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

ABC11 says that Tracy Williams’s body was found with two guns.


One of Tracy's guns jammed, and the other gun 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 our range, and taught how to safely draw and shoot your gun! In otherwords, Tracy would have lived, not died with such training. 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 OUR 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 !


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), and 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.

Tracy Williams, 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 (who had been arrested 89 times before killing Tracy), and so she went out and purchased a handgun, and she got a concealed carry permit because she was in fear of her life. What she didn’t do, was learn how to fight with that handgun, and she died as a result.

After their breakup, it turned very nasty,” said Franklinton Police Chief John Green, “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 her gun jammed.”

Williams said Tracy had two guns with her. Tracy also 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, or how to go for her back up gun that Tracy did have on her.

Tracy got the first shot off, and actually scored a hit to Yarborough’s leg. Unfortunately, her gun jammed, and she panicked. She didn’t ( know how to ) clear her jammed weapon, nor bring her other gun into play. She ( PANICKED ) and began running, and screaming for help, at which point her attacker 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 by Tracy.

There are many, many lessons here, folks, but the primary lesson is that, a concealed carry permit, is just a piece of paper, it is not the training that teaches you how to use your gun to defend you LIFE.

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 in a gunfight.

This would be laughable if it was not so tragic !

Many Conceal Carry Schools just teach in a classroom. We beleive that you have to teach 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 in a gufight. 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 you can begin working on fundamentals to advanced shooting skills, then progress to applying those basic skills to problem-solving in scenario gunfight training, before finally putting it all together against a human opponent in combat training. You then keep your skills honed between classes, and range trips with dry fire training, and learning 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, your skills of shooting of paper targets at your local gun range, will suddenly feel completely inadequate. The problem at that point is, "Will I be lucky enough to be able to live thru this Life & Death Struggle. So that I can get the REAL Combat Pistol Training I NEED TO SURVIVE".

I don’t know any professional firearms trainers, or serious shooters who think there is such a thing as “to much” training, as there is always something more anyone can learn. 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 (MEANING ACTING AUTOMATICALLY). 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 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 sadly Tracy is dead.