Dry Weapons Training

Improve Your Grip Strength = Improve Your Shooting
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Improve Your Grip Strength = Improve Your Shooting

I’ve been shooting for the majority of my life and one thing I’ve heard everywhere I go is the importance of trigger control. It’s a delicate control…Don’t Pull it! You need to Press it…No…it needs to be constant Pressure…No, No, No…You need to Caress it and whisper sweet nothings to it so it will move straight to the rear.

How to Shoot With Both Eyes Open (How to Aim With Both Eyes Open)
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How to Shoot With Both Eyes Open (How to Aim With Both Eyes Open)

One of the most important skills to learn for any “non-range” shooting situation is how to shoot with both eyes open. You want to take in as much visual information as possible. If you look like Cyclops when you shoot, these simple drills will having you quickly seeing just one sight post while also seeing the whole battlefield.

Visualization – Free Firearms and Self-Defense Training!
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Visualization – Free Firearms and Self-Defense Training!

One of the most neglected areas I see in any of the combat arts is mental conditioning. Normally when most people think about mental conditioning, they think of a good combat mindset. And having a solid combat mindset is vital and possibly the most important tool for you to have if you plan on defeating your enemies. But there are other mental conditioning skills you can use to increase your odds of hitting your threats under stress and living to tell the tale.

Speed Kills: Learn How to Shoot Faster by Slowing Down [VIDEO]
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Speed Kills: Learn How to Shoot Faster by Slowing Down [VIDEO]

Well, the easy answer is to pull the trigger faster! And unfortunately, that’s what most “instructors” (please check background) will teach. Sure they’ll make stuff up about manipulating the trigger a certain way or having a better grip…so basically you’re saying…do better…to shoot faster?

Why Dry Fire Is More Effective Than Going to the Range
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Why Dry Fire Is More Effective Than Going to the Range

OK, I’ll admit it. Convincing you that dry fire is more effective than going to the range is a tall order. How in the world could NOT firing a gun make you a better shooter? Well, I’m up to the challenge and to do it – I’m not even going to talk about dry fire!

Sight Alignment – The Third Habit of Highly Effective Shooting
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Sight Alignment – The Third Habit of Highly Effective Shooting

Right after the invention of rifling, sight alignment is the most important contribution to man to fire an accurate shot. Sight alignment and sight picture are two terms that are often used interchangeably and many times used as one and the same. It’s fine to put them together once they are both understood, but it is vital to know that they are two different and vary distinct things. Sight alignment has nothing to do with the target (well, besides hitting it) and I will be covering this relationship in the upcoming, The Fourth Habit of Highly Effective Shooters.

Breathing While Shooting: The Fifth Habit of Highly Effective Shooters
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Breathing While Shooting: The Fifth Habit of Highly Effective Shooters

I remember being taught what many of you were likely also taught in regards to breathing as a marksmanship fundamental…to hold your breath. At the time it made sense. I was being told this by an instructor who shot better than me and who was running the course of instruction I was attending. I was in the military at the time and being taught by some of the best shooters in the world. Specifically I was told to, “Shoot during the Natural Respiratory Pause.” I did this for many years as a SEAL Sniper and never found any reason to question what I had learned.

Pistol Shooting Stance – The First Habit of Highly Effective Shooters
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Pistol Shooting Stance – The First Habit of Highly Effective Shooters

No matter what weapon system we’re talking about or what shooting position; a solid shooting position is essential to good shooting. The more solid the position, the easier it is to hold the gun and control the trigger without disturbing the sight picture. Whether you’re shooting prone, kneeling, standing or any unconventional shooting position, you should have as much of your body directly behind the weapons as possible. You need to be able to drive the gun, and just like driving your car you should have the seat adjusted properly.

Dry Fire Drills Using A Pencil: Training And Practice [VIDEO]
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Dry Fire Drills Using A Pencil: Training And Practice [VIDEO]

I know it’s a hard sell to tell you that not shooting your gun is going to make you better at shooting, but I know dry fire training to be tried and true, and I’ll tell you why. Your greatest asset, either in a static setting like the shooting range or a dynamic setting of…

Lights, Training, Violence of Action: Using a Tactical Flashlight
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Lights, Training, Violence of Action: Using a Tactical Flashlight

Firearms are without a doubt the most essential tools in a tactical operator’s inventory. But we have so many other tools in our kits that we use on a daily basis, and in my point of view and experience, lighting systems are critical items everyone needs to have, know how to use, and most importantly…