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was born in Houston, Texas in 1964.
As a child, I knew the city well and
how dangerous it could be. My family
moved from the rat race in 1976 to the
country where they make Blue Bell ice
cream, Brenham, Texas. Well, the frst
thing I missed were the weekly trips to
Deep River Armory (a neighborhood
gun store long gone) years ago. I learned
my weapons there, starting in surplus
weapons. In fact, the frst handgun I fred,
with my father’s assistance, was a surplus
German Luger of his—I must have been
seven or eight years old. At age twelve,
my allowance money went to a British
303 jungle carbine original for $75. By
age ffteen, after working all summer, I
fnally had a Colt SP101. My father, who is
one of my heroes, and I went to every gun
show in the area and we didn’t miss a one.
Like my father, I became a frearm trader.
There is no frearm that I haven’t owned at
least once; but, sadly, I would trade one for
another, never keeping more than a couple
rifes and a few pistols. All the while, I
gained knowledge of brands and models,
their abilities and disabilities and their
internal workings.
I was able to shoot every chance I had
when we lived on some acreage back in
the country. My father encouraged it. I had
several fring ranges and plenty of friends
that liked to shoot. One summer day, I was
out of school and my parents had left for
the day. I was tired of fshing for bass in
our pond, so I walked back to our house
to fnd three gentlemen proceeding to load
my father’s new riding lawn mower onto
their truck. Needless to say, I was shocked
to see them and they were shocked to see
me. They started to remove the mower
very fast from their truck. You see my
snake “gun” for the day was a German P.38
in a GI shoulder holster. I only remember
saying, “Don’t ever come back here ever
again!” They listened to this fourteen-
year-old that day and I learned there are
snakes everywhere.
After a devastating knee accident
in tenth grade, all my military dreams
crumbled. That didn’t stop me from being
very patriotic through the years. I graduated
high school in 1982 and was married for
15 years. Back in 1987, while in my new
house—the frst house of my own—I was
awakened by a light knock on the front
door early in the morning. I opened the
wood door thinking that the screen door
was latched. It was not; and there in the
light stood a gent who demanded to come
in and talk to someone who was not at
this address. He persisted and when he
put his hand on the door to push it open,
he was met with the loud racking of the
slide of a Colt Government model .45 as I
chambered a round and pointed it toward
his mid-section. I told him, “Don’t make
this mistake tonight.” He turned around,
ran like a deer and was never seen around
our house again.
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My frst marriage didn’t last, but I
have two wonderful children who grew
up around and shooting frearms. My
son, age 16, is now a frearms enthusiast.
My daughter, age 20, also knows her way
around frearms and the importance
of protecting my new granddaughter.
My lovely bride of three years is a true
treasure. While dating, I asked her how
she felt about guns. She said, “I have one
in my car for protection!” She joins my
father, son and I when we go to the area
gun shows. She shoots with me every
chance we get. In turn, I go to chick-ficks
and craft shows with her. I am now living
back in the big city and personal protection
is a daily requirement. Just last week, my
neighbor was relieved of his new truck as it
sat in the driveway just two houses down.
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try to spot trouble far off. Don’t let it sneak
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CCM: Was ther e a specifc instance that caused you to car r y a gun?
Wor d: No, thank God. Just a show of the weapon has done the trick
once, and the sound of the slide chambering a round worked the second
time—that was years before I had my CCL. Just remember, like the
saying goes, “It is better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not
have it.”
CCM: What tr aining methods do you employ?
Wor d: Practice. Practice. Practice. I am blessed that I can still go to the
country and shoot. I teach newbie’s to shoot with my old Taurus PT92AF.
It has had over 5,000 rounds through it and only once did it have a hiccup. Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
I don’t believe in starting a new person off
on a .22; I don’t start them off with a .44
Mag; and I don’t make them shoot at 25
yards the frst time. I always let them shoot
up-close to build confdence. Most shoot-
outs happen within ten feet anyway. I don’t
believe in learning from multiple gun-
guru’s because every one teaches a different
style, which is like learning a new job each
time. Pick one style and stay with it. Make
sure you practice all scenarios. Shoot from
standing, drawing, kneeling, lying fat,
from your car or truck, or at least a chair to
simulate it, because when it happens, you
won’t be choosing the position.
CCM: How long have you car r ied a
concealed weapon?
Wor d: I have carried for many years,
ever since the law was passed in Texas.
I took one of the initial classes taught
in my area and have renewed it twice
since then.
CCM: What weapons do you car r y?
Wor d: For the last three years, my Ruger
P97 .45 ACP has done the trick. Several
high dollar auto’s have come and gone
through the years, but down here in Texas,
when temperatures reach 100+, this fre-
arm is very light and impervious to sweat.
Sometimes, to be different, I carry one of
my 9mm. My wife carries a Taurus Mod.
85 .38 Special with a bobbed hammer.
CCM: What t ype of ammunit ion do
you car r y?
Wor d: Well, this is where I will catch
some fack. My .45 ACP defense round is a
230 grain Winchester FMJ. You don’t have
to worry about over-penetration with a .45
ACP; just one good hit and they’ll go down.
Also, if the bad guy is in a car, you want
an FMJ. If you don’t believe me, just ask
any old soldier and they will tell you. With
smaller calibers, I will go jacketed hollow
CCM: What concealment holster s do
you use?
Wor d: My favorite is a nylon bellyband
purchased at a gun show several years
ago. I don’t even know the make of it. I
just know it works great with a T-shirt. For
everything else, I use a Fobus paddle-type
holster. They seem more rigid than the
leather holsters that I have used.
CCM: What do you do for a living?
Wor d: I am currently a sales representative
for a local frm.
CCM: Do you have any advice for our
r eader s?
Wor d: Again… Practice. Practice. Practice.
You can’t do it enough. Try to shoot real
bullets. Snap caps and dry fring are fne if
you are practicing drawing your weapon for
the frst time. When you go target shooting,
try to shoot at wood, phone books and old
cars if you have the land to do this. This
will teach you what your favorite caliber is
capable of, and most importantly, what it’s
not capable of.
Teach your children to shoot and
shoot safely. Take them hunting with you.
Teach them to hunt; a child that is hunting
is a child that is not on the street. Take a
friend to shoot. They will always want to
do it again. Join the NRA. School people
on the Second Amendment—the whole
thing. Not the abbreviated version the kids
are learning today in school. Read the notes
of the Constitution. It’s very important
to know what George Washington and
Thomas Jefferson thought of frearms and
what they meant in the Second Amendment.
When you try to enlighten someone about
frearms or the Second Amendment, try to
remember to always do it professionally.
And, please pray for our troops wherever
they may be. These warriors are our heroes,
Actors, are actors and athletes, are athletes.
They are not heroes and they should not be
thought of as heroes by our children or us. Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
SAN ANTONIO, Texas — A robbery
suspect who walked into a bar with a
gun ended up getting shot himself Friday
morning. According to authorities, the bar
owner had a gun of his own and ended up
killing the suspect.
This happened around 12:30 a.m., at
the Old Soldier’s Bar on Binz-Engleman
near Kirby.
The bar owner told deputies that
the suspect walked in looking drugged
and disoriented. When he was told to
leave, the suspect pulled his gun out and
demanded money.
Instead of complying, the bar owner
grabbed his own gun and shot the suspect
twice. He died at the scene.
Deputies say the bar owner does
not face charges, since he was defending
himself. Several other people were also
inside the bar but were not hurt.
San Antonio‘s
August 18, 2006
Sterling man was arrested Saturday night
after he attempted to enter a home with an
armed homeowner inside.
Jason Todd Lang, 23, was taken into
custody by a Loudoun Sheriff’s Deputy
as the suspect was walking away from
the home in the 700 block of West Holly
Avenue in Sterling. The suspect appeared
According to the homeowner, the
suspect knocked on the front door shortly
after 9 p.m. and attempted to come in when
he answered the door. The homeowner was
able to close the door and the suspect began
banging on the door. The homeowner then
ran to his bedroom where he grabbed
a handgun. After the resident told the
suspect he had the wrong house, the
suspect punched through a door panel and
attempted to unlock the door. At this time,
the homeowner fred one round from his
handgun through the bottom of the door
striking the concrete steps out front.
Lang was treated by rescue personnel
for minor lacerations that occurred prior
to the incident. Lang was charged with
Unlawful Entry, Destruction of Property,
and Drunk in Public. He was released on
a $2500 bond.
August 21, 2006
HARRAH, Oklahoma — With no phone
available, a Harrah resident shot at two
home invaders Sunday afternoon, according
to the Harrah Police Department.
Police Chief, Eddie Holland, told The
Sun that the homeowner, who lived near the
intersection of NE 23rd Street and Peebly
Road, hadn’t been able to contact them
until at least 30 minutes after the incident
because he lacked a phone. Harrah police
used a canine unit to track the scent of the
two men to car tracks leaving the wooded
west end of a ball feld across the street.
According to the resident, who
declined to be named, two men —a shorter
one with Bermuda shorts and a football
jersey and a medium-sized one with
longer hair—pulled up into the driveway
at approximately 10 a.m. and knocked
on the door and rang the doorbell. The
homeowner didn’t answer after seeing
the two look in through the blinds of the
front window. The two men left and later
returned and at one point kicked the back
garage door and cut open the kitchen
screen window.
“I’m watching him from one set
of blinds as he peers in another,” the
resident said.
Though the license plate of the vehicle
was covered, the homeowner believes,
the car was conspicuous, a newer model
dark-colored Chrysler 300 with dark-
tinted windows.
The homeowner said that if one of
the men had actually entered the house,
he would have shot them with the pistol he
owns. Instead, after they pulled into the
ball feld and headed for his house one last
time, he came outside and fred one
shot into the air and one into the ground,
he said.
“They couldn’t have gotten more than
$50 a piece from robbing my home,” he
said. “It’s not enough to risk your life for.”
Midwest City Sun
August 23, 2006
SEQUIN, Texas — As most families were
sleeping soundly early Labor Day morning,
a local homeowner shot and killed a man
who smashed through the back door of
his home.
“The homeowners, who were asleep,
awoke to a living nightmare,” said Seguin
Police Department public information
offcer, Aaron Seidenberger. “A person
had broken into their home, and now they Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
were violently struggling to get the suspect
to leave.”
After breaking into the home at 798
Renee St. at 5:20 a.m., the man made his
way down the hallway to the homeowners’
bedroom, where the husband and wife
awoke. The male homeowner physically
struggled with the burglar, who had armed
himself with a wooden club-like object he
found inside the home, police said.
The homeowner retrieved a gun
from his bedroom and yelled for the man
to leave. When the burglar charged, the
homeowner shot the man at least once in
the upper torso with a .40 caliber handgun,
said Police Chief, Luis Collazo.
“He shot from 10 feet or less,” Collazo
said. “It’s point and shoot.”
The man staggered out the back door
and fell to the ground. He was pronounced
dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace
Darrell Hunter.
Though the homeowner is undoubtedly
dealing with the psychological impact of
his decision, Seidenberger likened the
incident to an offcer having to shoot a
suspect in self-defense. “He has to look at
it [from the viewpoint of] ‘If I had not done
what I did to protect myself and my wife,
then I might not be here.’”
The homeowners were not visibly
injured in the incident, said Lt. Mike
Watts. No charges will be fled against the
homeowner, Collazo said.
Seguin Gazette-Enterprise
September 4, 2006
MILWAUKEE, Wisconsin — Police said
a store owner shot and killed one of two
teenagers he said was trying to rob his
Milwaukee store.
Singh and his wife, Devinder Singh
live above the store at 31st Street and
Glendale Avenue.
They said they heard noises around
1:30 a.m. Monday.
Police said the 51-year-old took his
gun, went downstairs and shot at the two
teenagers, ages 17 and 18. The 18-year-
old later died. Singh was taken into police
custody, but was later released.
Monday, his wife defended his
actions. “In this United States, we have
the right to live our life, and we are not
criminal. We are working 9 a.m. to 9 p.m.
My husband drives a semi. He works more
than me. So we have the right, and we have
the right to kill if someone comes on my
property like that,” Devinder Singh said.
Singh is scheduled to meet with the district
attorney Thursday to determine whether
the shooting was justifed.
