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Pistol Shooting Drills - How To Add Realism to Your Firearms Training

Updated: Jul 4

Pistol Shooting Drill - How To Add Realism to Your Firearms Training and understanding shot placement and stopping power.

Adding Realism to your range training is something you should do as much as possible. The why is very simple, if you are ever in a deadly force situation, your threat will not be made of cardboard. Understanding shot placement and stopping power is critical in a self defense situation.

In every War HOGG Tactical course, I have the students bring out old t-shirts. As a finishing point to the training, we place t-shirts over their targets. I let the students shoot the drill with no instruction on where to aim.

About half way through the drill, I stop them, let the students look at their target. What I typically see is shots down low be cause they are shooting "center mass". I then give them some critical information on where to aim and watch their shots move to a better shot placement location. This should be something that is incorporated in to a self defense and law enforcement firearms training program.

In the video above, I give a full demonstration of how adding this little bit of realism to your firearms training could help save your life in a deadly force encounter.

Let me know what you are doing to add realism to your firearms training?

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Rick Hogg is the owner of War HOGG Tactical, Inc. and is a 29 year US Army Special Operation Combat Veteran, as well as an SOF K9 handler, that has taken his 13 combat deployment, both Iraq and Afghanistan, and teaching experience as a Special Forces Advanced Urban Combat (SFAUC) instructor and harnessed them into a combat proven techniques training company, War HOGG Tactical, Inc.

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