Mar 232018

Buying a defensive handgun is like buying a pair of shoes you wouldn’t let someone else do it for you. The handgun has to fit you and you have to be able to work the controls. You also have to be able to put shots on target when it counts. When buying a defensive handgun you should buy the largest caliber gun that you can shoot and hit the target with.

Buying a defensive handgunBuy a gun from a dealer that will help you when you need it. Recently I have had several students guns break right out of the box. Some stores return policies are”don’t bring it back here”. Always clean and grease a new gun before firing it for the first time. some places will not take guns back even right after you’ve bought them. If you order a gun on the web or buy at a gun show then what are you going to do? The dealer that you ship the gun to for the background check may help you but they are under no obligation to do so. Remember you bought the gun online to save $20. Guns are hard to ship back to the manufacturer you should deal with a dealer that is a locally owned full-service dealer until you understand all the problems associated with buying a gun.

Pick a reliable name brand gun when buying a defensive handgun. Saving money at this point is not the best idea you have ever had. You want the gun to go bang when you press the bang switch. There are several top gun manufacturers in this country and these guns are not that expensive that you can’t afford to buy a quality one. Remember you get what you pay for.

Caliber size is not the most important factor when buying a defensive handgun but it always helps to have a caliber size big enough to actually stop the threat. .22 .25 .32 and .380 are not good defensive handgun calibers just look at some of the tests. Sure you might stop a threat with a small gun if you get lucky but when- 3 days from now. If I’m gonna take the time to learn how to defend myself and carry a handgun I want to defend myself. Having a small gun so it is easy to hide should not be your biggest concern. Small guns have less power, are hard to control (more recoil), have more safety issues (hands in front of the muzzle), and generally, do not shoot well because the sight radius and barrel are so short. In the United States, ammo manufacturers are making five times the amount of 9mm (Luger, 9mm Para, 9×19) ammunition as they are any other round. This means less expensive practice ammo and good availability of ammo when you need it. Law enforcement has recently started to move towards 9 mm rounds the military and the FBI are already using them. I don’t think the .380 round is a good self-defense round and neither does law enforcement. A minimal self- protection round should be 9mm.

Work on a safe and efficient draw and presentation of the handgun from its concealed carry location. Remember if you choose a handgun with a safety then you must learn to use it. Some ranges have limitations as to how or even if you can draw from a holster. Practice in the clothes you will wear daily. If you ever need that gun to save your life or the life of a loved one you will need it fast. You will have a very short amount of time once the bell rings. The faster you can access your gun the more time you have to make good decisions, get to cover or if necessary put those hits on target where they count.

Learn to keep your gun running. If it’s empty, feed it. If it malfunctions, fix it.

Practice getting solid hits from 3 to 7-yards, quickly and reliably. Do some handgun training at 15-25 yards, just enough to get hits at those distances. Concentrate your handgun training on those skills you will most likely need in a self-defense encounter. The FBI states that most self-defense gunfights end in 3 rounds or less and happen within 10ft (3 yards).

Buying a defensive handgun

is like buying a life jacket to go whitewater kayaking. I don’t think you want to trust your life to the blue light special when buying a defensive handgun.

I am usually available to go gun shopping with my students, all you have to do is call me and make arrangements.

Articles 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

Nov 232014

Concealed Carry Small Guns

Concealed Carry Small Guns

Small guns have been a trend for some time – popular for gun shops to sell and people to concealed carry. One of the big advantages of concealed carry small guns is that they are easily concealable, but don’t be fooled as small guns have some drawbacks.

First, concealed carry small guns are hard to operate. Many people have a hard time locking the slide back on their small guns. Remember part of picking a good gun for concealed carry is that you can easily operate the controls. Keeping your hand away from the muzzle is another problem. When you operate the slide either to load or to clear a malfunction, remember not to put any part of your hand over the muzzle or you could possibly be missing a finger or get an extra hole in your hand.

