Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

What You Got?

ImageWhen you train, attending a school to learn techniques, and as you practice, learning the techniques through repetition, it is a good idea to work with what you actually carry on a daily basis. For example students who carry concealed will arrive at Shootrite for class with a full size 1911, which is a good fightin’ weapon. The problem is that as we talk about carrying, it comes out that the pistol they normally tote is a J frame S&W revolver in a pocket holster. When I ask why they aren’t training with the J frame the most common response is, “I didn’t want to hold back the class.”

This also occurs with armed professionals. Does your work holster have retention devices? Then that’s what you should train/practice with. The other side of the coin is that most officers also carry off-duty, which makes it a little more complicated. Since one can never predict when you may need the pistol it’s a good idea to work with both duty and off-duty weapons and gear.

We attend training to learn tactical skills – moving, communicating, the use of cover, shooting under a variety of conditions and learning to think under stress. Regardless of why you carry a weapon these fundamentals are pretty much the same and apply across the board; they may vary slightly in their actual application according to what your job is.

Training also provides an opportunity to learn how your gear works. You’re not only learning new skills but also searching for any problems that can be corrected in advance. On the range, during single hand manipulations simulating injury drills, you determine that you can’t cycle the pistol’s slide by hooking the rear sight against your floppy holster. Learning about this problem during training means you can get a better holster as opposed to finding out during a fight that your gear doesn’t work. Pinpointing a potential problem in advance is very valuable. This applies to gear, physical skills, and especially the mental aspects of personal combat.

To fight effectively you must be intimately familiar with your gear. True, you need to know how to operate any type weapon you may acquire. But, training/practicing with one type pistol and then carrying something completely different creates an ideal situation for difficulty. In a confrontation there are plenty of things to think about without your equipment adding to the list. Spend most of your time with what you normally carry.

Once you determine what works for you as far as pistol and gear goes, stick with it. Slowing down the class shouldn’t be your worry. Plus, if you come to class with a revolver you’ll get really good at reloading. I also wouldn’t be concerned about being the quickest guy in class to draw and fire a shot. It will be up to you alone to defeat the threat. To do this means learning to work with what ‘cha got
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August 16, 2012 - Posted by | Gear, General Training

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