Wednesday, November 23, 2016

Handgun Shooting Fundamentals


Handgun Shooting Fundamentals

By: Dan Meadows
(Originally written for The Shooting Channel and the Daily Caller)

When we talk about handgun shooting fundamentals, you just have to begin this conversation somewhere!  We have all started our pistol shooting somewhere, and generally speaking, we were all taught by someone else in our lives. Yet there are a few of us out there, who have ventured out far enough, away from the mainstream of shooters, and who have taught themselves how to shoot a handgun properly. Some of us did this in the beginning of our shooting craft, while yet others learned this self-trained skill later on in their shooting lives.  For those of us who were brave enough, skilled enough, and who journeyed away from the pathway of “norm”, we did this oh so well!

When you went out to purchase your new firearm, you either went to a gun store, a range/gun store combination, or even to a big box store for that new gun purchase. While you were there, you may have also picked up a holster, eye and ear protection, ammo, a cleaning kit, and maybe even some targets to shoot at. Of course, as you can see, this get’s a bit expensive, doesn’t it?

Now that you’ve made all your firearms and accessories purchases, you’re ready to go out and shoot some, right? “Hmmm, wow! You got me thinking there Dan”! “Ok, so now what do I do?” 

Well, the first question that you should ask yourself is “do I know how to shoot my new gun”? Secondly, “Do I need to take lessons from a certified firearms instructor”?  And lastly, “Where do I go out to shoot”? 

To answer those questions, let’s break each of them down, one-by-one. After we do this, then we can step up to our next level of handgun shooting fundamentals.

Do I know how to shoot?

a.    This alone is a self critiquing question that only you can answer for yourself.

b.    The problem here is that we sometimes feel that we already know how to shoot, when in reality we find ourselves struggling just to put it on target.

c.    You can gauge your marksmanship abilities by simply counting the amount of rounds you have placed into a designated area of your target. Not just on the target, but in a tight set of groupings at your point of aim, or at the bullseye, etc.

d.    If you are all over the place with loose groupings, or if you have complete misses, then you might want to consider finding a certified firearms instructor.

Do I need to take lessons from a certified firearms instructor?

a.    Without a doubt there are many CFI’s out there to choose from. Some are more qualified than others. So how do you choose one CFI from another? You need to shop around. Compare prices and what type of courses are being offered by the CFI’s. Get the best “BANG” for your buck $.

b.    Once you have chosen the right CFI, attend one or more of their classes to improve your handgun shooting fundamentals. Start with the basics and then go for more advanced shooting skills and instruction.

c.    Attend other CFI courses or schools like; TAP3X ( or others. Once you find the right instructor, your handgun shooting fundamentals will improve immensely.

Where do I go out to shoot?

a.    For most of us, this seems like an easy enough question, however it does not always end with an easy enough solution.

b.    Depending on what state, city or county you live in, finding a place to shoot may be a difficult task to accomplish.

c.    Many areas of our country do not have the appropriate indoor or outdoor ranges provided for you.

d.    Look online or in the yellow pages for shooting ranges.

e.    Ask gun store owners or big box stores if they know where a range is.

f.     Join a gun club.

g.    Ask your friends, shooting or hunting buddies where the best place to shoot is.

h.    Sometimes you can find a place out in the country (outside of city limits) to go shoot. However you must obtain permission from the landowner, if it is not on your own property.

i.      Do not shoot near roadways, industrial areas or houses.

j.      Know your target and what is beyond your target. If you can’t see it, don’t shoot it!

k.    Use backstops to help stop your bullets from traveling great distances.

Firearms Safety (6 Simple Life Saving Rules)

1.    Always keep the gun pointed in a safe direction.

2.    Always keep your finger off the trigger until ready to shoot.

3.    Always keep the gun unloaded until ready to use.

4.    Know your target and what is beyond your target before you shoot.

5.    Carefully read all instructions that come with your handgun, or go online and request a copy of the care and usage instructions from the manufacturer.

