There are a couple of often-used axioms when it comes to speeding up our draw stroke and shooting: “Slow is smooth, smooth is fast” and “reduce motion to increase speed,” also known as “Conservation of Motion.” Both concepts are valid. It certainly makes sense that the fewer number of movements that you make and the less distance that you cover, the faster your action will be, but many things are easier said then done.
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I am a belt and suspenders kind of guy when it comes to certain things. Home defense is one of them. Because of that, I like several options sitting by the bedside for dealing with social work, like evicting home invaders. There is a gear tree that sits 3 feet away from my nightstand that holds my 3-gun belt, my plate carrier and two long guns. One of those guns is an AR-15, and that is what we will focus on today.
The automatic shotgun demands different drills for speed loading than a pump-action shotgun. Proper practice with automatic shotgun and you may just find that the shotgun is more efficient than you thought. If there is any real problem beginning students have, it is a lack of familiarity with the firearm. These drills will build familiarity with the shotgun and may be a lifesaver.
Trainer Mike Seeklander provides three set-ups to drill movement, combatives, and proper weapon-deployment timing in your own training. Click to see how…
This should get your attention: Train wrong and you will do wrong. Period. Mike Seeklander helps you understand how to modify your training to help you survive a gunfight. Part I.
How many times have you heard a friend or relative talk of owning a gun they had never fired, yet relied on it for defense? They bought the gun, loaded it, and locked it away for an emergency. Or, just as bad, they carried the gun for self-defense without function firing it to ensure it would tolerate a steady diet of the intended self-defense ammunition. Any gun may be better than no gun, but I would not want to bet my life on it when it is so easy, and fun, to proof at the range!
Depending on the state you live in, you may have a CCW permit. However, simply carrying a firearm does not equate to good self-defense plan. You’ll need situational awareness, quick reactions, solid weapons handling skills, and a good outcome in the event of a violent attack. Planning for and training yourself to respond effectively to a threat in several common scenarios can vastly improve your chances of surviving and eliminating the threat.
Your thought processes are controlled by gut wrenching fear. Having observed innumerable varieties of human evil, I am aware of the endless possibility of attack. Training gives us preparation and practice keeps us sharp. You will default to this training; you will not rise to the occasion. In this article, the author breaks down the six phases to an attack and cover to close-quarter pistol drill for self defense.
You have learned to shoot a handgun well, but that does not mean you can rest on your laurels. Now you must maintain these skills. That is the hard part and requires discipline. Through diligent practice, drills, and perhaps some advanced training, you may also increase these skills. In this article, Bob Campbell has penned a few thoughts and observations learned from a career of handling a firearm as a LEO and a trainer to help you in your quest to master the handgun.
Staying safe is the #1 priority when using a gun and keeping you and your family alive and well. Yes, taking the standard NRA beginner’s training is a start and continuing your training and practicing is the only way to truly make things safe for you and your family. Read this post to learn specific tools and techniques.