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Gun Range Practice Drills; Concealed Carry Draw Techniques, Double Taps, Tactical Reload & More

In this day and age of mass shootings the legitimate gun carrier is under scrutiny and increased pressure. To take on the responsibility of concealed carry is a challenge. Many of the statistics of defensive shooting have shifted. In the past the majority of shooting confrontations occurred at 7 yards or less. New information indicates that many of these confrontations are occurring at 3 yards or less. That is under 10 feet. Another is that a lot of situations evolve over a 3 second time period.

Stand Your Ground Law

As a concealed carry practitioner, you owe it to yourself and your loved ones to be competent with your weapon. This can also show that you have taken the time to ensure that you know your weapon and are prepared. In many states, including California laws are written to protect the “stand your ground” doctrine. But in your defense if you were able to retreat a deadly force confrontation the better.

Practice Dry Fire Concealed Carry Draw Techniques

But if it comes down to actually having to employ a weapon in self-defense, you have a very narrow window of opportunity. It takes practice to be proficient with a weapon. One of the best ways to safely practice your draw, as from the time you perceive danger and respond is a very, very short time. You must be proficient. And your practice should be as it would be in a carry situation, not an open holster. Practice your draw from under coat or shirt as the situation dictates according to your mode of carry. You can do this as a dry fire exercise. Best to purchase some snap caps, inert cartridges with a spring-loaded primer to protect your firing pin. Practice your draw. Make your draw as smooth as possible with a minimum of jerky movements. Dry firing is cheap, but make sure no live rounds are in the gun or around you. Don’t have any live ammunition around or on your person when practicing dry fire exercise. Draw and fire one trigger pull. There seems to a mental disconnect for many between carrying a weapon and drawing the weapon. If you cannot draw and employ your gun quickly to make your window of opportunity you have a major problem. Drawing your weapon should be part of your dry fire practice.

Tactical Reload

Practicing your reloading techniques is a must if you are facing more than one opponent. If you’re in state with a maximum 10 round magazine this is something you need to know about. A tactical reload occurs when you’ve fired rounds but want a fully loaded magazine. Tactical reloading is dropping the magazine from the weapon, it still has ammo in it, so it goes into your waist band or pocket, and you insert a fresh magazine. It takes coordination to do this. If your mag is dry, just drop it and go for the reload. Few there are that are accomplished at reloading under pressure. Start by transferring the loaded magazine to your off hand (strong hand is the one your holding your gun in. Off-hand is the opposite hand of your strong hand). Drop your mag and reload.

Lateral Movement Shooting Drill

Set up three targets, one about 12 yards from the line. The right one about ten feet to the left and 8 yards from the line. The last goes about 10 feet to the left and about four yards from the line. Engage each target then move to the next target. One of the most important aspects of being in a deadly force situation is movement. Movement to confuse and challenge the enemy, and movement to better engage a threat. Movement is a key element but tends to be ignored by most other than military shooters. This training scenario helps you to think about and get comfortable about moving. Be sure to mix it up between rounds. You don’t want to get locked into a routine or pattern. Practice those engagements that challenge you the most.

Practice Double Taps

Practice the double tap after mastering these other skills. Two rounds ensure that the aggressor has been immobilized without over kill. Remember you are trying to neutralize the threat, not necessarily kill the aggressor.

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If you carry you must practice often. Live fire at least four times a year and shoot the qualification course for CCW permit at least one of those. Dry fire as often as you can. It builds confidence as well as competence.
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