17 February 2014

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13 February 2014

Can you use a knife to defend yourself?

Inverted Edge Tactics is essentially point shooting for knives.  It works with all types of knives reguardless of size or locks.

04 February 2014

Stop bolting expensive stuff onto your kydex sheaths

One of the many things I have never understood is why people get a nice thin knife for concealed carry in a nice thin kydex sheath and bolt a Tec Loc onto it doubling the thickness.  This makes the whole thing stick farther out and does not allow the knife to move with you, and when you try to put it back in the sheath you stab yourself.

Lets do the math, three Tec Loks would be $39 without shipping.  That would take care of three sheaths.  A three pack of mercharnesses is $20 and a three pack of Tactical Tethers is $10.  So for $30 you could take care of six sheaths.  Knife and sheath makers contact me for quantity pricing, and the best part is that you can offer both for less than a Tek Loc and don't have to bolt anything on.

Chief, can we stab people?

Unfortunately this is what many chiefs hear and see when someone asks about edged weapons training.  The truth is that officers will come into contact with more people carrying edged weapons in a day than with people carrying guns in a month.  Edged weapons, whether they are designed as such or improvised, are found in just about every environment even if the offender is not carrying any on their person.  That is why we keep people out of bathrooms and kitchens while on calls for service in residences.

Most DT programs only touch on edged weapons defenses because most DT techniques fair very poorly when used against edged weapons.  An effective edged weapons program recognizes that we usually do not see the weapon before we are attacked.  This requires an open hand response that either stops the threat or allows the officer to transition to a mechanical force option that will.

Training against a threat as deadly and spontaneous as an edged weapon attack has to focus on Principle Based Responses that are as intuitive as hitting your brakes when a car in front of you slams on theirs.  This means there is no time for complicated martial arts techniques.

Our Edged Weapons Survival for Law Enforcement Course is 8 hrs for the officer, and an additional 8 to be an instructor.

Morning Session- Spontaneous Attack Suppression

Topics covered include-
Use of force
Combative Fundamentals
Combative Anatomy
Selection, carry, deployment, and use of edged weapons
Three phases of an edged weapon attack
Common angles of attack
Constant tactical positioning
Responding to furtive movement 
Principle based responses 

Even though the majority of officers carry a knife while on duty, very few agencies have any policies and procedures in place in reference to these ERTs (Emergency Rescue Tools).  You would think that agencies would want to have something in place to ensure that their officers are not carrying the Death Dealer 2000 or some other savage weapon that could become an issue if ever used to defend the officer’s life.  Our answer to this issue is the afternoon portion of Edged Weapon Survival.

Afternoon Session- Tactical Folding Knife for LE

Topics covered include-

Role of the tactical folder in law enforcement
Selection, carry, and use of the tactical folder
Principle of required extension
Role of the live hand

Both Spontaneous Attack Survival and Tactical Folding Knife for LE can be taken as stand alone courses with the understanding that they were designed to be taken in that order and to complement each other.

Spontaneous Attack Survival has been presented at both ILETA and ALEFI Conferences.

Call 717-693-2085 today to find out how easy it is to host this course at your agency and receive free training. 

03 February 2014

Teaching new gun owners to shoot like their life depends on it PART I

During the Obama administration more and more people are not only purchasing firearms, but in places like Illinois, carrying them for the first time.  Most of these shooters, like the vast majority of people who currently own and carry firearms, will not pursue initial or ongoing training when it comes to gun handling.  This article is for those folks and everyone else that wonders if what they have learned up until now will prepare them to fight for their lives.  Understanding how our body works goes  a long way towards training realistically for the street.

Shoot with both eyes open-  While attending the NRA Firearms Instructors Course, I found it interesting that while shooting pistol and rifle we were taught to shoot with one eye and focus on the sights.  But when it came to shooting shotguns, we trained on skeet and were told to keep both eyes open and just lead the bird and pull the trigger.  When I asked why there was this difference from using the shotgun, they said "because the targets are moving".  Last I checked, many people and things you are trying to shoot will move.  Here is an example we can all relate to, next time you are driving down the road and an animal scurries across the road in front of you, immediately close one eye and try to track it.  By the time you think to do this, the animal will be gone.  The first part of the OODA Loop is OBSERVE.  Human beings are predators as evidenced having our eyes in the front of our heads.  Prey has them on the sides.  In addition to that, we are sight predators. This means that we primarily use sight to detect movement.  It stands to reason that the best way to feed our mind's insatiable appetite for information is with our eyes, both of them.  Under combat stress your eyes slam wide open.  For this reason, if your primary reason for shooting is to be able to shoot under stress at moving targets, it is best to train that way by shooting with both eyes open. 

