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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.

Inforce APLc Light

For a while I’ve been a Surefire XC1 man and have that on both my carry gun and bedside-defense pistol. A strange anomaly I’ve discovered while training at the range (more later) has convinced me that something better might be in order. So I’m trying the next best thing–so far as size and functionality are concerned. Today my new Inforce APLc light arrived.

I’m putting this one on my new-ish Glock 19 Gen 5. I’ve ordered a holster to accommodate this new configuration and we’ll see how that works out, soon.

Inforce APLc

Pistol Drill: Four Shots, Three Ways

I spent a lot of time running this drill this morning; ran it probably 40 or 45 times. The video here shows my 3rd or 4th time through the drill, then my 34th time through the same drill. My shirt was much sweatier that last time. 🙂

The drill (on 6×12 steel at 25 yards)
– Draw from concealment (moving off the X) and put 1 round on target at 25 yards,
– run to 11 yards & change to support hand, 1 round,
– run back to 16 yards & change to strong hand, 1 round,
– run back to 25 yards, 1 round w/both hands
– par time is 16 seconds.

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.