Category Archives: Advanced Pistol Drills & Performance Neurology

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!?!

There’s always 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…especially with the size of some of the new big-box stores and churches. Ironically, one of the last trainings I ran for my church’s security…

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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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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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