ABC11 says that Tracy Williams’s body was found with two guns.
One was jammed and the other appears to have been unfired.

Our M87 Concealed Carry Class, teaches all our students, how to unjam a weapon, how to draw their own pistol, how not to panic, how to use combat tactics, and especially how to use in a gunfight the second backup gun that Tracy was also carrying. During each of the four classes of our Concealed Carry course we ask you to bring your concealed carry pistol and you will be put on a range and taught how to draw and shoot your gun! In otherwords, Tracy would have lived, not died. A Concealed Carry License is just a piece of paper, it does not, in and of itself, teach you how to survive a gunbattle. BUT COMBAT TRAINING, DOES !

Even if Tracy had received her Concealed Carry Training some where else, Tracy could have attended our Advanced Combat Training, taught at our Next Level Range. Where our Combat Instructors would have gone over what Tracy knew, and what Tracy DID NOT KNOW, and Tracy would have received Combat Instruction on everything that caused Tracy to DIE !


Woman Dies After Failing To Learn How to Fight With Her Handgun


One of the things that is most frustrating to me as a supporter of the right of armed self-defense is the mindset that obtaining a concealed carry permit (where required) aEd purchasing a handgun means that you’re prepared for the combat of a gun fight to defend your life.

That couldn’t be further from the truth.

A woman in Franklin, NC, apparently paid for that mistake with her life last night.
Tracy Williams had been stalked and previously kidnapped by her ex-boyfriend Garry Yarborough, and so she went out and obtained a handgun and a concealed carry permit because she was in fear of him. What she didn’t do was learn to fight with that handgun, and she died as a result.

After their breakup, it turned very nasty,” he said. “He was threatening her to the point where she felt uncomfortable and she went and got a concealed carry permit. She was able to get one shot off, and then unfortunately the gun jammed.”

Williams had two guns with her. She had her concealed carry permit. It wasn’t enough.

She didn’t know how to fight with her handguns, and she didn’t know how to clear the malfunction that occurred.

She got the first shot off and actually scored a hit to Yarborough’s leg. Unfortunately, her gun jammed, and she panicked. She didn’t clear the jammed weapon, nor bring her other gun into play. She began running and screaming for help, at which point he chased her down and shot her in the head with his gun, which he apparently didn’t even load until after he’d been shot.

There are lessons here, folks, the primary lesson being that a concealed carry permit is just a piece of paper.

I shouldn’t have to say this, but I think we all personally know people who have taken the minimal steps required to get a concealed carry permit, and who seem convinced that a piece of paper is proof that they can competently defend themselves with a handgun.

Nothing could be further than the truth.

Many Conceal Carry Schools just teach in a classroom, M87 beleives that you have to taech all aspects from the classroom to the Combat Pistol Range, So that the student is fully educated in the mental attitude in surviving a deadly encounter, as well as, the “competence” in how to operate the pistol safely and effectively. I think most people would benefit from a combination of:

I put those in that order, because it seems to be the most logical and proven progression. You need basic safety training first, then can begin working on fundamental to advanced shooting skills, then progress to applying those basic skills to problem-solving in scenario training, before finally putting it all together against human opponents training. You then keep your skills honed between classes, and range trips with dry fire and totally safe manipulation drills at home with your empty firearm.

I’m sure there are people out there who are thinking that this sounds like a lot.
I’m also going to assume that they’ve never been in a combat training exercise, where you get a sudden adrenaline dump.  When that happens, the static, square-range techniques perfected shooting paper targets at your local gun club suddenly feel completely inadequate.

I don’t know any professional firearms trainers or serious shooters who think there is such a thing as “enough” training, as there is always something more to learn. That allowed, you need to practice with your gun enough that when you decide that there is no way to escape a deadly encounter, that you have enough tarining to act reflexively. What do I mean by that? When you need to take a breath, you don't conciously think about taking that breath, you simply breath by reflex. And when you are forced to decide you must fight NOW with your pistol, you just act reflexivley, by drawing your pistol and shooting your attacker just as you have trained to do !

Sadly, Tracy Williams didn’t learn any of that well enough to put it into practice.

Now she’s dead.