Measuring your Firearm Proficiency and Progress

Everyone who enjoys shooting firearms at some point or another will want to know how they are doing. Often that simply means going to a range, standing motionless and see how many holes they can punch into a paper target. Their observations as to proficiency are what we call anecdotal, as they have no record of what they did last time and the measurement of how well they did that day is purely a guess.

Practicing what you have trained to be able to do is an important part of learning skills. To measure your progress over time we suggest finding a drill, which you can shoot at some frequency to monitor if you are improving or failing. There is no such thing in shooting proficiency as staying the same, you are always either improving or declining. The definitions I use are skills; actions such as just drawing the gun and firing a shot on target. A drill is a skill or series of skills with measurements of success attached such as time and score.

At the end of my class yesterday I decided to test myself since it was still early and I was not too exhausted from teaching and the heat. Having lately had a few students fail to qualify on their first try of CCW Q-Course I decided to fire that one first just to see if my proficiency in that drill was up to my standards.

Our CCW Q-Course is copied from a state LE Agency, our reasoning for selecting it is that should you ever have to use your gun we will be able to attest that you qualified during training equivalent to what the States LE arm does. Makes perfect sense to me.

It is shot on a silhouette target, we are now using the LFT – PH1 target. The scoring is pretty simple; a shot inside the 9” ring on center of mass is 10 points, a hit on the torso is 5 points.

Liberty Firearms Training PH1 target

Liberty Firearms Training PH1 target

The Course of Fire;

15 yards with cover, 70 seconds is the allotted time.
6 rounds from knee(s) drawing from holster and with shooting hand only in the open to slide lock,
go to cover and reload, 6 rounds standing two hands from the non-shooting side of cover to slide lock,
reload, 6 rounds standing two hands from the shooting side of cover.

7 yards,
Draw and fire one round, two hands, 2 seconds allotted time – repeat for a total of 6 rounds
Draw and fire two rounds, two hands, 3 seconds allotted time – repeat for a total of 6 rounds
Draw and fire six rounds to slide lock, reload and fire six rounds, two hands, 30 seconds allotted time – for a total of 12 rounds.

3 yards,
Draw and fire two rounds, two hands, 3 seconds allotted time – repeat for a total of 6 rounds
Draw and fire six rounds to slide lock, shooting hand only, reload and fire six rounds with non-shooting hand only, 25 seconds allotted time – for a total of 12 rounds.

A passing score would be 450 points or 75%, shots fired after the time has expired do not count. A proficient shooter should be around 540 points consistently.

Give it a try, see how you do.
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Violent Confrontations – in the Transition Zone

With the recent court case in Florida while I believe the verdict was correct, many people on both sides of the debate have asked how this could have happened.

Our greatest risk in our daily movements occurs when we are transitioning from one place to another. Generally speaking when we “are” somewhere we are relatively safe from violent attack assuming we have maintained a reasonable sense of situational awareness. Once we leave those places, moving from one area of relative safety to another we become exposed and are decidedly more vulnerable to attack.

The Zimmerman case is a perfect example of this. While driving in his car there was little chance of being punched in the face, knocked to the ground and having his head slammed on the concrete. Additionally his concealed carry weapon would not have become exposed had Mr. Zimmerman been in his car.

This clearly shows my point, once you leave a position of relative safety your dependence on situational awareness increases exponentially. Since second guessing something from the relative safety of my computer is very easy think of it this way, had Mr. Zimmerman observed the person from his car would any of this had happened? Could Mr. Zimmerman have been able to perform his desired function of watching for suspected criminal activity in the relative safety of his car?

This is not in any way saying we should not be able to go for a stroll on a public street it is only stating what I believe is the obvious. The transition from the car and then back to the car exposes you to risks that to avoid requires a much higher level of awareness. When you carry a gun there is a responsibility to not intentionally put yourself in places that would greatly increase the risk of having to use that gun.

I believe Mr. Zimmerman was in his rights to do what he did, however I do not think he would be in the position he is in today had he instead of transitioning from his car, just drove around, observed, reported and maintained the cover and concealment he had in his car.

