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By Jeremiah Johnson – Ready Nutrition

ReadyNutrition Readers, you are all well-aware of charity…where your left hand should not know what your right does.  In survival, it is the opposite: you need to train yourself bilaterally…that is, to be ambidextrous to a certain degree.  In the manner that you lift weights and exercise, should you train in survival skills. When you do bicep curls, do you perform them with only your dominant hand?  No, of course not.  You train with both hands and both arms and develop yourself symmetrically and equally.

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How about things that require you to perform to survive?  Firing a rifle or pistol, for one.  If you’re right-handed and (God forbid) you are wounded in the hand, or suffer from a broken finger, then what?  Then you must follow after Gunny Highway’s advice (Clint Eastwood’s Marine Gunnery Sergeant in the movie “Heartbreak Ridge”).

Training for Ambidextrous Shooting Abilities

We’re going to talk through it for a right-handed firer (since most people are right-handed).  Lefties, just do the same thing as I’m instructing here with the opposite hand.  Pistol first.  You are going to fire your pistol with the left hand, as your right hand is badly broken.  With a revolver, this is simpler, but with a semiautomatic handgun?  Well, your spent brass ejects from the right.  Therefore, your point of aim has to be the same…from your right eye…but you’re firing with your left hand.

This is going to take some practice for you.  You’re going to be firing the semiautomatic pistol with your left hand, but “crossing over” to use your right eye…and fire from your right-hand side.  Your sight picture is the same as it would be if you were firing with your right hand…but it will feel a bit different, as it is with your left, now, and your arm still needs to be outstretched and straight.

Aiming at Your Target

Your target needs to be in alignment with the muzzle of your weapon, and your arm needs to be straight out, and aligned with your firing eye (in this case, the right eye).  This is going to take some practice on your part, and practice makes perfect.  It has to be such that you can shift at a second’s notice and fire just as true with your left hand as your right.

Now to develop your other eye: use the revolver.  Yes, you can practice a good sight picture and proper aim with your left eye with a revolver, as you don’t have to worry about a hot piece of brass in your face.  You must train to be ambidextrous.  With many years of practice, you should be able to take on a target with both eyes, and both hands.

The rifle is a bit different.  Remember a long time ago how I said that all rifles should have a bipod?  Well, you’ve just been injured with a broken right wrist, and you’re a right-handed firer.  Now what?  Well, with the bipod…you have support.  Then it’s just a matter of positioning yourself behind the weapon.  You can seat the weapon on your right shoulder and fire with the left hand.  This, too, takes practice.  Same thing as before.  Semiautomatic rifles will kick brass in your face if you fire with the left shoulder.  You can pick up a brass deflector for an AR-15 that will help in this department.

Bolt-actions and lever-actions are good-to-go in this regard.  Practice firing with the left hand with these, so as not to distract your progress with brass flying in your face.  Same thing here.  Your point of aim must be developed on the left-hand side.  This will take time, practice, and patience, with emphasis on that third factor.  You aren’t going to master it overnight.  You can start out with an air rifle.  The air rifle fundamentals of marksmanship…Aiming, Breathing, and Trigger-Squeeze…are the same as with a firearm.  It is less costly, however, and easier to manage in a home-indoor range.  You can develop the skills with air rifle or air pistol to become an “ambidextrous” firer.

Practice this concept for all things…the use of hand tools, the use of cooking utensils and implements, and other weapons, such as the bow and arrow and the knife.  It is a form of preparation that will improve you overall.  Don’t be limited by an injury.  Don’t allow an injury to keep you from defending yourself or performing a task necessary to stay alive or save life and limb.  It is all part of your training, and let the training never stop!  Stay in that fight!  JJ out!

This information has been made available by Ready Nutrition: Ambidextrous Shooting: How to Train Your Weaker Hand for a Gunfight

About the author:

Jeremiah Johnson is the Nom de plume of a retired Green Beret of the United States Army Special Forces (Airborne). Mr. Johnson was a Special Forces Medic, EMT and ACLS-certified, with comprehensive training in wilderness survival, rescue, and patient-extraction. He is a Certified Master Herbalist and a graduate of the Global College of Natural Medicine of Santa Ana, CA. A graduate of the U.S. Army’s survival course of SERE school (Survival Evasion Resistance Escape), Mr. Johnson also successfully completed the Montana Master Food Preserver Course for home-canning, smoking, and dehydrating foods.

Mr. Johnson dries and tinctures a wide variety of medicinal herbs taken by wild crafting and cultivation, in addition to preserving and canning his own food. An expert in land navigation, survival, mountaineering, and parachuting as trained by the United States Army, Mr. Johnson is an ardent advocate for preparedness, self-sufficiency, and long-term disaster sustainability for families. He and his wife survived Hurricane Katrina and its aftermath. Cross-trained as a Special Forces Engineer, he is an expert in supply, logistics, transport, and long-term storage of perishable materials, having incorporated many of these techniques plus some unique innovations in his own homestead.

Mr. Johnson brings practical, tested experience firmly rooted in formal education to his writings and to our team. He and his wife live in a cabin in the mountains of Western Montana with their three cats.



