Sep 142020

A Proper Concealed Carry Holster

The criteria for a proper concealed carry holster is one of those simple and yet complex concepts I talk to my students about all the time. Many of my students come to class with holsters that are less than adequate to carry a gun safely. One of the reasons this happens is because they buy the holster in the gun store where they bought the gun. The other reason this happens is they don’t know the criteria for a proper holster.  Many of the holsters gun stores sell are a one size fits all type of holster. Can you imagine how many holsters a store would have to have to fit all guns properly? What you need is a holster made for your model gun only.


Many times if you look on the back of the package that the holster comes in on the rack you will see many guns listed for use with this holster. This is a clue! This holster is not MADE FOR YOUR GUN. These holsters have a purpose and can be useful for some aspects of gun transport. One of the ways these holsters can be used is for gun protection in a range bag or a backpack. The range that I shoot at frequently allows you to carry a holstered gun from a backbench to a shooting booth. A holstered gun is a safe way to transport a gun.

Holsters made from Kydex or Leather

A proper concealed carry holster can be made from several different kinds of materials. The most popular today are Kydex holsters and Leather holsters.  Because Kydex is a type of plastic it can be molded around a gun or a gun model to get an exact fit. This type of holster is probably the most popular and in many cases are very affordable. Kydex comes in many colors and can be customized to your tastes by color selection. They can be bought to be worn in many positions on the body.


Inside the waistband (IWB) and Outside the waistband (OWB) are the two most common types of carry. Leather holster makers have been honing their craft for a long time and there are numerous good leather holster makers on the market. Leather is also molded around the gun for an exact fit and of course, can be customized in many ways.

Buying a Holster

Buying a holster is in many ways like any other purchase. You get what you pay for. Talk to anyone who has been carrying a gun for self-protection for many years and you will find a person that has a box of holsters they have tried and for whatever reason have decided not to use.

Holsters are Safety Equipment

No matter what you choose, a holster is a piece of safety equipment. Its job is to protect you and the gun and to allow easy access to the handgun when needed. The holster is also the gun container for transport. To protect you the holster must keep the gun in place and not allow it to be fired until it is clear from the holster. It also needs to hold the gun so it does not fall out under any and all circumstances. After the gun has cleared the holster it must allow the gun to go back in the holster without any restrictions.

The Criteria for a proper concealed carry hoster is as follows:

1. Allows for a full grip on the gun-

This is a very important part of your draw and presentation from the holster. The grip you get on your gun for the draw is the grip you are gonna have throughout your self-defense conflict. There is no changing your grip in the middle of a gunfight.

2. The trigger and trigger guard is fully protected-

This is a necessary feature and of course a safety concern. I do not want to see any trigger or trigger guard hanging out of my holster. I want them protected from all sides. Anything can get inside these spaces and cause the gun to fire.

proper concealed carry holster

3. Has unassisted retention-

First, the gun will not fall out of the holster when turned upside down. I want my gun locked into the holster. Second not so much that I can’t get it out, but I don’t want it to fall out during strenuous activity, (running or rolling around on the ground). I also do not want it to fall out if I handed it to someone (like a Police Officer).

4. Does not Collapse-

The concealed carry holster maintains its shape for reholstering safely. Many of the cloth or sticky holsters do not maintain their shape after the gun is drawn, They collapse so to speak. This becomes a real problem for reholstering safely. Many times accidents happen in reholstering. That’s why the term reholstering reluctantly has come about. Nobody ever won a prize for reholstering the fastest.

In Conclusion, holsters are a necessary safety device. They are also the way we transport our self-defense handguns throughout the day. A proper Concealed Carry Holster is part of our proper everyday carry (EDC) equipment.

Sep 072020

The Story of Goldie Glock and the Three Handguns


Once upon a time, there was a woman named Goldie Glock. She went to the gun store to pick out a gun for self-defense. Pretty soon she came upon the gun counter. She asked the clerk which gun would be right for her.

The clerk behind the counter answered by handing her a full-size police duty gun.

“This gun is too big!” she exclaimed. “I could probably shoot this one, but could I conceal it”?  “Don’t you have something smaller that would work”?

So she asked to see another gun.  This time the clerk handed her a small micro pocket gun.

