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TacTrainers Metal Airsoft Targets for Home Practice 

Posted on: September 5th, 2016 by admin No Comments

TacTrainers Metal Airsoft Targets for Home Practice

TacTrainers Metal Airsoft Targets for Home Practice in the garage. This is a quick pistol practice session with Matt utilizing Tactrainers metal Airlift targets. I saw friends Shawn and Jordan using them via social media so decided to pick some up. It was a great  investment that added to daily dry-fire micro practice sessions a couple times a week should help me stay proficient and improve.

These reduced size heavy metal targets are cheap, easy to assemble and provide visual and audible feedback. As a result, you get a very similar experience to shooting real steel targets. For safety, eye pro is a must as the Airsoft pellets fragment and come back at you.

Thanks guys for pointing these out to me. You can check out Tactrainers online over on YouTube and on Facebook.

 

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Study of Atlanta Gunfight Around Vehicle

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Study of Atlanta Gunfight Around Vehicle

Study of Atlanta Gunfight Around Vehicle and self defense considerations regarding fighting in and around vehicles.

STUDY: Gunfight around vehicle, Atlanta GA. A lot to consider here. Considerations: 1)Handguns vs. long guns, are you ready for this type of fight? How important is access, accuracy, movement and the use of tactics? What are you spending time practicing? 2)As Tim C, who I first saw post this vid points out, note the difficulty the handgun guy has getting the gun out once he realizes he's got a fight? Consider your ability to get your gun out and into action if someone with a long gun entered your immediate environment. Is it practiced enough? Simply carrying a gun and how fast you can shoot doesn't matter one bit if you can't get the gun out and into the fight. 3)Close quarters shooting=width and length of car until the guy with handgun disengaged. 4)Use of the vehicle as cover. Note long gunner had "high ground" and handgun guy went low and stayed low until started shooting. High ground doesn't always have to be elevated on a roof top, balcony or hill=standing vs. kneeling who has the advantage? 5)Interval from cover. Note how close handgun guy stayed to vehicle. Long gunner actually motions with off hand telling him to move away so he could see him better or so he didn't have to shoot his ride. If handgun guy had been "arms length" off vehicle he would have been in the open to the long gunner with high ground. Interval from cover/concealment changes based upon fighting on either horizontal or vertical planes. Consider and study both. 6) Accuracy. Only person hit was girl in car. Neither shooter acquired sight alignment but simply pointed in the direction of threat. Be the trained marksman or markswoman. 7)Movement. Note how handgun guy kept moving (while talking at first), buying time, creating space and then disengaging. Movement is a survival skill and should be trained in conjunction with firearm marksmanship and mechanics as soon as a shooter demonstrates fundamental proficiency of marksmanship and mechanics. 8) Neither guy had any concern for where their rounds went. The armed civilian or LEO is responsible for every round. Study, train, practice and test your skills constantly if you carry a gun.#picoftheday#igmilitia#follow#mdts#training #pistol#ak47

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Considerations:

1)Handguns vs. long guns, are you ready for this type of fight? How important is access, accuracy, movement and the use of tactics? What are you spending time practicing?

2)As Tim C, who I first saw post this vid points out, note the difficulty the handgun guy has getting the gun out once he realizes he’s got a fight? Consider your ability to get your gun out and into action if someone with a long gun entered your immediate environment. Have you practiced enough? Simply carrying a gun and how fast you can shoot doesn’t matter one bit if you can’t get the gun out and into the fight.

3)Close quarters shooting=width and length of car until the guy with handgun disengaged.

4)Use of the vehicle as cover. Note long gunner had “high ground” and handgun guy went low and stayed low until started shooting. High ground doesn’t always have to be elevated on a roof top, balcony or hill=standing vs. kneeling who has the advantage?

5)Interval from cover. Note how close handgun guy stayed to vehicle. Long gunner actually motions with off hand telling him to move away so he could see him better or so he didn’t have to shoot his ride. If handgun guy had been “arms length” off vehicle he would have been in the open to the long gunner with high ground. Interval from cover/concealment changes based upon fighting on either horizontal or vertical planes. Consider and study both.

6) Accuracy. Only person hit was girl in car. Neither shooter acquired sight alignment but simply pointed in the direction of threat. Be the trained marksman or markswoman.

7)Movement. Note how handgun guy kept moving (while talking at first), buying time, creating space and then disengaging. Movement is a survival skill and should be trained in conjunction with firearm marksmanship and mechanics as soon as a shooter demonstrates fundamental proficiency of marksmanship and mechanics.

8) Neither guy had any concern for where their rounds went. The armed civilian or LEO is responsible for every round.

 

Lessons:

Understand what cover and concealment are

Learn and train principles and tactics for using barricades

Study, train, practice and test your skills constantly if you carry a gun

Practical Pistol Movement & Cover Skills 

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Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves?

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Is Your Family Ready to Defend Themselves – defensive considerations for those who have multiples firearms and multiple family members.

Who are you preparing to protect and have you given THEM the tools to protect themselves(wife,husband,son, daughter,significant other)?

NOTE-all of these thoughts and considerations are age dependent for children.

 

 

Family readiness considerations:

1)Gradually introduce the concepts of personal protection to family members vs. forcing it upon them.

2)Speak with everyone about awareness and how, as a family, you can better pay attention to what’s going on around you. Recruit kids to be “look out” for you when you have to check a phone message or direct your attention to a task in public. Kids find this game fun and you’re helping to develop their awareness skills early on.

3)Talk to them about guns, why you carry one, safety, the dangers associated with them and make it clear to them that it’s not to be discussed with others unless at the range or a shooting event.

4)Are family members familiar enough with the guns you own to operate them in a time of need both at home or in public, possibly grabbing your CCW firearm if you are down or injured.

