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Are training yourself to do the wrong thing?

May 10, 2013

Those of us who carry a handgun for self-defense understand that training is important. We know when we fire a handgun the Bullet is going to hit something, and we know that must be the intended target, rather than an innocent person. We know we need to practice drawing our handgun from the holster and getting it on target as quickly. We who Open Carry on a regular basis understand that we need to be able to retain our firearm if someone tries to snatch it out of the holster when without us seeing them. But are we training ourselves properly? Following is a Quote from Lt. Col. Dave Grossman’s book On Combat. Read it,  and think seriously about your training habits.


Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, On Combat

One police officer gave another example of learning to do the wrong thing. He took it upon himself to practice disarming an attacker. At every opportunity, he would have his wife, a friend or a partner hold a pistol on him so he could practice snatching it away. He would snatch the gun, hand it back and repeat several more times.

One day he and his partner responded to an unwanted man in a convenience
store. He went down one isle, while his partner went down another. At the end
of the first aisle, he was taken by surprise when the suspect stepped around
the corner and pointed a revolver at him. In the blink of an eye, the officer
snatched the gun away, shocking the gunman with his speed and finesse. No
doubt this criminal was surprised and confused even more when the officer
handed the gun right back to him, just as he had practiced hundreds of times
before. Fortunately for this officer, his partner came around the corner and
shot the subject.

Lt. Col. Dave Grossman, On Combat

One Comment leave one →
  1. May 10, 2013 8:56 am

    That is an absolutely hilarious story (although no doubt a serious lesson too)! 🙂


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