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Forward Linear Movement

Forward Linear Movement

Simultaneous shooting and moving is receiving almost as much emphasis as moving to cover during a gun battle.

Movement away from the threat is usually preferred, but there are times when closing with an opponent is appropriate.

The isosceles stance lends itself to this type of maneuver.

€¢ Keep upper torso erect with a slight forward inclination.
€¢ The torso must be kept as stable as possible.
€¢ Flex the elbows more than usual to "float" the gun.
€¢ Look through the sights with both eyes open.
€¢ Flex the knees and lower your center of gravity.
€¢ Take short, choppy steps with a heel-to-toe movement.
€¢ To avoid bounce, some advocate breaking the shot while your rear foot is up and front foot planted, but you will fire when the threat requires it or the opportunity presents itself.
€¢ Practice on level ground with a three-quarters full glass of water held in firing grip or use a laser projected on a wall to smooth out movement. Eventually move to uneven terrain. Fire single shots, double-taps and three-shot bursts. Engage multiple targets.
€¢ Work in "now shots" by moving in Ready gun and using an audible shot timer to break shot(s). Strive for an accurate one-second hit within a 10-yard envelope, including head shots.

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