Training and Safety

Topics covering firearms’ training and safety.

  • Breaking in a New Handgun

    Congrats! You just got a new handgun. I hope that you did your research and got something that you love based on sound and informed decisions. Now before you trust your life with it, you may want to think about breaking it in. What is a break in period? Breaking-in a new handgun is a simple range session (or series of sessions) where the firearm is put through its paces. This can be as little as 200 rounds or as many as 500 rounds of ammunition shot in sequences of controlled, aimed fire....
  • So Lets Talk Cover and Concealment

    In a gunfight, you never want to stand out in the open, like high noon in an Old Western movie, and shoot it out in a fair fight. There is no such thing. You had better believe that if a bad person is shooting at you, they are going to strive to make it as unfair to you as possible and you should return the favor. One of the best guides in your tactical toolbox is the proper use of cover and concealment. What is Good Cover? Cover is something bullet resistant that you can tuck most of the...
  • Places To Shoot In California

    I have been fortunate to have lived to be a ripe old age of 62. My wife and I have raised 4 children (2 LE and 1 Military) and we all love to shoot. Herein lies the problem. Finding a place to shoot in Southern California. I am writing this in hopes that other California residents will relate and possibly provide feedback as well. It is not unusual for my sons and grandsons and I to venture out on any given weekend with a cooler of sandwiches, a 10 inch stack of BLM, USFS and every...
  • BPI Natural Earplugs

    The FTF was contacted by BPI and asked to evaluate their mold-able earplugs for hearing protection. I'll start off with my experience and let the other staff chime in later. BPI Natural Earplugs The Mighty Plug Company dba (BPI) Beneficial Products Inc. Southern Oregon USA Company website: Highest Blocking Moldable Ear Plugs I was skeptical at first when reading the instructions it said, "...work the earplug between your fingers for 10-15 seconds to soften it to the texture of play...
  • One Armed Bandit

    Being able to manipulate your handgun with either hand can save your life in a tactical situation. Humans are all about comfort. We do what we like to do, and what we are comfortable with. If something isn't comfortable, or just doesn't feel right, we aren't really inclined to do it. This includes handgun shooting. We all have a favorite handgun, and a particular way we like to shoot. Myself, I prefer a two-handed grip in a modified isosceles stance, but that's just me. However, even...
  1. Running with Guns

    While running with scissors is often frowned upon, running with guns can actually be both fun, and very safe. Organized events where amateur runners become amateur sharpshooters and vice versa are becoming popular across the country. Olympic roots As far back as 1861, the biathlon, then called the 'military patrol' was instituted in Norway to promote national defense at the local level. In the event skiers raced from station to station with a rifle slung over their back. Then, after a...
  2. Venezuela Bans Guns

    The twenty-eight million citizens of the South American republic of Venezuela will no longer have a right to keep and bear guns. This is in a country that has one of the highest rates of gun crime in the world. The Background Venezuela had started as one of the most democratic of all Latin American countries. Simon Bolivar, the leader that could best be called 'the George Washington of South America,' was from Venezuela. In fact, the official name of the country is the "Bolivarian Republic...
  3. The Triple Nickel Shooting Drill

    To shoot as if your life depended on it, you need to sweat a lot in practice. Every time you go to a safe range and practice set drills for this, you increase your chances of walking away alive if you ever do get in an encounter. Perhaps the hardest shooting drill around for a combat handgunner is the Triple Nickel. What is it? Designed by the US Department of Homeland Security's National Firearms and Tactical Training Unit (NFTTU), the Triple Nickel is formatted as a skills assessment...
  4. Crossdraw Holsters 101

    In the world of carrying a handgun, everything is subject to change. One of the few fundamentals that remain constant over time is the concept of carrying your gun on your stronghand side so that it can be drawn with your (wait for it) strong hand. Well, that is of course, unless you use a crossdraw. Origins So put yourself in a time machine and let us go back to the 1850s. Revolvers were new-fangled items but those sold in a caliber large enough to do damage were huge. For instance, the...
  5. So Lets Talk Cover and Concealment

    In a gunfight, you never want to stand out in the open, like high noon in an Old Western movie, and shoot it out in a fair fight. There is no such thing. You had better believe that if a bad person is shooting at you, they are going to strive to make it as unfair to you as possible and you should return the favor. One of the best guides in your tactical toolbox is the proper use of cover and concealment. What is Good Cover? Cover is something bullet resistant that you can tuck most of the...
  6. When to Teach Home Defense