6.    When not in use, keep your firearms locked and stored in a safe location.

Know Your Handguns


1.    Has a rotating cylinder designed to house or contain cartridges.

2.    Frame – Considered the backbone of the handgun. All other parts are attached to the frame.

3.    Barrel – Strong metal tube through which the bullet will travel, out the muzzle and on to the target.

4.    Action – The action houses or contains a group of moving parts which are used to load, fire and unload the handgun.

5.    Single Action Revolvers – The trigger movement performs only one function or action. It releases the hammer. The hammer must be cocked with your thumb and will stay in a cocked position until it is released by pulling the trigger towards the rear.

6.    Double Action Revolvers – The trigger movement performs two functions or actions. When the trigger is pulled towards the rear, it cocks and releases the hammer, firing the handgun. Many double action revolvers can still be fired as a single action, however the hammer must be cocked to the rear position, then is released by pulling the trigger to the rear.

Semi-Automatics (Autoloader)

1.    Has a different operating system than that of a revolver.

2.    Cartridges are loaded into a magazine and dispensed through auto loading.

3.    Following a cartridge being fired, by pulling rearward on the trigger, an empty casing is extracted automatically and further ejected. A new cartridge is then loaded into the chamber of the semi-auto pistol.

4.    Frame – This too is considered as the backbone of the handgun and all other parts are attached to the frame.

5.    Barrel – The barrel on the semi-auto has a strong metal tube through which the bullet will travel, out the muzzle and on to the target.

6.    Action – A semi-autos action can vary quite a bit, as there are significantly different mechanical designs available for semi-autos. Some models have hammers, whereas other models do not and are called hammerless.

7.    Single Action Semi-Autos – The trigger performs a single task or action by releasing the internal firing mechanism or hammer whereas the firing pin will strike the cartridge.

8.    Double Action Semi-Autos – The trigger performs two actions or tasks by cocking the hammer or internal firing mechanism on the first shot and then releases the hammer or internal firing mechanism for the next cycle. The slide will then cock the hammer or internal firing mechanism for the second or subsequent shots. Additionally the slide will chamber a new cartridge after each shot is fired. TAP3X Website

Know Your Ammunition

1.    Most would think that this was a trick question. Yet there are some who will attempt to load the wrong size or wrong type of ammunition into a firearm chamber, cylinder or magazine. I have watched this far too often.

2.    Read the instructions that came with your firearm.

3.    Read the caliber or gauge imprinted on your firearm. Also read the box of ammunition or look on the casing of the cartridge or shell.

4.    Ask questions from someone who knows about firearms and who can look at your gun and tell you. Get the right caliber or shot shell size needed for your firearm. If you are hunting, get the right load size for what you are hunting.

5.    Next, don’t attempt to load your ammunition backwards into your chamber, cylinder or into your magazines. Once again, I have watched this far too often at the range.

Marksmanship Fundamentals

1.    Dominant Eye – Shooters Eye: You should always shoot with your dominant eye or shooters eye. This is your stronger eye and will be your main focus eye for sight engagement and sight picture. Some people can train each of their eyes to be a dominant eye, which can be used when you shoot either left or right-handed.

2.    Shooting with Both Eyes Open: Too many times people will close one or the other eye when they are shooting a firearm. How you train is how you will react or shoot when you are placed into a stressful situation like a self defense shooting event. Opening up both eyes, while you practice or shoot a firearm, will allow you a better peripheral vision for target engagements, or for multiple target threats.

3.    Shooting Positions: Learn, understand, align and practice various shooting positions, both with and without your firearms in your hands. Various positions should be practiced and perfected while you are shooting. (Benchrest, One Handed, Two Handed)

4.    Grip: A proper grip is established through several steps or sequences. Proper hand placement onto the frame of the firearm, tightness, comfort, mobility, proper tension and quick adjustments are all key to accomplishing grip perfection.

