KISS Part 3
Several top instructors have said that there is nothing advanced in the gun world (shooting/carry techniques/room clearing/CQB/etc), just perfect application of the fundamentals.
How do you apply that to your training regime? I know one way I apply it for me, and its in my grip of a rifle or pistol. In my opinion, the grip must work with absolute minimal shift of hand or finger movement to activate low light devices either lights or lasers. This results in less mind boggle and hesitation when under the stress of using your firearm (real or on the range). I forget the company or instructor that said it, but “Simplicity under stress.”
Why do I stress the importance of a rifle or pistol to be griped in a way that works for day or night useage? Statistics. 80% of all self defense shootings take place during no light or low light conditions in the USA. That number drops to 70% for LE, who respond to calls during the daylight hours. Both statistics come from the FBI’s study of the Unified Crime Reports (UCR) statistics.
What are the lighting conditions for most of your range training or dry practice? For 99% of the people I talk to, it has been daylight conditions only. When you put these people into a low light/no light environment, they struggle. This is not a good thing as in a real world life or death situation, mind overload is already happening and simple things such as light activation do not need to be figured out then. I have changed my personal range training and dry practice schedule to be roughly 50+% in low light/no light conditions. This has only benefitted my day time use of a weapon as well as my low light/no light useage.
There is another point of view that says that you should have a specific weapon for a specific purpose. For example, a dedicated night fighting weapon with a grip and equipment setup for use with Night Vision. This would allow a perfect IR laser placement as one is not concerned with daylight useage. This point of view is not wrong, its just impossible on most budgets, mine included.
With costs of ammo continuing to go up, efficiency in your training is very important. Consider the idea of a one grip doing most and how it can apply to you and your training.
Examples of how minimal shift of daytime grip will allow weaponlight to be activated.