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  • Monday, October 13, 2014 08:59 | Anonymous



    Dealing with the unthinkable,


    You are a warrior.


    You know what is necessary to prevail.


    You have trained, and continue to train, preparing yourself for the potentiality that you may have to endure extreme stress in order to survive.


    You don’t know if that is breaking out of a collapsed building in an earthquake... fleeing from a structure that is on fire... or dealing with someone that has decided to use illegal force upon you.


    You prepare for the worst... knowing that as you become harder as a warrior, you become transcendent as a person.


    Yeah.... whatever pumpkin.


    What If you have a couple of kids with you, or your taking your elderly mother on a shopping trip when the crap decides to come a callin’?


    (If you have arrived here from our newsletter continue reading here:)


    We typically train with a mindset that we are going to be a solitary victim.


    This may not be the case.


    One of my good friends... a Sheriffs Deputy, once told me that he was extremely comfortable with fighting just about anyone, anytime.... but had no clue what to do if he were ever confronted by a threat when his little kids were with him.


    I get it.


    Part of the mindset is understanding what are prime goal needs to be... we “win” by surviving. If survival is best suited through escape, then we escape!


    The issue... and it is a legitimate issue... we want to make sure our kids are safe first.


    Training with your family is as imperative as training as an individual.


    When we first brought firearms into our home it was essential that we have a caliber that was effective at stopping a threat, but also one that each member of the family could comfortable shoot.


    For us, at that time, it meant that all guns were chambered in 9mm. Now that our kids are older and seasoned shooters themselves this requirement has kinda become moot.


    Now it is important for each member of the family to be able to shoot each others guns effectively.


    It is not enough for my 13 year old daughter to know that I am armed and where I carry my gun... she needs to know how to shoot it too.


    More importantly then the simple act of shooting though, is the ability to follow an actionable plan, without delay.


    When we are at a restaurant as a family and someone, or a group enters the establishment that I feel could present a clear and present danger, I want to immediately leave.... I need my family to come with me without debate or defiance.


    They need to trust me, just as I need to trust them that sometimes you just gotta up and go.


    Once we are in the parking lot we can talk about what motivated us to get the hell out.


    Arguing about leaving is a recipe for disaster.


    Just like at the range, everyone is responsible for safety. If my wife feels we need to go I must trust her. The same goes for my daughter. They may see things I don’t or may have an intuitive sense that is stronger than mine.


    What we have is a signal. A single word that stops all conversations and is the same thing as an alarm going off. When that word is spoken the priority is to GET OUT NOW!


    We will move quickly and not draw attention to ourselves... we are just a family on the way out.


    If a threat moves in to stop us we already have the advantage. Once the word was spoken and we began our escape we instantly elevated to Condition Red. If we are stopped we now have an actionable target.


    Like any program we need to practice. When you were in elementary school you did fire drills for a reason.


    The same goes here.


    Practice as though your families life depends on it.


  • Monday, October 06, 2014 13:21 | Anonymous




    “You look too feminine to be a firearms instructor” 


    That was what a dealer at the River City Casino said to me after finding out what I did for a living. 


    While I sat there for the next hour... my goal was to be a positive ambassador to all firearms owners... 


    This last weekend, I attended The Well Armed Women’s Instructor Certification training in St. Louis, MO.


     Along with 15 other women from across the country, we gathered and discussed how working with female student is quite different from working with a male. 


    To date... many of us female instructors have been trained by men... we have had to learn what we could from men... and daily we interact with more male clients than females when it comes to firearm instruction. 


    It never dawned on me that I may not quite know how to teach a woman about firearms... especially if their interest is fairly new to this sport... 


    (If you came here from our email continue reading here:)


    This is where I find Well Armed Women to be such an asset to our growing community.


    If you haven’t seen the info-graphics on who is picking up the sport of shooting firearms... check it out here... http://www.nssfblog.com/nssf-infographic-the-changing-face-of-todays-target-shooter/


    So... for those of you women who are interested in getting into firearms... or you men... who want to help your wives, girlfriends, or daughters into the world of firearms... here are some do’s and don’t that you need to adhere to...


