A Call for Self-Reliance Against Violent Criminals

The obvious way to eradicate crime is to eradicate criminals, but neither the lawgivers nor the constabulary seem inclined to do this. The man who elects to prey upon society deserves no consideration from society. If he survives his act of violence, he rates a fair trial—but only to be sure that there has been no mistake about his identity. If he is killed in the act, there can be little doubt about whose act it was.

… Let the thug take his chances with an alert, prepared, and angry citizenry. It may very well spoil his whole career.

This is not a call for vigilantism: It is a call for self-reliance. For those who feel short on self-reliance, I have a suggestion. Take up practical pistol shooting as a recreation. It is a good game. It is fun. It is “relevant.” And it does wonders for your self-reliance. __ Jeff Cooper

Gun range training is crucial for becoming familiar with your weapons, and how they perform. But in a real world close-quarters ambush, you need much more . . .

Don't Fail This Test Close Combat Shooting
Don’t Fail This Test
Close Combat Shooting

When Seconds Count, Help is At Least Minutes Away

The threat leaps up out of the darkness. You are split-seconds from being skewered and left to bleed out, no longer any protection for your loved ones. Do you really think that years of gun range training can prepare you for this defining moment? Not even close. Even conventional “assume the stance and sight your target” approaches to close combat pistol shooting are doomed to fail, if time is short.

Prepared for Close Ambush? http://moderncombatandsurvival.com/featured/the-1-reason-your-gun-may-fail-you-in-a-close-combat-shooting/
Prepared for Close Ambush?
http://moderncombatandsurvival.com/featured/the-1-reason-your-gun-may-fail-you-in-a-close-combat-shooting/

The threat is likely to come at close range, with little or no warning

There is no time to assume a “proper stance” and sight your target. If you have not developed the instincts for close combat, you may well be out of luck.

Instinct shooting requires the same eye, hand, and mind events as throwing a baseball or darts.[9] The shooter must devote full attention on the smallest part of the target whilst drawing the weapon to fire.[10][11] Once the weapon is at the ready, the shooter must fire immediately, to avoid losing the intense focus and missing the target.[9] This technique is most often practiced with a moving target, such as clay birds.[9] The practical use of this drill is for life or death situations, in which the gun handler must instinctively and accurately shoot the target, or die himself.[12] The shooter must almost simultaneously:

See the target
Decide to shoot
Start moving the gun to position
Focus on a small part of the target
Pull the trigger the instant the weapon reaches position __ Wikipedia Combat Pistol Shooting

How can you do all five of those things instinctively, in rapid sequence — almost simultaneously? The training has to already reside in the subconscious mind, prepared to emerge at the right moment.

More from author Chuck Klein:

If you have enough time to find and align your sights then your attacker might have enough of an interval to get a shot or two off at you. Whenever you have sufficient duration for such niceties as searching for blades and notches then you have enough time to seek cover. INSTINCT COMBAT SHOOTING is for the times when there is no time! INSTINCT COMBAT SHOOTING is not a panacea for all shooting conditions. It is a tool, the best tool, for close encounters of the heart stopping kind, both literally and figuratively. Should you find yourself in a life or death situation where gun play is imminent and the distances are close then you should know the techniques that the rest of the good guys have been doing all along. Again, this is only for close in firefights when time is of the essence. For most instances involving greater distances the old standard of priorities hasn’t changed: seek cover first then use your sights. __ http://www.chuckkleinauthor.com/Page.aspx/181/instinct-combat-shooting.html

How do you get the training into the subconscious mind so that an effective response under pressure is immediate? Not at the gun range, and probably not through most gun training programs. Reality is dirty, gritty, bloody and painful. Most of us — and even most gun trainers — fail to address the dark underlying realities of where, when, and how deadly threats are likely to come at you.

. . . look at every example of how criminals really plan to target you as a victim…

…carjackings and parking lot robberies happen right at your car door…

…bar shootings take place over a disputed wager the width of a billiards table…

…retail robberies over the distance of a small countertop…

…even home invasions are often fought in a doorway or hallway struggle!

Rapes… beatings… knife attacks… none of them occur at long distance, do they?

That means you are only going to be one or two arm-lengths away from someone who tries to attack you. __ http://closecombatshooting.com/

Take another look at the surveillance videos in this prior Al Fin Next Level article. Notice how close the shooters are to each other? Most of them had little or no time to decide how to react.

“Traditional” firearms training is a complete failure in preparing citizens to save their life!

Why do I assume that?

Because I know what I see when I’m looking down the shooting lane at every range I’ve ever been to all across our great nation…

Stall after stall of shooters who are highly skilled at getting a tight shot group at 15 yards away… but have no clue about how to “fight with a gun”!

That’s a very critical difference and it’s the missing link that separates the “gun owner” from “gun fighter”!

Source

Reading and watching videos can only teach you how little you know and how unprepared you are for what can come at you with no warning. As mentioned before, gun range training will teach you familiarity with your weapons. But you have to go beyond, if you want to be prepared to protect yourself and innocents around you.

When training subconscious automaticity, it is best to begin at a young age — during the optimal critical window of development. But just as most people can learn to speak a foreign language, play a musical instrument, learn basic computer coding etc. in adulthood, middle age, and even later — to certain levels of skill — so can adults train their subconscious minds to react appropriately in most ambush and unannounced attack situations.

But it is hard, and becomes harder the more years a brain has become set in its ways.

More:

http://www.officer.com/article/11376281/15-tips-for-close-quarter-shooting

http://www.handgunsmag.com/tactics-training/tactics_training_hg_closecombat_201005/

As parts of the world sink into the coming anarchy, and larger parts succumb to the dysgenic Idiocracy, larger society is becoming more of a threat — and less a protection — to individuals, families, and communities.

Hope for the best. Prepare for the worst. It is never too late to have a Dangerous Childhood. Well, almost never too late. Don’t wait too long.

Final Note:

Many law enforcement officers and others have been killed while fumbling for their sidearm. Do not ignore the threat that is already on top of you. As we have said before, never leave home without at least 10 lethal weapons (often “dual use” improvised weapons) in ready access. The most deadly weapon you possess is your mind. Next is your body, and how it has been trained to move, instinctively. How you dress can also make the difference between life and death. Make it part of your daily routine to train your instincts to react rapidly and appropriately. Plan your routes carefully and maintain awareness of your surroundings at all times. Avoid intoxication whenever outside a safe environment. People are depending on you.

Instinct vs. Indexing: Close-Quarters Handgun Tactics

Above article adapted from a previously published article on Al Fin Next Level

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