Tactical Shooting Under Stress: Navy SEAL Debunks The 3 Biggest Myths!

Close Quarters Tactical Shooting Under Stress For Self-Defense
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Be honest: Where have you done most of your shooting training?

If you answered, “at the shooting range,” you’re not alone.

People think a live-fire shooting range is the best place to acquire real-life defensive shooting skills.

The problem is…

That’s wrong!

In fact, it’s DEAD WRONG.

If you rely solely on static range shooting, you won’t be acquiring the necessary force-on-force skills you need to stay alive.

Not long ago I talked this over with combat expert Chris Sajnog.

Here’s what he explained to me about the biggest myths when it comes to shooting under threat.

What A Navy SEAL Has To Say About The 3 Biggest Myths Of Shooting Under Stress!

Close Quarters Tactical Shooting Under Stress For Self-Defense
Tactical Shooting Under Stress For Self-Defense
Chris Sajnog

Over and over again, shooters tend to repeat what they’ve been told.

They’re relying on what they consider to be “conventional wisdom.”

After all, if it’s always been done that way, shouldn’t we keep doing it like that?

Well, no.

That “conventional wisdom” often just isn’t.

It often boils down to these three myths:

Myth #1: Shooting At The Range Is Enough

The range ISN’T enough.

You need to use all kinds of other methods and training environments to train for self-defense, including where you might actually be using these skills.

You can’t train with live fire at home, where you’re going to need to use your gun.

But it’s much more realistic to practice force-on-force at home when training for home-defense.

That means using airsoft and other training simulators so you can work those skills in the proper environment.

Myth #2: You Can’t Use Your Sights Under Stress

People believe that you can’t focus on your front sight when you’re under stress.

In a way, that’s true.

If you’re training “normally,” like most people are taught, then you go to a range and fire rounds at a paper target.

If that’s all the training you do, no, you won’t be able to focus on your front sight.

But if you train under stress with something like airsoft, and you get your mind in a place where you are able to focus under stress on your front sight, you WILL be able to do it.

If you train correctly under appropriate stress, in other words, you’ll be able to use your sights when it counts.

Myth #3: You Can’t Shoot Accurately Under Stress

Repetition and muscle memory is building neural pathways.

You’re building the ability in your brain to send a neural impulse that allows you to focus on your front sight under stress.

Because you’re under stress, what happens is that your brain releases all these hormones.

That’s what tends to give us these reactions, these stress responses, that most people are used to.

You can therefore avoid that through proper training.

In other words, repetition and muscle memory, under stress, develop the appropriate neural pathways for shooting accurately while under threat. 

This is the key to training to survive when it counts.

This is how you must train to use a a gun to protect yourself.

How Were You Taught To Shoot? Do You Focus On Your Front Sight With One Or Both Eyes?

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CQC Shooting: Pizza Guy DROPS 3 Of 4 Robbers!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

“Gimme your money or you’re dead.”

The pizza delivery driver could see, from the side of his eye…

…that there was an assault rifle pointed at his head.

Maybe he knew that pizza delivery guy ranks in the top 10 most dangerous jobs.

Maybe he didn’t.

But deep in his guts, he had to know that these scumbags were willing to kill him for the few dollars in his zipper envelope.

And that’s why…

A Pizza Guy Went For His Gun With An Assault Rifle To His Head… And WON!

A Pizza Guy Went For His Gun With An Assault Rifle To His Head… And WON!

CQC Shooting: Pizza Driver Shoots 3 Of 4 Thugs
CQC Shooting: Pizza Driver Shoots 3 Of 4 Thugs

It happened just last month in East Charlotte, North Carolina.

It was late on a Monday night, and the driver – we’ll call him “Bob” because the news didn’t identify him – was just trying to complete his shift.

We’ve all been dead tired, at the end of a long day, and Bob probably felt that as he rolled up to his last call of the night.

But when he got out of his car, he was suddenly AMBUSHED – by not 1, not 2, not even 3 armed thugs – but 4 men all looking to rob him.

Nemiah McInnis

One of the scumbags was Nemiah McInnis.

He’s one of two robbers who’s actually a legal adult, at age 20…

…because the other two were just kids.

