Wow! Another year has zoomed right by and here it is time for Christmas! During this special time of year, I would like to thank all of my students that have received training from me over the past year. Thank you for your business and kind referrals to friends and family. I must say that this business has introduced me to some very nice new friends who are taking their own personal self defense very seriously. You are a special group of citizens who I would be proud to stand beside when the chips are down. Be strong and be safe. Remember to practice. It takes time and repetition to become proficient with your equipment.
This brings me to having and owning the right equipment for you and your intended use. Christmas time is fun and easy for gun guys and girls because we always have some little accessory that we might like to have in our stocking. I can help you with these items and make sure you purchase quality equipment for your loved ones.
Is it appropriate to buy a family member a gun forChristmas? If you love them and care about their safety, don't just buy them agun, make sure they get some training on how to use it as well. The training ofhow to operate the equipment including clearing malfunctions and correct aimingand trigger control will make the difference between a trip home or to see acoroner. Your attitude is also very important when it comes to your survivalbecause you will default to your lowest level of training in a crisis. Don'tlet that be one basic pistol class! While this program is good and it offerssolid gun handling safety information, it is not enough to bet your life on it.
What should you do then? Get more training! Practice more and that means going to the range with your gun, a box of ammo and a fresh target. Practice your stop drill and the 5-5 drill. These are simple exercises you should shoot what I call three handed. Yes, three hands like this: both hands, left handed only and then right handed only. If you are not fully ambidextrous (most people are not) you will be better with your strong hand and not as good with your weak or support hand. It doesn't matter which hand you are better with - you need to learn how to use both of them together and independently. What happens if you don't and your strong side hand or arm get hurt? You’re done…or more likely done for if you have not learned how to use your weak side or support side during your training.
Recently one of my students remarked that this was a lot to learn as she had never used a handgun before. I agreed, it is a lot to learn and it does not come from just a single trip to the range to shoot. What it does take is a lot of repetitive practice of the above mentioned drills. If you don't know what these drills are, you can call me or email me and I will be happy to explain them to you either on the net or phone. Or better still, invite me to come with you to our local range for a little friendly shooting competition. I'll bring the targets if you bring the ammo!