Is your Firearms Training standard high enough that you can rely on it to save your life?
“We do not rise to the level of our expectation. We fall to the level of our training”
~Archilochus, Greek soldier and poet (ca. 650 BCE)
Your firearms training leading up to your life-threatening event did not involve proven tactics to survive the encounter. Did your training consist of “Stand and Deliver” tactics? According to experts who train force-on-force scenarios, you’ll likely take serious or fatal wounds. For many of us who choose to fight, this would be acceptable as long as we also took the aggressor with us, especially where our families are concerned. But we die for nothing if the attacker lives to continue to attack other people. The most consistent statistics related to gunfights state that 85% of fights are won by the first person to inflict an injury, whether knife, gun or any form of weapon.
Laran Wilke, president of DFTofCO, said of his very first intensive firearms training class “We were repeatedly asked this question,
“Is it better to shoot the bad guy or not get shot?”
The answer seems very obvious, not get shot. But to survive you need tactics that give you the best opportunity to do both. Because in order to survive, you need tactics that upset their OODA loop, making it harder for them to hit you. The more you can do to disturb their OODA loop, the greater your chances of scoring hits on them and minimizing their chances of scoring hits on you.
The goal is to end the fight… ALIVE, preferably uninjured.
Many firearms training instructors and companies take a “stepped” approach to the defensive handgun training puzzle. First they teach you about the gun, then they teach you how to shoot and hit a target. Perhaps next you get some training on how to draw. Somewhere down the road you may learn to shoot and move.
We at Defensive Firearms Training of Colorado believe that the situation dictates the tactics. However, if the training you’ve had leading up to your encounter doesn’t highlight all of the options, when to use them and how to train for them, you’ll be limited to the options you’ve learned which may not match the situation.
In 6 to 8 hours DFTofCO can give you a good blend of defensive firearms training techniques. You can then utilize your own training time more efficiently, whether in your home with an unloaded weapon, or on the range conducting live-fire drills. You will be able to map out a plan for greater proficiency in all tactics. You will be in charge of how long it takes you to improve your readiness.