Aug 062012
 

awarenessSome of my concealed carry students from the weekend asked me to get them a copy of Jeff Coopers Combat Mindset Color Code of awareness. So I decided to publish it on my website for all my concealed carry students to use and review.

The most important means of surviving a lethal confrontation, according to Col. Jeff Cooper, is neither the weapon nor the martial skills. The primary tool is the combat mindset, set forth in his book, Principles of Personal Defense.

White: Unaware and unprepared. If attacked in Condition White, the only thing that may save you is the inadequacy or ineptitude of your attacker. When confronted by something nasty, your reaction will probably be “Oh my God! This can’t be happening to me.” Texting while walking or Talking on the cell phone are good examples of this

Yellow: Relaxed alert. No specific threat situation. Your mindset is that “today could be the day I may have to defend myself”. You are simply aware that the world is a potentially unfriendly place and that you are prepared to defend yourself, if necessary. You use your eyes and ears, and realize that “I may have to shoot today”. You don’t have to be armed in this state, but if you are armed you should be in Condition Yellow. You should always be in Yellow whenever you are in unfamiliar surroundings or among people you don’t know. You can remain in Yellow for long periods, as long as you are able to “Watch your six.” (In aviation 12 o’clock refers to the direction in front of the aircraft’s nose. Six o’clock is the blind spot behind the pilot.) In Yellow, you are “taking in” surrounding information in a relaxed but alert manner, like a continuous 360-degree radar sweep. As Cooper put it, “I might have to shoot.” When you leave your office or exiting your car are good examples of this.

Orange: Specific alert. Something is not quite right and has your attention. Your radar has picked up a specific alert. You shift your primary focus to determine if there is a threat (but you do not drop your six). Your mindset shifts to “I may have to shoot that person today”, focusing on the specific target which has caused the escalation in alert status. In Condition Orange, you set a mental trigger: “If that person does “X”, I will need to stop them”. Your pistol usually remains holstered in this state. Staying in Orange can be a bit of a mental strain, but you can stay in it for as long as you need to. If the threat proves to be nothing, you shift back to Condition Yellow.

Red: Condition Red is a fight. Your mental trigger (established back in Condition Orange) has been tripped. “If ‘X’ happens I will shoot that person”.

Concealed Carry Mindset

In Concealed Carry mode you can see how these awareness color codes come into play. It is very important to be aware of your surroundings when you are in concealed carry mode, which for most of us is all the time.

Be alert in concealed carry mode

Stay alert watch around you and stay safe when you are in Concealed Carry mode. Remember you have to watch everyone and they only have to watch you. Concealed Carry Class is available to anyone wishing to gain some knowledge about concealed carry in Colorado.

 

 

 

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Apr 222012
 

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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.

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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

Concealed Carry Reciprocity Map

Frequently Asked Concealed Carry Questions and answers

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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.

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Jan 242012
 
Discretionary carry
May issue carry

Shall issue carry

Right to Carry

Discreet Carry

Freedom to Carry

Constitutional Carry

Diplomatic Carry

The Second Second Amendment

by Alan Korwin
The Uninvited Ombudsman

Officials travel armed. When a contingent of our officials visits any other country, they bring armed personnel in classic right-to-bear-arms manner. Life is dangerous and the ability to protect yourself is a reasonable and prudent thing, a fundamental human right of existence, a moral imperative. So they go armed. It’s only rational. Hillary and similar bring along enough firepower that if some of their group go one way while some head off in another, they’re both covered.

The same is true in reverse. When an ambassador from Trashcanistan comes to the United States, discreetly armed bodyguards accompany the party at all times, “laws to the contrary notwithstanding.” That’s lawyer-speak for “their right to carry supersedes any other rules,” or in plainer English, “We’re above those laws.” The ambassador might decide to personally carry too. I’m guessing Hillary does not.

There’s this whole “second system” of gun possession and carry here domestically, another layer of rules on top of the common ones you must follow, operating quietly with people in the know cooperating.

Where are the laws for this exception to every gun law on the U.S. books? How does this special class of people exempt themselves from laws controlling the rest of us?

No one is harmed by their exemption. In fact, community safety increases, because assaults on those armed people are naturally deterred, even defensible if needed. Should we the people maybe have Diplomatic Carry too? Is a diplomat’s life truly at more risk — or worth more — than any “commoner”? How does this comply with equal protection under the law?

Local authorities understand implicitly that these armed folks aren’t going to randomly shoot people, or settle arguments with gunfire, the same as you and me when we’re armed. They enjoy proper respect (even if they come from regimes that don’t deserve it). We on the other hand have rights denied haphazardly, even with Constitutional Carry. As good as it is, Constitutional Carry is not enough.

Americans need and deserve the next step, Diplomatic Carry.

The body politic moves slowly. After several decades of experience, police nationwide understand and operate just fine within a framework of millions of people traveling armed. As the number of people carrying arms for crime control has increased, assaultive crimes have decreased. The media generally calls this “a surprising decrease in crime that has the experts baffled.” All these people are walking around armed, expressly to forestall crime, and the media can’t understand why crime has dropped. But I digress.

Oh sure, armed forces within the U.S. — from local police to secretive agents our government is now filled with — keep a watchful eye on the armed diplomats, as well they should. They also provide backup in the event of need. The same as for us.

But in the big picture, diplomats have less need for an ever-present armed escort than the public. A rare few diplomats face death at the hands of the mobs. Thousands of citizens are murdered each year. Who needs protection more?

The freedom of Diplomatic Carry, a concept many of us can easily grasp, is mind boggling to the great unwashed. So insulated from any truth about firearms, victims of television and the government-run school system, they have imbedded ignorance that is hard to shake. Destructively misinformed kids and teachers compound the problem. I digress again.

Now, Diplomatic Carry is not going to happen overnight. Many voices will be raised in objection to such freedom.
And unfortunately, some opposition will come from people who consider themselves firearms enthusiasts. Establishing everyone’s uninfringed freedom to carry is scary, at least to some. But that’s OK. Real freedom is a house high on a hill.

Diplomatic Carry is a paradigm shift. A window into a world that could be, and ought to be, a lofty goal. Your right to your life and its protection cannot morally be denied. It is denied only by force, and there is only one viable countermeasure to force unfortunately, in this best of all possible worlds, and that’s countervailing force. I don’t like it, but there it is.

Diplomatic Carry is a new level of autonomy, of personal sovereignty. It raises the bar. In this country, the people are the sovereigns and the government is the servant. How do you justify the servants carrying arms if the masters cannot?
The only consistent position for free people to take is this:

Anything short of Diplomatic Carry is infringement.

I am in the process of dissecting the legal framework that enables Diplomatic Carry, and modeling an approach for extending those principles to the public. Conceptually this is sound. Pragmatically it is an uphill climb, but as Americans we know that anything can be climbed. I’ll have early results soon in my blog, PageNine.org. Sign up to stay informed.

Copyright 2012 Alan Korwin
http://www.gunlaws.com
Permission to circulate granted

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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

Revolvers:
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.

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