Monday, July 29, 2013

Range Training

Range training should not consist solely of standing in front of targets in broad daylight and firing a few rounds.  One exercise I like is having the shooter face away from a series of targets.  One of them is a shoot target and the others are don't shoot.  The rangemaster talks to the shooter and then interrupts his conversation with a "threat" response.  The shooter then turns, finds the "shoot" target and then fires several rounds, center of mass.

The shooter is training to look for potential targets both in front of him and behind him.  The shooter has to draw, keeping the safety of the rangemaster in mind.  The shooter also has to look for the "shoot" target.  The shooter has to develop an awareness of danger from any direction, be mindful of the danger of drawing the holster when others are in front if him, and selecting a target out of many potential threats.

The rangemaster should discuss the need for keeping the firearm holstered until facing in a safe, downrange, direction.  At the beginning of the course of fire the rangemaster should talk to the shooter about a fictional crime.  The shooter should take notes so that he is distracted.  The intent is to introduce a short period of lag time in the shooter.  A little creativity on the range makes for realistic training and does not have to cost much; that's what the SGT Says.

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