May 242017
 

Manual of ArmsPeople look at me like I’m crazy when I say to them know your Manual of Arms. This saying comes from a prescribed drill in handling a weapon with the military. What it means to us is that you should be very familiar with your firearm. Know every feature of the gun you are carrying for personal protection. One of the things I like to do on 1911’s or semi-autos that lock the slide when the safety is engaged (not all pistols lock the slide when the safety is engaged) is to load them with dummy rounds and put the safety on. Then I ask the student to pick up the gun unload it and make it safe. A  person that knows the firearm and is proficient at manual of arms knows that before he or she can rack the slide they have to disengage the safety. I have had people pull and pull on the slide not knowing why they can’t move it. It’s funny but it really isn’t. How much time do you think that person wasted pulling on that slide and having it go nowhere. Do you think it might be important if you were trying to defend yourself, and you were scared out of your mind, not to waste that precious time. How long does it take a person with a machete to travel 21 feet? I think Dennis Tueller told us it was 1.5 seconds.

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May 312018
 

Concealed Carry Handgun with SafetyMany people are confused about safeties on a Concealed Carry Handgun and what they are all about. First, if a Concealed Carry Handgun has a safety you are obligated to use it. You don’t get to pick and choose. If a safety is present then not using it is failing to operate your firearm safely and correctly. You can’t look at a similar gun and say well that gun doesn’t have a safety so it must be optional.  Manufacturers put safeties on guns for many reasons. It’s a safety rule for handling firearms that goes way back. Remember when you took Hunters Safety you were taught that when the gun is loaded you put on the safety. Then when its time to fire the gun you take the safety off and fire. This is how guns with safeties must be operated. Safe triggers and grip safeties are safety features, not safeties. A Safety is an on/off switch. Safeties can fail they are mechanical devices. Anything mechanical can break you can not totally rely on a safety. Some people think a gun without a safety is not safe. That is not true many Concealed Carry Handguns are made without safeties because it just one more thing to have to do when you pull your gun for self-defense and it takes time. Safety is in keeping your finger off the trigger until its time to shoot( Rule #3). Sure this takes practice but that’s how firearms are operated safely.

Why is it that Concealed Carry Handguns are considered safe when they are holstered? Because in a proper holster you cannot access the trigger when the gun is holstered. Guns do not fire unless someone or something pushes the bang switch. Second many Concealed Handguns now are made without safeties and that doesn’t mean they are not safe? You will notice that on most revolvers there are no safeties. Generally speaking, this is because of the long double action trigger pull that is required to fire them usually about 8-10 lbs of pressure. One of the things I see a lot is that the safety is hard or impossible to operate on some of the chosen firearms. When you pick a gun and decide that’s the Concealed Carry Handgun you want you should have no problem operating all the features. If you can’t operate the safety it isn’t going to get any better later. I’m not gonna pick on guns in this article. I’ve carried many guns with safeties that worked properly, and I’ve seen many that are hard to operate, and I’ve practiced many hours with those firearms. If I picked one up today I instinctively know how the safety works and where it is.

Many people that have carried 1911 style handguns know that a safety is essential on that style gun. This is because the 1911 model gun is a single action gun with a very tiny trigger pull. It’s really easy to have an accident with a 1911 style Concealed Carry Handgun if you are not using the safety properly. The other thing I like about no safety is in my carry rotation (wearing different guns for different seasons or styles of dress) all the guns operate the same way draw, point, and shoot. When I carry a gun like a 1911 for concealed carry I have to have some orientation time and I will carry it for some period of time, not just one day. Switching guns often that operate differently is a good way to get confused have an accident or maybe not be ready when you need the gun.

Then there are the people who solve all these problems by rational thinking. I have children! If they get hold of the gun maybe they won’t be able to figure the safety out, or I can’t keep my finger off the trigger so I need to have a safety, or I just don’t put one in the pipe that way I won’t make a mistake. If any of these ring a bell maybe you need some more training!

Update September 2018
I am seeing a move towards the AIWB (appendix inside the waistband) carry mode. This mode is the fastest to get the gun on target and explained by some to be the most dangerous method of carrying a concealed firearm. You are pointing your gun at the femoral artery in your leg and your Manley toolbox if you are a male. Some advocates of appendix carry have moved to guns with safeties and or traditional DA/SA (double action-single action )guns that are hard to pull the trigger. Thus preventing the dreaded accidental discharge from a Glock type weapon stuck in the front of your pants.

