Sharpen your skills – Practical Training Tips

planning your home defense

The winter months provide less of an opportunity to get out and train in optimal scenarios. While you sit inside sipping hot cocoa thinking about warmer days, ponder these tips to keep your skills sharp.

Practice your draw! Grab some Snap caps and start working on your speed. You can even spend a few bucks on a system like LaserLyte. They offer cartridges for almost all common calibers and a laser target that receives the laser when fired. It goes without saying, the goal is to build a habit of efficiency and accuracy.

Fine Tuning! How’s your home-based defense plan? Do you have everything where you need it? How are your (assuming multiple) weapons situated and stored? Can you plan out better ways to access them? Do you have a bag with essential items like handcuffs, spare magazines, cord, eye/ear protection, deterrent sprays, cleaning items, medical kit, etc? You can fine tune this kit from the comfort of your couch.

Vehicle setup! Does your vehicle contain a tourniquet? basic medical kit? incognito storage systems? handheld flashlight? How accessible are these things? All of this can be mapped out and improved. Most folks who carry may find themselves without critical elements when it really matters. Take the time to explore how you can optimize your vehicle setup. Please make sure to spend the time and money developing a good medical plan.

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– The TacPack Team

  1. chrise
    chrise says:

    Another important thing that most people do not practice enough is your short draw. Have you practiced drawing from a seated position such as your car seat or chair? It’s a lot harder than you think to draw from a seated position from your vehicle because most people don’t realize your pivot ability is limited and bringing your elbow up with a back stop (the seat) can be uncomfortable and inconvenient. Practice getting to the weapon and pivoting with the weapon close to your body rather than having to extend towards your target. Aiming can pose a challenge as well so practicing with a partner will allow you to get feedback as to where you are going to put that 1st bullet which is your most accurate and important shot in a defensive situation.

  2. silverback13
    silverback13 says:

    How about a special left-handed or at least ambidextrous and PCC/AR9 box like the Glock box you put out each year. Hell a 1911 one also for that matter!!! Thanks, boxes are great.

  3. seswho
    seswho says:

    Head over to where you can get a magazine to help with your dry fire practice. No more pausing to rack the slide. This tool will keep you going and help you heal those training scars.

    Also for some great dry fire drills and videos, head over to there you will find some great drills along with other good information. Their youtube channel has loads of great content!

    Mantis has some great tools for dry fire practice with your pistol and/or rifle. Combine the Mantis and the Dry Fire Magazine and you’ll have the best of both worlds.

    The only thing missing is the recoil.

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