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Practice distances for self defense

Discussion in 'GATE Self-Defense Forum' started by CDR_Glock, Jul 14, 2012.

  1. CDR_Glock

    CDR_Glock

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    Mas

    It seems that people like to refer to the rule of 3s. Lots of people shoot no further than 10-15 yards. However, there may be situations like the VA Tech or Fort Hood massacre where a longer shot would have to be taken. Maybe an estranged spouse or boyfriend wants to start going on a Walmart Rampage, that's about a 25 to 50 yard aisle.

    What distances do you recommend for civilians to train when shooting, aside from the obvious (e.g. Strong, weak handed, behind cover, etc)?

    Rick
     
  2. Mas Ayoob

    Mas Ayoob KoolAidAntidote Moderator

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    Rick, in the first week of training I take the students to 15 yards, and in the second week to 25 and 50. Third week encompasses some time showing them that if they know their gun and their trajectory, they can nail a man-size target at 100 yards.

    The farther shots become progressively less likely, so training time is allocated accordingly.

    YMMV,
    Mas