Archive for the ‘Teaching’ Category

All or Nothing: The Press-Out

Wednesday, January 21st, 2015

As anyone who has followed me here or on pistol-forum.com has to know, I'm a big fan of a technique called the press-out. So following up on last week's "All or Nothing: Unsighted Fire" I thought turnabout is fair play and so I'll examine the pros and cons of this ...

All or Nothing: Unsighted Fire

Wednesday, January 14th, 2015

Hackathorn's Law: under stress you won't try to do anything you're not confident you can accomplish. Lately I've seen quite a few discussion about sighted vs. unsighted fire both at pistol-forum.com and on Ballistic Radio's FaceBook page. And like so many internet discussions it seems to devolve into an all or nothing binary only ...

One Size Does Not Fit All

Friday, December 26th, 2014

After being offline for so long this year, I'd forgotten just how often people insist that there is only One Way when it comes to shooting. It's not the guy who says "this pistol works best for me" that bothers me. It's the guy who insists it will work best for everyone if ...

LE UOF & TV vs FOF

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014

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 ...

Teaching to Your Audience

Wednesday, March 19th, 2014

If you teach basic CCW, do you teach those first time students about sight alignment and trigger control and breathing and the other fundamentals of marksmanship? If you answered yes, are you properly addressing your audience? Odds are, probably not. This might come as a shock to anyone who's been reading this website for ...

“Looking Back” Series

Tuesday, March 18th, 2014

I recently reposted these on my Facebook page. They're the five greatest influences on me as a shooter and instructor over the years: Chuck Davis Ken Hackathorn Ernest Langdon Rich Verdi SLG If you weren't reading pistol-training.com back in 2011, I hope you'll find them interesting. And if you've been with me since back then, perhaps reading these ...

Bill Drill 2

Saturday, March 8th, 2014

What do you do when Bill Wilson tells you he's updated his legendary Bill Drill? Tell everyone else, obviously: The Bill Drill 2. (But Bill, it's 2014... you really should call it Bill Drill 2.0 8-) ) Train hard & stay safe! ToddG

In Defense of the Traditional Double Action

Monday, March 3rd, 2014

The mere title of this post makes me sad. I have come to accept, begrudgingly, that we live in a world where the perception "one trigger pull is better than two" isn't likely to change any time soon. It's a perception that kept the 1911 dominant for decades among shooting cognoscenti. ...

Are You Too Cool for School?

Friday, February 21st, 2014

In the comments section of the recent "Lamentations and Hope" post, my friend nyeti said something that really resonated with me: Up until recently we were taking more classes than we taught, and still consider ourselves lifetime students, so we see both sides. I'm always interested to see the difference between instructors who ...

Relays

Wednesday, February 12th, 2014

Over the past few months I've received emails from three different students about a safety issue that is becoming more prevalent in classes from big name instructors: too many students on the line at once with too few staff to watch them all. Each of the students who contacted me ...