Tactical Flashlight Theory



I often hear people say that shining a light in an attackers eyes is either effective, or conversely I hear it is not. These pictures are from a flashlight used by a student in a force on force class. The light itself was hit by a sim round, in that same class I was shot in the wrist a few inches below my flashlight bezel. In a completely separate class I was told by several students that shining a light in their eyes made it impossible to hit me.

I think there are several factors to consider here.

In my experience the level of brightness does effect how someone reacts. The brighter the light the more effective the flashlight is to make the attacker turn away from you or wildly shoot in your direction. Barring bad luck, brighter seems to be better.

The farther from my attacker I was the less effective the light was. The light seemed to dissipate in space no matter how focused the beam was.

The beams with the most focused lights delivered more brightness on the intended target. Beams with a wide throw were less effective.

Walking around with the light on searching the room is a very bad thing. It screams out where you are. Lighting a suspected target momentarily, moving, assessing what you saw, then relighting the target and engaging seemed to work very well.

Bouncing my light beam off the floor or ceiling to illuminate the room seemed to be an effective way of identifying what’s in the room. Shining the light directly in the face of the attacker worked much better than anywhere else on their body.

What I picked up after several low light tactics classes was that flashlight choice and tactics matter a lot more than people think.

The flashlight should be as bright as you can possibly carry. The beams throw should be as concentrated and pinpointed as possible. The button on the back should be momentary only, no constant on. The light should have only one mode, extremely bright. The button should be shrouded if possible to stop negligent discharges.

Be aggressive with your movement, and sparing with your use of light. Use other objects like walls, floors, ceilings, and even furniture to your advantage. When engaging your attacker shine the hottest part of the light beam directly in their eyes.


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Baltimore and Grants Pass: A Tale of Two Totally Different Things

I was recently forwarded an article by Josh Horwitz writing for the Huffington Post. In his sad excuse for an article he whines, complains, and completely misrepresents the truth. This should be expected from an obviously biased news source, but I felt the need to explain to my own readers what the facts are anyway.

Firstly the huge difference between Baltimore rioters and the Oathkeepers at the Sugar Pine mine is that the rioters are burning down private and public property, and assaulting people, and the Oathkeepers are doing basically nothing. That’s right they are doing nothing wrong or illegal.

Mr. Horwitz described them as “radical anti-government group” and other groups attending as “heavily-armed anti-government radicals.” There could be nothing closer to the truth. As an organization Oathkeepers is not anti-government. However there was certainly a sprinkling of anti-government people there. Even radical people like myself were there. I certainly would describe myself as radical. In an age where bending over for government thugs to violate your inner most parts of your life is the norm, I am a radical. I’m proud to say that I, at least, protest when I’m bent over a barrel by government tyranny. However men like Mr. Horwitz seem to enjoy the violation.

I’m also proud to say that we are heavily armed. That’s the way it’s supposed to be. In a free republic the people should be ready to stand by with arms if necessary to defend our liberties. The good people of Baltimore have bent over so far for government tyranny they have allowed themselves to be stripped of many of their rights to military style arms. I would have been proud to see men, of all ethnic backgrounds, standing armed to defend their neighborhoods from the thugs that burned and assaulted folks in Baltimore just like the men in Oregon.

Mr. Horwitz incorrectly reported several facts that I would like to clear up though. The Oathkeepers have never condoned, or supported, in secret or publicly any acts or threats of violence. They have in fact advocated for the opposite. There were also NO PEOPLE carry long guns, assault rifles, or any other type of military style weapons at the BLM office. But even if there were who is Mr. Horwitz to decide if they should or should not bear those types of arms? I do not judge the people of Baltimore for not arming themselves. They made that decision, and we made ours. The government needs to be reminded from time to time that rough men stand ready to visit violence upon tyranny if necessary. That is exactly what the second amendment is for.

