Feb 172019
 

Handling your concealed carry firearm on a daily basis without adhering to good practices can lead to unsafe habits and even accidents. One of the things I see in my classes frequently is that people do not handle their firearms safely and efficiently when they are administratively handling the handgun.

When handling your concealed carry firearm check the firearm to see that it is unloaded before handling. We all know that when we handle a firearm one of the key safety issues is checking the gun to see if it’s loaded or unloaded. Once you have determined the status you can proceed with your administrative handling. First, what direction are you pointing the firearm? Rule #2 (never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy). Is it a direction that will not harm anyone or damage property? Are you keeping your hand and fingers away from the muzzle? Poor handling practices include putting hands or fingers in front of the muzzle, or pointing the gun at yourself in your car while inspecting your firearm when the gun is out of a holster. Remember rule #1 all guns are always loaded! Do not get in the habit of handling your concealed carry firearm carelessly. I know with some of the small guns that are carried today our big hands can get in front of that muzzle. This is one of the drawbacks and hazards of carrying small guns.  When carrying small shooters you have to be more careful than the rest of us when you are handling your concealed carry firearm.

handling your concealed carry firearm

When you go to the range and you do not want to shoot your expensive carry ammo, you unload it from your gun and then when you are done with your range session you load it back into your concealed carry firearm. Did you know that every time you chamber a round it degrades that piece of ammo a tiny bit.  I like to rotate my carry ammo and mark the headstamp area with a marking pen (see picture) to see how many times I have ejected and rechambered that piece of ammo. After 4 times for each round, I shoot it up and buy another box of carry ammo, and start the process over. A degraded piece of ammo might not work in a self-defense situation and that would not be good.

Handling your concealed carry firearm is all about having good habits. Practice good sound habits when you are handling your concealed carry firearm.

 

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Jan 312019
 

Many of us are carrying a concealed handgun for self-protection these days, but are we prepared for an encounter that does not rise to the use of deadly force.  A less than lethal force option is recommended by all so that you have more options than just using deadly force. The old saying “when all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail” applies here. Statistics put out by law enforcement agencies state that you are 10 times more likely to encounter an event that does not qualify for the use of deadly force than one that does. Collapsible Batons and Stun Guns are illegal in Pueblo, see Pueblo City Ord Sec. 11-1-601. Pepper spray is not mentioned in the ordinance and most experts consider it to be the best of the less than lethal options anyway. Colorado does not have any state-specific laws that restrict purchasing, carrying or using pepper spray as a self-defense tool.

https://library.municode.com/co/pueblo/codes/code_of_ordinances?nodeId=TITXIPORE_CH1GEOFCO

One of the things that people forget about Pepper Spray is that in self-defense situations where you might wonder if you should pull your gun, pepper spray gives you some extra time to make good decisions. Making good decisions in self-defense situations is one of our big discussions in class. Having a less than lethal option at your disposal will give you the chance to make better decisions or just time to get away.

My choice and what I recommend to all my students is WildFire Pepper Spray, this is the most powerful spray tested by a laboratory so we know the results are correct. This spray is 1.4% Major Capsaicinoids.  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 Capsaicinoids.  I am a dealer for this pepper spray and it comes in a convenient easy to carry inexpensive size.

These sprays make great gifts for loved ones who can not carry a gun at work or those that have to walk to their cars maybe even in the dark. Runners and bicyclists love these sprays.

Carrying a Concealed Handgun is a privilege that many of us participate in. Carrying a less than lethal option is a very good idea for all of us. Just think about the places that we can not carry our firearm. This gives us some options to defend ourselves in many of these places that we can not carry a concealed handgun. These sprays are available from me at very low prices…

 

Carrying a concealed handgun

WILDFIRE PEPPER SPRAY

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Dec 152018
 

I’m hearing it again from my students who are uneasy about carrying a live round  in the chamber of their EDC (Every Day Carry) pistol.

First, the only way to ever change this situation is to become more comfortable with your EDC firearm. Some people find that carrying a gun with a manual safety can help. Others find that carrying their concealed carry pistol loaded at home at all times can help get them comfortable with it.  Shooting your handgun more often will help tremendously and of course, we need to shoot more anyway. Over time you become more comfortable with your gun and at some point, you should be able to rationalize that your firearm cannot discharge unless your finger touches the trigger (rule #3) and of course as long as it’s in a proper holster that covers the trigger and trigger guard.

The other problem with this “Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round ” mindset is that because you are not comfortable with your everyday carry (EDC) gun you are more likely to fumble and break safety rules during a high-pressure situation and possibly hurt yourself or someone else by accident in the process.

