Draw and fire drill

Draw and fire drill

Sometimes all the training in the world will not help!

The honest citizen that chooses not to be a victim is always on the reactive.  You can train every day and sometimes bad guys just get lucky.  Take a look at this video of an off duty police officer that has been shot before he can even get his gun out.

This worst-case scenario is not typical but it can and does happen.  Thankfully for there are things you can do with only minor changes in your life, which do not require you to appear as wacky or paranoid.  They are simple enough that you can even teach your kids, however I will save that for another lesson.
I like this drill because it can be used in so many ways.  You can take this drill from the holster or from the ready.  You could even modify this drill to be used from a slung or ready rifle.  This drill can be done with live rounds or once you have made the area safe you could make this a dry fire drill.  However, you choose to do it the steps are the same.  It is important to remember to do everything right each time and grade each shot as if your life depended on it.
The drill is simple:

  1. Put the firearm in the condition you want – either live fire or dry fire
  2. Holster the firearm
  3. Draw
  4. Fire
  5. Assess
  6. Holster
  7. Assess

Simple enough right.  1 and 2 are self-explanatory but the draw can be tricky.  In other articles, I have gone over the process for dry fire and nearly everyone has a ritual for live fire.
When it comes to drawing I teach an 8-hour class on how to properly and effectively draw a long gun or handgun.  This could be debated by many people on the exact method of drawing.  Some believe that you should never carry around in the chamber.  Others believe that you should always have one in the chamber.  I am not going to argue one way of the other here just know how you carry and make that part of your draw.  If you have safety make sure you are activating and deactivating it.  If you carry without a round in the chamber make sure you are loading around as part of your draw.
There are no right or wrong ways to draw a firearm.   Some ways are more effective but the most effective draw is the one that gets you safely on target the quickest.
Shooting, once again there are too many variables to go over in this short article.
Assess (step 5), we are not assessing ourselves.  We are assessing the situation.  Is there a second shooter, where are my loved ones, are there now other good guys around, and most importantly are you injured.  If you deem the area safe use the same method you used to draw and holster.
Assess (Step 7):  How did you do.  Did it feel smooth?  Did you hit your target?  Did you go the speed you wanted to?  Was this a full-speed drill or a slow fire drill?  Everything you just did now needs to be looked at.  If you have a way to record yourself you can look back at that after each round and see how you looked from the outside.
You are always on defense as an honest citizen.  Even though most defensive shootings are at close range people miss most of the time.  However, that statistic is slowing changing, more on that later as well.  When you are faced with a life or death situation and your life is at stake you will automatically do what you have been training to do.  If you choose to carry you owe it to your loved ones to train to save them, not introduce another firearm to the situation.