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John Farnham On “Deamination”: A Dicey Challenge Where Anything Can Happen

Officers have long been advised to “expect the unexpected” in armed confrontations. That admonition certainly holds true when it comes to “deanimation,” a threatening subject’s cessation of movement after he or she has been shot. The venerable firearms trainer John Farnam addressed the issue of “rapid and permanent deanimation” in a recent issue of his...
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How Are 5%ers Created? By “Effortful Study,” New Report Says

The cerebral game of chess would seem to be several light years removed from the rough-and-tumble world of the street cop. But a new report on the mental processes of chess players suggests that law officers and trainers have a lot to learn from the means by which amateurs become masters of the checkered board....
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Is the 21-Foot Rule Still Valid When Dealing with an Edged Weapon? (Part 2)

Part 2 of a 2-Part Series [EDITOR’S NOTE: For the record, the 21-Foot Rule, when accurately stated, says that in the time it takes the average officer to recognize a threat, draw his sidearm and fire 2 rounds at center mass, an average subject charging at the officer with an edged weapon can cover a...
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Is The 21-Foot Rule Still Valid When Dealing With An Edged Weapon? (Part 1)

Part 1 of a 2-Part Series For more than 20 years now, a concept called the 21-Foot Rule has been a core component in training officers to defend themselves against edged weapons. Originating from research by Salt Lake City trainer Dennis Tueller and popularized by the Street Survival Seminar and the seminal instructional video “Surviving...
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