Feb 252018

concealed handgun or notEveryone wants a Concealed Handgun Permit but what is a concealed handgun? One of the local gun shops recently asked me to tell them what constitutes a concealed handgun in Colorado. To be honest I thought I knew what it meant but I was not sure of what the statutes say it means. So first let’s learn some things about the law. First of all, I’m not an Attorney and anything I say here is for informational purposes not legal advice. I get a lot of good information from Attorneys that are knowledgeable about gun laws and the laws of self-defense and I try not to stretch the meaning of any of those laws. Second, most people including myself until recently do not realize that the statutes in Colorado are what the legislature intended for the law to mean. The actual meaning of the law is decided in the state appellate courts and the state supreme court. So without reading the appropriate case law, you may not really know what the law actally means.

C.R.S. § 18-12-105 
A weapon is concealed on your person if it is placed out of sight so as not to be discernible or apparent by ordinary observation.1
1. People ex rel. O.R., App.2008, 220 P.3d 949, rehearing denied.
Read the case here.

If you go to the bottom of the page in the statute (C.R.S. § 18-12-105   )  you will see the annotations. This is where these cases are listed.

If the weapon is only partially concealed – for instance, by a holster — it is not concealed for purposes of 18-12-105 C.R.S. As long as a casual observer would recognize it as a weapon, you have not violated the law against carrying a concealed weapon.

However, the weapon does not have to be in your hand or something you are touching or wearing. It is considered concealed “on your person” if it is within easy reach.2

2. People in Interest of R. J. A., App.1976, 556 P.2d 491, 38 Colo.App. 346 (look this one up on your own)


When is concealed carry legal in Colorado?

You may legally carry a concealed weapon in Colorado if:
1.  You are in your own dwelling or place of business or on property you own or that is under your control.
2.  You are in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance and carrying the weapon for the lawful protection of your or someone else’s property while traveling.
3.  You hold a valid written permit to carry a concealed weapon and are not carrying it in a place where concealed carry is prohibited by law (such as a public school or courthouse).
4.  You are going on a legitimate hunting or fishing trip with a hunting or fishing knife.
5.  You are a peace officer carrying a weapon in conformance with department policy.
6.  You are an on-duty United States probation officer or pretrial services officer serving in Colorado under the authority of rules and regulations promulgated by the judicial conference of the United States.
7.  You are carrying a knife with a blade that is less than 3 1/2″ long.

DISCLAIMER: Have Gun Will Train Colorado and Rick Sindeband does NOT give legal advice. You should seek competent legal advice if you own a firearm for self-defense. Discuss the legal ramifications of firearms and self-defense with a knowledgeable attorney who specializes in CRIMINAL LAW in your local jurisdiction. Law, both statutory and common, regarding self-defense varies widely from one area to the next and is constantly changing. Only accept legal advice on firearms and/or self-defense from the POLICE or OTHER LAW ENFORCEMENT AGENCIES OR OFFICIALS if it is in writing on official letterhead signed by a sworn senior supervisory official of that department in his or her official capacity or a current official document of that department bearing the department’s insignia and signed by the current head of the department (Chief of Police, Sheriff, or Special Agent In Charge). Verbal (not in writing) advice from law enforcement personnel may be in error and will have NO standing in a court of law.

Jan 292018

The next step in the process is to build some defensive shooting skills for Concealed Carry. Once you have your basic gun handling and safety rules behind you its time to start to learn some skills that will help protect you and your family.

concealed carry training pueblo coloradoPresentation And Draw From The Holster-

Presentation to a ready position from the holster and basic draw from the holster skills are primary Concealed Carry skills for anyone that will be carrying a firearm in public. Drawing from the holster is an area of much danger and that’s why some ranges do not allow it. Be sure that you have proper instruction from a qualified instructor, and practice your skills to a competent level.  You also need to check the rules of the range where you will practice these skills. You need to be able to draw your gun to a ready position and fire shots on target.

Gun Stoppages –

Any interruption in the cycle of a gun functioning is a gun stoppage. By this definition, an empty gun is a stoppage, no round in the chamber is a stoppage, a primer that fails to ignite and results in a stoppage, a failure of the slide to go into battery is a stoppage. All of these issues are addressed with a single set of skills. Any ‘failure to go bang’ results in the gun being drawn back to a physical reference point, the magazine base is struck to ensure that it is properly seated and the offhand continues and ends up grasping the slide, at the cocking serrations, and fully running the slide to the rear and releasing it at that point. If it is determined that the gun is at slide lock, a reload is conducted. Next, a proper two-handed grip is established and the weapon is driven straight toward the threat, shooting if needed. These are primary Concealed Carry skills. You need to know how to put your gun back in working order for any type of gun stoppage including recognizing when your firearm needs to be reloaded.  My favorite gun stoppage training video of all time is Clint Smith of Thunder Ranch.  This video gives you all you need to know about pistol stoppages

The Performance Objective

The performance objective for the Concealed Carry student is to be able to shoot a simple state level qualification course to a 100 percent standard starting from a ready position. Shooting a qualification course provides a mild degree of stress for the student and that is used as a stress inoculation. The State of Arizona Qualification Course from Arizona’s Firearms-Safety Program is one that I like to use. Colorado has no shooting requirement for a concealed carry permit. Using a state accepted course has value because, in the event of legal complications, jurors may not grasp the value of the XYZ training company qualification course, but a state recognized qualification may be more understandable.

