Sep 202018
 

Greg Ellifritz (Active Response Training) told a story in a recent post of a man who had all the lingo of a good gun handler, had all the top equipment, but in an actual self-defense moment when he had to perform he became a basket case. The Concealed Carry Podcast also recently talked about the eighty-twenty handgun training principal and gave some indication of what they felt were important and not so important training issues. It has been shown that 80% of what we worry about or focus on does not help us achieve the 20% that’s important. This concept is known as the Pareto Rule.

Many people in the Concealed Carry community spend 80% of their time worrying about their equipment (Guns, Lights, Lasers, and toys). Gear matters a lot less than you might think. If we develop skills,  gear becomes even less important. It’s funny how we tend to worry about the things that are not important. We need to focus on the things that count. I remember a saying my dad use to tell my youngest daughter. He would say worry in sequence. I wonder if this isn’t the same concept.

So I’m going to put four items or skills in the 20% column and let’s look at them.

GRIP– a grip needs to be consistent, putting a lot of flesh on the gun. This will also mitigate recoil and its obvious problems.

TRIGGER CONTROL-trigger control is different for different types of triggers. Single action triggers get the pad of the index finger only. Double action triggers use more of the finger normally all the way to the power crease or the crease in the first joint of the index finger.

AIMING-aiming relates to sighted fire and unsighted fire. Knowing how to use both and when to use each is an important skill.

DRAW FROM THE HOLSTER– draw from the holster is a book all by itself. Most people believe that you must learn the strong side belt holster technique and then move to other types of holsters and carry positions. Proper holster technique is essential both for safety and for the ability to smoothly access your handgun in adverse situations.

Some skills will not be listed in the 20% because they are considered to be secondary skills. Not necessarily advanced but not as important as the four primary skills.

STANCEone of the reasons this is not a 20% skill is that a proper stance is stable and comfortable. You do not know how or where you will be standing in a self-defense situation. You need to learn to shoot from many positions.

MAGAZINE DRILLS-loading and unloading under stress is important for several reasons but stats show that most self-defense situations end in 3 rounds or less. Most altercations happen at a distance of fewer than 3 yards, are over in approximately 3 seconds or less, and have 3 or fewer shots fired. (3-3-3)

Eighty-Twenty Handgun Training Principal

Other skills that may be important after the 20% is mastered.

MALFUNCTION DRILLS-while you may think of this as a primary skill it is really an advanced skill. Sure you need to know how to get your gun back into the fight if it isn’t working, but all the other skills have to be in place before this is important.

STRONG SIDE and WEAK HAND SHOOTING– while this skill is obviously important it is way down the list of things you should be training for.

You should have a baseline for your shooting ability. In other words a measurement of where your skills are today. Then thru out your training, you should go back and see that your baseline has moved, hopefully for the better. Here is a good baseline drill provided by Claude Werner (The Tactical Professor).

This is what it comes down to. You have to learn to effectively and efficiently handle your firearm. From the holster and presentation to shots on target. To do that your 20% skills have to be mastered. As you become more experienced you can start to throw additional skills into the mix (i.e. week hand shooting and malfunction drills). Find a gun that fits you. Learn to function the gun safely and efficiently. Learn to draw your firearm smoothly from the holster and put shots on target at respectable self-defense distances. That’s the eighty-twenty handgun training principal in a nutshell.

Other Article that may be of interest:

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal
Concealed Handgun Definition in Colorado
Intervention With a Concealed Handgun
Having a Sound Self Defense Strategy
Learn To Shoot

 

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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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Sep 102017
 

Shooting Grip Is Important When Shooting
By: Rick Sindeband

Photography: Lesli Sindeband

I see many people using the old “cup and saucer” shooting grip when I am working at the range. If you’re not familiar with this check the internet and you’ll see why it’s a bad grip that hasn’t been taught in decades by reputable instructors.
cup and saucer grip method

