Shooting on the move is a valuable skill for any shooter, particularly one who is fighting in a self-defense situation. Todd Green’s Speed Kills/Get SOM class focuses on issues in a fluid gun battle that can’t be simulated in a traditional range-based training program.
Most people who carry a firearm for personal defense aren’t likely get in a three-person quick-draw showdown like in the end of Sergio Leone’s classic, The Good, the Bad, and the Ugly. But there is still a chance that if you happen to be one of the unlucky people who eventually needs to use a firearm in a personal defense situation, the shot you’re required to make could be at a tight target or made on the move. Hitting “low-percentage” targets (small) and shooting on the move were the subject of a two-day class taught by Todd Green of Pistol-Training.com.
The title of the class is “Speed Kills/Get SOM,” where “SOM” stands for “Shooting on the Move.” Day one focuses entirely on hitting low-percentage targets at high speed, while day two is shot entirely on the move. To effectively evaluate any class, you need to look at three aspects—the instructor, the course materials, and most importantly how those materials apply to you as the shooter. Once that’s done, you have to make sure that you take the lessons learned in class and apply them to your practice regimen. Without analyzing the class and practicing, you could attend shooting classes for the rest of your life and never get any better.
Todd Green, the instructor of the Speed Kills/Get SOM class is among the most in-demand instructors in the country, teaching private citizens and law enforcement personnel across the country. Like all good instructors, he possesses the most critical element for great teaching—a good sense of humor. While you may scoff at the notion, the ability to understand when to be light-hearted and when to be dead serious can make the difference between a class being a fun experience and it being an excruciating trudge through arduous drills. Human beings learn better and retain more information when we’re having fun, and without student engagement, a pistol class would just be boring.
Shooting on the move is a valuable skill for any shooter, particularly one who…
by Massad Ayoob / Sep 1, 2011