What skills are you working on right now?

103? Dude! That sounds miserable.

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@Dr_Richard - 103 :scream:
don’t forget to check the oil in your gun after shooting :sweat_smile:


It is definitely interesting ,but the goal is to train safe and in every possible confrontation environment. The goal being familirity should one ever be subject to adentures in challenging situations. Bad guys look for every advantage, rain, heat,when you feel bad etc. So we train in them all,so we may be better prepared. Besides the lemonade after seemed like nectar from heaven.

Ps I trained in the winter a bit ago, and my breath kept getting in the way of my sightlines. I put on a face mask and that created problems I could not have foreseen had I not trained,it modified how I dressed in cold weather. Just to insure I could perfom safely and with precision. love the unending desire to be my best,in the hope that if I am ever in an unfortunate situation I might be adequate😉


I’m a milcom TW 25 b guy and have never had an issue. But that is truly sound advice, especially since usually one of the training weapons goes right back on my hip and into service.

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One of the main reasons I carry isn’t for self defense in the “human threat sense”. Around here we have lots of critters that can pose a significant threat to humans and livestock and other varmints that need to be rapidly dealt with.

I had an example night before last ans I wish I wasn’t so technologically challenged or I’d share pictures from my phone but I don’t seem to be able to download them to the computer.

I have had multiple discussions with students and other instructors since Rand Paul’s incident in which he was attacked while mowing his yard and severely injured by a crazed neighbor.

One of the last places most people would ever think of “needing” to carry a firearm is when working around the yard but I’ve started including discussion of same since that incident in classes.

I truly never imagined an instance where I might “need” to defend myself or others while mowing but sure enough I’m manning the riding mower because my kennel area was getting rather overgrown and cutting a buffer zone between mother nature and the dogs since that’s a great way to deter rattlesnakes and other potential problem animals.

Sure enough I’m making a lap around and I look ahead and see a monster rattler running ahead of the mower to get away. Immediately I think of two things, Rand Paul and what a difficult target a snake is with a handgun under ideal circumstances much less from a sitting position on a bouncing riding mower.

Rattlers are pretty fast and I have seen them when angered turn back on me to attack so jumping off of the mower is not a smart option.

So I draw, level make one quick shot before he gets to the tall grass and the shot was obviously effective but he just stopped ans started to coil in a defensive position, although obviously injured. At this point I slam on the brakes and take a send quick shot, and fortunately the problem was solved.

I’m not the greatest shot with a handgun but I usually manage to hit what I’m shooting at. In this case I scored to hits to the head at a measured 17".

This is not a brag, just a lesson and hopefully I put a clear picture in your head of the situation, all the things I had to consider. I made no mention of safety considerations because I know every possible line from where I was to where a stray round might possibly cause harm as it’s over a half mile to any livestock or other people.

Marksmanship was a big key for safety reasons and due to the size of the moving target so I had to take my time to make a good, quick draw to first accurate shot, quickly assessed and decided to take one more to get the desired effect.

All these lessons translate well to common self defense shooting scenarios. You have in many cases split seconds to decide if deadly force is appropriate and if you can use it safely with no risk to innocents.

Oh, he was 5.5’ long, with 16 pars but was missing the last pair and button (rattles) so he was probably in the neighborhood of 8-11 years old. More than big enough to kill a 70lbs dog with a single bite much less puppies, children, or infants and big enough to do very serious harm to even a very large adult human.

If you spend time in nature you may encounter similar situations that don’t include a human attacker so keep them in mind, and again, know your own state laws. In some states you do, others you do not have a lawful use of deadly force when confronted by a given species even if there is a deadly threat so if you shoot such critters you can easily run afoul of your states game laws.


In PA rattlesnakes are protected. However, I still carry when I am outside working and prefer my LCR 38 special with the first 2 loads CCI varmit loads. Then I have my defensive loads.

really? good thing my farm isn’t in PA. :face_with_raised_eyebrow:

Given what I have learned from a few recent training videos coupled with my last range performance, I am going back to basics: stance, grip, trigger control, recoil management.

I have to, have to, have to do something about the sights on my pistol! I have a lot of trouble picking them up in anything but bright conditions. Even then it can take to long.


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EWWWW! Good thing I don’t live in PA! I’m not a snake fan. Luckily in WI we don’t have too many snakes around where I live. Although, right after we moved into the new USCCA Headquarters, we did find 2 snakes in the building. I saw Tim right after the second one was found and told him I was working from home that day!

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Working on using a handheld light, while shooting. Farm varmints make great practice. Pest control, at night, gives a good example of firing in the dark. The muzzle flash, and having to steady a light, and a pistol.

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if anyone is working on follow-up shots accuracy, I’ve found great drills:

The Test drill (or 10/10/10 drill)
The Devil drill (or 6/6/6/ drill)
for details check these:

There are times when one must keep the three S’s handy.


The three S’s…a very useful tool in extremis.



Changing the way I train from target practice to defensive shooting. Specifically I’m looking to improve my speed out of holster without sacrificing accuracy.


Slow, steady, with a focus on getting every step right until the muscle memory makes it all automatic and the speed will follow.

9 times out of ten the first accurate shot on target wins so I’d say you’re working on the most essential elements and on the right track.


No to mention … deadly ‘Snipes’. :upside_down_face:

Weak hand shooting. Will continue until the 4” gong gets hammered 10/10. May be a while at the rate I’m going😳

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@Dwayne what distances are you shooting at?

here’s a thread you may want to pop in on: Weak Hand Vs Stong Hand Training

and if you want to post your progress, here’s a thread: One hand & Weak hand training challenge -show your work!

Not sure how you train on weak hand, but here’s some practice tactics I posted a while back: Weekly Target Feedback! Might be stuff you already know, but in case it’s new, it’s there.

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More First Aid And Perfect Gun Care. Target practice until my gun feels like another part of me with perfect shots.

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The one thing I really wanted to do was fire off my mini revolver, never had the chance since I got it…

No ear plugs, and wanted to see how the recoil was considering your holding it with a single finger basically.

Was a Ref at my teams paintball/airsoft field yesturday, after the days games and all players but a few teammates and prospects had left, field owner gave me permission to shoot it on the field (owner goes out from time to time with his drum fed shotgun).

First shot a little ring on the ears and the recoil, far less than I was expecting and with 30 minutes till darkness, still put out some nice fireballs.

Next skill to work on based on getting to fire this mini revolver, testing at what range I can accurately put rounds on target…

Fun bit, one of our team prospects moved up from California, was quite surprised a person could go into the back yard and shoot off a few rounds. He had no clue I had 2 firearms on me, and made the comments of that could never be done in California. He did like to watch me shooting the revolver…

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