As long time readers know, I’m trying to get familiar with handguns as this would have been a major block for me in taking the FBI course that is necessary in certain places in the Charlotte Diocese if a priest wishes to become a chaplain available to serve our Law Enforcement Officers. To me, this is just part of being all things to all men that some might be saved, which is what a priest should be interested in doing, right? See this important post that most every high school, school district, college, university, political and government entity, and manufacturer (including military) has read: Active Shooter: The Coming Storm (FBI: Train now!)
I’ve been getting better with the easiest pistol qualification on the planet, that of the FBI. As it is, they don’t want their best agents disqualified because of faulty target practice, especially when 99.9% of their work has nothing to do with guns. And, mind you, the qualification course is not drill work nor scenario-based training that they get. An FBI instructor needs 90%. My last two run-throughs were 91% and 96%. I suppose I should get a point off of that because I can’t drop to a knee for the last shots because of a new bout of bursitis in the smashed up leg. Just a slight case, but I’m being careful. I’m sure I wouldn’t do well at all in a “kill-house” training exercise with a bum leg…
Anyway, the video above was an eye-opener. I’ve always been told to look at the front sight, but I think pretty much no one who says that either knows what it means or is any good at teaching anyone what that means. That video has opened my eyes. This Navy Seal is a great teacher, repetitious, but that’s fine with me.
The mechanism, I believe, has to do with the brain forcing moving in the arms because of seeing non-essential movement downrange. Actually looking at the front sight (no, really, staring intently at the front sight), eliminates those non-intended movements in one’s arms. And you don’t lose sight of the target at all. You see it better, however fuzzy, because you see it more precisely around the front sight, that is, without looking at it, and you zero in every time.
I didn’t get fantastically better, as I’m still trying to train myself to just look at the front sight, but I did get enormously better than I was, and that improvement was, in fact, instantaneous. Combining this with stance, draw, shoulder and elbow settings, and also dry-fire drills for drawing and changing empty mags with an empty chamber brings it all together, at least for the killing paper bit. Forcing mis-loads with empty cartridges is, of course, something that can’t be done at home within city limits. That’s for the day-off on Tuesdays.
I’m also just starting to work on the Seals pistol qualification course (which, again, does not include their drills and absolutely does not include their handgun training). Getting relatively close to their times with their distances and circumstances and relatively close to their accuracy is a good goal. That will take a while.
As far as classroom stuff goes, I’ve just ordered the USCCA course on how to deal with the new circumstances with active shooter terrorism. This will complement the FBI course, which was prepared some years ago for dealing with similar critical incident situations.
Just some “day-off” stuff.