Apr 122020
 

The way I see it here is the real scoop on CCW-carrying a concealed weapon. You will spend some time learning where you can carry a concealed weapon. When you can carry a concealed weapon, and if you can use deadly force in self-defense of yourself and others. You will spend the rest of the time honing your craft.  Out of the first three if you can use deadly force in self-defense of yourself and others will be by far the most complicated and toughest to grasp. The where and when you can carry a concealed weapon comes down to state, federal and sometimes city ordinances (In Colorado north of Castle Rock) and most people can grasp this fairly quickly.

Most concealed carriers get a big break on all this because the odds that you will ever be in a self-defense shooting are slim and none. Many people get away with being sloppy in their knowledge and in the mechanics of handling, carrying and drawing from the holster. Many times they suffer from not practicing enough to be competent with their chosen pistol.

When you can use deadly force in defense of yourself or others

Andrew Branca’s new audiobook on the Laws of Self Defense might be just the ticket for some people. This new audiobook is not very expensive and it might be a great time to listen to it. At the bare minimum read Andrew’s book. I always have some copies for sale and you can, of course, buy it on Amazon right here Law of Self Defense

Shooting

Everyone who carries a gun for self-defense or otherwise needs to learn to be competent with their firearm so that they don’t harm themselves or someone else with improper use. Getting shots on a meaningful target (humanoid type target) in a short period of time is a skill that has to be practiced. You should be able to draw your firearm from concealment and put 2 shots in an appropriate place on a humanoid target in less than 2 seconds at combat distances. If you can not then you probably will not be successful in a self-defense encounter. This is something you need to work on.

Proper Holster-  

Holsters come in various configurations and are made from different materials. Kydex and Leather are two of the most popular at the moment. Remember to look at the back of the package your holster comes in. If it lists 20 guns that it fits its probably not a proper holster. Holsters have to allow for a full grip on the handgun. Cover the trigger guard and trigger completely. Have natural retention (in other words if you turn the holster with the gun in it upside down will the gun fall out). And not collapse when the gun is drawn. You will most likely buy many holsters in your gun-toting career, always looking for that perfect one.

Carry Positions-

Everyone should start by learning a strong side belt holster.  These holsters go on a belt and are worn on your strong side (the hand you shoot with). The reason for this is simple. All the standard procedures (draw stroke) and safety for drawing from the holster are learned in this position. From that position and knowledge of safety, a person can move to another type of draw position and do it safely. Drawing from the strong side belt holster is one of the safest, fastest, and most efficient methods of carrying that there is. IWB OWB AIWBcarry a concealed weapon

 

Draw from the Holster-

Some instructors use the 4 step draw others the 5 step procedure. This is not a learn from a youtube video activity. You need a professional to watch and guide you. Not only to be safe but to fix the things that you will do that you can not see yourself. Remember only 1 in 100 instructors are certified to teach draw from the holster. A person who is certified as a basic pistol instructor with the NRA is not holster qualified. Remember Slow is Smooth, Smooth is Fast.

Tactics-

A common definition of tactics is an action or strategy carefully planned to achieve a specific end. Carrying concealed can be broken down into high profile carry and low profile carry.  When carrying in high profile, you might hide the sight of the weapon, but everyone knows you’re carrying one. In low profile carry, the physical features of the firearm are hidden to the deepest concealment. In the latter condition, you are not only trying to conceal the presence of a firearm but the evidence you are carrying it in the first place. Act like you are 007. Play the sound link below

This is a very important part of concealed carry tactics. Blend in  Look normal  Be comfortable  Be prepared  and Always carry

 

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Jan 262020
 

Concealed Carry TrainingConcealed Carry Training is a must if you want to be able to defend yourself and your family. Let’s face it most people who carry a concealed firearm for self-defense are not skilled with the tools of the trade. Many are in denial. They think they will be good enough when they need to use their gun in self-defense. Many people I see have had a permit for more than 5 years many of them going on 10 and most of them have not kept up with their concealed carry training or never learned the skills necessary to survive in their first and only concealed carry training class.

The Most Important Concealed Carry Skills

The First Skill of concealed carry is to know and practice the 4 rules of gun safety. These are not suggestions they are the bible when it comes to gun handling. Live by these rules. Watch that muzzle direction when handling your firearm. Keep all body parts away from the muzzle. Too many people are putting their hands in front of the muzzle. Know these rules forward and backward. Know them by their numbers. If I talk about rule number 3 you ought to know what that is. Come on people there are only 2 keywords for every safety rule. It is not rocket science!

