Rick Sindeband

Jan 152019
 

I have witnessed and been made aware of more aggressive behavior by our local element in the Pueblo Colorado area. Sometimes this element is pestering you for money in one of the local popular shopping areas such as Barnes and Noble or King Soopers parking lot, sometimes it is the younger more aggressive crowd that thinks the world owes them something that to be honest they have not really earned. I personally witnessed one assault verbal and somewhat physical the other morning at a local restaurant and management did nothing to stop it. It took everything I had to stay out of it, and if you know me you know I’m not likely to stand by and watch somebody be abused by a group of young drunk or high (on drugs) individuals. But I told myself in the famous words of a world-renowned Instructor Not my people Not my problem!”

You have to remember that it is a privilege to be legally armed in public. Just because you are carrying a gun does not mean that you are ok to jump to everyone’s rescue. I tell most of my students that this privilege is for you to protect yourself and your family from death or serious grave bodily injury and you should refrain from sticking your nose into others problems. Especially when there is no danger of death or serious bodily injury.

That being said I think everyone should consider always having a less than lethal form of protection available to you at a moments notice so that you can handle these types of incidents if they spill over into your space and they are not deadly force threats. Remember the quote that says “if all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail! Well, this is quite true if you are carrying a concealed firearm and that is all you have. You are more likely to use it when it is not appropriate.

So recently I have become a big advocate of OC  Oleoresin Capsicum sprays (pepper spray). These sprays come in very easy to carry sizes made for runners and bicycle riders and they are easily deployed with a little pepper spray training. I talked to a senior citizen female today that said a man reached into her car last week while trying to panhandle and for me this would be the straw that broke the camels back. She had her window down and we discussed the bad situations you put yourself in when doors are not locked and windows are not rolled up.

Pepper spray is legal in Colorado and can be deployed when someone scares you and you are in a situation where deadly force would not be justified. These non-lethal attacks happen many times more often than lethal attacks do.

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Just remember to call the authorities about the attack. You want to be the first one to the phone and report it. If the attacker reports it first and says you are crazy and you attacked them. You may have to defend yourself from a legal mess with the law.

Pepper spray is a chemical compound made from red pepper that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness it is used in policing and self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people in danger to use pepper spray in self-defense for an opportunity to escape. It also causes temporary discomfort and burning of the lungs which causes shortness of breath.

Major Capsaicinoids (MC) are the chemical components of peppers that make them hot. Measuring by MC is a laboratory conducted and very accurate test for gauging hotness. Oleoresin Capsicum is the oil extracted that contains within it the Major Capsaciniods.

The brands that I carry, Pepper Shot and Wildfire, have been tested for MC. Not many have. Our pepper sprays are equal to or better than the major brands out there: Mace, Fox Labs, and Sabre.

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Pepper Shot is 1.2% and Wildfire is 1.4%. This makes Wildfire the most effective pepper spray you and your family can buy. I have these sprays available in easy to carry sizes and also have some practice sprays for those that would like to practice without fear of being sprayed themselves. In addition, I have training available for any person or group that would like to arrange it

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Dec 102017
 

Choosing a defensive firearm

choosing a defensive firearmThroughout the year I have published many articles from different sources about picking firearms and ammunition for self-defense. Here is some information for you to consider when choosing a defensive firearm and ammunition for self-defense.

Instructors polled at a recently held high-level instructor conference (not the NRA) showed that the two handguns that were most prevalent in their daily carry were Glock and Smith & Wesson M&P series firearms.  90% of those instructors polled we’re carrying a 9mm caliber firearm.  The firearms broken down into the two biggest categories by the manufacturer were 40% Glock and 26% of them were carrying a Smith & Wesson M&P series firearm. Reliability was the reason these two guns are carried the most. When you pull the trigger on these self-defense guns they are more likely to go bang every time. It was stated that no one at the conference was carrying a Springfield XD series gun and that only one person was carrying a 1911 style handgun.

The instructors were also polled about their defensive firearm rounds. 74% were using either Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot. A small percentage were using Hornady Personal Protection rounds. 68%  of those polled were carrying standard pressure rounds no + P or + P +, as some state,  standard P or no P was the choice of professionals. Many in the group were carrying guns that had been modified with sites or grip enhancements like stippling. About 75% of them were in possession of some type of emergency medical equipment.

It is very insightful to take the information that professionals think is important for their daily survival and use it to make good choices in your self-defense firearm purchases and daily carrying options.

Most professionals carry a Glock or Smith and Wesson M&P series handguns.
Most professionals carried a 9mm caliber gun.
Most professionals used Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot ammo in those guns.
Many are prepared for some type of medical emergency.

Many of us make choices when Choosing A Defensive Firearm based on many factors.  Sometimes those decisions are based on finances or style. This information does not come from someone trying to sell you something. Most articles written in the industry are promoting an item so that people will buy it. This information was provided by professionals in the business of training people and it is what they use to protect themselves and their families.

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May 052019
 

Concealed Handgun PermitMaybe you took a Concealed Handgun Permit class many years ago, got your carry permit, and now you are not sure you know the difference between what’s right and wrong. You are confused about what you hear on the news or about new laws in Colorado or maybe your gun handling skills are not what they should be. Maybe you took a hotel Concealed Handgun Permit class or a class from a guy at the gun show and now your a little worried about some of the things you were told or you may not have learned. Maybe you just don’t remember.

