Everyone out there has differing ideas on what gear to run when they are training?  Vest? Plate carrier? War Belt?  There are many options out there, so I truly think that you have to decide for yourself.  So with that said, what are your thoughts???

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New Look for MFT!

Minnesota Firearms Training LLC has a new website and a new look.  Take a moment to look around and give us some feedback!  I am a huge fan of the online course sign up.  Check them out at the link below…


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Immediate Action

I am thinking of using this video as a way to get my students to connect with the idea of Tap, Rack, Bang!  Thoughts?



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There are approximately 8,000,000 active permits to carry in the United States. (Wikipedia, Conceal Carry in the United States)  There are many different choices when it comes to firearms one could use as a conceal carry gun.   The Sig Sauer P938 and the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield are both quality options for conceal carry, but they have features that make them distinctly different.  There are many things that should be considered when deciding which firearm to carry.  The three elements that will be considered are the size of the firearm as it relates to conceal carry, the mechanics and implementation of the firearm, and the cost value ratio as it pertains to the above two firearms.

Firearms come in every shape and size, but the main focus will be how they fit for the conceal carry criteria.  The definition of conceal carry is “Concealed carry, or CCW (carrying a concealed weapon), refers to the practice of carrying a handgun or other weapon in public in a concealed manner, either on one’s person or in proximity.”  It really comes down to what you as the individual decide to be the right size, shape, and weight of firearm.  The industry breaks the size of the firearm down into three categories, standard or full size, compact size, and sub-compact size.  For this example, they are mentioned from largest to smallest in overall size, and the two specific firearms that are addressed above fall into the sub-compact size category.  There are no clear definitions for what a sub-compact gun is, as it is set and delineated by the manufacturer of the firearm.  The Sig Sauer P938 is considered a sub compact 9mm (9mm refers to the size of the projectile itself, 9 millimeters in diameter).  The overall length, width, and height of the P938 is 5.9 inches, 3.8 inches, and 1.1inches respectively which lends itself to the small and compact nature of the sub-compact variety of firearms.  The specifications of the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield come in at 6.1 inches in length, 4.6 inches in height, and .95 inches in width; making it slightly longer and taller than the P938 which will make it slightly harder to conceal, but the reduction in width will make it stick out from the body less, reducing the overall print or silhouette of the firearm when concealed under a shirt.  The height of the firearm plays a crucial role in the amount of ammo each gun can hold.  The P938 holds seven bullets in its magazine where the Shield holds 8 rounds.  The significance comes down to you as the individual carrying the firearm, do you want to side with the slightly longer Shield and get that potentially needed extra round?  Or is the reduced height of the P938 more appealing due to conceal ability, and sacrificing that one bullet just doesn’t matter as much?  The overall size of the firearms themselves and how it relates to the end user comes down to personal preferences and the options weighed by just that, the person ultimately deciding on what works for them.

The next point that should be considered when deciding what firearm you are going to carry concealed is the mechanics and implementation of the desired handgun.  If you are unable to manipulate the firearm when you need to, then how effective is that firearm going to be for you?  There is such a thing as a gun being to big or to small, triggers pull his to heavy, or you cannot work the safety.  Both the Sig and the Smith and Wesson have manual safety levers to ensure the firearm will not function while in the safe position.  There are schools of thought throughout the industry stating that a firearm without a manual safety will be easier and faster to employ during a critical incident.  With that said, not everyone is comfortable with a gun that does not have a manual safety.  The Sig Sauer P938 and the Smith and Wesson M&P Shield both have very ergonomic grips with careful consideration given to the positioning of the magazine release and the slide lock leaver.  The reasoning behind these innovations is to allow the user to gain access to the fire controls, giving a more fluid and intuitive manipulation of the firearm.  The more thinking you can take out of the equation in the moment of a critical incident, the more likely you are going to put yourself into an advantageous position for survival.

The almighty dollar is the third element to consider when deciding which gun you want to purchase for the purposes of conceal carry.  In a perfect world, money does not matter, because it grows on trees.  But for those who have to think about where their money is spent; getting the most for the money is a common theme.  You are purchasing a handgun to carry on or about your person, not only the piece of polymer and steal that is in your holster comes into play, the manufacturer and the brand that comes along with it.  Sig Sauer and Smith and Wesson are both synonymous with quality in craftsmanship and they stand behind their product.  For example, Smith and Wesson has a lifetime service policy and Sig Sauer has their limited lifetime warranty.  Keep in mind that a firearm is a mechanical device, parts fatigue and parts break.  The cost break down on these two firearms is vastly different.  The P938 will cost you at most retailers anywhere from $850 to $900.  In comparison, the Shield will cost you at most places $449.  Take a moment to push your eyes back into you heads, and roll your tongues off the floor and close your wide-open mouths.  Why such a huge price difference you ask?  The company dictates price, so there are many factors that go into that dollar amount.  For instance Sig Sauer is an Austrian company, so the cost in manufacturing and shipping their product is higher than that of Smith and Wesson, which is an American based company.  Supply and demand plays a part in the price differential as well.  Think about what you are sinking your investment into and remember that it goes deeper than just the gun on your hip.

The road to deciding what firearm is going to suit you for conceal carry is a long and thought provoking one.  Whether it is the size of the gun, how the firearm functions, how easy it is to manipulate, or the dollar amount associated with the handgun; there are many things that should make you stop and think things through.  The consideration comes down to the individual who is making the choice above all else.  What feels good in your hand, the size you want, and how much you want to pay is based on one thing in the end; you!


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There is some solid advice here!


Owning  firearms for home defense is a responsibility that one should not take lightly.  Here are a few things to remember about your home defense firearms.

  • Make sure you are properly trained on the use of your home defense firearms.  Make sure you are proficient on loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions, acquiring your target and go to the range regularly and practice, practice, practice.
  • Along with range time mentally visualize the process for loading, unloading, clearing malfunctions and aquiring your target.  Visualization is an important aspect of training.
  • Make sure you are properly licensed as needed.
  • Never ever under any circumstances leave a loaded firearm unattended.
  • Store your bulk ammo and your firearms in seperate locations. 
  • Keep your firearms secure and well hidden when not in use.
  • This point will raise debate as many people keep their home defense handgun loaded and on their nightstand when they go to bed.  I do…

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