“This gun is too small,” she said. “I can’t even imagine how this gun would help me in a serious self-defense situation”.  “Does this gun shoot real ammunition?” she asked? “I can’t work the controls!”

So she asked to see another gun.

“Ahhh”, the clerk said and handed her a compact gun that seemed just right. She said to the clerk, This gun is just right, it fits my hands”.  “I can work the controls, and I should be able to conceal it well”. “I wonder how it shoots?”

After she looked at the guns, she thought maybe she should shoot some similar guns.  So she went to the range with her friends and asked if she could shoot their guns.

She picked a big one from her friend’s case.

“This gun is too big!” she exclaimed. “It shoots nice, doesn’t have much recoil, but it would be hard to carry concealed.  But it might make a good home defense pistol because I wouldn’t have to carry it all day”.

Then she asked if she could shoot the little gun she saw in her friend’s range bag.

“This gun is way to small!” she whined. “I can’t hit the target and the controls are not easy to operate. The sights are bad. It sure has a lot of recoil for a small gun with a small-caliber. Is this gun big enough to defend against a criminal”, she asked? “It would sure be easy to carry and hide every day”.

So she tried the last and only gun left. A compact size handgun that was a single stack model and it seemed to fit her hand perfectly. She was able to hit the target, work the controls, and it looked like it could be concealed fairly easily.

“Ahhh, this gun is just right,” she sighed. But just as she said that she wondered how about the caliber of the gun. Does that matter?

picking a handgun

Goldie Glocks and her three friends started to discuss caliber and ammunition size it, but it made Goldie Glock real tired so she laid down in the bed of the truck and fell asleep.

She started to dream about her decision to buy a gun.

“Some people think a .22 cal is too small”.

“Some people think a .45 ACP is too big”.

But she remembered something her instructor said in her recent gun training class. “You should shoot the biggest caliber you can control and put shots on target with”.

The .22 caliber was fun to shoot, but she wanted to be able to stop someone that was going to do her harm and this caliber is pretty small.

The .40 S&W seemed to have an awful lot of recoil and was expensive to shoot so she wouldn’t be able to practice as much as she needed to.

Maybe the 9mm would be good. That’s what the FBI and the Army use, the price of this ammo seems to be good, and it has some power to stop a criminal. You know, I was told that this country makes more 9mm than any other round so it will be plentiful in hard times and hopefully reasonably priced.

Just then Goldie Glock woke up. She saw her three friends and she screamed, “I’ve got it!”  She jumped up out of the bed of the truck and asked her friends to drive her to her favorite gun store  Goldie Glock picked a nice 9mm single stack compact pistol that she had looked at. She could work the controls and it seemed like she would be able to conceal it well. She did the paperwork for the background check and got to take her gun home. Her Instructor told her she made a good choice, and he would teach her how to shoot it properly, and then she could practice as much as she wanted.

Goldie Glock was happy. She learned to operate and shoot her gun properly and carried her gun everywhere she could. Goldie Glock and her new handgun lived safely ever after.


Sep 062020


Administrative Gun Handling is the area of gun handling where all the accidents happen. What is administrative gun handling? Its loading and unloading, cleaning, transporting, holstering, or unholstering. As a matter of fact, its anything you do with a gun besides shooting it.

Loading and Unloading-

Many people don’t handle their handguns properly. Some struggle with basic manipulation of the slide to load and unload the gun. They twist and turn and point the muzzle (rule number 2) (muzzle direction) in places that are considered unsafe or inappropriate. If you rack the gun from right to left or left to right you are probably doing it unsafely. Someone can be in the shooting booth next to you and you are pointing the muzzle at them. You could be out on the prairie and someone your shooting with might be standing next to you.

Many people struggle with these standard gun manipulations because they were never taught how to do it properly. If you can’t do it properly then you are probably operating a gun that’s not for you, or you have never been shown the correct way to do it. I see many people who violate (rule number 3) (finger off trigger) while trying to manipulate the slide to load and unload the gun. Get professional help and training on how to manipulate the slide properly on a semi-auto handgun.

Cleaning a Handgun-

is always an area of administrative gun handling that has some accidents. Clearing the gun properly is the first step. Check the gun multiple times to be sure it is unloaded. Remove all the ammo from the area. If you learn proper manipulation of the slide and keep your finger off the trigger it’s hard for things to go wrong. Always visually and physically inspect the chamber and the mag well for any ammo that may be present. If you can clear a gun properly (unload) it’s pretty hard to have an accident while cleaning a handgun. Have fun cleaning your gun.