Don’t put yourself in harm’s way. It is not your job and the risks rise greatly when you do so.

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What Kind of Gun Should I Get?

This is a question we hear on an almost daily basis and my standard answer is that depends, what are you going to use it for.

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From a purely defensive mindset I can think of three or four separate purposes and surprisingly enough your skill level is self-defense has a lot to do with which gun works best for each individual purpose. The answer we hear most is home defense. Unlike many people we DO NOT recommend a small, untrained woman by a Remington 870 in 12 gauge because we do not subscribe to various wild theories 1) that you don’t have to aim it, 2) that the sound of the slide racking will frighten everyone away, 3) that it won’t hit your neighbors house, or 4) that it is the most devastating wound (please note you have to hit what you are shooting at to have a devastating wound). If you don’t regularly practice with a gun, it is not the gun to use in a violent encounter, so first is, the gun must be fun to shoot.

BruiseIn home defense our standard recommendation for a beginning shooter is a full size semi-automatic from a manufacturer with a known history of zero failures, in a caliber with a proven history of stopping bad guys. We will save the obvious questions on that statement for another blog. We also assume the shooter is a student or will be so their ability to handle correctly is assumed.

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As the shooter progresses in their training and practice at some point the recommended handgun will not be the best gun for home defense because after all, it isn’t . . . drum roll please . . . IMG_0786[1]

the best gun for home defense would be a semi-automatic carbine loaded with .223/5.56 ballistic tip ammunition. Now I can already hear the howling of the “experts” who do not teach for a living but the fact is there, a 5.56 has the best rate of fire, has the best wound cavity, can be shot very fast and accurately and  . . . DOES NOT OVER PENETRATE, thus the purpose of the blog.

The wound 4212772879_b76e88aa47_ocavity of this round makes about a 3” to 4” diameter pile of hamburger shortly after entering the body and generally if anything leaves the body it has no mass and is therefore much less lethal. If your predator requires physiological damage to cease the threat, this is a good way to do it.

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Considering the high velocity of this round when it penetrates drywall the bullet essentially comes apart as compared to ALL others thus greatly reducing the risk of someone in the next room receiving a lethal injury.

 

Your thoughts?

 

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Either you Carry . . . or you don’t

I carry. That means I really carry, when I get dressed I put on my gun and it stays there unless I’m teaching until I get undressed at night . . . sometimes I carry in my bathrobe pocket if I’m up after getting undressed . . . so you see, I carry.

Donna ran across this youtube this morning and it was SO true, I thought I must share it . . . too funny and TOO TRUE.

YOU KNOW YOU’RE A TRUE CONCEALED CARRY NUT WHEN…

What’s in your pocket?
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7 Questions to Ask When Selecting a Firearms Instructor

Most responsible people who shoot regularly know that the learning curve can be greatly improved when you take training from a qualified instructor rather than trying to teach themselves from youtube videos and articles on gun forums.DSC00112bing And hopefully most people realize that we can certainly practice, practice, practice what we know but cannot train ourselves since practice is nothing more than repeating perfectly what you have been trained to do.

When it comes to self-defense training is even more important in that during a violent encounter you will sink to your lowest level of training, and if you have had none, that will be your lowest level.

Selecting an Instructor

Finding a quality instructor is not that easy really since in the firearms instruction business there are no barriers to entry and anyone can get a rudimentary certification and hang out a shingle. When you have come to the level of learning where you are consciously incompetent, meaning you know you don’t know and you want to learn it is wise to determine what your training goals are and what you hope to obtain in training. Different instructors offer different areas of expertise for instance let’s say you want to compete, you might seek an instructor who is or has been a national level competitor. On the other hand let’s say you want to go to work with a LE agency, you might seek an instructor who has been a LEO or still is. There is a decided difference in study and expertise between competition shooting, law enforcement, military and self-defense. When you look at the four different realms keep in mind your purpose and objective, if you want to be able to defend yourself in a violent encounter you should probably seek instruction from those whose sole focus and experience comes from that field. And now, the sort of defining factor, the instructor has to be able to quickly communicate to you those skills you are seeking for regardless of the instructors’ background and experience, if they cannot quickly teach you are only going to have a “range master” barking commands at you.

