Walter Berger, founder of Berger Bullets and member of the Benchrest Hall of Fame since 1982, died on Sept. 19 in Mesa, AZ, surrounded by family and friends. He was 92 years old.
Grip and hold on the firearm are often viewed by handgun shooters as one and the same. However, seasoned defensive and competitive shooters break down handgun shooting stability into two distinctly but equally essential subcomponents: grip versus hold.
In retrospect, Smith & Wesson had nobody to blame for the situation but themselves. The company didn’t invent the subcompact, lightweight, single-stack nine, of course. Walther and Beretta had preceded the original Shield to market by a few years with the PPS and the Nano, respectively, and Kahr had more or less created the niche back in the 1990s.
Jeff Cooper called it the Baja California shot, a hit landing low-left from the point-of-aim due to jerking the trigger. Imagine shooting at a map of the United States and you’ll get the idea. True for a right-handed shooter, I suppose we could call it the Florida shot for a left-handed shooter, although I never heard the Colonel describe it that way.
What is a suitable quick-draw time, and how important is that for the armed defense with a handgun?
Steady customers are a good thing, but customers who become friends are more valuable yet. Such is the case with a group that comes to Gunsite every year for a family reunion. Comprised of the family of a Medal of Honor recipient, their associates and friends, this group has trained at the school for more than 20 years and now they’re bringing their grown children to the event. That’s what you call a long-standing relationship.
Training someone to shoot a defensive handgun is mostly a standardized process. Firearm safety is followed by firearm function, which is then followed by an introduction to the basics of marksmanship. Past that, focus falls on handgun manipulation, presentation and various methods of target engagement.