PDN LIVE! March 2016

Thanks for tuning in to March’s PDN LIVE with Rob Pincus where he answered your questions about developing defensive shooting skills along with Robert Leatham, professional shooter and 24-time USPSA National champion. In case you missed it, you can watch the full video here. Make sure to tune in next month for another PDN LIVE. See you then!


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92 Responses to “PDN LIVE! March 2016”
  1. gregory

    How do I join in on the live chat on March 22 and time it’s going on thank you

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  2. Stuart

    I’m having trouble finding a weapon that is small enough to carry discretely in the summer but that still has a decent size magazine…

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    • Matt

      I have a glock 23 gen 4 (mid size of the glock family) it has a 13+1 copacity and use a crossbreed iwb holster, in shorts and a thin t shirt you can’t tell I’m Carrying

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    • Rob Pincus

      Well, Leatham and I both carry XD-S Pistols… small, slim. “decent sized” is where you get into an area of subjectivity. Some people would say that 7+1 isn’t enough ammo for a personal defense gun. I generally disagree.

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      • Edward A Sanchez

        Wish I could have one! I love my 4″ XD9…unfortunately due to our laws, nothing past the XD is allowed in Kalifornia. Due to DOJ approved handguns list, mag disconnect, loaded chamber indicator and MANDATORY MICROSTAMPING (WT…heck?), our buying decisions are made by our legislators!

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    • Rob Leatham

      The problem is you have to balance size against shoot ability. For me it is large enough to shoot well but still concealable versus easy to carry but hard to shoot. I kinda care less about the mag capacity thing and go for thin and flat. Light however is always nice…

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  3. J

    Which would better prepare someone for defensive training, IDPA matches or USPSA matches?

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  4. Janet Lopez, RN

    I have trouble racking a slide. Is a revolver the only option for me?

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    • Edward A Sanchez

      Consult a gunsmith as to whether a lighter recoil spring MIGHT be appropriate. DO NOT make this change without skilled guidance by qualified gunsmith. Safety & warranty issues may apply.

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    • Rob Pincus

      99% of the time I am told that, it is a technique issue, not really a physical limitation. Get to a class with one of our affiliated instructors!

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    • Rob Leatham

      Agree with Pincus. Have not found anyone who is strong enough to control the gun that couldn’t operate the slide. If you struggle to load an auto you most likely will really struggle to pull the long/heavy double action trigger of a compact revolver. That are easy to load, but harder to shoot. adequately…

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  5. Marren

    Obviously the plan for shooting a stage in a practical shooting competitoon is rehearsed many minutes. A sudden real life situation is an most likely ambush or similar. What in the competition training is still of real life value?

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    • Rob Leatham

      Competition training is the same as any other training.mIt is building the skills to perform under pressure. Operating under stress with concern for the outcome is the applicable part. A stage in a match is not a definitive representation of how you will perform in a fight. It is a indicator of how you may perform in that environment however. The stage or “test” itself is and cannot be a real world test.

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  6. Lyall Hartley

    Do you know of small groups that train for hand to hand combat in the Dallas-Fort Worth area?

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  7. Paul

    What do you see as the most important skill to develop to shoot fast, and accurately in a defensive shooting scenario

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  8. Timothy Johnson

    What would you recommend for those of us who arent newbies but want to challenge ourselves and increase skill?

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    • Rob Pincus

      Since you are here at PDN, I assume you mean defensive skill… so, I would suggest a course with one of our affiliated instructors.

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  9. David

    In your opinion, which is the better defensive weapon, revolver or semi-automatic? Thank you for the opportunity to ask questions and have them answered live!

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  10. mikemalone007

    With terror attacks and life threatening incidents happening what seems like every week, it’s paramount that we prepare ourselves to ensure the safety of ourselves and our families everyday. What are the essential items that we should EDC on our bodies ANY time we’re out and about with exception to our firearm to adequately defend ourselves, our loved ones against any kind of attack – both fatal and non-fatal?

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    • Rob Pincus

      Cell Phone, Emergency Medical Equipment, Flashlight… there are a lot of other things, but these are at the top of the list for me.

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  11. jack

    how do you address going from one state to another that does not recognize your permit?

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  12. Janet Lopez, RN

    Am I doomed to only a revolver because of arthritis in my hands that is making it really difficult to rack slides?

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    • Rob Pincus

      answered above also… most of the time, racking issues are about technique, not physical issues.

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    • Rob Leatham

      My mother operates a semi auto XD pistol fine. She is 85 and has arthritis and is also not particularly strong. Find a local instructor worth 2 cents and more often than not this becomes a non issue..

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    • Rob Pincus

      At the most fundamental level, I teach people to shoot unsighted with both eyes open and to close an eye when they need sight alignment and sight picture for higher levels of precision. You can look for information from me on “intuitive sighted fire” for WHY.

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  13. Glenn T.

    Awoke to a loud noise in the middle of the night and didn’t have my glasses. Grabbed my gun, but couldn’t see very well. How important is learning to point shoot for home defense? Everything turned out to be okay. Thanks Glenn T.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Look up “kinesthetic alignment”… you should be able to hit a human chest at most inside the house distances without reference to your sights.

