Monday, June 11, 2012

How Realistic Is Your Pistol / Handgun Training?

What have you done today to better prepare yourself for the unknown potentially lethal encounter if and when it should come.

What do you practice when you train?

Have you ever fallen on your butt with a loaded gun in your hand while retreating? How did you fall? Where was your trigger finger? Where was your muzzle pointed? What did you do after the fall?

Do you know most never train for likely scenarios, most just shoot at paper while standing still.

Have you ever incorporated verbal challenges, or screams, elbows, kicks and punches to distract in conjunction with retreating?

Have a plan and practice it.... It's not a guarantee of survival in a fight, but the likely hood that you will fend better is more in your favor.

Here is a short video of me demonstrating various pistol techniques during one of our Concealed Handgun Tactic's & Safety Courses in Broward County, Florida.

BE ADVISED

The Practices, methods, and techniques described in this Video are not for beginners. ThisVideo is designed for people with background, knowledge, and experience in firearms and firearms handling. If you do not have substantial background, knowledge, and experience with firearms and firearms handling, seek instruction before attempting to utilize or implement the practices, methods, and techniques described in this Video.

Shooting and handling firearms involves inherent and unavoidable risks. Firearms are dangerous. Obviously, serious injury and death can result from firearms use. If you are not willing and able to take responsibility for your actions, do not handle firearms.

Whenever handling a firearm, remove the magazine (if applicable) clear the chamber, and visually inspect to verify that the firearms chamber is not loaded before handling. Cleaning or working on the firearm. Always use appropriate eye and ear protection whenever shooting. Know how to safely operate your firearms or any firearm you handle. Be sure to use only the correct ammunition for the specific firearm. Use correct and functioning target systems only. Not all firearms operate the same. Do not assume that your firearm operates like the ones depicted in this video. Never handle a firearm unless in an appropriate location, such as a shooting range.

SAFETY RULES!

Always treat all firearms as if they were loaded.

Always point a firearm in a safe direction.

Always keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to fire.

Always know your target, your surroundings, your backstop and beyond.

These primary rules are not exclusive or failsafe in all circumstances. Here are many other rules, policies and procedures that must be implemented and followed to maximize safety and effectiveness, depending on the situation. Some are commonsense; others are technical and situation specific. This Video does not apply to or address all situations or circumstances. This Video is not intended to be a complete or exclusive guide to firearm operation, and it particularly does not purport to give complete instructions with regard to any particular firearm. This Video must be used in conjunction with adequate prior experience and other resources.

SHOOT SAFE!

Stephen Cohen
Tactical U




Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Calling it An Assault Rifle Vs. A Politically Correct Name Such As Sporting Rifle / Carbine

Tactical U - Firearms Training & Self-Defense View on using the word ASSAULT RIFLE in some course titles.

I had a gentleman contact me regarding referring to a Carbine style rifle as an Assault Rifle in some of our course titles. His comment was that by calling these courses ASSAULT RIFLE we were subjecting gun owners to another 2nd amendment attack!

First off, in this climate I agree however, with all due respect to this man we teach a standard. We can call these classes whatever, and the anti-gunners will still keep coming. So sorry if it bothers you, but we get more web visitors, from good people who WANT TO LEARN PROPER TECHNIQUE and when they search the web, the term searched often is ASSAULT RIFLE. I would rather teach them correctly than focus on what could be because of what we call our class.

Only experienced folks would know to search terms such as Carbine, Black Rifle, Sporter etc... So please understand unfortunately some of it is marketing and that is why we have done it. Initially I did protest it, but to see how many more people have found us, we get the opportunity to educate them. The important aspects is what they learn.  We do go over the politics behind what can be expected and tell them they should refer to the rifle as just that..... A rifle.

In summary we teach all of our students to understand that Americas enjoy a right that citizens of many other countries do not- The right to own guns. AND with this right comes responsibility. It is the gun owners responsibility to store, operate and maintain our firearms safely. It is the gun owner's responsibility to ensure that unauthorized and untrained individuals cannot gain access to his or her guns. And it is the gun owner's responsibility to learn and follow all applicable laws that pertain to the purchase, possession and use of guns in his or her jurisdiction. Guns are neither safe nor unsafe by themselves. When people practice responsible gun ownership, guns are safe. But either way they are and will continue to attack our rights. The word ASSAULT is not going to lead us to our failure. It will be the lack of education.

85 Million Legally Owned Firearms Killed No One Today!
650,000 Board Certified Doctors Killed How Many?

Monday, April 30, 2012

9mm vs. .45 Saga Continues On......