Worry no more! If you took a class from me in the past or if you have a concealed handgun permit (took a class from anybody) and you would like to get some up-to-date training for your concealed handgun permit you have come to the right place. I have had many people come to me lately and say they have had a concealed handgun permit for a long time and that they are not really comfortable with what they can and can’t do so they don’t carry or don’t carry a concealed handgun very often. In the firearms training business, we use Murphy’s Law analogy for this. When you don’t have your gun with you that’s when you will need it. Sometimes you just need to get the proper information so you are more confident and don’t make mistakes that seem to be common by untrained or uninformed individuals.

Sometimes people are not comfortable with their level of understanding or training. Anyone who has taken my class before or has a concealed carry permit (from any class) has the option to come back and retake my level 1 class for $45. That’s a 30% discount on the normal class price. Over the years I have been exposed to new adult learning techniques, new training material, and some tricks that you probably didn’t get the first time you took a class, and you are welcome to come to my class for the discounted rate and learn them. Just sign up for regular level 1 class and in the comment or coupon code area put the word RETAKE. I will discount the rate when you attend the class.

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Mar 162019
 

Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed CarryI’m sure I don’t have to tell you that one of our most vulnerable places in the concealed carry world is in and around automobiles. We spend a good portion of our lives in and around these pieces of steel that take us to and from our places of work, and just about everywhere else we go. It’s been said, ” Americans spend 17,600 minutes behind the wheel each year”. That’s 7 full 40 hour work weeks. Do you think that maybe many of the self-defense incidents that we hear about happening in and around vehicles? Well, they do.

In 2016 there were 115,000 murders and rapes in America, that started in a vehicle.

I mentioned today to one of my students that I took a course last year about just this topic “Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry”, and I didn’t even leave my home to take it.  Look I have never been an advocate of online training, but sometimes in instances like this, it may be warranted.

1st Even if you could find a course like Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry it would cost you hundreds of dollars just for the course and that doesn’t include travel meals and hotel.

2nd I’ve been doing this a long time and I have never had an opportunity to attend a class such as this and I have looked many times over the years. They just are not available. Think about it. To have a vehicle that you and others can shoot at and train from is just non-existent in my world. Let alone the liability the range and the instructor has when you let everybody participate without knowing their skill level and safety understanding. The whole thing is mind-boggling.

3rd Somebody else knew how hard it was to do this so they ConcealedCarry.com produced a really good video-based education program for just that purpose. Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry was the brainchild of Riley Bowman and Jacob S. Paulsen these guys are the real deal with a lot of Instructor experience and Law Enforcement background. The production of this training program cost a bundle and you will see it in the quality of the program. In addition to all that these guys are here in Colorado (Buy Colorado).

So here it is a program that doesn’t cost $1000 or even $500 dollars and guess what this great program costs you less than 250- 9mm FMJ rounds (that’s 5 boxes) from your favorite discount store. That’s right you can take Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry for the low price of $37.62. This course is worth many times more than that and you should jump on it before Riley and Jacob realize they are giving it away and remember you can revisit it over and over again. Yes, I’m gonna make a dollar on it if you take the course thru the link I supplied, but you wouldn’t have even known about it unless I spent the time to tell you about the great Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry program these guys have to offer.

Sign Up Today For Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry training course.

I took the course myself and I would recommend it at 3 times the price… Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry

 

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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

2nd AmmendmentYou 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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May 092019
 

draw from the holsterDraw from The holster, according to Karl Rehn, a well-known instructor in the Austin Texas area with KR Training “Is a skill very few instructors are certified to teach”. Presentation and draw from the holster is taught properly by very few instructors. Approximately one percent of all instructors are qualified to teach this skill. That’s only one out of a hundred certified to teach this important skill.

Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH) is the only way certification can be gained from the NRA’s Instructor certification program. Draw from The holster is a skill that takes many hours of prerequisite training and is the only NRA certification that actually certifies instructors for that particular task. Instructors that teach basic pistol from the NRA have not been trained in these skills, according to Karl in his new book “Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training.”

I see many people with improper or inappropriate holsters in my classes. The primary purpose of a holster is to allow access to a handgun while protecting the trigger and trigger guard, in addition, the handgun holster should have enough retention that if it is turned upside down the gun will be retained and not fall out of the holster. Also, holsters that collapse and do not hold their shape can be very hazardous. Many of the holsters that come with guns in the original box are not adequate concealed carry holsters.

Many people never learn a proper and efficient draw from the holster and end up with a version of something they saw on YouTube or some other place on the internet. With all these bad habits in place, accidents are a common event. Draw from the holster is a skill that must be honed and practiced with of course proper equipment. When you first start out, slow and correct positioning is the most important aspect. Speed comes from being smooth and smooth is fast enough.  As with any technique, there are often several ways to do it.  Some teach the five-step draw some teach a four-step procedure. Some like Karl believe teaching a ready position which is part of your draw stroke gives you a good index position for some close quarters training and shooting without full extension.

Some of these shooting techniques should not be done without someone watching to make sure that you’re doing it safely and not being a hazard to others around you. Safety for both yourself and others is paramount and of course, safety rule number three must be followed at all times. Any failure to apply all the safety rules in this process can result in holes in your body that your creator did not put there when you were born. We are lucky here to have a range that allows drawing from the holster. The strongside belt holster technique is the only method allowed at our range. Any other type of draw is against the rules and has to be done with the supervision of an approved instructor.

One of my mentors Partick Watts, a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor spent many hours with me honing my skills including the draw form the holster techniques that I use today.

Get that draw from the holster training that can make the difference. Contact me today to set a time for us to hone your draw from the holster skills and make you a better and safer concealed carry practitioner.

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