2018 Goals, Part 1 – Shoot More and Better

As noted yesterday, two of my three goals for 2018 are to shoot more and to shoot better.

While I will continue to spend a good deal of time traveling around the country to meet and observe national-level gun trainers, Karl Rehn constantly reminds me that most gun trainers are local, and the small percentage of gun owners who actually train do so locally.

So I am going to get more active shooting locally under the watchful eye of a local trainer.

Karl Rehn teaching, from http://www.krtraining.com

As I do so, I will take the advice of Dusty Salomon, author of Building Shooters and Mentoring Shooters. Salomon advised me (or any learner) to “pick a ‘system’ and platform (weapon) then methodically and progressively go about learning that system and developing mastery of it.” And to do so not by binging on day or weekend long classes but by engaging in “much shorter training sessions spread over longer time periods.”

(H/T to Rob Morse for originally mentioning Salomon’s work to me; listen to Paul Carlson’s Safety Solutions Academy podcast with Salomon for more.)

My platform will be Glocks, models 17 and 43. My “system” is to be determined. There is a trainer I like in NC, but he lives 90 minutes away, which may be too far to travel on any kind of regular basis.

I will track my progress using drills taken from the list of “minimum competency drills” suggested by Karl Rehn and John Daub on the Handgun World Podcast recently and those being demonstrated by Chris Baker and John Johnston as part of Lucky Gunner’s “Start Shooting Better” series. These will include:

  1. 5 x 5 Drill
  2. Bill Drill
  3. F.A.S.T.
  4. 3 Seconds or Less
  5. “The Test”
  6. FBI Qualification
  7. Dot Torture

I have never shot it, but I have heard a lot about Dot Torture. It is interesting to note that it is tenth on the Rehn/Daub list but first on the Lucky Gunner list. John Correia of Active Self Protection also considers it a basic skill test that he uses in every class. I will probably shoot it from 3 yards early in my sessions because I am so interested in the drill. At full extension, the muzzle of the gun will only be about 6 feet from the target. How hard could it be? Hahaha.

I do want to shoot all the drills with both the Glock 17 and Glock 43, and both open carry and from concealment.

When circumstances require me to shoot indoors, I will avail myself of The Tactical Professor Claude Werner’s Indoor Range Practice Sessions, available for purchase/download from his website for $9.95.

I will also practice dry firing at home and work with the air of a NextLevel Training SIRT Pistol, which is on its way to my house as I type this.

I will post about my progress throughout 2018, so stay tuned.


  1. Reblogged this on and commented:
    I take it that the Glock 43, is a .380, and the Glock 17, is a 9mm. Both nice. Both do a fine job. Under advisement, it could be beneficial if caliber selection were expanded, if opportunity presents itself. Think about it. You’re in the ice cream shop. Try to fire .38 Special, .45 acp, 10mm, .44 Magnum, and other calibers if possible. Think of, revolvers from snubnose, to semi-auto such as the 1911. There will be differences in recoil and performance.
    In comparison, look at it this way, kids like to read comic books. Teachers assign literature to read and kids will often yawn while reading. Adults know the importance of reading comprehension skills, but the kids do not. Then, throw in Shakespeare. Poetry. Most of the kids will forget everything as soon as school is out. The kids cannot read, and the teacher is blamed. Then along comes a kid such as myself, with a first year college reading level in the beginning of the fifth grade of elementary school. My grandfathers took an interest in me and their other grandchildren. This is why I suggest, under advisement, firing different calibers. I also recognize that Gun Culture, to be, a gun culture, should think about adding new flavors, such as shotguns, in their vast array from pump action to semi-auto, to side-by-side, to over-under, and, then get “radical” by inclusion of rifles. Bolt action, lever actions, pump actions, breech action single shots. So many firearms. So little time. When gun oil and solvent become aromatics instantly recognized and held in esteem as Mama’s cooking, then, the shooting world opens up into a vista. You know Good people now, and in time, as the expanse presents itself, you will gain associations at different ranges and gun classes. That, is sociology connected. Part of culture, to myself, and many if not most others, is hunting. The hunt, is special. The harvesting of game is special. The dinner table with gamefare, is rewarding and special. Family, friends, and those allowed to become as family, are all, very special. The very reasons why I thank the Lord God Almighty, for so many blessings, and my American heritage and traditions.
    Professor, I believe that it is time to stretch. It is time to look, and understand, that your journey, is only in the incipient stages, of something epic and beautiful. Remember, some people do bad things with guns, and they would do bad things if they had only a book of matches. The vast overwhelming majority of us, do nice things with guns. We do reasonable and prudent things with guns. Most of us share common experiences. This sounds more like I have given you an assignment.