September 12, 2006
ROCKFORD, Illinois — Police say a man
in his early 20s was shot once in the chest
and killed Tuesday night after he allegedly
broke into a home in the 1800 block of
North Church Street.
The man was taken to a Rockford
hospital, where he was pronounced dead,
police said.
Witnesses reported hearing three
shots before squad cars descended on the
neighborhood around 10 p.m. The shooting
took place at 9:51 p.m., police said.
Several people were taken into
custody, apparent witnesses to the crime,
offcers at the scene said. Police had not yet
decided whether charges will be fled in
the case. No other injuries were reported.
Rockford Register Star
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“The right of having and using arms for
self-preservation and defense is justly
called the primary law of nature, so it is
not, neither can it be in fact, taken away
by the law of society.”
Commentaries on the Laws of England.
“Arms in the hands of individual citizens
may be used at individual
private self-defense.”
John Adams,
A Defense of the Constitutions (1787-88).
“The Constitution shall never be
construed to prevent the people of the
United States who are peaceable citizens
from keeping their own arms.”
Samuel Adams,
during Massachusetts’ U.S. Constitution
Ratifcation Convention (1788).
“The Constitution preserves the
advantage of being armed which
Americans possess over the people of
almost every other nation...(where)
the governments are afraid to trust the
people with arms.”
James Madison,
The Federalist #46.
“Firearms stand next in importance
to the Constitution itself. They are the
American people’s liberty teeth and
keystone under independence.”
George Washington.
“No free man shall ever be debarred the
use of arms.”
Thomas Jefferson, Proposed
Virginia Constitution (1776), Jefferson
Papers 344 (J. Boyd, ed. 1950).
“A militia, when properly formed, are
in fact the people themselves...and
include all men capable of bearing
arms. To preserve liberty it is essential
that the whole body of people always
possess arms...”
Richard Henry Lee,
Additional letters from The
Federal Farmer 53 (1788).
“I ask, sir, what is the militia? It is the
whole people...To disarm the people
is the best and most effectual way to
enslave them.”
George Mason,
during Virginia’s ratifcation
convention (1788).
“Congress has no power to disarm the
militia. Their swords, and every other
terrible implement of the soldier, are
the birth-right of an American...The
unlimited power of the sword is not in
the hands of either the federal or state
governments, but, where I trust in God
it will ever remain, in the hands of
the people.”
Tench Coxe,
Pennsylvania Gazette, February 20, 1788.
Current law: “The militia of the United
States consists of all able-bodied males
at least years of age. The classes
of the militia are () the organized
militia, which consists of the National
Guard, and () the unorganized militia,
which consists of the members on the
militia who are not members of the
National Guard.”
Title 10,
Section 311(a) of the United States Code.
“On every question of construction let
us carry ourselves back to the time when
the Constitution was adopted, recollect
the spirit manifested in the debates,
and instead of trying to determine what
meaning can be squeezed out of the text,
or invented against it, conform to the
probable one in which it was passed.”
Thomas Jefferson.
“The great object is, that every man be
armed...Everyone who is able may have
a gun...”
Patrick Henry,
3 Elliott Debates 386.
“Arms discourage and keep the invader
and plunderer in awe, and preserve order
in the world as well as property. Horrid
mischief would ensue were the law-
abiding deprived of the use of them.”
Thomas Paine,
Thoughts on Defensive War (1775).
“Guard with jealous attention the
public liberty. Suspect every one who
approaches that jewel. Unfortunately,
nothing will preserve it but downright
force. Whenever you give up that force,
you are ruined.”
Patrick Henry, during Virginia’s
ratifcation convention (1788).
“Before a standing army can rule, the
people must be disarmed; as they are
in almost every kingdom in Europe.
The supreme power in America can
not enforce unjust laws by the sword,
because the whole body of the people are
armed, and constitute a force superior
to any band of regular troops that
can be, on any pretense, raised in the
United States.”
Noah Webster,
An Examination Into the Leading Principals
of the Federal Constitution (1787).
“To disarm the people; that it was the
best and most effectual way to enslave
George Mason,
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“We have staked the whole future of
the American civilization, not upon the
power of the government (but) upon
the capacity of each and all of us to
govern ourselves, to control ourselves,
to sustain ourselves according to the Ten
Commandments of God.”
James Madison.
“Our Constitution was made for a
moral and religious people. It is wholly
inadequate for the governance of
any others.”
John Adams.
“I feel no anxiety at the large armament
designed against us. The remarkable
interposition of Heaven in our favor can
not be too gratefully acknowledged. He
who fed the Israelites in the wilderness,
who clothed the lilies in the feld, and
who feeds the young ravens when they
cry…will not forsake a people engaged
in so righteous a cause…if we remember
His loving kindness.”
Abigail Adams, June 18, 1776.
“As one studies history, especially the
history of the Western Hemisphere, it is
diffcult to dismiss the premise that God
had a plan for America.”
George Will.
“Men by their constitutions are naturally
divided into two parties: ) Those who
fear and distrust the people ) Those
who identify themselves with the people,
have confdence in them, cherish and
consider them as the most honest and safe
depository of the public interest.”
Thomas Jefferson.
“A government which does not trust
its citizens to be armed is not itself to
be trusted.”
Niccolo Machiavelli.
“They that give up essential liberty to
obtain a little temporary safety deserve
neither liberty nor safety.”
Benjamin Franklin,
Historical Review of Pennsylvania (1759).
“In Switzerland, where the citizens are
most armed, they are most free.”
Niccolo Machiavelli.
“When frearms go, all goes. We need
them every hour.”
George Washington.

“The State, in its criminal code, forbids
citizens to have frearms or other
weapons, but does not undertake to
defend them.”
Alexander Solzhenitsyn,
The Gulag Archipelago.
“I blame the deaths of my parents on
those legislators who deny me my right
to defend myself.”
Dr. Suzanna Gratia Hupp
(referring to the incident at Luby’s cafe in
Killeen, TX, in which a murderer killed her
parents and 22 other people in her presence).
The most foolish mistake we could
possibly make would be to permit the
conquered Eastern peoples to have arms.
History teaches us that all conquerors
who have allowed their subject races
to carry arms have prepared their own
downfall by doing so.
Adolph Hitler,
Hitler’s Table-Talk at the Fuhrer’s
Headquarters, 1941-1942.
“Those who can not remember the past
are condemned to repeat it.”
George Santayana.
“Gun registration is not enough.”
Attorney General, Janet Reno,
December 10, 1993 (A.P.).
“The most effective means of fghting
crime in the United States is to outlaw
the possession of any type of frearm by
the civilian population.”
Attorney General, Janet Reno, 1991 speech
to B’nai B’rith in Fort Lauderdale (St. Louis
Post-Dispatch, August 25, 1996, p. 3B).
“What good does it do to ban some guns?
All guns should be banned.”
Sen. Howard Metzanbaum.
“Our task of creating a socialist America
can only succeed when those who would
resist us have been totally disarmed.”
Sara Brady, Chairman, Handgun Control,
to Sen.Howard Metzanbaum, The
National Educator, January 1994, p. 3.
“We’re going to have to take this one step
at a time, and the frst step is necessarily—
given the political realities— going to be
very modest. Our ultimate goal—total
control of all guns—is going to take
time. The frst problem is to slow down
the increasing number of handguns
being produced and sold in this country.
The second problem is to get handguns
registered, and the fnal problem is to
make possession of all handguns, and all
handgun ammunition totally illegal.”
Nelson T. (Pete) Shields, III,
founding Chair of Handgun Control, Inc.
“The only real justifcation (for the
assault weapons ban) is not to reduce
crime but to desensitize the public to the
regulation of weapons in preparation for
their ultimate confscation.”
Charles Krauthammer,
“To Control Crime, Control Guns”
(St. Louis Post-Dispatch, April 7,
1996, p.3B, emphasis added).
“There are more instances of abridgment
of freedom of the people by gradual and
silent encroachments…than by violent
and sudden usurpations.”
James Madison, June 16, 1788.
“All military type frearms are to be
handed in immediately…The S.S., S.A.,
and Stahlhelm give every respectable
German man the opportunity of
campaigning with them, therefore,
anyone who does not belong to one
of the above organizations and who
unjustifably keeps his weapon…must
be regarded as an enemy of the national
SA Oberfuhrer of Bad Tolz (March, 1933).
“I see creeping fascism in America, just
as in Germany, a drip at a time: a law
here, a law there, all supposedly passed
to protect the public. The German people
really believed that only hoodlums owned
such (unregistered) guns. What fools we
were. It truly frightens me to see how
the government, media, and some police
groups in America are pushing for the
same mindset.”
Theodore Haas,
survivor of Dachau and the Holocaust.
“The authority of the (state) is not
limited by checks and controls, by special
autonomous bodies or individual rights.
The concept of personal liberties of the
individual as opposed to the authority of
the state had to disappear. There are no
personal liberties of the individual which
fall outside of the realm of the state. The
Constitution is therefore not based upon
a system of inborn and inalienable rights
of the individual.”
Ernst Huber, 1933 speech to National
Socialist Workers (NAZI) Party, quoted
in The Ominous Parallels, Leonard
Peikoff (Stein & Day, N.Y. 1982) p.6.
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“Citizens! Turn in your weapons.”
English translation of
Soviet Union Poster (1919).
“Armas para que?” (“Guns for what?”)
Fidel Castro, 1959, in a speech urging the
people to turn in their guns because they
were no longer needed with him in control.
“In today’s Cuba, only those who
hold absolute power over the people
are armed.”
Max Jorge (Cuban exile).
Contrast with: “There is only one
fundamental right (all the others are
its consequences or corollaries): A
man’s right to his own life. The Bill of
Rights was not directed against private
citizens, but against the government—
as an explicit declaration that individ-
ual rights supersede any public or
social power.”
Ayn Rand,
“Man’s Rights,” The Virtue of Selfshness,
at 108, 110-112 (Signet Books, N.Y., 1970).
“The strength of the Constitution
lies entirely in the determination of
each citizen to defend it. Only if every
single citizen feels duty bound to do his
share in this defense are constitutional
rights secure.”
Albert Einstein.
“The right of the citizens to bear arms is
just one more guarantee against arbit-
rary government, one more safeguard
against a tyranny which now appears
remote in America, but which historically
had proved to be always possible.”
Senator Hubert Humphrey.
“Freedom is never more than one
generation away from extinction.”
Ronald Reagan.

“You need only refect that one of the
best ways to get yourself a reputation
as a dangerous citizen these days is to
go around repeating the very phrases
which our founding fathers used in their
struggle for independence.”
Charles A. Beard.

Thomas Jefferson carefully hand-copied the
following passage into his personal journal
from renown 18th century criminologist,
Cesare Beccaria, On Crimes and Punishment,
87-88 (Henry Palolucci trans., 1964. 1764).
Beccaria is generally regarded as the founder
of criminology. The complete quotation,
without editing:
“False is the idea of utility that sacrifces
a thousand real advantages for one
imaginary of trifing inconvenience;
that would take fre from men because
it burns, and water because one may
drown in it; that has no remedy for evil,
except destruction. The laws that forbid
the carrying of arms are laws of such
a nature. They disarm those only who
are neither inclined nor determined to
commit crimes. Can it be supposed that
those who have the courage to violate
the most sacred laws of humanity, the
most important of the code, will respect
the less important and arbitrary ones,
which can be violated with ease and
impunity, and which, if strictly obeyed,
would put an end to personal liberty—so
dear to men, so dear to the enlightened
legislator—and subject innocent persons
to all the vexations that the guilty alone
ought to suffer? Such laws make things
worse for the assaulted and better for
the assailants; they serve rather to
encourage than prevent homicides,
for an unarmed man may be attacked
with greater confdence than an armed
man. They ought to be designated
as laws not preventive but fearful of
crimes, produced by the tumultuous
impression of a few isolated facts, and
not by thoughtful consideration of the
inconveniences and advantages of a
universal decree.” (Emphasis added.)
Second Continental Congress
July 4, 1776
“We hold these truths to be self-evident,
that all men are created equal, that
they are endowed by their Creator with
certain unalienable Rights, that among
these are Life, Liberty, and the pursuit
of Happiness.
That to secure these rights, Governments
are instituted among Men, deriving
their just powers from the consent of
the governed.”
