Got to Phoenix too late to post anything last night...suffered critical brain shutdown! First, thanks to GUNSITE honcho Ed Head for stopping by and commenting. Eds retired Border Patrol and one of the three nicest guys in the world...he and the rest of the GUNSITE crew make it easy for us to work there.
We were shooting Ed's new Hans Vang left-hand receiver/right-hand trigger group 870 pump. The rationale here, as pioneered by GUNSITE instructor/USPSA Grandmaster 3-gun shooter Steve Hendricks, is that with a left-hand reeiver you can load the gun through the ejection port without having to reach under gun...a much faster way of working the pump. Your strong hand (assuming you're right-handed) stays on the gunstock, allowing you to respond instantly to a change in teh threat level. This bears A LOT more looking into, because it's a very intelligent system...interesting that, once again, a technique moves from the laboratory of competition into the Real World of defense training!
BTW, one of the things I really like about GUNSITE is that school's willingness to try anything that works...these are the most experienced firearms instructors in the world, and they NEVER stop learning, testing and trying to figure out a way to make a technique better, more effective, etc. There's also a deeply grounded belief that simplicty is better...and you had better believe that it is!
One of our sister shows is doing a piece on, "The Eight Steps to a Correct Concealed Carry Draw." Eight steps? EIGHT STEPS? Step One should be make funeral arrangements, because somewhere around Step Three you're gonna get yourself capped by a guy who just draws the gun!
Gotta go COWBOY UP at Winter Range...hopefully, I can sneak away for an hour or so and test the little Detonics .45 blaster I've got with me!