In the Well Armed Woman demo video below the St. Louis shooter shows the crowd how she shoots while moving. Right answer! Get off the X! Movement is life! If you can’t practice moving and shooting at a square range, find somewhere where you can. Otherwise you’re in real danger of creating a training scar: shooting while standing still. There’s a problem here though . . .
Moving backwards while shooting is the least desirable option — if you have one. That’s true for one simple reason: you can’t see behind yourself. While it would be nice to think you already know what’s behind you when the ballistic sh*t hits the proverbial fan (situational awareness and all), it’s not bloody likely.
And then there’s the problem of dragging a child or backwards. Their natural reaction to being pulled backwards: resist the movement. And that’s the most likely way they’ll fall, when you pull them backwards.
Moving backwards is the most likely way for you to trip and fall. And falling backwards is the worst way to fall during a defensive gun use.
Train yourself to move sideways. Also train yourself to move backwards. In other words, don’t train yourself to move in ONE direction (or listen to their music obsessively).
It doesn’t hurt to look before you move, but that may not be possible. And when you move, it’s baby steps people. Baby steps.