You should read this

The Rangemaster July 2013 (Volume 17, Issue 7) newsletter is posted. I do hate how direct linking to the PDF doesn’t really work with their website setup, so just go to the main site, navigate to the Newsletter area, and read that one.

You really should read it.

Some highlights:

  • Pictures of some factory ammo… showing that quality control is down. When the factories are cranking as hard and fast as they can, that means more getting made, eyeballs getting tired, and thus errors are going to rise. You need to take care and not assume even factory ammo is without flaw.
  • An important discussion of the Bill of Rights
  • Incident trends

I think the incident trends is the most important part. Tom’s now up to 63 student-involved incidents. While not a huge number, it’s enough to manifest a trend. The one Tom discusses here is distance.

87% of these incidents? They happen between 3 and 5 yards. 0-5 yards, 90%. 0-7 yards, that’s 95% of the incidents. Or as Tom likes to say “about a car length” (since the typical American sedan is about 5 yards long).

What do you think that tells you about what you should focus your practice on, if you’re training for self-defense handgun use?

So I think about we do things at KR Training, especially in the Defensive Pistol Skills classes. Where is the focus? 0-5 yards. Another article in the July Newsletter is about what to do after you stop shooting: things like scanning and topping off. More things that KRT’s DPS classes cover.

As I post this, I’m in the middle of my series about “minimum competency for defensive pistol“. Think about this. Probably one of the most useful Rangemaster Newsletters in recent memory.

2 thoughts on “You should read this

    • OO! That’s a neat one! I hope you kept it as a souvenir.

      But that’s about the right thing with the quality control… it’s just zooming by, and they are even more tired now. The reality is, even with 99.99999% control, when you make a few million rounds a month, the math means there’s still a good portion of stuff that slips through.

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