What You Didn’t Learn in Concealed Carry Video

Using a gun for protection is a complex subject. Even though you took the required class to get your permit, the hard truth is that it didn’t teach you everything you need to know.

Today on gun talk: Dave Spaulding, law enforcement trainer of the year, gives you a good look at what you didn’t learn in your concealed carry class.



For most concealed carry holders, they really never will have to drop their gun and use it. Really, David, you want to avoid that at all cost, right?

Absolutely. Anytime you enter conflict of any type, regardless of the level of skill you may think you possess, you always run the risk of losing, so don’t if you don’t have to.

That being said, if you do have to draw your gun, there were some things that we were talking about. You call them the essentials. Why don’t you start and show me what you’re talking about. Gripping trigger?

Well, the primary essentials are the human contact with the gun. If you ever watch people who shoot, especially on Hollywood television shows…


…there seems to be some kind of understanding that it’s just like a tabletop action. It’s not. The grip on the pistol is a very specific action. Let me show you what I’m talking about. What we’re trying to do is we’re trying to apply pressure to the grip in a 360 degree fashion. We’re just not wrapping our hands around it


The shooting hand’s going to grab the gun high on the grip tang and is going to apply pressure from front to back like if you’re squeezing a pair of pliers.

Okay. Right.

The support hand’s going to come in and squeeze from side to side like you’re squeezing a rubber ball.


You’re going to take the heel of your hand. You’re going to put it in that open space, squeezing from side to side, from front to back.


Then you’re going to place your finger on the trigger, and what you’re going to try to do is to depress that trigger, keeping the muzzle on target.

Got it.

The way I look at it, Ryan, trigger control is weapon control. Let me make it a little bit more specific. A lot of people don’t understand trajectory.

One sixteenth of an inch at muzzle movement at twenty feet translates to a miss at the point of aim, point of impact, by four and a half inches.

Okay. Well, maybe we should put some rounds on target and kind of see what that looks like.


Get that good 360 degree wrap.


Flag that thumb.


Make room for that hand. Go ahead and sink it in there.


Good deal. Front to back. Side to side. Go ahead and go on target, and concentrate on being minimal on that trigger.

Okay. Just squeeze the trigger.

Excellent. Let your front sight determine your cadence. Go ahead.


See that? Focus on the trigger. Let your upper body control the recoil, but you’re on it. Focus on the trigger.

See that? All you’re doing is letting the front sight determine your cadence to fire, but you’re focusing on your trigger.

Mm hm.

Do it again.

There you go! Excellent. Excellent. Now the way you bring that gun back down is to have good body position.

In a fight, you don’t choose when or where the fight starts. Dave, you’re not going to have the perfect pistol stance, are you?

Yeah, much is made about stance, when in reality where your feet are going to be in a fight is pretty hard to determine.


You know, you could be running into position. That’s where they’re going to be at. Where your feet are really aren’t that important, to be truthful. What controls the recoil, what gets you back on for faster follow-up shots is your upper torso. Having that upper body, all of that body mass, in behind the gun is what will get it back on target. Can I show you what I’m talking about?

Yeah. Show me what you mean.

Okay. I want to have my upper torso into it.

Just like that.

What I want to do is have my upper torso get in behind the gun, and then I just let my front sight determine my cadence of fire.

Well, you have a lot more weight behind the gun with that than just using your arms.

Absolutely correct. Why waste all of this?


It doesn’t make sense. Let me show you something. My feet don’t even have to be in the same position. Let me turn them totally sideways.

Wow. Okay.

I’m going to turn my body like this. I’m going to get in behind the gun, and I think you’ll see the same result.

As you can see, I can still hit. Where my feet are located really doesn’t matter much.

Can I give this a shot?


Other than the fact that it feels a little awkward, it doesn’t affect your shooting at all.

No, you’re still able to be fast and accurate.


Keeping it simple is what it’s about, right?

Simple is good.