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  • 2021-03-25 16:45 | JEFF S HOWARD (Administrator)

    Any "Law" that infringes or places restrictions on any Right are unconstitutional.  Regarding the governments ability to impose "Reasonable Restraint" which has now become the mantra of our liberal influenced government.  

    Supporters of the bill of rights claim they have a constitutional or Second Amendment right to keep and bear arms. Opponents counter even if it were the case, the government was granted the general power to place restraints on the right. Both of these assertions are based on a misconception concerning the intent of the document known as the Bill of Rights.

    When the Bill of Rights was submitted to the individual States for ratification, it was prefaced with a preamble. As stated in the preamble, the purpose of the Amendments was to prevent the government from “misconstruing or abusing its powers.” To accomplish this, “further declaratory and restrictive clauses” were being recommended. The Amendments, when adopted, did not create any so-called constitutional rights or grant the government any power over individual rights; they placed additional restraints and qualifications on the powers of the  government concerning the rights enumerated in the Amendments.  The entire purpose of the Constitution is to restrain the Federal Government, not the People.

    By advancing the myth Amendments grant the American people their individual rights, the government has illegally converted enumerated restraints and qualifications on its power into legislative, executive, judicial and administrative power over individual rights. The government claims it was granted the constitutional authority to determine the extent of the individual rights enumerated in the Amendments and/or impose “reasonable restraints” on those rights. This assertion is absurd. The government does not have the constitutional authority to ignore, circumvent, modify, negate or remove constitutional restraints placed on its power by the Amendments or convert them into a power over the individual right enumerated in the particular restraint.

    A denial of power or an enumerated restraint on the exercise of power is not subject to interpretation or modification by the entity the restraint is being imposed upon. The restraints imposed by the Amendments, which were adopted 4 years after the Constitution was ratified, override the legislative, executive, judicial or administrative powers of the  government. If this were not the case, then the restraints would be meaningless because the  government could simply circumvent, modify or remove them. Why would the States have requested and adopted enumerated restraints on government power, subsequent to their ratification of the Constitution, if the  government possessed the authority to nullify them?

    When the government infringes on one of the rights enumerated in the Bill of Rights it is not violating anyone’s constitutional rights; it is violating the additional restraint or qualification placed on its power by the particular Amendment where the right is enumerated. The distinction between rights and restraints is critical.  [The right is not given by the  Government.  Our rights are natural born and are inalienable.  Therefore, they can't be limited or taken away.]

    As stated in the Declaration of Independence, the American people have unalienable rights that come from a higher source than government or a written document. By acknowledging people have natural rights, which are bestowed by a creator, the Founders laid the foundation for the principle the government does not have the lawful authority to take away or infringe on those rights. This principle was incorporated into the preamble and structure of the Amendments to secure individual rights from government encroachment; that is why they were designed and imposed as restraints on the exercise of power.

    If the individual rights of the people had been created by the Constitution or an amendment to the document, then they would cease to be unalienable because the right would depend on the existence of a document. If the document or a provision of the document disappeared, so would the right. The belief individual rights were created by a written document has opened the door for the government to claim the power to define the extent of any right enumerated in an Amendment. This has transformed constitutional restraints placed on governmental power into subjective determinations of individual rights by the institutions of government. By failing to understand the difference between amendments that create rights and amendments that impose restraints on government, the American people are watching their individual rights vanish as they are reduced to the status of privileges bestowed by government because the constitutional restraints placed on governmental power are being replaced by government decree.

    Opponents of the Amendments always try to diminish the right enumerated in the Amendments by asserting rights are not absolute. This is just another straw man argument because the Amendment is about imposing a restraint of the powers of the  government concerning a right: not granting a right or defining the extent of a right. In addition, a review of the Second Amendment shows the restraint imposed by the Amendment does not contain any exceptions.

    Legal precedence supporting constitution and bill of rights. 

    Marbury v. Madison, 5 US 137: “The Constitution of these United States is the supreme law of the land. Any law that is repugnant to the Constitution is null and void of law.”

