Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Skill Set

The mind is your most valuable asset, and fighting requires mental and physical preparation.

We know violent confrontations normally take place in low-light environments, at very close distances, and with more than one possible threat. But there is so much we don’t know. If we knew when and where the fight would occur we could be somewhere else, avoiding the situation, or arrange for plenty of backup or support to dominate our opponents. We don’t know what it will take to end the fight. It could be escape, the presence of a weapon and strong verbal commands, engaging in the physical act of fighting, or a combination of all these actions.

How the long fight will last? The “data of the day” states the average fight lasts 2.5 or 3 seconds. But this is only the shooting portion of the fight. One of the things I stress to students is that the actual beginning and the end of the fight may not be clearly defined.

Does the fight begin with the threat’s first action? If so you’ve been caught by surprise. Keep your eyes up, maintaining visual contact with your environment and the people in it. When you notice suspicious behavior, start formulating possible responses in your mind. Or, recognizing that trouble can happen anywhere at any time, does the fight begin when you belt on your weapon, saying, “Today may be the one, and I am ready.”

When is the fight over? In my opinion it isn’t over until everyone and everything is secure. For the armed citizen this means law enforcement arrives and secures the scene. This might be a matter of minutes, or where I live it may take 30 minutes for officers to arrive. For armed professionals it depends on far away support is. The point is the beginning and end of the fight may not be as clearly defined as we thought.

And what about all that happens between the start and finish of the fight? We tend to think about fights as linear progressions. But, in a fight we may jump from point “A” to point “G,” then back to “D.” At times illogical gaps are bridged to form incredible connections. Remember fighting is an art, and an action that may make no sense may be the perfect solution to your problem.

Data from previous fights allows us to judge present conditions, not predict the progression of events or outcome of your fight. There are guidelines to follow, but exceptions to every rule, and there won’t be any map or GPS to guide you. The key to victory is to evaluate the situation, take control, and drive on towards victory.

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September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset

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