Over-Thinking and Under-Training


I have noticed a developing trend in tactical training blogs and forums: Trainers and Students “Over-Thinking” situations and by default of that mentality, putting forth energy toward the WRONG training goals and under-training on the skill’s needed.

Let me give you an example: At a recent “Active Shooter” class, the topic came up of shooting from behind cover; granted, a valid training topic and one that should be covered, but being this is an ACTIVE SHOOTER class, there are many more pertinent subjects to cover. Long story short, a couple of the students got waaaaay too involved in an active conversation in all of the various situations that could come up while firing from behind cover, including: shooting thru barriers, ricochet’s, the way FMJ and HP rounds behave thru various materials, etc. Needless to say, we got way off topic really fast and it cost the class valuable training time. Word of advice:  NEVER get bogged down with “WHAT IF’S” when you are training to win a fight. I am not saying they cannot be “theoretically” discussed, but speaking from experience, opining about what “MIGHT” happen in a gunfight is about as useless as a one-legged man in an ass kicking contest.

The small stuff will always work itself out, what the CO needs to focus on during training (and conversely to get the best value out of his precious training dollar) is the FUNDAMENTALS, because nine times out of ten, that is what is going to carry him home! So instead of arguing ballistic tables or round penetration test, do some Combatives training or Force on Force!

Now I know what some of you are thinking: “A man can only train on the fundamentals for so long before he moves on to more ADVANCED techniques and tactics.”

I would answer that by saying this: Those “Advanced” skill-set’s you are talking about, the “high-speed, low drag” type stuff, is simply the FUNDAMENTALS  sped up a notch.

This is what the saying “Slow is Smooth and Smooth is Fast” means.

When you have refined your skills to the point of being butter smooth, speed will come!

So to be clear, here is a short list of GUN FIGHT FUNDAMENTALS you need to routinely cover REGARDLESS of the “scenario” or type of weapons involved.

  1. Get in Decent Fighting Shape! Couch Potatoes don’t die from enemy fire, but from heart attacks.

  2. Train how you Live. Same Clothes, Gear and Gun.

  3. Hard Focus on ECQ Shooting >5 Ft. Distances

  4. 70/30 Dry to Live Fire Ratio. Fundamentals are Cemented by Repetition.

  5. DISPLACEMENT trumps Marksmanship. Must integrate Move and Shoot into 90% of your drills.

  6. Hard Focus on COMBAT ACCURACY. Fighting for your Life is not a Competition “Bullseye” Shoot.

  7. Use of COGNITIVE STRESS DRILLS. Learning to Think and use DISCRETION before you pull the trigger. Remember: “Every bullet has a lawyer attached to it.”

  8. COMBATIVE CONTINUUM CONCEPT. Approach your training with the “One Mind, Any Weapon” mentality. No matter the weapon (or no weapon) in your hand, you have a transferable, common structure set of skills to get you home.

  9. AMBIDEXTROUS Weapon Handling. No “Strong” or “Weak” Side. Gun Fighting is a Martial Art.

  10. SLOW IS SMOOTH, SMOOTH IS FAST. Strive to eliminate un-needed movements and tension in weapon handling and presentation. Speed will come.

  11. If the drill is not SAFE, REALISTIC & PRACTICAL, trash it! Fantasy Gun Training can kill you faster than a bullet.

Let’s be real guys: In this backwards economy, most of us are not Rockefeller’s and every penny counts! Those of you that budget for training the same as for weapons need to get every ounce of knowledge out of that instructor while you are there, and the Instructor needs to be ensuring that happens as well.

Remember #11 above! If the training you are currently receiving does not line up with these three very simple things, you are wasting your time and money and all the while, training yourself to fail when your life or the life of your loved ones may depend on it!

Stay Alert, Armed and Dangerous!



The Three “S” Test for Training

The “Three S” Test


There is a shit load of FANTASY firearms and tactics training out there.

