The Deadeye Journal

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"Which is more important- speed or accuracy?"

I share the answer here.

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It is December 18, 2015, and time for the annual end of year review.  The Deadeye Method taught 95 individual classes in calendar year 2015.  24 of the classes were small groups and 125 individuals were trained to be better, smarter, safer shooters. 


As in years past, the Basic Pistol class was the most frequent class taught.  106 students participated in the Basic Pistol class through 74 classes. 


Directed Shoots/Personalize Coaching sessions caught student attention.  The Deadeye Method taught 10 Directed Shoots for several military contractors, two US Army medics involved in the Top Medic competition, several US Air Force service members, and member of the US Navy. 

Five students elected to withstand the grueling Advanced Marksmanship class.  The remaining remaining six classes were evenly spread across Handgun Mechanics, Defensive Pistol and Home Defense classes.


The Deadeye Method received 39 Five Start Reviews this year: 41% of the classes given were deemed worthy of the additional time to tell the others that the class met all of the expectations and encouraged others to choose San Antonio's best handgun instruction.


I'd like to thank all of persons who trusted their handgun (and in a few cases, their rifle instruction) to The Deadeye Method.  Without reservation I declare I enjoyed each class and everyone of you enriched my life.


Have a merry Christmas, y'all and a very happy New Year! 

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It's November 14, 2015, the day after the Muslim terror attacks in Paris, France.  The  last I heard was there were 129 dead and almost 300 wounded across six different locations. 


After news of the attacks broke, friend, veteran and fellow competitive shooter, Mike, made a post to Facebook.

Mike is one of those unassuming heroes. He is a manager of services and men in the oilfield industry. Prior to that he served in the US Army as an infantryman and sniper. He has some very interesting stories but they're not mine to tell.


I found it interesting that Mike and I gleaned onto the same idea, one I've shared for years but one I don't recall discussing with him: relying on luck is a bad strategy.  I find it unsurprising that a sniper gleaned onto the same idea I did. 

If you're awaiting the police for rescue, you are relying luck:  You're hoping that the police will arrive in time or that the bad guy will be ineffective in his attempts to kill you until the police get there.

If you're not caring a gun, you relying on luck:  You're hoping that the bad guys don't target you that day.

If you're not practicing and training you're relying on luck:  You're hoping three visits a year to the range will see you through the situation.

Failing to plan for or even admit that it is going to happen here AGAIN is relying on luck.  It has already happened here.  It will happen here again. [edited to note that it did in San Bernadino, CA]


Take Mike's advice, do some dry fire, practice your draws and reloads, work some malfunction drills,  and go do some live far. Get some practice in and schedule some training in the near future.


Don't rely on luck.

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You never know what you might get at the Bullet Hole Shooting Complex.

I visited the range and noted a target with a lot of shots impacting low and right. I asked the man if someone was a lefty. He stated he was. I asked him if he knew how I intuited a left-handed shooter. He correctly stated because the shots were to the right. Then he asked what he could do about that error. Funny you should ask... 


I explained to him what he was doing and the thinking process behind it. Then I told him the proper way to think about shooting and the physical acts which support that proper thinking. The difference was significant. 


The attached picture are of targets from before and after the help he was given. At the Bullet Hole you just might get a free bit of advice from a professional instructor which radically improves your shooting. 


I'm a former Captain MP, former Deputy Sheriff, current USPSA Master class shooter and at the Bullet Hole Shooting Complex we make better, smarter, safer shooters.

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Last week as I was leaving practice at The Bullet Hole I was asked to assist an SAPD officer who had failed qual twice earlier that day and was at risk of separation. If she failed the qual offered the next day she would have one last chance to pass or she would be terminated.

I stopped by the bay and offered my best advise in a crash course of fundamentals and The Deadeye Method of understanding of how to truly shoot.


The following day I received an excited text message from the range owner sharing that the officer had just scored 94 out of 100 on her qual.


I can not take full credit for her dramatic improvement- two peer officers had been coaching and offering advice before I arrived. Without a doubt, she deserves major credit for adopting and implementing the information.

However, I was the only coach who got a hug for my efforts. :-)


I suspect we all helped, but that was because we wanted her to succeed. Rumor was that all that the SAPD firearm's instructor did was offer insults and sarcasm.


At The Deadeye Method, paying to be abused is considered a deviancy.

You are an adult who has paid for a service- education and coaching. The expectation is that I will make you a better, smarter, safer shooter. That is my charge and while meeting that charge I will treat you as an intelligent adult and always in the most professional manner.