    Do’s:


    - Remember, women are built differently... in general... we have smaller hands... smaller body frames... we are curvy, we have weak upper body strength, we have breasts and we have a different center of gravity.


    -Understand that becoming “self protectors” is a new concept for us... we have always relied on our fathers, our brothers, the police and our knight in shining armor... now we are being taught to rely on ourselves... for many of us this is a foreign concept.


    -Know that many of us do not intuitively understand things when it comes to mechanical processes, therefore how a firearm works may not be an easy concept... so please show me with something that I can relate to...Don’t forget that we are naturally nurturers and caregivers... we don’t want to hurt anyone... in fact, we are just the opposite... that’s why when we accidentally hurt you... we are so quick to apologize. 


    -We are more defensive in nature.


    -We have women’s intuition... and have great instinct... however we have adapted into being in a polite society thinking that people will not harm us.


    -Understand that we learn best by taking small bites in sequential order... once we have mastered it, then you can move on to the next step... men are great at picking something up... and filling in all the holes... We love to talk... so keep us engaged by asking us questions... how are you doing?... what do you think?... did you understand?... what can I go over again to insure that you got it? As you listen, you will hear our apprehensions if any.


    -Remember, we are always hard on ourselves... and until we get validation that we are doing a good job... we are not always confidant to move on.


    -If you want to convince us to learn to use the firearm... you will need to guide our thought process, but let us make the decision to do so.


    -Know that we follow instructors well.


    -Know that we need to understand what to expect. If you take us to a range for the first time... tell me about the other shooters, tell me that the brass flying out of the firearm is what it is suppose to do... tell me that firearms are really loud.


    -Know that we women may not be as fast of a shooter as you, but in general have proven to be more accurate of a shooter then most men.


    -Teach me without an audience... if there is an audience, be sure that they are women just like me.


    Don’t


    -Assume that I want everything pink.


    -Let me buy a firearm for concealed carry until I know if I will carry concealed first. 


    -Tell me what gun to get... your hand me down may not necessarily be the best handgun for me... let me try them out... and I will let you know which fits my hand well.


    -Assume you understand why I want the firearm in the first place.


    -Don’t assume that a .38 snubnose revolver will be my perfect fit...Load up the firearm and hand it over to me... you may not be there... when I need it.


    -Please do not teach me the tea cup method... it really does not provide additional support for me and I don’t want to look ridiculous! 



    Sandy Lieberman is the co-owner of the Artemis Defense Institute certified to teach NRA and TWAW programs. She is also FEMA certified for Active Shooter and Emergency Management. She handles the business aspects of the Artemis Defense Institute. Sandy will be working with the local TWAW chapters to help spread the word and train more women.

  • Tuesday, September 30, 2014 10:54 | Anonymous



    Badges? We don’t need no stinkin’ badges!


    Well... maybe you do.


    One of the first questions I get when a newly minted CCW holder comes into Artemis is whether or not they should consider getting a CCW badge.


    The hesitancy usually comes from the fear that they are going to be nabbed for impersonating a police officer... a felony.


    To add to the confusion “experts” they have read on the internet call you a moron if you disagree with their position that you either should or should not carry a badge.


    Full disclosure.... I carry one. 


    I also carry it in a place that is the least likely to be effective for the reasons I carry. But I do it anyway, because the alternative of not wearing it is worse.


    (If you came here from our email continue reading here:)



    First off, let’s talk about the argument for not carrying one:


    The two arguments come down to this:


    It is illegal to attempt to impersonate a police officer... and since you have a badge you are clearly attempting to impersonate a police officer.


    From a civil liability standpoint the last thing in the world you want is to look like you were “itching” for a fight... the badge might make members of the jury think you were a wannabe Wyatt Earp.


    The argument for carrying one:


    I don’t want to die.


    That pretty much sums it up.


    First off... the reason I carry a badge is pretty simple... God forbid, I’m in a situation where I have my gun out and a bad guy is at gunpoint, I want the responding officer to realize as quickly as possible (ideally before he pumps lead into me) that I am authorized to have a firearm. 


