One of the primary goals of any weapons training is familiarization. This is not the phase where any real shooting occurs, it is just familiarization. And it is important. In previous blogs we have emphasized reloading drills, shooting on the move as well as close and far threats, but familiarization is key. You have other training regimes that are important as well. Part of familiarization is cleaning the pistol. Since much of what we have covered is for concealed carry we will cover subjects here that apply to shotguns and rifles as well.
Firearms Familiarization & Qualification
The Army basic training is firearms familiarization and qualification. Remember the United States military have learned their lessons over more than two centuries. But there are details in weapons handling and emphasis that varies from service to service. Most civilian shooters must adapt what we can from this wealth of experience.
Firearm Familiarization Phase 1 – Disassembly & Assembly
Phase One: This includes disassembly and assembly. For the civilian shooter of the typical firearm we need to know how to break our weapons down for field and intensive cleaning. Most weapons come with explode view schematics. Learn at least the major groupings like the frame, slide and barrel assemblies. In the typical semi-auto carried the slide house the barrel and the firing pin/striker components. The frame houses the trigger group, magazine release and the stock or handle of the weapon. For field cleaning concentrate on the groups. For rifles, most have a receiver with attached barrel and a bolt. Military rifles such as auto loading pistols separate into a frame and receiver-barrel assembly. Why is it important to know about these things? Well the short answer is your life may depend on it. In combat there may be failures of equipment. Familiarization is necessary and emphasized by the military. Not only knowing about these thing aids in preventive maintenance but in troubleshooting any problems. Stove piping, bad primers and slow cock off are all common problems and of course could be life threatening. Stove piping is when the brass casing fails to clear the gun and becoming caught in the ejection port. This needs to be cleared immediately in a combat condition. The military practices function and troubleshooting.
Firearm Familiarization Phase 2 – Practice Proper Sight Alignment
Phase Two & Three: Experienced shooters can fall into bad habits and new shooters need to begin basic shooting techniques and work up to more advance marksmanship challenges. Small hands and big thick grips for trouble makes. You have to obtain a firearm that is comfortable to hold and control. When picking a weapon make sure that it feels controllable. You need to practice bringing up the weapon to a firing position with proper sight alignment and sight picture automatically. Time lost in obtaining proper sight and target alignment may result in your incapacitation or death. This is a muscle memory thing, and you need to practice until it is automatic. One handed and two handed, remember you need to adjust for close encounters as well as those with more spatial separation.
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Trigger squeeze and breathing control. At longer range hold your breath when you shoot. Squeeze the trigger, don’t jerk it. The Army spends 14 hours total on basic marksmanship. This is before final qualifications. As can be observed in consideration, a lot of effort goes into training with a weapon, maintaining and malfunction remediation. Know your weapon. Be proficient. Shooting Range Industries designs and builds custom shooting ranges for firearms practice and training.