Training With A Handgun | Start With The Basics
Training With A Handgun | Start With The Basics by Ken Jorgustin for Modern Survival Blog
A reader asked the following question to Modern Survival Blog regular contributor and former Law Enforcement Officer, “Dennis”, regarding basic training with a handgun:
Got a question I hope you can answer, or even some of the other former LEO guys who are regulars here.
I want to train better. I have range space, and safe remote range space.
What is the best start and progression to training with a handgun?
I could search the internet but want to read what you guys would do.
Here’s what Dennis said over on the open-forum, which I decided to post separately here for your interest.
My answer will sound condescending, but it’s not. Giving advice to people that already have experience and skill, much of my advice will sound like “well yeh, duh.”
Start With The Basics – 5 Yards
Start with the basics. At five yards.
Smooth draw from the holster, with good firing grip already established as the gun comes out.
Establish your preferred two handed grip as you come up to eye level.
Align your sights as near perfectly as you can, smooth trigger pull to the back, firm grip on the handgun, the bullet will hit where the sights were aligned when the trigger breaks and the hammer falls.
Fire one shot and re-holster. Repeat this until all, not some, but all of your shots hit within a 2 inch circle.
Why so close and why so precise?
Because if you can’t do that at five yards, your chances of making head shots from 15-20 yards are extremely low.
“But I’m not planning on making headshots……..” Yes, but your ability to make those shots make center mass shots at those distances child’s play.
Repetition and Muscle Memory
The repetition of going through the draw, grip, deliberate sight alignment, smooth trigger pull — builds muscle and cranial memory.
That is, you come to where you don’t have to consciously think about what you are doing. (When’s the last time you poked yourself in the eye when brushing your teeth?) Or even concentrated on what you were doing?
With repetition comes smoothness. Smoothness translates into speed.
What about dry firing?
I’m not a big proponent of dry firing. I guess it has it’s place for folks with limited access to a range, but nothing replaces the feel and management of the recoil and knowing where your bullets are hitting.