Monthly Archives: August 2013

Bad Training

They say there is no such thing as bad training. I disagree. While the point of training is to be able to be deliberately dangerous this means that at all other times and in all other respects you are learning to be safe. Being safe basically boils down to following four rules.

  1. All guns are always loaded (assumed to be and treated as loaded).
  2. Never point the gun at anything you are not willing to destroy.
  3. Keep your finger off the trigger and outside the trigger guard until your sights are on target and you have decided to shoot.
  4. Be sure of your target, its foreground, and its backdrop.

To read about these rules in depth click here.

Bad training teaches you to be unsafe, places you in danger, or both.

The following is bad training:

From the beginning you see poor muzzle discipline.

At 1:00 Mr. Magichands is wildly violating rules 2 and three. He is literally waving his gun around with his finger on the trigger.

My favorite is at 2:54 where Mr. Magichands has disabled a sentry (??) and while straddling the unsecured “threat” draws his handgun, thereby sweeping a real person with a loaded firearm. He then sweeps him again while re-holstering. He does it again at 3:16 only this time he traverses the length of the guy’s body with his loaded weapon. At 3:22 it appears that he has pointed a loaded gun at the masked man’s head!

If you see a trainer with a video showing unsafe/DANGEROUS practices like this, don’t go.

Here is the important point. If you are in a class and something seems unsafe SAY SOMETHING. If it remains unsafe LEAVE. Screw the deposit. Screw any uncomfortable feelings or offense caused. We take training classes because we know we are responsible for our own safety. So keep yourself safe.

I will say that the range in the video is one of the coolest looking ranges I’ve seen. I like the wood on the walls.

Police Survey – Gun Control

At PoliceOne they have a fascinating survey of a large number of police officers (over 15,000). What these officers think will and will not be effective seems like a common sense place to start when considering what laws will increase public safety.

Here are some highlights:

I thought this one was pretty interesting. Laws cops don’t want. That indicates cops were probably not consulted. It seems like consulting law enforcemnt would be a common sense place to start.

These last two should be considered when forming an opinion.

There are many more interesting results and I suggest checking them out at

So what do you think? Are these cops way off base? Do they have the knowledge and experience to have their opinions considered?