Personal Preparedness In Our Exciting Age

By John Farnam

Firearms Field Strip In The Dark
I remember the way we regularly practiced in total darkness, against time, all aspects of weapons handling. Wasted parts and wasted motions were thus assiduously eliminated.
Defense Training International, Inc
Defense Training International, Inc

Ft Collins, CO –-(Ammoland.com)- Personal Preparedness in our Exciting age:

“Now remember, when things look bad, and it looks as if you’re not gonna make it, then you gotta get mean. I mean plumb, mad-dog mean. Because, when you lose your head, and you give up, then you ain’t gonna win, and your ain’ t gonna live.

That’s just the way it is.” ~ Jose Wales (played by Cline Eastwood) in the 1976 feature film, “The Outlaw Jose Wales

These comments from a recent student at one of our Courses:

“Things I took away:

(1) I can shoot reasonably well (2) Shooting is the easy part (3) When you fumble at the beginning, it makes everything else harder and sloppier

Conclusion: We need to perfect basic manipulations. There is no doubt that fumbling/indecision/hesitation/dithering invariably represent the ‘kiss of death!’”

Reinforced by a friend, an old Warrior like me, in the UK:

“I remember the way we regularly practiced in total darkness, against time, all aspects of weapons handling. Wasted parts and wasted motions were thus assiduously eliminated.

We regularly spent endless hours on the range precisely adjusting and confirming sight settings, so our personal rifles were always absolutely ready, ‘… left of bang’ A rifle that is not precisely, continuously sighted-in (zeroed), to your satisfaction, will be about as useful to you as a bar of soap, as you pointed-out in your last Quip.

Someone asked me today, with a cynical tone of ‘moral superiority,’ why I drive a powerful SUV, equipped with four-wheel drive. I preferred not to answer this idiot, as foul weather erupts over us with freakish regularity. I told him I prefer not to get stuck, while always being able to leave paved roads, when civilization’s trappings disintegrate without warning!”

Comment:

The operative phrase is, “… without warning!”

“No matter what anybody else on board says or does, never get into an aircraft flying over enemy territory without your pistol, AR, magazines, blade, compass, trauma kit, rations, water, hat, jacket, and boots!” ~ Brigadier General Chris Thirion, SADF (a genuine hero of a long-past era)

/John

About John Farnam & Defense Training International, Inc
As a defensive weapons and tactics instructor John Farnam will urge you, based on your own beliefs, to make up your mind in advance as to what you would do when faced with an imminent and unlawful lethal threat. You should, of course, also decide what preparations you should make in advance, if any. Defense Training International wants to make sure that their students fully understand the physical, legal, psychological, and societal consequences of their actions or inactions.

It is our duty to make you aware of certain unpleasant physical realities intrinsic to the Planet Earth. Mr Farnam is happy to be your counselor and advisor. Visit: www.defense-training.com

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