Join Dave Re, grand master in the United States Practical Shooting Association, as he teaches gun safety to fellow CrossFit Central members Travis Holley and Crystal Nelson at the Austin Rifle Club.
In Part 2, Re begins by teaching Holley and Nelson the proper stance when firing.
“Recoil control and management of the gun actually starts from the feet and works up all the way out to the gun,” Re says. “The more solid we are in our stance, the less the gun’s going to tend to move in weird directions on the target.”
The grip is also important to controlling the gun.
“The higher we get the hands up in relation to the barrel, the less leverage the gun has on us,” Re says.
Re coaches Holley and Nelson through firing practice, refining their technique with his cues. Then he and CrossFit Director of Training Dave Castro challenge the two newcomers to a CrossFit WOD, shooting-range-style.
“I feel like I’m a little more confident with ... the gun and got a little better, too, from the beginning to the end,” Nelson says.
For a PDF article containing more detailed descriptions of the drills seen in this video, read Dave Re’s companion article Handgun Basics: Drill for Skill.
Additional reading: CrossFit’s Right on Target by Dave Re, published March 29, 2009.