Rick Sindeband

Sep 172017
 

Why Get A Concealed Handgun Permit For Pueblo County

Carrying a concealed handgun is a great responsibility, and there are plenty of reasons why someone would not want to carry one. Here are some of the great reasons one would want to get a concealed handgun permit for Pueblo County.

#1 Guns are a Colorado Tradition

Colorado FlagGenerations of Colorado families have grown up with firearms. I shot guns with my dad when I was young and it served several purposes you gained responsibility and respect for the firearms and the outdoors. We shot our firearms for both sport and hunting. Colorado is well known for its great outdoor activities. The Colorado State Constitution is broader than the US Constitution when it comes to guns and gun ownership.
 

#2 It’s Your Right as a Citizen of the United States

You know the 2nd amendment! The amendment they always want to argue about. The meaning of the 2nd amendment is as plain as can be. Our right to own and shoot guns should not be infringed. It’s a right just like all the others so take part in your constitutional right and own a handgun for sport or protection or maybe both. Just remember to get a good firearms safety class and I’m not talking about hunters safety class. I’m talking about a firearms safety class taught by an NRA Certified Instructor.

 

#3 The World is a Bad Place

u.s.virtual training centerThe world is becoming a bad place. I don’t believe we will be able to stop that. But you can somewhat control what goes on around you and your family. Get a handgun permit for Pueblo county and learn to use and handle your gun responsibly. That handgun permit is good in all of the counties in Colorado and its good in 33 states if you decide to travel with your gun.
 

#4 To Protect Your Family

I think everyone that is capable of handling a gun should consider it. If for no other reason at least for family protection. We have all read about home invasions and terrible crimes that happen in peoples homes. Learn to use your firearm in those situations and be familiar with the laws of the State of Colorado about when you can use a handgun or firearm for self-defense. I can help you to understand these laws and regulations with one of my classes. Discussions in class include use of deadly force and the Make My Day Law which covers you in your home in Colorado.

#5 To Protect Yourself

Protection of self is a right we all have. It’s a natural right. Self-defense (self-defense in many varieties of English) is a countermeasure that involves defending the health and well-being of oneself from harm. The use of the right of self-defense as a legal justification for the use of force in times of danger is available in many jurisdictions, but the interpretation varies widely. You must learn when you are allowed to protect yourself in Colorado. It is easy to learn in a structured class that covers this and firearms safety.

#6 Concealed handguns are proven to deter crime

States like Colorado that implemented “shall-issue” concealed carry laws reduced murders by 8.5 percent, rapes by 5 percent, aggravated assaults by 7 percent, and robbery by 3 percent, according to an analysis of FBI crime data by economist and political commentator John R. Lott Jr., Ph.D. Conversely, states with more restrictive concealed-carry laws have gun-related murder rates that are 10 percent higher, according to a 2013 study in Applied Economic Letters.

#7 You’ll learn a lot about gun safety and self-defense

Firearm Safety TrainingYou’ll have to go through some training and/or classes in order to apply for your permit. I teach this class several times per week and any questions or hesitations you ever had about guns or gun safety will be answered. You’ll also learn the ins and outs of self-defense. You’ll also learn all about the gun laws of your state. Those around you will also be able to rest assured knowing you have passed the requirements to prove you know how to handle a firearm responsibly.
 

Classes are available thru out the week. I normally do not hold classes on Thursdays or Fridays. Contact me for availability by phone (719.821.3958), or sign up with your information on my class sign-up form and in the comments tell me what you would like to do.

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Sep 152017
 

Concealed Carry Restrictions

The License is for Concealed Carry

There are some confusing signs in the Pueblo area that restrict your right to carry a concealed weapon. Some of the signs are on public or county properties and they are very visible. The first one that we have all seen says The Open Carrying of Firearms Or Deadly Weapons Within This Building Is Prohibited”   this sign is straight forward. You can not carry a gun that is exposed (open carry) like the cowboys did in the old days in this building. Concealed Carry is fine but it has to be concealed. The Confusing part of this sign is when it shows up somewhere that you can’t carry at all, like the 10th judicial court building where they have metal detectors and sheriff officers guarding the entrance.