    Murdock v. Penn., 319 US 105: “No state shall convert a liberty into a privilege, license it, and attach a fee to it.”

    Shuttlesworth v. Birmingham, 373 US 262: “If the state converts a liberty into a privilege, the citizen can engage in the right with impunity.”

    Owen v. Independence, 100 S.C.T. 1398, 445 US 622: “Officers of the court have no immunity, when violating a Constitutional right, from liability. For they are deemed to know the law.”

    Scheuer v. Rhodes, 416 U.S. 232, 1974: Expounds upon Owen Byers v. U.S., 273 U.S. 28 Unlawful search and seizure. Your rights must be interpreted in favor of the citizen.

    Boyd v. U.S., 116 U.S. 616: “The court is to protect against any encroachment of Constitutionally secured liberties.”

    Miranda v. Arizona, 384 U.S. 436: “Where rights secured (Affirmed) by the Constitution are involved, there can be no rule making or legislation, which would abrogate them.”

    Norton v. Shelby County, 118 U.S. 425: “An unconstitutional act is not law; it confers no rights; it imposes no duties; affords no protection; it creates no office; it is in legal contemplation, as inoperative as though it had never been passed.”

    Miller v. U.S., 230 F.2d. 486, 489: “The claim and exercise of a Constitutional right cannot be converted into a crime.”

    Brady v. U.S., 397 U.S. 742, 748: “Waivers of Constitutional Rights, not only must they be voluntary, they must be knowingly intelligent acts done with sufficient awareness.” “If men, through fear, fraud, or mistake, should in terms renounce or give up any natural right, the eternal law of reason and the grand end of society would absolutely vacate such renunciation. The right to freedom being a gift of ALMIGHTY GOD, it is not in the power of man to alienate this gift and voluntarily become a slave.” —Samuel Adams, 1772

    Cohens v. Virginia, 19 US (6 Wheat) 264, 404, 5 L.Ed 257 (1821): “When a judge acts where he or she does not have jurisdiction to act, the judge is engaged in an act or acts of treason.”

    Mattox v. U.S., 156 US 237, 243: “We are bound to interpret the Constitution in the light of the law as it existed at the time it was adopted.”

    S. Carolina v. U.S., 199 U.S. 437, 448 (1905): “The Constitution is a written instrument. As such, its meaning does not alter. That which it meant when it was adopted, it means now.”



  • 2020-12-28 14:51 | JEFF S HOWARD (Administrator)

    From the pistol side of the Range with Sanders

    The Mental Side of Shooting

    I have personally struggled with this many times over my competitive shooting years. Even though I started at a much older age, there were many parts of the mental game that I had to relearn and implement. There are several mental roadblocks that cause performance limitations in practice and in matches. Three of these mental roadblocks that seem minor in nature are some of the same issues most competitive shooters face at one time or another.

    One. Expectation of outcomes is pressure put on the shooter to attain a result. And that outcome, an expectation where practice results have shown may not be realistic. But most believe they are better than we may be. Being focused on the result of the match or event as opposed to being focused on the execution of the process from training is a significant distraction.

    Two. Focusing on negativity or dwelling on what has gone wrong is also quite common. Many shooters walk around between stages or between days on the range obsessing over what went wrong. This hyper focus on negative performance does nothing to increase the performance on the next stage. But each person must release that negativity in their own process. I personally must verbally voice my disgust with my performance. While I am not yelling a loud at others, I am shouting many bad words to myself.

    And thirdly many shooters do not adequately prepare. It is exceedingly difficult to be at your best when your gear is not ready or have a poor understanding of what is expected on the stage. Have a solid plan and being ready has a mentally calming effect that helps when it is time to shoot. In a class I took with Bob Vogel, IDPA-IPSC World Champion, he stated that prior to shooting a stage he visualized executing the stage plan in his mind 40 times as to make it a subconscious executed plan when the buzzer went off.

