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What you didn’t learn in your Concealed Carry class

Dave Spaulding (who knows more about safely teaching how to use a firearm than just about anyone else on the planet) talks about grip and stance under less-than-ideal conditions.

One of the things that annoys me about 90% of the “tactical” training classes out there is that they teach a “perfect” grip and stance in their classes. It's good to learn such things as a reference for later training, but the fact of the matter is, you will probably never, ever use a "perfect" stance if (God forbid) you need to defend your life with your gun. Real life is not a shooting range: There’s a zero percent chance you’ll be wearing hearing protection or standing on a well-lit range if/when you need to use lethal force, and the stress you’ll be under when you do so is nothing like the stress of shooting a paper target at your local range.

This is one of the reasons why I encourage new gun owners to shoot at least one practical pistol competition: They'll get a much better understanding of how their body and gear react to stress  and they'’ll see the need to close the gap between their skill level shooting in the relaxed environment of a square range versus their skill level under the artificial stress of competition.

“A shooting match isn’t a gunfight, but a gunfight is certainly a shooting match.” – Massad Ayoob.

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