Monday, April 27, 2009

Survival Lesson

Lessons In Survival Print Article

These lessons in survival indicate that training hard will make it easier to function under stress in the real world. If we experience a situation more than once, it often gets easier as we continue to have it happen. This is particularly true if we are able to reflect and internalize the information we have gained from each time it happens.

When we go to the range the first time we might be scared of the gun, the noise, the recoil, the smoke, the power of a firearm. The firearms instructor can provide us with an intellectual understanding of the firearm and even have us dry fire an unloaded weapon. Firing the first bullet from our own gun will provide us with an experience that is much more effective at internalizing what we have learned than any of the verbal or dry fire instruction.

Once we have mastered the techniques of basic marksmanship the firearms instruction should advance to include stress inducing aspects to our shooting skills. Adding a time restriction to our course of fire can often cause shooters to feel great psychological pressure to finish in the allotted time. Having two or more shooters fire at the same time while encouraging them each to be the first one to finish can also induce pressure on the shooter. These drills can help the shooter to function better in the stress of a real shooting situation; that's what the SGT Says.


Nuno M. Cabe├žadas said...

In the "good old days" things are much different :)

Three comments from my qualitication, when I was 17 years old:

"You don't need to know how this things work, just that only kills towards the front".

"Ammo is expensive and if you don't quallify with the first couple series, don't ask for more".

"I don't have enough time, so we all be firing as fast as possible to get rid of this noise".

The gun was the old Walther P-38 and the target a 20 cm circle at 25 meters. I don't remember anymore how many circles and how point where scored, but all 6 shots in 2 qualification series must hit the target and some had to be in the inner circle.


Bunkermeister said...

Ammo is cheap. Life and lawsuits are expensive.

Thanks for the story Nuno, you always have interesting information!

*Goddess* said...

I see that they're allowing Pittsburgh officers to carry rifles in their cars now. Sadly, after three officers lost their lives. What would the reasoning be behind NOT allowing them to carry rifles in the first place?

Bunkermeister said...

Rifles cost $500 to $2000 each. A police department with several hundred patrol cars could easily spend $100,000 or more just to buy them. Then you have to buy ammo, and train the officers, both of those are on-going expenses. My agency trained everyone for 24 hours before they could carry the rifle. Multiply that times the overtime rate for the entire police dept and you have a big expense. Some agencies think it is too offenive or unneeded.

*Goddess* said...

Oooh, I know very little about guns; I had no idea a rifle was that expensive and would require all that additional funding.

I've learned something else from your blog:) Thanks!

Bunkermeister said...


I am glad we can share some knowledge with you. Just ask anytime you have a question.