Lessons Learned In Combat

| Military & Law Enforcement, Learning | Author: Web admin


I originally wrote and posted this in the AAR for my recent carbine course on the Alumni Forum. It has since been published in the March 2010 issue of SWAT Magazine.

Feel free to cross-post or share it where and how you see fit, as I want it to have as much of an impact as possible and drive several key points home on those who go in harms way, both on foreign soil (military and PMCs) and here at home (LEOs and civilian sheepdogs).

Combat vets and PMCs, as well as police officers and civilians who've been in a gunfight, also feel free to post your own lessons learned in combat.

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The world's biggest custom working revolver

| Unusual and Specific Purpose Guns | Author: Web admin

The world's biggest custom working revolver weighs a mere ninetynine pounds has a length of four feet two inches and stands approx one foot four inches from the butt to the top of the hammer.
Below is an image of the revolvers maker Mr. Ryszard Tobys with his super big creation.

 Ryszard TobysRyszard Tobys

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Bill called 'toughest gun control package in the nation' passed by New York Senate

| Politics & Guns, Abroad | Author: Web admin

NY Safe actNY Safe act

ALBANY, N.Y. – Days after calling for an overhaul of gun control in New York following the Connecticut school shooting, Gov. Andrew Cuomo worked out a tough proposal on gun control with legislative leaders who promised to pass the most restrictive gun law in the nation.

The measure passed the Senate 43-18 on the strength of support from Democrats, many of whom previously sponsored the bills that were once blocked by Republicans. The Democrat-led Assembly gaveled out before midnight and planned to take the issue up at 10 a.m. Tuesday. It is expected to pass easily.

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Teen shoots high school student before being disarmed by teacher

| Criminal Incedents | Author: Web admin

Pupils leave schoolPupils leave school

A 16-year-old is in critical but stable condition in shooting at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield. 'There's blood everywhere,' a student told her mother.

TAFT, Calif. — A 16-year-old was in critical condition Thursday night after a fellow student interrupted a first-period class at Taft Union High School southwest of Bakersfield, confronted him by name and fired a round from a 12-gauge shotgun into his upper body. The assailant, also 16, tried to shoot a second student and missed before a science teacher was able to talk him down, apparently taking the shotgun as the other students fled from the classroom through a door. Police officers arrived after the teacher had disarmed the assailant and took the teenager into custody. They seized the shotgun.

The teacher, Ryan Heber, was struck in the head by a pellet but was not seriously injured and refused treatment, authorities said. "If it weren't for this teacher and his quick response, we don't know what would have happened," Kern County Sheriff Donny Youngblood said. Police said a school supervisor helped Heber distract the assailant. There were no security guards or police immediately on hand to help them: The school's armed police officer was not on duty Thursday because he had been delayed by snow, authorities said.

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Man Shot in Face Had Gun, Chose Not to Use It

| Criminal Incedents | Author: Web admin

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Cameron Mohamed and his girlfriend were walking to their car in the parking lot of a Lutz, Florida, Wal-Mart at 3:00 a.m. Jan. 2. 

The couple was approached by a man who asked Mohamed if he was a Muslim. Mohamed said no, but the man yelled racial slurs, pulled out a gun and fired. Mohamed, a concealed carry permit holder, was armed with a .45, but decided not to draw his gun.

His assailant, later identified as 25-year-old Daniel Quinnell, was firing pellets. He fired 20 times from close range and struck Mohamed in the face, neck and chest. “I got the first hit in the face, and kind of realized I was still standing and I wasn’t — I wasn’t dead,” Mohamed told ABC Action News.

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Marine Writes Letter to Sen. Dianne Feinstein: ‘I will not be disarmed’

| Politics & Guns | Author: Web admin

"You ma’am have overstepped a line"

A letter written by an 8-year Marine veteran to U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein, the architect of the comprehensive 2013 Assault Weapons Ban, has gone viral.

The author of the letter, Cpl. Joshua Boston who was deployed to Afghanistan between 2004-05, told CNN that he opposes gun registration because it will lead to confiscation. Moreover, that passing more gun control laws will only serve to disarm law-abiding citizens, leaving them defenseless.

“I own the guns I own because I acknowledge mankind’s shortcomings instead of pretending like they don’t exist. There are evil men in this world and there just may be a time when I need to do the unthinkable to protect me or my family,” Boston said.

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Germany compiles first nationwide gun register

| Abroad , Legal & Law Issues | Author: Web admin

Germany has compiled a national register of firearmsGermany has compiled a national register of firearms

Germany has compiled a national register of firearms for the first time.

Figures previously held by a multitude of local authorities have been centrally pooled as part of efforts to curb gun violence.

Germany's new national firearms registry established that there were 5.5 million legal guns in private ownership nationwide.

