5 Tips For Concealed Carry

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Aug 072018
 

Concealed Carry Training

Get some Training –
Get in a concealed carry class that will teach you the basics. Many people have never had exposure to handguns. Be sure that the Instructor you choose has a vast amount of experience in firearms and firearms training. Your Instructor should be a student of the industry and should be a Concealed Carry aficionado. Sometimes a Law Enforcement background or Military Service is not enough. I have had many of these individuals in my Concealed Carry classes over the years and many of them cannot unload a gun and make it safe without violating one of the rules of gun safety. You must learn the right way from the beginning otherwise you will have to break those bad habits later so that you can safely partake in the Concealed Carry lifestyle.

Learn Gun Safety –
Gun safety is paramount. Gun Safety is simple there are a short set of rules that most Concealed Carry Professionals in the industry follow. You have to learn them from someone who can show you why they matter. Just learning the rules without any reasoning behind it gives you no reference to complete the learning process. I want you to learn the Gun Safety Rules and I want you to be able to relate them the Concealed Carry process.

Laws and Regulations –
I have had many individuals in my class over the years that know the laws and regulations about guns and the carrying of them legally in the State of Colorado. Many of them are surprised about some of the information because they have it wrong. Many times what they have heard from family, friends and the coffee clutch is old information. Much of this information in class deals with GUN LAW. Gun law is the regulations we all have to deal with when we own a gun. Can a gun be in our car? Can it be loaded? Do we have to declare a gun to a Police officer in a traffic stop? Many of these are talked about by people who spread misinformation. You need to know the real scoop. Then there is the use of deadly force. Many experts around the industry like Andrew Branca have important information about the Laws of Self Defense. Andrews teachings and Books are considered the gospel when it comes to using a firearm for self-defense. I always give some significant information on this topic and how it applies to Concealed Carry.

Basic Gun Training-
Learning to handle firearms safely. This is done by being shown the proper way and then doing it in class so that you can handle your firearm safely when you leave class. Many accidents in real life happen when administratively handling your firearm. Loading and unloading, transporting to and from shooting and cleaning the firearm. No live ammunition is ever used in any classroom setting. Live ammunition is only a recipe for accidental discharges and injuries that may result. Any good training is going to give you Information for picking a good Concealed Carry Gun. Size of guns, Brands of Guns, Best actions Revolver vs Semi-Auto and the neverending caliber the argument. All of these and more are discussed in my Concealed Carry Class.

Learn to Shoot the Concealed Carry handgun you choose-
learning to shoot the Concealed Carry handgun of your choice is the ultimate goal. Most of the information that I have talked about prior to this is of no use to you if you do not learn to shoot your gun. Most of my students like the way I handle the live fire training in my courses. I do not do it in large groups. You will be learning the most up to date information about shooting and shooting methods.

links to other articles of Interest

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

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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.

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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.

 

 

 

 

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Sep 152017
 

Concealed Carry Restrictions

The License is for Concealed Carry

There are some confusing signs in the Pueblo area that restrict your right to carry a concealed weapon. Some of the signs are on public or county properties and they are very visible. The first one that we have all seen says The Open Carrying of Firearms Or Deadly Weapons Within This Building Is Prohibited”   this sign is straightforward. You can not carry a gun that is exposed (open carry) like the cowboys did in the old days in this building. Concealed Carry is fine but it has to be concealed. The Confusing part of this sign is when it shows up somewhere that you can’t carry at all, like the 10th judicial court building where they have metal detectors and sheriff officers guarding the entrance.

Concealed Carry is allowed not open carryConcealed Carry Sign Pueblo West Library

The next one is a little tricky and people have told me that is says something different than it actually does. “Bringing in concealed weapons that are not legally licensed and permitted, or openly displaying a weapon except by law enforcement officials is prohibited”  this sign has two parts separated by a comma. The first part says you can’t bring a concealed weapon in unless it is licensed or permitted. The second part says no open carry except by law enforcement. These type of  Concealed Carry restrictions or notices are common. The problem ensues when a person doesn’t read the entire sign and really dissect what the meaning or intent is from the sign.

Remember it is your responsibility as a licensed concealed carry individual to know and understand all the restricted areas that you encounter in your normal travels around town,  restrictions apply but are not limited to, the Jail, Post Office, Court, Schools, Airports,Public Transportation(Bus),Colorado State Fair Grounds, and any place that has a metal detector or a sign posted with some restrictions.

Pueblo City Ordinance 11-1-601

 

The Pueblo City Ordinance  11-1-601 is very clear on the subject. It defines all the things you should not do and then tells you what you can do. Things like knife blade lengths and stun guns are discussed. If you live in the Pueblo area you should read this ordinance so that you are informed.

Restricted Concealed Carry Pueblo Colorado

Pueblo City Ord 11-1-601

 

 

Bank signs vary from location to location. One of the things that always comes up is the fact that no gun signs in Colorado have no force of law. What that means is that Colorado, unlike some other states, has some very weak language in their sign law.  So it has been said that in these locations all that can happen to you if caught with a firearm is to be asked to leave. If you refused you may be able to be charged with trespassing.  Timothy J. Priebe, Esq. an attorney in Colorado has written a paper called Should I Stay Or Should I Go where he discusses this issue. You should read and understand this document.

