I attended this class today at KR Training in Lincoln, TX.
The purpose of this class was to teach skills for successfully using/carry of a small handgun for defensive purposes. Either as a back up gun or primary carry.
The program began with a skills assessment by having us all shoot our guns to see how accurate the shooter was with their little gun. Drills went from dry fire to quite a few courses of timed fire from various distances, number of shots, shot placement (head and chest etc), two handed, single handed both strong and weak hand etc. All in varying amounts of time using a shot timer. Much was discussed regarding draw and presentation of these smaller guns due to their size and mode of carry. Drawing a small gun from a holster in your pocket is not a speedy thing to accomplish for most people. I struggled with this myself.
A test was done for shooting with the small gun and then the same test was run with our full sized guns. The difference was then compared. Most shot the test a little better with their larger guns. (no shock there) The difference for most of the shooters was not too much. One gentleman actually shot better with his small gun over the larger gun.
Later in the class we drew and shot from seated positions at a table and from both a simulated drivers seat and then from a real driver's seat in a pickup truck.
The little gun gives you a lot more to think about regarding draw to presentation as well as grip and getting good hits especially with pocket carry.
I had two take-aways from this class. First is gear. Second is fixing old training scars.
Gear. I took a Kimber Solo 9MM to the class. From the get go this thing had problems. It will not chamber a round (115 grain ball) without the slide being locked open. The cartridge gets pushed nose down in the magazine when inserted when the slide is closed. Also had issues with the thing failing to eject and then trying to feed another round. After consultations with Karl this seems to be an issue with this gun and I own a Turkey. (Lucky me! )
The other gear problem I had was with the pocket holster. I seem to have some sort of mental defect that just cannot grok how to draw the gun and leave the holster in the pocket in spite of the correct method being demonstrated clearly to me. I'm sure if I was not already highly honked off at the Kimber I'd have been able to focus better and not be a fumbling idiot trying to draw the thing from my pocket.
As a result of both malfunctions with the Kimber and my inability to draw correctly I really did horrible on the assessment test. I shot the remainder of the class with my carry gun (Walther PPQ 9MM).
Second take-away. Bad habits I've let get out of hand. Mostly surrounding proper manipulation of the gun during the 4 count draw stroke. I really need to work on that.
I'm grateful to the instructor, Karl Rehn, for being patient and gracious while putting up with my issues surrounding the Kimber.