Did you know there’s a secret for becoming nearly invincible to a home invasion?
In his book, On Combat, Dave Grossman shares something that World War II fighter pilots discovered for how to win their Arial dogfights.
Something that he says, made them nearly invincible; and I think is KEY for preppers who think REALLY bad times are coming and want to protect themselves and their loved ones from a home or property invasion.
The secret is in…
Winning your first 5 gun fights
Pilots who successfully survived their first 5 dogfights became nearly impossible to shoot down, except when going up against a better trained pilot.
Grossman goes into great detail on why this is the case, but essentially, after you’ve been in 5 life threatening scenarios where you were forced to kill another person to survive, you greatly reduce the fear mechanisms in your body that elevate your heart rate to such a high level that thinking and hand eye coordination are impaired.
Interesting Effects Of Heart Rate On Coordination
(according to a 1997 study by Siddle & Grossman)
- At 115 heart beats per minute (bpm) fine motor skills deteriorate
- At 145 (bpm) complex motor skills deteriorate
- At 175 (bpm) cognitive processing deteriorates
It is this ability to keep your heart rate low during life threatening scenarios that gives you an UN-FAIR advantage against someone who hasn’t survived their first 5 gunfights yet.
And NO, it doesn’t have ANYTHING to do with logging more hours on the treadmill. We’re talking about elevated heart rates due to stress, not exercise.
I don’t know about you, but I’d like an unfair advantage whenever it comes time to repel my first home invasion attempt.
But I know what you’re probably thinking… “that’s great, Chet, but I really don’t feel like getting in 5 gunfights to gain that level of expertise.”
Normally I’d agree with you, but it turns out there is a way to get in your first 5 gunfights (without the potential of being ventilated).
It’s called, “Force on Force” training.
Force on force training is typically done with REAL guns that have been modified to fire a paint cartridge at other people in scenarios who can fire back at you.
Real home invasion scenarios can be set up in warehouses that replicate a home invasion, and essentially give you multiple practice runs at repelling an intruder.
Now this isn’t paintball, these go much faster and hurt much more… and they feel like REAL weapons feel.
Even the recoil is realistic, so they don’t feel like a toy in your hand.
This is as legit as it gets, and as it turns out its almost just as effective as surviving 5 REAL gunfights!
Not being one to just trust the author of a book whom I don’t know, I also asked my good friend Harry Golden. (Harry helped us produce our Team Tactics DVD for preppers called, Own The Night) What I asked wast how different actual combat compared to his force on force training with simunitions in the military?”
His reply, “No different, it’s the exact same.”
This is a guy who would know by the way… not just someone who ran communications at some forward operating base. He’s kicked in doors, snatched high value targets and has seen very heavy combat action… so I trust his response completely.
But Here’s My Question To You…
If you knew there was essentially a magic potion you could take, called ‘Force on Force’ training, that would drastically improve your chances of repelling a home or property invasion, what would you do?
Personally for me, I knew I had to take the training.
Procrastinating would have just eaten me alive, knowing that our society sits on the edge of a cliff, and to NOT take advantage of such fantastic training opportunities while I still can seemed very stupid to me.
Like something I’d regret for the rest of my life if one day I woke up and could no longer get this level of training.
So I decided to seek out a simunitions facility in my home state to get my 5 gunfights out of the way.
I chose CascadiaTactical.com
Boy am I glad I did!
What My First Simunitions Class Taught Me
Before I show you this video of just one of the scenarios that I took in my first force on force class, I want to give you a bit of background.
First off, I train a LOT from concealment with my pistol, and have committed to muscle memory a pretty speedy quick draw.
Here’s a video of my fastest concealed carry quick draw to give you an idea of my skill level.
This personal record was something I was pretty excited about as you can see in that video.
But the real reason I share that with you is not to show you how fast I can shoot and draw (there are certainly better guys out there then me), but to show you how even someone like me who can fire 2 shots in 1.13 seconds from concealment struggles when put into force on force scenarios that induce stress.
When I actually put my abilities to the test in a force on force, stress induced scenario one of two things happened:
- Whenever I was forced to react instinctively to a threat I successfully eliminated the threat before they could shoot me.
- However, if something went a little wrong (like a weapons malfunction), or I was forced to ‘think on the fly’ I actually did quite poorly. I either took a LONG time to make a decision or I made fatal decisions.
Here’s an example of how tunnel vision I got when my handgun jammed. Notice how I completely forget about the second shooter so completely that I physically run into him while trying to get away from the other man shooting at me.
It’s SUPER embarrassing to share with you, but by sharing it, hopefully its a mistake you won’t have to make.
I believe this is what the book, On Combat is talking about when it comes to a loss of performance under stress.
Anything not functioning on auto-pilot and completely committed to muscle memory becomes much more difficult to execute.
So it’s no shocker, that ‘thinking strategically’ under stress… something that cannot be committed to muscle memory was drastically impaired during my training.
How To THINK Strategically During A Home Invasion
What books like On Combat suggest is that the strategy for performing better under stress is to train it enough so that it becomes more familiar, and less shocking to the nervous system.
If my nervous system can perceive a threat as something it has successfully seen before and eliminated a bunch of times, then my body will perform with much more proficiently than if my nervous system sees the threat and has no idea what to do.
It is these triggers of familiarity that we preppers need to build into our training to increase our ability to successfully react to a threat like a home or property invasion… or any threat of violence for that matter.
It is the brains ability to pull up a memory of how you’ve ‘won this game before’ that increases our performance under stress.
Another key, several firearms instructors have taught me, and that I continue to work on is the committing to as many weapons handling and tactical maneuvers to muscle memory as possible.
It is a known fact that cognitive and muscle coordination becomes worse under stress.
If you have to take what little cognitive power you have under stress and try to use it to perform a reload or clear a malfunction you WILL lose a piece of your ability to strategically asses what is going on around you.
If you do not know the procedures for how to clear a doorway under stress, or operate a flashlight on an intruder who’s firing at you, then you WILL perform very poorly compared to if you’d committed those skills to muscle memory.
As it turned out, while I was often very slow to make the right decisions in my class (like when to shoot someone who was robbing a clerk) the only time I did not successfully ‘survive’ a scenario in my training was when my weapon malfunctioned. So my brother and I created this drill to help us work on making the identification and the clearing of weapons malfunctions second nature:
How To Clear Malfunctions Under Stress
Hopefully these insights gave you a couple of breakthroughs to think about.
We all need to be practicing force on force training if we want to TRULY trust ourselves in life threatening scenario like a home or property invasion.
To think you will perform as good as you do punching holes in paper at the range is something that I for one have proven is not good enough for me.
So do yourself a favor and look up a force on force training class. You can find a list of certified classes in your state here.
If you’ve taken a force on force training class, please leave me a comment with the lessons you took away from your training.
I think we’d all benefit from insights like that.