Taking A Concealed Carry Class
A couple of weeks after talking with a few of the guys in the community about what is happening all over the country and even our communities today, I decided to take advantage of an awesome opportunity which presented itself.
A man I had been privileged to work with in the past at the television station, Mike Gibson and a friend of his Kevin McPherson had started a company called Sentinel Firearms Training and were offering a class at the church I attend.
Mike and Kevin are both retired NMSP officers who worked in Firearms training while with NMSP, so the expertise was there if ya know what I mean. Let me give you guys a glimpse of their experience: Mike Gibson served with the US Air force as a Sergeant working in law enforcement and served as a Swat Team member, he was also a primary firearm transition instructor for the NMSP which involved all forms of firearms from revolvers to shotguns. He retired after 21 years of service. Mike was also a certified NRA firearms instructor.
While he was employed with NMSP he met Kevin McPherson who was employed for a time as a Portales police officer before moving to the NMSP, and while employed with the NMSP served as the NMSP Armorer and was in charge of firearms training for field troops and basic training recruits. Kevin retired after serving over 19 years with NMSP, but has a total of over 23 years in law enforcement.
The resumes go on on. Now lets get to what kind of info was given, for a NM CCW you have to accrue a minimum of 15 hours of instruction which includes class-time and range qualifications. Sentinel Firearms Training did an awesome job of relying the huge amount of information that goes along with acquiring a CCW. Just to start off with the class room information, they have to cover things like Federal and State laws that pertain to acquiring, owning, and transporting firearms not only legally but safely. They also go over the four safety Rules.
The 4 rules of Gun Safety
1. All Guns are ALWAYS loaded
2. Never let the Muzzle of your weapon cover ANYTHING you aren’t willing to Destroy (this includes your own body part’s)
3. Keep your finger off the trigger until your sights are on your TARGET.
4. BE SURE of your target – what is Behind, in front, and around it.
Concealed Carry Class
Mike and Kevin also went into the Nomenclature of Semi-Automatic weapons as well as revolvers, which included how to load and unload both styles of weapons safely. We also covered clearing malfunctions in both style of weapons and doing it safely. As you can see, we covered a lot of information, which was extremely good because in today’s society there are people seeking CCW’s with absolutely NO experience in firearms. I hate to say it, but some instructors really don’t care.
“I hate to say it, but some instructors really don’t care”
This is not the case with Sentinel. Now to continue with some other things that were covered in both the class room and while on the range, there was extreme focus on marksmanship fundamentals and storage of weapons in the home as well as carrying in the community and ammunition selection for the optimum result for your situation. Kevin also went over concealed carry methods like where you might position a holster or if you were to use a shoulder harness, he showed the class multiple styles of belts, holsters (which included both OWB and IWB), and shoulder rigs.
Sentinel also covered legal ramifications – both legal and civil. As I close this article, I want to emphasize that many people don’t think about these last two subjects. No matter where you live and if you are thinking about concealed carry, Please look into the instructors and company you choose to instruct you because as US citizens, carrying in the community, our responsibilities increase greatly. CHOOSE YOUR CCW INSTRUCTOR WISELY and above all else, be safe for your sake and especially for those around you.
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