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

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.

How Do You Supplement Your “Square Range” Time?

Share Your Thoughts And Experiences With Us Now…

MCS 280 – 5 “Visual” Gunfight Training Mistakes

CQC Tactical Gun Training - 5 "Visual" Gunfight Training Mistakes
CQC Tactical Gun Training - 5 "Visual" Gunfight Training Mistakes
CQC Tactical Gun Training – 5 “Visual” Gunfight Training Mistakes

A real gunfight is life or death.

It happens faster than most of us can imagine.

You may have only fractions of a second to act…

…and if you make a mistake, YOU’RE DEAD.

This makes firearms training one of the most important things you’ll ever do.

But there’s a problem.

A lot of shooters, including experienced instructors, are making 5 very specific VISUAL mistakes.

Worse, they don’t REALIZE these mistakes make training scars.

(And during a gunfight is no time to find out about them!)

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson looks at each of these 5 visual gunfight training mistakes so that you can make your own gun training more realistic and effective.

Press The “Play” Button Below To Listen In Now…


Yo! Want To Download The Episodes Each Week? Click The Button Below…

Subscribe To Our iTunes Survival Podcast

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

  • The mistake almost EVERYONE makes when using the sights.
  • The one place you NEVER want to look during a stoppage drill.
  • The reloading mistake that even experts make!
  • The well-meaning bad habit that could cause you to miss a real threat after a shooting.
  • A common error to avoid after the threat is down and neutralized (you think).

Don’t ingrain bad habits by training incorrectly.

Learn the right way to train with a gun… and be better prepared to protect yourself and your family with that weapon.

Resources Mentioned In This Podcast:

What Are Your Top 3 Takeaways From This Podcast?

Please Share Your Thoughts Below Now…

MCS 5 In 5 No. 2 – Jeff Johnsgaard (Firearms)

Jeff Johnsgaard 5 In 5 Q&A (Firearms)

We get so many questions at MCS Magazine that it’s hard to answer them all.

From survival to self-defense to guns and gear, and everything in between…

…we’re doing our best to get to as many of them as we can.

Each one of our 5 in 5 series presents five of your questions to one of our subject matter experts.

But here’s the thing:

They haven’t seen the questions before.

This is your chance to get a “hot take” on five questions for the most honest answers possible.

It isn’t just informative.

It’s also fun!

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson asks five firearms-related questions of shooting expert Jeff Johnsgaard, giving him 60 seconds to answer each one.

Press The “Play” Button Below To Listen In Now…


Yo! Want To Download The Episodes Each Week? Click The Button Below…

Subscribe To Our iTunes Survival Podcast

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

  • What to do if you have your gun on someone, and they stop moving… but otherwise refuse to obey you!
  • Whether it’s better to practice slow, methodical shots, or go for speed drills instead.
  • How you should spend your time at the range to maximize your training benefits (and whether you should go to the range AT ALL).
  • The most effective pistol for a woman to carry.
  • The mystery of how your pinkie finger can screw up your shooting!

Don’t miss another great addition to our podcast schedule.

Get 5 answers in 5 minutes… and stay informed.

Resources For This Podcast:

What Questions Would YOU Like To Ask Our Experts?

Please Share Your Thoughts Below Now…

Anatomy Of A REAL Gunfight

Have you ever watched a gunfight on television or in the movies?

We all have, and you’d think most people would KNOW a single bullet can’t send you flying through the air like one of John Wick’s enemies. . .

. . .or blow a hole the size of a dinner plate through his chest!

The sad fact is, though a lot of “newbie” gun-owners out there DON’T realize this isn’t real.

Everything Hollywood has taught them is wrong, wrong, wrong. . . and there are REAL LIFE news stories about people shooting after cars – action-movie style – who end up going to jail for it.

The fact is, TOO MANY gun owners are NOT prepared to protect their loved ones with their firearm for real!

