Necessary Self-Defense Skills

February 23, 2023

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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  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 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, teaches all about it, and it is a great, easy read.

Stay Safe!