The grip that I recommend and that the top shooters use is the Thumbs Forward shooting grip. This allows you to put a lot of flesh on the gun and when new shooters try this grip it almost always improves their accuracy. Proper grip is very important when shooting a handgun. As a handgun is fired it begins to recoil before the bullet has exited the barrel. To achieve the desired results (shots on target) it is essential that the grip remains consistent after each shot. Often I see shooters at the range readjust their grip after each shot. The first shot seats the gun firmly into the hand, readjusting the grip at that point will loosen and change the grip. Grasp the weapon with the web of the hand pressed firmly into the back strap of the grip and once the first shot is fired, do not adjust the grip. Remember if you are a Concealed Carry Permit holder – when drawing from a holster you are committed to whatever grip your hand has when the gun leaves the holster.

shooting grip 1

 

With your primary shooting hand, open your thumb and index finger. Push the web of your hand as high as it will comfortably go on the handgun grip, making sure that the barrel of the gun lines up with the bones in your forearm. Wrap your fingers around the front of the grip, making sure to keep your index finger out of the trigger guard and off the trigger. This is one of the major safety violations.

 

shooting grip 2

 

Do you see some free space on the inside grip panel of your handgun? Great, that’s where the bottom part (heel) of your support hand palm goes.Put it in that open spot and don’t worry if there’s not enough room to get your whole palm on the inside grip panel. There won’t be and that’s fine.

 

 

shooting grip 3

 

Now wrap your support hand fingers around the front of your dominant hand fingers. Your support hand fingers should be high–to the point of pressing against the bottom of the trigger guard.

 

 

shooting grip 4

 

You’ll know you’ve got it right if both of your thumbs are somewhere near parallel to each other and touching.

 

 

 

 

The Grip must be consistent for each shot
A good grip enhances the accuracy
Your hand must be high on the back strap
The finger must reach the trigger
These techniques will reduce muzzle rise
A good grip lends to faster recoil recovery
You should be using a crush grip with support wrist locked
Weakside fingers should be wrapped around the strong hand
Wrists should be close together
Supporting hand heel should be in contact with the weapon grip
Thumbs should rest on top of another.
Fingers over Fingers Thumb over Thumb

When the grip is acquired in the holster, prior to draw and presentation the web of the shooting hand must be in the top of tang on the back-strap and no higher. If you are too high the slide will bite your hand. If you are too low with your grip you allow the gun to move more with recoil making sight recovery and follow-on shots more difficult and time-consuming. A key point is to have both thumbs pointing at the target. The heal of your non-shooting hand should cover the area on the grip that is exposed.

Your shooting grip is just one of the factors that goes into becoming a great shot.

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Aug 222017
 

transitional spaces in self defenseTransitional Spaces In Self Defense are places where we MUST be more aware of potential attacks. A transitional space is any location that allows dirtbags to prey on their victims with the element of surprise and provides them with a viable escape. A corner that you have to walk around is one of those transitional spaces.

What is a transitional space? A simple way to understand transitional spaces is to recognize them as the areas you traverse on your way to a destination. For example, a parking lot is a transitional space on the way to your vehicle or on your way to and from a building. Doorways are transitional spaces between rooms or to and from a building. Corners are transitional spaces between directions (hallways and corners at the end of the block or hallway). When getting in or out of your car you are passing through a transitional space.

Let’s look at it from the attacker’s point of view, transitional spaces are a great opportunity to catch you unaware and not paying attention. Did you know most attacks happen in or around or getting in or out of an automobile?  Watch people as they move through transitional spaces: most people walk thru parking lots with their eyes fixed on their cell phones or looking at the ground. Most people blindly turn corners, not giving any thought about whats on the other side. Most people move through doorways oblivious to their surroundings. People getting in and out of their vehicles are often attempting to carry groceries or other possessions and their attention is focused on those tasks. Give some thought to how often you fit into these descriptions of daily activity.

When walking around corners use the approach shown in the picture above. Never go around a corner close to the wall. Always be away from the wall so that you can have time to recognize a threat on the other side. If you have a drawn firearm never lead with that firearm it could be taken away from you very easily. When moving through transitional spaces you should experiment with turning your situational awareness up a notch. Taking the everyday activity of rounding a corner as an example I will briefly explain what turning up your awareness a notch might look like. As you prepare to turn a corner there are a few things to consider.

