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I have been doing the same routine ever since I started going to the range. I really dont deviate from what I've always done. I usually bring two guns and buy about 100 somtimes 150 rounds at the range. I then proceed to target shoot with both guns until I run out of ammo. I do enjoy this but I am begining to wonder if this is the way to train for a possible self defense shooting. The range I go to does not allow you to draw from your holster and shoot so I have really never practiced to do this with live ammo.

Am I doing the right kind of training? What is everyone else's training routine?Maybe I can learn a thing or two about doing something different so I can prepare myself for the realities of a SD shooting.
 

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Hey Glockcarry23 I too up until recently just went to the range and did only target shooting. This helped me to get familiar with my firearm but I quickly became bored and also realized that I would not be shooting like this in a SD situation. I changed my routine to include more drawing and firing in 3 shot bursts. Many ranges only allow LEO to do this. Another way to do this is to use practice ammo at home. I usually go through about 100 rounds at the range. I will be posting an article about point shooting soon. Point shooting is usually what happens in a SD shooting situation.
 

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A lot of the training I do is done at home without live ammo. I like to draw from my holster in front of the mirror because its a good way to form muscle memory by looking at your movements during drawing, dry firing, and holstering. Dry fire 70%; shoot live ammo 30%. With guns nothing is more fun than sending hot lead down range but in the real world mind set and muscle memory will supersede standing behind the bench and punching paper in a SD situation. Get some snap caps and dry fire dry fire dry fire.
Its great that people want to train more. I know several gun owners that think because they can punch paper they can defend themselves in a bad situation. All I can say to them is I hope they can.
 

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A lot of the training I do is done at home without live ammo. I like to draw from my holster in front of the mirror because its a good way to form muscle memory by looking at your movements during drawing, dry firing, and holstering. Dry fire 70%; shoot live ammo 30%. With guns nothing is more fun than sending hot lead down range but in the real world mind set and muscle memory will supersede standing behind the bench and punching paper in a SD situation. Get some snap caps and dry fire dry fire dry fire.
Its great that people want to train more. I know several gun owners that think because they can punch paper they can defend themselves in a bad situation. All I can say to them is I hope they can.
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Dry firing is essential to good shooting and doing it in conjunction with drawing from your holster is a very good training routine. In stressful situations your training usually takes over without you even thinking about it. If you practice good habits that is what you will get in a real life situation and the same for bad habits. Practice a lot and it will become second nature.
 

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I think that this is one reason why airsoft has become very popular as a training tool...since the guns can be had in similar weights and configurations as many of the popular carry guns.

This aids in muscle memory and allows you to learn to shoot under a variety of "tactical" and self defense type situations and scenarios.
 

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I practice drawing everyday 2 home along with dry firing,when @ range 20 rds are for target 50 rds are used for rapid fire 2 shots to ctr mass one to head @7-10' rest of ammo will go for same type shooting at longer distance or more target practise if needed to work on breathing or anyything that needs work,My accuracy has increased incredibly since learning,practicing and using the C.A.R. system by sabre Tactical who is just opening a school in Gainesville Paul Castle is an amazing guy!
 

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There are a lot of things that you can do at the range that relate to concealed carry. Place the gun on counter, place hand on counter, pick up gun and fire two rounds, place gun on counter, place hand on counter. Repeat this for 50 rounds or 25 times, only fire two rounds per time. Also fire two rounds, drop clip, reload clip, fire two rounds, repeat. The idea is to add the actual firing into the hand gun manipulation equation. Make it look good, do not drop the gun, and they will not ask you to leave. Try it a home first with the empty gun. Then add the live fire when you are ready. In a situation, you would fire within 2 sec of hand-gun contact. So practice that way.
 

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Swamprat,

Good site. Question for you though, those drills at the bottom of the page seemed to be linked to something. Are they supposed to open something or am I just not being patient enough?
 

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Jut wasn't being patient. Thanks for the link.
 
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