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Video: Assessing the Environment During a Self Defense Confrontation

Rob Leatham and Rob Pincus on the firing line

There are a lot of tactical trainers to choose from these days. Some trainers are better than others—as are some students, but that is another story. Occasionally, the lesson may have been taught correctly, but as the word (lesson) spreads, each copy gets a little fuzzier. Before long, self-professed experts, well-intentioned neophytes, and keyboard ninjas are parroting once solid tactics, but their version has drifted so far from the original intent, that the lesson has morphed into something that has wandered over the line into being dangerous.

In this video, Rob Latham and Rob Pincus discuss the differences between the assessment of a stage at a competition and a tactical situation. Common mistakes competition shooters habitually bring to a tactical situation, and the correct way to assess your situation during a confrontation. Are you making some of these mistakes? How many of these mistakes have you seen in live training classes or other online videos.

Share the lessons you learned, tips for others, or general thoughts about the video in the comment section.

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Comments (3)

  1. Solid advice for sure. Looking like a perp will skew another’s assessment in the wrong direction because part&parcel of assessment is identification. “Patient” observation is certainly difficult, even with training, unachievable without. Good schtuff!

  2. Is Leatham shooting IDPA or what? I’m not realy “Trained” ( lack of time, money, and availability of trainers.
    I spend time on the range, emptying magazines, and time in the woods plinking.

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