Archive for An Interesting Thought

Are You Caught in the Concealled Carry Trap?

Have you fallen into the concealed carry trap?

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.

Upcoming Revolver Class

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.

Attention: New Method for Refresher Class

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 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.

If you would like to schedule your Refresher class please contact me at or (575) 430-3040.

Should you engage an active shooter?

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.

With the spate of mass shooting attacks the last couple of years, I’ve had a few people ask my thoughts on responding to a mass shooting as an armed citizen.

Intended Victims Curb Crime

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

What else did you see?

Have Only One Type of Defense Gun

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.

The Day You Need Your Gun

You don’t get to pick the day you need your gun. Someone else will pick that day and they will only tell you at the last minute.

Tom Givens, of Rangemaster (a premier firearms training facility in Tennessee), made this interesting comment that was picked up on Facebook a month or so ago. Think about the truth of this statement. If I knew I was going to need my gun that day, I’d do everything I could to avoid that situation. Unfortunately, our life-threatening encounters tend to come when we least expect them.

Think about that for a moment as you decide whether or not to carry your gun today because it may be a hassle or a little inconvenient. And then carry it! Remember, you probably won’t get to pick the moment.

Preparing for Your Personal Defense

Here’s a very interesting article by Jeff Gonzales posted on Shooting Illustrated regarding things you need to consider as you look at your personal safety and defense.

The article states that managing a potential threat is best done before the threat reaches your “contact” distance, and ideally when they’re still well within the “far” area to give yourself better options. Here is an illustration to explain.

Personal Defense Zones

These concepts are particularly appropriate in the holiday season where we are liable to spend more time in close proximity to people while out shopping or during holiday social events.

Read Jeff’s article: Personal-Defense Preparation: Considering Worst-Case Scenarios

7 Recurring Details of Active Shooter Events

One of the lessons from the recent shooting at the Anza Day Spa in Florida is something everyone needs to think about…the fact that it can happen anywhere at any time. As the link below points out, there is no ‘safe’ space. And because of that, you need to be always prepared to respond to a life-threatening situation.

Gil Ellifritz of Active Response Training has posted a very interesting article about the lessons learned and some thoughts on what you should be doing. I encourage you to read this article and give it some serious thought…

Take-a-ways From the Article

  1. There is no “safe” place. If you want to be able to defend yourself, you must be prepared at all times.
  2. Revenge isn’t the sole motive. It’s about notoriety and achieving lasting infamy.  The killer needs a body count to get it.
  3. The killer started a fire as a distraction and likely tried to create an improvised explosive device using a propane tank. If you really want to be prepared for the active shooter event, you need to know a little about bombs and IEDs.
  4. The shooter hid his gun.  Inappropriate or exceptionally heavy bags or luggage where they aren’t necessary should trigger your warning bells.
  5. Use a combination of tactics to escape. Keep yourself safe. Escape the building if you can. If you don’t have a good idea where the shooter is located and have a room that can be secured, barricading is a viable option.
  6. It can take a LONG time to completely clear a building.  Study up on some battlefield medical references so you control serious bleeding when you need to and how to improvise both a pressure bandage and a tourniquet.
  7. Restraining orders sometimes provoke a violent response. Think carefully about the risks versus the benefits of filing court orders against violent family members.  Be cautious if your friend, neighbor, or co-worker has recently filed such an order.

Pay attention to the recurring details of these tragic shooting events. We can learn from the mistakes of others.

Learn the Facts and Think It Trough

10 Things Gun Owners Get Wrong About Their Self-Defense Rights… An interesting article from Gun Tests regarding things gun owners get wrong about their self-defense rights by Michele Byington, an attorney for a national firearms legal-defense program. It’s worth taking the time to read. Link to 10 Common Misconceptions About Gun Ownership.

The article is a bit long, so here is the quick list.

10 Common Misconceptions About Gun Ownership

  1. Drag The Body Into The House
  2. The Only Time a Gun Should Be Displayed Is If You’re Going To Shoot It
  3. Make Sure There Is Only One Side of the Story
  4. It’s Legal to Shoot a Trespasser
  5. Invoking the Right to Remain Silent Will Cause the Police to Think You Are Guilty
  6. Shooting to Wound Is Better Than Shooting to Kill
  7. Criminals Get Arrested; Not Good Guys
  8. Gun Modifications and Choice of Ammo May Cause More Legal Liability
  9. A Person Cannot Be Sued Civilly for Acting in Self-Defense
  10. Warning Shots Are a Great Idea

From a Facebook post came this interesting thought...

Firearms are for the preservation of life and liberty. For putting food on the table. And for sports. NOT for winning arguments, feeding our egos, or taunting petty drunks.

#ThinkItThrough on Facebook

Next time you feel frustrated at someone, or angry, think about this.