I went to the range on Sunday. I was practicing with my pistol and had an old Navy guy instructing me. I was working on defense. An error in my ways was discovered. I have always been told/taught by Dad and my Uncles, the gun is not up unless you are shooting it. I know some people insist the barrel is always pointed into the sky unless shooting but in my family it was barrel down at the ground unless on target. During my instruction Sunday when I was swapping out the magazines on my pistol, instinct took over. My pistol pointed down and so did my eyes. My instructor was yelling, “Eyes up! The threat is not on the ground it is in front of you.” Past training kept kicking in; my eyes kept lowering as did my pistol when I was swapping out magazines. He showed me how to keep my eyes moving and pistol up, eject the spent magazine and place in a new one. He kept driving home; the threat will be out in front not in the dirt. I am now working on keeping my stance, swapping magazines at chest high. I always practice safety but never practiced with an imaginary threat in front of me. Just thought I would share because it is something I never considered. My movements when shooting have always been one way but taught for a certain purpose.