This month I’ve been shooting the Canik TP9 SA pistol at Eagle Gun Range for an upcoming review. This is a lot of gun for very little cost. Stay tuned for my shooting review in a few days.
If you own a firearm, especially if you carry one at home or in public, responsibility requires that you train and practice with it on a regular basis. The alternative?…
Imagine that you’re suddenly called upon to give a public piano concert. If you’ve never been trained to play the piano well and never practiced a complex concerto over and over and over—or even if you’ve practiced sporadically—how well do you expect that would go? The answer is: you would flop. If your public concert is with your pistol, your lack-of-practice failure could mean that you or innocent bystanders get hurt. The human toll aside, that will get very expensive for you in both a financial and legal sense.
Any good shooter can take their time and get 100% accuracy, but this is exploring boundaries. With this drill I’m working to get fast, accurate shots while moving dynamically between them and while my heart rate is climbing with each shot. My six misses (!) in this drill are testament to the difficulty of managing fatigue and speed at the edge of my current ability. The point is to push boundaries and improve with time.
7″ steel plate from 25 yards.
– Draw from concealment while moving off the X and put 1 round on the 7″ plate,
– Run around the obstacle and put another round on the 7″ plate,
– Repeat until magazine runs dry,
– Perform a speed reload while moving away, scan an assess, re-holster.
You can do a 1-mag (15 shots) or 2-mag (30 shots) drill. It’s important to ignore fatigue and any frustration from misses and continue no matter what, until you’re empty.
Started today’s training with 10 shots at 25 yards from concealment in 8 seconds. Not so great, but pretty good for me at that speed.
I keep meticulous records regarding how many rounds I shoot at each range training session, which firearm, what sort of drills I work, what training I receive, etc. and I typically publish an annual report after the first of the year. But I’ve decided to turn my one-off, graphic report into an ongoing, annual tally online.
So I’ve just created this YTD tally of my shooting activities.
Here’s a screenshot of part of it:
I keep meticulous records on my firearms, especially with regard to rounds fired and parts replaced. I have never been a fan of any of the commercial apps for keeping track of these things and have always used my own solutions. This week I built a new system for keeping my collection and shooting info online. Not beautiful, but it’s quite serviceable and very handy. I highly recommend that you keep good records for shooting and maintenance for your guns.
Here’s the main tab for my original Glock 19:
And here’s the second tab, for component replacement info for frame and slide components.
There’s more to it than this, of course, but this gives you the basic idea. Whether it’s paper, an app, or something you build, you should keep accurate records for your gun or gun collection.
Since I have for some time had my carry weapon system locked in, I don’t spend much effort trying to find the next pistol I want to buy. But once in a while a worthwhile innovation makes me sit up, take notice, and contemplate reconsidering my carry platform. The Sig P320 is one of these and I’ve been waiting with great anticipation to get my hands on a model other than the full size to try out…
Today I got my Surefire EB1 Backup flashlight and will use this for my EDC instad of the G2ZX I’ve been carrying for the past year. The G2ZX is 5.2″ long and weighs a bunch, while the EB1 is only 4.4″ long and weighs less than a bunch. Size matters and weight matters when it’s in your pocket. Ounces equals pounds! Much happier.
BCM’s Gunfighter Magazine 2017 – Mindset Skills Experience Tactics arrived today. Looks to have some pretty great content.
You carry concealed: pistol, holster, mag pouch, extra mags, weapon light. You carry every day without fail and train so that you can hit what you’re aiming at should the situation require it.
I maintain that this is not enough.
Your EDC rig is a complement of components that you HAVE to know how to run and manipulate given any circumstance and under all sorts of conditions. Ideally this means:
- Knowing without a doubt—without thinking—what condition your weapon is in at every given moment should you have to draw and engage (Should never vary. Ever.)
- Ability for immediate draw from concealment and first shot(s) on vital target in less than 2 seconds (less than 1 is better)
- Ability to exchange magazines (reload) and fire accurately again in under 2 seconds
- Doing all of this after your strong (or weak) arm has been incapacitated
- Ability to manage your weapon light and place rounds on vital target under duress in darkness while maintaining tactical advantage
- Ability to immediately manage any malfunction and get back into the fight in under 2 seconds: one-handed or two handed
- Ability to hit small targets (eyes & nose) at 25 yards quickly (less than 2 seconds is best)
- Ability to do all of this while running oblique towards or away from your target, while being shot at, while seeking or from behind cover
- Knowing what your holster feels like when there is the slightest obstruction while re-holstering
The times referenced here are optimal. They’re what you should work toward. Regardless of the strict times, If you cannot do these things like a boss, you need more training from qualified instructors and heaps and gobs of practice. Continually.
Or what was it you thought you were doing, carrying a gun?
Harsh? Not near as harsh as what’ll happen if you’re ever required to depend on these skills you in no way possess.
If you’re in the Dallas/Ft. Worth area, hit me up and I’ll try and direct you toward proper resources to set you on the right path. Happy to help!