    The quickest, easiest, and most universal way to communicate this: A badge.


    Yeah... but what if someone thinks you are a cop? Only cops carry badges right? 


    Well... no.


    Security guards, fireman, city council members, union reps, and little children who get them as stickers from Knott’s Berry Farm carry badges. 


    No one thinks that they are impersonating a police officer.


    You see... impersonating a police officer is a specific intent crime. You have to be engaged in actions that positively show you are intending for someone to reasonably believe you are a police officer. 


     Many people tell me “I look like a cop” (must be the polished bald head... it is the only thing I can think of). 


    Would it be reasonable, if a police officer came up to me and asked me for my ID then began to arrest me? Incredulously I ask him: what is he doing? He tells me he is arresting me for impersonating a police officer. 


     What? How???


    “That woman over there... she told me she thought you looked like a cop. I checked your ID and you’re not... so I’m arresting you.”


    I did nothing, other than be bald to make someone reasonably believe I was a police officer, and I took no steps to exercise authority over anyone.


    Like my gun, my badge MUST remain concealed. It comes out only when my gun comes out.... and If we have gotten to this point, I really could care less if someone thinks I am cop... 


    I have only one thing on my mind: staying alive. 


    If I survive this encounter, then I can worry about any other fallout.


    If someone is driving recklessly, would I pull out my badge and show it to them to get them to slow down? 


    Let me answer the question this way: Would you pull out your gun and show it to them? 


     The answer is obviously no. 


    You treat the badge just like the gun... keep it concealed, unless you absolutely need it to save your life.Now... I mentioned earlier that I don’t wear it in the best place.


    I wear it on my belt in front of my gun. I wear it there because it bothers me too much to wear it around my neck. 


    Still... around my neck, under my shirt, is the best place.


    A responding officer is going to be looking at my hands when he decides to shoot or not to shoot. I want that badge in my hands if at all possible.... not on my belt line.


    So... if like me you get irritated with the feel of a badge against your chest moving around under your shirt you have some practice to do. 


    Like the unique process of drawing a firearm from concealment requires practice, so does figuring out how to get a badge off of your belt and into your hand.


    There is only one remedy for the fumbling and bumbling.... practice practice practice.


    Anyhow... like with a CCW, the decision to carry a badge is ultimately a personal one.

  • Sunday, September 21, 2014 21:17 | Anonymous

    Range Training - Outdoor Range Work


    So last week I talked about my indoor range work. 


    Two of our clients had been in and were asking about specific live fire training protocols. 


    Rather than just blasting away at a paper or steel target they wanted to know if I had a specific methodology to my live fire work.


    Last week I wrote about indoor range practice. To summarize, the indoor range is an opportunity to check the functionality of my firearm and make sure that my shooting fundamentals are in place. 


    I do not consider indoor range work to be an opportunity for tactical training.


    Outdoor range work is different.


    When I arrive at an outdoor range and I begin to set up my targets I am doing so with the intention of recreating a hostile environment.


    To begin with I am going to start shooting cold.


    (If you arrived here from our email, continue reading here:)


    I am not going to have the luxury of shooting a few rounds off to “warm up” if someone decides to attack me... It makes sense that practice my ability to quickly come out of the holster and engage multiple targets “cold”.


    I will also make sure that every time I draw I am moving....somehow.


    Typically I will take a lateral step off the line before drawing my firearm and engaging the target. 


    There are times when this is not practical, and for those drills I have other movement elements to the training. 


    As a general rule though I want to constantly be moving while shooting. I also want to practice shooting fast.


    Col. Jeff Cooper stated that statistically it will take a minimum of two rounds to stop a threat. It only makes sense to practice consistently placing two rounds into a target. I will do this using both “controlled pairs” as well as “hammer drills”


    (A controlled pair are two shots fired using three sight pictures, a hammer is two shots fired with two sight pictures.... that may sound confusing... basically it means that I’m usually using a hammer when up close, and a controlled pair when there is distance.)


    I also want to practice shooting from cover and concealment. 


    This only makes sense.


