There are so many people around the world that have contacted me over the years that actually wanted to know if there was any way in which they could enhance their ability to increase their level of safety when handing and operating a firearm. Even more than that, I’ve also had numerous Firearm Instructors and Firearm Educators alike that were simply stumped on how to increase the level of safety for not only themselves but their Students and Clients.
Well, after giving these inquiries some thought, I decided to create and develop a way to lessen the risk of this shooting pathology of one either having a UD (Unintentional Discharge) or a ND (Negligent Discharge). The name of the technique I created and further developed is called the “On/Off-Set Technique”.
Remember we are talking about shooting pathologies here. So with that said, what the On/Off-Set Technique is predicated on, is ensuring that the fingers of the Operators remain off the triggers of their weapon system until they are ready to shoot. With more than half of UD (Unintentional Discharges) and ND (Negligent Discharges) occurring during the process of either extracting and drawing their firearm, this technique is one that is highly relevant to the safety of the Operator of the weapon system.
There are some Firearm Instructors that go as far as to band certain holster in their classes for an overly unjustified prejudice against certain type of holster because they believe wholeheartedly that the banned holster is a contributing factor that increases the odds that the Students or Clients they serve will experience a UD and or a ND. Again, let’s not blame the equipment if you are purchasing your equipment from a great manufacture. Instead, let’s look at and address the root of the pathology: Shooter or Operator error.
Well I have cultivated a way to significantly reduce the shooting pathology of one accidentally placing their finger on the trigger prematurely to the discharge of the shot. The On/Off-Set Technique is a bifurcated technique that is comprised of two parts. The “On-Set” which is what Shooters typically already do when handling or manipulating a firearm - keeping their finger alongside the frame or the slide of their spinner (revolver) or their pistol.
However, this safety technique is expanded in that the Off-Set part of the On/Off-set Technique lies in the fact that the Operator of the firearm will keep in its entirety their finger completely off the gun itself (100%). Keeping your finger 100% completely off the gun itself can be easily accomplished during either the extraction and or draw of the firearm.
For many people this will feel and or look weird, and of course as you well know, there will be people out there that are completely against it because it is a foreign technique and they have a strong propensity to resist change of any kind, and especially people that are divergent in thought and perspective. Other people may have the opinion that the Off-Set part of the On/Off-Set Technique will have an adverse effect on the Shooters speed when it comes to quickly getting their finger on and off the trigger. Not saying that this is the case, but like anything in life you have to practice. the On/Off-Set Technique is no different.
Moreover, some people will cite concerns of the "breaking" or reduction of grip pressure during the extraction and or drawing of the gun. I’m here to tell you that this does not exist. Remember that practice and continuous repetition is a must and is even more important when a new method or technique is introduced into your “toolbox”.