What is the Instructor/Schools level of experience as an Instructor?

DSC00041If you found that you needed surgery would you select a Doctor that does 20 or 30 surgeries a year? Probably not because you know two things, the more someone does something generally speaking the better they do it over time and secondly, your life may depend on that persons success. The same really holds true to firearms Instructors. As mentioned earlier anyone can become an instructor, post a class listing and voila, I is an Instructor . . . and they may actually hold 20 to 40 group classes a year. When I personally seek instruction I look for a specific instructor who teaches 150 to 200 days a year because I know he is good at what he does, imparting knowledge to the student. I look for an instructor who is more interested in my learning than the number of bodies (read that as fees) that they are able to generate over a certain time period. The busier the instructor is, who is working with individuals rather than groups the better my chance of achieving my learning goals.

What is the stated focus of the School/Instructor?

For me, I am looking to learn how to be a better teacher so that is my focus and I look specifically to Instructors/Schools that train Instructors. When I started these learning process years ago I looked for Instructors who focused primarily on the area of expertise I was looking to learn. If you wish to play Spec Ops you might look for an Instructor/School that focuses on teaching military. If your objective is to become a better IDPA competitive shooter you might look for that kind of school.  If you want to be able to defend yourself in a violent encounter I suggest you find an Instructor/School that focuses on that specific goal because one size does not fit all and all of the different shooting disciplines have distinctly different ways of doing things with firearms. If the Instructor does not state specifically there is a good chance they are a one size fits all mindset, that all types of shooting activities are the same.

What is the satisfaction level of former students?

Almost all Instructors receive good reviews; I mean after all who is going to demean publicly a person who knows how to shoot well. So how do you determine what the students think about the value they received? You could ask for a list of names to contact from say the last 10 to 15 classes they taught. If an Instructor would not be willing to do that for me I would wonder what it is they are trying to hide. You can always check their testimonials online but you have to be able to read between the lines and realize no one is going to outright bash a bad firearms Instructor, at least not publicly. You can also check with local ranges and gun stores, these people do not mind being honest because a quality instructor is beneficial to all in the business, if they know of a dirt bag they will not hesitate to tell you and most will steer you to Instructors they know the reputation of.

What class size are you willing to suffer?

Suffer? What does he mean suffer? Class size will determine how many strangers with guns you are going to have to interact with. Class size will determine based on the student/instructor ratio how much of the instructors’ actual time you will receive.IMG_0415 As an example, there are 15 people in the class, it lasts eight hours and there is only one REAL instructor . . . you will receive in actuality less than one half an hour of that instructors attention and time during that day. I took a four day class once at a nationally known school, there were 50 shooters in my class and each day there was one Instructor and one assistant and on two days there were two assistants. So for those four days I received a total of less than one hour of the Instructors time, and I paid top dollar for the class . . . not the best return on my training investment. So in the end, you have to ask yourself how much of the Instructors attention do you want and that will help determine the class size you are willing to suffer,

What is the flexibility in terms of scheduling and location that you require?

Are you able to pick the day of the week that you want to take training? What about the week or month of the year? Most Instructors post a class date and that is it, you go that day or you don’t go. I’m not sure about you but my life requires just a bit more flexibility and unless I MUST have instruction from that ONE particular instructor, I have a hard time being tied down to their schedule. For me that means my selections become limited. I don’t like limited, do you?

What is the specific Instructors background as it relates specifically to teaching?

The objective to taking training is to learn and subsequently the Instructor must be able to teach. Because a person performed a firearms related job most of their lives does not mean they know how to teach. Teaching requires modifying your method of communication with each individual student to ensure the students understands the instruction and accomplishes the stated goals of the lesson. Sitting in a chair off to the side of the range barking Range Master orders through a megaphone to a line of shooters is not instructing. And just because the instructor explains something thoroughly does not necessarily mean the student understands. No student fails, only instructors fail. This means in essence that the quality instructor will have had in his background a proven level of success in training people in complicated tasks. But this does not imply in any way that the Instructor does not have to have a level of proficiency in the field they are teaching as it is a fine balancing act. A teacher/instructor succeeds the greatest when the students can surpass the Instructors personal ability. There is nothing more satisfying to me than to have a student out shoot me in an exercise or drill because it simply means I did my job well.

