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Ethical Principles for Firearms Instructors

Firearms trainers must have a solid base of ethical principles to guide their training. Firearms training in the classroom requires trainers to have up-to-date state of the art knowledge and training skills. Training on the range requires trainers to have firearms handling and marksmanship skills so they can demonstrate and teach shooting skills (that is,
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Dry Practice to Increase Firearms Proficiency

(Most striker-fired semi-automatic handguns can be dry fired. Some single-action revolvers cannot be dry fired. If you are not sure if you can dry fire your handgun please check your owner’s manual or call the manufacturer. We have Glocks, HK’s and Wilson Combat striker-fired handguns and we dry fire all of them.) Dry practice, sometimes
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Stronger People Are Harder To Kill

This article addresses the need to get yourself in shape so you can survive an armed or unarmed deadly force encounter. You will not find specific exercises to develop your strength or aerobic capacity. Rather, you will read about why getting in shape is important and how it can help you survive a deadly force
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Defensive Shooting: Part 4–Trigger Manipulation, Recovery, and Follow-Through

We discuss effective trigger manipulation, recovery, and follow-through in this article. Effective trigger manipulation controls the trigger and presses it smoothly and effectively until the shot breaks. Recovery happens when you take a shot, the gun recoils, and then you bring the handgun sights back onto the target with the front sight crystal clear and
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Defensive Shooting: Part 3–Sight Alignment and Sight Picture

Sight Alignment and Sight Picture   [Disclaimer:   Nothing in this article should be understood as a substitute for training with a qualified and certified firearms instructor. If you have a concealed carry permit and if you carry your handgun on a daily basis you must train to use the gun in defensive shooting situations. 
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Defensive Shooting: Part 2–Grip

Gripping A Handgun Acquiring a strong and correct grip on a handgun (pistol or revolver) is an important element of accurate shooting. Some argue that effective trigger manipulation is more important than a strong grip. We believe that if your grip is weak then manipulating the trigger correctly won’t help your accuracy. The combination of
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Defensive Shooting Fundamentals—Part 1: Stance

  “…there is a path that must be followed to become a good defensive shooter. The beginning of this path, after mindset, is correct fundamentals. From correct fundamentals we move to concentration, then consistency, then accuracy, and finally speed. The path must be followed in order…Correct fundamentals are the basics of proper shooting.” ~Dave Spaulding
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The Combative Mind: Training the Brain (Part 2)

  Introduction   Part 1 of this post explored the idea of the combative mind. Colonel Jeff Cooper suggested that the combative mind is a combination of marksmanship, handgun manipulation, and mind-set. Of the three parts, mind-set is the most important and that idea was discussed in depth. Developing the proper self-defense mind-set requires training
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The Combative Mind: Training the Brain (Part 1)

  “A gun is good. A knife is good. A stick is better than nothing at all, and your hands, arms, legs and muscles are to be relied on when nothing else can be. But, without your brain, without thinking and without cognizant awareness you are little more than an animal fighting for survival in
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