5.    Stance: For any shooters stance chosen, balance is more important to the shooter than that of the stance itself. Whether you are a target shooter, tactical shooter, or even a plinker, use a stance that is comfortable, mobile, balanced and stable (all-in-one).

6.    Sight Alignment / Sight Picture: In order to establish a proper sight picture, the shooter must understand the relationship between the front and rear sights. Aligning the two sights, using an equal distance and space relationship between the front and rear sights are key to proper sight alignment, and for shooting accuracy.

7.    Trigger Control / Trigger Squeeze: Along with your grip, trigger control or trigger squeeze is important for proper shot placement. Jerking, slapping, or over pressure from your trigger finger will cause your shots to drift off your mark and may even miss your target. A shooter should squeeze the trigger by using the tip pad of the first joint on your shooting finger, thus pulling the trigger straight towards the rear with a smooth engagement of pressure. Pulling the trigger rearward and then fully releasing the trigger without losing touch contact with the trigger will cycle your firearm for the next shot sequence.

8.    Follow Through: In order to deliver your bullets on target, a shooter must practice and maintain follow through throughout the shot sequence and target engagement. A shooter does this in order to maintain a direct alignment from the muzzle to the target, and to allow for the bullet to leave the muzzle without any variance of shot alignment or shot placement onto the target.

9.    Breath Control: In order to minimize body movements while you are shooting, breath control should be monitored and appropriately used. Some shooters will hold their breaths while shooting, while others will time their breathing sequences to match their respective shooting rhythms and target engagements.

10. Shooting Rhythm: Shooters can get into a shooting rhythm that can either help or hinder their shooting performance. If a shooter varies their shooting rhythm, the space interval between each shot being fired, they could miss a bullseye opportunity altogether, or may even miss a target engagement entirely. Understanding shooting rhythms, intervals, and timing is crucial for the serious shooter. Whether they are in competition or in street battle.  

Put It On Target

Putting shots on target can either be an easy, or difficult task to perform. Doing so all depends on how much you have learned throughout your firearms training, the shooting skills that you have developed through continuous practice sessions, or how much you have paid attention to your shooting instructors throughout your course of your firearms instruction.

The Parting Shot

Handgun Shooting Fundamentals are a basic platform to build from. They can, and are at many times revisited throughout a shooter’s lifespan.  In order to improve upon one’s shooting skills, a skilled shooter will always go back to the basics, and will further build upon a stronger foundation, in all of the shooting sports.

Join us for our next “Put It On Target” series.

Our next article will cover;

Common Shooting Errors

Correcting Your Groupings or Shot Patterns

You Can Never Train Enough With or Without Firearms

Shot Perfection Through Practice Sessions

Bringing Your Shooting Skills Up To The Next Level

"911... I Just Shot Someone!"

“911... I Just Shot Someone!”

By: Dan Meadows
(Originally written for; The Shooting Channel and the Daily Caller)

911 Operator – “911... What’s your emergency?”

Unknown Caller – (Pause) – Silence on the phone...

911 Operator – “Hello, can you hear me?”... “This is 911, what’s your emergency?”

Unknown Caller – Deep and labored breathing heard on the phone...

911 Operator – “Hello, do you need police, fire or ambulance?” “Hello!”

Unknown Caller – “911... I... I just shot someone!”

Calls like this happen far too often. However it is an unfortunate but true fact that many of our police departments and our 911 dispatchers will receive calls like this on a regular basis. Quite actually, almost on a daily basis for some departments. Geographically speaking, large cities, especially cities that tends to restrict certain gun ownership rights seem to be the worst. Like Chicago!

As we all know, many of our politicians want to continue to impose tighter gun control legislation, thus removing the rights of legally armed citizens. What our politicians don’t know, or worse yet, don’t want to know, is that it just doesn’t work to ask for more restrictive gun control laws. Their selfless, mindless acts make it easier for criminals to choose their victims and their zones of attack (Gun Free Zones).  

