16-Dec-14 – 15:49 by ToddG

pistol-training.com just had its nine millionth visitor.

Hey Gaston! That’s more than the entire population of Austria.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

PTC Target 2.0

12-Dec-14 – 11:44 by ToddG

NTCNational Target has a new website and has once again set up a dedicated page for the latest version of the pistol-training.com target.

This highly modified “Q” style target is designed to be compatible with  every drill I use while teaching and almost every drill listed on this website. Within the next few weeks I’ll be compiling a specific list of drills for training with this target.


Train hard & stay safe! ToddG


Big in…

12-Dec-14 – 10:36 by ToddG

It’s amazing what you see when checking where a hundred or so visitors came from in the course of a few hours:


Which of course would make anyone think of…

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Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Nor I

12-Dec-14 – 02:39 by ToddG

Tam talks Russian roulette: I literally can’t even.

“Court documents say other party-goers warned Saye that a semi-automatic pistol would not work for the game.”

They were probably trying to decide who was right in a debate over a lightsaber cross guard.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG


10-Dec-14 – 00:01 by ToddG

My family consists of pretty well educated, intelligent, and fair-minded people. Nonetheless, recent events regarding law enforcement use of force (UOF) — Ferguson, NYC, etc. — have thrown into stark relief just how much their ideas of right & wrong, reasonable & unreasonable are based on fictional television events rather than reality.

FBI-DEA-HAFOFMany years ago while I was still in law school, I had a tremendous opportunity to test that issue. For a project in one of my criminal law classes I was invited by the DEA tactical training cadre to bring half my class (and professor) down to the FBI/DEA “Hogan’s Alley” force on force training village in Quantico, Virginia. This was during the time that Waco & Ruby Ridge were being investigated by DOJ and federal law enforcement UOF rules were under severe scrutiny.

Our group was put through a number of exercises ranging from the classic Tueller drill (attacker 21 feet away charges at you with a knife) to team room-clearing.

A few days later I had to present my paper to the entire class. The half that attended the force on force (FOF) exercises sat on the left side of the room and the other students sat on the right.

Just a few minutes into my presentation I brought up the danger of a knife wielding attacker. The right side of the room grew indignant immediately and argued that someone twenty-one feet away — the length of an entire room — simply couldn’t be a deadly threat to someone with a gun. Before I could even reply, the left side of the room erupted in angry shouts: “You’ve never been there!

Next we discussed opening a closet door to find a stranger holding a pistol that was pointed down toward the ground. Again the students on the right side of the room insisted he couldn’t be  threat because he wasn’t pointing the gun at anyone. And again the left side of the room lost its collective mind: “Do you have any idea how fast someone can point a gun at you from that position? It’s faster than you can see it and respond before you get shot!

It was the easiest presentation I’ve ever given. I’d just toss out a scenario and the folks who’d actually experienced the fear (and pain) of making a mistake when violence was present did all the arguing for me.

The lesson was pretty clear. On television, good guys can yell, “Stop! Police!” and if the bad guys don’t stop, the good guys always have plenty of time, distance, and ability to shoot them. But when it’s dark and you’re in a cramped hallway and you don’t know what’s around the corner, suddenly things aren’t so easy to predict…

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

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Quote of the Day, Smooth & Fast Edition

27-Nov-14 – 13:11 by ToddG

From my friend Jack “Failure2Stop” Leuba in another slow is smooth, smooth is fast discussion on pistol-forum.com:

My problem is with the phrase itself with regard to being “fast” in a competitive field.

I do want to point out that interpersonal conflict with kinetic weapons is a competitive event (before anyone gets fixated on that), in which there is generally not a second place award.

So very awesome.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Range Bag

31-Oct-14 – 13:00 by ToddG

Right before SHOT Show 2014 I wrote about my ideal range bag. Now that I’m getting back to having significant range time each week, I got to thinking about it again and did some looking around to see if anything like that was available.

Lo and behold, HAZARD 4 released a bag a year earlier at SHOT 2013 that has many (though not all) of of the features I was asking for. Their bag is called the spotter™ dividable range bag and looks like a very well thought out and well produced bag.

