Jan 152019
 

I have witnessed and been made aware of more aggressive behavior by our local element in the Pueblo Colorado area. Sometimes this element is pestering you for money in one of the local popular shopping areas such as Barnes and Noble or King Soopers parking lot, sometimes it is the younger more aggressive crowd that thinks the world owes them something that to be honest they have not really earned. I personally witnessed one assault verbal and somewhat physical the other morning at a local restaurant and management did nothing to stop it. It took everything I had to stay out of it, and if you know me you know I’m not likely to stand by and watch somebody be abused by a group of young drunk or high (on drugs) individuals. But I told myself in the famous words of a world-renowned Instructor Not my people Not my problem!”

You have to remember that it is a privilege to be legally armed in public. Just because you are carrying a gun does not mean that you are ok to jump to everyone’s rescue. I tell most of my students that this privilege is for you to protect yourself and your family from death or serious grave bodily injury and you should refrain from sticking your nose into others problems. Especially when there is no danger of death or serious bodily injury.

That being said I think everyone should consider always having a less than lethal form of protection available to you at a moments notice so that you can handle these types of incidents if they spill over into your space and they are not deadly force threats. Remember the quote that says “if all you have is a hammer everything looks like a nail! Well, this is quite true if you are carrying a concealed firearm and that is all you have. You are more likely to use it when it is not appropriate.

So recently I have become a big advocate of OC  Oleoresin Capsicum sprays (pepper spray). These sprays come in very easy to carry sizes made for runners and bicycle riders and they are easily deployed with a little pepper spray training. I talked to a senior citizen female today that said a man reached into her car last week while trying to panhandle and for me this would be the straw that broke the camels back. She had her window down and we discussed the bad situations you put yourself in when doors are not locked and windows are not rolled up.

Pepper spray is legal in Colorado and can be deployed when someone scares you and you are in a situation where deadly force would not be justified. These non-lethal attacks happen many times more often than lethal attacks do.

Just remember to call the authorities about the attack. You want to be the first one to the phone and report it. If the attacker reports it first and says you are crazy and you attacked them. You may have to defend yourself from a legal mess with the law.

Pepper spray is a chemical compound made from red pepper that irritates the eyes to cause tears, pain, and temporary blindness it is used in policing and self-defense, including defense against dogs and bears. Its inflammatory effects cause the eyes to close, taking away vision. This temporary blindness allows officers to more easily restrain subjects and permits people in danger to use pepper spray in self-defense for an opportunity to escape. It also causes temporary discomfort and burning of the lungs which causes shortness of breath.

Major Capsaicinoids (MC) are the chemical components of peppers that make them hot. Measuring by MC is a laboratory conducted and very accurate test for gauging hotness. Oleoresin Capsicum is the oil extracted that contains within it the Major Capsaciniods.

The brands that I carry, Pepper Shot and Wildfire, have been tested for MC. Not many have. Our pepper sprays are equal to or better than the major brands out there: Mace, Fox Labs, and Sabre.

Pepper Spray Chart

Pepper Shot is 1.2% and Wildfire is 1.4%. This makes Wildfire the most effective pepper spray you and your family can buy. I have these sprays available in easy to carry sizes and also have some practice sprays for those that would like to practice without fear of being sprayed themselves. In addition, I have training available for any person or group that would like to arrange it

Some Articles of Interest:

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Dec 152018
 

I’m hearing it again from my students who are uneasy about carrying a live round  in the chamber of their EDC (Every Day Carry) pistol.

First, the only way to ever change this situation is to become more comfortable with your EDC firearm. Some people find that carrying a gun with a manual safety can help. Others find that carrying their concealed carry pistol loaded at home at all times can help get them comfortable with it.  Shooting your handgun more often will help tremendously and of course, we need to shoot more anyway. Over time you become more comfortable with your gun and at some point, you should be able to rationalize that your firearm cannot discharge unless your finger touches the trigger (rule #3) and of course as long as it’s in a proper holster that covers the trigger and trigger guard.

The other problem with this “Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round ” mindset is that because you are not comfortable with your everyday carry (EDC) gun you are more likely to fumble and break safety rules during a high-pressure situation and possibly hurt yourself or someone else by accident in the process.

