Shoot Them To The Ground!! a video by Matthew Temkin, with commentary by your host, Larry Correia

Nightcrawler sent this link to me, and said that I absolutely had to review it. He said that it was one of the dumbest instructional firearms videos that he’d ever seen.  Mike assisted me in teaching quite a few pistol classes and really knows his stuff, so I clicked the link.  Ironically enough, I’d actually seen this video before at Justin’s Way of the Multigun   Read that first. And after reading that, let’s just say that Justin is way nicer than I am.

A little background, Justin and I were moderators together on The High Road. The creator/subject of this video is one Matthew Temkin, who used to post on THR with his constant arguments about the sheer, amazing, POWER of point shooting, or TOTAL TARGET FOCUS as he called it. He was obnoxious, and to read his posts, you’d think that he was the single most lethally fast gunfighter in the history of the universe.

Temkin went on and on and on about how amazing and fast his shooting was, and about how his was the best way of firearms instruction ever.  I had no dog in the fight, I don’t care how other people shoot. Personally, I like to aim. But if you didn’t do it Temkin’s way, then you were doing it wrong.  Sadly, Temkin would never actually shoot with anybody else, and there was no video to validate the amazing speed and tactical brilliance of his style…


Presenting, Matthew Temkin’s SHOOT HIM TO THE GROUND!!!!!!!!  TACTICAL POINT SHOOTING FOR THE 21st CENTURY!! Featuring Matthew Temkin as The Master, Rubber Man as Target Ted, and introducing Piece of Paper as Target #2. Watch and learn!

As your humble commentator, I will try to keep up with the awesome as it comes.  For the record, I consider myself decent with a handgun. I’m qualified Expert in IDPA, haven’t ever made Master because limited Vickers messes with my head in the classifier, and the times that I’ve tried USPSA, I usually score on par with the B class guys.  I’ve taught basic defensive pistol classes for years, and I’ve gotten to take classes from, or assisted several really good top-notch, been-there-done-that instructors. I’ve had the opportunity to associate with and shoot with some of the best shooters alive (and gotten my butt correspondingly kicked).  I just say that to illustrate that I know what a competent pistol shooter looks like.

And Matthew Temkin ain’t it.

Basically, the reason I throw that out there is that from what I can see in the video, Temkin really can’t handle a gun very well. I’m kind of embarrassed for him.  I’m not saying that there is anything wrong with not being a good shooter, it takes time and practice. I would never insult some random dude’s shooting who posted a video of himself for fun. But most mediocre shooters don’t try to pass themselves off as masters on the internet and then produce videos highlighting their mad skillz to sell. That makes them fair game for mockery.  

So here we go.

At 12 seconds in, Master Temkin demonstrates how to get the most from your ammo training budget.

At 14 seconds:  If you have shot your enemy in the abdomen more than seven times, and they still present a threat, you may want to rethink your target selection strategy. (hint, the vital organs are up here)

16 seconds: Target Ted “Hey, ouch, what the hell man? Quit poking me!” 

Okay, freeze frame and study this technique with me for a second. When being attacked by a vicious, murderous, killer. Gently place your off hand on their head, as if to tell them that everything is going to be okay. Then poke them really hard in the sternum with your gun, just to warn him where the bullets will be arriving momentarily. Don’t worry. At no point will the bad guy reach out and grab your firearm. Proceed to empty your gun into aforementioned bad guy.  Eat cake.

18 seconds: Freeze frame. Study that grip. Is his support hand putting any pressure on the gun at all? And this was a posed for the camera shot!  Imagine what his grip looks like when he’s under pressure. No wonder Master Temkin mostly shoots with one hand.

20 seconds: Oh, never mind.

22 seconds: That is your idea of lateral movement? Stick your gun directly into the bad guy’s reach, and then sway back and forth rhythmically? Is that to hypnotize him?

Target Ted “I would totally snatch your gun away… yet… I’m strangely fascinated by your rhythmic swaying.”

26 seconds:  Study this technique behind the amazing Troma-level special effects of the title.  You’ve got a bad guy several feet away. So you extend your gun out and walk toward them while cranking off rounds. For some inexplicable reason, you start low, and gradually work your way up to the vital organs, and then shoot them in the brain, which is a vital organ on most people who didn’t vote for Obama.

