5 nuances in training that will prepare for a real confrontation

Author – Chuck Taylor

In our age of terrorism, rising crime, social chaos and economic uncertainty, survival and security skills are more important than ever. We only need to open a newspaper, turn on the evening news, or surf the Internet to see what a dangerous and unpredictable world we live in. Therefore, an increasing number of citizens receive a license to conceal the carrying of weapons.

Most states require citizens to take a short course in order to get permission to hidden wearing. And some of them require a simple shooting test. But many people do not understand that simply passing this test means nothing; he doesn’t even closely reflect what he’s going to face in the real world.
Basic training will not teach you how to effectively use your weapon and will not give knowledge about the legality of its use.

Those who are aware of the limitations of the basic training process are usually enrolled in additional courses for the safe and effective use of weapons. There are those who believe that additional training is not required. But is it? The existence of a license for the concealed carrying and passing of a short written and / or trial small test is protected only by the issuing authorities, and not the user.

The subsequent use of weapons in real combat, if you survive, of course, will quickly “open your eyes”, which requires much more skills and knowledge than those that you discussed on the basic course. This is called “tactical responsibility.” Even if you win in a fight, you will have to deal with criminal liability – an analysis of your actions and motives from the point of view of the law and legal foundations.

The following are considerations necessary for effective learning.

1. The right instructor

Considering all the factors that come into play during and after the self-defense situation, you would be better off asking for additional training. However, carefully study the schools in advance. The area of ​​self-defense is vast, and the various instructors even more. A large number of instructors are sports shooters – they rightly shoot well, but they, with rare exceptions, do not know the tactical shooting technique, and do not understand criminal and civil liability.

Not having an instructor who can teach you these basic questions, you put your training in potential danger. Look for someone with real tactical experience and proven abilities. “Aha!” You say. “I know a man who was a fur seal who had just returned from the Middle East. He was an elite fighter, he was trained to act in “fire contact – it would be the perfect option!”. Unfortunately, this is true, but in part.

The servicemen know only what they are trained on the battlefield, and practically none of this is suitable for civil self-defense. Most often, the courses they conduct are overloaded with methods that are more suitable for the team, and not for individual civilians. Not familiar with the conditions of self-defense, they often shoot too much, which is not only unnecessary, but also a big problem when an attacker attacks a citizen on a street where there are a lot of unauthorized persons.

2. Correct stand

Another issue to consider is the rack. Practical shooting arrows love position Isosceles, while exclusively “classic” shooters often shoot with one hand. Some also prefer the rack Weaver. It happens that the mixing of these racks. The rack will vary depending on the position of the shooter, which, in turn, will depend on the prevailing situation.

If you use a 9 mm weapon, then Isosceles and weaver will be equally good. But if you prefer a more powerful gun, such as 0.40 S&W or .45 ACP, then stand Weaver fit better.

3. The correct target

The basis of live firing is finding the right balance of accuracy and speed that matches the tactical situation. However, the vast majority of currently available targets ignore this important premise. Instead, they are simply amorphous targets with circles and “glasses” on them.
A few years ago, I discovered this fact, and ultimately had to create my own silhouette targets, known as Taylor Combat (Camouflage) targets and Taylor Police Combat (Gray) targets. They allow you to take into account wound ballistics and provide the best balance of accuracy and speed necessary to neutralize the aggressors.

Nowadays, steel targets are also popular, and not without reason – they provide immediate feedback. Full-length graphic targets can be a great learning tool, although they are more expensive. They depict real people from different angles, dressed in different types of clothing and colors. Small or hidden goals are also common, so train on them.

4. The reality of learning

Training standard shooting exercises is a necessity and allows you to maintain shooting skills, but the training process should not be limited to this. In my training center Chuck Taylor’s American Small Arms Academy, we work out the so-called “situational shooting.” Our students are studying ways to solve tactical situations characteristic of civil self-defense. For example, when the shooter is in the bedroom on the bed, sitting at a table in a restaurant, in the living room or in the cabin in the car. Each situation has its own problems and methods of its solution and, therefore, requires serious study in order to develop the most effective ways to solve them.

5. Target control

Another legacy of sport shooting is the tendency to shoot and relax. This is due to the ability to see your bullet holes in the target, which is almost impossible in a real exchange of fire. You can make sure that everything is over by answering four questions:

  • They got me?
  • He fell?
  • Is he neutralized?
  • He has friends?

