I’m not one to recommend throwing a loaded gun — unless it’s a last ditch effort to disable/distract someone posing an imminent threat of grievous bodily harm or death. But an unloaded gun? That’s a different matter.
TTAG’s Jon Wayne Taylor introduced me to the concept, telling me to throw my multi-thousand dollar Wilson Combat X-TAC Commander-sized 1911 EDC onto the ground — so that I wouldn’t baby the thing. Seriously? Seriously. Re-sale value dinged, point taken.
At the same time, I’ve seen newbies who can’t rack or successfully reload their gun because they’re scared of it. My advice: be forceful! Stay safe (of course) but don’t baby the thing.
I’ve also worked with slow-fire newbies who get all flustered by their handgun’s recoil. Standing next to them for potential intercession, I advise them to shoot their gun as fast as possible, without worrying about hitting the center of the target.
It’s a psychological thing. The shooter learns to control the gun, rather than the gun controlling them.
At the same time, it leads to the lesson that self-defense shooting requires shooting as accurately as possible as fast as possible. Too big a group? Shooting too fast. Too small a group? Shooting too slowly.
Bottom line: a gun is a tool. There are times when you want to shoot slowly and carefully and, you might even say, gently. But there are other times when you need to cowboy up. Yippee-ki-kay, and all that.