Rick Sindeband

Jun 142020
 

OC/Pepper Spray is an Important Part of your EDC (Everyday Carry). Let’s look at some of the great aspects of this tool as part of your overall self-defense strategy.

legality-

OC/Pepper Spray is not legal in every state. In Colorado, we are lucky because it is considered a non-deadly force option for self-defense. Remember the two buckets of force concept that Andrew Branca teaches in his Law of Self Defense curriculum. In life, you have two buckets of force to use for self-defense. You have a non-deadly force bucket and a deadly force bucket. If someone is attacking you using non-deadly force ( most courts consider the use of hands non-deadly force) in Colorado and most states you are not allowed to reach into the deadly force bucket to solve your non-deadly force problem. In the non-deadly force bucket, what tools do we have? We have our hands and we may have some other tools that may or may not be legal in the jurisdiction we are in.

Many places tasers, stun guns, and collapsible batons may not be legal to use or possess, and even if they are some of these may be considered deadly force if not used properly or something goes wrong when you deploy them. OC/Pepper Spray tops the list as a non-deadly force tool in my opinion. I do not want to go hands-on with anyone and most of you won’t want to either.

Ease of Concealment-

OC/Pepper Spray is easy to conceal and if you choose the right one it may even be hard to tell what it is. For example, the one I like and carry every day is very easy to conceal because of the size of the container, and it is not easy to tell what it is because the outside of the container is unmarked. It fits in my closed hand and is hard to see from any distance. It has a great clip so it clips into my pocket securely and is ready to use at a moment’s notice. You should never attach keys to your OC/Pepper Spray it makes it hard to conceal, carry and deploy in most cases.

Ease of Use-

Pepper Spray is easy to use and most people can deploy it successfully with a little training. Remember to always warn the attacker and the people around you that you are about to deploy the OC/Spray. I have personally had situations where I warned someone and they decided that they did not want the agony of what I was about to unleash on them, and it ended the incident.OC/Pepper Spray

Stealthy Carry and Deployment-

It can be hard to carry and conceal other tools like stun guns, taser, and batons. OC/Pepper Spray is easy to carry and conceal if you have chosen the right product. I have searched high and low to find the most discrete and powerful product there is and that is easy to conceal and carry. Remember to be like 007 in the carry of your daily self-protection tools. You always want the element of surprise on your side.

Inexpensive-

If lost, stolen, or if you have to throw it away or give it up in a non-permissive environment what have you lost? A few dollars? Replace it and move on. It’s not like losing an expensive knife or even a pocket gun.

Options-

When we carry a non-deadly force option it helps us in our defense when we have to use deadly force. Remember the hammer and nail saying everyone uses in our industry. When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. If we have only a firearm everything looks like deadly force. When you have considered options the legal system is more likely to consider your story and your use of force reasonable. I could have used non-deadly force (OC Pepper Spray) but I felt I had no choice but to use deadly force right away under the life-threatening circumstances I was facing.

As a Certified Use Of Force OC/ Pepper Spray Instructor, I highly recommend that it be carried everywhere you go. There are many places in life we can not carry our concealed firearms legally. OC/Pepper Spray gives us a tool that we can use successfully if necessary in those non-permissive environments.

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Apr 122020
 

The way I see it here is the real scoop on CCW-carrying a concealed weapon. You will spend some time learning where you can carry a concealed weapon. When you can carry a concealed weapon, and if you can use deadly force in self-defense of yourself and others. You will spend the rest of the time honing your craft.  Out of the first three if you can use deadly force in self-defense of yourself and others will be by far the most complicated and toughest to grasp. The where and when you can carry a concealed weapon comes down to state, federal and sometimes city ordinances (In Colorado north of Castle Rock) and most people can grasp this fairly quickly.

Most concealed carriers get a big break on all this because the odds that you will ever be in a self-defense shooting are slim and none. Many people get away with being sloppy in their knowledge and in the mechanics of handling, carrying and drawing from the holster. Many times they suffer from not practicing enough to be competent with their chosen pistol.

