Tactics… Brain Dead Simple Right? Effin’ Wrong!

June 15, 2013

Firearms Training

Source: http://innovativeshootingconcepts.blogspot.com/

Source: http://innovativeshootingconcepts.blogspot.com/

Tactics shmactics.  I can reload a 30 round magazine in 1.3 seconds while under pressure, so why the hell would I need to actually practice tactics with a buddy for TEOTWAWKI?  It’s obvious… You shoot, I move… I shoot, you move.  How freakin’ hard can it be?

Well… I had a rude awakening a few months ago while training with 1st Lieutenant Harry Golden out in Utah, then again in Florida.  It looks simple, but as you look through my failures and add them up to where I am now, you can see how even the most stupid-simple concepts suck under pressure.

So it’s a bounding overwatch, right?  Ask yourself these questions:

  1. Do you know when to reload?
  2. Do you have an SOP for voice commands?
  3. Do you have an SOP for the way you and your buddy set your gear?
  4. What do you do when you both run out of ammo at the same time?
  5. Who calls the shots if your leader goes down?
  6. When do you break contact?
  7. How do you break contact?
  8. What do you know when there’s no place for cover?

I humbly learned that I didn’t know jack about tactics… which lead me to realize, neither do most preppers.

The following is a stark comparison between two days of training.  Notice the difference between the two days?  We’re still learning, but we’re quickly improving because we’re working together as a team.

Day 1 of this training week, I experienced many “failure to eject” plus “double feed” at the same time.  This was due to a bad bolt, which I have since fixed… the good thing is that it induced stress… it also forced me to learn some hard lessons.  Watch this video to give yourself an honest look at where you are now?  Leave a comment with one thing right, and one thing wrong that you spot….

Next, look at how it went on day 2.  Note that we started to get a rhythm.  We started to anticipate eachother’s movements in relation to reloads… we gained  sense of when we’d run out of ammo.  Don’t misunderstand me, we still have a LONG way to go, but we’re making improvements along the way.

On the third run, notice how I (on the right) move forward and shoot while moving.  I knew that Chet would be running low on ammo, so I was waiting for him to yell “CHANGING” and I would bang away.  Also, note the intensity difference between the last day, and today.  We come out with the wrath of lead-rain.  We pounded the targets while moving into position, then got into talking guns, and slowly assaulted.

Lots of lessons learned.  So please, leave a comment with what you see right, what you see wrong, and what you will do differently after watching these videos.  I hope they inspire you to get out and train.  Stay safe, stay legal, stay lethal…

11 Responses to “Tactics… Brain Dead Simple Right? Effin’ Wrong!”

  1. Shtf Says:

    Good training! Have you done this also with running between drills. What I mean to say is that it’s also another ballgame when exhausted from running or other exercise.
    Keep up the good work!

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    • Dave Says:

      Thanks! We’re just trying to get better. Some day I hope we’re good.

      If I understand your question right, I don’t think we’ve done any of what you’re saying. Usually at the end of this drill we’re about out of ammo…

      The only other thing we were going to try to do is assault to the left, but that target is down a hill on a small road, without much of a berm behind it.

      Do you have an example of what you’re talking about? I’d love to know more.

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      • Harry Says:

        Dave, the question, i believe is “have you done these drills after running, getting the heart rate up and dealing with it all at 130ppm”… and the answer is yes… they have… i’ve beat Dave into the ground many times with IMTs for the very reason you mention…

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  2. Shtf Says:

    What I mean is: do some pushups with gear, run a few miles and do this drill (from the video) again. After you completed one “clearance/execise” do some pushups again and run a few again. Then do the shooting drill once again, sweat, muscle fatigue and other issues will alter your performance at a certain moment.
    Then let one guy do the running and pushups. During that the other guy shouts “CONTACT!!!” Let’s see how that will go….:-) for fun you can set him up with a rigged up mag so that he will need to reload.

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    • Harry Says:

      i like it… i have set them up with short mags, mags with a snap cap, mags with rounds set too far forward so they are certain to cause a stoppage… good stuff…

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      • Dave Says:

        I sense some hardcore training sessions coming up soon. Although, a faulty bolt and extractor pin makes for pretty much all the same problems… constantly… Solved the problem just in time for dummy rounds. 😉

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  3. Harry Says:

    The Force is Strong within this One…

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  4. Mark Barker Says:

    I was thinking maybe you should add a few obstacles.Maybe even build you a small obstacle course with several corners to practice rolling out to shoot in unison stacked up on a corner.Maybe even set up large cardboard boxes as pretend cover.Lots of times a Man won’t find himself on complete open ground.Even an old junk car or two might come in handy as something to shoot through,around,and Under.Have someone else move your Targets around so you won’t know what is happening as you assault the Targets.This may also break up the Monotony,as you try the same course in different ways.You could also try breaching your own home as a way to see what someone else might do in a reverse roll scenario(Please hold your Fire unless you want to get educated in severe remodel construction!)You seem to have Fire Control down Pretty Descent.I hope this will Help

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    • Chet Says:

      all great ideas Mark. Thanks for stopping by. We’ll be sure to keep posting more videos as we try more stuff.

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