Feb 172019
 

Handling your concealed carry firearm on a daily basis without adhering to good practices can lead to unsafe habits and even accidents. One of the things I see in my classes frequently is that people do not handle their firearms safely and efficiently when they are administratively handling the handgun.

When handling your concealed carry firearm check the firearm to see that it is unloaded before handling. We all know that when we handle a firearm one of the key safety issues is checking the gun to see if it’s loaded or unloaded. Once you have determined the status you can proceed with your administrative handling. First, what direction are you pointing the firearm? Rule #2 (never let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy). Is it a direction that will not harm anyone or damage property? Are you keeping your hand and fingers away from the muzzle? Poor handling practices include putting hands or fingers in front of the muzzle, or pointing the gun at yourself in your car while inspecting your firearm when the gun is out of a holster. Remember rule #1 all guns are always loaded! Do not get in the habit of handling your concealed carry firearm carelessly. I know with some of the small guns that are carried today our big hands can get in front of that muzzle. This is one of the drawbacks and hazards of carrying small guns.  When carrying small shooters you have to be more careful than the rest of us when you are handling your concealed carry firearm.

handling your concealed carry firearm

When you go to the range and you do not want to shoot your expensive carry ammo, you unload it from your gun and then when you are done with your range session you load it back into your concealed carry firearm. Did you know that every time you chamber a round it degrades that piece of ammo a tiny bit.  I like to rotate my carry ammo and mark the headstamp area with a marking pen (see picture) to see how many times I have ejected and rechambered that piece of ammo. After 4 times for each round, I shoot it up and buy another box of carry ammo, and start the process over. A degraded piece of ammo might not work in a self-defense situation and that would not be good.

Handling your concealed carry firearm is all about having good habits. Practice good sound habits when you are handling your concealed carry firearm.

 

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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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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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