Marksmanship training requires precise training at known distances and specific targets. Practical shooting requires the student develop both sighted and non-sighted firing skills at those distances most likely to be encountered during an attack. Likewise, targets and environment must reflect probable circumstances. Fortunately we have one hundred years of recorded law enforcement shootings to guide us. We know that the overwhelming majority of defensive shooting occur at 6′ or less. We also know that a reasonable minority of shooting will involve distances beyond a couple of car lengths.  Most armed attacks will involve one assailant. However, a large minority of unarmed attacks will involve multiple attackers. We know that the legal use of deadly force is used against illegal deadly force regardless of the weapon. So we need training that includes the following:

  1. Target at 3-5 feet from the holster. The target needs to be about the size of a cantaloupe and set above the student’s abdomen. This will simulate the primary defense target of the upper chest when turned partially away from the defender. There is no acceptable time limit because the defender is already behind from the instant the handgun is needed. Start with less than 4 seconds from the holster and strive to fire two shots in 2.5 seconds from the holster with all snaps fastened and the shooting hand off the weapon.
  2. Two targets placed at 2 and 10 o’clock from the student at about 5 yards. Again, melon size is about right, set at the student’s chest height. Each target needs at least two hits from the holster within a total drill time of 4 seconds.
  3. One target at 15 yards from the holster for three hits in 3 seconds. Melon sized target at chest height.
  4. One target at 40 yards from the holster for two hits in 3 seconds against a melon sized target.

The above training requires both strong and weak hand proficiency from the holster.  In other words, you must also fire the above course with your other hand and normal holster. Training additions include low-light or flashlight firing and the inclusion of malfunction drills. This is a good basic training for those interested in improving practical skills. The new book is nearing release. Those who signed up for notification will receive the first information and a general notification will be made later on Amazon. In the meantime, The Perfect Pistol Shot is available from Paladin Press or amazon.com

Good shooting.

The Author
Al
Albert League is a former Marine and law enforcement firearm instructor who consults on a variety of security topics.