AGAINST THE CLOCK OR AN ATTACKER, BRUCE PIATT RECOMMENDS FOCUSED PREPARATION
He has real-world experience and a competitive edge. Bruce Piatt was a police officer for 32 years -- firearms instructor, tactical team coordinator and street cop. But he is known best as one of the world’s top competitive shooters. Piatt has won numerous national and world shooting competitions. He shared some of his expertise with us. 01 WHAT DO YOU CHOOSE FOR CONCEALED CARRY? When I get dressed, a pistol goes on just as “matter of fact” as slipping my wallet in my pocket. I have found what fits my needs really nicely: a Kahr CW-9 in a Don Hume leather inside-the-pants holster. The gun fits my hands nicely, handles +P ammo well and, most important, is extremely reliable. 02 IS COMPETITION AN AID TO SELF-DEFENSE? While no competition or training can replicate a real-life situation, the added stress or pressure brought on by competition will help you prepare. I’ve always told my students to strive to experience everything you can on the training range so that when it happens in real life, you won’t be as surprised. 03 ARE THERE ANY DRILLS YOU RECOMMEND? Fire one shot on a 9-inch paper plate from the low ready at 5 yards. Push yourself until you start to miss then back off until you can reliably make your hits. Repeat this at 7, 10, 15 yards. It will teach you how to pause that split second to confirm sights and smoothly press the trigger. 04 HOW CAN YOU PREPARE MENTALLY FOR SELF-DEFENSE When confronted, stress will hit you hard… adrenaline dump is a chemical in your blood, so there is no magic to stopping it. The trick is to learn how to deal with it. Breathe deep, think, look around, breathe deep. 05 ANY FINAL THOUGHTS? Consider this: One, anyone, even the best shot, can lose a gunfight. Two, even if you survive the fight, your life won’t be the same. Three, you can be arrested and you or your estate can be sued.