Small Guns May Not be the Best

Many people who think they can not handle or conceal a mid to full-size gun are kidding themselves. Mid-sized guns are easy to learn how to conceal and are much easier to handle and shoot.  Many of these concealed carry small guns are hard to operate safely even by the best gun handlers. The other criteria for making a good choice in picking a handgun is that you can put shots on target when necessary. I don’t know about you, but these little handguns are not easy to shoot. The sight radius is short and many times the sights themselves are non-existent.

The one last thing I will say about small guns is you will be tempted to put it in your pocket or purse naked (no holster). Bad idea!!!! All guns need to have the trigger guard and trigger protected.  It is very unsafe not to do so. Pocket holsters have come a long way and will allow you to carry your hideaway safely and keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. All in all, little concealed carry small guns are at best hard to operate, hard to accurately shoot, and easy to hide.

Other articles of Interest:

Getting Your Self Defense Priorities in Order

Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry Training For Southern Colorado Gun Owners

Handling Your Concealed Carry Firearm

Can I Defend Myself With A Small Caliber Handgun

Concealed Carry Training on your schedule….

May 192013

Guns for Sale

Guns For Sale in Colorado July 1, 2013

Normally I try to keep my articles to training issues, but I think it’s a good time to talk about upcoming events. As of July 1, you will not be able to sell any firearm legally in Colorado without background checks being done. So now is the time to sell those unwanted firearms before you have to go through the paperwork and expense of the transaction. You say are not going to do a background check when you sell your gun!! Well, you better read further. There are some problems with selling a gun without a background check, like what if the gun is used in a crime? Can it come back to haunt you? If you decide to sell a firearm and you wish to document the transaction here is a nice bill of sale form you can use.

Guns For Sale After July 1, 2013

Many people are saying that as long as the date of the transaction is prior to July 1, 2013, it won’t be a problem and that is possibly true as long as you have owned the guns for sale a long time and parties to the transaction do not cause any problems. Anyone who purchases a gun from a dealer or involving a background check after July 1, 2013, will be attached to that gun forever unless it is transferred properly to someone with a background check. These are just a few things to think about in the upcoming new legislation that will effect guns for sale on July 1st in Colorado.

These transfer provisions do not apply to:

  • A bona fide gift or loan between immediate family members;
  • A transfer that occurs by operation of law or because of the death of a person for whom the prospective transferor is an executor or administrator of an estate or a trustee of a trust created in a will;
  • A transfer that is temporary and occurs while in the home of the unlicensed transferee if:
    • The unlicensed transferee is not prohibited from possessing firearms; and
    • The unlicensed transferee reasonably believes that possession of the firearm is necessary to prevent imminent death or serious bodily injury to the unlicensed transferee;
  • A temporary transfer of possession without power of ownership or a title to ownership, which takes place:
    • At a shooting range located in or on premises owned by a duly incorporated organization organized for conservation purposes or to foster proficiency in firearms;
    • At a target firearm shooting competition under the auspices of, or approved by, a state agency or a nonprofit organization; or
    • While hunting, fishing, target shooting, or trapping if:
      • Legal in all places where the unlicensed transferee possesses the firearm; and
      • The unlicensed transferee holds any license or permit that is required for such activity;
  • A transfer of a firearm that is made to facilitate the repair or maintenance of the firearm, except that all parties who possess the firearm as part of such transaction must be able to legally possess a firearm;
  • Any temporary transfer that occurs while in the continuous presence of the owner of the firearm;
  • A temporary transfer for not more than 72 hours. A person who makes such a temporary transfer may be jointly and severally liable for damages proximately caused by the transferee’s subsequent unlawful use of the firearm; or
  • A member of the armed services who will be deployed outside of the U.S. in the next 30 days, to any immediate family member.7

When a person violates the above transfer requirements, the violation is punishable as a Class 1 misdemeanor and the person must be prohibited from possessing a firearm for two years, beginning on the date of his or her conviction.