(He looks like a real tough guy in his mug shot, doesn’t he – because everybody’s tough when they’ve got an AK pointed at an innocent man’s head.)

When Bob rolled up to that apartment complex in East Charlotte, Nemiah and his buddy Toybyus Banks, 18, joined a  15-y.o. and a 16-y.o. in threatening Bob’s life.

But Bob wasn’t a victim.

He was a trained CCW holder, and he was determined not to go out without a fight.

Instead of giving up his cash and waiting to be killed, he went for his gun – and –

BAM! BAM! BAM!

Bob put bullets in 3 out of 4 of the robbers, as they ran off screaming, crying, and bleeding.

Two were later found with gunshot wounds.

A third – that would be Toybyus Banks – turned up in a local hospital, which is why his mugshot isn’t available.

(He has to get out before they can take his photo.)

That meant that Bob went home at the end of his shift, alive and unharmed, while the gang that ambushed him will pay the price for trying to rob him (with a gun, it turned out later, that was only a replica).

Now, how do I know Bob was trained to use his gun?

I admit I’m guessing – but I figure he’s either trained or the luckiest gun owner in the whole wide world.

That’s because, even though the robbers weren’t actually in a position to shoot back, Bob never would have hit 3 of 4 moving targets if he was the kind of guy who plinks cans once a summer, or shoots paper at the range twice a year.

Only realistic gun training for extreme close-quarters gunfights can prepare you for this type of ambush attack.

Your ambushers will be acting (by, say, putting an assault rile to your head)…

…and you will be reacting to someone who ALREADY has the drop on you.

Too many armed citizens are practicing for tight shot groups at long distances on paper targets, and that’s NOT what saved Bob’s life!

You’ve GOT to be prepared to shoot fast and accurately at close quarters while under threat, possibly with innocent lives on the line!

If you don’t train for that, you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!

The good news is, if you want to perform like Bob did under stress, you can.

You just need to get realistic training – training that’s actually easy to find.

In fact, you can do it right at home – the same way that I do!

If you want to dig deeper into how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out our 7-step “gunfighting” system here.

Just be warned…

I don’t follow popular opinion when it comes to firearms training, so some of what you read may actually be the OPPOSITE of what you’ve been taught in the past.

All I ask is that you keep an open mind… and be willing to try something completely new in how you prepare for the reality of a gunfight.

That way, if some group of scumbags ambushes you and puts a gun to YOUR head, you’ll be able to something other than wait to die.

Don’t wait.

Prepare for REALISTIC gunfights now with this at-home training.

What Weapon Do YOU Carry For Ambush Attacks?

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Tactical Shooting Tips: How To Fix Bad Habits With Your Gun

Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)

Look, this was without a doubt a big “FAIL” on my part…

But I own it, and I have no problem putting myself out there.

You see, it was my first day training with my private “concealed carry shooting coach” out on his own personal range.

He told me to go ahead and draw my weapon from 7 yards away and hit the steel silhouette target in front of me.

Simple enough, right?

I readied myself like Wyatt Earp preparing for a quick-draw duel in the dusty streets of Tombstone… flashed my hand down to my Glock 19… whisked it out of my holster…

… and I immediately fired a 9mm round into the ground 4 feet in front of me!

My instructor laughed.

I think I pooped my pants.

You see, that was my “Oh sh*t!” moment when I realized that I had secretly developed a “training scar” — a bad habit when using my gun.

I was putting my finger on the trigger while drawing the gun, something I didn’t realize when I wasn’t allowed to train from concealment.

Don’t think YOU have any of these types of “training scars”?

Think again amigo…

How to Tell If You Have Any “Invisible” Gun Training Scars (And How To Fix Them!)

Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)
Tactical Gun Training: Training Scars And Bad Habits (And Fixing Them)

Look, not all bad habits with guns are as obvious as my dumbass mistake.

But since most ranges won’t even let you draw your weapon from concealment, unless you’ve done it “for reals,” most people will eventually have the SAME problem when they’re shooting under pressure.

(You know, like in a REAL gunfight?)

In other words, it’s “square range” training, that CAUSES most of these “invisible training scars.”

When someone trained on a traditional range gets a chance to go pull the trigger at a less restrictive live-fire course, these problems really come out.