I love it when people talk about various calibers and how effective or ineffective they are. Listen folks in general pistol calibers are relatively ineffective.  There are 3 ways to incapacitate a threat. 

1. Psychological shock / Trauma usually resulting from a physical trauma or wound.

- Someone is injured with a non life threatening wound or trauma and they die as a result of chemical imbalances in the brain leading to complications. i.e Heart Arrhythmia

2. Neurological shock / Trauma i.e. shot to the head, or spine causing instantaneous death or paralyzation.

- For the majority of carry holders, most under pressure are not going to be making head shots. First off you should never have been trained to shoot for the head, (Aim small (HEAD) miss big, aim big (BODY) miss small) your adrenaline is pumping, your scared, your adversary most likely is not standing still. You get the point. You shoot for the body and try to pierce the spin, more than likely the bullet from most pistols, .45 inclusive does not normally have the energy after traveling through the body to break the spinal cord. Not to mention how perfectly centered your shot would need to be to even have a chance in the first place. So most likely this is not your best option.

* Many will say you are supposed to shoot 2 or 3 to the chest then one to the head. I say I agree, but from a Law Enforcement perspective looking at the skill levels of the masses who carry I am thinking about how would a jury look at your case.

Head shots are possible, but understand depending on circumstances create potentially more liability to you. You could miss,( most likely). Worst case your dead as a result. Or your missed shot hurt an innocent bystander. Best case you have to explain why you are so militant to a jury of your piers half whom hate firearms and have no idea why anyone would have one in the first place. So.... Do what works best for you. Just my 2 cents from 20 years plus experience as a Law Enforcement Certified Firearms Instructor. Center mass shots are the norm of what is taught and determined to be acceptable as a reasonable and prudent person would agree. So they say.

**A head shot will most likely incapacity your threat immediately. I personally feel is the best option for someone who is highly skilled, trained and practiced, but there again depending on circumstances. 

With that said maybe your best option is to learn from professionals and train often the techniques you learn.

*** Regarding my statement above about calibers.. YES, I know a .44, most .357's and 10MM's can punch the torso and out the spine. Most people do not carry these calibers for defense however and if they do well, over penetration is not a good thing. There is no way you can follow up shots ACCURATELY as fast as a 9mm for example. The recoil is much more. Bigger caliber handguns make bigger muzzle flashes, hold less capacity in ammo and are usually louder. Moving on...

3. Bleeding Blood pressure loss as a result of several center mass shots will hopefully cause an aggressor to quickly lose his fight. 

-Keep in mind this is not instantaneous like a well placed head shot. So you could still be potentially injured or killed even if you mortally wounded someone in a self-defense scenario.

**Statistics show that most altercations involving carry caliber handguns end as the result of the victim or the aggressor bleeding to death and not always at the crime scene. 

With that said...........


Thought you may find this interesting. Notice that there really isn't a significant difference considering a 9mm can be fired more accurately and faster than a .40, .357 sig or .45 due to muzzle flip / recoil control issues.

So is it better to have a little more tissue damage per hit or more hits?

We noticed shot placement and how many shots on target go down significantly when we take the same shooters and run them through the same drills first with a 9mm and then with various other larger powered calibers.

You make the decision for you! I am just passing on information.

Cheers!

Monday, January 9, 2012

Have A CCW Permit? Are You Prepared To Win A Lethal Encounter?


Carry A Concealed Firearm?
Ok, you have a Concealed Carry Permit and you carry a pistol for protection. Now what? Are you prepared to defend yourself or others in a life or death situation? Or is the firearm a liability? People keep guns in their homes to defend themselves from a violent attack. Many have state issued carry permits so they can carry a handgun legally on the street. I know they are sincere in their determination to defend themselves, but for most part many lack the understanding that this is serious business and much more than what they bargained for when something bad actually happens. 

Most folks I speak with don’t have any idea regarding the legal process. There is no further planning beyond carrying a firearm. I have a suggestion. Research use of force in the state in which you live. Look at case precedent to see how use of force cases have been decided in the past. Most importantly, learn from professionals tactics and techniques. Practice various scenarios regularly, including how to deal with the police after a shooting. Also have a plan. Your home is one thing, but there are many more variables to contend with on public streets. 