As a former police officer, homicide detective and periodic dispatcher for the law enforcement departments that I served over the years, I have personally taken my own fair share of these types of calls.  None of them are the same, and yet all of them are seemingly alike!

One can never be 100% ready for self defense encounter. We can never be “prepared enough” to protect ourselves or our family while on the street, or in our homes. We read almost daily, whereas armed citizen encounters prevails over the countless criminals that attacks our safety, and our very lives. But all too many times, we read where criminals have overpowered their victims, seriously injuring or even killing them. Just the other day we heard a tragic story about a young and very popular math teacher who was recently killed by her 14 year old student with a box cutter, then he dumped the teacher behind the school! Where were her protectors then? Where was the “Good Guy With A Gun” at? I would only guess that they were a political stone throw away, if not further!

For many of us, we will sign up for a concealed carry firearms course, take a home defense class or even attend a local martial arts school, just to learn how to protect ourselves from the wolves of our society. Either that or we can listen to our “sheep handler politicians” by hiding or cowering in our homes, underneath our desks in our offices, or in a closet within our schools, hoping that the police will arrive in time!

This article, as written, will help all of us bring a sense of order and understanding on how to better prepare ourselves for handling, or even responding to a shooting event, and its aftermath. It was written for those warriors, patriots and citizens of our society who will “stand their ground”, and who will not allow the criminals, nor wolves of our society to control or dictate our lives, or the safety of our friends and loved ones. 

So here we go!

Here are the 15 steps that are designed to get you on the other side of a defensive shooting event:

1.    So How Did We Get Here – Preparing To Survive a Defensive Shooting Event

“The only way to survive a potential threat is to prepare ourselves to survive that threat.” 

Mind, Body, Training, Tactics, Preparation

a.    Mind: Begin by preparing your defensive and survival mindset. Prepare mentally.

b.    Body: Get and keep yourself into physical shape. You must be physically fit to survive a fight or an altercation with your attacker.

c.    Training: Train with firearms, edged weapons and in self defense. You can never train enough. Practice often with your firearms, knives and hands/feet for close range encounters.

d.    Tactics: There is no such thing as a fair fight. Use every method and every tactic available to you to survive the threat.

e.    Preparation: Combine the four previous methods, mix generously, and overcome your attackers with determined effort.

2.    Defensive Gun Usage – How To Survive The Threat

“Stand your ground, shooting only when there is an imminent threat against you, or that of others.”

While At Home: Engaging The Threat – Surviving the Encounter

a.    Harden your home defense with alarm systems, locks and lights. Use Them!

b.    Create a home defense plan. Know the plan. Drill the plan!

c.    Have a go-to zone / safe room in your residence. Engage your “stand your ground” tactics accordingly.

d.    Have a safe and loaded firearm ready. Take it with you to the go-to zone / safe room.

e.    Keep a charged cell phone nearby. Take it with you into the go-to zone / safe room.

f.     If someone enters your residence, take charge. Think, react and control the situation.

g.    Work the home defense plan. Rush or retreat to the go-to zone/safe room. Dial 911.

h.    If threatened or attacked, you must engage your threat. Shoot center mass and continue to shoot until the threat has been stopped. Reload and re-engage your threat again if necessary.

i.      Stay in your go-to zone / safe room if it is safe to remain there.

            While In Public: Engaging The Threat – Winning the Encounter

a.    Know and plan your course of travel.

b.    Harden your soft target defenses.

c.    Travel with a friend.

d.    Everyone should be alert and responsive to threats.

e.    Wear clothing that creates easy access to your firearm or other carried weapons.

f.     If possible, disengage from the threat, seek cover and monitor the threat.

g.    If your attacker is an imminent threat to you or others, if you are armed - engage your attacker by shooting center mass.

h.    Continue to shoot your attacker until the threat has been stopped.

i.      Reload and re-engage your threat again if necessary.

j.      Remain in a safe (cover) area if it is safe to do so.

