Keep dreaming dude – This will never be you
What is more likely to happen to you:
- Some insecure ass-hole hassles you on the street outside your office or in a bar and you are forced to go H2H with him?
- You get into an epic gunfight burning through half the AK mags in your chest rig?
Unless you are Military, a Civilian Contractor working in a hostile environment, LE, or employed in some sort of high risk profession the chances of you getting into a shoot-out where you use the high speed skills you learned at some tactical ninja school are about zero.
But the chances of some douchebag, “tough guy” or thug forcing you to defend yourself using H2H are damn high if not guaranteed to happen at some point in your life.
I know guys that are hot-shit in a rig loaded with 8 mags and an M-4 because they have taken like 30 tactical firearms classes (and spent tens of thousands of dollars in the process). When I ask them why they have spent so much time and money taking those courses they inevitably say something like “So I can defend myself and my family”.
I usually say something like “defend them from who dude, the entire North Korean army?”
Now the same guy above who will max out their credit cards taking classes on how to fight like some sort of Hollywood version of a Civilian Contractor will take exactly Zero classes in H2H the same year (or one at the most).
“Man, after I finish this mercenary shooter course I will surely be able to defend my family living in Wisconsin against Iraqi insurgents and IED threats on the way to soccer practice”
To me that makes no sense at all – why spend so much time and money training for the least likely tactical scenario?
Even for a guy like myself that works, travels and lives in a hostile environment the majority of all the times I have had to defend myself has been using H2H (I have been in way more fistfights in bars in the Middle East with drunken Arab dudes than I have been in shootouts).
Now I am not saying to stop training with the gun – any skill can and should be improved whether it be tactical related stuff or pushing papers in a cubicle, I am just saying that you should spend the majority of your time and training funds on the skill you will most likely have to use (H2H).
So the next time you are thinking about signing up for the latest “cool” tactical ninja shoot em up course maybe you should consider spending that money on boxing lessons for a year.
Note: If you take tactical firearms courses as a recreational hobby then disregard the above. But if you are taking “mercenary shooter” classes so you will be better prepared to defend yourself and your family then you may want to heed my advice.
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James G is a Veteran Civilian Contractor who has worked in the Middle East and Southeast Asia for way too long; he has traveled to over 50 countries chasing fortune and glory. He spends his off time in Indonesia and Virginia getting drunk, shooting guns and writing poorly written articles.