Month: August 2020

Firearms Safety Class

September 5th & 12th. Timeslots 9:30am & 12:30pm Cedar Ridge Gun Range (see map below)

 (Please read the requirements below before registering)

**Please make sure you CAN attend PRIOR to registering, “There will be NO refunds” as we will guarantee your spot which will not be available to another student. Range fee is also PrePaid. 

***First come-first served…this training will NOT be offered at this price again***

We will cover basic firearm safety rules. Learn how to safely and properly handle, use and store a handgun. Learn proper basic pistol shooting fundamentals such as aiming, grip, stance, breathing, trigger control, and much more.

**Age Requirement is 18 yrs and older. Children are not allowed on the Range, Only the registered individual may attend the class**

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Come range ready with:

  • Picture ID is Required
  • Semi-automatic handgun or revolver (UNLOADED and in a BOX/or CASE) of any caliber in good repair and have no modifications that will make the handgun less safe.  (handguns available to rent)
  • Baseball cap (optional)
  • Safety glasses (limited availability from range)
  • Ear protection that covers your ears (limited availability from range)
  • Footwear that entirely covers both feet (if it rains it may be MUDDY)
  • 50 rounds of commercially produced ammunition (minimum)

Use commercial ammunition only.

If you are Renting one of OUR firearms, NO STEEL or ALUMINUM Case Ammunition is allowed to be used.

**Please notify the Range Instructor in advance if you need to rent a firearm, first come first serve**

**Please notify the Range Instructor of any medical accommodations required**

Guns Do Save Lives: Here’s Nine Examples From July Alone

  • July 1, Madison, Wisconsin: Prosecutors say a woman acted in lawful self-defense when she fatally shot her ex-boyfriend during an altercation. The woman recently had broken up with the man, who police say had a history of domestic violence. The woman was driving when the ex-boyfriend began following her car, prompting her to pull into a parking lot. Police said the two got into a verbal argument and the ex-boyfriend tried to force his way into her car. Fearing for her physical safety, she shot him, investigators said.
  • July 4, El Paso, Texas: The holder of a concealed carry permit came to a woman’s defense after she was attacked by a group of revelers who got angry when he asked them to quiet down. One of them punched the woman in the face, then pulled a knife and stabbed the permit holder when he tried to intervene. He drew his handgun and shot the attacker, who police arrested after he was taken to a hospital.
  • July 7, Jefferson City, Tennessee: good Samaritan put a quick end to a violent assault outside a fast food restaurant, drawing his firearm on a man who was strangling a woman and slamming her to the ground. He held her attacker at gunpoint until police arrived. The assailant was charged with aggravated domestic assault and aggravated kidnapping.
  • July 10, Wesley Chapel, Florida: A homeowner successfully fended off three armed robbers, killing two and wounding the third. Police said the homeowner was playing a video game when he heard glass shatter. He grabbed a firearm and saw a masked man in the hallway point a gun at him, so he shot the intruder. The homeowner saw other intruders further down the hall and shot at them, hitting one. The homeowner’s gun jammed, and the third intruder had fled by the time he retrieved a second firearm, police said. However, a neighbor who heard the commotion caught the third intruder as he ran from the house, holding him at gunpoint until police arrived.
  • July 14, Brownsburg, Indiana: A gunman’s unprovoked attack on two cemetery workers ended when an armed passerby drew his firearm and killed the shooter, police said. The gunman approached the workers and opened fire, killing one. He chased the other worker on foot through a residential neighborhood, where the two got into a physical fight. Police said a passing motorist saw what was happening, pulled over, and killed the gunman just as he pointed the firearm at the second cemetery worker’s head, almost certainly saving the worker’s life.
  • July 20, Moss Hill, Texas: An armed motorist helped defuse a tense situation with a machete-wielding man in the midst of an apparent mental health crisis, police said. The motorist was one of several who stopped to check on the man, who was walking in the middle of a highway and nearly was hit by a semi truck. The armed motorist drew his pistol to keep the man at bay after he began swinging his machete at the good Samaritans. One of them was able to talk the man into dropping the weapon. Law enforcement officers then arrived and took the man into custody.
  • July 25, Dallas, Texas: Armed patrons likely saved many lives by stopping a gunman who opened fire on a crowded bar. The shooter was angry after being denied entry because of COVID-19 capacity restrictions and returned with a gun, police said. He began firing into the front of the building, injuring four; a bouncer locked the doors before the gunman could enter. He attempted to get in through a back door, but fled after armed patrons returned fire.
  • July 28, Dalton, Georgia: A truck driver used his firearm to protect himself from four would-be robbers who accosted him at a truck stop. The robbers approached the truck driver about buying tires, police said, then tried to hold him down while taking his money. The driver was able to grab his handgun and fire at his assailants, who immediately ran. The driver wasn’t harmed, and police later arrested one suspect.
  • July 30, Troy, New York: An off-duty police officer came to a neighbor’s aid when her estranged husband attacked her, using his personal shotgun to kill the man as he stabbed her. Police said they received multiple emergency calls related to the stabbing, but it was the armed, off-duty neighbor—not on-duty officers—who heard the woman’s screams and quickly intervened to save her life.

How To Improve Your Shooting Accuracy

For anyone who is committed to mastering firearms, the struggle to sharpen their accuracy seems to be a never-ending challenge. Of all the firearms in our arsenal though, the handgun can be the most challenging to master. It is small with a short sight radius and generally has a trigger that requires more pressure than the gun weighs. With so much to wade through, it is time to look at eight simple things anyone can do to improve their overall accuracy with a handgun.

