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Part 4 of the USMC Rules for Gunfighting (explained & expanded)

Posted by Prairie Guns on November 28, 2009 at 10:02 PM

4. If your shooting stance is good, you're probably not moving fast enough nor using cover correctly.


Well, once again the adage "practice makes permanent" leaps to mind - as we train, we make every attempt to shoot from a consistent stance and to utilize all of the fundamentals of proper body position.  But there is another old adage that states "no plan survives contact with the enemy."  This is so very true with a self-defense situation in which deadly force is brought to bear.  If you are a past student of a Prairie Guns class, you might have wondered at first why I advocated one-handed and weak-handed training, and why I showed all sorts of strange examples of where a rather unorthodox stance might have to be used in a defensive situation - crouching behind cover, maintaining one's balance with one hand while shooting from behind cover, cradling an infant in one arm, holding a small child behind cover with one arm while engaging a threat one-handed, and so forth.  Well, we pray that there may never come a time when we will need to do this, but in the heat of an engagement we will likely NOT have time or opportunity to maintain proper stance!


While practicing what it is that we wish to make "permanent," we also spend some time in less than perfect situations, so as not to be caught off-guard should the need arise.

 


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