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  2. “So I am going to get more active shooting locally under the watchful eye of a local trainer.”

    Hee and haw. I mentioned to one of my fellow gun nut buddies that I was going to make t-shirts that said “range member and active shooter” and he gave me this worried look.

    The New Mexico CHL range qualification test is from three and seven yards. I suggested making it more realistic by having the instructor screaming lethal threats in your ear as you shoot the course while the target keeps moving around.

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    • Introducing stress, is an excellent teacher. People worry when they learn of the USMC introducing stress, the moment boot camp begins, but the reason is, that stress introduced is a life saver. Under actual combat, all hell is breaking loose. Thinking calmly and being quick, are life saving qualities. I had two sergeants who were USMC sergeants and when the three of us would go to the range, they shouted in my ears, and pointed into my face with their fingers. Civilians, were shocked, to say the least, but my grouping was that my fist could cover all the holes in the target. Stress, can be an excellent training tool. In fact, over the years, people commented that I had ice water in my veins under the most difficult of times. Stress training, is a life saver, and highly recommended, but start easy, as safe weapon handling is paramount. It help in combat, and it also helps when a trophy buck steps into range. It also helps when scenes have blood, and people unravel and scream. Train yourself to be calm, and train yourself to think, under extreme stress. It is a good thing.

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      • Different altogether. Drill Instructors, are USMC, while Drill Sergeants are Army. I believe it was in the early to mid-1970s, when Army enlistments faltered, that the Army abandoned the USMC Old School style, in favor of a kinder gentler teaching program. Before that date, as far as I know, all the US Armed Forces, were on the same level. The Marine Corps, kept hard charging because, more or less a tradition set by Chesty Puller. When his command was surrounded by Japanese forces, Puller said in substance, “Good. That simplifies things. They can’t get away this time. Fire in all directions.” Another classic story that has disappeared, but was told in a somewhat less than politically correct world was that, Puller’s command was going to be crushed by superior numbers of Imperial Japanese forces, and Headquarters USMC, could not reach the command with air support, and infantry was too many hours away, fighting their own battle. HQ radioed Pullers radio hut with the bad news. The radioman said to the HQ radioman, that they were about to be overrun. The radio went dead. Four hours went by with HQ failing to raise Puller’s radioman. HQ feared the worst, as they served with Puller and other officers for years. The commander went into his office to start writing sympathy letters of how individual officers fought and died. Other officers at HQ went into a somewhat state of mourning. Then suddenly, the HQ radioman knocks on the office hatch. He says that Puller’s radio hut is sending a message. All the HQ officers charge into their radio hut. The message coming in from Puller: “Send more Japs. We ran out.”

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  3. Not surprised at the different inductions. Both are coming from different backgrounds and aiming at different outcomes. The Marines (to the best of my knowledge) still train everyone as a rifleman first. Army basic is about becoming the literal basics of being a soldier. Advanced schools after that go further into being an infantryman, tanker, artillery or some other specialty.

    Brutus like your posts above. And much agreement on what you said sir.

    Professor I wish you the best of your Glock’s however never been a polymer wonder fan. I’m and Beretta and Browning and 1911 man.


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