Sparrow Defense: One Day Defensive Pistol

Shane Gosa and I had a great time teaching the One-Day Defensive Pistol course on June 27th. Other than a 30 minute bout with some heavy rain, it was a great day to shoot. The students were great and kept right on shooting in spite of the weather and the humidity.

The morning consisted of range exercises the stressed the fundamentals, fixing weapon malfunctions, and rapid movement to get off the X. Students were also introduced to the concept of "center mass" through the use of 3D targets, giving them a concrete example of how point of aim changes depending on the angle of exposure to the target.

Following lunch, we moved onto the steel range and began focusing on lateral movement and navigating obstacles while shooting. The rain hit, but everyone kept right on rotating through the exercises to get their reps and training in with no complaints. There was a marked improvement in accuracy, weapon handling, and confidence in every student.

The last two hours of the course were spent on weapon retention techniques. After making the students' handguns inert through chamber and barrel blocks, Shane Gosa provided a number of methods for fending off attempts to take their firearms by force through the use of combatives and by utilizing the weapon as an impact weapon. It was an opportunity for the students to shake out their gear, and the first time most of them had been exposed to any training of that type.

My thanks to the students for their great attitudes and energy. It was a pleasure to provide instruction to these shooters, and I hope to see them again on the range.

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