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How do you train?

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I carried in the service (AF Security Police) every day, as a flight sergeant/shift commander (small base only one officer and he was the squadron Commander) instead of giving my people an extra day off, during the work cycle.

I rotated them through the Fire Arms Training Simulator (FATS).I tried to get everyone through at least once per work cycle. One it kept the troops interested and helped enhance training. That and considering the world situation it gave me extra bodies to throw at a problem if one developed.

Training being what it is very few people do enough of it. How do you train your self in the use of your fire arm?
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we have a 'fats' that we use. the best training is to shoot live ammo. the 'fats' is just like a video game. it is not real. the best training is live ammo and walk thru type training with real guns. 'fats' training is a small part of your training (10%). you got to hear the bang, smell the powder, have gun control, etc... to have good training. "fats" is a video game.
Plenty of dry fire to maintain muscle memory and make draw sufficiently fluid and reliable.

All the live fire I can manage with range visits. Would like to take some advanced tac' type courses but getting unlikely at my age and with time/travel/fiscal constraints.

A definite trend for training self now is movement - much less of this ''stand and perforate the paper'' - much better is engage and move and engage again etc - much more dynamic - has to be IMO.
Dynamic training. shoot n' move, prone and other positions. I try to mix it up, engage diffrence size targets at diffrent distances
I visit the Range twice a Month. Practice quick pocket draw with my Seecamp LWS32 and fire single hand using point shooting technique at target placed at 8ft.

I do the same with my Kimber Ultra Carry 45acp drawn from my OWB holster, but utilize two handed grip.

My opinion in CQB, Self-Defense, SHTF, have to discharge your firearm type scenario,.... is that taking time to use firearm sights for to pull focus and establish area of shot infliction on target (perp) could cost you your life.

Just my pair of copper Lincolns.
I make a trip to the range at least twice a month and work on a varity of things, the biggest one is Movement. Move then shoot (GET OFF THE X) and movement during reloads and failures. I include failures during my time at the range with orange dummy rounds in all my mags. Also work on different shooting postions (kneeling sitting etc), multipal targets at various distances and shooting from cover and shooting to cover. I work at home with dry fire practice. Draw from holster, sight alingment, trigger control and reloads to include tac reloads. I try to do this at least twice a week.
I do lots of dry-firing; constant holster drills; weak and strong-hand only drills; and pretty much what Rocky said too.

I am starting to do two-gun transitions too (shotgun to handgun).

Since I'm a LEO, I do Simunition scenarios too and quarterly qualifications.
Dry firing at home, reading books by Ayoob and others (may not count as training other than mental training). Since the range is about 30 minutes away I only go about every 4-6 weeks. I wish they'd open a range in the town where I live, or one closer.

I'm considering taking a tactical defense course within the next 12 months or so to increase my skills.
I try to shoot at least 3 times per month. At a minium 100 rds from my carry weapon each range visit. Different ranges, positions. Sitting, over tables etc.

I'm starting to do more dry fire practice at home as well.
I work on pure shooting skill by doing a combination of dry-fire and flat-range work. (About a 3:1 ratio) Flat range sessions generally consist of shooting a series of standards which emphasize speed and accuracy equally.
12oz curls , no elbow brace untill after the firs 6 sets:aargh4: :bier:
I hope this isn't considered a thread hijack because it is a training issue.

How much do you live fire with your weak hand. The chances of you dominant hand being incapacitated are high for an infinite amount of reasons.

Should you train 50/50? Left and right? I know I shirk weak side traing at the range way too much. I would like to hear opinions from you guys who have a lot more experience than I.
Jay Gatsby,

Shooting with my non-dominant hand (I refuse to refer to any part of my body as weak :icon_mrgreen:) comprises 10% (1 drill of the 10 I shoot regularly) of my practice.
Not nearly enough. I have really cut back on my range budget, shooting little and holding onto what little ammo I've bought lately. Money is tight at the moment and I really havn't had the extra change to invest in much range time. Normally I visit a indoor fireing range in South Baton Rouge. There I shoot just basic standng or supported pistol or rifle stances. No 'tactical' move and shoot type stuff. I miss the days I had the money to go out every other week and fire at the nearby outdoor range. Living in the city sucks sometimes.
Dry practice when the weather is foul. Other times (usually 3-4 a week) I go outside & shoot. I'm lucky enough to live where I can shoot whenever the urge hits. I built a target range that I use for pistol as well as rifle (200 yards). It is set up not only for bench but have some steel poppers for shoot & move style as well.
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12oz curls , no elbow brace untill after the firs 6 sets:aargh4: :bier:
Sounds about right to me.

I am a firm believer in point shooting. At 3-7 yrds I am better point shooting than using the sights. Also you must develope muscle memory, many, many draw exercises.
I try to hit the range about once a week minimum. Each time I go I take 2 handguns with about 150 rounds for each. Weekdays are the best because nobody is at the range. I like to keep it mixed up - stand, walk, crouch, behind cover, whatever. Different distance is good to train yourself for too. I like the steel targets mainly to know right away if I have a hit or not but sometimes I use paper to check my accuracy too. Im always trying to think of different scenarios to practice when im there. Also when im at home I practice drawing from the hip. Try different shrits, overshirts, jackets, etc. Its interesting to find how different the draw can be just from what you wear.

I shoot IDPA weekly and also get to the range most weekends...I just enjoy shooting my defensive pistols. We have a good combat range that allows movement, drawing from concealement etc.

If I don't shoot for 2 weeks I get the blues!

My short fall is dry firing...I should do that during the week when I have a chance.
75% of my training is done without ammo - dry-fire, drawing in the mirror, and plenty of other games that we come up with.

That said - we usually shoot twice a week - though not always pistols and it's not always training. Have been thinking of IDPA - but not sure of the cost.
I dry fire for 15-20 minutes daily and shoot about 3-4 times a week. I also shoot IDPA, so I mostly work on drills to improve in IDPA (currently a CDP-SS, but hopefully I'll make expert this year). I feel practicing for practical pistol matches, be it IDPA or USPSA, you work on the basic skills that one would also be required to use in a self defense situation, ie draw and fire, reloading, multiple targets, moving targets, moving and shooting, strong hand/weak hand shooting, etc. I also make it a point to get at least a weeks worth of training from a reputable school per year.
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