Firearms Training Prep and Mindset: What Not To Do

People attend class for a variety of reasons. No matter what those reasons might be, they will invest time, money and sweat in order to accomplish those goals. Clearly a positive learning experience is a goal, but not all goals are easily obtainable. People learn at different rates, and the reasons for that divergence are

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Remaining Functional: Safety Rule Number Two

The Four Safety Rules exist for a reason. We—empirical WE—deal with firearms, which by definition are deadly weapons. Any lack of concentration when handling a firearm can—and often does—lead to tragedy. The Four Rules are: All guns are always loaded. Don’t let the muzzle cover anything you are not willing to destroy. This includes your

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Hideouts in High Gear: Running Back-Up Guns At Speed

How do .38 and .380 hideout guns stack up against a full-size service pistol up close and fast? We put them to the test. In a previous issue, we looked at just how far the back-up gun, or BUG, could reasonably hit from realistic positions (HUNDRED-YARD POCKET GUNS: Stretching Out The Backups, February 2014 S.W.A.T.).

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Knife Attack: Edged Weapons Self-Defense

It’s 10:00pm and you’re walking to your car after work through a dark and desolate parking lot. You’ve done this same walk thousands of times, but something seems a little off tonight. As you approach your vehicle, you notice two males striding quickly toward you. Only a few feet away, you see the unmistakable glint

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High-Value Target: Reactive Beats Static

For most shooters, targets consist of a flat piece of paper with a scoring ring, a nebulous shape (such as the bowling pin), or in some instances a humanoid representation. These targets often have general scoring rings, apparently to compensate for the lowering of standards and to ensure that everyone is “qualified.” These paper targets

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Going Mental: Psychology of Optimal Shooting

Instructors and students alike understand that we all learn in different ways. As an instructor, I’m always intrigued when I’m initially unsuccessful at improving a student’s performance but a fellow instructor is able to intervene and make the light bulb come on for the student with an analogy, demonstration, or a subtle observation or suggestion

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Competitive Shooting: Substitute For Sustainment Training?

Shooting ranges and gun clubs throughout the United States offer many different styles of action shooting competitions. Each different competition has its own methodology and scoring system but is ultimately meant as a sport. Having recently come out of the military and with a little more time on my hands, I decided these might be

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