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Old 07-10-2016, 08:21 AM   #1
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I was in FL last week and had a opportunity to shoot at a range with a Meggitt XWT target retrieval system. Many of you have probably used one, especially if you are a LEO, but it was our first time. What a great training tool for anyone to use! The system we used was preprogramed to automatically move your target from 3 yards to 25 yards, turns sideways, backwards, and frontwards simulating a threat retreating or moving towards you. When it's front facing you have a 3-4 second pause to eliminate the threat before it either turns or retreats.

I know, I should have videotaped it to show you what I am talking about but I didn't think about it at the time, I was having too much fun! This will give you an idea of what it was about:

So for any of you Atlanta-ish members, I found that Stoddard's Gun Range in west midtown Atlanta has a Meggitt target retrieval system. If you have a range near you with a Meggitt system, you should give it a try!

It was the best time I've had on the range since I took an AR-15 training class!
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That is too cool...I would love to try that out as well as holster drawing like blondie does in the video......My range forbids that...
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That is too cool...I would love to try that out as well as holster drawing like blondie does in the video......My range forbids that...
Yeah, range we were at didn't allow holster draws either, just shooting from resting position, or low ready. Was an interesting training tool though. Wish more ranges had this interactive program.
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Damn, that looks like a lot of fun.
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That does look like fun.... Our range at Gander Mountain has a 360 degree simulator that I want to try out. We also have a virtual range that uses modified glocks that's pretty fun.


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That is pretty cool!

And I thought when I went from shooting into a pile of dirt that a normal inside range was high tech LOL
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Thanks for posting that, Florence!! That is really interesting. I'd love to give that a try. That system has got to cost the range some big bucks!!!

My local range allows LEO's and a few selected civilian individuals to shoot from the draw (me included). I have done a lot of this over the years and have built up very good muscle memory for this procedure. Therefore, in the interest of safety, I limit my use of it at the range.

The average shooter should not try this exercise. They should work on it as a dry fire procedure. The main concentration should be on the practices of coming from the holster with the trigger finger along side the frame, not inside the trigger guard. Special care should be taken not to cover any part of the body, specially the support hand and arm, with the muzzle as the draw is being made. The supporting hand should be kept clear of the pistol until it has been raised to just above mid-body height, then bringing the supporting hand over to meet the strong hand on the pistol grip.

Only when these actions have become second nature should the actual draw be practiced with a loaded pistol. Remember, there is no such thing as an accident with a gun. If an incident occurs, you did something wrong!!

Good shooting everyone. PLEASE BE SAFE!!

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That does look like fun.
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Thanks for posting that, Florence!! That is really interesting. I'd love to give that a try. That system has got to cost the range some big bucks!!!

My local range allows LEO's and a few selected civilian individuals to shoot from the draw (me included). I have done a lot of this over the years and have built up very good muscle memory for this procedure. Therefore, in the interest of safety, I limit my use of it at the range.

The average shooter should not try this exercise. They should work on it as a dry fire procedure. The main concentration should be on the practices of coming from the holster with the trigger finger along side the frame, not inside the trigger guard. Special care should be taken not to cover any part of the body, specially the support hand and arm, with the muzzle as the draw is being made. The supporting hand should be kept clear of the pistol until it has been raised to just above mid-body height, then bringing the supporting hand over to meet the strong hand on the pistol grip.

Only when these actions have become second nature should the actual draw be practiced with a loaded pistol. Remember, there is no such thing as an accident with a gun. If an incident occurs, you did something wrong!!

Good shooting everyone. PLEASE BE SAFE!!

MAYHEM IS EVERYWHERE THESE DAYS!!
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Keith, a while back I took a concealed carry class that was taught by an active duty LEO, and I was surprised at the things he has us do in class. It was a good class, lots of info, and I gained much from it, but I thought some of the things we had to were a bit dangerous for a non-professional. I usually just practice drawing in front of the mirror with an empty pistol. And like you said, good muscle memory is key; I just need a few thousand more hours for that!
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We have a new range that is supposed to built near us...hope they have something like this. I go to an indoor range in Florida when I can, I love the AC and the ability to be able to set your target at a specified distance. I think most indoor ranges don't want you to practice drawing for safety. Last time we went to the indoor range we noticed where someone had blasted a divider between stations. We go to an outdoor range when the weather is good to shoot...I don't think they care if you practice your quick draw.
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