Flying with Firearms

In our classes we often get questions about flying with firearms.  We took a trip to San Diego for the holidays so I thought it would be a great opportunity to share the experience.

Wheels Down Felon

Make sure you know the law of every place you will be stopping or making a connection.  Myself, even as a law enforcement officer, would be an instant felon if I landed in the wrong state with this deadly item:

GLOCK 17 Round Magazine


Law for Carry, Storage, & Transport

Make sure you know if your permit is honored at your destination.  If it is not, you need to know the laws on possession and transportation of firearms.


Airline Procedures

TSA Website

It’s pretty simple, but contact your airlines to confirm what they want you to do:

  • Firearms must be unloaded
  • Magazines must be unloaded
  • Ammunition in a purpose built container; just use the box it came from the store in.
  • Locked in a hard-sided container
  • Transported as (or in) checked baggage only

I used a small metal case that had a combination lock.  Then placed that in our checked bag. (Has my phone number on the outside)

Our airline did not put our bag on the baggage claim carousel.  The bag had to be picked up on in person from either the ticket counter or baggage service.  This will vary at each airport.


Walking into the closest bathroom and locking-n-loading might not be the best idea.  There might not be anything illegal about it, but the sounds of loading weapons in the bathroom stall is likely to spook someone and result in you meeting local law enforcement.


You are not doing anything wrong.

Don’t act weird or like you are doing something wrong.  Some airports will not bat an eye when you mention a firearm.  Others will looked confused and have to ask someone what to do.  Make sure you leave with plenty of time and don’t be in a hurry. Ultimately, the airline has the say on how things will go on their airplane. If you run into problems, just be calm and polite. 


My Load Out

Ruger LCP
Tuff-Tie Disposable Hand Restraints
Custom Pocket Holster
Ankle Holster (in checked bag)
2 empty magazines
Pocket knife (Benchmade Triage)
Box of Ammo
Business card with Phone number

Most importantly I was on vacation and wanted to carry the minimum and not worry about it.

I left my badge and business card on top to help prevent startling anyone that might see the setup.  The ticket desk attendant in California was noticeably uncomfortable when I mentioned a firearms, but seemed to be put at ease after seeing the badge.  My home state attendant didn’t bat an eye, asked a couple questions, added the card, and put the bag on the belt.

Medical Gear – EDC

We strongly recommend medical training in all of our classes. While holding up a medical kit, I always tell our students:

“Leaving here today you will have many more opportunities to save someones life with this medical kit and medical training than with your firearm.”

I felt it was long over due to make a post about medical gear and training:


  1. BCON
  2. CPR
  3. First AID & other medical training

BCON – One of the most preventable deaths is from someone bleeding out from an extremity (arms & legs).  BCON, or bleeding control, training is likely the most important training you can get.  In our area, for the most part, Central EMS can be on scene in 10 minutes or less.  If you come upon an accident with someone who has a major (arterial) bleeding injury they can bleed out in as little as 90 seconds.  For that reason we think BCON is the #1 priority for training.  Most other injuries will either be too serious for anyone to save them or minor enough that they can wait on the ambulance.

CPR – “Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) is an emergency procedure that combines chest compressions often with artificial ventilation in an effort to manually preserve intact brain function until further measures are taken to restore spontaneous blood circulation and breathing in a person who is in cardiac arrest. It is recommended in those who are unresponsive with no breathing or abnormal breathing, for example, agonal respirations.”

First AID & other medical training “First aid is the assistance given to any person suffering a sudden illness or injury” Lastly, we recommend more medical training.  This can be just as simple as a “First Aid” class or you can seek out other training.  Depending on your area you can often find first responder training.  If you budget allows there are companies that provide very good medical classes and if you are wanting the best, look for a live tissue class.


The current standard for BCON is The Committee on Tactical Combat Casualty Care, typically refereed to as TCCC.


They currently recommend 3 tourniquets:

    1. Combat Application Tourniquet (CAT) by North American Rescue
    2. SOF Tactical-Tourniquet Wide (SOFTT-W) by Tactical Medical Solutions


    1. Emergency and Military Tourniquet (EMT) by Delphi Medical Innovations


They currently recommend 4 Hemostatic Dressings or Gauze:

    1. Combat Gauze (CG) Z-Fold
    2. Celox Gauze, Z-fold 5′


  1. ChitoGauze
  2. X-Stat, Single Applicator



There are MANY other devices, but they have not met the standards of TCCC. There are many cheap tourniquets that may work as a pressure dressing or on an arm, but will not apply enough pressure to stop the bleeding from a major leg wound.  Some of these devices are still better than carrying nothing, but buyer beware.


What have I been carrying?

I have been using an medical kit by Dark Angel Medical. There are a few different options for these types of kits, I just have the most time with their Ankle Trauma Kit .

It’s an easy to carry kit and would be well suited to put it in your car and have the option to put in on your ankle of you when you are going to be far away from your vehicle.


The kit comes with (and carries):

  • 1 package of Hemostatic Gauze
  • 1 Pair of Nitrile Gloves
  • 1 H&H Mini Compression Bandage
  • 1 Pair of Hyfin Vent Compact Chest Seals
  • 1 Tourniquet

Mother’s Day Special

Sunday, May 20th, at 1pm

We are offering Mothers (expecting or current) 50% Off ($40) on our Concealed Carry Class Sunday May 20th at 1pm.  Everyone is invited to the class, but Moms are getting a discount!

