Jason Hanson is Founder and President of the Concealed Carry Academy. I have trained with Jason both in a classroom setting and at the range. He is an excellent instructor that takes the time with his students to determine their skill level so he can tailor a proper training regimen to move them to the next level.
Jason spent several years with the Central Intelligence Agency. He’s an Eagle Scout and author of The Covert Guide to Concealed Carry: Confessions of a Former CIA Officer. He is also a writer for some of the top gun magazines including Combat Handguns, Concealed Carry, and Personal and Home Defense.
Jason puts out a a newsletter where he gives tips and advice on firearms and concealed carry. I found his last email an excellent example on firearms preparedness and wanted to share it with you guys:
Are you prepared to handle a home invasion?
The truth is, many people aren’t, and luckily, the gentleman you’re
about to hear from didn’t have to find out the hard way. Here’s the
email he sent me: (We’ll call him “C” as he asked me not to reveal
“Jason, here is a story for you about being prepared but not being
ready for a home invader. The other night while going to sleep my
family and I were startled by a bunch of loud noises coming from
our main level, these were no ordinary noises and sounded like
someone was already in the house or coming thru a window.
Thus I jump up grab my FN 9mm and head downstairs. Luckily, there
was no home invader and it was my dog with his collar stuck on his
cage, he was trying to get loose and in the process his cage and
food/water bowl were being kicked around and making all the noise.
Now to get to the point, I was prepared by having a weapon, but I
was not ready because it was locked, unloaded, and sitting in its
case in the closet.
The process of me getting the case out of the closet, key,
unlocking the lock, and loading a magazine (yes the magazine was
full with bullets ready to go) probably added 10-20 seconds to me
being ready to defend my family. If this was a real home invader he
may have made it upstairs and my weapon rendered useless as it was
not ready fast enough. Continue reading