You can get answers to these questions only if you move the weapon to the ready position. Otherwise, your hands and part of your forearm will overlap the target, making a quick assessment impossible.

There are three stages of action after the use of weapons – weapons control, target control and space control. The need to assess the space is completely absent in sports shooting. However, in a real exchange of fire, the actions of the enemy will be the variable that will depend on the decision and reaction to your life.

P.S. Translator comment

Unfortunately, we have the vast majority of citizens who have received a license and bought firearms of limited defeat, sincerely believe that after a short course they became professionals in handling weapons, that now they themselves are not the devil and that they will “tear” any aggressor. At the same time, they carry their weapons in “man purses”, in the glove compartments (sorry, in the glove compartment) of the car and in other intimate-hidden places.

Another part of the citizens panic only from talking about the necessary defense and fanatically believe and assure others that “you will be punished, you will be put in prison.” Why it happens? For the most part, it is because in those 6 hours (on average) set aside for the training program, it is not realistic to touch on an extremely important thing – the legal aspect of this problem.

I once tried to hold a seminar on firearms of limited destruction, in order to familiarize citizens with the legal and regulatory aspects of necessary defense and extreme necessity, and also to consider ways of carrying their weapons of defense. 4 hours was planned for everything. So, during the workshop, it took several hours to bring and explain the legal norms of weapons circulation and the order of its use, and just as much was spent on the analysis of the specific situation and the algorithm for solving them. And this is despite the fact that the seminar was attended by … two people! And these are only legal aspects, which, I believe, should be fundamental in preparation for the acquisition of weapons. What can we say about the development of shooting skills, even basic ones, which require work on the formulation of coordination and motor-motor functions of a person?

But back to the Taylor article …

    I agree with the author that neither a purely sports instructor, and regardless of the ranks and titles, nor a true military man, and regardless of the track record, alone will not be able to prepare a student for an extreme situation of using weapons. I’m not talking about legal knowledge now, but I’m just talking about technical elements. Well, the simplest example is: how can you train a person in defensive shooting skills (I’ll call her that way, without reference to IDPA), using sporting ammunition and pistols? Or to use in training purely military techniques and elements of fire training, taken from shooting courses? You need to teach that and work with what you have to face in real life. The instructor must understand and KNOW what will happen in a real confrontation, and give theoretical knowledge and practical skills based on this. And no matter who the instructor – a veteran of the fighting or master of sports. Although, of course, OOOP is in the “purse” and “glove compartment” … well, yes, not everything depends on the instructor.
    I have almost completely written this section myself, since the respected Chuck Taylor, in my opinion, has a “fad” about the isosel (isosceles) rack. He fanatically imposes the Weaver stance, while mercilessly criticizes the isosceles (mostly unreasonable). In order not to bring confusion in the minds of professionals who study aspects of training only under articles and who worship various gurus and adherents of training centers, this section was altered by me and brought to a logical common denominator. It makes no sense to paint the advantages of one or another stand, in this case, the rule “it’s better to demonstrate clearly once than to explain a hundred times” really works.
    I have reduced this section a little. The author refers to targets that mimic vital organs and effective affected areas. I think that it is not necessary to disclose these nuances in public access. Conclusion one. The use of silhouette targets with not brightly marked areas of damage is much more efficient and smarter, especially in terms of realistic learning, than the ill-fated “green chest with circles” (target No. 4) or a black circle on a white background (target No. 1). Without going into the obvious differences, I will pay attention to what point. A person shooting at a target with pronounced “points” zones is internally set to “knock out” the maximum number of points. This is a reflex, PSYCHOLOGY. But look at the target and impose it on the projection of man, what will you see? In general, compare the right edge of the target (the area of ​​the seven and six for seven or eight hours, ie, the place that is called “pulled”, “pulled off.” Ugh, damn, forgive me this terminology) and the projection of a person …
    What is there to add? Of course, it is necessary to work out and train those actions and methods of shooting that can occur in a real situation. This is clear, only it is not clear, why did Taylor get involved in practical shooting? This is where all sorts of starting positions and shooting positions. Well, who knows – he will understand.
    A very important element. I call it “search for targets, control of space”. This phrase is easier to explain the procedure after the use of weapons, but this is purely my point of view, about which I can explain for a long time and in detail. I strive to lay this action on the level of reflexes. For outsiders, this sometimes causes confusion, and sometimes they nod understandingly. And some individuals of the special forces network call it: “monkey looking for a banana”. Well, x … with them.

Translation and Comments – Yuri Ignatov

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