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Skills Check: Present Arms

We refer to the draw stroke as the presentation at Gunsite. It’s a better explanation than simply “drawing” the pistol, because it describes the act of presenting the pistol from the holster to the target or threat. In our “basic,” five-day pistol class we expect students to present the pistol and make hits on targets from 3 to 7 yards away in 1.5 seconds. Most students can do this in two or three days of training.

Mental Focus vs. Mental Awareness

Shooting at the very edge of your skills envelope requires tremendous mental focus and well-developed shooting awareness. However, some shooters believe that shooting awareness and mental focus are one in the same. They are not. Using pistol shooting (combat or competition) as an example, what is the difference between the two and how can it help you hone your shooting skills to a razor’s edge?

In Memoriam: Ed Head

The long time Gunsite instructor and Shooting Illustrated columnist passed away after a brief illness

Is Mindset or Gear More Important?

Keeping your head in the game is better for your safety than buying the latest gear.

Skills Check: Two by Two

What’s the difference between a tactical reload and a speed, or emergency, reload? We teach both at Gunsite and, while I hope you never have to perform a speed load in a gunfight, I’m pretty sure you’re going to do tac loads routinely as part of your regular practice or even day-to-day carry.

It’s 90-Percent Mental

The physical act of shooting isn’t tremendously difficult; most of the complicated stuff is in your head.

On-Demand Drills

When a life-threatening encounter occurs, are your skills up to the task?

Shortcuts to Shooting Success?

You are a corporate executive who has become interested in personal protection with a handgun and handgun shooting for recreation as well. Your time is limited, and the level of your shooting ability is dismal, to say the least.

Managing Unknown Contacts

Keep potential trouble at a distance where you can deal with it appropriately.

Remembering Bill Jordan

Bill Jordan and I became friends in about 1976 and remained so until his death in 1997. Born in Louisiana in 1911, Jordan had a lengthy career in the U.S. Border Patrol, interrupted by World War II service as a fighting Marine.

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