When you can use deadly force in defense of yourself or others

Andrew Branca’s new audiobook on the Laws of Self Defense might be just the ticket for some people. This new audiobook is not very expensive and it might be a great time to listen to it. At the bare minimum read Andrew’s book. I always have some copies for sale and you can, of course, buy it on Amazon right here Law of Self Defense

Shooting

Everyone who carries a gun for self-defense or otherwise needs to learn to be competent with their firearm so that they don’t harm themselves or someone else with improper use. Getting shots on a meaningful target (humanoid type target) in a short period of time is a skill that has to be practiced. You should be able to draw your firearm from concealment and put 2 shots in an appropriate place on a humanoid target in less than 2 seconds at combat distances. If you can not then you probably will not be successful in a self-defense encounter. This is something you need to work on.

Proper Holster-  

Holsters come in various configurations and are made from different materials. Kydex and Leather are two of the most popular at the moment. Remember to look at the back of the package your holster comes in. If it lists 20 guns that it fits its probably not a proper holster. Holsters have to allow for a full grip on the handgun. Cover the trigger guard and trigger completely. Have natural retention (in other words if you turn the holster with the gun in it upside down will the gun fall out). And not collapse when the gun is drawn. You will most likely buy many holsters in your gun-toting career, always looking for that perfect one.

Carry Positions-

Everyone should start by learning a strong side belt holster.  These holsters go on a belt and are worn on your strong side (the hand you shoot with). The reason for this is simple. All the standard procedures (draw stroke) and safety for drawing from the holster are learned in this position. From that position and knowledge of safety, a person can move to another type of draw position and do it safely. Drawing from the strong side belt holster is one of the safest, fastest, and most efficient methods of carrying that there is. IWB OWB AIWBcarry a concealed weapon

 

Draw from the Holster-

Some instructors use the 4 step draw others the 5 step procedure. This is not a learn from a youtube video activity. You need a professional to watch and guide you. Not only to be safe but to fix the things that you will do that you can not see yourself. Remember only 1 in 100 instructors are certified to teach draw from the holster. A person who is certified as a basic pistol instructor with the NRA is not holster qualified. Remember Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast.

Tactics-

A common definition of tactics is an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end. Carrying concealed can be broken down into high profile carry and low profile carry.  When carrying in high profile, you might hide the sight of the weapon, but everyone knows you’re carrying one. In low profile carry, the physical features of the firearm are hidden to the deepest concealment. In the latter condition, you are not only trying to conceal the presence of a firearm but the evidence you are carrying it in the first place. Act like you are 007. Play the sound link below

This is a very important part of concealed carry tactics. Blend in  Look normal  Be comfortable  Be prepared  and Always carry

 

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Feb 092020
 

One of the biggest problems concealed carry holders have to tackle is concealed carry holster selection.

Almost everyone has gone through many holsters and struggled about the selection and carry position. Many of us have boxes of holsters that we have tried and discarded because of safety or comfort. It is not an easy process and there is no one solution for everyone.

Concealed carry holster selection and carry position

Comfort and convenience-there is no perfect selection you are never going to be perfectly comfortable carrying a gun. You will always know you have it and you should for safety reasons. Carrying in the perfect position where you will always be able to get to your gun when seated in your car or in a booth at your favorite restaurant is a matter of practice. You will get comfortable with your carry position over time.

comfortable and small– carried in your pocket or on your ankle or even in a purse may not be the best method to be able to defend yourself and in a lot of cases these methods are unsafe and slow. The gun may not be effective because of its size or caliber and it may take you too long to actually put the handgun into service. Off body carry of a handgun can be one of the most dangerous ways to carry.

Carrying in a position that’s far from your neutral position

Optimal concealed carry holster selection puts your handgun in the best zone for presentation and that is your strong side- Right-handed right side of your body. Left-handed is left side of your body. From your Centerline or belt buckle back to 4 o’clock on either side is optimal. This allows for quick access from the neutral position which is hands in front of you just above your waist palms facing out like you are saying stop!! 3 o’clock strong side hip and appendix AIWB are the best locations for speed and safety. It is optimal for you to learn strong side belt holster first as it teaches the safety concepts of drawing from the holster. Once you have accomplished that you can advance to appendix carry and be able to safely deploy your firearm with practice.

