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So forgive me while I ’geek out’ a bit here.

I’ve been carrying 16 years, carry every day, but am admittedly not well trained.

After watching that most recent “church shooting” video and studying the AAR’s that were online about it, I decided to invest in some training; the LGS offers a number of tactical pistol classes and allows members to ‘test’ for their Tactical Club where you may practice live-fire quick draws and double taps.

Last evening was Tactical Pistol 1 - man was that fun! We focused on drawing from the holster and using correct technique to quickly employ and target with a smooth trigger pull as your arms reach extension. Then to “assess”, check your 360 and recover.

We used a speed timer as well, amazing how stressful that initially was and how easy it was to fumble the draw, (even with just the laser pistol) but during live-fire I was able to “draw” and hit center mass at 1.48 seconds. (7 yards).

So much discussion around ’drills’ and muscle memory; one thing that really kicked me in the ass was during draw-training in the class room I was not taking my finger off of the trigger during ’the assess’ after I had shot. Of course I knew better, but it was not habit in that situation. By the end of the night I was 100% improved.

Anyway, this may be common knowledge and habit to many of you guys, buy as someone just (finally) beginning this journey into becoming a more knowledgeable and trained shooter, brothers am I hooked!

We watched this video during class...wow.



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Sounds like a good class!

I’ve had some intermittent training over the years, most recently at what was called a “Handgun Skills” class at my local range. The session focused on some of the same things you described (but with no timer component). Completion of the session allows attendees to draw from the holster while on the line at future range visits, something this particular facility is rather strict about NOT normally allowing.

There’s the promise of future skill-building classes to come there. In the meantime, I’m working on the fundamentals from this session and some prior training every range outing.



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Learned this week that after completing courses 2 and 3, I can test for the LGS’s “Tactical Club”.

After passing this test, I will be able to use the Police Range during specific timeframes to practice shooting from “the Draw”


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Posts: 10391 | Location: Belly of the Beast | Registered: January 02, 2009Reply With QuoteReport This Post
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I can relate! I’ve been shooting since I was 18. Practicing, learning basic techniques to shoot proficiently, grip, sight picture, stance, trigger control, etc, etc. I’m 48 now and recently started taking tactical\practical classes. They’ve been very eye opening! The 4 classes I’ve taken so far learned and performed malfunction drills, reloads, multiple threats, using cover, when not to shoot, drawing from concealment and I’m signing up for more! My LGS has at least 4 classes for pistol and occasional Carbine and Shotgun every month. It’s humbling ‘cos I’m a n00b to this type of training, but also exciting to be learning all these practical situations. So I completely relate to your exuberance about taking these type of training!
 
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