Scanning and the Third Eye

 

It came to my attention during a recent series of drills that there are certain things MOST gun schools teach people that are regarded as necessary and prudent, but in reality are just uneccessary movement. We should always seek in our training to do MORE with LESS, to trim off any movement or action that is not efficient. One of these is SCANNING after THE FIGHT IS OVER.

You watch any person that has received any type of modern firearms training, and you will see this maneuver: They engage the target, then with a turn of their head, look left, then right, then they may check their six. Ask youself this question: You have just been in a violent encounter..you have had to shoot a person to stop them from killing you or a loved one, you now want to look around (scan) to ensure he has no buddies lurking to back him up, do you think it is prudent to just simply LOOK with your eyeballs or SCAN with that THIRD EYE, your weapon and be ready to shoot again quickly?

You have to use probability here, wolves run in packs, you have just took down one; the chances that you will have to fire again are pretty high, so we need to be ready to do just that. If we follow the protocol taught by 95% of the “gun school” dogma, we will not be ready to break that shot..we will have our feet planted like a statue, the gun at the low ready (or SUL) with the safety engaged (if applicable to that model) and only our head turned in the direction of the threat. This is Bad and will get you killed. Press rewind and then pause.

You just killed a BG. Keeping the weapon at the (up) ready position and the safety still off, your finger inside the trigger guard and on the trigger with no pressure,with the weapon lowered just enough where your field of vision is not impaired (to gain a sight picture all that is required is 1/2″ of upward movement with the weapon) you swing around 360 degrees slowly, your feet are in a power stance, ready to move, you scan the entire area. You now have three “eyes” scanning…two eyeballs and the barrel of your weapon. If no threat is found, and when you feel the situation is secure, safe the weapon and go to low ready.

You will find when you apply this technique, your speed (time on target) will dramatically increase, only becasue you are “pre-setting” every thing that is required to get those hits. You body is already squared off to target, your vision is focused to the threat, sights and muzzle are already in the general direction of the threat, all that is required is a “Type 2” or “Flash Sight Picture” to get the hits. Depending on distance and proximity of target, you may just have to super impose the front sight aperture on the target or you may need a traditional sight picture..whatever the case, you are ready to break the shot.

I need to interject something here that alot of people seem to glaze over. The issue of COVER. If you have just been on the winning end of a violent encounter, there is a good chance you will be behind some type of cover, because gunfights do not happen in a static vacuum and people do not stand still when shot at!  If you are behind cover, STAY THERE! You can repeat the above scanning process right where you are at.

In closing, we need to apply this formula to all areas of our training. Wasted movement for the sake of just going through the “motions” is stupid. Examine this next time you train and when you find wasted movement, flush it and examine how you can make it more efficient. It could save your bacon some day!

Stay Dangerous.

More Training, Less Talking

 

I had a guy email me recently asking me:  “Is it really that bad that we need to own all these weapons and train to protect ourselves every weekend?” “Our parents did not do this stuff, why are we?” “Are we getting duped into thinking that this TERRIBLE EVENT everybody is talking about is going to happen to us at any minute, so we better be ready and spend hard earned money on training and weapons that could be going into an IRA or our Kid’s vacation fund??..WTF???!”

It was an intriguing question, I must admit. It was intriguing to me personally, because honestly, I have never thought about it… it has always been my lifestyle to train….yeah at first it was a hobby, then it became my career, then it became a way of life; And that my friends is the rub I think. Thats the key to really understanding the mentality behind this sub-culture of “tactically minded civilians”…it has to become a lifestyle, if it is anything else, you will lack the drive and fortitude to continue with it….you will become a “tactical tourist” a “tactical golfer”…one of those guys that is a member of every cool “Warrior” forum out there, that attends every tactical/how to shoot a gun/how to be a mall ninja class imaginable..one of those guys that likes to argue why one instructor is better than another or why one instructor’s platform is superior….blah, blah blah…..you see, you started down the right path, the path to becoming a true warrior, but you slipped off and started following a trail very similar, a trail that petted your ego alot and made you feel good, but in the end was a waste of time and money. It is a sad tale with many victims.