3.    Beyond The Shooting – The Immediate Aftermath

“Just beyond the threshold of danger lies the realization of what has just taken place”

a.    Stay put, unless it is more dangerous to remain in-place. Do not approach the threat.

b.    Keep a visual of your suspect, in case they are only wounded.

c.    If your suspect is wounded, keep your firearm aimed at the intruder. Only engage them again if they threaten to harm you or others, or continue their attack.

d.    Ensure that you have an adequate amount of ammunition loaded into your firearm; reload as necessary, however do not traverse to another area to gather more ammo if doing so will place you into further danger.

4.    Calling 911 – Reporting The Incident

“Calling for help has purpose and meaning. But how you report it may determine your fate”

a.    Call 911 (if not already on the telephone with them). Do not wait. Call them immediately. Tell them that you just shot an intruder or attacker and that you were in fear of your life.

b.    Tell 911 who you are. And how you are dressed.

c.    Tell 911 where you are located at, and who is with you.

d.    Give the 911 Operator a description, if available of your attacker, and their location.

e.    If your attacker was armed, describe what type of weapon they had, or you observed.

f.     Tell 911 that you are still armed and that you will set your firearm or weapon down once the police have arrived and when you are safe from the suspect’s threat.

g.    If requested by 911, stay on the line with them.

h.    Give no additional statements, admissions, comments or apologies at this time. (You are being recorded)

5.    Waiting For The Police to Arrive –  Securing the Scene

“The wailing of sirens sounds so close, yet seem to take forever to arrive”

a.    Remain on the 911 call if instructed to do so by the 911 operator.

b.    Just like law enforcement officers do, and if it is safe to do so, you need to secure the scene to the best of your ability and for your safety.

c.    Don’t move any evidence and don’t move the suspect’s body. Keep the integrity of the shooting scene intact.

d.    Remain vigilant for others who may be associates or also attackers.

e.    Watch out for crowds forming. They may be friends or acquaintances of the subject you just shot.

f.     Watch out for onlookers or associates who might attempt to remove evidence, (i.e. gun, knife, weapon) from the scene of the shooting event. Identify them if required.

g.    If evidence is taken, describe it and its location to the best of your ability to law enforcement officers.

h.    Advise the 911 operator of your location and how you are dressed.

i.      Upon police arrival, place your firearm or weapon in a recoverable place (such as safely on the ground in front of you), and inform the responding officers of your firearms or weapons location. Identify it to officers without pointing it at them.

j.      Comply with officers instructions. You may even be handcuffed. They are trying to protect themselves and they do not need to also get into an encounter with you. Remain calm!

k.    Direct the officers to the offenders/ attackers weapons (if there was one).

l.      Identify the suspect or suspects as the person or persons who attacked you or threatened you with bodily harm or death.

6.    Talking to Police – To Talk Or Nor To Talk, That Is The Question

“Excuse me, but water boarding is illegal here, right”

a.    It is an unfortunate fact that not all police are helpful. Everything you say can, and usually will be used against you in a court of law. Even if you are in-the-right.

b.    Advise the officers that the suspect / subject who attacked you or caused you to feel that you or someone else’s life was in imminent danger. Let them know that you felt that you were about to be attacked, or that you were attacked by the suspect or intruder.

c.    Advise the officers or detectives that you were in fear of your life, based upon the actions of the attacker or intruder, and that you had no other alternative but to use deadly force in order to protect yourself or others lives.

d.    Be careful of your responses or comments to law enforcement officers.

e.    Once you have given some basic information about yourself and your fear factor of having been attacked or potentially being attacked by the suspects (aka THUGS), say nothing more.

f.     Advise the officers that you are now going to exercise your right to remain silent and ask for a lawyer.

g.    Do not fall into the Q&A trap with officers or detectives. Remain silent, and again ask for your lawyer.

h.    You may want to add that once you have spoken with your attorney, you might make additional statements, as per your attorney’s instructions.

i.      Remain silent until you speak to your lawyers.

j.      Remain firm, but non combative.