Concealed Carry  Without A Chambered Round

The Kel-Tec P-3AT pistolhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel-Tec_P-3AT

Recently in the local King Soopers shopping center a (local grocery store), there was a negligent discharge in the parking lot which of course management of the store denied,  but I had a student in the parking lot when it happened. People who aren’t comfortable with their loaded concealed carry gun sometimes check it to see if it’s loaded. Sometimes they either load or unload the gun depending on their situation and apparently, this person did it with their finger on the trigger discharging their firearm in an unsafe manner. This gun might have been one of those small Kel-Tec Pistols or Ruger LCPs that we see all the time in class and they are hard to handle. Most people handle them improperly and sometimes put their finger on the trigger. We also see the holes in the bench tops of our local indoor range where people have racked their firearms with their finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the bench top (OOPS).

I know of another case in Colorado Springs where it happened in a movie theater. These people are so nervous with the loaded gun that they can’t remember if it’s loaded or not so they keep checking it and in this case the index finger was on the trigger and the gun went bang. This person was arrested of course and was charged with several infractions of the law.

When I put my gun on in the morning I know it is loaded. I don’t take it out in public and check it. Playing with your gun at any time in public is a bad idea. Administrative handling of your handgun should be done when you put it on and when you take it off.  Administrative handling would be the manipulation of the firearm that isn’t specifically shooting. This would include weapon disassemble, holstering, chambering a round or removing a round.

Remember the FBI stats that the industry quotes for concealed carry (3-3-3). Most self-defense incidents happen within three yards (10ft) are over in three seconds or less and with less than three fired being rounds. We all understand the basic concept of the Tueller Drill where Dennis Tueller studied in 1983 that a person can travel 21 feet with the contact weapon in their hand and do it in approximately 1.5 seconds. If most self-defense incidents happen within 3 yards that’s half the time and distance. I don’t know about you but I would be willing to bet that most of you can’t draw and rack your gun in .75 seconds. That sub-one-second draw is a once-in-a-while proposition for most let alone having to rack a gun so it’s ready to fire. 

Ken talks about being able to draw and fire in 1.5 seconds

Let’s remember why we carry a concealed carry weapon. We carry a concealed carry weapon to be prepared. How are you going to be prepared if most incidents happening in close quarters and are over before you could possibly rack a round into your gun. Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round should be considered very dangerous.

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Dec 132018
 

Massad Ayoob’s  MAG 40 Coming to Northern Colorado

Deadline to Register is
June 26, 2019

Register today at:   NortherncoCCW.com

Once again I was asked to be one of the (RSO) Range Safety Officer’s for this MAG 40 event. If you can attend the live shooting portion of this event do it, you will not be sorry.  Both portions of this training are superb. Training at this event is by one of the top instructors in the United States. The live fire portion fills up fast

    July 11th -12th 2019  MAG 20 Live Fire Class

36 seats available for this class. Only 5 return student seats available. Contact Hershell22@gmail.com for these seats.

A two day, 20 hour immersion course in the use of the defensive handgun under extreme stress. Draw from concealment, two-handed stances, shooting from cover, one-handed stances with either hand, speed reloading, and more are taught with an overall emphasis on fast, accurate shot placement. The course will culminate with a police-style qualification course.  Come prepared to leave a better shooter under stress.

   July 13th – 14th MAG 20 Armed Citizens Judicial use of Lethal Force Seminar.    Unlimited Seating.

        Massad Ayoob, founder of the Massad Ayoob Group, needs little introduction in shooting circles. Mas is one of the best known self-defense and firearms trainers in the world. He has been teaching police officers since 1974, and civilians since 1981. His landmark book, In the Gravest Extreme, continues to be one of the best texts on the civilian use of lethal force. Mas routinely consults and testifies as a firearms and self-defense expert across the country. In addition to his legal acumen, Mas is a skilled shooter, being one of only eleven people in the world to earn a Five Gun Master ranking in IDPA.  What an outstanding opportunity in today’s climate to gain this knowledge from a world leader in the firearm arena.

                                   Once Registered you will recieve additional information, Lodging, Location, and other pertinent information.

