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Old 08-23-2004, 05:41   #1
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Some Gunfighting Tips

1. Use cover.

Forget what you saw on TV and movies where the protagonists just spouts his bullets like thereís no tomorrow while walking forward with no cover or bulletproof vest. No matter how great a shooter you are, your assailant can and will hit you. Chances are you will get shot at all times. Your bigger gun with the .700 caliber ammo wonít stand a chance if your attackers are hiding and you are there in the center of the limelight.

2. Train yourself to shoot at 10 yards or less.

Many gunfights occur at these distances and forget about some matches you joined before. Some street attacks even occur at distances of five feet. There are even cases that are closer. If the target is more than 25 meters, youíll have other options of whether hiding or letting the assailant go away.

3. Learn Point Shooting and any other shooting positions.

In gunfights, you may only have a few split seconds to look at the sights or even none at all. There is even a loss of motor skills in a gunfight. Iím not saying the Isosceles and Weaver stances are ineffective but there are chances you wonít have the chance to use them. Some shooting will entail shooting from many positions (seating, lying, etc.) especially if you are using cover. You can also try to train yourself shooting and reloading with your weak hand. There may be instances where your strong hand might get shot or is unavailable.

4. Match shooting is not Combat shooting.

Matches are there to duplicate some real life situations but not all. You donít present your gun from a CR Speed holster nor do you arrange your mags the same way as in a competition gear. Your magazine reloading techniques are different from a gunfight. Even your trigger pull in a match gun is different.

5. Practice dry-firing and mirror training.

Nobody can discount the idea of dry-firing. This is the time to get a good sight picture while pulling the trigger and making sure you are not doing any unnecessary movements while shooting. You can also train yourself to ďpresentĒ your weapon from your chosen holster.

6. Train on other Unarmed Combat Skills

There may be situations where weapon retention is very important. Other situations may require that you use your hands (or brute force) before you can get access to your gun. Or perhaps unarmed skills might make your needing to reach for that gun unnecessary? Perhaps its time to get a replacement for Steven Seagal or Bruce Lee?

These are just starting points for us who donít want to get involved or hurt in a gun battle. People should always plan and train realistically. The best way to win in a gunfight is not to get involved in one. Well, if you should get involved, letís just see that all factors are involved in your favor (including luck)

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