Tag: Firearms Training

Banding Together, As Brothers

 
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Americans are constantly bombarded by the statistics “gun violence” here in our country, but what’s missing from the conversation is what those numbers really represent. The vast majority of deaths involving guns aren’t due to violent crime or school shootings or accidental discharges, the problem is suicide, and it’s a very big problem indeed.

Since 2008, the rate of gun suicides has risen 22 percent and is driving the increase in gun-related deaths. (Suicides make up almost two-thirds of all gun-related deaths.) Among children and teens in particular, the gun-suicide rate is up more than 76 percent. Although only a small percentage of suicide attempts are made with a firearm, more than half of all suicide deaths are carried out with one. The primary victims are older white men.

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I’m No Annie Oakley!

 

Okay, I’ll admit it—at first glance, you might wonder why I’m writing about myself and guns. But we haven’t had a post from a woman in a while (where are you Barkha?) on using guns—if we women should be armed, why we would get training, and what are the benefits.

So here’s my experience; if anyone scares me with technical questions I can’t answer I’ll call out for @kevincreighton or @bossmongo to bail me out!

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What to Look for in a Firearms Trainer

 

I constantly see signs by freeway exit ramps advertising concealed carry permit classes for ridiculously low prices. While I completely understand how money (or the lack thereof) can affect buying decisions, when you’re choosing a firearms instructor, you are choosing someone to teach you how to potentially save your life and the lives of those close to you. So, choosing the cheapest one available makes as much sense as choosing the cheapest skydiving instructor.

The minimum amount of training needed to teach concealed carry in many states is instructor certifications in NRA Basic Pistol and NRA Personal Protection Inside the Home. This is the bare minimum, though, and a good instructor will have many, many more hours of classes beyond this. Aside from this minimum, what else should you look for in a good firearms trainer?

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Member Post

 

Promoting a legal, non-lethal firearms training product that uses no ammunition and is in fact safer than a child’s water pistol in today’s extreme anti-gun culture has its challenges  We’ve gone from a culture that for the better part of two-hundred years, children played with toy guns and adolescents and grown women were encouraged to […]

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Taking It Off the Streets

 

There’s been a tremendous increase in gun ownership in the past few years, but that gun-buying bubble will pop unless those new gun owners find something to do with their guns other than keeping them unloaded under their beds and hoping they will keep the bad guys away.

A gun is not a magical talisman of self-protection, and unless gun owners practice using their guns on a regular basis, especially under stressful conditions, their ability to use a gun effectively just won’t be there when they need it the most. More importantly, new gun owners need to have a gun near them if (God forbid) they need it to defend a life.

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Concealed Carry Dojos

 

Imagine how popular boxing would be if there was no such thing as shadow boxing, the heavy bag, or the speed bag. Instead, rather than have future boxers prepare outside the ring, boxing trainers would plop a pair of gloves onto anyone remotely interested in the sport and toss them into the ring for three rounds the first thing someone set foot in the gym.

Oh, and there’s no coaching from the outside the ropes either, because that’s a penalty for the boxer and coach if that happens. If our neophyte boxer is lucky, he/she will have a chance to watch a few other boxers go at it for a few rounds and figure out the rules of where to punch and what the pre- and post-match etiquette, and if they’re really lucky, they’ll have an experienced pugilist give them tips and pointers before their bout.

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Buying a Gun Does Not Make You a “Responsible Gun Owner”…

 

…training, practice, and following the rules of gun safety make you a responsible gun owner.

Whether it was driven by a fear of a gun-grabbing Chief Executive or the fear of more crime in their communities, Americans bought guns in record numbers. As a result, 2016, like 2015 before it, was a banner year for gun sales in the United States.

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Choosing Your First Firearms Training Class

 

nra-basic-pistol-safety-class-1If you’re one of the millions of people who recently purchased a firearm for the first time, congratulations and welcome to the ranks of American gun owners. Like the majority of modern gun owners, you probably bought a gun because you were concerned about self-defense or want to enjoy the shooting sports in some way. Buying a firearm for self-protection is one of the most adult things you can do, because it means you’ve realized that law enforcement personnel are not “first responders,” they’re actually second responders. The first responder to a crime scene is, and always will be, the victim of the crime itself.

If you are the victim of a violent crime, you will not receive a flash of inspiration from on high about the best way to use your gun to prevent injury or death. In order to save your life and possibly the lives of others around you, you’ll have to rely on your instincts and the training you’ve already received.

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Top Ten Signs You’ve Chosen a Bad CCW Instructor

 

‘From the home office in Paulden, Arizona, the Top Ten Signs You’ve Chosen a Bad CCW Instructor…

  • He starts off his safety speech by saying “Accidental discharges are something you need to get used to.”
  • He shows off his challenge coin from Mayors Against Illegal Guns.
  • He spends more time complimenting your choice of camo gear than he does correcting your shooting stance.
  • He demonstrates techniques he learned from playing Call of Duty.
  • His class coursework on aiming your gun properly refers to “site picture”.
  • He’s wearing a drop leg holster. On his arm.
  • He’s proud of the fact he’s teaching like they did in the ’50s. The 1850s.
  • His talk on the legalities of carrying a firearm is “Shoot first, ask questions later” and nothing more.
  • He says he can’t pick up yours or anyone else’s guns because his felony conviction is still on appeal.

And the #1 sign you’ve chosen a bad CCW instructor…

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Skill Drills For New Pistol Owners

 

shutterstock_89863252“You are what you practice.” — Ken Hackathorn

The gun business is booming. There were enough guns sold on Black Friday last year to equip the United States Marines (and a couple of extra Army divisions). However, there’s an annoying tendency within the firearms business community to view the sale of a firearm as the be-all, end-all of gun ownership, without helping the customer learn how to use their gun. The fact is, aside from collectors, very few people buy a gun just for the sake of owning one; rather, they buy with a specific purpose in mind. That purpose, according to a 2014 survey by the National Shooting Sports Foundation, is target shooting and self-defense.

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Defending Against an Active Shooter

 

On his podcast last week, Michael Bane talked about altering our practice to accommodate the new reality of Islamic terrorism. In essence, we should prepare ourselves to deal with some of the same kind of things that Israel has been dealing with since about 1947 or so (Thankfully without the hordes of invading T-62′s for now, at least.).

Since at least the early ’70s, the paradigm in the United States for armed personal defense has been defending against street crime: Muggers and rapists were our greatest worry, not a re-creation of Charlie Hebdo on American soil. Sadly, those days are in the past. We’re no longer worried about the bad guy coming within bad-breath distance to do us harm, now we also need to worry about attackers with rifles whose intentions aren’t to rob us, but to kill us in the name of their god. Because there is nothing that an active shooter with a rifle wants from you besides your death, the distance of a potential deadly encounter is significantly increased, which affects how we practice and train with our defensive pistol.

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Member Post

 

Kevin Creighton writes an outstanding series of articles on the Main Feed emphasizing firearms, concealed carry, training, and preparedness. I started shooting sporting clays competitively in 2007 and after several months of frustration retained a coach and have been sold on professional training ever since. More

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