Saying I have a concealed carry weapon permit is like saying I have a gym membership, so automatically this means what? You are in shape? This in mind, we at Tactical U have decided to better inform and prepare law abiding State approved concealed carry weapon permit holders. by offering a course called, CONCEALED HANDGUN TACTICS & SAFETY. If you have chosen to carry a firearm, we want you to learn not only how to become more proficient with it, but to also have a game plan and learn how to deal with the police if you are involved in an encounter. We work to help you develop those skills until they become ingrained into your subconscious. We know this isn’t a perfect world, guarantee of survival or avoidance of prosecution, BUT with proper training, practice and a plan your odds are much better.

I believe in our second amendment rights and do not think government should invoke additional mandates for a higher standard of training, but with that said, isn’t the responsibility ours to be better trained, more competent, safer and informed? With that said, it is incumbent upon the individual that chooses to carry or possess a firearm, to hold themselves to a higher standard and take the appropriate steps to becoming not only more proficient, but better understanding the laws, safety, escalation and de-escalation continuum, and how to handle a self-defensive shooting encounter.

Training is the true test your abilities and your gear. People come to our sessions with all kinds of holsters, gear and equipment that isn’t very practical for their mission, dress or lifestyle. When I ask them why the bought a particular item they say the read about it on a forum, or their buddy told them it’s the greatest device since sliced bread. Here is a great way to torture test your equipment to see if it's functional, practical and if it will hold up under various conditions.

Your best practice in any potentially hazardous situation would be to avoid it, evade it and if all else fails, counter it. You have only seconds to react during a fight.  You should remember your actions will be scrutinized for weeks and months after a defensive shooting encounter. If it is deemed you acted reasonable and prudently you will avoid prosecution. If not expect to go to jail. Either way expect to be civilly sued.

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So what it I find myself in a lawful self-defense situation and ultimately involved in a shooting?

First off, NEVER use more force than what is necessary to repel, incapacitate or thwart an armed attacker. We train our students to use verbal challenges and to first make every attempt to retreat if possible.

If you survive a gunfight, and hopefully you did because your training took over. This is where it all begins. Now you can figure the police got a call for the shooting and a description of the individual with a gun. Guess who that description is of most likely? You guessed it YOU! The Police do not know how you are, or that you were the intended victim/ target defending yourself. All they know is they got a call for a shooting and you are described as the shooter. After all YOU ARE THE SHOOTER! With that said there are certain things you can do which can make your dealings with the police who respond less stressful for you and them. Most importantly you want to survive the encounter with the police who presently think you are a armed threat. At this time the only information they have is shooting, armed suspect and possibly a description.

If possible immediately after neutralizing your assailant if the area is hot, GET OUT OF THERE! Go to a safe location and call 911. If at this time it is safe to do so holster up and maintain a defensive posture. Stay alert. Check yourself for injuries. Check your surroundings. Give the 911 operator the location of the incident and request medical services to the scene FIRST! Tell them you were the one involved in a shooting at said location, and that you need officers respond to the crime scene and your current location where you have retreated to. Give only a brief description of the incident. An example would be, " A man attacked me, I was in fear for my life. I defended myself by shooting him." Then identify and give a description of yourself. Make sure you tell the operator you are legally carrying the weapon and where it is secured at this time so officers responding know. This will be the first thing they want in their possession.  


DO NOT MAKE ANY FURTHER STATEMENT AT THIS TIME! Anything you say can and will be used against you later. If the operator presses you for details tell them you are going to wait for counsel to advise you.  The investigation starts as soon as 911 answers and is recording the call.When police arrive to your location, DO NOT have your gun out. Make sure it is holstered and concealed. If you are a uniformed security guard this is the only time your pistol should be in plain view. It should however be holstered up as well. DO NOT reach for the pistol to give it to the police when they arrive. Put your hands up and listen to their commands. Keep in mind when your adrenalin is pumping it’s possible you were injured and unaware, so check yourself  again for injuries. 

If the area is not hot with additional threats, if possible secure assailants weapon and render first aid if you can. If you can assess the scene check bystanders for injuries as well.  First priority is to make sure you are not hurt and safe. MAKE SURE YOU STAY ALERT the entire time.

Do not discuss the incident with bystanders. Check over the scene BUT do not tamper with any evidence unless again it is a weapon that you think you must secure. Do not taunt anyone at the scene or the assailant. Do not use racially charged or abusive language that could come back and haunt you in court later. Do not let any bystanders tamper with evidence. Keep bystanders back.

If the assailant appears to be dead, do not tamper with his body.

