As A Shooter, Are YOU Making These Killer “Square Range” Mistakes?

CQC Shooting Training - Square Range Mistakes

Jeff Anderson

If you’ve followed Modern Combat & Survival at all, you know how we feel about traditional gun ranges.

There are some things this type of traditional shooting training does well, and some things it doesn’t do well.

And, honestly, some people bash on gun ranges and how they’re semi-useless for practical firearms training.

According to my friend Ox, even experienced shooters are making some critical mistakes when it comes to their gun training if that training takes place on the good ol' “square range.”

Here is a run-down of what he had to tell me.

As A Shooter, Are YOU Making These Killer “Square Range” Mistakes?

CQC Shooting Training - Square Range Mistakes
CQC Shooting Training – Square Range Mistakes
Ox

We live in interesting times for firearms owners.

There’s more realistic tactical training out there than here has ever been before.

That doesn’t mean training has gotten less expensive, though.

In some cases, it’s even more expensive.

And a lot of people are still using the same old traditional practice routine of going down to the local gun range and shooting at paper targets.

That's a mistake for a number of reasons.

I'll go into just a few of them here.

#1: Safety Issues

The biggest negative that I run into when I go to indoor ranges is actually safety.

I absolutely cringe almost every time I go to an indoor range during public shooting hours, and the reason is fairly obvious.

There’s lot of people out there who don’t understand muzzle disciplines.

They think that because they’ve checked to make sure it’s unloaded, they can point it anywhere they want.

I just don’t agree with that.

I don’t like having guns pointed at me, and most people don’t.

#2: Monkey See, Monkey Do

Another big problem that happens at ranges, especially with newer shooters, is “monkey see, monkey do.”

They’ll see someone with a bunch of cool gear.

They’re doing something in their lane.

The new shooter doesn’t know what they’re supposed to do at the range, so they just copy what the guy next to them is doing.

The guy next to them may not know what he’s doing, and he may not be shooting to a standard that the new shooter should really try to imitate.

You’ll get these wannabe shooters who look like an operator and smell like an operator, but they‘re spraying rounds all over the place.

The new shooter sees that and thinks that that’s the standard they need to live up to, and they don’t need to be any more accurate than that because the cool guy’s putting rounds all over.

#3: A Lack Of Dynamic Shooting

Another big problem with traditional shooting training is you can’t do dynamic shooting at most ranges.

You can’t move around.

The targets don’t move while you shoot them.

You can’t shoot at the speeds that you would shoot at in a self-defense situation.

You can’t yell.

Hell, in many indoor ranges you can’t even draw from concealment and then shoot.

That’s a big training issue when you’re training for self-defense shooting, because yelling and drawing from concealment are components of realistic self-defense shooting.

You want to verbally confront your attacker, if possible.

You want to train as realistically as you can to simulate the real thing.

And even if you’re behind the curve and have to draw your gun, and that’s the first thing that you do in a conflict, you still want to be yelling and making it very obvious to everyone around who the intended victim is and who the attacker is.

Those are all things that you can’t do at most ranges during open range time, but they all have a place in realistic shooting training.

When you look at all these factors together, it tells you one thing:

You need to get OFF the square range and start doing some realistic shooting and force-on-force training if your gun training is going to save your life in a real-life encounter.

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Tactical Shooting Training “John Wick” Style – 1 Hero SAS Soldier’s Shotgun Kill Streak

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

“Breach! Breach! Breach!”

The SAS team entered through a doorway into the courtyard in a raid on an ISIS outpost in Baghdad, assault rifles at the ready.

They were immediately met by heavily armed Jihadis… wearing suicide vests filled with plastic explosives and ball bearings.

The terrorists were about to detonate themselves, blowing the SAS team to hell…

…And the lead SAS man didn't have a rifle.

Armed only with his breaching tool – a 12-gauge shotgun – and somehow moving fast despite the weight of the GIANT BRASS BALLS he was lugging around…

…the SAS soldier raised his weapon and literally DECAPITATED three jihadis with the 12-gauge, firing as fast as John Wick on a caffeine bender.

