Apr 222012


Gun Safety Pueblo Colorado

One of the things about gun safety that makes most instructors cringe is to watch people show a semi-auto gun, or to show you it is unloaded. They usually rack the slide on a semi-auto pistol without taking the magazine out and then point the muzzle in a direction that is totally unsafe or even at themselves while wrestling with the slide lock. It’s unloaded anyway, RIGHT!!! WRONG WRONG WRONG. Gun Safety means the gun is always loaded until verified. The easiest way to do this procedure is to drop the magazine, turn sideways pointing the gun in a safe direction. Hold the gun sideways close to your chest and push one way with your shooting hand and the other way with your support hand holding the slide behind the ejection port, the thumb of your shooting hand needs to have some pressure up on the slide lock and when you have reached the right position the slide will lock. This procedure also works great  if you are in the shooting booth at the range. I see people all the time stand facing the target and rack their slide from left to right pointing it at the person in the next booth. All you have to do to be safe is to turn your body sideways point the gun down range and rack the slide accordingly.

Gun Safety is everyone’s responsibility

If you see someone do it wrong help them to do it right. Gun Safety is something that gets passed between many people and it can be contagious.

Mar 252012

Concealed Carry Questions and Answers

Many people have asked questions about concealed carry gun issues  for the state of Colorado. While I have answered these concealed carry questions many times it is always important to go over these issues again and again, because some people have not asked or do not remember the issues.

Concealed Carry

means concealed not open as in open carry. Open Carry is an issue by itself and as a 2nd amendment lover I think Open Carry is a great right, but not a real smart thing to do. We all know people who think it is a statement for 2nd amendment rights but to be frank it makes you a target. Open Carry gets the public nervous and without retention training someone is liable to take your shiny gun and use it on you.

Concealed Carry Issues

have been the same for many years. Many of the common Concealed Carry questions are answered in this short informative document

Frequently Asked Concealed Carry Questions and answers

Mar 042012
Students Take Concealed Carry Exam

Student’s Take Exam


 Private Concealed Carry Class

This weekend I held a private concealed carry class for a local business and their family members at their place of business. The Gals were mostly packing revolvers and the Guys were mostly toting semi-autos. Surprisingly enough, the concealed carry class did exceptionally well in most of the hands-on training that I require. We covered all the basics and talked about kids and guns. Most of these young families were concerned about safe gun handling and storage in the home, as well as protection against home invasions and other criminal activity.  Many were surprised to learn that every person who is a law-abiding citizen has a right to have a loaded gun concealed in their car even without a concealed carry permit.

 Concealed Carry for Young Families

These families were getting some good info and were taking it very seriously. Many of the suggestions and information in the class will be put to good use.  Safety training is one of the most important aspects of all these Concealed Carry classes and we covered it from head to toe. Including, but not limited to, the safe loading and unloading of both revolvers and semi-auto pistols.

Jan 012012

Handgun Types

Safe gun handling and unloading requires you to know the name of essential parts of your handgun. Self-defense handguns usually fall into two common types—revolvers and pistols. “Revolvers” hold ammunition in a cylinder which rotates into a firing position before each shot is fired. “Pistols” store ammunition in a magazine but fire it from the chamber of the barrel.

Safe Gun Handling Loading and Unloading Revolvers














Safe Gun Handling

The main components of a revolver are shown in the picture above. Most self-defense revolvers are “double-action,” which means that pulling the trigger cocks and releases the hammer and rotates the cylinder.  Single action revolvers are also common. When the hammer is cocked by pulling the hammer back unitl it locks the trigger performs a single function (single action) releasing the trigger.
The cylinder of these revolvers usually swings out for rapid loading and unloading.

To unload a revolver, perform the following safe gun handling actions. Remember to keep the revolver pointed in a safe direction with your finger outside the trigger guard.
1. Activate the cylinder release. (Depending on your model, it may need to be pushed forward, pulled back, or pressed inward.)
2. Swing the cylinder out of the revolver. This will make the rear of the cylinder visible.
3. Visually and physically examine the cylinder chambers for ammunition. Look into each cylinder. Feel the rear of the cylinder to confirm no ammunition is present.
4. If cartridges are present, point the revolver up and press down sharply on the ejector rod. This extracts and ejects cartridges in the cylinder. Re-examine the chambers to confirm all of them are empty.

Safe Gun Handling is a gun owners responsibility

Safe gun handling is an attitude. You should be aware of all safe gun handling rules and procedures. I will do a piece on safe gun handling for shotguns in the near future.  Safe gun handling is everyone’s responsibility. If you see someone handling a gun unsafely explain to them why they should do it properly. Lets make Safe Gun Handling an attitude. Don’t handle guns without an attitude towards safe gun handling.

Dec 282010

If the 3 rules of safety were always followed there would be no accidents with guns. Just take any accident report in the news or media and apply the 3 major rules and see if you can find a scenario where that is not true.

  1. Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction
  2. Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot
  3. Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use

If these rules were always followed there would be no gun accidents. Gun Safety is an attitude….you should have one.!!

Jan 302011


  • White-Unaware of Surroundings
  • Yellow-Conscious and Tactical Awareness of your Surroundings
  • Orange-You are in a Potential Tactical Situation
  • Red-Fight or Flight

Many people walk around in level white- singularly focused on the task at hand or even texting or talking on a cell phone. You know these people you see them every time you go somewhere.  This can be one of the worst levels- you are not really paying attention to your surroundings.

Yellow,on the other hand, is you are aware of your surroundings, walking to your car or walking up to your house you are paying attention to who is around and what may be happening nearby. This mode will put you into a better position to react if your threat level changes to orange or even red.

Orange is you perceive things that may add up to a confrontation or attack.  Someone is approaching you maybe at a high rate of speed while reaching into their coat pockets. Maybe you are standing in line a the local drug store and you can see something is about to happen.

Red is no time think, react immediately depending on the threat you may have to draw your gun and seek cover. Training is the key to all these situations. Survival is the mode you want to be in. Maybe all you have to do is walk the other direction. Most times you will have options. Remember your only obligation is to keep yourself and your loved ones safe. Avoiding a bad situation may be your best solution. Thinking about these things in advance gives you an edge on your assailant.  Remember if you choose concealment or cover these can degrade over time you need to move to a safer area as soon as possible.