I have just finished a (4) day Advanced Handgun Course In this class was a former Navy Seal, Police Officers, PSD Operators, Current EP Agents, And a Former FBI Agent /Tactical Instructor. All Solid Operators what I learned from this course was that when you put this many talented folks together with varied backgrounds you are going to learn several new ways to do things! What I teach is learn with an open mind you may not have a use for that technique or tactic now but put it in your “Tactical Tool box” one day you may need it.
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What follows are excerpts from a post that begs a training question:
I was just rereading an old post on the ILEFI forum that stated that NTOA members returning from military combat are stating that under stress they do not switch hands/shoulders to better use weak side cover. I am a firm believer in changing hands when either using weak side cover or taking a weak side corner but I do see the authors point. And he does state that while switching hands/shoulders has an advantage we should face reality that it probably will not be done when it's for real.
Should we learn to shoot "Bilaterally" Ken Good of Strategos Int. teaches there were several good reasons to do so, including being able to always move in a forward direction (i.e. with long guns) no matter which side targets appeared on; maintaining proper posture in the shooting platform; efficient use of cover and cornering, etc. To paraphrase Ken, there are left handed and right handed corners in this world, and if you are only capable of encountering one efficiently, you are 50% as effective as someone who can do both. Of course, it may not always be possible to switch hands, but it’s very nice to have that option.
I was taught when shooting around the left side of cover, I had to put the pistol in my left hand. The theory was by putting the gun in the hand on the same side of cover you were breaking, you would expose less of yourself to your adversary. This was gospel for a long time in the law enforcement training community. This is shooting “Bilaterally”.
The other method taught is to “roll out.” This is performed by keeping yourself positioned at least arm’s reach from your cover. If you’re right handed, you must keep your left elbow tucked in tight against your side. As you approach the plane that breaks the edge of your cover, you “roll out” by bending at the waist until you see enough of your target to engage. It’s okay if your weapon is not perpendicular to the ground; it will still shoot straight. This requires the shooter to
break the pretty-range-stance that was beat into their heads in the academy and mold to their available cover. By using this technique the shooter can keep his weapon in his dominant hand, therefore increasing the probability of making accurate hits on their opponent. Accurate hits, are what end gunfights
I’ve become a firm believer in the saying: “It’s a way not the way.” The phrase means there are several acceptable ways to perform a technique, not just one “right” way. This is the first thing I learned at Blackwater as an Instructor. Of course there are wrong ways, but some instructors get hung up on one acceptable method and fail to recognize alternative styles that still accomplish the objective.
So.... what say you?
Should we teach to switch hands?
Or does it depend upon the situation/individual?
I would like to hear your thought and ideas!
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