Trigger Control
The first thing to focus on is trigger control. We often hear this phrase used when discussions of accuracy arise. Few times however is it given sufficient attention. The truth is that pistols for the most part are accurate. It’s our manipulation of the weapon that interferes with its ultimate capability. Here are some solid trigger control drills to help you improve.

Dime on the Front Sight Drill
Always easier with the help of a partner, unload your weapon and remove the magazine if possible. Reset the action on your pistol and have your partner balance a dime on the front sight. Now, execute a smooth, clean press of the trigger. If you do this correctly, the front sight will not dip or move and the dime will stay in place. If the dime falls off, you are generally jerking the trigger and causing movement in the gun. That movement translates into missed shots. The key to keeping the dime steady is a smooth continuous trigger press with a clean “break” at the end.

Keep the Slack Out
The more we move the trigger, the higher the probability that we will miss our shot. The trigger press is composed of three stages: the slop, which is the distance the trigger travels freely to the rear before you encounter resistance; the slack, or the distance the trigger will still travel while under tension prior to firing; and the shot, which is where the trigger finishes its’ travel and ultimately fires the weapon. In our initial press of the trigger, we will experience all three stages of the trigger motion. However, after the initial press, the trigger will reset. The distance required for reset generally takes it only as far as the “slack” point. Do not allow the trigger to travel any further forward than is necessary. A great drill for this is to empty your weapon and press the trigger. With your support side hand, rack the slide, and as it is moving forward relax your trigger finger. The tension of the trigger will push forward and allow it to reset. Only let the trigger move as far forward as it has to. Having a partner actually rack the slide for you while you stay pointed in is also very helpful. Continuous dry practice with this drill will familiarize you with how far your trigger needs to travel. At all costs we look to avoid letting the trigger move all the way forward and even worse, our finger comes off the trigger. This generally ends up in a “slap” of the trigger on subsequent shots and will interfere with accuracy.

Follow Through
Follow-through is the act of keeping the gun steady to send follow up shots on target. The challenge faced comes in the way of anticipation or flinch. Especially true with newer shooters, the anticipation of the next shot can cause a flinch response to the weapon firing. This causes muzzle dip and is never helps to accuracy. To deal with this challenge try this proven drill.

Ball and Dummy
One of the most classic pistol drills, the ball and dummy drill is designed to help eliminate flinch. The drill is generally done with a partner to assist. While the shooter is turned away, the partner will place their weapon in a state of readiness. It will either be set with a round in the chamber or reset without around. Either way, the trigger will function. The shooter has turned back around and given the weapon. They point in and press as if they were shooting a bull’s eye. If the weapon is unloaded, the trigger will “click” yet the muzzle should not dip. If there is a noticeable dip, it is a sign of anticipating the shot. Continue this drill with an occasional live round placed in the chamber so as to keep the shooter off balance. Approximately 75% of the time it should be empty, however. This is a solid drill for learning to overcome the anticipation of the shot firing.

Sight Picture and Alignment
The last part of our accuracy formula looks at sight picture and alignment. There are many theories and methods of shooting when it comes to the world of sites. At the most fundamental and reliable level though we look to align the sights on target while intently focusing on the front sight. The rear sights should be slightly blurry as will be the target. The front sight should be crystal clear. A few reliable drills to build confidence are these:

Bench Shooting
One of the best ways to learn certain components of shooting is to minimize the need to focus on other parts. By shooting from a benched position you are able to eliminate the need to stabilize yourself in order to make good shots. This is a confidence builder as well as a drill to help you build good sight alignment habits. Sit at a bench with your arms resting on a shooting bag. Acquire a solid sight picture and alignment. Take your time and fire shots with the intent of managing perfect sights throughout the process.

Figure 8 Drill
One of the challenges we face is the feeling that our sights are all over the place as we begin to make a shot. For the most part that is just our perception and not reality. With good mechanics, you can make good accurate shots consistently. A drill to show you this, as well as to work on trigger control is the figure 8 drill. At about six yards point in at your target, now take all of the slop and slack out of the trigger. Intentionally move the front sight six to eight inches in figure 8 over the bull’s eye. Now, as you come across the bull’s eye, break your shot and reset your trigger to shoot again. Continue this for five or six shots. What you will find is that you are much more accurate than you may think. By managing the trigger well, it allows for quite a bit of motion and you still maintain good accuracy.

The goal is always to bring these components together. Unless you are a static bull’s eye shooter, there will be many moving parts to making a shot. Here are a few drills designed to start mixing components without overwhelming yourself:

Bring Them All Together
Ragged Hole Drill
The ragged hole drill is another classic. From six yards, you will slow fire five rounds into a single point on your target. Do your best to focus on a small portion of the target. Better yet, get a target that has one to two-inch dots on it as focus points. Take your time and use the exact same point of aim each time. Do not chase your shots or try to make corrections. If you manage your trigger and sights well, you should end up with a single ragged hole. If your shots are spread out, it is a sign that you need to polish up on one or more of the basics.

Shrinking Targets
Similar to the ragged hole drill, the goal is to start shrinking your shot groups. Find or make a target that has three or four circles on it each a little smaller than the previous one. From six yards, fire five rounds into each circle. The goal is to have all the rounds inside the circle. As you master one circle, move to the next smaller and so on. This is as much a confidence builder as it is a skill builder.

Shooting a handgun can be a challenge. As with all shooting, it always comes back to the fundamentals. By practicing these drills you can improve individual portions and ultimately bring them all together. In the end, like all complex motor skills, shooting is a perishable skill. The practice must be ongoing but with practice comes skill!

Need help with your new firearm? Enroll in our Basic Pistol 101 Class….

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