The notion that one needs to "shoot faster" is an issue that has become a sticking point in the training industry. It seems that just about the time it looks like our industry is going to move past the latest craze, and swing the pendulum back to more pragmatic things, we find ourselves besieged by the "shoot fast" crowd. I've spoken with other instructors about this, so I know I'm not the only one seeing it. I'm just one of the few willing to say it in front of a camera.
Yes I know I'm going to get punched in the nose for this video, however, this needs saying. As I've learned, the hard way, proficiency is hard work. Forget mastery of your sidearm, proficiency is the best you can expect with a handgun. I am a dedicated Glock operator and am the owner of very few firearms. What does that mean? Well, let me put it this way. You'd be surprised if you knew just how few firearms I actually own. Why do I tell you this? Because I am one of those guys who espouses the view that you should be weary of the man who only owns one gun, for he shall surely know how to use it. My weapon choice is boringly simple. Actually, when I modified this Glock 17 it was state of the art. Now it's old hat compared to the tricked out, red dot equipped pistols out there. That's ok, at least I know how to use my blaster.
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Abner Miranda Is a former Police Officer, an FBI trained Hostage Negotiator, a First Responder, and Spanish Interpreter. He is currently a Firearms Instructor, an Armorer, and a regular contributor to our industry of both written and digital media.