Do you carry your handgun while driving in your vehicle? If so, have you practiced drawing (presenting) your handgun from the driver’s seat? (If you haven’t you should!)
You can practice in the privacy of your driveway. Make sure the gun is unloaded…and then check again to make sure. Then practice drawing your handgun.
Practice with and without your seat belt as well as unbuckling your seat belt as part of your draw. Practice exiting the vehicle with your handgun. Each vehicle will likely require a slightly different technique.
So, work with your vehicle and how you carry until you find the combination that works for you. Take your time as you do this… there is no need to hurry while you are figuring this out. It just might come in handy someday.
If you are approached by someone in a parking lot (i.e.Walmart, etc) with a hard luck story wanting money, your best bet is to say something like ‘Sorry, I can’t help you’ while moving away and looking to see if they have a partner. Be aware that the approach of asking for help could be a way to distract you so you can be attacked/robbed/whatever by a partner. This isn’t always the case, but it certainly pays to be aware and be safe.
Which leads us to Tip #2…Carry your handgun on a routine, daily basis. You do not get to pick which day you will need your gun (do you really think you get to pick the day the situation mentioned above occurs???). Someone else makes that decision for you, and you will typically be informed at the very last minute!
Think about that last sentence for a moment and realize how true it is.
Stay safe at Christmas. Reread The Gift of Preparedness This Christmas and take it to heart.
Be extra cautious and don’t become complacent about your safety as you go about celebrating the Christmas season and enjoying family and friends.
Practice shooting with your weak hand. This is something everyone tries to avoid, but the truth is that you should be ambidextrous with your handgun (rifle as well). Use a tight grip, angle the handgun slightly, line the sights up and press the trigger. Nothing to it, just something you need to practice.
Suggestions for the Tip of the Month are from the Tom Givens article mentioned in the Interesting Thoughts article this month.
- Have the gun on your person, it won’t do you any good otherwise.
- Solid initial training, followed up with periodic sustainment training with your carry gear leads to a comfort level with the equipment fostering the willingness to actually wear it daily.
What to Learn
- Learn to access the handgun from concealment, safely, reliably and quickly.
- Learn to get good, solid hits with the first rounds out of the gun.
- It would be good to know how to reload your firearm and to fix malfunctions if they occur.
- Take a good course on legal issues, like one from Massad Ayoob or Andrew Branca,
and then carry on.
Take a few minutes and read the full article by Greg Ellifritz of Active Response Training on tips on how to survive a terrorist vehicle attack.
Vehicle Attack Survival Tips
- Face traffic when walking along the street.
- If you have a choice, walk along streets that have vehicle blockades or cars parked at the curb.
- Watch for danger signs.
- Don’t rush to help the injured.
- Move indoors immediately, but don’t stay there.
- Stay away from the attack vehicle and be alert for secondary attacks.
- Don’t draw your firearm while you are attempting to figure out what’s happening.
- Don’t loiter on unprotected sidewalks.
- Be able to deal with charging attackers.
- Know how to treat knife wounds, vehicle impacts, and blast injuries.
Think about what Greg details in his article and think also about the concepts with the Interesting Thought article. It appears that vehicle attacks may become more and more of a problem.
As a follow up to my tip last month of practice, practice, practice…dry fire, dry fire, dry fire!
And a comment from a reader (and fellow firearms instructor)…
Ref Tip of the Month: you do your audience a disservice by not reminding them that practice does not necessarily entail live fire. In fact, for many shooting skills, dry fire is more productive. That, with the additional benefits of no cost, not having to go to the range, no chance of a negligent discharge, etc.
Very good thought, my friend. Thanks for sending it.
You would be surprised how many students for the Refresher or Renewal classes tell me that they haven’t shot since they saw me two years earlier. And it becomes obvious when they start shooting.
Do the drills you did in your concealed carry class.
- Practice moving to cover and shooting from cover.
- Practice malfunction drills.
- Get out there and practice, practice, practice!
Read Rob Morse’s article as well.
Now think about what you carry daily.
Are you carrying enough ‘equipment’ or ‘stuff’ to survive a self-defense encounter and then render aid to yourself or a loved one if necessary until the first responders arrive?
Is there anything you should add?
When was the last time you shot while flat on your back? Yet in a violent confrontation, you might find yourself on the ground with no way to get up. You need to practice drawing and firing your handgun while on your back and on each side. Start by practicing with an UNLOADED handgun. You can do this in the privacy of your home. Once you are comfortable with drawing your handgun from various positions on the ground go to the range and do some shooting.
Caution…this is unfamiliar to many folks so be mindful of the safety rules as you do this and be cautious.