On January 19th of this year, the nation’s gun-owners decided to celebrate a national “Gun Appreciation” day. Great idea, right? No. Why?
Six people at three different gun shows across the United States were hurt in what could have been fatal gun incidents. Sadly, all of them required hospital visits. Even more sadly, each of them could have been prevented.
Yesterday millions of people turned out across the nation to show their support for the 2nd amendment. You/we should all know by now that NO one is going to report “1.999 million people NOT hurt on Gun Appreciation Day.” Why would they? But let an accident happen – especially one with a gun, and see what comes out of the wood work.
That got me thinking about a video. Yes, there are lots of gun-safety videos out there. Apparently they aren’t watched by the people who NEED to watch them. Maybe one more video can save ONE life ONE day. If so, I’ve done my part to help a little.
That got me thinking further – which isn’t always good. Besides the basics of “don’t point your gun at something you’re not intending to destroy,” there are a lot of other good tips and tricks I’ve picked up over the years from the range, from civilian, police, and military instructors. Maybe I can put some of those together and come up with more than just the boring safety crap that no one wants to watch. Maybe if I mix a little safety and a little training, someone will watch it.
So, having said that, this video was born.. it’s LONG. It’s REALLY REALLY long! I didn’t intend for it to be this long, but hey.. it’s a lot of information.
If you’d like to skip ahead to some parts you might find interesting I’m including a guide that tells you where each “chapter” is in the video.
Video Cheat Sheet
1:20 – Basics on Gun Safety – How to Transport and Carry a Weapon
12:15 – Safety – Handguns in Particular
16:47 – Stances – General Overview
17:32 – Isosceles Stance
19:10 – Weaver Stance
20:31 – Modified Weaver Stance – My Favorite
22:02 – Breaking Leather – Clearing your Holster
23:50 – Close Combat Draw – Three Steps to Firing
26:32 – Proper Grip of your Handgun
31:07 – Ready Positions “Hi-Ready” and “Lo-Ready”
37:29 – Reasons for Malfunction – “Limp-wristing”
46:07 – Holsters (Last Minute Addition)
Enjoy the video! And if you have any good ideas you want to share that I can add, or that can be included in the next video, let me know! If I use your idea, I’ll credit you accordingly on the blog.