7.    Know Your Rights – Exercising Your Options

“There should be only one option here, the right one”

a.    Know what your legal and constitutional rights are.

b.    Know your state laws for self defense and for the use of firearms or other weapons.

c.    Exercising your rights may be subject to interpretation by the media, law enforcement officers, the prosecutor’s office and even the grand jury.

d.    Know the laws regarding search and seizure, your right to remain silent and others.

e.    Know about your right to counsel (lawyers).

f.     Exercise your rights, often.

8.    Lawyer Up – A Professional Attorney Versus An Ambulance or Media Chaser

“For fast legal representation, call 1-800-U-Call-Me”

a.    With all due respect to the greater part of our colleagues in the legal profession, not all attorneys are ambulance or media chasers.

b.     There are a great many attorneys out there who have a specialty in armed citizen encounters. Not all attorneys are experts in this area of legal representation or defense; therefore you should seek out the attorneys who are well versed in this type of defense.

c.    If you do not have a lawyer, or do not know a lawyer, speak with an attorney (who might be on call) briefly, who can give you some legal advice until you can acquire one.

d.    Hire an attorney who will best serve you and your case responsibly.

9.    Emotional Aftermath – Your Stages Of Emotion

“My emotional well being will sometimes be reflected by the actions of others”

a.    Although many of my colleagues may suggest several more stages of emotion, and rightfully so there are, here are just a few that you may or may not encounter following a shooting event.

b.    As I have been involved to two such shooting events, I only encountered two of those stages. (Elation and Acceptance)

c.    There are several stages of emotion following a shooting event. Whether you are a civilian or a trained professional, no two people will react to a shooting event the same.

d.    Here are some emotions that you might encounter, following a shooting event that you are involved in; Elation, Revulsion, Remorse, Self Doubt, Acceptance and Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).

e.    Of all of the emotions listed above, self doubt, when communicated to others or to the police, may be your undoing. Watch what you tell others.

f.     Should you be in need of professional help, seek assistance from a medical professional as soon as the need becomes apparent, or under suggestion from someone close to you.

10.   Dealing With The Media – The Social Aftermath

“Lights! Camera! OK, Nothing More To See Here Folks!”

a.    I view media, especially the main stream media, as either “The Good, The Bad, Or The Ugly”. Most, you will find, tends to fit into the latter when it comes to a defensive shooting event (from an armed citizen).

b.    You will find that many reporters will ultimately invade your space, your property, and may sometimes get in your face, or in the face of your family or friends.

c.    Say nothing to them. Or if you do, remain calm and ask them to remove themselves from your property, or your face. Do not go “on-the-air” answering their questions.

d.    Ask your family and friends not to talk to the media. Ask the media to respect yours and their privacy.

e.    If there is no story, no interviews for the media, then they will leave in search of another story to report.

f.     Do not ever threaten them. I assure you it will end up on every news station.

g.    If you continue to get calls on your phone from the media, file a harassment report with the police.

h.    Call the police if they are persistent.

i.      Say nothing to them, and just hang up.

j.      Also, watch what you comment on, or respond to on your Facebook, Twitter, email or any other social media or internet related forum.

11.   Your Family & Friends – The Personal Aftermath

“My strength and support lies within the circle of my family and friends”

a.    Your family, in most all cases, will be supportive of you.

b.    Your friends, well they can be on either side of the gun rights / gun control fence-line, based upon their political beliefs.

c.    Limit your conversation to only those with whom you can trust.

d.    Ask your friends and family not to involve themselves in interviews with the news media.

e.    Do not give any false information to your family or friends regarding the shooting incident. It may get out!

f.     Do not ask your friends or family to lie for you.

g.    Ask your family and your friends to help you cope, or help you deal with the aftermath of the shooting event.

h.    Ask for help, should you require it!

