I was chatting online with a buddy of mine yesterday about some of the firearm classes and training we’ve both done over the past year. As we were chatting we were sending each other pictures of ourselves while training (you know, the Ninja Action shots everyone takes).
The first thing I noticed was he was wearing a chest rig at the rifle class and a drop leg holster at the pistol course. The second thing I noticed was he was wearing the 5.11 tuxedo with knee and shin pads.
After looking at my pictures he asked me: “dude, why are you wearing a Hawaiian shirt, shorts, chucks and a concealable belly pistol holster – and are you carrying your spare mags for your M-4 in your back pocket? – you own tons of tactical gear, why didn’t you use it for that training?”
I said: “I was honing my stateside civilian gun skills, and that’s how I would fight with a pistol/rifle stateside as a private citizen – my tactical gear and Ninja clothing is for when I am training for overseas high risk work”
So in return I asked him: “why are you dressing up like a Navy SEAL in Afghanistan hunting Osama bin Laden when you train – don’t you work at a bank? – seriously dude if you ever end up using a gun you will probably be wearing Dockers, a golf shirt and wing tips”
His answer: “I never really thought about it that way”
Sure, wearing a MultiCam 1000D chest rig with 12 mag pouches snapped on the front, exposed tactical holster and a pair of 100 dollar TAD pants will make you look almost as cool as an extra in the next Transformers movie.
But by wearing gear that you would never be wearing if you (as a regular guy) ever had to use your gun to defend yourself is silly, and it could be deadly.
As most of you know when you train you build up muscle memory. If you are used to drawing your pistol from a drop-leg holster or drawing M-4 mags from your chest what do you think will happen when you are under stress with adrenaline pumping through your body and you reach for your pistol or spare mags?
Yep – you will grab a big handful of air.
So train like you would fight – if you wear a suit everyday then train in a suit, if you keep your rifle by your bed with a few mags laying beside it then train with your mags in your back pockets in your PJ’s, if you carry your pistol in a paddle concealable holster wearing a windbreaker then… well, you get the point.
So the moral of this article? It’s in the title man – Train Like You Would Fight
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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, writing poorly written articles and training to kill zombies.