But the fight, for this incredibly brave SAS commando, was only just starting.

This is the story of…

How A Hero SAS Soldier KILLED 5 Terrorists In 7 Seconds… With A 12-Gauge Shotgun!

Tactical Shooting Training “John Wick” Style

The SAS breach team's ears were still ringing from the blasts of the lead man's Menelli M4 Super 90.

The men they had surprised had just finished morning prayers and were loading weapons into a vehicle.

“We now think they were about to carry out an attack,” a military source told the Sun newspaper. “The terrorists were no more than a few feet away when the SAS team came face to face with them.”

That's when two more jihadis, hoping to get close enough to blow up the team, appeared from a nearby building.

Running at the breach team, their fingers on the buttons of their suicide vests, they knew they had the Brits dead to rights.

But they hadn't counted on the point man and his 12-gauge.

He raised his weapon and, faster than I can write it, fired twice more.

“One of the breach team opened fire,” said the source, describing the gunfight later. “It was a case of bang, bang, bang, then bang, bang. It was over in seven seconds.”

That's right.

The soldier took out 5 men in 7 seconds, and he did it all with the same semi-automatic shotgun that you or I could buy at the local gun store.

When more jihadis responded to the sounds of the shotgun blasts, they immediately surrendered.

Why?

Because they realized they were staring at dead men who had no heads and the SAS team was ready to back up their point man.

It's a fantastic story of our British SAS friends doing what they do well, and taking down the bad guys… but the fact that it was done with a semi-auto shotgun really caught my attention.

This is exactly the kind of gunfighting that I teach in my Extreme Close Quarters Shooting course.

Do you think that SAS point man had time to take careful aim before blasting FIVE men in SEVEN seconds?

No!

He was focused on the threat, as his brain demanded he make fast decisions in order to survive.

He wasn't focusing on that weapon's front sight.

He was shooting at close quarters, “no more than a few feet away” from the terrorists in their suicide vests!

If you're going to survive a real gunfight at close quarters, the situation won't be quite as extreme as this…

…but it will be no less a life-or-death showdown when some scumbag is trying to shoot or stab you!

If you don't understand realistic close-quarters gunfighting principles,you’re setting yourself up for a potentially traumatic wake-up call… that could cost you your life!

I know, it sounds like a lot to take in. . . and it is.

If you want to dig deeper on 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 street attack.

Now, will you really be “John Wick” by the time you're done?

I don't think anybody could promise that… but then, John Wick is only a movie.

Life-or-death gunfights are, sadly, terrifyingly real… and this course will give you the tools to survive them.

That's what we're all after, right?

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Tactical Shooting: Cop Gunfight Tips For “Terminator” Attackers

Best CQC Gunfighting Tactics For Invulnerable, Invincible, Or Drugged Attackers

Officer Timothy Gramins pumped bullet after bullet into his attacker…

…but this human “terminator” simply would NOT go down!

As bullets hit the front of Gramins' squad car, he realized he was in the fight of his life.

Gramins' attacker, Raymond Maddox, was determined to KILL him.

And no matter how many .45 slugs Gramins pumped into Maddox, they seemed to do nothing!

Gramins had encountered the type of attacker most cops KNOW exists out there, but who they hope they'll NEVER meet.

He was up against an “invulnerable” bad guy.

There are all kinds of shootings involving criminals who just won't go down no matter how many times they get shot.

But if you, as an armed citizen, come up against one of these super-predators, you can rely on Officer Timothy Gramins' lessons for…

Cop Gunfight Tips For “Invulnerable” Terminator-Style Bad Guys

Best CQC Gunfighting Tactics For Invulnerable, Invincible, Or Drugged Attackers
Best CQC Gunfighting Tactics For Invulnerable, Invincible, Or Drugged Attackers

It was August, 2008, in Skokie, Illinois, and Officer Timothy Gramins was looking for a black male driving a white sedan.

The suspect, who turned out to be Raymond Maddox, was wanted for a bank robbery in nearby Northbrook.

When the eagle-eyed Gramins spotted Maddox in his white Bonneville, he tried to pull him over… but Maddox wouldn't stop.

