29 December 2018

We call it the Bag Of Evil

25 December 2018

Onetigris Beast Mojo Dog Harness- Sneak Peak

As soon as I got Odin over two years ago, the first thing I started looking for was a heavy duty dog harness that would not break the bank.  Why?  Well because as a Service Dog he would need one for identification and secondly, I love tactical gear.  After being blown away from some fo the prices on other makers vests, I stumbled on a company called Onetigris.  At that time they really only made a few dog vests.  Now they have all kinds of awesome gear from dog stuff to hammocks. 

Ready my sneak peak of the Mojo Tactical Dog Harness I got for Duffy, my Patterdale Terrier.  READ ARTICLE.

29 November 2018

OneTigris Water Resistant Bag- Gear Review

Strider Suspect SMF used for size comparison
Truthfully, I had not heard of OneTigris before I got my Olde English Bulldogge Odin two years ago.  He is my service dog and I was looking for a quality high-speed looking vest for him to be festooned with patches.  After doing a bit of research, I decided to try OneTigris' offering.  Here is my review on the OneTigris Military Patrol Dog Harness.  Over the past two decades I have had samples of tactical gear from the majority of the big name makers and many custom and small makers.  OneTigris' gear is at the top and they have a Lifetime Guarantee.  I have recommended this and their other dog vests to many friends and clients.

Since falling in love with the vest, I have purchased some other items from OneTigris.  The most recent was their Water Resistant Bag.  I was looking for basically an envelope type stuff sack to hold my Snivel Gear inside my Mystery Ranch pack.  It seemed 1T was reading my mind.

As soon as it arrived, I was liking what I saw.  It just looks solid and well made.  I packed my Proper Gore-Tex rain suit into it, along with a wind shirt and an extra bandanna.  It swallowed it up.  The bag is advertised as being water resistant, but it is burpable, meaning that you can leave the YKK waterproof zipper open just a bit and squeeze all the air out.  Most of us have done this with zip-locks.  I would not go submerging it, but I would have no qualms about it being out in the weather even with electronics in it.  Also a pro for the kayak, canoers, and boaters reading this.

Bag pictured on top of Proper Gore-tex rain suit.

It is complemented with a d-ring on each end and a large piece of velcro on the front to identify contents or just to place some morale patches.

Like I said, what drew me to this bag was the envelope type wedge shape it has.  It's not shipped like a cylinder or a block like other bags for the same use.  The wedge shape fits great into the bottom of my pack and doesn't waste any room.  I plan on getting two more just because I like them so much.

03 November 2018

Active Shooters- boxes, in transit, and open spaces

Another active shooter, this time two dead and several wounded.  When are we going to stop worrying about active shooters in schools, places of worship, and businesses, and as a country prepare to survive the three basic environments for ANY attack or emergency.  No mater what happens to you there are only three places you can be; in a box, in transit, or in an open space.  That's it.  Training must be principle based to deal with these realities.  Take the complex and make it simple.

29 October 2018

Church Security Part 1

Long before the tragedy in Pittsburgh where John Bowers walked into a Synagoguge and murdered 11 and injured 6 innocent people only because of their faith, there have been many other acts of violence at places of worship.  That is why our Pastor just shakes his head when people ask why we have security at our church.

It has been well over a year since I posted here on my blog.  The primary reason is that I really just could not take anymore of tactical LARPERS ( Live Action Role Play).  Those who don't seem to realize you are way more likely to save a life with a first aid skill set than a shooting skill set.  Of course you should have both.  Those who have followed me at all over the past two decades know that I also don't agree with the fixation of rifle classes and shooting pistols at stationary cardboard targets.   But I digress.  I realized my true gift was training people to respond to stressful situations using the body's natural responses to attain repeatable outcomes in variable situations.  After figuring out that many people are very stressed out by the behavior of their dogs, I started MCS Dog Training and it took off like wild fire making me the most sought after dog trainer in York County PA.    God blessed me with my gift and I feel that I need to get back into the personal protection and preparedness side of things.  So, here I am.

