I didn’t get into practical shooting to become Todd Jarrett in my middle age: I got into practical pistol because I wanted some practice dealing with those “Oh S***!” moments with a pistol. I want to train my brain to quickly assess the situation and deal with it appropriately so my family and I can live through the worst day of our lives.
The problem is, I’ve just been doing practical pistol, and little else. Thanks to Generations Firearm Training I’m now an NRA Certified Pistol and Personal Protection instructor, but that’s still firearm-based defensive instruction and I want to develop a range of responses to the varying threats that are out there.
I can count the fights I’ve had on one hand and still have enough fingers left over to hold a salad fork, but I still realize that there are people out there who mean to do me harm. A comment at The Truth About Guns got me a-thinkin’.
Unless someone is specifically targeting me or my family or unless it’s a home invasion, chances are, any attack that may happen will be up close and personal, within bad-breath distance, for a number of reasons.
- The belligerent a-hole, drunk or not. Arguments don’t happen across parking lots, they happen close up. I’m pretty good at walking away from fights and arguments, but one never knows…
- The mugger. A mugger has to be right next to me to get my wallet or keys away from me.
- A sexual predator attacks my family. And that’s all I want to think about that…
What do all those attacks have in common? They all happen right up close, closer than 95% of the targets on a typical USPSA stage. While it’s very rewarding to clear a 10-yard plate rack, that has little application for civilians in the real world.
And I need to change that. I need to learn how to shoot defensively, not competitively, What’s my plan?
- Get in shape. While the best USPSA shooters are top-notch athletes, you don’t need to be a triathlete to do well. I’m not in the worst shape of my life right now, but I can improve, and I will.
- Learn some unarmed combat. This one is easy: My sons want to learn karate, and so do I, so we’re all signed up at a local Wado-Ryu school. They’ll learn the katas they need to improve their fitness and self-discipline, and I’ll shape up my sorry butt even more.
- Do some force-on-force training. Tactical Studies Group will be doing airsoft training in the near future, and I want to get a rig that matches my daily carry gun as closely as possible. Sadly, no one makes an airsoft CZ P07, but a SiG P229 seems to be a close match for size, shape and operation, and I’ll go with that.
So what does this mean to you, the reader? Not a lot. Look for more posts on training and defense in the future, and that’s about it.