Defensive Training Concepts

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Speed Demons: Speed and Efficiency Are Not the Same!

When the subject is defensive shooting, most people are constantly trying to go faster: draw faster, shoot faster, reload faster. It’s a common recommendation that a defensive shooting student buy a shot timer (an electronic stopwatch that’s triggered by the sound of a gunshot) to see how fast they’re going. Split times (the brief interval…

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Overcoming Range Habits

It’s that time of year again, when we make promises to ourselves about what we will change, do more (or less) of, and how we will improve ourselves and our circumstances in the coming year. We risk frustration, disappointment, or failure by making them in the first place. Experts often advise us not to set…

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Weapons Manipulation

Gross Motor Skills vs. Fine Motor Skills Weapons manipulation skills in defensive shooting can prove to be a difficult task for new shooters. As a defensive shooting instructor, I strive to provide clients with techniques that can be performed in high-stress situations in a short amount of time. In order to accomplish this task, I…

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After the Action

The critical incident you never wanted to happen just did. The fight looks over: Your assailant is down and your family is momentarily safe. Your heart is beating out of control, mouth bone dry and legs trembling. There seems to be a lull in the action, so what are the next steps? You have spent…

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Getting the Gun Into the Fight: Quick Draw Handgun Techniques

A fellow instructor and I were recently discussing techniques surrounding the draw process. The epicenter of the discussion was what position the support hand should be in during the draw process. The other instructor argued for the support hand to be in a higher, more “combative” position, which allows the hand to be used to…

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Movement and Survivability

Movement is a critical component of surviving a combative encounter. Armies understand the value of movement, boxers spend as much time on footwork as they do on punching, and offline lateral movement during close-range gun battles has been proven to drastically increase survivability. Two or more combatants rarely remain stationary for very long while engaging…

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