What is this going to cost?

I mentioned earlier in class size how much of the Instructors time do I receive. Firearms instruction is not a Walmart item, cheaper in bulk is not going to give you the best learning ability if your life is potentially on the line based on what you learn. There has to be a way to compare the value of different instructors/schools. Let’s use this as an example. You are going to pay $250 for a 16 hour course, and there will be two instructors and 20 students. That is the same as having one instructor for 10 students. Essentially you are going to receive 1.6 hours of the instructors dedicated time for $250, which means if you had the full dedicated attention of one instructor for 16 hours your real cost of instruction is $156.25 per hour of instructors’ time, or in reality you are receiving only 1.6 hours of individualized training. There is a reason Instructors like doing large classes, they make more money. If your instructor is more interested in how much money they make versus the amount of real instruction you receive, they might not be the best pick because in the end, YOU DO GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR and if your life could be on the line I for one am not going to make my decision based on purely cost.

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This list is not in order of importance to me; it is just my thought process when I look to take firearms training for myself. I hope no one takes this post as an attack on some instructors, it is not meant in that manner but it is given in the same intent as we do our teaching, to ensure that the student gets the best possible, up to date training in personal self-defense because in the end, it is all about the student.

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What time of day does violence occur?

When should you be carrying a gun? How about all the time.

Some students look at us strangely when we talk about having a gun within arms reach 24/7, or that we talk about having a gun in the kitchen while we are preparing dinner.

You cannot predict when you will need to protect yourself. You cannot determine that it is 10:00 am or 6:00 pm and therefore I will be safe from asocial violence. Being in your home does not make you safe from violence. You are at risk 24 hours a day.

Recently, only one and a half blocks from here there was a street robbery, two violent criminals pulled guns on an older man walking down the street demanding he give them his phone. When he convinced them he did not have one they took his baseball cap . . . and it could have just easily been they shot him for not having a phone.

The attack in this video occured at 10:00 am in a seemingly safe residential area, the animal kicked in the front door. Had this woman been prepared to defend herself and her family with a gun, training and practice the results would have quite probably been different.

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Bottom line, only you can protect yourself, you will never know when violence will come and if you have not received any training you will not know what to do in this situation.

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When Can You Present (Draw) Your Concealed Carry Handgun?

This question comes up at almost every CCW class I teach, and my standard response is “it depends”. Now I know that sounds more like a CPA answering a tax question but in fact it is a very valid answer as each and every case of legitimate use of a firearm in self-defense is unique.

Generally speaking you may not present your gun to threaten someone, even if they are threatening you. Legally your handgun can only be used to save you or another from grave bodily injury. Yes, many times a gun was presented and that ended the threat but to draw the gun it is still required for you and a reasonable person in the same or similar circumstance to believe that a threat of grave bodily injury is imminent.

I often tell students that once you present your gun you have essentially backed yourself into a corner and you now may have to use it when there were other options prior to that point. The gun is a tool of last resort and if you carry it concealed you CANNOT use it to ward off potential threats and it really should only come out of the holster when the expectation is to not draw would result in some innocent being seriously injured or killed.

So let’s look at some possible situations where it may or may not be appropriate to draw or show your gun.

You are walking back to your car in the parking lot of the mall when you discover it is now the latest hotspot for a group of six obviously intoxicated males to sit on and smoke a joint in that nice shady spot where you parked. Can you go up to them and show them your holstered gun and tell them to take a hike? Can you pull your little pea shooter and demand they get on the ground face down? Should you even approach them?

Well the obvious conclusion I hope you came to was to turn around and walk away, do not approach them and in particular you CANNOT draw or brandish your gun to get them to leave . . . and you will not believe how many potential students who I have talked to say they would show them their holstered gun to frighten off the bad guys. In the end, I just hit the alarm button on the remote as I walked to the car and when they jumped like their pants were on fire I apologized and stated that I had hit the wrong button on the remote, quickly jumped in and drove off.

