Some Points To Ponder: Random Wisdom from Robert Johnson
* Shooting alone pounds in bad habits. Shooting with peers for critiques makes you better.
*50 well planned practice rounds are better than shooting 600 rounds without purpose.
*Seek professional training whenever time and finances allow. Use various schools versus repetition at a single source.
*Training isn’t a “one and done” proposition; it demands dedication and discipline.
*This stuff is a life choice. If you’re not committed, buy pepper spray.
*If you’re not thoroughly familiar with your firearms, it’s not time for classes yet.
*We practice every quarter. This is more important than golf, or any other equally useless pursuit you may find enjoyable.
*In tandem with this, the carry rounds from the previous quarter are used, for familiarization of recoil.
*We don’t ever run dry on the range because public ranges can equal you getting robbed.
*We don’t clean our pistol at the public range for the reason previously mentioned.
*We maintain the firearm every quarter because all things made by Man will eventually fail
*We also accept the idea that everything in this sport is perishable. Skill is the first thing to go.
*We know we’re not smarter than the people who assemble these things, so we leave them alone in stock configuration.
*We know that after market parts are rarely as good as OEM parts.
*We know that over lubrication of the pistol is not great for our wardrobe, and turns the pistol into a crud magnet.
*We don’t disassemble the magazines because we know this is ridiculous, and drastically lessens their life span.
*We also know that we don’t ever lubricate mags, or their springs.
*Maintain your pistol at home while there are no other loaded guns are around. Accidents happen every year, and negligence is a better word.
*If you’re not regularly out of your comfort zone, you’re not training.
*If you’re not engaging in Force-On-Force-(FOF) you’re not training.
*Keep your pistol distances sane- from 15 yards and in. A shot that takes 5 seconds at 25 yards is useless.
*At 15 yards use a single sheet of copy paper. In the center attach a contrasting 3×5 index card. This is the size you work with.
*.380 and below do not count. From 9mm to .45 (with 1 exception) there’s 3 % difference in ballistics.
*10 mm remains better at threat stoppage. 40 S&W exists because some believe a neutered 10mm is “better”. It’s not.Kill the ignorance.
*Work with your support hand as much as your strong hand.
*If you can’t hit this described target at 15 yards, seek help.
*Seeking help means have someone else try the pistol.
*Sights on new pistols rarely require adjustment.
*If you’re low left as a righty, it’s all about anticipation and trigger control. Lefties, it’s low right.
*Learn to hit and move as quickly as you can. Paper targets don’t shoot back-people do.
*”Gun Tube Celebrities” (GTC’s) aren’t
*WHY would you ever listen to a celebrity in the first place?
*GTC’s are begging peacocks, by and large, who own businesses. This sums it up nicely.
* Business people want to make money.
*Have you ever seen a GTC that didn’t have merch available for your purchase?
*GTC’s will show you what the “cool kids” have, and get a hat in return. Seems legit.
*A GTC video showing mag dump after mag dump ISN’T info sharing.
*These videos show their lack of ability if you watch closely.
*If you mimic what you see online, you might indeed hurt yourself.
*Consistency/fluidity calls for thousands of reps.
*You can perform thousands of reps without firing a single shot, and smooth up the firearm considerably.
*If it’s taking 3 seconds to draw and fire a single shot, you’re giving the assailant your new gun.
*When we’re mingling in society, nothing is ever in the Gun Hand. If you can’t abide by this law, you’ll be victimized.
*You need to become very adept at basic trauma and/or TC3.
*Your Trauma Kit is for you. Each shooter has their own stuff.
* A trauma kit on your person is just as important as the pistol.
*The correct holster and belt are just as important as the pistol.
*The correct ammo choice is as important as the pistol.
*The coolest pistols are the invisible ones when you’re carrying correctly.
*We don’t make a point of showing people what we’re using on any particular day.
*Correct carry ammo gets through windshields and stops drivers.
*Vehicles are far superior to pistols for damaging people.
*Some pistols can be ammo finicky, that’s why we know our carry rounds/pistol are in harmony.
*If our spouse also carries, common magazine type is a pretty darn good idea.
*By simply reading the manual, we can often get guidance on ammo selection.
*Carry ammo isn’t picked because it’s expensive, it’s vetted by us using it.
*Our carry mags aren’t ever used on the range.
*We know mags are the weak link in this affair, so we keep close eye on them.
*Limiting round count to what you have in the pistol is negligent suicide.
*Carrying an uncovered pistol or magazine in a pocket is courting disaster.
*Revolvers malfunction too, and make less sense than a single magazine.
*You cannot reload without spare magazines
*While we can’t ever have too much ammo, 3 mags is a good start.
*You reload when you WANT to, not when you HAVE to.
*A slow IWB draw is useless compared to a crisp OWB draw.
*A slow draw means you’ll likely be first to take a hit.
*The person who hits first typically wins.
*You cannot miss fast enough to catch up.
*If the gun isn’t within easy reach, it’s on the moon.
*If the chamber is empty, it’s on the moon.
*The gun left at home is on Pluto.
*The gun in your safe when the home invasion starts is on the moon.
*The average home invasion is now at 2 pm, when people are wide awake/present.
*Every round fired has at least 1 lawyer taped to it.
*The most potent tool a gunfighter possesses is avoidance.
*A pistol needs no light when you’re home with the doors locked before dark.
*You cannot purchase Situational Awareness.
*The best pistol, knife, light, whatever, is what’s on you when the situation begins.
*Don’t expect a time out, or re-do.
*Since we must react to the hostility, we’re behind the curve, every single time.
*Since rational people rarely spontaneously commit crime, realize that this is a dire scenario, indeed.
*Under Fight Or Flight stimulation, your body makes you fairly invincible for a short period of time. Your opponents are experiencing the same thing.
*Bad Guys rarely travel alone.
*3 well trained people can handle 12 amateurs, but you’re most likely alone, or this wouldn’t be unfolding.
*Since we have no recourse but defense, we must win, and prevail.
*We aim center of mass, as we often miss under stress.
*Where I live, there are no warning shots, and no provision to “shoot them in the leg”. Statements like this are negligent at best.
*Legs contain aretries too, and unconsciousness can occur in as little as 20 seconds with blood loss/arterial damage.
*With arterial damage, at 120 seconds, you’re pretty much gone. If you’re on blood thinners, even less.
*Stopping power and muscle memory are myths, so stop repeating both. Hydrostatic shock and conditioned reflexive response are real, so learn about those. Kill the ignorance.
*Less than 1% of CCW carriers pursue further training. They walk among you. Comforting.
*The man who sleeps with a machete is crazy every night, except one.