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THE VALUE OF PRACTICE — No Comments

  1. Congratulations on the wins, and thanks again for the reminder. I can never get enough reminders to go to the range and practice.

  2. Congrats on the win. Since shooting’s so much fun why’s it so hard to get to the range? oh yah – work. Damn scourge, this making a living.

  3. So maybe Gail (or you) can answer this one: which works best for typical woman’s hand for J-frame for CCW: factory grip plus grip filler or the Pachmayr Compac Pro?

  4. Thank you Mr Ayoob for being a voice of reason in these anti American and Unpatriotic ban everything times we live in !
    Your articals in BHM are informative and eye opening !
    Keep up the good work !
    Thank you
    Tony V
    Tilton N.H.

  5. Matt, for my part I leave it up to the individual student, male or female, to determine what best fits their hand and their shooting style.

    Gail uses Pachmayr Pro series grips most of the time on her full size Model 67 S&W, but had similar style Hogues on it the day she won the match with it. On her snub, she prefers the Hogues which cover the backstrap and cushion the recoil.

    best,
    Mas

  6. Thank you for all of the great articles, your excellent books, and your leadership with regard to firearms training.

    I recently came across a thread on a gun forum (I don’t believe much of what I read on the Internet, hence my post here asking for your thoughts) that claimed that in general, most police officers don’t practice their shooting much, and offered references to some statistics about apparently low percentage of hits vs. misses for LEOs in real shooting situations. Part of the conversation seemed to imply that many enthusiast civilian gun owners get more range time and practice, and are better shooters than many LEOs.

    Not knowing anything about the training regimens at police departments, I was surprised by that, as I would think that shooting practice and related exercises would be a standard training exercise required of all LEOs, and the training given to an officer would generally exceed basic lessons or range time that a civilian would get.

    Is there any merit to these comments? Are police budgets being cut to the point where firearms training is insufficient? (or perhaps budgets have always been insufficient for police to get the ideal level of training?) Or is there some other factor that would seem to substantiate those claims?

    I don’t have the link to the forum post handy, but can try and find it if you want to read it before offering your thoughts.

  7. Steve, I’m familiar with the argument.

    It’s a matter of perspectives. Police executives, and the governmental entities that assign their budgets, know that shootings are relatively uncommon in the scope of everything else that police do day to day . Ammunition, training time, and ranges are all expensive. Thus, firearms training is one of the first things to suffer when money is tight and budgets get cut.

    Cop versus armed citizen in skill? I would have to say that the average cop will be a better shot than the average “gun owner,” simply because he is given at least some solid training base and mandated to demonstrate his skill at least sometimes. However, the serious gun enthusiast will outshoot the average cop.

    By the same token, the average cop is a better driver than the average motorist: more training, more experience in emergency driving, and in the patrol division, more time behind the wheel. However, your professional or amateur race driver will out-drive the average cop. More dedication, more training, more intense practice time. Same difference.

    We also have some superb shooters among the cops. World-class champions like Bob Vogel in IDPA, John Pride and Bruce Piatt in NRA Action Pistol, and Ron Avery in IPSC/USPSA shooting have all given the lie to the old canard that “cops can’t shoot.”

    There are some studies that show armed citizens to exhibit a higher hit potential than cops. Part of that is different patterns of encounter. The police officer often has to respond to a crime in progress where the bad guys know he’s coming and are ready to ambush him when he shows up. His targets tend to be dodging, weaving, and often ensconced in motor vehicles. A review of the Armed Citizen column in American Rifleman magazine shows that when the armed citizen fights back, he’s usually very close to a target that has no hard cover, and has the advantage of surprise.

    I take the easy answer: find more training and practice time for cops and armed citizens alike!

    best,
    Mas