Situational Awareness (What NOT To Do)

**VOLUME WARNING** (Really Annoying Loud Music)

 

Keep Your Eye on Guy on the Far Right in Blue Shirt

Another Real World Lesson to Keep Your Head Out of Your Damn Phone!

 

 

Shootout at 10 Feet

Lot of rounds fired at close range but only one ATF agent was seriously wounded and the Wanted Black Drug Fugitive in the Black SUV was killed.

Amazing no by-standers were killed and wounded considering this was outside a busy family Restaurant on a busy street.

Just goes to show how LOW LEVELS OF TRAINING and STRESS effected the criminal’s shooting accuracy regardless of the range of the fight!

Prepare Accordingly.

 

Why we need to Remember Ruby Ridge

From the Archives, 2018

 

 

Siege at Ruby Ridge: The Forgotten History of the ATF Shootout That Started a Militia Movement

 

My friends over at Ammo.com did an outstanding article on the cold-blooded murder of Randy Weaver’s family at Ruby Ridge in 1992.

I believe the most important thing we can do as CITIZENS is LEARN from the PAST.

Understand that Vicki and Sammy Weaver were murdered on that mountain in Idaho by a gang of Federal assassins executing so-called “legal” warrants.

Red Flag Laws are Dangerous and Unconstitutional “legal” tools that are RIPE for abuse by a loony, power-drunk tyrannical Government that wants to disarm you.

Remember the prophetic warning of Lysander Spooner:

“Those capable of tyranny are capable of perjury to sustain it”

If people do not stand up boldly for their rights the SAME thing that happened at Ruby Ridge is going to start happening again with alarming regularity all over America.

Stand up to the Rising of the Tide.

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

Never Have a Favorite Weapon!

From the Archives, 2016

This short story reinforces the USMC Training mantra: “One Mind, Any Weapon”

Don’t get hung up on the Tool.

Always Train to WIN THE FIGHT, REGARDLESS OF THE TOOL!

Types-of-Firearms

“Favorite” Weapons!

“Warriors should not have ‘favorite’ weapons.”

Miyamoto Musashi, from his “Book of Five Rings,” written in 1645AD, near the end of his life

One of our students recalls a valuable drill, and now knows why we include it:

“Earlier this year, I was by myself in our remote mountain home.

Shortly after midnight, I was awakened by our driveway alarm and dogs barking. Getting up to investigate, I saw headlights on our steep mountain approach, heading in my direction. I observed for a few minutes as at least one car pulled below my drive and backed up. Very suspicious, as I was not expecting anyone!

I own two pistols, and on this particular day both were in the shop having sights installed. As a novice shooter, I only feel truly comfortable shooting my own guns.

But, my “favorite” guns weren’t available!

My brain immediately flashed back to my training with Vicki and the ‘Battlefield Pick-up Drill,’ where we all handled and shot every gun present. This has to be the most valuable training exercise of my entire shooting life, although I didn’t know it at the time!

Thanks to that training, I knew it was possible that I could pick up whatever pistol was available, and run it correctly and effectively. Thus mentally equipped with this ‘battlefield mentality,’ I retrieved my husband’s 1911 (which I had never shot), and then called 911.

While I’ve never shot my husband’s 1911 pistol, I was not afraid of it. I have shot other 1911 pistols, and I know how to run them, even though they’ll probably never by my favorite.

I stood guard, observing headlights crisscrossing below my property, until police arrived. I was informed the next day that several people in the cars in question had been arrested as burglary suspects.

No harm done, but as it turns out, this incident was a wonderful training exercise and wake-up call, and I discovered the true value of that ‘Battlefield Pick-up Drill,’ which, at time Vicki put us through it, I thought was superfluous!

I have my ‘regular’ pistols back now, and all is well, but I know I will never again think in terms of self-imposed ‘limitations.’

I’ll find a way to win, not look for an excuse to lose!”

Comment:

Musashi in his day was a seasoned and exceptional fighter, the “John Boyd” of his time. He lived in a dangerous place during a particularly dangerous era, where the naive and unprepared seldom died of old age!

We are fortunate that he wrote down valuable and hard-learned advice shortly before he died (natural causes) at the age of sixty-one.

He knew, as we do, that a “favorite weapon” is little more than an excuse to lose. Thus, with the convenient absence of the “favorite weapon,” the fight is decided before it ever starts!

In his most famous duel, Musashi (age thirty at the time) was challenged by an extremely famous swordsman, known and feared throughout the region. The confrontation was pre-arranged and took place on a beach. The challenger, waiting in full battle regalia, was astonished and disgusted when Musashi arrived, late, and barely dressed, as if he had just woken up. Musashi neglected to even bring his sword!

Enraged and insulted, the challenger move forward quickly to make short work of this impudent “Master.” His overconfidence was his undoing!

Musashi, using an oar from the boat in which he had just arrived, killed his hapless opponent in less than a minute, then immediately departed in the same boat!

As it turns out, the challenger was completely outclassed, not even in the same league! He paid dearly for his miscalculation!

Musashi was always “ready.” He never waited for perfect conditions. He never hesitated!

In his honor, we put students through the “Battlefield Pick-up Drill” today, with today’s weapons, so our students absorb this ancient wisdom well!

During our lifelong journey as Operators and students of the Art, we can’t help but develop preferences. We all like some guns better than others, sometimes for good reasons, but sometimes for no particular reason at all, at least none we can persuasively articulate.

No matter!

We must love, and be familiar with, all of them and never look upon the invariable absence of “perfect conditions” as some kind of limitation upon our ability to gain victory.

 

“The road of life is paved with flattened squirrels, who couldn’t make a decision!”

-Anonymous

Avoiding the ‘Fatal Funnel’

In a recent Police shooting in Houston, one officer was killed and another wounded while serving a drug warrant.

Both officers were standing in front of an open door to an apartment when the shooting began.

Tactically speaking you want to avoid standing in front of doors, open or closed.

Open doors silhouette your profile while closed doors give your position away to the bad guy.

It may sound basic but in a bad guy’s mind they have a 50/50 shot of hitting you if they shoot through the door after you knock on it and announce yourself! Which is why even today after knocking on a  door I stand to the side of it, regardless how nice a neighborhood!

Although it is beyond the scope of this article to dive into the modern fallacies of some modern CQB  dogma, the main issue for the armed citizen to remember with the fatal funnel is the following, taken from this article:

The original meaning of the ‘fatal funnel’ was a warning to ensure that you did not pause or remain in doorways or windows. It was to prevent silhouetting yourself there. Of course, when readying to prevent a room entry, the ‘bad guy’ will naturally set up to shoot towards natural entry points. So, rather than over-defining the ‘fatal funnel’, as the video says, it is more about enemy lines of fire, corners, and avoiding silhouetting yourself there. Don’t try and define the ‘funnel ‘ geographically and over complicate it, creating a whole bunch of stylized drills based on over-complicated assumptions about the fatal funnel.

Think it Through. Prepare Accordingly.