Standing and Moving (Ambi)dexterity drills

Standing and Moving (Ambi)dexterity drills

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    I do video sometimes to get frames from to use in books and articles. These clips are in support of Volume 3 of the Gunfighting, and Other Thoughts about Doing Violence series. These are demonstrations of simple standing and movement drills that are mainly designed to work on shoulder transfers of the rifle.
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    Nice job old friend!

    Only suggestion would be to show why we practice firing from both shoulders...maybe instead of running and gunning, show firing from both sides of cover.

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    .maybe instead of running and gunning, show firing from both sides of cover.
    This ^^^.
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    This worn-out old dog ain't moving anymore. I'll have to stand my ground right where I'm at. You youngsters can run & gun while I'm drawing a bead.
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    Nice job. Thank you for posting.

    I Learned that in a Mike Pannone class.

    We did not fire on the shoulder switch however. Waited until the hands were positioned. I would argue that one would really not want to try a switch until the theoretical threat was low ergo no need to fire until your hands are positioned.

    When I did get to go to the range to practice, we (group of us) would do drills like that from behind cover.

    It disturbed me greatly when a buddy of mine in the NG had come over to show off his newly acquired Spikes, and the support side shooting, malfunction clearing, unconventional shooting positions, and a few other relatively simple things had never been taught to them - and his squad was to be deployed w/i a month to Astan. He even questioned the need for support side shooting until I had him stand on the left side of the jeep in the garage and sight down the side for a target (with 1/3 of his body hanging out) then made him do it again support side. Vehicles, buildings, urban fighting....how much of a target do you want your enemy to have?
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    Quote Originally Posted by 10thmtn View Post
    Nice job old friend!

    Only suggestion would be to show why we practice firing from both shoulders...maybe instead of running and gunning, show firing from both sides of cover.

    Be well!
    That comes in the book and there will be photos showing positions from cover on both sides. This is just an illustration of the drill that works the switch to make it fluid.
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    Quote Originally Posted by OldVet View Post
    This worn-out old dog ain't moving anymore. I'll have to stand my ground right where I'm at. You youngsters can run & gun while I'm drawing a bead.
    Things is, I am drawing a bead throughout, OldVet. Going to admit that I was not getting as good results as I had been which I attribute to the fact that I have not practiced this for a while prior to doing the videos. That, and whenever I'm running for video I have to shift focus away from the target and onto things like staying in camera view and within certain lines or lanes to the point where it affects my shooting. The emphasis here was to show the drill and the transition.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    We did not fire on the shoulder switch however. Waited until the hands were positioned. I would argue that one would really not want to try a switch until the theoretical threat was low ergo no need to fire until your hands are positioned.
    There are two reasons why I include the interim shots in the drill from standing (not so much when moving). Three if you count the fact that that's how I learned it to begin with. Mainly I shoot from the interim to help with the concept of shooting from awkward or non-standard positions as needed. (That's also why I will illustrate shooting positions in the book that are not squared-up from the get-go.) There is also the possibility, say as you are approaching cover or corners/edges that require a switch, that you will have a threat break the plane before you are set fully on the other side. In that situation the ability to snap an accurate shot off is a useful thing to have practiced beforehand.

    Quote Originally Posted by Sticks View Post
    It disturbed me greatly when a buddy of mine in the NG had come over to show off his newly acquired Spikes, and the support side shooting, malfunction clearing, unconventional shooting positions, and a few other relatively simple things had never been taught to them - and his squad was to be deployed w/i a month to Astan. He even questioned the need for support side shooting until I had him stand on the left side of the jeep in the garage and sight down the side for a target (with 1/3 of his body hanging out) then made him do it again support side. Vehicles, buildings, urban fighting....how much of a target do you want your enemy to have?
    I continue to run into cases where even specialist units haven't trained in some of the techniques I see offered in some civilian-available classes. I find this disturbing.
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    With me it's like a Texas Two Step Move Right, Look quick from side to side then sweep from side to side, Then repeat moving left. have to work with what I got.
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    Very nice CR, very smooth, secure transitions.
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