Confirming My Bias

Get involved in any martial art and there is an endless debate as to which is the best.

KarateKrav MagaBoxing?  If you think differently than me, you’re wrong!!!

The main criteria is what someone is good at.  Boxing champion thinks karate is foppish prancing about.  Karate black belt thinks Krav Maga is just rolling around and yelling at people.  Krav Maga black belt thinks boxing is an exercise program for incompetents who can’t handle the stresses of Krav Maga.  And so on.

What about people who agree that armed self defense is a good thing?  What do they have to argue about?  Mainly the gear.

Sure, we all say that it is best to have a firearm at the ready when a violent criminal attacks from the shadows.  But what firearm?  Revolver?   Autoloader?  What manufacturer?  Glock?  Colt?  Smith & Wesson?  The chances to have unreasonably vicious discussions about reasonable personal choice are endless!

The one subject about armed self defense that seems to get everyone really riled up is caliber choice.  Which caliber is the best to end a violent criminal attack?  Everyone has an opinion, and no one is willing to listen to opposing views.

What is my personal opinion?  That anything at least as powerful as a .380 ACP is necessary to be effective, and after that shot placement is the most telling factor in armed self defense.  After learning how to accurately shoot under the stress of terrifying aggression, and if you equip yourself with a .380 ACP or larger multi-shot handgun, then you’ll do just about as well as with any equipment.

Below is a Youtube video from someone who is interested in prepping, or choosing the stuff you will carry when the world comes apart in order to keep yourself alive.  He uses a large study of real-world shootings.  You can object to his data or his conclusions, but I think he makes a good case.

Why did I link to the video here?  Mainly because it perfectly reaffirms my own conclusions.  And always remember that anyone who disagrees, no matter how logically, is just plain wrong!!

(Just kidding.)

Spritz Spritz, Bang Bang

One of the things I always tell my students is that hand-to-hand self defense options require a high level of physical fitness.

The race may not be won by the swift, nor the fight by the strong, but that is the way to bet.

The best way to think of a hand-to-hand conflict where weapons are not present is that it is an energy exchange.  The aggressor is trying to force the victim to submit by dumping kinetic energy in to his target.  He does this by punching and kicking the victim.  The victim is trying to either resist the attack by throwing their own punches and kicks, or by running away.

The person who is larger and stronger has the decided advantage, not only because their attacks will have more kinetic energy but also because their bodies will have more mass to absorb the blows of their opponent.

Learning a martial art is useful, but only up to a point.

All practical martial arts will provide a framework to make your blows more efficient, as well as encourage vigorous work outs to improve fitness levels.  They are operating systems for self defense, as it were, and I encouraged all of my students that were capable to take up the martial arts of their choice.  Even so, age or injury and the size of an opponent will nullify even the best of these systems.  Physics are physics, and we all have to live within the rules.

And so we come to the subject of this essay: less-lethal weapons.

Batons and defensive sprays such as tear gas or pepper spray are portrayed in moves and on TV as some sort of fight ending wonder weapons.  Spray a little irritating liquid in the face of your attacker, or strike them with your baton, and down they go in a quivering heap!

Below is a very short video of part of an actual riot that took place in Portland on June 30, 2018.

(I didn’t edit this video, just using it for illustrative purposes.)
The person with the baton attacked an unarmed opponent, but that person was significantly larger and in better condition.  Combine that with a disregard for getting bruised and the outcome was never really in doubt.  One could say that the baton armed aggressor chose….poorly.

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I Dunno, There Seems To Be An Awful Lot Of Hate On Display

It has been a couple of weeks, but lets talk about 30-year-old Kino Jimenez.

Looks pretty tough.  Obviously exercises a bit, and is proud of the results.

He was arrested in 2016, and again in 2017.  I can’t find any information on why he was arrested, which probably means Mr. Jimenez had a lawyer smart enough to request that the record be sealed.  I did find the 2017 mugshot, though.

A real charmer, I’d say!

Mr. Jimenez was eating at a fast food burger restaurant early morning July 3, 2018 when he saw two underage teenagers who were also enjoying a late night bite.  Every kid was no older than 16 years old.  One of them was wearing a Make America Great Again hat, a baseball cap displaying the campaign slogan of President Trump.  Mr. Jimenez decided to take action.

Please be aware that the following video is not safe for work due to foul language.

Lots of aggression, lots of hate.  It appears to me that Mr. Jimenez was just looking for an excuse to throw a punch.  If so, then the kids at that table were smart to take the abuse without protesting too much.