Here’s another possible scenario, you are driving into a complex parking lot across the street from a crowded park on the 4th of July and two cars have the entrance blocked. As you come to a stop you see three young men hunkered down by the rear window of the forward car exchanging money for little packages. If you assume it is a drug deal I would guess you are right. So to make a quick exit you throw your vehicle in reverse only to find a car right behind you blocking your way. At this point the three guys are giving you a look that says they are going to mess you up for interrupting their fun. You throw up your hands in a gesture of “you guys are blocking my path” and all of a sudden three other obvious ne’er do wells pile out of the forward car as it begins to slowly creep out of your way. Now instead of a car you have six young males who you are pretty certain have been conducting a felony right in front of you blocking your way. Is this the time to whip out your gun and start banging away? or point it at them with a menacing look on your face?

There is no clear cut answer to what to do but pointing your gun is not going to be beneficial unless they show intent to cause you grave bodily injury. Pretty shaky scenario actually.

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Please note, do not attempt to use your gun with the slide locked open

One last one before I leave you to ponder your actions. You are walking in a crowded mall, near the end where there are several closed businesses and no one is down there but you and another person walking towards you. Since you are going to pass too close to this person you alter your angle to leave plenty of distance between you considering the relative isolation you are in. Three steps after you change direction the approaching individual alters his direction to be coming right at you again . . . at this point your “spidey senses” should start to tingle for there was NO reason for this person to do that except to get close to you. So being a wise individual you alter your path again only to end up walking right next to the wall of some closed business . . . and low and behold, the jerk changes angle again coming right at you and at this point he raises a $20 bill in front of his face as he approaches . . . OMG he is hiding his face as he closes in on you. So at this point do you just whip out your piece and start banging, or stick it in his face so he will know to leave you alone?

Again as with most of these there is no right answer, there could in fact be several right answers but there is definitely a wrong answer. You CANNOT present or show your gun because the person is not an imminent threat of grave bodily injury. SO what did I do? Well when he was 20′ away I said to myself, self if he keeps coming give him a command and prepare to defend yourself. So I turned my gunside to the wall behind me, blading myself to the approaching “BADGUY”, discreetly placed my hand on the butt of my gun . . . and at the top of my lungs I screamed “GET THE F*** AWAY FROM ME” . . . and at that point you would have thought the guy had been launched out of a cannon as he took off running like his pants were on fire.

Right or wrong, it was effective. My posture indicated I was ready for a fight and I would guess he was wondering why my hand was behing my back under my sports coat . . . but really I think my profanity laced screaming convinced him I was insane. In the end he ran, and my belief is most innocent people would not do that. Not sure what he was up to but I had zero intention of letting him get close enough to me to find out.

So ask yourself, when can you pull or brandish your gun? It is a very important question and you MUST know the answer for to get it wrong can lead to all sorts of bad things happening to YOU.

Failing to train IS training to fail.
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What makes sense for a every day carry gun?

This is a question I often hear and there are a ton of articles and opinions on the gun forums from the many keyboard warriors. Opinions are like assholes and internet forums seem to have a lot, every one has an opinion but the best I have found come from those who do the deed, the professional firearms instructors who carry daily. Often when I am asked these questions from my students I want to just blurt out my thoughts but realize they will come to a better conclusion if I ask them the right questions, so we are going to in this direction.

The history of concealed carry laws is sketchy, prior to 1986 there was not a lot of information available and many states had no laws against concealed carry so it was legal prior to the shall-issue statutes. Where I grew up, everyone carried something, usually a hand me down shotgun or small caliber rifle, often in a rack on the back window of your pick up truck. I know it will strike some as odd but I can remember in high school I thought it odd to see a truck in the school parking lot without a rifle rack . . . we had to be 18 to own a handgun but, most LEOs knew your parents or extended family so it was kind of like having a bunch of uncles out there keeping you from doing stupid stuff.

