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Handgun Training Track Series

Initial “basic” handgun safety, operational training, and prerequisite for LTC (License to Carry) application in Massachusetts

The NRA Home Firearm Safety curriculum is what we use for your prerequisite to apply for your LTC.  It includes classroom PowerPoint presentations, hands-on practice with empty firearms (NO ammunition allowed in classroom), along with an additional live-fire practice on the range with pistols and revolvers, live-fire qualifications, written test back in the classroom, and firearms cleaning demo.

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Minimum Once Per Year Cleaning

While we are thinking about gun cleaning, do you have any guns that haven’t been cleaned in over a year even though you may not have shot them?  Unless you have an expensive climate-controlled environment for your firearms, you should clean them at least once a year even if they haven’t been fired to protect them inside and out.  The environment can have an adverse affect firearms.  Things like humidity, oil breaking down, and so on can add to gun damage.

The more you clean your guns the more you will maintain familiarity with them.  Not all are lubricated the same way in the same spots.

New Gun Owners

If you are new to guns and go out and purchase one, be sure you learn how to disassemble and reassemble it properly.  You need to know this to be able to clean it.  Yes, they all need cleaning, and should really be cleaned after each time used at the shooting range; especially if you are carrying that particular handgun for defensive purposes.  You must know that it will work the first time and every time, because your life depends on it.

How to Defend Yourself Inside of a Vehicle

Sometimes coming up with an organized overall approach to something (like defensive training) means breaking down parts of your life and analyzing the pattern. A typical day in the life of an average American has us spending more than a third of our time at home (including eating and sleeping) and more than another third at work. Add a few hours for commuting time, running errands, chauffeuring kids, shopping, etc., and you see a pattern emerging. Number-one and two activities involve home and work, while many others involve time spent in and around our vehicle. If you think your basic defensive-pistol classes prepared you for all these potential vehicle scenarios, you’re in for a shock.

Schools I’ve attended have their training programs pretty well defined and properly focused on what the students are most likely to encounter once class is dismissed. Step 1, teach them safe gun handling so students don’t become a major threat to themselves and those they seek to protect. Step 2, teach them the shooting skills and mindset so they can deal with life-threatening situations and hopefully see those situations developing before being overwhelmed.

But other than recognizing the difference between cover and concealment and learning how to move a couple steps right or left as you shoot, five days of trigger time on a square range and an hour or so of clearing a shoot house will not have you ready for a starring role in the next release of “The Road Warrior.”

Without strapping on your self-defense pistol, take a seat behind the wheel of your car and buckle up. Try to look around you and you’ll notice some serious restrictions to movement and visibility compared to standing in a solid fighting posture on the training range. When you’re in the car, your upper torso is visible from any position in a 360-degree circle around the outside of the car, which means you have neither cover nor concealment for the most vulnerable parts of your anatomy. If you’re right-handed and wear a hip holster like most of us do, you’ll notice all the seat belt hardware converges on and blocks access to your holstered pistol, or would if you were wearing it. Should you be faced with a life-threatening situation while seated, that threat would most likely be approaching you from the driver’s side of the car, which means you’d not only be fumbling for a relatively inaccessible weapon, you’d be bringing the muzzle of the pistol across major portions of your body to deal with the threat. Without any advanced planning or training, a basic reaction to this situation may be to feel trapped and helpless.

The technique for handling this scenario is fairly simple, if you’ve thought about it in advance. If you can drive away, do so. If you can’t, secure the vehicle.” Then grasp the seat belt with your left hand near your left shoulder and slide the hand the length of the belt down to the latch at your right hip. With your right hand, unlatch the belt. Holding the seat belt tab in your left hand, lift it clear of the latch and guide it around the top and outside of the steering wheel up to the connection point by your left shoulder. As the belt retreats toward the anchor point, your right hand draws the pistol and follows the path of your left hand around the top and outside of the steering wheel. As the gun clears the top of the wheel and comes to bear on the driver’s window, your left hand joins the right hand in a solid, two-hand firing grip. At no time during this sweeping draw stroke from your right hip to left-side chest does the pistol’s muzzle cross any part of your body, nor is the seat belt allowed to get tangled on any part of the car. If the threat hasn’t retreated, you deal with it and move on, because the fight isn’t over.