Side note: if when the officers arrive and you have a gun out pointing at a suspect, they are going to assume that you are the aggressor and you could potentially be a threat to the officers. This could put you in harms way. Do yourself a favor COMPLY to every command they give you. DO NOT ARGUE OR TRY TO TELL THEM YOU ARE TE GOOD GUY!!! You can explain your situation after the fact. Let them do their job. You will most likely be on the ground face first and handcuffed. Make sure that is ALL that happens. So before they arrive, and if you have control over the situation you should if permitting holster and maintain a defensive posture ready to deal with the threat you encountered or any other threat in the immediate area. This way you do not have a gun out for the police to interpret as a threat. Do not put yourself in a position to get shot when the police arrive on scene.

Notice I have made this point more than once?

Ok, the police are on scene, they have secured your weapon. What is next?

If asked to make a statement at the scene be firm but polite and say you would like to wait to have legal representation present before doing so. Remember what you say can and will be used against you later. You have 24 hours usually to make your statement. Do not be in a rush to do so.

When Fire Rescue or Paramedics arrive get medical attention for shock regardless as to whether or not you need it.

Don’t speak to any reporters who may be on scene. News agencies have scanners and chase ambulances so expect them to be there with cameras rolling.

Once transported to the police station you will be asked to make a statement, either on your own or under the advice of counsel. If you request counsel it will not be held against you and is strongly advised. Once you have  made a statement the states attorneys’ office will determine if you are to be charged. If the states attorney decides not to prosecute, you could still be subject to Civil Liabilities Title 18 Section 242 and Title 42 Section 1983.

Advise your counsel not to make statements to the press on your behalf at anytime.

Media has no authority, you are not obligated to speak with them, Don’t give them a chance to twist your statements or portray you as a something you are not!

Don’t apologize for defending yourself. Don’t make statements to Police or anyone else such as " I'm sorry this happened, I wish I could have done something different," If you appear remorseful your actions could be construed as inappropriate. What you say can cost you later in court, a grand jury hearing, or coroner’s inquest, and surely would give the suspect or his family legal basis to seek civil damages. So no remorseful comments.

Shooting incidents are stressful, even for seasoned Law Enforcement and Military Personnel. People usually second guess themselves. What could I have done differently? Understand that psychological and physical problems can stem from such an event. If this is the case you should seek professional medical help.
 
These are my suggestions based off of my personal experiences as a Baltimore Police Officer who handled many shootings during my career. I also had the misfortune of finding myself involved in shootings where I had to go through this very process. Fortunately, I was not prosecuted and my actions were deemed reasonable. Even still for one incident I was Civilly sued by the family of an individual for punitive and compensatory damages. I was exonerated and cleared of any wrong doing, liability or responsibility. I can tell it was not a pleasant experience and it felt like it took years off of my life. Every day for 5 years I wondered what the outcome of this case would be considering I did nothing malicious or wrong. I am very lucky the Police Department backed my actions because financially it would have drained my accounts completely and then some.

Whenever there is a shooting, whether lawful or otherwise there is a huge cost to pay. Cost of life, emotional costs for victims, their families and financial cost.

IN CONCLUSION: Stay safe out there! Learn how to better protect yourself not only with a gun, but to avoid putting yourself into positions where you find yourself dealing with the legal system. Learn how to become a hard target and better prepare by training regularly. Have a plan, practice it.

DISCLAIMER: This is not a legal advise. Consult with your attorney. This is informational only. 

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Monday, December 26, 2011

Is A Purse A Good Concealed Carry Option For Women?

Many women carry a pistol in their purse for protection. While I understand that having a gun on or upon your person is better than not having one and needing it. I would suggest that this carry method is not the best option. I realize that women tend to dress more fashionably as opposed to dressing around a gun.

Here are some of the problems I see. First off, GUN SAFETY!!!! A purse is not designed to carry a firearm period. Most women do not treat their purse with the level of integrity that is involved with safe firearms handling. Second, hopefully a would be attacker only wants your purse. with that said, if they take your purse they take your gun, your wallet, your car keys etc. In that case your weapon is now in the hands of the attacker and of no use to you. Just another handgun on the streets to commit another crime, another day. Have you ever noticed that Police carry their weapons in a retention system? A purse on your shoulder is NOT a retention system. Whenever I am in a mall, or food store I take notice when a woman is fumbling through her purse for a wallet to pay the cashier, or searching for keys while walking to her vehicle. Items usually work their way to the bottom of the purse with a ton of crap obstructing on top. The items sought after are never in the same place AND you have to look into the purse to help locate items. In a fight, if you take your eyes off your adversary, you usually loose.

