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On the Back From Concealment at 22 Yards

Last week I worked from the ground on my stomach. This week it’s from my back. It’s been a long time since I worked this drill and I don’t have proper, automatic technique yet.

You’ll notice that when I’m changing sides, the muzzle of my pistol is safely clearing my legs, but for a second the muzzle is pointed up too much (and over the berm at this range). Not good range technique. But this is the primary reason that I make these videos: so that I can better spot the flaws in my safety and manipulations.

Moar training!

Pistol Drill From the Ground

Working on a 12″ plate at 20 yards here.

Just working to place good hits from the ground and to keep my gun in the fight when it runs empty. The mechanics are somewhat modified from the same things standing.

This video shows about the 48th or 50th rep I did on this drill. It was 97F so I was getting pretty fatigued by this point. Fun times!

Soggy Training

So it rained again this week. I was running this rather physical drill a couple dozen times and finally decided to setup the camera under a cover and get one run on video.

As you can see, the fatigue and wet conditions were getting the better of me here. Had trouble staying accurate and dropped a couple of shots at 25 yards and even at 12 yards on the 6″ steel target. So bad. But that’s why they call it training. Moar training!

Quick Pair at 20 Yards

Two rounds from concealment on 6″ steel at 20 yards. From this distance I try to get them in under 1.75 seconds. Sometimes I’m able to. These reps were okay (one slow and one fast).

I admit I have miss-hit or a hit-miss about 60% of the time on this drill. Trying to get better. Moar training!

Rainy Training – Plates at 10 Yards

It rained all morning so I trained in the rain. Today I worked left-hand-only drills and first shots from concealment on plates at 10 yards. As you can see, I’m completely soaked through. It never stopped raining the whole time.

My completely soaked shirt was awkward to clear when drawing from concealment. Not terrible, but awkward. Luckily, my Glock is stippled so I had no trouble keeping a good grip on my pistol during the drills. Every polymer pistol should be stippled as a mandatory requirement for carry, by the way. Rain, sweat, and blood are not uncommon. if your gun’s not stippled, you have a slippery fish in your holster.

So here’s a clip of part of my training today. It’s boring.

Three-On-One Ambush Drill: Corrected

Yesterday I worked on a multi-attacker ambush drill, but after I brought out the camera my pistol technique quickly became lazy and flawed. The video I shot was a very poor representation of defensive technique. So today, I worked the drill properly and was careful to pay attention to proper technique the whole way through.

I’m embarrassed by yesterday’s derpage so I’ve removed the videos and the post here on my training blog. This video shows much better technique, and while I’ve still got work to do at least I’m not showing wrong technique.

Caveat: If you’re going to try this drill, it is vital that you keep your off hand plastered to your chest and your elbow out of the way of your muzzle! In fact, I highly recommend that you not work this drill until you’ve worked with your instructor on the technique.

Four Targets from Exposure and Cover

Just a drill to practice engaging a couple of immediate threats at 10 yards, then running cover to engage additional threats at 18 yards, each from different positions (low and high).

On this run I had to make up a couple of flubbed shots. Not so good, but it’s important to immediately make up for misses (rather than come off target and have to get back on it). Moar training!

Bill Drill at Ten Yards

Drawing from concealment and putting six shots on target at 10 yards. This 1:93 time is not so great. I like to keep it in the 1:7x to 1:8x range, but less than 2 seconds is a keeper. I’ve done it faster and slower, but wanted to get one run on video this weekend.

Two, I mean Three Bad Guys

Today’s training included some close-range drills with multiple targets. After a few reps we started to regard the second target as a new bad guy who arrived late. In this drill I engaged the second bad guy and was performing an admin reload (to ensure I had a full gun after the initial engagements) and my training partner Dave yelled, “Oh shit!” So I had to go back to the gun one-handed on a “new” bad guy. Wasn’t expecting that.

Good training.

Pistol Drill: Five Inside Out

For this drill you’ve got 5 targets setup at 10 yards–three 6-inchers, a 10″, and a milk bottle. At the beep, draw from concealment and put one round on each, starting from the middle and then clearing the rest.

I did the drill about 25 times and while I had plenty of clean runs, I also had plenty of 1-miss runs; like this string of five in a row. :-/ Moar training!