I’m noticing a theme, and we’re less than half a minute in. If you can’t shoot good, get real close!

Uhm… Master Temkin. I carry a gun because I don’t want to get real close the to the person trying to murder me. Isn’t that a little counterintuitive?

34 seconds: Target Ted “Dude, why do you have to be such a douche?”

42 seconds: Master Temkin “Because **** you is why, Ted! Take that!”

1:02  You know, if you used those little square things on the top of your gun, you could hit stuff from further away… I’m just sayin’.  

1:22 “Where the hell is my holster? Why can’t I get my gun back in the holster?”   A sure sign of expertise is when you can’t get your gun back into the holster.

1:33 Target Ted “Hey, quit thumping me! Why are you such a bully? This is the worst summer job ever.”

1:50 Okay, did you catch that? Now if Master Temkin’s techniques were actually done at that BRRRRP speed, then we might have something here. But instead, he’s pathetically slow.  No, seriously. I could take an average person that’s never shot a gun before, and after one day of instruction, they would be able to draw, take a two handed grip, move AWAY from the bad guy, AIM and successfully engage a target faster than Temkin’s What The ****?! Technique of getting closer to the source of murder while ballistically masturbating.

2:00 Aaaaannnnd… HOLD!  You’ve got to keep the gun there for a second. Just to let the bad guy know that he’s been Pwned like a little bitch! If Chow Yun Fat had just executed that technique, doves would have flown by in slow motion.

2:25  So the explanation of why I begin by wasting several rounds and seconds by shooting them in the abdomen instead of the heart is… huh?

2:41 That is not a quick draw by any means. Sadly, anybody who has shot one or two IPSC matches could draw, AIM, and hit a target at about three times the distance in the same time that Master Temkin does without aiming at bad breath distance.

I thought the whole point of Point Shooting was for speed?

What do you think the look on his face would be if the gun came out, and as he was sticking it out there the bad guy knocked it away? Heh. That would be hilarious.  And if you don’t think that could happen, please go do some force on force training, or role-playing, where instead of a rubber man with no arms, the target is a 6’5” 300 pound hyper-aggressive James Gandolfini look-alike.  The first time somebody removes your rubber gun from you, that whole “charge up and shoot the guy” loses some of its appeal.

I loved role-playing a villain in classes. I was totally the best psycho-rapist-kidnapping-lunatic-murderer EVER.

3:08 Ooooh. Multiple targets. This is good stuff.  Listen to his explanation of how idiotic police instructors are, by massively over exaggerating normal techniques. Then he proceeds to demonstrate his superior technique, by SLOWLY engaging two targets, by getting closer to them. 

You know, if my entire strategy was to just get close enough to hug my enemies, I think I’d just carry a meat cleaver instead of a gun.

4:17 Word of advice, Temkin. From one big man to another, avoid the unflattering polo shirts if you’re going to be recording a Paladin Press video.

4:20-4:26 A very leisurely shooting of six rounds into two targets.

Target Ted “I would so totally attack him if I had arms!”

Target #2 “Back off man, this is my moment to shine!”

4:30-4:34 We’re cooking now!  Yee Haw!  This was the best part of the entire video!

Sooooo… This is the technique you want to use if you are attacked by two elderly, unarmed ladies, who are unable to turn their Larks fast enough to escape your wrath. (The turning radius on the Lark is pathetic). 

4:40 Again. Oh, wait. That’s slow motion. I couldn’t tell.  It is fascinating to watch the wet noodle fish grip technique exercised by Master Temkin.  My ten year old has a firmer shooting grip.   

4:53 HOW TO ORDER! Because I don’t know about you, but I really can’t wait to get another 90 minutes of a large man, clumsily drawing his gun, before leisurely swaying back and forth as he shoots entire magazines of ammunition into a static target a foot away!

Let’s see what the publisher, Paladin Press, has to say. As usual, they’re in italics. I’m in bold.  

