Podcast 131 Things CHL Holders Need

By on June 17, 2015

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What are the most basic necessities of people that carry a gun? Some are very obvious (a gun), some you may not have thought of. This episode is to get you thinking about the absolute necessities you should have as a CHL holder.

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Podcast Outline:

A Gun

  • Makes you a CHL Carrier
  • Should be you always
  • Always carry your gun

Holster

  • Place to put the gun you are should be carrying
  • In your pants is not the best place
  • Get a good holster
    • Covers the trigger guard and holds the gun in place

Belt

  • Holds the holster
  • Good vs Cheap Belts

Reload

  • You need more ammo
  • Can never have too much
  • If something goes wrong you’ll need more
  • It’s okay to have a reload rapped in another gun
  • Might even be better to have a second gun

Knife

  • Good tool to have

Plan B

  • Gun may not be the right tool for the job
  • What’s plan B if the gun doesn’t work or isn’t needed
  • Pepper Spary
  • Taser
  • Baton
  • Hand-to-Hand
  • Escape/Run
  • Loaded Cell Phone

CHL/ID

  • Get your CHL and then carry it
  • Carry an ID other then your CHL
  • Don’t be an idiot that pushes the cops

Cover Garment

  • Gives you options
  • Take your options as long as you can
  • Or retention device

Mind Set/ Will to Win

  • Be okay with using a gun
  • Mind set “I will win”
  • Priorities

Temperament

  • You are carrying a gun
  • No Escalation
  • Be prepared to De-Escalate anything and everything

Awareness

  • You are carrying a gun
  • Don’t leave it places
  • Don’t let people take it from you
  • No unauthorized access

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Ben

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Comments

  1. Ben Branam
    June 26, 2015

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    I always have a light on me. It’s always useful.

  2. Tim
    June 17, 2015

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    Regarding the 1.5 second draws… I personally think that is a very important metric.

    Many think they will have time to get their gun out before they need it but a civilian will likely get in a lot of trouble for drawing a weapon preemptively in public. So, speed from the holster matters!

    As Tom Givens has said, if you need to use your gun to save your life you may or may not have to shoot it; you may or may not have to reload it; you may or may not have to clear a malfunction but you certainly have to draw it! It is a critical skill — one that deserves more time being worked on during dry fire practice IMO.

    Smooth, efficient and FAST :)

    • Ben Branam
      June 18, 2015

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      Couldn’t agree more. You will have to draw your weapon and it could be the difference between life and death.

    • Val
      June 25, 2015

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      I think you left out a carry item – a flashlight!

      I believe you (or was it Bob Mayne) recently commented on use of a light as non-lethal defensive tool.

      That, and just carrying one every day, I find I use it frequently. Just like I frequently use my knife for cutting things.

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