Just the Basics

Starting with the basics

You know it’s funny everytime we learn something new that we sometimes develop this desire to get right to the “fun stuff” subsequently moving past all the “meat and potatoes”. Firearms is no exception to this theory, nor should it be. It’s important to find a firearms instructor that recognizes this and encourages it by ensuring students understand and demonstrate the foundational firearm skills to begin with.

Safe Handling of a firearm

The four rules of firearm safety are really the core foundational elements when handling a firearm. To me, they’re so important that I picture them written on a stone tablet like the 10 commandments.

  • Treat every firearm as if it is loaded. …
  • Always point the muzzle in a safe direction. …
  • Be certain of your target and what’s beyond it. …
  • Keep your finger outside the trigger guard until ready to shoot.

Even with magazine out and no round in chamber, a firearm must always be considered as “loaded” and handled consequently.

One of the most common mistakes is that the user incorrectly unloads a firearm out of sequence. Instead of the user removing the bulk of the ammo by removing the magazine first, they instead “rack” the slide, ejecting the round from the chamber while inserting a brand new round into the chamber because the magazine hadn’t been removed first. Don’t be this person! There’s a reason why I call them “no takebacks”, because once you pull that trigger, there’s no taking it back. 

Practice, Practice, Practice

It’s your responsibility entirely to know how to be safe and efficient with your firearm. If you don’t feel comfortable practicing by yourself, use whatever resources available to equip yourself with the knowledge to be able to practice on your own. Yes, you’re hearing that correctly! You don’t need to hire a firearms instructor every single time you want to learn your firearm. In fact, foundational skills like stance, grip, holster draw, and sight alignment all can be done safely at your home once the ammunition has been separated and the firearm has been cleared and double checked. 

Efficient and Effective 

If you have to “re-learn” your firearm everytime you remove it from the safe, you haven’t spent nearly enough time “learning” it in the first place. How effective do you actually expect to be if you had to use it? In a life or death situation, your fight or flight response kicks in and your fine motor skills become severely diminished, do you honestly think you’d become efficient and effective? I don’t know where this fallacy is derived from, but a lot of firearms owners really think that they will just somehow know how to effectively handle their firearm when the time comes.

Start with the basics…

Instructor Derek is self-defense instructor located near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin just south of the Illinois border. You can learn more about Instructor Derek by visiting his website www.instructorderek.com

Hands on CQB

Going “hands on” in Close Quarter Combat environment CQB is reality you should prepare for.

When closing the distance to defend an assault becomes the better option, it’s important to know how to control your adversary. This is why it’s crucial to diversify your self-defense “tool belt”.

As a Jiu-jitsu instructor at Devine Jiu-Jitsu Lake Geneva, its natural for Instructor Derek to incorporate these techniques in his firearms training.

Here’s an example of a student performing a wrist lock takedown from the standing position.

Please keep in mind these techniques can be dangerous even in a matted dojo, so use caution and learn from an experienced instructor before attempting to perform a technique.

Here’s a video by BJJ Fanatics with Márcio “Macarrão” Stambowski demonstrating some wrist lock techniques.

The Most Deadly Jiu Jitsu Wrist Locks For The Street (Self Defense) by Márcio “Macarrão” Stambowsky

It comes down to maintaining a balanced skill set practiced often enough to become reactionary through your muscle memory.

Here’s some more images of Instructor Derek going over certain aspects of clearing a residential structure.

Do not attempt these techniques on your own. Having genuine guidance and supervision to ensure the safety of all participants is the most important factor and should be done with the help of experienced instructors.

Instructor Derek is self-defense instructor located near Lake Geneva, Wisconsin just south of the Illinois border. You can learn more about Instructor Derek by visiting his website www.instructorderek.com