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1  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Re: Homeland Security on: September 17, 2007, 02:56:14 PM
Gents,

My sources indicate that at least 20 school buses have been stolen in the past few months from various locations in Texas and Pennsylvania.  We've been discussing this a bit and what the motive for this could be.  In 15 years in law enforcement I never heard of anything like this.

Your take??
2  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: Crime Statistics on: February 24, 2007, 06:52:08 PM
Cranewings,

The FBI stats...heck anything from them, is a hard read indeed.  I was once tasked with doing that however on the public dime...which was good because I would not have done it otherwise.  Like many averages, these must be taken in context.  In short...they are statistics of failure.  Those who win their fights don't make it in there for one reason or another.  The over riding theme over the years was that most fatal attacks occurred within 5-6 feet and the good guy was in total reactive mode and not expecting an attack.


Gabe 
3  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: SEMINAR Die Less Often: Interface of Gun, Knife and Emtpy Hand on: January 24, 2007, 09:37:05 AM
Bring the stuff Crafty suggested. Bring a concealment street holster, not some metrosexual range rig. Bring clothes you won't mind getting torn. Some band-aids might be a good idea.

Other than that I'll be bringing in the Airsoft gear and masks. evil
4  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Science, Culture, & Humanities / Re: Manly Christians on: January 17, 2007, 08:22:51 PM
Think of a group of thugs gathering around counting their money...a big group of big thugs.  Jesus went in and kicked all their asses in a single siting and not one dared stand up to Him.  Now THAT is not the sissified feminine pumpkin boy from the Medieval paintings and the ladies Sunday brunch worship.

Exo 15:3  Jehovah is a Man of war; Jehovah is His name.
Mal 3:6  For I am Jehovah, I change not.

Christians believe Christ is God therefore whatever the Father is, the Son is as well.
5  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: FMA Footwork for Context-Based Gunfighting on: October 24, 2006, 11:14:48 AM
I just returned from a Gunfight Course in casa Grande, AZ.  This is approximately the sixth or seventh time we have taught the Kali Fence and False Lead, and Kali/DB footwork learned from crafty in conjunction with FOF.

One of the things we constantly struggled with was that students with poorly developed footwork skills would tend to backpedal when pressured.  This invariably led to falling backward and getting smoked by the attacker while they either tried to regain balance or after their head bounced from the fall.

The thing I have immediately noticed is that beginning in the False Lead/Kali Fence sets you up for angular forward movement (which has shown to be the most adventageous in the close gunfight drill).  Conversely, this starting position makes it exceedingly difficult to back pedal as the feet are not positioned to facilitate this.

I am seeing normally slow students, lacking in agility, now able to get off the X to the defense angles and get shots on their attackers.  It is truly a joy to see.
6  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / THE BAYONET on: October 23, 2006, 10:01:44 PM
THE BAYONET

I think that by now my perspective on political correctness is well known. Similarly my objectives in regards to accomplishing the mission, regardless of how many sacred cows are turned into filet, has not been hidden. Our unbiased concepts have been proven in force on force and have brought the CCW community (the police are still trying to catch up) to new levels of what is possible in a fight.

These studies have recently been focused on the rifle?or as we fondly call it, the CDR (Civilian Defensive Rifle). Not only through our own experiences, but also in collaboration with other progressive rifle trainers such as Paul Gomez and Sonny Puzikas, as well as war veterans on WT with combat experience such as Anthony, we have begun developing a very dynamic and progressive rifle system.

History from the Old West to our own modern wars as well as civilian rifle experience from the Watts Riots to the Rodney King Riots, and from the Northridge Earthquake to the Katrina the lessons seem to point out that contacts will be close?..most within 25 yards. And since most of these modern ?battlegrounds? tend to be urban in nature, closer confrontations, as well as fights inside dwellings may be quite likely.

One aspect of our study has been the use of the rifle as an impact weapon. Force on force and street experience has shown us that at arm?s length, you may not even get a chance to use the rifle to shoot, and may need to repel the physical attack first. Moreover, even the most reliable of weapons can fail, or simply run out of ammunition at the most inconvenient times. The ability to use the rifle to strike someone with, BEFORE making a transition to pistol, cannot be ignored.

One area where our studies have taken us is the study of the bayonet.

Quick advantage list in favor of having a bayonet:

1). Multi-purpose tool usage (pry bar, wire cutter, knife, etc.). Yes, a set of wire cutters, and an actual pry bar and all the specialized tools will do a better job, but minimizing gear is also an asset and a bayonet can be pressed into all of these roles.

2). Aid in weapon retention. When working FOF in close proximity of a building, it is very easy to come face to face with an adversary. A bayonet provides an instant ?air bag? response to the disarm attempt.

3). The rifles we would likely select for In extremis problems tend to be short anyway. The addition of a bayonet will not increase that length very much, and if necessary, the bayonet can always be removed.

4). Although the bayonet may change the point of impact of the rifle, it will not do so hardly at all in the CRG environments we are looking at. I recently worked at the range with my AK with bayonet added and the POI did not change at 25 yards (at least not that I could tell).

