This is the second installment of the review  of a recent Costa Ludus handgun course a Trained and Educated Responsible Armed Citizen attended (HE02) in Myakka, Florida early last month.The author (initials E.D.) is a patriotic citizen who never wore a military or LE uniform. He is an ardent and serious shooter (I hate the term ‘firearms enthusiast’, as though something revolving around deadly force is a quaint hobby) who is a strong supporter of the military, serving on the board of 1/75′s 1ST Ranger Battalion Sua Sponte Foundation.

He may not be a hardened gunslinger with multiple tours overseas, and he obviously doesn’t represent all civilian shooters, but he is a great example of a TEARC and he’s certainly no Gecko45.

Luckily, the night between Day One and Day Two during the actual class didn’t seem to be nearly as long as the gap between Part One and Part Two of this article. I guess since there were no meteors or solar flares and neither Galactus or zombies showed up we might as well run it. DR

“…A blast comes from the shotgun and the manager’s shirt goes from white to crimson before he even hits the floor.  You hear the killer rack the Mossberg and dispatch the teller. Screams and panic grip the civilians around you on the floor.  The shooter then begins to head your way. What do you do?  Do you have the training necessary that provides you with the skills and confidence to bring a resolution to this event if or when you deem force necessary?”


Day 2

The second day started with a review of the safety rules.  We moved downrange and hit the ground running.

After another warm up, this time using VTAC targets, Costa gave a brief on “instinctive shooting.”  Like it sounds, instinctive shooting is shooting without a sight picture.  To ensure no one was trying to ‘game it’, we all taped over both of our sights with masking tape and the training block began.

The majority on these drills were done two handed from the compressed ready position.  While looking at the target, we punched out and fired at the A zone from about the three yard line.  We then moved back and shot volleys from the3  5, 7, 10 15 and 25 yard lines.  It is amazing how the mind can still make shot placement possible without the use of sights.  Results for the class overall were mixed. Based on the targets I witnessed, the majority of the folks were able to produce some great groupings from about 15 yards and in. Some struggled with the overall concept and it was reflected on their targets.

With the basics of instinctive shooting covered, we moved once again to shooting from various positions. The segment was completed after we did a ‘Walk back drill’.  Shooters started at the 3 yard line, fired a group, then moved back to the 5, 10, 15  and 25 yard marks.  When the shooter became uncomfortable with the groups at a specific yard line, the front sight tape could be removed.  Every student’s front sight tape was to be removed to be removed at the 15 yard mark.  All tape was removed by the 25 yard mark.  Instinctive shooting is used when things go south fast in close quarters and a sighted shot may not be possible.  It’s not for plugging a running man at 40 yards, rather for 10-15 yards and in.  It was assuring to know that we could make vital shots instinctively if it were to become necessary.

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