5)The simpler the manual of arms of a handgun the faster they can learn & adapt. A striker fired handgun can be put in the eye-line, sights aligned and trigger pressed with minimal practice.

6)Do you frequently switch between “carry guns”? YOU may be familiar with and have the ability to quickly and accurately shoot every gun in your collection but can they? Switching between guns thus requires everyone be familiar and have the ability to operate.

7)Do they know where you carry your firearm(s) on your person and where you store them at home? Do they have access codes to gun-safes? (age appropriate)

8)If firearms are staged at home for protection make sure the guns they are familiar with and can operate are separated from all others, are ready and accessible to them. Having a safe full of multiple guns looks good to you but may be detrimental to them during a bad situation.

9)Disengage ego from the idea that YOU will always be the primary protector. Consider yourself team leader not sole protector. Finally, you may be the first killed, injured or not even there.

 

See also Home & Family Defense Skills

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Defensive Shotgun Considerations

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A few considerations regarding defensive shotgun ammunition management, patterning and multiple projectiles.

 

 

Defensive Shotgun Considerations

Ammunition management is an essential skill. Pick a couple of practical loading techniques that work for you on the move, in the dark and in a variety of positions and drill them extensively. This video is from our combative application & individual patterning drill using Federal Flight Control 00 Buck. Note the pattern on the target at 7 plus yards with head shots. We had four shooters running this load in this class with different shotguns. All demonstrated almost identical patterns. I recommend Federal Flight Control double aught and #1 buckshot loads for defensive applications.

Sight management and good shooting fundamentals are as essential with the shotgun as with any other firearm. It is not just a “point & shoot” gun despite what some will tell you.

Remember, multiple projectiles are discharged with each trigger press. Note the shell cup in the accompanying pic lodged into the 1/4in plywood backer. Can that cause serious injury? You are a responsible for all of the projectiles you send down range. Know how your shotgun patterns with each ammunition type and brand you have on hand at varied distances.

Measure maximum visual distance in your home such as down a hallway or across a living room. Pattern each shotgun with each ammunition out to that distance.

 

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How to Clear Pistol Malfunctions 

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How to Clear Pistol Malfunctions

 

Video and guidelines on clearing pistol malfunctions.

Note, this is done with dummy rounds. NO LIVE AMMUNITION is in the room.

If you choose to practice these verify the handgun is safe and clear by visually and physically checking it at least twice. Make sure no live ammunition is in the room you are practicing in. Verify you are using dummy rounds by checking each individual round.

 

 

How to Clear Pistol Malfunctions considerations and study guidelines:

General

Diagnostic vs. non-diagnostic assessment i.e. look at gun or work off what gun does or doesn’t do?

Will clearance method work in dark, on the move, with one hand (cred @heybminus)?

Are you just shooting or are you fighting? Is time a factor?

Aggressive manipulation of pistol allows extractor, ejector and recoil spring to do jobs most effectively.

Turning pistol so ejection port faces ground allows gravity to assist clearing any spent casings or debris.

Correct gear and pistol modifications can assist clearance such as mag extensions, enlarged mag base plates and grip mods.

If time not a factor(shooting)then all pistol malf’s can be remedied, with the exception of the failure to unlock, by unloading pistol all the way and reloading. For failure to “unlock” wherein magazine is removed and slide cannot be locked to rear, grasp top of slide with support hand firmly and with web of firing hand strike the tang or beaver tail of pistol to “unlock” then lock slide rear.

If time a factor (fighting) remediation is broken into Immediate Action (rapid fix) and Remedial Action (possibly more timely fix).

 

Immediate Action & Remedial Action

Immediate Action(IA)=robustly tap base plate of mag,assuring proper seating of mag and aggressive reciprocation of slide (rack). This method works to fix gun out of battery, failure to feed/fire, failure to eject (stovepipe) and any debris lodged in ejection port.

Remedial Action(RA)=when gun, gear and operator hand strength will allow, engage mag release, rip mag out of gun, reinsert mag and reciprocate slide. This works to fix linear malfunctions/failure to extract (double feeds). IF mag cannot be removed in an efficient manner then lock slide to rear, remove magazine, reciprocate slide (more than once) and reload

Quick Reference -If gun does not shoot when trigger pressed then IA= tap+rack. IF IA didn’t work then RA=rip mag out-reinsert+rack or lock-rip-rack-reload. When slide won’t move to rear then web hand strike to tang. If out of battery then tap rear of slide with palm or tap+rack.

 

Dummy rounds used here, clear guns and remove live ammo from room.

 

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Pistol Training & Practice

Posted on: September 2nd, 2016 by admin No Comments

A quick post expressing my personal feelings regarding firearms instruction, an “instructors” responsibility and efforts to stay proficient via training and practice.

TRAINING & PRACTICE: Practical Pistol Skills 1, Marietta NY. I won't ask you to do something I won't do myself. It's important to me that I demo each drill in front of everyone and sometimes actively participate in the class alongside the clients. It's important that clients see me doing what I expect them to do, to lead by example. This is also an opportunity for me to get some practice in. Due to my schedule I don't get to the range to practice as often as I'd like so I rely heavily on dry-fire at-home and while traveling. Shooting in classes tells me where I'm at. Every round, every execution of a mechanical skill has purpose and meaning, it tells me something. It doesn't matter to me what I used to be able to do or what I did yesterday, what matters is what I can do today or tomorrow. I make mistakes sometimes and that's a good thing. Training and practice is where we CAN and should get it wrong. It's through repeated training & practice that we learn, develop and maintain a consistent, repeatable and on demand level of skill so if the time comes to do it for real we are as close to ready as possible. Yesterday is irrelevant. What can you do today, what will you be capable of tomorrow? Go train. #picoftheday #pistol #practicalpistolskills #mdtstraining

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