Definition of Sides (R)

The Rifle Drills course is an online curriculum consisting of 15 short instructional modules with quizzes.

The predecessor to the Rifle Drills Course is the Handgun Drills course which we encourage everyone to start with. By building on the foundation of the Handgun Drills course you will more quickly learn what works for you should you be afforded the luxury of enough time to retrieve your long gun.

In this Rifle Drills course, we will provide you with the study materials needed to begin mastering stress resistant gun handling techniques for the rifle. This course will introduce you to drills that you should practice at home (dry) and on the range (live).

The drill modules should be completed in order, after which the student can revisit any module at any time to refresh their memory. Students who complete all 15 modules and pass the quizzes will be awarded a certificate that can be posted to their profile page.

INSTRUCTIONS: Watch the video, read the narrative, review the still photos then take the quiz at the bottom. When done move on to the next module indicated at the bottom.

DURATION: 30 Minutes


DEFINITION OF SIDES In this lesson we will begin with a brief discussion of how we at DSI refer to our left and right sides.

While defining sides with their own terminology may seem a bit pedantic, I can assure you that it is not, as it both simplifies communications, while setting the proper mental attitude for a fighting with firearms.

What we would like for you to do is - in your mind's eye - draw an imaginary line through the center of your body. From the top of your head, down through your forehead, between your eyes, down the center of your chest, right down to between your feet. Imagine it just like the photo below.

01 Front Facing - Draw an imaginary line down the center of your body from the tip of head down between your feet.

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The firing side - Refers to the hand that is currently, for this place and time, manipulating the trigger.

02 Firing Side - Side that is firing (actuating the trigger) the firearm.

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Support Side - Refers to the hand that is currently, for this place and time, supporting the functioning and feeding of the weapon system.

03 Support Side - Side that maintains the functioning of the firearm (reloads, malfunction clearances, etc.)

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Also understand that you can change sides at your will. That is to say that your support hand or can be used as a firing hand or side, at your choosing to best fit your current situation.

With that in mind; if you are a right-handed shooter, but you are using your left hand to activate the trigger, which hand does your left hand/side become? Your firing side/hand of course.

So now your right hand should be considered what? If you said "The support hand/side." You would be absolutely correct. Can your support side hand become your firing side hand at your choosing, and can you achieve the same quality results as you could with your (normal) firing side hand? Absolutely.

04 Changing Sides -The support side can easily become your firing side if and when you need it to be.

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Utilizing this terminology helps us to not only eliminate any negative associations between fighting with your left or right hand (which is a big deal when fighting for your life), we no longer have to worry about the typical left and right translations between different handed shooters (which makes learning much faster).

Also when an instructor mentions "Your firing side," you don't need to translate "Oh, he is a right-handed shooter, so he means my left hand because I am a left-handed shooter." You can simply roll with the instruction and know that you are good-to-go.


NEXT DRILL: Proper Wearing Of Your Equipment


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NOTE: On-line instructional courses are not designed or intended to replace live training on a range, but rather to supplement your live fire and dry practice training.

At a bare minimum, you will want to enroll in a basic NRA course offered by any of the qualified NRA instructors in your area. Introductory NRA courses do a nice job of providing hands-on experience with basic marksmanship, weapon safety, maintenance, and cleaning.

If there is a DSI certified Combative Firearms Instructor (CFI) in your area we suggest you start with Module 1 (Rifle Basics) of our Combative Rifle courses. If not, we recommend that you take a quality rifle course from a reputable firearms training school near you.