4 Gun Tips And Drills To Enhance Your Defensive Shooting
Written by William Cruz,
in Section Firearms Training
Over 40% of gun owners in today’s America are concerned about their safety, which is why they decided to make the step and buy a handgun. People fear of an attack or a home invasion and they sleep better at night if they know a gun is in the house.
Still, if you’re not prepared to fire when you have to, the gun can be easily turned against you. Defensive shooting training is important as it will teach you how to deal with the panic that installs in the case of an attack and how to handle your gun in a life-threatening situation. But, if you’re not ready or you can’t afford to take a course, there are tips to implement and drills to help you get prepared.
Set A Goal
I know that your goal is to be a better shooter and have a better reaction time in the case of an attack. Still, this is a very general goal that won’t help you stick to your training routine. Also, going to the shooting range and shooting at a fixed target doesn’t necessarily help you improve your skills.
I recommend setting a concrete goal like passing the FBI qualification test or participating and winning in a local shooting event. This way, when you achieve this goal, you know you improved your performance and, implicitly became a better shooter. Still, keep in mind that the goal should be realistic – ambitious for your current skill level, but reasonable considering your time and resources.
Break Down Your Goal
Of course, it’s also important to break down your big goal into smaller steps that are easier to achieve. According to science, a big project is a lot more intimidating as a whole than when you break it down into manageable pieces. The best example I can give, is breaking down a move you want to learn into small pieces – start with exercising the right stance, and move on to the correct arms position in order to get the result you want.
Track Your Progress
To make sure you’re actually registering progress, I recommend taking notes of your performance. There’s no need to note everything down – it’s enough to note the first and the last drill of the day in order to check your progress. I have to insist on recording the first drill, because for self-defense, this is the one that matters. After all, when you’re facing an assailant, you may not get the chance to take another shot if you miss the first one!
Draw Stroke Drill
When you own a handgun for protection and you use a concealed carry to keep it close, it’s important to learn how to make the first shot accurate. For this, you need to first practice your draw stroke – this is the very first move you need to make but it’s also the most important. Your draw stroke must be safe, efficient, and fast. The cool part is that you can practice at home with an empty gun or an airsoft replica.
If you do get an airsoft gun, get one that has been reviewed by goog gun. You will avoid guns that break easily and ones that don’t feel real.
Here Is The Drill To Follow:
• First, practice getting the gun out of the holster with a full firing grip (always grab with your dominant arm).
• Bring the gun up towards your armpit, with your support hand on the center of your chest. Point the gun towards the assailant.
• From this position, you can already fire, but I recommend getting the hands together around the gun and extending the arms forward, under the dominant eye. This way, you can see the sights and asses the target situation.
Practice as often as possible, until you’re sure you’ve got the hang of it. Also, don’t forget that, if you have kids in the house, you should purchase a gun safe to avoid any tragedies.