Some Thoughts on Handgun Training for Preppers (or ‘A Brief Synopsis of What Works for Me‘)
Some Thoughts on Handgun Training for Preppers (or ‘A Brief Synopsis of What Works for Me‘) by Jim Shy Wolf – The Survivalist Blog
First, the disclaimer: This is an article about learning to shoot firearms, also known as ‘guns’. Specifically, handguns. All firearms are dangerous. Handguns are especially dangerous. Do not attempt this while distracted by anything, including children (especially children) or spouse(s), radio, Tv, CD, DVD, dinner bells, bills, IRS audits… anything that distracts you can at least cause injury, at most, death, to self or another. Remember: the life you save may be dear to you. Also, any body parts you damage may have been useful at one time or another.
At all times, wear eye and hearing protection while training. Always. Especially eyes. Safety glasses are cheap insurance. Eyes are expensive losses. Always wear eye and hearing protection. Always. Do not deviate from this rule.
Four other points to never ignore or forget:
1). Treat every firearm as though it is loaded. Verify twice. Then check again. Always.
2). Pay attention to the muzzle, keep it pointed in a safe direction (usually the ground is the safest direction, but pay attention). Always.
3). Know your target, and what is around and behind it. Always.
4). Keep your finger off the trigger until ready to fire. Always.
Do not ever ignore these points. Never. They are all that stand between you and injury or death to yourself or another. I do not and will never claim credit for any mistakes made by another. Fools suffer their own mistakes. Don’t be a fool.
What you will need:
1) A room where you can be alone, undistributed for an hour, with few windows and a clear space about ten feet long by four feet wide. A basement may be best. A hallway (where you will not be disturbed or be surprised by someone coming from another room) would work well.
2) A sheet of half-inch or three-quarter sheet rock cut into four equal sizes of two feet-by-four-feet. On one of the pieces, make a dark circle about two inches diameter near the middle. Set the other sheets aside for later use. Set the marked piece in what you have deemed a safe location for a target.3) A CO/2-BB pistol. (Pellet is OK, but BB is preferable, IMO.) BB pistols can be found in both semi-auto and revolver configuration. Cheaper models will be light weight while some more spendy models will mimic both size and weight of particular models of firearms. Either will suffice for our needs. My reason for a BB gun: it works for training when going to a range is either impractical or weather does not allow (what got me to using one), low noise and they’re almost ideal for our purpose: learning.
4) Safety glasses and hearing protection.
A note on your weapon: it’s going to be a pistol. Not a shotgun. Not a rifle. A handgun. Whatever kind you have, be it revolver or semi-auto is immaterial since they’re all utilized the same way. However, this method also works well with rifle/shotgun though both are butted to the shoulder.