I hope this won't sound like a silly question, and apologies if I've put this one into a wrong forum group, but the LEO Forum seemed the most sensible posting location to me . . . because LEOs get involved in what I'm about to speak of in their initial Academy training.
I am a civilian CCW licensee lucky enough to reside in Central Florida. I like to consider myself at least reasonably proficient in general firearms usage & handling. (Many years ago, I was NRA-certified as a Basic Pistol Marksmanship Instructor and Home Firearms Safety & Responsibility Instructor). I do have a smattering of hand-to-hand martial arts training but in all honesty cannot claim extremely high proficiency in martial-art disciplines. That is one of my present concerns that I feel is inter-related with CCW carry. Generally I try to take CCW carry very seriously in view of the enormous responsibility entailed, thus the reason for this post, 'cause I feel I've allowed myself to be perhaps a little - or a lot - too remiss.
I am a firm believer that self-improvent and higher training is ALWAYS a good thing. I further recognize that expertise is best taught by and learned from the experts. Unfortunately, currently, due to schedule, time and $ constraints, I am presently unable to enroll in formalized training in the popular gun-handling academies or schools to improve my own ability & skill levels.
I realize that general "awareness and alertness" is crucial and that any CCW licensee should never allow oneself to lapse into a state of "Condition White". However, recognizing that "stuff happens" and can happen at any time, one of my concerns has to do with situations in elbow-to-elbow or very crowded environments where one cannot always keep the observation levels and separation distances at optimum preferences. Especially since most CCW-oriented carry holsters aren't near as secure as the typical high-retention "duty holster", I am very interested in better learning weapon safeguarding, retention and blocking techniques in the event of a hostile gun-grab attempt by a perp BG.
I know I may have just made many a reader go "eyes wide open" at the mere thought of a hostile gun-grab, so let me clarify a bit: I DO know how to effectively carry 100% concealed and keep things that way, but I also am subscribing more than ever to the old "Boy Scout motto" of "Be Prepared" - at least as much as I can be - with whatever greater knowledge I am able to obtain. Even for events that might be highly unlikely to occur, just in case they ever do.
I do KNOW this is best taught & mastered via a "hands-on" instructional basis by qualified experts, but until such time as I am able to enroll in more formalized training, I am wondering if any of you LEO's out there could refer me to any useful publications, books, videos, tips etc. that specifically address weapon retention. I've heard of methodologies such as Lindell's technique, etc. but haven't been able to find too much detailed information about them, and any assistance would be greatly appreciated.
Thanks in advance to any forum Readers who may respond with helpful info or tips. As an aside, I'm also hoping that perhaps this thread's responses might aid additional "newbies to the forum" like myself to consider effective weapon retention as an important aspect of responsible CCW. Truth be told, I'm a little self-ashamed that I haven't already obtained better in-depth training in this particular aspect, because I certainly should have.
Let me also take this opportunity to extend sincere thanks & praise to all you LEOs everywhere, for the commendable work you officers do for the greater benefit of many, in what must be an all-too-thankless profession.
May God Bless all of you, and keep you all safe !