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.

Drill of the Week #19 - Awkward Draws

As much as we'd like the world to work in our favor, when things go bad in the defense of our lives we need to take a page from the Marines and "adapt and overcome."

In the concealed carry world, one of those adaptations is being able to draw from whatever position we happen to find ourselves. Ideally, in defense, I'd like to stay on my feet and be as mobile as possible, but it's also possible that I get knocked down, or dive for cover, or even have to start my fight from a seated position.

So this week's Drill of the Week will be focused on practicing a few of these "awkward" draw positions. Check it out.

Drill of the Week #17 - Three Tiered Draw Set

Working the Draw is an essential part of our ability to defensively carry a firearm.

But so many people who train the draw do not build a solid draw for defense, and there is a difference between a defensive and sport draw. Just a couple of differences:

  • Keeping the handgun back toward the body for retention
  • Minding Muzzle Awareness with your Support Hand
  • Building a Draw that is a "hub" for all of your shooting positions - Full Presentation
    vs. Retention

There's more. Check it out.

Drill of the Week #16 - Emergency Reload Drill Set

Probably one of the most common skills taught in defensive handgun, after Shooting Fundamentals and the Draw of course, is an Emergency Reload.

An Emergency Reload occurs when in the midst of an engagement, the magazine empties and the slide of a handgun or bolt of a rifle locks to the rear. In this moment, it's quite critical to quickly clear out the empty magazine and load a fresh one so that you can return to firing as soon as possible.

Now there are lots of ways that the technique of Emergency Reload is trained, but in a lot of cases one half of the training is MISSING! That half, and I'd argue, the most important half, is the Stimulus Response to the firearm emptying.

If you watch most shooters, the moment their firearm empties, they will generally stop, look at the firearm, process what happened and THEN try to fix it. The problem here, is that at the defense of your life, you don't have time for all of that.

This drill set will help you build that second half of the neural pathway of an Emergency Reload, the Stimulus Bridge. Check it out.

Drill of the Week #15 - Dynamic Weapon Position Applications

Dynamic Weapon Positions (DWP) are methods of carrying the firearm, maintaining Muzzle, Trigger Finger, and Safety Selector Awareness, OUTSIDE of the holster or off-body bag.

There are four methods that SMT uses and they're all based around the Draw. This Drill of the Week doesn't go into how to do a DWP at all, instead, it's about how to train their use.

So in this three-tiered drill set, I'll take you through developing your Dynamic Weapon Positions from the static to the mobile. Check it out.

Drill of the Week #13 - Level 2 Deterrence to Concealed Draw

Deterrence is where physical defense meets up with the mental defense of Situational Awareness. (SA)

SA is the process of identifying threatening people and environments and then taking steps to avoid conflict. The goal with SA is to win the fight by never being in it.

Now you're not always going to be so lucky to avoid the fight, that's where good physical defense skills must be ready to be put into action, skills like combatives, concealed draws, and shooting fundamentals.

Where the two meet is called Deterrence. Deterrence is the communicating to the threat that you will not be a victim, and that you pose a lethal threat to the bad guy's safety. SA helped you to identify that threat and gives you the programmed language to try and get the threat to mentally disengage and having a good concealed draw or combatives skills gives you the ability to fend that threat off if it chooses to continue their crime. This drill will help you work that critical moment.

Drill of the Week #12 - Single Hand Concealed Draws with Soft Malfunction

Okay, so we're going to go a little more "tactical" in honor of the Shot Show this week.

If you've never been out there, pretty much everyone and everything is "tactical" at the Shot Show. Last year, when I was done, I had truly found out how much I hated the word "tactical," mostly because it's entirely meaningless. Seriously, if your kilt (I kid you not) is as "tactical" as that rifle with the NVG scope on it, well, you and I must apparently not speak the same language.

The Drill of the Week will be about practicing single hand only concealed draws with a soft malfunction. I demonstrate this skill in dry fire, but the adjustment to live would really only need a range, ammo and a live firearm. I'd suggest that you do a fair amount of dry practice before trying this one live, and specifically watch your Trigger Finger Awareness, screw up the Soft Malfunction in this one and you could shoot yourself in the leg. Check it out.

Keep training and stay safe.