MCS 280 – 5 “Visual” Gunfight Training Mistakes

CQC Tactical Gun Training - 5 "Visual" Gunfight Training Mistakes
CQC Tactical Gun Training - 5 "Visual" Gunfight Training Mistakes
CQC Tactical Gun Training – 5 “Visual” Gunfight Training Mistakes

A real gunfight is life or death.

It happens faster than most of us can imagine.

You may have only fractions of a second to act…

…and if you make a mistake, YOU’RE DEAD.

This makes firearms training one of the most important things you’ll ever do.

But there’s a problem.

A lot of shooters, including experienced instructors, are making 5 very specific VISUAL mistakes.

Worse, they don’t REALIZE these mistakes make training scars.

(And during a gunfight is no time to find out about them!)

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson looks at each of these 5 visual gunfight training mistakes so that you can make your own gun training more realistic and effective.

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Here’s What You’ll Discover In This Week’s Episode:

  • The mistake almost EVERYONE makes when using the sights.
  • The one place you NEVER want to look during a stoppage drill.
  • The reloading mistake that even experts make!
  • The well-meaning bad habit that could cause you to miss a real threat after a shooting.
  • A common error to avoid after the threat is down and neutralized (you think).

Don’t ingrain bad habits by training incorrectly.

Learn the right way to train with a gun… and be better prepared to protect yourself and your family with that weapon.

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Tactical Shooting Tips: How To Fix Bad Habits With Your Gun

Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)

Look, this was without a doubt a big “FAIL” on my part…

But I own it, and I have no problem putting myself out there.

You see, it was my first day training with my private “concealed carry shooting coach” out on his own personal range.

He told me to go ahead and draw my weapon from 7 yards away and hit the steel silhouette target in front of me.

Simple enough, right?

I readied myself like Wyatt Earp preparing for a quick-draw duel in the dusty streets of Tombstone… flashed my hand down to my Glock 19… whisked it out of my holster…

… and I immediately fired a 9mm round into the ground 4 feet in front of me!

My instructor laughed.

I think I pooped my pants.

You see, that was my “Oh sh*t!” moment when I realized that I had secretly developed a “training scar” — a bad habit when using my gun.

I was putting my finger on the trigger while drawing the gun, something I didn’t realize when I wasn’t allowed to train from concealment.

Don’t think YOU have any of these types of “training scars”?

Think again amigo…

How to Tell If You Have Any “Invisible” Gun Training Scars (And How To Fix Them!)

Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)
Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)

Look, not all bad habits with guns are as obvious as my dumbass mistake.

But since most ranges won’t even let you draw your weapon from concealment, unless you’ve done it “for reals,” most people will eventually have the SAME problem when they’re shooting under pressure.

(You know, like in a REAL gunfight?)

In other words, it’s “square range” training, that CAUSES most of these “invisible training scars.”

When someone trained on a traditional range gets a chance to go pull the trigger at a less restrictive live-fire course, these problems really come out.

I’ve seen it happen with shooters at EVERY course I’ve taught or attended…

They reload wrong, fumbling and taking their eyes off the target.

They jerk their heads around like they’re checking for threats, but they’re not really SEEING anything… just going through the motions.

Or worse, they freeze up entirely, and stop moving while they focus on the target… which leaves them sitting ducks!

But here’s the thing about “training scars”…

… you really don’t even know you have them… until it’s too late!

In other words, most people who ARE training are doing it all wrong.

Not necessarily “technically” wrong (though that’s a factor)… but TACTICALLY wrong.

What I mean is, the environment – and rules – you’re forced to train with are what instill these bad habits in the first place.

Unable to draw realistically from concealment… no movement allowed… no “speed shooting” allowed… the list goes on and on and on.

Make no mistake, any ONE of these “invisible scars” could mean the difference between life and death in a real gun battle with some drugged-up thug at the gas pump.

The good news is… YES, it IS possible to fix these “invisible training scars”!

How To Identify – And Fix – Your Own “Invisible Training Scars”

There are a few ways to expose your bad habits AND train good ones.

For example, one way is to sign up for a local IDPA competition shooting match.

“IDPA” stands for “International Defensive Pistol Association” and it’s a really great trial-by-fire test of your skills because…

You’re performing under stress in front of other people.

You have to shoot and move.

You have to use cover, reload, etc.

The best thing I like about this method is that it gives you a “no B.S.” look at exactly WHAT scars you may have that you didn’t even know were there.

Of course, it’s also pretty damn embarrassing because all your tactical mistakes are on full display for all those other macho gun dudes watching you, right?

