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What is it, where did it come from and do I have to use it in order to be cool? It’s a technique that has been around for a long time. Simply put, Temple Index is to index the firearm vertically, parallel to the head, with the knuckle of the hand touching the temple.
Let’s take a quick look of how we’d employ Temple Index. It’s a close quarters, application based technique when the gun needs to be “out”, but indexing it in any other direction would flag yourself and or others. There is no such thing as a berm in the real world, only people down range and indexing the gun down (i.e. SUL) isn't always the safest place to point the firearm. I'll give you some examples. Engaging from a seated position within a vehicle and exiting (especially when there are others in the vehicle) gives you little options. Down, indexes the firearm to your legs (nope, need those), out or compressed, indexes the firearm towards others in or near the vehicle (kinda want to keep my friends and family relatively bullet hole free) and trying to re-holster is a rather time consuming and often futile endeavor. Keep it out, index it up. Other instances would be linear assaults, such as planes, trains, buses etc. Working and moving around others who may be below you such as your kids, or other good dudes getting low and working under vehicles and those utilizing cover while they work a malfunction, reload or make the most epic Facebook update of all time.