Tactical Shooting Tips: 3 Ways To Use Scenario Training For Gunfighting!

Jeff Anderson

Scenario training is realistic training that most people don’t even think about.

It’s not offered as much as a lot of other training out there.

Most of us are focused on the fundamentals of using a firearm, basic hand-to-hand, and things like that.

Even the “tactical courses” usually see these guys dressed up like in the military, shooting from behind barrels, maybe shooting out of a car or something like that.

But they’re typically shooting paper targets.

How, then, can we use realistic force-on-force scenario training to make us better gunfighters?

The forefather of force-on-force training has to be reality-based fighting pioneer Peyton Quinn.

Here’s a run-down of what he had to say about it this topic.

3 Tips For Using Scenario Training To Be A Better Gunfighter!

Tactical Shooting Tips: Scenario Training For Gunfights
Peyton Quinn

Realistic training is extremely important.

When you’re carrying concealed, it’s not like firing your gun on the range.

Everything is more difficult.

When you talk to people who’ve gone through a shooting, many of them, including police officers, don’t even remember how many shots were fired.

They’re not lying or forgetful.

Under adrenal stress, they experience things like auditory exclusion.

They don’t hear anything; they just feel the gun bucking in their hand.

This stuff is very real.

But until you experience it for yourself, it’s all sort of theoretical.

That’s why scenario training is so important, to help give you the experience associated with the training.

Tip#1: Blank Guns

A device I found useful and that I’ve used in training is to start out with blank guns.

This gives you a little bit of recoil, a little bit of noise and muzzle blast.

Using a blank gun, you can draw the gun, fire, point it at a human target, and pull the trigger.

The slide goes back.

The shell ejects.

You feel the recoil.

When you are fighting for your life, you don’t want that to be the very first time you’ve ever pointed a gun at a human being and pulled the trigger.

You need to experience what it looks like, what it feels like, so you won’t freeze up when it is no longer a simulation.

Tip #2: Point Shooting

The next thing a student should learn is that he or she doesn’t need to use the sights.

Most shootings occur at less than five feet away.

There are laser target pistols, like the SIRT, that fire a laser beam.

You can practice at home in your apartment  and the laser will show you where your shot would have gone.

Doing this practice, there’s no way to fire a real bullet, but you can practice your point-shooting skills.

This is extremely useful for teaching you how to get off a round, quickly and on target, without trying to acquire the sights at all.

Tip #3: Sharing Goals

Finally, a lesson that goes through all of scenario training is the idea of shared goals.

You’ve got to develop some confidence in your ability.

One way to do this is to train with people who all share the same goals.

This is why students in classes like this, that sometimes take place over a few days, will stay in dormitories together.

It’s like military training turning an infantry unit into a cohesive whole.

There’s a bonding that takes place that makes the group effective.

Most people have a natural aversion to shooting people.

Even their firearms training conditions them not to shoot people by accident.

In scenario training, you create a miniature society in which everyone shares the same training goal: stopping the attacker.

This is tremendously helpful psychologically.

Militaries have been doing it for thousands of years.

It’s the same with a shooting.

(It’s not rocket science.)

There’s only a few things you have to keep track of in the instant to do the right thing.

The problem people have is the first time they have to point a gun at somebody and pull the trigger and make a decision, they’re completely untrained.

They don’t know the law.

They’re not conditioned to the total adrenal stress.

Scenario training can fix that problem.

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Shooting Under Stress: 3 Ways To Prepare For A Close-Quarters Ambush

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

How do you practice your handgun, rifle, or shotgun?

Do you do it at the shooting range?

Most people do.

It’s a relaxing, recreational atmosphere where people punch holes in paper, trying to get the holes close together while hitting bulls-eyes..

That’s great for trigger time and marksmanship… but it leaves out a LOT of what you need to know to fire a gun when someone is trying to KILL you.

I talked with Garrett Machine about this recently, and here’s what he had to tell me about improving your gun handling under stress.

Three Tips To Prepare For A Close-Quarters Ambush

3 Tips For Shooting Your Way Out Of An Ambush
If You Don’t Do These 3 Things, You Could DIE In A Real Gunfight
Garrett Machine

Do you “enjoy” shooting?

You might like target shooting… but what about learning to fire a gun under threat?

Shooting becomes a whole different ballgame when a trainer says to you, “Okay, sprint 50 meters as fast as you can, do 10 burpees, then draw your gun from cover, hit this target as fast as you can, change magazines, hit a second target as fast as you can, and when it pops back up, shoot it again.”

When under stress, your shooting skills go to HELL.

Scenario-based firearms training addresses things like physical exertion (the closest way to simulate stress) and rapid fire to center of mass.

Adding in these layers of complexity catapults the shooter much closer to the conditions he or she will face in reality.

It also reveals, very quickly, the need to have hand-to-hand training to back you up when you are clearing your home with a weapon.

Here are three things to keep in mind when shooting under the stress of a real attack, when somebody ambushes you at close quarters.

1. Weapons And Empty Hands Are Both Necessary

Shooting or hand-to-hand skills alone are not enough; you must have both.

Too many shooters just buy a gun and think they’ve got self-defense covered.

Some of these shooters even train in lots of different armed self-defense methods, including force on force scenarios, so they think they’re well prepared.

If you’re not actually training to fight WITHOUT a weapon, though, you’re leaving dangerous gaps in your training.

How can you possibly shoot under the stress of a real altercation if you have to first fight off an ambush attack to draw your gun in the first place?

Integrating empty hand fighting with armed self-defense is therefore absolutely critical.

2. You Had Better Work On Your Physical Fitness

You also need to work on your physical fitness.

You can’t afford to be out of shape and still consider yourself prepared for a real-life altercation.

How can you shoot and run and fight off an attacker if you don’t have cardiovascular conditioning and muscular strength?

The hand-to-hand training is arguably the more important of the two simply because you cannot be focused on the weapon.

The pistol, the rifle, the shotgun… these are just tools.

The real weapon is YOU, and you must excel at using whatever is at hand.

That means you can’t afford to “gas out” and be completely out of breath when your family needs you, or when somebody is on top of you beating your brains out.

3. Drill Constantly

Training is perishable.

That means that the longer you don’t practice, the more “rusty” you become.

You should always be training and drilling to keep your level of skill up.

Here’s a simple exercise you can do.

  1. Stand somebody in front of a door.
  2. Give them an airsoft gun or some other firearm simulator.
  3. Put the gun in a holster and just stand in front of that door.
  4. Then tell them you want them simply to react when the door opens.
  5. Maybe the first time the door opens, somebody is standing there with a rubber knife, and the second the door opens, they try to stab the defender.

Now in that scenario, if you try to go for your gun, you WILL be “killed” before your gun can clear its holster.

On the other hand, if you block and strike, take them down with hand-to-hand skills, THEN draw your weapon, you have a much better chance of controlling the situation.

See what I mean?

It’s all about challenging yourself and constantly improving your skills, under realistic stress.

That way, when it happens for real, you’ll be prepared to face it.

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