Tactical Tip Of The Week
Grand Master Louis M. Chiodo
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I hope all is going well in your training. This won’t be a long entry but I think an important one. I want to discuss a topic that integrates with your training. Whenever I check into the various gun-related media, I am inundated with articles that deal with the “hardware” and corresponding support gear. It is absolutely stunning to see how many companies offer every possible type of support equipment like holsters, magazine pouches, belts, load bearing gear ammunition and so many other choices that it can be hard to sort it all out.. The positive side of this is that we are able to find what we are looking for and meet the particular needs for our personal use. The competition is great because it continues to bring out the best products and the market sorts out what isn’t working well or needed.
As to the “hardware” (the firearms), there is an equally endless amount of choices placed in front of us. Many new handguns, long guns and shotguns come into the market. I see articles that are written by many sources that tout the merits of the new firearms and do their “review” of these new arrivals. It is almost like there is a template that is followed and the check boxes need to be checked to support the new firearms.
I would like to discuss these “evaluations” briefly. I have often questioned in my mind the methodology of these evaluations. For example, I see evaluations done on a small, concealable revolver that focuses on its 25-yard accuracy. Well, how about doing an evaluation that focuses on how it is going to work when deployed in an environment that it is designed to work in – concealed carry and deployed and shot at a rate of fire that is consistent with a life and death close-range fight. So, if someone wants to carry an ultra-light small revolver, how will they be able to control it at a rate of fire consistent with what happens when people fight for their lives at close range. THAT TYPE OF EVALUATION will have significantly more meaning than worrying about 25-yard accuracy. So make sure that when you read any evaluation it has relevance to your particular needs.
One other point is that there are many new designs that are marketed by a number of manufacturers that are constantly being brought to the marketplace. This is a natural part in the industry’s quest to bring their products to the consumer. I will make this one point that I think has relevance to selection of the equipment that we will use to save our life in a fight. You need to ensure that the firearm and its design has proven to be a solid an reliable system before you trust it with your safety.
One guideline that I pass to those who attend my classes is to look at the various local, state and federal police agencies and see what they are using as duty pistols, rifles and shotguns. If there are problems with a particular system, it becomes very clear since the systems are being used under field conditions by a wide variety of people. Once you can determine the reliability issue, then you can start to narrow down what particular system best suits your needs.
I will conclude by saying once you determine what system is best for you, training is the next critical issue to consider. No matter what firearm is being used, it is only as good as the person using it. Training in relevant methods will allow you to maximize your performance with your firearm. Don’t get sucked into the “tacticool “ trends that I see in training. Developing solid basics to the point where you can’t do them any other way except the correct way will serve you much better than practicing in a manner that is inconsistent with the reality of real fights. As I stated in prior articles, “Our goal is to perfect simplicity”. Make good use of the limited training time that most people have and use a proven firearm while practicing for reality. That simple model in the previous sentence will hold up under the conditions present in combat.
Train hard and be safe.
Louis M. Chiodo