    In a recent survey, having a firearm for protection was listed as the number one reason by US gun owners. Current state and federal laws regulate that owners must be no less than 18 years old (21 in most states for handguns). With that being said, when is it a good idea for younger shooters to become familiar with their parent/guardians firearm for those 'just in case' life events.... Criminals don't cut kids a break June 2012, Phoenix Arizona, a 14-year old boy is home with his three...
  7. A Gunspeak Primer

    If you read enough gun articles, hang out at shooting ranges, and peruse the gun shows enough, you find out that firearms owners and users have their own language. For the benefit of those not fully fluent, we here at Firearms Talk decided to put together this handy reference. Clips Get away from this word as much as possible! Of the 25,000+ firearms in existence, 24,995ish are either single shot, belt-fed, or use a magazine. Magazines, which may be tubular, rotary, drum, or box, is...
  8. Your Own Personal Firearms Trinity

    Odds are if you are reading this drivel, you probably own a few guns. Estimates say that something about 300-million firearms are in the possession of more than 80-million owners. This translates into 3-4 guns per each gun owner. Of course, this figure is skewed as there are many who own only a single trusted firearm while others possess several different gun safes filled to overflowing. With that in mind, let's take a look at what a good trio of firearms that every gun owner should have at...
  9. Every Gun is Always Loaded -- Even New Ones

    Everyone knows those most basic of all firearms handling mantras. 1. Treat every gun as if they are always loaded 2. Only aim at something you are prepared to destroy and known what's behind it 3. Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. However even these three simple rules are often forgotten, neglected, or just blown past by those who would and should know better. New gun owners and those who have just received a new gun see the worst violations of these rules. In the...
  10. Steel for the Book Worm

    Keeping a gun on the shelf may be a good idea, if done right. Why a book gun For centuries, people have hidden firearms inside hollowed out or even faux books. It keeps a firearm out of plain sight but retrievable in a few seconds if needed. It's historically a good way to protect the firearm from burglary. It can also conceal a firearm when traveling or to pass one from one person to another discreetly in public. In addition, it just has a certain type of swagger to it. Buy one When you...
  11. Breaking in a New Handgun

    Congrats! You just got a new handgun. I hope that you did your research and got something that you love based on sound and informed decisions. Now before you trust your life with it, you may want to think about breaking it in. What is a break in period? Breaking-in a new handgun is a simple range session (or series of sessions) where the firearm is put through its paces. This can be as little as 200 rounds or as many as 500 rounds of ammunition shot in sequences of controlled, aimed fire....
  12. Accidental Discharge

    They say it eventually happens to everyone. The only hope being that, when it does, nobody gets hurt. I am speaking about an accidental discharge of a firearm. We've all read those news articles. People cleaning their guns (seriously, cleaning a LOADED firearm?), Plaxico Burress...the news is rife with stories of accidental discharges. You can go on YouTube if you'd like to see what an accidental discharge looks like, or what the results of an accidental discharge can be. Needless to say,...
  13. Places To Shoot In California

    I have been fortunate to have lived to be a ripe old age of 62. My wife and I have raised 4 children (2 LE and 1 Military) and we all love to shoot. Herein lies the problem. Finding a place to shoot in Southern California. I am writing this in hopes that other California residents will relate and possibly provide feedback as well. It is not unusual for my sons and grandsons and I to venture out on any given weekend with a cooler of sandwiches, a 10 inch stack of BLM, USFS and every...
  14. Mirror Training

    Training to be a better instinctive shooter takes time. You can grasp the fundamentals of being an acceptable shooter in as little as a day, but without constant practice, you will most likely never be a good shooter. A trick to help make the transition may be just down the hall. Dry fire and practice Going as far back as Plato, and Aristotle, a phenomenon known as muscle memory or motor learning has been well documented. This is where you force a muscle group to do something so many times...
  15. Situational Awareness Get Some

    Most people are unaware as they go about their daily life. They are preoccupied with what they have to do next. They day dream as they walk like zombies, projecting themselves mentally home when they are at work and to work while they are at home. In today's society, this is dangerous What is situational awareness? Without sounding too much like a literal thinker, the concept of situational awareness is best defined as being awake. Your mental tissue needs to be constantly exercised to be...
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