Tuesday, January 27, 2015

Look out the Left Window ... This Is As Close As You'll Get to....

     Back to the 1970s. Just about every day, I’d leave my village in South Korea, get on a "kimchi bus," and take the 30-minute-or-so ride to Kimpo Air Base, right exactly next to the big civilian Kimpo Airport. There was a small, primitive military gym at the air base – the closest gym to us, and they let Army and Marines in, whereupon I would work out. By "right next to," I mean a small parking lot, a chain link fence, a strip of grass, and the runway. Planes coming and going were close and very LOUD. We got somewhat used to it.

Kimpo Air Base of the times

     Then, one afternoon I was in there exercising when a hideous wave of sound came crashing through the gym and shook my lungs. I swear I wanted to drop to my knees. WHAT? I made for the open bay doors and saw the source. The Concorde! Wow. First time I saw (or heard or felt that)! Later on the G.I. station news, I saw where the Concorde had just started flying into Korea and these were the first days. To my memory, it was a French plane. And, yes, we had to put up with the roar coming or going and rattling the fillings in our teeth if we were there at the gym working out at those times.

     Back to 2015. Recently on my way back from Warsaw through London Heathrow and while taxiing, the pilot told us all to look out the window to the left and see the "old" British Airways Concorde. Still looking so awesome. There was some display or event of sorts going on at the airport. The pilot said, “This is about as close as you will ever get to a Concorde.” But I was closer back in the 70s. Eyeball-shaking closer.

     At home in Texican land, I found this timely news video. It was a kick to see this plane again. And it took me back to a cool moment in time I'd forgotten, guts vibrating, running out to the lot, and watching the big, beautiful, supersonic bastard take off.

     See the video clip of the London Concorde action Click here

     Kimpo Airport of the times, later and now called Gimpo Airport

     Downfall of the Concorde - the 2000 crash video in France Click here 

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Friday, January 23, 2015

The Gunman's False Surrender

You have the drop on the bad guy. His or her gun is not out or maybe is out. But they decide to surrender to you. Or so it would seem. Are they setting you up?

The following photos are some old-school samples of fake-outs and tricks criminals would use, know, and pass on to the next generation. In the olden days, tricks like this would be passed on to inmates in prisons using wood props or sculpted soap bars or out in the hang-outs and dens where bad guys swap stories, booze, drugs, and moves.

These are some of the tips passed down to me from veteran cops from as far back as the 1960s. They have indeed manifested in subsequent years. This is important awareness for police, military, and citizens protecting themselves whether home or away.

Before we start, remember the three carry sites and the time and space it takes to get to them.

1. Primary carry site: Think quick draw
The belt line. Pockets. Maybe the shoulder rig. The quick access locations.

2. Secondary carry site: Think backup
The boot gun or knife, the neck knife, weapons that require a little time to dig out of their hidey-holes. This is good for you because they need a few seconds to deploy. A few seconds pass very fast, though!

3. Tertiary carry site: Think lunge and reach
This is when the weapon is off the body, within a sudden lunge and grab.

This is why the old line, “Watch the hands; it’s the hands that will kill you,” is so important. It doesn’t mean you stare at their mitts. You conduct your business but keep track of the hands. Hand movements to these sites are your alert systems to take action. Memorize the pathways by having trainers pull weapons tens or hundreds of times in front of you.

Here are some tips -

Consider some of these issues when trying to control, contain, and/or arrest.

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Thursday, January 22, 2015

Burned Hands from Holding Firing Handguns

     Grabbing the enemy's gun is sometimes an essential, life-saving skill in a close-quarters, survival fight. Hanging on to it through the presentation of the weapon and even its firing is an important part of keeping the barrel off of you and maybe off others and a major step in disarming.

     A counter to this pistol or weapon-bearing limb grab? It has always been one old-school solution to counter a pistol grab by firing the weapon if the pistol will still function under the grip - that is if the slide has not been pushed back far enough or if the revolver cylinder can still turn or the visible hammer's travel can be stopped.

     The explosion may cause the disarmer to let go of their grab-and-disarm attempt from the sheer explosion and shock. Various military and police agencies through the decades have at times introduced a training course where people stand to the side of a pistol and hold on to it as it is fired. Sometimes in the programs, people are allowed to wear thin gloves, sometimes not. I did a course once where we had to wear thin, white gloves. This experience preps you for that possible, future, real moment.

     U.K. war vet Alan Cain gave me these photos from some of his British Army training conducted by an American Green Beret. The purpose of the session was to see if the soldiers could develop the fortitude to hold onto various pistols through firing and to examine what, if any, damage might occur.

     As you can see, the teams used both revolvers and semiautomatics. If you are new to the gun “bidness,” you may not know that the explosion inside a revolver discharges/escapes a great deal more, via the frame openings, than does the more enclosed, semiautomatic pistol. (That's Cain holding the pistol top.)

     Below you can see the long stripped burns on the palms that come from the revolver. Smaller black burns come from the ejection port of the semiautomatic. Keep in mind the troops were not wrestling with these guns in these tests, which might actually move the slide of a semiautomatic or freeze the cylinder and stop a bullet from firing. They were just holding on as in the above photo.

     Also, you can see some cuts from where the semiautomatic slide move cut the flesh. You may also suffer some "erupted skin." They did this for a couple of hours, too, and this is an accumulated damage. The "open" revolvers did more damage. I have seen numerous results from semiautomatic grabs, and no damage was observed.

     Double-action cylinder grab. If a revolver's cylinder area is gripped very tightly, the gripper’s five fingers usually have more strength than the shooter’s one finger pulling the trigger and trying to turn the cylinder of an uncocked revolver into place. Five versus one. It is difficult. (The trigger finger must turn the cylinder in a double-action trigger pull.) The gripper’s five fingers may prevent the cylinder from turning and then the revolver from firing.

     I had my head too close to a revolver discharge years ago. I have written before about one event when I push-pulled a magnum revolver from a guy's hand in a struggle. He fired it in the air to get me and another guy's grip off his gun arm. He instinctively seemed to know about this discharge trick as a counter to a disarm or grab. Like a warning shot. I was charging in from the side and was very close. I grabbed the cylinder and frame with my left hand and pulled inward. I pushed his forearm out with my right hand and got the take-away, all right in the midst of his pulling the trigger and firing into the air.

     After the stupid disturbance and argument was quelled, I stepped into the bathroom of the office building where this happened. I took a look in the mirror. The right side temple area of my head received a reddish "sunburn," but the close blast popped some small blood vessels into small, star-like-burst patterns around my temple, eye, and cheekbone. What?

     My left hand? Nothing! But I am not sure where my left hand was at the exact flashpoint. I apparently closed my eyes at the split second of the explosion, as I remember no flash. A good thing I guess.
      Hearing in my right ear was literally wiped out. Blasted and screeching deeply inside but at the same time it was like like someone stuffed a whole pillow in my ear. This hindered my hearing and concentration at the scene. My ear was jacked up for days. Frankly, my hearing may have been permanently damaged from that, I don't know.

     I do not know the caliber of the bullet.

     Anyway, I thought you'd like to see these Alan Cain pictures. Get on Youtube and look for film clips of people holding firing pistols. You see how scratch and burn-free they are, especially when they are grasping semiautomatic pistols.

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