• Practice everything.
• Be consistent.
• Train with everything you’re going to carry … nothing more, nothing less.
You can’t be good at simply one aspect of shooting and fall into the trap of considering yourself prepared … or worse yet … an expert.
You may have perfected the art of putting a bullet dead center of your target … but, can you do that under any conditions? What if you’re already
under fire? What if you’ve just been blindsided by an attacker Hell bent on following up his initial assault with a lethal one? What if all
you've got left to work with is your weak hand?
• The last resort.
Were you smart enough to carry a hammerless pistol in your pocket? Can you get your hand around the grip of your firearm? Can you get your finger on
the trigger? Is your pistol loaded with rounds, which will effectively penetrate your clothing and his clothing, while dumping enough energy into his
vital areas to end the threat?
• The draw.
I won’t be able to put enough emphasis on this to satisfy myself. Drawing your weapon should be completed in a second or less. It should end with
a trigger pull and a round on target. Period. Getting into the weeds on this subject would involve writing that book I mentioned.
Your feet should be moving as you begin your draw. Don’t stand frikkin’ sti!! The other guy might be way better than you. Decrease your chances
of being hit. If you’re in a gunfight, you should be moving towards cover and hopefully putting distance between you and your assailant (and a more
effective firearm LOL).
When I change the configuration of my carry (clothing, holster, position, firearm), I will guarantee you I have practiced the actions required to
bring my weapon into battery not less than 500 times. In addition, I practice my draw five to ten times at the outset of the day to retain the
‘muscle memory’ necessary for confidence.
• On Revolvers.
• Thumb-cock single action firing -vs- double action is counter-productive to realistic training.
It takes about 10 lbs of pressure to fire a revolver that weighs less than a pound. Cock the hammer and you go from 160 ounces (you MUST control)
down to as little as 16. That’s a light touch. It’ll make you a limp wrister. You’ll be sorry for practicing that way. So, stick to DAO and
work on that until you’re proficient.
Here’s something I heard, but haven’t had a chance to practice myself. I was told that proper grip pressure may be found by holding your handgun
with both hands in a proper grip, but so tightly that you begin to shake. From there, back off the pressure until your hands and arms stop shaking
and that’s how tightly you ‘should’ be holding that firearm.
• You don’t want a light trigger action in a defensive situation though it is counter-intuitive in comparison to shooting for score in
• Who would take the time to pull back the hammer of a revolver when an assailant is coming at you Hell-bent on pummeling you to death with a
• I don’t care how well your target groups look at the range. I care about how well you can shoot when it matters. Will your brain allow you
• Dry firing – Just Do It.
Here’s a webpage I found that talks through the subject very thoroughly: www.luckygunner.com...
I’ve heard so much crap about dry firing, and yet, I do it frequently and have never experienced a problem. I’ve heard this so often I believe
ammunition manufacturers got together and created this conspiracy themselves. Rim fire … I’d make an exception for, but only because .22 ammo is
so cheap and plentiful.
Personal to Asktheanimals: You asked about practicing with a .22. Any familiarity you can develop with firearms is to your advantage. The .22 is
like any other tool you can find in your tool chest. It has a place and it has a value worthy of respect. The most valuable practice time I had with
firearms was with my BB guns. Kid you not. They're quiet, cheaper than .22, reusable (if you set up a trap), and fine for indoor use if you don't
have little kids who get into all your stuff. Heck, you might even get a belly laugh out of a gunsmith if you ask him to work up a match-grade
trigger for you. Oh yeah ... they're great for fishing in streams!!
I kind of skipped over the .22. There wasn't anything around the farm I couldn't kill (that needed killing) with a pellet. When I left the farm,
the Army issued me a .38 and an M-16 from time-to-time, I kept progressing upwards from there. Somewhere along the way I remember acquiring a Savage
and a Ruger. My little brother 'borrowed' one of 'em and I never saw it again. The other one made its way back to the farm and might still be
there for all I know. Mentioning them brings back memories of the taste of Brunswick stew.
• MarlinGrace covered quantity and quality of practice in the last thread. You'll have to go back if you missed it.