Nearly a month after this class, the instructors are still talking about the fun they had with this class of 12 students who encompassed Marine Crop Senior Enlisted NCO's all the way to retiree's and "Crossfitters". This 2 day class challenged shooters to become faster, safer and more efficient concealed carry shooters. During this class we worked hard to ensure students were properly focusing on the fundamentals and working through stress inoculation and distractions.
During this class, all of the students displayed a supreme ability to work safely with their respective firearms. In fact - this class had ZERO safety violations or even close calls. Students were shown the "Index position" which places the trigger finger straight and off the trigger/guard and puts the finger against the upper slide. This position takes a lot of discipline to learn in a short time and maturity to remember during stressful events.
Additionally, students did an excellent job of checking for additional threats, assessing for injuries and breaking tunnel vision by conducting a 360 degree scan know as a "Search and Assessment" This assessment is done by depressing the firearm after it has been discharged and checking your front, left, front, right, front and rear for any additional problems or obstacles. Although this technique can be tiresome and frankly annoying, it is critical to build into repetition and habit.
This technique was taught and enforced again and again by the T3 guys. Remember,it's very important for any defensive student to conduct a scan and assessment after every engagement a shooter conducts to build muscle memory into their routine operations.
Student also learned about the T3 5 step draw which includes the following:
Step 1: Establishing a high firm pistol grip and breaking any retention device on the holster of your pistol. It finishes once the pistol has been pulled straight out of the holster towards the arm pit.
Step 2: Step two begins when the pistol is immediately pointed parallel to the deck and begins to move towards the breast bone where it meets the off hand which is pinned to the middle of your chest.
Step 3: Begins when the pistol/strong hand, and the off hand marry together, form a proper grip and begin to extend outward.
Step 4: As the pistol begins to move toward the target, the extension of the gun naturally raises to your eyes where a sight picture is gained.
Step 5: This step acquires the sights on a threat and pulls the trigger with a proper trigger press, follow though and recovery.
After learning the 5 step draw, students were shown the process to move 1 or 2 steps to the left or right to avoid a direct and static target to which an aggressor would have an easier time engaging. It was critical for students to remember that during magazine reloads and stoppage drills, they need to move a little to become a harder target. By taking this simple "Off X" movement, students increase their likelihood of surviving a deadly encounter.
All in all, November's sold out T3 PE class went great. We were also happy to see over 50% of the students sign up for additional classes same day and over 75% of the students in the next 24 hours. Thank you all for a great day of fun, guns and good friends. We can't wait to see all of you in the Carbine, Designated Marksman and Shotgun classes. Be smart and keep training.
Mark is the Chief trainer at TTGC and T3. With over 8 years in the security industry as a US Marine, Professional Instructor and constant student, Mark has a passion for assisting others with Training and Equipment. We hope to hear from you here on the T3 blog and look forward to some good conversations.