Unanimous Declaration of the
Second Continental Congress. Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
n January 2006, I established Defen-
sive Handgun Training, LLC located
in Northern Kentucky near Ohio and
Indiana. This company is dedicated to
providing top-quality frearm training for
Any frearm training company must
have instructors who possess extensive
frearm and instructor experience.
My experience includes military, law
enforcement and civilian frearm training.
In addition, I have been a certifed fight
instructor (CFI, CFI-I, and MEI) for the
last 16 years.
Like many of you, I learned to shoot
when I was young. As a teenager, I often
hunted rabbit, pheasant and deer. I really
began to focus on handgun shooting
after discovering IDPA—International
Defensive Pistol Association www.idpa.
com shooting sports. I believe that, short of
attending a professional shooting course,
IDPA is one of the best ways to maintain
self-defense handgun profciency.
After serving for 10 years in the U.S.
Army as a pilot fying both rotary and fxed
wing aircraft, I was honorably discharged
in 1997. I currently fy B-757 and B-767
aircraft for a major airline. When terrorists
attacked on 9-11 using the very same
aircraft type, my interest and passion for
quality self-defense training intensifed.
Within a week after 9-11, I joined a
grassroots, non-proft organization to
help urge Congress to pass a law to allow
airline pilots to defend their aircraft from
future hijackers. As the Chairman of their
Technical Research Team, I organized
visits to major frearm manufacturers
to discuss details of such a program. I
also led a team that attended SIGARMS
3-day Airline Crew Defense Course in
Epping, NH.
I met my wife, who was an Army
offcer and nurse, while stationed in
Germany. We have two daughters, ages 5
and 10. Providing for the security of my
family adds substantially to my passion for
defensive handgun training. They serve as
both the object and target of this training.
My daughters both know that if they see a
frearm of any kind, they are not to touch it
and instead call an adult promptly. As they
mature, I hope to train them further in the
safe and proper use of frearms. I’ll sleep
better knowing I have done everything
possible to provide for my family’s safety
and security.
I attend at least one professional
shooting course every year in order to
maintain profciency and learn from
other instructors. Since 2002, those
courses include: FRONT SIGHT’s 4-day
Defensive Handgun Course, Tactical
Defense Institute (TDI), Massad Ayoob’s
Lethal Force Institute (LFI-I), TDSA-
Tulsa’s Advanced Combat Pistol Course,
and a Police Semi-Automatic Instructor
Course. I was a Distinguished Graduate
at FRONT SIGHT and the top shooter of
the LFI-I course.
In addition, I maintain the following
qualifcations: Certifed NRA Instructor,
KY CCDW Permit Instructor and Inst-
ructor Trainer, Ohio, Utah and Florida
Concealed Carry Permit Instructor, Law
Enforcement Firearms Instructor, “Master”
classifcation in IDPA shooting sports
and Range Safety Offcer.
Recently, I was elected to the Board of
Directors of KC3 (KY Coalition to Carry
Concealed— KC3 is a non-
proft organization dedicated to protecting
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and improving Kentucky’s concealed carry
law. This law permits law abiding citizens
to have the means to defend themselves
from criminal attack when traveling
outside their homes. I volunteer my free
time to this organization because I feel
strongly about the right of the individual to
protect themselves and their families.
I maintain memberships in the
following organizations for the same
reasons: International Assoc. of Law
Enforcement Firearm Instructors (IALEFI),
International Law Enforcement Educators
and Trainers Association (ILEETA),
American Society of Law Enforcement
Trainers (ASLET), Life Member of the
Law Enforcement Alliance of America
(LEAA), and the American Woman’s Self-
Defense Association (AWSDA), National
Rife Association (NRA), and Gun Owners
of America (GOA).
Defensive Handgun Training, LLC
currently provides the following training
and services: KY, OH, UT and FL Concealed
Carry Permit Course’s, Handgun Tactics
Course, NRA Pistol Course, Handgun
Orientation Course (for new handgun
owners), Firearm Safety Course for
Teenagers, and GLOCK Armorer services.
Defensive Handgun Training, LLC also
possesses a FFL (Federal Firearms License)
and now sells frearms and other shooting
related equipment.
I can be reached at Defensive Handgun
Training, LLC:
or via e-mail at:
remember the frst time I saw a laser
sight. It was being used by Arnold
Schwarzenegger in The Terminator,
in 1984. It seemed like science fction gad-
getry at the time. Now, you can buy a $30
Airsoft gun with a laser (of sorts) attached.
Lasers are in use by law enforcement,
the military, and now more and more by
civilians with carry permits. New handgun
laser sight products are appearing all the
time. The original handgun laser devices
were clunky and delicate, and they required
special holsters, if you could holster those
guns at all with their lasers in place.
Modern handgun lasers have come a long
way, and are durable, practical, and easy
to carry.
I have to admit that I frst considered
a laser sight on a handgun to be
unnecessary, and a little bit too “Rambo.”
However, I have spent a considerable
amount of time using lasers, training
with lasers, and researching lasers, and I
have defnitely changed my mind. Laser
sights for handguns offer a lot of tactical
advantages worth considering. While this
is not intended to be a comprehensive
essay on the advantages of lasers, here
are a few that I think are important, in no
particular order:
• Ability to shoot in low light
conditions: It is well known that most
armed confrontations happen at night, in
low light environments. For this reason,
many of the top trainers will recommend
night sights for your carry guns. Lasers
offer a similar advantage, being extremely
visible in low light conditions.
• Aimed fre in awkward positions:
Unlike conventional iron sights, laser sights
do not require the frearm to be brought into
alignment with your eyes. When activated,
a laser sight indicates the approximate
point of impact of a fred round, no matter
what the orientation of the gun. Although
perhaps not ideal shooting postures, a laser
sight could permit you to provide aimed
fre from the hip, or over the shoulder (such
as when shooting out of a seated position
in a car, during a car-jacking), or even
from under a table at which you are sitting.
Gunfghts are very dynamic events that Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
Continued on page 16
rarely lend themselves to a perfect Weaver
stance. Shooting on the move, shooting
off-balance, and rolling on the ground are
all possibilities in a fght for your life, and
a laser sight can help you deliver aimed
fre when your iron sights can not. If you
have any doubts about this, an afternoon of
force-on-force training will convince you
that lasers can seriously boost your hit ratio
when engaged in a struggle with a real life
opponent who is shooting back!
• Threat focused sighting: Studies have
shown that humans tend to have diffculty
taking their focus off of an approaching
threat and onto their front sight. This isn’t
hard to believe. Imagine switching to a fne
focus on your front sight when a giant thug
is running at you, screaming and waving
a butcher knife. The laser sight projects a
red dot right onto your target, keeping the
threat in clear focus, while still permitting
aimed fre. While unaimed point shooting
will work at close ranges, the laser dot
makes a fast, accurate, and confdent shot
much easier.
• Deterrent effect: Studies have also
shown that lasers can end hostilities before
shots are fred. While this may be more
important for law enforcement offcers
who are more likely to hold suspects at
gunpoint, there are potential moments in a
“civilian” gunfght where the armed victim
is justifed in drawing on the attacker, but
the attacker has a brief window in which
to re-evaluate his intended course of action
before lead starts to fy. Seeing the red dot on
one’s own anatomy can be quite traumatic.
Everyone knows that means they are a
few pounds of pull on a trigger away from
being ventilated. In some circumstances, a
laser sight may actually prevent you from
having to use deadly force.
There are a large number of compet-
itive laser sight products on the market. All
of them are battery operated and project
a visible laser beam onto your target. (To
date, almost all laser sights have used red
laser beams, but green lasers are making
their frst appearance in the market.)
Beyond that basic description, there are a
lot of differences. I divide laser sights into
fve basic categories:
• Rail-mounted lasers: More and more
handguns are equipped with Picatinny,
Weaver or tactical type rails. Several
manufacturers make laser sights that
will mount directly to a rail. They can be
activated either with a toggle switch on the
back of the unit (accessible with the trigger
fnger) or with pressure switches adhered
to the pistol grip and attached to the unit
with a wire. These laser units are very easy
to install, and easy to remove when not
needed. The disadvantages are that they add
some weight and bulk to the weapon, and
prevent the use of regular holsters when the
laser is in place. This last problem is being
addressed by many holster makers, who
are now making holsters to accommodate
handguns with mounted lasers. These types
of laser units are made by a large number
of manufacturers, including Laserlyte.
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• Rail-mounted laser/tactical light
combos: These all-purpose units combine
a laser sight unit, as described above,
with a tactical light. These units can be
confgured to project a laser beam, project
white light, or both at the same time. In my
opinion, if you are going to hang a laser
off of the front of your gun, you might as
well have a tactical light too. The industry
leader in laser/tactical light units is
Streamlight, which is my personal favorite.
Streamlight offers a lower priced MX-
6, and the all-metal construction TLR-2,
both of which are fantastic products that I
recommend to you.
• Specially mounted lasers: The
original handgun laser units attached
mostly to the trigger guards. Now there are
far better ways to attach lasers to guns of
compact size and larger. However, a new
market has developed for lasers for sub-
compact guns that can’t accommodate
lasers in the same way as larger guns.
Examples of this type of laser are the
Pocket Slipper and the Armalaser. These
devices permit you to have a laser sight
even on pocket guns, like the NAA
Guardians or the smallest Kel-Tecs. I
have previously reviewed the Armalaser
products (May/June 2006 issue), and
fnd them to be of the highest quality and
backed by tremendous customer support.
• Guide rod replacement lasers:
Lasermax makes laser units that actually
replace the guide rod and spring assembly
in certain models of semi-automatic
pistols. The laser beam emits from the
front muzzle of the gun where the guide
rod is exposed. These lasers add virtually
no weight or bulk to the gun, and work
with standard holsters. These units work
quite well, although some people express
concerns about replacing the guide rod,
a critical component of their frearm.
My experience with Lasermax units
is very limited, compared to the other
types mentioned, but they appear to be a
quality product.
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• Lasergrips: Crimson Trace is the only
company making replacement grips that
incorporate a laser sight. The Lasergrips
add no weight or bulk to the gun and
permit the use of standard holsters. The
grips have the added advantage of built-in
pressure switches in the grip for instinctive
activation, without sticky-tape or loose
wires. The Crimson Trace units are available
for a wide variety of handguns, and are
the only laser units made for revolvers.
Crimson Trace Lasergrips are my personal
favorite laser sights for any of my guns
that they ft, and Crimson Trace leads the
industry in new model development.
The standard mantra is to train with
what you carry. If you are going to carry
a laser equipped gun, you need to train
with it. If you are going to formal training,
make sure your instructor is willing to
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Perhaps the only signifcant dis-
advantage to using a laser sight may be a
tendency to rely too heavily on it. Laser
sights are potentially subject to failure, as
are all electronic devices. For that reason,
you must not only train with your laser
sight, but you should train without it as
well. Your training regimen should include
shooting at all realistic ranges, both with
and without the laser. In the event the laser
fails, you want to be able to transition
effortlessly to your iron sights.
Laser sights also provide a signifcant
training advantage. Dry fre practice with
your laser sight can be very benefcial.
[Always, always, always ensure that the
frearm is unloaded and pointed in safe
direction whenever conducting dry fre
practice.] It can help you to identify trigger
control issues, finches, and other common
problems. Using the laser sight also helps
you to get accustomed to your own natural
movement when on target. You never
realize how much your gun wobbles on
the target until a laser beam shows you in
real time!
Laser sights are a very benefcial
tool for the concealed carry handgun.
Laser sights are available in any number
of confgurations to ft your existing gun,
holster and needs. With proper training,
there are few disadvantages to using a
laser in the types of encounters the average
armed citizen may encounter. Lasers can
help you get on target quickly in dynamic
situations, in low light, and from awkward
positions. And in some circumstances,
lasers may have a deterrent effect that
prevents you from having to use deadly
force. All of this can amount to a sig-
nifcant advantage in a gunfght, turning
the odds in your favor. I believe in the
advantages of laser sights on a concealed
carry gun, and I encourage you to examine
them for yourself.
