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?”




Safety, What We Do and What We Don’t Do: Drawing

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.


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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