I have no excuse - I live in a rural area.......

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I have no excuse - I live in a rural area.......

#1 Post by AJMD429 » Mon May 14, 2018 8:28 pm

A patient who also lives in a rural area (she hunts deer on her own 20-acre property) told me after she was taken by surprise in a hospital parking lot (a 'patrolled' area in a 'gun-free zone' of course), although the only harm was a purse taken, and frantic cancellation of credit cards and other ID-fraud issues, she adopted a new 'personal safety training program'.

I thought maybe it was something at a local range, or a class taught by a local (and excellent) pro-CCW attorney, but she'd been through those things. No, she said, she was going to shoot an extra 365 rounds a year, one-at-a-time, and one-per-day. EVERY day.

So far she's about 180 rounds into her training program, and it is very simple. She talked to her only neighbor within earshot, and explained to them that every evening when she got home from work, or every other day at some point, she will go to the informal 'range' she and her husband have behind their barn, mostly for his bowhunting practice and the kids to shoot 22's, and she'll shoot one shot at one target. They always have various old bowling pins, paper targets, and a couple types of 'gongs' there, and she says that upon getting home, if nobody else is home, she'll check the house, then at some point go out and shoot one target with her carry piece. If someone is home and she knows the house is secure, she'll just go directly out to the informal range and pop one shot, no matter the weather or what else is going on. She says she has even has done it in the midst of a cellphone conversation... :shock:

Her latest 'tactical' innovation is that her husband got some 'good-guy/bad-guy' targets he will set up for her if he's at home, so when she goes back there (she gets home after dark) to pop a gong, she may see a paper target that wasn't there last time and she will 'nail the bad guy'.

One shot, from her carry gun, with her carry-ammo, every day.

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I have no excuse not to do that, other than my laziness. She'll automatically rotate her carry ammo, and get plenty of 'first-shot from a draw' training using her own gun and holster. Pretty cool.
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#2 Post by Ysabel Kid » Mon May 14, 2018 8:51 pm

What a great idea!

I just wish I had the land to do that. I'm pretty sure my neighbors would frown upon the practice. :shock:
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#3 Post by BlaineG » Mon May 14, 2018 9:10 pm

I'll no doubt never realize my goal of being able to shoot off the front/back porch. :(
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#4 Post by JerryB » Mon May 14, 2018 9:27 pm

That is really good to hear Doc. Can you imagine long about Thanksgiving how fast and smooth her draw will be? At one time I could shoot like that here at home. Some twenty years ago the city took us into the city, added maybe twenty homes to the city taxes.
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#5 Post by piller » Mon May 14, 2018 10:04 pm

I live in the city. Plus, the gun ranges in the area prohibit drawing from a holster before firing. Too many idiots, and they must protect their right to stay open. 😞

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#6 Post by Malamute » Tue May 15, 2018 8:54 am

Good post, good idea on her part.

Dry fire can also be very useful, even if one can shoot in their yard. Theres some good info from Claude in his 1000 days of dryfire series of posts (4 parts). In searching for it, he has some other good dryfire posts, so I'm going to link the entire category on his blog, but I like his 1000 days series.

https://tacticalprofessor.wordpress.com ... y/dryfire/
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#7 Post by mikld » Tue May 15, 2018 10:51 am

At least she's keeping familiar with her handgun. Wouldn't work for me though; I don't think I could shoot just one per day. Maybe one magazine or one cylinder full, but one shot? Nah! :mrgreen:
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