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 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.

Many states around us require a person to qualify in a simple shooting test to be sure they can operate their gun and actually hit what they are shooting at. One of the simple qualifications is the LAPD retired police officers qualification 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 being that this test is a respectable qualification. There are many other qualifications I have on my list and some of those are simple as well.

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 to carry a concealed handgun do not think that someone with no training should be allowed to walk around with a handgun in public with no verifiable training. The keyword here being verifiable. Some states have gone to an enhanced permit process where 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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Oct 062019
 

Open Carry in Colorado is legal. Some areas of the state have chosen to make city ordinances against it and we just have to deal with that. Here are the arguments I hear them all the time in class about the open carry issue.

1. Its the only way I have to carry a handgun until I get a permit.

Well, I think this statement takes all the marbles. You are doing far more harm than good. When was the last time you were attacked at Walmart or King Soopers or even Safeway? These are certainly my most dangerous activities of the day. Seriously the likelihood of you being attacked at your local shopping venue is slim and none. When you carry a handgun openly in these places you are inviting crime. Many non-gun people are sacred by your gnarly looking gun with punisher grips. What if someone is so freaked out they call the police and say a man with a gun is in the store. Its happened! The other great thing that can take place is one of these nervous nellies can shoot you claiming you were a threat. That has happened. Both by civilians and the police. What about the criminal who is going gun shopping in Safeway? You know looking for some idiot who has a gun that looks like he is an easy target. That has also happened. Get the picture! The danger and damage you do to the gun owner’s plight is far worse than any danger you have in the store.

2. I have a Second Amendment right to have a gun.open carry in colorado

Yes, you do, and I believe it more than most of you do. The constitution does not give you a specific right to carry an open handgun in the store. In this country, we have a lot of rights that sometimes are not appropriate for certain situations. You have the right to burn the American Flag. I don’t agree with it and I cringe every time I see it happen. It almost cost me my freedom one time at a local event. I was glad it did not happen. You have a right to free speech. Are there places that you probably should not say certain things? Why is it you lower your voice to say that protected speech when you are in the donut shop. Is it not legal for you to speak those words. Yes, they are (legal) allowed but is it a good idea? You lower your voice because to say it out loud is not appropriate. Don’t you just hate that!  This is what we are trying to get across to you is that it may be legal but it is probably not a good idea!

Carry your gun open to the shooting range. Carry your gun while hiking or walking your dog. Carry your open gun while you are enjoying any outdoor activity. Hell show off your new barbeque gun to your friends in the backyard. But please have a little common sense not to do it in public places. The powers that be are just waiting for you to screw up so they can pounce. Don’t be the poster boy or girl for their next piece of legislation.

Stay safe and train like you’ll need those skills tomorrow. Cause you probably will…

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Sep 172019
 

Snub Nose Revolver Only Class

I have decided since there is a resurgence in revolver popularity I would put a 4-hour course together for anyone wishing to get up to speed with carrying and shooting snub nose revolvers for self-defense. The class is going to be lecture and live fire with live fire encompassing a major portion at the range. You will shoot the Retired LA PD Officer Qualification at the end of class. This class will have a minimum number of attendees. Gun, Holster and 100 rounds of factory ammunition will be required.

The small-framed, short-barreled revolver is regaining favor as a viable defensive firearm that is ideal for certain situations. Such situations might include lounging around the house, doing yard work, performing a quick errand in an area where crime is not common. Another situation that arises is dressing in hot weather, or for situations where concealing a larger handgun and magazine pouches might prove challenging. Like Weddings and Funerals. Remember the rule of 3’s according to the FBI-most self-defense shootings happen within 3 yards are over in 3 seconds with less than 3 rounds being fired.

To make a Snub Nose Revolver work it requires an investment in education, training, and practice. With this class, you will receive a training outline and know how to practice to make you a great snub nose revolver handler.

Let me know if you are interested. I will be picking a Saturday late in October. Pricing will be similar to my other offerings.

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Sep 152019
 

Concealed Carry HolsterDon’t be attracted to these soft holsters for daily carry, it is not safe. If the concealed carry holster collapses you can not put your firearm safely in the holster without pointing the firearm at your support hand or other parts of your body. To do it safely You Must remove the holster from your carry position, insert your gun in the concealed carry holster and then replace the holster with gun in the position you are carrying it in. Criteria for a great concealed carry holster is you can get a full grip on the gun, the trigger guard is fully protected, the gun will not fall out of the holster when turned upside down, and the concealed carry holster maintains its shape for reholstering safely. Remember if you have to use your support hand to holster your gun it’s probably not safe. Many of the stiff leather holsters and certainly the Kydex holsters are much safer for a daily concealed carry holster option. Have I ever used one? Sure I have and I have found them to be unsafe in many circumstances especially if you drop your guard and you are not a true gun safety conscience individual. One place I think they are great is in the car. You know between the seat and the center console. If you have one of the non-slip models you can put that gun right there where it is readily available for action. You have to remember that you can not leave that gun between the seat and the console when you leave your car. You need to have a proper lockbox in your vehicle to secure that firearm. My favorite is the Gun Vault. This little safe is great protection for leaving your gun in the car. I use my GUN Vault  Gun Vaultsometimes daily, going to the Post Office or other Non Permissive places with my firearm. Just check the local paper almost daily and you will see guns being taken from unoccupied cars. Another thing that is important is to have the make, model, and the serial number of your gun written down somewhere so that you can report it properly to the authorities when it is missing.

