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Transitions: The Evolution of Law Enforcement Training

weapon transition

Can I get some love? Having trained law enforcement units for nearly 20 years, my training philosophy is more than just “training.” It’s also about maintaining and advancing your perishable skills. Perishable skills are those skills that depreciate in effectiveness over time if they are not practiced. Basically anything you do that requires hands-on activity […]

Developing a Combat Mindset: Color Code of Awareness

combat mindset

THERE ARE 740,000 LAW ENFORCEMENT OFFICERS TODAY AND 62,000 OF THEM ARE ASSAULTED EACH YEAR. OF THESE INCIDENTS, 21,000 ARE SERIOUS ENOUGH TO REQUIRE A THREE-DAY HOSPITAL STAY. EVERY 2.5 DAYS ONE IS KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY. 228 OFFICERS WERE KILLED IN THE LINE OF DUTY IN 2001. 68 WERE SHOT TO DEATH. […]

Functional Fitness and Shooting

functional fitness

Can I get some love? WHAT IS FUNCTIONAL FITNESS?After over 20 years in the military, I’ve made functional fitness the cornerstone of all my training. But I see many in the military and law enforcement out of shape and even obese. It’s a proven fact that you’re more likely to use excessive force if you’re […]

Learn How to Draw a Pistol in 4 Easy Steps

how to draw a pistol

Can I get some love? Knowing how to draw a pistol from a holster is like any other skill when it comes to shooting — it’s perishable. Meaning if you don’t incorporate properly drawing your weapon into your training regimen, you’re giving the tactical shooting advantage to your adversary.Whether it’s drawing your firearm against an […]

Pinpoint Shooting Accuracy or Lightning-Fast Speed?

shooting accuracy vs speed

Yes! As the name implies, here at Center Mass Group we teach our students to quickly find the biggest target available at that moment, set their sights on the center of it and fire for effect. But with that we also need to constantly remind our shooters, “You can’t miss fast enough.” That means for instance that if you decide you’re going to slap the trigger like it owes you money because it’s faster; you’re going to (quickly) throw your rounds all around the guy shooting at you, hoping that he doesn’t have the discipline to slowly press back on his trigger with you in his sights. Let’s see…if I slap the trigger fast 10 times, 1 round is bound to hit him!

How to Win a Gunfight

how to win a gunfight

Here’s an old FBI training video from the 60’s. It’s about 14 minutes long and talks about training techniques as well as using cover and the effects of ricochets. It’s interesting to see what techniques were used back then and what ones still apply today.

Improve Your Grip Strength = Improve Your Shooting

Grip Strength

I’ve been shooting for the majority of my life and one thing I’ve heard everywhere I go is the importance of trigger control. It’s a delicate control…Don’t Pull it! You need to Press it…No…it needs to be constant Pressure…No, No, No…You need to Caress it and whisper sweet nothings to it so it will move straight to the rear.

Visualization – Free Firearms and Self-Defense Training!

mental conditioning

One of the most neglected areas I see in any of the combat arts is mental conditioning. Normally when most people think about mental conditioning, they think of a good combat mindset. And having a solid combat mindset is vital and possibly the most important tool for you to have if you plan on defeating your enemies. But there are other mental conditioning skills you can use to increase your odds of hitting your threats under stress and living to tell the tale.

Speed Kills: Learn How to Shoot Faster by Slowing Down

train your brain: shoot faster

Well, the easy answer is to pull the trigger faster! And unfortunately, that’s what most “instructors” (please check background) will teach. Sure they’ll make stuff up about manipulating the trigger a certain way or having a better grip…so basically you’re saying…do better…to shoot faster?

The Seventh Habit of Highly Effective Shooters

follow-through

Follow-through is a term that most of us have heard from the first time anyone taught us about marksmanship fundamentals. But it is also one of the most neglected. Maybe because it’s last on every list that shooters assume it’s the least important, but neglecting the follow-through can negate all the steps you previously took to deliver an accurate shot. Follow-through simply means that you continue to apply all fundamentals of marksmanship after the weapon fires. A proper follow-through allows the weapon to deliver the round precisely on target and recoil in a natural and consistent manner. To follow-through in shooting, you need to do the following:

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