PDN LIVE! February 2016

Thanks for tuning in to February’s PDN LIVE with Rob Pincus where he answered your personal defense and defensive shooting questions live on air. In case you missed it, you can watch the full video here. Original air date: February 23, 8:00 p.m. CDT. Make sure to tune in next month for another PDN LIVE. See you then!


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    • Kimberly

      In the city I don’t think it is necessary. People who do I feel are trying to make a statement because they can. The chances of them being shot are very slim. Unfortunately, that does not hold true for the entire gun community.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Hopefully, you heard the answer the video… as long as you are taking all the laws into account and the gun is secure, it isn’t a bad idea.

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    • Rob Pincus

      a good flight controlled 00 Buckshot is never a bad idea. I personally like the pre-fragmented slug from Winchester quite a bit… and, FWIW, I am a fan of 20ga for home defense!

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  1. James

    Where does a future CCW permit holder find all of the info needed to acquire it? Every state seems to handle it differently.

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  2. Keith Talton

    Do you believe that Constitutional carry includes protection for convicted felon’s ?

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    • Rob Pincus

      I think that “Shall not be infringed” is really easy to define: No Restrictions. That said, I don’t think that people who have shown a propensity for violence towards others nor those with behavioral or intellectually limiting conditions that preclude the responsible ownership of firearms should have unfettered access to them. All that said, there are provisions for convicted felons to regain their rights and, in the case of non-violent crimes, I generally think that a is a good thing.

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  3. Kat

    Yesterday I came home after work to a message from local PD to pick up my Class A large capacity LTC; I’ve been waiting 73 days for this message (I’m a MA resident.). I walked right over & picked it up! I do not own a gun & am interested in Concealed Carry & Home Defense. I live alone in a 3 unit townhouse. Any suggestions?

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    • Rob Pincus

      Take a Class…. Ian Strimbeck and Matt Devito both teach in NH very close to the MA border and the latter teaches CCW Courses at The Armory Gun Shop in MA. Join the GOAL Organization as well.. they fight for your gun rights in MA and host several classes a year. They could also recommend local instructors.

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  4. Pam

    Do you thinks it’s better to carry on person as opposed to in purse? I’m new to carrying and so far can’t get comfortable carrying on body. Thank you.

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    • Renee

      If you carry in a purse make sure it’s a cross body (makes it much more difficult to snatch it off your shoulder) and you also have to be mindful when choosing the type of firearm because you may end up shooting through the purse.

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    • Rob Pincus

      On your body is better. There are many good carry options, surely you can find one that is comfortable for you!

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  5. Ron winslow

    Do you recommend that a permit holder take a tactical shooting course before carrying a weapon?

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    • Keith Talton

      If you’re not trained in the use of your deadly weapon, you’re not qualified to carry it in public. however you still have a right to do so !

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    • Rob Pincus

      Not necessarily… it is a very subjective issue. I don’t think it would be wrong to say that EVERY CCW HOLDER should take a defensive shooting course beyond what the state requires to get the permit. Those programs are usually woefully inadequate in regard to both the curriculum and standards.

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  6. Tom

    What is the best option for safely storing a home defense handgun, and having quick access, in a home with six kids?

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    • Rob Pincus

      Quick Access Safes… there are several types, but I use GunVault…. and there is a lot of info here at PDN on their products.

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  7. Ted

    I travel thru many states and it’s impossible to keep up with gun laws. State laws stay perry much the same but city and diff jurisdictions change all the time. Any way to keep up with these changes?

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  8. Keone

    Waiting for my clearance for my concealed license….now what holster to buy
    Too many to choose from. Too many video reviews. Not enough local places to try them out to see what fits.

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    • Rob Pincus

      It is a very individual decision.. if you buy a basic holster and then attend a proper defensive shooting course offered by a PDN Contributor or any affiliated instructor, you’ll get lots of good input and probably see several good examples to choose from. Personally, I carry in a Crossbreed Appendix holster, but that may not be a good choice for any other individual person.

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  9. campoln

    I am about to undergo surgery on my strong-side shoulder. What is a good way to start training for off-hand shooting?

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    • Rob Pincus

      attend a class and take it with your weak hand only…. or follow the advice and drills in various videos here at PDN. Gotta do the work!

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  10. MacDaddy

    I’m a slim guy and find it difficult to keep my carry pistol from printing and was wondering if you had any alternative carry ideas. I’ve found myself ankle and pocket carrying but have been limited to using small, low caliber pistols due to size constraints. Also, ankle drawing takes a lot longer than IWB.

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    • Rob Pincus

      have you tried centerline carry (“appendix”) with a short grip gun? I am on the scrawnier side and that is what works best for me. Many women also find it to be best for them, due to their thinner profile.

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      • MacDaddy

        Thanks for responding to my question Rob. I spend a lot of time traveling between places in my car and the holsters I’ve used for appendix carry have not been very comfortable while sitting. Which holsters do you use for appendix carry?

