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Thinking (and Practicing) Outside of the box - Defensive Handgun Deployment

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Dec 7, 2015 4:15:23 PM

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Train wrong, and you will do wrong. Period.

In terms of defensive handgun deployment, getting the handgun into the fight - if you are unlucky enough to find yourself in one - is key to your survival. The problem is, most of us (yes, even including me at times in the past) are practicing techniques that might not meet the “stimulus/response” test.

The great benefit of practice is that it makes you better at what you practice. The downside to practice is that it makes you better at what you practice.

Read those last two sentences again.

You will perform like you practice because of a process called myelination (Google it). We write programs in our brains by doing something repetitively. The problem is that the program we write might not be the one we want to run in certain circumstances. A skill program is technically not possible to delete once it's been built, even if it was incorrect.

We want to make sure to write the correct program, and stimulus/response is part of this equation.

So how does this relate to defensive handgun deployment?

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Personal Protection, Accessories

The Case for Appendix Carry: Picking Your Carry Position

Posted by Mike Seeklander

Jul 20, 2015 11:00:32 AM

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I am often asked about my handgun carry position and the reason for my choice. There are some subtle, yet important, differences in the defensive draw process versus the competitive draw process. There are several crucial steps to performing a lightning-fast concealed draw.

While drawing a handgun quickly under the stress of an attack is important, there are other critical factors in accessing your handgun. As it turns out, I covered this topic in detail in an article over on the Personal Defense Network blog.

It's an excellent primer to what this post will go over. Let's jump in. 

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Topics: Concealed Carry, Shooting Tips


Springfield Armory® recommends you seek qualified and competent training from a certified instructor prior to handling any firearm and be sure to read your owner’s manual.  These articles are considered to be suggestions and not recommendations from Springfield Armory®.