By Roger Phillips, Owner and Operator of Fight Focused Concepts
There are five elements that I have identified that helps facilitate being able to make hits with a handgun combined with dynamic movement. They are quite simple and I am very surprised that before this, they had not been identified or written out. My definition of accurate is that of the same context of combat accuracy inside of a truly reactive situation, that of being inside of the upper thoracic cavity
When you are working to accomplish something that nearly everyone else believes to be impossible, it may be best to start with a clean slate. Forget about your preconceived notions, the status quo, and clear everything off of the table, so you can start to build from the newest of foundations.
Anytime that you have two hands on the gun while you are moving dynamically, the body mechanics of this will make the handgun bounce more and move side to side more….like a big infinity symbol. With one hand, the gun can “float” better due to not being tied together at the end and there is 50% less negative shock input coming from the two separate sides of the body. You will be able to index on to the targeted area in a much more reliable fashion. The added benefit of the support side arm working as counter balance and stabilizer is another huge asset that must be identified.
To test this, give this a try. From fifteen yards with a two-handed grip, bring the handgun up to the line of sight, and focus hard on the front sight. Now run (and I mean run) towards the target and take note of the amount of movement across the targeted area (infinity pattern). Now try it with one hand with the support side arm held at the chest, note the movement across the targeted area. Try it again with one hand, with the support side arm used to facilitate a smoothing out the firing side arm. Use the support side arm as a stabilizing tool, to help with the balance and the consistent index, much like a rudder of a boat. How you use the arm is dependent on the situation, but remember this quote from Brian Enos, “just pay attention and your body will figure it out.” What we are paying attention is the consistent index. Do whatever you need to do to stay consistently on the targeted area
You will see that your handgun may have significantly less movement across the targeted area. So much so, that you are consistently indexed on to the targeted area at logical distances, all while running. This consistent index moves you past the point where you need to slow down your movement or seek constant sight alignment verification. You can now work the trigger at a speed that is relative to the distance and you will make the hits at those logical distances.
The five elements are as follows.
(1) Absolute confidence in your point shooting skills. You must have solid point shooting skills down to a subconsciously competent level.
(2) One handed shooting skills that rival your two-handed shooting skills. You must be able to shoot very well one-handed. Two handed shooting on the run is not nearly as effective or efficient as one-handed shooting in many circumstances. This is something that is easily proven with the test above.
(3) A movement based platform that is designed to let you move very quickly (much faster than any form of controlled movement that you may have learned in the past) while mitigating the amount of movement of the gun across the targeted area. The lowered base, the quick turn over, the rolling of the heel/toe, and the elimination of striding or jogging all add up to an efficient and effective movement that helps with the consistent index
(4) Elimination of negative visual input. The gun should not be in your line of sight. You should not be able to see the sight alignment. You should only be able to verify that you are indexed on to the targeted area by looking over the top and aligning down of the top of the slide. Having the negative visual input of the gun moving in front of your eyes will slow down your speed on the trigger, your speed of movement and make you hesitate. You need to trust your point shooting skills and know that you are consistently indexed and work that trigger as fast as the situation will allow.
(5) The ability to use the support side hand and arm in a natural manner to stabilize the firing side hand. The support side arm swinging in a manner that counter balances and stabilizes the handgun is a very natural ability. Concentrate on stabilizing the handgun, understand that your support side arm is a key factor in that regard, and do as Brian Enos says “Pay attention and your body will figure it out.” This works very much the same way that a cougar uses its tail to stabilize and counter balance its dynamic movement. Same exact concept!
These are the five concepts that I teach inside of all of my Point Shooting Concepts courses. The application of these concepts, over the last nine years, has allowed my student base to do what most people believe to be impossible.