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Moving With Rapid Fire

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

While it’s not an obviously useful skill, shooting rapidly and accurately while moving is a good offensive skill. In today’s wartime environment, it could prove useful one day. Sadly.

Here I’m just trying to move obliquely toward the 10″ square target (on the right) while hitting it with 3 rounds as quickly as I can and still be accurate. These are just some of the more successful passes I made in 50 or 60 reps.

Two-Mag Drill for Indoors

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Here are four reps of a drill I do every week at the indoor range, in my narrow lane. It’s a fundamental gun-handling drill that others are built upon. Here I’m shooting at a silhouette at 7 yards. The image (below) shows the results of a few passes at 7 yards and you might just be able to make out the silhouette I’ve drawn on the target.

The drill is:

  • Move off the X while loading a 1-round magazine and rack the slide,
  • Fire 1 round to chest, gun locks back empty,
  • Reload from concealed 2-round magazine while moving off of the X,
  • Fire 1 round to chest, 1 round to face.

Yes, that one shot in the middle-left is off target. In the real world, that’s called “a lawsuit” (we are responsible for every round that leaves our muzzle).

2-mag drill target at 10 yards

Responsibility

This is my friend John. He’s at the range almost every week working on practical manipulations, technical fundamentals, and marksmanship. Last week, though it was warm, he brought a variety of jackets, coats, and a sweatshirt to practice deploying his carry pistol from under different types and layers of winter clothing. Unlike most, John is a responsible man. God bless John and those few like him.

John

A Hands-On Defense

With this morning’s drill I’m drawing from almost three decades of martial arts practice to augment my armed defensive technique with my EDC pistol.

In a hands-on situation it will likely be very hard to draw and bring a concealed pistol into the fight, but there are ways to buy time and gain position. This drill is just one way for a very specific situation. DO NOT TAKE THIS AS INSTRUCTION AND DO NOT TRY THIS DRILL WITHOUT PROFESSIONAL INSTRUCTION FROM A QUALIFIED INSTRUCTOR, as it is very easy to shoot yourself in the arm or hand!

Note also that this technique puts you in a fairly dangerous position, with your underarms, ribs, and several other vital attack points greatly exposed. The mitigation for this exposure is a quick reversal of position, taking away those targets before the assailant can attack them. It ALSO exposes the firearm, placing it in close proximity to the assailant. It is therefore vital that the distraction (elbow strikes) be executed with viciousness and ferocity so that the assailant doesn’t notice the brief exposure.

Wounded Wing Drill

This is a drill to work one-handed manipulation after drawing from concealment and “getting shot” in the primary arm. Pistol is dropped and secondary arm takes over and finishes the fight.

Target is 6″ steel plate at 12 yards. Did lots of reps of this one today.

EDC 2017

by Andy Rutledge 2 Comments

My everyday carry complement stays pretty consistent, but I do change out components and sometimes add or remove an item. Here is my current EDC kit, with notes to follow:

edc 2017

My EDC complement includes the following:

…and it all rides on or near a Core Essentials Trakline rigid-core EDC belt.

Yes, this means I’ve got 3 full magazines of 9mm on me at all times. We are at war and in wartime one never knows whether a life-and-death situation means a lone mugger or a team of trained terrorists in a public place. Might take a few rounds to get out (or get my family out) safety.

If you’re a responsible citizen, I hope you have a similar EDC complement, with at least a good pistol, backup mag, light, tourniquet, and at at least one knife. Hang as much of it as possible on your belt to keep your pockets free. Stay safe, stay trained, and be vigilant.

Dirty, One-Handed Training

Today’s training involved a lot of wounded-wing, one-handed manipulations. This means that I dropped my gun on the ground 60 or 70 times, getting it pretty dirty.

Glock 19 Gen 5, dirty

Glock 19 Gen 5, dirty

Partly I drop my pistol so that I can practice picking it up and reloading one-handed (because my other arm got shot and is useless now). So I draw out, put a round on target, “get shot in one arm” and drop the pistol, pick it up and then perform a 1-handed reload and put 2 more rounds on target with that one hand.

The other reason I drop my pistol here is to do a bit of a shakedown vetting of both the new Gen 5 pistol and the new Inforce APLc light. I want to see if anything can’t take normal, everyday punishment. I’m happy to report that everything held up just fine. Though I notice that dropping my gun tends to turn on the light most times. Not unusual, since the activation paddle gets pressed on the drop.

This is a staple drill in my routine, but it can be hard on equipment. I always do it with my EDC rig, but I let backup guns (same setup) take most of the punishment most of the time.

Three at Ten in Less Than Two

Working the Gen 5 G19 out of its new APLc-compatible holster. First time I’ve done holster work with the Gen 5 with its light. The holster rides very low, so while it conceals very well, my draw is a bit slower than I’m used to.

Here I’m just drawing from concealment as I move of the X and putting one round on each of 3 targets: middle, left, then right…in less than 2 seconds.

Yes, that third rep was a 100% miss. Happens when you push boundaries. That’s why it’s called training. 🙂

Compressed-Position Moving & Shooting

by Andy Rutledge 0 Comments

This drill is working a technique used in yesterday’s active-shooter class. It’s for fast moving and shooting in confined spaces, generally with up-close targets. In this position you don’t get a sight picture, so you’re relying on natural aiming with your muzzle tracking with your eyes as you turn from the waist (not the “hips” as I said in the video).

I spent this morning working this technique with various drills just to see how to maintain good accuracy without a sight picture. It worked out quite well. I was getting good A-zone hits to body and even the face.

It’s pretty intuitive and once you learn how to position your pistol and how big movements affect your accuracy tracking, it’s not hard to be effective with this compressed position.