Winning Tactics for Handgun Training On a Budget

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I believe the
handgun will be the most useful and used self-defense tool after
a collapse. I’m not contending that a handgun is more effective
than a rife or shotgun, it’s not.

If I knew trouble
was coming, and I was going to have to use deadly force, I’d
reach for the nearest long-gun while holding the handgun in reserve.

But the truth
of the matter is, you will not always have an advanced warning of
impending danger. An attack will likely be perpetrated quickly and
without warning, when you’re most vulnerable, at close range,
by more than one attacker and in low light.

You’ll
need to be armed at all times, carrying a rifle or shotgun continuously
is impractical if not impossible.

There are times
(even post SHTF)
when concealment
will be necessary – tucking a handgun down your pants is easier
and more practical than trying to hide a shotgun under your coat.

Now that we
know a handgun is the most useful and realistic defensive tool we
need to learn to use that tool in the most effective way possible.

Taking a dedicated
class given by qualified instructors is the best course of action.
But many of us don’t have the time or money to make this a
reality and must seek other alternatives.

Most of you
reading this, I am sure; have a good working knowledge of firearm
safety
and proper shooting
fundamentals
. If not, you must master the basics before continuing.

The NRA’s
Education & Training Division
offers training courses covering
safety and handgun usage. Be sure to take the handgun
carry permit classes
if available in your state, even if you
don’t plan on applying for the permit.

While these
classes aren’t as intense (usually) as the classes given by
say, Gunsite or Thunder
Ranch
, you can pick-up valuable tips and safety information
by attending.

Another possibility
is looking to relatives or friends who have knowledge in handgun
safety and defensive tactics. It could be someone with military
or police training. Just be sure, your training partner knows more
about the subject than you.

I’ve known
several people who claimed to be an expert in all things firearm
related yet on the range it was obvious they knew very little of
what they claimed, with several being down right hazardous.

On one occasion,
I saw a self-proclaimed expert (a former cop) point the muzzle of
his weapon toward another shooter to his left flank as he cleared
his weapon.

This is a no-no.
I called him on it and his reaction was so bad that, I thought we
were going to end the day with fisticuffs, but a crowd gathered
and he backed down.

I often get
emails from readers asking for book and DVD recommendations in this
area – my advice is always the same. Learn the basics before moving
forward and seek professional training if possible.

After learning
proper handgun handling and safety, my recommendations for books
and DVD’s are “Tactical Pistol Shooting: Your Guide to
Tactics & Techniques that Work” and “Jim Grover’s
Defensive Shooting Series” both are excellent.

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September
2, 2010

M.D.
Creekmore [send
him mail
] is a full-time blogger and preparedness consultant.
He currently lives completely off-grid somewhere in the Appalachian
mountains and is currently working on his upcoming book The
Dirt Cheap Survival Retreat for Paladin Press. To connect with
M.D. Creekmore please visit his Survival
Blog
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