Friday, February 18, 2011

A Good Example Of Training Taking Over

I was bored to tears this morning and took a spin over to YouTube and typed the term 'pistol shooting' into its browser. One of the videos struck me as a fine example of just how training kicks in while shooting or handling guns under stress. Now, you may watch this video and be amused; I was too. You may also watch it, after having read what I have just written, and then scratch your head and wonder what the heck I was writing about when I said that this video shows training kicking it. No, its not a pun, it has nothing to do with the 'kick' of the pistol in this video except that the kick of the pistol and its result is what causes the stress that causes the training to come into play. Watch it and see what I mean. If you don't get, or even if you think you do but want to be sure, go to the comments section of this post where I explain it.

All the best,
Glenn B

3 comments:

Glenn B said...

Okay, so the gal fires a pistol, a large caliber pistol at that. The pistol recoils, her hold is not enough to prevent the pistol from coming back and smashing her in the face. That must have been painful, it must have been stressful. It was most certainly unexpected. Yet, what does she do? Does she drop the gun? Nope. Does she turn toward the guys she is with, maybe pointing the pistol at them and say: "Ouch that hurt"? Nope she does not. Does she do anything that is a violation of firearms safety rules? Nope, not one infraction of those rules even though the force of the blow to her nose has her backpedaling. As a matter of fact what she does is commendable, she keeps the weapon pointed in what I will presume was a safe direction. Then she not only removes her finger from the trigger guard which could have just been a reaction to getting zonked on her nose but she also straightens out her trigger finger and places it along the frame of the pistol in the classic safe position for the booger picking, trigger squeezing, finger all the while as she keeps it pointing down range. It would be one heck of a set of coincidences if she had not received firearms safety training so I am going out on a limb to say that yes she did get such training and that yes it came into play under stress.

All the best,
Glenn B

mike s. said...

Glenn,
As a firearms instructor, I'd say she did a heck of a job. Her grip and stance were good, and she handled the gun like a pro despite taking a whack to the head. She just doesn't have the wrists for that task.
Her only apparent mistake is being a poor judge of the company she keeps. The goof's T-shirt should have warned her, as should his scurrying away after handing her the handgun.
The hardest people I've ever trained were gals who had been handed too large a gun by some guy with a warped sense of humor.

Glenn B said...

Yep, I thought she did pretty well.Obviously, at least to me, she had fired guns before judging from her grip and stance. As for the guy who handed her the pistol, and expected somewhat of a result like that, he should never have left within arms reach. He obvisously was not a qualified instructor, just a friend and goofball in my opinion. He or the other guy heard in the audio thoguh did give some great advice, to put her tongue back in her mouth. That could have really been painful had it hit her in her chin and she bit her tongue. I tend to think she expected to wind up on the bad end of this but probably never expected that much recoil.

All the best,
GB

View My Stats