I started carrying regularly in 1985, starting with a S&W 357 Model 60 Combat Magnum and occasionally a S&W Model 3914 in 9mm . . . the revolver in my truck, the 3914 behind my back if I was going some place I felt had a higher degree of risk. Keep in mind this was in Colorado, the only real risk at that time was downtown Denver after dark. I always wore a cover garment and the guns were carried in a OWB leather holster. Honestly, the majority of the time the gun was in the truck.

Today, I live in South Sacramento, there are over 100 different gangs in the city and I live on the edge of some fairly high crime neighborhoods. According to Sacramento County Sheriffs Dept estimates there are over 10,000 gang members, and that number does not include the wanna-be’s and those looking to get into a gang. To get into many of these gangs part of the initiation is to commit a crime of violence witnessed by existing members. So in Sacto we have 10,000 with a certain number joining each year, committing acts of violence on the citizenry . . . . that is the scenario today, in 2006 there were almost 11,000 VIOLENT crimes per 100,000 people in the county. Now since then, those numbers have gone down, but the randomness and level of violence has gone up remarkably.

Now think about that for moment, almost 10% of the people in the county will be the victim of a violent crime . . . so today, I put my gun on when I dress in the morning, and I take it off when I undress at night because . . . I refuse to be one of the 10%.

So questions?? Why do I carry should be pretty obvious at this point but there are the more pertinent ones, the point of this article.

If you were to be attacked in a violent manner do you want the odds in your favor that will help you survive? What will it take to accomplish that?

For me that means I am going to carry a gun I am intimately familiar with. One that I have a lot of rounds down range with in real life scenarios. One that I can operate accurately, clear any possible malfunctions and reload without thinking about it. One that when I do live fire practice I score 100% with because in the real world I am not going to be 100%. I want that first round on target every single time I squeeze the trigger.

For me that means I will carry a gun of a caliber that has been proven to stop a violent encounter in the fastest way possible. Regardless of what the keyboard experts will tell you, I will not go into a possible violent situation with something that begins with less than a .4 . . . while certainly every caliber has a record of having stopped a violent encounter, when the real shooting begins the objective is to incapacitate in a 100% reliable manner the perpetrator . . . .40 S&W and .45 ACP are really the only two calibers that can accomplish that.

For me this means I am going to practice regularly, and I mean at least once a week, getting that gun out of it’s holster and on target fast . . . I mean really FAST. For those who know me, it means lots of bathroom time, trying to see if I can get the gun on that guy in the mirror faster than he can get his gun on me.

The impetus of writing this was the latest issue of Handgun Buyers Guide, while looking at what they offered as concealed carry pistols.

So what works? I want a gun that will function flawlessly every single time I squeeze that trigger. For me that list is pretty small. There are a lot of really good gun makers out there, some really good revolver companies, some really great rifle companies . . . but only a handful of those make 100% fool proof handguns. I refuse to get onto the bleeding edge of manufacturers. I want a gun that has a history in real life gunfights without any failures. When I have student show up with the latest and greatest teeny tiny gun, that cannot function flawlessly through a 60 round CoF, well, that maker is off my list of recommended guns pretty much forever. My short list is; Sig Sauer, Colt 1911’s, Glocks, Berettas and now Kahrs . . . beyond that I am skeptical, not certain I want to bet my life they will work when needed.

I have to have that thing on my body when I need it. This is often the argument used by those who believe they cannot carry a gun of appropriate size, that is better to have a small gun of suspect reliability and caliber than to have no gun at all . . . that if it is uncomfortable, you won’t carry it. I will tell you, when there is a will, there is a way . . . you will not see me carrying a tiny gun of suspect caliber and reliability because they are easier to carry. And the same holds true of women, if they really want to, they will carry a gun that will assuredly get the job done.

