The holiday season is a time of joy, celebration, and togetherness. Unfortunately, it’s also a time when home invasions and burglaries tend to increase. Statistics have consistently shown a surge in burglaries during this time of year, making it crucial for homeowners to be proactive in protecting their properties. Here are a few tips to safeguard your home during the holidays.
Several factors contribute to the statistical increase in robberies during the holiday season:
If you own a weapon as a way to defend your home, you should practice with it regularly. Ongoing training is important for any gun owner, but especially those who intend to be able to use one for self-defense. Regular practice has many benefits that will help you make the most of your weapon, both recreationally and in threatening situations:
Ideally, your firearms training should include a combination of regular target practice and competition. While target practice helps you improve your form and accuracy, competitions add a level of pressure and speed that will be invaluable should you need to draw your self-defense weapon.
Two types of competitions that are fun and effective for practicing your shooting are bowling pin shoots and IDPA contests:
In this type of competition, you attempt to knock five bowling pins in formation on a table in front of you as quickly as possible. Bowling pin shoots are low pressure; but, as with any competition, there is still an element of stress involved. After all, you want to win, don’t you?
The International Defensive Pistol Association (IDPA) was established in Texas by gun owners who felt general competitions were irrelevant to “real life” self-defense situations. As such, they designed competitions to train gun owners in high pressure scenarios where they may need to use their weapon. These events involve dynamic targets and the chance to practice firing your weapon from various angles and vantage points. It is high pressure, which is meant to simulate the stress any individual would feel if they were threatened.
In order to participate in an IDPA event, you need to become a member. The annual membership is only $50 and well worth the investment for the invaluable skills you can acquire.
At The Marksman Indoor Range, we hope you never have to draw your weapon in self-defense. However, should the need arise, we want you to have practiced your shooting for safety, speed, and accuracy. We offer a wide range of courses at our range for shooters of all skill levels, and our expert instructors will tailor your visit to suit your goals. We also host monthly competitions to help you hone your skills in a fun-filled atmosphere. Visit our events page to see what is coming up next. Hurry-spots fill up quickly!