He does not come from a "shooting" family. He is a senior at Michigan State University and he is studying to be in "media". I told him that I owed him a quick education in firearms because he might report on them someday. I also extended the invitation to anybody he thought might have a similar need to know.
He accepted instantly and already knows who he is going to bring.
If you had the ability to go back in time and give the typical media "talking head" two or three hours of firearm training, what would you teach them?
Here is my first draft. All comments will be appreciated.
- Cooper's four rules of gun safety (Goal: Safety)
- Shooting reactive targets (charcoal briquettes) with a .22 semi-auto at a distance where they have a +50% chance of hitting. (Goal: Fun, muscle memory, provide frame-of-reference)
- Shoot 9mm semi-auto handgun at gallon milk jugs at same distance they were hitting charcoal briquettes (Goal: Introduce handguns, demonstrate inherent accuracy difference between handguns and long guns)
- ---Edited to add--- Walk through copy of 4473 Form. (Goal: Acquaint them with question 11, conditions that preclude legal gun ownership)---
- Demonstrate relative difference in power by shooting gallon milk jugs filled with water: .22LR, 9mm FMJ and 9mm hollowpoint, 12 gauge buckshot, 30-06 "high power rifle" (Goal: provide clear differentiation of different types of firearms so terms are not used indiscriminately when reporting. Demonstrate why is might be necessary to shoot assailant multiple times with a handgun).
- Back to shooting reactive targets. "Sniper" shooting little plastic figures. (Goal: provide insight into snipers)
- Shotgun drill, five jugs suspended at chest height from a clothes line at 5, 8 and 11 yards. Light target loads. (Goal: Fun. Increase "discrimination")
- ---Break--- ---Break--- ---Break---
Pattern shotgun. Buckshot loads (Goal: Debunk myth that buckshot does not require aiming, that it is a death ray)Deleted in the interest of time Demonstrate "trajectory" if range is long enough.Deleted in the interest of time.
- Stationary Mackey Sagebrush drill (described below) (Goal: Demonstrate reasons for standard capacity magazines, demonstrate sensory occlusion, introduction to IDPA type shooting sports.)
- ---Edited to add--- Stationary Mackey Sagebrush drill with other firearms, including AR if available.
Fire for familiarization, bolt action, pump, semi-auto, revolver.Deleted in the interest of time.
- Q/A and shoot up rest of ammo.
- ---Edited to add--- Send students home with "bullet boards" with mounted Handgun: .22LR, 380ACP, 38 Sp, 9mm, .357 Mag, 40 S&W, 45ACP....Long gun 22LR, .223 Rem, 7.62X39mm, 30-30 Win, .308 Win
Mackey Sagebrush drill
Mackey Sagebrush is the screen name of a law enforcement officer in Idaho. This drill attempts to demonstrate the advantages of semi-auto handguns with standard capacity magazines over reduced capacity magazines or revolvers. Mackey's argument is that bad guys select encumbered victims. It is easier to attack a man who is focusing on his family than it is to pick on a man who has undivided situational awareness. A standard capacity magazine allows the defender to focus more on the targets than the mechanics of his firearm.
You are with your family enjoying a quiet meal at a restaurant near a shopping mall. You see a disturbance in the parking lot. (Show footage of Reginald Denny beating.) Loud music will be playing on the radio to add ambiance.
Your job is to walk away from the disturbance to your vehicle. You will start at the top of the course. You will walk backwards so you can keep an eye on the disturbance and stay between it and your family. You will shoot anybody who threatens your family.
|Five pop-up targets will have a "gun" stenciled on them. Two will have a baby stenciled on them.|
The course will be run first with a revolver. Only hits count. You die if you run out of bullets before you get to "safe".
Then the course will be run with the 9mm with the standard capacity magazines.
I really want to run this with "Dad" pushing a beach ball backwards with his feet to simulate a clingy/curious three year old child.
At end of drill I will ask participant what detailed questions about the "shooters" and what music was playing on the radio. This is to demonstrate sensory occlusion caused by massive adrenaline dumps.
Lots of situational demonstrations. Relatively little talk-at-them. It will be a success if they learn firearm safety and have a little bit of fun. Everything else is a bonus.
Do I have too much? Is it too complicated?
Your advice will be much appreciated.