.....if you do not know what you are not capable of?
Force on force has proven the need to step outside of the box and outside of ones personal comfort zone while training. To repeat ego based marksmanship courses over and over is no longer an adequate path and simply makes no sense. The availability of airsoft guns to the general public has affected a paradigm shift on the gun training community.
When we look at the learning progression we see the symbiotic relationship between live fire and force on force training. The two go hand in hand and one is very limited without the other. The first step of the learning progression is to learn the fundamentals with live fire. The second step is to take those fundamentals into force on force to find out if those fundamentals will get the job done. This is the point that you find out what works and what doesn’t work.
After this epiphany, you begin to understand that you need to drop some tools and refine others. The third step is to head back to the range. You can either get some additional reality based training from a qualified instructor or you can learn as much as you can by reading and go to work on things yourself. Whatever path you choose, you need to put in the work on these new skill sets that you have found to be of the most importance to you. Once you have the fundamentals of these new skill sets, you have to take them back into force on force and test them again.
This symbiotic relationship continues until you have a very good idea what works and what doesn’t work and you have a very solid understanding of your chosen tools. Once you have your tool box streamlined, organized, and very close to exactly where you want it, you need to take things to the next level. You need to find out exactly what you are capable of…..and more importantly…..what you are not capable of.
Now this is obviously not for the ego driven “tight group only” crowd. This is for those that do not mind pushing their personal limitations to the point where they may fail in front of their peers. This is for the people that learn more from a missed shot than they ever will learn from a perfect hit.
What is that famous quote “You will only be half as good in a gunfight as you will be on your best day on the range.” Well yeah, if you never find out exactly what you are capable of and exactly what you are not capable of. It is my opinion that you must train within the correct context of the fight. You must understand the way a typical gunfight comes down and work within that context. Since most gunfights are from a reactive position, at very close proximity, with extreme urgency, with both participants moving, possibly in low light, and while dealing with typical physiological responses to a life threatening encounter, one must train in this manner. The only way to train in this manner is to be right on the verge of being past your capabilities.
If you are not missing shots in training, then you are not pushing yourself hard enough! Check your ego at the door, get to work, and find your personal limitations. To hell with the “tight group only” crowd……they are only target practicing.
Train for the fight!