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Clint Smith REALITYCHECK TM FIRST-PERSON THOUGHTS ON SURVIVING IN THE REAL WORLD shoot? I MovE? When simply covering ground, walk forward in a normal but cautious gate. Avoid the crouching stuff. Notice how Randy doesn’t look awkward and is in control. Leaning around a car is good — but be aware rounds can pass though glass. t’s not necessary to be able to move great distances. Even in basic applications movement is done to move to cover or concealment, move to get out of the line of fire or movement to get better target acquisition. Movement to cover/concealment doesn’t mean you have to go to the physical object, it often means only placing the object between you and your threat so it impedes gunfire or the eyes on you. Movement out of the line of fire is self-explanatory and in reality comes with a steep learning curve. There is also movement to get better target acquisition. The movement to contact with the bank robbers vividly shown at the North Hollywood Bank shooting comes to mind. Why Not Move? Don’tmoveaspartofa“RangeMacarena” exercise.Ijustsawcops“training”atarangewho movedtoreloadormovedto“protect”another kneelingofficerwhowasloading.Inrealitythat onlygivesthebadguyabiggertargettoshootat. Ifyouhavecoverorconcealmenttakeadvantage ofit—tolookforbettercoverincasewhereyou arebecomesuntenable.Don’tdogoofystylized movementsorpre-programmedmovements associatedwithotheractsthathavenorealuse. Leaning correctly on the range helps to set up for leaning in tactical applications, protecting the shooter by using cover. Laterals Lateralsaregoodmoves.I’minahallway— andImoveleftintoadoorwayforprotection.Ilike rightmovements,butleftmovementnearthestreet mightmoveyouintovehicletraffic.Lateralmoves comeintwoforms.bigsteps(think:openparking lot)andshortersteps(think:insideabuilt-uparea). Movethefootclosesttothedirectionyou wanttogo.Movethefirstfootfordistanceand resettheoppositefootforplatformstability. Avoidcrossingorbringingyourfeettooclosely together—tallcandlesfall,shortonesdon’t. AndIwouldnotcrouch,unlessitgavemecover orconcealment.Idon’tbuythe“smallertarget” thing,asyourmovementisoftenimpairedbythe crouch.Don’tforgettopracticeleanstoo.After contact,orafterfindingsomethingI’mnotsure about,insteadofsteppingintothearea,leanthe upperpartofyourbody/gunplatformacrossthe planebeing“pied”toconfirmand/orengage. Leaningrocks! adrenalinedumpthebigthighmusclesreallyjack upyourmovement.Don’toutsmartyourself. Withdrawals backingupismypersonalfavorite.It’svisuallypassiveanditcreatesdistancetoallowfor decisionsortoshootbetterorshootmore,asina non-compliantthreat.youcannotoutrunsomeone runningatyou,andI’mnottryingtoo.Isimply backupandgetthebestplatformIcan,while applyingthebestgunfireIcan.Avoidturning yourbacktothethreatevenifyouhavedistance, sinceyoulosetheabilitytohaveyourweapons workandyoulosesightofthethreat.truekilling inafightdoesn’tbeginuntilonesideturnsto run,thenitgetsbadquickly.Ofthemanythings Iteach,Iknowthisskillsethassavedstudents’ lives.they’vetoldme. itloadsandreloads,finds targets,engagesandsuch. thebottomhalfislikethe bodyofthetankwiththe treadsmovingyoutocontact ortocover.Don’tlockthe knees,thenagaindon’t crouch.Simplyunlockthe legsandflexontheknees whilemoving.Shootingandmovingisdefinitely anacquiredskillandrequireslotsofpracticeto makeitworkwell.Remember—lotsofpractice. The Range Manyrangesdonotallowmovementofany kindonafiringline,sopracticeathomewould behelpful.Evenpracticewithplasticfirearmswill worktoobtainskills;alldonequietlyandwithout addingholestoyourhouse.theothersideofthe coinistoshootatanythingyoucanthatmoves. Coloredballoons,moversright-to-left,wobblerliketargets,evenasimplebundleofusedtargets tapedtogethercoveredbyat-shirtsuspended fromaropeallowingthetargettoturninthewind. History Changes? Movinginitselfisoneofthethreefundamentalsofthetriadofcombat.theothertwo arecommunicationandshooting.theapplication ofthesethreethings—orthefailuretodoso —haschangedthecourseofhumanhistoryon morethanoneoccasion.Ifit’schangedhistoryin warfareitcanchangethecourseof yourconflictinthebedroomhallway. Shooting & Moving? thisisabitawkwardattimes.Whileshooting, isolateyourtriggerfingerfromyourfeetandfire whenyouhaveasightpicture,notwhenyour footdoesordoesn’tcontacttheground.Split thebodysothetophalfislikeagunturretas Forward justwalkforwardinanormalbutcautious gate.Avoidthecrouchingstuff,ifyougetan 22 * WWW.AMERICANHANDGUNNER.COM • MARCH/APRIL2011

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