5). And this one may not have a tactical benefit, but like wearing an Infidel T-Shirt, it gives one all manner of warlike warm-fuzzies ? It annoys the com-libs to no end to think that people like us have bayonets on our rifles.

Try these drills with your bayonet fixed rifle ?

1). At close range (within arm?s length) press the trigger on the empty rifle as if you had a malfunction. Immediately without glancing at the weapon to see what is wrong, thrust the bayonet into the target, move off line (ripping the blade out in a coring action) as you transition to pistol and fire.

2). Work on the FMA knife lines of movement. Think of an ?X?. Attack along the lines of the ?X? with both blade and butt stock, working both thrusts and smashes. Add a linear thrust to the center of the ?X? as well as immediately above the center and immediately below the center.

3). Integrate the footwork from the Die Less Often DVD using the rifle to ?catch? attacks in a similar manner to what Sonny P does in his AK-47 DVD.

Not only will this give you a dynamic workout, but it will give you a new-found confidence in your rifle and what you can do with it. Remember, its about fighting and not merely about shooting.  I defineitely see a need for alternative force issues with the rifle.  I recall several times when an MP5 muzzle briskly applied to the forehead ended a grab attempt in close quarters.  The bayonet is simply an extension of the concept.

What is the spirit of the bayonet??!! shocked
7  DBMA Martial Arts Forum / Martial Arts Topics / Re: SEMINAR Die Less Often: Interface of Gun, Knife and Emtpy Hand on: October 19, 2006, 11:28:07 PM
Greetings Friends,

Crafty asked that I post the link to enroll.  This is going to be the best training event we have ever done.
http://www.suarezinternationalstore.com/index.asp?PageAction=VIEWPROD&ProdID=245
8  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Invitation to dialog to Muslims on: June 20, 2006, 10:46:49 PM
Never mind.  Its a battle I don't wish to fight here.
9  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Invitation to dialog to Muslims on: June 20, 2006, 09:34:36 AM
In the interest of the USMC?  Yes, I believe the decision was for that reason.  As to orders, I believe he was following orders.  He may easily have been ordered to do the reverse.  Nothing happens without a tactical thought process behind it.  I don't suspect that he simply made a choice and never cleared it with anyone.  I don't know, for certain of course, but I suspect this was discussed at length.  

On the "Big Picture", I think there are plenty of people who have a pretty big picture Bryan.  Few of us get our info from CNN or FOX, but rather from operators who are there...and other places.  At one class recently I had three Special Forces operators attending.  I have old friends who are  working secretive jobs here in CONUS.  Trust me, our info is as current as it can be. Did you know for example that there are several cells inside CONUS planning terrorist activities as we speak?

Incidentally, what do you think about GITMO? Zarquawi's death?  Our presence in Iraq and eventual invasion of Iran?

Today people are suspicious of Muslims.  Right or wrong, this is reality.  This will stop as soon as terrorism is no longer used as a tactic by those who have highjacked your religion. As well, when the mass of world muslims condemn Zarquawi, Bin Ladin, et al as terrorists and murderers, and leave Israel alone, this will no doubt stop.

The collective silence, however, is deafening.  It is even getting quieter with the new focus on Iran.

As I said, I have my ideas about what this entire war is about.  Israel is the focal point.  As long as we support Israel, we will be targets as well.  Certain alliances both political and military are made in war for various reasons.  

Being a private citizen, although I try to be fair and "live in peace with everyone", I do not need to develop alliances I don't want, nor watch what I say for any reason other than being polite.  In fact, I can be as politically incorrect as a leoprad skin coat at an animal rights convention if I wish to.  Few animal rights activists are found as my students and clients.

Well....this being Crafty's house I will stand down now.  Besides, I have a class to prepare for.
10  Politics, Religion, Science, Culture and Humanities / Politics & Religion / Invitation to dialog to Muslims on: June 19, 2006, 09:55:30 PM
I don't post here often as my time is very scarce these days.  Marc D is my good friend and dare I say, brother in arms.  

Interesting thread.  

I think that the Marine Commandant is probably following orders from above him.  Believe me that there are plenty of people who would set him straight if he was not.  POTUS wants to cultivate allies not enemies.

Was this right or wrong to do?  Not my call as I am not a Marine.
I have my ideas about what this entire war is all about, but that is for another time.
 
I think the gist of the thread is that Muslims are being treated with less than courtesy by some people (ie. the Danish cartoons for example).  Well, that may be so.  But I hardly need to remind anyone that the sum total of all terrorism against Americans in that past 25 years excluding McVeigh has one common thread running through it.  Moreover, I didn't see many Orthodox Rudssians, Episcopalians, or Presbyterians rioting when Christ was depicted disrespectfully in turn.  Nor have I seen or heard of Israel bombing a mosque when an Israeli flag gets burned again. Call me crazy maybe, but actions speak far louder than any words.

The biggest step that "Mainstream Muslims" could take in order to change their "image", is for their religious leaders to come out and condemn publically and totally the acts of terrorism being committed by Hamas, Al Queda, etc.  And to keep doing it continually.  And for the masses in these islamic countries to do likewise.  

As of now, there have not been many loud exclamations of this, and that contributes to the distrust.  Well, no intention to throw a grenade into the works, just my .02 on the issue.
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