STUDY: Vid from recent close quarters force-on-force drilling we conducted. NOTE, I'm not singling out the individual in vid as having done anything wrong. He learned and improved throughout the day, which is what training is for. If we can't learn from our mistakes then why train? Considerations: 1) We had performed 100+ live fire draws prior to these FOF drills with and without movement/turns. 2) Note in first still pic the double layers of garments, gray pullover under black coat inhibited "deep thumb behind gun" and full firing grip. I see this often and the reason why one of the MDTS Principles of Concealed Carry is – Limit cover garments to one layer. 3) The black coat/cover garment was released early because the support hand was needed to fend the knife attacker off, this made the draw more difficult, see still pic 2-3. 4) These are perishable skills that need frequent practice. Going to a class is where you learn how and what to do. In class you get some practice but not nearly the amount required to be proficient.These skills need to be practiced frequently. 5) One way to get practice reps AND acclimate to different clothing you conceal the gun with is practice 10-20 draws with the clothing you are wearing each day you #EDC -Do this with an EMPTY GUN, no mag, no round in chamber, no ammo in room, somewhere with a safe backstop-work on proper mechanics of draw stroke building speed with each rep until you are doing 4-5, 110% draws from concealment. Do this every day you carry and before long you will have logged hundreds of practice reps. 6) Find a force-on-force class to test your square range mentality and skills. Don't settle for good enough as being able to shoot the bullseye or knock a tin can over. It's very different with live, moving, talking, oppositional partners and role players. Test what you think you know and don't believe ANYTHING you are taught or shown by an instructor until you have tested it. 7) I don't care if you carry a gun, if you aren't proficient with it you aren't helpful to anyone. Possession does not mean proficiency 8) Empty hand skills to fight to gun? *Note orange tape on grip, Airsoft pistols. #MDTS #picoftheday
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