Concealed Carry  Without A Chambered Round

The Kel-Tec P-3AT pistolhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel-Tec_P-3AT

Recently in the local King Soopers shopping center a (local grocery store), there was a negligent discharge in the parking lot which of course management of the store denied,  but I had a student in the parking lot when it happened. People who aren’t comfortable with their loaded concealed carry gun sometimes check it to see if it’s loaded. Sometimes they either load or unload the gun depending on their situation and apparently, this person did it with their finger on the trigger discharging their firearm in an unsafe manner. This gun might have been one of those small Kel-Tec Pistols or Ruger LCPs that we see all the time in class and they are hard to handle. Most people handle them improperly and sometimes put their finger on the trigger. We also see the holes in the bench tops of our local indoor range where people have racked their firearms with their finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the bench top (OOPS).

I know of another case in Colorado Springs where it happened in a movie theater. These people are so nervous with the loaded gun that they can’t remember if it’s loaded or not so they keep checking it and in this case the index finger was on the trigger and the gun went bang. This person was arrested of course and was charged with several infractions of the law.

When I put my gun on in the morning I know it is loaded. I don’t take it out in public and check it. Playing with your gun at any time in public is a bad idea. Administrative handling of your handgun should be done when you put it on and when you take it off.  Administrative handling would be the manipulation of the firearm that isn’t specifically shooting. This would include weapon disassemble, holstering, chambering a round or removing a round.

Remember the FBI stats that the industry quotes for concealed carry (3-3-3). Most self-defense incidents happen within three yards (10ft) are over in three seconds or less and with less than three fired being rounds. We all understand the basic concept of the Tueller Drill where Dennis Tueller studied in 1983 that a person can travel 21 feet with the contact weapon in their hand and do it in approximately 1.5 seconds. If most self-defense incidents happen within 3 yards that’s half the time and distance. I don’t know about you but I would be willing to bet that most of you can’t draw and rack your gun in .75 seconds. That sub-one-second draw is a once-in-a-while proposition for most let alone having to rack a gun so it’s ready to fire. 

Ken talks about being able to draw and fire in 1.5 seconds

Let’s remember why we carry a concealed carry weapon. We carry a concealed carry weapon to be prepared. How are you going to be prepared if most incidents happening in close quarters and are over before you could possibly rack a round into your gun. Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round should be considered very dangerous.

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Dec 132018
 

Massad Ayoob’s  MAG 40 Coming to Northern Colorado

Deadline to Register is
June 26, 2019

Register today at:   NortherncoCCW.com

Once again I was asked to be one of the (RSO) Range Safety Officer’s for this MAG 40 event. If you can attend the live shooting portion of this event do it, you will not be sorry.  Both portions of this training are superb. Training at this event is by one of the top instructors in the United States. The live fire portion fills up fast

    July 11th -12th 2019  MAG 20 Live Fire Class

36 seats available for this class. Only 5 return student seats available. Contact Hershell22@gmail.com for these seats.

A two day, 20 hour immersion course in the use of the defensive handgun under extreme stress. Draw from concealment, two-handed stances, shooting from cover, one-handed stances with either hand, speed reloading, and more are taught with an overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. The course will culminate with a police-style qualification course.  Come prepared to leave a better shooter under stress.

   July 13th – 14th MAG 20 Armed Citizens Judicial use of Lethal Force Seminar.    Unlimited Seating.

        Massad Ayoob, founder of the Massad Ayoob Group, needs little introduction in shooting circles. Mas is one of the best known self-defense and firearms trainers in the world. He has been teaching police officers since 1974, and civilians since 1981. His landmark book, In the Gravest Extreme, continues to be one of the best texts on the civilian use of lethal force. Mas routinely consults and testifies as a firearms and self-defense expert across the country. In addition to his legal acumen, Mas is a skilled shooter, being one of only eleven people in the world to earn a Five Gun Master ranking in IDPA.  What an outstanding opportunity in today’s climate to gain this knowledge from a world leader in the firearm arena.

                                   Once Registered you will recieve additional information, Lodging, Location, and other pertinent information.

Massad Ayoob at Mag 40
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Oct 242018
 

Relevant Practice for Concealed CarryWe are all looking for ways to make our practice and training routines more relevant for the reasons we train. We train and practice so that we can be prepared for any event where we would have to protect ourselves or our families. Unfortunately, our shooting facilities (square ranges) do not always allow the kind of training we need because some of the activities we need to practice might be unsafe to the range facility or to other people in range. So we are forced to somewhat become bullseye target shooters because that is what is easy and safe to do in these facilities. Many times I post a training drill that simulates some training aspect we all need and fail to get and the industry knows this problem exists so we all try to be creative in designing some drills that give us some of this training we need without violating standard safety rules for square ranges.

So What is Relevant Practice for Concealed Carry?

