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Most Common Hand Gun Carry Mistake

This Is Critical

If you own a handgun this is some crucial information you must know. Having a gun can give you a huge advantage in a self-defense or home invasion situation. The problem is that although most gun owners know how to shoot their weapon at a range, many are lacking in close quarters shooting and weapon retention skills.

Even worse, some gun owners base their stance on what they see in movies. This can get you killed. This simple technique is one of the best ways to ensure that when you draw a weapon on an attacker, the gun stays in your hands, not his. One of the worst things you can do in any self-defense situation is to lose control of your firearm.

Breaking It Down

Like Bob said in the video, this technique will double or triple your chances of maintaining control of the weapon, even if your attacker is able to get close enough to attempt a disarm technique. The technique itself is so simple there is simply no reason not to learn and use it.

All you need to do is make sure your elbows are at your side and against your body. You don’t have to have them right up against your rib cage but they should be close. Keeping your elbows in will bring the gun closer to your body.

This stance puts your arms in a stronger position. Joints are most stable when they are right in the middle of their range of motion. This setup puts both your lower arm and upper arm roughly in the middle of their ranges of motion. Because of this, you are able to use your shoulders, pectorals, and latissimus dorsi (the big muscle in the back) to stabilize the weapon, not just your arm muscles.

If you own a firearm go and try this out. If you don’t have a dummy gun be sure to clear the weapon before practicing.

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338 thoughts on “Most Common Hand Gun Carry Mistake”

  1. great info! This idea has great meaning for women. Men have always been able to take a weapon from a woman because of her lack of understanding of how the body should be used when under assault. In this instruction, the upper torso supports the weapon. Great video!

  2. For this 74 yr old lady who just purchased her 1st gun (Glock 380-42) this is invaluable info. I purchased it mainly for safety when traveling alone; however, after a basic safety class I am addicted! I would have never realized how much info I have wrong (too many movies). Thank you! A very clear, concise piece of info for a beginner or any level shooter. I hope I never have the need to use my gun anywhere but the range, but it is an insurance policy. I travel with it and have it if I need it. I go for my CCW license next week. Wish me luck! Keep up the good work for people. Young and old, experienced and novices such as me! Thanks!,

  3. Excellent tip. Question: I was taught to hold my weapon close to my chest, elbows in close, weapon pointed up at about 45 degrees. Back of the pistol is about 3 to 4 inches from the center of my chest. Both hands holding the weapon. The point was it was quick to extend the weapon and bring my sights in line. What do you think?
    Thanks for your excellent work.

  4. If you have to draw your weapon you should be intending to alert..if he reaches for the weapon pull the trigger..even more so if he grabs it two quick shots to the groin and he is done.

  5. I have always held it close while trianing it just makes sence in close quarter. I thank you now I know there was a reason.

  6. I have some training in weapon retention.the training is so easy it is easy to is great to see it from time to time . helps a lot thanks. Joe.

  7. Great video. I always taught my soldiers the same thing. Also, to have a secure stance, so one could not be pushed off balance easily.

  8. Thanks, Bob Pierce. Just want to thank you for being so sincere about helping me in having a greater chance to protect myself and my family. The most astonishing thing about it is that you don’t ask any money for it. I see your email everyday and I alway can count on you on picking up another pointer in self-defense . I feel guilty sometimes for not paying for it. I can only say thanks again and I sometimes scan your products to see if there is anything I might be able to use. Thanks again. Bob. John… PS . Do you have any lessons on knife throwing ? I’d like to learn such a skill!

  9. Thanks for this video. It’s amazing what proper alignment will do for you during a high stress situation. I appreciate all of your videos and training literature. Keep it coming and again. Thank you.

  10. That is a couple of great information points. 1 always clear the gun before handing it off to a friend. 2 holding the gun in the center of your body w/your elbows next to your body and your body rigid. 3. Step back to give yourself some distance if the attacker manages to grab your hand or gun. Great stuff thanks and have a safe day.

  11. Good information. Now I know the ‘why’ to the reason I do hold my weapon in that manner. Thanks…

  12. Great handgun retention skill training! Former Police Officer, federal agent and swat team member! Aj

  13. Very great! I don’t have a gun, never even fired one. But watching this shows me how to easily disarm someone who has a weapon but not been trained to properly hold it (like most criminals).

  14. Good video I liked it something as subtle as a few inches of arm moment can make a huge difference. This I will always remember. Thanks I learned something new today and not a long winded lecture on shit I already know.

  15. Most excellent advice when drawing your weapon – as said distance is your friend – close quarter stance with arms in against the body makes perfect sense. Hesitation & the wrong loose stance at that critical moment can reverse the scenario in a split second – now you’re in trouble and on a fight for possession : thanks my friend.

  16. I learned many years ago, at a close distance is to keep the weapon in your coat, jacket or pants pocket and if the need arises to fire, then fire through them. Good video.

  17. Great video, I knew the positions but not the part about tightening up in it, and I like the one that you showed that you use to the side. all very useful, Thanks….

  18. The tight elbow position is solid. It provides the practicioner with a bonus. By locking the elbows you weaopon is aimed by your belly….button, belt buckle, etc.
    Try this at the range, if allowed, and you will be able to accurately punch holes in the competition. No need to shift into any other stance. Not a fun proposition for any opposition in the ring with you. Yes, Ive used it police work and military situations.

  19. Great info for people who think what they see on tv and in movies actually works. I spent 30yrs out of this country doing personal security and high security asset
    retrieval. I have yet to see a survivor who held a handgun at arms length. Or sideways. Now isn’t that the worlds dumbest trick!!
    Shalom, Barb

  20. Thanks for all the tips you all give. I for one appreciate every thing you do for us. These skills that you have learned over a lifetime. And given so selflessly to us. Will save lives. Thank you so much. I would be proud to stand next to you in a battle.

  21. Great video, I have been using this position now some 15 years shooting competition I have been accurately punch holes with my 1911, before I started using this position I was never in the top 5. Now that I am using this position I have been in the top 3, a lot.

    PS. Thank You Martin you are the best.

  22. Thank you for all of the terrific insite. Your tutorials are helping to assist my wife and myself become better prepared for what may come our way.
    Thanks again!
    Herring Family