Articles you may be interested in:

Learn To Shoot Pueblo Colorado

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Pueblo Colorado

Guns for Sale Colorado’s new Law

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Apr 292018
 

Colorado Concealed Carry

Colorado Concealed Carry Without A Permit has limitations. There are 5 exceptions to the Colorado Concealed Carry Law let’s look at the situations where they apply.

 

 

Colorado Concealed Carry Without A Permit can be done in 5 instances they are Home, Auto, Business, Land, and Hunting. Let’s look at some of the provisions of these exceptions.

First, what is a Concealed Weapon

1. What is a concealed weapon?
The definition of “concealed”
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.

If the weapon is only partially concealed – for instance, by a holster — it is not concealed. As long as a casual observer would recognize it as a weapon, you have not violated the law against carrying a concealed weapon.

Home
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(a) It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
(a) A person in his or her own dwelling.
We all should know that we can carry a concealed handgun at home without a permit.

Auto
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(b)
A person in a private automobile or other private means of conveyance who carries a weapon for lawful protection of such person’s or another’s person or property while traveling.

Colorado allows us to have a handgun loaded in our vehicle and it can be hidden anywhere even without a permit.
A firearm should never be visible to another person outside a vehicle both for safety and security. In a traffic stop by a police officer having a gun visible can be a bad thing. Handguns in automobiles should be holstered or cased for safety reasons. When stopped by law enforcement you should always declare your firearm, that keeps you and the officer safe. Remember long guns (rifles and shotguns) cannot be loaded in your vehicle. Possession Of A Loaded Firearm In A Motor Vehicle  C.R.S.§ 33-6-125

Business
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(a)   It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
A person in his or her own dwelling or place of business.

In Colorado, an employer can determine who (if anyone) among its employees may carry a firearm in the workplace. C.R.S. § 18-12-214 restricts where a person holding a concealed carry permit may take her gun. The statute reserves the right of a private property owner, private tenant, private employer, or private business entity to exclude weapons from their premises. This law includes the right to prohibit the possession of a firearm in a locked vehicle in the company’s parking lot.

Land
C.R.S. § 18-12-105(2)(a) It shall not be an offense if the defendant was:
A person in his or her own dwelling or place of business or on property owned or under his or her control at the time of the act of carrying.

Hunting
Yes. C.R.S. 18-12-204(3)(a)(ii) states that any person lawfully able to possess a handgun may carry that handgun while engaged in the act of hunting without obtaining a permit for the handgun. When you are actively engaged in the act of hunting and desire to carry a handgun, Colorado Concealed Carry statutes allow you to do so. Carry, in the context of the statute, applies to the carrying of the handgun and explicitly states that the handgun shall not be considered concealed. However, the sidearm may not be used to take any animals unless it meets the requirements specified for that hunting season.

So as you can see there are many circumstances where you can carry a concealed firearm without a permit in Colorado. Beware that many law enforcement officers do not know these laws and you can find yourself being charged even though you may be right. In situations where a dispute with law enforcement has occurred, be polite and professional. If you get charged with a violation of the law you can handle it after the fact. If you are a member of one of the organizations like U.S. Law Shield or the USCCA you can get one of their attorneys to handle it for you. If you would like more information on these coverages you can contact me and I will provide it to you.

The best solution is to get a Colorado Concealed Carry Permit by taking one of my classes. Sign up today and get the training you need on a schedule that works for you.

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Buying A Defensive Handgun

Learn To Shoot Pueblo Colorado

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal Pueblo Colorado

The materials available in this article and at http://havegunwilltraincolorado.com are for informational and educational purposes only and not for the purpose of providing legal advice. You should contact an attorney who is well versed in gun law to obtain advice with respect to any particular issue or problem. Use of and access to this Website or any of the links contained within the site do not create any legal advice. The material discussed is only educational information.

