Click And Booms
I’m intrigued with the general aspect of safe gun handling; and since I do it every day, it’s important to me. What I call the “click and boom” versions of gun handling are of particular interest to me. There are two things in life very loud in the overall audio spectrum — a gun that goes click when it’s supposed to go boom, and a gun that goes boom when it’s supposed to go click.
Heidi and I were teaching an Urban Rifle class some time ago and had a student who was overweight. He said he couldn’t go prone or kneel because his “knee was bad.” Yeah, his knee was bad because of the buncha’ pounds “we” were overweight.
Heidi and I do this drill where students do a back-and-forth sort of movement to make or break contact. We’ve done it safely in our teaching environment, without incident, for 28 years. For a day and a half, Heidi has repeatedly told this guy to get his stinking finger off the trigger while he is not on the target. I think that’s a basic rule? You guessed it, while moving forward, out of breath, overweight and damn finger on the trigger, he takes the safety off — and his sights are not on a target — and torches one into the ground.
By the grace of a higher being, no one is forward, and it’s basically a “wet spot in our shorts” drill. Heidi went forward and reprimanded him firmly; and he had it coming. So a suggestion for the go to school, shoot in a match, 3-gun wanna’ be cool tactical operators and such folks — lose some weight. And keep your finger off the trigger until the sights are on the target.
And before everyone launches on the editor, eat what you want and be what you want, but try to be what you are, not what you imagine you are. My Mom had a saying as we grew up: “Act your age.” Solid advice from an 84-year-old sage.
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