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Good & Bad Shooting Range Firearm Training Habits for Police Officers; Practice for Real Life & Rapid Fire Scenarios, Handgun Reloading & More

Shooting range time is important for police officers to constantly sharpen their skills and to be a responsible defender of the public. However there are many bad habits that are developed when you’re simply practicing on the range. Shooting Range Industries wants to warn our fellow police officers of these bad habits that were shared with us by law enforcement trainers. We hope to help remove these bad habits and improve the safety of our officers.

Practice Draw & Fire Speed for Real Life Scenarios

When you are practicing your draw and fire speed from your holster, practice for real life scenarios. This means don’t leave your snap or other retention devices undone on your holster when you’re at the range. Yes it’s faster but in a sense it will slow you down. It is proven that how you practice, is how you will react in a real time situation. If you are used to having your snap or guards released you will not go through that step if you need to get your gun out quickly. You will get confused and that slows you down. Always practice from the beginning. The way you carry your gun in your holster is how you will want to practice releasing and drawing your firearm.

Police Pistol Score Sheets

Don’t be over concerned with your shooting score. So many police officers feel inadequate with their firearms because they can’t have a tight grouping like a pro shooter. This puts doubt in their mind. Doubt is never good for a police officer. It is not your job to line your shots one right on top of the other. Police officers are taught that center mass headshot or maiming shots like arms and leg are encouraged. Center mass is a larger target and will put an aggressor down if an immediate threat. Keep in mind the score ring has nothing to do with the human body, those rings aren’t nearly as important as the vitals on the human threat you are trying to stop.

Rapid Fire Scenarios

It’s nice to take your time aiming and firing for good target practice and is encouraged and a warm up technique. However in most real life situations, you don’t have that luxury. Most shootings involving police officers on average fire 5 rounds per second. That is why it is important to train this way. Make sure on your range day practice to cycle through rapid fire scenarios.

Handgun Reloading Practice Drills

Same goes for reloading practices. Whether you’re using a semi-automatic pistol or revolver, reload like your life is on the line. Often reloading your firearm gets overlooked. This is important in a major shooting event when you have emptied your gun and need more ammo in a hurry. This is something you can practice anywhere because it doesn’t require you actually shooting your gun. Practice reloading at speeds and if possible while you’re moving around. It’s nice to think you have a safe place to eject your clips, or brass out of the cylinder but sometimes you might need to reload on the move and towards cover.

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Always remember the way you train is the way you will react. Listed above are but a few of the bad habits that cost some police officers injury or even their life. Don’t be a victim of your own bad training. Also keep in mind to practice harder and harder to the point of failure. This may seem a crazy thought but this means more growth each time you practice. Shooting Range Industries wants to help support our law enforcement and send our best wishes. It is our wish they return home safely each night. For more information on your own custom shooting range, contact us today!