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Old 07-13-2014, 10:41   #1
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When Citizens Fight Back

Thought about putting this in tactics and training but thought it would get more exposure here.

When Citizens Fight Back

Are We Training Wrong?

To date, I have had 64 private citizen students — I am aware of — who have been involved in using a handgun in self-defense. Although not a huge number of data points, we clearly see the same things occurring over and over again in these incidents. A policeman would call this a clue. I believe this is the kind of data we ought to be basing our civilian training on. Generally, what works in a military battle overseas, or what works for police officers stateside — won’t work for Sam and Suzi Homemaker.
As the global war on terror winds down, a lot of former soldiers are getting into the training business. The military paradigm, however, is vastly different from self-defense in America. The military typically fights with shoulder guns, with handguns relegated to a backup role. In a military operation the planners have to factor in projected losses of friendly personnel. In our world the level of acceptable friendly losses is zero. Military operations have an acceptable level of collateral damage. We don’t.

Military engagements are often offensive in nature while ours are defensive. This is not to say military veterans, particularly special operations personnel, cannot teach you how to shoot extremely well under adverse conditions. One needs to be careful, however, not to confuse their conflict environment and rules of engagement with those of the private citizen. We also have to remember while the citizen generally fights alone, military units fight as a team, and that experience can influence what someone teaches.
If correct, his students record of 62 for 62 speaks for itself.

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Old 07-13-2014, 12:37   #2
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I took Tom's instructors' course. Overall, very well done. He might, maybe, possibly, draw a little too heavily from one small geographic area in his reviews, but I'm not going to dismiss his opinion by any stretch of the imagination.

An excellent instructor. Don't delay if you want to study with him. Get your fix before he retires.
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Old 07-13-2014, 12:49   #3
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Excellent article, happy. Thanks for posting it!
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Old 07-13-2014, 15:12   #4
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Makes a lot of sense but nothing that doesn't seem like common sense. Good job by him as a trainer and by his students as citizens to have a win ratio like that.
Decent law abiding people must fear criminals and the law while criminals have nothing to fear.
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Old 07-13-2014, 15:13   #5
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Just to point out... recommending training is good. Requiring it is bad.
In a gunfight, even if you do everything right, you can still get killed.

And thank YOU for being perfect, all the time, every time. Go forth and reproduce. We need more of you.
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Old 07-20-2014, 20:39   #6
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I just took a Carbine / Pistol Class from Pat McNamara. Most of the pistol drills we shot fell in line with that recommended in the article, getting off the X, presentations, multiple shots per target and shooting from "odd" positions.

While the tactical environments are different as stated in the article, when one person is shooting at another, much of that is moot. Slow is smooth and smooth is fast. Never be satisfied with "good enough". Using a timer when training helps add to the stress.

I short, I don't disagree with the article at all. I just think it has a bit of a marketing flare as to why you should shoot with him and not one of the bajillion Special Somebodies that have flooded the training market.
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