Saturday, May 1, 2010

Shooting Mirrors

Practice dry-firing in a mirror. Remember, FRONT SIGHT! Practicing in a mirror is a good idea b\c you are practicing with a full size target, who is moving, and is drawing a gun at YOU! I must admit that the first few times its a little freaky. Also remember to move so the guy in the mirror doesn't hit you. Try a hundred shots into a full length mirror this week.


Keith said...

This guy is using a bad stance, showing too much of his body face on to the assailant. If you are going to do this sort of practice you should stand side on, making yourself less of a target. Practice it. It is a far better method than the old stance.
Good post.

Jimmy (pen name) said...

Le Loup,

There are many schools of pistol stance. Each instructor may teach somthing different. Weaver, isosolies, modified, strong stance...

My experience as a police officer has taught me a few things.

First, in a gun fight, you are rarely going to be able to get in the position you want/or have training to be in. You have to learn to shoot from many different positions with different hands. Practice firing with different fingers. Practicing laying down, standing up, squating, sitting, kneeling, prone, assisted, in a car... you get the idea.

I highly recommend that you check out this excellent article on CQC (close quarter combat training)-

Second, besides watching the front sight, trigger control is the most important thing a shooter can learn.

I should caveat all of the above, that this is true regarding combat shooting. A competition shooter needs to do the EXACT same thing every time. Not so when training for combat. You should always be on the move. Shooting on the move, taking cover when possible.

Lastly, I have to say that when I took this photo, I was more concerned about my camera not falling off the bed when I stood up on it to get the picture!

Keith said...

Quite right Jimmy, I used to actually enjoy the regular training/practice. Loading and firing one handed was fun too, on the range! I have been under fire a few times, but to be honest I could not tell you what stance I took! I seem to recall lying on the ground a lot!
I did not realise you were on a bed! I never tried that one!
Take care.