Do you practice one handed ?

Discussion in 'Training & Safety' started by Defiant_one, Jun 22, 2014.

  1. Defiant_one

    Defiant_one New Member

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    I am new so sorry if this has been covered.

    Recently, after much reading on self-defense tactics and true to life situations, I have begun adding one handed shooting to my practice.

    I generally shoot in a normal target shooters stance, two hands, proper grip, seeking accuracy at different distances. But keeping in the back of my mind, I may someday be in a defensive situation. My attacker may not exactly wait for me to get in a good stance or I may be in a position where I cannot do that.

    So I have been practicing part of the time from low ready to shooting one handed. With practice I have improved and I note that in that very rapid situation, front blade seems to be my friend.

    Anyway, curious is people do this....
     
  2. Rick1967

    Rick1967 Well-Known Member

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    I practice two handed, one handed, weak handed, firing from behind cover, dropping to a knee behind low cover and a lot of other stuff.

    Shooting one handed and weak handed are important skills. If you were actually involved in a real life or death situation there is a good chance that you would end up injured. What if the injury is to your shooting hand? Or even your weak hand?
     

  3. uanda

    uanda New Member

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    more importantly, really, is realizing how up close and really swiftly things happen and train for that. Just ask George Z about it.
     
  4. Defiant_one

    Defiant_one New Member

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    Very true

    I will have to start practicing weak hand ...That might be interesting ! The guys at the range may want to give me room..LOL
     
  5. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    anyone who is around guns knows that the german word 'gwhun' means cannon. (gun.)

    therefore a hand gun is a hand cannon. not hand(s) gun.
    a hand gun is meant to be an extension of your hand.

    if you own a hand gun and cant fire it one handed, it defies the reason why they exist.
     
  6. bobski

    bobski Well-Known Member Sponsor

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    2 handed proper grip.
    sorry, i must giggle.
    2 handed shooting came about in the late 50's. it was always one handed before then.
     
  7. Shoobee

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    The Calif CCW test in my county requires one-handed shooting with each hand, so I have begun practicing this recently, since taking the required class for the permit.

    What I have found is that you get the best results on target if your turn completely sideways to the target, as in archery when shooting a bow, for one handed shooting.
     
  8. Shoobee

    Shoobee New Member

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    It is indeed very interesting !!!

    But I think you will enjoy it and learn a lot.

    The thought being that if your strong hand gets injured in a gun battle, you may need to revert to your weaker hand and also one handed with it.
     
  9. CardiacColt68

    CardiacColt68 New Member

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    I usually do a little one handed and some off hand. Never hurts to at least have some basic off hand skill in case of injury.


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  10. Mercator

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    That's a dueling stance. It was de rigueur for 400 years.

    Military handguns were mostly pointed rather than aimed. The handgun sights were primitive, or none.

    I shoot one handed occasionally, only when bored with making ragged holes two-handed :D
     
  11. therewolf

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    One thing everybody seems to be glossing over here is

    they won't allow you to shoot one-handed at most

    public ranges.

    Soo, how many of you mentor other shooters in shooting

    offhand, one handed, and weak handed at your private range?

    I'm lucky, in that I know an instructor which comes out to my range

    regularly. He's, by chance, the son of a close friend.
     
  12. Mercator

    Mercator Active Member

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    I've never encountered such nonsense at many ranges I've been to.
     
  13. JimRau

    JimRau Well-Known Member Supporter

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    Yes, both strong and weak handed!:) For CQB self-defense all I teach is one handed point shooting technique.:)
     
  14. therewolf

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    Well, maybe I'm just the lucky holdout who wound up at EVERY RANGE

    where the RSOs have all had 19+ cups of coffee that day.

    But in this area of the country, they won't even let you

    shoot standing up, or with a bayonet extended.

    If they're not riding you like Seabiscuit, they are charging you for

    every target, staple, and breath you take while you're there.

    Or, maybe, as I suspected all along, all the public ranges around here

    just SUCK...
     
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  15. Mercator

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    Sorry to hear that. Hyperactive RSOs yeah we got that. Can't shoot standing? They need some competition. Around here new ranges have popped up lately.
     
  16. 7point62

    7point62 Lifetime Supporting Member Lifetime Supporter

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    My team actual got his right arm shot up and couldn't hold a rifle so he used his sidearm with his left. He didn't hit anything with it, but it made him feel better to send something back.

    God gave you two hands for a reason.
     
  17. Axxe55

    Axxe55 The Apocalypse Is Coming.....

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    i use all three methods for practice. two-handed, one-handed and off-hand.
     
  18. Argyle_Armoring

    Argyle_Armoring New Member

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    I always practice one handed strong hand and one handed weak hand. We have to qualify shooting both ways here at the Bureau and we'll often shoot that way in USPSA/IPSC matches as well.

    Also, be careful if you practice one handed shooting at a paper target at 1 yard. If your target is only held by two clips at the top, your target will fall from the clips and land beyond the firing line down range. The muzzle blast is enough at that range to force the target from the clips.
     
    Last edited: Jun 22, 2014
  19. danf_fl

    danf_fl Retired Supporter

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    Yes. Dominant and non-dominant hands.
     
  20. Shoobee

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    Semper Fi, Argyle, you are definitely die hard.

    Why don't you also tell the others here how the FBI teaches you to continue shooting at your enemies even after you have been shot and while you are dying, and the stance you must take in order to do that.

    I have always admired the FBI's shooting skills and doctrines.