Remember that we have a range locally that only allows strong side holster draw. Why you ask? Because it has been shown to be the safest method available. Remember also that only one in a hundred instructors are certified to teach draw from the holster. That is because of the safety aspect and that it is an advanced skill. Many of you have taken Hotel classes or gun show classes and you learned what to do by the internet. This is not always the best course of action.

Concealed carry holster selection Leather vs Nylon vs Kydex.

Leather tends to get worn out and loose and things sometimes get in the trigger area and that can cause the gun to go off unintentionally. There are leather holsters that list on the package that they fit 20 guns. These are not safe in a lot of cases for concealed carry holster selection. Nylon holsters or floppy material like cloth are very unsafe and should only be used for special situations. Kydex is the best choice for safety and concealment. Kydex does not collapse when a gun is drawn and it always holds it shape.

Concealed Carry Holster Selection

Criteria for concealed carry holster selection

1. allows a full grip on the handgun

2. covers the trigger and trigger guard completely

3. has unassisted retention ( when you turn the holstered gun upsidedown it does not fall out)

4. does not collapse when the gun is drawn

 

 

Be sure to learn concealed carry holster selection and use from a professional that knows what they are doing.

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Feb 272020
 

2020STRAP VIRUS for Concealed Firearms

 

Do you have the 2020STRAP Virus? According to the online slang dictionary to be strapped is to carry a firearm. Are you carrying a concealed firearm everywhere that you can? Or do you only carry a concealed firearm when you think you’re going to need it?  Murphy’s law says you will only need it when you don’t have it with you. As responsibly armed citizens, we have to carry everywhere we can legally. So what do you do when you go to the post office? Lock your gun in your vehicle gun safe not your glovebox or center console. Three Hundred plus guns that were left in cars in one of our neighboring cities were stolen in January.

The cure is to get inoculated with the P4 anti-virus. You can get your cure here without even going to the doctor or the pharmacy.

P (Practice)-Are you practicing with your handgun so that you can put shots on target at 21 feet in less than 3 seconds from concealment? Are you practicing with your firearm so that your familiarity and comfort level is good with your firearm? You have to be confident that you are handling your firearm correctly and safely. Practice some dry fire routines in front of a mirror. Check your draw stroke is it efficient and not full of unnecessary movement and motion. Are you carrying in a position on your body that is not good for you? Learn what the different carry positions are and the pros and cons of each.

P (Patience)-These skills don’t happen overnight you must practice the fundamentals and do it right every time. It’s not about how fast you can do it. It’s about doing it right so that not only is it right but it’s smooth. When you are smooth you will be fast. Take all the unnecessary steps out of your draw and presentation and practice frequently (with an unloaded gun of course). Dry firing is a skill that everyone needs to practice and understand.

P (Persistence)- Keep up your practice and don’t let your guard down. You have to practice frequently both dry fire and live fire. Try to keep a schedule of training in writing. It will help you to keep on track.

P (Purchase)- Buy a proper safe for your auto. Proper holsters, a shot timer, and the use of proper targets and training drills will all help you to succeed to the level you want to achieve. I have many drills and downloadable targets that you can use to irradicate the 2020STRAP VIRUS.

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Mar 212020
 

Common mistakes pistol owners make contribute to many of the accidents we see both at the range and in gun owner’s personal lives.

common mistakes pistol owners make

Muzzle Direction

Muzzle direction is the most important rule of gun safety. When looking at a handgun in the gun store don’t point it at the salesperson or at other customers in the store. Many gun owners think guns are unloaded in these places so it doesn’t matter. Did you check the firearm properly to see its loaded condition when it was handed to you? Do you know how to pass a firearm correctly to another person? If not these are common gun handling skills everyone should have.

