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Defensive Handgun Homework

Here are a few things to focus on perfecting when training with your Defensive Handgun at a static shooting range

A shooting response to a lethal threat is a complex series of observations and reactions. There are a number of skills involved in a successful response, and luckily for us as humans, our innate abilities develop each time we repeat an exercise, this helps us tremendously. Learning to use a specific tool like a firearm, however, is not an innate or “instinctive” skill — it’s something we learn to do in connection to our abilities with what we already know how to do.

So, what are the kinds of things you need to train and practice? In no particular order, here are just a few of the things you might need to be able to do quickly and efficiently:      

*Use the standard B27 type target for all drills.


  • Get a proper grasp on the gun (First Grip-Final Grip)
  • Bring the gun from the holster to the target or Raise it from the shooting Platform
  • Decide on 2 or 3 rounds to fire during each cycle
  • Use the gun in concert with illumination of some type
  • Load only 5 to 6 rounds of ammo during these drills
  • Reload the gun when it runs out of ammunition
  • Clear a malfunctions as they develop, work with snap-caps or dummy rounds to create malfunctions
  • Recognize the level of precision to which you need to shoot (Center Mass)
  • Deliver that level of precision on target
  • Shoot at targets from 7 to 15 feet
  • Shoot rapid, multiple rounds to an appropriate level of precision
  • Shoot one-handed and off handed
  • Of course there’s a lot more, but this should give you an idea of what this concept of
  • “task-oriented” training means: practicing those things that are actually needed in a defensive shooting.
  • Our mission at Defensive Solution of Texas is to help the concerned “Armed Citizen” develop skill sets that can be used to protect themselves and family in crisis.

  • Have fun, be safe, and remember “There is No Finish-Line in Training”
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