Recommended reading for anyone who is serious about learning gun laws

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Jul 042017
 

Make My DayColorado’s Make My Day Law

The left is starting to feel the push back and they do not like it nor know how to handle it. The coming years will be very interesting indeed and more violence and problems are bound to follow. Everyone should learn the basic dos and don’ts of self-defense. Both learn how to use firearms safely and to use your brain to follow the law and be sure that you can justify everything you do based on good common sense fundamentals that our industry teaches.  I see comments and posts every day where people make statements like “I’ll shoot anyone who enters my home”. Do you think for one moment that if you have an event like this happen in your home that the investigators aren’t going to look up everything you have ever said online?? Be smart, learn to say things in a way that make you the good guy or gal. A better way to express that a man’s castle is his home might be to say that “if my life or my families life is ever threatened in my home I will do what it takes to protect them”. This is a statement that you can defend. Be smart follow the law. Understand how to word your statements or comments so that you are the good guy or gal. Many people including police officers do not understand the “make my day law” in Colorado. Make sure you do and you will save yourself and your family a lot of agony.

A discussion of the “make my day law” and its pitfalls are in every concealed handgun class that I teach. I can also direct you to seminars held by attorneys happening around Colorado that you might like to attend. Andrew Branca is one such attorney and his very popular book is a great resource to have.

Recommended reading for anyone who is serious about learning gun laws

 

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.

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Sep 112016
 

c-r-s-%c2%a718-1-704

Many of you know C.R.S. §18-1-704 is Colorado’s Use of physical force in defense of a person statute. There are five forceable felony’s listed in this statute. These felonies are crimes that a reasonable and prudent person could use deadly force to counter. I have listed these felonies Robbery, Burglary, Kidnapping, Sexual Assault, and Assault and the legal definitions with the Colorado statutes on my student resource page (www.havegunwilltraincolorado.com/downloads).
Recently it became necessary to password protect this page from unauthorized users. If you need a password and you are a student of mine email me and I will send you a password.
 
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.
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Feb 262018
 

new shooter 500Get as much training as you desire. Our new 3 Level Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit Training Program lets you build your training and skill over time. Each module is attainable in approximately 4 hour blocks. Take the Level I class no matter what your skill level is now. This gives you a good foundation for advanced training later.

Get the training you need to apply for your Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit. This permit allows you to carry a Concealed Handgun in Colorado and 33 additional states.

A firearm is not required to take Level 1, but if you own a firearm you should bring it to class. Many people want to learn about handguns and how to pick the right one for self defense. A firearm that is a gift or a hand-me-down may or may not be the right one for you. Level 1 instruction is not an NRA program. The NRA does not want Instructors teaching Gun Laws in their classes, and this is an important part of your Concealed Handgun Permit Training.

Level I is all that is needed to obtain a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit

Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit
Level I 

Streamline the process of obtaining your permit
Firearms safety
Colorado Gun Laws and Elements of Self Defense
Safe handling of both Revolvers and Semi-Auto Pistols
Picking a firearm
Ammunition and Ballistics
Holsters and Equipment

Level1

Sign Up For Level I

This class is approximately 4 hours of training.
$65

Level I Concealed Handgun Permit Training includes live fire and may not happen on the same day
as class. Colorado does not require live fire for a permit, but we think it is a good idea for
everyone to attend a live fire session. Some people like to attend live fire after the purchase
of their firearm.

This class is designed for the new gun owner, the experienced user, or anyone who needs basic
firearms education to be safe and obtain a Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit.

You can continue your education leading to the NRA Defensive Pistol Certification by taking both
Level II and Level III
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Colorado Concealed Handgun Permit
Level II

Gun Owners Responsibility
Ethical Responsibility
Concealed Carry and Safe Gun Handling
Principals of Concealment
Presentation From Holster
Mental Awareness and Preparation
Shooting Qualification

Level2

Sign Up For Level II

 

This class is approximately 4 hours of training. Level I or equivalent is required to attend
you will need….
Gun, 100 Rounds factory ammo, Proper Holster and Belt, Eye and Hearing Protection
$75

 

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Colorado Concealed Handgun permit
Level III

Techniques for Avoiding Life Threatening Confrontations
Psychological and physiological Changes
Flash Sight Picture
Cover and Concealment
Reloading Under Stress
Clearing Common Stoppages
Shooting From Concealment
Shooting Qualification

Level3

Sign Up for Level III

This class is approximately 4 hours of training. Level 1 or equivalent is required to attend.
Level II and Level III must be completed to be Certified in The NRA Defensive Pistol Program.
you will need….
Gun,100 Rounds Factory Ammo, Proper Holster and Belt, Eye and Hearing Protection
$75

 

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