Look for window reflections which may allow you to actually see what is around the corner. Also look for shadows which could indicate that there is a person or other object around the corner.  Slow your pace a little as you prepare for the corner. Moving just a little slower allows you to pay more attention to what is going on. Take the corner wide.(see the diagram above) This means don’t hug the wall as you turn the corner but instead walk a few feet wide of the corner. This simple step allows you to see what is on the other side of the corner before you are fully committed to turning the corner. These are all examples of heightened awareness and are simple to practice.

Transitional spaces give you an opportunity to practice heightened situational awareness. It is very rare that a person needs to walk around expecting a physical attack around every corner. That would be unhealthy for you both physically and mentally. It is important to be aware that such attacks can happen but there is no sense in the average person cultivating a sense of paranoia over it.

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Feb 262018
 

Gun Training On Your Schedule

Gun Training On Your Schedule

 

 

 

 

 

 

Gun training on your busy schedule? It’s hard to find time to do all the things in life that you want to get done. We have a solution to your gun training woes. Many of our students love our weekday and evening hours set aside for people who wish to get the training they need but don’t want to give up that precious weekend. The reason we can offer this gun training is that we have our own classroom and have shooting privileges at the only 10 lane indoor shooting range in Southern Colorado.

Many of our students rave about how easy it was for them to get the gun training they wanted and how we made the times and dates very accessible. Just tell us what Gun Training you would like to have and what date works for you and your friends and will try to make it happen. We find that people who have no gun handling experience do great in our class. We suggest you take the class before you buy a handgun. Many students who run out and buy a gun for the class are disappointed with their purchase. You will learn in class which gun is right for you.

-Let us know what works for you
-Bring some friends/or not
-Pick a date and time
-We will work with your schedule
-Don’t worry if you don’t have a gun.
-Training will be provided by Rick Sindeband one of the top instructors in the area.


Gun Safety
In all our classes gun safety is taught, you will know the safe and proper handling method for your firearm

 

Gun Laws
We are not Attorneys and you should always consult one for legal matters, but we will give you the best information available on current laws and regulations regarding guns and gun handling. We will be covering shoot and no shoot scenarios and learn when we can actually use deadly force for self-defense

 

Hands-on Gun Training
You will learn what is considered to be the very best gun handling skills so that you can be confident that you can handle your gun safely in and out of your home

Get the Training when you want. We will make it happen on your schedule
Many types of training are available on your schedule. Sign up below and let us know what your training needs are and when the best time is for you to get the training you need.

Articles of Interest

Concealed Carry Permit Renewal
Concealed Handgun Definition in Colorado
Intervention With a Concealed Handgun
Having a Sound Self Defense Strategy
Learn To Shoot

 

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Mar 312014
 





Conceal Carry Draw and Presentation

When you make a choice to conceal carry a gun it is important to get proper training and practice so you can handle your equipment safely and effectively. One area usually missing is learning to draw from your conceal carry holster. When you draw well, it can be the difference between life and death. During this class you will learn and practice the steps needed to draw properly from a conceal carry holster. With practice you will master the steps and combine them into one fluid motion. The draw is one of the most important aspects of conceal carry and handgun self defense . The instructors for the seminar are Rick Sindeband and Patrick Watts. Both instructors have over 20 years of experience with firearms.

Conceal Carry Draw and Presentation Class

When: April 27, 2014
Time: 1 to 4 PM
Where: Pueblo Municipal Shooters, Inc.
Cost: $35 PMS members / $45 non-members
Phone: 719-821-3958
Class size is limited Sign up Today

Conceal Carry Draw and Presentation Prerequisites

Prerequisites: 18 years old
What to bring:
Centerfire Handgun that fits your strong side holster
3 magazines/speed loader
2 support magazine/ speed loaders holders
100 rounds of ammunition
Sturdy belt

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