Category Archives: Brain Based Pistol Training

Low Ready vs. Holster & Sighted vs. Unsighted Shooting

We’ve got a shooting study group that meets once a month to force us to get out of our comfort zone.  It’s all guys who are serious about shooting and can be trusted to move and shoot safely on a hot range in poor conditions. A lot of times, we end up shooting when it’s…

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Speed up your 1-Handed Drawstroke From Concealment

Today, we’re going to talk about 1-handed drawstrokes from concealment. I sprained my wrist falling on the ice a couple of weeks ago, so I haven’t been able to use my left hand while shooting since then. This weekend, I even shot an IDPA match 1 handed, because that’s all I had.  It was slower,…

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2 steps to a sub-second drawstroke

  Today, we’re going to go over some specific techniques for speeding up your drawstroke using the camera on your smartphone. With the simple techniques I’m going to show you, you’ll be able to quickly identify and fix problems in your technique in a few minutes in your living room…problems that would normally take hours…

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At-Home Stress Training For Self-Defense & Combat

  One of the things that I’ve focused on for the last several years is controlling brain state and chemistry under extreme stress. In a life & death situation, an unregulated fight or flight response will hurt your ability to see, think, hear, use your fingers, and more. If you can regulate your fight or…

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Winter Indoor Self-Defense Training Tips

  I don’t know about where you’re at, but we’re having a pretty mild winter.  We’ve been switching back and forth between snow and rain at a head spinning rate. Even with the mild weather, winter has still driven most shooters’ training indoors. So, today, I’m going to give you a few tips for how…

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Top 10 ways competitive shooting improves defensive performance

  As you know, my primary focus for shooting is helping people learn the skills that they need to survive lethal force encounters. Whether it’s law enforcement, military, concealed carry, or home defense, we want you to be prepared mentally, physically, and technically to succeed when second place isn’t an option. One of the best…

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MN Terrorist Stabbing Shows Reality vs. Paper Training

  The relative ineffectiveness of defensive handgun rounds at stopping threats means that “stopping power” and “one shot stops” aren’t impossible, but incredibly unlikely with a determined attacker. As an example, take a look at the mass stabbing last fall by the radicalized Somali refugee at the St. Cloud mall in St. Cloud Minnesota. He…

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Safer Dry Fire With An AR-15

If you’ve been a subscriber of mine for more than a few seconds, you know how important dry fire is.  (If you are new and don’t know, check out this article where I go into 10 of the top reasons why dry fire training is better than live fire.) But what you may not know…

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Muzzle-Up vs. Muzzle-Down video followup…

  A few days ago, we talked some about the myth of overpenetration with an AR-15 vs. a pistol for home defense and whether you’re better off carrying your gun muzzle-up or muzzle-down in a home defense situation.  (If you missed it, you can read it >HERE<) Today, we’ve got a great video for you,…

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Swinging Tennis Ball Dry Fire Drill

  Here’s a great drill that will help you draw and get on target faster AND engage moving targets faster and more effectively, as well as a few other “hidden” benefits. It’s from Force Recon Marine, Chris Graham’s 3010Pistol course and here’s the drill: If you’ve got low ceilings, do the drill kneeling or sitting…

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