Are You FAILING At Your Tactical Gun Training?

Real Gunfight Tactical Training Tips - Survive A Real Life Street Gunfight
Jeff Anderson
Jeff Anderson, Editor

We live in dangerous times.

That’s why I’m such a strong advocate for responsible concealed carry with a firearm.

But staying safe with a firearm requires more than just the Desert Eagle .50 caliber handgun and a few trips down to the range.

In fact, right now, if you carry concealed, you could be FAILING in your duties as a concealed carrier.

Is your training up to date?

Or are you setting yourself up for failure?

I talked to firearms expert EJ Owens about this issue, and here is a summary of what he had to say to me.

Are You FAILING At Your Tactical Gun Training?

Real Gunfight Tactical Training Tips - Survive A Real Life Street Gunfight
Real Gunfight Tactical Training Tips – Survive A Real Life Street Gunfight
EJ Owens

The thing to remember is that your gun training does NOT stop at getting your CCW permit.

The training you’ll go through to get a permit is basic-level stuff at BEST.

Some states don’t do much more than give you safety advice, while others don’t require a training component at all.

You owe it to yourself to get proper, modern, up-to-date tactical gun training.

It could save your life and the lives of your family members.

Here are three tips to prevent you from failing in your training:

1. Your Training Doesn’t Have To Happen Overnight

How long do you think your training should take?

It’s more than a couple of weekends plinking away with your new pistol.

An expert requires 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert.

Most gun owners never shoot even 3,000 rounds of ammo over the lifetime of their gun.

You’ll have to spend a lot of weeks, months, and even years putting in the hours of dry fire, live fire, force-on-force training, and so on, to become truly well trained.

It’s worth it because it could save your life and the lives of your family members.

It just takes time.

The good news is, you don’t have to do it right away.

You can put the time in by making it part of your lifestyle.

Put in the time and you’ll reap the benefits… but don’t expect it to happen instantaneously.

2.Training Evolves

Let’s say that ten or twenty years ago, you used to do a LOT of firearms training.

Then you fell out of the habit.

Still think what you do is accurate, correct, and up to date?

Of course it isn’t.

What was considered “correct” years ago may be considered incorrect now.

Remember the largely discredited “speed rock” technique?

Nobody does it anymore… but some years back, it was considered a valid CQC method.

You have to put in the time to get your training up to date because some of what you are taught will eventually be replaced by better methods.

If you’re still doing things the way they did them ten years ago, it may be time to upgrade.

3. Many People Lack Low-Light Training

Many altercations happen in low light conditions.

If you’re not getting training to shoot when it’s dark, you’re failing.

Do you want to fail to hit a target before it hits you because you couldn’t see it?

Worse, do you want to shoot an innocent because you couldn’t see that he or she was not the threat?

Make sure you acquire low light skills BEFORE you need them.

Gun training is a life and death matter.

You can’t afford to just get your CCW and consider yourself done!

What these three things have in common is that they’re all lifestyle related.

CCW and training for CQC gunfighting should become part of your daily life.

Invest the time and the training for the best results.

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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? 🙂


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