With all the uncertainty in the world today, groups are popping up all over the country to prepare for what they think is the inevitable showdown. Between who you ask? Anyone feeling froggy enough. .
So… what’s everyone doing to ‘prepare’? They’re hitting the range or a buddies back yard with their trusty rifle, some of the newest fanciest kit around & some high powered ammo. Sounds like a good time to me. Hell, I partake in range sports all the time and enjoy ringing that gong at 100, 200, 400, sometimes even further out… but, what if you’re setting yourself up for failure before you even begin?! Now, I know what you’re thinking, I must be crazy. Au contraire, I know for a fact that I’m crazy, but hear me out.
It’s all good and well that you’re sharpening your skills in regards to accuracy & distance on steel gongs or paper targets… that’s if the ‘enemy’ you intend to persuade against his intended mission is a paper doll…
Hitting the range typically involves static training. What’s more important is dynamic training! Here’s a little clarity for those without Webster’s handy;
Stat•ic – adjective
1. Pertaining to or characterized by a fixed position
2. Showing little or no change
3. Lacking movement, development or vitality
Static training is good for building upon your fundamental skills as mentioned earlier. This is what most people engage in at outdoor & especially indoor ranges. While this helps you to build basic skills, it doesn’t simulate a real life environment in which you may find yourself in one day. Static training doesn’t get you moving, get you off the line, presentation/draw, working from cover, working from concealment (YES, there’s a huge difference & that’s a topic for another day…). In fact, most ranges discourage or downright prohibit such activities due to safety reasons
Dy•nam•ic – adjective
1. Pertaining to or characterized by energy, or effective action; vigorously active or forceful; energetic
a. of or pertaining to force or power
b. of or pertaining to force related to motion
Dynamic training, when implemented properly, is designed to help you advance your firearm skills & simulate an environment you might actually find yourself. When your firearm is pointed at someone, or God forbid one is pointed in your general direction, one or more of four things are going to happen;
– Someone complies with the commands of the person holding the firearm or the one who got their gun in the fight first
– Someone attempts to move for cover (key word) or attempts a hasty withdrawal
– Someone feels froggy & attempts to return fire
– Someone gets seriously injured or worse… dead
Starting to see the bigger picture & where I’m headed with this?
Unlike static training that occurs more often than not by those who claim to be ‘prepared’, your adversary will more than likely be moving, and you should be too!
There’s two more things to add besides just pointing out the inherent differences between these two training types…
1. You get to find out if all that fancy kit you sold your first born for works! Not only for you, but for the environment you ‘think’ you’re preparing for. You get to find out not only if that fancy looking optic, but also that rifle or handgun is reliable & will continue to perform when it’s dropped (or thrown) in the mud, slammed against a tree, dumped off the back of a Gator into a brook or just ridden hard with a few ammo cans worth of steel core penetrators run thru it.
2. You get to find out what your physical limits & capabilities are. Then work on improving yourself! There’s nothing like running down the side of a mountain in full kit to uncover some weaknesses in yourself (*cough*chicken salad*cough*).
Weaknesses aren’t a bad thing… unless you do nothing to improve on them, then you’ve just ignored lessons learned & deserve to fail. Hell, my quads are still burning & I feel like I’m walking with leg splints, but as soon as this has run it’s course, I’m going to make the necessary changes to improve myself. I am after all a Juggernaut (noun: jug·ger·naut, ˈjəɡərˌnôt/!)
You need to get in the dirt & the mud. Work thru dry & wet, hot & cold conditions. Push yourself and your gear to its limits… and then push yourself some more until either you or your gear fails, and then fix it!
If you’re “waiting” for “better conditions”… you’ve already failed. If you’re not out learning, not only your physical limits, your firearms capabilities & your gear workability, then you’re lying to yourself & everyone else that you’re ‘prepared’…
So… what did you do for training this weekend?