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.

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CCW Pistol Gear: STOP Buying This Wal-Mart Special…

ccw concealed carry pistol tips
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

Our readers tell us they LOVE our articles on concealed carry and close quarters shooting, so I’ve resolved to put up more of that kind of material.

I’m always collecting tips for better CCW.

These ideas don’t always have enough to them to be their own article, but I figured I would collect 3 tips for today’s blog post.

Some of these you may have thought about already, but I’m willing to bet there’s at least one you haven’t…

3 Tips For BETTER CCW

ccw concealed carry pistol tips
ccw concealed carry pistol tips

1. Keys In Your Pocket

When you’re carrying concealed, your outer garment – your cover garment – has to be cleared before you can draw, right?

Well, if you’re wearing a pullover of some kind, you’ve got to yank it upward.

If you’re wearing a more normal jacket, though, you’ll basically sweep it aside to get to your gun.

One thing that makes that easier is to keep some weight in the pocket on that side.

Get in the habit of keeping your keys, or something else with some weight, in the pocket on the strong side.

That will help you swing the garment out and away while you draw your gun.

2. What’s Your Backup?

Many of us carry more than just a gun – and if you don’t, you need to consider a “less lethal” backup.

Whether it’s pepper spray, some kind of impact weapon, or maybe a stun gun, it pays to have a weapon that won’t necessarily take someone’s life.

Some of the altercations you’ll have are with people who have “bad attitudes” – from drugs, alcohol, road rage over a “stolen” parking space… whatever it is, it doesn’t necessarily mean your life is in danger.

In those situations, you want a “force multiplier” that can help “readjust” the other guy’s attitude without killing him.

(That’s why police carry pepper spray and tasers.)

Carry it in a location that is just as accessible as your gun, and remember that it isn’t “non-lethal,” but “less lethal.”

That means accidents can and have happened, so don’t use these tools casually.

3. Stop Wearing Wal-Mart Belts

Most of us grow up wearing ordinary leather belts.

What you find out over time is that the more weight you put on a belt, the more the holes stretch out.

Over time, every big-box store leather belt you’ll own will become a stretched out mess.

Well, stop buying those leather belts from Wal-Mart.

If you carry a gun, you need a high-quality gunbelt.

I would recommend something like an off-duty concealment belt, such as the 5.11 TDU.

Not only do these belts offer more support than a “normal” belt, but they don’t limit you to specific peg holes, so you can adjust them to fit you comfortably no matter what you’re wearing (or eating).

Okay, that’s it for today’s post.

I’m always looking for more great information for you, so please stop back every day to check out our daily MCS posts, okay?

Stay safe out there.

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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.

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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.

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MCS 254 – Long Range Tactical Handgun Combat Training

Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training For CQC Shooting
Long Range Tactical Handgun Training

Most gunfights happen at extreme close range, BUT. . .

. . . you STILL have to train with your handgun not just at LONG range, but at EXTREME long range.

There are LOTS of reasons this is true.

But WHY do you need to do it?

How should you train for long-range handgun shooting?

And how do you change up your drills to keep them realistic and FUN?

The handgun is designed for close-quarters combat, but it’s actually accurate to MUCH farther out than that.

In this week’s podcast episode, Modern Combat & Survival’s Jeff Anderson reviews the benefits of long-distance handgun training — and explains HOW you should be conducting that training for maximum benefit.

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

  • The reasons you might need to engage a shooter who is far enough away that he’s NOT actively a threat to you!
  • The critical skills long-distance tactical handgun training helps hone.
  • The specific “mental trick” that this type of training can pull off for you!
  • Drills that will SERIOUSLY change the way you look at handgun training.
  • And much, much more!

Long-distance shooting with a handgun is NOT ideal because a handgun loses accuracy with distance.

When you MUST do it, however, you don’t want to be unprepared. . . because being prepared for long-range handgun com at can make the difference between life and death in a real gunfight!

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How Far Out Do YOU Train With Your Handgun? How Do You Do It?

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