Caught Flat Footed

It’s no secret that I am a big 9mm fan, I have been so for as long as I can remember. I have tremendous respect for the other calibers, but in the end the only thing that matters is shot placement.

Taking advantage of opportunities

I haven’t really played with the other calibers in a long time so at a recent class when I had the opportunity to shoot my .40cal in the same Glock platform I figured why not. I’m glad I did as I found myself flat footed…literally. I have gotten so accustomed to the recoil impulse of the 9mm I know how much force I need to summon to manage it’s recoil. It is more than enough to do good work on my splits, but after shooting the .40cal I realized I wasn’t doing nearly as good a job as I should.

Shaper or faster, it doesn’t matter

So, what’s the big difference in the recoil impulse. Some will comment how it is more snappier and I would agree, but I feel the best way to describe it is being faster. You get to know the timing of your guns when you shoot them enough. There is a sequence or a cycle that occurs at a certain speed. You get use to it in a lot of ways and that almost makes you a little bit lazy. It took a few magazines, but I eventually got back to solid fundamentals. And that’s the point to this whole piece, getting back to the fundamentals. No matter the platform or caliber, if your technique is off it’s off.

Back to basics…again

Focus on a solid stance, give it a slightly forward attitude and stay on the balls of your feet. Don’t let yourself rock back onto your heels, it affects your mobility and recoil management. Keep your shoulders active, pull back on your shoulder blades. Don’t let them round and roll forward. Concentrate on your grip, squeeze from the bottom up in a cascading manner and keep the grip pressure between both hands equal. Both hands have to grip with the same pressure, which is rock solid.

Staying sharp across the board

If you can keep those points in mind, there is some major bleed over when you go back to shooting the 9mm. I found myself almost seeing things happen in slow motion, as if I had all the time in the world. It truly was a bit weird at first, it just seems so different. I found it very beneficial to work with the .40cal, it made me get back to the basics. Is is something I see value in as a training tool, I’m not sure yet, but it definitely will keep me honest. I need to make more time to work with the .40cal in an effort to keep my skills sharp.

The last point to make is my .40cal has by far the best damn Glock trigger I have come across. It may not be the proverbial glass rod, but it keeps me coming back and one more reason to get it to the range.

2 thoughts on “Caught Flat Footed

  1. RamZar says:

    I like this, that is, using .40 or .45 as a means to managing recoil better and the proverbial saying for basketball players in a zone seeing the basket much bigger than it is. Funny thing is that I have Glock 34 in 9mm and Glock 35 in .40 but I shoot better with Glock 35! The only reason I stopped is ammo cost differential.

    There’s another side to all this and that’s the fact that 9mm defensive ammo of the past few years is incredibly efficient for both stopping power and penetration. Those who denigrate the 9mm are invariably citing cases from many many years ago like the 1986 Miami shooting. Having said all that, in my opinion, the military being restricted to FMJ is at a bit of a disadvantage using 9mm. Then again, shot placement is número uno.

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