Transporting a Gun-

in an automobile, a purse or manbag is an administrative gun handling area where accidents happen because people don’t think. Guns should always be holstered or cased. Why? Because something can activate the bang switch (trigger) by mistake. A properly holstered or cased handgun can not be fired. Proper holsters are a must. They must retain the gun so it doesn’t fall out and they must cover the trigger and trigger guard completely so it can not be fired without an intensional act of exposing and then accessing and pressing the trigger.

administrative gun handling

Holstering and Unholstering Accidents

happen frequently to both civilians and law enforcement. Many people think they can learn to draw a handgun from a holster without professional training. Many think youtube is a substitute for a professional firearms trainer. Only one in a hundred firearms instructors are certified to teach draw from the holster. A person that is an NRA certified Pistol instructor is not certified to teach draw from the holster. Many instructors that try to train people properly have not had the training themselves. Anyone using an improper holster for the handgun risks having an accident. Many of the carry positions or methods of on-body carry are inherently dangerous.

This is because you are pointing the muzzle at yourself or someone else in the process of getting the gun on target from the holster. The biggest problem is that you can not see yourself doing it when you are practicing. It takes a trained professional to watch your draw and diagnose the dangerous and unnecessary movements in your presentation of the gun. Many of the unnecessary movements slow down your draw time.

Most of these Administrative Gun Handling accidents happen when people think a gun is unloaded or when they can’t keep their finger off the trigger. Learning to properly and safely manipulate a handgun removes a lot of the negative things that can happen in gun handling situations.

Jul 202020

Firearms training for new gun ownersFirearms Training for new gun owners has become a big topic of discussion in the gun industry.

The big influx of gun sales civil unrest and the ammunition shortages have all contributed to the craze.

One thing we can all agree on is that a person should not attempt to handle or shoot a handgun without some knowledge about it.

It is important to get the information from some who instructs frequently and has all the new up to date information.

First- Read your owner’s manual

Many will pick up an owner’s manual and it will seem like greek. This is because they don’t have the background to understand the information. Go to a training class.

Second-Firearms Safety Rules

Firearms training for new gun owners will always include a serious talk about the standard four rules of gun safety. This discussion will also include some talk about administrative handling which is where all gun accidents happen.

Third- Laws and Regulations

In firearms training for new gun owners, there should always be some info about the state laws. Can you have the gun in your car? Can your handgun be loaded in your auto? Under what conditions can you loan your gun to someone? These questions and many more should be answered by someone that has been trained in all these issues.

Fourth-Load and Unload

Learn to properly load and unload your gun. You would be surprised at the number of people I see in classes that don’t know how to do this safely.  Many of the Big Box Store classes and the Hotel classes don’t allow guns in the class and don’t teach these important skills’

Fifth- Learn to Shoot

Yes, a gun professional should give you a shooting lesson so you can be familiar with how your gun fires and operates. Be sure that the person who does this for you has shooting credentials. Just because someone uses a firearm in their job or profession ( Police or Military) does not mean that they are teaching the most up to date techniques and information.

Firearms Training For New Gun Owners

is available on your schedule. Contact me for information and prices 

If you have not picked a handgun for self-defense See Goldie Glocks and the Three Handguns

Jul 092020

OC/Pepper Spray Training at its best.

Cost: $55.00 per person
You will receive a training outline
Live OC/Spray to take with you
Practice with inert training canisters
Certificate of training

Course Overview:

Students will learn strategies to reduce and discourage threats, techniques to gain confidence and protect against an attack, and how to deploy OC/Pepper Spray effectively in a self-defense situation.