    My first order of business in a use of force situation is to get the hell out and call for back up. 


    If that is not applicable or advisable I want to move to cover as quickly as possible. 


    Standing in a static box and throwing rounds into a static target might make for pretty targets, but it does not ensure survivability.


    Actually, it can be counter-productive.


    The more I perform and action, the greater the likelihood that action will become ingrained into muscle memory.


    I live in 2014.... not 1793. 


    While duels are elegant, and in many respects more honorable then todays methods of dispute resolution... they are not tactically sound. 


    More to the point I’m not interested in fighting a fair fight.


    There are no rules to this game, only aggression and a determination to prevail. 


    To enhance the chances of survival I want to make it as difficult as possible for bad guy to put lead into me. 


    There are only two ways that I know of that can make this happen:  Shooting from cover quickly with good hits to stop the threat before he knows my position, and shooting while moving, making it difficult for bad guy to get lead onto me, while at the same time placing stopping shots into his fixed position.


    Both of these require practice, and that is what this outdoor range was designed for.


    I’m also dropping magazines, crawling, rolling, crying and bleeding... (well...maybe not bleeding)... basically everything that might manifest in a gunfight I want to do my best to rehearse as accurately as possible.


    Go to outdoor ranges... practice, practice and practice again. 


    These shooting bays are proving grounds for you. 


    Push yourself to your failure point and learn exactly where and when this point manifests. 


    I really am not all that interested in “how well” I perform under pressure.... I want to know exactly where I "fall apart" under pressure. 


    This knowledge will help to keep me alive.

  • Monday, September 15, 2014 19:29 | Anonymous



    Range practice. (Indoor)


    Imagine a formula one racer. 


    To make sure that she is in top form she not only needs to make sure her car is in top racing order she needs to practice her racing skills constantly. 


    She also needs to practice eye hand coordination skills that may not at first blush look like they relate at all to racing.Still... to make sure that she has a winning edge she develops a training regime.


    You happen to see her in her garage where her race car sits idling on a diagnostic tester. Every couple of seconds she revs the engine and checks the dials. You ask her what she is doing. She replies that she is training.


    Interested you ask what other type of training she does. 


    She looks at you confused... 


    “This is pretty much it.”


    Chances are she has yet to win a race.


    (If you arrived here from our email continue reading here:)


    This seems to be the same type of training most of us do when we hit the live fire range. This is especially true if we go to a public indoor range.


    When I go to our local indoor range I usually see people in the bays shooting at silhouette targets, standing in some form of a Modern Isosceles or Weaver Stance blasting away one round per second (in compliance with standard indoor range rules). 


    When they are done they take out their magazine and place it on the shelf in front of them and then bring forward their target and beam at their magnificent marksmanship skills.


    The other day two of our clients Dan and Pat were in ADI working on moving drills and Dan asked me if I had a specific training regimen when I go to a live fire range. 


    He said that he has always wondered about this since usually when he goes to a range he just burns through a box or two of ammo. 


    Pat was curious also, since he rarely goes to an indoor range and instead opts for the outdoor range where he can move, shoot quickly without limitations, shoot from a holster and drop magazines.


    The fact that Dan asked me this.... and Dan is a very very experienced shooter.... made me realize that most people don’t have a specific regime when it comes to practice. Hence the impetus for this article.


    Indoor Range:There is a difference between indoor and outdoor shooting. 


    I use indoor ranges as a proving ground for my weapons system... outdoor ranges are a proving ground for me.


    I have a specific course of fire when I go to an indoor range:


    First I start off with a circular bullseye target... ideally one with minute of angle squares. I’m going to be limited to one shot per second so I am not even going to pretend that I am “training” here.


    I want to make sure that my firearm is 100% functional and that my basic fundamentals are in tact.


    I will fill four magazines with rounds... and buried somewhere in each one lies an inert snap cap. 


    Then I will mix up the magazines and lay them on the bench in front of me...all to the left with my gun in the center action open.


    I will then insert the first magazine and slowly shoot into the center of the bullseye with the target set a minimum of 12 feet out. 