Apply the Three S “Sniff Test” to seperate the Bullshit:

  1. Is it SIMPLE?

  2. Does it make SENSE?


If the training does not meet these three criteria, DUMP IT, and find something that does.


Armed Citizen Corner Video: Why Israeli Carry Truly Sucks (Not Carrying Your Gun With a Round Chambered)

A good friend turned me on to the Active Self-Protection You Tube Channel and I now find myself browsing through their video collection at random times. The commentary is sensible and practical for the most part, without much rambling and droning on.

If you guys like or dislike me re-posting these, let me know in the comments.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Into the Fray: Left-Handed Operations

Learning to not only shoot, but also draw, load and clear malfunctions with your “Non-Dominant” Hand is essential to keep your firearms training realistic. -SF

Read the Original Article at Ammo-Land

To back this type of training up with real world data, look at a post I did recently What Armed Civilians Can Learn From the Philadelphia Policeman Shooting

Drilling frequently on shooting both one handed while moving and ambidextrous (non-dominant hand) is Paramount in keeping our training realistic and relevant to today’s threats.

Stay Alert, Stay Armed and Stay Dangerous!

Real Training = Painful, Dangerous and Uncomfortable

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By John Farnam

This from a friend in Europe who just finished a week-long Pistol/Rifle Course in the high country.

Good information:

“I used a Colt AR (equipped with Aimpoint M4), and a G19.

Orders were: low profile, no ‘camo,’ clothing, nor equipment. No chest rigs. Much concern here about ‘para-military’ training!

We were located at 3k feet in elevation, and weather was not friendly! Cold for the duration, 30s and low 40s. Non-stop wind. We enjoyed continuous rain for the first two days, hail at the end of the second day, and snow the last three days. Very little sunshine. Oh, and constant mud!

These conditions were ideal, not only to test my carbine and pistol, but my clothing and my spirit as well!

I had a pair of excellent Goretex boots. While my boots rendered satisfactory service, my socks were not adequate, and my feet were constantly cold, a good reminder to pay attention to small details!

I wore long underwear, BDU trousers, and waterproof over-pants. My legs didn’t suffer from the cold. However, condensation dampened my BDUs by the end of the day.

I had a polar undershirt, light turtleneck, fleece sweatshirt, waterproof jacket, and a poncho. By the end of the day, the poncho could no longer stop water.

Protecting my hands was an issue. I had neoprene gloves, wool gloves, and inner gloves. In the constant rain, my neoprene gloves and my inner gloves were wet, but not cold. Wool gloves kept my hands warm, but with them on it is not easy to recharge magazines!

The poncho was less than satisfactory, as noted above. In addition, many times it blew in front of my pistol as I was trying to shoot!

My Glock ran smoothly for the duration. My AR experienced two hiccups during our low-light exercises. I was able to quickly reduce both stoppages, but I’m still not sure what the problem was.

Using my carbine in the open with high, wet wind was challenging! Once on target and ready to shoot, a wet gust would invariably move my sights off target. Rain and snow were also challenging for the optics. We had to wipe them regularly, particularly at night. Aimpoint ran for the duration.

My AR is not equipped with a flashlight, so I used my handheld flashlight and the ‘Harries’ method. It ‘worked’ after a fashion, but the rifle was not stable. A mounted, co-axial flashlight is much better!

The issue of dumping magazines on the ground during the reloading process is something that comes up regularly. Our military instructors assured us that, in a real situation, when it is time to ‘pick up’ dumped magazines, they are probably at least five kilometers away and submerged in mud when you suddenly remember that you want them back! We thus learned very quickly to default to a ‘military’ reload and retain expended magazines, as they quickly become valuable, beyond measure! This applies to both pistol and rifle!”


“Smooth seas do not good sailors make!”

All training, worthy of the title is, (1) painful, and (2) dangerous. We can probably add (3) uncomfortable… as we see!

Read the Original Article at Ammo-Land and also Pay a Visit John Farnam at Defense Training International