Thursday, December 22, 2016

Tactical Safety

Let's think about the tactics of safety. 

(Just in case the link breaks)

Christmas time pushes people to do crazy, frenzied activities as we rush to make it a perfect holiday.  Let’s talk about putting things in place so they are ready when we need them.

I’m not talking about bug-out bags, stashed guns or even determining lines-of-sight in your house.  I’m talking about smoke detectors.

So many of us use a cut Christmas tree to celebrate Christmas.  These trees were cut 3 months ago or longer and are so dry and are so filled with resin that they practically explode into a ball of fire with the touch of a spark.  Even the live ones you cut at the tree farm are very flammable. 

So put in fresh batteries in your smoke detectors for Christmas.  Most of them use a common 9 volt radio battery available at Mega-Mart and corner stores across the nation.  If you don’t have a smoke detector buy a couple.  Put a smoke detector on each floor. 

I suggest you put one on the living room ceiling near the area you normally put a Christmas tree.  This one will give you an extra 10-20 seconds if the tree catches fire.  Those seconds could be the difference between having an awful Christmas and not having one at all.

One of my favorite blogs suggests keeping a headlight on the fire extinguisher.  Not a bad idea, but here are the two main thoughts on using a fire extinguisher.

If you have any doubts the fire is too big for your extinguisher or level of confidence, it is too big.  Like DeNiro said in Ronin,  “If there is any doubt, there is no doubt.”

If you choose to fight the fire, get the fire department moving before you start.  You only get one extinguisher.  If you have to leave to get a second, the blaze is too big.

A few more words on smoke alarms and such.  There are two types, ionization and photoelectric.  Experts suggest installing both.  Then they talk about adding carbon monoxide detectors, and don’t forget the Bluetooth linked detectors …

Remember, perfect is the enemy of accomplished good.  Just get a couple of smoke detectors on your ceilings and keep fresh batteries in them.   Make sure everyone knows to meet a location in the house and what their job is during an alarm.  I think you should practice a drill. 

You spend hours practicing head shots on cardboard, but you think it’s silly to run a drill to make sure you and yours get out safely?  Really?

Here’s a link to the article that sparked this rant.  I hope you enjoy it and take it to heart.

I want you have a Safe and Merry Christmas and a prosperous New Year!

Friday, December 16, 2016

Basics 6: Public Bathroom

Let's get gritty. (just for men edition!)

CCW and modern plumbing
So...Which are you going to use?

That’s your third cup of coffee.  Nobody ever owns coffee.  We just borrow it and input equals output.  Time to head to the john.

You’re carrying, that’s why you’re drinking something non-alcoholic.  Let’s assume you carrying strong side and someone has made you.  They want your gun.

Their plan is to be a half a dozen steps behind you into the john and when you step up to the urinal, unzipped and pre-occupied, they are going to rob you.  This is just a variation of one popular mode of making a felony warrant arrest and extraction from a public place.

Let me tell you how I would do it.  I’d start to walk past you and then slam your head in to the wall, hard!  Hard enough to knock you unconscious.  I’d scoop the gun out of your holster and be out the door while you were still falling to the floor.

So what’s your plan?

You’ve got a couple choices.  You could use the urinal on the right.  That’s a sturdy partition on your right that protects and limits access to your gun.
You could use the center one which gives you room to move either left or right during a fight.

The left one, that’s not so hot unless you’re a lefty.

So what’s the answer?

Use a stall. 
Nothing like almost complete privacy, with a door locked behind you to protect yourself.  Take care of emptying your bladder and when you’re ready, you open the door and step out.  Anyone waiting has to react to your timing.

Sure you can dream up other scenarios that invalidate the protection of a closed door.  How about two of them waiting for you outside the door?  Or maybe one will climb over into the locked stall after you. 

Really?  Maybe someone will simply teleport your gun away from you.  

Not very likely you say, and I would agree.  Lingering around in a bathroom always attracts attention.  That’s the last thing he wants.

It’s a basic tactic.  Use a stall.