Oct 272019
 

concealed carryConcealed Carry 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.

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.

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.

Some additional information that may be helpful:

Concealed Carry Holster for Daily Carry

Facts From Instructors at Concealed Carry Expo

Concealed Carry Training Gift Certificate

Vehicle Firearm Tactics for Concealed Carry

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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 and 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. Also, holsters that collapse and do not hold their shape can be very hazardous. Many of the holsters that come with guns in the original box are not adequate concealed carry holsters.

Many people never learn a proper and efficient draw from the holster and 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. Some like Karl believe teaching a ready position which is part of your draw stroke gives you a good index position for some close quarters training and shooting without full extension.

Some of 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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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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Dec 152018
 

I’m hearing it again from my students who are uneasy about carrying a live round  in the chamber of their EDC (Every Day Carry) pistol.

First, the only way to ever change this situation is to become more comfortable with your EDC firearm. Some people find that carrying a gun with a manual safety can help. Others find that carrying their concealed carry pistol loaded at home at all times can help get them comfortable with it.  Shooting your handgun more often will help tremendously and of course, we need to shoot more anyway. Over time you become more comfortable with your gun and at some point, you should be able to rationalize that your firearm cannot discharge unless your finger touches the trigger (rule #3) and of course as long as it’s in a proper holster that covers the trigger and trigger guard.

The other problem with this “Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round ” mindset is that because you are not comfortable with your everyday carry (EDC) gun you are more likely to fumble and break safety rules during a high-pressure situation and possibly hurt yourself or someone else by accident in the process.

Concealed Carry  Without A Chambered Round

The Kel-Tec P-3AT pistolhttps://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kel-Tec_P-3AT

Recently in the local King Soopers shopping center a (local grocery store), there was a negligent discharge in the parking lot which of course management of the store denied,  but I had a student in the parking lot when it happened. People who aren’t comfortable with their loaded concealed carry gun sometimes check it to see if it’s loaded. Sometimes they either load or unload the gun depending on their situation and apparently, this person did it with their finger on the trigger discharging their firearm in an unsafe manner. This gun might have been one of those small Kel-Tec Pistols or Ruger LCPs that we see all the time in class and they are hard to handle. Most people handle them improperly and sometimes put their finger on the trigger. We also see the holes in the bench tops of our local indoor range where people have racked their firearms with their finger on the trigger and discharged a round into the bench top (OOPS).

I know of another case in Colorado Springs where it happened in a movie theater. These people are so nervous with the loaded gun that they can’t remember if it’s loaded or not so they keep checking it and in this case the index finger was on the trigger and the gun went bang. This person was arrested of course and was charged with several infractions of the law.

When I put my gun on in the morning I know it is loaded. I don’t take it out in public and check it. Playing with your gun at any time in public is a bad idea. Administrative handling of your handgun should be done when you put it on and when you take it off.  Administrative handling would be the manipulation of the firearm that isn’t specifically shooting. This would include weapon disassemble, holstering, chambering a round or removing a round.

Remember the FBI stats that the industry quotes for concealed carry (3-3-3). Most self-defense incidents happen within three yards (10ft) are over in three seconds or less and with less than three fired being rounds. We all understand the basic concept of the Tueller Drill where Dennis Tueller studied in 1983 that a person can travel 21 feet with the contact weapon in their hand and do it in approximately 1.5 seconds. If most self-defense incidents happen within 3 yards that’s half the time and distance. I don’t know about you but I would be willing to bet that most of you can’t draw and rack your gun in .75 seconds. That sub-one-second draw is a once-in-a-while proposition for most let alone having to rack a gun so it’s ready to fire. 

Ken talks about being able to draw and fire in 1.5 seconds

Let’s remember why we carry a concealed carry weapon. We carry a concealed carry weapon to be prepared. How are you going to be prepared if most incidents happening in close quarters and are over before you could possibly rack a round into your gun. Concealed Carry Without A Chambered Round should be considered very dangerous.

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Aug 282017
 

Dry Fire Training Is Important

Dry Fire Practice Target

Here are some great Dry Fire training routines that I think you will enjoy. Download the target below and print it. This target is a great resource for dry firing. The target features 5 circles scaled to reflect an 8-inch target at different ranges when viewed from a distance of 4 yards (12 feet). There are circles for targets at 7, 10, 15, 20, and 25 yards. you can download the target here.

Dry Fire Training

In your dry fire training practice, you will always have some wobble (infinity symbol)infinity symbol firearm training.  Learn to break the shot as your gun sites pass thru your target. Good grip and good stance are always important. As you can see in the video it is possible to practice every aspect of your self-defense shooting habits. Learn the different shooting positions and practice your draw stroke in many different situations. This dry fire training practice is essential to becoming that great gun handler you desire to be.

Dave Spaulding of Handgun Combatives was the 2010 LAW OFFICER TRAINER OF THE YEAR and he talks about ways that you can practice your skills outside of the range in the comfort of your home.

I think this target and these dry fire training routines are the best I have come across and I am integrating this into my own gun training routine.

Remember I am a dealer for the SIRT Training Pistol and I would be glad to give you a quote for any model you would like to acquire.

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