Good morning guys, Mark Williams with T3 Trigger Time Training out of Longmont, Colorado. It’s a beautiful morning, it’s a pretty bad snow day so I’m going to be home, drinking my Boss man coffee and talking to you guys about a few things.
First, I want to apologize because I know it’s been some time since we’ve posted a video here on the Keep It Sharp Refresher Classes. Please understand, I’ve been working really hard developing the new website for the T3 team. Give us a few more weeks here and we’ll get that out to you.
Right now, what I want to talk about is the three most common mistakes I see a lot of concealed carrier users do throughout their standard day, so let’s get started and we’ll talk about a few of these things.
All right guys, the number one mistake I see with concealed carry shooters across the board, whether it’s a fine arts instructor, my own experiences or just talking with counterparts and people in the industry, is improper holsters and improper holster selections. You can see here I have five holsters, there are so many holsters out on the market, that I don’t even know how to start describing them: inside the waistband, outside the waistband, pancake holsters, type-1, type-2, type-3 retention holsters, a ton. How do we choose the right one? Well, here’s the best advice I can give you, talk to somebody who’s done it for a really long time, or discuss it with somebody that you know has the experience.
Frankly, I only have three things that you need to think about when you have a holster design that you’re looking to purchase. Number 1, it needs to stay consistently placed somewhere on your pants. Whether it’s the one o’clock, two o’clock, three, five or whatever position it may be in. Two, the holster has to be well built, has to be able to maintain its rigidity and has to be able to actually keep the pistol inside of it nice and tight. If it doesn’t do any of those things, it’s not a properly made holster. Finally, it needs to be able to be durable. You’re going to be wearing this thing all day long, every day. There’s going to be sweat, heat, your own body heat, the climate, freezing to rain, too hot too dry, all of those different things are going to make your holster lose its durability and reliability, so you need to make sure that it’s one that is a solid-built holster.
If you have any questions, you can obviously contact us or just get some instructions for a personal professional instructor, but a holster is by far the most important thing that probably overlooked the most.
All right, folks, this second biggest overlooked mistake that I see are your cell phone. We spend all this time discussing the best places to put your holster, the best designs, how much money you should spend. Why, because we want to keep our pistol consistent so we can draw the same each time.
Well, my question is, what are we trying to do as concealed carrier users? Well, to get away from the actual problem, be a good witness, and hopefully call 911, what if our phone doesn’t have the same through process? What if it’s in a different pocket each day, a different location? What if, under stress, I forget where it’s at and can’t even find it? Your cell phone needs to be thought of the same way; same consistent pocket, maybe a pouch or maybe even a belt clip, but keep it consistent, because inconsistency will hurt you.
On top of that, who actually has given thought about how easy it is to call 911 on your phone. Take for example, this Android system, traditionally, to call 911 what I would have to do is use my finger swipe, that’s one, go to my phone selection, that’s two, dial 911, that’s a third, call 911, that’s four separate functions I have to perform to call 911. Under a lot of stress with loss of fine motor skills, that could be quite devastating if you need it right away. A good trick to think of is if you actually activate your cell phone swipe device or a pass code system on the bottom or somewhere near the front of that home page you should see an actual emergency call button that will link you right to your phone. All I have to do then is just hit the green button and now we’ve taken four steps and shaved it down to just two.
The final mistake I see most commonly from concealed carriers users is not properly rotating their magazines around. Your magazines have a follow rim and what it’s designed to do is push up with spring tension on those rounds preceded into the chamber on the next round when it gets stripped off and put back in. If you keep these magazines fully loaded for three, six, nine, twelve months or even longer, those springs are going to lose their retention or spring tension and stop performing as designed. It’s important that you ensure your magazines get rotated over. What we suggest every 60 to 90 days, take the old magazine get it serviced and restart the process.
Hope you guys enjoyed what I considered three of the most common mistakes I see from concealed carrier shooters. This is Mark Williams from Trigger Time Gun Club in T3 training and another addition of the Keep it Sharp Refresher Courses. We’ll see you next time.