Condition Yellow: Nature or Nurture?

keep-calm-and-stay-observantMost shooters are at least dimly aware of the “color codes” of awareness (White/Yellow/Orange/Red) that Jeff Cooper popularized.

If you read Jeff Cooper’s wikipedia entry, it defines Condition Yellow by quoting The Carry Book: Minnesota Edition, 2011:

Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360 degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.”

Bob Owens Can Go Fuck Himself

Pew Pew Pew

Pew Pew Pew

What the hell is going on here?

First, Jim Dumbo Zumbo shoots his career in the foot by going full-Fudd.

Then Dickless Metcalf starts carrying the anti-gunners’ water for them, and his mealy-mouthed editor at Guns & Ammo helps him do it.

Now Bob Owens of has joined their illustrious company on the anti-gun side.  This, after Owens took Metcalf to task for acting as a puppet for the anti-gun cultists!

In an op-ed for the anti-gun liberal L.A. Times, Owens badmouths Glock because of a rash of police accidental shootings due to what he claims to be an overly-light trigger pull & too-short trigger travel distance (and a lack of a manual safety) on Glock handguns.

“For more than 35 years, officer-involved accidental discharges with Glocks and Glock-like weapons have been blamed on a lack of training or negligence on the part of the individual cops. What critics should be addressing instead is the brutal reality that short trigger pulls and natural human reflexes are a deadly combination.”

So, all of a sudden the minimal firearms training requirements (partly budgetary in nature) for police are absolved of guilt for these officers’ negligence?

And the Glock trigger (which is longer and heavier than a 1911) is suddenly a problem, despite this rash of police-initiated incidents that has not been mirrored by a commensurate increase in civilian negligent discharges?  And the police Glocks use an even heavier trigger than civilian Glocks (the “New York Trigger”).

Owens talks about going back to issuing police guns that have long DAO (double-action only) triggers.  Which will make the already abysmal track record of police firearms accuracy even worse.

SayUncle and Instapundit picked up the story, and commenters have been brutal towards Owens’ soft-headed logic.

Owens tried to deflect & defuse the controversy on his own blog:

“Mechanically, Glocks and similar pistols are incredibly solid and reliable designs. What they aren’t is forgiving…Unfortunately, until they start manufacturing failure-proof people, Glocks and other short trigger pull guns are going to be a bad choice for professions where high stress is a constant.”

There isn’t anything I can think of that has higher stress than a self-defense situation.  And by Owens’ standard, the 1911 (with its lighter and shorter trigger) is even worse than a Glock for such situations.  The Walther PPS and PPQ have lighter, shorter triggers than a Glock.  My Springfield XDM has a shorter, lighter trigger than a Glock.  Haven’t shot a S&W M&P lately but its entirely possible that their triggers are comparable or lighter/shorter than a Glock.  Owens tries to suggest that the Beretta 92/96 design (which has proven to be prone to breakage in military service) is the answer.  He also suggests the Ruger SR series…which has a Glock-like trigger.  And the discontinued 1st-3rd gen S&W pistols.  Hey, Bob, how about a Nagant M1895 revolver?  Is that a heavy enough trigger for you?

Some have claimed that Owens has a relationship with a rival firearms manufacturer, and this is what is driving his sudden attack of foot-in-mouth disease.  Or maybe he just needed to get some attention, like an infant throwing his pacifier on the floor and crying.

Regardless of his motivation, Owens proved himself to be a willing tool of the anti-gun crowd, and an ignoramus.

Enjoy your infamy, you chinless hayseed.


The Pressure Builds

Listen up!

Listen up!

The late, great character actor Strother Martin had many memorable lines in Cool Hand Luke.  Among them:

“What we’ve got here is… failure to communicate. Some men you just can’t reach. So you get what we had here last week, which is the way he wants it… well, he gets it.”

That message was what came to mind as I read this recent article by Kurt Schlichter at which compares his experiences with inter-faction conflict in Kosovo with the culture war in America today.

What You Gonna Do When They Come For You?

Mohammed Ate Bacon

Mohammed Ate Bacon

“Bad Boys” doesn’t quite do them justice, these ignorant terrorist cavemen that attacked the Charlie Hebdo headquarters in Paris and killed 12 people and wounded 7 more.  It takes a special kind of backwardness for a religion to be born in the Iron Age and yet never progress past the Stone Age, but Islam pulled off that feat.

While I admire the courage of the French writers and artists who published the satirical cartoons, I question their decision to put their safety into the hands of unarmed French gendarmes.  That phenomenon baffles me, given the fact that the Parisian officials have ceded control of entire neighborhoods in Paris to muslim gangs.  Perhaps “the City of Lights” is just a description of the torches carried by rioting muslims.

France’s strict gun laws are well known (as are the gaping holes in them), and yet this horrible massacre was committed in broad daylight with fully automatic weapons (AK-103‘s I have read, which are a fairly new model).  Be sure to throw this fact in the face of any domestic gun grabbers you have to deal with.

But we don’t have a lot of details at this point about how the attack was carried out, or how the victims responded.  The fact that all 3 attackers walked away after the attack without obvious injuries would seem to indicate that any defensive counterattack by their victims was not particularly effective.  They might have been too shocked to react at all to the attack, thus becoming sitting ducks.

What would you do if this sort of attack was perpetrated at your workplace?

Use of Deadly Force Against An Unarmed Assailant (Updated)



Andrew Branca posted this at Legal Insurrection.

It is an important issue, and one that is not addressed adequately in the training that a person receives when they get their gun permit.

It is also not a scenario that most people prepare themselves for, and that lack of preparation can cause hesitation or indecision at a crucial moment.

Well worth your time to read.


In the aftermath of another black-on-white racial gang attack (this time at a Kroger market in Memphis TN), Andrew Branca published a follow-up article on the use of deadly force against unarmed assailants.

Once again, Mr. Branca reiterates the 5 elements of self-defense:

  • Proportionality
  • Innocence
  • Imminence
  • Avoidance
  • Reasonableness

And he relates them to the facts of this case (as they are currently known).