I Have a Gun But Don’t Know How To Use It

That is a statement that I hear all too often.  I’ve also heard people say that they have not even learned how to load it, let alone shoot it.  If it’s not that then it might be, “I have a gun, but I have shot it only a few times”, or something to that affect.  That bothers me – a lot.

GunfightWithout a doubt, if you are choosing to own a gun, it is not enough to have it, but you have to be trained how to use it and use it safely and effectively in an emergency.  Otherwise, you might as well find a rock that you can keep with you and on your nightstand, because that is about how valuable your gun is if you don’t know how to use it.  You might as well just throw it at your assailant.  You have made the decision to bring a gun into your home and your life, now learn how to use it properly so it’s not just a fancy paperweight.

Now that does not mean that you need to train like a Navy SEAL, or endeavor to become Rambo.  It simply means that you should seek out the advice and training from a qualified instructor whom can give you the basic training you need to not be afraid of your tool, as I have also heard some people say – they have it but are afraid of it.

Your gun is a tool.  You should not be afraid of it.  Military recruits are trained that their weapon is their friend, that they take it with them everywhere they go, they love it and know it from the inside out.  They teach the recruits how to become one with their gun.

gun-cleaning-1So you too need to learn about your gun.  You need to learn how to handle it safely, how to use it, how to load it, aim it, make it go bang, how to make it safe, how to take it apart, clean it and put it back together.  You need to learn how you can have it close to you at all times just as your cell phone is.

So for this, there all kinds of classes for all sorts of things, taught by all sorts of trainers.  You can start by asking the dealer from whom you bought your tool.  You can also search on the internet at sights such as Front Sight, NRA, USCCA, the Clinton Family Foundation, and others.

Front Sight 11-17-14 005I personally like to recommend Front Sight as it will clearly give you the most comprehensive handgun training of any I have found.  The NRA has many good courses, and the USCCA can provide training.  You can even ask friends whom are gun owners for instructors.  I don’t mean ask your friends to show you how to use your gun but get some qualified training.  But the point here is to seek out training.

As I said, don’t just rely on a family member or friend to show you the ropes.  Sometimes it is difficult to learn from someone you know.  We have all been there.  While they have the best of intentions and love to impart their knowledge, they may not be the most qualified to competently provide you with the information you need.  It could be that they actually need a class or two as well.

Front Sight 11-14-14 006The point here is that you need to train.  It is imperative that you know how to safely discharge you weapon when time comes to defend yourself.  But you also need to know when it is really that time.  Some may not recognize it at first and wait until it is too late.  Others may react too quickly or when it is not appropriate.  For example, you don’t want to shoot at someone who is running away from you.  You don’t want to shoot at someone stealing a bicycle from your yard – it is not a life threatening situation.  These are some of the finer points that you can learn from qualified in depth instruction.

IDPA Action 1One time training is not enough though.  Once you receive that initial training you need to practice.  After all, when you get your driver’s license, you regularly use the skills you learned in order to get that license.  So it follows that you need to regularly engage the act of shooting.  At the very least, you should visit your favorite shooting range and endeavor to get better at that skill.  But shooting at the typical range is a static, easy thing to do that does not resemble in any way, an encounter where you might need to defend your life.  So what do you do for that?

2012-04-21_11-38-30_721For one thing, if you are a Front Sight graduate, you can return for another class.  But if you want to stay closer to home, you can try an IDPA event.  There are IDPA chapters located around the country – likely near you.  IDPA requires you to move and to engage a scenario that roughly represents a real life scenario.  It allows you draw from your holster, think about which target to engage and perform under the pressure of time.  This engages your mind to make decisions while at the same time striving for accuracy.  These are very important issues.  Standing at a static shooting range stall is just about taking your time to shoot a piece of paper.  IDPA will help you to consider how you might react in an emergency.

Whatever you do, become familiar with your tool, don’t be afraid of it. You need to be confident and comfortable with it.  You need to know the mental, emotional, legal and financial aspects of that.  Know the law in your area to make sure that if you do have to use your gun that you don’t go to jail.  You will likely be arrested initially, but you want them to let go as soon as possible when they realize that you are one of the good guys and you acted appropriately.

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The Pilgrims Tried Socialism First – It Failed

bernie-rally-2One of the unique and surprising things that came out this past election cycle is just how popular Bernie Sanders seemed to be with the younger generation. Bernie Sanders is a proclaimed Socialist and he campaigned on the idea of bringing more socialist ideas to the government if he were elected President.

There are at least two things that are fundamentally wrong with this. One is that Socialism fails every time it is tried. The second is     Continue reading

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We Are All Thankful

votingThis past election day gave us a surprising but grateful relief to our fear that it might go the other way. I immediately thanked God and Praised Jesus for the divine help in saving our nation from further decay into the depths of Liberal corruption and moral decay that would have been able to destroy the nation that once was the greatest on earth.