There are a couple other techniques that can be used to initiate the festivities and get you clear of your vehicle. A backup gun, particularly one in an ankle holster, can usually be accessed without releasing the seat belt, which means you can get it into action more quickly. But keep in mind this means you will still have to deal with the seat-belt-release system before leaving the car, and now one of your two hands is holding a pistol or revolver while trying to free you from the seat. In the excitement of a life-threatening moment, particularly since you’ve probably never practiced this move, the gun muzzle will likely be covering lots of anatomical parts you value highly. It’s also possible you could transfer your backup gun (or primary weapon, if it’s small enough) to a chest shirt pocket after entering the car but before driving off. Still, you must ultimately deal with releasing the seat belt if you will be departing the vehicle, perform the same drill if you have removed your pistol from the hip holster to an easily accessible console in your vehicle. I don’t have an answer for you, but it’s something you need to think about before trouble strikes.
A vehicle is primarily transportation, but in an armed confrontation it can be cover, too. Advanced shooting schools teach students how to fight behind such improvised cover.

We mentioned the lack of concealment or cover while seated in your car, which is a clue you need to be moving. With your gun pointed at the threat, or where the threat was, exit the driver’s-side door and work your way behind your vehicle. If you didn’t eliminate the original threat or if another appears, shoot while you’re moving for cover behind the car. As you learned in your basic defensive-pistol class, “distance is your friend.” The greater space between you and a threat, the better off you are. If you can break off the fight and escape, you win. Unlike on the open, square range, there may be lots of cover/concealment available. Moving to better cover is generally advisable, and if it puts greater distance between you and the threat, it may lead to a clean escape.

There are some serious trade-offs between finding adequate cover and surrendering mobility, particularly for older folks who have lost the graceful, fluid movements of youth. Trying to hide behind a wheel/tire while firing beneath a compact vehicle is definitely safer than standing tall and shooting over the hood, but getting in and out of that position is not a task accomplished easily or quickly by senior citizens. Crouching behind a plastic door or trunk may offer marginal cover, but it does provide concealment and offers a faster running start compared to lying on your side in a fetal position you couldn’t have achieved as a newborn infant. Like all data acquired in a defensive-shooting class, you must evaluate everything learned after you get home and decide what works best for you. As the years go by, however, be prepared to repeat this mental evaluation often.

If I’m alone in a vehicle, my first option is always to escape in the vehicle because whatever cover and concealment I have stays with me, and I can create distance much faster in my truck than on foot.

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N.H. eliminates license requirement to carry concealed gun, effective immediately

Gov. Chris Sununu signs a law Wednesday, Feb. 22, allowing gun owners to carry their weapons concealed without a license. The law took effect immediately. Courtesy Dave Suitor

It’s now legal to carry a concealed loaded gun in New Hampshire without a license.

In his first bill signing since taking office, Republican Gov. Chris Sununu signed so-called constitutional carry into law Wednesday.

“It is common-sense legislation,” he said during a ceremony in Executive Council chambers. “This is about making sure that our laws on our books are keeping people safe while remaining true to the live-free-or-die spirit.”

The moment marked a GOP victory a week after the bruising defeat of right-to-work, one of Sununu’s top priorities. Republicans in control of the Legislature have sought to repeal the licensing requirement in recent years, but Democratic Gov. Maggie Hassan consistently vetoed the change, saying it threatened to weaken public safety.

Cheers erupted from dozens of supporters who crowded around Sununu on Wednesday as he sat at a long wooden table and put pen to paper. Afterward, the governor posed for pictures.

The new law makes the concealed-carry license optional, instead of mandatory. The state is at least the 11th to enact such a policy, according to a spokesman for the National Rifle Association.

New Hampshire is already an open-carry state, meaning anyone who legally owns a gun can carry it exposed without any license or permit.

