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    Commentaries, opinions and ramblings on firearms, equipment, current events and articles for       the armed citizen.

Got Concealed Carry Yet?

by RK Hoffman on 02/19/15

Missouri Concealed Carry law has been in effect since 2004. Since that time there have been thousands of MO citizens who have attended the mandated training, applied and been issued their permits and there have been several changes to the law including the age limit lowering from twenty three to twenty one and now to nineteen.  I’m not going to bore you with all details of the Concealed Carry law but I highly recommend you read it at M.R.S. 571. 

As part of process all applicants must attend the state mandated firearms safety class, commonly referred to as a CCW class. You can read those requirements at M.R.S. 571.111.

There are hundreds of instructors offering CCW classes across Missouri. I found 131 instructors on just one MO gun enthusiast website. Decisions, decisions...

So how do you choose an instructor? Important factors that should be considered are their knowledge and experience level not just as a gun handler but as an instructor. Many are part time/weekend instructors who have only taken a state required NRA one day instructor class in order to qualify.  Other instructors have law enforcement, military experience, are certified law enforcement instructors or have experience legally carrying a handgun and have attended advanced handgun classes. Vetting your CCW Instructor is an important first step.

What else might you get with your class? Many instructors offer discount priced classes, provide .22 caliber handguns and even free meals during the class. You'll have to decide what the class is worth to you

Of course the geographic location and availability of the class will be a deciding factor for you also. 

I'll admit it's a competitive field, so what do we do to stand out in this crowd?

First of all teaching firearms & tactics is what we do full time. If we’re not teaching, we’re training or attending classes. We not only teach the armed citizen lifestyle, we live it. Because of this our CCW class goes well beyond what the state requires and we strive to give a high quality class to our students. Our class size is limited to ten in order to give students more interaction with the instructor. The instructor will draw on his thirty plus years of experience carrying firearms professionally and as an armed citizen to give the students a full understanding of the state required topics, but also situational awareness, mindset, decision making and tactical planning. We believe these subjects are just as important to firearms safety as the four cardinal safety rules. 

We prefer you to bring your own handgun but loaner center fire handguns are available. For safety reasons you may only use ammunition purchased from us in our handguns.  You’ll be introduced to the marksmanship fundamentals. Yes, it’s just an introduction because it is not realistic to believe that someone can become a proficient shooter after only firing forty rounds. We’ll also show you why a CCW class does not prepare you adequately for the reality of an armed encounter and hopefully encourage you to seek more training with us or another qualified instructor.

If you want more than just the basic firearms safety class we welcome you to come train with us. 

See you on the range!!

"That time of the year"....

by RK Hoffman on 02/17/15

What does it mean for you? Cabin fever, taxes, vacation planning, etc....

Here at HCTT it means a relaunch. 
This past year, in retrospect, was an exciting year of redirection and growth for HCTT. In 2015 we will continue that growth and commitment as a full time professional training business with expanded as well as new classes and increased staff. 

In our excellent Martial Firearms classes we will teach the fundamentals of marksmanship but our focus will be the reality based and tested skills needed by the armed citizen. Because winning is more important than just surviving the fight! For now we will also continue to offer Handgun Introduction and Missouri Concealed Carry Permit (CCW) classes on a limited basis. More on that in the next newsletter.

Classes: 
Handgun Introduction
Missouri Concealed Carry Permit (CCW)
Martial Handgun I  
Martial Handgun II NEW!
Martial Shotgun NEW!
Martial Rifle NEW! 
Ladies' Martial Handgun I  
Ladies' Martial Handgun II NEW!
Armed Citizen's Response to Firearms Related Emergencies NEW!
    
New Staff: 
Casey Hoffman, Chief Financial Officer, brings 30 years of experience in accounting and business operations.

Greg Natsch, Medical Training Coordinator, has 40 plus years of experience in Emergency Medical Services as an EMT and Paramedic. He also has experience in special weapons & tactics, wilderness medicine and tactical medicine. 

"That time of the year" should include planning for your training schedule.

See you on the range!            


   


Capitalism vs. Profiteering

by RK Hoffman on 04/06/14

Today on facebook someone was attempting to sell 22LR. He had 3575 rounds in Federal and Remington bulk packs (the stuff Walmart carries) for $400.00. That's a little over 11 cents per round. I've seen it higher but the average price is around 5-7cent per round . So he probably had a 40-50 percent markup over RETAIL PRICE. he was getting blasted by other members of the group and eventually closed the post. Was that Capitalism or Profiteering?

