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Best Guns

The most frequently asked question I get asked is “what do you think is the best gun for personal defense?” If you ask 10 different gun owners this same question, you will probably get 10 different answers. However, if you ask 10 people who are experienced personal defense firearms instructors, their answers should be very similar.

Everyone is limited by his or her own experiences, myself included. Often times we don’t know what we don’t know. I’m far from being omniscient, but I have taught defensive firearms skills for more than 15 years, and before that, I had trained with law enforcement on the range regularly for 15 more. I have also drawn from the wealth of knowledge and experience of many instructors at high-volume shooting schools, so my experience isn’t limited to just the guns I’ve shot or carried. I’ve seen just about every possible variation of gun and holster combinations come through a class. I’ve seen what works and what doesn’t.

(If you ask a gun salesperson, you will probably find out what they are making the most profit on — I do not sell guns, though I can direct you to a few good places to buy one, as long as you go into it knowing what you want.) Continue reading Best Guns

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Pistols Prohibited?

In Michigan, otherwise legally carried and concealed pistols are prohibited for most people at the following places under Michigan law – even if you have a CPL. These places are commonly referred to as “Gun Free Zones” but they aren’t actually gun-free. In Michigan, you might be able to carry a rifle, or open carry a pistol legally. And of course, people who don’t follow the law might still be carrying too.

In most cases, the prohibition does not include the parking areas of the places listed.

  • School or School Property
  • Daycare center, child-caring agency, child-placing agency
  • Sports arena or stadium
  • Bar or Tavern (where the primary source of income is the sale of liquor consumed on-site).
  • Church property (any facility owned or operated by a place of worship – they may choose to allow)
  • An entertainment facility with a seating capacity of 2,500+ (see AG Opinion No. 7120)
  • Hospital
  • Dormitory or classroom of a college or university
  • Casinos

Please refer to MCL 28.425o for the complete text with exceptions and penalties for the above list.

There are also many other places prohibited by other laws (other than MCL 28.425o), court cases, private property rights, etc.

  • Courts (or other space used for official court business – (AO 2001-1 of the Michigan Supreme Court – Contempt of Court)
  • Correctional facility (any jail, mental health facility, etc.) (MCL 800.283)
  • Federal Facilities (18 USC § 930)
    “Federal Facility” means a building or part thereof owned or leased by the Federal Government, where Federal employees are regularly present for the purpose of performing their official duties. Must be posted conspicuously at each public entrance to a Federal facility.Examples: Federal Court, Federal Prison, IRS, Social Security, Department of Labor, Military Base, etc.
  • National Parks and National Wildlife Refuges are permitted, but you may not possess a firearm in a Ranger Station, Visitor Center, bathroom, or any other US Government facility on these properties that are posted.
  • US Post Offices (all property, even parking, etc.) (39CFR, 232-1, title 39, paragraph L (I)
  • Indian Reservations – some honor State of Michigan CPL, some do not.
  • Airports – secure areas of commercial airports are prohibited (past the signs at TSA checkpoints) but you can check firearms in checked baggage if your firearm is legal at your destination. More details.
  • Amtrak – similar to airports, but there are no checked baggage stations in Michigan. (Public Law 111-117 Section 159)
  • Private Properly – any that are posted with NO GUN sign. (Trespassing – MCL 750.552)
  • A place of employment MAY prohibit an employee as a condition of employment.
  • A public university may be able to enforce a local ordinance – see this case. U of M Ordinance. Wayne State Ordinance.
  • An educational institution MAY prohibit a student as a condition of enrollment.

Last updated July, 2020. For more Michigan concealed carry information see www.gotCPL.com – and be sure to sign up for our email newsletter for updates.

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Critical Defensive Handgun Course

Critical Defensive Handgun is our follow-up to our Fundamentals of Concealed Carry Course.

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Private training dates are also available – please see this page.

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This course is right for you if:

  • you have your concealed carry permit training but you need to improve your defensive shooting skills at the range.
  • you want to have a better understanding of real-life defensive shooting skills.
  • you want to practice, but you don’t want to practice the wrong things.
  • you have purchased a defensive handgun, holster, or other gear and need to begin the process of vetting that gear for concealed carry.
  • your concealed carry license class left you knowing that you weren’t really ready to conceal carry.

This course focuses on the intuitive defensive shooting skills that will work best with what the body and mind do naturally when you are faced with a lethal threat.

You will learn responses that are the most efficient and will allow you to stop the threat when you are surprised by an attacker. The fact is, MOST defensive firearms shootings involve little or no warning.

In addition to the focus on practical real-world defensive handgun skills, Critical Defensive Handgun emphasizes the constant assessment and decision-making process you will find yourself involved in when you face a lethal threat.

This class is about real physical skills coupled with the crucial mental skills that will make a critical difference when everything is on the line.

Building on the basic training learned in CPL courses, we teach you to learn and develop the skills and techniques needed to learn and practice to;

  • evaluate your defensive carry gun & gear
  • safely and effectively carry – every day
  • draw from concealment
  • balance speed with precision
  • shoot while moving  (when, why, and how)
  • carrying in restrictive environments
  • reload during a dynamic critical incident
  • shoot through walls, etc.
  • select and plan for vehicle carry
  • draw and shoot from a vehicle
  • use your body’s natural reactions to your advantage
  • prevail in life-threatening situations
  • clear firearm malfunctions
  • operate your firearm with one hand & weak hand
  • operate a firearm while holding a flashlight
  • defend against multiple threats

What you will need to bring:

  • Your CPL and Michigan Driver’s License/State ID
  • Your firearm, strong side holster, concealed carry holster, purse (or any other device you plan to carry your firearm in)
  • At least 3 standard capacity magazines (4 or more for lower capacity guns)
  • At least 300 rounds of range ammunition (FMJ)
  • Outdoor clothing you don’t mind getting dirty in

This course is conducted on our private outdoor range.register for a class

We post all our courses to our mailing list and Facebook page first, so be sure to sign up for notices from them. 

All registrations are subject to our cancellation guarantee.

Please contact us if you have any questions or are interested in scheduling a different date for your group or receiving private training.

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5 Questions Women Should Ask Before They Get a Gun

Last month an article by this name was published by Pastor Jeff Sanders, the Pastor of Grace Family Fellowship in Canton, Ohio, and a fellow firearms trainer.  I don’t know Jeff other than what he writes for PJ Media, and some of his questions are pretty good, like this one:

Are you ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm?

But the #1 and most important question for anyone before they get a gun should be: Have you had any training? 

You won’t understand if you are ready for the responsibility of owning a firearm, or what kind of firearm is best for your needs without it.

Get competent training before you buy a gun. 90% of the people that come to my classes with a new gun leave wishing they had bought something else. They could have easily saved more than the training time cost.

His suggestion about where to find good advice about what to buy; “ask your local gun store”, is the last place I would suggest you go. (unless of course, the dealer is willing to tell the person to go to a defensive firearms instructor for help first)

Uneducated, and untrained people should not be asked: “do you want to carry a revolver or a semi-automatic pistol?” – they should be trained and educated by a competent instructor that can help them figure that out – so they can pick the best gun for their specific needs and abilities.

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