Tiger McKee

Shootrite Firearms Academy

Tactical History

When it comes to fighting there aren’t a lot of new ideas out there to be discovered. For almost every tactic or technique we employ, someone else has probably used it before. And, most of them have been published, which means even with various high-tech reference sources we have at our disposal, there is still a need to study the classics. For example one of the oldest and best known works on military tactics is “The Art Of War,” written sometime around 6 BC by military genius Sun Tzu. Although he wrote of battles between large armies, his theories apply to individual combat. One of my favorite quotes, “Supreme excellence consists in breaking the enemy’s resistance without fighting,” is especially true when it comes to personal combat. Force your enemy into a decision not to fight, and you have won without engaging in combat. For the armed individual this could be accomplished by using strong verbal commands and the presence of a firearm.

Miyamoto Musashi, a swordsman of feudal Japan, is another great source for tactics. “The Book of Five Rings,” outlines Miyamoto’s philosophy on defeating your enemy, and although swords were the weapons of his time, the same tactics apply to firearms. His main point is that the purpose of fighting is victory, not the demonstration of a certain tactic or skill. “The spirit must be able to win no matter what the weapon,” Miyamoto states, “this is the teaching of my school.” In other words, it ain’t gotta be pretty, it just has to work.

For more contemporary sources we have Ed McGivern’s “Book Of Fast and Fancy Revolver Shooting,” published in 1938, and Bill Jordan’s book, “No Second Place Winner.” McGivern was considered the nation’s top authorities on small arms use, performing such as firing 5 shots from a double action revolver in 2/5’s of a second, into a group that could be covered by a playing card. And, if you’ve ever trained to shoot while moving, or on the ground from your back or stomach, the details on how to do it are in his book. Yes he shoots revolvers, but the skills and techniques are still applicable to fighting today.

Jordan’s book covers a variety of subjects, learned from thirty years of service as a lawman. In the chapter on Combat Style Shooting, he states, “Its purpose is to get a disabling hit upon an opponent before he can do the same to you, regardless of how you go about it. Style is strictly secondary to effectiveness.” It’s hard to argue that point.

There are plenty books on the use of firearms out there, enough to supply you with a lifetime of reading. The key is to gain as much as you can from every source available, and never stop learning.


September 19, 2010 - Posted by | Defensive Mindset

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