Concealed Carry is allowed not open carryConcealed Carry Sign Pueblo West Library

The next one is a little tricky and people have told me that is says something different than it actually does. “Bringing in concealed weapons that are not legally licensed and permitted, or openly displaying a weapon except by law enforcement officials is prohibited”  this sign has two parts separated by a comma. The first part says you can’t bring a concealed weapon in unless it is licensed or permitted. The second part says no open carry except by law enforcement. These type of  Concealed Carry restrictions or notices are common. The problem ensues when a person doesn’t read the entire sign and really dissect what the meaning or intent is from the sign.

Remember it is your responsibility as a licensed concealed carry individual to know and understand all the restricted areas that you encounter in your normal travels around town,  restrictions apply but are not limited to, the Jail, Post Office, Court, Schools, Airports,Public Transportation(Bus),Colorado State Fair Grounds, and any place that has a metal detector or a sign posted with some restrictions.

Pueblo City Ordinance 11-1-601

 

The Pueblo City Ordinance  11-1-601 is very clear on the subject. It defines all the things you should not do and then tells you what you can do. Things like knife blade lengths and stun guns are discussed. If you live in the Pueblo area you should read this ordinance so that you are informed.

Restricted Concealed Carry Pueblo Colorado

Pueblo City Ord 11-1-601

 

 

Bank signs vary from location to location. One of the things that always comes up is the fact that no gun signs in Colorado have no force of law. What that means is that Colorado, unlike some other states, has some very weak language in their sign law.  So it has been said that in these locations all that can happen to you if caught with a firearm is to be asked to leave. If you refused you may be able to be charged with trespassing.  Timothy J. Priebe, Esq. an attorney in Colorado has written a paper called Should I Stay Or Should I Go where he discusses this issue. You should read and understand this document.

Bank Sign TexasThis sign is on one of the local banks in downtown Pueblo, Colorado it is totally bogus. This sign is the Texas Law 30-06 and these laws do not exist in Colorado. This bank just thinks most people will follow whatever sign they post or that gun owners are sheep.

 

As always none of this is legal advice. I advocate being informed and follow the law. To follow the law you must understand the difference between coffee table chat and knowledge. My class has new information in it all the time. If you are a concealed carry permit holder and you are up for renewal you would be wise to get some updated information so that you can make good decisions for you and your family.

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Sep 102017
 

Shooting Grip Is Important When Shooting
By: Rick Sindeband
Photography: Lesli Sindeband

I see many people using the old “cup and saucer” shooting grip when I am working at the range. If you’re not familiar with this check the internet and you’ll see why it’s a bad grip that hasn’t been taught in decades by reputable instructors.
cup and saucer grip method

The grip that I recommend and that the top shooters use is the Thumbs Forward shooting grip. This allows you to put a lot of flesh on the gun and when new shooters try this grip it almost always improves their accuracy. Proper grip is very important when shooting a handgun. As a handgun is fired it begins to recoil before the bullet has exited the barrel. To achieve the desired results (shots on target) it is essential that the grip remains consistent after each shot. Often I see shooters at the range readjust their grip after each shot. The first shot seats the gun firmly into the hand, readjusting the grip at that point will loosen and change the grip. Grasp the weapon with the web of the hand pressed firmly into the back strap of the grip and once the first shot is fired, do not adjust the grip. Remember if you are a Concealed Carry Permit holder – when drawing from a holster you are committed to whatever grip your hand has when the gun leaves the holster.

shooting grip 1

 

With your primary shooting hand, open your thumb and index finger. Push the web of your hand as high as it will comfortably go on the handgun grip, making sure that the barrel of the gun lines up with the bones in your forearm. Wrap your fingers around the front of the grip, making sure to keep your index finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger. This is one of the major safety violations.

 

shooting grip 2

 

Do you see some free space on the inside grip panel of your handgun? Great, that’s where the bottom part (heel) of your support hand palm goes.Put it in that open spot and don’t worry if there’s not enough room to get your whole palm on the inside grip panel. There won’t be and that’s fine.

 

 

shooting grip 3

 

Now wrap your support hand fingers around the front of your dominant hand fingers. Your support hand fingers should be high–to the point of pressing against the bottom of the trigger guard.

 

 

shooting grip 4

 

You’ll know you’ve got it right if both of your thumbs are somewhere near parallel to each other and touching.

