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Women's First Handgun Purchase

Chapter Ten - Why Practice is Important?

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Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun

Ch 1 - Introduction

Ch 2 - Why Handguns

Ch 3 - Why Many Handguns Aren't Right

Ch 4 - What to Look for in Handguns

Ch 5 - Revolver vs Semi-Automatic Pistol

Ch 6 - Revolver Choices

Ch 7 - Semi-Automatic Choices

Ch 8 - Used or New

Ch 9 - Internet or Local

Ch 10 - Why Practice is Important

 
Women's First Handgun

Book Title:  Women's Guide to Buying Your First Handgun

Series:  Firearm/Pistol For Life Series

Author:  Ruperto Elpusan Jr.

Be sure to look for ISBN #0-9772088-3-4 at Amazon, Powells and other fine online retail bookstores.

 

Chapter Ten:  Why Practice is Important

There’s a saying that goes, “When danger accosts you, you fight the way you train, so it behooves you to train the way you fight”.

 

Insight:  When danger accosts you, you fight the way you train, so it behooves you to train the way you fight.

 

In a time of crisis when you need your defensive tools and skills the most, when adrenaline is rushing through your body and your unconscious reaction takes over your conscious train of thought, your body relies more on gross motor skills and muscle memory to do the right things to protect yourself.

If you don’t know this:  Hello, gross motor skills and muscle memory come from training.

One lesson with a firearms instructor prior to purchasing your handgun is not enough.  You really need to practice shooting at the range with some type of regularity with the weapon you have purchased.  In addition, some amount of dryfiring at home with an unloaded gun is needed, as well, to practice crisis scenarios including drawing the gun quickly when needed, and doing quick reloads also.

The amount of practice time will vary with each individual, as each of us retains more or less with practice in comparison with other people.  Here’s a little rule of thumb that seems to work for many women.

 

Tip:  Practice live rounds at the range at least once a month with your defensive handgun, for a minimum of 50 rounds each time.

 

Of course, it will be better if you practice more than the above, but that should be considered the minimum.

Some warrior type gun enthusiasts among us may guffaw at the low number.  However, lest we forget, most people have other things to do with their time than fixate on weapons --- like living a life.

The above frequency should allow you to maintain a minimum level of practical marksmanship.  If you find that you’re not hitting paper, you should consult the help of a firearms instructor and practice a lot initially to get to an effective level of practical marksmanship and find out what the minimum frequency of practice you need to maintain that level of marksmanship.

In addition, perform some dryfiring at least once a week, for at least 10 minutes each time.

 

Tip:  Practice dryfiring at home at least once a week.

 

Dryfiring is practice without live rounds.  You practice the basic fundamentals of shooting, minus the recoil of a live round.  In addition, you can practice crisis scenarios.  That includes drawing the gun quickly from your purse, practicing shooting from various positions including on your backside on the floor.  That includes quick reloads.  Do several repetitions so that you can perform various scenarios at first smoothly, then try to practice for speed.

If you have more time at the range, and you have more resources, you can get more firing repetitions with the use of .22 caliber pistols.

 

Tip:  Practice a lot with .22 caliber pistols to train in the basic fundamentals of shooting.

 

This tip applies if you have more time and resources.  By resources, we mean money.  With .22 caliber pistols, your money actually goes a longer way.  50 rounds of a 9mm caliber ammunition for your main weapon will cost you around $10.  For that same $10, it’s possible to purchase 500 rounds of .22 caliber rounds.

So, if you have $20 to purchase ammunition for practice, you can either practice with 100 rounds of 9mm ammunition, or 50 rounds of 9mm ammunition and 500 rounds of .22 caliber for a total of 600 rounds.  600 rounds of practice will give you six times the repetitions for practice.

When you practice with the .22 caliber, you won’t be able to practice the recoil of your larger caliber handgun.  But you can practice all the fundamentals of shooting – position, grip, breath control, sight alignment, trigger press and follow-through.

One other thing you can do, is to determine if your main handgun has a .22 caliber conversion kit.  For example, Glocks have a .22 caliber conversion kit from the vendor Advantage Arms.  When you want to practice with .22 rounds, you remove the slide of your Glock and replace it with the Advantage Arms slide and use a special magazine.  Nothing more than that.  And when you’re ready to practice with larger caliber, you just reverse the process and change the slide and magazine.  It’s as simple as that.

If a conversion kit is not available for your handgun, you can purchase a .22 caliber handgun that’s as similar to your main caliber handgun as possible.  That, of course, will require a little more of a budget.

Some shooting ranges can rent you a .22 caliber handgun.  For example, in the Los Angeles area, $5 is a common fee to rent a handgun.  If you do this once a month, that’s $60 for the year. 

In any case, we’ve conveyed the importance of practice.  There are entire shooting books that focus on the subject of shooting practice, and our purpose here is to get you to acquire an appreciation for practice.

Ch 1 - Introduction | Ch 2 - Why Handguns | Ch 3 - Why Many Handguns Aren't Right | Ch 4 - What to Look for in Handguns | Ch 5 - Revolver vs Semi-Automatic Pistol | Ch 6 - Revolver Choices | Ch 7 - Semi-Automatic Choices | Ch 8 - Used or New | Ch 9 - Internet or Local | Ch 10 - Why Practice is Important

 
     
 

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