Holstering the Pistol Safely: Using Hardware Over Software is BAD!

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

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Mindset

Many words written about mindset and self-defense are misunderstood, wrong or both. I would like to take a different path to mindset. Most people are slow to use force. The reason is usually due to ignorance of the law. They have not read and understood how to apply the law to force. Once they do use force it is late in the encounter. Using force earlier in the confrontation often results in a better outcome. Continue reading

One Gun’s Rule’s for Public

Keep in mind that One Gun’s rules are made to be cumulative. So One Gun’s personal rules accompany these rules.

As always I’m having a bit of fun with rules. Everything you do must fit your life and you must use common sense when applying them. These are just a few ideas for you to start to build your own rules. Once you make your own rules you should treat them like rules. Don’t break them as they will help keep you safe. Continue reading

Mixing Spacing with Interleaved Training

One aspect of Interleaved training you should add separately is spacing. One of the theories of Interleaved training is that it resets the mind back to the original state. Or put another way, every repetition of practice that we do is more like a, “Cold” run. Putting a space of time between repetitions does a similar function. Adding a space of time and then shooting a different course is even better. Continue reading

Framing the Gunfight-Movement

In Part I we talked about the gunfight. I would like to expand on movement during a lethal force encounter. Over the years anecdotal evidence showed us that using the martial arts idea of moving off-line can save us from being hit by a punch, kick, bat and bullet. Thousands of anecdotal stories at some point became scientific evidence. It just works in a high percentage of the shootings officers investigate. A simple sidestep allows you to gain time and space, to operate. Continue reading

Framing the Gunfight

Once a gunfight begins there are certain human factors that frame how short or long they last. Due to these factors most gunfights are short in duration. Gunfights are usually interpersonal distance. We either run out of bullets or we run out of blood, will to fight or have gained so much distance from the bad guy that we have effectively left the fight.

The examples I will use is a typical and atypical robbery. I am using robbery because statistically that is the most likely crime a law-abiding citizen will encounter. I also use them because they place us as the good guy on each side of the action/reaction curve. Continue reading