FINAL SHOT

AGAINST THE CLOCK OR AN AT­TACKER, BRUCE PIATT REC­OM­MENDS FO­CUSED PREPA­RA­TION

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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.

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