01 Jun 2019
The Difference Can Get You Killed
When engaging with students, whether they are inexperienced or more seasoned, I occasionally come across a trait that strikes me as extremely dangerous.
What am I talking about?
There is a technical name for it but it can be summarized for our purposes as overestimation.
Overestimating your level of skill and expertise, particularly.
Now, you may wonder how
that, of all the things a self-defense-minded shooter has to be mindful of, is such a big deal? Let’s discuss…
22 May 2019
Essential Skills Wrap-up
You may be wondering about the traditional skills I did not label as essential. Stance? Breathing? Follow-through?? Are they not important? Are they not also essential?
Well, sure they are important. They just fall into a different category in this context. These skills and the way we look at them has to be
adapted a bit.
15 May 2019
Essential Skill #7: Commitment to Improvement
This is simple: you have to keep improving.
Shooting skills, especially with a pistol, are perishable. If you aren’t exercising them regularly they are degrading… often to an alarming degree.
All that matters is how you can shoot NOW.
Don’t neglect your skills.
Let’s get serious, though. There is more to this than just shooting.
01 May 2019
Essential Skill #6: Movement
Movement changes everything.
We live in a dynamic world, where there is so much activity around us. We, too, move around ;-)
Taking good, static marksmanship and introducing movement also changes everything. The thing that is immediately obvious when you do it? You are not nearly as good of a shot as you thought you were, especially when you introduce time pressure too.
15 Apr 2019
Essential Skill #5: Trigger Control
This one is, like
Sight Picture, somewhat obvious. You have to control the trigger properly to make the good hits.
As you surely see by now, there is some symbiosis between these skills. They complement and support each other.
So, what are some issues regarding trigger control in the context of self defense?