    Very slow, deliberate shooting using trigger resets. 


    When I reach the snap cap I want to see if I muzzle down during the trigger press. 


    If I am then this is the entire type of shooting I will be doing today. 


    If not... then I will finish off the magazine and move onto the next. 


    If I get a failure to feed or any other malfunction I will take that magazine and put it off to the far right. When I am done with all of my magazines I will reload it and try to determine if I have a reoccurring problem with that magazine.


    Assuming no problems with the mags and no muzzling down on my shots I will then take a silhouette target and send it out to at least 25 feet.


    From this distance I will do a series of failure drills hitting the target with controlled pairs.


    Once I’ve worked through all four magazines (usually with two targets - magazines 1 and 2 on target 1 and magazines 3 and 4 on target 2) I pack up and go home.


    I am now 100% convinced that my weapon is functional and my fundamentals are in play. 


    Did I train? Perhaps to an extent... 


    like the formula one racer at the beginning everything is "training". 


    However the only thing I know for certain is that my weapon works. 


    I still need to visit an outdoor range to really “train”.


    Next week we will discuss my training regime when outdoors.

  • Monday, September 08, 2014 09:25 | Anonymous



    You have chosen to attempt to victimize me. 


    You have made a calculated decision that you will use violence, or the threat of violence to coerce, intimidate or neutralize me so that you can receive some gratification that you could not achieve through civilized persuasion. 


    The fact that you have sized me up and created a calculus that ends with you prevailing is disturbing. 


    Either I have radiated a signal that I am capable of being victimized, or you are an incredibly incompetent decision maker. 


    Either way, here we are... When this is over and I have survived, I will need to take a hard look at my actions and bearing that led you to believe that I was victim material. 


    But that will have to wait. 


    Right now I have to deal with you. 


    (If you have arrived here from our email continue reading here:)


    The fact that you feel that your life has more relevancy, more justification, more entitlement than mine is annoying... wrong... but just annoying. 


    I really couldn’t care less about how you arrived at your world view at this point.


    What really pisses me off is that you have attempted to assert dominance over me. 


    Your actions have deeply offended me. Not the type of offense the professional victims cry out when the slightest criticism, or inelegant phrase demeans a group. 


    No... this is red hot, personal, pissed off, “who the hell do you think you are?” righteous indignation. 


    And now you and I are about to go to war.


    Col. Jeffery Cooper outlined 7 fundamentals of personnel defense. They are:


    - Alertness

    - Decisiveness

    - Aggressiveness

    - Speed

    - Coolness

    - Ruthlessness

    - Surprise


    We have arrived at “Aggressiveness”.


    When you decided that I would be your victim you probably assumed that I would either freeze, or try to negotiate, and ultimately to submit to your wants. (Or I would be incapacitated by your attack and unable to act.)


    I will instead choose another option:


    I am going to destroy you.


    The rage that I now have for you is barely containable. You dare rob me of my life? Rob my family of my presence? Effect my psychological well being, or the psychological well being of my family?


    Screw you pall. I’m sending you to Hell.


    I will respond to your act of aggression with a counter attack that is so aggressive, so relentless, and so total your ancestors will feel the pain from the great beyond and will look down on you with total disgust that their DNA has been degraded to such an extent that you hold the banner of their clan.


    If you survive this experience.... and quite frankly it is totally irrelevant to me at this point if you do... you will carry the physical and psychological scars of this encounter for the rest of your life. 


    You grabbed a tiger by its tail compadre.... and now you must deal with the teeth and claws.


    When... if... you even realize that you are under a serious threat to your continued existence you will have one of five possible responses to the destruction that rains down upon you. 


    You will attempt to fight. (Good luck with that). 


    You may flee. (This is probably going to be your response since you are a coward at heart... but this will save you. For once you cease to be a threat to me, I will instantly cease to be a threat to you. I use force to stop a threat. If you flee from my presence you have by definition stopped being a threat). 


    You may possibly freeze. (Works for me... thanks for standing still and making this easier). 


    You may try to posture. (This is cute. You’ve pissed me off so much do you really think that you puffing out your chest is going to make any difference to me at all?). 