Mr. Jimenez was identified through social media, and the police arrested him on a felony charge of Theft of Person.  This is normally a misdemeanor if the property taken is less than $100.00 USD, but it can lead to a felony charge under certain circumstances.  Texas Penal Code 31.03(e)(4)(D) states that the crime is  “a state jail felony if: (D) the value of the property stolen is less than $2,500 and the defendant has been previously convicted two or more times of any grade of theft;...”

Okay, so he was charged with a felony this time around, but we have no concrete information as to why.  I’m sure that the prosecutor has his reasons as to why stealing a $20.00 baseball cap prompted a felony charge.

Here is the latest mugshot taken of Mr. Jimenez.

What happened to the hairy-scary guy?  Dunno!

I wrote this post because I am rather puzzled.  Why isn’t the Justice Department pursuing charges of a hate crime?

I am not too happy with the whole hate crime concept myself, as I think any group the victim belongs to should not increase the severity of the punishment.  But if violent people are getting extra punishment because they choose their victims because they belong to a certain race or social group, shouldn’t the same criteria be applied to Leftists who attack children because they are wearing a hat with a political slogan?

Proof That Master Choi Was Right

I took about a year of karate lessons in my home town.  Not enough to become anything near proficient, of course, but at least I could throw a punch and maybe a snap kick or two.

One thing my old instructor liked to say was “If you are outnumbered, RUN!”

Sound wisdom.  Words to live by.

You guys really need to follow this link right now.  Watch the video.

See the bald guy with the walrus mustache and the glasses?  He had just been opened up under his left arm by a box cutter.  16 stitches were needed to close the wound.  It looks like he wasn’t about to give up or give in.

Note how the robber was younger and in much better shape then the people who move to subdue.  Didn’t matter, though.

One last thing.  Watch the video to the end, right at the last two or three seconds, and look down on the floor by the loose cash register paper rolls.  You will see a good amount of blood that wasn’t there when the fight started.  I think it came from the suspect.

(Hat tip to Glenn.)

A Good Start

This news article states that civilians in the United States own almost 400 million guns.  That is 100 times the number of firearms in the hands of the US military, and 400 times the number that are owned by law enforcement agencies.

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Of course, a great many of the guns civilians own are for plinking, shooting small game such as squirrels, or collectors items that are held for the historical value.  Even so, it is pretty impressive.  Especially so considering how low the crime rate is in the US.

I think we can do better, though.  What is to prevent us from reaching a billion?

One Size Fits All

I carried one of these for many years.

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The original multi-tool.  I liked that way that it provided options in case of emergencies.  One time I managed to help a woman who was stranded by the side of a lonely road by taking the grill off of her car in order to fix a hole in the radiator.

I was well in to my teens when I was finally able to watch some television, and I came across an old spy program named The Man From U.N.C.L.E.  The guns used by the fictional agents were fascinating!

Short barreled handgun suitable for concealed carry, small carbine if one attaches all of the extras.  It even had a Maxim style suppressor so the agents wouldn’t wake the neighbors when shooting the bad guys.  Really cool!  Too bad nothing like that was available in real life.

It was many years ago, at the dawn of the modern internet we know today, that I came across a webpage featuring a catalogue from the Pacific Arms Company.

Hey, that looks familiar!  Shoulder stock, extended magazine, barrel extension.  It even has a Maxim suppressor!  Where can I get one?

Oh, wait.  The catalogue was printed in the early 1920’s.  Except for very few, extremely rare, extremely expensive examples, you can’t them anywhere.  Drat!  Drat and darn!

The catalogue I looked over long ago is gone from the interwebs.  One can find some expensive mimeographed copies for sale here and there, and I really didn’t want to pay the cash to have a reminder of what I can’t shoot for real.

I found these few pages at this website for antique gun collectors.  It is short, but the author does a fantastic job of bringing together what little is known of the mysterious Pacific Arms Corporation.

So what did happen?  Catalogues were printed and distributed by PAC in 1922 and 1924.  Sales must have been slow, as two trucks loaded with arms and ammunition were intercepted by Federal agents in 1927.  Seems the rich guy behind PAC was trying to ship the stuff down south into Mexico, where the merchandise would no doubt have found its way in to the hands of bandidos and revolutionaries.  The authorities destroyed the guns, no doubt, which leaves only the very few examples purchased by private citizens via mail order.

Where did the guns come from?  How did they get over here in the United States?  No way to know.  The hardware seems to be pretty fancy, not regular armed forces issue.  I would like to think that it was a shipment of guns to the Mexican government to sweeten the deal laid out by the Zimmerman Telegram, but that is just conjecture on my part.

Still I bet the tale of where the guns came from, how some shady arms dealer in San Francisco ended up with them and what ultimately happened to them would make a great episode of a spy television show!