Gun gurus tell their students to dry fire practice at home. They reckon it’s more important than range time. True! Once you’ve learned how to hit a target from a static position, presentation, mobility and strategy become vastly more important than grip, stance or trigger control (assuming you’ve got those wired). But dry fire practice isn’t about marksmanship or accuracy per se. Done right it’s a logical extension of the old adage “train as you mean to fight.” In other words, dry fire means practicing what you’d do in a defensive gun use (DGU). And one of the things you MUST do is call the police . . .
Immediate access to your cell is vital for your self-defense. Not only does your ‘phone make it possible for you to call the cavalry at the beginning or during a DGU, telecoms are critical to keeping your ass out of jail after the event.
Miranda schmamanda. Whoever calls the cops first—you, the bad guy, the bad guy’s mates, unsympathetic witnesses—gets first-mover credibility. Give ’em the bare facts, making sure to describe yourself (so the first responders don’t respond by shooting you).
Ready? I thought I was—until I added the “call the cops” simulation to my “get upstairs and get the kid into the safe room” drill.
Drawing my gun from my outside-the-waistband holster I found couldn’t get my cell out of my right pocket without transferring my Caracal C to my weak hand. [NB: I’m right-handed.] D’oh!
Don’t laugh. Anyone who’s been in a SHTF scenario it’s the small stuff that trips you up. (I’m still trying to find a way to carry my mag and phone without belt clips.) For example . . .
Did you know you can make an emergency call from your cell ‘phone without entering the pass code? Do you know how to do that? When you’re at home you keep your phone on you or within reach and topped-up with juice, right?
The larger point: practice ALL aspects of a DGU, from using your command voice to telling the perp to take a hike (where appropriate), to finding cover/concealment, to gathering friendlies from DAYTIME locations, to calling the po-po.
SAFETY CHECK YOUR GUN and run both inside the home and concealed carry sims. Don’t worry (so much) about hitting a target; although we have a review on some neat in-home practice gear from LaserLyte and SRT in the hoppa [sic]. Lower the curtains and have fun. Clothing optional.