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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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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