Duane A. Daiker is a Contributing Editor
for CCM, but is otherwise a regular guy–
not much different from you. Duane has
been a lifelong shooter and goes about his
life as an armed, responsible, and somewhat
opinionated citizen. Duane can be reached
His other feature articles and Real World
Carry Gear columns can be viewed at: Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
t’s a dark and stormy night. A heavy
rain pours sheets of water across your
windshield as you pull into your driveway.
In the fash from a bolt of lighting, you see
that the front door to your home is open;
and through the window of your castle,
you see the silhouette of a stranger. You
exit your vehicle, and as you shut the door,
you hear the crash of thunder and the
shattering of something fragile from inside
your house. You open your bag and pull out
your Wilson Combat Professional. No, the
Rock River Pro Carry... You can’t decide.
While you are trying to decide, the bad guy
escapes out of the back with your Maltese
Falcon. You don’t care either, because
you’re standing there holding both guns
and you forgot the reason you pulled them
out in the frst place, as you admire how
the rain just runs off of the Professional’s
fnish and how the Rock River gleams
menacingly when wet.
Okay, I’m stretching for ideas here,
scrambling up a beachhead of slick rocks
that have been polished smooth by waves
of articles written about custom 1911s.
What more can I say that hasn’t
already been said about guns just
like these?
One of the problems I’m
having with this issue’s review
is that both of these guns are just
too damn good. Looking at them
with a critical eye, it’s diffcult to
point out anything wrong with
them. I have a Wilson Combat
Professional and a Rock River
Pro Carry over here. The Wilson
is a black and gray, Commander
length gun with night sights,
checkering on the front and back
straps and very cool looking
laminated grips. The barrel is a bushingless
bull design. The Rock River is a more
traditional 1911 with night sights, a beaver
tail and a commander style hammer. It
sports additional checkering, rosewood
grips and a Kart match grade barrel.
Both pistols have ramp style, snag-
free night sights. While I’m not big on the
ramp style, night sights are probably the
most important feature of any handgun
intended for serious defense use. If you
have a gun that is marketed as such, and
it doesn’t come with night sights, then it is
just that—marketing. That is something
that I just can’t compromise on. Cough,
cough, HK, cough... Sorry about that,
something got caught in my throat. Excuse
me. If you are going to use your handgun
in a defensive situation, it is most likely
going to be after dark or in low light. In
that situation, you are going to really
need to know where your front sight post
is. Most sights seem to disappear when
it starts getting dim outside. A tiny little
tritium insert can make all the difference,
the difference between life and death. If
your chosen carry gun doesn’t have them,
then plan on getting them installed. If
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the sights on them. If your shop can’t get
them, then go to a different shop that can.
No compromises.
I’ve already spent way more money
on ammunition for these two pistols than
what I will make for writing the article, and
I am afraid that I’m going to have to buy
more ammo for these hungry .45s. Their
empty chambers cry for more rounds like
a nest of baby birds, forever begging for
more and more. It’s like a crazy Orwellian
nightmare. These guns beg to fred and I’m
afraid I’m going to go broke answering
their calls.
What makes these guns so good? In a
previous article about the Wilson Combat
SDS pistol, I talked about the Armor-Tuff
fnish. The Professional model uses the
same fnish, but does it in a handsome,
black and gray, two-tone fnish. The
Commander’s slide length makes it ideal
for concealed carry readers. Also, like the
SDS, this gun is expensive, but it is worth
every single penny.
The Rock River has a nice blued
fnish that contrasts with the gorgeous
rosewood grips. The fve inch barrel gives
this gun a standard “Government Model”
length. While longer than ideal, one can
carry this concealed with little extra
effort. This is the traditional size of the
1911 pistol, the original cut, the way John
M. Browning designed it.
In my mind, the 1911 is not a perfect
handgun. While the design is brilliant
Continued on page 20 0 Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
and the product of pure genius, it has...
[Oh man, I thought I took some heat
criticizing the HK. This is going to get
me into some hot water here with the 1911
purists.] It has some parts that are less than
ideal. For example, the shortened guide rod
for the recoil spring, the plunger and the
bushing. Browning fxes these in the High
Power, which came out in 1935. Wilson
fxes this by using a more modern recoil
system with a full-length guide rod and
a bull barrel that matches up to the slide
itself, instead of the bushing. This makes
for a gun that is a bit easier to feld strip,
while insuring accuracy.
Another thing that has always both-
ered me about 1911s is the barrel link. At
the time, this was a very clever way of
getting the barrel to move exactly how
Browning wanted it to move, to come back
during recoil and unlock from the slide.
But it is actually a tricky part when it comes
to ftting in a new pistol and reassembling
the pistol after a feld strip. The link can
wear out and can lead to inaccuracy or
failures, even when everything else is in
perfect condition. Most pistols now use
a “modifed Browning system,” which
means that they get the barrel to do
everything just like how Browning wanted
it to, but without the link. One way to fx
the weakest link in the chain is to remove
the chain. Both guns here use Browning’s
original link system, but they do so using
links made to tighter tolerances and of
better steel than was available back in the
early 1900s. They are still annoying when
putting the guns back together, but this
is really my only beef with them. Once
properly reassembled, one forgets and
forgives that pesky linkage.
Both guns sport wide-mouth ejection
ports, with the claim that the wider ports
make the gun more reliable. I’m not sure if
that is exactly true or if that has just become
the style in new 1911s. I’ve fred original
1911 Colts with the smaller ejection ports
and they ejected just fne for me. However,
the original Colts did bite my hands. What
is called “hammer bite” is when some meat
of the shooter’s hand gets pinched by the
hammer. My shooting hand has had a couple
holes punched into the fesh because of
that. Both guns here use a shorter hammer
style that came out with the Commander
and are thusly referred to as “Commander
style” hammers. They also use a grip
safety that is longer and wider than the
original Government Model’s. These are
called “beaver tails” and they not only
prevent hammer bites, but they feel good,
they guide the hand to the holstered gun’s
grip, and they look better, in my opinion.
Some purists do not like the beaver tails
and claim to have never been bitten by an
original style government’s hammer. They
also recall things like serving as crewmen
aboard the Minotaur, silent picture shows,
and enjoying these new-fangled electric
lights. Newer shooters have taken a lot of
tips from shooting competitions, such as
IPSC, where a very high grip has become
vogue and is advantageous in controlling
recoil. This high grip will get you hammer-
bitten if your hands are even slightly
“meaty” like mine are. In my opinion, both
guns offer some improvements to the old
1911 platform and are examples that are the
top of the line.
The Rock River Pro Carry is a
fantastic example of the 1911. It is elegant
and refned, and it offers everything that a
connoisseur of forty-fves will appreciate.
Rock River also builds some of the best
AR-15 type rifes on the planet, with
superior ft and fnish work that will make
owners of DPMS and Bushmaster rifes
want to go home and kick their dogs. The
Pro Carry is a big step up from the 1911 rat
race of guns that cost $1,000 or less. You
could easily purchase a second pistol for
the price difference. There are differences
between guns at this level and guns at or
under the $1,000 mark. At this level, we
expect a perfect slide-to-frame ft. The
Pro Carry has that. They slide moves back
and forth on the rails smoothly, with no
tightness and no lateral play. It’s bank-vault
solid. This is what a 1911’s slide should feel
like. The barrel should have no play inside
its bushing either. Some lesser 1911s have
a little bit, but not in any Rock Rivers
that I’ve ever seen. When the barrel and
slide lock up as solid as this, you have a Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
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good indication that the gun is going to be
accurate. This Pro Carry certainly is. They
advertise a guarantee of accuracy of 2.5
inches at 50 yards. Fifty yards is crazy for
a service gun...That’s a long way out there.
Two and a half inches at that range is what
most shooters do with a rife. This is the
result of using a match grade Kart barrel
and making sure that the gun is built right.
I’ve heard some guys say that a 1911 is
not an accurate handgun. Obviously, they
have never fred a good one, and they have
certainly never fred a Rock River.
Initially, when I frst handled this Pro
Carry, I thought that the checkering on the
front strap was too sharp. I thought that
this would have been too abrasive when
fring. This wasn’t the case at all. The gun
was in perfect control at all times, without
the checkering causing any irritation or
discomfort. The more I shot the Rock River;
the more I liked it. Punching one-hole
groups (even with cheap ammo) actually
became mundane and eventually boring,
if you can believe that. The Pro Carry is
a damn fne handgun and worthy of its
MSRP. You can get it with a 4.25 inch
barrel, the 5 inch (as tested), or even with
a 6 inch barrel. As excellent as this 5
inch example is, 4.25 inch is ideal for our
purposes. For you connoisseurs of 1911s
out there, you need to sample one of these. I
like it better than a certain Ed Brown I shot
recently, that had a similar confguration,
and it’s less spendy than the Ed Brown
custom too. It is also more accurate than the
Ed Brown was. I’m not saying this to take
down Ed Brown, not at all. I’m just using
his guns as an example of just how good
this Rock River is. The Pro Carry is easily
one of the best 1911s I’ve ever fred. Try
one, I dare you. You’ll never look at another
Kimber again. At the gun shop where I
work, we’ve got a large array of 1911s,
from Springfeld, Kimber, Para Ordnance,
and Smith & Wesson. To be honest, not a
single one of them holds any interest for
me any more. There is a difference in
what you get for your money, and once you
shoot a Wilson or a Rock River, anything
less is just not good enough anymore. It’s
hard to describe just how or why that is, so
I’ll just chalk it up to being spoiled.
The Wilson Combat Professional did
not print groups quite as tight as the Pro
Carry, but that matters little when the X-
ring of your target is completely blown
out and your shot group is just one rough-
edged hole. The bull-barrel confguration
goes a long way in helping accuracy. The
Professional is every bit as well built as
the Pro Carry. You are not going to detect
any faws in any of the tolerances in the ft
and fnish. The Professional’s shorter sight
radius is most likely the cause of the slightly
wider one-hole shot groups. The trade-off
is a gun that is easier to carry. The tighter
checkering felt great in the hand. These
things added up to a gun that handled with
the ease and precision of a Lotus Exige.
In other words, it is fantastic. The gun
comes out of the leather and up onto the
target faster than the Rock River and more
precisely. I’m not sure exactly why that is.
The Professional is a remarkable pistol. As
much as Wilson’s SDS pistol impressed
me, the Professional impresses me just as
much. Thanks to a more traditional bull
barrel, I like the Professional more. The
fact that the Professional is lower on the
sticker price than the SDS is a nice bonus.
My wife, Deveni, asked me which
one I liked better: the Professional or the
Pro Carry. This was a hard question. She
might as well have asked me a question
about mortgage rates in Anchorage... I
don’t know! This brings me back to the
beginning of the article. The frst night I
got both of these pistols out on the range,
I found myself standing at the hood of my
Bronco looking at them until it started
raining on me. I stayed there in the rain,
trying to decide. My answer was that I
needed to shoot them more. I came to
that same conclusion several times since.
My conclusion is still the same today and
is the reason for some fnancial stress.
Ammunition prices are going up like gas
prices now, thanks to China buying up
large quantities of metals and driving
prices up. So I guess I’m going to have to
force my hand and make a choice. Between
these two handguns, I’m going to have to
pick the Wilson Combat. The reasons are
the Professional’s Commander size, which
gives it the advantage for concealed carry
work. The new Wilson magazines are
also an advantage, thanks to an improved
follower design that improves the function
of any 1911 pistol it’s used in. If you can’t
get a Wilson 1911 pistol, at least make
sure you get Wilson magazines for it! The
Armor-Tuff fnish comes with a nice, long
warranty, so you don’t have to worry about
babying your investment. You can get the
Professional with frames in gray like this
one, in black, in OD green, or if you like,
you can even get a Professional done up all
in stainless. (A stainless Professional with
ivory grips would be too angelic for me,
but it would be a perfect gun for packing
on Sundays.) The gray is probably the best
looking of all the options. Once you select
your color, Wilson has more for you to try
to decide on, such as your holsters and mag
pouches. Good luck with that.
Rock River Pro Carry: $1,795.
Wilson Combat Professional: $ 2,175. Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
egular readers of The Ordinary
Guy know that I like to pontifcate
on a variety of subjects, but the
correspondence I received from a USCCA
member and regular reader bears repeating
in this forum. Mr. Jon Horton is a self
described, regular, ordinary guy from
Tulsa, OK. He and his family members
were recent victims of one of the most
frightening types of crime, an armed, “hot,”
forced entry, otherwise commonly referred
to as a home invasion of an occupied
residence. This one was in broad daylight.