12.   Avoid Your Attackers or Intruders Family or Friends – The Distanced Aftermath

“Steering clear of what could be troubled waters”

a.    By all means, it is imperative they you maintain distance away from the suspects family.

b.    Be ever vigilant at home or when out in public.

c.    Do not call them, email them or send them a letter in the mail, asking for forgiveness or to apologize for what took place.

d.    If you are involved in any legal proceedings, do not engage the family members of the person or persons who attacked you, your family or others.

e.    Should you be approached by one of them, attempt to avoid them, if at all possible.

f.     In the event that you are confronted, threatened, or intimidated by one of the family or friends of your attackers, contact law enforcement or the courts for relief or to file a report.

13.   Surviving The Courts – The Legal Aftermath

“The judicial system is never a constant. It ebbs and flows upon the political tides”

a.    In regards to your shooting event, you were either right or wrong. You were either within the parameters of a good self defense shoot, or you were outside the scope of what the law allows.

b.    By this time, you will have obtained legal counsel. Seek their advice and representation on all legal matters involving the courts or law enforcement.

c.    Always present yourself professionally and ethically. Everyone is watching you now as you are center stage in these legal proceedings. 

d.    Be involved in your own defense, but trust your attorney’s guidance.

e.    Sometimes remaining silent, even during the court proceedings, may be your best defense strategy.

f.     Refrain from outbursts in the court. It doesn’t look good on you.

g.    In the event that the decision of the court does not go your way, appeal those decisions of the court or the jury.

14.   Living Beyond The Aftermath – Getting On With Your Life

“Energize yourself with new hope and new opportunity”

a.    Wounds heal. So do emotional scars. Think positive.

b.    This is not the time to dwindle on what has happened. Be grateful that you have survived the threat. Move on!

c.    Getting back into a routine (of your life) is paramount in your emotional recovery.

d.    At some point, if not already, you should get back into carrying a firearm in public again, or by having it stored safely and readily available in your home.

e.    Although armed encounters are not like lightning, it could happen to you again. So be prepared for it.

f.     Talk in confidence with your friends or family when you are ready.

g.    Maintain dignity and composure when out in public. You’ve done nothing wrong!

h.    Smile and start to enjoy life again.

15.  Remaining Vigilant -  Always Be On Your Guard

"It is the uncertainty of the next moments in our lives that we should be trained and ready for"

a.    I have lost several of my friends and associates over the years by being complacent.

b.    Complacency Kills!

c.    Make and maintain a plan of action to protect yourself, your family and others.

d.    Be ready, be alert and be ever vigilant on protecting yourself and others always.

e.    As you have watched in recent weeks, attacks can happen anywhere. At work, at school, in a mall, on the streets or even in your homes.

f.     Make a plan to survive, then work that plan.

g.    Be forever ready to survive the threat!

h.    Continue your training.

i.      Practice your firearms often.

j.      Never give up your will to survive.


Our police cannot be everywhere at every given moment. There is no guarantee that they will get there in time to intervene, or to protect you from harm. Although these great men and women are out there to “Serve and Protect” you, there’s just not enough of them around to do just that - Protect You!

So who must we, the defenders of life, depend upon to protect us from the wolves, criminals or terrorists who will ultimately prey upon us, and our right to survive?

Would it be our politicians? Definitely No!

Our Police? Not always!

So who then should you or I depend upon to protect us while we are being attacked in the streets or in our homes?

If it were my life or theirs, I would simply sound off by saying...

“911... I just shot someone!”

Disclaimer: The above listed information, details or story are by no means all-inclusive, nor is it intended to be a complete treatise on the subject of defensive shootings, the defensive use of a firearm, or for self defense in general. This article does not represent any or all legal advice outside the legal representation of an attorney of choice. Consult a qualified attorney, versed on the subjects of self defense, gun rights and defensive shooting practices.