After a car chase into a residential neighborhood, Maddox hit the brakes and leapt out of the car with a Smith and Wesson 9mm in his fist.

He was gunning for Officer Gramins!

Faster than it takes to describe, Maddox was on top of Gramins' patrol car, ready to fire through the driver's side window of the vehicle…

…When BOTH the Smith and Wesson and Gramins' own Glock .45 went DRY at the exact same moment!

Officer Gramins dumped himself from the car and swapped magazines as Maddox circled, now firing a .380 back-up gun.

Then, like something out of an action movie, they started trading fire from both sides of the vehicle.

Before it was over, Gramins had pumped no less than SEVENTEEN .45 SLUGS into Raymond Maddox.

But it wasn't until Gramins fired THREE TIMES into Maddox' skull that the man finally died!

Several more of those .45s hit Maddox in what were supposed to be “fatal” targets, but it took him FOREVER to go down.

“People don't die the way we think they do,” Gramins said after the shooting.

And today, Officer Gramins lives with the lessons he learned from that incredible encounter… lessons that, if you borrow them, could help YOU in a real gunfight.

Let's run them down:

Carry More Spare Ammo

In a lot of real gunfights between criminals and armed citizens, a couple of shots are all it takes.

But in some of them, being able to keep the bad guy pinned down — or pumping multiple rounds into him — is what it takes to win a fight.

Before he met Raymond Maddox, Officer Tim Gramins used to carry 47 total rounds with him.

Today, he carries 145.

If you encounter a seemingly “invincible” attacker, you need enough ammo to get the job done.

There is NO SUCH THING as too much spare ammo.

Protect Your Eyesight

In the close-quarters fury of a real gunfight, there will be bullets flying everywhere.

Officer Tim Gramins learned that, because while he wasn't hit with a bullet…

…he was injured by flying debris from all the gunfire.

If just a single chip of glass had hit him in the eye, he would have been unable to see Maddox to fight.

And he might be dead today because of it.

Legendary gun expert Massad Ayoob once recommended wearing safety glasses when driving for the same reason.

Buy yourself a pair of protection-rated glasses, either for your prescription, for your sunglasses, or for shooting.

Your eyes are your only means of seeing the target that's trying to KILL you.

Train To Hit The Eye-Box

Without a doubt, the most important lesson Officer Gramins learned was the importance of accurate head shots.

An attacker, particularly a man high on drugs, might absorb round after round but NOT GO DOWN.

“Early in the fight, I didn't see where my rounds were going,” Gramins told interviewers after the shooting. “…I didn't have my front sight. You need to find that front sight as fast as you can.”

If Gramins had made that head-shot to the eye-box earlier, he might have been able to put the monster Maddox down much faster.

He made a mistake that too many armed citizens make when it comes to training what REALLY ends gunfights.

For example, even though some shooters do train for head shots at the range…

…that training doesn't look ANYTHING like a real gunfight.

In a real gunfight, the head is moving around.

It's a SMALL target.

And making an accurate head shot on a guy who's trying to kill YOU at the same time, all while he's running and gunning to get you, isn't easy at all.

In fact, there is a LOT of training you've got to get to be prepared for a REAL gunfight… and there are specific principles for close-quarters gunfighting that can save your life if you follow them.

If you aren't learning and training these principles, you could end up the one SHOT.

(Officer Tim Gramins was a trained cop, and even he forgot those lessons when Maddox ambushed him.)

I know, it sounds like a lot to take in. . . and it is.

If you want to dig deeper on how I train for real attacks, you might want to check out this report.

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.

(For example, one of the things I learned in our stopping power analysis of over 6,000 real-world gunfights is that the #1 survivability factor is getting behind effective cover to stop any bullets headed your way.)

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 street attack.

That's all I want — that, and for you to survive when some monster like Raymond Maddox decides to pull a gun on YOU.

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Close Quarters Gunfighting: Tips For One-Handed Shooting!

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Are you training for a real-life, violent encounter with your handgun?

Are are you basically plinking away at paper targets, planted firmly in your comfort zone?

