Close Quarters Gunfighting: Tips For One-Handed Shooting!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Are you training for a real-life, violent encounter with your handgun?

Are are you basically plinking away at paper targets, planted firmly in your comfort zone?

The way you’re training now, and the realities of a violent confrontation with a handgun, are too often very different from each other.

Firing at static paper targets, which is how most shooters train, does NOT prepare you for a real gunfight!

Square-range shooting at 7-10 yards does NOT represent how you will actually engage an attacker.

To fight realistically, you’ve got to be able to shoot with one hand.

Tips For One-Handed Shooting!

There are multiple reasons why you MUST train to shoot 1-handed for real-life encounters:

  • You could be injured and unable to use both hands.
  • You might need to use your support hand for navigating obstacles, opening doors, fighting with an assailant at close quarters, etc.
  • You might need to hold a spouse’s hand to guide them, carry a small child, or use that free hand to otherwise care for a dependent
  • Actual picture-perfect two-handed shooting is extremely rare in real-life gunfights. No matter how much you train, your natural reaction in a gunfight will be to fight with one hand.

So when you DO train to shoot with one hand, what should you be focusing on?

Tip #1: Get Distance FIRST

A gunfight will probably be either the result of an escalated argument, or it will be an ambush attack.

It will probably happen without much warning.

Somebody’s in your face and, suddenly, there’s a weapon in play.

The result is that you need to get distance.

You’re going to be in the “bad breath zone” and it will be very easy for him to strike you, often with something you can’t even see.

A lot of instructors teach a variation on the “push draw,” where you are striking your attacker at the same time you are drawing your weapon.

Most of the time, this isn’t going to happen.

If your attacker has their hands free, or they’re busy attacking you — punching you, stabbing you, shooting you, whatever — you’re not going to have the mental wherewithal to fight with just one hand while shooting with the other.

You won’t have the physical strength, either.

Your body will be in survival mode and you’ll naturally use both hands.

Forget, therefore, any idea that you’re going to hold off a bigger, stronger attacker with your support hand while you draw your weapon.

What that means, then, is that the first thing you’ve got to do is GET DISTANCE.

Forget about the weapon.

Forget about doing anything else first.

Take both of your hands and take that person’s head off their shoulders.

You’re just trying to put them on the defense and get them thinking about balance.

You can push their face, or push up underneath the chin.

No matter how big they are, that’s going to give you a little distance so you can draw your weapon.

Tip #2: Learn To Point Shoot

Now we’re going to say that you have your weapon drawn.

It’s preferable to use two hands, but if you really need to get off a shot, chances are good you’re going to have just one hand, possibly with the attacker on top of you.

It may be a contact shot that you fire off.

The muzzle blast might do as much damage as the bullet going into them, making that contact shot really powerful.

Keep in mind that if you put your slide out of battery, you might not be able to fire a shot at all, and you might not get a second one after firing that first one.

Either way, you’re not going to be using your sights.

That means you’ve got to learn how to point shoot, at least at close range, to blast them off you.

Tip #3: Go For The Pelvic Girdle

This raises the question of where you’ll shoot.

With your gun indexed against your body at close range, you’ll naturally shoot down and at an angle.

What that means is that you’re not shooting for center mass; you’re shooting for the pelvic girdle.

What this does is blow their structure out from under them.

It neutralizes them and makes it so they cannot fight you because they cannot move around.

There is also psychological damage that this does, because the shock and trauma of bleeding out down there may help get them focused on the injury done to them, rather than on fighting you.

There’s plenty of arteries and other stuff down there that nobody wants to get shot in.

They might bleed out, and they’ll definitely be less able to aggress on you.

All of this gives you some time to react, to get distance, and to fire more accurate, more aimed shots as you get the room you need to do so.

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Tactical Tomahawk: The Best CQC Techniques!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

The growing interest in tomahawks over the last several years means you can find them everywhere these days.

The thing that makes the tomahawk a great tool AND weapon is that it is gives you lots of power and lots of leverage.

When you’re training with your ‘hawk, though, you still need to know:

Which CQC techniques should I be drilling?

Recently, I talked tomahawks with the American Tomahawk Company’s Eric Fehrman.

Here’s a summery of what he told me about using the tactical ‘hawk.

The Best CQC Techniques For The Tomahawk!

Eric Fehrman

From a historical warrior’s perspective, the tomahawk was one of the earliest close quarter combat weapons.

It really has been a feared weapon in many battlefields, from Vietnam and even now in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Those with training and experience in close-quarters combat know that certain techniques with the tomahawk can prove very effective…

…no matter what the battleground.

#1: Most Stick Fighting Moves Work GREAT

The tomahawk is uniquely American.

The beauty of the weapon is its simplicity.

This is a striking weapon.

You don’t have to be a samurai warrior or a martial arts master to use a ‘hawk effectively.

Put it in your hand and you immediately have an extra foot or foot and a half of reach, depending on the handle, and that means an advantage over your opponent.

Where specific techniques are concerned, however, the tomahawk can be used in the same way that any stick or hammer can be used.

