In this forum, TACTICAL TALK, I will provide information and solutions in order to increase your awareness and survivablilty. Keep in mind there are MANY ways and methods when it comes to TACTICS. However, the information I will provide is based on over 20 years of operational experience and FUNDAMENTAL TRUTHS. By being aware of your surroundings I hope you never have to put this information to use. STAY SAFE!
TACTICAL TALK 3: FIDS
While conducting your firearms training you should have your shooting partner set out multiple NO SHOOT targets and mix in one or two SHOOT targets. In a deadly force encounter it is necessary to be able to properly identify your target and be able to justify why you deployed deadly force. To improve your decision making process, OODA Cycle,
the FIDS cycle should be incorporated into your training. FIDS stands for; FIND, IDENTIFY, SHOOT or NO SHOOT.
During your training if it is possible to set out multiple targets at once the targets should be set at various angles. With firearms safety one should be aware of their target and what is behind or downrange of their target. If you are going to engage a shoot target what is your backdrop? In the real world a solid concrete wall or dirt mound would be great but that is not always the case. Plus you are not on a flat square range that is level and free of debris. It may be necessary to take a different angle due to your backdrop, FOOT WORK, in order to engage your threat target. Keep in mind that angle may also be VERTICAL.
I want you to get off that square range mentality were every target is a shoot target. Train for the real world.
“When you fail to train, someone else is; when you meet, just pray they are on your side.”
Tactical TALK 2: Footwork
Many shooters concentrate so much on their weapons handling skills they are missing or have no understanding of the FOOTWORK component of gun fighting. And without this component their shooting foundation is weak, literally. Proper footwork will get you out of trouble just as fast as you got into trouble.
Next time you are taking a shooting course see if the instructor actually covers footwork. Next time you are on the range just look down the line and see how many shooters are standing flatfooted. Short of a physical disability you should be on the balls of your feet in an aggressive fight stance.
So here is a practice tip. Take two tennis balls and cut them in half. Place the tennis balls on the ground in a diamond formation. The diamond formation should be approximately shoulders width apart. Get into your aggressive shooting stance and remain on the BALLS of your feet. Now start pivoting on the balls of your feet. Now start stepping from tennis ball to tennis ball never allowing your feet to touch each other. NEVER EVER allow your feet to come together for this is referred to as polling. When your feet are touching your shooting base is VERY WEAK and you can be pushed over. As you are stepping from ball to ball continue to pivot in multiple directions as if you are engaging multiple targets. Also, start lowering your height line. Go from an aggressive shooting stance to an aggressive shooting squat.
As time progresses with the this training you will find that this stance and movement will become second nature. Always keep weapon safety in mind and ensure you have a complete safe weapon before you practice.
TACTICAL TALK 1: OODA Cycle
It is true that during a violent encounter that your training will take over. To better understand the thought process and how to INCREASE your odds of survivability I would HIGHLY suggest that you educate yourself on the OODA Cycle or also known as the OODA Loop. The OODA Cycle was defined by a fighter pilot named Col. John Boyd and the OODA Cycle is at the foundation of Maneuver Warfare, just ask any Marine.
The OODA Cycle is a four step process that takes place when a person is making a decission. The four steps are; Observe, Orient, Decide, ACT. During a violent encounter the "bad guy" usually has the upper hand because we are reacting to a threat. The "bad guy" was the first to intitiate the OODA Cycle.
In order to "break" the "bad guy's" OODA Cycle we must remain calm, think fast, and respond with the appropriate amount of force. So when reacting to "Threat A" one must OUTCYCLE (THINK AND REACT FASTER
) than the "bad guy" in order to stop "Threat A". You are now on the offensive by starting the OODA Cycle and the "bad guy" must respond to your "Tactical Response A". While the "bad guy" is responding to "Tactical Response A" you are already on "Tactical Responses B, C, and D". The "bad guy" can not keep up with your TACTICAL FLOW and you will have increased your odds of surviving and winning a violent encounter.