Earlier I said the Oathkeepers have done nothing. That is exactly correct. The only thing they have done is sent men to a piece of private property. It’s the BLM that has refused to follow through with their threats of violence. Maybe the people of Baltimore could learn something from the people of Oregon. The reason why no one has been arrested in Oregon is because there is no proof that any Oathkeepers were the ones to threaten any violence. Mr. Horwitz would have you believe that there are a bunch of people running around shooting guns in the air like Yosemite Sam, but the truth is that the Oathkeepers have been quiet professionals for the most part.

If the people of Baltimore had called the Oathkeepers to come protect their private property from rioting thugs or overstepping police, I have no doubt they would have answered the call. Mr. Horwitz fails to see the fundamental truth that we are a free people, and to remain free we must defend our liberties from ANY government tyranny. Because a threat to justice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.

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When Tyranny Abounds

Senate Bill 941 passed just a few minutes ago in the Oregon house. It goes next to Governor Kate Brown, who will likely sign it into law. Without going into the bill too much, it basically is a universal back round check system that would include back round check even if loaning a firearm to a friend for the day. As any sane person knows back round checks will never stop criminals from getting weapons to hurt people. Evidence of this abounds across the globe almost every day.

I watched the house debate this measure for some time today online. What stuck me right away was how ridiculous the whole thing was. I have rarely watched politicians debate on the floor, but this time I took a step back and saw it for what it really was. Some might call it a concession of liberty, I would call it tyranny. It was amazing to see the speaker of the house just skim over the procedural rules, after the bill passed. I am saddened that we live in a society that claims to be free yet we sit and watch while our real freedoms are eroded away like it was nothing.

Very soon there will be a recall vote for Rep Val Hoyle. She is one of the main sponsors of this bill. I assume before that there will even be a rally in opposition to this bill. This is the time when the chips are down folks. Now is the time when you can stand up and do something. There is no more time to wait. Join the effort to recall Val Hoyle and come to Salem to protest this bill. Heck start a recall effort on your represetative if they voted for the bill. Write governor Kate Brown, and ask her to veto this bill. Our efforts may fall on deaf ears, but at least you can look yourself in the mirror at night and know that at least you tried. You owe it to our children, and our nation.

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Dear Black Facebook Friends: I Need You To Respect What Americans Are Feeling Right Now.


My family is a European and Native American mixed ethnic back round. We are literally members of the Chickasaw tribe, not just some obscure reference to some possible ancestor. Today my sister posted an article from Salon (Julia Blount) on Facebook with a similar title to this one, but in reference to “White Friends”. This is my response to that article.

Dear Black America,
It is somewhat strange that I have to address these points given that the vast majority of us had access to public libraries, and now the internet with limitless information. I would hope that you would identify with me because we are all Americans, yet many minorities choose to willingly segregate themselves.

My unwillingness to sit and listen, expose myself to ridiculous perspectives, watch videos, and engage in conversation about what is painfully obvious is not “perpetuating white privilege and white supremacy”. It’s a lack of caring about another riot by low lives who are destroying private property, committing acts of violence against innocent people, and a general parade of ass clownery. I wouldn’t be friends with, or care about someone, who punched their neighbor in the face because a third neighbor had a dispute with a fourth neighbor. That would be ridiculous.

The author of this article has a laughable history of supposed oppression in her own life, and only confront the symptoms of the problems she, and her family, face in their lives. I remember my best friend growing up was black. His name was Ryan. I had no idea what racism was until he one day explained to me what the word “nigger” meant. I was floored. I had no idea that anyone would be so stupid to put a whole group of people in a category because of a defining physical feature. I was so surprised because racism is not something that is natural. It’s something un-natural. Racism or Classicism, or any oppressive behavior is learned.

In my opinion, supported by facts and experience, black Americans are not in the position they are today because of “white privilege” or because “the man” is after them. Martin Luther King Jr., along with others, accomplished amazing things in the 60’s. If there is any segregation, or disparity in equality, it is on the shoulders of the oppressed. MLK was not the first to teach us this, but there have been many other great people who have recognized that if you do not look out for yourself, work hard, and ensure that your freedoms are kept, that you will remain in oppression.