As an Oklahoma carry permit holder and
ardent Second Amendment supporter, Mr.
Horton was glad that he was armed on that
particular day. The following is an account
of what happened to him and his family
and readers would be wise to remember
that this could happen to any one of us, at
any time.
It was Saturday, June 24, 2006, just
another typical Saturday for Jon and three
of his sons. Jon and his wife run two small
businesses out of what used to be homes
in downtown Tulsa, which are located
adjacent to one another. One offce is next
door to the house that he resides in with
his family and the other is located directly
across the street. Jon describes it as a
“pretty cozy arrangement, really.” He has
a large family, with 6 children, 4 of which
still reside at home, where Jon and his wife
home school their family. On this particular
Saturday, Jon’s wife and daughter were out
of town.
It was late morning and the start of
another scorching summer day in the
Midwest. Jon’s 14-year-old son, Nate, was
in the offce adjacent to the family home.
He had been there most of the morning,
packing items that he and his mom sell
online. Mr. Horton says, “Because the world
is a dangerous place, we have protocols for
how we live. Doors are always supposed
to be locked, day and night. We have 5
dogs, monitored alarms, motion lights,
chain-link fences and if all of that fails,
we have an adult that is armed any time
he has his pants on. Children do not open
the door for anyone that they do not know,
and normally, only dad answers the door.
Nate was getting ready to leave, when he
remembered he left a fan on. He heard a
loud impact to the front door, which made
him jump back.”
At this point, 34-year-old Jason
Menendez burst through the door, wielding
a 4x4 post in an offensive manner. Almost
immediately, two older teenagers, also with
weapons, crashed through the already open
door, screaming the name of an individual
that they were obviously looking for. Nate
had no idea who this person was and
informed the invaders that they should look
in an adjoining room. When they did, Nate
few through the door, and ran outside and
into the home that the family owns next
door, where he immediately called 911.
Jon said, “Simultaneously, my two
other sons: Jason, 12, and Alex, 10, saw
a Chrysler 300 screech up in front of the
house, and they watched as 5 males piled
out of it and booted in the door where their
brother was working. They came running
back to me (in the backyard of the place
across the street), yelling that someone
was breaking into mom’s offce. The look
on their faces said it all, that this was no
joke. I ran through the side yard and into
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the street, where I saw the car and two
males standing on the porch of my wife’s
offce. As I reached the sidewalk of that
address, a big, white male came out of
my wife’s offce. He was tattooed all over
and carrying an oak fat bat. That is when
I drew my gun and commanded to those
three, ‘Get on the ground or die.’”
Jon continues, “They were pretty
compliant at frst. Then another guy came
out of the front door and then another
who had a 4x4 fence post in his hand! Oh
crap, I thought, what have I gotten myself
into now? Five guys at gunpoint, on the
front lawn. I was screaming like a drill
instructor on steroids for them to lie fat,
and for the neighbors to call 911 and
explain the situation.”
At this point, he said that 3 of the 5
were pretty compliant, and when they
would try to speak, he would scream for
them to shut up and not move. He had been
holding these folks at gunpoint for fve
minutes, when he saw his youngest son run
across the yard, at which point Jon yelled
for him to call 911. His son informed him
that two of his other children were already
on the phone with emergency dispatchers.
Jon told them to call again and ask them,
“What part of AT GUNPOINT do they
not seem to understand,” and ask that they
step it up!
Jon describes, “It was about 7 to 10
minutes into this that I began to shake. I
had been holding a classic, Weaver stance
the entire time and my Taurus 606 was
feeling like it was made of lead. Menendez
got up and moved toward the car. This
brought renewed vigor to me as I made
what seemed like a million ‘shoot/don’t
shoot’ decisions per second. He quickly
went back to the ground, but was then
sitting up cross legged.”
Seventeen minutes had passed, while
holding 5 home invaders at gunpoint,
“Shaking so badly that I had to pull the
gun into a weapons retention position
just to keep from dropping it. I seriously
doubted if I had the strength to pull the
trigger if I had needed to,” said Jon. As
he looked around, he could see several
other neighbors on their porches, using
cell phones.
The situation became desperate.
Jon continued, “About that time, the big
tattooed kid stood up and informed me
that I did not have the guts to shoot him
and that he hadn’t done anything wrong, so
why should he have to lie there anymore?
He kept daring me to shoot him. I shouted
that he should stop making aggressive
movements and just get back on the ground.
Finally, he sat down cross-legged like the
other guy.”
At this point, Nate had been on the
phone with 911 for 22 minutes, when
an entire “regiment” of Tulsa Police
Department units came “screaming down
the street.” Jon said, “As soon as I saw
several offcers with weapons drawn, I
slowly re-holstered my pistol and moved
out of their way.” At this point, the 5
perpetrators were handcuffed and Jon
caught the eye of the offcer with the
most stripes and informed the offcer of
his CCW status. Then the offcer kindly
waved him off. As he stepped under the
cooling shade of a nearby tree, one of his
sons brought him a bottle of water, and Jon
shook uncontrollably.
Mr. Horton continues, “About 30
minutes later, the police decided who to
arrest, and my son, Nate, and I were flling
out written statement forms. I could barely
write. In my mind, 5 people who I did not
know had just entered my property with
weapons. Then, I was angry.”
He continued, “At this point, I still
had my gun tucked in its custom holster,
in the small of my back. Almost as an
afterthought, a TPD offcer asked for my
gun. I said that he could only have it if he
promised that he was going to give it right
back. He assured me that he would. He
took my gun to his car and got on the radio.
Just a few minutes later, he was back and
said that he would like to give it back to me,
but not out on the street, that he preferred
to be more discreet. I asked him if he
wouldn’t mind putting it on my desk, in
the house across the street, and he said,
‘Fine.’ I gave my keys to my youngest son
and asked him to let the offcer into my
offce. When it was over and everybody
was gone, I went to my offce and there,
on the desk, was the gun with the cylinder
open and all 6 Cor-Bons sitting next to it.”
Jon said, “So why did it take 22
minutes for 11 cop cars to show up? The
911 came exactly at shift change! They
were not busy; they were just not on the
street yet. Remember that I live and work
in downtown, not out on some farm, way
out in the countryside. Over the years,
we have had numerous occasions to call
Tulsa Police, and normally, they arrive
almost instantly.”
This criminal act, and the resultant
bravery and actions of one of our fellow
USCCA members are reminders to all
of us. It certainly brings back memories
of my own situation as a target of two
would-be carjackers in late 2002. Regular
readers may remember my frst column,
describing having to pull my handgun on
two criminals hell-bent on taking my car,
or worse. I can totally relate to Mr. Horton’s
account. His following statements should
be embedded in our training. Pay close
attention, as he describes his afterthoughts
of this potentially deadly encounter.
(Emphases added.)
“After all of the bad guys were cuffed,
my son, Jason, started taking pictures of
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Later on, as I was reviewing the digital
pictures, I saw the strangest thing. One
of the teens had a Burger King crown on
his head and was in handcuffs! I do not
recall seeing that during the minute
engagement. I was watching their hands.
Then I remembered him saying to me
while I had him at gunpoint that it was his
birthday. I probably just yelled back to shut
up and that we would sort this out when the
cops arrive. My son said that I told him,
‘Happy f***ing birthday.’ The pictures
and the written statement made me think
about what had really gone on that day.
I have always been told about tunnel
vision, but it was not until that day that
I experienced it. It is very real! I had
always heard about losing fne motor
skills during a situation like this, but I
had not experienced it until that day.”
Mark A. Walters is the Director of Gun
Safety Education and an NRA Certifed
Instructor in 3 disciplines. He is also the
owner of 45 Caliber Transfer, LLC and
a local frearms/2nd Amendment activist
in his hometown.
He continued, “I had always heard
that you will fght like you train, and I
thank God that I had trained for that day.
However, this incident showed me just
how minimal my training is. No one ever
mentioned holding FIVE guys at gunpoint!
Those were the loneliest 22 minutes of my
life. The big, white male told the police
that he had just slammed some meth, right
before they got out of the car. Would pepper
spray have helped in this situation? I do
not think so because I feel that they would
have just all run in different directions to
avoid it. Would a cell phone have helped? I
do not think so, since I could see at least 5
people on the phone with 911.”
At the time of this writing, more
than two months have gone by since the
incident, and Jon has learned that one of
the perpetrators was an illegal immigrant
from Mexico who already had a warrant for
his arrest for failure to appear in another
case. He has since pleaded guilty to a
misdemeanor breaking and entering charge
in this case, and has received a full year in
jail, with all but 12 days suspended!
Jon described how all of this happened.
“It was the gentleman they were looking for
who my family knows as ’Skinny Mike.’
He is a homeless drunk who sometimes
sleeps on the porch three doors north of me.
He is some sort of relation to that family. It
seems he slit the tires on one of the home
invaders’ sister’s car and was about to
get the stuffng knocked out of him.
Around here, the Native American and
Mexican communities are very tight-
knit. Menendez ’borrowed’ a car
and rounded up a few of his ‘home
boys’ to help him bag Skinny Mike,
who is neither Native American nor
Hispanic. Nor is he welcome on my
street ever again. I did not sleep, nor
was I tired at all Saturday night. I slept
about 2 hours on Sunday night. Adrenaline
is an amazing thing.”
Please notice the italicized emphases
above, as they highlight what all of us
have heard at one time or another, and as
Mr. Horton can attest, is all very true. It
emphasizes the importance of our training
and our abilities to act during a crisis
exactly as we have trained. My thanks
go out to Jon for providing his detailed
account of what occurred, so we could
pass this information along to all of the
members of the USCCA. It is accounts like
this that remind us of why we carry a gun
for self-defense and exactly how we may
be called upon to protect ourselves and our
loved ones. Another pat on the back goes
out to Jon’s son, Nate, whose apparently
quick thinking allowed his father to act.
As far as the criminals are concerned,
we’ll let the justice system do its job and
hopefully report back on these pages in the
near future, with a deposition of this case.
Congratulations Jon on a job well done,
and for reminding all of us how important
it is to stay vigilant and armed!
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love to plink! I also recognize the need
for good pistol training and practice.
The course of fre, which I am about
to describe, evolved from simple
plinking sessions into a system which
develops and hones the necessary skills
for police personnel, as well as concealed
carry individuals.
I bought my frst pistol, a Ruger
Single Six, just after the 1965 Watts riots.
My brothers and I started going to the
San Gabriel Canyon to practice with our
handguns. Like many “plinkers,” we shot
at ammo boxes, pop cans and whatever
happened to be lying around in the area.
In 1967, I joined the Aerojet Gun Club
in Azusa, California. I competed in all
club categories: open pistol, .45 pistol, high
power rife, gallery rife and shotgun trap.
I enjoyed each category and all of the
matches, but my favorite was .45 pistol.
In July, 1971, I moved to Bellingham,
Washington and joined the Custer Gun
Club, competing in open and .45 pistol. I also
made trips to Vancouver, British Columbia,
where I competed in the International Postal
League (open and .45 pistol). In December,
1971, I got a job at The Bellingham Police
Department. In March, 1973, I moved
across the street to The Whatcom County
Sheriff’s Offce, where I became the Chief
of Corrections and retired in 1997. During
my tenure with the two police agencies, I
thoroughly enjoyed competing with police
personnel in matches throughout the Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
state of Washington. My favorite police
competition was the bowling pin shoots.
Since retiring, I moved to Texas and
joined the San Angelo Gun Club. My
“shooting friends” and I enjoy shooting
paper targets, but we also “plink” at targets
on the ground. Empty pop cans became our
favorite target because they are plentiful
and expendable. I discovered that a crushed
pop can made an even better target because
it is smaller and especially because it
“fies” better when hit, even by a .22 pistol.
Since my shooting friends have concealed
carry permits, they asked me to share
some of my police training with them on
an informal basis, so I focused on teaching
them to work from the “concealed” holster
and concentrate on accuracy and speed.