Someone who is well trained in the use and deployment of a pistol, will tell you that your weapon should always be drawn from the same position and in the same fashion every single time. You shouldn't have to look for a pistol at the bottom of a purse. You know exactly where your gun is. Practice is everything.Through repetition of a correct grip and draw stroke your conscious has now become subconscious muscle memory or instinct. You don't think about it, it just happens naturally. If you have to root around the bottom of your purse to find the weapon you have lost the fight. Now, imagine doing this under stress. Keep in mind, even the most skilled and polished are still subject to reaction time. Normally an attacker would have the element of surprise working in his or her favor. Not to mention an unsecured firearm in the purse could easily be accidentally discharged if the trigger guard is unprotected while reaching for you firearm under stress. Is the muzzle pointed up, down, sideways? How about another object in the purse finds it's way onto the trigger causing it to negligently discharge? So these are things to keep in mind.


I DECIDED TO CONDUCT AN EXPERIMENT!

All the women I have spoken with regarding the topic told me with absolute certainty that they could get to the gun if they needed to. Then of course I asked, how often do you work on your draw stroke from the purse. The answer was the same for all or my test subjects. THEY DON'T...lol. So I decided to set up a range day for some ladies to come and run drills from their purses. Sorry to report that none of them did so well. I would take a purse and put a plastic orange handled training aid in the purse and arrange it in such a fashion that the women didn't know exactly where the trainer gun came to rest within the purse. Then I would act like an attacker in various scenarios. They all failed miserably. As a matter of fact the only time they could get their guns out was when the knew they would be pulling it. I noticed each would have a firm grip on the handgun inside the purse as if they were prepared and anticipated a threat. That is great if you see it coming. But the moral of the story here is things happen quickly. You are more likely to be a target if and when you are not paying attention which for most people, is most of the time. My final conclusion is getting to the weapon in a purse is not likely under normal conditions when you are caught off guard and surprised, not anticipating trouble.

After this practice all 5 women suggested to me, that maybe they were wrong about the purse concept, BUT they would not be willing to carry a pistol in a holster on a belt etc... So my suggestion was to meet them in the middle. First off learn how to become a HARD TARGET.

Secondly, I suggest if you must use a purse get one that is a holsters actually designed with a separate compartment for a pistol. Some of which are fairly stylish. Of course, I wouldn't know style if it hit me square between the eyes. So take that one with a grain of salt.

Here are some I pulled off the internet:
* Gun Gear
* My Gun Purse
* Creative Concealment

As far as quality, I am not sure about most of these companies listed above since I have no experience with them. I am not endorsing any of them. The only one I can say for sure that is made very well is GALCO USA. Premium leather goods made here in the states. I own several Galco leather items which are almost 20 years old. Pricey, but well made and well worth it. So do your own research.

You want to get something secure, BUT the holster needs to be assessable and fast.

Whatever you decide as a Concealed Carry Weapon or Firearm option remember to train like you fight and fight like you train. Really torture test your weapon and carry system. Make sure it functions like it should and you can work from it safely and proficiently. Make practice a habit that becomes muscle memory. This way in a pinch you will react confidently and hopefully survive the fight. You can't anticipate or prepare for everything, but you can train for many scenarios which is better than relying on faith!

"You will not rise to the occasion, you will default to the level of your training."
Lt. Col Dave Grossman

Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Florida Concealed Carry Weapons Permit Classes


Women Specific Handgun Self-Defense Training
Do you own a firearm for self-defense? Are you considering owning one? If so then I suggest you read on. Many people believe just because you own or carry a gun they are well protected. Just because you have a good set of tools, doesn’t make you a great mechanic. I hear it all the time. People call us up and say I want to participate in your tactical shooting classes. I find myself compelled to ask about their firearms experience first. 90% of the time they tell me they have their Concealed Carry Weapon Permit / License etc. Therefore, they feel qualified to take a Tactical Handgun, Shotgun or Carbine course. Although I appreciate their enthusiasm and would love to profit from such endeavors, we explain to these individuals what you you are about read below in this article.  My suggestion is start at the beginning go back through quality basic safety and concealed carry class first. This way you have a solid foundation to work from.