Massad Ayoob at Mag 40
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Nov 132018
 

Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety CourseColorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course

I have been contacted many times over the years to provide Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course. This is an easy process and I can handle it on a one on one basis. Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course can be required for many reasons. When a person gets a DUI/DWAI in Colorado and has a gun in the car this can be one of the common reasons I see these requests. A person in Colorado cannot be in possession of a firearm while drinking or intoxicated, in or out of an automobile makes no difference. Another reason a person can be required to do a Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course is when you have a firearms accident causing injury to yourself or someone else. I recently had a young adult who shot himself in the leg and was ordered to complete a Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course. Sometimes juveniles are required to take a Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course when they have done something nefarious with a BB gun. Just last month I had a man who shot his gun in the air trying to warn off trespassers on his rural property. These and many other violations of the law can trigger a Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course.

Don’t panic a  Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course can be accomplished very easily and the NRA program I use will satisfy all requirements. Just contact me and we will get together on an agreed schedule and complete the course and paperwork. This class is available for schedule most days and some evenings.  Colorado Court Ordered Gun Safety Course takes approximately 3 hours to complete and is only $45. Sign Up Today

Other Articles of Interest:

Eighty Twenty Handgun Training Principal
Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Training
Shoot Your Pistol Better In 30 Days
5 Tips for Concealed Carry

Recommended reading for anyone who is trying to get their Colorado Gun Rights Restored.

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Oct 242018
 

Relevant Practice for Concealed CarryWe are all looking for ways to make our practice and training routines more relevant for the reasons we train. We train and practice so that we can be prepared for any event where we would have to protect ourselves or our families. Unfortunately, our shooting facilities (square ranges) do not always allow the kind of training we need because some of the activities we need to practice might be unsafe to the range facility or to other people in range. So we are forced to somewhat become bullseye target shooters because that is what is easy and safe to do in these facilities. Many times I post a training drill that simulates some training aspect we all need and fail to get and the industry knows this problem exists so we all try to be creative in designing some drills that give us some of this training we need without violating standard safety rules for square ranges.

So What is Relevant Practice for Concealed Carry?

First, you have to understand what relevant practice for concealed carry training is. Most of us will never have to pull our firearm in self-defense. This is a good thing. I know you have all heard that self-defense shootings are rare. But we do know that when people do get involved in self-defense shootings they happen very fast, at short distances and are over with very few shots fired. This is why the industry quotes the 3-3-3 stats from the FBI. Most self-defense shootings happen within 3 yards (9ft) are over in 3 seconds and usually involve 3 or fewer shots being fired. So what that means to us is that we have to practice at shorter distances and become faster at our techniques of presentation and draw from the holster, and learn concepts of retention shooting, point shooting, and contact shooting and the dangers involved because there is no time to extend our arms, get a sight picture, and press the trigger. This full extension of our arms and perfect sight picture is what we practice at the square range and it becomes a habit. Don’t get me wrong you need this skill too, but you shouldn’t spend all your time practicing it. What do you think happens when someone is closing on you from 5 ft. away with a knife and you try the four-point draw and extend your arms to get a shot at your assailant. You are probably not going to be successful. Do you remember the lessons of the Tueller Drill?

So How Do You Get Relevant Practice for Concealed Carry?
•Training from a Firearms Training Professional

Some of these training exercises can be dangerous if performed improperly. You need to seek some professional training so that you can be guided into using good safe techniques and in addition get an understanding of what can go wrong and how to prevent it. Many of the hazards of this type of training can not be eliminated but can be diminished by using proper established techniques for this type of shooting. Proper draw from the holster and shooting techniques can be an important part of safe and relevant training so that you will be able to practice these techniques so that you can become prepared for the most likely events that happen in real life. The other issue that most people don’t think about is that you have to start practicing with proper targets. Proper targets for self-defense are humanoid type targets so you can start to put shots in the places that count so that this becomes a trained habit.

•Routines to practice in your dryfire sessions

Many of these training routines can be practiced and perfected by proper and safe dry-fire sessions on your own at home or in a place you designate as being safe for you to practice. Laser trainers and laser target systems are excellent training devices for this type of training. A good firearms instructor can show you these devices and instruct you in the proper way to train with them.

