Saturday Proactive Defense hosted a Texas State Rifle association fund raiser which consisted of a class 3 shooting match. 47 shooters showed up and we raised 3500 dollars for TSRA. The shooters traveled from Amarillo, west Texas, and south Texas. We were very honored to have these fine people at our facility to support such a fine association.
At Proactive Defense we have two types of training venues. One the scenario based exercise that may involve role playing or it may not. The other is drill based training.
The role playing adds another thinking problem to the self defense problem solving matrix. I find in role playing, most of us forget to use what we have learned due to the rapid escalation of events. After a few sessions however we calm down and start thinking and responding instead of reacting. Reality based training lets us experience the stress without the danger and prepares us for moments of adrenal saturation due to high stress situations. We can learn to cope and actually excel with this type of training. Tomorrow we will discuss drill based training and the advantages that come with this type of practice.
Our section of the Diva shoot went quite well and we had 76 women shooting our fun shoot and the tactical section. There was a 3 gun portion on our range handled by some local 3 gun shooters. Everyone got to shoot all three gun types under time constraints. It appeared everyone had fun. Here are some photos.
We have been touring Alaska by planes trains and automobiles. There has been much news on the 9 yoa girl and the tragic accident.
In thinking of this I believe there are risks in this world. We are always managing risks in whatever we do. Driving our cars is managing risks, as is flying, hunting, boating etc. In all these things we have an element of danger and in most of these we do them so much we no longer think about risks. We are in a very safe society, probably too safe, as we no longer consider risks or consequences for our actions. This was a regrettable accident and we should let the loss remind us that life can be lost quickly.
Saturday mornings are busy at Proactive Defense. We had the vehicle defense solutions class and the Covert carry class operating simultaneously. Both clases were fairly large and both are technical with the instructor required to watch more closely than normal. Shooting from the car seat is particularly dangerous requires thought on the gun handling. Having a round chambered is another consideration and how we position the gun in the vehicle is important so as to injure our family or fellow citizens. There have been several discharges while the gun is laying in the glove compartment. Something to think about. How do you carry in your car?
Tonight we had ooda loop practice with Colin while Jeff was conducting shotgun practice on the consolidated range.
Robin was working with girl and a gun on the big range. Pretty busy night at proactive defense. Girl and a gun got a workout on the Texas star.
Muzzle Discipline or controlling the direction of the firearm muzzle goes hand in hand with the Trigger finger placement. If we are thinking where is the muzzle pointed and is it safe, if the firearm discharged then we have avoided any injury to any one else even if we had a negligent discharge of the firearm. We need to plan for messing this situation up because eventually we will. We can instill good habit patterns in ourselves and mitigate 99% but at some point we could forget to check and assume it is unloaded. We should prepare ourselves in our training for Muzzle Discipline and to know where the muzzle is pointing at all times. Paul Howe of Black Hawk Down fame says it this way. Muzzle direction is situational and needs to be thought about. If you are in a helicopter pointing it up might not be so smart. If you are in a boat pointing down might not be so smart. If you are in a crowded urban area pointing up might not be so smart . On an urban gun range keeping the muzzle inline with the Burm seems like a good idea since we the shooter are responsible for every bullet. We need to think where is that bullet going to wind up and this should be at the forefront of our thoughts before we decide to place our finger on the trigger.
Placing the trigger finger out straight along side a firearm is necessary In safe handling of any of any firearm. We should train ourselves to keep the index finger straight when the front sight is not on target. With the proliferation of semi auto the trigger is usually lighter than the double actions of years ago. This lighter pull of the trigger is lighter and easier than a double action and therefore easier to shoot. Keeping the finger out of the trigger gaurd and along side the frame keeps us and our families safe.