Archive for the ‘Safety’ Category

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

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

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 ...

Starting From Scratch … Again

Friday, October 3rd, 2014

As many of you know, eight weeks ago I had my right elbow completely replaced. The titanium elbow is a fairly new and uncommon procedure, with the mechanism itself costing about $20,000 (thank you, insurance company!). The surgery required a lot of moving and stretching of the nerves in my ...

Carry Gun, Training Gun

Thursday, March 20th, 2014

Probably the worst habit I've adopted since beginning the pistol-training.com annual endurance tests back in 2008 was a policy of using the endurance test gun as my carry gun. There was a certain rationale behind it: if I didn't trust the endurance test gun enough to carry it then the ...

Drawstrings, Again

Tuesday, March 11th, 2014

As I mentioned in 2012, drawstrings on concealment garments can be dangerous. Here's a TV news segment about a police officer who sadly managed to shoot himself thanks to one: [youtube]http://youtu.be/FrJMQupYxaw[/youtube] 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 ...

When To Safe

Tuesday, February 25th, 2014

One question I get asked frequently in class is, "When do you use the safety?" Now obviously you switch the safety off before firing. I think we've all got that covered intuitively. The question revolves more around when should you put the pistol back on safe. There are generally two schools of ...

Physics vs Faith

Thursday, February 13th, 2014

A few days ago in NJ, a federal law enforcement officer had a widely reported unintended discharge while clearing his Glock for cleaning. It quickly became a topic of discussion on various gun-related forums and Facebook pages and, of course, the gist of most opinions was "100% the shooter's fault!" On ...

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 ...