    Or you may submit. (This might work... but you will have to be convincing beyond all doubt... and frankly I’m so angry right now I might be having a difficult time containing myself.)


    In any event, most of the outcomes above end with me calling 911 and having your broken body taken away by emergency services. 


    I will be victorious. I will embrace my righteous indignation and use the fierce energy it yields to devastate you. Then when it is over I will embrace my family and thank the heavens and providence that I am with them for another day. 


    Peace.

  • Monday, September 01, 2014 12:39 | Anonymous



    Training for a higher purpose.


    If you are reading this you probably have some degree of an established warrior ethos.


    You listen to tales of heroism, and swell with pride and admiration that a member of our species is capable of acts to bravery and self sacrifice in the face of danger. 


    When the hero manifests from the ranks of the unlikely there is a greater degree of surprise, admiration, and humility.


    “If someone like him could summon the strength and courage to perform such bravery perhaps there is hope for someone like me.”


    Call it the antithesis of confidence... yet it still motivates us.


    Would Audie Murphy have achieved such monolithic status among the Magnificent Warriors if he had stood 6’2” and weighed in at 250lbs? 


    Perhaps.


    But his tiny stature and his acts of bravery and ruthlessness in WWII make him even more mythical.


    It also reminds us that the warrior ethos is an internal phenomenon. 


    (If you arrived here from our email continue reading here:)


    What is interesting is that the adoption of that warrior ethos can and will effect our outward appearance. 


    Today at the gym I ran into a good friend of mine. 


    He was, in a past life, a professional football player. He is now a high level executive with a major aeronautics company. While he still looks unbelievably intimidating for a man pushing 50 he may not have the exact same physique he had while an offensive guard for the 49ers. 


    Still he works out regularly.


    He asked me if my dedication to the gym comes from an effort to control my type 1 diabetes.


    Nope.


    The control I get over my blood sugar from working out is at best a side benefit. 


    My 30 inch waist is also an unintended, albeit fortunate consequence. 


    I don’t work out to achieve a good looking physique.


    I have a good looking physique because I work out.


    The guys at 5.11 Tactical have a phrase.... “Training for a higher purpose”


    I like that.


    It sums up what I do.


    I am a weapons trainer. My job is to provide people a forum and lab to develop the skills necessary to save their lives and the lives of their loved ones. 


    While we may spend time with the mechanical tools of a handgun, a taser, or oc spray, the first, singular and prime weapon that each of our clients possess is their body/mind warrior ethos.


    We need to keep that weapon... as well as all of our weapons in the best condition possible.


    I train in the gym not to loose, (or in my case gain) weight. 


    I train because someday I may need to carry a stranger out of a burning building.


    I train for a higher purpose.


    My weight, the fit of my clothes, the control I get over my blood sugar... Those are blessed unintended consequences... nothing more.


    Live your life with the understanding that you are a sheepdog... a protector... a guardian and embrace that responsibility. 


    Know your weapons and keep them in the best condition possible. 


    By design of our society you never know when you will be called upon to stand up against the wolves that threaten the sheep. 


    If you are the best marksman around, but can’t carry a wounded brother or sister to safety you’ve lost sight of the larger picture.


    Train train train... for a higher purpose.

  • Tuesday, August 26, 2014 10:00 | Anonymous




    Blindsided.


    Keep your friends close and your enemies closer.


    Great advise...but only if you know who your enemies are.


    We take special care to protect ourselves from the obvious. Sometimes we protect ourselves against threats that are not really there in the first place, allowing our own prejudices and stereotypes to dictate our behavior. We all do this to some degree or another.


    “I would not go to that part of town after dark”.


    “I would never drive over there alone.”


    “I live in a gate guarded community.... you know.... to keep my family safe from those people.”


    “I would never go to my car in a parking garage late at night. You never know who may be waiting for you.”


    Ok. Great. You’ve taken some concrete steps to keep you safe.


    Except:  You never know when an accident or freeway closure forces you to “that part of town”. 


