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Practical Combat Shooting – isnt new

Practical Combat Shooting – isnt new

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From the Integrated Close Combat Forum http://iccf.freeforums.org 
Practical Combat Shooting – isn’t new
 By Kilofulf59
 The so-called “modern” use of the pistol in close combat is anything but modern. Reproduced below is an excerpt from a book entitled
The Pistol as a Weapon of
Defence in the House and on the Road
. This most excellent text was penned in 1875, yes, 1875. I have the entire treatise and it is an interesting read to say the least. With
an open mind, please read the following and see how much of Practical Combat Shooting is really new and innovative. As well, note and compare the complexities introduced and
touted by the gurus in the last twenty years or so and the simplicity of this “manual”.
Remember this; when one’s life is on the line, it is best to know well a few universal methods and a cornucopia of complex ones…
 For further reference into this subject, I suggest the subsequent manuscripts:
Fast and
Fancy Revolver Shooting
1938 by Edward ('Ed') McGivern (mainly the police training section),
Shooting to Live
 1942 by Captains William Ewart Fairbairn and Eric Anthony
Kill or Get Killed
 1943 by Captain Rex Applegate, and
No Second Place Winner
 1965 by William Henry (Bill) Jordan. Should anyone be interested, I have the full version of The Pistol as a Weapon of
Defence in the House and on the Road in PDF format and would be most happy the send you a copy.
In handling a pistol or other fire-arm, make it a rule, from which there shall never be
any deviation, that, loaded or unloaded, the muzzle shall never be pointed at any living thing whose life you do not intend to take. Some persons have a foolish propensity for
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pointing what they supposed to be unloaded weapons at women and children for the purpose of frightening them. It is these (supposed to be) unloaded weapons that always
kill people. In the State of New York there is a law which makes such an act a prison
offence. The best place to carry a pistol on the person is a matter of dispute. The modern pistol
pocket, so generally used for carrying the pocket handkerchief, is perhaps the most
convenient for this purpose. At night never lay your pistol on a table beside your bed, and never place it beneath your pillow. To do so is to invite your assailant to disarm you. The best place is in the
bed and between the mattresses, just so far down that the hand can readily reach it.
Then if a burglar should find his way into your room at night you can, without appearing
to act at all, slip your hand down to your weapon and obtain possession of it. In attempting to get hold of a pistol under such circumstances, be very careful that it
does not strike the wooden sides of the bed and make a noise. To prevent all risk of this
it has been suggested to cover the wood, on the inside, with thick cloth, or to attach a
small pocket to the side of the bedstead. The latter is an excellent plan, as it avoids the
danger which may be incurred on making up the bed if the pistol is left in Us place. Always carry your pistol at half-cock. The reason for this has been given in a previous
chapter. And whenever a pistol is loaded, whether kept in the house or elsewhere, it should always be kept at half-cock, so that no accidental fall may cause it to explode.
Some pistols—Colt's, for example—have a very excellent device for preventing accidents of this kind; when not in use the hammer rests between the chambers. The necessity for a careful observance of these precautions will be evident to those who
remember the many accidents which are occasioned by pistols falling out of pockets,
beds, etc. Next to injuries caused by foolish persons presenting weapons recklessly at
others, accidents from this cause are the most numerous and the most dangerous. With the pistol, as with the shot-gun and rifle, it is frequently desirable to raise the
hammer without making any noise. If raised in the ordinary way, the click of the sear on the tumbler is almost certain to alarm our antagonist, place him on his guard, and reveal
our position to him. We have seen a young sportsman send a whole flock of ducks off by the noise made in cocking his piece. This is avoided by holding the trigger back until the
hammer has been raised, when it (the trigger) may be released very gently, the hammer being, of course, held back by the thumb until the sear is in place. Those who wish to
acquire, the art of doing this neatly and safely should practice with an unloaded weapon, as a beginner runs great risk of firing off his piece while attempting to carry out
the directions we have given.
 To hold a pistol steadily at arms-length; to take deliberate aim, and to strike a two-inch ring every time at a dozen or twenty paces, is no great feat for a man who has a good
eye and firm nerves. But such shooting, accurate though it may be, is not the kind that
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will stand us in good stead when we are attacked. And yet it is the practice that leads to this kind of shooting only that is exercised by the majority of those who handle the
pistol. In other words, they regard the pistol as a small rifle, and use it as they would
that weapon. Now, pistol shooting differs entirely from rifle shooting, in this, that while
in rifle shooting accuracy is everything, and quickness but a secondary consideration, in
pistol shooting quickness is everything, provided it be combined with a very moderate
amount of accuracy. A two-inch ring is an easy mark to a rifleman at fifty paces; at the
same distance the chances would be greatly against hitting it with a pistol, unless by taking deliberate aim. But while most shots with the rifle will be made at fifty paces or
over, very few shots, except for practice, will ever be made with the pistol at greater distances than half a dozen paces. Neither is it ever necessary to hit so small an object
as a two-inch circle. He who can hit a four-inch circle at six paces will be master of the
situation provided he is quick enough. But the aim, if a-'m it can be called, must be
taken with the rapidity of thought; there must be no dallying to find the sights; no
hesitation in the hope of bettering the aim. Delay, however occasioned, may cost us our
life. Not that we would counsel hurry or want of coolness, for this will inevitably cause
us to shoot wide of the mark. There is such a thing as being rapid, cool and accurate, and this is what is needed. It is evident that in making shots of this kind we have no time to look along the barrel
and bring the sights into line. The aim must be taken in the same way that the boy throws a stone, or the wood-chopper strikes the exact spot where it is necessary that
the axe should fall. How is this done? Simply by steadily fixing the sight on the object (not on the weapon), bringing the pistol quickly up, and firing the moment hand and eye
both tell us that it is in proper position. This requires practice, but it is an art that is not nearly so difficult to acquire as would at first appear. Almost every man is in the habit
of performing operations which require the exercise of the same faculties that are here
brought into play. The following remarks, taken from the well known little book,
"Shooting on the Wing,"* though intended to apply to the use of shot-guns, are so clearly
to the point that we cannot forbear to quote them.
* Plain Directions for Acquiring the Art of Shooting on the Wing." By an 01J Gamekeeper. Now York: Industrial Publication Company.
 The truth is that the great secret of success lies in perfect sympathy between the eye
and the hand. The archer does not shut one eye and look along the arrow when he wishes to strike a mark, and yet many savage nations are so expert with the bow that
they kill small animals when running, and even bring down little birds on the wing with this weapon. Vaillant informs us that the boors in the neighborhood of the Cape of Good
Hope, when following the plow, are frequently accompanied by numbers of small birds, that pick up the worms and grubs thus exposed to view, and so dexterous are these men
with their long whips, that any of the little fluttering objects to which their attention is directed, will be struck by them with the greatest nicety possible. In doing this they never shut one eye. Neither does the carpenter when he drives a nail, or the blacksmith
as he swings the ponderous hammer. The fly-fisher, when he casts his fly lightly to the very spot where the trout lies, does it with both eyes open; and those who, at base ball,
try to catch or strike a ball, never shut one eye. All these are cases of sympathy

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