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My Introduction (or "I Don't Want To Be Just Another Talking Head With A Gun")
"Why Get Training?
Should You Carry 'Unchambered'?
Introduction and Some Thoughts On The Background History
The question comes up on a regular basis and I wanted to spend some time on it. In this first part, I provide a demonstration of the system the Isrealis still generally teach and which I will be using in my comparisons. I also provide what I think is some background as to how the concept of unchambered carry originated. I am also testing some new magazine extension; links to those and other products shown in the following videos are provided at the end of the series. If you see a factual mistake I have made in the background material or about the Isreali system of carry and presentation, please inform me so that I can publish a correction. Thank you.
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Addressing Questions Of Safety
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Function Tests You Can Perform
Addressing Questions of Fight Effectiveness
Ways You Can Test The Concept
Unchambered Carry - The Results and The Conclusion
A Note: In previous comparisons I've run I have used an overhand rack to chamber the round on presentation which cut between .15 and .20 seconds off the time to first shot unchambered. The smallest gap achieved in any of the test runs, four or five to date, has been .30 seconds between average time unchambered and then chambered. Still enough time to make a life-or-death difference. Also, I missed a word of dialogue--in the Tueller Drill, the runner covered 1.4 feet in .10 seconds. That's the '1.4' reference I make in the video that otherwise doesn't make sense.
Get A Grip 1 - The One-Hand Grip
There are three things I that I believe should not change when you fire a gun no matter what position you're in or where you are or where the target is in relation to you when the fight starts. The grip you assume on the gun is one of those things and a fundamental part of getting on-target shots when and where you need them. Let's take a brief look at how to get a good one.
Get A Grip 2 - Adding The Second Hand
The Supposedly-Simple Drawstroke 1: EU/ED and it's relationship to the 'X-Count'
I like the Elbow-Up/Elbow-Down draw because it's simple to grasp, easy to get up-to-speed with quickly when you need to, and because it creates a solid foundations for the commonly taught 3-count, or 4-count, or 'X-count' presentations. Here I present the basic EU/ED and provide some thoughts about how best to do it and where it fits in the scope of the commonly-taught presentation methods.
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The Supposedly-Simple Drawstroke 2: Working From Cover
Adding closed-front cover and discussing clearance, and continuing the integration of EU/ED with the X-count drawstroke. And I'm doing all that left-handed!
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Patterning The Defensive Shotgun: Part 1
Many people use shotguns for home defense. Most of those shotguns are loaded with one form or another of buckshot. It is important that anyone who has a shotgun intended for use in defense pattern that shotgun with that specific buckshot load at the real ranges they expect to have to use it at and not some arbitrary number of yards or feet. I show you one example of why you need to in Part 2.
Patterning The Defensive Shotgun: Part 2
The Crossdraw: A Study Of The Method
There is a proper method to the crossdraw (For a right handed shooter, a position anywhere from 11:00 to 9:00, grip across the body or forward. This includes shoulder holsters and similar carry rigs.) which will reduce if not eliminate the danger of muzzle sweep and the chance of 'throwing' the very important first shot. I explain the method and its variants in this video.
Follow-Through Part 1: Importance in Training
Follow-Through, what you do a shot is fired, is more important to both good training and accurate shooting than you might think. Here is why I think so.
Follow-Through Part 2: Importance in the Fight
Letting your guard down, relaxing too soon after a fight is over could get you killed. So in addition to the shooter's follow-through, another but related kind of follow-through should be practiced and ingrained to make sure you don't thing anything is over before it really is. Some thoughts on the second follow-through here.