 I see the same type of  people coming into the big box sporting goods store where I work part time almost everyday looking for 22LR. They tell me about every place they've been and where they did buy ammo. They're the same people who blame the government for the ammo shortage and when I tell them the shortage is consumer created and explain to them how, they either shut up  and walk away or stay and we have an intelligent conversation about guns, ammo and related subjects.
Another local dealer received a pallet of 22LR and a customer wanted to buy it all . When he was told he was limited to 3 boxes he complained that he wanted to buy it all because there were gun shows coming up. The salesman told him that his business wasn't welcome and that he wouldn't sell him anything. 

Get your favorite beverage, make yourself comfortable and smoke em if you got em because here's my opinion....
 
Flash back to November 2008 immediately after obama was elected a run on guns, mags and ammo began due to fear and panic. That time all ammo except 22LR was in short supply as well as primers for reloaders. After about a year things eased up, but because of the popuater of doomsday preppers, tin foilers aka Reynolds Wrappers and their blogs, doomsday survivalist forums and television shows all of a sudden the 22LR was the ultimate survival round (Insert sarcasm font). Everyone was buying 22LR guns and conversion kits for their centerfire guns in preparation for the apocolypse or obamalypse.

Roll forward to November 2012 obama is re-elected and once again the fear and panic rises, then in December Sandy Hook happens and and people go into Code Red buying frenzy driving prices up and supply down. This time though thanks to the above mentioned preppers and  Reynolds Wrappers the 22LR is in short supply. Now the market has begun to settled, guns are more avaiable as well as centerfire ammo and prices are slowly rolling back. 22LR remains in short supply because it's still the preppers "weapon" of choice and profiteers can buy larger quantities of it for less than centerfire and turn a higher profit. 

Don't get me wrong, I'm a businessman and a Capitalism, but excessive markups on high demand items isn't good business in the long run. When ammo was in short supply I sold it to my students at my cost in order for them to be able to attend class. How many students would register and pay for my classes if I charged a 50% markup on ammo? I know it's supply and demand and I probably could get some students to pay the higher prices....once. Then they'd go elsewhere for  further training and wouldn't recommend me to their friends or even worse tell them my prices were excessive! 

These people who are reselling 22LR aren't concerned about repeat business or satisfying their customers because they're not capitalists, they're short term Profiteers taking advantage of a situation. I look at them with the same disdain I have for those who chase natural disasters in order to sell high demand items at inflated prices and offer shoddy repair services to the uninformed public before they disappear into the shadows waiting for their next opportunity.


Let's Roll!

by RK Hoffman on 03/17/14

Can you believe we're already a quarter of the year into 2014? The good news is after a long hard winter it's beginning to look like spring, Illinois is issuing their first CCWs and ammo (other than .22LR) is readily available.

My first Suarez International class of the year in Columbia, MO is coming up next month. If you need a tuneup or are just beginning your journey as a gunfighter CRG-I: Pistol Gunfighting is the class you have to attend. We've added more useful material to the class so you'll literally get more bang for your buck! Sign up at Suarez International.

The first weekend of May I'll be in Great Bend, KS for a full weekend of teaching HCTT classes. Kiowa Gun Club has a nice range for us and Great Bend has plenty of motels and restaurants so come on out and join us for Defensive Pistol Primer on Saturday and Ladies Defensive Pistol Primer on Sunday. Visit our site to register

In mid May I'll be returning to Kansas City to teach CRG-2: Close Range Gunfighting,  This class will take you take you to a whole new level of gunfighting that will include ambidextrous and point shooting as well as being able to shoot and manipulate your handgun while on the move.

I'll say this is a great start to the summer and watch for more Suarez and HCTT classes coming up soon. Happy St. Patrick's Day everybody!

Retrospect and 2014

by RK Hoffman on 01/04/14

2012 ended with Obama’s re-election followed by the Sandy Hook tragedy. As 2013 dawned the liberals climbed on top of the bodies of those dead children in an attempt to advance their anti gun and anti freedom agendas.  Despite those attempts many states passed new laws giving more protection to citizens’ gun rights as well as laws to protect our children in their schools and in response American Citizens purchased more ammunition and firearms than ever before creating a shortage across the country.

Despite all that HCTT had an excellent 2013 thanks to students dedicated to the Martial Art of the Gun. I thank you all for that!

So farewell to 2013 and welcome to 2014!

What’s new for HCTT in 2014?

We've partnered with the A Girl & A Gun Women’s Shooting League to teach even more classes exclusively for women.

We’re also expanding our curriculum to include Rifle Gunfighting, Shotgun Gunfighting and Close Quarters Battle classes through Suarez International.

The Green Valley Rifle & Pistol Club will remain our primary training facility along with our satellite sites in Kansas and Colorado. We are also looking to expand to Southeast and Southwest Missouri.

Our initial schedule is posted on the HCTT website and we’re working on several new projects that I’ll be writing more about later.  

Happy New Year to you all!