Welcome back everybody, Erick Gonzalez of EMG Training & Consulting. As promised we’re at the range today. We’ve been receiving a lot of emails for the last couple weeks about what are the best guns for concealed carry and self-defense, and how do I find a gun that best suits me. You know what? At our company we’ve devised a process which is called FOPE. We call it FOPE, spelled F-O-P-E. It stands for familiarization, orientation, and practical exercises.
Now on day one of our dynamics of concealed carry classes, we will introduce students to about 10 to 12 of the most commonly utilize hand guns for self-defense, and there is where the familiarization begins. Once we ensure that all the guns are safe, clear and empty and that there’s no live ammunition in the classroom, the students are asked to select at least four handguns from that group of hand guns that fits their hand the best that fits natural, guns that they can reach all the controls effectively. Once those four hand guns are selected then we bring them to the orientation. We teach how to properly load, unload make it safe, clear and empty. Then we move into the drawing exercises because everything from conceal carry begins at the draw. Getting that good grip on the hand gun, okay, prior to drawing the hand gun. Once we get through that now we take them to the range so they can actually shoot these guns, all right. That includes the practical exercises; they actual shoot from the standing, kneeling, and sitting positions. They shoot from the draw. So it’s a very well-rounded process, and by the end of this process the students have make an educated selection as to what gun works the best for them.
Okay now what I’ve done I’ve taken a step forward, and I’ve brought five of the most selected guns. I went back to the records looked at which of the five guns the students select the most, and I’m not going to give them out in any specific order. We’ll start with the 1911, and the 1911 brings out the lovers and haters. You know, there’s a lot of people who swear by God that the 1911 is the only gun on the face of the earth, and if it’s not a 1911 it doesn’t work. Well, I disagree with that, and there are others who say that the 1911 is obsolete, and it shouldn’t be used anymore. Well, I disagree with that too. As a matter of fact, most of the students said that the reason that they liked the 1911 is because of the natural feel in the hand, and a lot of them had a lot of misconceptions to include that the recoil is going to be so bad it’s going to break my wrist. Clearly they found out that was not the case. As a matter fact some of our female students really liked the 1911s. So the 1911 is definitely an option that you should look at.
Another hand gun that a lot of our students love is the six-hour PT32, the stainless steel 380 semi-automatic. Again it’s a handgun that most of our students said felt very natural in the hand. The extra size compared to the LCP and the Smith & Wesson Bodyguard 380 gave them a better purchase on the grip, and they said it was a much more comfortable firearm to shoot. It’s still a very slim, very, very effective option for concealed carry and self-defense semi-automatic, and again one of the favorites for students. Let’s not forget about the revolvers. A lot of our students love the Smith Wesson J Frame and the Ruger LCR and 38 special. At the beginning of the familiarization process these guns were like number one and number two, and as soon as students began to shoot guns and began to reload the revolver under stress, they kind of tend to start putting the gun back to the side. So if you’re considering a 38 snub nose, please shoot the gun and do some practical exercises with it before you decide on purchasing the gun. That applies to any gun. Another very, very popular hand gun especially here in South Florida, I will admit South Florida is a big Glock country – they love Glocks, is a Glock 26 and 9 millimeter.
Now we’ve had a lot of students shoot the M&P 9 compact by Smith & Wesson, which is an excellent firearm, but just because you know the police departments here carry Glocks, our students kind of tended to gravitate to the Glock. That does by no means signify that the Smith & Wesson M&P is not as good as a Glock. As a matter of fact, I feel that the Smith & Wesson M&P 9 millimeter compact fits my hand better than the Glock 26, so either a Glock 26 or the Smith & Wesson M&P lines – great guns, great options. Now I will say that I was surprised to find out that the Glock 19 and 9 millimeter was the most selected gun. I mean most people selected the Glock 19, and I say that I’m surprised because at the beginning in the familiarization part, this was one of the last guns they actually chose because of its size. They quickly learned that the gun really is not that hard to conceal. It’s very comfortable to shoot. Comfortable is like an understatement. Many people really gravitated to this gun once we started taking it to the range and started doing the practical exercises. Again Smith & Wesson M&Ps very, very good guns, Ruger SR9s very, very good guns.
This is nothing more than a starting point, okay. Make sure you familiarize yourself with the hand guns, you’ve learned how to use them properly and take them to the range. That way you can find which is the best gun for you. Until then, thank you for watching. If you like this video, please don’t forget to like and subscribe. Until then be safe, take care and we’ll see you soon. Thanks for watching.