Practice is Crucial When Carrying a Firearm

Practice is Crucial When Carrying a Firearm

Practice is Crucial When Carrying a Firearm

Carrying a gun is an awesome responsibility but I believe you have a responsibility to carry your gun to protect yourself and your family. You also have a responsibility to be proficient with your gun. If the occasion ever arises that you need to protect yourself and/or your family all your fine motor skills will shut down. Your adrenaline will be pumping and your muscle memory will be the only thing working at that moment. If you haven’t developed those muscle memory skills you will be in trouble. It’s one thing to think ‘oh, I would just draw and shoot’ but if you haven’t practiced drawing it’s not that easy. Spend time at the range drawing from the holster you carry in, with different types of clothing. A jacket is a complication over just a shirt. What if the shirt is tucked in? These little things can make a big difference if you haven’t worked with them. The people that survive a gun fight are the ones that practice. You can practice at home, unloaded of course! But you can also enter competitions to put added stress on yourself. Go to your local range and shoot. At a minimum you should shoot two magazines a month but my recommendation is to shoot 50-100 rounds a month or more. Be prepared and don’t take your reactions for granted. Be smart, be safe.


Dan Blackstone
Blackstone Gun Safety

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  • Jagboy

    Does anyone know of a range in the Dallas / Ft/ Worth area that will let you draw from a hoster and shoot?

    • DennyRec

      I have the same problem here in Iowa. Range that allows you to draw from the holster

  • K.D.

     If your range doesn’t allow individuals to draw from holsters, maybe you could join IDPA, or IPSC or one of the other action shooting sports.

  • DennyRec

    Amen there brother. Practice, practice, and practice. If you can afford it, a lesson might help. I just had the ower of the range help me. I felt I purchased a gun that was junk. He fired it, 13 times out of 13. That was at 25 yards and said it’s accurate and a good gun. He watched me shoot. Made two correction and I was shooting 85% in minutes. Different gun, smaller slide, less room to sight in. A little helps goes a long ways.

  • jimmyjohn

    I agree whole heartedly with the axiom of practice. I have been shooting since I was 12 heavy caliber pistols and have fired well over a hundred thousand rounds since then. I still need and do get regular practice. If I get lax I on the practice I get a sort of an excited shake problem and my groups go wide maybe a foot at 25 yrds instead of the 2-3 inches that I am comfortable with. One thing experience has taught me is that when the chips are down the gun finds it’s way into my hand fast. I had a guy try to jump me at an ATM once with a club and I tried to run but slipped and fell, before I hit the ground the gun was in my hand and when I came up on one knee the BG noticed and went the other way real fast. I talked to a self defense expert about the incident once and told him I never knew I could draw that fast it could not have been more that .2 sec from holster to a protected ready to fire position. He smiled and said  it was my eleven and a half years of practice that saved me.