KR Training – 2014-04-26 – DPS2/AT-2 Quick Hits

Summer’s coming, so:

  1. Drink Water
  2. Apply sunscreen
  3. Drink Water (h/t Caleb Causey)

We had no heat-related problems at KR Training this past Saturday, but it’s just time to remind folks to update their habits because yes… Texas summer is coming.

The past couple years saw a huge rush for foundation-level classes. Now it seems that everyone’s happy to have a gun and the basic knowledge of how to use it, so now folks want a little more. There’s certainly an uptick in the intermediate-level courses, both interest and enrollment. That we had another AT-2: Force-on-Force Scenarios was a great thing. It is wonderful to see people understanding the value of such a class and being willing to undertaking that education. In fact, one of the students in the AT-2 course commented that she didn’t want to take the class, but afterwards was very glad she did.

Speaking of enrollment, it was the usual: varied. Men and women, young and old, various socio-economic strata. Yeah, you just keep trying to stereotype gun owners and people that understand and are willing to undertake responsibility for themselves.

As for the classes themselves? Things went pretty well. Here’s a couple points I’ll highlight for students.

#1 – Marksmanship still matters.

Yes, being “combat accurate” is a thing (tho I don’t care for that term). This isn’t bullseye shooting for sure, this isn’t about trying to get the tightest group possible. But you still have to get within a reasonable area (e.g. 6″ circle). You still need to hit what you’re needing to hit — you can’t just throw lead and hope for the best.

This all goes back to the notion of “(un)acceptable hits“.

Trigger press, sight alignment, these things matter. Speed matters too, but a fast miss doesn’t do you any good. If you have to go a half-second slower but you can nail it every time? Then go slower, nail it, and in time the speed will come.

#2 – Plan and figure things out beforehand.

This is likely one of the biggest lessons to come out of the Force-on-Force work. If you have never thought about your plans, what to do if X happens, when X happens is the worst time to try to figure things out. Maybe you will be able to, but it’s going to eat up precious time.

But if you’ve been around this Earth long enough, you likely understand the phrase about how proper prior planning and preparation prevents piss poor performance. The same holds here. Whether that’s talking with your spouse and children about what to do should the flag fly, how to handle in-home action (e.g. what room is the “safe room” and how to go about getting there), secret phrases (“We need to leave, now” or “Pineapple Pineapple!”), figuring this stuff out ahead of time helps. In fact, being involved in the FoF scenarios themselves gives you some ideas and plans — “Hey, I’ve seen this before”. It doesn’t have to be a real encounter either (the power of visualization comes into play here).

I hope all the students had a great day. I enjoyed working the shoot house again. We continue to refine our work there, and feedback from students is positive.

Thank you all for coming out. Hope to see you at the range again soon.

Drink water!

 

5 thoughts on “KR Training – 2014-04-26 – DPS2/AT-2 Quick Hits

  1. John…you guys did an awesome job and we learned a lot. My wife REALLY appreciated the time you took with her on her purse carry work. While we often role play scenarios, working with you guys during the FoF class shed light on a lot of things we hadn’t considered and gave us better options on things we thought we had figured out. And yes, trigger control matters!

    • Brett, thank you so much for the kind words. I’m glad it was a useful and educational day for the both of you. Hope to see y’all again soon!

  2. Sounds like you folks had a great day! Role-play, contingency planning, preplanning for probable as well as a few “off the wall” scenarios can only help if things go south.

    I just got a request from our local gun club to run another Home Defense / Combat Shotgun Course this summer and it looks like I pretty much follow the same format. We shall see if I can get time away from the truck. Take care friend!

  3. This class is on my list for this fall. I tried to take it last fall but low sign-up kinda killed it.

    So, Hsoi, in place of “Combat Accuracy” what term do you like? And why the term you like opposed to CA?

    • Technically speaking, there is something to the notion of “combat accuracy”. That is, if you compare to things like “bullseye accuracy”. The intent being that will something like bullseye shooting, you want that bullet to go precisely where you put it, with pin-point laser-sharp accuracy… and then every subsequent bullet goes through the exact same hole as the first. But “combat accuracy” acknowledges that there’s a bit wider frame of acceptance, like within a 4-6″ circle instead of 1/2″. This is because there’s always a trade-off between speed and accuracy, and combat requires a bit more speed, and some pin-point accuracy will suffer as a result, but yet it’s still where it needs to be to get the job done. So technically speaking, it’s an OK concept.

      But what happens with the concept is that it’s often applied in a manner that just lowers standards and considers it acceptable and allows everyone to feel good about meeting some sort of standard.

      For example, in gun reviews, the writers — who mind you will never say anything truly bad about a gun (they are reviewing the products of their advertisers, and you don’t want to offend your advertisers) — will say that a gun might have “acceptable combat accuracy”. That’s code for “this gun can’t hit shit”. That it groups 4-5″ at 10 yards off a ransom rest… but that’s “acceptable combat accuracy”. Bullshit, that’s crap. But that’s how the term gets bandied about.

      Or when a person is shooting and their pistol target looks like it was hit with a shotgun blast… that becomes “combat accuracy” so they can feel good about being “accurate enough” to some sort of standard, when really they can’t do shit. When people struggle to get in the 8-ring of the B-27 under no time pressures, and what they did hit is all yanked low-left…. and then someone says “well, that’s ‘combat accurate'”… again, it’s a lowering of a standard towards making someone “feel good”, when that sort of lie serves no useful or life-saving purpose — it’s just lies and ego stroking.

      So that’s why I don’t like the term. Technically speaking, it’s a reasonable term. But it gets applied in ways that are unsatisfactory.

      What term do I prefer?

      I prefer a term I came up with a few years ago: (un)acceptable hits.

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