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Practicing With a Firearm with an Injury

Practicing With a Firearm with an Injury

Life isn’t perfect, most of the time. We often get hurt, if you are anything like me, pretty often, and even minor injuries can affect us day to day. What do you do if you are injured and want to go to the range to practice? Should you practice? This is a tough question, and there are two sides to the question. Can you practice and handle a firearm in a safe manner without endangering yourself or others? If the answer is “YES!” Then go, have fun, and realize that you may be slower, and not as accurate as you are normally. Do you need additional training in or to be able to practice in a safe or new manor because of the injury? You may even have to get a little extra training if the injury is long term to make the needed adjustments. Secondly, I believe that you should practice when life isn’t perfect, because often, you will need to protect yourself, when life isn’t going right.

I’m facing this right now. I injured my finger (hand), not sure how, learning to ride a motorcycle. It will be fine, but is affecting my grip. I’m taking it day by day and will test out my grip tonight before I go to the range to make sure that I can hold on to the firearm without any danger.

Update: Since my grip was returning, although slowly, I felt like I could hold the firearm and be safe, after practicing using dry fire outside of the range. I wasn’t perfect, and had a brain-fart or two, but was safe the entire time, just not as fast and accurate as I normally would be.



Posted in Firearm Basics, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL

Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range

Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range

Thursday  starting at 6:30 pm CST, I will be Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range. If you have ever wondered where you can practice your advanced shooting defensive skills, or have completed all of the basics and want to advance to the next level, here is your chance.

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See you there!

Acting IDPA Match Director on May 11 at Shiloh Shooting Range

Posted in Practical Shooting

Shooting is the Perfect Remedy for the Stresses of Everyday Life

Shooting is the Perfect Remedy for the Stresses of Everyday Life

I know it has been a while since we posted anything. Life has been busy and stressful. Despite the stress, I was still able to be acting match director, and place 3rd after a couple of weeks off due to other obligations.

If you have the basics down, I highly encourage your to try competition shooting. Both men and women are welcome, if fact bring your spouse or significant other.

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This week and next are USPSA, but I will be match directing the next IDPA night in May. We would love to see you there!

Shooting is the Perfect Remedy for the Stresses of Everyday Life

Posted in General, Practical Shooting

Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

We can separate the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry into two parts. The mindset needed before you decide that you want to protect yourself using concealed carry and/or open carry, and the proper mindset needed after legally obtained the right to conceal and/or open carry. While both mindsets are similar, they can be greatly different as well.

Part 1 of the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

This is the most critical aspect, and should not be taken lightly. However, don’t get so caught up in research and preparedness that you don’t take action.

DoubleActionCHL has heard in our LTC classes time and time again, “It has taken me years before I built up enough courage to learn how to shoot a gun, and take an LTC class.” or, the one I hate to hear, “I was attacked and I’m here to learn how to defend myself.”

The reason the latter is the one I hate to hear is twofold. First, they waited until something happened, and secondly, they usually want to action and carry, sooner than they are actually ready to do so, and will. Often their pistol is brand new in the case and has never been shot, or shot very little, and they have not be skip critical steps in the process.

Don’t get me wrong! In either case, you are welcome and encourage to take a CHL, CCW, or LTC class, just please don’t skip the next step which is Basic Firearms Training and Safety.

After you have decided to protect you and your family, learned the basics of firearms and firearms safety, acquired the proper licensing (if required by your local or national government) here is the second part of the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry.

Part 2 of the Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

5 Main Areas of Proper Mindset

Don’t miss-understand, everyone has the right to protect themselves from an illegal attacker

The proper mindset of a CHL holder, or anyone wanting to protect themselves, can be broken down into 5 areas. Each area builds on its self, with the first goal being avoidance, and the end goal Survival an attack, heaven forbid that it ever get that far.

The 5 main areas are:

  • Avoidance
  • Be an adult
  • Stop the threat
  • Survival
  • Just a citizen, not law enforcement!

Surviving an attack (to some degree) and carrying a CHL Concealed Pistol for self-defense all take the proper mindset. If you do have the horrible misfortune to be attacked, your actions (training), along with your “will to survive” will make all the difference in the world. The best survival technique out there, is to not be in a bad situation in the first place; avoidance!

Visit our mindset webpage for more details:

Proper Mindset to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Posted in Firearm Basics, General, Personal Protection, TX LTC / CHL

Practice even when everything isn’t perfect

Practice even when everything isn’t perfect

Life gets in the way. This is a fact for all of us and this will never change. There is always factors that may prevent us from being able to go to the range and practice the most common are family responsibilities and/or work responsibilities.

We all have the same amount of time in a day, find or make the time! If you can’t make it to the range (maybe it is closed due to snowy conditions, or maybe you don’t have one close) then learn and practice using dry fire techniques, air soft, or pellet guns (first, find out if they are legal in your area).

It is better to practice more often, then the actually length of time. However, practice as if it a real situation (or to the best that your conditions will allow). Remember your firearm basics! Follow them at all times, even if you are practicing with a toy (practice firearm).

If you are any sort of athlete, or want to be athlete like me, injuries are common, and sometimes long term. Practice even when conditions are not perfect, in fact, this is probably the best time to practice. Granted, you may have to modify your practice. Here is an example, if you have hurt your foot, you may have to sit on a bench when you practice. This is fine, but beware that if you draw from a holster, keep the muzzle away from your leg!

Again, find the time to practice, even when life tries to get in the way. Do this as often as you can, even if you can only spend 10 – 15 minutes at a time practicing. Can’t go to the range, learn, setup, and practice dryfire techniques, or use an airsoft or pellet gun instead, but try and use one with a “blowback” feature. This means the slide moves, when it is discharged; Simulating a real guns movement.


