Carrying a Concealed Weapon Without a Round in the Chamber is a Matter of Life and Death

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“The only reason this could be true is that you’re either scared of your firearm or you’re simply not properly trained. If either is the case, STOP CARRYING!”

As a firearms instructor that carried a firearm as a cop for decades, and still carries one today, I understand the need for quick and immediate access to your self-defense firearm. That is why I am a proponent of the open carry of firearms if you are legally able to do so in your state. There is a reason why we LEO’s carry our firearms openly. It acts as a crime deterrent, and it gives ready access to your defensive firearm. I am also very set on teaching the benefit of carrying with a round in the chamber as you can tell from the title!

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What to do if You Conceal Carry a Firearm and are Caught in a “Lone Wolf” Attack!

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By Chris Wagoner:

Any time there is a discussion about gun laws, concealed carry versus open carry, and the various other issues revolving around the possession of firearms, someone will always bring up the issue that law enforcement will be confused and possibly shoot a licensed concealed carry or open carry firearms holder if involved in a mass shooting, Lone Wolf, or terrorist attack. Some of the anti-gun crowd like to use the “police won’t know who the bad guy is” argument or the “good guys with guns don’t stop bad guys with guns” line against arguments for less gun control.

If you are lucky enough to live in a state that allows concealed carry without a license — or open carry, for that matter — count yourself fortunate. If you live in a state that requires a license to exercise your Second Amendment rights, you fall within the majority of the nation. Either way if you carry a firearm and choose to do so (and what logical, realist, thinking adult wouldn’t) not many firearms classes cover what to do if you are caught up in some kind of a mass shooting or active shooter situation. So let’s try and cover a few options that you can pick from, gleaned from a few decades of training in firearms and law enforcement.

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Dummy drills – good for trigger control and malfunction drills.

 

Using dummy rounds is a great way to learn how to clear malfunctions and also to work on trigger control! What I have found to be a very effective way of improving a shooters skill is to mix live and dummy rounds in a magazine and insert it in the firearm, then have the shooter go through a course of fire that requires them to shoot, and clear any malfunctions caused by the dummy rounds.

When the shooter squeezes the trigger on a dummy round, the firearm should not move at all! It should be steady and not “jerking” down. If it does jerk down the shooter is anticipating the recoil and causes the rounds to go low. Also, commonly called flinching.

After working dummy drills for a while, then try a full good live magazine and see if the shooters accuracy and handling has improved.

The shooter above as you can see and hear by the “click” has dummy rounds, the firearm does not move, he taps the bottom of the magazine, step one in clearing a malfunction is to make sure the magazine is seated properly), then he tilts the firearm to the right a bit and cycles the slide to remove the bad round. Tilting it to the right a bit allows gravity to assist in the round coming out in case the extractor had not engaged the case., then back on target and another squeeze of the trigger. This shooter has very good steady trigger control and malfunction clearing.