The Second Skill of concealed carry training is to learn your gun. I see many students who do not know their guns. Many don’t know how to work the safety if they have one and lots of the students cant properly load and unload their firearm without violating several safety rules (remember there are 4 safety rules). Many people choose the wrong gun. It doesn’t fit their hand (too small too big). The fact is people think the first criteria of a concealed handgun is it has to be small.

Small Guns-the Good and The Bad!

Small guns are hard to shoot and are not as accurate. Many times come in calibers that are either expensive to shoot or are not good at stopping a threat. Other guns have too many complex controls (single action only gun (1911) or a Traditional Semi-Auto that have a hammer and a decocker. These guns are great for some people, but for many its, either an accident waiting to happen or they just don’t have the skills to operate the gun efficiently or safely. Do yourself a favor and train with a point and shoot type gun that doesn’t have a hammer or a safety.

The Third Skill of concealed carry is to be able to put meaningful shots on a humanoid target in a short amount of time at the distances required. For starters, many people just think that going to the range and plinking is practice. It isn’t. You need to time yourself and you have to get accurate shots at meaningful distances on the target where they will count. I have many easy practice routines that you can run and your skill level will increase substantially.

The Importance of Skill #4 is Often Overlooked

The Fourth Skill is your draw and presentation of the gun. You need to be able to draw from your normal concealed carry position and put a couple of shots center mass at 3-5 and 7 yards in less than 2 seconds. Many current events in the news have shown us that the people who lost their lives in these self-defense events did not have these skills. There are many more Concealed Carry Training skills but these 4 are primary. By Primary I mean this is where you have to start. If you can’t do it with your current equipment (holster, the position you carry your gun on your body, or the type of gun you carry) then now is the time to change.

Remember I can help you get through this maze and make you a better gun handler.

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Dec 142019
 

USCCA Concealed Carry

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Rick Sindeband, of Have Gun Will Train Colorado, has become a Certified Instructor with the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA). He will be offering the Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals program here in Pueblo, Colorado and surrounding areas for people that wish to obtain their concealed carry permit or interested in defending their family in their home. The program’s focus is on developing a personal and home protection plan, but concealed carry issues are the main focus. In other words, this class gives you what you need to carry a concealed handgun with confidence and safety. Above all, this course gives you the tools you need to succeed and, the training materials are some of the best in the industry.

The program textbook is written by Michael Martin whose credits include Firefighter/EMT, NRA Instructor, graduate of the International Association of Law Enforcement Firearms Master Instructors Course, and VP of Delta Media the parent company of the United States Concealed Carry Association.

USCCA Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals

Concealed Carry and Home Defense Fundamentals is a comprehensive course for anyone considering owning or carrying a firearm for self-defense. The course is a complete guide to understanding conflict-avoidance and situational awareness; home security and home defense; handgun, shotgun, and AR-15 basics; shooting fundamentals; the physiology of violent encounters; the legal aspects of using deadly force (including knowing what to do in the aftermath); and a complete guide on gear, gadgets, and ongoing training.

About The USCCA

In 2003, Tonnie Schmidt and Tim Schmidt founded Delta Defense and the United States Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) and began publishing a self-defense magazine that focused on responsible firearms ownership. This magazine grew into a national association providing self-defense education, training, and legal protection to its members.

The U.S. Concealed Carry Association (USCCA) provides self-defense education, training, and legal protection, responsible American gun owners.  The USCCA is the largest and fastest-growing association whose sole focus is the responsibly armed American and is headquartered in West Bend, WI.

The USCCA has more than 300,000 members and 2 million newsletter subscribers. Delta Defense employs over 240 people in 12 states and was named to the Inc. 5000 list of America’s fastest-growing private companies in 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016, 2017, and 2018

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Oct 272019
 

concealed carry not a hobbyConcealed Carry is not a hobby but it can be a lot like other sports you are involved in. Many require practice, good equipment and usually require some form of safety. Sometimes people make mistakes in equipment purchases and have a hard time getting the right fit for them and their lifestyle. Concealed Carry is not a hobby. You are carrying a deadly weapon capable of taking someone’s life. Mistakes can be deadly. So good equipment, practice, and great safety habits are a must.

Let’s look and see how Johnny handles the equipment dilemma. Johnny starts out with a full-size handgun. He shoots it good enough to hit the target, but man that .45 ammo is sure expensive and after wearing the gun for a while he decides its not for him. Having that big heavy handgun on his waist and trying to conceal it is just too much of a hassle, so over time he tends not to wear it as much and he eventually chooses to only wear it when he thinks he might need it or leave it at home. Johnny decides he will only wear a Concealed Carry handgun when he goes to certain parts of town or when he is going somewhere where there is more risk. So on many occasions, he leaves his handgun in his car under the front seat where he can retrieve it fast if he needs it.

Concealed Carry is for Self Defense!

