Most people seek skill with firearms as a means of self-defense. This impetus, of course, carries with it a certain sense of urgency. Images of wild-west gunfights and video snippets from YouTube commandos help drive us to draw and shoot with lightning speed. The quest for speed, though, can infect and impede us.
PISTOL & EVERY DAY CARRY
BAD, FAST- FOREVER.
I fear not the man who has practiced 10,000 kicks once, but I fear the man who has practiced one kick 10,000 times.
-- Bruce Lee
Given a choice, I’ll make a good decision… given several choices, a positive outcome is far less likely. This little gem of knuckle-dragger wisdom comes to us courtesy of “Hick’s Law” better known to students of psychology as the Hick-Hyman law. Put simply: the more choices we have, the longer it takes us to make a decision.
4 ESSENTIAL THINGS
Whether you’re serving a warrant, going to a movie with your kids, or getting out of bed to investigate a noise, there are 4 essential items that you need ON YOUR PERSON if there's any chance that you might need to defend yourself or others.
AVOID THE 'BOLT-ON SKILL SET'
Gear is great. I distinctly remember boxes of goodies arriving and being divvied up in the team space among enthusiastically open hands. As a recently retired service member and newly minted full time taxpayer… I look back on those days with a mixture of wistful reminiscence and fiscal horror. Financial responsibility aside- we can attain too much of a good thing.
SIGHT-CENTRIC VS. TRIGGER-CENTRIC SHOOTERS
There are two kinds of shooters: sight-centric and trigger-centric. How can we tell them apart? Trigger-centric shooters miss. A LOT. It’s an error in thinking that we see frequently in newer shooters- and it's an easy error to make (particularly since many instructors are trigger-centric in their teaching and coaching). Why does it make us miss?