What does your range day look like? For most shooters, an average trip to the range is going to involve standing in an indoor bay and shooting at paper targets. If you’re lucky, you’ve got access to an outdoor facility that allows a little bit more than just static slow-fire. If you’re smart, you’ll compete in IDPA and USPSA to really amp up the shooting fun. But what if you want more? What if you want to go to Disneyland in the Desert for Gun Nuts? That’s where tactical training schools such as Gunsite Firearms Academy come in to play. One of the courses of fire you get to run at Gunsite is the Scrambler, designed by Clint Smith to simulate some of the improvised shooting positions he’d encountered in the field. Here’s a look at that course of fire.
So what’s the point to all of that? Most of us as civilians will never need to do anything like that to save our lives, so some will ask “why bother”? Aside from the obvious answer of “because it’s incredibly fun”, there is a tremendous benefit to training in unusual circumstances. This applies to people that carry a firearm in self-defense, or hunters looking to make a clean kill. As someone that carries concealed, I don’t know what my self-defense situation could look like. I could be mugged on the street by myself, it could be a home invasion, or a loved one could be a hostage. By choosing to carry a firearm for self-defense, I accept that I could be part of the small minority of people that actually needs that firearm, so it is my duty to be as prepared as possible for that situation.
The same goes for hunters, inasmuch as I believe hunters have an ethical duty to harvest animals as cleanly as possible. You don’t know what kind of shot you’re going to need to take when that trophy buck pops out of the woods 75 yards away. Can you make an unsupported shot? Can you get to a supported position fast enough to get the shot before the buck disappears? If you don’t know the answers to those questions, it’s time to get some training.
I firmly believe that if you use your gear for anything more serious than plinking on the range, you owe it to yourself to make sure that you and your gear can perform in adverse conditions. People don’t rise to the occasion – they default to their training. Make sure your training is sufficient to get the job done.