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.
One of the important rules of safety in Gun Training for self defense or in just target shooting is to be sure of your target and what is beyond. You are responsible for the bullet from the time it leaves the gun until it comes to its final resting point. When plinking or target shooting a backstop is needed so that your bullet will not go beyond its intended destination, like at the indoor range, or outdoors where their is a large hill or mound of dirt called a berm. Most times when target shooting people use FMJ Full metal jacket ammo or ball ammo. This ammo has a lot of penetration great for target practice but maybe not so good for personal protection. The new personal protection rounds that are on the market now are for that personal protection scenario where what is beyond your target may be another person or a crowd of people. It could even be a wall to another room where children or family are sleeping. These bullets are designed not to over penetrate their destination by breaking up or distorting and loosing their energy after they hit the intended target. Here is a video showing these type of rounds in use
I recommend that you use standard personal protection ammo that police officers most often use. Federal Hydra Shok, Speer Gold Dot, or Federal HST
Talk to the experts at the gun shops about all these types of rounds. While they are more expensive than regular target ammo, these rounds definitely have there place in your arsenal for self protection.
Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry Class
Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry Class is held several times during the week. The schedule is need-based and is subject to change all the time. This Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry class is for beginners and experienced alike. It is my goal to provide the best education on a basis that works for people with busy schedules. Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry Class has been held on weekday mornings and weekday evenings depending on the need. Almost every week a Saturday or Sunday option is available. Thursday and Friday are two days I do not have Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry Classes available.
Class always includes a section on gun safety. Gun safety is paramount, especially since an individual is more likely to hurt themselves or another family member than they are to ever have a self-defense situation where they would defend themselves or their family with a gun.
Colorado Gun Laws and Use of Force
A section on this topic is always included so the individual understands the ins and outs of gun possession. These laws vary from state to state but most people spend the majority of their time in the state of Colorado so the need is for them to understand Colorado and its laws. The use of deadly force is a subject that can take a tremendous amount of time to learn all the nuances of these Colorado laws. I have taken the majority of these sections and boiled them down to understandable topics that you need to know to keep yourself and your family safe and out of trouble.
Some topics covered in this section:
The permit process
Places you can legally carry concealed and open
States that your permit is valid in
Colorado 18-1-704 Use of physical force in defense of a person
Colorado 18-1-704.5 Make My Day
Elements of Self Defense
Encounters with Law Enforcement
Use of Force Scenario and Discussion
Guns and Gun Handling
I ask my students to bring a gun to the Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry Class (with no ammunition of course). This is for people who already have a gun for concealed carry or own several guns and want to see if it is an appropriate selection for its intended use. All others I ask them not to buy a gun before class. I will teach the most important factors in choosing a gun and many of the aspects that go along with it. I will have plenty of guns in class so do not worry about not having a gun.
Some topics you will learn in this section:
Proper loading and unloading of Revolvers
Standard loading and unloading of Semi-Auto Pistol
Exact names for the parts of a gun
Proper ammunition for practice and self-defense
Many other topics and discussions will be entered into the Pueblo Colorado Concealed Carry Class. I also give one hour of shooting with each class, not always held on the same day. There is no additional charge for this on my part. You will have to pay range fees and bring your own ammunition.
Many of my students enjoy these classes and you can see many recommendations and reviews in several places on the internet.
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We had a great class yesterday at the American Legion Post 2 in pueblo Colorado. Everyone learned a great deal about pistol safety and how to handle a firearm. The certificate they earned will allow them to proceed with the concealed handgun permit process if they desire to do that. One thing everyone learned is that their learning journey has just begun. There is so much to learn about shooting and gun handling that no one class can teach all of it to you. The other very important thing everyone learned is that this skill takes practice. Everyone needs to practice to become proficient with firearms, different types take different procedures to be safely handled and stored. One interesting drill we did in class is the safe passing and accepting of a pistol both revolvers and semi-automatics. Here is a video that incorporates what we learned.
As with any firearm technique think safety first and remember practice makes perfect……..
Everyone may not want to carry a firearm concealed , many of my students wish to keep and use a gun safely in their home and automobile for self protection. This means being comfortable with the laws and operation of the firearm so that it can be stored and retrieved safely. Some just need more practice time with their firearm. Public nights at the Pueblo Municipal Shooters range is a great way to get in that practice time, or better yet just become a member. Every gun owner should be comfortable with the controls and safety of their particular firearm and the best way for that to happen is by practice. Several sessions at the range will get you right up to speed and don’t forget shooting can be great family fun too. See you at the range.
What a Great Class……everyone was very receptive to the NRA basic pistol training course. We even had one person that had never shot a pistol before. The class was mixed male and female and not all were sure they were going to get a Concealed Carry Permit, but all walked away with a certificate that would allow them to do so. Most were trying to make sure they knew enough to make a good informed decision about whether it is right for them or not. One thing they all did was learn how to be a safer, better shooter. Some had decisions to make about the kind and caliber of gun. Some needed to be more informed about the responsibility of safely storing guns in the home. Every person had some great stories to tell and my team instructors had some excellent stories of their own. This is the type of class anyone could take…old, young,experienced or novice. We had them all and they all came away smarter, safer and confident about handguns and the role they play in protecting the students and their families.