You can say what you want to about your favorite defensive school or those advanced-fighting techniques you learned, but the greatest defensive skill that a person can develop is simply awareness. I will freely admit that developing effective awareness is anything but simple, but being able to spot trouble before it is close enough to get in your face will certainly save you from a lot of trouble and possibly even some pain and grief.
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.
Between magnified riflescopes, electro-optics and plain ol’ iron sights, today’s rifle shooters can pretty much take care of everything from the muzzle to several thousand yards (or meters) away. Picking one setup for a narrow range of distances is no problem, but it gets trickier when you need to skin several cats at once.
Recently, I was told about an incident down at our horse barn where a lady was bucked off her horse, suffering a badly broken ankle among other injuries. There were several people in the vicinity, but only one of them took immediate charge of the scene.
In case you just emerged from hibernation or beamed down from another planet, allow me to be the first to inform you concealed-carry pistols are hot. So hot, they dominate sales across the firearm industry, as millions of long-time gun owners compete with seven or eight million new gun owners trying to get their hands on these pistols.
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.