Why a press check can save your life (VIDEO)

Rod Ryan, president of Storm Mountain, demonstrates the proper way to do a handgun press check. A press check is most commonly used at the firing range to make sure you have a round loaded in the chamber. It’s also good to do before heading out with your concealed or open carry firearm.

“If you get a click rather than a bang on the range, we’re going to penalize you.”  Says Mr. Ryan. “If you get a click rather than a bang out on the street, there’s a good chance you could get hurt.”

Mr. Ryan also explains why it’s important to extend out to the threat after a press check to develop a good habit of pushing out from the high ready position.

Mr. Ryan spent more than 20 years combined, active and reserve, in the U.S. military as well as law enforcement. In 1996, he opened Storm Mountain near Keyser, West Virginia. It has grown into a world-renowned training facility for military, law enforcement, counter-terrorism personnel and civilians. It offers comprehensive firearms courses on a regular basis from a highly experienced staff. On-site lodging is available.

I recently took a firearms course there and learned more in three days than all year shooting and watching videos by myself. I asked him if I could film a few of the exercises we practiced and he enthusiastically agreed.

This is 13 in a series of helpful videos that will be featured on Guns.com in the coming weeks. Let us know what you think in the comments section below.

Video provided by Wise Men Company.

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