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  • CelticRaven
    started a topic Do it! Practice it! Live it!

    Do it! Practice it! Live it!

    $this->unconvert_size(18pt;line-height:100%">The disappointment:</span>

    So back at the begining of May, Precision Applications ran 'Fighting Carbine' at the beginning of rendezvous. Had fun, and went in with the goal of well get though today, don't shoot anyone, and don't embarrass myself since I haven't been logging trigger time, running drills, or doing anything to really keep my skills sharp. Well all of that was 'mostly' achieved that day, and a good time was had by all.

    As I got to review some video, and watch myself:

    First Serpentine Drill

    Then the second feeling a bit more comfortable

    Were they ok? Yeah sure... Not horrible.
    Well did I get though it? Yes
    Was I ever in danger of hurting myself or someone else? No

    Did I feel comfortable doing it? Was it smooth? Was it natural?

    NO not at all!

    In fact the simple facts of what I went into the course with kept ringing in my head. Don't screw up and don't hurt yourself or anyone else.
    So that being said, my mindset starting that course had me half defeated before I ever bolted up the first round. Maybe it was peer pressure, maybe it was knowing full well I hadn't been practicing. It really doesn't matter, but I did a lot of self analysis on why I felt that way.

    So I guess what you can call this was a moment of realization, that after not practicing any moving and shooting skills for the first several years of my childs life so I could be Dad, I had let a very valuable skill virtually deplete itself to a mere understanding of a technique. NOT THE MINDSET OF BEING READY FOR COMBAT, OR EVEN PREPAREDNESS.

    <span style="font-size:24, The Fix!)

    Lets put all the bullshit aside, and talk big boy rules here just like we did in class. There are no if, ands or buts to this equation. If you aren't practicing your skills they are perishing every second. You don't need to be on the range to do them either. Putting on your gear and practicing mag changes, putting on your full gear and walking around and doing daily tasks even will make you more comfortable. There were three several items that were practiced between then and the shooting of the next videos on Saturday when Brad86 and I went shooting.

    To start most of my gear had been upgraded. Gear isn't the combat defining piece or even what made anything here faster. In fact when I put it on, I said "Jesus there is shit everywhere! How the hell do people operate in this crap." This is where the following list came from.


    1. Three times a week, practice malfunction/reload drills with snap caps in weapon systems. Not only practice them, practice them from all 6 mag pouches on the new plate carrier system.

    2. Practice as you shoot! CMShoot has said this for years. Run the drills with your plates in your plate carrier. Get used to the restricted movement, the compressing feeling of having 21 additional lbs of armor on, and the extra 2-3 inches all around you.

    3. Moving is hard, do it all the time. Even if you aren't going to the range, put your gear on and walk around. It takes effort to not be the bull in the china shop, and move around stuff in your house. After a few weeks you will be dancing up and down the stairs and your little kids will want there own set cause mommy or daddy look darn cool.

    4. If it isn't second nature, you will fail. I will post a follow up video to this later this week, which involves me having what I thought was a malfunction, and was something very different, but I want to save it for a new post. The point is all those silly sayings we dump into our brains are all true. Stuff like the more you sweat in training the less you bleed in combat. Quotes from books like the following:
    "Muzzle control has to be a religion. You cannot point that weapon at
    one of your brothers-or yourself. Know where you barrel is at all times,
    and know the condition of your weapon-loaded or unloaded, bolt forward
    or to the rear, round in the chamber or not, safety on or off. Keep your
    finger off the trigger unless you're going to kill something."

    Dick Couch, Chosen Soldier: The Making of a Special Forces Warrior[/b]
    All of that so rings true, and much like a dull knife that was made from good steel to start with, it doesn't take long to put that edge back on:
    Movement Drill, Slow, Smooth, and Fast

    Then working together with your partner, you quickly un-fuck yourselves and find you communicate better, your fast and a lethal combo:
    Two man assault drill

    My thoughts to wrap this up are simple, and I have said them all above.

    1. If your not practicing your skills they are degrading.
    2. Practice as you fight. If you don't your fighting will suck.
    3. Chance favors the prepared mind. (More on this in my follow up.)
    4. Just cause you practice, if you don't practice with your partner your only half ready. (I think that makes shooting like sex.)

    *Hope you all had a great 4th of July and weekend, Brad86 and I had fun and hope you enjoy the new video here. We had fun making it for you.*

  • Flea
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    very nice rifle

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  • cmshoot
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    Yep! The more ya sweat in training the less you'll bleed in combat.

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  • Brad86
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    Follow up is coming... As a tease for it, the basis is a drill, I was down from the combat for about 15 seconds.... Why? because in the heat, being tired, and mentally taxed, I put a mag in my pouch backwards. Yes I am going to post it, but wanted to get conversation started here from other classmates as well [/b]
    And it was a looooong 15 seconds, so says the guy providing covering fire.

    That's why we train like this and push things, so the mistakes happen on the range not when it's on the line.

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  • ICU
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    Looking good guys.

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  • CelticRaven
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    Follow up is coming... As a tease for it, the basis is a drill, I was down from the combat for about 15 seconds.... Why? because in the heat, being tired, and mentally taxed, I put a mag in my pouch backwards. Yes I am going to post it, but wanted to get conversation started here from other classmates as well

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  • usngunner
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    Why I try and bring great content sometimes is beyond me...[/b]
    Frankly, I was waiting on the followup. It's a good post, and accurate, skills are perishable. As are the unskilled.

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  • CelticRaven
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    Why I try and bring great content sometimes is beyond me...

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  • usngunner
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    Hah! At least ya didnt shoot each other![/b]
    Yep, there is something to that. Good job!


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  • cmshoot
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    Hah! At least ya didnt shoot each other!

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  • Brad86
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    I feel let down and I didn't even post it.

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  • CelticRaven
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    Wow, all that and the only comment I get is from Brad?

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  • Brad86
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    It was a good day. We pushed ourselves and our equipment. The terrain was very bushy with lots of uneven ground and logs and whatnots, so being able to feel with your feet was a plus. Everything was definately run with an extreme sense of urgency. Yep, we made mistakes, so we ran the drills again. That's the whole point of days like that, push the envelope.




    "That's the problem, the damn gun is backwards!"


    Great day!

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