Posted in Firearm Basics, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL

10 steps or aspects to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

10 steps or aspects to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Over the many years that we have taught concealed carry, open carry, and other personal protection techniques, we have determined that the process can be broken down into 10 major areas or steps. Many of the following steps shouldn’t be skipped (but often are), and should be revisited time to time.

Through out the next several weeks, we will be reviewing our 10 steps to Concealed Carry and Open Carry. We will visit some areas more than others, but we will at least show you where you can find out more information on each area if it isn’t an area that we specialize in.

Our main website and BLOG will be redesigned around the following steps as well in an effort to help people find exactly what they need, and highlight are up-coming new focus.

Feed back and constructive criticism is welcome.

10 steps or aspects to Concealed Carry and Open Carry:

  1. Proper Mindset
  2. Basic Firearms Training
  3. Acquire the necessary licensing (if required) and learn the local laws
  4. Acquire the necessary gear and tools
  5. Learn and practice Concealment / Open Carry techniques
  6. Actually Conceal and/or Open Carry!
  7. Adjust Carry Option as needed (i.e weather or clothing restrictions)
  8. Legal Protection (Protection for after you are forced to defend yourself or your family)
  9. Other Safety gear and techniques
  10. Advanced Training and on-going Practice

Visit our main page for details on each of the above subjects.

10 steps or aspects to Concealed Carry and Open Carry

Posted in About DoubleActionCHL, TX LTC / CHL

How gun silencers work and why you need them

How gun silencers work and why you need them

Granted this article is written with a political spin, but this is something that I believe is miss-understood often. A silencer doesn’t make a gun completely quiet, but it does help protect a shooters (and spectators) hearing along with stopping the sound from traveling a great distance. Some ranges require them, especially when shooting in the evenings. They are being respectful of their surroundings!

Posted in General

Higher End Gear Won’t Improve Poor Shooting Skills Enough

Higher End Gear Won’t Improve Poor Shooting Skills Enough

The following is great advice for anyone who wants to get into competitions, defensive shooting (or carry), or just someone who wants to do better at the range.

I don’t invest high dollars into my competition or carry gear. I do however, buy quality gear, and practice using time and expert tested practice/training techniques. Often I will out-shoot the “weekend warier” who has invested a mint into his pistol and gear.

In other words, it is my experience, that higher end or better equipment will not make up for poor shooting skills. Spending more, or buying higher quality, may improve your shooting ability, but it will not make up the difference of poor shooting skills and techniques.

Don’t put yourself or other at risk because of incorrect or untested shooting gear

Higher end equipment may even make your shooting skills worse, and put you and other around you at more risk. Some equipment takes unique training and practice to use, while other equipment might have higher tolerances engineered into them, or it may not be best for every situation.

Here are a few examples:

Buying up:

It has been my experience that when looking down the sites of a Glock (roughly $550) compared to a Sig Sauer (roughly $1000), that the Sig has “tighter” tolerances. Your eye has align the sites up almost perfectly in order to bull-eye the target.

Using higher end equipment incorrectly:

After watching a few professionals on YouTube, you run out and buy the “race” holster that they were using. (These are specially designed holsters that allow the wearer to unholster the weapon faster, but may not always provide maximum retention.) While open carrying your defensive pistol in your new race holster, you bump into a desk, and your pistol falls to the floor endangering you and everyone around you.

With any equipment purchase, make sure that you test it, and of course, if you haven’t already, get quality training.


The often say “Practice makes perfect.” Some of the top firearms instructors have added, “Perfect practice, makes perfect!”

Posted in Firearm Basics, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL, Uncategorized

Self Defense Shooting Video from within your vehicle

Self Defense Shooting Video from within your vehicle

Granted, you may have other choices at the time, but you may only have a split second to decide. Driving forward or backwards may not be an option. Have you thought about how to draw your defensive weapon from within a vehical? Will you stay in the vehicle? If so, you may be a easier target.


Here is a great video on how to engage from within your vehicle and how to use the vehicle as cover. What do you think?

Posted in TX LTC / CHL

2016 Shooting Off Season Checklist for Competition and LTC Carry

2016 Shooting Off Season Checklist for Competition and LTC Carry

The holiday season is officially the off season for most of the shooting sports. Even though many of the local clubs are still holding local matches (including, between work and family commitments, I will not be able to attend for most if not all of them in December. Bummer!

Despite if you participate in any shooting matches like IDPA, USPA, or even 3 gun, use this time of to check your gear  (CHL, LTC, or CCW gear included) and firearms and replenish your gear bags and safety gear, like first aid kits.

Here are just a few of the items that should be on your checklist:

  1. Perform a field strip cleaning on all of your firearms, especially your carry pistols. Remember to clear them first!
  2. Examine your firearm for any broken or worn out parts. Replace if needed, or take to a qualified gunsmith for repair.
  3. If it has been a while, replace your carry ammo with new “clean” ammunition. Don’t throw out the old gear, shoot it at the range.
  4. Examine, clean, perform general maintenance on your magazines, holsters, flashlights, and any other gear you carry.
    1. Check to make sure screws are tight, oil or re-condition if needed, replace if worn out, etc.
    2. Replace your flashlights with new batteries.
  5. Clean out and replenish your gear bags and first aid kits.

And just so that it is said, even though I will not make the local matches this month, I’m still practicing my dry fire routines and shooting at the range when I can. Great time to get back to and focus on the basics!

And even though it isn’t very often, stay in shape. How many professional athletes take a few weeks, or even months, to get back in shape after the season has already started, and it shows?

Be safe during the holiday season and enjoy the time with your family and friends!

2016 Shooting Off Season Checklist


Posted in Personal Protection, Practical Shooting, TX LTC / CHL
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