Grip! Clear! Point! Ready! Fire! Not quite sure but I think I heard that command at least 200 times this last weekend. Charles and I took the General Defensive Handgun class through InSights Training Center. A long but fantastic two day course. Over and over again we practiced removing gun from holster, (clearing), and to the ready position close to the body and then firing and hitting your target accurately. We started with slow single fires and graduated to on command rapid sequence of drills. Lots of yelling too. 🙂 Not only did my handgun skills of holstering improve but my sight picture, accuracy and speed of both improved dramatically by the second afternoon. (VIDEO ATTACHED – Me at an earlier stage of “double tap” and back to ready. Now that I see it, it seems so slow. It did get better as day went on.)
They told us to bring a minimum of 600 rounds per person for this class. They weren’t kidding. We almost used every last round. My hands today are very aware of it also. It is not a normal thing to shoot that many rounds in one sitting so your hands will pay the price. Loading mags over and over and smacking the mags in each time a change was needed. No, I did not need to smack as hard as I did but hey it was exciting and you get in to it. Also I was using my Kimber Pro Carry 45cal which will smack you around after awhile. Note to self. Buy a 9mm for the next class! By the last hour of class on Sunday night I could barely hold the gun up. My nice accurate shots I had earlier were just barley making it in the vicinity of the “bad guy” on paper.
The class was two 10 hour days of classroom and range time. Yes the range time was great but my eyes were opened wide during the classroom time. So much of the legal aspects were covered of what happens when or if you actually have to use a gun on someone. So many people think if you carry a gun and someone threatens you you just blow them away. Not true. I left this class thinking that is the last thing I want to do. I hope I never ever have to pull that thing out. Circumstances have to be pretty bad to use a gun. And even if you do and you had every “legal” right to, ** the aftermath is going to be a nightmare for all involved. No matter how much you feared for your life and had the “legal” right to fire and injure or kill someone you will still spend a lot time in court. Not to mention the emotional side of it for yourself and the witnesses who may be present. It is not cut and dry at all like people might think.
**Legal – Huge, broad definitions of what is “legal” or justified in shooting someone for self defense. Big can of worms to open.
I want to thank InSights Training and our three instructors, Kevin, Derrick and Tye for teaching a great class. Professional, friendly and helpful and especially patient. I know we both will be taking more classes in the future. Personally my next step is to decide what small carry pistol I want and how to carry. A common issue for women that you will see a million articles about is how to carry. We wear our clothes differently than men. This will take some time to try out things. Purses, belt holsters, ankle holsters or thigh holsters? Thigh holster seems hot. Hot as in sexy hot. Have to try that one. I think Charles might like that too. 🙂
Grip! Clear! Point! Ready! Fire!
“Shoot Like A Girl! If You Can…….”