My theory of why negligent discharges happen:
- We place multiple procedures in our brain for one physical act.
- We develop unconscious procedures for physical acts that need a conscious procedure.
- We have poor, not well thought out procedures.
- Rarely, we have equipment issues.
When people have their pistol go bang when it’s not supposed to, it tends to happen at a few distinct times.
- When holstering.
- When drawing.
- When cleaning (specially Glock).
- When pointing the pistol at someone/something (this is a unique case for civilians/law enforcement).
Can it be a problem to have multiple procedures or equipment if:
- I have a safe, detailed procedure to holster on the range but I just holster with no procedure when dry firing?
- I carry my pistol AIWB but practice and compete with my pistol on my hip?
- I use a different set of sights on each pistol and the point of aim is different?
- I use different pistols with different actions and controls (i.e. Double Action only/Striker/Double Action-Single Action)?
If most civilian gunfights happen at personal distances why do we practice moving forward while shooting? Continue reading
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
Tactics can and should change over time as our abilities grow. As we get older, retire or change jobs they may change in what we consider a backwards direction. Continue reading
Don’t use hardware to take the place of safety practices that are inherently procedure based (i.e. software). Many people choose a pistol because it has a long trigger or an external safety. They assume they are safer because of these hardware selections. It has been my experience that this is not true. Safety procedures are just that, procedures that we must put into our memory and execute them at the correct time. Continue reading