Category Archives: Advanced Pistol Drills & Performance Neurology

Why you need to keep your finger off the trigger…

I’m part of a few instructor groups online and a question was recently posed about an agency who’s policy is to scan for threats with the trigger finger on the trigger and the slack taken up. The response was pretty much universal…if your sights are on your intended target, the finger goes on the trigger. …

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How To Turn “Fragile” range training into “Resilient” self-defense training

Charles wrote in this morning after signing up for this Thursday’s gunfight training with a GREAT question: “In sports the greatest athletes are the ones that do the basics the best. What would you say are the basics?” It’s an excellent question because “tactical” shooting is, at it’s core, the basics applied in a tactical…

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Busting 3 Myths of the “21 Foot Rule”

Almost everyone has heard about the “21 Foot Rule” and how important it is to practice at 21 feet. I used to teach it and I’ve probably been taught it in more than a dozen classes I’ve taken. Except it’s a myth. It has no basis in fact or history. And it can actually hurt…

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What’s the best distance to practice at for self-defense? (It’s not what you think…)

I see this almost every time I go to a range during public hours… The debate of how far out to put the target. Put it too close and it doesn’t look very “cool.” Put it too far and it would be embarrassing to miss. Should I put it at 21 feet because of the…

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Avoid this dummy drill & how to turn it into a “smart” drill…

One of the most popular range drills is the “ball and dummy” drill. The way it typically works is that someone loads your magazine with mostly live rounds and one dummy round… With the expectation that, when you get to it, you’ll press the trigger and flinch to manage recoil that didn’t happen. It’s a…

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Praxis “360 Scan” Drill + CoolFire

One of the big problems that has crept into training over the last few years is the idea of doing a 360 scan. Being aware of your environment is not a bad thing. Scanning your environment isn’t a bad thing. But practicing to quickly turn your head back and forth without purpose creates training scars…and…

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Using The Walther PPQ ?Paintball? Gun For Serious Training?

I’ve got a great training tool to share with you today…it’s the Walther PPQ .43 caliber, CO2 powered paintball pistol. This is a great training tool, regardless of whether or not you own a Walther PPQ and I’m going to show you 3 distinct ways that you can train with this platform, depending on what…

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What do “Average” Police Response Times Have To Do With Pool Noodles?

One of the big claims that gun grabbers make is that citizens don’t need firearms because, that’s what the police are for. But let’s dig into that a little… The big stat that people hang their hat on is “average” response times. For priority 1 calls, where lives are on the line, average response times…

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Why “point shooting” doesn’t/does work…

I get into frequent discussions with shooters and instructors on the merits of sighted shooting vs. point shooting. Now, to be clear, I teach that there’s a time for both and teach a blended approach that let’s shooters seamlessly and effortlessly switch back and forth, but this isn’t something you can just decide you’re going…

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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…

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