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You are responsible for your safety

Ultimately you are responsible for your own survival and safety. As recent events have shown violent confrontations occur quickly and are usually over with by the time law enforcement arrives. Following a few simple steps will help you to avoid or survive violent confrontations.

The number one thing you can do to protect yourself is to be aware. What does this mean? The term "situational awareness" best fits this concept. You are in a much better position to avoid a confrontation if you are aware and paying attention to your surroundings and can see the danger signs and take steps to avoid them or mitigate them.

Our ever changing world

The recent terror attacks in Paris have prompted many people to contact me regarding their personal safety preparations and plans.  My answer to the question "what kind of gun should I get?" is to ask them what kind of training have they had.  Training is the key to any self defense plan whether a firearm is part of it or not.  

If you want to carry a concealed firearm there is a lot more to it than just going to the store and buying a gun and holster.  You NEED to get trained in the safe handling of the gun.

Training is essential

In our current political climate many people are feeling that they should obtain their License to Carry as soon as possible to avoid problems in the future if the law changes.  While no one can say for sure if the laws will change one thing is for sure.  The basic firearms safety course is definitely not a shooting class.  It does not prepare the student to carry a firearm as a self defense tool.  Only personal protection classes that involve a strong training element can provide the skills needed to effectively and safely carry a concealed pistol.

Continuing education

In this field we must always strive to keep current and to advance.  In this spirit I have embarked on an educational path of my own.  Despite the experience and certifications I hold from the law enforcement side of firearms instruction I still have more to do on the civilian side.  I currently hold certifications for several different disciplines but I want to do more.  So, early this spring I will be adding several new classes to my offerings.  These will be directed at the personal protection aspect of firearms.  These classes are a step up from the basic classes we currently offer and are not for beginners.  They are for anyone who is familiar with their own pistol and desires more knowledge and skill in protecting themselves and surviving the encounter, in more ways than one.  Knowing how to shoot is only one small part of the equation.  Knowing when to shoot, if you can shoot, and what to do when you have shot are the most important skills you need to have when you decide to carry a firearm for protection.  Stay tuned for info later this winter. Stay safe everyone.

Most recent class

I recently completed a private class for two women who had never handled firearms before.  They had both decided that this was something that they wanted to do.  Both for knowledge and so that they could apply for a pistol permit.  They completed the NRA basic pistol class and by the end of the day were able to shoot 7" groups with a .22 pistol.  They also shot a 9mm, a .38 special, and a 1911, 45 ACP.  They both loved the 1911, which surprised them given the relative size of the pistol.  At Strong Foundations Firearms Education we conduct gun safety classes in Cape Cod and South Shore area for individuals, private groups and general classes up to 15 people. 
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