There’s more computing power in your smartphone or tablet than Apollo 11 had on board when it landed on the moon. Today’s handheld devices perform complex calculations weighted for environmental variables—in real time—and provide solutions at lightning speed. The technology is staggering, but not all of today’s firearm apps are about ballistics.
Once the armed citizen has advanced to the point that he or she can draw and shoot their defensive handgun safely, accurately and quickly, it would be a very good idea to start adding movement to the defensive response. Movement has the potential to momentarily confuse and surprise an attacker, allowing the citizen to gain a bit of advantage.
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.
The double-action revolver is always worthy of consideration when someone sets out to select a personal defense gun.
In the midst of the ammo shortage, there is still a way to maximize your training.
In the old days we called it “pulling the trigger.” Then along came Jeff Cooper who started calling it the “trigger press.” What Cooper meant was that the trigger should be pressed smoothly and softly so that the gun muzzle was not pulled off target.