I mean, you can just imagine them all tipping a frosty beer after the match and deep belly-laughing at “that fool who shot that round into the ground 4 ft. in front of himself! Har-har-har-har-har!”

That really doesn’t happen (that much) and the key is to NOT think about anyone else and just consider YOU as the only person you’re competing with – not a chance at the trophy.

But hey, I get it… performing in public is a big reach for most people.

If you’re sensitive to this type of criticism, a better approach might be to find a private instructor at a private range.

Training privately with your own instructor is what helped me at first – and I still use one today.

Again, checking into your local IDPA network would be a good resource for locating a good instructor and location to train more realistically.

But I’ll warn you… many of these instructors are expensive and you may have to join a shooting club that requires fees in order to have access to this type of range.

Again… more time… more effort… more moolah needed – but it’s worth it in my opinion if you’re willing to go the extra mile.

My best choice though is to train realistically right in your own home with “dry-fire” training.

I know, I know…

Most people don’t believe me when I tell them they can get BETTER training at home using dry fire.

Fact is, though, even the “pro” shooters and high-speed, low-drag, spec-ops secret squirrels agree that 80% of your training should be dry fire.

Using dry fire, you can work over and over again to isolate your bad habits.

And because it costs you nothing (and you can work in completely privacy), there are no real obstacles to finding and stamping out your “scars.”

There’s just one real PROBLEM with this method, and that is “block training.”

This is when you work on a single skill that’s only ONE of the factors in a real gunfight — like drawing from concealment — without looking at how all the other factors fit together.

In fact, there are SEVEN factors in a real gunfight.

One thing I’ve discovered is that to truly become a “master gunfighter,” ALL these seven factors have to be trained…at the same time!

I know… sounds impossible, right?

I did too, until I started training closely with my buddy “Ox.”

He developed a step-by-step training regimen he calls “The Praxis Method” that does it all for you.

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve found this method nothing short of ground-breaking.

In fact, I believe it could literally revolutionize firearms training as we know it and it’s starting to get a TON of buzz right now in the tactical training world.

If you’d like to see how it works, and how you can use it to take your skills farther than you ever thought possible, check out the training while you have a chance.

(There are limited seats available, though, so I’ll want to check it out while you can.)

This training is for new shooters as well as “experts” and it’s going to blow your mind how fast you can literally “program” life-saving skills into your brain (like a computer)…

The online workshop won’t cost you a thing, but the lessons you learn will absolutely transform your “gun-training” into “gun-FIGHT” training using some new tricks that hardly ANY shooters even know about.

Go ahead and take a look at this free online class now…

Hope to see you there. 🙂

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Dry Fire Training Tips: 3 Ways To Make At-Home Gun Training More Fun And Effective!

Jeff Anderson
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Ok, by now you’ve heard of “dry fire”, right?

Dry fire is basically the act of using your firearm — drawing it, aiming with it, pulling the trigger, and working movement and mechanical drills — without loading any ammunition – in order to master certain skills you don’t need to go to a live-fire range for.

Bottom line… if you hope to master the reflexive skills you need defend yourself in a real attack, then you MUST practice dry fire training.

But there’s another problem with dry fire in the modern shooting and “tactical” community (and trust me, it’s a mistake that almost everyone makes)…

You see, too many people associate dry fire with (yawn) boredom.

Dry fire does NOT have to be boring, and it doesn’t have to be a mindless exercise of just pulling the trigger over and over again.

I spoke with firearms expert Ron Avery about making dry-fire training more fun and effective, and here is a run-down of what he told me.

3 Ways To Make Your Dry-Fire Training More Fun… AND Effective!

Dry Fire Training Tips: Make At Home Gun Training More Fun And Effective

Ron Avery

If you’ve overcome the reluctance to dry-fire your guns, you’ve taken one step in the right direction.

You won’t hurt your gun by doing some regular dry fire work with it…

…and you WILL help improve your skills.

There are some ways to really make your dry-fire practice more effective and more fun, though.

Let’s talk about three of them right now.

Dry-Fire Tip #1: Change Your Mental Dry-Fire Training Framework

Unfortunately, too many people treat dry fire like it’s a “practice routine”.

It’s not.

Dry-fire isn’t just “practice” – it’s training.

It’s training that can one day save your life, in fact.

So, before every dry-fire training session, take just a moment to close your eyes and reinforce the reason “why” you’re doing it to begin with.

You should be training to hone your skills now so they’re ready to come to your rescue should you ever be facing a real-life attacker.

That’s the mindset to bring to every training session.

