Defense Learning NOT to shoot. Recoil Staff March 1, 2015 Join the Conversation Sometimes training is about learning NOT to shoot. That frustrates some people. Counterintuitive though it might be, not everyone realizes the importance of “shoot-don't shoot” scenarios and discussion in training. Grant Cunningham of the Personal Security Institute recently addresses this very issue recently in his blog. “…you’re on the range and you spend a day or two (or three or four, depending on the school) drawing your gun and shooting the target every time you hear a beep or whistle. Whatever the stimulus is, whether a sound or a word, you’re there to shoot the target. Draw your gun and shoot… As I said…that’s a necessary skill to learn. It’s just that it’s not always the skill you need, and no one seems to want to teach the alternative: not shooting. Some of this non-shooting training comes in the form of legal education: when can you shoot? How does the justice system (and society at large) define self defense, and when can you use the lethal force at your disposal to protect yourself? Earlier I mentioned the cases where shots were fired but didn’t need to be; what I really meant to say was that shots were fired when they weren’t legally or morally justifiable. Not shooting when the circumstances don’t allow shooting is in fact a skill that needs to be learned: the skill of rational self control, aided and abetted by your knowledge of what’s lawful… There’s still…the need to train in how you actually decide not to shoot and how to use your gun when shooting isn’t (yet) a justified act… Teaching students not to shoot doesn’t sound sexy at all, but it may be the skill they learn which turns out to be the most important.” Take the time to read the original article in its entirety right here. You can learn more about the Personal Security Institute here online, here . Follow them on Twitter here, on Google + here or visit them on Facebook here. You can check out Grant Cunningham's YouTube channel here or his author page on Facebook here. If you want to check out his author page on Amazon you can do so here. Explore RECOILweb:SHOT Show: Things That Made Us Say "Huh?"Sig P320 vs. Glock 19: FX HummelJedi Master Hackathorn Explains Colt Target in Issue 25The Pro-Shooter Experience with Max Michel NEXT STEP: Download Your Free Target Pack from RECOILFor years, RECOIL magazine has treated its readers to a full-size (sometimes full color!) shooting target tucked into each big issue. Now we've compiled over 50 of our most popular targets into this one digital PDF download. From handgun drills to AR-15 practice, these 50+ targets have you covered. Print off as many as you like (ammo not included). Get your pack of 50 Print-at-Home targets when you subscribe to the RECOIL email newsletter. We'll send you weekly updates on guns, gear, industry news, and special offers from leading manufacturers - your guide to the firearms lifestyle.You want this. Trust Us.