ONE:
"Combat Accuracy"


"Combat accuracy" is a concept that is detrimental to a shooter's development, especially beginners. Many shooters espouse this type of "accuracy" and train using it as the marker. Throwing rounds as fast as you can without command of the weapon is useless. Run the gun...don't let the gun run you.


While training to become proficient and "one" with the gun, mastery of fundamentals is quintessential. Speed will come with proper training...it's inevitable...be patient.


Strive to get to a place in your training to be able to have tight groups at speed. Speed and accuracy are NOT mutually exclusive and can certainly coexist. Aspire to excellence. The ability to hit shots from 15-25 yards at speed is also crucial and will translate to faster and more accurate hits at close distances.


Shooting fast at three yards and hitting thoracic is not an art. When training, your groups should be as tight as possible (and continue getting tighter as time goes by coupled with speed), since they will open up when you're hit with an adrenaline dump. If you are merely in thoracic in training, you will probably miss the intended target completely when it counts most.


Combat accuracy has it's place...in combat/defensive shootings...since adrenaline will probably dictate as such.


(link to Calguns post: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=613771 )


    TWO:
"Work on fundamentals and speed will come!"


A few weeks ago, I posted the following video of our student, Visu along with the comment below:


"Visu had never used trigger reset or shot on the move. He also fine tuned his draw and the use of sights. The above video was taken towards the conclusion of the (4 hour) class. Visu's movement is smooth and his accuracy is pin point. As time passes and if Visu continues training, his speed will inevitably improve. Visu is shooting a Glock 19. We look forward to future sessions with Visu. GREAT SHOOTING!"


We had the pleasure of working with Visu again approximately 1 week after the above video was shot.


Here's the video of Visu's 2nd 4 hour session with us (which he sent to us from Thailand as we had recorded it on his camcorder):


As can be seen, Visu's speed has increased quite a lot and his accuracy is consistent with the first (slower pace) video. If the fundamentals are sound, speed will inevitably materialize. The credit goes to Visu for coming to us with an open mind, working hard and being patient. The shots from cover and through the barrier need some fine tuning as he was crowding the barrier/cover etc. We are extremely pleased with his progress.


Unfortunately, Visu had to return to Thailand the following day. We hope to work with Visu again in the very near future.


(link to Calguns post: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=545902 )


    THREE:
"Mozambique" versus "Failure to Stop"


Here's a link to my video which is the subject of this post:


As you can see from the title of the above video, I have clumped the "Mozambique" drill with the "Failure to Stop" drill. Said drills should be differentiated from one another (especially by military standards). The "Mozambique" drill entails 2 shots to the thoracic area (center of mass) followed by an immediate shot to the cranio-ocular cavity.


This drill can be distinguished from a "Failure to Stop" drill in that there is no assessment prior to the head shot. In contrast, the "failure to stop" drill requires an assessment as to status of the assailant's condition prior to making a decision to follow up with a head shot. There are 3 instances when the assailant does not succumb to 2 center of mass hits thereby necessitating a follow-up head shot...(1) drugs, (2) body armor (heavy winter clothing or excessive fatty tissue), or (3) a determined attacker.


I had loosely and lazily used the terms when describing the video. A viewer's input is the impetus for this clarification.


Another point I'd like to make is the importance of periodic videotaping of one's shooting. This video was taken approximately 1 year after my right elbow surgery due to torn tendon and ligament. I noticed that I do not bring the gun adequately to count 2 prior to extension to the target. I came to the realization that I am favoring my right arm and going straight to the target due to the previous and ingrained pain associated to coming up high on count 2.


Wishing you all a great week!


(link to DefensiveCarry.com post: http://www.defensivecarry.com/forum/defensive-carry-tactical-training/136022-mozambique-versus-failure-stop.html )


    FOUR:
PHOENIX TACTICAL SOLUTIONS: Video Clip of Shotgun Assault Course


This is a video clip of Steve's (one of our students) shotgun assault course run on 12/31/11:


PARTICULARS OF THE DRILL:


-4 rounds at 2 targets (alternating) while retreating to cover -6 rounds through circular openings of structure while port/combat loading: standing (2), crouching (2), and kneeling (2) -select slug/slug changeover - 2 slugs at a 4 inch target at 35 yards (firing/strong side and support/weak side transition) -shooting on the move while port/combat loading (actual drill was to speed reload behind cover prior to moving but Steve wanted to work on his port/combat loading) -one target was accidentally not engaged while moving forward -transition to pistol while moving towards final target


Steve won a free class for successfully hitting both 4" heart shots on the slug portion of the drill.


GREAT SHOOTING!


(link to Calguns post: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=521246 )


    FIVE:
VIDEO DOCUMENTATION OF ONE OF OUR STUDENT'S PROGRESS


We've had the pleasure of working with and documenting Nicholas' (one of our student's) progress over the past several months.


Nicholas' first class with us was on September 10, 2011. He had never fired from a holster, taken a handgun class or done any moving and shooting etc prior to this class. We videotaped one of Nicholas' final runs of our assault course at the conclusion of the 4 hour class.


Here's the video:


Nicholas has since attended 3 more handgun classes (4 total) and I am very proud of his progress. He has supplemented his live fire training with a lot of safe dry fire practice at home.


Here's a video of Nicholas' 4th class with us this past Saturday (12/17/11):


Nicholas is shooting a Sig P228 (9mm). I am especially impressed with his timed shots in light of the double action/single action trigger system.


Nicholas' open mind and work ethic are to be admired. We look forward to continued work with him.


(link to Calguns post: http://www.calguns.net/calgunforum/showthread.php?t=513001 )