Wednesday, April 15, 2015

Shooting and Breathing

A good range drill is to have an officer use his baton against a heavy bag for thirty seconds.  The officer should be direct vigorous, rapid blows against the bag.  The officer should be winded when time is called.

The officer then returns his baton to the ring and moves into a shooting position, ten to fifteen feet from the target.  The officer performs a typical firearms shooting drill at the target.  The officer should have to fire a rapid string of fire, perhaps as many as ten rounds in ten seconds.  The should start firing within ten seconds of hitting the bad.

The concept is that this drill will simulate the stress and exhaustion that can come from having to fight a suspect, or chase him on foot.  The officer should examine his target with the rangemaster.  The rangemaster can explain techniques for controlling breathing when shooting.  The officer should repeat the exercise a second time to practice these new techniques; that's what the SGT Says.

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