My very good friend, and personally adopted brother, is a black man. He came from a bad area in Maryland. At a young age he worked hard to graduate high school and join the U.S. Marine Corps. After serving 8 years he left and became a police officer in Prince George county for 20 years where he served honorably. He now spends his “retirement” training and educating himself in medicine and battlefield tactics.

This type of path may not be available to everyone born into poor circumstances, but never in human history has anyone been able to come from such poor means to be firmly in the middle class more than now. The amount of upward mobility for everyone from all ethnic backgrounds is staggering.

I’d say that the author of this train wreck of an article has never cared to step back for a moment, and look at the root causes of the oppression of people in poor circumstances. Because there is certainly more poor white people in America than Black. If you wanna talk numbers, then the police kill almost twice as many white people per year than black people. In a city with a black police commissioner, and a black deputy commissioner, I’d say that Baltimore is no example of oppression in the first place.

My great grandpa said, “Poor people have poor ways, and that’s why they stay poor.” People of all ethnic back rounds live in poor conditions. The cause of these poor conditions is often varied, but there is usually one common thread. Families are not. What I mean is that increasingly we have single mothers, and fathers who are either dead, in prison, or have multiple babies’ mamas. There often is no real family in these poor, crime ridden areas, and therefore no one to teach these children honor or integrity.

But I have news for black people in America. You are not special. You are not the only people being oppressed in America. We all are. If you think that your pal Obama, which the majority of you black folks voted for, cares about you, then you are wrong. The government doesn’t care at all if you are black, white, or have a mixed ethnic back round. What they do care about is to keep your distracted long enough that you don’t notice the gun to your head, and their hand in your pocket. And they are perfectly willing to use race baiting as a tactic to do it.

last fuck

All people of all ethnic back rounds need to stop fighting about who has what, and who’s fault is it. Our country is not plagued by a racism, it’s plagued by stupidity and ignorance. Your real oppressor with real guns is willing to kill any of us if we do not comply with them. Black, brown, white, and everywhere in between is being crushed under the boots of jack booted thugs across the country. At this very moment a Black man in New York is getting an unwarranted frisking, in Oregon there is government mercenaries standing by to raid a white gold miner’s prospect and murder civilians, in Arizona a brown woman is getting pulled over because she has a large family. We are not oppressed because of our ethnicity, we are oppressed because we fail to stop our oppression.

In California during the 60’s young black men armed themselves and patrolled their neighborhoods to watch the police. What happened to those type’s of men? They are alive and well. At the Bundy Ranch last year there were hundreds of men and women, of all ethnic back rounds, that showed up to stand up against government oppression. Right now at this very moment armed people are standing up to the government again in southern Oregon. That armed group is led by an man in the ethnic minority.

We have the power… You, have the power to stand up and say no. The right way to do it is available to us. Learn who your true oppressor is, learn the root of problems, be active in your communities, support families, and most of all stop bitching and moaning about arbitrary things, and stand up for something. If you cannot get off your ass to read up on our history and laws, then you will pass the chains of slavery willingly to your children, and you are no countrymen of mine.

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Quit Training, Start Doing


I recently went to the Sugar Pine mine to investigate the BLM’s attempt to red tape another hard working citizen out of their rightfully attained property. What struck me as mind boggling is I saw pictures on facebook when I got home of people who claim to be patriots going to training classes during this time. Granted some of these people run the training schools as a business and can’t leave, and some other people have obligations and can’t go to support the miners. But why would a supposed patriot attend a weekend class, when right down the road is a real world situation where their training could be put to good use? They could even possibly get some instruction along with this real world experience.

I still don’t know why any patriot would skip out on this opportunity, but I’d like to challenge all of you who claim to be patriots to examine your lives, and asses whether or not you can sacrifice your weekend training, or relaxing time, to go help some real people in a real crisis.

The second thing that seems to keep coming up is people claim either that they will come when things get “really serious”, or that they will support the cause when “things kick off”. I would say that a government agency threatening to burn down someone’s business without due process is pretty “serious”. To the sunshine patriot riding on the coat tails of those who are putting in the efforts now, all I have only one thing to say. If you can’t pick up a pen and write a senator now, or show up to a protest, or support a neighbor in need then I doubt you will be by my side when the lead starts to fly, and I wouldn’t want you there anyway.

