Katie Pavlich

From there, you’re ready to unholster and prepare to fire. When firing on a threat, the standard response is two shots, which can be achieved in two ways, as a controlled pair or as a hammer pair. A controlled pair is two shots with a sight reset in between, meaning, you take the time to reset your sights on the threat before the first shot and after the second shot. A hammer pair is two quick shots with no sight reset between the first and second shots. In a close-quarters, self defense situation, a hammer pair is generally used. As always, while all of this is happening, the carbine malfunction, the transition, etc. it is extremely important to remain mentally focused and calm.


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One of the most challenging things I had to do over the course of my carbine instruction was operating in a simulation-house full of threats. The one at Gunsite is the size of an average home and cardboard figures have been set up inside of the rooms. Some are threats holding guns, some are not. Part of the mental training I went through was determining under stress who was a threat and who was not, whose actions I needed to stop and whose actions did I not need to stop.

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My instructor Dave taught me how to operate inside of the house with my carbine. I learned how to clear a room, what angles to take when opening doors, how to avoid over exposing my body to a potential threat and how to move effectively inside the house. Because a carbine is a long gun, in certain parts of the house we used what is called an “indoor ready” position. This is when the carbine is held down and tight against the body. This allows for movement in tight spaces and to avoid exposing to a threat your position. Back out on the range, because a typical home invasion involves three people, I learned how to manage three different threats at once.

Monday I’ll start the five day 250 pistol training class. I've been told that once I complete the course, I'll never walk to and from anywhere the same way again.

Katie Pavlich

Katie Pavlich is the Editor at Townhall.com. Follow her on Twitter @katiepavlich. She is a New York Times Best Selling author. Her latest book Assault and Flattery: The Truth About the Left and Their War on Women, was published on July 8, 2014.