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My first mistake was utilizing a parking bay at the local post office. This is never a sensible practice, since every North American post-office parking lot appears to have been laid out by the same maniac who designs the blueprints for amusement-park roller coasters. What with all the narrow driving lanes, mysteriously angled parking bays, and more one-way arrows than a William Tell convention, it’s usually all one can do to survive a Pony Express Headquarters visitation with one’s vehicle intact.

The above having been stated should explain to the reader why yours truly never parks within a country mile of a U.S. Mail building—except for the day of The Incident.

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Guns are like politicians. You hope you get a straight shooter, but you never really know what’s going on inside. It’s a coin toss as to which is worse—a rotten politician or an unreliable firearm, because either way you’re screwed. So while a gun is manmade and will therefore break sooner or later, until the actual moment of mechanical failure, a firearm has to work flawlessly every single time. If it doesn’t, it is unreliable—period. If it malfunctions once out…

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I was taken to task on the internet some time ago for advocating the low ready position. To paraphrase: “I would not listen to anyone who advocates the low ready position….” Wow! I love these guys. First, this was posted under a pseudonym. On the internet you are cloaked in anonymity, which is pretty much like yelling at someone and then hiding behind your mother’s skirt. Low ready is both viable and eminently applicable in field settings. If you’ve simply…

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Doorways and entrances have long been colloquially known as “the fatal funnel.” From a strategic perspective, once you are trapped—or choose to remain stationary within the confines of a portal—you become the proverbial potential Roach Motel guest. You may well check in and not check out. One of the absolute worst versions of this problem is the automobile door and door-well layout. One can’t really fight if entrapped by close quarters inside the vehicle. You’re hampered if you can’t exit…

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Can you accurately shoot a stationary target that you can’t see? Can you accurately shoot a stationary target when you can’t see your rifle’s sights? And can you accurately shoot a stationary target when you can neither see the target nor visually acquire the weapon’s sights? The answers are—on occasion—yes, yes, and yes.

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Home invasion. Two simple words that conjure up visions of violence, violation—and the concepts of preparation to prevent being the victim of this act.

There are three major aspects to consider as regards this potential situation: (1) the basic “My car broke down, could I use your phone?” garden-variety slugs, (2) law enforcement impersonators, and (3) genuine law enforcement personnel who have either incorrectly hit the wrong address or have been—in this day and time—ordered to violate both the Fourth Amendment and ignore your rights by the use of physical force.

In the first scenario, anybody who allows free access to the internal area of their domicile to strangers has the IQ of rocking horse feces. In 2013 America, we are unfortunately living in a society of “nice guys finish last,” which means you don’t allow access to anybody except a naked child covered in blood—and you’d better make sure it’s real blood and real wounds (and also look for adults who are using the urchin as “bait” to achieve their nefarious objective). Crooks know every trick in the book, and they will stoop to any level to win.

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We’ve all experienced the problem: the nagging doubt that we’ve forgotten some material possession when setting out on a trip. But, like the proverbial name on the tip of one’s tongue, we can never identify the missing object until it’s too late.

Only once you’re too far from your domicile to warrant making a U-turn do you identify the “missing link.” Usually it’s something necessary but innocuous—a razor, pair of jeans, cell phone, or something else that will be a financial inconvenience upon reaching your destination. But it’s usually not something indispensable like a passport or airline tickets.

After all, those are items of primary importance, which everybody checks multiple times prior to departure. Everybody, that is, except for yours truly, apparently.

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Many predators go for the throat.

Usually deploying their fangs, damaging or destroying an animal’s throat rewards the attacker with steadily increasing incapacitation—sometimes rapid, sometimes not—until the prey is out of the fight.

Since the gunslinger’s bullets are his fangs, why doesn’t this breed of cat opt for the throat as an optional target to the torso, pelvis or head of a human assailant?

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