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EA Removes Links To Weapon Retailers On 'Medal of Honor

| Abroad | Author: Web admin

Medal of Honor WarfighterMedal of Honor Warfighter

In the wake of the recent mass shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., Electronic Arts (Nasdaq: EA) has removed links from the website for its popular military shooter “Medal of Honor: Warfighter” that allowed visitors to the page to shop for real weapons featured in the game.

Representatives for the Redwood City, California-based video game publisher were not immediately available for comment. But a spokesperson for the company told the BBC this week that the EA "felt it was inappropriate and took the links down."

Logos for the various weapon manufacturers and retailers, along with descriptions of the guns in question, are still available on the “Warfighter” website, however.

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Map: Where are the Journal News employees in your neighborhood?

| Politics & Guns, Abroad | Author: Web admin

Janet Hasson, publisher, Journal NewsJanet Hasson, publisher, Journal News

The map indicates the addresses of all Journal News Employees in the New York Tri-State area.

Each dot represents an individual Journal News employee -- a reporter, editor or staffer.

The data does not include freelancers — reporters or photographers — which can be hired without being an employee.

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Group offers shooting lessons to teachers

| Self-defense, Abroad | Author: Web admin

NRA has called for placing armed guards in all American schoolsNRA has called for placing armed guards in all American schools

In response to the massacre of 20 first-graders at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., an Ohio-based gun group has launched a test program to train teachers how to use firearms.

The Buckeye Firearms Association announced that it initially will accept applications from 24 teachers for the Armed Teacher Pilot Program, a three-day firearm-training class at the Tactical Defense Institute in West Union, Ohio.

The association will pay expenses for the training, including lodging and ammunition.

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What is the Difference Between .223 and 5.56 Rifle Cartridges and Chamberings?

| Rifles , Military Weapons | Author: Олексій Семенович

What is the Difference Between .223 and 5.56?What is the Difference Between .223 and 5.56?

Attempting to Clarify the Confusion between .223 Remington and 5.56 mm NATO Chambering.

There seems to be a tremendous amount of confusion about the differences and similarities between rifles chambered in 223 Remington versus 5.56 mm NATO and the ammunition they require. While they are very similar cartridges and ammo suppliers tend to market them as synonymous, there are profound differences when it comes to considerations about chambering precision and safety.

Here is a basic rundown between the two from somebody that has guns chambered in both, handloads for both, and shoots both (as well as the .223 Wylde chambering).

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Map: Where are the gun permits in your neighborhood?

| Abroad | Author: Web admin

Westchester CountyWestchester County

The map indicates the addresses of all pistol permit holders in Westchester and Rockland counties.

Each dot represents an individual permit holder licensed to own a handgun — a pistol or revolver.

The data does not include owners of long guns — rifles or shotguns — which can be purchased without a permit.

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Texas teachers carry concealed guns

| Self-defense, Politics & Guns | Author: Web admin

School in HarroldSchool in Harrold

In the tiny Texas town of Harrold, children and their parents don't give much thought to safety at the community's lone school - mostly because some of the teachers are carrying concealed weapons.

In remote Harrold, the nearest sheriff's office is 30 minutes away, and people tend to know - and trust - one another. So the school board voted to let teachers bring guns to school.

"We don't have money for a security guard, but this is a better solution," Superintendent David Thweatt said. "A shooter could take out a guard or officer with a visible, holstered weapon, but our teachers have master's degrees, are older and have had extensive training. And their guns are hidden. We can protect our children."

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N.R.A. Envisions ‘a Good Guy With a Gun’ in Every School

| Politics & Guns, Abroad | Author: Web admin

Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice presidentWayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president

WASHINGTON — After a weeklong silence, the National Rifle Association announced Friday that it wants to arm security officers at every school in the country. It pointed the finger at violent video games, the news media and lax law enforcement — not guns — as culprits in the recent rash of mass shootings.

“The only thing that stops a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun,” Wayne LaPierre, the N.R.A. vice president, said at a media event that was interrupted by protesters. One held up a banner saying, “N.R.A. Killing Our Kids.”

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5 Points that Need to Be Raised During the National Debate on Gun Control

| Self-defense, Politics & Guns, Terrorism | Author: Web admin

An “Assault” Weapons Ban is not the AnswerAn “Assault” Weapons Ban is not the Answer

Well, here we are, several days after one of the most horrific school shootings in America’s history.

A 20-year-old gunman walked into Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown CT and murdered 27 people, including 20 young children and seven women, before committing suicide.

An event like this is unthinkable. It epitomizes the word ‘tragedy.’ And both gun owners and gun-control activists agree that, as President Obama said in his speech last night before residents of that grief-stricken, New England town, “We can’t accept events like this as routine.”

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