Speed. Its essential to your health.
Im not a professional instructor though I do have some background and training in security and self defense. So I occasionally try to help friends when they start out cc or even if they have been for a while but just bought a gun and carry it and are able to hit a soda can at 15 yards.
In my opinion the weakest point most have is a lack of speed. I dont mean speed for speeds sake and cant hit a car at 10 yards but realistic usable speed of draw and fire to center mass at SD distances of 7 to 10 yards.
Nobody that has started out shooting with me except some ex LEO buddies could get their weapon out and fire in time to not be beaten to death with their own gun.:blink:
They invariably have it well concealed to a point that when I ask them to draw from the normal cc postion they cant draw and fire before I can take 7 normal walking strides. And that is approx 21 feet.:shocked2: Usually they cant even get the gun out before I cover that distance at a normal pace much less rushing them.
Which brings me to why Im posting this. Tactics, big gun little gun, holsters, what ifs, should I fire or not fire and all the rest vaporize into nothingness if you cannot get your gun out and fire to center mass before your either shot or swarmed or knifed or Godzilla on crack has you by the short hairs.:gah:
I realize before I get corrected that there is every possibility that your attacker could be in contact with you before you know whats happening. Hopefully you have the strength, knowledge, training to still be able to get your gun out and contact shoot the evildoer. But if you cant get your firearm out of where you carry it in the time it takes to cover 21 feet at a normal pace and hit center mass how long is it going to take you to even get it out at all while Mean Joe Green is beating the stuffing out of you:twak:?
Draw and fire is fundamental. And it seems a lot of folks with kinder gentler mindset seem to think that just because they have the latest model bang on them someplace theynever get past buying the gun and holster and shooting a box of ammo to see if they can hit a garbage can at 15 feet:ticking:
If you cant draw and fire accurately at SD distance in the time it takes to a person to cover 7 paces at a normal walk Id suggest you get busy working on it until you can. At the very least.
Then worry about the what would I do if the evil Gark attacks our local mall. JMO worth what you paid for it:smile: