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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
This is a simple reload drill. The target is the little round 6″ steel plate at 10 yards, third from the left.
I’ve got one in the pipe and an empty magazine. Draw from concealment and put one round on target, pistol is empty, move off of the X and reload from concealment, then re-engage the target with two more rounds. Should take less than 4 seconds.
This drill supposes you’re running away from an armed assailant, then a second cuts you off and you must defend.
Draw from concealment and put 2 rounds on the 8″ plate at 10 yards, you run empty so perform a reload and put 1 round on the other bad guy while advancing on him (intimidation factor works on most folks, causing panic or surrender or sloppiness).
I did this drill about 20 times today. This run was toward the end. Good workout!
I ran this drill 18 times today. “Fatigue drill” is right.
I’m setup here at 15 yards on a 12″ (not 10″) steel plate. The point is to run this drill several times in succession and maintain accuracy as you get more and more tired.
I started out with 1 miss on my first run, then had 2 per, then 3 per, and ended up with 4 misses on each of my last 4 runs. Fatigue is a thing. More training.
Near the end you can hear Gunny yelling at me about my misses. I can always count on Gunny to keep me humble, and every time I miss it seems he’s standing behind me. Usually with a comment at the ready. 🙂