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transition to a handgun

Posted: Wed May 07, 2008 2:20 am
by Jack

Posted: Thu May 08, 2008 1:35 am
by Jack
A great article on weapons transitions.

http://www.ar15.com/content/swat/200509 ... itions.pdf

Posted: Tue Aug 12, 2008 2:31 am
by Jack
Seriously? No responses?

Posted: Fri Aug 15, 2008 8:06 pm
by birddog
The last video showed the shooter with rifle then went to a right handed transition. Unfortunatly he would have failed on a military team. After he fired his pistol, he takes his EYES off the target to Holster his sidearm, a fatal mistake ! YOU MUST KNOW WERE YOUR HOLSTER IS AT ALL TIMES. PRACTICE, PRACTICE and then do it again..........make drawing AND holstering your weapon as natural as breathing.

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:51 am
by Jack
Outstanding! A response. Good point.

Now a question. Do you believe in one transition method or several? Also what is your primary transition method?

Posted: Sun Aug 17, 2008 12:19 pm
by Admin
Have only one standard sop… then learn to deviate from it.

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 2:45 am
by Jack
My go to transition is displayed in this video. Check out :59 to 1:02.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?emb=0&eurl ... TVBYlHsIRY

This technique is good for three reasons.

One, it keeps the muzzle pointed at the bad guy, which keeps him under duress.

Two, it keeps the muzzle pointed at the bad guy, or down range, which keep you from muzzle sweeping other team members.

Three, and most importantly it allows you to continue to use your flashlight. Even if you had a light on your handgun, it is not practical to expect somebody to activated it under that amount of duress and it would slow down your shot.

The disadvantage is that you are shooting with one hand. However I think that if you have a sling and use a weapon mounted light, that this is a great technique.

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 10:17 am
by Admin
Good point, I my self reach for my hand gun immediate, if I have a malfunction on my long gun, and just let it hang in the sling.
I also have a sure-fire light on my handgun, and I get better hits when I use 2 hands.

Posted: Mon Aug 18, 2008 4:48 pm
by Admin
I always fix my long gun when the shooting stops and clear the stoppage. then I continue with the long gun.

Posted: Tue Aug 19, 2008 4:16 am
by Jack
That is definitely the best option. With that said it might be necessary to operate with the pistol and using the long gun as a light source. If nothing else to quickly clear the rest of the room that the initial shooting took place in. But I agree, fix the long gun as soon as the immediate threat has been taken care of.

Posted: Sat Aug 23, 2008 3:04 pm
by srtunit576
birddog wrote:The last video showed the shooter with rifle then went to a right handed transition. Unfortunatly he would have failed on a military team. After he fired his pistol, he takes his EYES off the target to Holster his sidearm, a fatal mistake ! YOU MUST KNOW WERE YOUR HOLSTER IS AT ALL TIMES. PRACTICE, PRACTICE and then do it again..........make drawing AND holstering your weapon as natural as breathing.

You said it, no doubt!!!!!! Awesome

Posted: Sat Dec 19, 2009 10:54 am
by tgace
I'm late on this post...I know. Just thought I would contribute a little vid my buddy did of me dry practicing for blog post.

http://www.youtube.com/user/tgace334#p/ ... N5zxJoKdhk

I wasn't going for "blazing fast" for instructional purposes...just getting my alibi in right off the bat. :wink:

Posted: Wed Dec 23, 2009 4:31 am
by Jack
I loved the tap rack with the pistol at the end of the drill. A mark of a professional if I ever saw one. I have been doing that for years when dry firing. So many people just rack the slide and don't tap the magazine, robbing themselves of a training opportunity and building bad habits.

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Posted: Wed Apr 13, 2011 6:09 am
by Ryan
Jack wrote:I loved the tap rack with the pistol at the end of the drill. A mark of a professional if I ever saw one. I have been doing that for years when dry firing. So many people just rack the slide and don't tap the magazine, robbing themselves of a training opportunity and building bad habits.


Thumbs up for this one.

Try the foxtrot drill:


Great transition:


I like the use of mag pouches with flaps for a more military demonstration, very fast.

Re: transition to a handgun

Posted: Thu Apr 14, 2011 11:40 pm
by Dramatikk
Looks like the guy on the last video have had training with Magpul... I can sense it by the way that guy holds the rifle, cause I have never seen too many people utilize that type grip on the hand guard. :)

By the way, nice videos Ryan. :wink:

Kind regards, Dramatikk. :)

Re: transition to a handgun

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 1:16 am
by Ryan
Dramatikk wrote:Looks like the guy on the last video have had training with Magpul...
He probably has, he works with Redback One and Blackwater - they do some great courses. Ex-SASR so the skills are all refined. Good grip for operating the light as well, depending where it is.

Thank you, I have many vidoes up my sleeve!


Re: transition to a handgun

Posted: Fri Apr 15, 2011 7:41 am
by badger
I hate that looking on the holster when he put gun in it.

Re: transition to a handgun

Posted: Sat Apr 23, 2011 10:26 am
by jimothy_183
birddog wrote:The last video showed the shooter with rifle then went to a right handed transition. Unfortunatly he would have failed on a military team. After he fired his pistol, he takes his EYES off the target to Holster his sidearm, a fatal mistake ! YOU MUST KNOW WERE YOUR HOLSTER IS AT ALL TIMES. PRACTICE, PRACTICE and then do it again..........make drawing AND holstering your weapon as natural as breathing.
badger wrote:I hate that looking on the holster when he put gun in it.
Looking At Holster When Reholstering - Mistake or Advantage?

Food for thought?

Re: transition to a handgun

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 6:41 am
by badger
Yes, one point of view depend on enviroment, situation and behavior pf suspect. For me is treat until the suspect isnt in jail or leave for another unit or authority. When I want secure someone and pointing a weapon on him, is just a psychological issue,you cant shoot unarmed person, typicalsituation with drawing a baton and holstering weapon. Two operators and several suspects,one covering and second cuffs. Everyday picture in drug houses,they are trying fight and escape, thank you, I dont need hepatitis C, or hiv when some guy beet me to the leg when I Actually look down, and lookingfor my holster.
Its happened.

Re: transition to a handgun

Posted: Sun Apr 24, 2011 7:16 am
by Admin
I use a Safariland tactical holster Model 6005.. I dont need to look at the holster with this model :wink: