Jun 132018
 

Can it be Dennis Tueller of the infamous Tueller Drill

Dennis Tueller Glock Instructor and Tueller Drill StudyI Left Pueblo about 4 am Tuesday morning and headed north for a Glock Armorers Class to be held in Northern Colorado at Liberty Firearms Institute in Johnstown Colorado. I had scheduled the class several months before and was looking forward to it. One of the local gun emporiums had arranged for me to go under their Dealer Stocking Program. These programs are designed for Law Enforcement and Military and everyone is not eligible to go. The Class was being taught by a Glock Representative who had been with Glock about 15 years by the name of Dennis Tueller. Dennis started the class by telling the group of mostly Law Enforcement Officers a story about his Law Enforcement career in Salt Lake City, Utah where he was a firearms instructor and had other duties with the PD there. After a long Law Enforcement career Glock came along and offered him a job when he retired and now this is what he does full time. Dennis travels and Certifies Glock Armorers.

So the wheels started to turn in my head and the name Dennis Tueller is synonymous with the Tueller Drill that we all study in most good Concealed Carry Classes. That Tueller was also from the Salt Lake City area and so at the break, I had to ask. He smiled and looked at me and said he had not expected anyone to recognize him for that and he was flattered. He then conceded that sometimes people have attached his name to the concept that we all teach about 21 feet especially Massad Ayoob. Anyone who has had one of my classes knows about this study. Dennis was very humble about the whole thing and we talked about those times and he even spoke during class about his training with Jeff Cooper and other industry greats.

In The Tueller Drill study Sergeant Dennis Tueller, of the Salt Lake City, Utah Police Department wondered how quickly an attacker with a knife could cover 21 feet (6.4 m), so he timed volunteers as they raced to stab the target. He determined that it could be done in 1.5 seconds. These results were first published as an article in SWAT magazine in 1983 and in a police training video by the same title, “How Close is Too Close?”

It was amazing to me that the group of young law enforcement officers had no idea who they were spending the next 8 hours with. This guy was old school, 1911, police officer, firearm industry royalty. It turned out he was a great instructor and I enjoyed the class very much. Many of his stories and quips kept us on our toes for the full 8 hours. After the practical portion which consisted of taking 3 generations of Glocks completely apart and putting them back together so they would work, we then had the written exam. Great day, Great Instructor, Great Class. I would love to take a firearms class from this guy and I’m proud to announce I am now a Certified Glock Armorer.

As a Glock Armorer, I am going to be offering some custom services on Glock guns. I have been stippling some gun frames for shooters and changing sites, mag releases and slide stop on Glocks, Sigs, S&W and Walthers to name a few. I have been working on pistols and shotguns for several years mostly for friends and family. Last year I built an AR Pistol that was a lot of fun. I am in the process of customizing a Glock 43 and I will be publishing some pictures when it is done. If anyone is having problems with a Glock I would be glad to look at it.

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Aug 222017
 

transitional spaces in self defenseTransitional Spaces In Self Defense are places where we MUST be more aware of potential attacks. A transitional space is any location that allows dirtbags to prey on their victims with the element of surprise and provides them with a viable escape. A corner that you have to walk around is one of those transitional spaces.

What is a transitional space? A simple way to understand transitional spaces is to recognize them as the areas you traverse on your way to a destination. For example, a parking lot is a transitional space on the way to your vehicle or on your way to and from a building. Doorways are transitional spaces between rooms or to and from a building. Corners are transitional spaces between directions (hallways and corners at the end of the block or hallway). When getting in or out of your car you are passing through a transitional space.

Let’s look at it from the attacker’s point of view, transitional spaces are a great opportunity to catch you unaware and not paying attention. Did you know most attacks happen in or around or getting in or out of an automobile?  Watch people as they move through transitional spaces: most people walk thru parking lots with their eyes fixed on their cell phones or looking at the ground. Most people blindly turn corners, not giving any thought about whats on the other side. Most people move through doorways oblivious to their surroundings. People getting in and out of their vehicles are often attempting to carry groceries or other possessions and their attention is focused on those tasks. Give some thought to how often you fit into these descriptions of daily activity.

When walking around corners use the approach shown in the picture above. Never go around a corner close to the wall. Always be away from the wall so that you can have time to recognize a threat on the other side. If you have a drawn firearm never lead with that firearm it could be taken away from you very easily. When moving through transitional spaces you should experiment with turning your situational awareness up a notch. Taking the everyday activity of rounding a corner as an example I will briefly explain what turning up your awareness a notch might look like. As you prepare to turn a corner there are a few things to consider.

Look for window reflections which may allow you to actually see what is around the corner. Also look for shadows which could indicate that there is a person or other object around the corner.  Slow your pace a little as you prepare for the corner. Moving just a little slower allows you to pay more attention to what is going on. Take the corner wide.(see the diagram above) This means don’t hug the wall as you turn the corner but instead walk a few feet wide of the corner. This simple step allows you to see what is on the other side of the corner before you are fully committed to turning the corner. These are all examples of heightened awareness and are simple to practice.

Transitional spaces give you an opportunity to practice heightened situational awareness. It is very rare that a person needs to walk around expecting a physical attack around every corner. That would be unhealthy for you both physically and mentally. It is important to be aware that such attacks can happen but there is no sense in the average person cultivating a sense of paranoia over it.

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Mar 032013
 

intermediate handgun trainingIntermediate Handgun Training in Pueblo Colorado

For Immediate Release: Have Gun Will Train Colorado’s “Intermediate Handgun and Personal Defense Class.” A carefully developed handgun training course consisting of practical pistol shooting theory and practice, this  handgun training class is designed for intermediate students and is now available in Pueblo Colorado.  Every effort is made to provide a comfortable learning environment and experience for everyone. It is fun, informative and  practical. Colorado gun laws, self defense tactics, awareness, draw and presentation techniques, movement to and from cover, reloading (tactical exchange vs stress reload), multiple targets and use of lights are covered. We also cover such topics as shooting techniques, skill, firearm presentation, and carry options, but, and just as important, we will spend a significant amount of time on when to shoot and when not to shoot. These classes will consist of seven 2-2.5 hour blocks of handgun training and will be enjoyable and informative, but strict emphasis will be placed on safety at all times.

Four very important gun rules which we subscribe to very religiously and will follow to the letter are:

1. Always treat all guns as if they are loaded.

2. Never point a gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.

3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

4. Always be certain of your target.

Intermediate Handgun Training has never been easier

All firearms are to be brought to class unloaded. No live ammo is allowed in the class room. Classes will run approximately 2-2.5 hours each and will be held as students schedule these classes. There will be range sessions and students will need to supply their own eye and ear protection,a firearm, holster, gun belt, additional maga­zines or speed loaders), and ammunition. We can special order tactical flashlights, at reasonable prices.

If you have a concealed carry permit and are ready for the next step in your training this is the handgun training class for you. You will be able to build your skills based on many blocks of carefully designed training, and you will not have to give up an entire weekend or travel long distances to do so. This handgun training is not a beginning handgun training course.

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Nov 062011
 

Safe Gun Handling Loading and Unloading Pistols

Pistols Fire a cartridge in the chamber of the barrel

Semi-automatic
Ammunition in removable magazine Energy of fired cartridge causes gun to load new cartridge. Just pulling trigger fires gun until it is out of ammunition.

Single-shot
Fires single round in chamber, then requires reloading Usually used for hunting.

Derringer
A double-barreled single shot.

Caution! If this procedure is performed incompletely or in the wrong order, a cartridge could remain in the chamber and the gun could still be loaded!

Pistols contain cartridges in two locations: the barrel’s chamber and a detachable magazine. If a user does not follow the correct sequence when unloading a pistol, a cartridge may remain in the chamber even when the magazine is removed.

 

To unload a pistol, perform the following actions. Remember to keep the pistol pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard.
1. Press the magazine release and remove the magazine. (The magazine release is usually just behind the trigger guard, although a few pistols locate this at the bottom of the magazine.) Set the magazine aside.

A pistol is not unloaded just because the magazine is removed. Ammunition may be in the chamber, ready to fire.Safe Gun Handling

2. Pull the slide to the rear while keeping your hand away from the ejection port. Lock the slide to the rear using the slide stop.

3. Visually and physically examine the chamber of the barrel for the presence of a cartridge. If a round was in the chamber, it should have been extracted from the chamber and ejected from the gun. Look into the chamber. Feel that the magazine has been removed and the chamber is empty.

 

Safe Gun Handling is a gun owners responsibility

Safe gun handling is an attitude. You should be aware of all safe gun handling rules and procedures. I will do a piece on safe gun handling for revolvers in the near future.  Safe gun handling is everyone’s responsibility. If you see someone handling a gun unsafely explain to them why they should do it properly. Lets make Safe Gun Handling an attitude. Don’t handle guns without an attitude towards safe gun handling.

 

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Jan 082011
 

Training 2011I am putting together training class schedules for the 2011 season. Some people have expressed an interest in private lessons and I am putting a lesson plan together for that. Some have expressed an interest in a refresher course mostly how to keep and store a firearm safely in the home or automobile not necessarily interested in carrying concealed. I will be Training Firearm and Safety Training for Handguns of all types in Pueblo Colorado throughout the year.  Sportsman or Individuals who are looking to become more comfortable with handling his or her firearm, in the home or automobile can benefit from this training.

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Jan 202011
 

One of the obligations we all have as concealed carry permit holders is to learn as much about the laws of our state that we can so that we are responsible gun owners. Remember it is your obligation to be informed. Pueblo Municipal Shooters, Inc sponsors a law and legal class for those who already have their CCW permit ,or those who are considering it. This training class is held about once a quarter and  is a great place to get some great information about concealed carry and just good rules to follow for responsible gun owners. The Instructor for the class is Patrick Watts a retired law enforcement officer of many years. Usually held on Sunday afternoons, the class has a nominal fee of $15 which makes it a bargain seminar and all the proceeds go to the range. Class is Scheduled for February 27th. See my Training Calendar for more details. I highly recommend this class to everyone.

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