Then Johnny gets this great idea. He likes having the Concealed Carry handgun for protection but maybe a pocket gun would fit his situation better. So he goes to the local gun shop and trades the full-size gun for a pocket gun. He runs to the range and shoots it a few times and it kind of hurts his hand when he shoots it but he “mans up” and shoots it anyway. It seems to be harder to hit the target unlike the old gun but heck it’s easy to concealed carry and I’m most likely never going to need it anyway right? I will probably just have to point it at somebody to stop an attack.  He sticks the little shooter in his pocket without a holster and he carries it most of the time. When he practices, which is rare he shoots a few shots at close range cause it hurts his hand and at 21 feet he can hit the target some of the time. Maybe he could get a laser for it and that will help him shoot the gun better.

Johnny thinks he is a safe gun handler, heck he attended the concealed carry class at the hotel and he even bought one of the CDs they had for sale. He got his permit with no problem, and he has a hunter safety card. He has everything he needs to be safe right?

Let’s look at the facts.

Concealed Carry Is Not a Hobby!

First, when choosing a handgun for concealed carry the gun has to fit your hand. You will not shoot a gun well if your full hand does not fit on the grip. All fingers including the pinky should be on the grip.  Many of the top guns on the market are what the industry calls compact weapons. Generally speaking, there are three size weapons in the concealed carry arena. Full size, Compact, and Sub-compact. Gun stores confuse these so forget what they are called and look at how they fit. Many of what we call the compact guns are the perfect size for concealed carry situations. Guns in this category would be like the Glock 43x or the Walther PPS M2.  Many of the guns in this category are what we call single-stack handguns. You can check them out at many good gun stores and you can see why these guns are popular.  Many of these guns also fire the popular 9mm Luger round and this happens to be the least expensive round to shoot and is the most readily available round in the world. The FBI the Military and many police forces are now using this round. The ballistics are great and the cost is less and it is readily available. That makes it great to shoot and to practice with.

Speaking of practice let talk about practicing with your handgun. You should practice at least once a month and your practice should be structured so you are measuring how you are doing. There are some great drills for practice that I can pass along to anyone who would like to get started. Timing yourself eventually is a must and learning to shoot more accurately and faster is always the goal. But first, you must hit the target with accuracy speed comes later. Proper draw from the holster and putting shots on target is a practiced skill. Without practice, that skill will diminish over time. Johnny doesn’t practice much because the gun does not fit his hand and it is not enjoyable to shoot. Guns with short barrels also have more recoil and are harder to control. Shooting these guns will sometimes make people flinch. Johhny needs a proper pocket holster and if this is his chosen method of carry he has to practice with it. Adding a laser to a gun you can’t shoot won’t solve the problem. You have to be able to control your gun and put shots on target before a laser is even a thought.

Along with practice comes education. Johnny got a start on his education but he really has not learned the things he really needs to know to Carry a Concealed Handgun safely and proficiently. He still needs to seek out a competent instructor and get some real education. Every Instructor has his own style and his own experiences to draw from. Find one that you can get some training from and soak up their knowledge like a sponge. Remember almost anyone can get an Instructor Certification in one discipline. That does not mean they have the experience or the skill to get you where you are going. Only 1% of all instructors are even certified to teach draw from the holster. One of the more important skills and possibly one of the most dangerous. Carrying a concealed handgun is not a hobby or a part-time job. Its a commitment to being able to protect yourself and your family when you need it. Johnny decides he will wear his handgun only when he goes to a certain part of town or when he is likely to need it. This is an education issue. Johnny needs to learn these issues from a competent instructor. Concealed Carry is not a hobby!

Safety is paramount. Johnny has a few safety problems that we can discuss. Carrying a handgun under the seat of your car is a great way to get yourself in a situation that’s big trouble. Not having the gun with you when you need it is an education problem. Leaving a handgun in your car under the seat not locked in a secure container is a bad idea. It is possible in some places for you to be charged with a crime for allowing that gun to get into the hands of a prohibited possessor or a child. Also putting the little shooter in your pocket without a proper holster is a definite safety problem. A proper holster is a necessary piece of safety equipment for carrying or transporting any handgun.

Concealed Carry Is Not A Hobby. 
It's a serious endeavor. Get the equipment, training, and education you need to do it right.

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May 232019
 

concealed carry In a recent Concealed Carry Expo, our industry’s finest and most talented instructors and leaders of gun organizations got together and discussed training ideas and common ground. These are some ideas that came from this event. Some of these you have heard before some may be new.

 

 

-Muscle memory is a myth. You train your mind to remember with neural pathways to the brain. muscles have no memory.

