View Full Version : Only hits count (VHS)

Seppo Vesala
02-29-2004, 04:59 AM
Producer: Paladin press, 2001

Instructor: Louis Awerbuck

Run time: 1:13

This is not your basic how to shoot a handgun –video. Rather, it is an intermediate level film on how to practice handgun shooting. There is a slight, but clear difference between the two. The film starts with the assumption that the trainee knows the basics of shooting and gun handling, but there is no need for any advanced skills.

Awerbuck states that there are no ”advanced” gunfighting skills, as the problems in a gunfight are almost the same as with shooting a handgun on a range. The only real difference is that when shooting a real person, there is an added problem of reading the target (deciding where to hit), and only after that you can try to hit it. I don´t speak from personal combat experience, but that seems to be oversimplifying the matter, although Awerbuck has a point there.

In the film, Awerbuck presents several ways to increase the realism in your shooting excercises. The problems presented start from slight modifications from the basic range layout, and increasing to more complex and challenging situations. First Awerbuck presents a camouflaged target to replace the normal, even-coloured flat target. After that comes tilted camouflaged target (to emphasize the fact that your opponent may not always be conveniently standing erect), then curved camouflage target (to illustrate that shooting at the center of the target is not always the same as hitting center of mass), then comes tilted & curved camouflaged target, and so on.

Every change is justified in relation to real life shooting problems. First Awerbuck justifies them verbally on the range, and at the end of the film there are several acted scenes where the use of different variations is further justified.

There is also some stuff of firing on the move, cover & concealnment, flashlight techniques from behind the cover and so on.

If you have read Tactical reality by Awerbuck, there are lots of same ideas presented in the film and the book. Many of the ideas are not the same mainstream stuff you can read from almost any gun book. Rather Awerbuck presents some interesting and unique ideas, and he tries to diminish the range effect in trainig. Perhaps the most original idea is the emphasis on presenting curved targets, to illustrate that hitting a target between the nipples may be just a glancing hit, if the target is standing diagonally in ralation to the shooter. Awerbuck also recommends pelvic hits, but only to a diagonal target. The reasoning is that from straight on, the pelvis is a poor target because of its circular shape, but from the side it is far better and bigger target.

The quality of the film is the normal Paladin press standard, which is pretty good, but there are no outstanding features, either.

The film offers some interesting ideas, and the thinking is unorthodox, making it recommended watching.