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  14. James

    I enjoy seeing both of you on your appearances on the gun shows. I would like to see more training for IDPA & USPSA type matches. We’re looking forward to attending the class in the fall with my wife regarding team defense that George signed us up for.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Excellent! Obviously, we don’t really give specific advice for competition prep here at PDN, but our guest tonight, Rob Leatham, offers that training… as does our PDN Contributor Mike Seeklander.

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    • Rob Pincus

      very personal choice…. way too many options to give you a real answer. You can take a look at a lot of the holster videos we have here at PDN to get you started in the right direction though!

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  15. Edward A Sanchez

    I live here in poor beleaguered La Jolla, Kalifornia…tough place to be a shooter. Not allowed to carry (sheriff doesn’t issue CCW), but I do train in that. AM allowed (some) to compete…gearing up for that. Either of the Robs have any SoCal events planned in the near future?

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    • Rob Pincus

      I am setting a date for Burro Canyon, in the mountains just outside of Burbank, for the latter part of the year!

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    • Rob Pincus

      No difference between wearing glasses and not wearing glasses in terms of the training model… you may need to adjust your head position when shooting with sights.

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    • Rob Leatham

      Depends on what you are planning to shoot. If it’s your carry setup for defensive use you have to figure out how to shoot we’ll enough with the vision you will have. There are things that are so much more important than seeing the sights clearly…

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  16. Jonathan

    Some people prefer shooting at a target straight in front of them, while others prefer a “real life course” with obstacles and multiple targets. Which do you feel is more effective in training?

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  17. James

    My competition guns are almost all stock. G17, G21SF, G23, G34, XD40SC, LC9, GP100. The only changes I’ve made are putting a Ghost 4.5 connector and Tru Glo sights on the G17, G21& G23.

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    • Rob Pincus

      Most defensive guns should have the factory sights replaced… not really a fan of messing with the triggers though…. and I’ve seen some serious failures with the Ghost in particular in classes.

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    • Rob Leatham

      I’m a trigger fanatic in regards to triggers, but only in my competition guns. The only item more important to me is reliability. The needs are completely different for my carry guns however. My XDs .45 has a stock, heavy trigger. Just as I want it for carry. My competition 1911’s and Xdm’s have very light trigger pulls. One is to allow fastest possible speed, other is to require a deliberate movement. I have no trouble switching between.

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  18. Maggie

    There is a complete difference between Flag football and full contact football. The hands on falling to the floor is when you feel the physical difference in the chase and the fight for the score of staying on your feet. Take the flag I don’t care attitude versus getting slammed to the ground. Just an analogy 🙂 It’s the need for defense in reality that gets distorted in competition.

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    • Rob Leatham

      Of course. The competition shooter cares only about score. His “surviving” is laying down a score that will keep him in the hunt. The point is not to view competition as realistic. I think it cannot be. Some may be more realistic than others, but the real gain for any shooter in competition is to test with out putting yourself in a dangerous situation, your skill and discipline.

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  19. paul

    How do the Robs feel about the addition of mini red dot sights on a personal defense pistol

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    • Rob Pincus

      I don’t think the advantages come anywhere close to outweighing the cost/effort/potential failures. Had a student today who couldn’t make out his target when the sun was going down because of glare. Happens a lot in low light and in dusty/rainy conditions as well. The red dot can make you faster at distances beyond plausible defensive situations and a better “shooter” in may cases (ie- competition), but I don’t think they offer significant advantages in defensive context.

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    • Rob Leatham

      Ver specialized piece of equipment . Not a cure all for marksmanship or vision problems. Shooting them regularly now that USPSA has a division called “Carry Optics”. Have found interesting things. For precision it is an aid for some vision problems. It has not in anyway enhanced my speed. Has many downsides. It does allow those who cannot see the sights due to being far-sighted, to aim precisely. Now the discussion of how important that is will be based on the need…

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  20. Larry

    My normal carry was a 38 special S&W Bodyguard. Unfortunately, it is still too big for concealment to carry in a holster with a tucked in shirt and slacks in Phoenix. When I do carry my 38 Bodyguard, I carry it in one of my front pant pockets but it then becomes impossible to draw while sitting. Therefore, I can only carry my 38 Bodyguard 5% of the time.

    Recently however, I started to carry a 22 WMR folding derringer that easily deployed while sitting in a chair or car and looks like a clip-on folding knife. This firearm is with me over 95% of the time. Do you guys have ant techniques and/or drills to become more proficient with this style of firearm?

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    • Rob Pincus

      No. Sorry…. it is a very limited use pistol. I know plenty of people in warm climates who carry much more suitable defensive guns without issue.

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    • Rob Leatham

      With Pincus on this one. Would prefer other weapon that is likely to affect the outcome of an event immediately.. Any tool is a force multiplier. The mini-revolvers I have found so hard to operate and use as to not multiply enough..

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    • Rob Pincus

      Presentation in those positions? Absolutely!
      “Shooting” from those positions? get to a range and make bang-bang sounds.

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