Category Archives for Concealed Carry

Compromised Shooting with Chris Collins

When is the last time you trained manipulating a light source with your firearm? We are not asking what’s your favorite brand name of light. Not asking if you have a pistol mounted light or prefer a handheld light. We are not even asking what low light techniques you prefer; the question is when have you actually trained low light in some manner this year?  If you have trained this important skill, great! However from our general (unscientific) surveys, we have found this is the one area of pistolcraft where shooters say its the most important skill and yet train it the least.

What better place to train lowlight than in your own home. Of course there is a lot of training material regarding low light, and different opinions whether to use a handheld light, light attach the pistol, etc., but some training is better than none. What better environment to train then your castle, at your convenience. As noted in the accompanying video, you know your own house and you can invest some time in training to know main entry points, where you can see reflections, the obstacles and use this information to your advantage.


Validate on the range:

live fire at night with brass in the air shooting Glock 19

Although we would love to train live fire at night, practically speaking, this is difficult. However, you can validate your grip on the range.

It’s very difficult to train low light live fire. Most ranges do not allow movement and shutting the lights off.  However, you can train pistol manipulation and in particular shooting strong hand only and ensuring that you don’t get malfunctions. If you do get a malfunction, you can learn how to work through the malfunction as well manipulating your light source. You may learn that a malfunction is impossible or unsafe to clear with one hand using a light source. You may learn you want a pistol mounted light so you can use both hands.  Either way the operative word is “learning,” you’re actually doing and learning more on this very important skillset.

 


Safety

Training has to be sustainable. And to be a stainable you have to have the highest safety protocols in place. Absolutely no ammunition when training in the house.  Definitely switch on the trigger take up sensor to make sure  you are not “trigger searching,” that is, feeling for the trigger with your trigger finger, when the lights are off.  If you own a traditional SIRT 110 (having functional feature of the Glock 17/22), the lower red laser on your SIRT is activated when the trigger is fully prepped, that is, the slack of out and the trigger taken up and the trigger is pressed approximately halfway.

Our new SIRT 107 (having functional features of a Smith&Wesson M&P) has a new addition of an adjustable take up sensor where the lower red laser of the SIRT can be activated with less trigger travel.  Either way, just make sure you keep your finger off the trigger until actually ready to shoot.  We have anecdotally found that people are more prone to put their finger on the trigger when the lights go out. We have interface with numerous law-enforcement firearm instructors who deal with officers where lights go out and students instinctively put their finger goes on the trigger before they’re ready to shoot.  So just be aware of this natural human tendency and mentally grind in, ALWAYS KEEP YOUR FINGER OFF THE TRIGGER UNTIL READY TO SHOOT.

Michael Seeklander executing a low light live fire drill

Michael Seeklander executing a low light live fire drill

Where do I go from here?

Training.

Our good friend, Michael Seeklander, has a class on Low light at his American Warrior Society. If this important topic interests you, don’t hold back, jump into some training and dive deeper.

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Introduction to Concealed Carry Live Fire

Concealed Carry 3:1 – Introduction to Concealed Carry Live Fire Be deliberate when starting out and do not rush reholstering. You do not have to have a lot of fancy setup to train from life fire with a concealed carry. A simple circle on a target such as cardboard backing can suffice as an acceptable […]

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Concealed Carry

Concealed Carry Training As a concealed carry holder, you know training is critical. Proficiency with the pistol is inextricably intertwined with safety with a pistol. The more we handle a pistol properly with her finger off the trigger and have an awareness of the muzzle, the better off we will be if we have to […]

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Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Part 5

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry

This entry is part 5 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed CarryCONCEALED CARRY DRAW Knowing multiple ways to reload and when to use each is a critical skill for a concealed carry shooter. In this segment, Chris is going to go over the speed reload and the tactical reload. The primary difference of the […]

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Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Part 6

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry

This entry is part 6 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed CarryCONCEALED CARRY DRAW   In last segment of our Chris Collins Concealed Carry series, we will go over one handed shooting with both the strong and weak hand. This is an essential skill to work on as it’s possible that one of your […]

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Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Series 2 Episode 1

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Collins Concealed Carry 2

This entry is part 1 of 1 in the series Collins Concealed Carry 2CONCEALED CARRY 2:1 In the first video of this second series by Chris Collins, you will learn the pros and cons of concealed carrying on the front half of your waistband. Chris utilizes a Kydex holster for this training but it will […]

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Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Part 4

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry

This entry is part 4 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed CarryCONCEALED CARRY DRAW   In this segment of our Chris Collins Concealed Carry Series, we will go over close quarters combat. It is safest to train for extreme close quarters positions with your SIRT and not a live fire weapon due to the […]

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Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry

This entry is part 1 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry  CONCEALED CARRY DRAW Have you tried different draw strokes from a cover garment?  Cover garments can range  from a lot of things such as open jackets, Tshirts, button-down shirts, etc.   Chris talks about an open jacket position at about 22 seconds in […]

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Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Part 2

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry

This entry is part 2 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed CarryCONCEALED CARRY DRAW   Getting off the X, what does it mean? The x is the point of attack or where the attacker will be focusing their attacks. Chris demonstrates at :20 seconds that he is standing on the X, as he would […]

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Drawing from Concealement

Chris Collins Concealed Carry Draw Part 3

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed Carry

This entry is part 3 of 6 in the series Collins Concealed CarryCONCEALED CARRY DRAW In the third installment of this series, Chris discusses the benefits of moving at an angle towards your target. While this may seem counterintuitive, it gets you off the X and forces the attacker to react to your movements. Additionally, […]

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Concealed Carry 3:2 – Getting off the “X”

Concealed Carry 3:2 – Getting off the “X” This is a follow up video to arrange the concealed carry work Chris showed in Video http://youtu.be/-_rmrKZYLck.  The progression is to get off line where you change your position while simultaneously drawing the gun and presenting rounds on target.

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Gulla’s Progressive Use of Force Video Series

Intro Video on Gulla’s Progressive Use of Force   The first series related to the Triangle Shooting Drill If you’re interested about this type of training please let us know contact us and we can let you know about our SIRT Instructor Classes. The above video the first of a playlist of five videos.  

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