In order for police officers to constantly sharpen their skills and to be a responsible defender of the public, range time is critical. When you’re simply practicing on the range, there are many bad habits that are developed, however. In an effort to help remove these bad habits and improve the safety of our officers, we at Shooting Range Industries want to warn our fellow police officers of these bad habits that was shared with us by law enforcement trainers.
Practice How to Draw
For real life scenarios, you are practicing your draw and fire speed from your holster. When you are at the range, yes, its faster but it doesn’t mean you don’t leave your snap or other retention devices undone on your holster. In a real time situation, it is proven that how you practice is how you will react. If you need to get your gun out quickly but it is snapped when you have practiced unsnapped, then you will get confused and this will slow you down. From the beginning the way you carry your gun in your holster is how you will want to practice releasing and drawing your firearm. This is always how you should practice.
Does Target Shooting Score Matter?
Don’t be over concerned with your shooting score. Because they can’t have a tight grouping like a pro shooter, many police officers feel inadequate with their firearms. It is not your job to line your shoot one right on top of the other and doubt is never good for a police officer. Maiming shots like arms and legs are discouraged and police officers are taught center mass shots. If there is an immediate threat, center mass is a larger target and will put an aggressor down. Those rings aren’t near as important as vitals on the human so keep in mind the score ring have nothing to do with the human body.
Rapid Fire Scenario
For good target practice and an excellent warmup technique, it is nice to take your time aiming and firing. In most real-life situations, you don’t have that luxury, however. On average most shootings involving police officers fire 5 rounds per second which is why it is important to train this way. To cycle through rapid fire scenarios, make sure to practice on your range day.
Ammo Reloading Process
Reload like your life is on the line, whether you’re using a semi-automatic pistol or revolver. This is important in a major shooting when you have emptied your gun and need more ammo in a hurry since reloading your firearm gets overlooked. Because it doesn’t require you actually shooting your gun, this is something you can practice anywhere. While you are moving around, practice reloading at speeds and if possible. Sometimes you might need to reload on the move towards cover, it is nice to think you got a safe place to eject your clips or brass out of the cylinder.
Custom Shooting Ranges for Law Enforcement Practice & Training
A few bad habits can cost some police officers injury or life, so always remember the way you train is the way you will react. Avoid being a victim of your own bad training. Shooting Range Industries designs and builds custom modular shooting ranges for the ultimate in convenience and safe indoor shooting. Call us to learn more today!