That led us to the frst stage of
development of the Poor Man’s Bowling Pin
Shoot. I drew a line in the dirt seven yards
down range from the shooting line. We
placed fve crushed cans about eight inches
apart on the target line, grouped in front of
each shooter (usually two or three shooters
at a time). We started from the holster and
the frst shooter to hit all his cans was the
winner. Since any hit was enough to move
the can off of the target line, I didn’t think
that was good enough for concealed carry
training. That’s when it occurred to me to
draw a second line about three feet farther
down range. Then the winner was the frst
shooter to get all his cans across the second
line. That innovation required the shooter
to concentrate on better shot placement,
along with speed.
Since the full development of this
simple shooting course, my friends have
dramatically improved their concealed
carry skills. They are faster from the
holster and make better frst-shot hits on
their targets.
1. Draw a target line, seven yards down
range from the fring line, parallel with the
fring line.
2. Draw a second line one yard farther
down range from the target line, parallel
with the fring line.
3. Place fve crushed pop cans approx-
imately eight inches apart in front of each
shooter, on the target line.
1. Each shooter stands on the fring line,
facing the targets.
2. The shooter then loads six rounds in his/
her handgun (revolver or automatic), with
six rounds ready for reload (magazine or
speed loader), insures that the handgun is in
a safe condition and holsters the weapon.
3. Shooters then stand on the fring line,
facing their fve cans, with their hands
extended straight out in front of their
4. Either one of the shooters or the range
offcer (if available) gives the command to
commence fre.
5. The shooters draw and fre at their targets
until the last of their fve cans is over the
second line.
6. Shooters may reload one time (six more
rounds) during the course.
7. The frst shooter to move all fve cans
across the second line yells, “out!” and
becomes the winner.
8. All shooters stop fring and:
A. Visually sweep the target area.
B. Remove their fnger from the trigger.
C. Check to insure that their weapon is
in a safe condition.
D. Holster their weapon.
1. Timing of each shooter with the lowest
time, over a predetermined number of
courses, determining the winner (requires
extra personnel to run the course).
2. Increasing the distance to the target line
and or the second line.
3. Increasing the number of targets.
1. A safe place to shoot at targets on the
ground (taking into account the travel of
2. One stick to draw lines in the dirt.
3. One can crusher (either the commercial,
wall-mount type or use the foot-stomp
4. Pop cans.
5. Guns.
6. Ammo.
7. Hearing protection.
8. Concealed carry holster.
9. Extra magazine or speed loader.
10. Pouch for extra magazine or speed
11. Jacket or shirt to wear over the holster.
Have fun, but don’t forget to clean up your
shooting area afterwards, and recycle the
aluminum cans.
Ray Gordon is retired from a law
enforcement agency. He has been
involved in civilian and police frearms
competition since 1967. Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006 Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
Continued on page 28
ight after a prospective gunman
decides which type of pistol to buy
and carry, invariably, one of the
things he asks is what caliber he should get.
In fact, you would be hard-pressed to pick
up any gun-related magazine and not see at
least one article relating to ammunition and
caliber choices.
Some instructors are also very caliber-
focused, thinking that anyone who does
not bring a .45 to class is unarmed. One
student of mine who carries a 9mm was
recently told that his 9mm was simply a 45
set on “stun.” (However, the commentator
declined to be stunned.) So what should you
do when trying to decide on calibers/loads,
etc.? In a previous article, we discussed
the attribute of magazine capacity. Here,
we will discuss the characteristics of each
caliber and give you some information, so
you can make up your own mind.
I had a student come to class with a
Glock 29 in 10mm. My philosophy is that
students should bring whatever they want
to carry, and that was his choice. The
only problem was that this gent weighed
about 125 pounds and was arthritic in both
wrists. To make matters worse, he brought
500 rounds of the heaviest, most powerful
T-Rex stopping loads he could fnd in the
caliber. To make a long story short, he
ended up using my Glock 17 for the rest of
the class. That caliber/weapon combination
may have made a fne choice for a larger
and stronger man, but for him it was
totally unusable.
The caliber choice must be frst
predicated on the reality of your physical
condition. Can you shoot the thing? Can
you train with it? If you wince in pain
every time you fre that dino-killer in
training, you will never be able to use it
well in a fght. Be honest with yourself.
Let your intellect, and not your ego, select
your caliber.
Some students in my classes live and
work in certain social circles where the
pistol must not only be concealed, it must
be covert. This means that weapon selection
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is as important as anything else. For them,
an HK USP may be a fne weapon, but they
will never carry it. Selecting a smaller
weapon that will always be there may be a
better choice.
There are small, large caliber weapons
out there, but remember “Issue Number
One.” How shootable is it for you? My
friend with the super-charged Glock 29
was trying unsuccessfully to kill both
issues with one choice. If you must carry a
smaller weapon, and shootability issues are
present, do not feel impotent because you
had to decrease caliber size.
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Why? Because if my ammo does not arrive
with my luggage (the illusion of security),
I can always fnd 9mm. Perhaps this is
not a huge issue, but it is still something
for consideration.
This is where all the bullet salesmen
come out and discuss amateur terminal
ballistics. Listen folks. Hundreds of
thousands of people, both good guys and
bad guys, have been killed with pistol shots
in the last few decades. I will bet that the
majority of those have been shot with 9mm.
Why do I say that? Because I travel all over
the world to teach good guys how to prevail
in gunfghts, and invariably the caliber of
availability is 9mm.
“How on earth do they get past the fact
that the 9mm is anemic and will bounce
off of a leather jacket?” someone may ask.
Truth be told, they shoot the bad guys until
they either fall down or run away. Usually
it is the former. It’s only here in the USA
that we are so fxated on this issue of one
or two shots.
We may hear all manner of arguments
about one caliber or another being the only
true choice, but I will tell you that no single
caliber will be the best choice for everyone.
Heck, some people are better served with
a caliber like the 22 LR, due to physical
limitations from advanced age or injury!
All calibers can fail and have failed.
When you look at the issues scientifcally,
a 9mm or a .38 Special is approximately
a .357; a .40 S&W is a 10mm; and a 45
ACP is an 11mm. So could it be that we
have basically one or two little millimeters
separating “T-Rex stopper” from “merely
adequate” or “anemically inadequate?”
Yes, that is exactly right.
Let me put it in a different perspective.
A student of mine who works for a narcotics
unit in the South recently reported in. He
told me that he and his guys got in a gunfght
with a violent drug dealer. Our student shot
the bad guy once, using a shotgun loaded
with Federal Tactical Slugs.
(Incidentally, slugs are about
.72 caliber and are suggested
as anti-bear insurance in
Alaska.) The shotgun slug
entered the right side of the
bad guy’s chest from about
the 2:00 and exited through
the back at about the 8:00.
Nice shot. However, the
bad guy not only kept fghting,
but stole a car and evaded
the pursuing police offcers,
escaping into a wooded area.
A week later, the bad guy’s
attorney arranged for him
to turn himself in. He was
alive and well, albeit injured.
Does anyone want to tell me
how deadly their pistol round
is now?
So select the size of your pistol frst
and foremost, and base it on what you
need in order to carry it 24-7, 365 days a
year (all the time). Select a caliber that is
easily obtained and shootable for you. And
fnally, train to hit and keep hitting until
the threat has gone away (one way or the
other). A hit with a 9mm is far better than
a marginal hit or a miss with a caliber that
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any people who have decided
to legally carry a self-defense
gun are comparatively new to
shooting. They have learned marksmanship
techniques from their instructors, who
have generally followed the courses of
instruction sanctioned by their state. Most
CCW courses contain at least one segment
dealing with ammunition, but time
constraints rarely allow much discussion
on the suitability of the various calibers
and bullet designs.
Also, it has to be said that a lot of
instructors are worshippers at the “Temple
of Boom,” and are keen proponents of
heavy magnum calibers, which are not
suitable for everyone. Looking through my
own fles of students who have taken my
Concealed Weapons class, I fnd that the
majority of them are age 50 and over, with
45% of them being women.
Many of these students were
newcomers to shooting, so, in addition
to letting them shoot as many calibers as
possible, I also gave them notes on the
various calibers.
The frst thing you should know is that
all handgun bullets can kill. However, very
few of them will stop an attack instantly.
The “magic bullet” that never misses, and
incapacitates an opponent instantly doesn’t
exist. You still have to aim!
Below, you’ll fnd a list of some
popular calibers. I’ve used statistics from a
number of sources to give stopping power
percentages. However, these are not written
in stone, as every bullet wound is a unique
event. You could take a dozen people, all
shot with the same caliber and weight of
bullet, in the same place. Every wound
would be slightly different. However,
the statistics given have been taken from
documented sources. The following per-
centages given refer to one-shot stops.
. ACP: You can blame Ian Fleming
for the popularity of this anemic caliber.
The creator of James Bond armed his hero
with a .25 Beretta in the early books, before
he was armed with a Walther PPK. Despite
the fact that Mr. Bond always succeeded
in killing the villain with his Beretta,
the .25 is totally useless as a self-defense
caliber. This is the round you want the bad
guy to have in his gun!
. ACP: This is used by many
European police agencies as a duty sidearm
caliber. However, in Europe, armed crime
is fairly rare, so there are few instances of
police shooting it out with armed criminals.
The .32 ACP it is not particularly effective,
even though WW1 was started by a Bosnian
assassin named Gavrilo Princip, who shot
the Austrian Archduke Franz Ferdinand at
Sarajevo in 1914 with a .32 Browning. On
the plus side, however, recoil is mild, and
with a well designed, high-speed hollow
point bullet, or with frangible bullets like
the Glaser or Magsafe, the .32 can be fairly
effective. Effciency rating is 50%.
.0 Auto: With the right bullet
confguration, this can be a very good
choice for a self-defense round. However,
hot loads in light guns can make it hard to
get good follow-up shots. Effciency rating
is 64%.
. Special: If you use high-speed,
hollow point bullets, the .38 can be fairly
effective, but the standard, 158 grain, lead
bullet loading is pretty anemic. You should
select a 125 grain, hollow point bullet load
for maximum stopping power. Effciency
rating is 68%.
. Magnum: This can be a very
effective self-defense round, but when Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
Continued on page 34
used in a snubby revolver, bullet speed is
cut dramatically, and there’s lots of muzzle
fash in low light conditions. There’s also
the danger of over penetration with this
powerful round. Recoil can be a little
ferce, especially for beginners. It is not
recommended for use in lightweight
revolvers. Effciency rating is 95%.
mm: The 9mm is now almost the
universal choice of caliber. It generates
fairly mild recoil in standard-size guns,
and a little more in shorter, compact autos.
This is the recommended round by most
instructors for students opting for a semi-
auto pistol. Effciency rating is 81%.
.0 S&W: This is currently a well-
established, popular law enforcement
caliber. It is extremely effective with
hollow point loads. Recoil can be fairly
brisk, especially in lightweight guns. It is
not a caliber for the beginner. Effciency
rating is 87%.
. Special: This 19th century round
is an excellent self-defense caliber, with
very good fght-stopping capabilities.
The Charter Arms Bulldog was designed
around this cartridge, and a number of
new revolvers from Smith & Wesson and
Taurus are chambered for it. Recoil is
moderate, but can be severe in lightweight
guns. If you do decide on a .44 revolver,
try to fnd the lightest bullet weight, as this
will generate less felt recoil. Effciency
rating is 69%.
. Magnum: This is a very good,
small game hunting round, but has far
too much penetration for any practical
self-defense use. Recoil is severe, and the
revolvers are generally far too big to be
carried concealed successfully. Hollywood
screen writers have a lot to answer for!
Effciency rating is 87%.
. ACP: As it nears its centenary, the
venerable .45 Auto is still one of the better
self-defense calibers. It has far less recoil
than you would imagine, even when hot
loads are used in lightweight models. As a
case in point, one of my students, a young
woman, had never fred any type of frearm.
My wife, who was instructing her, gave her
a Kimber Ultra-Carry .45 without telling
her the caliber. She fred a magazine full
at the target, with excellent results. When
the student was asked about the recoil,
she answered that she hadn’t found it too
bad, but as she was concentrating on the
sights and trigger, she really hadn’t had
time to worry about recoil! Effciency
rating is 85%.
. Colt: Although it has been around
for well over a hundred years, this caliber
is strictly for the cowboys. The revolvers
are simply too large for concealed carry
purposes. Effciency rating is 64%.