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Garry Yarborough stands accused of murdering Tracy Williams.  Williams knew Yarborough was dangerous and secured two firearms and a license to carry a concealed handgun. Unfortunately, when Yarborough attacked Williams her firearm malfunctioned.  The way this event unfolded has led some to offer it as an example of the importance of immediate action drills to remedy malfunctions.  I don't think that is the proper lesson to learn from what befell Ms. Williams.  The real lesson attests to the importance of marksmanship.

Tiffany Williams was able to obtain her gun and fire a shot.  One shot.  One shot would have been all that was needed if it had struck true.  We would have been reading a different statement from Franklin Police Chief John Green, one akin to, "She was able to get one shot off killing Garry Yarborough instantly. That was fortunate because she found her gun had malfunctioned."


I will teach you how to fix a malfunction.  It's important to know.  It's more important to know how to shoot well so that should you only get one shot it really won't matter if your gun malfunctions.  When your attacker drops to his knees and falls on his face you will have the time to fix the malfunction.  As Tiffany Williams learned, the opposite is not always true.

Having a gun malfunction while under attack is a very bad situation.  The results of a firearm malfunction while under attack are more likely to be what happened to poor Tiffany Williams, than heroically winning the day. 

People who have poor shooting skills but are great at fixing malfunctions aren't likely to survive a deadly attack.


For a more detailed explanation of my thoughts, please feel free to download this PDF.

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I just heard Sean Hannity reading a script for a commercial on his radio show program. 


The commercial for SimpliSafe Home Security declared that a family whose home was being burglarized was "safe" because they had the alarm system.


Sorry, but I disagree.

They were not safe because they had an alarm system; the alarm system did not stop the burglary. Maybe the alarm frightens the burglars away or maybe it summons the police to photograph the bodies.


The point being that security only comes from the ability to stop someone who is attacking you. He is attempting to exert his will and create a reality in which you are his victim.  You are only safe if you can challenge and overcome his efforts and create a reality in which he fails.  

An alarm does not stop an attacker against his will, it only affords him opportunity to choose to stop or continue. A firearm, when employed properly, leaves him no choice.  It will stop him and it does so far more effectively than any other method.


So, please, get an alarm to provide warning that an attack is imminent, but get a gun to stop the attacker against his will.

Get training so you will be successful.

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I shot a pretty decent match this past weekend: The American Action Shooting Association's 2015 Nationals with a typical AASA match in the morning and Man v. Man shoot offs in the afternoon.


Man v. Man shoot offs are nerve wracking.  Imagine mirroring steel plate-racks with a cross-over popper between.  At the start signal you draw and shoot your plate rack and then shoot your cross-over popper.  Cross over poppers are two small falling steel targets that fall at an angle towards the center crossing over each other.  The one on the bottom signifies the winner.  


You and another shooter are racing to finish the rack and knock down your cross over popper first...


You can hear the competition shooting.


You don't know if you are ahead or behind.


It can be miserable- you can easily be induced to "shoot faster" in order to "beat the other shooter" while being distracted by his shots and not knowing if you are ahead or behind.


My advise: Just shoot targets.


Unlike some competitors, I showed up to shoot targets.  I think some showed up to beat other shooters.  That is a significant difference in mindset.  One mindset may help you win the match, the other will likely help you loose the match.


You shouldn't be thinking of besting another competitor anyways.  If you are then you're thinking about their performance.  When you are thinking about anything other that your execution you are focused on the wrong thing. At all times you should be focused on the process of your shooting.


This is a significant lesson within the The Deadeye Method's Basic Pistol syllabus.  


Yep... BASIC pistol.

  
You can only shoot as well as you can shoot.  You can only shoot so accurately.  You can only shoot so fast maintaining a certain level of accuracy.  Everyone has, at this moment, a limit to their ability to shoot.  Learn your limits.  You should ever practice to improve it.  But, at the match you should default to running that edge of your best ability.  That is how you post your best match performance.  It will either be sufficient to win or it will not be.

 
At the AASA Nationals this past weekend I largely shot as best I could.  Shooting one shot per target. One bang, one clang.  Unconcerned about what the competition was doing.  And it was good enough for the most part:  I finished 3rd overall, 2nd Stock Auto, 1st Single Stack and 1st Master in the Man v. Man shoot offs.  Often times this was because I didn't miss the cross-over (a fundamental failure) when my competition did.

You might say I did this well because my fundamentals were solid.  I would agree.

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