Combat Accuracy and Movement Can Equal a Miss

Larger accuracy standards are often called, “Combat Accuracy”.

Movement by the target can cause your point of aim to be off until you start tracking the moving target.

The larger your circular accuracy standard is, the less movement by the target is needed to make you miss. The smaller your target the less it needs to move to make you miss. Your error and the movement induced error can combine to create a miss. We often see shooters walk the rounds into a moving target. Meaning they sometimes miss 1-3 shots before hitting the moving target. Continue reading


Safety, What We Do and What We Don’t Do: Cleaning/Dryfiring the Pistol

When people have their pistol go bang when it’s not supposed to, it tends to happen at a few distinct times.

  1. When holstering.
  2. When drawing.
  3. When cleaning (specially Glock).
  4. When pointing the pistol at someone/something (this is a unique case for civilians/law enforcement).

When cleaning or dryfing the pistol it is unsafe to manipulate a loaded pistol. For the Glock taking the pistol apart to clean it requires that we pull the trigger. Obviously if the gun is loaded it will go bang at this time.

In my opinion this occurs because we have made a procedure that should be conscious and performed it in an unconscious manner. One of the best ways I have found to force my mind into the conscious procedure is to put an unemotional verbal saying as the first step in my cleaning/dryfire procedure.

My first verbal step is said in a robot voice that makes me laugh. It goes something like this: “I am now unloading the pistol for cleaning/dryfire.” I then go down the rest of the procedure step by step.

Another way to make the process of dryfiring conscious is to use the same target each time. At the bottom of that target write in bold letters, “Did you unload the pistol?”



Point to Ponder: Having One Procedure

Can it be a problem to have multiple procedures or equipment if:

  1. I have a safe, detailed procedure to holster on the range but I just holster with no procedure when dry firing?
  2. I carry my pistol AIWB but practice and compete with my pistol on my hip?
  3. I use a different set of sights on each pistol and the point of aim is different?
  4. I use different pistols with different actions and controls (i.e. Double Action only/Striker/Double Action-Single Action)?

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Practicing Planned Tactics- Face to Face

At what point can or should we use a planned action for a lethal force encounter?

This was a question I posed in the last post. One of the answers is that no one tactic can work for all encounters. That tactic might work most of the time but not 100%. I like to start using a tactic when I have proven that I can actually hit the target while doing it. Continue reading