Katie Pavlich

* Editors note: TOWNHALL News Editor Katie Pavlich is participating in a multi-day firearms training course at the Gunsite Academy in Paulden, Arizona. Stay tuned for daily dispatches. The fourth dispatch is below. As the dispatches accumulate, they'll all be available here.


PAULDEN, Ariz. - Sunday was my third and final day of the Gunsite carbine course and the focus was on versatility of different weapons during a fight, knowing your environment during a fight and threat simulation.

In the morning, my instructor Dave taught me how to properly transition from my carbine to my handgun in the middle of a fight should my carbine fail because of a malfunction or lack of ammunition.

In training, a pistol holster is used on the right hip with a pistol ammunition holster on the left hip. An ammunition holster for carbine magazines is also on the left side, just behind the pistol ammunition holster.

According to the Gunsite student handbook, “A rule of gunfighting is to have a gun, loaded and workable. If your primary weapon malfunctions, the priority is to get a loaded gun into your hands. Bringing a secondary weapon to the fight may tilt the balance in your favor.”

Got that everyone? Don’t tell the gun grabbers, they’ll be trying to regulate not only how many rounds of ammo you can bring to a fight in self defense, but how many guns you’re allowed to bring.

Anyway, onto the transition from the carbine to the pistol. The transition begins when the carbine fails to fire. The left hand (if shooting right handed) is then used to safely guide the carbine down to the left side of the body. Why? If you drop a slinged carbine without control onto your body, it is possible to injure yourself which either takes you out of a fight or injures you, both are obvious disadvantages. After this step, you then acquire a firm grip on your pistol and bring the left hand to the middle of the body.

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Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.