Working part-time at a gun store gives you an opportunity to hear some really silly misconceptions. A couple came into the store and the woman wanted a little .380. I questioned her about her choice and she stated that her gun, Sig P320C, was too big to carry. I explained the various ways to deal with it but she would not consider anything other than the little gun. I explained about the lack of ammunition capacity and effectiveness of the round to which she pronounced six rounds were plenty. I asked how she would deal with three assailants, to which she walked off to go look at a shotgun.
My initial thoughts were she did not know what she didn’t know, to effect unconsciously incompetent, believing she had all the answers in her mind. I don’t know everything, never will but I do know that I carry a gun and I want to be able to deal with the various possibilities that carrying may present me. In the end I realized she was not serious about self-defense, it was something that was cool to do and she did not want to put in the effort to carry safely. My question today is why bother, don’t carry if you’re lazy. No one said it would be easy and the gun manufacturers are certainly going to sell you a gun even if it is not going to provide that safety net you thought it would.
Honestly, your gun is not a magic talisman and the bad guys will not always run away when you show them your little .380.
In the headlines of shooting reports daily we hear; Two Deputies fire 33 rounds at suspect, A gun-toting Brooklyn bandit dodged more than 80 police bullets early Friday, Officers fired a total of 54 bullets, Two officers who confronted suspect fired 16 rounds injuring nine civilians. Not only did it take more than six rounds to stop the threat, it took more than one shooter. Clearly accuracy was an issue as well as ammunition capacity. And training and practice.
Clearly when the bullets start flying your accuracy will diminish and in particular when you add in movement and stress. Most qualifying course of fire are designed for the lowest common denominator, so everyone passes the test but does that really insure competence? So how are you going to be able to shoot accurately, fast when the melee starts? No certain guarantees but if you want to shoot fast and accurate start with shooting accurately, essentially perfectly, on a square range with zero stress or movement until it is hard wired in your brain.
This is going to require your mind knowing exactly how to move the trigger without moving the gun, quickly evolving to where you can do this without conscious thought. There are two steps to accomplishing this, dry fire practice AND live fire measurement of the effectiveness of your practice.
How is your grip? Is it perfect? Do you have total control of the gun during the firing cycle? If not that is clearly a good starting point as your grip is the sole contact, you have with your gun. Weak grip equals inconsistent results and lack of control. Add your grip to your dry practice regime. Do it very slowly until it is perfect every time then increase your speed, constantly stretching your ability.
So now we have worked on our perfect trigger press at home where every time we press that trigger the front sight does not move at all prior to the trigger breaking. We have picked up or drawn the gun repeatedly until our hands are in the perfect position every time and the required pressure comes from the strong support hand. Now let’s go test the effectiveness of our dry practice.
Print out a few of our LFT-QUAL1 targets and give it a shot. Take your time, focus on strong grip and sharp focus on the sight and press off your 25 rounds and see how you do. If you’re new to this strive for 75% hit ratio and then keep setting your goals higher. In the end you should be able to get 100% every time eventually working to a target with one large gaping hole in the middle. Our students call this the Circle Drill. We call it the One Hole Drill. You should be able to do this cold, on demand, every time you take your gun to the range. It is a test of accuracy, placing your shots in the desired place and precision, placing every shot in the same place. Clearly this is not something you would strive for in the violent encounter but being able to do this on demand will greatly improve your accuracy under fire.
So now we are back to the premise of the article. How many times did you reload for the drill? If it was three or more, you have an ammunition capacity limitation. Now think about doing this under stress, with movement and the inherent inaccuracy that brings with it. Imagine three armed adversaries and none of them run in fear when you pull out your gun. You will have to reload your gun, of that there is no doubt.
If you are going to go armed don’t put the odds in the favor of the bad guy, know how to shoot accurately, know how to shoot fast and accurate, know how to reload fast and furious and know how to do this all while moving to a position of cover. When you have all of these committed to unconscious memory you now have the odds in your favor.
Failing to train IS training to fail.
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