If you have any training in stick fighting, such as in Filipino Martial arts, you can use the tomahawk in much the same way.

Any baton technique can generally be applied to the tomahawk as well.

#2: Techniques With Other Weapons Work GREAT, Too

This tool is very intuitive because it is shaped like, and weighted similarly to, a hammer.

Most people have swung a hammer before.

The weight of a tomahawk naturally brings the hammer to mind.

If you swing a tomahawk in the same fashion, you can do serious damage with it when fighting an opponent.

In the news recently there have been a number of high profile hammer attacks.

These could just as easily have been conducted with a tomahawk as with a common claw hammer.

Because the ‘hawk is both simple and also compact and light enough to be used in one hand, it can be wielded in conjunction with many other weapons.

These include handguns and knives.

You can easily carry a tomahawk in one hand and another weapon in the other while using both effectively, in other words.

#3: It’s Fantastic For Hooking Techniques

The tomahawk’s design makes it naturally useful for both hooking and pushing. That is its T-shape.

Using the hook of the tomahawk, you can grab an opponent, pull him toward you, pull him to the side, disarm him, deflect a strike, or just push him off.

The tomahawk makes a whole variety of drawing, manipulating, and disarming techniques available to the user.

Because you can potentially catch or deflect something coming at you, the tomahawk is also a great blocking tool.

To sum up, then, the ‘hawk is a very useful close quarters battle weapon.

It can be used easily and intuitively.

It can be used in conjunction with another weapon.

It is also, thanks to its design, a natural hooking and blocking tool.

These features make it a valuable component of your survival arsenal… and one you should explore if you don’t have it already.

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Tactical Firearms Training FAIL: 1 Cop’s “Bathroom Fight” Story

NOTHING about this gunfight was “textbook”

It first seemed like just another normal “Can you please keep it down?” domestic call on a drunken homeowner.

But talking with the man in his hallway, the officer wasn’t getting the response he expected, and things began to heat up.

In one bone-jarring crunch, the officer suddenly found himself being violently hurled into the man’s bathroom, landing on his side on the floor, jammed between the bathtub and the toilet.

As the 200lb attacker continuously stomped away at his head, the officer knew his life was in danger – and his fingers fought like hell to make it to his gun’s grip!

There was only *one thing* that officer said saved his life that fateful night – but you’re not gonna like his answer – and…

Here’s How 1 Cop’s Training FAILED Him In A “Bathroom Gunfight”

Tactical Firearms Training Fail: CQB Lessons From One Cop’s “Bathroom Fight”

In his own words following the incident, the officer claimed…

It was LUCK that saved me… NOT my gear, and NOT my training!”

You see, the officer discovered what too many cops (and civilian gun-owners) find out the hard way…

… that real gunfights look NOTHING like they do in the movies and NOTHING like the shooting scenarios being instructed at so-called “tactical” schools around the nation.

I mean, sure… everyone has to master the “basics” of shooting, right?

The proper way to stand… grip your gun… aim through your sights… breathe… trigger pull… “follow through”… blah, blah, blah.

But be honest…

Do you REALLY think you’re going to adopt your textbook “nose over toes” Isosceles stance, extend your pistol in a two-handed grip toward the target, and warn him verbally to back the f— off before you fire?

No, you won’t.

And look, you and I both know that “luck” isn’t a personal defense strategy either, right?

Your TRAINING is the only thing that’s going to save your life when it’s that “no sh*t moment” and you’re forced to pull the trigger is self-defense, don’t you agree?

But ONLY if it’s based on how you’re likely to be attacked in REAL-LIFE – not some fantasy scenario you’re training for down at the typical local gun range – and NOT in some of these “Disneyland” tactical courses that make you feel like you’re Jason Bourne… but send you home with a false sense of confidence in how well you can protect yourself and those you live in a REAL attack.

The “Israeli Carry” is a really good example of this actually…

With an unloaded weapon, students are trained to simultaneous “draw & rack” their firearm, the same way that many soldiers are taught in the Israeli Defense Forces (IDF).

Sure, it looks SUPER cool at the range…

But for the officer in our story, drawing his weapon with one hand while protecting his head with the other may have gotten him KILLED if he also had to rack the slide to chamber a round while on the floor, stuffed between the toilet and shower.

Makes sense, right?

That’s why all gun-owners who understand this no b.s. reality choose to carry with a round already loaded in the chamber of their carry weapon.

But that’s not the only “staging” you can do to be ready for a close-quarters ambush…

In fact, I’ve looked at hundreds of video footage of real gunfights and in our “extreme counter-ambush training”, I suggest ways to modify your sights… your holster… your ammo choice… and other tricks you can use to be “combat-ready” when you’re attacked in close-quarters with no warning.

Look, the hardcore reality is this…

There’s NOTHING about real life-and-death gunfights that look ANYTHING like the typical “7-15 yard” marksmanship training that goes on down at the “square range.”

I think if you’re open-minded and you take a good, hard, honest look at your own training, you might be surprised just how many “fails” you can erase based on the reality of how attacks happen in real-life.

If you want to dig deeper on how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out this report.

Your life – or the life of someone you love – may depend on it my friend.

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