Left to Right Rack

I see a lot of people who have a bad habit of what I call Left to Right Rack. If you point the gun to the left when you rack it (when your a right-handed shooter) you are most likely pointing it somewhere you are not supposed to. Sometimes the person in the shooting lane next to you at the range. Sometimes a family member or a shooting partner when your out on the north 40. Turn sideways to your target and hold the firearm close to your chest this will force you to point it in the safe direction and it makes the gun easier to manipulate. Racking the slide properly  will put you on your way to being a great gun handler

Hand in Front of Muzzle

Why would you stick your hand in front of the muzzle? You shouldn’t! Racking your gun from the front of the slide can cause your hand to inadvertently slip in front of the loaded gun’s muzzle. Use the serrations on the back of the slide either with the hand over method or the slingshot method. I see a lot of people reach out in front of the firearm when manipulating the firearm or reaching for something on the benchtop at the range.

Pulling the Trigger on an Empty Gun

I’m not talking about dry-fire. I’m talking about taking the pressure off the cocked trigger of your firearm when putting the gun away or in its case. If you have a 1911 style single action gun learn how to decock it properly don’t pull the trigger and let the hammer fall. On the striker-fired weapons leave them alone. There is no reason to pull the trigger and you are just asking for an accident. Only pull the trigger when you have your sights on something you intend to shoot.

Index your finger on the slide

It takes a little practice but you can learn to index your finger on the gun so that you don’t touch the trigger. This translates into great form when you draw from your holster. Use the micro training technique and practice practice practice.

Soon you will be a great gun handler and Common mistakes pistol owners make will be something you will read about not something you are doing yourself.

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Jan 262020
 

Concealed Carry TrainingConcealed Carry Training is a must if you want to be able to defend yourself and your family. Let’s face it most people who carry a concealed firearm for self-defense are not skilled with the tools of the trade. Many are in denial. They think they will be good enough when they need to use their gun in self-defense. Many people I see have had a permit for more than 5 years many of them going on 10 and most of them have not kept up with their concealed carry training or never learned the skills necessary to survive in their first and only concealed carry training class.

The Most Important Concealed Carry Skills

The First Skill of concealed carry is to know and practice the 4 rules of gun safety. These are not suggestions they are the bible when it comes to gun handling. Live by these rules. Watch that muzzle direction when handling your firearm. Keep all body parts away from the muzzle. Too many people are putting their hands in front of the muzzle. Know these rules forward and backward. Know them by their numbers. If I talk about rule number 3 you ought to know what that is. Come on people there are only 2 keywords for every safety rule. It is not rocket science!

The Second Skill of concealed carry training is to learn your gun. I see many students who do not know their guns. Many don’t know how to work the safety if they have one and lots of the students cant properly load and unload their firearm without violating several safety rules (remember there are 4 safety rules). Many people choose the wrong gun. It doesn’t fit their hand (too small too big). The fact is people think the first criteria of a concealed handgun is it has to be small.

Small Guns-the Good and The Bad!

Small guns are hard to shoot and are not as accurate. Many times come in calibers that are either expensive to shoot or are not good at stopping a threat. Other guns have too many complex controls (single action only gun (1911) or a Traditional Semi-Auto that have a hammer and a decocker. These guns are great for some people, but for many its, either an accident waiting to happen or they just don’t have the skills to operate the gun efficiently or safely. Do yourself a favor and train with a point and shoot type gun that doesn’t have a hammer or a safety.

The Third Skill of concealed carry is to be able to put meaningful shots on a humanoid target in a short amount of time at the distances required. For starters, many people just think that going to the range and plinking is practice. It isn’t. You need to time yourself and you have to get accurate shots at meaningful distances on the target where they will count. I have many easy practice routines that you can run and your skill level will increase substantially.

The Importance of Skill #4 is Often Overlooked

The Fourth Skill is your draw and presentation of the gun. You need to be able to draw from your normal concealed carry position and put a couple of shots center mass at 3-5 and 7 yards in less than 2 seconds. Many current events in the news have shown us that the people who lost their lives in these self-defense events did not have these skills. There are many more Concealed Carry Training skills but these 4 are primary. By Primary I mean this is where you have to start. If you can’t do it with your current equipment (holster, the position you carry your gun on your body, or the type of gun you carry) then now is the time to change.

Remember I can help you get through this maze and make you a better gun handler.

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