From the above listings, you’ll
see that stopping power is a trade-off
between caliber and controllability. For
the average person, a handgun in any
caliber between .380 and .40 S&W will
cover most eventualities.
For all of the calibers that we’ve
mentioned, the ratings given were for
hollow point bullets. Round nosed, military
style, hardball ammo is great for practice,
but for self-defense purposes, always use
high-speed hollow points or frangible types
of ammo, such as Glaser or Magsafe.
There is one more point that must
be emphasized here. Women don’t have
a problem with recoil! This is a myth,
spread by guys who think that they know
guns. These guys will spend hundreds
of dollars on their own guns, and go to
inordinate lengths to get the exact model
they’re looking for. However, when it
comes to their wife or girlfriend, they’ll
pick out the smallest, most wimpish caliber
and tell them, “This one will be ideal for
you, honey.” Ladies! You wouldn’t let your
husbands or boyfriends buy shoes for you,
so why let them pick the gun for you? After
all, you’re the one that’s going to shoot it.
Here’s a tip. If he says that he’ll buy you a
gun, ask him if he’ll be prepared to carry it
for a few days as his concealed weapon. If
the answer is no, then ask the people in the
gun shop what they would recommend.
There is another thing that has to be
mentioned regarding handgun calibers.
Despite Hollywood movies, the bullet has
not yet been developed that delivers the
knockdown power of a 155mm howitzer
shell, combined with the recoil of a .22. If
ever they do develop one, I’ll be frst in line
to buy it! You should also take gun magazine
articles claiming that this or that particular
bullet is ideal for “one shot stops” with a
heavy pinch of salt. Nobody in a life-or-
death situation worries about such things.
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The thing to remember is that most
criminals are cowards. They don’t want to
get shot, and the sight of a person saying
no to them while pointing a gun at them
usually dissuades them. The caliber of
the weapon you are using is of secondary
importance. The main factor is the person
behind the gun, which is you.
Tony Walker is the President of
SAS Training, Inc., based in Scottsdale,
Arizona. He and his wife Vannessa
teach advanced self defensive shooting
classes, as well as Arizona Concealed
Carry classes. He is the author of
‘How to Win a Gunfght’, a manual of
real-life shooting techniques, and has
also written ‘Snides’, an action thriller
featuring Ex-British SAS Trooper John
Pilgrim and his feisty, sharp shooting
American wife Sally. His next book,
‘Pilgrim’s Banner’ will be available later
this year. He can be contacted by e-
mail at:
or you can check out his web site at : Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
any of the people you see
modeling stances with a
handgun are young, fexible
model types who have not had too many
bones broken and do not have other joint
issues like arthritis. They can model
themselves into a classic Weaver or
Isosceles posture as many of us have been
indoctrinated is the ideal or only way. Then
I try with my arthritis and all the other ills
the fesh is prone to, and it really bothers
me that my postural profle departs from
the ideal I get from reading this stuff. So
what to do?

PurPoSe oF THe STanCe
This past weekend I had the oppor-
tunity to train with my master frearm
instructor, John Farnam in his Advanced
Defensive Handgun course. John and his
wife and partner, Vicki Farnam co-direct
Defense Training International. While we
were at it, I asked John to help me better
understand a few subtleties about my
shooting stance. I thought I’d share my
questions and his answers with you.
This is a really important issue to
address because as we age, many of our
physical abilities (e.g., strength, fexibility,
endurance) decline. However, we still need
to practice and retain the ability to make
accurate hits with our defensive frearm
of choice. Let’s not kid ourselves. Having
a consistent stance is just as important a
consideration in combat handgunnery as it
is in target shooting.
So I asked John, “Sensei, I don’t look
exactly the way I think you’re supposed
to look when I do the Weaver or Isosceles
stance. Is this going to work?” And what
does my Sensei tell me? Basically he
answers, “Don’t worry about it and do the
best you can.”
The basic goal of any stance is to put
your handgun up into the position where it
does the most good. Your stance functions
to align your point of aim,
your front sight, your rear
sight, your dominant eye,
and to get all four points
into a straight line. Your
stance is your shooting
platform for launching your
bullet. As such, in order to
deliver the bullet quickly
and accurately, a consistent
stance (launching platform)
is very important. We need
to hold the handgun the
same way every time. We
have a problem if we are all
over the place. The problem
is that we are shifting
the whole aiming burden
to our dominant eye and
overloading our eye where
our body should be aiming
the gun.
John explains the importance of your
stance in the tactical operation of the
handgun in his latest book, The Farnam
Method of Defensive Handgunning
(Second Edition, DTI Publications, 2005).
This is one of the best how-to books on
gun fghting I have ever read. I strongly
recommend that everyone who carries
a gun read it at least twice. John’s wife,
Vicki Farnam, and her co-author, Diane
Nicholl, clearly present even more detailed
Continued on page 36 Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
step-by step explanations of how to employ
the Weaver and Isosceles stances and the
fundamentals of marksmanship in their
excellent new book, Women Learning
to Shoot: A Guide for Law Enforcement
Offcers (DTI Publications, 2006). Both of
these books can be purchased directly from
Personal Defense Solutions:

and WHaT doeSn’T
The crux of the problem is what do we
do when we have pain or physical limitations
that prevent us from achieving the ideal
stance? Will that affect consistency? The
answer is, no, it doesn’t have to. A less-
than-perfect stance can still function
to consistently deliver the front sight to
the target.
Let’s examine some of the common
ways your stance may deviate from the
ideal Weaver or Isosceles launching
platforms: which deviations will mess up
your speed and accuracy and which ones
will not.
. When employing the Weaver stance,
is it a problem if your elbows are too far
out? Is that going to hurt anything? The
answer is, no.
. If your gun rotates slightly counter-
clockwise when you employ the Weaver
stance, is that a problem? The answer is,
no. Don’t worry about it.
. What if you are trembling? Don’t
worry about it. Trembling won’t make
you miss. The front sight will be vibrating
a little. Just hold it on target as steadily
as you can and press the trigger. You’ll
be fne.
Here some things you should worry about:
1. Don’t jam your head into your
shoulders. There’s nothing to be gained.
A bowed head is a signal of submission.
You will also remove the articulation from
your neck and shoulders which will
interfere with your mobility and ability to
scan for threats.
2. Make sure your thumbs and your
fngers are in the same place on the grip
every time. Changing thumb and fnger
positions will change the bullet’s point of
impact. Keep the same grip for all medium
to large auto-loaders. Small auto-loaders
such as Kel-Tec’s, Seecamp’s, Beretta .32’s,
etc., require some modifcation. Revolvers
require a different grip than auto-loaders,
but consistency is necessary for each of
your guns.
3. Should I raise my head to look
through the bottom portion of my
progressive bifocals in order to bring the
front sight into focus? The answer is, no.
Leave your head in its normal position and
stop worrying about how sharply in focus
your front sight is! A fuzzy front sight will
work just fne. Accept the fact that your
days of seeing a sharp front sight focus are
probably over.
4. Should I grip the gun convulsively?
No. Don’t shoot with a convulsion or a
spasm. Just let the gun take over. The gun
will do its job. Think of yourself as holding
a fre hose and just bringing the stream of
water onto the target.
5. Don’t fght recoil. The gun is going
to jump in your hand. It’s not going to hurt
if you have the right gun for you. If recoil
does hurt, then you have the wrong gun.
While you should not fght with the recoil, Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
you should not just ride it either. Riding
the recoil serves to exaggerate it, and this
brings the gun much further up than it
needs to be before it settles down.
6. Don’t anticipate the recoil and shove
or jerk the gun forward to fght the recoil.
Let the gun recoil naturally; it will settle.
You need a frm grip—not a death grip. A
frm grip will handle the recoil just fne.
Shooting a gun is a process. The process
will go off naturally if you don’t try to
over-control or over-think it.
7. Another common error is to
compulsively and obsessively keep re-
adjusting your grip. Hold the front sight
on your point of aim and press the trigger.
Nothing needs to move except your
trigger fnger.
8. Your stance should keep you
balanced. Don’t lean too far forward or
backward. Keep your feet on the ground.
Remember: If you have to draw your gun
on someone, you must be prepared to fght.
Your stance should be a fghting stance.
The purpose of a fghting stance is to
keep you stable so you can not be knocked
off balance by your opponent. The boxer’s
stance must serve to protect him from his
opponent’s blows. In a combat situation (a
fght), you must stay balanced so you can
be mobile.
You need to have your shoulders
directly over your hips and your hips over
your knees and feet so you can fght in any
direction without being compelled to move
your feet. You limit yourself to fghting
only the person directly in front of you
when you thrust yourself forward, and if
your opponent is smart, he will outfank
you and take the upper-hand.
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WHen your SHooTIng
PLaTForm IS InadequaTe:
There are situations in which it may
not be possible to get into a good shooting
platform or stance—for example, when you
are behind cover or concealment. Another
situation would be if you are physically
disabled to the point where you can not
adequately align your point of aim, front
sight, rear sight, and dominant eye so as to
get all four points into a straight line. This
could be due to diminished eyesight, upper
extremity range of motion limitations,
or being confned to a bed or wheelchair,
among other factors. For these situations,
good technology, along with good training
with the right equipment, may provide
a viable solution. I am talking about
laser sights.
A laser sighting system can facilitate
accurate shooting from behind cover and
concealment and in low light stress-fre
conditions. That is why S.W.A.T. teams
using full cover behind ballistic shields
often employ laser sights. If you have to
hide behind an automobile engine block,
a bed, bookcase, or some other available
barricade, shoot from a prone position, or
shoot with your weak hand, a reliable laser
sighting device on your handgun may still
afford accurate shot placement.
LaserMax is a company that has been
making reliable laser sighting devices for
the major brands of handguns for years.
Their sights are rugged, user-friendly,
and easily installed by you, the end user,
internally in your handgun as close to
the bore of the frearm as possible. This
allows for the closest and most consistent
relationship between your point of aim and
point of impact. Because LaserMax sights
feature a distinct on-off switch that can
be easily activated by both right-handed
and left-handed shooters, there’s no need
to alter your grip and compromise your
shooting accuracy to activate the laser
beam. Additionally, the laser need not
inadvertently reveal your position while
you’re drawing from your holster.
A training aid: Last but not least, an
intuitive, easy-to-operate laser sighting
system such as the LaserMax can help new
shooters learn sight picture and trigger
control more quickly. Both live and dry fre
practice with a good laser sighting system
in your handgun can help you develop
good trigger control and reinforce your
muzzle discipline.
Bruce N. Eimer, Ph.D. is a board certifed,
licensed, clinical and forensic psychologist, NRA
Certifed Firearms Instructor, NRA Life Member,
Glock Certifed Armorer, a Utah Dept. of Public
Safety Concealed Firearms Instructor and an
Author in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. As the
co-owner of Personal Defense Solutions, LLC,
Bruce teaches concealed carry classes and NRA
Basic Pistol and Personal Protection courses, as
well as offering individual shooting instruction. He
also teaches CCW classes that prepare people
to apply for a Florida Non-Resident Concealed
Carry Weapons Permit which is honored by 28
states. For more information, he can be reached
by phone at 215-938-7283 (938-SAVE) and by
e-mail at:
For a schedule of upcoming classes, you can log
on to the PDS web site:
Bruce is also the co-author, with Stephen
Rementer of the Pennsylvania Lethal Weapons
Institute, of the Essential Guide to Handguns:
Firearm Instruction for Personal Defense and
Protection, which is published by: Looseleaf
Law Publications -
LaserMax laser sights are available
directly from the manufacturer, or from
authorized dealers such as Personal
Defense Solutions:
John S. Farnam (2005). The Farnam
Method of Defensive Handgunning. (2nd
Edition). Boulder, CO: DTI Publications.
Diane Nicholl & Vicki Farnam (2006).
Women Learning to Shoot: A Guide for
Law Enforcement Offcers. Boulder, CO:
DTI Publications.
Defense Training International. P.O. Box
917. LaPorte, CO 80535.
Personal Defense Solutions
215-938-7283 (938-SAVE). Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine 0 Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
obert Mika replied very promptly by telephone.
No, he’d never done anything for a Semmerling,
but he would do the best job he could from my
side, top and front-end outline tracings of it. He
said that if the result proved unsatisfactory, I could just
throw the thing away and owe him nothing! How could I
resist an offer like that?
