Training

  • Definitions - Part 10: "Aiming"

    Definition Series - Part 10: "Aiming" by Kirk Lawson Expanding upon the details of Fundamentals, let's be more specific about "Aiming." Aiming is the process of achieving the proper relationship between the target, the Front Sight, and the Rear Sight. [The Front Sight, farthest away from the user, and Rear Sight, closest to the user.] Aiming consists of two components: Sight Alignment Sight Picture Sight Alignment refers to the proper relationship of the pistol's front and rear...
  • Definitions - Part 12: Hold Control

    Definition Series - Part 12: "Hold Control" by Kirk Lawson It is clear that the the most accurate shooting happens when the gun is held perfectly still during the activity of shooting. While it is impossible to hold the gun perfectly still without the use of special rest, Hold Control is the process of holding gun as still as possible while shooting. A proper grip and a proper shooting platform, often a "stance," are required for best Hold Control. While we we look at proper grips later,...
  • Does This Change Your Training or EDC?

    Does This Change Your Training or EDC? by Kirk Lawson [Ruger LCR for 5 rounds or 10 with a reload vs. Kel Tec P11 for 13 rounds or 25 with a reload] In a recent forum thread To "upgrade" or not, I spent one paragraph talking about maybe wanting more ammunition on tap due to the seeming rise of multiple attacker events. But that is not the only type of event which might make a self defender want more ammunition immediately available. The recent murderer in Virginia Beach did something...
  • Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part IV

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part IV by Kirk Lawson [Unload that gun!] In Parts I-III, we looked at some issues with the first three rules of Gun Safety as described by the esteemed Colonel Jeff Cooper. Instead of using this last article in the series to review his 4th rule, I'm going to look at the National Rifle Association's rules. In particular, we'll look at NRA rule number 3. NRA's rules number 1 and 2 are, "ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction," and...
  • Class Review - Stop the Bleed

    Class Review - Stop the Bleed by Kirk Lawson Get some "medical training" is a refrain I've heard over and over again. Before you buy another gun or take another "high speed, low drag" tacti-cool firearms class, get some medical training. It makes sense. Accidents happen and, even on a tightly controlled and safe range, things can go sideways. And, as was pointed out in the class, there are many possibilities for bleeding control outside of a "mass casualty" event; including auto accidents...
  1. Definitions - Part 17: Drop Safe

    Definition Series - Part 17: "Drop Safe" by Kirk Lawson The term "Drop Safe" comes up from time to time in the firearms community, particularly in sales and marketing literature. Unfortunately there seems to be confusion about what it means. Beginning from the early days of firearms, there has been a concern that if a firearm is dropped it might discharge. This is obviously a concern. Humans can sometimes be fumble-fingered and the prospect of a firearm discharging a bullet in some random...
  2. Pre-Attack Indicators

    Pre-Attack Indicators by Kirk Lawson In the world of self defense, the prudent person wants to know when someone is secretly preparing to attack them. There are a number of what is often called "pre-attack indicators." These are behaviors that are associated with the person preparing to attack. They are typically subconscious behaviors, but not always. Let's take a brief look at some of the common ones. Direct Threats: Nobel laureate and Holocaust survivor Elie Wiesel is often attributed...
  3. Class Review - Stop the Bleed

    Class Review - Stop the Bleed by Kirk Lawson Get some "medical training" is a refrain I've heard over and over again. Before you buy another gun or take another "high speed, low drag" tacti-cool firearms class, get some medical training. It makes sense. Accidents happen and, even on a tightly controlled and safe range, things can go sideways. And, as was pointed out in the class, there are many possibilities for bleeding control outside of a "mass casualty" event; including auto accidents...
  4. Definitions - Part 15: Post-Travel

    Definition Series - Part 15: "Post-Travel" by Kirk Lawson As we have seen, the mechanics of the trigger pull are very important for accurate shooting and shooting comfort. Another element of the trigger stroke which is commonly discussed by experts, aficionados, and wannabes is Post-travel. Post-travel is the period of a trigger stroke, immediately following the Trigger Break in which the trigger can still be pulled rearward. The shot has already been fired, but the trigger can still be...
  5. Definitions - Part 14: Pre-Travel

