Givensy Goodness

This morning I was able to listen to Ballistic Radio episode 129 (Sep. 13, 2015), with guest Tom Givens of Rangemaster. Any chance I can hear (and learn) from Tom, I always take because there’s always something to learn. This episode was no different, and I encourage you to listen to it.

The episode hit home on a personal level, but that’s not what I want to talk about.

Tom mentioned the phrase “unintended hits”. I’m not sure if Tom was referring to my phrase “unacceptable hits“, but I came up with that phrase shortly after taking Tom’s Combative Pistol 2 class about 5 years ago.

After that class I wrote a lot of things, and I revisited them this morning. So, take a few minutes and walk down memory lane. Learn from my learnings.

In re-reading them this morning, most things remain true and unchanged. In fact, having 5 more years of experience since I wrote those things, I’d say those things were reinforced more now than ever.

A few comments.

First, I forgot about the way to get more “unexpected” reload practice:

Do you have magazines that hold a lot of ammo? Instead of loading your mags all the way full, load them somewhere less than full and to random amounts. You do that, you’ll get a lot more practice on your reloads.

Second, I’d make a larger point about “averages vs. typical“. Tom makes a constant point about “typical” (not “average”) and while it seems like a nit-picky point, it’s a crucial differentiation, and I should have expanded further on the notion of “typical”. Averages are useful, but remember that “mean” is only one type of “average” (there’s also median and mode, range matters too); averages tell a part of the story. Thus it’s really more important to look at what is “typical”. Check out the podcast.

The articles are short, but informative. Read them. Again.

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