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4 Gun Safety Rules

Safety, we all want to be safe. Actually, safety is probably the primary reason thousands upon thousands of Americans have made the decision to seek a concealed carry permit…we want to be safe in a very unsafe world. But that desire to be safe by using a tool such as a gun brings with it an awesome responsibility…the safe handling of your tool, and while the shirt on the left is “cute”, it doesn’t represent any of the 4 Gun Safety Rules.

In the gun community there is a basic set of rules that everyone is taught and the breaking of those rules often results in serious negative feedback from the members of the community. I have seen the 10 Basic Handgun Safety Rules, the 6 Handgun safety rules, etc., etc. Today, I’m going to deal with the most basic 4 Gun Safety Rules and we’ll leave it at that. These rules should be known and memorized until they are second nature…they may save the life of a family member or friend some day.

It would stand to reason that you wouldn’t carry a pitchfork with the points under your chin as you walked through the field nor would you hang a noose around your neck with the trail dangling as you crossed a busy street…it is obvious certain tools have inherent dangers associated with them…as do guns.

How many times have you regrettably heard a news report of a child, or sometimes even an adult, who picked up a weapon, and thinking it was unloaded, jokingly fired it in the direction of a friend or family member? Too often, sadly that is the loudest “bang” that person will ever hear!!! So these 4 Gun Safety Rules were developed to prevent what is known as an accidental discharge…an unintended firing of a weapon. And if not to prevent it, at least to minimize the negative impact should it happen nevertheless.

4 Gun Safety Rules

  1.  Never point the weapon at anything you are not willing to destroy (this is known as muzzle awareness. A gun in a holster points to the floor; it should never be outside the holster unless it is pointed at a specific target…either paper or threat. Hence, even when cleaning a gun, the owner should be certain the muzzle will not sweep past any living creature)
  2.  Treat every gun as a loaded gun…EVEN IF YOU JUST VERIFIED IT IS UNLOADED. (This creates a respect for the gun’s potential for harm and creates in your mind an aversion to ever handling the gun in a less than absolutely serious way. Understand I used to play Cowboys and Indians (sorry, Tonto) as a child. I learned these rules as an adolescent when I no longer had plastic “guns”…I do not fear of little children playing with toy guns, I did and I’ve never misused them nor have any of my children or grandchildren).
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger and out of the trigger guard until you are bringing your weapon into the position of firing. (As you train, so will you do when you are under massive physiological and psychological stress as is the case in a gun fight. It is said you will be half as good as your best day at the range…take no chances, some triggers can be activated more easily when a person is shaking or wearing a glove.)
  4. Be certain of your target and everything surrounding it. (Certainly you wouldn’t want to accidentally shoot an innocent bystander or a child or someone’s dog. It is your responsibility to be sure you know what is in front of, behind and to the sides of your target…and under stressful conditions, this is almost impossible given the nature of the physiological reaction to stress…but you are responsible nevertheless. One the bullet has left the muzzle you are responsible for everything it encounters).

These are the 4 Gun Safety Rules that are most basic within the gun community. If you are going to have a weapon in your home, your children MUST know these rules. While my own children are now grown, when my grandchildren and their friends visit, they know Papa Dave may quiz them at any time on the 4 rules. They are expected to know them because, with their parents permission, I have taught the rules to them…and they do know them. The 9 to 11 year olds are expecting to go shooting to the range with me and one of the rules laid down was that they must know these basic safety rules or they will be excluded from those events. You’d be surprised what efforts a young kid will go through in school and at home in order to be able to take a trip to the target range with their father or grandfather…a real bonding event for both the boys and girls.

Guns are tools…nothing to be afraid of unless the muzzle is pointing in your direction by the hand of someone untrained or the hand of someone intending on doing you harm. I am not afraid of a pitchfork, nor a noose…I have a righteous and appropriate fear of evil men intent on doing me harm. In the gun community we have a saying, “I am the weapon, the gun is merely one of my tools.” Observe a mother whose child is being harmed, if she doesn’t have a gun…doesn’t matter, she will do everything she can, with everything at her disposal to save her child…you see, the tool is just a tool, she becomes the weapon.

I thought of what images I could offer you to keep your interest and also what other training I could recommend. And try as I might to come up with something new, I just don’t think there is any better more comprehensive training available for under a couple hundred bucks then the training program I’ve already recommended, and reviewed, referenced below.

