Disabled Defenders

I have my Concealed Carry permit but I’m also in a wheelchair. Training options seem to be limited to range, dry-fire, and mental exercises (no advanced training) and concealed carry options seem to be limited to shoulder holsters and sling bags (I’m also overweight). I do have the rare ability of being ambidextrous so I’m not as limited in my targeting options but I’m still limited in rushed retreat scenarios. Also, I have yet to find any training (on-line or otherwise) directed towards the disabled.
Is anyone else in the same situation? I would really enjoy some positive feedback.

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I googled and sent you 2 links that may be helpful brother and welcome to the family @LeoG19 and God bless you.

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Welcome to the community @LeoG19. @Johnnyq60 has offered some very interesting and helpful ideas in my opinion.

I have a question for you so that I can learn too. I trust that it isn’t too personal of one: Do you carry a firearm with you most of the time when you are at home? Also, I personally think that what you may feel are “limitations” in training opportunities of dry-fire and mental exercises may actually be a benefit that many of us take for granted.

I’m looking forward to following this discussion.

Stay safe out there.

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LeoG19,

Just want you to know I am honored to get to hear from you on this site. You taking responsibility for your and your loved ones security and protection is uplifting to me, and I’m sure many others.
Keep a strong will and moving forward with training .
Very Honored.

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Wow! This is great information! Thank you and thank you for the welcome! The best I found was on wheelchair skeet-shooting and that really doesn’t pertain to my situation.

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Thank you. Yes, I do carry around the house. My pistol is always either on me or within arm’s reach. I also have rifles staged. I’m permanently disabled and pretty much homebound. My wife works from home so she’s always here for me but I’m still the primary protector of our home.
I feel that dry-fire and mental exercises regarding the defending of ones home is essential for everyone. Running through scenarios of home invasions isn’t paranoia; it’s preparing for a quite possible event, especially these days.

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Thank you very much. I think that everyone has a strong role in the protection of their loved-ones and their home no matter their age or condition. I’m not suggesting putting a pistol in the hands of a minor to defend his/her room but that child knowing what to do during a home invasion, such as going into their closet and remaining quiet until they hear the all-clear, will be one less concern for the parent defender.

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Thanks Leo for answering my question. I think that the rest of us could learn from your approach to defense of your Wife and home. Being in a wheelchair means that having your self defense handgun close by is imperative in my opinion.

Setting time aside each day to think about “What would I do if …” is a great way to spend time constructively to further your home/away self defense plans.

Stay safe!

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@LeoG19 Here is another thought for training. :+1:
As a person who has to use a cane I practice this at the range whenever I can. :us:

Prone position pistol shooting: What are the benefits of training?

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Thank you for thinking of it and sending me that link! That was a great video! When I was using a cane and then crutches, that shooting position was definitely in my mental drills. The problem is, now, I have two shot knees and a lumber spine with pretty much every disc collapsed. I worry that, if I’m forced to use this position, I’ll hurt myself getting there and/or won’t be able to get back in my chair if I need to move. I really like this position though and maybe I only need to run drills using it, first mentally then physically. Thank you.

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Thanks @BRUCE26 I do believe I started a thread like this about a year ago. :+1::+1:

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Welcome LeoG19 to the community, very very good question, you came to the right place for the proper answer

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When I was a kid we used to shoot trap at a gun club that had a couple of wheelchair bound trap shooters, they were as good as any of the rest of us.
Physical and Mental prep are both important.

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Thank you. I’m certainly seeing the helpfulness of this great community.

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