    There are many points noted by many experts on the mental part of the game. I have several strategies that I use before a competition whether it be local weekend matches around central Texas or bigger State matches around the country. Here are a few to consider:

    One. Improve mental fitness and preparation for competition. What this means to me is using local matches as teaching moments. Can I stay focus thru 6 stages in local matches knowing I have 12 or more stages to be focused on at major matches? What actions thru a match causes me to lose focus? And did I put the work in with dry fire practice and live fire practice?

    Two. Learn to take responsibility for your self-confidence. This comes from knowing that I have done the two a day 20-minute dry fire practices in my garage or backyard. I have done the live fire practice at the range on targets more difficult to score on then might be at a major match. To me self-confidence comes from putting in the work.

    Three. Enhance your shooting performance with pre-shot routines. Everyone should have a standard routine you go thru before a match. I like to do about 15 minutes of dry fire at home mainly focused on the draw and mag changes before leaving for the range. Then at the safe table at the range, I like to practice the draw and sight picture for a few minutes. Then use my strong hand and weak hand thru a draw with several trigger pulls making sure I get a good sight picture and a straight back trigger pull. At the stage starting position, I like to feel where my first mag is with my weak hand and getting the feel of moving my strong hand from my side to the gun repeatedly. All at the same time walking my mind thru the stage one more time.

    Four. Trust your skill and take your practice to competition. With COVID-19 this year and the limit on primers, I have reduced my live fire practice. I can tell you my mental mindset before the first stage of a match is not as positive now as it has been in the past. Putting in the practice and knowing you have scored well on harder place targets then the ones you are about to shoot exudes huge mental confidence in the start of a match.

    The Civilian Marksmanship Program has an excellent facility in Alabama that I have visited many times over the years. Not only is the facility first class but many of the instructors are of the same caliber. I have taken some of their top points on mental performance and integrated it with some of my real time learnings for your consideration.

    MOTIVATION. The interest and excitement you have for shooting is the first stage of motivation. I can remember when I first started shooting that I wanted to get to the range at least three times during the week and shoot local matches on each Saturday and Sunday. Years later, one can lose motivation for continued improvement since the improvements now come in smaller increments. One must remember small improvements over time can add up!

    FOCUS-ATTENTION. Concentration skills are a mandatory mental building block of shooting success. Shooters must learn to concentrate, but concentration is not possible without something specific on which to focus attention. New pistol shooters are instructed to focus attention on sight alignment. As one advances the focus becomes spread over the other parts of the game like movement thru a stage, stage planning and no flat footed reloads.

    SHOOTERS’ JOURNAL. Keeping a Shooters’ Journal or Diary is a key part of mental training. The journal is a daily record of the shooter’s practice and competition efforts. I have found its best that I also keep my round counts at each day’s practice or at matches in that same journal. These notes taken after a match allows me to review issues I need to address more in practice and allows me to also review current YTD round count to determine if different spring changes are required to ensure proper performance of the pistol.

    SELF-DISCIPLINE. New shooters quickly learn that they cannot consistently handle guns safely unless they discipline themselves to always pay attention to gun handling rules. New shooters must also learn that they cannot master correct shot technique unless they discipline themselves to focus on sight alignment/target/sight picture while firing their shots. Doing the Bill Drill (six consecutive shots as fast as you see an acceptable sight picture) allows one to track the front sight thru multiple shots to ensure you really are focused on seeing the front sight even thru the recoil and return. One can address gun handling safety by being a student of dry fire practice. The more you dry-fire the better you become in the manipulation of your firearm. The reason dry fire practices are kept at 20 minutes is to ensure your mental focus and self-discipline is at its highest level while you train.

    RESPONSIBILITY. Sports champions are remarkable in their common refusal to blame anyone or anything else for their poor performances. They have learned to accept full responsibility for their results because they recognize that every cause of a bad performance is an opportunity for them to learn something new or to fix a weakness in skill or technique. This is where I believe a journal will help you review your critique of the match while it was still fresh in your mind.