-No one class can pass gunfight information to a student. What we can pass on is mindset and awareness. How not to get into the gunfight

-How many hours a day do we spend in our vehicles. Have you trained to fight in and around vehicles? It is not easy without some education.

-We train in square ranges with flat surfaces usually in daylight. How many events happen in these perfect conditions? Especially in daylight, not darkness. Have you ever trained in darkness?

-We train for concealed carry in square ranges with flat surfaces usually in daylight. How many events happen in these perfect conditions? Especially in daylight, not darkness. Have you ever trained in darkness?

-We train for years for an event that is over in 5 seconds or less. Can you draw and put meaningful shots on a small target in a short period of time under stress?

-The Concealed Carry Permit is a permit for self-defense that means someone else is making the first move or attacking you. You are not the one acting first, anyway, you’re not supposed to be.

-We will always be attacked when we are vulnerable, in our worst moment or position. have you trained for that?

-We don’t choose the place or the time of the attack. You train for concealed carry in perfect conditions. Will your gunfight happen in those perfect conditions. Have you ever drawn your handgun from the seated position of your car or a booth in the restaurant? Criminals train to catch you off guard when you are vulnerable at your worst moment.

-You defend yourself with the fundamentals or the foundations of gun handling. Everyone wants to be advanced and have the greatest equipment and lightning draw. Do you have the fundamentals down?

-Legal owners of firearms need to be educated. the worst enemy for people who carry firearms (all of us)  is to have a legal owner use it the wrong way.

-Carry a big enough, easy to shoot handgun, with enough ammo capacity to give 3 criminals each a healthy serving of lead (that serving is normally more than two rounds and as many as five) you do the math. If you hit all shots is 6 or even 8 rounds enough? Not if you believe 80% of your shots will be missed. If you carry a smaller gun have you trained to get more ammo into it so you can survive the encounter.

These are just some of the ideas that came out in this recent event. I can help you get on a track to get there. Start small and work your way towards it. I have some ideas and can help you get there if you want to.

If you would like to attend a concealed carry shoot in the dark session let me know. [I would Like To Shoot In The Dark]

My favorite training for shooting from in and around vehicles is still available at an unbelievably low price. This is the best online training for this I have ever seen. [check out vehicle online tactics course]

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May 092019
 

draw from the holsterDraw from The holster, according to Karl Rehn, a well-known instructor in the Austin Texas area with KR Training “Is a skill very few instructors are certified to teach”. Presentation and draw from the holster is taught properly by very few instructors. Approximately one percent of all instructors are qualified to teach this skill. That’s only one out of a hundred certified to teach this important skill.

Personal Protection Outside The Home (PPOTH) is the only way certification can be gained from the NRA’s Instructor certification program. Draw from The holster is a skill that takes many hours of prerequisite training.  This is the only NRA certification that actually certifies instructors for that particular task. Instructors that teach basic pistol from the NRA have not been trained in these skills, according to Karl in his new book “Strategies and Standards for Defensive Handgun Training.”

I see many people with improper or inappropriate holsters in my classes. The primary purpose of a holster is to allow access to a handgun while protecting the trigger and trigger guard, in addition, the handgun holster should have enough retention that if it is turned upside down the gun will be retained and not fall out of the holster. In addition, holsters that collapse and do not hold their shape can be very hazardous. Holsters that come with guns in the original box are usually not adequate concealed carry holsters.

Most people never learn a proper draw stroke

Many people never learn a proper and efficient draw from the holster.  They end up with a version of something they saw on YouTube or some other place on the internet. With all these bad habits in place, accidents are a common event. Draw from the holster is a skill that must be honed and practiced with of course proper equipment. When you first start out, slow and correct positioning is the most important aspect. Speed comes from being smooth and smooth is fast enough.  As with any technique, there are often several ways to do it.  Some teach the five-step draw some teach a four-step procedure.  Karl believes in teaching a ready position which is part of your draw stroke.  That gives you a good index position for some close quarters training and shooting without full extension.

Get Some Professional Help

These shooting techniques should not be done without someone watching to make sure that you’re doing it safely and not being a hazard to others around you. Safety for both yourself and others is paramount and of course, safety rule number three must be followed at all times. Any failure to apply all the safety rules in this process can result in holes in your body that your creator did not put there when you were born. We are lucky here to have a range that allows drawing from the holster. The strongside belt holster technique is the only method allowed at our range. Any other type of draw is against the rules and has to be done with the supervision of an approved instructor.

One of my mentors Partick Watts, a Law Enforcement Firearms Instructor spent many hours with me honing my skills including the draw form the holster techniques that I use today.

Get that draw from the holster training that can make the difference. Contact me today to set a time for us to hone your draw from the holster skills and make you a better and safer concealed carry practitioner.

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