February 12, 2017

Shooting on the Move

All you have to do is watch the dash cam videos of law enforcement traffic stops to realize that when bullets start flying, no one is standing still. The static range training most people do is great for building fundamentals, but don’t think that is where combat marskmanship begins and ends. Simply put, you have to develop a skill set that allows you to shoot on the move effectively and practice it often. Your life may very well depend on it.

What follows are some key points of consideration about shooting on the move as I see it. Students in my classes know I always include a comprehensive shooting on the move segment in every class, and I consider it absolutely essential training each and every time you go to the range. You need to train to a realistic standard and apply key principles to allow you to meet that standard. Here goes:

1) Make your lower body do it’s job; the most critical aspect to shooting on the move is minimizing vibrations that transfer above the pelvis (belt line) that in turn affect accuracy. You can’t eliminate vibrations, just dramatically reduce them. This is done by laying your feet down in a ‘rolling’ fashion such as heel to toe roll, bringing your feet closer together when walking to mitigate the side-to-side sway many people display, and most importantly make your knees absorb the shock of each step. Frankly, you can half ass the first two principles, and if you do a great job using your knees like torsion suspension you can still effectively shoot on the move. Using a visible laser at home as a training aid walking around your house (to the dismay of your significant other) to practice your movement techiques has value as the laser provides excellent feedback as to what is working and what is not.

2) Bend the elbows and stay flexible. Being rigid or tense does not work well in shooting, and never more so than when doing mobile shooting. You have to stay loose and allow your joints to absorb the vibration so as to allow your weapon to almost seem like it is ‘floating’ in front of you. If you are moving and your weapon is doing a lot of sharp ‘dips’ during movement as perceived through the sites, then you’re doing something wrong (often times the knees are the culprit; remember don’t just bend your knees, take the shock of each step out with your knees – big difference). Remember to stay loose.

3) Train to a realistic standard. Accuracy will suffer somewhat while moving –- there is no way around it. A good rule of thumb is you want to be able to cover your shots with your hand -– roughly a 6 inch circle in the center of the chest. Of course you will occasionally throw some shots out of that circle but never more than 2 to 3 out of 10 shots fired. If so, you need to dial back in on the basics. By this standard shooting on the move is approx a 15 yd and in exercise with a handgun and 20 yds and in with a carbine. You can put shots on target farther out than that, but accurate upper torso hits become much more difficult and the shooting will turn into suppressive fire instead of surgical shots on target. Remember, the bad guy ain’t gonna stand still either, so you need to keep it real when training for this critical skill.

4) Practice shooting on the move in all directions. Of course moving straight toward an opponent or straight back is not ideal but may not be avoided. The fact of the matter is you need to be able to shoot on the move in any direction, despite what some instructors teach. When and where you have to engage a threat cannot be accurately predicted in the real world, unlike in an IPSC 3 gun match. Remember the hostile action of the threat is what dictates your actions not the beep from a shot timer.

5) Practice trigger control. Most shooters who have bad shots with a handgun on the move do so because they jerk the trigger, NOT because they are moving. This occurs because the brain exaggerates the movement of the pistol in relation to the target and this causes many shooters to ambush the trigger instead of cleanly breaking the shot within an acceptable wobble zone. A Red Dot sight on a carbine definitely makes this task easier, but I have found the better you become at mobile shooting with a pistol the skill set, the better it transfers to the same drill with a long gun.

6) The more you do it the better you get. Make it a goal to practice this skill every time you go to the range. In this case, literally, practice makes perfect. As with many other difficult shooting skill sets, the better you become at mobile shooting the better you will become in other aspects of combat marksmanship. Some ranges won’t allow it, but make no mistake it is a potentially life saving skill, so seeking out a range that does allow it is critical. You can certainly practice the moving aspects at home with dry fire, but at some point you have to get to the range and bust some caps while moving.

A closing thought is to remind readers that many of the static range drills are very useful for building a solid grasp of the fundamentals, but at some point you have to take it to the next level and apply yourself at mastering those same skills on the move.

This is not my article but it makes some interesting points.  we do allow shoot and move at our range in fact we do training.  we have individual classes starting yet $300. we have a 3 gun class all day long for $1000.00 per individual. This does not include ammo. That is your responsibility.  If you need firearms, we can supply that too for a minimual charge.  it is better to use your gun at these drills and practices since that’s what’s going to be relying on.

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SWAT training prepares Hamshire-Fannett teachers for shooting events
Sara Flores | January 4, 2017

Photo: Ryan Pelham
IMAGE 1 OF 30 Jefferson County Sheriff’s deputies prepare to fire blank rounds in a hallway at Hamshire-Fannett Intermediate School during an active shooter training class for staff on Tuesday. The deputies fired weapons … more
Hamshire-Fannett ISD educators jumped at the sound of rapid gunfire as they watched footage of the 1999 Columbine High School massacre on a 10-foot screen.

As the last seconds of the video played, the group of around 250 sat motionless, their faces frozen in expressions of horror.

“I got emotional,” Hamshire-Fannett Assistant Superintendent John Burris said. “It’s difficult to see someone get shot. It’s not something you see every day.”

After showing the video, James Riley, a SWAT officer with the Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office, taught the district’s employees three steps to follow in the event of a similar shooting event on campus: run, hide and fight.

“Your first move should be to visualize an escape, but if that’s not a possibility, seeking cover is the next best option,” said Riley.

Riley said he recommends elementary school teachers gather students into a hiding spot, since controlling a group of 6-year-olds is more difficult than it would be with a group of high school students.

When hiding, he said teachers should lock doors, turn off lights, silence cell phones and barricade classroom doors with large pieces of furniture.

“If you can’t run or hide, defending yourself should be your last resort,” Riley said.

If an attacker were to make it past the barricades, the best places to attack are the throat and eyes, he said.

The average arrival time for an officer responding to an active shooting is 3 minutes, Riley said. Once law enforcement officials make their way onto the campus, Riley said listening to their orders is crucial.

“Keep your hands up, and if you happen to come in contact with the shooter’s gun, don’t have it near you,” Riley said. An officer’s job is to find the gunman, and if the wrong person has the weapon it can lead to confusion.

“Our most important goal is that you get home safely at the end of the day,” Riley said.

Valerie Gill, a special education teacher at the intermediate school, was one of the teachers to take part in the voluntary training session on Tuesday.

“It made me more aware of the way I could change my daily routines at school, in the event that something were to happen – and to react quicker,” Gill said.

She said watching the footage from Columbine, a mass shooting by two Colorado high school students who killed 12 of their peers and a teacher, reminded her of the reality of mass shootings.

As employees sat inside the cafeteria, deputies fired blank rounds from an M4 .233 semiautomatic rifle, a 12 gauge shotgun and a handgun – first outside of the school, and then at the end of the hallway.

Deputies wanted the educators to know what each gun type sounded like and from different ranges.

Some teachers covered their faces with sweaters as the guns were fired.

Burris said each campus goes through an active shooter training seminar at the beginning of each school year. He said this is the first time in his 14 years with the district that the training was facilitated by the Jefferson 

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