Dry-Fire Tip #2: Engage Your Emotions With Visual Triggers

A real life-or-death gunfight is anything but “boring”, wouldn’t you agree?

Your body’s natural survival “emotions” will trigger an adrenaline rush that affects every cell in your body.

Your heart will be pounding… your breathing will become shallow… your vision will become “tunneled”… and you’ll lose fine-motor skills.

This is far from what most people experience down at the local gun range as they plink away at static paper targets.

You can add more emotion into your dry-fire training by imagining the consequences of not mastering the skills you need to operate your weapon under the stress of a real attack.

Whether it’s seeing your family tied up and helpless in a home invasion… or not making it home after you’re stabbed in a parking lot hold-up… the more you can engage the “fear factor” into worst-case scenarios, the more you’ll be able to feel your heart in your throat when practicing your dry-fire sessions.

Dry-Fire Tip #3: Train With “What If?” Scenarios

You’re sitting in your bedroom ready to get in a few dry-fire reps… but instead of your bedroom, picture yourself sitting in a restaurant with your date across the table.

An “active shooter” walks through the door and pulls a sawed-off rifle from under his coat.

Ask yourself, “What if THIS were to happen? What would I engage the shooter in this scenario?”

Every situation you can create is different, but the principles are the same.

Simply picture the situation… and THEN do your dry-fire reps, with your emotions engaged and a visual “movie” playing in your mind of the scenario.

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[MMA Dry Fire Handgun Drill For Concealed Carry] Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound

MMA Dry Fire Drill For Concealed Carry: Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound

You may have heard this before…

“80% of all fights end up on the ground!”

Whatever that number REALLY is, the bottom line is that, to defend yourself in a real attack, you’d better know how to fight back when you’re knocked on your @#$ or dragged down by your attacker.

Same goes for a gunfight

As much as you’d like to think you can get to your gun with your well-practiced 1-second draw, Murphy’s Law states that you’ll never even see the attack coming and you could find yourself lying flat on your back before you even get a chance to lay a finger on your concealed firearm.

Here’s a simple drill you can do to better prepare for an ambush attack that forces you to defend from the ground…

Home Dry-Fire Handgun Drill For Shooting From The Ground!

MMA Dry Fire Drill For Concealed Carry: Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound
MMA Dry Fire Drill For Concealed Carry: Shoot Your Way Out Of A Ground And Pound

First the setup…

This dry-fire drill works best with an airsoft or other replica gun (like a “blue gun” or SIRT laser pistol) but if you use your own weapon, be sure to unload ALL ammo (don’t even have any in the room), clear the weapon safely; and then have someone double-check there are no rounds at all in the gun.

Also, it’s best to do this exercise on a padded mat or carpeted floor for safety – and give yourself plenty of room.

And finally, you can do this dry-fire drill with any sort of target (or even just aiming at a light switch), but if you can find a willing training partner, it will be much more realistic.

Now, here’s how the drill goes…

Step 1: Place your safe weapon in your regular concealment holster.

Step 2: With partner or target within arm’s reach, fall onto your back.

Make sure you lead with the buttocks and roll backwards so you’re not slamming your back onto the ground and injuring yourself.

Also, as you’re falling, make sure you keep your feet toward your “attacker”. (This is critical in a real attack!)

Step 3: Perform a series of aggressive “bicycle kicks” to practice keeping your attacker at bay.

In between kicks, draw your training pistol as quickly as you can.

(btw… this is where you’ll get the cold, hard truth about how your method of carry will either help you – or hurt you – when trying to fight from the ground!)

Step 4: Once drawn, cross your ankles near the ground and place your weapon between your knees.

This is a little known trick for “ground-shooting” that steadies your aim by stabilizing your arms against your legs as you engage your target.

The Truth About Dry-Fire Drills…

This is just one example of a simple dry-fire drill that only takes a few minutes to do… but as you can see – it’s far more realistic and effective than your typical range training, right?

In fact, if you own a firearm and want to keep your skills sharp enough to truly feel secure that you can protect yourself and those you love, then you absolutely MUST make simple dry-fire drills like this a part of your weekly routine.

However, it’s pretty hard to find drills that are easy… realistic… AND fun!

We put together 67 exciting dry-fire drills for all kinds of scenarios (ambushes; home invasion; multiple attackers; vehicle attacks; and more) and if you’re truly serious about using a gun for personal defense, you can pick all 67 dry-fire drills up right here…

Just one warning…

Once you get started, dry-fire drills are pretty addicting! 🙂

You can get our best-selling collection of scenario-based dry-fire drills right here…

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