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The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide To Effective Self-Defense

I have it and I recommend it, it is thorough, comprehensive and user-friendly. Do you think that’s a cop-out or do you know of a better training…remember it must be comprehensive and under a Two hundred?

Be safe, keep safe!

Papa Dave

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The Armed American Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense – Review

ArmedAmericanProduct: The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense – Review
Publisher: Concealed Carry University
Best Warranty/Return Policy/Source @ $199.00: Amazon
My Rating: 9.5 on a scale of 0-10 scale

This is a review of the training program known as The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense.

Positives:

Uniqueness of this Training Program

Expertise in the area of weapons is most commonly found among former or current military and police, and it should encourage us to know that our forces are well schooled in this area. Regrettably though, when it comes time for the average Joe or Jane to be exposed to training in the use of weapons, it is often found that the instructors only know how to deal with training from the military/police perspective and perceive, and sometimes even treat, the average citizen as if they were a “grunt in the final weeks of military boot camp”. This is not the sense you will get from the training offered in The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense. This ‘Complete’ Guide is perfect for Beginner, Moderate, and Advanced skill levels. Whether you enter the program never having fired a handgun before or if you have carried as a private citizen or police officer for years, I can assure you, you will learn something valuable.

The Instructor

Patrick Kilchermann boasts no military, police or any other kind of systematized training background, he is not some “over-the-hill” pumped up commando…nor is he cocky or aggressive. He merely reports that at one point in his life, as he says “I found myself kneeling on the floor with a gun at my head and vowed never to go down in such a wimpy way again”…that day he was lucky. As a result, he decided he would become the best at self-defense and he would teach others similarly…some have lamented his lack of “professional” training…well, “professionals” usually do that, they “put down” those they consider less professional then themselves (normally to enhance their own image). I seriously noted their criticisms and found they never challenged Patrick on any fundamentally important issue but only on minor, insignificant things dealing with stuff they had “dogmatized” as being significant. You will not be humiliated, diminished or insulted in any way, Patrick is kind and respectful. In his teaching, he presents facts not opinions and he clearly has no loyalties to any specific handgun manufacturers, calibers, or methods of instruction, etc. As one report states: This program submits itself to the reality of a violent attack, and expects only that the viewer will as well”.

Pat is a relatively young man, highly passionate and obviously skilled in the art he has decided to master. His sincerity, integrity and character are clearly in evidence. Some criticize Pat’s background and involvement in other areas prior to taking up this challenge, as if in so doing it somehow diminishes the value and effectiveness of his presentation. If that is the case, then FrontSight, Inc. one of the nations premiere firearms training facilities with locations in Alaska and Nevada should be shut down because its founder and director, Dr. Ignatius Piazza, is a former practicing chiropractor…actually one article I researched for this review also claimed Patrick is a chiropractor…which ended up being wrong, so how much more of his review was accurate(?), nevertheless, maybe their prejudices have gotten away from them and they’re getting their highly-skilled, gun-totting educators confused. Nevertheless, hog wash, be cautious of those who declare themselves “professionals”.

The Training Program

The training is highly organized, deals first with fundamental issues, debunking up to 20 commonly held myths of the gun community…a few I myself held to be true until I considered his logic and proof. This program is comprehensive; some might say full-spectrum, dealing with mindset and myth debunking all the way through range training and gear selection. Understand, no two people will usually agree completely on anything, especially in the highly opinionated gun community, so be sure there will be nay-Sayers challenging his take on things but what I can say in all sincerity is that Pat’s teaching, in my opinion, is honest, sincere, accurate and thorough.

Does it teach you everything you need to know? Heck no! It is a topic just too full of particulars for any one program to do it all. Are there better programs? Probably! Can you get the better programs for the same cost or less. If you can, I haven’t found them!

For what Pat offers, you will not touch the thoroughness, comprehensiveness, or attention to detail for anything less than several hundreds of dollars more. Will you still need comprehensive range time? I hope you will! …it is the nature of the beast. Do I think you will be able to do less range time as a result of this training? I do.

In addition to the program, The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide for Effective Self-Defense, Pat also offers another program called Master Handgun Mastery; however, I haven’t been exposed to it at this time. You can be sure I will review it in the future.

