Firearms Safety & Training Basics
The following videos and articles are intended to provide basic information on firearms safety and the functions and use of a variety of firearms and related information. There are many points of view on shooting techniques, so you are always encouraged to do your own research to find those that help you improve your shooting skills. You are encouraged to attend a formal firearms training course, with a licensed firearms instructor, usually offered by local firearms merchants. Research the types of firearms training available and choose the best course(s) for you.
United States Bill of Rights
"Never draw a gun on a man unless you intend to kill him. And believe me, if you do intend to kill him he will already know it. Then he will feel the cold breath of the tomb. ― George S. Patton Jr.
Rules of Firearm Safety:
1 - ALWAYS Assume that ALL Firearms are loaded.
Types of Firearms
Parts of a Gun
Basic Firearm Safety & Use:
Brandishing, Warning Shot, Shoot to Wound? NOT!!!!:
2 - Keep firearms pointed in a safe direction AT ALL TIMES. Never point, LOADED or UNLOADED, toward anything you are not willing to destroy.
3 - Keep your finger off the trigger until you are ready to shoot.
4 - Be sure of your target and aware of what is beyond it. Your bullet may pass through your target and hit what is beyond it.
Warning shots only serve two purposes — getting you killed or killing the unlucky recipient of a stray bullet that should never have been fired in the first place. You are, personally, responsible for every projectile that comes out of your firearm. Warning shots put bullets where you DON'T want them to go. Using a firearm in a non-lethal way, such as brandishing, shooting to wound rather than to kill, and firing one or more warning shots to scare off an attacker is a guaranteed ticket to an arrest or law suit. Only pull your weapon on a "threat to your life". IF, in fact, it is a "threat to your life", you must stop the threat, not scare it. Fire AT the imminent deadly threat and keep firing at it until the deadly threat stops. Don't shoot anywhere else! For more details
Watch this video and
Read this Article.
Handgun Selection, Cleaning and Maintenence:
Brandishing (Georgia, USA)
Choosing Revolvers VS Semi-Auto (an age-old, hotly debated gun-shop topic):
Practice Practice Practice:
Primary Considerations for choosing a weapon:
1 - Easy, simple and comfortable to operate
2 - Allows you to maintain control for good, swift and accurate shot placement
3 - Popularity and availability of ammunition
Why a Revolver (not Semi-Auto) Handgun may be a Better Choice of Self-Defense for Women and Seniors:
With no prejudice intended, weakness in the hands is a common attribute for many women and seniors. Over many years, I have observed that the slide and magazine of semi-automatic handguns are a challenge for many women and seniors. Pulling back the slide, to load the first shot, and filling the magazine with bullets, especially that last few, is a common challenge because springs (tension) are involved causing resistance to load. No such problems exist with a revolver. Additionally, magazine spring weakness (many debunk) is totally eliminated in a revolver. Over my 40+ years of shooting, the revolver has never failed me. Not the case with semi-autos. Let’s talk magazine springs; a Police Office, depending on their sidearm for their very life every day, recycles their ammunition in the magazines on a frequent basis. Harry Homeowner, many not think about doing this unless he finds the handgun hidden under the contents of his sock drawer. Semi-autos have a bazillion parts that can go bad. Revolvers have 3; the trigger, cylinder and the hammer. Additionally, the mistaken idea that more bullets are better is not a good argument for buying a semi-auto. In a life-threatening confrontation, it only takes one well-placed shot, with the right kind of ammunition, to stop an attacker. Even if you miss, the first shot should send the attacker running or there is a much bigger problem no amount of bullets will stop. So, before buying a "cool-looking" semi-auto, think about hand strength and how often the firearm will be taken out of the sock drawer.
Best and Worst Firearms for Home Defense:
There are numerous handguns and rifles on the market that are well suited for the purpose of home defense from violence. There are also just as many, if not more, that are poorly suited for the job.
- Pump action shotgun - reliable & devastating. The sound of the pump racking alone can be enough to scare an intruder. 12, 20 or 410 gauges for all size users.
- 9mm Handgun - very popular and reliable, lot of rounds, moderate recoil, cheap to train due to availability and low cost ammo.
- AR-15 - semi-automatic rifle provides greater ammo capacity, longer range, and more velocity than a handgun.
- Large Caliber Double-Action Revolver - very reliable, moderate recoil, cheap to train due to availability and low cost ammo.
- Shotgun Revolver (Taurus Judge/Smith & Wesson Governor) - The reliability of a revolver with the devastation of a shotgun.
- Small Caliber (Pocket) Handguns - difficult to aim and shoot accurately.
