Rehearsal is a well-accepted method of learning and fine-tuning any skill. From movie sets to marching bands, various types of rehearsal practices are used to ensure the most accurate and effective actions possible. The same can apply to carrying concealed.
No two gunfights are ever the same, but they will always share some similarities that can be identified and used as anchor points to train around.
At the most basic level, it can be assumed that you’ll be confronted with one or more attackers whom you should assume are armed.
You’ll probably be facing one another. Where and how you stand is a thing to consider and rehearse. Standing sideways to the threat reduces your profile by more than half, giving the attackers a smaller surface area to aim and fire at.
If the threatening party happens to be in a vehicle and you are on foot, simply backing up a few steps towards the rear of the car window will force them to bend and twist to even get a view of you, much less a good shot. This is why police officers approach stopped vehicles from the rear and almost never pass in front of the windows.
If you’ve ever been pulled over, you’ll probably remember having to crane your neck sideways just to see the officer. This is by design.
Personal defense rehearsal can be executed in many different ways. You can use plastic army men to lay out situations on a tabletop in front of you. It’s easy to position the figures in different poses and assess what will work the best.
If you like to draw using a pencil and paper, you can lay out a possible confrontation and make notes about what is happening and what can go wrong. It is also possible to draw one figure with a gun pointed in multiple directions as an exercise in determining the most dangerous line to be standing in.
And of course, nothing beats real world practice with other people. Author Jack Rumbaugh talks about using Airsoft guns for practice and training in his article “The Force-on-Force Notebook” on USConcealedcarry.com:
“You should purchase what you carry. I carry Glocks, so I use Airsoft Glocks. Best of all, they fit into my existing holsters. You want to carry the Airsoft just like you carry your normal load gear. If you carry a spare magazine, its position on your belt and the position of your pistol should be the same.” (Read more about gun practice training at USConcealedCarry.com)
Going back to your position relative to the threat, there is no such thing as honor or “planting your feet” in a gunfight. Entertaining ideas like these will get you killed.
Sometimes the best use of the few precious seconds you have is to move. That may mean getting behind something or going inside a building. Don’t be afraid to add “tactical relocation” to your bag of tricks.