Monday, November 22, 2010

Consider every scenario, Folks.

How many of you consider yourselves good with your handgun, be it revolver or automatic? Most of my shooting readers do, I'm sure.
How many of you are good with either hand to the point that you're comfortable carrying your handgun in a holster on either side?
I was lucky enough to break both of my hands 3 months apart as a youngster, plus I have a right handed pops who's partially blind in his right eye. Because of that, I can shoot a handgun equally well with either hand without even thinking about it. A rifle, not so well. But I'm working on it.
My point being is this: what do you do when you cop a round in your shooting arm, your husband or wife is depending on you and you don't know where your babies are?
Fuck, people. Spend a few extra bucks and practice drawing from, switching to and shooting from your off hand.
It's worth the expense.


Skip said...

Being left handed I shoot a 1911 from a shoulder rig with a 686 on my right hip.
I practise off hand point and target, drop it, draw and fire right handed with the Smiff on the run.
Pisses off the bluing on the Kimber when I drop it, but whatever.
I don't own guns for you to look at.
Just for me to stay alive.

Randy said...

The agency I work for has stressed this for years. That may be why we have more one shot kills than any other LEO in America.

orbitup said...

I've been looking into IDPA and you have to take a few off-hand shots in the matches. I will be practicing that my next time out for sure.

LC Aggie Sith said...

Hubby insists every time we go to the range that I practice with both hands. It's a great idea.

Sarah said...

I sprained the crap out of my shoulder earlier this year - had to be the right one, as I'm a righty. I had my arm in a sling for a few days, which pretty well convinced me of the need to work on off-hand drawing and shooting.

And it gave me a newfound appreciation for ambidextrous safeties. :)

drjim said...

All the training courses I've taken require us to use both hands. The instructor makes us put oven mitts on our strong hand so we have to use our off-side hand for the drills.
It's no fun to 'tap-rack-flip', reload, or clear a malfunction on my 1911 with my weak hand, but I know how to do it if I have to.
It's way better to practice this stuff than stand there looking stupid, and maybe die, if it happens in the real world.

Bushwack said...

Well dayum. I've been practicing with my right had and have gotten pretty damn good. We spent some time on our desert range a couple months ago and the guys I was with (including 2 LEO's) decided to do off handed target shooting. I lost big time. I had never even bothered to fire my weapon with my off hand until then. Now I shoot off hand very often. I've got better but still suck.