With the explosion of gun ownership over the past few years, there are those who purchase a gun and a box of bullets, and they say, “i’m good to go, after I figure out how to load this thing.” With that said, the new gun owner is depending on luck when facing violent criminals. Owning a gun does not make a person an automatic winner.
Training is key. Take a class. Our concealed classes can be enrolled in at www.FirearmMentor.com/classes. We host monthly classes, with our next one being 3/11-3/12/23. Concealed carry isn’t for you? We have a solution for that, as well. Contact us at www.FirearmMentorCard.com to schedule private lessons.
There are three skillsets that are important to self defense:
Marksmanship is the ability to hit the target, consistently–not those lucky shots that we all have from time to time. This requires a combination of correct sight picture, breath control and trigger press. These three skills must come together, rather quickly, during an attack.
Skills Quickly Diminish
Shooting, like all hand-eye coordination, is a quickly diminishing skill. That means that unless regularly practices, the skill will go away. Practice. Your real life accuracy drops by up to 50%. This means that if you have a 6″ grouping, in real life, that could expand to 12″.
Working on gun handling is important. If you don’t want to spend money on ammo, we have a solution. Use the coupon code Melnick for 10% off of Laser Strike Systems, which is a system that allows you to practice at home with a laser insert or SIRT gun (available, here). Gun handling covers a number of activities, including gun safety. The same rules apply.
Be sure you know how to clear malfunctions. A failure to feed is different from a double feed, and a stovepipe is yet another problem, and that is just for a semi-auto. It does not speak to how to correct a frozen cylinder in a revolver.
Finally, it is important to understand how you are going to react to life and death stress. Our new book, www.TheOppositeOfSafe.com teaches all about it, and it is a great, easy read.