Medical Seminar

First Aid for Gunshot Wounds
May 29th, 6p-9p

244 N Centennial, West Fork AR

FREE medical training for Teachers and First Responders next month. **Contact us for the discount code**

Presented by:
US LawShield of Arkansas

Learn to Save a Life: First Aid for Gunshot Wounds Full Course (3 Hours)
A person that is massively bleeding from a gunshot wound has as little as 3 minutes to live. Don’t just stand there—learn techniques anyone can use to buy the precious time needed until EMS arrives. No prior first aid or medical training is needed! In this course you will learn some of the following:

  • How to treat a gunshot wound to an arm or leg
  • How to treat a gunshot wound to the chest or abdomen
  • How to treat a gunshot wound to the head or neck
  • How to control shock and place a victim into a safe position until EMS arrives

Our Instructors are professionals with years of experience treating these types of injuries on city streets and the battlefield. They have taken the lessons learned from these years of experience and are now teaching them in this course. Our special course was more than 2 years in the making, with the curriculum developed by Rick Hammesfahr, M.D., past chairman of the Curriculum and Examination Board (CEB) for the United States Special Operations Command. Under his guidance, the CEB developed Tactical Medical Emergency protocols and techniques currently being used on the battlefield today.

Guests will receive live instruction from one of our gunshot wound first aid instructors, hands-on demonstrations, and course materials that you can take with you.

Also, be one of the first to own our latest publication, First Aid for Gunshot Wounds, written by Dr. Hammesfahr. Attendees will be notified when the book is available for purchase and will receive it at a discounted price.

This is a limited series of events. Register today before seats are sold out. Please enter both your first and last name for your course certificate.

Montco man gets jail for fatal shooting inside church

Montco man gets jail for fatal shooting inside church

Mark Storms of Lansdale is led out of court in handcuffs Tuesday, after a Montgomery County judge sentenced him to 10 to 20 years in prison for shooting and killing Robert Braxton III at a church in Montgomery Township during Sunday worship services.

He just lost his appeal to change his sentence.  The ruing is a good read:

Take aways:

  • You need to have more tools/skills than just a firearm.
  • A firearm is not a magic wand that will solve all problems or make all foes yield.
  • Only use deadly force to SAVE a life.
  • Your past actions & statements will be used in a court case, for better or worse.

Situational Awareness Seminar

Situational Awareness Seminar in West Fork
March 22, 6-9pm

UPDATE: Seminar is FREE when you use the discount code “Freinds”

There will also be a door prize: a free Concealed Carry Class from NWA Defense. Hosted by the West Fork First Baptist Church at 244 N. Centennial Ave in West Fork.

Use the NWA Defense discount code: “friends” and you can take the training for FREE. You can also pick the option to pay with cash and use the NWA Defense friends code at the door for FREE entry.

See you Thursday night at 6pm!


Just like your proficiency with a firearm, having the ability to understand and assess your surroundings is essential to your survival. Gain the training you need by learning to read your environment, assess your options, and react efficiently at a Situational Awareness Seminar. Being truly aware of your surroundings is critical to your safety, and the safety of your loved ones. Register now, and strengthen your skills.

Gun Owners Are Under Attack

Gun Owners Are Under Attack.

Please take some time today and do what you can.  
If you ONLY do one thing, please join the NRA &/or GOA.

Join the NRA, I know they are not perfect but they need support.
The stronger they are, the more effective they can be. 

YouTube has been beating up on gun channel in the last few months.  They have kicked into high gear last week.  Just today a popular channel received strikes against it’s private and unlisted videos.
Here is a quick video explaining what it going on:
They need our help: Like, Share, Subscribe.

Put your money where you mouth is !

I hear many people talking tough but spend more money supporting Starbucks than a pro-gun organization.  Do what you can, even if its just sending $20 to the NRA or another pro-gun group. Join their email list and follow them on social media.  Do Something.
Here is a list:
Take some time to like and follow them on social media.

E-CHCL Qualification

Here is the course of fire for the E-CHCL live fire test.

​The applicant must complete a live-fire proficiency qualification and obtain a score of 35/50 or 70% overall. The instructor may permit the applicant to re-fire the course 3 times. If the applicant fails to obtain the required score after 3 attempts at shooting the course, the instructor must wait 90 days prior to allowing the applicant to re-take the enhanced training course.

The fundamentals of the live-fire course are as follows:

Stage 1: 3 yard line – 20 Rounds:

5 shots fired in a “one shot exercise” – 2 seconds
10 shots fired in a “two shot exercise” – 3 seconds
5 shots fired in 10 seconds

Stage 2: 7 yard line – 20 rounds

5 shots fired in 10 second
2 shots fired in 4 seconds
3 shots fired in 6 seconds
5 shots fired in a “one shot exercise” – 3 seconds
5 shots fired in 15 seconds

Stage 3: 15 yard line – 10 rounds

2 shots fired in 6 seconds
3 shots fired in 9 seconds
5 shots fired in 15 seconds

All shooting is from the “ready” position on a B-27 target. The shooter will be scored “hit” or “miss.” A successful hit will be scored if the round is fired in to or cuts the line of the 7 ring.

Our next scheduled classes are Feb 17 & Mar 17 at 9am

Register HERE

Contact Us with any questions:

Enhanced Concealed Carry (E-CHCL)

We are now offering Enhanced Concealed Carry Training (E-CHCL) !

A Enhanced Permit, E-CHCL, requires a current CHCL. The Enhanced training is a 8 hour course (6 class + 2 shooting). It also serves as a permit renewal if you are within 12 months of expiration.

There is a 50 round qualification similar to law enforcement. It’s shot at 3, 7, &  15 yards and requires 35/50 to qualify. You get 3 attempts.

The enhancement allows you to carry your firearm in areas that a standard permit holder are prohibited; for example: churches, bars, athletic events, and colleges.

Our next scheduled classes are Feb 17 & Mar 17 at 9am

Register HERE

Contact Us with any questions: