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Useful Links and Other Information

Handgun Law: An excellent resource for state laws regarding handguns and concealed carry

NRA Headquarters Site:
  From here you can navigate nearly all of the NRA's web sites

Tips for Beginning Shooters:
In this series of videos Il Ling New, a Rangemaster at Gunsite, one of the premier shooting schools in the world, shares some tips and techniques for beginning shooters.
Introduction: Il Ling introduces this series of videos.
Firearms Safety: In this video Il Ling introduces the four rules of Firearms
Pistol Functions: The operation of a typical semi-automatic pistol is
discussed here.
Range Basics:  What to do and not do when you're at the shooting range.
Gripping the Handgun:  A proper handgun grip is essential for accuracy and safety.  Il Ling demonstrates the proper handgun grip.
Body Position and Stance: The shooting stance is the foundation on which
safe accurate marksmanship is built.  In this video Il Ling demonstrates
proper body position and shooting stance.
Dominant Eye: Knowing which eye is dominant is essential for accurate
marksmanship.  Il Ling demonstrates one technique for determining
your dominant eye.
Loading and Unloading your Handgun:  Knowing how is essential for safety.
The Ready Position:  One of the three places that it is safe for your gun to be is the Ready Position.  Watch Il Ling demonstrate it to you.
Shooting to Slide-Lock:  Your gun is empty; now what?  Find out here.
Sight Alignment:  The second element of aiming, what do you look for once your sights are aligned?
Sight Picture::  Learn the elements of aiming from Il Ling.
Trigger Control:  After aiming, trigger control is probably the most important element of shooting.
Shooting Pairs:  Putting multiple shots on-target isn't hard if you know how.

Tactical Tips by Dave Spaulding:
Dave Spaulding is one of the best known tactical pistol instructors in the United States.  In this series of videos Dave goes over the skills, knowledge and attitude necessary that a legally armed citizen needs to master.  If you intend to carry a firearm for self defense, you should watch this series of videos.
Mental Preparation: Often referred to as the combat mindset, prior mental
preparation is essential to prevail in an armed encounter.  In this video
Dave discusses mental preparation and the will to survive.
Fundamentals: Dave reviews handgun fundamentals here.
Reloading a Revolver: Reloading a revolver efficiently, especially under
stress, is a challenge.  Here Dave demonstrates how.
Reloading a Pistol: Dave demonstrates techniques for reloading a pistol
quickly and safely.
Ready Positions:  A loaded handgun is always in one of three positions;
on target, at ready or in the holster.  We all know the meaning of on
target and holstered but what does at ready mean?  Dave demonstrates.
Holster Skills: Proper techniques for  drawing from a holster are not only
essential for safety they are often poorly understood - it's not like on T.V. 
In this video Dave show us the correct way to draw a firearm.
Cover and Concealment: What's the difference between cover and
concealment?  Why is it important to know?  Find out here.
Proper Training: In this video Dave emphasizes the importance of training
with the equipment you carry and to the situations you may encounter
in your life.
All Weather Training: Can you be assured that you will only be attacked
on a clear sunny afternoon?  Probably not.
The Practice Session: How do you keep your defensive skills sharp?
Find out here.
Carry Gear: What gear do you need to properly carry a concealed
handgun?  Dave shows us in this video.
One Handed Shooting: What do you do if you're wounded and your strong
hand is taken out of the fight?  You shoot one handed.  Learning this
skill in the middle of a gunfight is not what you want to do.
Flashlights: Something like 80% of all armed police and civilian armed
encounters take place in low, altered or failing light.  Dave explains the
proper tactical use of a flashlight in this video.
Safe Room:  An intruder has broken in to your home and you have retreated to your safe room.  What do I do now?
Clearing Your Home:  What is the best way to do the one thing you never want to have to do; clearing your home?
All Weather Carry:  You can't guarantee what the weather will be when you need to defend yourself.  Training in bad weather is a good thing to do.
Ankle Holsters:  Dave Spaulding's advice and comments on ankle holsters.
3D Targets:  Training with three-dimensional targets can add more realism to your tactical training.
Extreme Close Quarters:  Most civilian gunfights take place within six feet or less.  Learn what to do to protect yourself at these distances.
Shooting on the Move:  One well-known firearms instructor said that in a gunfight - if you're not shooting you're moving and if you're not moving you'[re dead.  Learn about shooting on the move here.
Wrap Up:  Some final comments from Dave Spaulding.

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