OC/Pepper Spray Training

Course Length: 2.5 hours

 Topics Will Include:

-Levels of awareness and how to maintain an alert state
-Different OC/Pepper Spray patterns and the advantages of them
-Physiological and Psychological Effects of OC/Pepper Spray
-Legal aspects of employing OC/Pepper Spray
-The perfect companion for your concealed handgun
-The reasonable use of force continuum
-Verbal warnings and De-Escalation
-Proper stance, presentation, and deployment of OC/Pepper Spray
-Accurately deploy pepper spray on your attacker
-Calling 911 and what to say after an attack
-Decontamination you and them
-Practical Training Drills-Moving offline of an attack

Why OC/Pepper Spray Training

The OC/ Pepper Spray training will be taught by Certified Instructor Rick Sindeband. Rick has been teaching tactics and techniques of Self Defense for many years and has a big following in firearms training. The OC/Spray recommended for this class is the most powerful spray on the market and in Colorado is deemed non-deadly force.  This spray has been chosen because of its size, its stealthy construction, and its ease of deployment. This tool is non-flammable and has a UV Identifying Dye so that your attacker can be identified after the fact. Colorado law considers OC/Pepper Spray legal everywhere because it is considered a non-weapon. In many places, Stun Guns, Tasers, and Collapsible batons can get you in trouble and are considered weapons in some jurisdictions. Many people that carry a firearm for self-defense need this tool to have an alternative to their deadly force firearm. Learn why this is so important to you and your self-defense strategy.

OC/Pepper Spray Training-Practice deployment of OC/Pepper Spray with inert training canisters-No Live Spray will be used in class

-Pre-requisites: No prior experience required

6 pm Wednesday nights in August

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Jun 142020

OC/Pepper Spray is an Important Part of your EDC (Everyday Carry). Let’s look at some of the great aspects of this tool as part of your overall self-defense strategy.


OC/Pepper Spray is not legal in every state. In Colorado, we are lucky because it is considered a non-deadly force option for self-defense. Remember the two buckets of force concept that Andrew Branca teaches in his Law of Self Defense curriculum. In life, you have two buckets of force to use for self-defense. You have a non-deadly force bucket and a deadly force bucket. If someone is attacking you using non-deadly force ( most courts consider the use of hands non-deadly force) in Colorado and most states you are not allowed to reach into the deadly force bucket to solve your non-deadly force problem. In the non-deadly force bucket, what tools do we have? We have our hands and we may have some other tools that may or may not be legal in the jurisdiction we are in.

Many places tasers, stun guns, and collapsible batons may not be legal to use or possess, and even if they are some of these may be considered deadly force if not used properly or something goes wrong when you deploy them. OC/Pepper Spray tops the list as a non-deadly force tool in my opinion. I do not want to go hands-on with anyone and most of you won’t want to either.

Ease of Concealment-

OC/Pepper Spray is easy to conceal and if you choose the right one it may even be hard to tell what it is. For example, the one I like and carry every day is very easy to conceal because of the size of the container, and it is not easy to tell what it is because the outside of the container is unmarked. It fits in my closed hand and is hard to see from any distance. It has a great clip so it clips into my pocket securely and is ready to use at a moment’s notice. You should never attach keys to your OC/Pepper Spray it makes it hard to conceal, carry and deploy in most cases.

Ease of Use-

Pepper Spray is easy to use and most people can deploy it successfully with a little training. Remember to always warn the attacker and the people around you that you are about to deploy the OC/Spray. I have personally had situations where I warned someone and they decided that they did not want the agony of what I was about to unleash on them, and it ended the incident.OC/Pepper Spray

Stealthy Carry and Deployment-

It can be hard to carry and conceal other tools like stun guns, taser, and batons. OC/Pepper Spray is easy to carry and conceal if you have chosen the right product. I have searched high and low to find the most discrete and powerful product there is and that is easy to conceal and carry. Remember to be like 007 in the carry of your daily self-protection tools. You always want the element of surprise on your side.


If lost, stolen, or if you have to throw it away or give it up in a non-permissive environment what have you lost? A few dollars? Replace it and move on. It’s not like losing an expensive knife or even a pocket gun.


When we carry a non-deadly force option it helps us in our defense when we have to use deadly force. Remember the hammer and nail saying everyone uses in our industry. When all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail. If we have only a firearm everything looks like deadly force. When you have considered options the legal system is more likely to consider your story and your use of force reasonable. I could have used non-deadly force (OC Pepper Spray) but I felt I had no choice but to use deadly force right away under the life-threatening circumstances I was facing.

As a Certified Use Of Force OC/ Pepper Spray Instructor, I highly recommend that it be carried everywhere you go. There are many places in life we can not carry our concealed firearms legally. OC/Pepper Spray gives us a tool that we can use successfully if necessary in those non-permissive environments.