In the past, gun owners have had to apply for a concealed-carry license with their local police chiefs, who determined whether applicants were “suitable.” The license came up for renewal every four years and was one of the only times gun owners in New Hampshire underwent a review process after initially purchasing a firearm.

Critics argued the process was too subjective because “suitability” could be interpreted differently by police chiefs.

“We have seen substantial abuse of the current statutes by various police departments,” said Republican Rep. JR Hoell, of Dunbarton.

No statewide data exists showing how many licenses were denied each year, but police chiefs have testified that they reject very few. Members of law enforcement have opposed the change, saying the licensing process is a way to prevent bad actors from carrying concealed guns and gives needed discretion to chiefs.
Now legal: Concealed carry of a firearm for legal gun owners without going through the local licensing processWho’s eligible:Anyone who can otherwise own a gun in New Hampshire Who can’t carry:Felons, subjects of restraining orders and people barred from

“This bill will eliminate the state’s longstanding permitting system and prevent local law enforcement from making important determinations that help keep guns out of dangerous hands,” Joseph Plaia, a Portsmouth police commissioner and member of Granite State Coalition for Common Sense, said in a statement.

Under the new law, anyone who can legally possess a gun under state and federal law can carry it concealed in a purse, car or briefcase without a license. State statute bars convicted felons or people subject to restraining orders from possessing a gun. Under federal law, drug users, fugitives and people convicted of certain domestic violence crimes, among others, cannot have firearms.

The state’s licensing process will remain in place so people who want to carry concealed outside state lines can get the necessary paperwork. Nonresidents who wish to carry concealed guns in New Hampshire would no longer need to get a license from state police, according to the bill’s fiscal note. The new law took effect immediately.

New Hampshire follows a number of other states that have recently eliminated licensing requirements, including Idaho, Mississippi and neighboring Maine.

Maine’s permitless carry, signed in 2015, applies to residents over age 21 and requires residents tell police they have a concealed weapon if pulled over, according to the Portland Press Herald.

New Hampshire’s law does not include a so-called duty-to-inform provision nor any specific age restrictions. Federal law bars minors from possessing handguns, but not long guns.

The head of the state Democratic party criticized Sununu for making the bill such a priority.

“The governor claims concealed carry is about ‘safety,’ but he is making it harder for law enforcement officials to keep track of guns that fall into the wrong hands,” Chairman Ray Buckley said in a statement. “New Hampshire has imminent issues that need the Governor’s attention, but further relaxing the state’s notoriously lax gun laws is not one of them.”

See full article at concordmonitor.com/sununu-signs-conceal-carry-bill-8252381
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How To Avoid a Gun Sale Scam

July 12, 2016 by David Donchess

We are in the age of technology where almost everything is being done by computer. We communicate, we socialize, and we shop online. For the most part, my wife doesn’t even need to leave the house in order to do her Christmas shopping. Many things have changed today, to include how we look for deals on guns. Really good deals on guns are very rare, to the point that people leave themselves open to being victims of a scam. We have a great many sites where people can buy, sell, and trade guns in a manner that suits them. The problem with this is probably very obvious by the title…you can get scammed if your not careful.

When looking for a value on a gun, we look for what we would consider to be a terrific value. Maybe you find a new $1000 pistol going for $700 and is still new in box but is just old stock. Or you will find a lightly used rifle with 10 magazines and a sling for the same price you could get it for new, but without the added goodies. These are good deals that I have taken advantage of in the past, but only after checking for sources of authenticity. Without asking the right questions, you could end up sending a check or money order to someone who doesn’t even have the gun you crave. They may just be listing a $1000 pistol for $400 and justify the sale as being in imminent need for cash. Don’t be too hasty on any good deal without being completely sure that the sale is genuine.

