Shooters who are training for practical defense use of the handgun are often frustrated with the inability to shoot multiple shots quickly. The training remedy is fairly simple. Begin by shooting accurately at a target no larger than the perceived size of the front sight tip during aiming. Try the cross target as described in The Perfect Pistol Shot. When you are reliably hitting your mark, increase your speed in a timed rhythm, like music. Let the rhythm of your fire compel your speed. For instance, if you’re firing 1 Mississippi, 2 Mississippi, etc., you are bound to fire at that rate throughout the string. What if you’re not ready to fire on 3 Mississippi? Than you are firing too fast. You are ready to advance the tempo of fire when you are perfectly successful at a slower rate. If you can fire very accurately at 1–2–3–4–5, then you can advance to 1-2-3-4-5. Continue reading
The sad State of California is in the process of amending its deadly force law to change the standard from “reasonable” to “necessary.” It is a horrendous mistake being done to satisfy the naïve do-gooders as well as shrewd race-baiters. As California goes, too often, so goes the country.
The standard has been based on what the officer or citizen knew at the time, provided the officer or citizen met a general standard of being a reasonably competent person. Those who seek to change the law have done so under the misunderstanding that officers do not currently have to use lesser means of force when such means are appropriate. In other words, police currently can’t legally shoot a fleeing shoplifter, but they can chase and forcibly take the shoplifter into custody, using as much force as is required to overcome the suspect’s resistance. If an officer knowingly and improperly uses deadly force, he is criminally liable and there are ex-cops in prison who prove the point. Continue reading
Nice weather is upon us, at least in most of the country, and it’s time for hunters and target shooters to get back to school for safety and accuracy. The best accuracy training remains dry-fire. Dry-fire is actually better than live-fire because live-fire is not as easy to read. What I mean is the instant the hammer drops during dry-fire, the shooter will know exactly where the round would have struck the target. Live-fire requires greater alertness to see the sights prior to the hammer actually striking because recoil will move the firearm to some small degree. Continue reading