Welcome to Practics. This blog focuses on matters relating to defensive use of firearms and the surrounding social issues. For my Amazon readers, this is something of a change. The marksmanship blog is still active at www.perfectpistolshot.com but will be replaced on my Amazon author’s page with www.practicsusa.com. I’ve enjoyed all the correspondence from Perfect Pistol Shot readers over the last couple of years and your emails are always welcome.

Practics is a system of firearm defense that has some unique characteristics:

1. Holistic–the Practics system is not a collection of solitary movements, tactics, or techniques. Rather, Practics is an organization of cohesive and complimentary elements. For instance, the preferred Practics draw lends itself to both aimed and non-aimed fire, for longer distances as well as chest-to-chest encounters.

2. Deadly Force–the practical understanding of the moral and legal use of deadly force is essential to the Practics system. Very often, deadly force training and firearms training are taught separately. Practics uses the police academy method of making complex legal burdens understandable through the guiding principles on which law is created.

3. Sole Defender–Practics (practical tactics) originates from successful rural American law enforcement practices which have evolved over generations of sole defender experience. Some of Practics is derived from old pattern Marine Corps close combat training but the actual tactics come from proven techniques for single armed defenders. Practics does not use modified team movement tactics, such as SWAT or military because the success of those techniques depends on multiple defenders. Simply reducing team tactics for use by a lone defender may be sufficient for action-shooting competition but will not translate for safe use by home defenders or solitary officers.

4. Realistic–based on the results of more than a hundred years of recorded police shootings, Practics is informed by what works and what fails rather than what is popular. Most law enforcement rounds miss their intended targets even at extremely close ranges. Neither traditional point-shooting nor marksmanship alone are sufficient for defensive shooting.

5. Adaptable–Practics is organized and reasonable but it is not rigid. Most defenders will be able to adapt or modify many Practics techniques to accommodate individual needs and abilities. Practitioners will be able to further develop the Practics system, keeping it practical and effective.

6. Training based–Practics trains rather than informs. The book, Practics Holistic Handgun, is sufficient to outline an approximate three-week handgun course. We learn by doing.

Practics Holistic Handgun will be available this Spring in paperback and Kindle formats. For more information visit the Practics web site: www.practicsusa.com

Thanks and welcome to Practics.