    EMOTIONAL CONTROL. The first steps in learning emotional control usually come when things are going badly. After a bad shot or a bad score, a shooter’s first impulse may be to act out, to make verbal expression, to jerk open the gun action or to throw something. As mentioned above, this is a huge issue with me. I find it better that I verbally voice my disgust in what just happened. While I am yelling at myself, it does seem to get that bad juju out of my system faster. I have tried being silent and acting as nothing had happened, but the horror of that previous stage continues to repeat itself in my mind even as I am stepping up to the next stage’s starting position.

    POSITIVE SELF-TALK. Champions are positive people. Negative people fail in sports. The shooter can from the very start be encouraged to think of themselves in positive terms. Positive thoughts also come from knowing you have put the dry fire and live fire practice in. You have done the work!

    SHOT-PLAN. A shot-plan is a step-by-step delineation of what a shooter does to prepare for and fire a shot. Again, Bob Vogel stated he went thru a stage plan 40 times in his mind as to make it a subconscious routine when the buzzer went off.

    Hopefully, this information might help you in your mental part of the game in sport shooting or just in the mindset of shooting.  I know many of the above topics has helped me become a better shooter over time. I remember a quote by an Olympic gold medalist Lanny Bassham who said: “It doesn’t matter if you win or if you lose—until you lose.” But, if we take the reasons for the lost and incorporate them into future practices and mental preparedness, we will be winners again. And isn’t that, what we all are striving for anyway - To Be A Better Shooter.

    To my Friends,

    Jim Sanders


  • 2020-12-28 14:49 | JEFF S HOWARD (Administrator)

    From the Pistol Side of the Range with Sanders

    Shooter’s Tip of the Month

    One of the critical parts in the act of shooting is getting the pistol out of the holster quickly. There are several important parts to the actual draw and shoot event but today I will be focusing only on the first part - The first movement of the hands at the initial start of the draw.

    First let us get some fundamentals straight. If you are right-handed, then your right hand is called the dominant or strong hand and your left hand is the support or weak hand. And yes, for those few lefties , just the opposite is true. Your strong or dominant hand is your left hand, and your right hand is your weak or support hand.

    In the draw, the first critical point is to determine where your weak hand is positioned as the pistol is drawn from the holster. A proper placement of the weak hand eliminates the chance of shooting that hand at the draw. Normally in competitive shooting the start position is arms relaxed at side. When the draw is first executed, we move are support hand (fingers together) in a flat position to the middle of our stomach area (just above the belly button) while our dominant hand is simultaneously moving down onto the pistol to secure a full grip.

    So here is the shooter’s tip. The faster you move your weak hand to that specific position on your stomach the faster your strong hand will move to the pistol. One of the dynamics of the human body is it will not allow the support side of our body to be quicker than the dominant side. So, with arms relaxed at side, on signal move your support hand so fast from your side as to slap your stomach which will force your dominant hand to move even faster to acquire the grip on the pistol. Try it!

    In the real world, this process would also be true.  As you are studying the situation, your hands are most likely by your sides ready to go into action. The faster your weak hand moves to remove your cover garment the faster your strong hand will move to the pistol.

    As I discussed in a previous article on “Dry Fire Practice”, this is one part of the draw process that you should practice every day. Again, as fast as you can, move your weak hand from the side of your body (fingers together) to your spot on your stomach just above your belly button. So fast as to slap your stomach in the process while at the same time moving the strong hand to find the grip on the pistol. Continued dry fire practice will allow a consistent pistol grip even while moving with greater hand speed.

    As Obi-Wan Kenobi would say “Keep dry fire practicing and Be One with your pistol”.

    Bests,

    Jim Sanders


  • 2020-12-28 14:47 | JEFF S HOWARD (Administrator)

    From the Pistol side of the Range with Sanders

    WE the People

    A friend of mine, a former FBI agent, sent me this email. I am sure many of you have seen the same one. It is a bill being submitted by Texas state representative Terry Meza. There are several questions as Patriots you and I need to ask ourselves:

    One: When you read the article what did you do? Did you validate the information was accurate and not just some right- or left-wing media hype? 

