Summer’s coming, so:
- Drink Water
- Apply sunscreen
- 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.