- High-Powered Handguns - generate excessive noise and recoil making them difficult to control in a combat situation.
- Single-Shot Firearms - missing your target, you're not likely to have time to reload before you are attacked. Also, consider the possiblity of multiple assailants.
- Bolt Action Hunting Rifles - Takes valuable time to manually operate a bolt to eject and load a round after each shot.
- Military Surplus Firearms - could be unreliable or excessively long barrels or high-powered ammo for battle-field accuracy.
Cleaning and Ammunition Maintenance:
General Cleaning & Maintenance
Semi-Auto Pistol Cleaning
Semi-Auto Magazine Cleaning
Semi-Auto Ammunition Rotation
Do Semi-Auto Magazine Springs Lose Power When Loaded for Years?
Like any skill, practice not only makes perfect, it produces confidence.
Introduction to Shooting Range Rules, Safety and Etiquette:
Follow all local/state/federal Firearms Transportation Laws while transporting firearm(s) to/from the Range. Each Range has its own set of Range Rules so be sure to read, understand and follow them. It is best to call about, or get a copy of, the Facility's Range Rules before visiting to understand what kind of firearms and ammunition are allowed or prohibited as well as other custom rules to follow. For theft-prevention reasons, you should not have to return any firearm or ammunition to your vehicle because they were prohibited in the Range. Even though your vehicle may be locked, and the items are out of sight, this creates a safety concern because they are not in your immediate possession; your vehicle could be forcibly entered to steal those items by someone who overheard a Range conversation or saw you place the items in your vehicle.
Handgun Shooting Stance, Aiming, Sight Alignment, Sight Picture & Trigger Control:
Not Hitting Where You Aim?
Storing & Securing a Firearm (Safes & Locks):
Transporting a Firearm:
Mental Preparation Before for a Self-Defense Encounter:
Laws vary, from state to state, on carrying a concealled firearm. Their qualifications range from taking a class, submiting proof of necessity, qualifying on a target range, background check, getting a permit, and all, or combination, of the aforementioned, to just being of legal age. If you have an interest in carrying a concealled firearm, research your own state laws and requirements, or search the web for those states that will issue a CCW (Carrying a Concealed Weapon) Permit to non-residents.
As of the date of this writing (November 2017), there are over 30 states in the United States that will issue CCW permits to its general citizenship. Some of these states recognize that "anyone who can legally possess a firearm can carry it concealed WITHOUT a permit". Most of these states have Concealed Carry Permit Reciprocity with other CCW states. Laws & procedures change so do your own research on current local & federal laws & procedures before carrying a concealed firearm.
It should go without saying that training and obedience to the laws of the state of residence, or state being visited, are the signs of a responsible CCW Permit holder. Additionally, the ultimate goal of carrying concealed is the element of surprise by avoiding to draw attention to oneself. Here are some links to view for further information:
The Concealed Carry (Stealth) Lifestyle
Concealed Carry Mistakes, Don'ts, and Blunders and Choosing the Best Handgun for You
Tips When Stopped By Police and Carrying a Firearm
Summer Carry Compromises
Concealed Carry Map and Guidelines
Most of us would probably say "I'll do what I have to do to protect myself, family and friends." But very few think of the aftermath, and consequences, of taking a life or severly injuring an attacker. Self-Defense Insurance is available to help deal with the legal and financial impact after a self-defense action.
Bullet/Knife -Proof/-Resistant Clothing & Accessories:
What are Red Flag Laws and Extreme Risk Protection Orders (ERPOs)?
2nd Amendment Sanctuaries: Preserving the Second Amendment.
Pay it forward:
There is a movement sweeping across the country. Average citizens are taking destiny into their own hands, to preserve the Second Amendment, by using the initiative process, enabling citizens to bypass federal, or their state, legislature restrictions by placing proposed statutes and, in some states, constitutional amendments on the ballot. 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries should not be confused, or associated, with the despicable sanctuary cities that shelter illegal immigrants.
Arizona Becomes "2nd Amendment Sanctuary State" (April 8, 2021)
What is a 2nd Amendment Sanctuary?
2nd Amendment Sanctuary Ordinance
Preserving the Second Amendment
List of Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States Across the Country
U.S. Map of Second Amendment Sanctuary Cities, Counties, and States
Second Amendment Sanctuary, Step by Step Guide to Make It Happen:
[Link 2 with Example Resolutions]
Search Results for 2nd Amendment Sanctuaries
If you have benefited from someone sharing their time, knowledge, skills and resources with you to safely use a firearm, continue to improve upon your own skills and knowledge and pass them on to a newbie for the legacy to continue.
Silencers / Supressors:
Firearms and Law Enforcement: