It is important to be able to practice your draw from concealment and trigger control even if you cannot make it out to the gun range. It is also important to be able to practice wearing clothing that you are most likely to find yourself having to deploy your firearm in a defensive use situation.
Pocket pistols are the guns of guns that are carried often and practiced with very little. This is usually because pocket pistols have a bit more felt recoil than what the buyer expects when handling the gun in the gun store and they often have a very heavy double action trigger pull.
- Remove any live ammunition or live weapons away from the training area
- Double check your magazine pouches
- Make sure that your magazines are empty if you are going to practice reloads
- Triple-check your pistol to ensure that there is no live ammunition in the chamber
- As a refresher pocket pistols are often defined by the following traits
- The following models of pocket pistol are generally good to go when it comes to this category of handgun.
Things you will need
- The LaserLyte Pistol Training Target
- The LaserLyte Reaction Tyme Target set
- A Laserlyte Pistol Training Cartridge
Configuring your pocket pistol for dry-fire training
- Drop the magazine from your gun
- Make sure that there is no live ammunition in the magazine
- Check the chamber of your gun by racking the slide back with no magazine in the gun
- AGAIN Check the chamber of your gun by racking the slide back with no magazine in the gun
- Insert your .380 ACP or 9mm LaserLyte cartridge into the chamber
- Pull back and rack the slide into battery
- Insert the EMPTY magazine into the gun
This is where it can get really fun!
There are a wide variety of training drills out there. You can find them online by going to online forums like www.totalprotectioninteractive.com
Be sure to incorporate the following elements into your training drills. You can set up drills for yourself that focus on one particular element or set up drills that incorporate all elements
- Drawing your firearm from a belly band holster
- Drawing your firearm from a bag or purse
- A sudden signal to draw your firearm
- Targets placed in unpredictable and irregular spots by your training partner
- Fast and explosive movement from one spot to another
- 360 degree awareness
- This means placing targets at opposite angles of attack
- Irregular shooting positions
- Seated, On your back, On your side, etc.
- Reloads or a transition to a secondary weapon
- Escaping the area
DO YOUR HOMEWORK!
Dry fire practice, movement, and weapons manipulation are far more important to developing defensive skills than just popping off rounds at the square range.
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