Don’t train as you were taught!

A few years ago I made some short tips under the moniker “Don’t Train as You Were Taught” for Michael Bane’s Down Range TV.  The theme was that there are some commonly taught techniques that don’t make sense in the real world.  Here’s the teasers for all 8; the titles should link to the short video on the DRTV site.  If not, the page where they all live is here.  (These tips were promotions for the Armed Response set of DVDs in which I was the presenter; while I think that the information in those DVDs is still mostly good I no longer have any financial interest in them.)

Reloading at Eye Level

Armed Response: Reloading at Eye Level Don’t practice reloading a gun at eye level all the time. There are other correct and alternative way of reloading you need to think of in self defense…

Don’t Stand Still

Armed Response: Don’t Stand Still Most of us has been taught to stand still when we draw and shoot. A combination of movement and cover should be on your mind when you practice…

Don’t Improve Your Trigger

Armed Response: Don’t Improve Your Trigger Some of us like to improve the trigger of our handguns. A light match trigger on a concealed carry firearm might turn into a problem rather than an…

Gripping Your Handgun

Armed Response: Gripping Your Handgun Accessing your handgun in the proper way will solve some of the problems we experience in different situations. In real life scenarios the hand doesn’t always start from…

Don’t Aim for the Upper Chest

Armed Response: Don’t Aim for the Upper Chest Aiming for the Upper Chest or Central Mass results in effective shot placement. This is a reasonable theory if no one is moving. In a real life self…

Don’t Shoot Small Groups

Armed Response: Don’t Shoot Small Groups Shooting small groups is nice on the range. An effective shooter in a self defense situation, has to consider and find the balance between speed and accuracy. This…


Armed Response: Your Support Hand and the Draw Most street encounters happen at very close distances. This is something you need to have in mind when practicing self defense scenarios with a handgun. In close encounters,…

Don’t Isolate Your Draw Stroke

Armed Response: Don’t Isolate Your Draw Stroke This week in our “Don’t Train as You Were Taught” series, we focus on drawing the gun in a self defense situation. Standing “rooted” on your feet as…


4 thoughts on “Don’t train as you were taught!

  1. lots of common sense in that 30ish minutes of video. Is that representative of the dvd set? If so it should be better known than it is.


    • Yes, pretty much. Thanks!

      Naturally I agree that they should be better known. But it is hell trying to sell, let alone make money, with of DVDs. I think that Paladin and Panteao are the only ones making any real money – everyone else just uses their DVDs as PR for whatever else they’re selling. Basically, no one buys DVDs because there’s so much available for free on YouTube — much of it actually good, but you have to be able to sort the wheat from the copious chaff.

      My old partner in that endeavor is still making DVDs so obviously he finds it worthwhile (I exited amicably).


      • I’ve become the go to gun guy within my sphere of influence, so I often (a couple dozen times a year) get approached by inexperienced people interested in buying a gun or obtaining a carry permit. My standard operating procedure is to have a brief conversation with them, then give them homework. for years this homework has included: In the Gravest Extreme and Stressfire by Massad Ayoob, The Principles of Self Protection, by Col. Jeff Cooper, And I’ve recently added The law of Self Defense, by Andrew Branca, and a copy of the dvd Serious Mistakes Gunowners Make.( keep multiple copies of each for this purpose) I’ve always wanted to find a book or dvd set that would cover the essential skill set needed for responsible concealed carry and how to attain those skills. Unfortunately every dvd set I have found either fails to cover several important topics, focuses too heavily on competition techniques, or turns into how to be a tacticool operator.
        I have found that giving interested individuals a bit of information before talking about what they need to buy, what training they should take, or even taking them to the range for the first time makes the time I get to spend with them much more beneficial as they then know enough to ask good questions.


  2. “Unfortunately every dvd set I have found either fails to cover several important topics, focuses too heavily on competition techniques, or turns into how to be a tacticool operator.”

    Exactly! That’s why we made those DVDs, Unfortunately, “how to be a tacticool operator” is what sells to the kiddes.


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