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Some thoughts on the defensive use of the pistol

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Most people that have been involved in a shooting will tell you that their training was to the reality of a shooting what driving to work is to driving NASCAR. The mechanics are pretty much the same but that is where similarities end.

The vast majority of shooting competitions and informal shooting sessions use and audible cue to signal the shooter to draw and fire. This is very different from the street where shootings usually prompted by physical movement. Why do we still train this way? Sound may be a target identifier but alone should never cause you to fire.

The first thing you need to do is to be able to articulate for your defense is an immanent physical threat. There are many ways to simulate this on indoor and outdoor ranges. If the targets are not mechanical then attach a line to them and have a buddy yank on it moving the target. Teach yourself to respond to the preparatory and execution movements of someone drawing a weapon on you.

How many people that carry in the line of duty or have a CCW spend a day on the range shooting without holstering their pistol? The logical progression of carrying any tool for self defense is Selection-Carry-Deployment-Use. Too many folks get caught up in the selection phase trying to find the perfect pistol that will make them better. Some folks spend time learning to run the gun. Two hand shooting, one handed shooting, reloads etc. Very few take a legitimate inventory of their carry options and even less practice deployment under less than perfect circumstances.

There is a need for open hand skills that allow you to create time and distance where none exist. Time and time again we see students that shoot well melt down as soon as they have to draw from concealment even without added stress. Hands down the most popular carry position is behind the strong side hip. When was the last time, if ever, you practiced drawing you gun from this position while seated in a vehicle with your concealment garment and seat belt buckled over it? You may want to before you need to.

There are a couple of invaluable things you can purchase beside ammo to increase your combat effectiveness with your pistol. The first in getting a Rings Manufacturing blue gun trainer of the gun you carry. It will allow you to practice drawing, weapon handling, room clearing, and weapons retention etc while enjoying total safety that is visibly verifiable by anyone.

The second is to get an air soft copy of your gun if available. Even if it is one of the models that needs to be cocked it can offer great training value. Care must be taken to insure that the live gun is not in proximity to the training environment.

With the help of a few like minded friends and some common sense scenarios you will soon see that under stress the fundamentals or marksmanship exit stage right as soon as the you know what hits the fan.

Eye protection is the bare minimum when using air soft. The little plastic BBs can travel in excess of 300 feet per second, enough for a valuable pain penalty that discourages mistakes.

Your gun is not a talisman that can keep you safe. It is worthless without your dedication, awareness, determination and skill, and lots of luck.

If you like target shooting as I do, by all means keep doing it. Just set aside time to hone your other defensive skill sets that compliment your overall protection plan.
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Recently my lady and I somehow found some time try different BG encounter scenarios on each other. It started out with me trying to show her how handbag carry was almost totally useless. I played the BG role realistically as possible and she was so surprised as to how having a gun in those scenarios was useless to her because she had never tried drawing and firing before. She fumbled with her weapon in the first couple of scenarios and was never able to get it into play in time. We went on to doing different scenarios with each other and learned a lot from it. I learned that my cover t-shirt would get in the way when trying to use only one had to draw while using the other to fend off or move the person your with out of the way. I posted on another thread how the way I positioned my finger on the trigger could sometimes not engage the trigger safety so the gun would not fire. The most important lesson is when faced with someone coming at you many things go out the window but with practice you can at least react instinctively the way you practice.

When I have the time I will find a force on force class to take. For me right now this kind of training takes priority over just ordinary range shooting.
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