First things first, you should realize that the only safe way to buy, sell, or trade a gun, relatively, is at your local GUN store or big box store, like Cabelas for example. You don’t always have to look online and take risks in order to acquire a good deal on a gun. I have seen plenty of new old stock guns going way under normal pricing. An example would be the latest generation of the Walther PPS that came out. This caused all the old generation PPS pistols to drop in price up to $200 in some places. And this is for a new pistol under warranty and all. But there are many people who would rather shave off a hundred dollars from their purchase and waive the warranty, since they have no issue with owning a used gun. This is all up to the buyer, but I like my warranties since I have had pistols with bad parts out of the box.

When looking online for a deal, the private sale of used guns just might be the riskiest route for you. Typically I look for the guns being sold by a business such as a pawn shop or gun store that is just running a local consignment ad. Usually you will be able to tell this by there being contact information for their store somewhere in the description. Sometimes this is just them linking to their store website so that you can look at what else they have in stock. This is a safe way to do business from my experience. Of course you need to check out their site and still give them a call or email and ask about the gun. I typically have a general set of questions about any gun that I would buy used. These are questions that I use whether I’m buying a gun from a business online, or from another person. These can also be good for verification of authenticity in some cases.

I typically try to start out by asking about how many rounds it has had through it. Next question would be the age and if any maintenance has been done on it. Usually this is not really an issue for me but it is a good thing to know. If you feel it is necessary, you should ask if they can send more pictures of the friction areas. I like to see areas like the breechface, the firing control group, and the barrel.

If the people are really looking to sell the pistol you’re interested in, they most likely will be willing to help you and send you pictures like this. You may also want more thorough pictures so that you can see if there are cracks, chips or unusual wear on the pistol so you can gauge its true value. In my experience, the sellers do a pretty good job overall of taking detailed inside and out pictures that show all the key wear points. People who post vague pictures and get upset for you asking for more detailed pictures are not worth your time and I wouldn’t even bother with them.

If the sellers are vague with some of their answers to your questions or just seem to try to dodge your questions and tell you to just TRUST them, I would steer clear. I wouldn’t ignore people who don’t know as much as I do about guns, but I would be wary of them if they cant even tell me how many rounds the gun holds or what kind of rifling or finish it has. For this reason, I typically work through businesses, which usually will have people that know their gun stuff for the most part. This is also good because they usually check out the guns condition to begin with and make sure it is in good working order for the most part. If they didn’t check it, they typically wouldn’t be able to price the gun to sell without risking being found out. Most of the time, no business is going to risk such a situation if they are a trustworthy one. But nonetheless, I still recommend field stripping the gun and inspecting the parts for any unlisted damage that would compromise the guns sale price. From here you can either haggle or drop the deal completely depending on how bad the damage is. Sometimes businesses may try to rip you off online or in person, so be cautious. They may have received a gun and found out after buying the used gun that it was damaged, or knew about it all along. Either way, they may try to sell the gun for a price of an undamaged one and you will be the one to get the raw end of the deal. This is why details are important and can make people who are trying to scam you nervous. Not even businesses should be exempt of your scrutiny in the quality of the pricing for the gun you intend to buy.

If you are going to be meeting someone face to face, I have a few things that I like to do to set myself up with maximum security of my purchase. First, I would recommend meeting in a public setting like at the front of a store that you know has cameras and would be a good place for witnesses. Public settings may make the seller uncomfortable, and if that is the case, bail immediately. You don’t need any of that business and risk, and this may be the first sign of it being a scam. When you meet to buy the gun, I recommend field stripping the gun and taking an in person look at the gun to ensure that the pictures are valid and that there is no hidden damage that could impede function. Also inspect all items promised to come with the gun. Upon satisfactory confirmation of the guns condition and worth, as well as the items with it, you should feel comfortable to pay for the new acquisition.

When you are dealing with people or businesses that have guns for sale, it helps if you know what to look for and how to protect yourself from getting led into a scam. The process is simple and it is very easy to follow. Just ask detailed questions and ask for more detailed pictures of the gun and the parts or items it comes with. Talk to them on the phone and over email. If you are dealing with a business, you should have less issues with being worried about safety, and should only have to worry about if they are trying to scam you into paying more than the gun is worth. Either way, get information and consider the decision a few times before pulling the trigger, pun intended. You’re the only one at risk in these situations.

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