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Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol

Bringing the Fight Back to the Pistol

Brian J. Stas / SWAT Digest

I had no idea it could get so hot in Maine. It has to be near 100 degrees. The sun is beating down hard on my salty back and red neck as I stare at my target. I’m rubbing my blistered finger tips together listening to the monkeys in my head My back is sore as hell and I can feel blood dripping down my arms from my swollen elbows. I’m really glad I could be here. The sweat is getting into my eyes and starting to burn. I need to rub…FIGHT!!! One word silences the monkeys and their chatter.

I’m aware of nothing now, except that my pistol is punched out in front of my face. The large front sight jumping up and down as my pistol breathes. I stop shooting as my four rounds have made their exit. I snap my pistol close to me like a baby that needs nurturing, SUL position, as I turn like a tank turret looking for more business. As I turn, I can see some of the other students working smoothly with their pistols. Crisp, precise movements, all with warrior targets?

I complete my full spin and perform a tactical reload. My pistol slips back in its holster. “Don’t look at it, feel it,” I warn myself.. I look at my target and see the tight holes staring back at me right where they should be. “I could have done that faster, but it felt smooth.” I silently critique myself. I’m doing a lot better then I thought, considering how long it’s been. Before I can start to beat myself up again for waiting so long to do some pistol work, the word barks “FIGHT!!!” Man, am I glad to be here.

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  • Goonies_max50


    over 6 years ago


    very good article. nice writing. makes me want to get on the range again

  • Dscn0295_max50


    almost 7 years ago


    stop and think about it? what do we carry on evry call everyday? nice article

  • Me_prone_max50


    almost 7 years ago


    Well written, very good article.

  • Photo_user_banned_big


    about 7 years ago


    excellent article

  • 3fffbb1-1_max50


    over 7 years ago


    Awesome! Could almost feel the smooth trigger squeeze and the inevitable recoil as if I was standing there. The words, Been there, Done that and GOD I Want to and THANK GOD I Will do it again ring in my head . Thanks

  • 0312091735_1__max50


    over 7 years ago


    The true feeling of any cop that likes to shoot. Like they say, " A bad day at the range is better than a good day at work!"

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 7 years ago

    The Article was awsome .....

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 7 years ago

    Very cool very very cool

  • Tbl_max50


    over 7 years ago


    Great article!

  • Photo_user_blank_big


    over 7 years ago

    great poetry and a good article to

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