Unique training day: 1,600 rounds in 6 hours
Recoil Mechanics: How To Manage Recoil and Be Accurate
They call him "The Grand Master Whisperer." He's trained hundreds of people — from Special Forces to IPSC Champions — and the stories about his way of training are endless.
But never did I really envision going through 1,600 rounds of 9mm in about six hours, until I had the unique opportunity to train one-on-one with Frank Garcia at his facility, Universal Shooting Academy in Florida.
Equal Height, Equal Light: Getting Your Pistol Sights On Target The Right Way
Many action pistol shooters have the desire to press the trigger as fast as possible while keeping all shots on a target the size of a pie plate when competing. As Ricky Bobby put it in Talladega Nights, “I wanna go fast!” This concept is known as “flash sight picture,” or defensive accuracy. A lot of competitive shooters think if they mash the trigger hard and fast, they’ll be better shooters. Well, that’s not really how it works.
Pistol Shooting Positions: Weaver Vs. Isosceles
My goal here is to teach beginners how to properly aim a pistol (and correct some errors committed by the more experienced.) Before we get into the tactics, I’d like to reference a quote from the late Pat Rogers, a former NYPD sergeant, Marine Corps warrant officer and firearms training legend: “Folks, it’s not rocket surgery or brain science.” (Needless to say, I share Pat’s sense of humor.)
Are You Ready? A Path to Capability
Andy Lander is an NRA Training Counselor Program Coordinator in NRA’s Education and Training Division. A graduate of Virginia Military Institute, Andy has been a competitive shooter since 1996, competing in NCAA smallbore rifle.
Drawing A Pistol From Concealment, Part 2: Re-holstering And Apparel Choices
Green Ops Staff has had the fortunate opportunity to teach thousands of students throughout our collective military, law enforcement, and civilian instructor careers. In the short two years that we have been offering our experience and knowledge to open civilian classes, we have reached at least 500 additional students. To our clients, we say “thank you!”
Hitting Every Target: What Does It Take?
Nothing is more important than firearm safety, and for that reason we’ll first revisit the NRA Gun Safety Rules. While training, especially for novices, I recommend using an unloaded firearm on the range or other prescribed shooting area. Never practice drawing from concealment in a public space, even with an unloaded firearm.
Drawing A Pistol From Concealment, Part 1: The Draw
It’s one thing to hit a single, easily detected, close-range target in daylight with a single, moderately accurate shot, from a stable firing position, when not in a hurry. But change those conditions, presenting challenges common in defensive situations, and it’s a different proposition altogether.
Get A Grip: Proper Grip Essential For Shooting Precision
After you have mastered the fundamentals of shooting a pistol at a target on a range, you may start to wonder, “How do I use this leather or Kydex thingamajig?” Ultimately, you’ll need to know how to draw the gun from a concealed position, particularly for those who want to become effective concealed carriers.
Budget Low Power Variable Optics
Gripping a semi-automatic pistol correctly is essential to be able to shoot precisely and quickly. A proper grip will determine whether you will have proper finger placement on the trigger and if you will be able to shoot and control the gun through recoil, known as recoil management.
Presenting the Pistol/The Combat Draw Stroke
I recently had the opportunity to try out both the Vortex Strike Eagle 1-8 and the Primary Arms 1-8 optics. Historically speaking my experience with optics had come in two flavors. The high end expensive items, and very cheap optics that weren’t trustworthy in terms of clarity, zero, or durability. Well there seems to be a new option available for those of you who don’t wish to spend up to the likes of a Leupold, S&B, or similar.
This is both a loose set of instructions and/or considerations on a safe and efficient methodology on how to consistently and quickly bring a pistol or a concealed pistol into immediate defensive readiness. As with all firearms training, safety is paramount. Ensure your gun handling is safe. Always practice muzzle management and trigger finger discipline.