The way you’re training now, and the realities of a violent confrontation with a handgun, are too often very different from each other.

Firing at static paper targets, which is how most shooters train, does NOT prepare you for a real gunfight!

Square-range shooting at 7-10 yards does NOT represent how you will actually engage an attacker.

To fight realistically, you’ve got to be able to shoot with one hand.

Tips For One-Handed Shooting!

There are multiple reasons why you MUST train to shoot 1-handed for real-life encounters:

  • You could be injured and unable to use both hands.
  • You might need to use your support hand for navigating obstacles, opening doors, fighting with an assailant at close quarters, etc.
  • You might need to hold a spouse's hand to guide them, carry a small child, or use that free hand to otherwise care for a dependent
  • Actual picture-perfect two-handed shooting is extremely rare in real-life gunfights. No matter how much you train, your natural reaction in a gunfight will be to fight with one hand.

So when you DO train to shoot with one hand, what should you be focusing on?

Tip #1: Get Distance FIRST

A gunfight will probably be either the result of an escalated argument, or it will be an ambush attack.

It will probably happen without much warning.

Somebody's in your face and, suddenly, there's a weapon in play.

The result is that you need to get distance.

You're going to be in the “bad breath zone” and it will be very easy for him to strike you, often with something you can't even see.

A lot of instructors teach a variation on the “push draw,” where you are striking your attacker at the same time you are drawing your weapon.

Most of the time, this isn't going to happen.

If your attacker has their hands free, or they're busy attacking you — punching you, stabbing you, shooting you, whatever — you're not going to have the mental wherewithal to fight with just one hand while shooting with the other.

You won't have the physical strength, either.

Your body will be in survival mode and you'll naturally use both hands.

Forget, therefore, any idea that you're going to hold off a bigger, stronger attacker with your support hand while you draw your weapon.

What that means, then, is that the first thing you've got to do is GET DISTANCE.

Forget about the weapon.

Forget about doing anything else first.

Take both of your hands and take that person's head off their shoulders.

You're just trying to put them on the defense and get them thinking about balance.

You can push their face, or push up underneath the chin.

No matter how big they are, that's going to give you a little distance so you can draw your weapon.

Tip #2: Learn To Point Shoot

Now we’re going to say that you have your weapon drawn.

It's preferable to use two hands, but if you really need to get off a shot, chances are good you're going to have just one hand, possibly with the attacker on top of you.

It may be a contact shot that you fire off.

The muzzle blast might do as much damage as the bullet going into them, making that contact shot really powerful.

Keep in mind that if you put your slide out of battery, you might not be able to fire a shot at all, and you might not get a second one after firing that first one.

Either way, you're not going to be using your sights.

That means you've got to learn how to point shoot, at least at close range, to blast them off you.

Tip #3: Go For The Pelvic Girdle

This raises the question of where you'll shoot.

With your gun indexed against your body at close range, you'll naturally shoot down and at an angle.

What that means is that you're not shooting for center mass; you're shooting for the pelvic girdle.

What this does is blow their structure out from under them.

It neutralizes them and makes it so they cannot fight you because they cannot move around.

There is also psychological damage that this does, because the shock and trauma of bleeding out down there may help get them focused on the injury done to them, rather than on fighting you.

There's plenty of arteries and other stuff down there that nobody wants to get shot in.

They might bleed out, and they'll definitely be less able to aggress on you.

All of this gives you some time to react, to get distance, and to fire more accurate, more aimed shots as you get the room you need to do so.

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MCS 287 – Top 10 Reasons Why Appendix Carry RULES The Street

Appendix Carry CCW Tactical Pistol - Top 10 Reasons
Appendix Carry CCW Tactical Pistol - Top 10 Reasons
Appendix Carry CCW Tactical Pistol – Top 10 Reasons

In part 2 of a 3 part series on appendix carry, we pull no punches.

People love appendix carry, or they hate it.

Is it inherently dangerous?

Is it the ONLY way to carry if you're an “operator”…?

Is it something only “tacticool morons” do?

(Everybody seems to have strong opinions one way or another.)

