Self-Defense Myths – Let’s put some to rest

Melody Lauer interviewed some of the best self-defense instructors out there in an attempt to dispell some of the self-defense myths that just won’t die.

An excellent article rich in information.

Go. Read. Now.


3 thoughts on “Self-Defense Myths – Let’s put some to rest

  1. Excellent article. I would like to work on two things as a result of reading this:
    1) shoot/no shoot – I’ve been through this twice at KR, in BP2 and DPS1. I don’t feel I did well at all either time. Maybe when I start doing IDPA that skill will develop but I kinda doubt it because you get to learn the stage prior to shooting it.
    2) Masad’s comment about gun pointing. That’s going to take some practice both in the mechanics and developing the presence of mind to be able to discern in milliseconds between when to point vs point/shoot. Regarding mechanics I assume this means drawing and stopping at ready. I assume it’s not a good idea for the point situation to push out because my muscle memory is going to have my finger on the trigger and pulled back at least to the point of taking the slack out – and that’s going to be putting me in a situation where the gun just might go off when I am not yet fully in fear of death or great bodily injury.

    • I assume comment 1 stems from what Pincus said? I was mixed on his comments because there’s actually great value in timed drills, using a timer, in setting/having standards. I do not agree with him there. BUT I do agree with him that having massively laid out courses of fire that you know what’s going on beforehand, yeah… it doesn’t help you with application and learning other valuable skills such as target discernment, especially under pressure. Will IDPA help you? Certainly! You have to shoot accurately, you have to shoot under time pressure, and you have to shoot with the eyes of your peers upon you — and many have said the pressure of peer performance is greater than they felt when they were in gunfights! IDPA will certainly help you; maybe not towards this particular point, but it will help you in many other ways.

      On point 2, this is something you can practice. I’ve got a dry fire practice routine from Tom Givens that works this sort of thing making you take things incrementally and to not make “draw and shoot” the reflexive — and only — response. The routine is basically:

      1. Draw to ready (finger straight). 10x
      2. Draw to ready once. From ready, bring the up up to the eye-target line, get a sight picture, get slack out of the trigger but do not press. 10x
      3. Draw to ready once. From ready, present to target and press off a good hit, quickly. 10x
      4. From the holster, present to target, get a quick sight picture, and get the slack out of the triggger, but do not press. 10x
      5. From the holster, present to target and press off a good hit. 10x

      There’s more to the routine than that, but the key to see is that every rep isn’t about making the gun go bang, isn’t about going “all the way”.

      What might also help you here is to look into taking scenario/force-on-force classes. That sort of stuff is all about decision-making and those other “soft skills”. That’s really the next level of where to go, and is the sort of training that can address the concerns you have pointed out.

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