More than nine million in the U.S. have a concealed carrier permit, and you get some training when you start out. What if you had the chance to spend the whole day at the range with a top trainer? Learning how to shoot your gun and what’s really involved with concealed carry. That’s what we are doing today on Gun Talk.
With the range reserved for the whole day and a bunch of guns to try out, Gun Talk brought in top trainer Chris Cerino to teach concealed carry to a married couple, Brandon Hutchinson and Jennifer Hutchinson.
Jennifer’s a realtor, so in an ideal world she would always be in million dollar houses with upstanding cliental but there’s a lot of times that she’s going into less than desirable neighborhoods. I’m stuck going with her as protection or just to keep a watch out and I’m not comfortable with her going there. I think it’s a great idea for her to carry for her own protection.
I’ve had a few instances where just the person didn’t make me feel very comfortable or like I said the home itself, the area that it may be in. If it’s been vacant for a long time, it makes me a little nervous, you just never know.
Well we are going to fire a variety of different guns today and Brandon for you, some of this stuff may be a little bit basic, but for Jennifer’s sake, we’re going to start off small and mild with .22s. We will work our way up into these 9 mm pistols.
One of the really important things that is to remember safety. The four firearms safety rules are Number 1, treat all these guns as if they are loaded all the time. Don’t point at anything you don’t intend to shoot, kill or destroy. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until you’ve made a conscious decision to shoot that gun. The last one is always to be aware of your target, you backstop and beyond.
What I’m hoping to get out of this is more gun knowledge and being more comfortable with the gun.
I do shoot a lot but I’ve never had a formal training, so I’m really looking forward to what I can take from him and his knowledge.
My goal is to be better than my husband.
We are going to get down there, we are going to look at a bunch of different pistols, but we’re not going to shoot them all at once. We’re going to start off with the .22s and we’re not even going to start off .22 and semi-autos, we’re going start off with the old .22 revolver.
We are going to use these two center targets to start. Go ahead and load nine rounds in there, okay, and take aim at your targets. There you go, watch those sites and keep squeezing. A little bit of flinching with you, because we can see that little bit of anticipation. Everybody has a little bit of anticipation, and it’s not a huge deal. After firing the Ruger LCR revolver .22 calibers, we are moving on to the Smith & Wesson M&P .22s, a semi-automatic pistol, which is going to mimic pretty much what almost everybody carries every day.
So, we’ve prepared some magazines, you have those already.
Here’s your pistols, set it, charge it, pull back and let it go. There you go. You’re group ended up pretty much exactly where we placed the sites when I did the plastic sites on here, correct?
Yours is still low of center, remember it’s really hard to hit the center of the target if you don’t cover it up. You have to bring that site picture up.
What I tell people all the time is when I take those sites and I have the little ones again here in my pocket. I tell people, I say if you want to hit it you have to cover it. I always start by holding the sites high, because if you stare at the center and hold the sites down here, it’s always going to be low. I tell people to hold up here and cover what you want to hit. The problem is it’s really hard to see your bullet holes with that big ugly gun in the way, so we lower it all the time to see how’s it going and we end up shooting low because of it.
Well, very good job. You guys ready to try something new?
Jennifer you have the Ruger LCR and .38 and Brandon, you have the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard and .38. If we’ve been working on our fundamentals correctly and holding the guns right, shouldn’t be much difference.
Go ahead, let’s load up, and let’s work through five rounds on target. Squeeze the trigger, right through, just keep squeezing, don’t worry about the recoil. Listen up, a couple of things, obviously a big difference in recoil.
Not painful, not terrible, but different correct?
If you’re not holding the gun right, and if you’re not holding it firmly and starting to manage recoil at the grip, the gun jumps around a little bit more.
It’s definitely different, a big transition going between the .22 to the .38.
Right. Nothing wrong with starting off with the .22. We’ve got to practice those fundamentals with the .22, like we mean it so that when we get to the larger calibers we’re doing better off.
Something that’s different with a revolver is, your trigger finger placement. If you’re using the pad of your finger, like you’re using with your semi-auto pistol, it’s going to probably push that gun away from your hand, so as you push that trigger with the pad — Because that’s a very heavy double action trigger. There’s a big change for me, when I grab a revolver and I put my finger in I come way in, because my idea is to use more muscle on that trigger. I need it for that in order to pull those shots.