Strong Hand/Weak Hand?

Do you have what you consider a “weak” hand?

Unfortunately this is common nomenclature among the firearms community. We believe that if you do, in fact, have what you consider a weak hand it is a substantial gap in your firearms training. We prefer to think in terms of trained and untrained (to quote John Creasey) or  as primary and secondary hands and we strongly advocate training both equally.

A few years back a female police officer engaged 3 bad guys on her own because children’s lives were in danger. Early in the gunfight she was shot and wounded in her right arm which was her primary gunfighting arm. To borrow a phrase from the old west, she did a “border shift” and switched her weapon to her left hand and continued to engage including the need to perform a one handed reload with her left hand! Well the upshot of the story is that this brave officer was shot multiple times yet she killed 2 of the assailants, caused the 3rd to flee, saved the children and lived to tell the story.

Now, fortitude and commitment aside she was able to perform this feat due to her previous training for such an eventuality. Anyone who has trained force on force with us knows that a lot of people get shot in the hand. Why? Because that is where our vision is focused when the opponents’ hand is holding a weapon. With the likelihood of that happening during an actual gunfight are you prepared to carry the fight with your secondary hand or will you be forced to surrender to the discretion of the bad guys?

Can you present your weapon one-handed from your concealed carry method of choice? Can you load/reload and deal with malfunctions with one hand whether it be your primary or your secondary? Most importantly can you put rounds on target and stop the bad guys with either hand? Is your weapon configured to make one-handed operation very difficult or can it work in an ambidextrous manner with training?

Now is the time to expand your firearms training skills and assume things will go sidewise very quickly or, as we used to say in the infantry, no plan survives the first contact. Make sure your plan includes training and contingencies for these unforeseen events and that you can continue to carry the fight for yourself and your loved ones.