    Two: Did you write or call you state representatives and voice your opinion on the subject, or did you write/call Governor Abbott and your Senators?

    Three: Did you write or call your second amendment group that you contribute to? NRA, Firearms Policy Coalition-FPC, Gun Owners of America-GOA or Second Amendment Foundation-SAF, etc. 

    What did your club do?  Should our club be our voice to our government representatives or should it be us.......





    There is no doubt that 700 plus voices strong is better than just one! So read the bill below and decide what will you do with this bill or any other bill you see that threatens your Bill of Rights.

    In Texas, State Representative Terry Meza (D-Irving) has introduced HB196. Her bill would repeal the state's "castle doctrine." This doctrine allows a homeowner to use deadly force against an armed intruder who breaks into his home.
    Now listen to what she has to say...
    "I'm not saying that stealing is okay," Meza explained. "All I'm saying is that it doesn't warrant a death penalty. Thieves only carry weapons for self-protection and to provide the householder an incentive to cooperate. They just want to get their loot and get away. When the resident tries to resist is when people get hurt. If only one side is armed fewer people will be killed."
    Meza was quick to reassure that her bill "would not totally prevent homeowners from defending themselves.
    Under the new law the homeowner's obligation is to flee the home at the first sign of intrusion. If fleeing is not possible, he must cooperate with the intruder. But if violence breaks out it is the homeowner's responsibility to make sure no one gets hurt. The best way to achieve this is to use the minimum non-lethal force possible because intruders will be able to sue for any injuries they receive at the hands of the homeowner."
    "In most instances the thief needs the money more than the homeowner does," Meza reasoned. "The homeowner's insurance we reimburse his losses. On balance, the transfer of property is likely to lead to a more equitable distribution of wealth. If my bill can help, make this transfer a peaceful one so much the better."

    Here are my representatives. Do you know who yours are and do you have them listed in your email address book for quick references?

    Texas Rep Hugh Shine -room E1.308 PO Box 2910 Austin Texas 512-463-0630
    Sen. Dawn Buckingham- PO Box 12068 Capital Station Austin Texas 512-463-0124
    Governor Gregg Abbott-PO Box 12428 Austin Tx 78711 -512-463-2000
    John Cornyn -517 Hart Senate office Washington DC 20510 - 202-224-2934
    Ted Cruz -300 E 8th st Suite 961 Austin TX 78701 - 512-916-5834

    As a side note, there has been much media mis-information on this bill. The reality is the bill repeals “stand your ground” but does not repeal “Castle Doctrine”. It would give a duty to retreat before using deadly force everywhere except in your home. With the new political climate, we must make sure we are supporting second amendment groups that fight these battles for us.

    Stand up and be counted!

    Jim Sanders


  • 2020-12-15 13:15 | JEFF S HOWARD (Administrator)

    It’s not a case that specifically deals with the right to keep and bear arms, but the Supreme Court has agreed to hear a challenge to the seizure of a Rhode Island man’s lawfully owned firearms by police back in 2015. The case, known as  Caniglia v. Strom, could serve as a vehicle for the Court to expound on the right to keep and bear arms, though the main question that the justices will have to answer instead revolves around our Fourth Amendment right to be secure in our persons and property against unreasonable searches and seizures.


    https://bearingarms.com/cam-e/2020/11/24/scotus-accepts-case-dealing-with-gun-seizures/


  • 2020-12-10 18:42 | JEFF S HOWARD (Administrator)

    From the Pistol side of the Range

    Jim Sanders

    Want to be a better Shooter but the cost of ammo is too expense?

