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Old 07-26-2013, 01:31 PM   #51
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Originally Posted by danf_fl View Post
Agreed. We all know someone who is a decent shot on the range trying to hit targets at the 15 yard mark.

Take that same individual and add a little stress. Things seem to go down hill.

We get used to the stress of shooting, and some handle it better than others (compare a noob to a seasoned shooter).

But add the stress of USPSA or IDPA, and blood pressure goes way up!

So your mission is to expose more shooters to the additional stress of competing by inviting them to the next competition shoot.

Spot on.

It's a whole new ballgame when the target you're trying to take down is shooting back at you. Self-preservation impedes aim. Movement impedes aim. Your nuerotransmitters are going apesh*t. Ask anybody who's BTDT. Training, training, training. And the more realistic you can make it the better. But even with training, no plan survives first contact. Murphy's Law.
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Old 07-26-2013, 09:21 PM   #52
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yeah you dont need to shoot like a pro to wound someone although it DOES help
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Oh, by the way, I'm headed into yet another 12 hour long combat pistol training class. me/us on this. SD and Combat accuracy and technique has very, very little, if nothing, to do with deliberate, careful, bullseye shooting, standing in one spot, plinking slowly away at a paper target.

Amsdorf is exactly correct.

One needs to practice Defense Shooting or you will in all probability be seriously injured or dead in your first confrontation.
The reason in a defense or combat situation you "Will Do As You Train". You will not have time to process thoughts and actions (Think!) You most generally will only have time to react. Only on a very rare occasion will you have time to plan out your actions. If you have only been training to stand in one location, concentrate on the target, the sights, your grip position, breathing, operating your weapon with Zero Stress or Speed and etc. you will take too much time in a confrontation trying to process issues and become the victim without responding to the threat in time. So with that said as Amsdorf mentioned you must practice defensive shooting.
like CARDINAL RULE # 1 When practicing *Keeping Your Finger Out Of The Trigger Guard When Drawing The Weapon From The Holster Until It Is Down Range! *When Drawing Keep Your Support Hand Away From The Muzzle At All Times! Be sure there is an adequate safe backstop behind the target for shooting a slight angles. This is because you need to practice drawing and firing for example two or three rounds center chest area and possibly one to the head should an assailant have a vest on. You should practice shoving off the target, with your elbow of the shooting arm against your side and firing rounds. (Once again keeping the support hand from in front of the Muzzle at all times!) Practice Supported moving forward, backward, in addition moving from side to side. Also shooting from cover positions both standing an kneeling. You can make plywood stands as walls or barricades to practice these drills. Well the list goes on! But the bottom line if you only target shoot you will not be mentally prepared for a serious confrontation if all you do is the basic fundamentals listed above in line #5 of this post! It has been reported that only around 22% of the bullets fired in a confrontation in police action shootings hit where the individual wanted them too! And a lot of them train a considerable amount! And even then we have these types of statistics. Imagine if there was no practice what the statistics would be! Once again as Amsdorf mentioned, adrenaline, the body deciding flight or fight response, the speed at which things occur and all play a role in those results. So Practice, Practice, Practice! And above all use EXTREME CAUTION! And practice strict safety when practicing defensive shooting. As safety in any shooting is the Number One !
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