I know that’s a very in-your-face statement, but it’s absolutely true, because most people have never been in a real gunfight.

We actually analyzed over 200 real-life gunfights caught on camera.

Here’s what we learned about how a real gunfight goes down.

The Anatomy Of A REAL Shooting: What ACTUALLY Happens In A Gunfight!

Anatomy Of A Real Gunfight
Real Gunfight Training Tactics

Over and over again, three facts screamed at us from the real-life gunfight footage we looked at.

Let’s look at each one:

1. You’re Going To Move

In the movies, “cool guys don’t look at explosions.”

We’ve been fed a steady diet of Hollywood tough guys who stand immobile as gunfire explodes all around them, calmly choosing their shots and picking off the bad-guys.

In reality though, you’re going to move…

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.

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

This is where you Observe the threat, Orient yourself to it, Decide what to do, and finally Act.

Your attacker has already gone through this loop in his mind.

He’s acting – and you’re reacting… which puts you behind the curve from the very start!

2. Fancy Stances Won’t Work

There was a time when everybody was learning the Weaver stance.

Modern training drifted more toward the isosceles stance because it was MORE natural… but it still isn’t what I’d call a natural, balanced position.

That “nose over toes” posture is just as bad as the Weaver in some ways.

In a real fight, you need to take a balanced fighting stance like you would if someone was throwing a punch at you.

Remember, this isn’t just a gunfight. . . It’s a gun FIGHT!

You may have to fight your way to your gun, and even after you’ve fired several rounds, you might end up having to grapple with an attacker who has closed the distance.

The only way to do this is from a natural fighting stance.

3. You Won’t Use Your Sights

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!

You won’t have one eye closed, that’s for sure. . . because in a real fight, both your eyes will be wide open.

You’ll be focused on the attacker, on the threat, as your brain demands you take in data so you can make decisions in order to stay alive.

Your eyes will naturally track the attacker… and because of that, you won’t be focusing on your front sight.

You’ve GOT to be prepared to shoot without your sights at extreme close quarters.

If you’re not following these 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 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.

“The truth will set you free!” as they say, right? 🙂


What Do YOU Recommend For Realistic Gunfight Training?

Please Share Your Best Tips With Us Now…

Cheap Gun Training Drill For “Mental Stress”

Preparing for a real-life gunfight isn’t the same as training at the range.

The mental stress you’ll experience when your life is on the line is a survival aspect you can’t ignore – but one that few gun-owners know how to add to their training.

You see, in a real gunfight, you’re not only going to have to shoot to stop your attacker, but you’re also going to have to think of other things like…

  • What’s your best escape route?
  • Is your family in a safe location?
  • Should I move to another location for better cover?
  • Are there other attackers in your home?
  • How many rounds do I have left?

Juggling all of these mental decisions at the same time as you’re shooting is extremely challenging – especially when your heart is pumping, right?

Sure, you can sign up for an expensive gun course that will add more realism to your training.

But here’s a simple way you can simulate “mental stress” in your firearms training, submitted by one of our subscribers, Steve from Trempealeau, WI…

  • Go ahead and equip yourself with a training weapon (laser, airsoft, or other) and a set of targets.

(I’ll be showing you several ways to create a variety of 3D targets later this week.)

  • Now, as you’re engaging each target, have a training partner shout out math equations for you to answer while shooting. They should be relatively easy to answer (like “72 divided by 9!” instead of “the square root of 289”)
  • This can be done at the range using live fire, but I tried this at home as a dry-fire exercise from behind a chair and it worked way better.

Alternate your angle of shooting (left side of chair, right side, over the top) with each target engagement and math problem.

The purpose of the questions is to force you to engage different parts of your brain while you’re executing the physical task of shooting.

This is a LOT harder than you might think and will help you realize the dangers of becoming fixed on any one task while defending your life.

But as you can see, there are some very simple things you can add to your training program that will make you much better prepared for a real-life gunfight.