Part 1- If you grew up like me, you loved firearms. As a younger man, I'm one of those fortunate enough to have been able to carry a rifle in the back window of my pick up truck. Well times have changed. Back in the day, I had a concealed carry permit and then I let it expire. A few years ago, I made a conscious decision to learn how to shoot a pistol defensively and restore my concealed carry permit. I dusted my Model 59 Smith& Wesson 9mm Semi-auto and put it to work... or so I thought. I fired a few shots and I had what I now know is a malfunction type III. For those that don't know, it's a pretty bad jam. It's basically 2 bullets trying to load at the same time and typically locks up the magazine. It will put you out of the fight if you don't know how to fix it. I'm rambling a bit but there's some food for thought in all this.
Many of us are just now thinking about concealed carry. What gun should I choose? How would I carry it? Should I keep a bullet in the chamber while carrying? What's the proper way to hold the firearm? When can I or should I shoot to defend myself or my loved ones?...... Yes, we've all asked these questions in the beginning and if you haven't you should be.
Fast forward to the present... I carry one in the chamber, holster inside the waistband, carry a PT111 9mm with 12+1 capacity, and you'll never see it under my T-Shirt. I can clear a type III malfunction, reload and be back in the fight within a few seconds. I can place 2 shots in the thoracic cavity in 1.5 seconds from the holster.... How did I get there?
I will follow up in more detail about concealed carry choices in the future which will include topics such as choosing a handgun. We'll talk about holsters and accessories. We'll touch on the importance of education, practice, and practice... In the future stay tuned for Precision Rifle blogs.
Now back to rambling... In the next part we'll talk about how to choose your concealed carry. If you're going to carry, you must have a gun so we'll start there. We'll take a look at different choices for men and women. There a lot to talk about such as reliability, caliber and on...
My name is Ron Icayan, I am a Firearms and 2nd Amendment enthusiast. I am an NRA Pistol instructor, an affiliate Instructor for USCCA and a Graduate of Front Sight Defensive Handgun Training. I have 40+ years of experience and like many begginners, I've had apprehensions along the way to understanding Firearms.