You’ve probably heard that it’s important to know how to fight from the ground because most fights are going to end up there.

Now, ideally, you don’t want to go to the ground…especially if the ground is hard or you have multiple attackers.

But sometimes, that’s where it ends up.

So, if you end up flat on your back on the ground, do you know how to get your gun into the fight and make solid hits quickly?

A lot of people don’t realize how different it is to shoot from the ground…until they’re doing it for the first time. And it’s not a skill you want to be learning when your life’s on the line.

Getting through cover to your gun is different.

Drawing is different…especially if you’re laying on your gun or trying to kick at the same time.

Your head and sights may be tilted 90 degrees to the side…or they may be completely upside down.

It’s really not difficult once you’ve done it a few times, but it can be disorienting at first.

This is complicated by the fact that most ranges won’t let you shoot from the ground and, even if you could, you really don’t want to until you have already learned, practiced, and refined the skill.

With 360 degree training like this, it’s incredibly important that you don’t use a real pistol capable of chambering live ammo. Use an inert training platform, airsoft, pellets, sim-guns, or use a barrel/chamber block to help insure that you won’t have a negligent discharge.

For the video, I’m using as a 9mm chamber/barrel block.

The “3 Legged Table Top” drill comes from Dry Fire Fit. Dry Fire Fit is a collection of 50+ advanced dynamic dry fire drills that will get you comfortable shooting from awkward positions around, under, and over cover/concealment and shooting on the move.Most of these drills will go beyond what you will encounter in real life.

And that’s a good thing.

If you train for the extremes, the averages take care of themselves.
And if you train for the extremes, “normal” situations become a heck of a lot easier to deal with.

Most importantly, if you train for the extremes, you’ll find out what your limits are. Think of it as your performance envelope. When you figure out your performance envelope in low stress situations, you will be less likely to wipe out in a chaotic high stress situation.

So, to get more drills like these, head on over to

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by Mike Ox

Mike Ox is an avid defensive and competitive shooter who has co-created several firearms training products, including Dry Fire Training Cards,

Dry Fire Fit, 21 Day Alpha Shooter, and See Faster, Shoot Faster.  His brain based training focuses on accelerated learning techniques for shooting as well as controlling brain state and brain chemistry for optimal performance in extreme stress situations.  Learn more about dynamic dry fire training for defense and competition at


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