There’s a compelling case for carrying a concealed firearm. According to Marksman’s Nest chief ranger Geoffrey Coetzee, we derive the right to self-defence from the constitution. “Everyone has a right to life and therefore it follows that the right of protection from violence is included.

“Many people buy a firearm, acquire a licence and then simply lock it in a safe. At Marksman’s Nest, we instill the fact that a licenced self-defence weapon should be carried on a person every single day.

Build concealed weapon confidence

“But the biggest problem is that many people who own a handgun, simply don’t have the confidence to use it. That’s why we emphasise the importance of skill-builder handgun training. This course teaches not only confidence, skilful handgun use and gun safety, but also how to carry a concealed weapon comfortably. This applies to men and women alike.”

A self-defence firearm owner should carry his/her weapon 24 hours a day. In short, rather have and carry a firearm and not need it, instead of needing it and it’s not there.

Geoffrey continued, “In the beginning, it feels quite uncomfortable to have a firearm on your person. But we teach handgun owners all the tricks to ensure a comfortable fit.

Home & farm attacks a case in point

Apropos the high spate of home, business and farm attacks in South Africa, he said, “In the case of farm attacks: farmers usually do own firearms. So, no doubt that in most cases when these attacks took place, the guns were locked away in a safe. Attacks happen in seconds, so there’s no time to find the safe key, unlock it, load the gun and defend yourself. But if you carry your firearm on your person, self-defence wouldn’t present a problem.

It’s not only about protecting our friends, family and ourselves, but carrying a firearm after having undergone training, one becomes more attentive to the environment and situations. This heightened awareness will help you avoid danger.

“Acquiring a firearm is one thing, but the main thing is carrying it on your person 24/7. And to carry with confidence while possessing the necessary skill, you need training.” The long and short of it is: There’s a compelling case for carrying a concealed firearm

Marksman’s Nest offers specialised self-defence training courses, as well as beginner’s courses and advanced firearm skills training.

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