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TRAIN-THE-TRAINER “INTRODUCTION TO PISTOL HANDLING FUNDAMENTALS” CURRICULUM

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  1. General Topics on Material Delivery
    8 Topics
  2. IMPORTANT: Safety Set Up and Weapons Check
    3 Topics
  3. Day 01 - First Class
    9 Topics
  4. Day 02 Stance-Platform-Sight Alignment-Grip
    9 Topics
  5. Day 03 C-Clamp-Intro to Draw
    10 Topics
  6. Day 04 Intro to Reloads and Movement -Get Off The X-
    2 Topics
  7. Day 05 Decelerating and Shooting
    4 Topics
  8. Day 06 Compromised Shooting Positions
    5 Topics
  9. Day 07 Target Transitions
    6 Topics
  10. Day 08 Testing and Congratulations
    1 Topic
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Have everyone grab the holsters and holster up and tuck into the appendix configuration with the grip exposed and the shirt tucked in.  As noted at the very end of the last chapter regarding Day 02, last week’s suggested attire for this week is to have a tight under shirt and an outer shirt. 

A simple drill is to have them lift their shirt from the tucked position and place it over the pistol.  Be sure their grip establishment from on exposed handle of the pistol is solid before advancing to clearing a cover garment.  Note the technique points of: 

thumb over the sight, 

withdraw your finger off the trigger, 

support hand engaged in the trigger guard at an early appropriate time,

prepping the trigger while almost fully extended out and

breaking off shots.  

You will have to reinforce some of the technique points above and do a quick little refresher drill, such as, a trigger take up on prepping and then breaking the shot as soon as it’s reasonably aligned within that defensive accuracy zone.  

A simple method for clearing the garment is to take the support hand and grab the cloth of the cover garment any which way.  It doesn’t have to be an elegant grab, but just have them grab cloth in the most intuitive manner.  Then have them lift the outer garment (shirt) while simultaneously going for that grip which they’ve already trained all week and established.  As soon as the garment is cleared, make sure they lift their shirt twice as high as they need to. This is why you told the students to wear an undergarment for the this week (like a tight Under Armor shirt) so they’re not flashing their belly on every draw.  In particular, some ladies with some extra mid section mass may not feel comfortable lifting the garment high enough to clear the pistol.  

Now it’s simply a matter of putting the index finger on the trigger guard at the appropriate time and on the seam.  Normal mechanical highway as they’ve been practicing  all last week.  Work this drill over and over again so that they get very comfortable clearing the garment, grabbing the pistol simultaneously and thereafter working on their grip establishment presentation. 

The first step is to do a micro drill without the full pistol extraction.  Have them clear the garment and grab the pistol, then repeat.... clear the garment and grab the pistol. Repeat this process for a generous amount of time.  

After a period of say 5 minutes or so of just clearing and establishing a grip, proceed to the steps we have already trained, including: 

clearing the garment, 

grabbing the pistol, and 

fully withdrawing the finger off the trigger, establishing grip, 

presenting out, and finally

 re-holstering, slow and deliberate.  

Before you go to the second phase, discuss the mindset of re-holstering.  Draw fast, re-holster slow and deliberate. 

There’s no competition for a speed re-holster.  You always want to make sure that the trigger guard is completely clear of any third party material or extra material so that it does not press the trigger.  With sticky holsters they should be withdrawn and re-inserted, then tucked back in for best practice with a live fire gun.  

Always make sure there isn’t anything else that needs to be shot before re-holstering.  Meaning don’t mindlessly re-holster.  Some entities require a scan before re-holstering, but practically just make an affirmative mental step of “I am finished with the pistol” and then re-holster.  Do not rush re-holstering.  Even with SIRT Pistols and if you are not using a holster for this block due to budget and logistic reasons (again you will always have a holster for a live fire pistol), practice slow, deliberate, trigger finger along the slide and checking for no obstructions when repositioning the SIRT in the waistband.  

When re-holstering with the appendix, particularly if it’s a Kydex type static holster that is not removable, a best practice is to protrude the hips forward and make sure the muzzle is pointed away as much as possible from the body and the lower organs (particularly the femoral artery) and insert very deliberately with the trigger guard absolutely clear of any obstructions.  It is very important to make sure there is nothing in the trigger guard when pushing the gun in the holster.

a. First progression is to simply grab cloth of the shirt and clear it high.  Lift the garment higher than you think you need to.

b. Second progression is grab cloth, clear it high while the dominant strong hand establishes grip.  Note: do not do too many reps of the first progression a)  so they understand that both hands move at the same time.  Be sure both hands move at the same time, non dominant hand grabbing cloth and simultaneously strong hand grabbing the handle of the SIRT. 

c. Third progression: grab the cloth, lift high while simultaneously establishing grip on the gun.  Extract the gun, finger off the trigger, muzzle awareness from the body as soon as possible and place the support hand index finger on the trigger guard of the support hand in preparation for presentation and grip establishment.  This slight pause once they get to that position where the muzzle is beginning to orient toward the target, the support hand is getting that set position ready to establish grip, and then on a second command  have them punch out, establish grip and break a shot in a point shooting fashion without sights.  In other words fearlessly break the shot and allow the grip to aim the gun.  If they miss, they have the permission to fail.   That is, they have liberty to fail so they can make any adjustments so that grip establishes a consistent final orientation which aligns the muzzle where they’re looking at.