First, you have to understand what relevant practice for concealed carry training is. Most of us will never have to pull our firearm in self-defense. This is a good thing. I know you have all heard that self-defense shootings are rare. But we do know that when people do get involved in self-defense shootings they happen very fast, at short distances and are over with very few shots fired. This is why the industry quotes the 3-3-3 stats from the FBI. Most self-defense shootings happen within 3 yards (9ft) are over in 3 seconds and usually involve 3 or fewer shots being fired. So what that means to us is that we have to practice at shorter distances and become faster at our techniques of presentation and draw from the holster, and learn concepts of retention shooting, point shooting, and contact shooting and the dangers involved because there is no time to extend our arms, get a sight picture, and press the trigger. This full extension of our arms and perfect sight picture is what we practice at the square range and it becomes a habit. Don’t get me wrong you need this skill too, but you shouldn’t spend all your time practicing it. What do you think happens when someone is closing on you from 5 ft. away with a knife and you try the four-point draw and extend your arms to get a shot at your assailant. You are probably not going to be successful. Do you remember the lessons of the Tueller Drill?

So How Do You Get Relevant Practice for Concealed Carry?
•Training from a Firearms Training Professional

Some of these training exercises can be dangerous if performed improperly. You need to seek some professional training so that you can be guided into using good safe techniques and in addition get an understanding of what can go wrong and how to prevent it. Many of the hazards of this type of training can not be eliminated but can be diminished by using proper established techniques for this type of shooting. Proper draw from the holster and shooting techniques can be an important part of safe and relevant training so that you will be able to practice these techniques so that you can become prepared for the most likely events that happen in real life. The other issue that most people don’t think about is that you have to start practicing with proper targets. Proper targets for self-defense are humanoid type targets so you can start to put shots in the places that count so that this becomes a trained habit.

•Routines to practice in your dryfire sessions

Many of these training routines can be practiced and perfected by proper and safe dry-fire sessions on your own at home or in a place you designate as being safe for you to practice. Laser trainers and laser target systems are excellent training devices for this type of training. A good firearms instructor can show you these devices and instruct you in the proper way to train with them.

New Class (CQD) Close Quarters Drills, Skills, and Techniques

I am rolling out a new Close Quarters Drills, Skills, and Techniques Class that is great practice for the events that will most likely happen to you in your everyday life. The FBI says that most events like this happen fast and in close proximity. CQD Class can take between 2.5 to 4 hours depending on your skill level and includes holster techniques, close quarter drills and laser firearm training that I have prepared for you to practice. These are the drills you should be practicing. Standing in the booth at the square range shooting bullseye targets does not prepare you for these events. Contact me about this class and I can tailor it to your needs. This class is available on an individual basis.

Contact Me about the new class.

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Jan 292018
 

The next step in the process is to build some defensive shooting skills for Concealed Carry. Once you have your basic gun handling and safety rules behind you its time to start to learn some skills that will help protect you and your family.

concealed carry training pueblo coloradoPresentation And Draw From The Holster-

Presentation to a ready position from the holster and basic draw from the holster skills are primary Concealed Carry skills for anyone that will be carrying a firearm in public. Drawing from the holster is an area of much danger and that’s why some ranges do not allow it. Be sure that you have proper instruction from a qualified instructor, and practice your skills to a competent level.  You also need to check the rules of the range where you will practice these skills. You need to be able to draw your gun to a ready position and fire shots on target.

Gun Stoppages –

Any interruption in the cycle of a gun functioning is a gun stoppage. By this definition, an empty gun is a stoppage, no round in the chamber is a stoppage, a primer that fails to ignite and results in a stoppage, a failure of the slide to go into battery is a stoppage. All of these issues are addressed with a single set of skills. Any ‘failure to go bang’ results in the gun being drawn back to a physical reference point, the magazine base is struck to ensure that it is properly seated and the offhand continues and ends up grasping the slide, at the cocking serrations, and fully running the slide to the rear and releasing it at that point. If it is determined that the gun is at slide lock, a reload is conducted. Next, a proper two-handed grip is established and the weapon is driven straight toward the threat, shooting if needed. These are primary Concealed Carry skills. You need to know how to put your gun back in working order for any type of gun stoppage including recognizing when your firearm needs to be reloaded.  My favorite gun stoppage training video of all time is Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch.  This video gives you all you need to know about pistol stoppages

The Performance Objective

The performance objective for the Concealed Carry student is to be able to shoot a simple state level qualification course to a 100 percent standard starting from a ready position. Shooting a qualification course provides a mild degree of stress for the student and that is used as a stress inoculation. The State of Arizona Qualification Course from Arizona’s Firearms-Safety Program is one that I like to use. Colorado has no shooting requirement for a concealed carry permit. Using a state accepted course has value because, in the event of legal complications, jurors may not grasp the value of the XYZ training company qualification course, but a state recognized qualification may be more understandable.

Legal Issues-

Instruction on legal issues and how they are applied in the context of self-defense is most important in the concealed carry arena. Most of my students get a good background on basic Colorado use of force laws covering both inside and outside the home. I think the information that Andrew Branca teaches is far and above any other on the study of self-defense law. Andrews book is available on the Law of Self Defense website or on Amazon. He also has one-day classes around the country that you can attend.Facebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail