Rifle Drill of the Week #7 | Outside 45 Degrees

There are three types of target transitions, all based on what your eyes can see. If you can clearly see both targets, that's Line of Sight. If you can see one clearly, but the other is just on the edge of your vision, that's Inside 45 Degrees. If you can see one and cannot see the other, it's an Outside 45 Degree Transition.

Outside 45 Degree Transitions are the most risky because not only can we not see the target, we don't know how far away or near it is. If we simply swing the rifle around, we might find that the threat is so close that we could end up fighting for the rifle.

By doing a proper transition and being conscious of the retention of the rifle, we can give ourselves the best chance to quickly engage both targets AND retain the rifle from a grab, if necessary. Check it out.

Rifle Drill of the Week #6 - Dynamic Weapon Position Mounting

Five Dynamic Weapon Positions. Each one meant for a different use. But no matter which one you happen to be in, you need to learn how to mount the rifle from that position, quickly.

  • One Hand High - Easy to run fast. Make sure you grab forend before mounting.
  • Two Hands High - Good retention and control, easy to muzzle strike, if needed.
  • One Hand Low - Can manipulate other people or objects while maintaining muzzle awareness.
  • Two Hands Low - The Assess Position. Quick to get back up on sights if necessary.
  • Crossbody - Easy to carry that rifle for a long way.

Handgun Drill of the Week #24 - Flanking

If I've heard it once, I've heard it a thousand times from the Gun Ninja. "When you're attacked, get off the X!"

Yes, but how?

There are lots of different options: linear movements left and right, going forward, going backward, angled left or right, but I've always sort of wondered...have ANY of these guys actually tried this in SIM scenario?

SMT did. I can tell you from experience, linear movement didn't work. What works is circular movement. Flanking. This week's Drill of the Week will show you a drill you can use to practice this critical skill.

Rifle Drill of the Week #2 - Mounting

Happy Friday SMTers!

I wanted to get this posted on Tuesday, but ill kids kept me from getting it filmed and edited on time.

But no illness stops a good Defender! So here's the next Rifle Drill of the Week.

Mounting is the skill necessary to bring the rifle from any ready position to sight alignment. SMT typically works from the Two Hand High Ready position vs other options. The reason is that we're training for home defense, odds are good that the threat is extremely close to you. You have to keep in mind that the rifle isn't simply a shooting tool, but a DEFENSIVE tool. If you can't shoot it, it makes a great club. From that muzzle up, two hand high position, you can deliver a fast mount and shot, AND you can deliver a quality muzzle strike if the threat gets into close range.

Rifle Drill of the Week #1 - Hold of Sights

After many requests, SMT is going to start delivering Home Defense Rifle Drills of the Week. Just like the other Drill of the Week, these drills will be designed specifically for the Defender. The Modern Sporting Rifle, or AR15 is the home defense weapon of choice for SMT. We felt so strongly about this that we built our own DVD training series just on using the MSR for home defense.

This first Rifle Drill of the Week will be focused on a principle element of using an MSR for home defense, the skill of Hold of Sights. Because of the way the bullet flies in an arc, but our visual acquisition of the threat through our optics is a straight line, there's a conflict of where the bullet will hit versus where we are aiming everywhere along the trajectory of the bullet flight except for our Zero. By mastering Hold of Sights, we can confidently mount our rifle and place the round exactly where we want it to go whether we're ten feet or fifty feet from our threat (think about the biggest room in your house) getting that threat to stop immediately. Check it out.

Home Defense Rifle: Vol. 1 is more than 10 hours instruction and guided practice, divided into 10 sessions, featuring over 60 live and dry fire drills along with a free 100+ PDF Guide that you can use to harden your home, develop solid defense plans, and learn to use your rifle defend your home and your family. If you don't have a copy of HDR, something I'm very proud of making, you can get yours here. There is nothing else like it out there.