Category Archives: Brain Based Pistol Training

How to break the habit of dipping the front sight

There was a question today in a group that I’m part of where the shooter asked for tips on how to keep from dipping his front sight as he shoots. There were several suggestions, including the thought that it might be that he was pushing the gun down too quickly to see where he hit.…

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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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Are you training too much at one time?

There’s a natural assumption that if you want to get better at a skill, you should spend hours every day practicing it. After all, we hear stories all the time about the best players in the world showing up an hour or two early for practice and being the best because they simply outwork everyone…

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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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Making The Switch To a Pistol Red Dot (instantly & effortlessly)

Red dot sights on pistols, also called micro red dots or micro red dot sights (MDRS), are all the rage right now for defensive use after proving their effectiveness in the shooting sports for the last several years. They are almost as big of a game-changer on pistols as they were on long guns. On…

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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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