Archive for October, 2011

Fight or Flight part 6 ALL OR NOTHING

Saturday, October 29th, 2011

ALL OR NOTHINGwhen you first start to explore this topic the responses seem logical. You can see how anyone could have one of these reactions to a threat. What is somewhat counter to expectations is how these reactions can play out.
Individuals may not stay in any one of the given reactions. In fact a given individual may go through several of the reactions in a given encounter. All within the space of seconds…
Also a persons track record of reactions to similar situations is no standard by which they can count. The same individual may react very differently to similar situations.

Fight or flight part 5 THE RUSE

Friday, October 28th, 2011

THE RUSE

This reaction is not one mentioned in the NRA class. This reaction takes more mental energy then the pure blind reaction that the others need.
For the ruse the victim outwardly reacts in an expected manner,say freeze or submit, but this is done to lower the guard of the attacker. The victim uses the ruse to try to give themselves the best chance of success in their response.
They could fain submition then at the first opportunity run or strike back.

Fight or flight part 4 SUBMIT

Thursday, October 27th, 2011

SUBMIT
In this option the victim complies with the demands of the attacker.
This is the course of action that is promoted by many social groups.
As difficult as it is for many of us to accept it, this sometimes is the correct/only option.
The submition decision is a tricky one. In the end you must do what you think gives you the best chance of surviving the encounter and what you think you will be able to live with later.

new stuff

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

Under the “blog” page on the SkillGarden.net page I’ve added some good resources. Some links to the inner workings of handguns, ammo, safety, and marksmanship. Enjoy!

Fight or Flight 3 POSTURE

Sunday, October 23rd, 2011

POSTURE
This is often seen in the animal world. If you have ever been a teen age boy you know it is alive and well among us.
Posturing is a way of winning a fight without having to fight it.
The hope is that if you can demonstrate your willingness to fight and the possibility that you may win, the offender will back down.

Fight or Flight part 2 FREEZE

Saturday, October 22nd, 2011

As mentioned before fight or flight are not the only options the body/person has to chose from when confronted with a threat.
FREEZE
It is possible that a person will freeze when presented with a threat. At least in the initial part of the encounter. The brain becomes overwhelmed. Through a process called normalcy bias, the person can’t accept that a bad thing is happening to them. This bad situation is so far outside what they thought possible that they don’t know how to handle it.
And so they freeze

OF USE AND PURPOSE or WHY DO WE OWN FIREARMS?

Monday, October 17th, 2011

 

The answers are many and varied to be sure. When you boil it all down, past the investment, the tradition, the sport, the symbol, the heritage and the hobby, you finally come to its base value as a tool. That tool may be used to hunt or punch holes in paper. It may be used for defense of ones self, community, or country.

There is nothing more beautiful than a well cared for but well used tool. The object made by human hands that well fulfilled its intended purpose. Be it a hammer, a saw, a plow or a rifle the objects were made to be used. For it is in there use that they are beautiful. They reflect the beauty that is our ingenuity and our desire to live better lives.

Looking at a well used hammer or saw, whether in granddad’s tool shed, the local pawn shop, or flea market, you can almost see the dog houses, sheds, decks, and houses they helped people to build.

When you see a horse drawn plow in some old fellow’s barn you can see the hours of sweat and work that went into smoothing out its handles. You can feel where the blisters and calluses would have developed on the farmers’ hands. The crops that it helped the farmer pull from the ground can also be glimpsed. Whether for his table, to sell for hard cash or possibly to barter for other goods, the crops are before your eyes. The corn, potatoes, beans and tobacco are close enough to smell. The good years with plenty of rain as well as the long dry summers can be felt in the plough’s smooth dry wooden handles and seen in its well-worn blade. Sitting in the old farmers barn the plough retains some of its glory. It almost asks you to give it one more lap around the field. “Come on, hook me up to ‘Old Stomper’ and lets’ cut some ground” it might say. “I can still help you pull food out of this earth” almost pleading.

At the auction, the plough goes to an upper middleclass couple. They will take it home; paint it red or yellow and green. Then they will set it in their front yard with a small flower garden around it. You can almost hear the plough cry. It knows its teeth have been pulled. It will never again be useful. It will never again bite into the soil. It is now it is just something else to mow around. At best, the plow has been reduced to a symbol (of what is for you to decide). This is a fate worse than death.

People have similar relationships with firearms. Often the emotional attachment to firearms goes deeper due to the immediate and dangerous nature with which the firearm is often called into play.

The history that firearms are testament to is what draws many of us. Hold a well-worn Colt single action revolver and your imagination will run away with you. Lawmen, outlaws, shop keepers, gold miners, and of course cowboys will parade through your mind. Their lives good, bad, and mediocre will all be yours to see. Every time that gun was bought, sold, lost, stolen, cleaned, fixed, or fired can be yours. From grabbing those grips in the middle of the night for defense to target practice, from the favorite gift on a sixteenth birthday to putting down a cherished horse you can see it all.

Heft an M-1 Garand and you will not be able to keep its history out of your mind. Every nick, ding, scratch and rub has a story. Did it bite someone’s thumb? Was it dropped on a beach? Did it help teach some one to shoot? Did it save someone’s life? Has it harvested a deer? Has it been passed from father to son? Regardless, each of those stories end “I have more to give”.

Do not let all of your gun’s history be locked in a safe. Take it out and shoot it. Better yet, take it out with a friend and shoot it. Tell it’s stories to your kids and let them shoot it. Take your guns out and add to their history. A carry gun with no holster wear is a piteous thing. Remember guns are tools and were intended to be used. Do not relegate them to the flower garden.

By neglecting to exercise your guns another tragedy will befall you. Your skill in the use of that gun will slip away. Gun handling and marksmanship skills are perishable. Keep your skills sharp and help hone other peoples’ skills. How many people can still rig and use a horse drawn plough?

Where many of us lose our way in this regard is our focus on the dollar value. Most of us must save for along time to buy the guns we really want. After spending a significant amount of time saving the money, we do not want to “destroy” the investment. However, with a firearm, as with any tool, we are not making a purely financial investment. Part of our investment is utilitarian.

It’s a good day to share some gardening love!

Saturday, October 15th, 2011

We are doing a mini gardening workshop/party for our neighborhood today. Demonstrating that urban gardening does not have to be as much of a pain as most people think. Your garden can also be lovely as well as tasty.