I have had the wonderful privilege of training with some of the best firearms instructors in the world. I have learned so many things about gun fighting and pray that I never have to use any of these skills. I have fired thousands and thousands of rounds on every type of civilian, military and law enforcement ranges but the one skill that I have practiced without shooting an actual bullet or worked with one of these professional instructors is the actual deployment of my firearm. Yes, drawing the firearm out of the holster.
All the training in the world amounts to nothing if you can’t get your weapon out of the holster and able to engage your threat. The practicing of deploying your primary and backup firearm should be done from open carry, concealed carry, standing, kneeling (one or two knees), seated, prone (on your back, on your stomach, or on either side), in your vehicle, in your bed, and just about any other place you can think of. You should also practice while you are defending yourself from an adversary attack. All this training can all be done without firing any rounds and it cost absolutely nothing, except your time.
My good friend and instructor, Hock Hockheim has taught many students to practice drawing your firearm from the Stop 6 positions. These are the six common stopping or sticking points/collisions in a fight.
Stop 1 – The Stand-off/Showdown/Interview
Stop 2 – Hands on Hands/Fingers in Fingers
Stop 3 – The Forearm Crash Collision
Stop 4 – The Biceps/Neck Line Collision
Stop 5 – The Bear Hug “Clinch”
Stop 6 – The Ground Stop
Once you have worked through the Stop 6 positions, the next step is conducting a few “Pressure” drills or what Tony Blauer calls Ballistic Micro-Fightsä. These realistic scenarios & drills are conducted with all participants wearing some type of protective equipment and problem solving is learned in a controlled but physically demanding environment. The end goal of the training is the justified deployment of the firearm to resolve a deadly force situation.
Stay tune for some future clips on exactly what I am talking about in this Blog post. Until then, train smart, train safe and train each and everyday!