Negatives: This is a long program. It is 7 DVDs, each one being at least two hours. Pat might have been trained in the art of preaching because he utilizes a common preaching technique, which is: Tell them what you are going to tell them, then tell them, then tell them what you told them. While it does make the training long and repetitive, it is done so people remember the training more easily and I believe it is effective.

Summary: One of the greatest dangers in the concealed carry community is the presence of a false sense of confidence. The thinking that “since I have a gun, I am safer, competent and able to handle all circumstances that will come my way”. If a program does nothing but change this deadly mindset, it is well worth the price of the program…after all, one hour with a good attorney will cost you more than the cost of this program. Some have said this program should be mandatory for all concealed carry permit holders. Perhaps, but certainly it should be the standard against which all other programs are judged.

Permit me to say one more thing. The criticism has been made that Patrick has gleaned materials from many sources which are commonly available (yes and therefore you and I don’t have to do that work), packaged them in a slick DVD format (it is slick and well done and I’m sure cost a fortune to produce) and offered them to the unsuspecting public (let the buyer beware, they say). What offends those who criticize Patrick, I believe is that he hasn’t paid their little gun instructors clique any money for his expertise…how dare he? He didn’t pay homage to the “self appointed powers that be”…I say, “Good for him!”…true American entrepreneur-ism.

While this training program can be found at various sources, some perhaps even cheaper, I prefer Amazon because if you are dissatisfied (maybe you decide Patrick didn’t deliver) with a purchase for whatever reason, Amazon make returns, refunds or exchanges relatively painless.

Let me know what you think. Do you agree with my review? If you have gone through the program and disagree, please offer your insights.

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More At Home Training

As promised, I am adding more options for at home training. This time I’m moving away from the electronic/mechanical and moving more to the use of Laser Target Practice Systems that are computer assisted.

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The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense

But before I get into those specifics, I want to mentioned something else. I have been exposed to a truly valuable resource in the concealed carry self-defense arena. It has to do with a comprehensive training in understanding all aspects of concealed carry and self-defense. It is seven CDs divided into three parts: Mindset, Training and Gear and it is called The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense…now, that’s a mouthful. I am often asked where I gathered the knowledge I have. Truth be told, it started at around twenty-six years old and has been happening ever since…so, simple answer is “I don’t know where it all came from”. But the program I am mentioning is going to provide you with a very comprehensive exposure to so much, possibly more, than I have been learned over the years. Having been seen this program recently I purchased it and have every intention of sharing it with family, friends and members of my church community…it is one of the “gifts” I have, that I share with others. Again, it is called The Armed American’s Complete Concealed Carry Guide to Effective Self-Defense. Look for a review of this program in short order.

Now onto other computer assisted Laser Target Practice Systems for your consideration.

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L.A.S.R Laser Activated Shot  Reporter

I’d like to introduce you to, what I consider to be the top of the line in at-home dry fire practice, the L.A.S.R. Laser Activated Shot Reporter. While there are other computer assisted programs available, the vast majority of them are very expensive and considered by most to be realistically only affordable by those with a commercial interest. L.A.S.R., on the other hand, is within the financial reach of most individuals. It uses advances in the field of computer vision to “see” the laser from your training aide and record the exact location of your shot. This unique system also provides a shot timer for the added benefit of working on timed drills, as well as numerous other features and modes to help you get more from your dry fire training. L.A.S.R. is versicle and allows up to nine shooters at the same time. It’s strength is that it tracks shot time and placement and works with all laser training guns with red or green lasers. The laser gun or laser cartridge to fit your actual weapon would be additional…see the previous post for info on the laser gun and laser cartridges.

Operating system requirements: Windows Vista, Service Pack 2 or newer (Including Windows 7 or 8) CPU: 1.0 GHz or higher RAM: At least 2.0 GB of RAM Webcam.

 

 

 

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At Home Training

I know this is not the primary topic of my website but there are factors associated with concealed carry that become glaringly significant as I decide what material to consider. After all, if one of my readers would not survive a hostile confrontation, their loss becomes part of our loss. So, as I continue building my niche, Carry Holsters 4 Professionals, there may come various times that I believe some other topic is more important than holster material, style or side of carry.

Today I want to discuss the topic of training at home…assuming you do not have a range in your basement or on your property. With the every spiraling cost and scarcity of ammunition these days, it is a stretch for the average person, even if he/she had the time, to handle the cost of regular visits to the gun range.