New Class (CQD) Close Quarters Drills, Skills, and Techniques

I am rolling out a new Close Quarters Drills, Skills, and Techniques Class that is great practice for the events that will most likely happen to you in your everyday life. The FBI says that most events like this happen fast and in close proximity. CQD Class can take between 2.5 to 4 hours depending on your skill level and includes holster techniques, close quarter drills and laser firearm training that I have prepared for you to practice. These are the drills you should be practicing. Standing in the booth at the square range shooting bullseye targets does not prepare you for these events. Contact me about this class and I can tailor it to your needs. This class is available on an individual basis.

Contact Me about the new class.

Other Articles of Interest:

Eighty Twenty Handgun Training Principal
Colorado Concealed Carry Renewal Training
Shoot Your Pistol Better In 30 Days
5 Tips for Concealed CarryFacebooktwittergoogle_plusredditpinterestlinkedinmail

Sep 202018
 

Greg Ellifritz (Active Response Training) told a story in a recent post of a man who had all the lingo of a good gun handler, had all the top equipment, but in an actual self-defense moment when he had to perform he became a basket case. The Concealed Carry Podcast also recently talked about the eighty-twenty handgun training principal and gave some indication of what they felt were important and not so important training issues. It has been shown that 80% of what we worry about or focus on does not help us achieve the 20% that’s important. This concept is known as the Pareto Rule.

Many people in the Concealed Carry community spend 80% of their time worrying about their equipment (Guns, Lights, Lasers, and toys). Gear matters a lot less than you might think. If we develop skills,  gear becomes even less important. It’s funny how we tend to worry about the things that are not important. We need to focus on the things that count. I remember a saying my dad use to tell my youngest daughter. He would say worry in sequence. I wonder if this isn’t the same concept.

So I’m going to put four items or skills in the 20% column and let’s look at them.

GRIP– a grip needs to be consistent, putting a lot of flesh on the gun. This will also mitigate recoil and its obvious problems.

TRIGGER CONTROL-trigger control is different for different types of triggers. Single action triggers get the pad of the index finger only. Double action triggers use more of the finger normally all the way to the power crease or the crease in the first joint of the index finger.

AIMING-aiming relates to sighted fire and unsighted fire. Knowing how to use both and when to use each is an important skill.

DRAW FROM THE HOLSTER– draw from the holster is a book all by itself. Most people believe that you must learn the strong side belt holster technique and then move to other types of holsters and carry positions. Proper holster technique is essential both for safety and for the ability to smoothly access your handgun in adverse situations.

Some skills will not be listed in the 20% because they are considered to be secondary skills. Not necessarily advanced but not as important as the four primary skills.

STANCEone of the reasons this is not a 20% skill is that a proper stance is stable and comfortable. You do not know how or where you will be standing in a self-defense situation. You need to learn to shoot from many positions.

MAGAZINE DRILLS-loading and unloading under stress is important for several reasons but stats show that most self-defense situations end in 3 rounds or less. Most altercations happen at a distance of fewer than 3 yards, are over in approximately 3 seconds or less, and have 3 or fewer shots fired. (3-3-3)

Eighty-Twenty Handgun Training Principal

Other skills that may be important after the 20% is mastered.

MALFUNCTION DRILLS-while you may think of this as a primary skill it is really an advanced skill. Sure you need to know how to get your gun back into the fight if it isn’t working, but all the other skills have to be in place before this is important.

STRONG SIDE and WEAK HAND SHOOTING– while this skill is obviously important it is way down the list of things you should be training for.

You should have a baseline for your shooting ability. In other words a measurement of where your skills are today. Then thru out your training, you should go back and see that your baseline has moved, hopefully for the better. Here is a good baseline drill provided by Claude Werner (The Tactical Professor).

This is what it comes down to. You have to learn to effectively and efficiently handle your firearm. From the holster and presentation to shots on target. To do that your 20% skills have to be mastered. As you become more experienced you can start to throw additional skills into the mix (i.e. week hand shooting and malfunction drills). Find a gun that fits you. Learn to function the gun safely and efficiently. Learn to draw your firearm smoothly from the holster and put shots on target at respectable self-defense distances. That’s the eighty-twenty handgun training principal in a nutshell.

Other Article that may be of interest:

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal
Concealed Handgun Definition in Colorado
Intervention With a Concealed Handgun
Having a Sound Self Defense Strategy
Learn To Shoot

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