    Ever been to the range or watched a YouTube video where the pistol shooter’s draw was so quick and fluid, fired so fast and was dead-on accurate? Wondering how they got so good? I will share an idea that you might find helpful on improving your basic pistol manipulation skills. First let me give you a reference point of live ammo fired by different levels of shooters. Most police officers shoot about 50-100 rounds per year at their re-qualification class. A mid-level competition pistol shooter may send down range about 5,000 rounds per year. A high-level shooter might shoot 25-35,000 rounds per year and the elite competitive pistol shooters will shoot about 50-75,000 rounds per year. Yea, I know what you are thinking – heck that is a lot of ammo but more importantly that is a lot of dollars! So, what can the average person do to become a better shooter?

     

    The key is Dry Fire Practice.


    What is so important about dry fire training? Mostly because dry firing is one of the surest steps to becoming a more proficient shooter with your own firearm. It allows you to break down your shooting process into four distinctive steps: 1. The draw 2. The extension to the target 3. The sight picture and 4. The trigger pull. 

    And thru the dry fire practice you can focus on one or more of those steps in your day’s dry fire practice session. Just remember to limit your time to about 20 minutes per session or maybe you have decided for this dry fire practice session, you will make 40 perfect draws before you stop. Whichever way you go I would still suggest you stay at 20 minutes per practice session. The reason for 20 minutes is these sessions require great focus and after 20 minutes people start losing focus on their actions. Lost focus creates bad habits!


    Dry Firing is Essential to Develop Muscle Memory


    The only way to get good at something is to practice. Dry firing is a great way to develop the muscle memory when it comes to not only trigger technique but consistent draws and faster pushouts to achieve the sight picture. It is muscle memory with YOUR pistol.

    A simple and easy drill is to clear your weapon and practice dry firing from either your favored inside the waistband (IWB) or outside the waistband concealed carry holster. Not only do you develop the reflexes and reliable handling necessary to use that firearm – you develop confidence. You can find great holsters and mag holders specific to your gun at Blade-tech.com and comp-tac.com. I personally use a IWB holster from crossbreedholsters.com for my personal carry. Ask around and you will find there is a huge selection to meet your needs.


    How to Dry Fire

     

    To dry fire is simple but does require some care. First, you will need to completely empty your gun, as any firing of a gun - even dry - requires observance of proper and adequate gun safety. Check double-check and then triple-check, make sure your pistol is unloaded. No kidding here! There are too many real stories of accidental discharges. One example was the person was finished practicing and loaded up his firearm with live ammo. Then for some reason he wanted to take another practice shot at the targets and discharge several live rounds thru his garage wall.

    In other words, you must make sure no live ammunition is anywhere near your gun. I would even ask that you practice somewhere in your house where your ammo is not kept.

    Now that your gun is unloaded, insert a snap cap if desired. Modern centerfire pistols do not actually need a dummy round, but any rimfire gun will. Older guns, however, may have a more brittle firing pin than modern ones, so you may want to get a snap cap as a matter of course.


    Now, to dry fire:

    The best dry fire drill for most people is something called the "wall drill." What you do is find a spot on the wall, any identifiable spot. Get close to the spot; you will want the muzzle about an inch or two away from it. Get the sights over the spot and pull the trigger. Pay attention to the sights. Did they move? If so, you need to work on your trigger technique. Practice until they do not. Then keep practicing keeping up the skill. You can also use a target on the wall or maybe two targets that you draw to one, get a sight picture, pull the trigger and then move to the other target getting the sight picture and again pulling the trigger. We call this a transition. The trick is to draw and shoot at the first target and once you have finished shooting that target move your eyes first to the next target then move your pistol to line up with your eye sight on that target and make the shot. 1/3 size cardboard targets can be purchased frombenstoegeroroshop.com. There is a foot to yard conversion so at 10 feet it gives you the look at shooting targets at 10 yards. Now you have taken the range into your garage! 

