Martial Arts and Five Points of Gun Training
I haven’t done much gun training, so when my wife asked me about it I had to rely on what I’d heard and basic martial arts training. This all boiled down to five basic points.
Remember, this is by a relative beginner to a real beginner, so feel free to add to or subtract from what I’ve said here. We have but to learn.
First, there are three basic ranges. I explained these to my wife, and then asked her what range I was at as I moved from distance to distance.
The three ranges are aim, point, and shoot.
Over twenty feet you aim, you’ve got time (hopefully, depending on the scenario) and you want to be sure.
Between twenty and six feet you point the gun as if pointing a finger. You don’t have time before he rushes you, and at that distance there’s a good chance you’ll hit what you’re pointing at.
Six feet, don’t aim or point, just shoot. He’s a bulk, he’s close, hard to miss (though it’s been done)…shoot!
Now, those were my three points on range. The other two points had to do with stance and body structure.
Stand with one foot slightly forward, so you are stable from front to back and side to side. I told her this after she told me how, as a child, she’d been handed a shotgun and the recoil had knocked her down. The farmers had all laughed at the big joke. Huh. I guess I would have had to have been there.
I told her she should start with a ladies gun, a 22 or 25, or a small rifle, before considering a cannon.
As to body structure, I told her to make a triangle with the arms straight and the shoulders as the base. And I said it would all work better if she relaxed and just looked at the target.
We had a brief discussion about sights, but I didn’t even get into anything else. The reason being is how much do you tell a newbie, especially if you’ve forgotten everything you learned in the army forty years ago…maybe it’s time to get out on the range and do some shooting, then, with reality fresh in minds, we can talk about finer points.
So there you go, five points: aiming, pointing, shooting, stances and structure, all in a nutshell.
The reason this all came up in the first place is we’re going to be moving out to the country, far removed, and there are critters out there, and we will be needing and using guns.
Have a great day!
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I think that your advise to her concerning range was pretty good. But don’t leave out the importance of practice at those distances. Situational stress affects both the eyes and hands when caught in a life threatening situation. (Which accounts for the up close and personal misses that you mentioned.) Developing muscle memory is key. Although, some say different, I’ve found muscle memory to be a lot like riding a bike. Once acquired, you can count on it even if a person hasn’t been practicing as much as they should have. Another point that I’ll mention. Under 5 feet you can use your forward leg in a frontal knee kick to keep the aggressor at a minimal distance while pulling the trigger. Bravo for training you wife. We should all spend time training our loved ones.
Thanks.Good advice. This is going to be fun. Al