OK, so you know when you make a statement like this there is one finger pointing at you and three back at me….The bottom line is you have to STOP talking and START Training..YOU have to develop goals of what you want to learn, find QUALITY people to teach you and GET TO WORK! Get off the tactical forums and get out of the “cult of personality” circus that many trainer’s fall into.  When I first started, I had no ideal of what I needed to learn, so I learned a little of everyhting…modern technique, point shooting, krav-maga, sambo, filipino knife, combative knife, systema, tomahawk fighting, how to pick a lock, how to bypass a siphon block, etc…and as time went on, I developed COURSES OF FIRE for each weapon system..of course your skill sets need to be all encompassing, not just weapon oriented, but FIGHT oriented. Your dry to live fire ratio should be like 70/30. This is something that can be done anywhere, so jot down a quick run thru and do it 10x a day. Your drills should change frequently,”Never get stale or satisfied” was a motto I once read on a gym wall, and I try to remember it frequently. Adapt your training to what your enemy is doing..for example, in the military, if VBIEDS (Vehicle Born IED’s) are on the rise, then “How to Assault a moving or static vehicle” becomes priority on the training calendar…we need to do the same, if Active Shooter or Home Invasions are on the rise, we need to hit that head on with REAL WORLD type drills.

So bottom line guys, let’s stop arguing about the best way to do something and just find what works for us and go with it. Develop your own courses of fire and stick to a live/dry fire program religously. Stay away from Forums except for good information and even then, filter it through the bullshit strainer. Monitor the time you spend arguing about a topic and the time you spend actually training on that topic.

 

Stay Dangerous.

Oikos University Shooting Spree

The plague is now at nightmare proportions…more to come on this one

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2012/04/02/1-reportedly-dead-several-wounded-in-shooting-at-california-medical-school/

Botched ATM Robbery Vid

Although I would never tell anybody to do this, since money is never worth dying over, this guy took the initiative and made the perp idiot pay for not paying attention! The Robbery was botched and the perp arrested a short time after.

http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=8ea_1332618406

 

The “Plague” of the Active Shooter

Once again the headlines scrolled at the bottom of the screen “Student in Ohio goes on shooting spree at local school”…My stomach turned..”That coward S.O.B” I muttered under my breath. I was angry and agitated. The plague of the active shooter scenario had raised it’s ugly head once again, at the end result would be 3 dead, 2 wounded.  Needless death and suffering at the hands of a confused 17 year old kid and a .22 Caliber Pistol. Yeah, I said a .22 Caliber Pistol..never under estimate any caliber and it’s ability to inflict damage.  It should be noted that when this incident was first reported, there was only one killed and three wounded.

The ability to counter/escape an active shooter scenario should top the list of the Civilian Operator’s skill set and tool box “TO DO” list. Statistically, you or your kids stand a better chance of being in one of these situations than being robbed at gunpoint simply because of the pure randomness of the event, and as such, you have a harder time countering it due to that random “X” factor. It could be at your kids school, the mall, the gas station, etc, etc….

So how does the Civilian Operator train for such an event?  Can you really “Train” for such a random, violent event? The short answer is YES. You can apply a set of principles that will apply to any given situation, no matter the environment, IF you make those principles simple enough to work under stress, easy to recall and VIOLENT enough to counter the level of violence you are up against. Now, before we go any further on the topic of  kicking somedody’s ass, let me go back to what I mentioned earlier..the word ESCAPE. Not a very popular word in the training community..people seem to think that using the word “escape” in an active shooter or assault situation  implies cowdardice or impotence of some kind..I call  BULLSHIT!! Let me break it down this way..ESCAPE=SURVIVE, SURVIVE=ME HUGGING MY KIDS AGAIN..PRETTY SIMPLE.

 

OK, so now we have covered the escape part, so what if this asshole (with a gun) does not want to let you leave? Let’s say he is intent on that purpose alone..to kill you stone dead. Now we have to come to that part about getting violent..I mean “Dog Ass” mean violent. The only way a man can train for that is to put himself in an “ass puckering” situation pretty frequently..a situation that makes you uncomfortable and SCARED. A situation that MAKES you ACT, not analyze your options, not consider where you are in the OODA loop, but ACT quickly and Violently and destroy your attacker. Remember this: “A Simple Plan, well rehearsed and VIOLENTLY executed offers the best chance for success.”