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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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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Dec 142019
 

USCCA Concealed Carry

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Rick Sindeband, of Have Gun Will Train Colorado, has become a Certified Instructor with the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). He will be offering the Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals program here in Pueblo, Colorado and surrounding areas for people that wish to obtain their concealed carry permit or interested in defending their family in their home. The program’s focus is on developing a personal and home protection plan, but concealed carry issues are the main focus. In other words, this class gives you what you need to carry a concealed handgun with confidence and safety. Above all, this course gives you the tools you need to succeed and, the training materials are some of the best in the industry.

The program textbook is written by Michael Martin whose credits include Firefighter/EMT, NRA Instructor, graduate of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Master Instructors Course, and VP of Delta Media the parent company of the United States Concealed Carry Association.

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals is a comprehensive course for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense. The course is a complete guide to understanding conflict-avoidance and situational awareness; home security and home defense; handgun, shotgun, and AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training.

About The USCCA

In 2003, Tonnie Schmidt and Tim Schmidt founded Delta Defense and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) and began publishing a self-defense magazine that focused on responsible firearms ownership. This magazine grew into a national association providing self-defense education, training, and legal protection to its members.

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides self-defense education, training, and legal protection, responsible American gun owners.  The USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American and is headquartered in West Bend, WI.

The USCCA has more than 300,000 members and 2 million newsletter subscribers. Delta Defense employs over 240 people in 12 states and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

Become a member today

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Nov 282019
 

Trigger Finger an important part of the shooting equationTrigger Finger an important part of the shooting equation

In general the term “trigger control” is used to describe the act of moving the trigger and firing the gun without disturbing your aim. All of the fundamentals are rolled into firing the shot, but the two biggest fundamentals are aiming and trigger control, in that order. How you move the trigger can work for or against you. The best method of controlling a trigger, for all levels of shooters, is to move the trigger straight to the rear, firing the gun without disturbing your aim. Try using the tip of a pen. Hold it in your finger and practice like it is your trigger. Not fast like my old mentor Patrick Watts used to tell me to take out the slack and press.

It starts with the placement of the trigger finger on the trigger. The middle of the pad on your fingertip—the most sensitive part of your finger—is the preferred position for finger placement ( for the striker-fired handguns (Glock, Smith & Wesson, Springfield, Ruger, Sig). For Revolvers, it takes more finger usually all the way to the first crease in your finger called the power crease.  But maintaining perfect aim as the shot is fired is much more important than putting the trigger finger in a “preferred position” on the trigger. Your best contact point might not be the same as the shooter’s beside you. How do you find it? Try this dry-firing exercise.

Drill of the Week: The Wall Drill

The Wall Drill was developed by George Harris and is one of the most effective ways to perfect your shooting fundamentals.

Like any dry-fire drill, it is critically important that you follow proper precautions. First, you must always obey the Cardinal Rules of Firearms Safety even during dry-fire practice. Also, all weapons must be completely unloaded and double-checked before the start of this drill.

Once you have cleared your weapon and verified both visually and physically that it is empty (twice), remove all ammunition from your training area and find a wall that can serve as a proper backstop in case of an accident. The wall should be blank, with no visual distractions and most importantly nothing to “aim” at during the drill.

Some people like to use dummy rounds to protect the internal parts of your handgun from excessive and unnecessary wear. Check your owner’s manual for dry firing information on your gun.

Holding your unloaded pistol in a normal shooting grip and stance, press the muzzle to the wall until it just barely makes contact, then back off about an inch. Because you are using a blank wall as your backstop, you effectively have no target. There is nothing for you to focus on except your front sight.

From this position, practice your trigger manipulation. The goal is to press the trigger straight back with consistent pressure until the “shot” breaks without disturbing your sight alignment throughout the process. Remember, that is the key to accuracy — a proper trigger press that doesn’t mess up your sight picture.

