I managed to break my ankle while hiking. This has been an ‘interesting ‘ experience. Fortunately, I have friends who are willing to take me to the range occasionally and put up with me shooting from a wheelchair.
And speaking of wheelchairs, I have had a number of students who are in wheelchairs. Being in one myself for this little while has taught me a lot about what those folks go through. I’ve had to rethink how I carry my concealed handgun and adjust my shooting stance to accommodate the restrictions caused by the wheelchair.
Interesting Thought… We have been facing some difficult times. I’m sure many of you are getting bored. But we have a great opportunity to improve our shooting skills even if shooting ranges aren’t open. You can still dry fire!
Dry firing is a great skill builder, can be done in the privacy of your own home and is free. What’s not to like?
First, and very important, make sure your firearm is unloaded. Unload it in one room and then go to another to do your dry firing, leaving any ammunition in the first room. Then check again to make sure your firearm is unloaded.
Find a safe place to point your firearm and then pick out a point (a nail head, a small screw, a small hole, etc…something small) and use that as an aiming point. Assume your firing position, line your sights up and press (squeeze or pull for you old-timers) your trigger. If your sights move when the hammer falls or the firing pin goes forward, you need to repeat the process until the sights don’t move (or move as little as possible).
Once you master dry firing from one position, start working on another. You can stand, kneel, sit, go prone, use walls and furniture as obstacles, etc. You can practice your presentation(draw) to get it smoother. You can practice lining your sights up and pulling the trigger after your presentation. The possibilities are limited only by your imagination.
You’d be surprised what 5 or 10 minutes of dry firing a day will do for your shooting skills.
Remember, make sure your firearm is unloaded when you do this!
Interesting Thought… Here’s an interesting comment by Tom Givens of Rangemaster Firearms Training Services, a major firearm training facility in Florida. It is taken from his March 2020 newsletter…
Any place there are people, there is a potential for violence. Every community, no matter how small or peaceful appearing, has violent criminals and mentally disturbed individuals. Accept that fact. Once you accept that fact, it becomes easier to put up with carrying your gear, religiously, every day. You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else gets to pick that day, and they will typically only inform you at the last minute.
You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else gets to pick that day, and they will typically only inform you at the last minute.
Something to think about. Give some thought to how you go about your day…are you prepared for the day when someone decides you may need your gun?
Guest Editorial… From Coralie Carrier, a concealed carry instructor in Las Cruces…
I was cleaning out files the other day and came across this quote from Senegalese Conservationist Baba Dioum: “In the end, we will conserve only what we love. We will love only what we understand, We will understand only what we are taught.”
I used it a lot when I was teaching Hunter Education. Then it occurred to me that it applies to just about everything – including firearms. I hope everyone reading this has experienced introducing a person with little training in firearms and watched them blossom into avid shooters. It’s really what it is all about! And it is the key to the preservation of all our firearms freedoms.
Sure, we need to write those letters to the politicians, send them emails and call them when onerous bills are introduced to the state and federal legislative bodies. But they are really only intellectual reasons and arguments. And often fall on deaf ears! We have all seen that happen!
What it all boils down to are hands-on, one-on-one experiences that change minds and hearts.
So my next question is obviously, “When was the last time you took a newbie to the range, let them shoot your guns and ammo, and watched the smiles and grins as they discovered for themselves the passion you and I share.”
That question is even more obviously followed by, “When are you going to do it again?”
Take a kid out and he or she will probably always be on our side when the anti-gunners start running on and on about how terrible guns are.
Take a woman out and you might just create an incredible advocate for our sport and passion.
This fight for the Second Amendment will not be won in our lifetimes but might just be LOST if folks like you and me drop the ball! Please take some time to do this! Share your passion (and guns and ammo) …and drop an email or write a letter to your Representative and Senator urging them to stay strong and loyal to the Constitution.
For States that require a concealed carry student to actually pass a skill test of some sort, the test is so incredibly simple it fails to prepare them for the reality of potential situations. Look at your current situation and level of training. Could you survive a self-defense or deadly force encounter in the real world?
Take a moment to read this article that I found on Facebook – there is a lot of truth to it. Answer yes or no to the questions in the article. Are you prepared?
