How To Be Calm Under Pressure: 3 Secrets From A Bomb Disposal Expert

How To Be Calm Under Pressure: 3 Secrets From A Bomb Disposal Expert

 

Some practical advice on negotiating high-stress situations.

Remember: “Work the situation, don’t let it work you.”

Also highly recommend the linked article Stoicism Reveals 4 Rituals That Will Make You Mentally Strong

 

Drawing Your Pistol While Seatbelted in a Vehicle: Click It or Ticket?

Drawing Your Pistol While Seatbelted in a Vehicle: Click It or Ticket?

 

This goes back to my previous article about Vehicle Security

We spend a LOT OF TIME in our Vehicles, often times more than we think.

Therefore, drilling on self-defense scenarios while driving are extremely important.

From my experience, situations like this (while inside a vehicle) are extremely fluid and complex.

Before we even start thinking about drawing our weapon we need to consider if EGRESS is possible?

I have always said that the 2 ton vehicle you are driving TRUMPS the 29 oz handgun you are carrying!

Consider and Know the Legalities in your State. In Texas, The Castle Doctrine states my vehicle is part of my domicile.

As far as the actual handgun drill, it needs to be drilled on 80/20.

80% dry fire to 20% live fire. Why? Repeition in Presenting the Firearm is the crux of the drill.

Regardless of how you choose to approach it (seatbelt off before or after) DRILL on it the same way, EVERY TIME until it is Smooth and free of snags.

Stay Dangerous!

Practice Makes Permanent

From the Archives, 2015

 

I first heard this from a Military Drill Instructor while on the firing line a long time ago and it stuck with me.

I apply it to just about every area of my life now, but especially FIREARMS TRAINING HABITS.

To me, it is the essence of WHY we should re-evaluate our combat training frequently. What could be worse than practicing the WRONG technique to the point we get GOOD at DOING IT WRONG!

On a frequent basis, we have to ask ourselves:

  • Are our techniques relevant to the threat level we face?

  • Are they Realistic?

  • Are they Efficient?

It also folds over to the small minutia of training, the little things we might overlook or do so often that we don’t even think about them.

Things like:

  • Reloading

  • Clearing Malfunctions

  • Shouldering the Rifle

  • Holstering

  • Clearing our cover garment (CCL Pistol/Revolver)

I will give you a great example on what I mean when I say “minutia”.

When I first started pistol training with a buddy of mine, we were out on the range and after we had just finished a course of fire, my Glock locked back to slide lock, empty. Since we were about to take a break, I simply hit the slide release lever and holstered my gun. My buddy looked at me comically and asked me “Would you do that in a gunfight?” I looked back at him and immediately a light bulb went off! Instantly I realized my error and what he was driving at.

When we are running drills we must do EVERYTHING as we would in a real fight, even the small details. If your gun runs dry, reload it. But reload it the same way, EVERY TIME. If you choose to use the slide release, do it, if you overhand charge, do that, but do it THE SAME WAY, EVERY TIME!

Now for some, who do not have the luxury of the great outdoors, away from civilization like me and who must practice at your Strict local NRA or IDPA Range, where over zealous Gun Safety nuts abound, this may be hard to do, but still, understanding the mental concept and working on it even in dry fire can get you far.

Gun Range Safety

In this quest to become a better warrior, the devil is always in the details.

The challenge as I see it is to challenge yourself every day.

Don’t wait for somebody else to challenge you! Take a minute and apply the above motto to every area of your life and you will see what I mean!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!

 

On Masculinity

On Masculinity

 

Thought provoking read.

This paragraph particularly caught my eye:

“Refined masculinity is the result of taking this animalistic instinct and forcefully civilizing it. It is the iron that has been removed of its impurities and forged into an object that can do some good. Through discipline and struggle, we are forged from savages into men capable of building civilization. It is the duty of the current generation of men to forge the newer generation into something greater than themselves. When this tradition is neglected, rot begins to set in.