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You are responsible for your safety

Posted on December 3, 2015 at 6:46 PM Comments comments (1244)
Ultimately you are responsible for your own survival and safety. As recent events have shown violent confrontations occur quickly and are usually over with by the time law enforcement arrives. Following a few simple steps will help you to avoid or survive violent confrontations.

The number one thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware. What does this mean? The term "situational awareness" best fits this concept. You are in a much better position to avoid a confrontation if you are aware and paying attention to your surroundings and can see the danger signs and take steps to avoid them or mitigate them. Does this take specialized tactical training? Absolutely not. It just takes a small commitment on your part to simply pay attention.

Next time you are walking in a public place with a large number of people take a look around and see what other people are doing. Most of them will have no idea of what is going on around them. Many are completely engrossed in their phone or tablet. Others have earphones plugged in and cannot hear anything around them. Many people will walk with their head down looking at their feet as if this will protect them. All you have to do to dramatically raise your own awareness is to take out the earphones, put away the cell phone, lift your head and look around. Your own gut instincts will tell you when someone or something is not right.

Once you have recognized a questionable situation you can take action. In most cases this will be as simple as walking in a different direction, crossing the street, moving towards a large group of people or into an attended space such as a store or other occupied building.

If these options are not available to you because of geography or other factors you can always become very loud and draw attention to yourself and by proxy your situation. Do not feel embarrassed to yell and scream if you feel that is necessary for your safety.

There are many other options available to you depending on your level of training, commitment, and willingness to do what is necessary to protect yourself. The steps I have outlined above are the first steps required to recognize a threat and potentially avoid it. You could hold a high level black belt in a martial art but it will do you no good if you do not see the attack coming.

These are just some of the things that are taught in the personal protection classes offered by Strong Foundations Firearms Education.

Our ever changing world

Posted on November 19, 2015 at 7:51 PM Comments comments (0)
The recent terror attacks in Paris have prompted many people to contact me regarding their personal safety preparations and plans.  My answer to the question "what kind of gun should I get?" is to ask them what kind of training have they had.  Training is the key to any self defense plan whether a firearm is part of it or not.  

If you want to carry a concealed firearm there is a lot more to it than just going to the store and buying a gun and holster.  You NEED to get trained in the safe handling of the gun.  How to load and unload, how to care for it, how to store it safely and securely.  Once past the basics you need to get training in the area of concealed carry / personal protection.  This will teach you how to carry, where to carry on your person, what locations you are not allowed to carry a gun and what to do with the gun when you have to go to these places.  All of this is crucial for the responsible and safe gun owner.  

Ask yourself these questions and if you can't answer them with confidence you need training:
Can you carry your gun inside the Post Office?
Can you carry your gun while attending a high school football game?
Can you keep your loaded gun in the glove box of your car for protection?
Which is your dominant eye?
What is center mass and how is the concept applied to obscured targets?

These are just a few questions that need to be answered by anyone carrying a gun for personal protection.  But don't stop there.  Your spouse or significant other should get some training as well.  They will be part of your personal protection plan so they need to know what the plan is and how it works.  Even if they profess to never want to handle a gun it will be in the house so they should at least get the basic safety training.  

These are just a few points to provoke thought and discussion.  Remember you are your own best ally when it comes to your personal protection.  Have a plan, have the tools and practice often.  

Stay safe.
Andy

Training is essential

Posted on December 26, 2013 at 9:02 PM Comments comments (3)
In our current political climate many people are feeling that they should obtain their License to Carry as soon as possible to avoid problems in the future if the law changes.  While no one can say for sure if the laws will change one thing is for sure.  The basic firearms safety course is definitely not a shooting class.  It does not prepare the student to carry a firearm as a self defense tool.  Only personal protection classes that involve a strong training element can provide the skills needed to effectively and safely carry a concealed pistol.  

The personal protection classes offered by Strong Foundations Firearms Education and other classes offered by reputable training centers are essential for the new shooter.  A well structured class should include the basics of gun handling and marksmanship.  A discussion of carry methods and holsters is also a must.  An in-depth and qualified discussion of the legal aspects should also be part of the class.  This is where many inferior classes fall short.  Be sure to get instruction in the legal aspects from an expert IN YOUR HOME STATE.  There are very high quality training venues outside of Massachusetts that offer great advanced training and they mostly stick to shooting and gun handling.  If you are new to concealed carry you need to know your rights and responsibilities.  


Most recent class

Posted on August 27, 2013 at 8:30 PM Comments comments (4)
I recently completed a private class for two women who had never handled firearms before.  They had both decided that this was something that they wanted to do.  Both for knowledge and so that they could apply for a pistol permit.  They completed the NRA basic pistol class and by the end of the day were able to shoot 7" groups with a .22 pistol.  They also shot a 9mm, a .38 special, and a 1911, 45 ACP.  They both loved the 1911, which surprised them given the relative size of the pistol.  At Strong Foundations Firearms Education we conduct gun safety classes in Cape Cod and South Shore area for individuals, private groups and general classes up to 15 people.