It has always been a dream of mine that our great country will adopt the mindset of Israel, that everyone is responsible for security at all times.  It should not be left up to law enforcement and the military.  I believe a revival is coming in many areas and one of them is in the area of personal protection and preparedness.  This revival should come largely through the church.  The first layer of protection is that you are responsible for taking care of yourself and your family in any and all situations.  Your level of willingness to accept that has nothing to do with what you may face from a traumatic medical emergency in your home to a sociopath trying to kill your family as they worship.  So now onto the main point of this post.  Starting or revamping the security team at your church.

My leave of absence as a tactical talking head also coincided with my increased involvement in the Freedom Biker Church in York PA.  I had only attended the church for a short while before Pastor Jim Quoss asked me if I would be interested in heading up the security team.  I was quick and eager to accept, but I have to admit at the time I had no idea exactly what all would end up being involved.  It is a very "people" job and I am by nature very introverted, however none of my various jobs in life ever let me be alone for long.

There is a need to make two points from the above paragraph.  The first is that if you need to talk your Pastor or other church leaders into having a security team there will be problems ahead.  Fortunately, I never had to do that since my Pastor came to me and there was an informal group when I took the job.  Just like he does with others that minister in other areas of the church, my Pastor allows me to work with autonomy because he trusts me.  He is constantly advised or "given a heads up" about goings on but usually just replies with a nod.

The second one is that the Pastor will get complaints about security.  This is because, as I will get into later, doing security at a church is not unlike being a bouncer or a doorman.  People do not like to be told "NO" or held accountable for anything they, or their children, do.  People are people and our natural reaction is to take any correction as a personal attack.  They of course will not say anything to the person who enforced the rule or spoiled the fun, they will go to the Pastor.

So whether you are a Pastor, church elder, security team member, or just a member of the church reading this and are interested in church security, I feel obligated to tell you about the good, the bad and the ugly of it all.  Someone, and it should not be the Pastor, Lord knows he has enough on his plate, will have to run the team.  People's mind will usually go to someone who is or is retired from law enforcement,  the military, or security.  My background includes all three, including bouncing which of course falls under security.  Below are some things I would look for in a leader and subsequently he should look for in prospective team members.

Interpersonal Communication Skills-   Church security is a strange animal in many ways.  One of them is the extreme age of folks you will have to deal with.  You cannot talk to an 8 and 80 year old the same way.  In police work, the idea of return customers is a reality but not one you promote.  At a church, it is all about making people feel comfortable by building relationships so that the folks you interact with know your heart.  Also why I am not a fan of any sort of outside contracting for church security.  People will expect the security staff to deal with some very uncomfortable and very personal situations where discretion is key.  We are blessed that a very small part of what we do will likely include the need for violence, and most violence will not be in the form of an active shooter from someone unknown to the church but rather a known person who becomes volatile over perceived disrespect.  If your staff is is not capable of keeping their bearing when asking someone not to stand in a doorway, they will not be able to keep it when telling someone to "step back" or for that matter saying it at all.  You need people that are willing and capable to confront someone without turning it into a confrontation.

Willingness to do violence-  Now that even President Trump has said it in the wake of the Pittsburgh shooting, it is easier for everyone to say.  The problem is that for most of the world, including the tactikewl community, this means firearms.  Of course this is a component of all layered security/defense plans it is not the foundation.  Of the men on my team, there is only one on my team that I did not hand pick, and I would have anyway.  I look for guys that are calm, decisive,  and have been exposed to violence.  More or less have some experience with being punched in the face and punching someone in the face.  Sadly, just as with recruitment for law enforcement in America today, these guys are getting harder and harder to come by.  Luckily when you go to a biker church, we are not in such short supply.  I need guys that are not strangers to the adrenaline dump that comes from a face to face confrontation.  I need guys who are able to flip the mental switch from finding someone a seat to putting their hands on someone and hurting them if need be.  This is not as clean cut as the idea of shooting a man with a gun that is shooting other people.  But like I said earlier, that is seldom the situation.  As with the Interpersonal Communication Skills,  a person who does not have the heart to tackle an attacker to the ground should not be expected to engage an active shooter at close quarters.