Well, we're just going to say it:

Appendix carry RULES the street for CCW!

Now, we can hear the wailing and gnashing of teeth already, so strap in, because it's only going to get MORE controversial!

In this week's podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival's Jeff Anderson offers his top 10 reasons that appendix carry is the better way to carry concealed for self-defense.

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Here's What You'll Discover In This Week's Episode:

  • The critical CCW mistake you see gun people make in almost EVERY grocery store and discount store parking lot!
  • Why appendix carry might mean you have MORE firepower at your fingertips.
  • The reason that simple math supports appendix carry over IWB hip carry.
  • Why appendix carry could save your life if you're already injured or wounded!
  • Why you want to carry in the appendix position if you find yourself fighting from the ground…

We got a LOT of feedback on part 1 of this 3 part series.

Listen to this episode and get it on the furious debate here in the comments!

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Vehicle Combatives: 3 Concealed Carry Lessons For Shooting In And Around Cars

tactical firearms training / vehicle shooting / car combat

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

We spend probably half of our lives in and around vehicles, yet we don’t really have the opportunity to work on any kind of combatives, defensive tactics, or firearms training around cars.

(The military has been doing this for a while, obviously.)

It’s required in times of war and has been seen in our military through what they have accomplished with vehicles in Iraq and Afghanistan.

However, this type of training has just never been readily available to the average Joe.

People just don’t know how to apply their existing skill set in and around vehicles, which is what spawned creation of vehicle combatives programs such as that offered by expert close-quarters combat instructor Craig Douglas.

Recently, I talked to Craig about things that people often overlook when it comes to vehicle combatives.

Here is a summary of what he told me.

“Car Combat”: Concealed Carry Lessons For Shooting In And Around Vehicles

tactical firearms training / vehicle shooting / car combat
tactical firearms training / vehicle shooting / car combat

Craig Douglas

Most people can understand the need for it when they consider how much time we spend around cars.

Any time you start to apply any kind of skill set in or around cars, getting out of cars, getting into cars, firearms around vehicles, etc., there is a real disconnect in the training.

There are some things you need to consider before you find yourself fighting in a car, or around vehicles as obstacles.

The time to face these issues is now, not when you're being shot at.

#1: Most People Don't Know How To Apply Their Existing Skills In Vehicles

Think about the majority of force on force training that takes place.

How much of it is done in and around vehicles, or in and around obstacles that look like vehicles?

If you were taught, for example, to drop low into an Isosceles stance, draw your weapon so that it was indexed against your chest, and then bring your hands together to extend the weapon to the target… how will you do all that sitting in a vehicle?

Fighting in and around vehicles changes EVERYTHING and, if you haven't conducted that kind of training, chances are good you'll have no idea how to apply what you do know to that unique environment.

Most people have not even stopped to consider this fact, even though they spend so much time in cars or walking to and from them.

#2: The Usual “Draw Stroke” Does Not Apply

Let's talk about that draw stroke specifically.

In the pre-fight component of Craig's Extreme Close Quarters Combatives classes, there is a particular draw stroke that is taught.

Students must have that knowledge, and the instructor needs time to see them on a range before they get into shooting around cars.

There is an inherent risk of additional injury from ricochet in a live incident, but Craig's vehicle combatives students don’t take any incoming fire.

When trying to conform to the vehicle as a piece of cover and shooting around it, there are a lot of incidental impacts, which is why two junk cars are required.

Even in simunitions training, it’s possible to put rounds into the feet of people watching.

In the real world, that would be an instant lawsuit.

#3: Multiple Complications Make Vehicle Combat And Training For It Much More Difficult

When you have the oppositional component and are able to train with a marking cartridge, you really start to see how accountable you are for every single round that leaves the muzzle.

Accountability and proficiency are important.

If you are shooting in and around vehicles, whether that vehicle is moving or not, one of the fundamental Jeff Cooper rules of firearm safety is to know your backstop and what’s beyond it.

Especially if you’re moving, your backstop is always changing.

More than ever, where you’re shooting and what you’re shooting into becomes extremely dangerous for everyone involved.

