Between all the regularly scheduled training classes and the law enforcement personnel practicing their marksmanship, the PSTC Green Deck is a very popular resource and requires a bit of luck for folks like myself (i.e., people who have successfully completed PST 102 or above) to get any session time there. As this is the only place where I can practice holster draw with live ammo (yes, there are the “action ranges” at TCGC, but I’m not a member there), Green Deck time for me is golden prime time.
You Are Not Alone
I managed to luck out and get an hour on the Green Deck on a Wednesday afternoon, and while that hour was sandwiched between a group of deputies doing carbine work, an hour is still 60 minutes so to speak. It also turned out that a fellow Devotee Of The Shooting Arts made a Green Deck appointment, so we carefully coordinated the sharing of this open space.
In a “typical” shooting range experience, people tend to mind their own business while plinking away in their individual lanes. When you take away those lanes and open up the floor, you need to start conversing with the other parties to communicate what you’re doing, what they’re doing, how all that might interact or potentially interfere, and so on. Mutual situational awareness is crucial to a safe Green Deck experience.
Draw Partner, Draw Bridge, Draw Tippy?
I do believe that this was the first live ammo holster draw since I completed PST 103 which was in December 2020. Between that lapse in practice and the recently acquired CZ P-10C I had some catching up to do.
While I’m waiting on some extra magazines for the P-10C, the kydex holster for the Glock G19 fits the CZ perfectly, so that was enough for me to get started. I got rolling with a set of basic, 7 yard draw-and-fire drills. The first 10 rounds were single shot, while the next set were two shots per draw.
Boing Boom Tschak!
Staying at 7 yards, I went with single head shots from holster, then “one to the body, one to the head” from draw. I think it’s a combination of grip angle, rounded grip shape, as well as being more mindful of the grasp, but I found the P-10C to be very controllable for multiple shots without having to adjust the support hand (which in all likelihood meant that my grip sucked for starters).
Next up, “two to the body, one to the head” drills. A few fliers here and there, and the head shots aren’t the most on-target, but at least they’re all on the target.
Back and Forth
To wrap up the session, I went from holster to single shots between two separate targets. The placement of the day-glo stickers was a bit arbitrary and not representative of a simulated body part, but was intended to present sufficient lateral distance to require a meaningful shift between shots.
This is definitely an area to practice on in the future, and with a wide enough target sheet, I should be able to work on this on the regular Blue Deck (minus the holster draw, naturally).