When shooting with a two-handed grip, some new shooters seem to naturally rest the tip of their support index finger well below their DIP on the front of the trigger guard. With some new students, I must continuously remind them that they are doing this. Most do not realize they are doing it. But, is […]
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The “Bill Drill” created by Bill Wilson is one of the most well known handgun drills. Even so, far too many people have never done this drill before or don’t spend enough time practicing it. This is probably because it’s such a simple drill. You aren’t shooting and moving, you aren’t shooting steel, and you’re […]
“Unload. Show Clear. Hammer Down.” Wait – SCRATCH THAT! “Unload. Show Clear. Take your last training opportunity.” I’ve followed the commands “Unload; Show Clear; Hammer Down” a hundred times on ranges in Falling Plate and other competitions and training scenarios. It translates roughly to: Eject your magazine, show the RSO or instructor that your gun […]
One of the many gun magazines I subscribe to is Combat Handguns. Each month they have a section titled “It Happened to Me” where a person tells the story of how having a firearm saved their life. This month’s story is about a woman who was home alone at night with her children because her […]
I realize not everybody loves guns as much as I do, but you’ve got to have a way to defend yourself against a home invasion. Some people choose baseball bats, others choose knives, and my wife and I choose guns. Of course, the gun is a tool of last resort, which is why we also […]
Probably every handgun shooter will experience a malfunction or stoppage of some kind over his/her lifetime. Are you prepared now to handle the many types of mechanical, physical equipment, procedural, and related failures that might occur? Can you identify the various types of malfunctions and stoppages? Do you know what to do if you have […]
Over the weekend, I gave a private shooting lesson to a young man who’s looking to become a police officer. This kid is having trouble with the shooting portion of the academy and came to me because he’s not sure he’s going to be able to qualify. The truth is, most police department qualifications are […]
This is a very easy-to-remember, simple, and basic shooting drill for those who conceal carry a handgun. It is designed to help you with drawing or presenting from a concealed carry holster and garment, as well as improving your accuracy, speed, and techniques for shooting. Its purpose is to help you respond to a general […]
While I have discovered for myself that accuracy and target hits are more important than equipment and handgun features, making the initial decisions about the key attributes you want in your handgun for the immediate purpose (be it concealed carry, personal protection, or target shooting) is very important. Of course, there is a natural interdependency […]
One of my favorite times of year will be here soon – the annual SHOT Show in Las Vegas. This year, like every other, there will be firearm manufacturers releasing dozens of new guns and I’ll walk through their booths wishing I were a billionaire, just like I do every year. Some of these guns […]
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