In the beginning, you can shoot live fire on a stationary target only.

Using simunition on a moving target is the safe way to practice.

Training in this manner is still really hairy, because one of the things you have to practice is firing across passengers.

Should rounds be coming into the car causing a passenger to panic, moving forward or back, there’s a particular way to manipulate the weapon and know how to pin the passenger in so they’re not moving into gunfire.

You have to learn how to keep the person pinned into the seat and out of the way while you’re returning fire.

Taken together, all of this means that vehicle combatives are much more complicated than simply shooting from within, around, or into a car.

There is a LOT to consider… and most people haven't stopped to do that.

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CQC Shooting: How An Armed Churchgoer DROPPED An Active Shooter (With 1 Shot!)

Jack Wilson stood, took in a breath, and drew his handgun from its holster.

The deranged gunman in Wilson's sights raised his shotgun while on the move.

Wilson knew he had only fractions of a second.

Time slowed.

His finger tightened on the trigger of his pistol.

And when that single round went off, it destroyed countless anti-gun arguments… while making Jack Wilson a hero!

This incredible story is amazing by itself… but there's a lot we can learn from what went down in Texas:

How A “Good Guy With A Gun” Took Down A Church Shooter… With A SINGLE SHOT!

Texas Church Shooting: CQC Gun Training Helped Jack Wilson Drop Keith Kinnunen With 1 Shot

At 10:57 in the morning at West Freeway Church of Christ in White Settlement, Texas, a man named Keith Kinnunen opened fire on the congregation.

Keith Kinnunen

He was wearing a fake beard and sunglasses and had just taken communion with the people he murdered.

Even worse, the service was live-streamed, allowing countless people on the Internet to see the horrible attack.

Two victims were killed – but that's ALL, because this congregation in Texas was armed.

All told, seven people drew down on Kinnunen to stop him.

But the single bullet that dropped Kinnunen in his tracks was fired by 71-year-old former reserve deputy sheriff Jack Wilson.

“I don't see myself as a hero,” Wilson told the press. “I see myself as doing what needed to be done to take out the evil threat.”

This incredible case of a shooting that unfolded in front of Internet web cameras teaches us 3 lessons – all of which YOU need to know if you ever have to face an armed threat yourself.

Let's look at each one:

1. You've got to act FAST.

According to one report, from the time Kinnunen took out his shotgun, to the moment he was dead on the floor of that church, just 5 seconds passed.

That means that in just 5 seconds, Jack Wilson…

  • Recognized the threat.
  • Determined that his gun was needed.
  • Drew his weapon.
  • Got a sight picture on Kinnunen's head.
  • Fired a single shot that hit the target.

Only one thing enables that kind of threat assessment and reaction, and that is training.

Jack Wilson had that training – and it's not even hard to get (but we'll get to that in a moment).

2. You Probably WON'T Have Backup.

It's like something out of a movie – all those people in a church who were armed and ready.

(I've spent years living in Texas and, I can tell you, there aren't many other places where you'd see that.)

And while I love that so many people were prepared for self-defense, this is an exception, not the rule.

The numbers don't lie – most of the time, even in states with “shall issue” permit laws, only a small percentage of adults actually applies for a permit to carry.

What that means is that if you're carrying a gun and a threat goes down, you'll likely be the ONLY one nearby who is ready to meet it.

That's a responsibility you've got to be prepared to accept

…And you're going to have to ACT like Jack Wilson did.

3. You've Got To Hit A MOVING Target!

Jack WilsonTo me, this is the real lesson of the White Settlement church shooting.

Jack Wilson hit an armed, hostile, mobile threat from 15 yards away with a single round.

That is NOT easy to do.

The reality of a gun fight is a mobile, messy nightmare:

You'll crouch down, as adrenaline and “fight or flight” reactions SCREAM at you to make as small a target of yourself as possible. This prevents you from moving effectively, slowing you down as you wander aimlessly.

You'll duck your head, tucking your chin as you instinctively protect your neck and throat. This lowers your guard and leaves you vulnerable to head strikes.