Bank Sign TexasThis sign is on one of the local banks in downtown Pueblo, Colorado it is totally bogus. This sign is the Texas Law 30-06 and these laws do not exist in Colorado. This bank just thinks most people will follow whatever sign they post or that gun owners are sheep.

 

As always none of this is legal advice. I advocate being informed and follow the law. To follow the law you must understand the difference between coffee table chat and knowledge. My class has new information in it all the time. If you are a concealed carry permit holder and you are up for renewal you would be wise to get some updated information so that you can make good decisions for you and your family.

This is a great reference book that everyone should have in their library.

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Jul 202015
 

I had an interesting weekend in Victor, Colorado and saw some things that I thought I would discuss with the Concealed Carry Permit flock. Some Concealed Carry Holders are choosing to carry pocket guns and while this is personal choice, I am seeing more and more people do it unsafely. One person I recently met pulled the concealed carry firearm out of his pocket with his fingers in front of the muzzle, and when I asked him about it his response was its a long trigger pull it can’t go off!! (See the video I posted on Facebook) I then questioned him about his pocket holster because I am curios about such things and he responded I don’t need a holster it’s this only thing in my pocket. Well he got part of it right. First of all most of you who know me know that Im not a fan of little concealed carry guns. Yea I know the only gun that counts is the one you have with you when you need it. I think with a little training and wardrobe management a person can carry a reasonable size gun in a decent caliber and be comfortable and safe. With that being said a few things we should all remember about pocket carry for concealed carry. Remember if using as a backup gun ,some states do not allow a second gun to be carried.

1) Use a holster

a. Cover the trigger guard, reducing the chance of a negligent discharge

b. Protect the gun against lint and dirt, pocket carry guns need cleaning and maintenance more often

c. Protect the pocket against the gun’s sharp edges and oil

d. Keep the gun positioned correctly in the pocket, an upside down gun is dangerous and unacessable

e. Prevents the gun from falling out of the pocket during vigorous activity

f. Allows a simple and rapid draw, with some provision to keep the holster in the pocket when the gun is drawn

2) NOTHING should go in the pocket that holds the gun except the gun and the holster.

Pocket concealed carry need not be limited to a small, subcaliber handgun in the side or back pocket of slacks. Various pants, jackets and even some shirts provide many possibilities for effective pocket carry of small, medium and large concealed carry handguns.

Pocket carry has several major advantages:

Comfort,Convenience,Concealment,Retention,

Safety in holstering (take the holster out of the pocket face in a safe direction while holstering the firearm and then replace it in your pocket.

Pre-staging the draw, This is one of the biggest advantages of pocket carry compared to other concealed carry methods.

If trouble may be brewing, the aware concealed carry permit holder may place his or her hand on the gun in a firing grip. A practiced individual should be able to draw and make hits out to seven yards. Be careful where you practice this, it is against the rules at one of our favorite ranges.

In all cases, the handgun in question must be:

Reliable and durable under extreme circumstances, Simple and intuitive to operate, Quick to grip and draw, Well fit to your hand and naturally pointable, Shootable and controllable enough for you to keep multiple rounds on target at cyclic speed (as fast as you can pull the trigger) at close range, with one hand, Powerful enough to consistently penetrate a big guy’s vital organs through commonly worn clothing from all angles with expanding bullets.

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Sep 252011
 

concealed carry recognition bill

concealed carry recognition bill is good legislation

Pro-gun champion Rep. Paul Broun (R-GA) recently introduced a concealed
carry recognition bill, H.R. 2900, that allows law-abiding citizens who
can legally carry concealed in their home state to carry all across the
country, as well.

Titled “The Secure Access to Firearms Enhancement (SAFE) Act,” this
legislation recognizes that constitutional rights do not become null and
void at the state line.

The SAFE Act respects the Constitution and states’ powers in that it does
NOT establish national standards for concealed carry, nor does it provide
for a national carry permit or require a state like Vermont to move to a
permit system (in order for its citizens to carry out-of-state).

In fact, the Broun bill will do nothing to change what the states already
do in terms of allowing or denying their citizens their right to carry
firearms.  This bill simply allows citizens who are able to carry in their
home state, to also carry in every other state that allows concealed carry.

Another important distinction of Rep. Broun’s bill is that it does not
rely on an expansive, erroneous interpretation of the Commerce Clause.
The SAFE Act instead recognizes the “full faith and credit” protection
that is guaranteed in Article IV of the Constitution.

Rep. Broun’s legislation simply will protect the right of any U.S. citizen
to carry out-of-state, as long as he is authorized to carry in his home
state.

contact your legislator about concealed carry recognition bill

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The concealed carry recognition bill is a vital piece of legislation that we all need so that we can safely take our concealed weapons across state lines without having to worry about reciprocity. Gun Owners of America has kept me posted about the concealed carry recognition bill and many other pieces of legislation. I urge you to contact your legislator about concealed carry recognition bill and give your support to Gun Owners of America.  Concealed carry legislation is important to you even if you don’t carry concealed right now, please contact lawmakers and let them know that you support this great legislation.

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