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Flashlight Technique
There are several “accepted” flashlight techniques that are taught for utilizing a powerful compact flashlight in conjunction with a firearm. We teach to use the light to identify threats and the pistol to engage them separately. Traditional combination techniques result in several things that I feel are detrimental to efficiency, consistency and effectiveness, thereby make us less safe. At I.C.E. Training (Integrity, Consistency and Efficiency), we teach the High-Compressed Ready almost exclusively for defensive pistol use. Keeping the gun in close to the body, with elbows at your side is very important. One of the advantages of the High-Compressed Ready is it’s consistent with our draw stroke from the holster. Also, it is a position that keeps the pistol in close to the body for better retention and less “projection” around blind corners. Traditional techniques that place the off hand in contact with the firing hand result in the firearm being pushed out in front of the body much more significantly than the High-Compressed Ready, thereby reducing our retention ability, increasing our exposure around corners and also causing muscle fatigue faster. Of course, ano...

Lateral Movement
The first response to any attack needs to be the recognition of that attack. From that instant, the race is on to respond as efficiently as possible to end the attack and survive. When the attack is a charging or armed person that justifies a lethal response, the time it takes to draw, present and fire your pistol could become an eternity if you don’t do something else to disrupt the incoming attack. In some cases, you might be close enough to physically interfere with the attack — trapping a knife, blocking a strike or grappling or moving the muzzle of a gun. In most other situations, the best (and maybe only) thing you can do is move offline from the attack. This lateral movement could save your life and will certainly make you a harder target to injure. The concept of lateral movement is not to create distance, but to shift your body 90 degrees offline from the attack. This causes your threat to have to shift his movement and/or aim in order to hit you. While this is a very simple concept, it is often overlooked during both square-range and force-on-force training. The mantra “create distance” has been repeated so often that many have overlooked the fact that...

Rob Pincus

Rob Pincus is a world renowned personal defense instructor and consultant who has authored several books, produced more than 45 training DVDs and appeared in several television series.

Through his company, I.C.E. Training, Rob develops and teaches military, law enforcement, private security and personal defense courses. His flagship program, Combat Focus Shooting, has been taught in more than a dozen countries on three continents. He has published dozens of articles, and his most recent book, “Combat Focus Shooting: Evolution 2010”, is the most progressive publication on defensive shooting available. Rob has been a member of the S.W.A.T. Magazine staff for more than a decade.

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