Continued Education – polishing the armor

I like my new Glock 43,  I have ran 100 rounds through it and it feels nicely comfortable and secure in my hand, it has been quite a long time – about twenty-five years –  since I have fired a weapon. Out at my local range, breaking in my new carry piece, I decided to try two distinctively different methods of shooting. The standard index or trigger finger VS the middle finger or point & shoot technique.

When I refilled mags, I alternated between the two shooting methods. All rounds fired were at 15 yards independent targets as indicated below. It was surprising for me to see the difference between the two techniques.

Possibly it’s the 5.5 lb trigger pull on my stock Glock combined with my lack of target practice which weighed heavily on my accuracy. However, the point & shoot technique worked best for me. Perhaps, it’s that the weapons center-line bore is more closely aligned with the web of the hand, thus providing for both a natural pointing of the weapon and better control of recoil forces. The additional support of my index finger alongside the really short frame of the subcompact Glock made the weapon feel like an extension of my hand.


This grouping is terrible – yes, practice is very much needed to regain accuracy.

Now I sit here with a multitude of tabs open on my browser, my fingers clicking away on my laptop, writing this post. An interesting insight relative to concealed carry weapons came my way from Ephesians 6:13 Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand.”

Protection, Defense, Armor all have the similar  inherent meaning, don’t’ they?  Any quality, characteristic, situation, or thing that serves as protection of your health, your safety, or your life.

Personally, I believe the very first parts of Gods FULL armor are that of love, compassion, empathy and understanding followed by more counter assault measures such as Asps, Pepper Spray, and lastly – the lethal weapons.

The words “to stand” at the end of this particular verse, is what really speaks to me…

After the violent and terrifying incident, what then? How will you stand? Get back up, collect your senses, make defined decisions? Process and control – to the best of your abilities – the outcome of a violent encounter? Hopefully, most of us Conceal Carry Owners have at least thought about this – the aftermath – surviving a defensive gun position.  What if your wife – brother – daughter – sister or friend lay there, right in front of you injured.  Do you have any tools, community or training in place to support & assist in your recovery? Can you STAND?

Let me back up a minute here, after all, we are talking about what we hope never happens. Let’s just start with the gun, have you at least shot your weapon so you know how it reacts? And more importantly how you react to it! How about disassembly and cleaning? Types of ammo, grain of bullets, the list goes on and on – and can be a bit daunting if you let it.

Point being –  just like any functional armor you need to make sure it is in peak performance state and ready at a moments notice. This is where training comes in;  A preparing the armor of the body, mind & spirit in order to defend against your death and stand after the threat has vanquished.

So what to do?

Own your gun – this thing you now possess has more potential deadly energy within it, more than anything else, you will ever come into contact with in the entirety of your life. Everything it does or does not do is your responsibility. If you leave it unattended you must make sure it is securely unloaded & locked up in some form or fashion. Do not under any circumstances allow yourself or your family and friends to become part of the statistics related to gun violence. If you are licensed to carry the weapon on your person, you now have an even greater responsibility, we will discuss this in more detail at a later juncture.

Target practice – go to the range as often as possible, learn your gun. If possible, go to an outdoor range and fire your weapon without hearing protection, at least a couple rounds so you aren’t surprised by the noise. Note* Check local laws, range regulations and always use your best judgment.

Mechanics – what type of components will work best for you in your given environment? The ins & outs of gun ownership – how to choose and care for your weapon, types of holsters, types of ammo, etc.

Situational defense – there are many programs out there from unarmed self-defense to a more complex, active shooter response training. A good place to start is USCCA – they are a strong leader in the armor building business – take a look at their on-line courses or better yet find a certified instructor your area.

There are also insurances such as Defense Sheild, for $13 per month – you would be hard pressed to find better value for dollar spent in providing peace of mind and a helping hand when faced with arrest or an uphill court battle.

Community – Connect with local business, you might be surprised what is offered in your area. Many local martial arts venues offer self-defense training. Other options may be sponsored by your area YMCA, community centers or outreach groups. Local gun shops, shooting ranges or NRA clubs are also an excellent source to find out what is available in your nearby area.

Spirit – Learn your basic emotions, know the stages of grief, talk about this subject with close friends. Most importantly, tell those that really matter to you that you love them and do it often.

Take Away – That pee shooter on your ankle or that cannon strapped to your leg could be a valuable asset or a deadly liability. Continued educational training and practice might make all the difference when violence happens – in the blink of an eye.

Be Safe, Be Smart


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