If your front sight moves around or “hops” as the trigger breaks, slow down and pay more attention to your grip and finger movement. Are you putting pressure on the grip with your other fingers as you press the trigger? Are you pressing the trigger too fast or too hard, causing it to move at the last moment? Just work on keeping everything still except your trigger finger, and move your finger in a slow, smooth, relaxed trigger press.

Practicing this and other drills will make you a better shooter and as you practice you will see the improvement. As always I am available for help and private shooting sessions.

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Oct 272019
 

concealed carry not a hobbyConcealed Carry is not a hobby but it can be a lot like other sports you are involved in. Many require practice, good equipment and usually require some form of safety. Sometimes people make mistakes in equipment purchases and have a hard time getting the right fit for them and their lifestyle. Concealed Carry is not a hobby. You are carrying a deadly weapon capable of taking someone’s life. Mistakes can be deadly. So good equipment, practice, and great safety habits are a must.

Let’s look and see how Johnny handles the equipment dilemma. Johnny starts out with a full-size handgun. He shoots it good enough to hit the target, but man that .45 ammo is sure expensive and after wearing the gun for a while he decides its not for him. Having that big heavy handgun on his waist and trying to conceal it is just too much of a hassle, so over time he tends not to wear it as much and he eventually chooses to only wear it when he thinks he might need it or leave it at home. Johnny decides he will only wear a Concealed Carry handgun when he goes to certain parts of town or when he is going somewhere where there is more risk. So on many occasions, he leaves his handgun in his car under the front seat where he can retrieve it fast if he needs it.

Concealed Carry is for Self Defense!

Then Johnny gets this great idea. He likes having the Concealed Carry handgun for protection but maybe a pocket gun would fit his situation better. So he goes to the local gun shop and trades the full-size gun for a pocket gun. He runs to the range and shoots it a few times and it kind of hurts his hand when he shoots it but he “mans up” and shoots it anyway. It seems to be harder to hit the target unlike the old gun but heck it’s easy to concealed carry and I’m most likely never going to need it anyway right? I will probably just have to point it at somebody to stop an attack.  He sticks the little shooter in his pocket without a holster and he carries it most of the time. When he practices, which is rare he shoots a few shots at close range cause it hurts his hand and at 21 feet he can hit the target some of the time. Maybe he could get a laser for it and that will help him shoot the gun better.

Johnny thinks he is a safe gun handler, heck he attended the concealed carry class at the hotel and he even bought one of the CDs they had for sale. He got his permit with no problem, and he has a hunter safety card. He has everything he needs to be safe right?

Let’s look at the facts.

Concealed Carry Is Not a Hobby!

First, when choosing a handgun for concealed carry the gun has to fit your hand. You will not shoot a gun well if your full hand does not fit on the grip. All fingers including the pinky should be on the grip.  Many of the top guns on the market are what the industry calls compact weapons. Generally speaking, there are three size weapons in the concealed carry arena. Full size, Compact, and Sub-compact. Gun stores confuse these so forget what they are called and look at how they fit. Many of what we call the compact guns are the perfect size for concealed carry situations. Guns in this category would be like the Glock 43x or the Walther PPS M2.  Many of the guns in this category are what we call single-stack handguns. You can check them out at many good gun stores and you can see why these guns are popular.  Many of these guns also fire the popular 9mm Luger round and this happens to be the least expensive round to shoot and is the most readily available round in the world. The FBI the Military and many police forces are now using this round. The ballistics are great and the cost is less and it is readily available. That makes it great to shoot and to practice with.

Speaking of practice let talk about practicing with your handgun. You should practice at least once a month and your practice should be structured so you are measuring how you are doing. There are some great drills for practice that I can pass along to anyone who would like to get started. Timing yourself eventually is a must and learning to shoot more accurately and faster is always the goal. But first, you must hit the target with accuracy speed comes later. Proper draw from the holster and putting shots on target is a practiced skill. Without practice, that skill will diminish over time. Johnny doesn’t practice much because the gun does not fit his hand and it is not enjoyable to shoot. Guns with short barrels also have more recoil and are harder to control. Shooting these guns will sometimes make people flinch. Johhny needs a proper pocket holster and if this is his chosen method of carry he has to practice with it. Adding a laser to a gun you can’t shoot won’t solve the problem. You have to be able to control your gun and put shots on target before a laser is even a thought.

