Training Mistake No. 1
Over at The Truth About Guns Robert Farago posted a response to Jack Billington’s post on ammoland.com regarding what’s the number one training mistake made by self-defense shooters. So I decided to jump in with my opinion. Billington says the number one mistake is not training as you carry. He references students showing up at training classes wearing tactical belts and holsters and sometimes with guns they do not carry. Billington believes this contributes little or nothing to a self-defense shooter’s necessary skill-set. Farago agrees such unrealistic training is a mistake but says the biggest mistake is not training enough. More specifically Farago says not training enough on moving and shooting.
Both are big mistakes. Like Billington I always train dressed in my street clothes and always with my carry gun. And I too have seen many train wearing large tactical belts and who draw from open carry. These guys do draw and shoot really fast but such training bears little semblance to a “real” situation. I would even say this is negative training.
Like Farago, I believe most shooters do not get enough practice shooting on the move. I say “get” because for most of us such training is the most difficult to obtain. You can read here about I manage to do some shooting while moving.
I believe the NUMBER ONE training mistake is what I see most shooters do. I see way to many folks put out a bullseye target at 21 or 50 feet, or whatever, and unload hundreds of rounds and then pack up and leave. They leave no doubt believing they’re ready for that deadly encounter. They’re ready because they have “practiced”. Any self-defense shooter stuck in this rut must first solve this number one problem. When the Biggie is fixed, a shooter can move on to worrying about what he/she will wear at class and from where they will get some practice shooting and moving.