SHOT Show 2012: Don't shoot your TV!
Be creative in developing drills that enable you to practice technically- and tactically-sound skills, while simultaneously “mixing things up and keeping things interesting”
During SHOT Show 2012, I ran into John “Tony” Mayer of JM Custom Kydex. . Regular readers of this space will recall that for Christmas, a great friend of mine — who had apparently taken pity on me for my well-worn, level-two leather holster — gave me a beautiful new concealed-carry rig from JM Custom Kydex. I was telling Tony how much I love his holster — the only problem being that it’s definitely different from the holster I’ve had for several years (and drawn from quite literally about 10,000 times). I knew I had to quickly get used to the new one if I was going to begin using it in the near future, so that first evening after I got it, I began repetitions with my Blue Gun, doing about 100 draws.
A couple of evenings later, I did another set of 100 draws.
A couple evenings later, I loaded a couple mags with dummy rounds and started doing some of my typical drill regimen using my personal-protection pistol that new holster.
Shoot, Don’t Shoot!
But I spend 10-12 hours a day in front of a computer monitor, and the thought of shooting that thing occurs to me roughly once every three or four hours (at a minimum!).
So I set up a PowerPoint slideshow with 42 shoot-don’t-shoot slides consisting of 21 shoot targets, and 21 don’t-shoot targets (if you must know, I chose to use images of three famously nice-looking bikini-clad supermodels, three famously-evil terrorist dirtbags, and one of a famously-gnarly movie zombie).
I created a random number of each image as well as randomizing (as best I could) the order in which they appear. I set the transitions such that a blank slide comes up in between each image, allowing me to practice scanning, breathing, and reholstering, as well as giving me time to get ready for the next decision-making cycle before the next image is revealed.
This is, quite admittedly, a very (very) poor man’s Hogan’s Alley, but I’ve found it to be a pretty interesting way to do lots and lots of repetitions with my awesome new holster. Hell, every few slides I even get to see a really attractive woman in a bikini.
The whole point of this little column is twofold:
One Final Thought
Stay safe out there my friends.
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