Whether in training or in a gun fight, can you afford to get too close to your cover?
Think about it! Your under stress and not familiar with a sudden violent attack. For the most part, we as humans like self preservation of life and therefore have the natural reaction of flinching, ducking or just running to cover when danger is percived. Honestly, that’s really OK!
However, it’s what we do immediately thereafter that could make the life and death difference.
In training we like to induce stressors that produce reactions automatically. We often refer to these reactions as muscle memory responses. This concept usually focuses on tasks that require fine motor skills, however if you are training in some routine fashion and incorporating stressors, you can develop a certain total physical response to these types of threats.
It’s all about how much you can see and how much of you can be seen. For example, the man hiding behind that tree illustrated above clearly has the majority of his body hidden behind the tree. However, he has also dangerously limited his field of vision and did not see the “Bad Guy” move.
In order for that man to better benefit from the use of the tree, he would have to simply back up! Once that moment of “chaos has just occurred” passes through your brain, it’s time to kick in your training and adjust to your surroundings. Backing away from the tree will allow for the use of the tree as cover and provide a tactical advantage should the bad guy come charging at you.
To provide another perspective, the next time your out and about, try looking at objects from the “Bad Guys” point of view. You will notice that the further back the person or object is from a tree or any cover, it is harder to see. So, theoretically if you were four feet wide and hid directly behind a tree that was only two feet wide, you would have to back up two feet just to be visually covered or hidden.
In the world that we live in, we face many challenges. Keeping up with legal updates, policy changes and department etiquette just to name a few. How you prioritize all of these challenges really depends on you as an individual. Your training is a perishable skill! Keep your training fresh and make it a priority!