Legal Issues-

Instruction on legal issues and how they are applied in the context of self-defense is most important in the concealed carry arena. Most of my students get a good background on basic Colorado use of force laws covering both inside and outside the home. I think the information that Andrew Branca teaches is far and above any other on the study of self-defense law. Andrews book is available on the Law of Self Defense website or on Amazon. He also has one-day classes around the country that you can attend.

Jan 282018

Concealed Carry TrainingNew Training Opportunities for Concealed Carry

I had a lot of people take courses from me this year and many were new gun owners. I will be writing a multiple part series on how to continue with your concealed carry training. Many people ask me whats next and here is my answer.

Claude Werner recently wrote in an article that buying a gun, never firing it, never practicing or training, and hoping for the best is the Lucky Charm training option. Some people go to the range a couple times per year and think they are good to go. You need to get on some type of regular concealed carry training schedule. Go to the range at least once a month and practice one or two skills so that you become a competent gun handler. The Lucky Charm training option is not the best plan for you.

Step number One in your new training regimen-

Develop Basic Familiarity with a Handgun before you go to the range. You waste a lot of valuable training time by not being familiar with your gun. Plus it is very dangerous not to be familiar with your firearm during shooting practice or a self defense encounter. This includes Manual of Arms. Practice loading and unloading your firearm with dummy rounds. I have them available in most calibers. Learn the feel of your gun and the trigger. Most modern handguns can be dry fired safely. Learn to dry fire safely in your home. This develops good gun handling skills like grip and trigger control. I have a document for dry firing that I have available for my students.

safety rules violationGun safety principles are the gospel…..learn the 4 rules of gun safety and do not violate them.

Principles of marksmanship …..Principals of marksmanship include Stance, Grip, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture, Trigger Control, Breathing, and Follow Through. I teach these to every student I shoot with.

Cleaning and safe storage. Learn to clean and maintain your gun. I will be having a free gun cleaning clinic soon, Watch for the notice. Keep your guns from prohibited possessors and children.

Use a .22 pistol for training in addition to your regular carry firearm…..One of the techniques I use for improving my shooting skills is practicing a lot more with a .22 caliber pistol.  The .22 is perfect for learning properFederal 22 ammo shooting techniques and target skills.  It has low recoil and is economical to shoot. Trigger control is fairly easy to master because there is little recoil and .22 ammo is widely available and dirt cheap, so it is perfect for learning and practicing.  It’s great for new shooters too.

Concealed Carry Training

These ideas will help you in continuing your skill building for Concealed Carry. I will expand the information in this article to include some training tips and great ideas for you continued Concealed Carry training. Watch for upcoming articles on the subject. If you need any help with these or other training issues remember to fell free to contact me.





Jan 012018

Improper Concealed Handgun Carry

Intervention with a Concealed Handgun in situations not involving you!

I teach in all my classes that you are risking your Life, Freedom, and Financial Loss when you step outside of your family circle and close friends to protect someone with your concealed handgun. There are many ways this kind of activity can go bad for you. It doesn’t take much to understand that many criminal actors have associates that are standing by just in case the need arises to step in and help. It takes a very alert individual to spot these associates and recognize the risk involved. It is very common for this scenario to exist in armed robberies. In some cases maybe an undercover police officer is involved or is close by. Remember that when you pull your concealed handgun in public no one knows you from the criminals.

The story that always sticks in my mind is the man who is in Walmart when a gunman starts shooting people and the armed citizen thinks he is in a position to take the criminal out and save the day. Unfortunately for our armed hero, he does not understand that the criminal’s girlfriend is standing behind him and when he accesses his concealed handgun she shoots him in the back and kills the good Samaritan.

There are many examples of this kind of situation in personal defense. I did not realize until recently that this topic was even discussed in the bible.  He that passeth by, and meddleth with strife belonging not to him, is like one that taketh a dog by the ears.  (Proverbs 26:17) apparently, this has been true for thousands of years and still is today.