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By Adam C

If gun battles happened at a standstill, there would hardly be any battles at all. Military technique from time immemorial emphasizes the concept of maneuver – the art of positioning your element – or even you – in the most favorable position to either attack or defend. Maneuver and motion in general are some aspects of shooting practice that get little if any attention when recreational shooters practice, mainly because it’s considered unsafe at many ranges to shoot and move at the same time. Shooters are carefully lined up behind a bench, and not only is excessive movement while shooting discouraged – it might just get you tossed from the range!

Movement is an important strategy for the defensive concealed carrier. When a threat emerges, you might need to move to a position of cover in order to engage that threat. Most people know that. The part they fail to realize, however, is that you might just have to shoot while moving to that position of cover! If the thought of depressing the trigger while your feet are in motion worries you, take heart – it’s an easily learned and practiced skill.

First of all, why should we learn to move and shoot and the same time anyways? In the words of classic military textbooks: fire without movement is indecisive. In layman’s terms, that means that you may not necessarily hit what you are aiming for, and by staying in the same position, you engage in a back and forth volley of fire that will eventually leave both parties with empty magazines. But wait – we don’t really think that any of us will be involved in a military style gun battle, do we? It’s far from likely that such an event will ever happen on American soil, but there is still much that can be learned from military tactics. Here are some reasons why movement is important, and some situation where you, the average Joe concealed carrier can use movement to your advantage:

  • The vast majority of active shooters are unskilled marksmen at best. Sure, these people are dangerous when they go off in a public place, but statistics show that for the most part, they can’t hit the broad side of a barn. Movement on your part lessens the chances of taking a hit while at the same time delivering lethal fire in the direction of your attacker.
  • Movement allows you to deliver fire while in the process of moving to a position of better advantage. The time you save between moving, then shooting versus moving while shooting might be small, but gun battles are notorious for being measured in seconds, not minutes.
  • Shooting while moving is something most assailants and attackers will not expect, because it is something most of them cannot do themselves.

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Teaching Yourself How To Shoot And Move

To some people, shooting on the move is like walking and chewing gum at the same time; namely, it takes some practice. Practicing realistic shooting always has to come in baby steps tailored to the level of the shooter. First, fundamentals need to be mastered. You need to major in the minors at first by mastering grip, trigger squeeze, sight picture and alignment, and breath control. Once you are a master of fixed position, upright shooting, you need to alter your shooting position to ones more unconventional, like prone, supine, on your side, and even from inside a vehicle. Once you’ve master those positions, it’s time to learn to shoot and move at the same time.

At this point, you might wonder where it is that you are moving to exactly. There is only one correct answer: to a position of better advantage. What the advantage is in particular is really dependent on your goals for the gunfight. Some positions of advantage could be:

  • To a better position of cover
  • To a better position to egress the building, or to escape/retreat
  • To a position that allows you to better engage the attacker (such as flanking)

So why shoot while moving? Why not just wait until you get to one of these “positions of advantage”? That, too, is a simple answer – because you may never get to such a position if you don’t lay down some cover fire first!

Safety is paramount when teaching yourself to shoot and move, and the easiest way to initially practice this art is to start dry. Completely unload the weapon, then start your drill from any position you choose. From that position, proceed at half speed, then practice putting two well-placed shots on the target while moving to your end point, which could be a position of cover or egress. Even dry firing and moving at half speed, you’ll quickly learn that shooting and moving is harder than it looks. Your sight picture is bouncing, and the target’s position changes laterally as you move. That’s why you need to practice it! It will eventually work itself out with practice.

When you’re ready, go hot with the weapon, still proceeding at half speed. Make sure you obey all safety rules, and remember that just because you are moving, doesn’t mean your finger is on that trigger – it’s only on there when actually firing. Take it slow, and practice diligently, and you’ll acquire a skill that few shooters can perform.

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By Ben W – Off The Grid News

You’ve chosen to carry a weapon concealed for your personal protection and that of your family.  But you’ve eschewed specialized training and chosen instead to rely upon your personal knowledge, the stuff you have read in written self-defense and firearm publications, and the common sense that has gotten you to this point in the first place. After all, mama didn’t raise a fool. You’ve been pretty successful at staying alive to this point, so the following is intended as a basic guideline to enhance your current set of skills.

The following is what I call the 30-round defensive shooting scenario. Grab an IDPA target, 60 or 90 rounds and get to the range. If you can get someone to time your shooting, it’s helpful (specifically if they have a stopwatch or a competition timer). This helps keep you on your toes and gives you effective training.

This type of training is a live-fire exercise and should be performed where you can shoot without concerns for safety (and only after you are confident in your safety protocols). You can perform these drills with a revolver or a semi-auto handgun. Just make sure to have reloads to practice that aspect of your defensive shooting.

Drill 1

Take a position at 5 yards with a low-ready position (unholstered). This drill is not to specify that you ought to use a headshot at this range, but rather to help you learn target acquisition at a short range quickly and with a good focus and size range. You will want to shoot within 1.5 seconds to hit the target in the triangle or head region from a ready position. Repeat the shot 3 times to get comfortable with it before moving on.

Drill 2

Position at 5 yards with a 2-second window from a holstered, semi-ready position to simply focus on drawing and firing at the triangle (the area in the upper chest to nose region), or the headshot. Same area of focus (triangle/head) and you will also repeat this for a total of three shots.

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