Training and Responsibility in Times of Panic | USCCA

As anxiety has grown around the COVID-19 pandemic in recent days, news reports from across the country have detailed how more and more Americans are embracing their right to self-defense and choosing to be their families’ ultimate protectors. reports, for example, that revenue from sales on its website increased 309 percent from Feb. 23 through March 15, compared to a month before.

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Hello. I am one of those new gun owners and I must admit that the initial reason for my decision to get my concealed carry permit and purchase a gun was the fear of not just the COVID 19 pandemic, but also what comes afterward an now in the wake of current protests (some of which got out of hand) My wife and I are in our mid fifties and much to my shame I haven’t taken as good Care of myself or stayed as fit as I should have and I’m not afraid to admit that we’re a bit scared and intimidated all of this. That being said, I’ve opted to buy a gun for each of us. I go to the range as often as I can afford to so that I become a more accurate shot. I also try to practice drawing my firearm, acquiring the target and hitting said target. I wish I could acquire a more formal training, but unfortunately at the moment, finances are a bit tight given the current situation of the economy. I have however found two ranges close to me where the owners, staff and patrons are fantastic wonderful people who are willing and ready to share their knowledge and in some cases expertise. I don’t know if it’s permissible but I’d like to give a big shout out to Spray and Pray in Sebring FL. As well as Big Bang Ranch in Avon Park FL. They have been instrumental in my confidence and ability. I personally welcome any and all information, tips or ideas to help us in the betterment of ourselves. Thank you.


Glad to have you here, @Peter49!


I thank you. I will apologize now if I make any mistakes as I’m not to familiar with this blogging thing…lol

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Thanks for the shout out to the good ranges in your area! It is definitely welcome!

I’m glad you’re taking steps to protect yourself and your loved ones, @Peter49. While training with live ammo is a huge part of firearms training, “dryfire” training is something you can definitely do at home for free! I would highly suggest doing a quick search for the term dryfire here or on our Youtube channel for a variety of drills you can do at home.

And remember, we’re all here to help you in any way we can!

Hi @Peter49!

I am also in Florida - welcome to the community! As @Dawn recommended, check out the YouTube channel… dry fire practice at home. You don’t need to spend LOTS of money honing your skills.

That said, formal training can be invaluable. Do it when you can, but do the free stuff too!

Be Safe out There!

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Thank you for your input. I really appreciate the help. I have a Mossberg MC2C. Do you know if dry firing will hurt it ?