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    For those who haven’t heard of Fairbairn, he was part of the Shanghai Municipal Police back in the 1900’s-1930’s.
    They were involved in gunfights on a nightly basis for a number of years, Fairbairn came up with some excellent training methods and concepts, some that are still in use today.

    Fairbairn brought their training into the 20th century as it were.

    He preferred the 1911 .45 automatic pistol but because of the smaller stature of most of the SMP, Colt 1908 .380’s were issued with the thumb safeties deactivated. The 1911’s thumb safeties were also deactivated.

    Here’s a copy of his “20 round drill” and the practice target for it.

    20 Round Pistol Drill

    “B course target”

    While “Condition 3″ carry is a thing of the past for most of us, it was taught back then for several reasons.
    First, the safeties on many firearms weren’t reliable.
    Second, many of the officers didn’t have a background with firearms and it prevented some handling issues.
    Thirdly, many of the training Officers had a military background and that method of carry, carried over.

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    Tap tap … Tap tap tap … Tap tap … Tap tap…tap tap tap … Tap tap. Reload

    Tap tap tap tap tap tap.

    Fairbairn … Inventor of the double tap.

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