30 April 2014

Stop dragging your feet and learn pistol fundamentals

Last year after my Dad bought a 2013 Street Glide I inherited his 92 Fat Boy.  For those of you who are not familiar I am talking about Harley Davidson motorcycles.  For years because of my shaved head and tattoos I had been identified as a “bike”.  Even though I look like I should have known how to ride a motorcycle I didn’t.

Drawing of my Dad’s 50 years of riding experience, I took in as much as I could, but in the end, nobody can ride a motorcycle for you, just like nobody can shoot a gun for you.  After riding for a year or so I just new there was something I was missing, something very fundamental.  Years ago my Dad had mentioned Jerry “Motorman” Palidino to me.  The Motorman was a retired police motorcycle officer who taught a course and DVD called “Ride Like  Pro”.  I got a hold of said DVD and while watching it I had a huge face palm moment.  In the DVD he covers some very simple fundamentals about using the rear, brake and clutch to allow you to execute very tight turns at a snails pace while riding the largest of motorcycles.  With less than an hour of practice my riding was 100% better.  This increased my confidence and fun factor.  Now my goal is to continually hone those skills every time I ride.

In a Youtube video the “Motorman” says “if you are replacing your boots faster than replacing your tires you might be a foot dragger”.  You see the only time you should be putting your feet down is when the bike is stopped.  But in reality you see lots of bad ass bikers walking their bikes around with baby steps while going slow.  The best place to see this is at the gas station and other parking lots.  If you see one them dragging their feet you know that they have the bike but not the training to get the most out of it.  This leads me to the point of this article.

There are plenty of people out there who own pistols.  Many of them even have the 511 Tuxedo and Oakleys.  They look like they should know what they are doing, but the truth is that many have no idea what to do with that pistol.  All the information they have about it has come from magazines, family, friends, and worst of all the internet.  Unless they attend training or get in front of others that know the fundamentals, no one will ever recognize their “foot dragging”.  Ignorance is bliss until it comes to life and death.  

This will be the first in a series of articles and short videos showing the fundamentals of handling a pistol.  Notice I did not say how to shoot a pistol.  The reason why is because that does not seem to be the issue with people I see turn up at classes.  Their issues are safety and gun handling.  If you have never attended structured training or shot on an actual firing line there are tips, tricks, and etiquette that you could not possibly know.  In this series I will give you the information that will allow you to be safe as well as look like you know what the hell you are doing.  This will hopefully increase your confidence as well as your fun level when it comes to the pistol.

The most important thing though is that you will have a structured, repeatable techniques to share with people who come to you for it after they see you wearing that 511 Tuxedo and Oakleys.

Here is some primer, if you are serious about training yourself and others, narrow it down to one pistol (at least at first).  Get a Blue Gun and two Blue Gun magazines for that gun.  Stay tuned.


  1. I finally got them, now I need to learn something!

  2. Where do I get them?