The Thumbs Forward / Thumbs Parallel Grip
You will see many different grips being used on semi-automatics and it is not right to say that they are all wrong if not using the grip pictured above, but it is right to say that they are not as strong as the thumbs forward grip. This is the strongest grip you can use and a strong grip equals control. Control of your firearm is of utmost importance. It is easy to take a single shot then pause and take another single shot but when it come to double taps, triple taps or rapid fire keeping your follow up shots on target is all about control.
This grip starts with a high placement of the shooting hand on the gun, as high on the bore of the gun as possible with the middle finger against the bottom of the trigger guard. The placement of the support hand is equally important. To describe in text is sometimes difficult to explain so we recommend that you watch this video to make sense of this important technique.
Perfecting your presentation
A/K/A The Draw
Self defense using a firearm starts with your presentation (your draw), getting the firearm out and on target. If you can't do this easily and quickly under duress then carrying your firearm becomes pointless. You don't need to go to the range to practice your presentation, this is something you can work on in your living room (always with the firearm unloaded). Spending some quality time practicing with your gun is one of the most important things you can do, not only when you first purchase your gun, but on an ongoing basis.
Hopefully not, but someday you may need it. When and if that moment comes, you won't know it's coming, it just will. You will be relying on your instincts, you will be forced to react and make split second decisions under extreme stress. This is why practicing with your gun on an ongoing basis is critical. You do not want to be fumbling with it when your life is at stake. Your expertise with your gun is critical to your ability to protect yourself and/or your family and loved ones.
Traveling with a firearm in non-reciprocity states.
There is a provision of the federal law known as the Firearms Owners’ Protection Act, or FOPA, which protects those who are transporting firearms for lawful purposes from local restrictions which would otherwise prohibit passage.
Under FOPA, not withstanding any state or local law, a person is entitled to transport a firearm from any place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry such firearm to any other place where he or she may lawfully possess and carry it.
Travelers should be aware that some state and local governments treat this federal provision as an “affirmative defense” that may only be raised after an arrest.
For more detailed information on the Federal law click on 18 U.SC. 926A: Interstate Transportation of Firearms.
DISCLAIMER; THIS INFORMATION IS NOT INTENDED AS LEGAL ADVICE. THERE ARE STATES THAT REQUIRE A PERMIT TO POSES A HAND GUN AND CERTAIN TYPES OF RIFLES. IT IS RECOMMENDED YOU CONTACT AN ATTORNEY FOR ANY QUESTIONS YOU HAVE PERTAINING TO THE INTERSTATE TRANSPORTATION OF FIREARMS!!!