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Rapid Engagement And Close quarters Tactics

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Fighting Stance

How about a comfortable relaxed natural standing stance?  Think foundation.  A relaxed 
even stance with the feet only or even barely shouldered width apart.  Weight on the balls
of the feet with the balance slightly forward.


A somewhat more exaggerated method but still the same as what is currently in vogue.  Key point is getting the thumb of the support hand pointing, like a reference point, forward and braced along side the dust cover.  It helps in support, control, as well as referencing to the target.

Fluid and Progressive

There is always room for improvement.  As each student, so does the instructor.  DVC remains as the first basic doctrine as does the Combat Triad.  It is the skills that are always adaptive, changing, and progressing.

Martial Arts Styles

Think of the differences in the various Martial Arts from Japan, or China, or Korea.  Genetics play a key part.  Think of a Carlos Hathcock or a Bill Jordan, a Wesley Hardin or a Bill Hickcock, etc, all with extraordinary talent.  From the non-shooting world there is Michael Jordan, Mark Spitz, and an Eric Heiden.  What works can be different for each student with so much depending on what you have to work with.

REACT helps to eliminate the need for careful focusing on the front sight.  Near sighted or far sighted, cross eyed or equal eye dominant, these problems become less critical in this technique.  Can you see the target?  Try thinking of the 90+ mph fastball.  The eyes to me were the target acquisition devices.  Try to think of them now as your radar.  Your eyes are constantly bringing in information on the target, continuous feedback at the speed of light.

Trigger Control

With the aid of the support thumb, and of course, the accuracy standard of DVC, trigger control is a less precise skill yet still important and even critical at longer distances.  The trigger must still be pressed with no jerking or mashing.  Rob Leatham recently wrote that he slaps the trigger.  In any event this more aggressive grip and shooting style allows for a more dynamic or vigorous trigger.

Set the Example

Don’t ask the student to do anything you are not willing to do, in front of them.  What works can be different for each student again depending on what you have to work with.

Shrugged Shoulders

In the presentation, both shoulders come up and are shrugged equally.  For me, it allows for the more evenly balanced & square mount.  Is there a mirror drill here as suggested by Sporting Clays instructors but vilified by Gunsite in the Modern Technique?

Recoil Control

There is a question in my mind here.  The grip is superior and allows for greater muzzle control but the narrow side-to-side stance is weak for powerful loads or sect / auto fire.  I am not sure it enhances movement either.

Uniformity and Consistency

The same gun or the same style with the same features enhances the uniformity of the mount.  Movement to Mount has many similarities with the Sporting Clays theory.



Use the pencil and dime drills to enhance trigger control.  I like the phrase of “connect the dots”.  Also back to the dry fire practice of using the mirror to look for uniform mount and presentation.

Last Thoughts

Heart rates, dysfunctional afraid, functionally afraid, functionally not or unconfident, and extreme confident.  Applicability to new shooters without foundation remains a question in my mind.  Perhaps it is superior at ranges less than 10 yards but traditional flash front sight is better at distance and Sight Picture / Sight Alignment is still the ticket at 25 yds plus

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