Here are 12 things to focus on perfecting while training handgun drills at the range.
A shooting response to a lethal threat is a complex series of observations and reactions. There are a number of skills involved in a successful response, and luckily for us, our innate abilities developed over millennia help us tremendously. Learning to use a specific tool like a firearm, however, is not an innate or “instinctive” skill — it’s something we learn to do in concert with what we already know and do.
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So, what are the kinds of things you need to train and practice? In no particular order, here are just a few of the things you might need to be able to do quickly and efficiently:
- Get a proper grasp on the gun
- Bring the gun from the holster to the target
- Decide if and when you need to shoot, and when you need to stop shooting
- Retrieve the pistol from a storage device
- Use the gun in concert with illumination of some type
- Reload the gun when it runs out of ammunition
- Clear a malfunction
- Recognize the level of precision to which you need to shoot
- Deliver that level of precision on target
- Deal with more than one attacker
- Shoot rapid, multiple rounds to an appropriate level of precision
- Shoot one-handed
Of course there’s a lot more, but this should give you an idea of what this concept of “task-oriented” training means: practicing those things that are actually needed in a defensive shooting.