Tuesday, May 17, 2016

Tacticool Tuesday - How realistic is your training?

Much appreciated Mr. Typeay for sending this one over on a Bob Owens article with some interesting questions:  They're using real bullets?

And the local news piece from Detroit:  New gun training program in Eastpointe uses real bullets, scenarios

The Big Idea for the range is introduce the trainee to approximate real life gun fights by ditching the Simunitions for real bullets. 

“For me, even having a ton of shooting experience, some of it – I don’t want to say goes out the window – but in a stress scenario you kind of stop thinking about all that,” says gun owner Stefan Bahri.

When you are in a high stress situation, your vision narrows, your heart races, your mind clouds and compartmentalizes into single blocks of information.  Assuming you have the weapon already on you, you see bad guy, recognize threat, reinterpret threat, brain signals to hand to reach for gun, you reach for gun, so forth and so on until you have the sights lined up and pull the trigger.  In the mean time your mind reels at the prospect of having to shoot another person.  You will always fall on your lowest level of muscle memory developed through training.  Always. 

That nice Kimber carry gun you throw on your hip on occasion to show off to your buddies but dare not shoot to lower the value?  It does very little for you when you need it.  That shotgun that you keep in the master bathroom, you know...just in case, you took to the range once.  You never cleared your house.  You never identified how many steps it takes to get to your living room in pitch black.  You never trained. 

This is also true for the BOB, BOV, route plan, martial arts training, expensive commo gear, food grinder, plow, you name it.  We keep these weapons and "stuff" around just on the off chance that it will be needed.  Might as well include some realism in your training to best approximate real world experiences. 


Anonymous said...

Again, Spot on GREAT post SGT Matt. this is the kind of thing people NEED to read and think about. Great read too!

Sign Me, Neal Jensen

Anonymous said...

Last winter, I practiced taking a dump outside in the freezing rain, below zero at night, and in the midst of a snowstorm, all timed to see how long it took, all from an appropriately dressed for conditions starting point. If you're not willing to practice that, how realistic is your training?

Anonymous said...

Methinks the first thing you have to work thru is being scared shit-less then if you are still alive finding it in yourself to fight thru (or away) from whatever the problem is you are facing.

All the practice in the world won't help if deep inside of you; you don't have the will to fight and most people will not find that out until the moment that their very life depends on it.

But practicing in as real of conditions as possible is a good start.

Chiu ChunLing said...

Anyone remember that movie, FX?

Anyway, training is everything, but everything is training.

At the end of the day, there isn't any real substitute for actual experience. Knowing that you are in a simulated setting, however realistic, alters your reactions immensely. Conversely, believing a scenario to be very realistic can have benefits in helping you simulate actual reactions...but it's still training to the simulation, not to reality.

The "thin blue line" concept of law enforcement was always more a fantasy than meaningful reality. Upholding the rule of law cannot ever fall to a small class of enforcers, even were it not for the insuperable theoretical difficulties. In practice, the rule of law is upheld by an overwhelming majority of citizens knowing and voluntarily obeying the law, and being ready in any situation to defend their own rights under the law.

It's time to face the sad truth that throwing more taxpayer money at the problem of law-enforcement is not a real world solution...even if we weren't already out of real money.

Anonymous said...

What's so hard about finding live-fire practice in Detroit? Just take a walk late one night carrying your weapon and sooner or later you will get more than you bargained for.