Most gunfights involving an armed civilian occur within the range of zero to three feet. My gosh! And if they’re not, you better run up there and get that close!  At that close-quarter distance, you’re not going to have the room or opportunity to push the gun out, get on the sights, and fire a perfect double-tap into your assailant’s “X-ring.” Uhm… Yes, because doing that would be soooooo much harder and more dangerous than walking slowly toward your target. So how do you end the threat, even at contact distance, without shooting yourself or someone you didn’t mean to?  Because not aiming makes not shooting people much easier!  In this video, firearms expert snort Matthew ”Stephen Segal Mountain Tiger” Temkin teaches you how to get man-stopping accuracy BWA HA HA HA HA at that critical close range using total target focus, also known as point shooting also known as handing your gun to the enemy while you spasmodically jerk the trigger. Taught point shooting by Col. Rex Applegate and the artist formerly known as Prince himself, Temkin shows you how to transform your body’s natural startle reflex when confronted with an immediate lethal threat into a method of close-quarter gunfighting suitable for military, police ,pizza delivery, porn star, farming dairy goats, or civilian application. Temkin emphasizes point shooting’s practicality by teaching the fundamentals: one- and two-handed shooting, burst shooting, turns and pivots, the combat drawstroke, proper targeting, and much more. This program won’t supplant aimed fire from behind cover, Dur, really? but is an invaluable part of any combat shooter’s arsenal.

In the spirit of fairness, and to cleanse your pallet, here is me during one of George Hill’s pistol classes.

Keep in mind, I’d rank myself as good, but no super shooter by any means. We’re starting at the same distance as Master Temkin. Only when George yells “Threat!” we move AWAY from the bad guy trying to inflict murder on us, while using our sights.  Out of three hundred rounds fired that day, I only missed  a handful of shots, and none on this drill.

So let’s see. I got my gun out in half the time, put just as many bullet holes in the bad guy, while moving in the direction to make me more likely to not die, and I AIMED…  Gee whiz. I should get me a snazzy polo shirt and make videos for Paladin Press!  (I did drop my head to reholster, but I’d picked up that crappy $10 nylon holster that morning because my regular holster had accidently been packed into storage for the move).

Remember Temkin’s rhythmic swaying back and forth version of shooting on the move? Here is me again, same pistol class.  With a performance that I’m frankly embarrassed with, but I was massively out of practice. This was the first time I’d shot in several months (and I got fat!).  I missed once, and totally flubbed it and didn’t hit the slide stop after the reload.  Yet… I AIMED, even while moving back and forth while the instructor yelled directions at me, (on the Back, the reason I kinda went sideways was because I didn’t want to get ahead of the other active shooter on the line, too many years as an RO has made that an automatic response on my part!).  Yet, I sill shoot better than Master Mountain Tiger, and I’m comparatively NOT THAT GOOD!  I’d have Paladin Press edit out the parts where I didn’t look perfect.

Jeez. I just had a thought. Those were Temkin’s promotional videos. That means those were the highlights. I’d love to see the takes that ended up on the cutting room floor.

You want to see a good shooter? These are good competitors doing a standard El Prez drill.  But Master Temkin doesn’t like competition, because it isn’t realistic enough.  I don’t even know who the first two guys are.

Okay, sure, those are competition guys, and Master Temkin would say they’re using “trick” guns. (hint, Travis Tomasi would beat your slow ass with a pointy stick). Here’s a true “Master” using a boring old Glock. (and he’s aiming)  One personal digression. I did once beat Dave Sevigny’s time on a single event, at one tiny moment in time, on a simulator, but only because I had been the guy running the simulator at SHOT all day, and had shot that particular drill about a hundred times, but I’ll take it!

I’m not even against point shooting. There’s a place for it. Like when you’re attacked and the bad guy is right in your face. I’m a big fan of the speed rock, and do a presentation where basically you go to the speed rock every single time you dray your gun. But for anything outside of inside-an-elevator distance, I’m going to a two handed grip, and aiming.  Plus with a speed rock, I’m keeping my gun in tight and away from the bad guy, not handing it to them so they can kill me better. If I’m going to take the time to extend my arm, I can aim.

Here’s the ultimate example of point shooting vs. aiming. Though fictional, it is a great demonstration. (and even legal until the execution bit) The famous, Yo Homie Is That My Briefcase.  Here’s the first random dude I found on Youtube searching for speed rock. Sadly most searches for Speed Rock bring up hair metal bands.

While you’re on Youtube in the shooting video section, you can click any random link of any random bozo on there, and odds are that they’ll be smoother than Matthew Temkin.

Basically, if you’re going to sell your technique on the internet, you should probably practice first.


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