Answers to 5 big questions from you RE: Praxis Dynamic Gunfight Training

We’ve had ton of great feedback and questions so far on the Praxis Dynamic Gunfight Training workshop and training.

One shooter who went through the training sent me this:

At my shooting club we have five plate racks (6 plates each) set up, all in a long row. One of my friends at the club challenged me to clear all 30 while walking down the line at 10 yards, so that’s moving and shooting sideways. I cleared all 30 in one mag (no misses) with my PCC and cleared all 30 in just over 2 15-rnd mags with my regular pistol (a few misses). I would have thought that to be impossible for me not that long ago.”
~Shayne

The improvement that people are seeing in their ability to move, shoot, think, and communicate at the same time is pretty amazing.

We’ve had several great questions too…we answer several at the end of the workshop, but here’s a few that I thought you’d appreciate:

Q:  Does Praxis replace or make Dry Fire Training Cards or other training invalid? 

A:  Not at all.  Praxis will help you take the fundamentals that you’ve learned up to this point and be able to apply them in dynamic, chaotic, real-world situations when you don’t have a perfect stance and need to shoot and think at the same time.

Q:  My instructor (or some youtoober) says that it’s a waste of ammo to shoot on the move and if I move slow enough to actually hit anything, I’ll be out of cover longer than I should be.

A:  Traditional gun training methods will not get you shooting skills that you can use on the move.  This is a completely different way to train that will get you results that used to be considered to be impossible for “normal” people.

Q:  I own guns for self defense, but  don’t carry every day…will this help me?

A:  YES!  There are 2 answers to this question.

First, more than half of the time when people use a firearm for self defense, they’re not wearing it and they have to pick it up or get it—this includes almost all home invasion and many workplace violence situations.  We cover that in the training.  In addition, many of the fundamental skills that you’ll learn will transfer over to improvised weapons and empty hands.

Second, there’s a proverb that answers the question, “When is the best time to plant a tree?”  Answer:  The best time to plant a tree is 20 years ago.  The second best time is today.  It’s the same for this training…you really want to go through it and have the skill built before your life depends on it.  If you see things getting more sketchy, more divisive, and more violent in the US, then today is probably the best day to get the skills you need to survive.

Q:  I’ve got my permit / I was in the military and qualified “expert” / I’ve been to classes with great instructors…Isn’t that enough?

A:  Those are all great places to start from, but Praxis will take your static paper-punching skills and turn them into skills that are more effective in chaotic, dynamic self-defense situations.

Q:  What’s the Best Gun & Caliber For Concealed Carry

A:  There’s no one-size-fits-all answer, but here are some things to keep in mind…

-The world of defensive ammo has evolved dramatically.  There is .380 ammo that’s better than the best 9mm ammo from 20 years ago…but .380 ammo is a lot more expensive than 9mm because of market forces.

-I’d never suggest carrying a rimfire cartridge because of reliability…but I occasionally carry a small .22 revolver.

-In all practicality, there is no one-shot-stop defensive pistol ammo.  10mm is great.  .357 is great.  Even 5.7 is great.  But you’ll probably practice more (and be able to afford practicing more) with plain old 9mm.

-Statistically, there is no difference in the terminal performance of MODERN 9mm and MODERN .45.  They both suck at instant, one-shot-stops to center-mass.  .45 sucks a little bit less, but not much.  If you love .45, carry .45…but don’t fall for the belief that it has magical powers.  On average, it will take just as many .45 rounds to stop a threat as 9mm rounds.  If you want more bb’s in a smaller package that’s cheaper and easier to shoot, consider MODERN 9mm rounds.

-Pick the caliber that will allow you to practice the most.

-You’ve got a TON of choices in great defensive revolvers and semi-autos.  I suggest picking a proven gun that has a lot of gear already made for it like Glock, Sig, H&K, Walther, M&P, Ruger, Kimber, etc.  The more unique your gun, the more expensive magazines, holsters, and training replicas become.

Q: I’m banged up/injured/have limited mobility.  Your videos are cool, but isn’t the training beyond what I can do?

A:  Here’s the thing…movement is a given in a real-world self defense situation.  A given.  Regardless of your physical condition.  What that means is that you want to figure out your performance envelope now…when stress levels are low…and do what you can to improve them.  You may not sprint like I do in my videos, but you don’t need to sprint or do anything crazy or painful to get full benefit from the training.

Q:  What about the price of the training?

A:  It’s not free, but if you want quality, it’s a bargain…

If you’ve ever spent $250 on a gun…this is a bargain.

If you’ve ever spent $250 on ammunition…this is a tremendous value.

If you’ve ever spent $250 on training…this will deliver more long term skill than what’s possible with a traditional 2, 3, or 5 day live training class.  While the emotionally charged memories of a good training class will stick with you for years, there is very little long term skill that’s learned in a 2, 3, or 5 day live class that lasts for more than a couple of weeks.  (We discuss the science behind this and a study in the workshop)

I’ll put it this way…if you own a gun for defensive purposes and you can walk, you’ll get more value for your time and money from Praxis than anything else you can do with guns and you should watch the replay of the workshop and get signed up now by clicking >HERE<

More questions?  Fire away by commenting below

 

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4 Comments

  • BBeck

    Reply Reply August 14, 2019

    “Pick the caliber that will allow you to practice the most.” is a good practical point in a very good discussion of the issue.

    I would put it slightly differently.

    Pick the gun & caliber that will allow you practice enough to reliably hit the target with each of the first 3 shots (and keep practicing to maintain that skill level).

    • Ox

      Reply Reply August 14, 2019

      Sounds like a great way to put it 🙂

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply August 14, 2019

    You talked about paying for training. Where and how much. I am already sold. I watched most of the “seminar” but did not watch it all. Please help me save myself or someone else if I am ever put in that same position and in the need to defend life or limb from some non-law abiding citizen with lethal means. I am a good “range” shooter but have no experience shooting when confronted with a muzzle pointed in my direction. I would hope I would act with cool determination and moxie with a bit of sleight of hand as I shot the dumb “guy” just like the gentleman did in the example in your video. Thanks very much for everything!! I hope I never have to use ANY of it!

    • Ox

      Reply Reply August 14, 2019

      Sure thing…I’ll email you the link.

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