It is not enough to purchase a gun and a holster and take a concealed carry course to call yourself a responsible gun owner. To be responsible, you must obtain and constantly be refining the skills necessary to deploy your firearm is a safe and tactically sound manner. But beyond being responsible, you are doing yourself a huge disservice if you are not competent in your weapons deployment and handling capability.
From a standpoint of being responsible, you must become proficient with a firearm and versed on the laws governing the use of said firearm, especially the laws governing use of force. From a personal standpoint, it is a waste of time to go through all the trouble and expense of buy gear and carrying it daily if you are not able to skillfully utilize it if and when the time comes.
To obtain the proper skills necessary for effective everyday carry, routine training is necessary. Just like any other physical skill, deploying and utilizing a firearm takes practice to learn and master and continued practice to maintain proficiency.
I recommend live fire at the range at least twice a month with a minimum of 50 rounds being fired each time. When not at the range, it is as important if not more so to practice your draw from concealment. This is just as critical as actually being able to shoot and hit the target. Practicing your draw can be done while at home with an unloaded firearm and should be done multiple times per week for about 10 minutes each time.
In addition to practicing your draw, I highly recommend the addition of some dry fire training. Dry fire utilizes an unloaded weapon teaches proper trigger control and sight alignment without the added worry of the recoil or the added expense associated with utilizing ammunition. Don’t be fooled though, dry fire training has a direct and positive impact on your live fire abilities and is utilized often by professional shooters.
Develop and plan out a training regimen utilizing the above elements to ensure that you are not only a responsible gun owner, but that you acquire and master the skills necessary to become a proficient shooter and practitioner of everyday concealed carry.
Don’t just survive, thrive!
Carrying a firearm for personal protection brings with it an awesome responsibility. You have the power to change a person’s world forever, and even the power to take their life. It is you duty as a responsible gun owner to always obey the cardinal rules of firearms safety and to understand the laws where you live and travel with your gun. Do your due diligence become educated on the use of force continuum and become proficient with your firearm before you leave home.