Constitution & GavelLet’s face it. This is the only country in the world that was founded with recognition of     Continue reading

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Our Gun Rights – What Does the Future Now Hold

Donald Trump just won a hard fought campaign for President of the United State, to our amazement and grateful relief. During that campaign, he assured us that our gun rights would be safe if he were elected. Of that we are confident. Surely more confident than if the Hildebeast had won. But what really can we expect to happen to our rights.

declaration_bible_gunThis past Friday, Trump posted on his website, an expansion of his position on concealed carry permits. He said,   Continue reading

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Obama Exposed – Incompetent

You Could Say He Was Qualified Only by Affirmative Action

By Matt Patterson

Years from now, historians may regard the 2008 election of Barack Obama as an inscrutable and phenomenon, the result of a baffling breed of mass hysteria akin perhaps to the witch craze of the Middle Ages.  How, they will wonder, did a man so devoid of professional accomplishment beguile so many into thinking he could manage the world’s largest economy, direct the world’s most powerful military, execute the world’s most consequential job?

barack-obama-gangstaImagine a future historian examining Obama’s pre-presidential life: ushered into and through the Ivy League, despite unremarkable grades and test scores along the way; a cushy non-job as a “community organizer;” a brief career as a state legislator devoid of legislative achievement (and in fact nearly devoid of his attention, less often did he vote “present”); and finally an unaccomplished single term in the United States Senate, the entirety of which was devoted to   Continue reading

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WE WON! Trump To Be President

Well, we did it. We moved Donald J. Trump into the end zone with a near landslide election. The election of Donald Trump as President is a repudiation of the Liberal Democrat agenda and an overwhelming repudiation of Obama Care which is one of the main planks in his platform. This election was a repudiation of Democrats and Liberals in general.  People are just tired of stats that show 65 million people now on Food Stamps and 18 million of those are just since the Obama Presidency.  We have had the worst economic recovery since the 1930s.  Republicans won races all across the nation.  With Obama we have not had a GDP increase above 3%  for any year.

Donald Trump won an huge majority of the states excepting the Liberal northeast and the west coast.  California with the millions of illegal aliens allowed to vote came in with an unrealistic vote count of 61% to 38%, largely because of the registration system that now allows you register online with no proof of citizenship or documentation of any kind.


And now it  galls me that the Liberals are crying for elimination of     Continue reading

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Hillary Clinton is the Vile Criminal – Not Trump

Yesterday, Friday, October 7, 2016, the Democrats and the Liberal Media released a video showing Donald Trump riding a bus from “Access Hollywood”, during which he was making some sophomoric, crude statements about a women. It was not pretty and showed him to be less than respectful toward women. It does not make me proud of him, at least for that time and place eleven years ago.


Holly-er Than Thou

Liberal media outlets now are falling all over themselves with the news, trying to make this the attack that finally takes Trump out. Hillary and the media have been throwing everything they can at him, trying to take him out and hoping something will stick.  They think they have it now.  They know that they cannot compete with him in the arena of ideas so all they can do is attack him.

The truth of the matter  is    Continue reading


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9/11, Remembering Fifteen Years Ago

On this day of reflection, we are all drawn to memories of where we were fifteen years ago and just how we came to be aware of the incredible occurrences on the east coast.  I remember that I was up north in Sacramento managing construction of a new restaurant, but unable to leave the coverage on TV to go out to the jobsite.  Later, I remember telling my crew of the events as they had arrived for work early and missed the news.

Most of us assumed it was just an accident.  I of course was no different and remember   Continue reading

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Rules for a Gunfight

GunfightOver the years I have heard these from gun training instructors and others so I did not write them. But they are good and deserve recognition here. If you own a gun you will probably appreciate these. Of course, if you don’t own a gun, get one, learn how to use it responsibly, perhaps by going to Front Sight, then remember these rules.


In a gunfight, the most important rule is     Continue reading

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Is the Constitution Outdated?

I had someone stop by here asking if the Second Amendment, and thereby the Constitution I assume, is outdated. The Constitution after all, was written back in the eighteenth century by a bunch of guys who aren’t around any more, back when they still used muskets and black powder pistols. How could this Constitution they put together apply today? It does not speak to today so how can it still be relevant?Signing the Constitution

Well, I suppose that is correct in one sense that the Constitution does not speak to today.  For that matter it did not speak to the late eighteenth century either.  It speaks to men, man if you will, acknowledging that we are imperfect, and that whenever power is given to one man, say a king, emperor or dictator, it corrupts.  Power will turn the ambition of most men who achieve power to that of personal enrichment, just as we see what is happening in our government today, unfortunately.  That is why so many of the Republican leadership do not want Trump to become President, even if it means electing Hillary.  Trump represents someone who could upset their gravy train and ruin the good thing they have going for themselves.  He could be their spoiler.  But I digress.

The Constitution tries to limit the corruption of power by allowing us to chose the ones who will govern us, from the people – not a ruling class or family (So what about Hillary?, you say – again I digress – sorry).  It further sets out to limit       Continue reading


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Open Carry in Arizona

Guns and RestaurantsSomeone stopped by looking for information on “Open Carry in Arizona”.   I often get people curious about this from other States as well.  So I am posting a list of States that currently allow “Open Carry”.

Currently most states do allow “Open Carry” in some form. Arizona does allow Open Carry without a permit.  Some states require a permit to Open Carry, while others do not.  Some States allow the open carry of Long Guns whereas many do not.  And best of all, some States are what the call      Continue reading

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Mass. State Senator to Strip AG of Power

Bruce TarrA bill has been filed in the Massachusetts State Senate that will remove power from the State Attorney General. Bruce Tarr (R) Minority Leader of the Senate filed the bill which he calls an “act to protect due process and strengthen public safety” 12 days after State Attorney General Maura Healey announced that she would outlaw     Continue reading

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