Most concealed carry permit courses being offered in Florida today only meet the minimum state requirements under FLORIDA STATE STATUTE 790.06 which doesn’t make it difficult to get a certificate and doesn’t hold the instructor who issues it very accountable to make sure you leave with something more useful than a piece of paper saying you have a pulse. I have seen Florida instructors charge as little as $45 for a 2 hour class where you watch a couple of videos, talk for a few minutes about the laws, then you shoot one round from a revolver which was already loaded for you. You receive your certificate. Then off you go to apply for your Florida state concealed carry license. Although this is perfectly legal under the state requirements I personally think instructors should hold themselves to a higher standard to teach instead of running license mills solely for profit..

Pretty scary from where I am sitting. Now you are going to carry a firearm on the street and think you are ready to win a gun fight? I have news for you...

Tactical U Classroom Hollywood, Florida
Our philosophy
Is one that is derived from many years of experience while working in Law Enforcement. All of our trainers are active or retired police Law Enforcement Certified Firearms Instructors who re certify every year on various weapon system platforms. We also train with other Law Enforcement Certified Trainers, Agencies, SWAT Teams and Associations.
 
First we start at the beginning, SAFETY!!!!! Whether you are shooting for recreation, hunting, cleaning your gun in the garage or defending your family from an attack, all firearms safety rules are derived from 4 basic GUN SAFETY principals. Once you understand these principals you will agree that there is no such thing as a accidental discharge, but only negligent or careless ones. We keep classes small enough to give special attention to each who attend.

Next up is nomenclature of the specific weapon you are going to carry showing you animations of how they function as well as break downs of their parts and what they are for. Since not all handguns are the same, you need to understand that just because you may have mastered one type of pistol or revolver, doesn’t mean you are the master of them all. Do not let your ego get in the way.

Then we cover Florida State Statues as well as Federal Civil Liabilities Law. From there we will show you a few actual scenarios letting you see how fast things happen and let you decide from what you saw if actions taken were appropriate responses to attack showing you that everything is subject to debate after the fact. You may have on seconds to react, when the courts and attorneys have weeks, months and even years to build a case based on perceptions and eyewitness accounts. The moral here is whether you are right or wrong, you are going to be subject to case review by the States Prosecutor. Bottom line is if you find yourself in a shooting and you survive, that is where it all begins. Will you be charged criminally? Will you be subject to a civil suit? Your guess is as good as ours. Either way, the legal fees can ruin your life even if you are found not liable. This is why training for an appropriate response is so important. An example would be, maybe training yourself  yell, STOP GO AWAY while retreating. If all else fails then you escalate. Knowing the techniques then practicing them so you can apply them is paramount. Our motto avoid, evade, then if all else fails counter.

From there we go into ammunition, loading, reloading stoppages, malfunctions, clearing them and keeping your pistol running. The use of emergency reloads, tactical reloads with and without retention. We also go over cover vs concealment, mind set, situational awareness, gear and accessories. We will cover the 7 fundamentals of marksmanship. Then show you how to clean and maintain your firearms and how to store them safely so unauthorized or untrained persons cannot gain access. Did you know if a minor under the age of 18 years off age gains access to your guns you are responsible and can be charged?

Once we are done discussing this in class we get everyone up and we begin dry handling their carry weapon. Once everyone is comfortable, then we fire a minimum of 50 rounds live fire.

Please understand this 4 hour course is bare bones minimum as far as we are concerned. We do not get into teaching how to work from a holster in this class. We feel the initial information needs to be  practiced and a certain level of motor skill and competency needs to be developed first before you ever attempt to work from a holster. When you leave you will be on information and sensory overload as it is. Our goal is not to overwhelm you, but give you sufficient information that you can work with. It is up to you to practice what was taught. Then from there you should consider furthering your education and training.

Unlike most instructors who will tell you how wonderful they are and that everyone else is crap to get you in the door. What I will say is that if you are going to seek out an instructor for your Concealed Carry Weapons License or any training for that matter, do yourself a favor, make sure they are an Accredited Law Enforcement Certified Firearms Trainers.

Once you have found a trainer(s) you are happy with learn as much as you can from them. There is no substitute for experience. You need to ingrain the skill sets you learn into your subconscious so that they become muscle memory. This takes time and practice. Do not think that one class or handling your firearm once or twice a year will suffice. I suggest If you are serious about self-defense you should practice often. Once a month should be a minimum and not just shooting at paper standing still.

In conclusion
As a firm believer in our second amendment rights. I think every law abiding citizen should be allowed to carry a firearm, but with that said I think it is a tremendous responsibility that too many take lightly. In closing if you are going to possess or carry a gun for protection, learn how to use it proficiently. Start with formal instruction, and then from there you can practice on your own.

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