Why I stopped doing back flips with a loaded gun…

Right now, you’re probably wondering why in the heck I’d ever see the need to do a back flip with a loaded gun.

You’re right.  I don’t.

That’s one of those things that I stopped doing before I even started.

But one off-duty FBI agent in Denver did exactly that early Saturday morning at a club.

Surrounded by fellow dancers, he did a back flip into a head stand and *shockingly* his pistol fell to the ground from his concealed carry holster.

It didn’t go off when it hit the ground…

But when he went to pick it up, he pressed the trigger and shot another patron in the lower leg.  He’s expected to be “OK.”

I had a similar event happen about a decade ago.

I was throwing a leg kick on a guy and, all of a sudden, my pistol seemed to be floating in mid-air between us.

It had popped out of it’s holster and somehow got around my shirt that was covering it.

It pointed at him.

It pointed at me.

And it bounced off of the ground harmlessly like good guns do.

Our eyes were instinctively drawn to it like the salmon of Capistrano.

Fortunately, I broke the spell first, front kicked him, and was able to pick up the pistol.  Me having a pistol in my hand ended punching & kicking time, and I learned ANOTHER valuable lesson from a personal failure.

Since then, I test the limitations of my gear and technique with dry fire.  And you should too.

I use Dry Fire Pistols, airsoft, CO2 guns, or my real pistols that I’ve rendered inert for training with Dry Fire Cord.

I probably go a little overboard with my testing.  I don’t do back flips with a gun…but then I can’t do back flips without a gun, so it’s no big deal.

But I do set up my gun and concealed carry holster the way I normally carry it and lay down, roll around, tumble, and jump up and down.

I punch and kick my punching dummy and sometimes grapple.

I’ve broken some holsters doing this and I’ve thrown some away that didn’t earn their keep.

The reward is that when I’m out and about and suddenly have to run across the street, go under a fence, or want to lay down in a park, I know that my gun is going to stay where it’s supposed to without me holding it in place.

So, you may not need to tumble and grapple, but there are several skills you can and should be practicing.

Specifically drawing your training gun or gun that you’ve rendered inert and engaging targets from awkward positions using dry fire.

  • Like drawing and dry-fire engaging in 180 degrees from the driver’s seat of your car with your gun concealed and your seatbelt on.
  • Like sitting on your couch and drawing and dry-fire engaging someone coming in the doors of your home or down a hall.
  • Like starting flat on your back and drawing and dry-fire engaging a target that’s above you….maybe past your feet…maybe beyond your head.

You get the point.

These are things that aren’t easy or safe to do at most ranges.  In fact, they’re darn near impossible.

And even if you have a backyard range or can shoot on public lands, they’re the kind of drills that aren’t really safe to learn with live fire or practice with live fire.

But these simple skills are ones that resemble real life self-defense shooting situations WAY more than standing flat footed on a well-lit range and shooting a stationary paper target that’s right in front of you.

Dry fire is the safest, easiest, and most practical way to learn them.

And these real life situations were the inspiration for Dry Fire Fit.

Dry Fire Fit is a collection of more than 50 dry fire drills that will get you comfortable shooting on the move and from awkward positions.

The kind of awkward positions that will throw you for a loop if you’re learning how to shoot from them for the first time in a life or death situation.

These drills go way beyond the basics.  They’re fun.  They’re challenging.  And they’ll help bridge the gap between sterile live fire range training and chaotic self-defense shooting.

And once you get comfortable shooting from these crazy positions, “normal” shooting will be a walk in the park 🙂

Get yours now by clicking >HERE<

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