Tuesday, March 5, 2013
Eyes & Muzzle: Always the same point
I had a fair question raised in comments the other day about the time I spend on CQB when so many Patriots have never stepped on a dojo mat and have no experience with close-quarters reality.
My answer is simple: Most fights get to CQB range in fewer than seconds, and most are decided in fewer than 3 seconds from the moment of contact. If you are at contact range and you don't end him in 3 seconds or fewer, he'll have the advantage faster than you can blink. And, most of my life experience is CQB - not rifle range contact.
But one would be mistaken to conclude that Japanese Masters neglect CQB shooting techniques in training some of their students. Don't bother to google it - you won't find them. You'll need a decade under your belt and at least 2 references.
The image above is one most NRA trained shooters have seen before, or something like it.
Now, want the truth?
When it happens for real, at CQB or contact range, with adrenaline dumping through every nook and cranny of your physiology, when you are reduced to tunnel vision, muffled sounds only in your ears, When you are more likely to be using your body as a weapon as much as your pistol or burpgun, you'll be lucky if you remember you have a front sight on your rock-chucker.
After the first few such events, the tunnel vision fades and the hearing remains acute. If you have survived this long you've learned to forget what you learned at NRA school (if you're still alive) and you realize that you train eye-hand coordination: Everywhere your eyes go, your muzzle goes in absolute sync. That is your new religion.
Why don't LEO Stacks train that way? Why don't .mil Fire Teams train that way?
Because LEO and .mil - particularly LEO, has been convinced of his invincibility and that the men at his back will cover him. Let's face a real and simple fact - most LEO, especially the SWAT/Suarez types, have never run an op against a seriously trained and prepared opponent.
Be that guy.
Where your eyes go, your muzzle sweeps and you fire. Do NOT get hung up on that front sight.
It's called instinctive shooting in some circles. It's called point shooting in others.
Where I learned - it was just called CQB shooting.
It works - far more often than the NRA style.
And shooting with 2 hands, in different directions, at different targets using peripheral vision...not yet, Grasshopper.
When you can grab the man you are about to shoot, and he can press his muzzle to your body, you need to know much more than sight picture.
How do I know?
That's about all I have to say about that...
Posted by K at 7:27 PM