Posts Tagged ‘training with gun’

Do you carry?

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Not like asking “are you a turtle?”, but a very serious question.  If you carry a firearm for self-defense, have you ever taken a handgun retention course?  There are several out there, some are more aggressive than others.  I had the opportunity to train with Kathy (The Cornered Cat) Jackson recently.  I came away convinced that if you carry you MUST have retention training. If you know a few basic moves you can significantly increase your odds of keeping your gun in a self-defense situation.  This isn’t training you can read and understand easily, this is physical, hands on, Read More

PRECISION, ACCURACY AND KNOWLEDGE – An experience with Jonathan Wallace II of Native Executive Security

As a firearms instructor, one would think that I benefit from the range time and that I practice as much as I teach. Wrong. As all firearms instructors are aware, getting the trigger time necessary to maintain your very own discipline is very difficult due to teaching others to learn and maintain their own. On top of that, most of what I teach is handgun doctrine, causing my proficiency in other disciplines such as long range and tactical rifle, use of scope and the tactics thereof to sometimes fall short. Now this goes against my instructor ethics, because I believe that as good Read More

Old School Fun – Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22LR, 5.5 inch heavy barrel

Smith and Wesson Model 41 .22LR, 5.5 inch heavy barrel

With the price and availability of ammunition at ridiculous levels, it falls to the lowly .22 caliber Long Rifle to satisfy the practice demands of a frustrated sporting public.  Pistol shooters have never had such a good selection of polymer framed revolvers and autoloaders in .22 to choose from.  But I like my pistols in steel and walnut, with hand-fitted parts and craftsmanship that companies can’t offer with today’s labor cost.  Let’s take a look at one of the best .22 handguns that Americahad to offer from the 2nd Golden Age of Firearms. I found this blued beauty sitting in Read More

Who’s in Your Safety Circle?

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What is a safety circle? That is your personal perimeter, your “on guard” zone, no one should enter your safety circle without your awareness. The diameter of your circle may vary depending on your location, but a general rule of thumb is 21 feet, which is the distance an average person can close on you in about 2 seconds. For those of us who are challenged estimated feet, it is about two car lengths in any direction. You safety circle is especially important in public places like parking lots where so many bad things; robberies, car jacking, etc., can happen. Most people will pass Read More

Gun Whisperer – You Have Questions, We Have Answers

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Dear Gun Whisperer, Can you offer some suggestions on how I can relate better to female students in my gun classes?  It has gotten back to me that I’ve made some women uncomfortable, and I can’t see <expletive deleted> why, but that is what I’m told. Signed, F&%(*$*)% Great Instructor Dear Sir, First, profanity is often a substitute for a poor vocabulary, or a sign that you just don’t care.  Either way…Miss Manners would tell you to stop and so would I.  A gun class can be intimidating for someone who is new and it is helpful if the instructor comes across Read More

Feet, not just for picking your teeth!

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Ok, bad joke, but it probably got your attention.  Feet are very much on my mind right now.  I recently discovered a new Safety Rule.  ALWAYS wear shoes when handling your firearms.  Some of you are thinking, “Duh” and some are wondering “why?”. Recently I was removing a Henry .22 rifle from its soft case (it was unloaded, cleared and cleaned) so I could put it in the safe.  It slipped.  I’ve been well trained not to grab my guns if they fall, let them go (you never know).  Well, it went, and landed on my foot.  My first thought was “I hope I didn’t damage the Read More

Who should teach you to shoot?

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You have made the decision that you want to try shooting.  Yeah!  Welcome, we are a friendly group.  But, who do you ask to help you navigate your entry into this world?  Your significant other?  Neighbor with 50 guns lovingly displayed who goes to the range once a year?  A friend who shoots at least once a month?  Do you send your kids to the neighbor who barely graduated high school for tutoring?  Do you send your child to the person who played piano 30 years ago and still has one collecting dust for lessons?  You probably would say NO, you would send them to someone who had the Read More