Don't expect to have time to see your sights-  Notice I did not say do not use your sights.  If you have time and opportunity to do so, you should use your sights just like you should be moving towards cover.  The problem is that if you constantly train to use your sights and then in a real altercation do not see them, the difference may cause you to hesitate.  A good example of this occurred while I was shooting a simulator the other day at the Great American Outdoor Show.  The idea was to see how many balls you could shoot as they popped up and bounced all over the screen.  If you tried to track each ball with one eye open and  focus on the sights, your opportunity to shoot each ball faded fast.  You can see the the position I used to shoot the drill.  I was basically the High Extended Position from Central Axis Relock.   It naturally indexes the pistol between you and the target.  You are focusing on the ball and when it comes in front of your muzzle you pull the trigger.  One of my favorite point shooting tools are cheap blowguns with stun darts.  My kids and I shoot the crap out of each other with them.  If you needed sights to hit something, there would be no way that I would be able to hit the bottom of a soda can repeatedly at distances of over 10 yards.  The most important thing is to practice, practice, practice until you expect to hit what you are shooting at every time.  This also makes cross eye dominance a non issue.  This however can sadden some people who enjoy talking about it because it makes them feel superior to those who are unfamiliar.  At the show, they also had a three gun airsoft range where kids were shooting airsoft pistols, rifles, and shotguns at small 4X4 metal targets on top of poles at about 10 yards away.  For many of the kids it was likely the first time they had ever shot.  With the shotgun and rifle they were OK, and you could see them squinting because it was likely what they saw on TV and in the movies.  They hit some of them.  But when it came to pistol, all you heard was ting, ting, ting because they were looking at the target and pulling the trigger.

Drill of the week- with a repeating BB gun, airsoft, or even live pistol, put up a piece of typing paper at about 7 yards away.  Insert a full magazine and hold the gun down at your side.  It is up to you whether you want to shoot one or two hands.  Stare at the piece a paper for a few seconds, then bring the pistol up.  When it gets between your eyes and the targets, squeeze the trigger.  Be sure to keep both eyes open. 

This is the most basic drill I use when starting out a new shooter or one that wants to learn to shoot for self-defense and not just at targets.


Review-Boker Kwaiken Burnley Knife

  Size comparison
Size comparison
  Short sturdy clip
Short sturdy clip
  Striking pommel
Striking pommel
Bank vault lockup
After meeting Lucas Burnley several years ago while sharing a table with Tom Krein next to him at the Blade Show, I had a quick affection for all of his designs, but the one that I enjoyed the most was his Kwaiken fixed blade. Even at that time I thought to myself that it would me an amazing folder, but in reality I never thought it would happen. This became a reality when he teamed up with the folks at Boker. The result was the Boker Kwaiken Burnley Knife.

The first word that came to my mind when I picked up the Kwaiken was "stout". At an overall length of 8.375 inches and a blade of 3.50 inches, and a weight of 4.27 ounces (for comparison the Spyderco Endura is 3.67 ounces), weight in the hand feels like a roll of quarters, but in a much slimmer package. The trailing point blade is excellent for all your EDC chores. If I had to look at the blade and say slash or stab in reference to self-defense use, my first reaction would be stab.  It would be no slouch at slashing either, but the sleekness of the blade just lends itself to ice picking.  The black snaps open like a bank vault, something I usually only notice on larger, heavier folders.  The alignment of the lock as pictured appears near perfect.

Opposite the blade is my favorite part of the knife, the pommel. It is prominent and obvious. In a self-defense situation, a shot to the head with this would probably stop an attack faster than a stab to the heart. This means less blood on you and would be less lethal than a stab. All in all just an excellent fist load. The beautiful green micarta scales protecting the AUS 8 blade seem to be darkening up a bit from the natural oils of my hand. The scales are elegant and not abrasive without being slippery.

The only thing that would make the Boker Kwaiken Burnley Knife better would be the availability of a trainer. Boker are you listening. At a ballpark price of $96, I find this knife to be a lot of knife for the money. If you are looking for a slim powerhouse EDC folder, this is it.