Of course if I am going to put out some things to look for in a leader and or team member, I would be remiss if I did not include some things that I would avoid in choosing them.  Remember, at my church when it comes to this stuff I make the rules.  These may not be issues to you.

The gun guy-  The guy that is so fixated on guns that he sees them as the sole tool for protecting himself and others.  Also included here is the guy that open carries.  We are a very pro 2nd Amendment church, and being in Pennsylvania many open carry even in church.  I am not going to argue with anyone over it, but open carry to me shows a lack of tactical mindset.

Those who ask-  Again, I am blessed to have the autonomy to choose my team.  When I choose someone I may literally have to trust my life, my family, and my church family lives to them.  In all cases, I have a preexisting relationship with them and have hung out with them in various circumstances.  Words mean little, actions mean everything.

That's about it for now.  If you have any questions or comments, please e-mail me.

The above views and comments are mine and mine alone and do not necessarily reflect the views of Freedom Biker Church York.

06 July 2017

Bullshit & Fairy Dust- Rising to the occasion

After my last post about where I have been, several people have contacted me because they thought I was going to stop doing classes.  That is absolutely not the case.  However, I will be doing things a bit differently.  For the most part you will not see me doing "public" courses in where you will be registering with me.  From now on if an individual, group, or agency wants me to do a class they will book it and and collect the money and I will show up to teach.

You will also be seeing more of my Bullshit & Fairy Dust posts identified by the graphic to the left making them easier to find.  There are no shortage of topics so there will be many.  For today's installment we will talk about the myth of rising to the occasion.

A while ago I watched a video in which a dog trainer was discussing how people buy dog breeds known for protection and think they will automatically attack an intruder.  He had a client who had pure bred German Shepherds from Germany.  The dogs were very expensive and came from blood lines known for Shutzhound and police work.  He assumed that the breeding would be enough for them to protect him and his property. No.

He put on a full bite suit and entered the gate of the neatly manicured mansion lawn and the owner released the dogs.  As he continued to walk towards them, they barked a bit before retreating to the back door looking for the their owner to let them in.  Him not opening the door resulted in lots of lip licking and them making themselves as small as  possible as the trainer walked towards them.

In contrast, he went to the home of a client with a plain Jane German Shepherd that he had trained for a few months.  As soon as he reached over the fence to open the gate, the Shepherd came around the corner and got a full mouth bite on the trainer.

Of course dogs are naturally equipped to defend or attack with their teeth.  As humans we learn to use our personal weapons or carry mechanical weapons.  In people and dogs, long before the fight / flight response, is the natural instinct to avoid stupid places, things, and people.  Humans however choose to ignore that instinct or choose to go anyway.

The absolute best survival strategy is to avoid anyone showing unstable behavior, and this includes aggression.  Even totally tacked out tough guys would agree that this is the response they would like to see from their loved ones.

Whenever you discuss a use of force situation, many are quick to tell you what they would do.  Avoid these idiots, because the truth of the matter is unless you are seeing, tasting, and breathing the situation in real time you don't know.  People are quick to spin a yarn around their response and tactical prowess because they will never be in the exact situations because not even force on force training includes all the variables.  So if your training is limited to the square range and dojo, you will have even less than a clue.

See, that is why I love training people and their dogs so much.  You can learn a lot about a person by observing their response when walking their dog on a leash and it attacks or is attacked by another dog.  There is no faking it.  Before long, they get really good at avoiding their dog's triggers and spotting other unstable dogs and people.  

Making avoidance your go to reaction makes it a lot easier to know when it is not a possibility and you need to fight.