 

 

 

 

The Grip must be consistent for each shot
A good grip enhances the accuracy
Your hand must be high on the back strap
The finger must reach the trigger
These techniques will reduce muzzle rise
A good grip lends to faster recoil recovery
You should be using a crush grip with support wrist locked
Weak side fingers should be wrapped around the strong hand
Wrists should be close together
Supporting hand heel should be in contact with the weapon grip
Thumbs should rest on top of another.
Fingers over Fingers Thumb over Thumb

When the grip is acquired in the holster, prior to draw and presentation the web of the shooting hand must be in the top of tang on the back-strap and no higher. If you are too high the slide will bite your hand. If you are too low with your grip you allow the gun to move more with recoil making sight recovery and follow-on shots more difficult and time-consuming. A key point is to have both thumbs pointing at the target. The heal of your non-shooting hand should cover the area on the grip that is exposed.

Your shooting grip is just one of the factors that goes into becoming a great shot.

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Sep 102017
 

One of the concepts I stress to my classes is that having a sound self-defense strategy is a must. This sound self-defense strategy should include but is not limited to a good understanding of how your self-defense firearm works. This means being very familiar with all the functions of your gun (manual of arms). I can’t tell you how many times I have asked a student to pick a gun up and show me that it’s safe and unloaded and they struggle with the functions of their own gun. Like not knowing that on the firearm they own the slide can’t be moved with the safety on! Good gun handling and gun safety are skills I teach many people and hopefully, when they go home they practice these skills so that they become a good safe gun handler.

Awareness is an important part of the equation. If you do not know whats happening around you how will you try to avoid it or deal with it? Avoidance is a great tool and may save your life and the lives of others who you are responsible for. I’m not talking about paranoia I’m talking about being alert (color codes of awareness).

The next step is marksmanship and a smooth, safe presentation of the gun. Most people in the industry agree that you should strive to be somewhere below 1.5 seconds on a smooth presentation and be able to put shots on target. Draw from the holster takes practice and to do it correctly and safely takes some good form (how to draw from the holster). Marksmanship is a skill that must be practiced. You should be able to consistently put shots on an 8-inch circle at 21 feet. Dry firing can help you to gain both of these skills and you should have a short and frequent practice session with your concealed carry firearm. Remember that with practice you gain speed from being smooth and you gain confidence from the repetition of doing it right. many encounters in self-defense happen in less than 10ft. 1.5 seconds in this arena will probably be a bad day for you and your family. Reaction never beats action. If someone has a firearm pointed at you your not going to be able to out draw them.

Then comes the legal strategy. You have to drive the narrative (the story). Being a fan of Andrew Branca I have learned a few basic concepts of the laws of self-defense. two things that come to mind is that the 5 elements of self-defense should be understood and you should read as much as you can about these 5 elements (from Andrew’s Book) and from articles that are written by industry leaders. The next thing is to have an idea of how you are going to deal with the 911 call and the first responders at the scene. Andrew has an approach which he thinks is optimal but he states on many occasions that in the heat of the moment people might get lost in what to do or say. Many times when people are put under severe pressure or stress they forget what to do or say. That’s why just like in gun training you need to train yourself in these concepts so they are a habit. Make it how you think, it’s who you are, because you understand the concepts and why they are important to your sound self-defense strategy.

So here they are. Are you weak in any of these areas if so take a section and work on it. The fortunate thing is that self-defense shootings are rare. This means you likely will have time to get better. Don’t be complacent get a strategy to work on your areas of weakness.

Manual Of Arms
Awareness
Presentation Of The Firearm
Marksmanship
Legal Strategy

Do you understand these concepts? If not do some homework and figure out how they apply to your self-defense strategy. These are terms that intertwine the legal strategy and are important concepts to understand. Be careful of your sources, there are many who do not understand these concepts and internet information can be slanted. I have information on all these topics. Let me know and I can supply it for you or direct you to a good source.

Disparity of force
Tueller drill
AOJ Triad
Stand your Ground
Duty to Retreat
Castle Doctrine

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Sep 042017
 

In a recent article by Tom Givens in his monthly newsletter he stated that many of the incidents involving weapons and homicide go unsolved. In a recent study of 122 homicides in a large city, 98 were committed with guns, 9 with knives and the other 12 cases were unknown. Arrests were only made in 42 cases, the most common when the motive was listed was domestic or argument when the motive was a robbery or unknown there was rarely an arrest made. This reflects the difficulty in solving stranger murders in which the victim and offender are not known to each other. These are most often Street robberies and carjacking incidents.

