• 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
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    ] 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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