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          • Iriya.lee

            The “Urban Carry” seems a flawed concept to me… If I am going to carry on my body, I need a holster, not a pouch. I primarily use a Crossbreed Appendix Carry holster, and have for several years now. I find them to be very comfortable. (Rob)

    • Rob Pincus

      Have many times… And I’ll be in a couple places in IL this year on the PDN Training Tour, including Rockford. Click on the Training Link above and check out the calendar.

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    • Rob Pincus

      I equally recommend Springfield XD (which I carry), Glock (which I have carried extensively) and M&P (which I haven’t often carried) based on their demonstrated reliability over long periods of time (10+ years in each case) in the hands of THOUSANDS of students of a variety of skill levels and in a variety of conditions.

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    • Jacalyn

      YESSSSS to all of it!I can only hope/pray that I come across some super awesome Maiesela-grque tabi boots before I die. (not likely but a girl can dream, right?)

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  11. james

    Do you think we will every get Conceal Carry to be like a Drivers License. If you get one in any state and it will be good for every state.

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    • Rob Pincus

      I have… I think it is just a bit too small. It would be a better gun and easier to shoot if it were a bit longer in the grip and the barrel. Still, a solid choice for those needing a very small gun and not wanting to compromise all the way down to a .380.

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    • Rob Pincus

      I’ll be in Rockford this spring (click the Training link at the top of the page…) and I have taught several courses inside of the Cook County lines over the years.

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      • Deena

        Dear oh dear. What a series of schoolboy mistakes. Yo;uv39&#e saved me a few quid as well. Although you had enjoyed it and given it a glowing review as I was looking forward to paying them a visit whilst I am working around the corner from it.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Haven’t Shot it, but it felt great when I held it last summer and it seem like a solid configuration.

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    • Rob Pincus

      “fat” is a subjective term.. it is really hard to recommend a holster for someone. We have several PDN contributors who are not slim… perhaps reach out to them for their take and advice? Many people find the Crossbreed Super Tuck to work well because the large leather surface area spreads out the weight and pressure of the gun.

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  12. Woody

    Texas legalized open carry since January, my question is, with open carry being legal, when I conceal carry do I still need to be concerned about printing?

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    • Rob Pincus

      Yes, you should. I am not a fan of openly carrying defensive firearms. I am glad that it is a legal option… but just like spending all your money on lottery tickets: Just because you can, doesn’t mean you should.

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  13. Brian B

    How often to you recommend unloading and/or leaving unloaded your daily carry pistol magazines?

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  14. Craig McClure

    What is the most important weakness of most EDC (Every Day Carry) folks? those that have the legal right to carry.

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  15. Mike

    Are there any states where it is illegal to carry a gun unloaded, in my trunk? I have my ccw permit in South CArolina.

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  16. Mike Fittro

    What do you think of the glock 17 for a personal defense and concealed carry compared to Barretta m9 military version not m92 , Is the Barretta to big and heavy to use as concealed carry also I hear there are problems with the hammer being pulled back and in the fire mode when it’s pulled out of a holster, is this true ? Also how do you feel about West Virginia newest bill on concealed carry now possibly being passed to where any one can carry open or concealed even without any training !?

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  17. James

    Being in law enforcement, there has been controversy as to what caliber handgun and ammo to use since the FBI went from 40 cal. to 9MM’s, what is your take on this as far as knock down power to stop a viable threat?

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    • Rob Pincus

      No… sometimes it actually gets in the way of them teaching methods and techniques that are appropriate for personal defense.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Yes… just south of VA Beach in the spring and a few other courses around the mid-atlantic.

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  18. Beau

    Hey Rob I am a nra instructor in Maine would like to talk to you about teaching for PDN. I am the firearms instructor foe Unity Collage and the Kenebec County Sheriff’s office been teaching for 15 years love all your programs have all your dvd s I agree with all you teaching and teach most of what you cover. Give me a call. 207-624-1572. Remember Mike Willis from Norwich he is my son in law. Looking forward to talking to you. Stay safe, Beau

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    • Rob Pincus

      I’ll follow up, meanwhile, THANKS… great to hear that you are interested. We offer Instructor Development several times a year.

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  19. Michael

    I know its not nearly as fast as appendix carry or other iwb carry…but I can tolerate ankle carry with a sig 238 and galco ankle lite. Any advice for ankle carry?

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    • Rob Pincus

      PRACTICE! and, I would strongly suggest a different gun, preferably a Modern Striker Fired option.

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    • Iriya.lee

      The details of legal strategy at that point would be best discussed directly with your lawyer.

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    • Iriya.lee

      A self defense handgun should be loaded with hollow point ammunition. Specifically, a Modern Bonded Hollow Point in a weight that is heavy for your caliber.

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  20. Joe

    If it is otherwise not illegal, what are your thoughts about carrying concealed in someone else’s home without their knowledge? Are there ethical considerations that outweigh the legal considerations?

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