I’ve done it. You’ve probably done it. But pulling the trigger “to be sure the gun is safe” is idiocy and is the opposite of safe gun handling. Let’s stop this idiocy now.
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.
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.
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!
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!
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!
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.
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!
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.