Category Archives: Sub-second Draw Stroke

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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How changing the color of my lenses slashed my reaction time by 20%

A few years ago, I noticed that I started getting angry at night before going to bed. It would happen when I laid on my back in bed to read, but not when I propped myself up and laid on my stomach. I finally figured out that it was the LED lights that we’d installed…

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Try this “Blackout Wobble” drill

Here’s a fun and powerful drill that you’re going to want to try tonight. It’s based on our core philosophy that the easiest way to shoot better is to break the process down into bite-size steps, refine each of those steps, and then build the technique back up so it’s quicker and more accurate with…

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How fast should you dry fire so you don’t outrun the gun in live fire?

People say that you MUST have recoil for firearms training to be effective. All of my subscribers, students, and clients know that recoil doesn’t matter for first shot speed and accuracy, but what about multi-shot speed and accuracy? Well, at some speed, you absolutely must do live fire to keep shooting fast, tight groups. For…

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If It’s Cold Where You Are, Do THESE Drills Today

In most places, when it’s cold outside, everything seems to slow down. You’ve got to take time to bundle up and warm up your vehicle. You might have to drive slower. A lot of our time gets eaten up with snow removal and tending the fire (we heat with wood). Everything takes longer. And training…

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Just “knowing” how to shoot won’t cut it for self defense…here’s why

I used to love watching GI Joe cartoons. If you don’t remember or don’t know, they’d have little public service announcements like, “if some sketchy dude pulls up next to you in a van with the windows blacked out and asks if you want candy…say no!” And then they’d say, “Now you know…and knowing is…

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Practicing one hole groups is useless for self defense…without this.

I talk a lot about how important it is to be able to shoot 1 hole groups at close distances with your carry gun. And I get a lot of flack for it. “That’s useless for self defense…you need to spread out your shots” “Anyone can do that…if they can’t, they shouldn’t own a gun”…

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“Shocking” “Ban(ne)d” Dry Fire Recoil Training Technique

One of the biggest challenges of dry fire is how to practice and improve recoil management. That’s why I started experimenting with different ways to fix the problem several years ago. Most of what I tried didn’t work that well… but I kept trying. The solution ended up being ridiculously simple and powerful. I have…

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A cautionary tale from South Africa that you need to hear…

I want to share a story with you from a friend of mine from South Africa. I can’t disclose his real name, but let’s call him “John.” John and his wife, Mary, are in their 50s.  Mary’s a nurse and John works in an office.  They live in a nice middle class neighborhood, go to…

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Lessons from a local fatal shooting

Awhile back, a man walked into a credit union near where I live in North Idaho and opened fire. The armed security guard quickly shot him and stopped the threat before anyone else could be harmed. I’m particularly thankful because one of my good friends works in that building. There are some great lessons from…

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