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.

Drill of the Week #11 - Outside 45 Degrees in Live Fire

Sometimes the simplest drills are the most valuable. That's never more true for the Defender when we consider the Plus 1 Rule (always one more threat, one more weapon, etc.).

That Plus 1 Rule leads to multiple targets and the transitions between them. In a previous drill, we worked Line of Sight with a lot of speed. Today, we're going to work the Outside 45 Degrees.

Remember that each of our Transitions are based upon what we see. In Line of Sight, both targets are clearly in your field of view. Inside 45 Degrees, only one target is clear and the other is at the edge of your field of view. With Outside 45 Degrees, only one target is in your field of view. The other is entirely outside of your vision.

This means that in an Outside 45 Degree Transition I must be cognizant of two factors, Identifying the threat/target and retaining the firearm through the transition. Check it out.

Drill of the Week #10 - Natural Point of Aim to Improve Your Draw

We all have, from a very young age, a "natural point of aim."

This means that even a young child can look at an object with their eyes, and point a finger right at it without effort.

This Natural Point of Aim applies to our Defensive Shooting too. We have a natural direction that we want to point our bodies and our defensive tools, especially under stress.

This Drill of the Week will specifically focus on how to take your Natural Point of Aim and use it to help increase the accuracy and speed of target acquisition of your draw.

Check it out.

Happy New Year

Well, Happy New Year SMTers!

My family and I were asleep as the calendar changed. Yep, awful exciting at the Dobo house!

As for SMT, we have a lot of exciting things coming in the new year:

  • A calendar of events and seminars will be up soon. Some old favorites and some new ones, make sure to save your spots, or share the calendar with a friend that wanted to experience the SMT method.
  • We have two new video projects coming out this year. One is a "first-time" handgun buyer's video, the other video I'm going to leave as a bit of a surprise, but I'm sure you'll like it.
  • There will be more class times offered at Osseo Gun Club and hopefully a few other locations. Stay Tuned!
  • There will be more Shadow Gunning, more Drills of the Week and more Training Blogs.
  • We will be starting a Member's Page this year. There you'll be able to watch lots of instructional videos, schedule training meet ups with other members, and discuss defense on our SMT forum from firearms to knives to combatives to SA.
  • SMT will also be reaching out on more social media platforms like Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram, so watch out for those and share us with others that might benefit from SMT's training.

SMT would love to feature more of you too. We'd love photos and videos of your training. We want to see those draws, scenarios, and dry fire practice.

I'd also like to make a personal request that you offer a session to a friend or family member. Help us grow the SMT family and help make America safe by training one person, one family, and one community at a time.

Happy New Year SMTers, I'm excited and honored to join you on this journey.


Drill of the Week #9 - Using the Staging Laser to build the perfect draw

If there's one thing that I see more than anything else in the "tactical" world of YouTube, it's the quest for the "perfect draw."

Every Tactical Tim seems to have one. Maybe they were a SEAL or a competitive shooter or a police officer, but everyone seems to have one and they are DESPERATE to show you how to do it too.

At SMT, draws are built upon two foundations. The first is that we are designing curriculum for the Citizen Defender. The second is that our draw is entirely based upon DEFENSIVE application.

A draw for the Citizen Defender has to take two considerations into account. The first is that the Citizen is behind the power curve. They are trying to catch up to the violent act that the Threat had engaged in. BUT, the Citizen Defender must always be concerned about the retention of the firearm. That retention exists in two forms: one is that the threat cannot easily take the firearm from the Citizen while in the holster and TWO that the Citizen is ALWAYS in the advantage position to draw the firearm against the Threat and retain it from him.

SMT does this in two ways. First, we have the Citizen carry the firearm in such a way that the Threat will be challenged to take it from him. Second, SMT teaches a draw that keeps the firearm as close to the Citizen as possible AND maintains Muzzle Alignment with the Threat as soon as possible.

The other foundation of the SMT draw is defensive application. That means the draw isn't designed for the most speed, though it is very fast (My current record from full concealed draw is three shots on target in 1.6 seconds at 21 feet). Instead, the SMT draw is designed for maximum Defensive Application. That means the Draw works:

  • No matter the Range of the Threat
  • Whether or not the Threat attempts to "block" the draw
  • Whether or not the Threat attempts to continue their "lethal" action

How you train that draw is rather straightforward. Here, check it out.