This is a discussion on Is There a Consensus? within the Defensive Carry Guns forums, part of the Defensive Carry Discussions category; Originally Posted by Rock and Glock steffen gets a Gold Star today! I'm usually pretty open minded, but when I saw the title of the ...
When we go out to eat, we discuss tactics if a shooter enters and which cover is available. Wife and I both carry and we have even discussed transferring guns to whomever has best shot/cover. It's just part of our what-if conversations, not a scare tactic. It also improves SA when in a public place.
yeah, we're in our 70s...gives us something to talk about.
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Wow. 1,000 rounds of .45 is about 400+ bucks. If you fired 5 rounds per minute(reasonable since reload time and mag fill time are part of it) it would require over 3 hrs. to fire 1,000 rds. Not too much time if broken down into 2 or 3 days. Don't know about range fees, but $500 bucks total may be close, per week. $2,000.00 a month. I want a job like yours pays. If practice makes perfect then you must be getting close.
I shoot with a pistol and a Canon. We must all hang together amigos, or we will all hang separately. NRA life member.
And, to the golf analogy................
Just remember, if you can't get it to the short grass, you may as well stay home.
That is why you go bust the couple bucket of balls at the driving range, to be certain you are getting the little white dimply thingy down the center, ( or around whatever dogleg you wish to go) of the big pretty green lawn.
This is why some guys practice @ 30,40,50 yards and beyond.
That way everything closer is in the bag.
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Ive always hunted and have occasionally taken a target shooting friend out hunting. One of the things about hunting that target shooters don't get is when you have a good shot ... Take It Now! You may not get another! Most target guys will stare through the scope for a while. Animals don't hold still for longer than they have to. I kind of dought a BG will either.
I may not win the Olympics, But I can get quickly on target and hold there long enough to make that shot! DR
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I practice the things you do and go through 50-100 rounds per week. I have my own place with a homemade 25 yard range. Most of my practice is on my feet, moving or from some other natural position ( such as having been knocked to the ground ). I would practice more if I could afford more ammo. As to consensus, I can't think of any subject on which there is a consensus. There are a lot of experts out there ( and some of them may actually be one ), many of whom I pay attention to. But in the end I make up my own mind about what to do and not do. There is no one I agree with totally and I'm sure I would have to look hard to find someone who agrees with me much more than partially. I suspect there are probably a lot of others just like me, but I doubt we could get a consensus on that either.
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"When those who are governed do too little, those who govern can, and will, do too much." Ronald Reagan
Do what you can; then do what you must
There will never be a concensus on how much or what type training one should have just as there will never be a concensus on what is the best firearm or caliber.
Each individual must decide what level they want to reach and what commitment they want to put out to stay there. Firearms training/trainers are a lot like pastors, if one says, does, preaches something you don't like or agree with simply move on. Eventually you will find one that suits your taste. Yes there is a ton of information out there. One saying this and the other saying "absolutely not".
The trainers or information I tend to avoid are those that make claims that if you don't do it like me you will not survive or this simple one day course will have you shooting better than a Navy Seal and so on. There is no one perfect gun, bullet, shooting stance or whatever else for every person. We are individuals not only by our physical build but in our mental capacity so no one thing works for everyone.
Being here I don't get to train as much as I would like to. I do have access to some top end operators here who are gracious enough to let me tag along at the range. Sometimes they outshoot me and sometimes I outshoot them but I do miss an organized training class where I can simply be a student. I do use golf as an example when teaching along with bowling and archery. Each of these sports requires the basics to be mastered and to perform them consistently to get consistent results.
Oneshot said it best,I practice at longer ranges simply because there are times when my engagement distances are longer. I do not carry a long gun while on camp most of the time, simply my Glock, so I have to be prepared to use it in place of a long gun if needed. Longer distances also allow me to challenge myself just to see what I can do.Just remember, if you can't get it to the short grass, you may as well stay home.
Always remember though if you limit yourself in your training you also limit yourself in what you will be able to do in a live SD situation. If you only train for 3 shots, three yards, in three seconds and so on, what happens when the distance is 11.2 yards and the bad guy has not read the appropriate memo stating how he should react and fires 7 rounds right off the bat? You will never dictate the circumstances in a true SD situation you will simply be reacting to what the other guy does.
At this point you either have to disengage from the threat, if possible, engage at the longer distance hoping to be effective, or close the distance to within your effective range. Many folks would not rush into the path of incoming fire to close the distance. I simply look at it as expanding my safe zone. The farther out I can engage the less effective, hopefully, the bad guy will be at that distance.
Finally there are limitations to training as others have stated. Physical, financial, family and so on but there are alternatives. A set of snap caps, a sterile (free of live ammo) room and a 6 year old with a whistle can test some skills. Balloons inflated and hung from a string provide movement and target identification when different colors are used. I am a firm believer in the phrase "trigger time is trigger time" and a .22 can save money on ammo and allow you to practice the fundamentals even if it is a different model than your EDC.
It is still up to the individual and what they feel is best for them.
"A first rate man with a third rate gun is far better than the other way around". The gun is a tool, you are the craftsman that makes it work. There are those who say "if I had to do it, I could" yet they never go out and train to do it. Don't let stupid be your mindset. Harryball 2013
There are some fundamentals that are consistent but my belief is that you have to do what comes/feels natural for you. If holding the gun gangster style or even upside down allows you to quickly put shots on target then that is what you should do. Unconventional? Yes. Will it work for others? Probably not. But if it works for you then that is what counts in a gun battle.
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