So what about comfort? I like thin, single stacks, work best for me, revolvers are not as thin as single stacks . . . SA, SA/DA or DAO . . . well when I jerk that thing out I do not want to have to do anything other than rotate to target and squeeze . . . that’s not to say that I do not love the ease of a single action trigger, I just don’t want to be on the business end of a failed manipulation of a 1911 safety . . . nor do I want to be fumbling for a safety while the bad guy is plunging a knife into my arm. As for the DAO, well why go through that when you can do a DA first shot and then enjoy the speed and accuracy of the SA from the DA/SA . . . so here we are. I have a Sig P229 in .40 of course that I have over 100,000 rounds through . . . I know that gun more intimately than perhaps anything else . . . and guess what, all Sigs work the same . . . my primary EDC is a P239 with a SRT in .40 S&W . . . my sort of backup is a Kahr K40 for when I wear suits or sports coats, it is a bit shorter and thinner than my Sig.

Each person will have to determine their own choices to the best of their ability. If you have several thousand rounds through a five shot revolver and you can get 10 rounds on target at 21 feet in under two seconds, then by all means carry that little beater . . . but if you cannot, you might consider something else . . . if you just bought the latest and greatest little toy from Ruger and on round 45 the trigger quits, you might want to consider something else . . . if you are deadly accurate and fast with that super tricked out full size 1911 yet never have it with you, then by all means consider something else . . . if you have one of those little tiny FAT plastic framed guns that you cannot hit the broadside of the barn with and REFUSE to practice with it because it hurts your hand you might want to consider something else . . . and finally, if you cannot consistently improve, consider not carrying because if you miss and the soccer mom down the street takes your screw up in the head . . . well not only will her family own everything you ever had or ever will have, and you will never sleep well the rest of your life . . . so bottom line,

get a gun and practice, a lot . . .
get a gun in a caliber that will incapacitate the threat ASAP
get a gun that is thin but heavy so it will be comfortable to shoot a lot
and practice . . . you have accepted a new lifestyle, you now carry a gun . . . and with that comes a higher level of responsibility in society.

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Criminals Fear Armed Citizens more than they do the Police

California is an interesting example of the deeply confused minds of those who assume they know more about how YOU should live your life than you do. I am of course referring to many of the politicians in Sacramento.

After years of trying to regulate California criminals with a never ending stream of gun control laws they have still not given up with the belief that if they make something a crime that criminals will miraculously start obeying the law.

In a survey of criminals(read that as FELONS IN PRISON), Professors James D. Wright and Peter Rossi of the Social and Demographic Research Institute at the University of Massachusetts conducted a study in 1982 and 1983 paid for by the U.S. Department of Justice. (Professor Rossi was a former President of the American Sociological Association.) The researchers interviewed 1,874 imprisoned felons in ten states.

88% of the criminals surveyed by Wright and Rossi agreed with the statement that, “A criminal who wants a handgun is going to get one.”(read this to mean that these felons are not obeying the gun laws and the Legislature cannot figure this out)

Wright and Rossi reported that:
81% of interviewees agreed that a “smart criminal” will try to determine if a potential victim is armed.

74% indicated that burglars avoided occupied dwellings, because of fear of being shot.

57% said that most criminals feared armed citizens more than the police.

40% of the felons said that they had been deterred from committing a particular crime, because they believed that the potential victim was armed.

57% of the felons who had used guns themselves said that they had encountered potential victims who were armed.

34% of the criminal respondents said that they had been scared off, shot at, wounded, or captured by an armed citizen.

Based on this government-funded research by Wright and Rossi, it would appear to a reasonable and prudent man that armed citizens do have a deterrent effect on crime. from Freedom Now!

I would be willing to guess that the majority of the State Legislature has never read this study and would add that there are far too many that would refuse to read anything that challenged their anti-gun mindset.

It has been said that men have but two ways of dealing with each other; reason or force. Also it has been said that God made Man but Sam Colt made men equal. Given those two statements being true, it makes you wonder why some in the Legislature are so intent on preventing free citizens from defending themselves. Could it be that those people may be tired of trying to reason with us and would prefer to force their beliefs on us?

“Trust the people: The Case Against Gun Control”
“Men by their constitutions are naturally divided into two parties: 1) Those who fear and distrust the people . . . . 2) Those who identify themselves with the people, have confidence in them, cherish and consider them as the most honest and safe . . . depository of the public interest.” — Thomas Jefferson

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