved in the use of lethal force in self-defense in great detailbut in language the non-lawyer layman can easily understand.Highly recommended.CRIMINAL PSYCHOLOGYInside the Criminal Mind, by Stanton E. Samenow, Ph.D. (TheRevised and Updated Edition). The original version of this bookwas published in 1984, and became a best-seller. The work wasupdated in 2004, after Samenow had an additional 20 years ofexperience in researching criminal behavior. John Douglas wasone of the original profilers in the FBI Behavioral Sciences Unit,and he had this to say about Inside the Criminal Mind, “Utterlycompelling reading, full of raw insight into the dark mind of thecriminal.”The Dark Side of Man, by Michael Ghiglieri is a thorough anddetailed look at human aggression and violence from the uniqueperspective of a former combat soldier and longtime primateresearcher, a protégé of Jane Goodall. The Dark Side of Man
offers scientific explanation for behavior such as rape, murder andgenocide. Not for the faint hearted.So, this should keep you reading for a while. When you finishthese, you’ll have a good basic working knowledge of the manytopics that are involved in self defense and hopefully, an appetitefor more. Happy reading!Lessons Learned, and Then,Re-learnedby Tom GivensI’ve been a serious shooter since the 1960’s. While shooting in variousforms of competition, carrying a gun for a living, and training others over aspan of over 50 years I find that every now and then I am presented with alife lesson that I have been exposed to previously, but had faded from myconsciousness over time. Some of these could have disastrous results ifthey occurred at the wrong time. Fortunately, the ones I’ll mention heretook place in an environment where no real harm resulted.
In the first, I was at the local indoor range working some drills with a newGlock 19 that was worked over for me at Boresight Solutions. This gun is areal shooter, and I enjoy shooting it. I had reached a total of about 2,200rounds through it when the extractor suddenly went bad. (This is not areflection on Boresight. Nothing they did to the gun had anything to do withextraction.) It began by tossing the brass back in my face, something it hadnot done previously. After a few more shots, I started getting a failure toeject (stovepipe malfunction) every few shots. After five or six stovepipes, Itook the gun to the range’s gunsmith for examination. The extractor wasmissing a small piece of the claw, which had broken off. He stuck in a newextractor and the problem was fixed.The problem is, that fix would not have been available during a fight! Thereare a couple of important lessons here. First, this reinforces my habit ofhaving two identical specimens of any gun I actually carry. In this case, thegun that broke was my practice gun. My normal routine is to train andpractice with one of the pair, and actually carry the other, rarely shootingthe carry gun. Thus, the carry gun does not accumulate wear and tear, andis less likely to break when I really need it. Second, a broken extractor inonly 2,200 rounds is not normal, but it did happen. It could just as easilyhave happened when I needed the gun for real. This reinforces my practiceof carrying a BUG. I don’t carry a back-up gun in case of a need to reload,or a minor malfunction, but I carry it in case of an actual part failure, as inthis case. If your primary gun breaks at a bad time, your back-up gun mightbe really important.I am often asked by students something like, “I have to decided to carry thisgun, and have bought one. What gun should I buy next?”. My answer is tobuy another one just like it, and follow the practice of training/practicing withone and carrying its twin. The photo shows my identical twin G17’s. Theone on the left is my every day carry gun. The one on the right is mytraining/practice gun. They are virtually indistinguishable.The next lesson also involved this Glock 19. The only range actually closeto my home is a small indoor range. On this particular range, the longestshot is 10 yards. This is where I had shot this gun on most of theopportunities I had to fire it prior to the extractor failure. I then got a chanceto go to a steel shoot put on in the next county, on an outdoor range. To mysurprise, when I shot it at 25 yards I found that the point of impact was 3-4inches below my point of aim. I went home and fixed this by installing ashorter front sight. The lesson- always check your zero at 25 yards. At 10yards, the difference in POA/POI may not be obvious, but at 25 yards it
sure is. Don’t assume that if it hits where you aim at 5,7 or 10 yards, that itwill at 25 or 30 yards.The final lesson did not involve me, but it still made an impression. A groupof police officers were recently at their range to shoot their semi-annualqualification course. As with many agencies, this department’s policy is toshoot the ammunition the officers had been carrying, and after thequalification session issue them fresh duty ammunition. This way, they arenever carrying the same ammunition on duty for more than six months, areally good practice to emulate. For one officer, on his very first stage, theround in his chamber, the one that had been in his chamber on the streetfor six months, was a squib. The bullet was pushed out of the case andstuck in the chamber. A simple tap/rack got rid of the empty case, but thestuck bullet prevented the next round from chambering. There is noimmediate action fix for this. The officer had to lock open the slide, put abrass rod down the barrel from the front, and use a mallet to pound out thestuck bullet. Doing this while under fire would be a bit problematic. Thelesson—again this is a prime reason for a BUG. If the only gun you have isrendered inoperable, you have an inefficient paperweight in your hands. Ifyou have a second gun, you can rock on. This squib would have been thefirst round this officer attempted to fire if he needed that gun to save his lifeon duty.At present, we have the finest guns and ammunition that have ever existed.Always remember, though, that the guns are mechanical devices, built bypeople. Mechanical devices wear, and they break. Tens of millions ofrounds of ammunition are made in this country every single day. Some willnot be up to spec. One of those out of spec rounds may be in the chamberof your carry blaster. Be prepared to deal with these issues if they arise.
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