Tuesday, April 13, 2010

Fast Range

Range training does not have to be expensive to be good. Practice drawing and not shooting. We draw our guns all the time and we seldom actually fire them. How quick can you draw your firearm? Most gun battles take place in three seconds or less. Can you draw your gun in three seconds? It better be in a lot less time than that or you will be too late! Stand on the firing line, when the rangemaster gives the word, draw the weapon from the holster, achieve a proper shooting stance and give the verbal command, "Police, don't move." or "Police, drop the weapon."

When we go to the range the training should reflect what we do and what we may have to do. So we need to practice getting the weapon out of the holster quickly. Range training should be done with full duty gear. Body armor, uniform, Sam Browne, including baton and radio.

The weapon should be snapped into the holster, and your eyes should be on the target. Draw the pistol from the holster without taking your eyes off the target. And don't shoot. Just give a verbal command. Get the handgun out of the holster as fast a possible, but don't shoot. It's good training; that's what the SGT Says.


Bob G. said...

You make some damn fine points.

I think that all too often, it's the SIDEARM that gets "all the attention", when JUST AS MUCH attention needs to be placed on the HOLSTERING techniques and rapidity of usage.

Any pistol (of any caliber) doesn't mean a damn if you're not clearing the leather soon enough and making ready your target acquisition a "sixth sense".

Good post.

Stay safe.

Bunkermeister said...

Yes. Officers who have high security holsters need to make sure it is not keeping them from getting the pistol into action quickly.