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.”

Use of Deadly Force Against An Unarmed Assailant (Updated)

Disparity

Disparity

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.

UPDATE:

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.

http://legalinsurrection.com/2014/09/caught-on-video-vicious-group-attack-by-thugs-on-young-couple/

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).

 

 

Jeff Cooper: A Bigger Jerk than I Thought…

Poseur

Poseur

My non-membership in the cult of Jeff Cooper is well-documented.

While I credit Cooper for his early contributions to training, his lack of real-world experience made me hesitant to take his endless advice at face value.

Also, aside from training, I knew Jeff Cooper was a blowhard, an attention whore, and had a poor track record of picking equipment (Bren Ten, CZ75, etc.).  His tortured sentence structure made deciphering his ramblings a tedious chore.  And he loved to take credit for things for which he was a mere spectator, rather than a pioneer.

After reading the new issue of Guns & Ammo, we can apparently add “Shit-Talker” and “Sore Loser” to his resume:

Shooting Aftermath: Analysis and Lessons

Pile On!

Pile On!

A story has been circulating in the gun blog world, a podcast interview with a crime victim as well as the original AR15.com thread where he posted his story.

After listening & reading, I (like many others) believe that there are lessons to be learned from this man’s unfortunate experience.

What those lessons are may depend heavily on the biases that you bring to the analysis.

This guy has beaten himself up plenty over this incident, and I am not trying to pile on.  But he made some major errors that are entirely correctable.

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Yet Another New Ruger

New Ruger!

New Ruger!

Wow, the guys at Ruger are really burning the midnight oil.

Now they have an 8-shot .22LR version of the LCR polymer-framed revolver.

They released an 8-shot .22 SP101 with a 4″ barrel and a 10-shot version of the Single-Six (with a 5.5″ barrel) a few months back.

Now they have adapted the LCR with a 1.875″ barrel to .22LR, with the same heavily-relieved cylinder design.

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