Firing from the Hip?

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    Firing from the Hip?

    Does anyone actually teach this? I just started looking into firearm self defense and from what I'm seeing there are a LOT of close quarters (within arms reach) scenarios. If those attacks happen so often is training to fire from the hip wise? If so, how?

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    Quote Originally Posted by samefly View Post
    Does anyone actually teach this? I just started looking into firearm self defense and from what I'm seeing there are a LOT of close quarters (within arms reach) scenarios. If those attacks happen so often is training to fire from the hip wise? If so, how?
    You mean.....

    .... like this?

    Legit or not. This is fun to practice. I like to set up three targets, one at 12 o'clock - 7yds, 11 o'clock 8 yards, and 9 o'clock 10 yards. And even though my mag holds 17, I only allowed myself 7+1 (to simulate my pocket carry), Then I tack balloons on the vital areas, heart and head. Then go "Collateral" on them. It's a ton of fun. And the balloons give you instant feedback as to when your target is "down".

    The first time I did it I was really surprised at what I could hit from the hip. I didn't expect to hit the target at all, but I found myself popping the heart balloon quite a few times.

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    Take a point shooting course...well worth the time and cost.OMO
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    A lot of Lips fire from the Hips around here too. They ain't point shooting, but it's fun to read.

    Point shooting is good too, and some excellent instructors hang out here occasionally.
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    Learning to shoot from retention is a good idea,in a lot of cases you may be in arms reach of a BG and extending your arm out in a traditional stance allows the BG a chance to not only deflect your gun but very likely an opportunity to disarm you.Money to take a course from a reputable Instructor is money well spent
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    As long as nobody Grebners themselves, it's all good. ;)
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    When training for shooting distances of 10 feet or less, I like to shoot a few strings from the hip. Although I haven't done it, Zepoll's drill explained above sounds like a good test.

    You'll be surprised both by how easy it is to nail your target from the hip, and how easy it is to miss at such close quarters.
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    Quote Originally Posted by samefly View Post
    Does anyone actually teach this? I just started looking into firearm self defense and from what I'm seeing there are a LOT of close quarters (within arms reach) scenarios. If those attacks happen so often is training to fire from the hip wise? If so, how?
    I took a defensive handgun class which included shooting from the hip. The classes are out there. It's just a matter of finding them.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NYCrulesU View Post
    As long as nobody Grebners themselves, it's all good. ;)

    For the uninitiated.

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    Browies class teaches how to fire as soon as you clear the holster and keep firing as you bring your gun up. Causing a zipper effect.
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    I'd recommend Roger Phillip's Point Shooting Progression class. 2 days of pure enjoyment and learning.

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    Learning to fire from retention and how to shoot while indexing your sights to the target at close quarters is part of any good self defense handgun class.
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    Here is someone who I personally trained and spent some idea sharing with.
    Point shooting is easy to learn and maintain with very little practice.

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EwOJ0nGinsM

    It also works with long guns:

    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L1DPC...eature=related

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    One of our forum members, Guantes developed this technique for "drawing and firing against an aggressor who is threatening you with a firearm that is pointed at you". This is for real:
    Drawing Against The Drop (DATD)
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    Before I retired from law enforcement our department taught what is called close combat drills within the 3 and 7 yard range with live firings at the firing range in both daylight and night firing along with the blink technique to avoid flash blindness. From my work experiences in the metro the critical moment is the first 1 to 2 seconds in getting ur weapon out and on target firing center mass to bend the actor over to deflect his possible fired rounds away from his target ( you ). All this happens in that 1 to 2 second time frame usually. This is why depts and officers usually like revolvers and pistols such as glocks so as to not have a safety to slow down a response time. A safety can in fact get u killed, uniformed officers with exposed holstered weapons have to be aware of weapon retention practices at all times. However this is another story as to why I approve of the ccw weapon over open carry for citizens. Don't show ur cards is what I believe, don't evershow anyone ur hand.

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