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Getting access to good training from a knowledgeable person can be difficult at times, thanks to hectic schedules and travel.For certain types of self-defense training you also want to be sure of the quality of the instruction you are receiving before spending hard-earned money or, more importantly, relying on bad advice. Fortunately, Panteao Productions has available a large selection of training DVDs that brings top experts directly to you, and you can watch them online with a subscription as well.

One of Panteao’s latest offerings focuses on concealed carry self-defense. Matt Jacques’ Fighting from Concealment is a follow up to his first training DVD, Fundamentals of Everyday Carry, but stands on its own for its intended purpose. The title refers to the effective use of the handgun for personal protection while carrying concealed, not fighting while you are concealed. Jacques has more than 20 years of experience as a retired police officer with federal and state agencies and as a Marine Corps Military Police veteran. He currently conducts civilian and law enforcement training under his company, Victory First.

Matt Jacques CCW self-defense
Jacque’s lessons include speed reloads, when your gun runs dry, tactical reloads, replacing a partially expended magazine with a fresh one during a lull, and the importance of acquiring an acceptable sight picture.

Concealment Skills

Fighting from Concealment covers the use of cover garments and proper firearm presentation. Following a safety briefing, Matt Jacques discusses and then demonstrates (first in slow motion and with a cleared gun, and later with live ammunition) various techniques and situations. This includes speed reloads, when your gun runs dry, tactical reloads, replacing a partially expended magazine with a fresh one during a lull, and the importance of acquiring an acceptable sight picture. 

Higher skill areas are also included, such as engaging a threat from contact distances and engaging multiple threats. Turning to engage a threat and shooting on the move are more advanced tactics that are discussed and demonstrated in detail, as well as situational awareness to avoid threats altogether. Finally, Matt Jacques discusses the use of cover versus concealment and proper strong-hand presentation, which could mean shooting one-handed if the other hand is needed to protect another person, for example. The tips and techniques taught in the DVD represent the best current tactics taught in law enforcement and can offer valuable insight for the average person who carries concealed. For more information, visit panteao.com or call 800-381-9752.

This article was originally published in SURVIVOR’S EDGE ™ Winter 2015 magazine. Print and Digital Subscriptions available here

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