Speed Shooting

Prior to the Revision open house the company sponsored a speed shooting class with instruction provided by accoplished competitve shooter and Revision pro shooter Max Michel.

Max Michel

In attendance were about 20 law enforcement and military personnel, gunwriter Bryce Towsley and me. Max talked about a number of things that can help you shoot faster (with accuracy).

For starters he discussed stance and suggested you widen your stance a bit more than normal.

Max Michel coaches a shooter about his stance.

This will help you better absorb recoil and start moving faster. He also suggested you avoid the turtle stance where you pinch your head with your shoulders and bend your head forward. (This is something I am guilty of.)

Max Michel demonstrates his award winning form.

Max suggested the arms be in a semi-isosolese position with elbows slightly bent and your head erect. According to him this helps with recoil because the elbows act as a shock absorber. As for grip Max keeps both thumbs pointed forward and tilts his off hand at a 45 degree angle toward the ground.

Max shows how he believes the support hand should be pointed at about a 45 degree angle toward the ground.

He says he grips about 40% with his strong hand and about 60% with his weak hand.

I carried my .45 Gaboon

LST Gaboon in .45 ACP

to Vermont and during the two hour training session I used that gun to try Max’s techniques. This is my carry gun and because it has the XS 24 7 Big Dot sights I can shoot it fast. I could see his point in every technique he discussed but it is difficult to keep from reverting to old habits whe you start pulling the trigger fast.

After the training session they set up a 26 round course for those in attendance to try. it involved a lot of running and in all you fired from five different postions. I planned to use my Gaboon but they ran out of 45 ACP ammo so I had to use one of the sample guns provided by SIG. I selecgted a new in the box 226 in OD Green, strapped on a Blackhawk SERPA and shoved three loaded magazines in my pocket.

SIG pistol I used for the competition.

I was the last one to shoot and ended up in third place with a repsectable score considering. Bryce was second (He was using his own customized 1911 in 9mm. Bryce shot well for an old gunwriter and I told him so. Gunwriters can’t pass up an opportunity to prod another gunwriter.) The winner was a law enforcement officer. (I forgot his name, what a first rate journalist I am.) The surprise was the pistol he was using. It was an H&K P7. Not the usual suspect as far as a competitive handgun, but this guy could shoot!

H&K P7

I tried to employ the techniques Max shared with us during training and competition but I have to admit, two hours and 100 rounds was just not enough to overcome old habits. I will be working on the techniques he shared with us in the future. I will also be shooting the Roger’s Range Course at the High Caliber Training Center in early October with Remington’s 1911R1 and I plan to be faster then.

I enjoyed the training and the tour of the Revision factory. Revision should be applauded for making training like this available to military and law enforcement officers free of charge. (They make great ballistic eye wear too!)


About gunwriter

Born and raised in the West Virginia hills, Richard literally grew up in the woods. He has chased coon hounds until daylight, waited out whitetails perched high in an oak, canoed the New River and hunted from the Montana Mountains to the Green Hills of Africa. During service in the Army and later as a municipal police officer and Special Agent with the railroad police, Richard obtained numerous certifications in small arms instruction. He has trained military personnel, law enforcement officers and civilians in the application of firearms for defensive, competitive and recreational use. Richard won the West Virginia Governor’s Twenty Award for law enforcement, the West Virginia National Guard State Pistol Competition and earned his Distinguished Medal with pistol. Badge turned in, Richard is now a contributing editor for several magazines. He was the compiling author of the book, Rifle Bullets for the Hunter and conceptualized and contributed to Selecting and Ordering a Custom Hunting Rifle. Richard also contributed a chapter to the John Velke book, The True Story of the Baldwin-Felts Detective Agency. Richard has patents on a riflescope reticle and a revolutionary bullet testing media. A hillbilly at heart, Richard lives on Shadowland - his shooting range in West Virginia - with the most understanding wife in the world, their three kids and a very protective ridgeback hound.
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One Response to Speed Shooting

  1. RG says:

    Thanks RAM!

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