    Definition Series - Part 14: "Pre-Travel" by Kirk Lawson As should be clear by now, the mechanics of the trigger pull are very important for accurate shooting and shooting comfort. One element of the trigger stroke which is commonly discussed by experts, aficionados, and wannabes is Pre-travel. Pre-travel is the period of a trigger stroke, starting from the fully forward position, until some resistance begins to be felt in the pull weight. Many triggers will sort of "swing" back with little...
  6. Definition Series - Part 13: "Trigger Break"

    Definition Series - Part 13: "Trigger Break" by Kirk Lawson Trigger Break is that moment when the trigger transitions from "in the process of being pulled" to "has been pulled." It is that moment in which the movement of the trigger, straight to the rear, disengages the sear mechanism which releases the Hammer or Striker to drive the Firing Pin into the cartridge primer. It is the moment of pulling-pulling-pulling-BANG! With an unloaded gun, it is the moment of pulling-pulling-pulling-CLICK!...
  7. Definitions - Part 12: Hold Control

    Definition Series - Part 12: "Hold Control" by Kirk Lawson It is clear that the the most accurate shooting happens when the gun is held perfectly still during the activity of shooting. While it is impossible to hold the gun perfectly still without the use of special rest, Hold Control is the process of holding gun as still as possible while shooting. A proper grip and a proper shooting platform, often a "stance," are required for best Hold Control. While we we look at proper grips later,...
  8. Does This Change Your Training or EDC?

    Does This Change Your Training or EDC? by Kirk Lawson [Ruger LCR for 5 rounds or 10 with a reload vs. Kel Tec P11 for 13 rounds or 25 with a reload] In a recent forum thread To "upgrade" or not, I spent one paragraph talking about maybe wanting more ammunition on tap due to the seeming rise of multiple attacker events. But that is not the only type of event which might make a self defender want more ammunition immediately available. The recent murderer in Virginia Beach did something...
  9. Definitions - Part 10: "Aiming"

    Definition Series - Part 10: "Aiming" by Kirk Lawson Expanding upon the details of Fundamentals, let's be more specific about "Aiming." Aiming is the process of achieving the proper relationship between the target, the Front Sight, and the Rear Sight. [The Front Sight, farthest away from the user, and Rear Sight, closest to the user.] Aiming consists of two components: Sight Alignment Sight Picture Sight Alignment refers to the proper relationship of the pistol's front and rear...
  10. The First Rule is... MOVE!

    The First Rule is... MOVE! by Kirk Lawson [Sorry, Bert. Your advice just doesn't work.] There is a lot of chatter these days about what to do if someone is shooting at you. Run? Hide? Fight? Shoot back? Cower and wait for someone to save you? If you want to avoid being shot, the First rule is: Move According to research done by Active Response Training if you stand still in a gunfight, you have an 85% chance of being shot and a 51% chance of being shot in the torso. In most self defense...
  11. Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part IV

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part IV by Kirk Lawson [Unload that gun!] In Parts I-III, we looked at some issues with the first three rules of Gun Safety as described by the esteemed Colonel Jeff Cooper. Instead of using this last article in the series to review his 4th rule, I'm going to look at the National Rifle Association's rules. In particular, we'll look at NRA rule number 3. NRA's rules number 1 and 2 are, "ALWAYS Keep The Gun Pointed In A Safe Direction," and...
  12. Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part III

    Reexamining Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety - Part III by Kirk Lawson [Keep your booger-hook off the bang switch] We have been reexamining Jeff Cooper's Four Rules of Gun Safety. In Part I and Part II, we looked at his first and second rule. In this article, we'll take a look at his third rule: "Keep your finger off the trigger till your sights are on the target." A gun is not a living, breathing, creature. Barring a defect or failure of the machine, it cannot discharge unless the...
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