    You may or may not be alone at the time... and frankly your safety might be a heck of a lot improved if you are alone and not worrying about the safety of your passenger. 


    That gate guarded community only keeps two groups of people from accessing your home quickly... Cops and Firemen. Crooks have no problem getting past the rolling gate. 


    (If you are coming here from our email continue reading here)


    Finally while you may have planned on going back to your car during the day, sometimes life gets in the way... if you want to go home in your car you're going to have to walk through a parking structure at night sometimes.


    This last one came into play the other night at Artemis. 


    A rather young and very pretty trainee was going through a scenario that put her up against armed assailants in a parking structure. After the debrief she said that she would never put herself in this position.


    I asked her if she knew all of the people in her life that hated her. You know... her “enemies”.


    She thought about it. “Yeah... I guess I do. But none of them are psychotic or sociopathic... They may hate me but they would never do anything that would cause physical harm.


    ”Hmmm..I asked her if she had a lot of attention in school from boys that hit on her.


    She rolled her eyes. “Yeah.... I get that a lot”.


    “Do you think any of them might be violent”


    “No... well... I’m giving them the benefit of the doubt, but no I don’t think so.”


    “What about the guys that like you but you are totally unaware of them?”


    “What?”


    “What about the guy that has been pining away for you for years, but you’ve never even noticed him. The guy that is totally quiet, but has developed a fetish for knowing everything about you. You know.... the weird guy.”


    “Ughh! I don’t even want to think about that!”


    “But you take precautions to minimize the impact of known threats like empty parking garages... what about the unknown threats like the hypothetical guy I just mentioned.”


    This is a legitimate issue that often gets glossed over when we do individual threat assessments. We naturally look for the known threats... or rather potential threats that fit our general assumptions. 


    While we may live in a pleasant, well manicured community do we know the potential psychosis that might manifest within a couple of homes of our neighborhood? 


    We might know our neighbors... but do we know exactly what makes our neighbors “Crazy Uncle Charlie” crazy? 


    And are we aware of when he comes to visit?


    We may know all of our daughters boyfriends... but do we know all of the guys that would like to be our daughters boyfriend... they just haven’t worked up the courage to communicate with her yet?


    Being situationally aware is a multi level analysis and it is on going. Relying on our prejudices to build a template is, believe it or not, a rational starting off point. 


    I’m not going to criticize anyone for taking steps to keep themselves safe. That someone might be offended at their actions is completely irrelevant to me.


    But these measures are simply starting off points. We must put in the requisite time to keep ourselves up to speed on all potential threats. We spend hours investigating the potential liabilities associated with a financial investment and are constantly looking for an “angle”.


    Why don’t we do the same with our own safety and the safety of our family.

  • Tuesday, August 19, 2014 09:23 | Anonymous




    Egalitarianism on display.


    The second amendment is a tool that recognized a fundamental right of each individual to resist tyranny. 


    Tyranny is not only the hand of a nefarious government intruding on individual liberty.... tyranny can take the form of a mugger, an abusive spouse, or a sexual predator. 


    A gun is a tool that allows a citizen to resist tyranny. 


    Does it potentially make the tyrant more powerful as well? 


    Of course.


    Does that make the relevancy of the firearm moot for the protection of life and the resistance to tyranny?


    Don’t be ridiculous... of course not.


    (If you arrived here from our email continue reading here:)


    But only certain types of people buy guns right? 


    Less educated, politically conservative, religious zealots right?


    Nope.


    This last weekend Sandy and I worked our first ever Artemis Defense Institute booth at the Crossroads of the West Gun Show.


    What a couple of days that was!


    Immediately after the show opened hundreds of people flooded the hall, most searching for quick cheap deals on ammo and many glancing towards our booth and trying to figure out who the hell we were.


    Then everything stopped.


    Over the loudspeaker there was a call to pause and say the Pledge of Allegiance. During the pledge I furtively glanced around at all of the people who had arrived there early. 


    Anti-gun folks like to propagate a specific narrative about gun owners. To diminish our relevancy the first thing they need to do is cast us as a homogeneous group. This usually tends to be based on race. 


