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Double Tap vs. Controlled Pair

double tap versus controlled pairWhat is the difference between a double tap and a controlled pair? Depends who you ask. But if you ask us the difference is skill and understanding.

Tell a new shooter to “double tap” a target and guess what happens? They come out of the holster and have sent the first one down range with a wrenching grip on the gun and mash the trigger, under recoil the trigger lets up and they mash the second round off as fast as possible. The fundamentals of shooting have been lost and accuracy is not there. Sure, they got the rounds off relatively quickly, but were the hits effective?

Now, instruct a shooter to send a “controlled pair.” What usually takes form is the shooter engaging the fundamentals for the first shot, having proper follow through and trigger control, allowing the trigger to reset, and sending the second round when the sights have returned on target. The result is two accurately placed rounds on target in a controlled manner.

To sum it up, the difference is this: A “double tap” is a spray and pray technique used to maximize speed with no sense nor care for accuracy. This could be used when the muzzle of a gun is jammed in the belly of an adversary who has you pinned and is punching your lights out.

A “controlled pair” is a balance of speed and accuracy. Controlled pairs are shot as fast as possible while maintaining accuracy (palm to hand sized groups) based on the target size, distance, and shooter’s ability.

Slow down your shooting practice and remember, a slow hit is better than a fast miss!

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