BCM’s Gunfighter Magazine 2017 – Mindset Skills Experience Tactics arrived today. Looks to have some pretty great content.
You carry concealed: pistol, holster, mag pouch, extra mags, weapon light. You carry every day without fail and train so that you can hit what you’re aiming at should the situation require it.
I maintain that this is not enough.
Your EDC rig is a complement of components that you HAVE to know how to run and manipulate given any circumstance and under all sorts of conditions. Ideally this means:
- Knowing without a doubt—without thinking—what condition your weapon is in at every given moment should you have to draw and engage (Should never vary. Ever.)
- Ability for immediate draw from concealment and first shot(s) on vital target in less than 2 seconds (less than 1 is better)
- Ability to exchange magazines (reload) and fire accurately again in under 2 seconds
- Doing all of this after your strong (or weak) arm has been incapacitated
- Ability to manage your weapon light and place rounds on vital target under duress in darkness while maintaining tactical advantage
- Ability to immediately manage any malfunction and get back into the fight in under 2 seconds: one-handed or two handed
- Ability to hit small targets (eyes & nose) at 25 yards quickly (less than 2 seconds is best)
- Ability to do all of this while running oblique towards or away from your target, while being shot at, while seeking or from behind cover
- Knowing what your holster feels like when there is the slightest obstruction while re-holstering
The times referenced here are optimal. They’re what you should work toward. Regardless of the strict times, If you cannot do these things like a boss, you need more training from qualified instructors and heaps and gobs of practice. Continually.
Or what was it you thought you were doing, carrying a gun?
Harsh? Not near as harsh as what’ll happen if you’re ever required to depend on these skills you in no way possess.
If you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, hit me up and I’ll try and direct you toward proper resources to set you on the right path. Happy to help!
After running my WEDC carbine and belt a bit I’ve recognized some shortcomings of what I initially setup. So I’ve opted for an HSG Slim Sure Grip pad over the Micro. Also ditched the FastMags for HSG taco mag pouches. Much more stable platform and easier manipulation. Going with the Stormrider Gear Warlord belt here for easy fit over whatever happens to be on my pants belt at the time.
I’m happy that Twitter friend @mannymacfly accepted my invitation this past Saturday to join me for some shooting at Proactive Defense. It was great finally meeting Manny and we had a good time doing some pistol and AR drills and Manny tested out his new AR pistol build. Nice one!
Due to a couple of classes that morning, we were relegated to the short bay, but we managed to get in some mag-exchange and multi-target drills. So glad you came, Manny! Looking forward to next time.
Spent last night at Proactive Defense for Drills Night. We started with dry manipulations as the sun was setting. When it got completely dark, we started live-fire drills: manipulations and accuracy drills in the dark, using our weapons lights while firing (only). It was a beautiful night with a great bunch of folks.
Shot the Sig P320 Carry model today for the first time, for an upcoming review. I’ll be shooting it all month to get a thorough impression of this promising gun and seemingly fantastic platform.
My latest AR-15 build. The lower receiver is an “A Salt Rifle” model from Texas Black Rifle Company.
Spent the morning with my buds J.T., Patrick, and Preston at the rifle range. Shot my AR10 .308 and the Remington 700P .300 WinMag. Great day.
Above: What a collection of rogues I had to hang out with.
Above: I’m lining up my shots at 200 yards.
Below: My first 3 shots at 200 yards. I’ll take it. We had a slight breeze from right to left.
What a beautiful day!