I’ve seen it happen with shooters at EVERY course I’ve taught or attended…

They reload wrong, fumbling and taking their eyes off the target.

They jerk their heads around like they’re checking for threats, but they’re not really SEEING anything… just going through the motions.

Or worse, they freeze up entirely, and stop moving while they focus on the target… which leaves them sitting ducks!

But here’s the thing about “training scars”…

… you really don’t even know you have them… until it’s too late!

In other words, most people who ARE training are doing it all wrong.

Not necessarily “technically” wrong (though that’s a factor)… but TACTICALLY wrong.

What I mean is, the environment – and rules – you’re forced to train with are what instill these bad habits in the first place.

Unable to draw realistically from concealment… no movement allowed… no “speed shooting” allowed… the list goes on and on and on.

Make no mistake, any ONE of these “invisible scars” could mean the difference between life and death in a real gun battle with some drugged-up thug at the gas pump.

The good news is… YES, it IS possible to fix these “invisible training scars”!

How To Identify – And Fix – Your Own “Invisible Training Scars”

There are a few ways to expose your bad habits AND train good ones.

For example, one way is to sign up for a local IDPA competition shooting match.

“IDPA” stands for “International Defensive Pistol Association” and it’s a really great trial-by-fire test of your skills because…

You’re performing under stress in front of other people.

You have to shoot and move.

You have to use cover, reload, etc.

The best thing I like about this method is that it gives you a “no B.S.” look at exactly WHAT scars you may have that you didn’t even know were there.

Of course, it’s also pretty damn embarrassing because all your tactical mistakes are on full display for all those other macho gun dudes watching you, right?

I mean, you can just imagine them all tipping a frosty beer after the match and deep belly-laughing at “that fool who shot that round into the ground 4 ft. in front of himself! Har-har-har-har-har!”

That really doesn’t happen (that much) and the key is to NOT think about anyone else and just consider YOU as the only person you’re competing with – not a chance at the trophy.

But hey, I get it… performing in public is a big reach for most people.

If you’re sensitive to this type of criticism, a better approach might be to find a private instructor at a private range.

Training privately with your own instructor is what helped me at first – and I still use one today.

Again, checking into your local IDPA network would be a good resource for locating a good instructor and location to train more realistically.

But I’ll warn you… many of these instructors are expensive and you may have to join a shooting club that requires fees in order to have access to this type of range.

Again… more time… more effort… more moolah needed – but it’s worth it in my opinion if you’re willing to go the extra mile.

My best choice though is to train realistically right in your own home with “dry-fire” training.

I know, I know…

Most people don’t believe me when I tell them they can get BETTER training at home using dry fire.

Fact is, though, even the “pro” shooters and high-speed, low-drag, spec-ops secret squirrels agree that 80% of your training should be dry fire.

Using dry fire, you can work over and over again to isolate your bad habits.

And because it costs you nothing (and you can work in completely privacy), there are no real obstacles to finding and stamping out your “scars.”

There’s just one real PROBLEM with this method, and that is “block training.”

This is when you work on a single skill that’s only ONE of the factors in a real gunfight — like drawing from concealment — without looking at how all the other factors fit together.

In fact, there are SEVEN factors in a real gunfight.

One thing I’ve discovered is that to truly become a “master gunfighter,” ALL these seven factors have to be trained…at the same time!

I know… sounds impossible, right?

I did too, until I started training closely with my buddy “Ox.”

He developed a step-by-step training regimen he calls “The Praxis Method” that does it all for you.

I’m not kidding when I say that I’ve found this method nothing short of ground-breaking.

In fact, I believe it could literally revolutionize firearms training as we know it and it’s starting to get a TON of buzz right now in the tactical training world.

If you’d like to see how it works, and how you can use it to take your skills farther than you ever thought possible, check out the training while you have a chance.

(There are limited seats available, though, so I’ll want to check it out while you can.)

This training is for new shooters as well as “experts” and it’s going to blow your mind how fast you can literally “program” life-saving skills into your brain (like a computer)…

The online workshop won’t cost you a thing, but the lessons you learn will absolutely transform your “gun-training” into “gun-FIGHT” training using some new tricks that hardly ANY shooters even know about.

Go ahead and take a look at this free online class now…

Hope to see you there. 🙂

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