You'll tend to move, usually STRAIGHT BACK, which is absolutely what you DON'T want to do. If you don't get off the attacking line you'll just get run over.

Remember, most of these attacks happen at extreme close quarters…

…like the tightly packed pews of a church, with countless innocent people between you and the shooter!

Your reactions will be slow because, when you're surprised by a sudden threat, you have to go through the “OODA Loop.”

This is what Jack Wilson did (amazingly well) when he Observed the threat, Oriented himself to it, Decided what to do, and finally Acted to take down Kinnunen.

When it happens to you, your attacker will ALREADY have gone through this loop in his mind (like Kinnunen did when he drew his shotgun and started shooting).

He'll be acting – and you'll be reacting… which puts you behind the curve from the very start!

Too many armed citizens are practicing for tight shot groups at long distances.

That's NOT how you're going to shoot in a real gunfight, as Jack Wilson found out!

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!

Now, Jack Wilson doesn't just have training from his time as a reserve deputy sheriff.

He also has his own gun range and provides firearms training to church volunteers who provide security for the sanctuary.

If you want to perform like he did under stress, the good news is, 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 real gunfight.

That way, when YOU are the one standing between innocent lives and a scumbag with a gun, you won't hesitate.

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Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling, Or Not To Sling?

Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

I was at the outdoor range the other day and I saw a lot of guys rocking single point slings for their assault rifles.

A sling helps us to feel all “operator” and can be of benefit in certain scenarios.

But would it shock you if I told you… you don’t always need it?

Specifically, that sling could just get in the way when you are using your carbine for home defense!

I spoke with firearms expert Rich Nance about this issue not long ago.

Here is a summary of what he had to tell me.

The Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling, Or Not To Sling?

Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling Or Not To Sling?
Home Defense Carbine Rifle: To Sling Or Not To Sling?

Rich Nance | Tactical Firearms Instructor
Rich Nance

Generally speaking, the sling is the second of two essentials for the home-defense carbine rifle, where the first one is that white light.

A sling is important when you’re “operating” because without it, there’s no way to “holster” the rifle.

You can’t put it down or otherwise keep it on you but not hold it if you don’t have a sling.

But a sling might also be a liability for home defense!

Here are three reasons why that might be true.

1. A Sling Is A Liability When Exiting A Vehicle

A lot of people carry a rifle in a vehicle because it's not convenient to carry one around any other way.

You can't just walk down the street with it over your shoulder, after all.

Police officers carry rifles or shotguns in their cruisers for this very reason.

The problem, though, is that when you go to get that weapon from your vehicle, a sling could become a problem.

If it snags or hangs up on something in the vehicle, it could slow you down while you try to get it into action.

This is especially true of real-life shooting scenarios because you'll be under adrenaline and your fine motor skills will go to hell.

For that reason you might want to consider removing the sling from a rifle typically carried in a vehicle.

2. A Sling Is A Liability When Deploying The Weapon

A sling might also catch on other items that are, say, in your gun safe.

Picture it: There's a bump in the night.

You go to grab your trusty home defense rifle from the safe…

…only you get it caught on one of the other rifles in there, and you lose valuable seconds trying to get it untangled.

Do you want to be behind the curve when responding to a home invader?

That's a good reason not to have a sling on a weapon kept at the ready for home defense.

3. A Sling Is A Liability When Clearing The Home

Finally, you may not want to have a sling on your rifle when clearing your home.

Clearing your own house is incredibly dangerous and should be a tactic of last resort.

If you do have to do it, however — because, say, a family member is in danger — a sling could be a problem as you move around the tight confines of your house.

You don't want the sling getting snagged on objects around the house, or perhaps even knocking something over and tipping off the invader as to your location.

For home defense carbines, therefore, a sling isn’t necessary and could possibly be a hindrance.

Honestly, though, for home defense, you don’t need to waste time worrying about the sling.

Just hold the carbine as it’s meant to be held.

Either hunker down and defend your location, or start moving through your home to locate the bad guy if the situation dictates.

That’s all you’ve got to do…

…and it just might save your life while protecting your family.

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