A little less than a month after I had mailed Mr. Mika
my drawings, the holster arrived. Robert makes his pocket
holsters out of a soft, fexible, black material that appears
to be either Porvair or one of the other leather-look, easy-
care synthetics. Each part is fully lined with a waterproof-
impregnated, black, woven, synthetic fabric of some sort.
The pistol pouch itself has bands of interlining within
both its mouth and its muzzle, to stiffen it and keep it
open for very easy, no-look re-holstering. Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
There’s a covering rectangle of double-
thick fabric on the outside of this holster.
It hides the shape of my Semmerling very
effectively, making the whole outft look
as innocent in my pocket as a large wallet.
The outside surface of this rectangle is
coated with a sticky, latex-based webbing
that really adheres to the inside of my pants
pocket. Although my pistol slides out easily
when I pull on it, the holster itself is quite
diffcult to remove.
At frst glance, a right hand pocket
holster made in this manner looks as if it
were meant for use by the left hand. That’s
because this holster’s “wallet” disguise, the
covering rectangle, must be on the outside
of both the pistol pouch and the interior of
the pants pocket, not on the inside, against
the leg. Mika sews the covering rectangle
to the pistol pouch only along the very
bottom edge of the holster, which leaves
enough room for the fngers to enter and
quickly establish a frm shooting grip
before commencing the draw stroke.
When I need my concealed Semmer-
ling, I merely innocently slip my hand into
my pocket. Because of Mr. Mika’s clever
design, my fngers automatically slide
between the covering rectangle and the
gun itself. I can then quickly establish a
solid shooting grip and pull my pistol out,
ready for action. In only a little more than a
second, I will have drawn my weapon and
fred my frst shot.
Although the draw from this holster is
easy and uncomplicated, I could run and
jump (and probably even tumble, if I were
still agile enough at my advanced age) and
my Semmerling would stay securely where
it belongs. It’s trapped by both the holster
and my pocket, and it can’t go anywhere
until I need it. In every way, this is a
good design.
Robert Mika’s workmanship is
practical, rather than beautiful. Every joint
and attachment is both glued and sewn,
so this holster isn’t going to come apart.
However, most of its edges are merely
cut to size and shape, rather than neatly
smoothed, folded, or rolled. Its glue lines
show. Its stitching isn’t particularly well
lined up with its edges. So what? It works!
Mika’s frst try at a pocket holster
for my Semmerling ft the pistol well and
functioned exactly as it should have, so I
immediately sent him a check for $34.98
(including shipping), as requested on his
accompanying invoice. However, after I’d
practiced with the outft for about a week,
I found that I wasn’t completely satisfed
with the size of its covering rectangle and
the angle of its pistol pouch. I sent him a
drawing showing the modifcations that
I wanted. Then, a little less than a month
after that, my ideal pocket holster arrived
in the mail.
Robert had gracefully accepted my
complaints and made his second attempt at
no further cost to me. Indeed, the second
holster arrived with neither letter nor
invoice. I now had two useful holsters for
the price of one. However, I didn’t feel
that this situation was equitable. His frst
try certainly worked quite well, even if it
wasn’t absolutely perfect. So, although
I didn’t have to, I voluntarily sent him
another $34.98. Maybe now I should fnd
someone else who owns a Semmerling, so
that between the two of us, we can give the
frst holster something useful to do.
If you carry a pocket-size pistol, I
strongly believe that you should try one
of Mika’s Pocket Holsters. Both of mine
are well-engineered devices that hide my
small gun very successfully, while keeping
it easily accessible for use in an emer-
gency. Robert Mika seems to have solved
just about every possible pocket holster
problem, except that of beauty. Furthermore,
his price for an individually designed,
made-to-order holster is extraordinarily
reasonable, and his business ethics are
exemplary. Mere beauty aside, what more
could you want?
Write to: Mika’s Pocket Holsters
E. 10918 Hankins Road - Readstown,
Wisconsin 54652. Telephone: (608) 627–
1152 or (608) 606–3668 (cell phone)
E-mail to:

Steve Henigson is a long-time defensive pistol
shooter. He was a student of the late Michael
Harries, beginning in the mid-0s, and
participated in IPSC and Southwest Pistol
League (SWPL) competition with modest
success. In , as IPSC shooting was
becoming less and less realistic, the club to
which Steve belonged seceded from IPSC
and SWPL to form the truly practical,
experimental shooting discipline known as
the Southern California Tactical Combat
program (SCTC). Steve edited and published
COMBAT!, the SCTC monthly journal, until
he retired in 00. Concealed Carry Magazine Volume 3 - October 2006
ach year, the American Tactical
Shooting Association (ATSA)
conducts the National Tactical
Invitational (NTI) just outside
of Harrisburg, PA. The NTI is held on the
Tuesday through Saturday that immediately
follows Memorial Day each year, and 2006
saw the sixteenth edition of this important
event. The West Shore Sportsmen’s Assoc-
iation ranges host the NTI each year.
This is a large, private range complex,
where the NTI crew builds a host of shoot
houses, complex outdoor problems, and
a “village” of building fronts, rooms and
other structures for use in scenarios with
live role players armed with Simunitions
guns and gear.
This year, the NTI involved ten stages.
Six were live fre stages, and all but one of
these stages took place in a shoot house
dedicated to a particular stage. The theme
this year was a post-disaster scenario, such
as the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina
on the Gulf Coast. Each stage involved a
plausible scenario, and the practitioner was
required to move through the problem and
solve it with the equipment on hand.
The goal is to put the shooter in a
situation in which he has to move, observe,
think and react to the actions of others,
much like a real life defensive situation.
In the houses are props and life-size, three
dimensional, clothed mannequin targets—
very realistic looking. Some are armed,
some are not. Some are hostile, some are
not. The Range Offcer follows the shooter
close by and provides the voice for the
mannequins. The shooter must verbally
communicate with the “actors” in the stage,
asking questions or issuing commands, as
the situation requires. The R.O. answers for
the “actors,” in response to the verbalization
by the shooter. If shooting is required,
there is only a few second window of
opportunity to make a decision and shoot
before the target disappears or shoots at the
practitioner. Many of the hostile targets are
armed with ingenious “guns” that fre foam
rubber bullets. They don’t hurt, but they let
you know that you dithered too long!
A prime example of this type of
scenario was the one entitled “ATSA Relief
Center.” This scenario was conducted in a Volume 3 - October 2006 Concealed Carry Magazine
true 360 degree shoot house. That is, the
shooter was the only person in the building,
and could shoot safely in any direction
for a full 360 degrees. The NTI staff was
safely on the other side of a berm, watching
the shooter via strategically placed CCTV
cameras. The staff communicated with the
shooter via speakers, and as they watched
the shooter progress through the problem,
they could remotely activate pop-up or
swing-out targets and fre small explosive
devices like shotgun blanks to create
noise and distraction. (It worked!) In this
scenario, the shooter was required to go
to the Relief Center to fnd his sister and
pick her up. Unfortunately, some gang
members were in the building doing some
pretty ugly things, and the shooter had to
sort them out while trying to get to his
sister and evacuate the area. To add to the
stress, the practitioner was “injured” in the
disaster. To simulate this handicap, a set of
goggles with one eye blacked out was put
on the shooter, and in my case, my right
hand was secured in an oven mitt. (I’m
right-handed.) This complicated my efforts
to safely negotiate the building, although I
did manage to pull it off.
The remaining four scored segments
of the event take place during a couple
of hours spent inside ATSA Village.
The Village consists of a compound
of storefronts, mock-up buildings and
other props. A number of highly trained
and experienced role players inhabit the
Village, and the practitioner is required
to conduct a number of errands which
require movement through the shops and
businesses. Interaction with the residents
is constant. As with any other village, most
people are just trying to get along with their
lives, but some are intent on victimizing
others. The practitioner’s ability to “read”
people, assess pre-assault indicators, use
good personal tactics, and if needed, shoot
accurately under stress are all tested. The
Simunitions rounds hurt just enough to
reinforce the desire not to get shot.
While all this is going on, back at the
hotel, a number of well known frearms
and tactics instructors provide lectures
that the NTI participants are welcome to
attend. This year the presenters included
John Farnam, John Hearne, James Yeager,
Greg Hamilton, Steve Silverman and
several others. The NTI is a wonderful
opportunity to meet, discuss training
issues, and generally network with some
of the most highly trained and experienced
gunmen in the country.
On Saturday, the NTI concludes
with a banquet. Although the event is
scored, there are no rankings announced
and there is no “winner.” The goal is
for every participant to do his best and
learn from the experience. However, four
participants were singled out for mention
at the banquet this year. The NTI staff
judged these four to have demonstrated
outstanding awareness, discretion, tactical
skills and communication abilities, as well
as outstanding shooting. One of those
named was John Hearne, who provided
the comments shown here, which compose
an excellent overview of the skills needed
to excel at the NTI, or to survive actual
armed confrontations.
NTI Impressions:
• Shooting is a crucial skill, but it is
not the most important. The ability to read
a situation and make an acceptable decision
is even more important. Few of us get
enough practice making these decisions,
and the NTI is probably the best venue
for gaining that skill without risk of death
and dismemberment.
• The only way you can clear your
mind to think about the situation is to
have your gunhandling and marksmanship
ingrained at the refexive level. If you have
to think about running your gun, you can’t
think about solving the problem.
• For this reason, mastery of the basics
is essential. Mastering the basics is not hard
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work like digging ditches. However, it does
require a signifcant time commitment, and
is not particularly glamorous or as sexy as
“super tactical combative ninja” classes.
• Situational awareness is a critical
component of proper decision making.
Knowing, “Who’s around me and what
are they doing?” will keep you ahead of
most problems.
• As a situation develops, your
situational awareness needs will change.
While, “Who’s around me and what are they
doing?” will solve most of your problems,
there will come a time when you must add
questions like, “Where is cover? Do I have
an available escape route?” etc.
• Trust your feelings. If you look at
someone and you say to yourself, “That
man intends to hurt/rob/kill me,” don’t
rationalize that feeling. (It also helps if
you see “that man” holding a double-
barrel shotgun.)
• When you are working house clearing
problems, you need to look as “deep” as you
can. If a doorway exposes multiple rooms,
you will need to check into as many rooms
as you can see for as far as you can see.
• When searching a structure, you
must look for clues of a threat, not an entire
threat. Noticing a shoe, a sleeve or a weapon
allows you to focus on a problem area early
and “ramp up” for appropriate action.
• Not all shooting is at extremely close
range. In the civil unrest scenario of this
year, the lack of a long gun required long
pistol shots. Your obligation to shoot well
does not stop at 7 yards. You must know
how your pistol and your ammunition work
out to 100 yards.
• A passing familiarity with a variety
of weapon systems (pistols, shotguns and
rifes) is also a good skill to possess.
• Generally, time equals distance and
distance equals time. In a complex problem,
if you can pause for a second or two and
take in the entire situation, you can gather
a much fuller picture of the situation.
• Shooting a large number of rounds
without hits doesn’t help. Sometimes,
slowing down and seeking composure may
be the only solution.
• Training on realistic targets is
crucial. Dedicated opponents take multiple,
good rounds delivered to a relatively small
area to neutralize. The corollary to that is
that bigger, heavier bullets deliver more
violence per trigger pull, making them
more effcient fght stoppers.
• The NTI attracts some very unique
people with backgrounds more extensive
than your own. It is an excellent venue
to meet and learn from others who are a
wealth of knowledge. Conversations with
people who have truly “been there, done
that” and triumphed are as useful as the
actual range exercises.
Amen, John! This unique event pro-
vides an educational opportunity that
most armed citizens can not get anywhere
else. There is so much more to managing
real world, armed confrontations than
just shooting skill, and the place to test
your crisis management skills and fnd
your shortcomings is at the NTI, not in a
real gunfght. For more information, see, the offcial web
site of the NTI. See you there in 2007!
tom Givens is a full-time trainer, with over twenty
fve years of experience. He has had about 85 articles
published over the years in swAt Magazine, Combat
handguns, Petersen Handguns, soldier of Fortune and
other publications. He is certifed as an expert witness on
frearms training in both state and federal courts, and he
has a frearms training school, Rangemaster, in Memphis.
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