Much of this information comes from experience and good gun training. Be sure that you receive good advice and training from a qualified instructor. All NRA pistol instructors are not certified to teach draw from the holster and many do not know the ins and outs of safe holstering and unholstering of a gun. Many ranges have strict holstering rules and those rules are there for a reason. Many accidents happen from the improper holstering and unholstering of a weapon. Get the training you deserve. Contact me and I will get you up to speed on holsters, carry positions and proper draw techniques.

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Jul 212019
 

deadly force vs non-deadly force buckets

Many of us in our daily activities see situations that under the right circumstances could become a situation where we would have to make a choice about our safety. Let’s be perfectly clear about these incidents. There are two buckets of force in life. Deadly Force vs Non-Deadly Force. When you are involved in an incident you must decide within a split second if your life is in danger (deadly force) or if there is some less than lethal alternative (non-deadly force) that is more appropriate for the situation. When you are attacked in any situation that is less than deadly force you are only allowed to reach into the non-deadly force bucket to solve the problem this is called proportionality. Going to your gun in these situations is not appropriate and can get you arrested and in a situation where you are facing charges. Non-deadly force options are limited to some extent by your physical ability to handle an individual with your bare hands. You also have the option to retreat (run away) which is always good if it can be accomplished safely under the circumstances. Remember that when you are in a vehicle driving away is always the best option. Many times people freeze and they fail to see the options available. Practice visualizing these situations and while driving always be aware of how close you are to other vehicles especially while waiting at a light or other traffic control situations. You should always be able to see the rear wheels on the vehicle in front of you, so you have room to maneuver around that vehicle if you have to. OC/Pepper Spray is also a good idea and is considered a non-deadly force option. These sprays give you the advantage of time to make a good decision without having to use deadly force. Some communities in the front range have local ordinances prohibiting certain size containers of these sprays. Colorado Springs has a 1.5 oz limit to be legal. Pueblo has no limit. I noticed in the Pueblo paper today that people are not being arrested anymore if they have not committed a felony. (Catch and Release) sound familiar? This is because they claim they have no room in the jail facilities for non-felony offenders. It is your job to have the tools you need to keep yourself and your family safe. Be very aware that the display of a gun or threatening to use a gun can have consequences you may not like. In Colorado, we are not allowed to use deadly force to protect property. They will find room for you and me in the crowded jail if we use our deadly force tools improperly. Remember you must have a reasonably articulable fear of death or serious grave bodily injury to use deadly force. That means you must be able to tell a story that to a reasonable person would sound like your life was in danger of death or serious bodily injury. It can not be an irrational fear. Remember Ability, Opportunity, and Jeopardy. Do they have the ability to harm you (a tool, overwhelming strength or size)? Do they have the opportunity this is usually a matter of time and distance (are they close enough to harm you with that tool)? Jeopardy (do they intend to harm you)? If you are a nervous Sally and everybody scares you, maybe you should reconsider carrying a handgun for self-defense. A handgun needs to be a last resort, not the goto tool that you use for every event. Training and familiarity with your firearm can go along way to ease some of your concerns and will give you the confidence you need to make proper decisions. Remember any incident you are involved in should be reported. You always need to be the first one to report the incident on the phone to the police. If you are not the reporting party you could end up being the accused party of the use of unlawful force.

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Disclaimer
As always any advice I give on this or any other matter is not legal advice. This information is only for educational purposes and you can not rely on it as LEGAL ADVICE. If you feel you need more information about these and other subjects of this type, I have a list of qualified individuals that you are welcome to have. Do not rely on family attorneys, police officers, or military personnel for this information. It has been found that many of these people have outdated or misleading information about these topics. When in doubt join one of the legal organizations that will take your questions and answer them. I recommend the USCCA (United States Concealed Carry Association).



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Jul 062019
 

firearms accident investigationsI have started a new section on Have Gun Will Train Colorado (HGWTC) Website called Accident-Gram. The idea for Accident-Gram came to me when I was taking some recent industry safety training. Safety and safety training has been part of my life for many years. It started with my dad many years ago when he was the Safety Superintendent at CF&I Steel and continued in my career as an Insurance Broker and Certified Insurance Counselor with Front Range Insurance Services Inc. in Colorado and New Mexico. Why not critique some of the firearms accidents I hear about and give people an overview of the gun safety issues involved and how to avoid these accidents. I will be keeping my ear to the ground for local and regional firearms accidents and any help hearing about them would be appreciated. Many of the firearms accidents that happen go unreported. I have started with a few that I know about and will be expanding it from there. Of course, I will be looking for accidents that relate to the mishandling of handguns in the Concealed Carry lifestyle. Sometimes the information in firearms accidents is not complete and I will try to relay the facts as I can best determine them.

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Accident-Gram Police Officer Shoots Self
Accident-Gram Starbucks Lady Drops Purse
Accident-Gram Colorado Shopper Shoots Floorboard Of Car
Accident-Gram Texas Gal Shoots Self In Hand
Accident-Gram Indiana Man Shoots Self in Ankle
Accident-Gram Pueblo Man Gets Shot Playing with Gun

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