William Shatner’s Aftermath: Ruby Ridge Interview

William Shatner Interviews Ruby Ridge Survivor Sara Weaver

Hulu.com now rebroadcasts episodes of William Shatner’s Aftermath from the Biography Channel.

Shatner conducts a sensitive, intense interview with Sara Weaver in a way that hearkens back to the best of Brian Lamb’s interviews on C-Span.

He quietly asks questions and allows Weavers’story to unfold complete and uninterrupted in her own words.

Highly recommended.

Update: The Amazon Pay-per-view is the only viable option to see this video. Still highly recommended.

Amazon.com (Pay Per View with free preview) Sara Weaver Ruby Ridge Interview CLICK HERE

Hulu.com Main Aftermath Page CLICK HERE

Sara Weaver Ruby Ridge Interview CLICK HERE


The Official William Shatner Website has commentary about Aftermath.


Real Gunfights-The Urban Juvenile Predator

Here is a fairly common urban phenomenon- when a modern adult encounters a hostile band of city juveniles, the youngest of the youngsters is likely to be armed and even more likely to be untethered to any sense of restraint because modern society has taught them they have a free ticket to ride until they reach the age of 18.

This can be confirmed in any courtroom where the docket is usually filled with a remarkable number of 18 year olds charged with serious adult felonies the day after their 18th birthday.

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Real Gunfights: Triggernometry

Another jewel to archive in the JohnJacobH Real Gunfight Catalog. I highly recommend it to students of combat arms:


Tantalizing Excerpt:

Seconds that Save Your Life
by Jim Higginbotham
Monday, July 19, 2010

There is only one type of shooting competition that only has a trophy for second place. The trophy is generally made of granite, has an epitaph inscribed on it, and when it is awarded to you, you are surrounded by everyone you love, crying their eyes out because you are dead. It’s called a tombstone.

A gunfight is a competition, but it isn’t a standard shooting competition like those you see in timed shooting sports. Speed is a factor, but it isn’t the only factor. And there will always be factors outside of your control, such as the physical and mental state of the threatening party, his competence, how well we shoot under the pressure of a gunfight, and what we are doing while engaging our adversary to keep from getting shot (or cut, or bludgeoned, etc.).

Some things, however, you can control, or at least prepare to control, and many of these involve speed and can be practiced. They are how fast you are able to present your weapon, how fast you can fire it accurately, and how fast you can reload when you are out of bullets or in danger of soon being out of bullets.

Wyatt Earp, one of the most famous gunfighters of all time, is quoted as saying: “Take your time…but be quick about it! He is also quoted as saying something to the effect of “Fast is fine but accuracy is final”. The interplay between these two factors, speed and accuracy, is one reality we must always recognize, the faster you go the less accurate you are.

Real Gunfights: Quick Draw Reaction Time


Michael Bane(CLICK LINK HERE) alerts us to this article (CLICK LINK HERE) from commentary originated by the BBC about gunfight reaction times. (CLICK LINK HERE)

(Whew! Got that?)

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Real Gunfights: Marksmanship

Great, great commentary. Must read blog!!!

Tantalizing Excerpt:
As flintlock riflemen can pump out a maximum of only four shots per minute, it is obvious that Vietnam troopers have 75 times the firepower of the flintlock riflemen of the Revolution.

This is in terms of muzzle statistics.

In terms of target statistics, the flintlock shooter has four times the firepower of the M16 user because he has the skill to make every shot hit and the M16 user cannot hit more than once per minute.



Real Gunfights: 5 Year Old Kills 800 Pound Alligator


Here is one for the brain dead safe-storage Bolsheviks who believe one-size-fits-all Nanny State Government is good public policy.

This kid was trained, prepared and effective. It was always thus and will be thus always.

Nanny State Nitwits go pound sand.

The father’s comment is particularly appropriate. “ I trained him to use guns because everything on this ranch will bite you or stick you.”

Way to go Dad!

In different circumstances, compare and contrast the outcome for Ashley Carpenter, age 9, and John William Carpenter, age 7, who sacrificed their lives when called to defend their family without the equipment necessary to prevail.

(Archive link CLICK HERE)

Tantalizing excerpt to alligator story:

Friday , October 02, 2009


Texas-born Simon Hughes, 5, doesn’t look intimidating.

But put a gun in his hands and pit him against an 800-pound alligator and it’s a different story.

Simon’s been training to handle a gun since he was just 4, his dad told MyFOXHouston — and it’s a good thing, too, or else he could’ve gotten hurt by the mega-gator that wound up on the Hughes family ranch.



Real Gunfights: Bear Attack!


Tantalizing Excerpt:

Came with zero warning; no woof, no popping of the teeth, no standing up, nothing like what you think or see on TV! It charged from less than 20 yards and was on me in about one-second! Totally surreal-I just started shooting in the general direction……….


Update (02/06/10) link to Newspaper Account CLICK HERE