From the Desk of John Rourke – February 8th, 2017

 

In the process of trying to set up some training for a few friends and potentially one group member. People will go out and buy a pistol or an AR for $500+ but make every excuse in the book not to spend a few hours training. Why the reluctance to pay for training? I get it money is tight but come on. Make a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and don’t go out to lunch every day. In a couple weeks a defensive carbine and pistol class will be paid for. I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again – “Training is NOT shooting at paper between two narrow walls.”

People overestimate their firearm skills almost as much as their food storage levels. On a scale of 1 to 10 with 1 being Papa Smurf and 10 being John Rambo – where do your skills lie? Me? Realistically and being totally honest(as always) I rate myself a solid 5.

If you are sitting on your couch right now watching TV, reading this – and have never practiced switching to your backup weapon – while moving – your missing the boat(and will likely miss the target). Not trying to be harsh here but how many times have you shot off-hand? You’re right handed? What are you going to do when you are on the left corner of a building and need to shoot around it? What most people will do and expose themselves unnecessarily and pay the price. The smaller percentage of people will simply switch their rifle to the left side and engage – accurately –  with minimal exposure.

So you carry everyday? Awesome! How fast can you successfully draw your pistol? Be honest. Will it get caught on your shift while you fumble to grab the butt? Is there a round in the chamber? I hope so. Have you practiced grabbing your shirt with your off hand pulling it up high well away from your pistol so as to remove any opportunity for the pistol to get caught on anything? If not – the time to start is now.

Not healthy enough to “train” the way I describe? Then train to the level which you can. Truly cannot afford a $175 for a defensive firearms course? There are tons of YouTube training video’s to study and practice on your own. How about buy a book such as The Home Schooled Shootist?

Bad things happen to good people every day. Some significantly crappy things may be happening to many good people in the not too distant future. It’s time to get ready now.

But what do I know I’m only a 5.

Rourke

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