Defense Accurate or Range Accurate?
Defense and Safety can be two different things…Range Time IS that important!
We often think in this crazy world, that things happen like the movies…that is simply NOT TRUE!! I know that many of you know that reality, but there are still plenty who do not.
Something that was mentioned in the first few chapters of the DVD set I received from the NRA, is about “Combat Accuracy” and is defined as such: “Any hit that significantly affects the target’s ability to present a lethal threat.” I really like this definition, because it invokes the reality of an attacker and the importance of what a “hit” should do when concerned with defense.
So when we talk about “Center Mass” its not just blowing smoke folks. Now one might think, “shooting faster will decrease the accuracy” well, in most cases it will, but remember that most heightened situations will happen within 15 feet or less, SO, having shots placed in the correct area is essential. I have heard people talk about shooting a larger caliber, because of the knock down power and so on …and so on… Well, if that is true, how do you explain the offender who continues forward with a half-dozen .45 slugs in his body? So we can see, that every situation is different and that the caliber size is not the only determinant.
There have been plenty of times, when at the range, I see or hear someone who is disappointed with their accuracy or performance. I wasn’t sure why they were thinking that way until I realized that most people don’t go to the range with the proper mentality or preparedness in mind. One problem is that we tend to shoot at targets, which draws us towards hitting a bullseye and that can detract from the purpose of hitting the paper. If you take a normal sized paper, (8.5×11) and put it on your chest, either landscape or portrait, you will find that it covers the area nicely. In fact, there is plenty of room around the paper, and that indicates that the center-mass area is decently large; that is the area you are working with in a real life situation. It is great to hit the bullseye, or have a grouping that is competition worthy, but it may not be as important in a life threatening situation. Keeping your focus on what is important and why you are there is the key to starting your defense training. Working toward a tighter grouping is what you do after you figure out why you are there and actually hitting the paper.
Defense Distance And What It Means…
The distance you are shooting in practice can make a ton of difference. Using the distance wisely, or knowing how to use the distance for your training can help you to evaluate your progress and accuracy. One thing to think about is, if you are practicing at 15 feet or 30 feet, or farther, you are programing yourself to take more time to align the sights and shoot the gun…BUT if you are practicing at 10 feet, or 6 feet, or 4 feet, this is actually more realistic and your shots will have to be much quicker. If you program yourself to shoot very quickly and hit a sheet of paper, then you’re doing it right. No one expects anyone to group shots in a tight “2 inch” circle during a bad situation. The great part is, if your stance is good, and your grip is good, then when you shoot at a quicker pace, your shots will most likely not be in a tighter grouping, but will all be within the paper, which is considered center mass, thus being more effective at stopping the threat and saving your life. Only when you have accomplished accuracy with the close ranges, should you then take it back a bit and retest your speed and accuracy for defense again.
Remember, under most realistic circumstances, combat accurate hits are achievable.
Efficiency = Accomplishing a goal in as little time and with as little effort as possible.
“Increased consistancy leads to increased efficiency” – so keep practicing, keep up your awareness and practice realistically.