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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 in
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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 the
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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 a
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Team Torn: State-of-the-Art Tactical Training

Team Torn: State-of-the-Art Tactical Training   In the near distance the majestic snow-covered Ruby Mountains of Elko County, Nevada, awaken to the morning sun. It is 5 AM and some of us are up and moving around readying ourselves for a day of state-of-the-art tactical training. We are at Team Torn in Wells, Nevada (http://www.teamtorn.com/
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The Great Stopping Power Myth

There is an on-going discussion about which caliber of handgun ammunition offers the best stopping power. The great stopping power myth is that there is a “best.” Given the composition of current ammunition the fact is that there is no single ammunition today that can reliably claim to have superior stopping power. The ammunition most
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Firearms Training: It’s Harder Than You Think (Part 2)

In Part 1 of Firearms Training: It’s Harder Than You Think some of the important challenges that firearms trainers and students face when training to carry a concealed firearm were discussed. Firearms trainers are preparing students to perform an unknown skill or series of skills under unknown conditions at some unknown place and time. These
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Firearms Training: It’s Harder Than You Think (Part 1)

Firearms training is harder than you think. Dustin Salomon wrote a book titled “Building shooters: Applying neuroscience research to tactical training system design and training delivery” (2016, Innovative Services and Solutions, LLC). In the early section of the book he addresses training issues trainers and shooters face. What follows is a brief summary of his
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