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Andy Rutledge

Aggressive Defense Drill

In this drill, the scenario is that you are force to defend yourself against two armed individuals where you have no cover and you cannot outrun them. In such a situation it is best to overwhelm your attackers with aggression.

You draw and advance in an aggressive manner while stopping your attackers’ ability to do harm. In this case, 2 rounds on target one and 1 round on target two. Here I’m starting at 20 yards and beginning engagement at about 15 yards.

Notice that when I run empty, I immediately change direction (get off the line/X) while performing the reload. This action should be an unconscious, automatic response to an empty gun. Train to make it so.

You’ll see that I miss a couple of shots in a couple of instances, due in this case to rushing the shot; going to trigger break before my sight picture is perfect (also, walking and shooting can be tricky). This is why it’s called training. The point is to get better!

Range Zero Drill

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Here’s a drill I try and do every time I go to the practical range. It assumes a close-quarters confrontation that suddenly turns deadly and you’re forced to defend yourself. This is a drill for when a close-up confrontation quickly turns deadly and you are forced to respond. Shot placement is basically the same as for a Mozambique drill, with 2 to the body and one to the face.

As is evident here, I was having a bit of trouble clearing my shirt this morning. Stuff happens; you power through it and complete your objective.

Notice that on the last one, my pistol ran empty after only 2 shots, so I immediately changed my movement direction while performing a reload and finishing with the last shot. That habit of moving off your X or off of your movement line is vital and should be an unconscious, automatic response to an empty chamber.

I Like Magazines

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No, I mean magazines you read. One of my favorites is Worth magazine. It has interesting and valuable information interspersed with the fluff and filler. The design of this magazine is excellent. As a designer, I’m compelled to spend time turning the pages and enjoying the experience. Every month. You? Any other zineophiles out there?

Oh, magazines are even better when your Glock 30s is sitting demurely on the table near you.

Worth magazine

Left-Hand-Only Drills Day

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I spent almost 2 hours this morning working nothing but left-hand-only drills at the range. Never touched my pistol with my right hand for drawing, shooting, magazine exchanges, or re-holstering. Trying to gain more skill and accuracy with my left-hand shooting, but want to ensure my manipulations are good to go, too.

You’ll notice that my draw puts the pistol upside down in my hand, so I have to press it against my thigh and reorient my grip. Same for re-holstering. This position for the grip change is safe and muzzle is always pointed at the ground.

Here I’m shooting 8″ steel at 12 yards.

New Surefire XC1 on My Glock 30s

Got another Surefire XC1 light, this time for the Glock 30s. I love this gun (really fits my hand) and have come to really like this light. I say the XC1 is the best pistol light for concealed carry, bar none.

Interesting note: the G30s frame’s picatinny rail has but one slot and it is very far forward. This puts the XC1 a few millimeters beyond the frame; needlessly.

Glock 30s with Surefire XC1

X Fire Pistol Drill – Winter Training

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It’s cold now, so time to train in winter clothing to ensure EDC drawing and manipulations are good to go.

One of today’s range drills is one I first saw Pat McNamara doing. He calls it “Blaze X,” but since I’m not blazing as well as he, I call this one “X Fire.” 5 cones setup in a box with a center cone. Center cone is 10 yards from the 10″ steel plate. Shoot right-side positions with right hand, left-side positions with left hand, center position with both hands.

This was about my 12th run through the drill today. I had been doing pretty well and got cocky for this run, so it’s a bit jacked up—just in time for the camera! Second shot was a hard primer, so did a tap/rack drill and rushed the next shot. First lefty shot I was rushing and had to take 3 stabs at it. That’s what I get for getting cocky! The point is to get better.

Shooting Review: The Canik TP9 SA

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While getting performance and quality on a budget is a goal for many first-time gun buyers, the reality is difficult or impossible to achieve. The TP9 SA seems to be the first legitimate answer to that quest in a full-size pistol.

In addition to the low price, the TP9 SA has several positive qualities that make it worthy of consideration, including interchangeable backstraps, eighteen rounds of 9mm in high-quality magazines, and perhaps the best trigger you’ll find on any striker-fired pistol at any price. I’m not kidding.

Read the rest of my review at the Eagle Gun Range blog »

Canik TP9 SA

True-Weight Blue Gun

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Today I got the True-Weight Glock 19 blue gun from Alternate Force. It’s an exact replica in both details and weight to a fully-loaded Glock 19. The rail is even functional. I’ll be using this for various dry drills at home and for training new shooters in some safety and manipulation fundamentals.

I used my Dremmel to grind the “frame” and flattened the trigger to match the way my everyday carry Glock 19 is setup so that the feel is near identical.

Blue Gun