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Kelty Donates $25,000 To Boy Scout Troop


Recently Boy Scout Troop 444 out of Colorado was the victim of a theft of much of the boys camping equipment. It was in a trailer that was located in a church parking lot. Negligence of the scoutmasters to secure the trailer aside, it was a nasty theft indeed.

So the company Kelty, that makes camping equipment, stepped in with a huge donation. $25,000 of camping equipment to be exact. I have been a fan of Kelty products for quite some time, and own several of their products, but this makes me a proud owner of those products now. It’s not often that big companies are still are looking out for the little guys in this world, but Kelty is one of them.

From one Eagle scout in Oregon I send my thanks to Kelty.

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Rick Barclay (Sugar Pine Mine Owner) Speaks out.

Rick Barclay has met with a television news station recently to explain his problems with the BLM and the situation he is facing. I do not wish to speak to something I do not know fully about, but the link is below so you can watch.


I am meeting with a man tomorrow, whom I know from the Bundy Ranch stand off last year, that has been on site at the mine for some time now. I will gather more information from him and then make a plan to go to the mine myself in the next few days.

From what I have gathered from various conversations with people this is another case of the BLM attempting to step in and do whatever they want without care to the law. This is NOT currently an all hands on deck situation. I would recommend anyone within a few hours driving distance have their bags packed though. I will post again tomorrow after meeting with boots on the ground.

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Sugar Pine Miners Stand off with the BLM

There has been much misinformation and many misconceptions about the Galice Creek Mining district in Josephine County in southern Oregon. Being a 5th generation Oregonian, and a lover of freedom and liberty I am concerned any time the government shows up and threaten to burn things to the ground as some reports have stated.

I just got off the phone with Kirby Jackson, who is on the Galice Creek mining board, and he told me that he would like me to relay some information to the public.

Posted 23 Hours ago

“Breaking official news from Galice – One of the mine owners has informed myself and the second owner by phone, that he has spoken to Sheriff Dave Daniel. Daniel stated that he has received many phone calls this morning from around the country. In turn, he has spoken to Medford BLM about the brewing situation at Galice, Oregon. BLM has assured him that they are not taking action at this time. In light of BLM’s long history of utilizing deceptive tactics and well known reputation for dishonesty, the mine site will continue to be secured. The owners request that all interested persons remain on standby.” Kirby Jackson


Posted 27 minutes ago.

Contrary to reports otherwise, all is calm in Galice, Oregon According to the attorney representing the mine, he spoke with BLM Special Agent Mike Swindon who told him that BLM is standing down. It is also reported that BLM has no LEO presence west of Merlin. Despite this, the mine owners continue to have a distrust of BLM and efforts are still to keep the mine infrastructure secure from destruction or theft by run amok “land managers”. In the meantime, the internet is aflutter with all kinds of rumors. As I said earlier, if you do not hear it from Oathkeepers or myself, it is NOT official. We are currently working on an official release of information, including pertinent documents. Stay tuned.” -Kerby Jackson

The Miners have asked that no one else come to the area at this time, but to stand by. This is from the Oath keepers.

Sugar Pine Mine Security Operation Mission
11 April 2015
At the request of the Sugar Pine Mining Claim owners, Oath Keepers of Josephine County mission is to ensure the mining claim owners’ 5th Amendment Constitutional Right to Due Process is not violated by the Bureau of Land Management.


Mary Emerick
Public Information Officer
Oath Keepers of Josephine County

Clinton Chard
Logistics Coordinator
Oath Keepers of Josephine County

All responders and media personnel are required to check in at the staging area before going to the camp site.