    Gun owners are white people.


    Throw in a little abject racism, a smattering of anti-semitism, sophistry secured to the ball and chain of conspiracy theories.... and for good measure make sure that they are not educated and we got our selves the stereotypical gun owner right?


    Not even close.


    The group that I saw was first and foremost large. I mean really large, and from what I was told kinda on the small side for a typical gun show. It was also diverse. While there were definitely more men in attendance women made up a good chunk of the attendees. 


    There racial make up was pretty broad too: African Americans, Hispanics, and Asians and a few that quite frankly I had a difficult time pinning down. 


    I’m not sure how relevant the sexual orientation of the people there was,... but for those of you that are keeping score of our big "political tent", I can tell you I saw two gentleman wearing Pink Pistols Gay Shooting Organization shirts.... from this I can only make assumptions.


    The point is that our visceral aversion to tyranny is not dictated by race, gender or national origin. 


    Nor is it a mandate of wealth.


    There were quite a few people that came to our booth who clearly had established wealth. 


    (Or are deeply in debt).


    There were others that were not ashamed to admit that they were on fixed budgets and were exited to hear that they could participate in our training programs for a fee that would not require a second mortgage.


    These two groups intermingled, talked and exchanged advise on guns and training without hesitation or restraint. While they might live in different worlds economically they were bound together with a common cause.... the active resistance against tyranny.


    While money might buy you better guns, it will not dictate your place among free men and women.


    Ours is an egalitarian society indeed. (And from what we saw from the people that came to our booth a pretty friendly society as well!)

  • Tuesday, August 12, 2014 10:04 | Anonymous



    Sending live rounds down range.


    I just got back from a morning of live fire shooting with my family.


    The summer holds a special benefit for us when it comes to familial scheduling. With our youngest daughter off from school... and our occasional day off from Artemis being set for Mondays, we can go to our local outdoor range and not worry about the crowds or long wait times.


    Chaney (The daughter) and I have Elk tags in Colorado so it is incumbent on both of us to do a little rifle work between now and the October hunt. We decided that today would be a perfect day to go to Raahagues... zero our rifles, and what the hell since Sandy would be joining us too.... bring our pistols and do a little live fire work. 


    (If you are arriving here from our email continue reading here)


    The zeroing went relatively fast, and with the addition of Kavon our armorer to our little group we headed over to the pistol range.


    Kavon was shooting his little baby Glock.... Chaney had her Sig 239, Sandy her Springfield EMP and I was shooting the Mighty Kimber Desert Warrior 1911.


    We just don’t get to shoot that often. Sure... we send thousands of virtual rounds down range every week... but to actually get out and go shooting...Well... That is a luxury that just does not happen very frequently.


    Our performance? OUTSTANDING!


    We drill all the time on tac loads, movements and proper presentation techniques. All of us were consistent with our quick target acquisition and our weapons manipulation. Before we moved over to the pistol range the range master set up two bowling pins at 110 yards and Kavon and I... just for kicks... decided to try to hit them with his baby Glock. 


    He fired a dozen or so rounds and came incredibly close, (not bad for a .40 cal round sent down range at that distance.) I took the gun from him and nailed the pin on my second shot. My little gallery cheered at my magnificence... but Kavon analyzed the situation correctly: dumb luck. This was proven by the twenty or so misses that followed on the remaining bowling pin. 


    The point of this little missive: Shooting does not have to be a solitary exercise.


    Sure... I love shooting alone. (Especially when I’m doing rifle work). Shooting with a group... especially your family changes the dynamics and makes the whole process a hell of a lot more fulfilling. 


    My wife and I were able to share the pride we have in our daughter, and she in turn was able to bask in the glow of admiration she received from her parents.


    In short... we had fun.


    Isn’t hat the point?


    A team becomes a team because of the confidence that builds among the individual members, as well as the group as a whole. The shared experiences act as a binding agent that unites the desperate parts into a single cohesive unit. A family is no different.


    We shared an experience today, one that Chaney seemed to feel the need to incessantly verbalize the entire ride back home. 


    This is the way it should be.

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