Proper training is key to responsible gun ownership. And it’s even more critical for new conceal and carry permit holders.
You have an obligation to protect yourself and your family. As much as you want to depend on your husband or the police to protect you, they’re not going to be with you all the time.
My goals for today is to expose these women to different shooting positions. It’s not just about shooting on a static line. It’s not just about a certificate. That’s there’s more to defending themselves. A lot of mindset and preparedness than just squaring and shooting straight on.
We don’t want to go through life paranoid that something is going to happen to us, but we also don’t want to be in the Wal-Mart Parking lot wishing we had pistol with us and we knew how to use it. And not having it or not knowing how to use it.
It’s really important that women do not go to the range training to shoot on the range. That they go to the range training to shoot on the streets.
Kris designed a series of livewire drills to show the girls some of the things they need to be practicing after they get their CCW.
All right ladies, before we get shooting as with any range session we need to focus on safety first. We have four firearm safety rules, they apply all the time. Even when we’re shooting at people these rules apply.
Treat all guns as if they are always loaded. Even if you’ve checked it yourself, still treat it like a loaded gun. Keep your fingers straight and off the trigger until your sights are on the target and you’ve made a conscious decision to shoot. Never let the muzzle cross anything you’re not willing to destroy. And finally, be sure of your target, what’s beyond it and what’s between you and your target.
Workspace is … right here. Your elbow to your ribcage. And it’s the same place every time. So anything I need to do with my pistol is right here in my vision. You don’t want to lean down here and do your reloads. This is a bad habit to get into. You don’t have situational awareness of what’s going on.
We are training to defend ourselves. We are not training to shoot on the range.
On the up command you’re going to draw and fire five rounds. Shooters ready … standby … up! To the heart.
There’s some fundamentals for shooting a pistol well. The first one is situational awareness. Again we don’t practice any skill in isolation. We practice skills as they relate to real life.
Second is stance. The stance that we use, Kris if you could show them, is that. What Chris is set up for is she’s taking the recoil from the gun into her shoulders, and she’s giving it a path of least resistance down her leg and into the ground.
So she’s got most of her weight on that front foot. She’s got both of her arms extended out. The reason we want to shoot like this is twofold. Number one: if I don’t have anything in my hands, that’s still a good stance to fight from.
Secondly, recoil is just another word for energy. The recoil of the gun, all it is energy. It’s an impulse. With the stance that Kris just showed you, she is transmitting energy. Can you set it up one more time for me?
The recoil is coming through her arms, and she has created a path of least resistance into the ground. Because this hip is locked and that leg is straight.