Along with practice comes education. Johnny got a start on his education but he really has not learned the things he really needs to know to Carry a Concealed Handgun safely and proficiently. He still needs to seek out a competent instructor and get some real education. Every Instructor has his own style and his own experiences to draw from. Find one that you can get some training from and soak up their knowledge like a sponge. Remember almost anyone can get an Instructor Certification in one discipline. That does not mean they have the experience or the skill to get you where you are going. Only 1% of all instructors are even certified to teach draw from the holster. One of the more important skills and possibly one of the most dangerous. Carrying a concealed handgun is not a hobby or a part-time job. Its a commitment to being able to protect yourself and your family when you need it. Johnny decides he will wear his handgun only when he goes to a certain part of town or when he is likely to need it. This is an education issue. Johnny needs to learn these issues from a competent instructor. Concealed Carry is not a hobby!

Safety is paramount. Johnny has a few safety problems that we can discuss. Carrying a handgun under the seat of your car is a great way to get yourself in a situation that’s big trouble. Not having the gun with you when you need it is an education problem. Leaving a handgun in your car under the seat not locked in a secure container is a bad idea. It is possible in some places for you to be charged with a crime for allowing that gun to get into the hands of a prohibited possessor or a child. Also putting the little shooter in your pocket without a proper holster is a definite safety problem. A proper holster is a necessary piece of safety equipment for carrying or transporting any handgun.

Concealed Carry Is Not A Hobby. 
It's a serious endeavor. Get the equipment, training, and education you need to do it right.

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Oct 122019
 
Learning To Shoot-Shooting Qualifications

Student Revolver Qualification in October

Learn To Shoot-Shooting Qualifications

Student Qualification in October

 

As many of you know by now Colorado does not require you to shoot to get a Concealed Handgun Permit (CHP). Learning To Shoot-Shooting Qualifications and putting a shooting qualification in your portfolio of things achieved should be high on your list. Learning to shoot and shooting with some proper form and technique should be one of the skills that shooters want to acquire.

What your dad taught you or what you learned in the military can only take you so far. When you learn to shoot with proper form and technique it gives you a starting place so you can get better. Everyone strives to be a better shot but if you don’t practice with a baseline set of skills you don’t have any way to judge your progress.

Learn To Shoot a State Qual-

Many states around us require a person to qualify.  In a simple shooting test, they can be sure you can operate the gun and actually hit what you are shooting at. One of the simple qualifications is the LAPD retired police officer’s qualification. This simple test is used by some trainers around the country. This is the qualification they make retired police officers shoot so that they can carry their concealed weapon into retirement. Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) is a respected agency and this test is therefore considered a respectable qualification. There are many other qualifications I have on my list and some of those are simple as well.

Shooting Qual’s give you Confidence-

The Nevada Concealed Firearm Permit qualification being one of them. Many people wonder why the Colorado permit to carry is not honored by states such as Nevada. I have been told the real reason is that Colorado has no shooting qualification for its permits. Many states that have qualifications greater than Colorado do not agree with our training. These states do not think that someone with no training should be allowed to walk around with a handgun in public with no verifiable shooting qual. The keyword here being verifiable.

Some states have gone to an enhanced permit process. Someone with more training and qualifications can carry in a state like Nevada where someone with a basic permit from an enhanced state would not be able to. It sounds like a good idea to me. Students have a good time shooting the qualifications and it gives them some confidence that they are handling their firearm efficiently and effectively.

When you Learn To Shoot better it makes it much more fun!

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