This past weekend I had a couple out for their private Concealed Carry & Home Defense course.
My (USCCA’s) course includes substantially more information than most other state License To Carry minimally required courses. With this said, I include range time for pre-qual training. We hit the range early and ran through some basic skills such as proper grip, kinesthetic alignment and followed up with some USCCA sighted fire drills.
The lady was doing very well. She was hitting, and very close to hitting her X each shot. The husband at only 9 feet from his target found it very challenging to keep his grouping any less than 18" or so!
His stance was right on, his trigger press was nice and slow…
What was his problem? There was NO WAY he was going to qual or even come close qualifying with the required increased distances of 21 feet and 45 feet.
It’s MY job to make sure he quals so I asked to inspect his firearm, a Ruger 380 LCP Sub Compact.
Bingo, this was the problem. The front and rear sights were virtually non existent! They barely protruded out the top of the firearm! The Ruger LCP380 is a SUB compact so it’s pretty tiny, his hand didn’t even come close to fitting the firearm.
The take away here, don’t be married to your firearm especially if it’s NOT the right firearm for the application you’re going to need it for. Does it fit your hand, can your reach the mag release button, can you get a proper grip and still be able to actually press the trigger, can you physically cycle the slide?
During qualifying, he borrowed my Browning 1911/22 and scored a 249 out of 250!