Regular readers will know that this is my pet peeve. Every now and then it needs feeding. So here it is: MOVE! I reckon there are five main stages to training yourself for self-defense . . .
1. Know the law – As one commentator put it yesterday, every bullet comes with a lawyer attached. Before you even pickup a gun for self-defense, you need to know who, when, where and why you can brandish a weapon and/or shoot another human being.
2. Acquire situational awareness – The best gunfight is the one you avoid. Train yourself to look for trouble and avoid stupid people in stupid places doing stupid things.
3. Learn how to shoot safely – Working with professional find a gun that suits you and master the basics: gun safety, grip, stance, trigger control, marksmanship.
4. Learn how to draw a gun from concealment – If you can’t get to your gun smoothly and quickly, you lower your chances of losing the gunfight that you couldn’t avoid. Find a range that allows you to draw and draw. All. The. Time.
5. MOVE! Making nice little groups is all well and good, but if you stand still in a gunfight, you’ll probably die. So you MUST train yourself to move before, during and after shooting.
Finding a range that allows you to move around and shoot is harder than finding the perfect metaphor for not being able to find something that’s hard to find. If it’s impossible, train at home with blue guns, NERF guns or whatever. Which is a good idea anyway.
Meanwhile, this. Nice gun. Good shooting. Great editing. But what I wouldn’t do to spend a day at that range running around—well, crab walking— and shooting. I’d even let them play that music over loud speakers. If I can concentrate during that mucho macho cacophony bleeding through my ear protection, I should be able to ignore any distraction.