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Armed Response: Don’t Isolate Your Draw Stroke

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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 you draw your gun doesn’t make any sense on the streets.

This series is produced for DRTV by Ralph Mroz and David Kenik.

During the next 3 months, we will give a new tip every Wednesday. Feel free to discuss the tips on the forum and below on this page.

Ralph Mroz and David Kenik are the people behind the Armed Response DVD series. These video programs avoid both the simplistic advice that is too often given for armed self-defense, and on the other end of the spectrum, the over-macho “high-speed” “tactical” advice that is also both unrealistic and too prevalent. Instead the focus is on what is realistically possible for most people to do in these extreme circumstances. Mroz was a police officer for almost 20 years, most recently assigned to his county’s drug task force; Kenik is the firearms instructor for the Lake Arthur, NM police department.

5 Responses to Armed Response: Don’t Isolate Your Draw Stroke

  1. John M. Buol Jr.

    December 29, 2010 at 11:35 am

    Interesting video with good points, but I fear the message may be misinterpreted.

    This notion of there being some magical difference between competition/range technique and street/tactical technique is largely false, at least in terms of marksmanship and most gun handling skill. Any efficient, practiced shooting or handling technique capable of winning in a practical match is probably the most efficient approach to winning elsewhere.

    Street/tactical guys perform poorly at practical shooting events because they aren’t as skilled as they think they are. Period.

    You isolate the motion of a presentation to remove UNWANTED extraneous, wasteful motion. Once an efficient presentation is learned, it can be incorporated with any needed defensive movement. Moving your hips back, as demonstrated, might be a good idea if it serves a needed purpose. Doing it as a spastic, untrained motion needlessly wastes time.

    Finally, there are many practical shooting events where “staying rooted” means losing. Movement there is part of the course.

  2. Frank

    January 3, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    Great video, Bruce Lee said that the best way to not get hit was not to be there when the punch/kick/bullet arrives which means you better Move. “Staying rooted” and facing the threat my work OK for Competition, LEO & the Military but in a gun fight most of us don’t have Vests or Plates front and back so movement may be our only salvation.

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  4. Bill Luvender

    January 9, 2011 at 1:44 am

    I agree completely with everything about this video, If you’ve ever been in a high stress defense situation you know that your first instinct; is to focus intently on the threat, you’ll crouch down to make yourself the smallest possible target, and you will move quicker that you ever thought you could. I thank those responsible for the video and for filming it so well.

  5. Jeff Matthews

    January 12, 2011 at 7:23 am

    Frand, I’m sorry, but you missed the point. IDPA gets closer, but still it is unsatisfactory for the purpose of meeting the skills needs for a real gun fight.

    Bill touched on a major factor quite well. I have worked with tactical shooters, and with competitive shooters in the same tactical range exercise. The well trained tactical shooters out-perform the competitive guys because their trained threat response better fits the realistic atmosphere of the exercise. Reverse the range setting, add the competition restrictions, and the results may reverse.

    Thank-you Bill. The key word is training. Fundamentals are the same, skills are not, and you need the skill set to apply the fundamentals to the street.

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