2491 Camp Joy Road
Grants Pass (Merlin), Oregon, 97526

•I5 – Exit 61
•West on Merlin / Galice Road – 1.0 mi
•Left onto Jaime Ln – 0.2 mi
•Right onto Camp Joy Rd – 0.1 mi
•Right to stay on Camp Joy Rd – 0.2 mi
•Left onto Walden

After staging check-in, those who are approved to transit to the camp site must comply with the following rules:
•No Drinking
•No Drugs
•All Access in and out is controlled by security (Limited Access and Emergency Access)
•Establish your own team leader / representative under Oath Keepers
•Bring cold weather gear, rain gear, own food and supplies
•You are accountable for your personal belongings
•Rules of Engagement: Always Self Defense – If a person shows means, opportunity and intent STOP the threat.
•We are not allowing trespass, threat to life or damage to property or illegal seizures.
•No one talks to the media or to anyone outside the area about the operation. (All media and information comes from Oath Keepers Josephine County leadership)
•Reaction team will meet contact.
•Bring your own communications. (Preferably Baofeng UV-5R / BF-F8+ to simplify programming and setup.)”

I was told by Mr. Jackson that he will keep me updated. If need be I will go and investigate myself. At this time I am standing by for more information.

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You Are Not Above The Law

Remember back in the 2013 post Sandy Hook era? I remember it well. Ammo and firearms flew off the shelves, conspiracies were passed around, and accusations flew back and forth across the pro-rights (pro-gun) and anti-rights (anti-gun) line. A lot can be said about that time, but I want to focus on specific part of that time period.

If you don’t remember, many companies started to put in place new polices where they would refuse to sell items, that are restricted to civilians, to law enforcement officers of those states. One of these several companies was J&T Distributing. You may know J&T better by their other companies they are affiliated with which include DoubleStar Corp and Ace LTD. Ace is a manufacturer of stocks for various weapons.

Here is the statement posted on back on Feb 19 2013 that is still there today. http://riflestocks.com/store/

Due to the recent changes in 2nd Amendment laws that are pending or currently enforced by states across the country, the J&T Family of Companies which includes J&T Distributing, DoubleStar Corp., Ace Limited, and the DoubleStar Training Academy has been forced to reassess our policies regarding government and law enforcement sales. Effective immediately, the J&T Family of Companies will be joining other manufacturers and distributors by ceasing sales of regulated items in states that have altered the rights of citizens to keep and bear arms.

The JTFOC will no longer sell prohibited items to law enforcement agencies or any government agencies in states, counties, cities, and municipalities that have enacted restrictive gun control laws against their law abiding citizens. We hope other companies will join us with their support. We applaud those already involved with this effort to protect our 2nd Amendment rights.

Be Victorious

So I decided to call down to J&T to see how they are doing several years down the road with this policy still in place. I talked to an excellent guy named Nick. He told me about how several law enforcement officers had expressed their displeasure at the policy, but that the response from the private/civilian sector had been overwhelming. I swelled with pride to know that thousands of my fellow patriots had praised and supported this new policy.

Nick also told me how J&T is heavily involved with the NRA, NFA-TCA, and the NSSF. These are all organizations that promote rights, especially gun rights. What I like most about this policy, and the encouragement of  J&T for other companies to follow suit, is that it discourages law enforcement from supporting anti-rights/ anti-gun bills in their respective states. It also denies those items to be purchased to level the playing field.

I am of the opinion that if it’s too dangerous for me to have an item, then I certainly don’t want a law enforcement official to have it roaming around my streets either. This is a nation of free people. We cannot, and should not, be second class citizens to a privileged few who can ride rough shod over us whenever they please. If every company that produces equipment, firearms, and accessories refused to sell those items to law enforcement in places where it’s restricted for civilians to own them, then we would have a lot less of these anti-rights laws passing.

In the long run a few companies here and there will not affect the change we want, but the most important thing to take away from this is that at least they tried. Which is more than most people, and companies can say. When the chips were down, they chose the side of freedom and liberty. We should at least lend our support to these companies for standing up for what is morally correct. And like Nick said to me on the phone “We are real Americans making real American stuff”… for the everyday American. I applaud J&T and hope that they continue to fight the good fight, and I encourage you other manufactures to join companies like J&T to affect positive change in our great nation.


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