Category Archives: Advanced Pistol Drills & Performance Neurology

3 Drills For Turning “fragile” Range Technique Into RESILIENT Self-Defense Technique

One of the widespread myths of self-defense shooting is that you need to have the right stance. It’s not a myth for bullseye, precision rifle, big bore, or long range pistol… And it’s not a myth for newer or less experienced shooters… But it is just a distraction for self-defense shooting. How can that be?…

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Four Myths of “Front Sight Focus”

There are a ton of myths floating around about using a front sight focus on a self-defense pistol…myths like: You MUST always use a front sight focus. You definitely won’t be able to see your front sight in a high stress situation so you shouldn’t waste your time practicing with your front sight. Front sight…

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What’s The best place to conceal with the quickest draw time?

I got a great question from Douglas after he signed up for our Praxis counter-ambush and counter-assault training… “What’s the best place, with the shortest draw time to conceal my pistol?” It’s a great question, but it’s a little more complicated than it may seem. As an example, the best place I’ve found to carry…

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Training Slow & Smooth or Go Fast, Don’t Suck???

There’s a quote attributed to Wyatt Earp that basically says, “Slow is smooth and smooth is fast.”  Actually, what he said was “Make haste, slowly.” There is SOOOOOOO much misinformation on this topic. To begin with, it’s not a binary, white/black, train slow/train fast issue–it’s a progression, similar to training wheels/no training wheels. The tongue-in-cheek reply…

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What is the best way to simulate “Stress Shooting”?

I got a great question from “David” the other day… What is the best way to simulate “Stress Shooting”? It’s an important question, and one that most people get wrong. When most people think of stress shooting, they think of trying to shoot in high stress shooting conditions that are usually overwhelming.  Force on force,…

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Fun, powerful reaction light dry fire drills!

Most shooting drills today are meant to get people better at punching holes in paper… Not getting people better prepared for using a firearm in a self-defense situation. There are 3 parts to the process… How QUICKLY and ACCURATELY you can identify threats (visually). How QUICKLY and ACCURATELY you can decide what to do. How…

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Self-defense shooting with corrective lenses (readers, bifocals, progressives, monovision, etc.)

A lot of times, the techniques that we use for plinking and having fun with guns doesn’t necessarily carry over to self-defense shooting. Take shooting with glasses or contacts as an example. The fact is, we may or may not have our corrective lenses handy when we need to defend ourselves. It may be bifocals,…

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Isosceles, Weaver, or Combat Stance for Self Defense???

I got a great email from a shooter yesterday asking me why I liked the isosceles stance instead of the Weaver stance. In the isosceles stance, the shooter’s face, shoulders, hips, and feet are squared up to the target and the arms are outstretched, making an equilateral triangle with the arms and chest…like an arrowhead…that’s…

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Spilling wine, missing reloads, and slow first hits…what’s the connection?

Next time you are at a party, pay attention to how people pour…whether it’s from a wine bottle or from a pitcher. I’m not talking about a “pro” at a restaurant who pours all of the time. I’m talking about watching “normals” pour. Here’s what you’ll normally see.  Definitely not always, but normally. They’ll hold…

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Busting the Myth Of The Iron Grip For Shooting

For some reason, I’ve been getting questions and finding myself in conversations about grip quite a bit lately. Now, there’s a lot of misinformation on grip…especially on how firmly you should grip, how to improve grip, and what to do about reduced grip from arthritis, carpal tunnel, and other pain issues. Take the 100% grip…

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