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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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
Weakside 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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Dec 082012
 

colored circle gun training target

Don’t Put Off That Gun Training

You may have thought about getting some gun training this year because you feel that you need to have some education in the do’s and don’ts of concealed carry. Maybe you thought about getting some gun training about firearm safety because you feel uneasy about your gun and your ability to handle it safely. Sometimes what you need is just to take a local advanced gun training skills class and  get some new gun training ideas so that you have some new ideas about how to train.

Gun Training Can Be Serious Fun

Changing the way you train with new gun training ideas is one way you keep interested in your training routine. Be creative, take someone with you so you can have a training partner. One easy routine you and your partner can do is the “colored circle target”. Any version of this target works.  Load 5 rounds, start at the ready position, and have your partner call out the colors in random order. One shot at each color or letter. You can mix it up any way you want. You can also use different shapes i.e. (triangle,box,circle,numbers) and different size circles. Try running a shot timer.  Remember to keep your target low enough so that you are not shooting at the ceiling ( your RANGE SAFETY OFFICER will appreciate that). You can have a lot of serious gun training fun with these ideas.

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Nov 112012
 

Gun Training beware of owner sign

Gun Training for Safety

Many people have asked me if the training I offer is available to people who do not want to carry a concealed handgun. The answer is Yes!! Carrying a concealed handgun is not for everybody, but everybody should learn handgun safety and the rules that apply to all firearms. Gun training comes in many forms,  safety of firearms handling in the home and automobile are of utmost importance.

Gun Training for Self Protection

The rules for the use of deadly physical force are not complicated. Individuals knowing the laws about when you can use it are essential to keeping you and your family safe. The parts of these laws are easy to understand if they are lined out in a logical manner. Part of good gun training is knowing how to avoid bad situations and if necessary knowing how and when it is legal to protect yourself and your family. Good gun training also will explain what to say if you are involved in a self defense situation, inside or outside you home.

Gun Training is available to individuals or families who wish to become more familiar with the guns they own and with the laws  that apply to them. Many people think that what they have been told by their friends or relatives is all they need to know. Find out for yourself, gun training is your responsibility. Know the rules, know the law,know your firearms.

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