The breakdowns of the motives are listed as follow- in 120 cases 91 cases were unknown 11 were arguments,10 robberies or domestic and one was gang-related. The robbery and unknown accounted for 83% of all homicides, note that only one case was determined to be gang-related this shows that by far the greatest threat to loss of life is from robbery or unknown which usually turns out to be a robbery or attempted robbery in some form. These are crimes that are committed in public places such as convenience stores, shopping malls, shopping centers, and dangerous parking lots.

Dangerous Parking Lots And Concealed Carry

This is why it is so important to be dialed into your surroundings. Know whats going on around you. You don’t have to be paranoid just pay attention, especially when in parking lots.  I was recently in Colorado Springs and was going to stop at a convenience store to get a drink. When I pulled into the lot I saw some shady people hanging around and the location all of a sudden seemed not to be so safe. I drove right thru the lot and out the other side. Thus eliminating any risk I might have had by stopping at this location. Nothing we do in life is so important that we can’t change our mind about it, or use another location for the same service.

One of my students recently told me about someone dropping a gun in a parking lot that he was in, and the gun discharged. Maybe it was an NCC (Nervous Chamber Checker) I have heard that they roam the streets. NCC (Nervous Chamber Checker) is a person who is not confident in carrying a gun with a round in the chamber. He or she is in a movie theatre or a coffee shop and thinks I better check my chamber and see if it’s loaded. Sometimes in the process, they can’t keep their finger off the trigger and bang, you know the rest. I can’t imagine how scary this was let alone why or how this would happen as most modern pistols and revolvers are drop safe, but think about it, parking lots are scary places. Moving cars, panhandlers, people coming and going, lots of things going on that we must be aware of. Even worse is the amount of activity in these lots around holidays.

I always tell the ladies in class that if they come back to their car in the parking lot and the tire is flat keep right on walking. Do not stop at the car, it can be a setup for something terrible to happen to you. In these situations, a criminal can pose as a Good Samaritan in order to abduct women from parking lots. The man first lets the air out of his target’s car tire while she is shopping. When she returns to the vehicle, he offers to help change the flat tire. After changing the tire the man can toss you in the trunk or force you into the vehicle.  Best way to handle the flat tire is to walk back into the store and call for some help. The other thing that’s great to remember about parking lots is that an auto makes a great barrier between you and someone else. You can talk to someone asking for a handout right across the hood of a car and this gives you the time and distance you need to make good decisions. As we head into the last part of the year think about your activities in some of the bigger parking lots. Pay more attention when coming and going in these parking lots and especially when you are distracted putting away groceries or carrying many items, you and your family will be safer for it.

This is where a close quarters drill is a good thing to practice when carrying a concealed carry firearm. Many hazards exist when executing these drills your hands and your torso can be in the way of the muzzle.  Check this video from Rob Pincus and learn some Close Quarters techniques. Remember to check the rules for the range you will be practicing at and it is always better to have a training partner so that he or she can detect anything that might not be safe in your training routine. As always I am available to run these drills with you.  Sometimes an instructor can run a drill in a shooting range that you can not do on your own safely.

Check out some of the accidents in this article

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Aug 282017
 

Dry Fire Training Is Important

Dry Fire Practice Target

Here are some great Dry Fire training routines that I think you will enjoy. Download the target below and print it. This target is a great resource for dry firing. The target features 5 circles scaled to reflect an 8-inch target at different ranges when viewed from a distance of 4 yards (12 feet). There are circles for targets at 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. you can download the target here.

Dry Fire Training

In your dry fire training practice, you will always have some wobble (infinity symbol)infinity symbol firearm training.  Learn to break the shot as your gun sites pass thru your target. Good grip and good stance are always important. As you can see in the video it is possible to practice every aspect of your self-defense shooting habits. Learn the different shooting positions and practice your draw stroke in many different situations. This dry fire training practice is essential to becoming that great gun handler you desire to be.

Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives was the 2010 LAW OFFICER TRAINER OF THE YEAR and he talks about ways that you can practice your skills outside of the range in the comfort of your home.

I think this target and these dry fire training routines are the best I have come across and I am integrating this into my own gun training routine.

Remember I am a dealer for the SIRT Training pistol and I would be glad to give you a quote for any model you would like to acquire.

 

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