HAZARD 4 also sells a number of MOLLE-compatible accessories that can help you outfit the bag, like the inexpensive stick-up™  modular universal holster and pouches such as the broadside™ and flip™ and even a smart eyepro holder called the sub-pod™.  And obviously you could use any other MOLLE gear from other companies that you already have or that fit your needs better (like the TACMED OPERATOR IFAK that they started  making in what they call “Range Safety Red” at pistol-training.com‘s request years ago).

The spotter™ isn’t available in orange, though, so I haven’t bought one (yet). :) While it’s hard to justify building up another range bag kit given the couple dozen already lying around unused in my closet — there’s literally a huge Pelican case full of discarded range bags in there — I’ve got to admit I’m tempted.

If you’ve got a HAZARD 4 spotter™ bag, I’d definitely like to hear your opinions.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG


Harder Than I Expected

26-Oct-14 – 20:56 by ToddG


Having received my SIG .22 kit, I was planning to go to the range for the first time this past Friday. Before heading out, I decided to do some dry firing. Result? I could not pull the double action trigger simply because my hand and forearm muscles had atrophied so much. There’s not a whole lot of valuable SIG DA/SA training to be had if you cannot pull the DA trigger, so I cancelled the range trip.

Nonetheless, I’m going tomorrow to get whatever I can out of the day. If nothing else I’ll get a chance to see how my elbow responds to recoil (I’ll shoot at least some of my normal Federal 124 +p HST carry ammo).

I see my physical therapist twice this week and my oncological orthopedist who did the elbow replacement. I’m going to get their opinion on whether they think the trigger finger strength issue is something that can be overcome. If so, I’ll drive on and just get some finger-specific exercises to work on. If not, odds are that I’ll need to switch to a different type of pistol with a lighter trigger pull. That’s definitely not my first choice, but having a gun I can’t shoot is definitely my last choice.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

Best Gun Mat Ever

17-Oct-14 – 09:17 by ToddG

Seen yesterday at my local gunshop. I want some royalties, darn it! (though I guess about $30,000 in ammo wasn’t a bad trade)


Train hard & stay safe! ToddG


Class Warfare

16-Oct-14 – 20:16 by ToddG


If I may, I’d like to riff off something written by my friend Baxter at Gun Nuts not too long ago.

There are classes that are termed “tactical,” there are classes that are termed “competition,” and so on. To an extent, these classes usually do have differences. You’d expect certain rules to be taught or discussed at a USPSA-oriented class, for example. You’d reasonably expect a “tactical” class to discuss where hits on a threat have a serious effect (thoracic triangle & ocular window) and where they don’t (everywhere else).

But a problem comes in when someone wants to be better at one type of shooting yet only takes classes focused on other pieces of the puzzle. For example, you’ll often see guys who’ve only taken those “tactical” classes get their butts handed to them in competition- or technical-oriented classes. They may be able to do a 360 scan with their eyes closed (?) but if they can’t hit the target fast and accurately they’re never going to get to that step in the real world. Along the same lines, a guy who carries a gun every day but has only trained for gun games isn’t simply going to learn osmotically things about tactical movement, use of cover, and yes even that 360 degree scan.

Don’t fall into the trap of thinking your favorite type of class is the only type of class you need. Unless, of course, it is. If you only ever pick up a pistol for bullseye competition then obviously you don’t need a combat warrior class or a USPSA class. But at the same time, if you’re that guy, don’t bust on the guys who want a more rounded shooting skillset. That’s one of the big problems I see these days: tactical guys who make fun of competition classes (“those gamers!“) and vice versa (“those tactical Teds/Timmies!”). This can be especially true of certain instructors who really only have expertise or exposure to one small part of the shooting world and need all their potential customers to desire that little slice more than all the others. They’ll commonly make fun of other types of classes (or other instructors) because they don’t want students to look anywhere else for training.

Any instructor who thinks he’s the only person with important or useful information should be avoided at all costs, in my opinion.

Train hard & stay safe! ToddG