Carry: Do you and your gear work?

April 23, 2018

Carry: Do you and your gear work?

You, your gun, your ammo, and your carry holster form a system that needs to be tested regularly so that you can have the confidence it will work when you need to decide if it’s time to act to protect yourself or others. 

It’s expensive, I know. The test I did for this video cost 8 rounds, and I usually would do more. That is $7 or more of defensive ammo. If I do this 3 to 4 times a month, that’s like paying for Netflix… but probably actually worth the money!

Here’s something that didn’t make the video…. my holster broke right after I put the gun away from the shooting shown here.  A bolt/spacer holding it to its leather backer came out.  I have replacements, and now I know I need to replace it. And I found out on my time, not under threat, or when I’m trying to put the gun away after a defensive gun use. 

In this video, I didn’t do a concealed draw. I instead did a string from our TPC Cold 24 test that we have each student do.   

I learned a lot from those 8 shots…. my presentation was slow and to a miss (!).  I can’t remember the last time I missed on that… it tells me that I’ve been working with my teaching guns and not with my carry gun. So I’ll teach with it for a while and make sure to put it in the rotation regularly for instructing and dry-fire.

Once I missed on the presentation, alarm bells went off in my head. I knew I was doing a video for 1st take gonna run it, I paced down to a .30 split versus my normal .18 to .22 splits when I shoot this gun at that target size and distance.  I should have shot what I saw and learned from it.   The gun was waiting on me, which isn’t what I want. 

8 shots can tell you a lot if you think about them! 

As I say in the video… I know where I am, and I know my gear runs. That tells me… hey Ken… carry, you got this! 

I urge you to test yourself and your carry system regularly – find where you are before you need it!

Ken Nelson
Tactical Performance Center

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Grip: How much from each hand?

April 20, 2018

Grip: How much from each hand?

The #1 question about grip that I get in class is “How Much Does Each Hand do?”. 

Over the years I’ve heard many answers to that question from instructors I’ve had courses with and also from students and other shooters. 

We take a more specific purpose driven approach to thinking about this.

I usually answer with a question… “what is your trigger hands primary job”… Answer… uhhmmm pull the trigger. “And your support hands?” Answer… Uhhmmm… support??”.

Right!  So in a nutshell… how much grip pressure you do with your support hand?  As much as you can. It has no other duty (except for helping with sight alignment and that is done with the wrist and arms).  So do as much as it can! Want to do more?  Excercise it with Captain Crush grip strengtheners or similar tools. 

That leaves the trigger hand… here we need to be more nuanced.  Its job is to release the shot without disturbing the gun more than is acceptable AND to get that trigger reset during recoil and return. 

To do that you need a bit more flexibility.   So do 100% of what it can do without hurting your trigger pull or your ability to reset the trigger. 

Want it to do more?  Captain Crush again… but more importantly learn to grip from front to back through the middle knuckles so that your trigger finger isn’t as connected to what your hand is doing.  I’ll do a video on that soon. 

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