Dry Firing Method

The first method of home training would be the simple “dry firing” exercises. These require no more than some snap caps and a safe, controlled environment. The snap caps are “bullet-like” cartridges in the caliber of your gun that are placed in the weapon primarily to protect the firing mechanism, especially the firing pin. They are sold at most locations that sell firearms and gun supplies. If you are someone who prefers to purchase online, Amazon carries snap-caps but be careful, I’ve linked to Amazon for 9 mm snap caps but like everything else to do with firearms you have to get the size for your particular weapon. There are also books and tapes sold on how to properly develop an at-home dry-fire practice session…just remember, if you forget to remove a round from the chamber just once, someone could die.

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Dry-Fire Training by Ben Stoeger

Hence, the reason there are books and other resources, so you don’t ever make that once-in-a-lifetime mistake. Dry fire is the simplest and most cost affective method of developing skill with your firearm.

Truth be told, everyone should engage in dry fire practice on a somewhat routine basis even if they decide to get into the other training methods and to assist you, you might consider the book noted by Ben Stoeger, Dry-Fire Training.

 

Dry Firing Electronically

There are those of us, though, who desire a more substantial training regimen than just stationary simple dry fire. Fortunately there are companies who provide services and products for gun enthusiasts  offering a number of rather sophisticated options for in home training. While there are systems costing thousands of dollars that can be installed in your basement recreation area or garage and more than likely require financing plans to afford; there are other products to be had by the vast majority of people that will normally be under the Five Hundred mark and it is these that I have decided to look into. The products I have noted will essentially go from least to most expensive and for your convenience I have provided links to what I consider to be the best source to purchase them.

LaserLyte Plinking Cans

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LaserLyte Plinking Cans

These are three Plinking Cans you set up about your “shooting area”. Then using either the LaserLyte Pistol or the LaserLyte Trainer Cartridge (insert) you commence to target practice. When hit with a laser from any of the LaserLyte training cartridges or other laser trainer tools, the cans react by jumping up and falling over just as a real can would. This reaction is all powered by a 9V battery (included) and a spring loaded plunger released by a solenoid. To reset the cans, simply stand them up and depress the plunger. All this fun sells for just under $80 and if you find it at Amazon, sometimes you can get it used for even a sweeter deal.

LaserLyte Target Trainer

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LaserLyte Target Trainer

This is a single LaserLyte Target Trainer system that responds to your accurate hits with a residual “red dot” on the target that you display by “hitting” one of the small targets below. The other small target allows you to reset the target from your shooting position… being smaller they also challenge your aiming since they are essentially the size the the 10 ring on the primary target. Since this Trainer does not have a weapon included, you would have to secure either a LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Compact Training pistol or a Laserlyte Laser Trainer Cartridge in your weapon’s caliber (the one linked to is for 9 mm).

 

LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit

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LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit

The LaserLyte Training Tyme Kit includes everything a shooter needs for realistic laser training anytime, anywhere. The Training Tyme Kit includes the LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Compact Training pistol, the LaserLyte Reaction Tyme Target and the laserLyte Laser Trainer Pro.

 

 

LaserLyte Bullseye Target/Gun Laser Training Kit

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LaserLyte Bullseye Target

The Bullseye Training Kit includes the LaserLyte Trigger Tyme Pistol, the LT-PRO universal pistol laser trainer and TLB-1 Laser Target. The Trigger Tyme Pistol is approximately the size of a Glock 23. The 5.5 lb. approximate simulated trigger pull has a take-up and break action just like a real firearm but the LaserLyte Trigger Tyme pistols cannot accept or fire real ammunition.

 

LaserLyte Triple Tyme Kit With 3 RT Targets

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LaserLyte Triple Tyme Kit

Included in the LaserLyte Triple Tyme Kit are Targets (3), a Trigger Tyme Compact Training Pistol and a LT-PRO Pistol Laser Trainer. Everything anyone needs to train, teach or just have fun anywhere, anytime.

 

 

Other Products Soon

I will be researching other, more sophisticated, computer based programs to present in the near future. Be Safe and tell me what you think of this latest post.

 

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Has this post been of any help to you? Do you currently have any home-based products to improve your skills? If not, are you considering getting any now?

 

 

 

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