Category Archives: Advanced Pistol Drills & Performance Neurology

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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How “Twister” and a 99c app can help you “overtrain” beyond common pistol standards

Most training today is what is known as “training to a standard.” It may be passing a test, shooting a certain size & speed group, or checking a box on the amount of time & reps done. The problem is, that type of training doesn’t carry over to the real world. Going to the range,…

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Shooting On The Move at 60+ Yards With A Subcompact!?!

After the recent church shooting outside of Ft. Worth, there’s been a lot of talk about whether or not it’s possible to make distance shots with guns that are small enough for most people to carry on a regular basis. Ironically, one of the last trainings I ran for my church’s security team included shooting…

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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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