Sometimes, defensive shooting is all about NOT shooting!

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One of the realities of life is that not every problem is a shooting problem. Those of us who teach this stuff often forget to emphasize that to our students, or more precisely we downplay it a bit because it’s hard to sell a shooting class where you learn not to shoot!

(I’m not kidding about that last bit, either. Lots of folks go to shooting classes because they’re fun, and once they’ve paid their money they want to send rounds downrange. Telling them that they just paid hundreds of dollars for the privilege of not shooting very much really rankles some folks.)

The reality is that we rarely need to shoot; we need to think all the time, however. It’s amazing that people often don’t get taught how to think when they have a gun in their hands!

Here are two quick stories I’d like you to read about the need to train to process information and make decisions rather than reflexively shoot. First, Sheriff Jim Wilson learns that actually thinking about what you’re seeing might be a better thing than just letting lead fly; and from the Growing Up Guns blog, Claude Werner teaches someone about the value of learning to do things other than shooting.

Both articles are important and I hope you’ll take the time to read and digest them!

-=[ Grant Cunningham ]=-


About the Author:

Grant Cunningham is a renowned author and teacher in the fields of self defense, defensive shooting education and personal safety. He’s written several popular books on handguns and defensive shooting, including "The Book of the Revolver", "Shooter’s Guide To Handguns", "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals", "Defensive Pistol Fundamentals", and "Practice Strategies for Defensive Shooting" (Fall 2015.) Grant has also written articles on shooting, self defense, training and teaching for many magazines and shooting websites, including Concealed Carry Magazine, Gun Digest Magazine, the Association of Defensive Shooting Instructors ADSI) and the popular Personal Defense Network training website. He’s produced a DVD in the National Rifle Association’s Personal Firearm Defense series titled "Defensive Revolver Fundamentals" and teaches defensive shooting and personal safety courses all over the United States.
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