It seems that there are two schools of though on priority of how one should try to get their hits in combat or self defense. Most of the argument seems to come from two types of shooters with different levels of experience. When it comes to combat shooting, it is important to not only be able to employ speed, but also to be able to take those fast shots and place them in an area that will have the best effect on target, such as the CNS(Central Nervous System). However, which one rules above the other and will be a more valuable tool to practice and build?
I think it is very productive to look at the history of different warrior cultures and analyse the qualities that made them so successful. This is not going to be a quick read about a trendy workout program for an unrealistic outcome. I am simply going to go over some ideas that the Roman Army had for getting their troops ready for battle. The purpose is to give the reader a few ideas about how to take historical examples and adapt them to current weaponry in order to help them train to a higher level of proficiency. Keep in mind that I am going to have to leave alot of stuff out since this is not a book, but rather a quick jot about incorporating historical examples into current training methods.
Throughout history, warriors of all types learned the hard way that physical fitness pertaining to their style of fighting was absolutely necessary. If we look at warrior training from successful militaries around the world and throughout history, there are many examples that show a pattern of focus on methods of conditioning and fitness priorities.
With the idea of protecting ourselves as private citizens gaining more popularity, there seems to be a growing trend for people that are seeking training as well. Training classes are filling up and people are investing in learning how to shoot properly. However, there are those out there who are taking their firearms training to the next level and are seeking training in team and squad tactics much like what military and law enforcement would learn. Is it beneficial for these people as civilians to dress up and practice raiding buildings, laying ambushes, and conducting patrols?
The ambush patrol has proven to be one of the most effective and devastating tools for controlling and manipulating an enemy. The ambush patrol is very important in any combat zone for disrupting the enemy in terms of eliminating enemy units, diverting forces, and overall changing the attitude of the forces assigned to the area. In this article, my goal is to simplify using my knowledge from training, history, and experience.
This is going to be a general overview of the history and concept of using a knife to defend yourself against imminent death. This kind of combat has been around for centuries and has alot of lessons behind it, if you are paying attention to your history. There is absolutely no free lunch in this type of combat since sometimes you are just going to break even in terms of returned damage. Nevertheless, this is an important discussion as many people carry bladed instruments, or multiple, just in case the situation gets so bad that you have to revert to this ancient and deadly art of defense.
An Observation Post (OP) is set up for a number of reasons. It is important for anyone in the military to understand what will be expected of them when setting up an OP. This requires alot of discipline, good attention to detail, and dedication. The teams will most likely be really small in order to keep a low profile. However, if compromised, you will have to be skilled in defending yourselves and evading capture. With all that said, let's get into it.
Let's face it, if you are in a militia, you probably have an agenda or think you are some badass who is ready to fight and be heroic. Kinda sad to see the group of jokers that makeup these clusterfuck groups. Half of the people I see in these groups are so old or out of shape that going from prone to standing would be measured with a calendar. They lack training and are not diligent in consistent practical practice. They have zero consistency of camouflage that works in their own environment. Not that everyone needs to wear the same thing, but stop wearing that gray ACU crap. You look like a dumb ass wannabe. Granted there are some groups that are relatively squared away, but I don't think many of these groups know what they are really doing, or they lack good leadership and experienced members that have done more than LARP (Live Action Role Play).
Rant aside, I wanna talk about the role of militias in a time where they would actually be useful. Truly organized and state sanctioned militias may indeed be mobilized in certain cases, and have at least here in Alaska. However, in this article, I want to cover a mission that a militia may be suited for in the sense that they are generally considered expendable. The fact that they can fill roles such as casualty transport, humanitarian jargon, and limited reconnaissance missions would free up special mission units to do more important missions. The subject I am going to cover in this article is going to be how militias can be used for a LRRP (Long Range Recon Patrol) and an OP (Observation Post).
The center axis relock is a style of shooting that has been around for a good long while, but has become more noticed as of late, thanks to the John Wick series of movies. I do not think that it is a bad thing to have this semi-mysterious and showy style presented on film. However, I think that people might be interested to learn a little bit about the style and how it was intended to be used. In addition, I would like to cover my own observations about the John Wick style of using this style for offensive close quarters engagements.
The question that has been on my mind is whether being a veteran really makes me better prepared to defend myself against an attacker here in the civilian world. Well, that is riddled with variables on the individual in question, the type of attack, and a host of other critical things we must analyse and be mindful of. Society has created a standard to respect the military and all individuals wearing a uniform without knowing why. "Thank you for your service" has become about as meaningless and half-hearted as a cashier asking if you how you are doing and if you found everything you were looking for. It is societies new saying to run through the motions on.
Do It Rite
Alaska-Based Youtube Vlogger, Retired Marine, Firearm and Gear Tester.