Archive for the ‘Learning’ Category

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 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

More on “Every Shot Counts”

Friday, March 7th, 2014

It's always interesting to see how people with different focuses and backgrounds look at things in similar fashion. Here's a recent Facebook post by USPSA Production Grandmaster Donovan Montross (reprinted here with permission) that sounds quite similar to the Fire for Effect PTC post a couple weeks back. I do think that there ...

Omnibus Good Stuff Collection: 5-Mar-14

Wednesday, March 5th, 2014

Some great articles from around the web, a.k.a. I'm too lazy to write anything myself... Spot Shooting by Jerry Jones at Modern Service Weapons Should Practice Be Perfect by Dave Spaulding at The Tactical Wire (great minds think alike edition) Self-Protection/Self-Perfection by Paul Sharp at Sharp Defense 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. ...

Shooting is Easy, Thinking is Hard

Thursday, February 27th, 2014

One of the first force-on-force (FOF) scenarios I ever went through as a student back in the mid-90's: I walk around a corner and se two guys, one in a camo jacket and one in a red jacket, basically slap fighting. The guy in the red jacket -- short, overweight -- draws ...

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 ...

Fire For Effect

Wednesday, February 19th, 2014

[youtube][/youtube] When you practice, how often are you assessing your performance? Are you looking at the target at the end of the day and saying, yay, I hit it a lot! Or are you shooting one Bill Drill and stopping to write down your hits and splits, rinse, & repeat? If you read ...

Lamentations and Hope: The Training Industry Today

Monday, February 17th, 2014

So as my days doing the “traveling instructor” thing appear to be coming to an end, I’ve been reflecting lately on the current state of the training community… and it’s made me a little sad. Then yesterday I met a young instructor from half way across the country and was ...