Dec 242017

gun safety proper position for safe gunWhen I look back over the year 2017 and see all the people I have touched with my gun safety and concealed carry training, I see one thing in common that everyone could do better and that’s general gun handling procedures. Many of you have good intentions and think you will do it someday. My dad had a saying he used, the road to hell is paved with good intentions  “L’enfer est plein de bonnes volontés ou désirs“. This is a proverb. Promises and plans must be put into action, or else they are useless. The fact is that this is serious business and you need to spend some time getting it right.


  1. Checking a gun to see if it is loaded or unloaded properly. (#1 Rule ALL GUNS ARE ALWAYS LOADED)
    Proper Procedure
    a. Point the gun in Safe direction (#2 Rule KEEP THE MUZZLE POINTED IN A SAFE DIRECTION)
    b. Magazine out First
    Finger off the trigger and trigger guard (#3 Rule KEEP FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER AND TRIGGER GUARD UNTIL ITS TIME TO SHOOT)
    c. Lock the slide back (pointing the gun in a safe direction)
    d. Do a visual and physical inspection of the chamber and magazine well (Pointing In A Safe Direction)
    All these procedures are done while POINTING IN A SAFE DIRECTION. What is a safe direction?(#4 Rule KNOW YOUR TARGET AND WHATS BEYOND) A safe direction is any direction your willing to launch a bullet. For me and my students, I teach it’s pointing in a safe direction you have chosen straight ahead and parallel to the floor or ground, usually at a target. Not Left or Right or Up and Down. These are not safe directions for gun safety and in most cases become bad gun handling habits.

2. Passing a gun properly from one person to another
Proper Procedure
a. Point the gun in a safe direction
b. Remove the magazine. All while keeping your finger off the trigger and trigger guard
c. Lock the slide back (pointing the gun in a safe direction)
Do a visual and physical inspection of the chamber and magazine well (while pointing in a safe direction)
d. Grab the gun in slide lock position with your support hand over the open slide and pass it keeping the muzzle pointed in a safe direction. Gun Safety is a learned skill pass it to your friends and family.

3. Manual of Arms
Many times throughout the year I have asked a person to pick up their gun (the one they should know) and show me that it is safe and unloaded. On some models of guns when the safety is on or engaged it locks the slide. Many times people try to move the slide without knowing that the safety locks the slide and this means they are not familiar with their gun. It is very important that you know your gun better than anyone else because this is the gun you will fumble with when you have to defend yourself or your family.

There seems to be a common theme here for gun owners and a new years resolution. The four gun safety rules are your bible. Know them, understand them, and do not violate them this is the gospel. Practice Practice Practice.(POINT THE GUN IN A SAFE DIRECTION) Most people truly do not spend any time really practicing. If done properly practice can be just a few minutes a couple times a week. People just do not take the time to practice and get familiar with their gun. They think it will magically happen by going to the range once in a while. There are no shortcuts. Make a pledge to become a good gun handler in 2018. Gun Safety is important, if you run into problems or need some council I am always here to help.

Dec 102017

Choosing a defensive firearm

choosing a defensive firearmThroughout the year I have published many articles from different sources about picking firearms and ammunition for self-defense. Here is some information for you to consider when choosing a defensive firearm and ammunition for self-defense.

Instructors polled at a recently held high-level instructor conference (not the NRA) showed that the two handguns that were most prevalent in their daily carry were Glock and Smith & Wesson M&P series firearms.  90% of those instructors polled we’re carrying a 9mm caliber firearm.  The firearms broken down into the two biggest categories by the manufacturer were 40% Glock and 26% of them were carrying a Smith & Wesson M&P series firearm. Reliability was the reason these two guns are carried the most. When you pull the trigger on these self-defense guns they are more likely to go bang every time. It was stated that no one at the conference was carrying a Springfield XD series gun and that only one person was carrying a 1911 style handgun.

The instructors were also polled about their defensive firearm rounds. 74% were using either Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot. A small percentage were using Hornady Personal Protection rounds. 68%  of those polled were carrying standard pressure rounds no + P or + P +, as some state,  standard P or no P was the choice of professionals. Many in the group were carrying guns that had been modified with sites or grip enhancements like stippling. About 75% of them were in possession of some type of emergency medical equipment.

It is very insightful to take the information that professionals think is important for their daily survival and use it to make good choices in your self-defense firearm purchases and daily carrying options.

Most professionals carry a Glock or Smith and Wesson M&P series handguns.
Most professionals carried a 9mm caliber gun.
Most professionals used Federal HST or Speer Gold Dot ammo in those guns.
Many are prepared for some type of medical emergency.

Many of us make choices when Choosing A Defensive Firearm based on many factors.  Sometimes those decisions are based on finances or style. This information does not come from someone trying to sell you something. Most articles written in the industry are promoting an item so that people will buy it. This information was provided by professionals in the business of training people and it is what they use to protect themselves and their families.