    Keep honing your trigger control with dry fire practice. If you want to dial it up a bit, balance a small object on the barrel or slide such as a coin or empty shell casing. If the coin or shell casing does not move while your dry fire keeping the sight on the target point and smoothly pulling the trigger, then you are doing it right. You see, dry fire practice enhances your trigger skills in two primary areas. First, it enhances your trigger control that gives you the feel of the trigger pull until that surprised drop of the hammer. You will also feel the reset as you let the trigger out and hearing the click of the reset for the next trigger pull. Truthfully, you cannot afford not to be engaging in any dry fire training.


    The facts, if your trigger technique is off, your hits will be too, regardless of your aim.

    Here is how. A good trigger pull will not move the gun. That keeps the aim true and puts your shot on target. There are reasons your pistol can move off the sight picture as you pull the trigger. One may be that you have your trigger finger barely touching the trigger. This will tend to drive your pistol to the left. If you have your trigger finger too far in over the trigger, it will have the tendency to move the pistol to the right. Look at your trigger finger and see the first line of the joint closest to the tip of your finger. If you can place the spot in-between that first joint line and your fingertip over the trigger, you will have the perfect trigger finger placement. To ensure that your trigger technique is correct, you need to be able to observe it, which dry fire practice gives you the ability to do.


    Again, you are dry fire practicing to improve each of the 4 parts of acquiring the target. First the consistent draw and placement of your strong hand on the pistol, then the quick push out to the target and the merging of your weak hand to the pistol (do not shoot your weak hand in dry fire practice- note the gun muzzle position when merging the weak hand), then acquisition of the target with front and rear sights aligned and finally the smooth pull of the trigger getting that surprised break of the hammer.


    2020 has also brought technological aids to go far beyond just honing trigger control. In the old days, you used a dummy round and honed basic skills like draw speed, sight acquisition and trigger control. Today, you can do so much more with modern dry fire laser training. And you can get as advanced or basic as you wish. Available dry fire training systems can be relatively simple and inexpensive or incredibly advanced and unbelievably expensive. There are several: dry fire laser cartridges on amazon, Laser ammo training technologies, and LASR APP by Shooter Technology Group. LaserLyte is another exceptionally good maker of training systems. One of the great points I learned with a laser is you will not see the red laser dot hitting the target if one of your eyes is closed. Shooting with a laser teaches you to shoot with both eyes open which is preferred since you might be acquiring multiple targets. Two eyes open allows you to scan the whole surrounding area better than one.


    Dry fire practice should include the practice of reloading your gun. By using a snap cap in the mag in the pistol and another in the mag on your side mag holder, it will help in the feel of a real reload. While the rack will not lock back in dry fire practice you can still simulate making two shots at the target, hitting the mag release button dropping the mag and then reaching swiftly to your spare mag and recharging your firearm, finding the sight picture again and smoothly pulling the trigger. The practice of emergency reloads should also be practiced with live fire in a tactical bay. One practice many do is load two rounds into the pistol, draw and make two shots on target, the slide locks back and you recharge your pistol with your spare magazine and then shoot another two shots to the same target. You should have 4 holes in the zero zone.


    Also, it should be mentioned that dry fire training needs to be paired with training at your indoor or TGC shooting range. Dry fire training can work the draw, target acquisition and a consistent trigger pull, but you need live fire to learn your recoil management. There is no substitute for trigger time behind live ammunition. In next month’s Powder Keg addition, I will present some great live ammo practice sessions that gives you the best “bang for the buck” use of 50-100 rounds of ammo.


    So, you want to be a better shooter, dry fire practice once per day- Monday thru Saturday and if you really want to get great do it twice per day. Live fire practice 50-100 rounds per week and if that’s too expense then do 50-100 rounds every other week. But 100 rounds should be the minimum you shoot per month. For the best use of that 100 rounds and more fun than a stick in the eye, come out to shoot our IDPA matches on the third Saturday of each month. I and others will personally walk you thru the fun, so you know what is going on. As a gun owner we take on a responsibility that says we are proficient with our firearm. That takes personal time to the commitment of dry fire practicing and doing the live fire practices.

    See you at the range and Keep practicing!

    PS... here is a photo of my dry fire practice garage




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