Responsibility of carrying a firearm needs to continue beyond getting your concealed carry permit. Do you need more training? If so, we’d be happy to help.
We are in the process of developing a Defensive Revolver Class.
In addition to those who carry a revolver as a concealed weapon, this class is ideal for those who have Revolver on their concealed carry license but don’t shoot one very much, or don’t even have one. After all, if it’s on your license you should be proficient with it.
Please let me know if you would be interested in taking this class. We can provide a revolver for those who don’t have one.
This Interesting Thought is going to be a bit different but is important none the less. I recently attended a meeting in Albuquerque at the Concealed Carry Unit to provide input to a curriculum the unit is developing. One of the topics discussed was the required 2-year Refresher class.
Very soon the Concealed Carry Unit is going to start enforcing the guidelines for the Refresher. They indicated that they will be sending reminders (either by mail or email) that you need to do the Refresher. If you don’t do it within the 60-day time limit after the midpoint of your license, they will send you another notice that you have 30 days to do the Refresher or your concealed carry license will be suspended. If you fail to do the Refresher after this second notice your license will be revoked and you will have to start all over again with the initial 15-hour class.
Until then they will not renew your concealed carry license if you have not done your Refresher.
There are two ways you can do the Refresher. First (and this is the one I recommend because you are required to actually shoot and requalify) is to schedule a 2-hour Refresher class with a concealed carry instructor. Upon completion, the instructor will submit an after-action report and a copy of your training certificate to the Concealed Carry Unit and you will have met your obligation. Or you can go online to https://www.dps.nm.gov/images/ConcealCarry/2yr_refresher_2019.pdf and do it online for free. You will have to read the material and send the certificate you print in after passing the test. While this is a good review, particularly of nonviolent dispute resolution, there is no shooting requirement.
It is up to you which option you choose for the Refresher, but you must do it. When you receive your initial or renewed concealed carry license, go to your calendar on your computer or phone and on that day 2 years (2.5 years for veterans with a 5-year license) make an entry to call your instructor and schedule the Refresher class. Or indicate that it’s time to do the online Refresher. Either way works, but you must do that Refresher.
And a final thought…the Concealed Carry Unit is doing you a favor by reminding you about the Refresher. They don’t have to. As they pointed out in the meeting, you don’t get a reminder from DMV to renew your driver’s license, do you? It’s your responsibility to meet the obligations that come with your concealed carry license.
Due to the recent active shooter situations, this article by Chris Hernandez is timely and some serious food for thought. Should you engage an active shooter? He points out several things you need to think about now before you find yourself in that sort of situation.
This month’s thought is attributed to Lt. Col. Jeff Cooper, founder of Gunsite firearms training academy in Arizona…
If violent crime is to be curbed, it is only the intended victim who can do it. The felon does not fear the police, and he fears neither judge nor jury. Therefore what he must be taught to fear is his victim.
There is a lot of truth in this statement and it is certainly something worth thinking about.
A YouTube Video Worth Watching… Somewhat along the lines of the Interesting Thought, here is a video worth watching in which a woman successfully defends herself from an attack, teaching her attacker a lesson…
Some interesting lessons…
Consider how fast that occurred…no time to ask for help or for any help to arrive
She didn’t seem to be aware of him until he got out of the car
Very close range
She kept backing up to get distance…there really wasn’t any other direction she could go in
No time to use her sights
That one shot, while it resolved the problem, did not completely disable the bad guy
She was certainly more aware after she shot the guy…while she was getting into her pack to get her phone she was definitely looking around to see what else might be out there
Some thoughts about having only one type of handgun from my friend John. It IS certainly something to think about.
I once worked with a fellow who had a zillion handguns and liked to vary by day which he carried. The problem, whenever he was excited, he couldn’t function.
Odds are, as said in a previous newsletter,
“Someone else will pick [the day you need your gun] and they will only tell you at the last minute”.
Thus you are likely to be operating from habit/muscle memory … but for which gun?
When the excrement hits the ventilator, you need to react without thinking. If you must discriminate between one firearm’s characteristics from another (safety? double action? single action? double-single? trigger weight? sighting variance?), you are needlessly handicapping yourself in a life-or-death situation.
Good food for thought, John. Thanks for sending this.
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