Are you getting the most out of your training? We all go through seasons and our devotion to firearms proficiency is no exception. So when you are in a devoted season, are you maximizing your potential? It is commonly heard in the industry that, under stress, we default to our lowest level (level of comfortability) of training, or we can expect about fifty percent of our average performance when called upon to act. So with that fresh in our minds, if your life was challenged today would your response/ reaction be sufficient? Let’s leave the ‘what ifs’, ‘maybes’, and pride where they belong, in the garbage. Given that I regard myself as a professional in this industry even I will admit, to a degree, that I am not always operating at optimum efficiency. Partially due to: resources, time, and availability; staying “ready” can seem to be quite a formidable task to achieve. However, we are all aware of the similarities between excuses and certain body parts… so we will leave those alone for now also.
      So how can we get the most out of our training on a daily basis? Most will hate msig pics 3y answer for this… accountability, humanities number one adversary. We can justify just about any behavior if given the chance, or enough time to think about it, so having an accountability partner that can separate the truth from our skewed perception is a great asset for our training program. It is no secret that we were created for community, and there is something to be said about like minded individuals sharing a common interest. The role of accountability, however, is not to discourage or ridicule but offer a neutral opinion on actual behavior during training. It helps us keep from lying to ourselves, as we cling to that warm and fuzzy feeling at the end of the day at the range. The truth is that we have good days and bad days. The answer to this problem is how we respond to our performance (or lack of it). Those “bad sig picsdays” serve as wake up days for me personally, although, beating ourselves up about a lousy performance is not entirely productive. Instead, focusing on weak areas and making them priority during retraining and dry fire drills is a great way to flip that “weakness” on its head. Finding a dedicated training partner with a flexible or similar schedule adds another layer of difficulty, logistically, so where do we go from here? In absence of a truthful training partner one of my favorite training aids is a video camera. Whether it is a “GoPro”, cell phone, or even the old school shoulder mounted rig, video may be the sobering reality that a shooter needs to stay grounded. So long as the battery is charged, it is a friend that is always standing by to reveal true training performance. Video has served me well sig pics2as an accountability partner in multiple disciplines, from evaluating running economy or even my efficiency/form as a competitive swimmer, real time video is hard to argue with. If training still is not being optimized there is always supervision from professionals, as Battle Axe Tactical Alumni, students have a unique array of training options with little cost, but great benefit to them (ask about our Alumni Dry Fire Program).
      If I could make one cautionary statement concerning training it would be this: Most people, especially instructors, over complicate training. In my opinion, Simple Is Good (SIG). Too often I see shooters trying to “run” before they can barely stand up. Keep this in mind when training: slow is smooth, smooth is fast. When it is all boiled down, the only difference between professionals and amateurs is that the latter have yet to master the fundamentals; whatever discipline may be at hand. So when performance is lacking, instead of practicing “tacticool” back flips, revisiting the fundamentals of marksmanship will probably be more productive, and generally safer for everyone involved. We all want to be ninja’s but it takes time, discipline and intestinal fortitude to truly become successful. Most importantly, cutting corners or training above our ability is purely dangerous in this industry. When in doubt: slow down and focus on the fundamentals. This isn’t a game of monopoly; lives are at stake so train like it. It is time to put our pride aside, focus on the fundamentals, train realistically, and be truthful about our performance at the end of the day. So, are you getting the most out of your training?


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  1. Excellent points made. As an instructor, accountability is huge! I hold my fellow instructors and peers to a very high standard, I need to. When a student is showing a major deficiency or attempting to “go through the motions”. It is my responsibility at that point to hold them, or their respective unit/agency accountable for not preparing for a given course. When they mess up, I hold them accountable for their actions, especially if it is way outside of policy or procedure. Hopefully a little remediation helps I get them up to speed or at least get their head back in the game. Military and law enforcement members are usually alpha-type personalities and giving them feedback can be a challenge. A good LEO, commissioned officer, enlisted member, and armed professional holds themselves accountable for every round down range, every action they make. Even if a mistake is made in training, hopefully they can accept that, be accountable for what they did, and move on once they have the knowledge.

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