Frank Herbert wrote in Mantra from Dune, "I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where fear has gone there will be nothing, only I will remain." If you are going to fight, fight like you are the third monkey on the ramp into Noah's ark and it is starting to rain! When caught in the fury of a blitz attack by an armed, highly motivated predator, death has come looking for blood. Street Fighters must bear down and counterattack with the same vigor as the third monkey on the ramp into Noah's ark. Making the decision to become a Street Fighter becomes a full time quest to obtain knowledge and skill. Executed properly, it is not something you simply turn on or off. You must engage in repetition, learning and applying skills through practice for you will never be forewarned prior to a blitz attack. Street Fighters understand violence. The naysayers and Suits only exposure to violence is that vicariously obtained from screen, books or movies. Street Fighters know they must study and understand the threat in order to be able to respond lawfully and effectively. Street Fighters have previously been confronted by predators who have meant them harm and are acutely aware of the depth of danger their profession requires them to face. They train and prepare so that when something bad does happen, it does not shock and overwhelm them by diminishing their ability to respond. Street Fighters look at tactical problems realistically knowing full well that conscious competence is far less common than unconscious competence. That is to say, there are far more gun totters out there who don't know what they don't know. We cannot let complacency leak into our self-defense mindset.
Frank Herbert wrote in Mantra from Dune, "I must not fear. Fear is the mind killer. Fear is the little death that brings total obliteration. I will permit it to pass over me and through me. And when it is gone past I will turn the inner eye to see its path. Where fear has gone there will be nothing, only I will remain."
If you are going to fight, fight like you are the third monkey on the ramp into Noah's ark and it is starting to rain! When caught in the fury of a blitz attack by an armed, highly motivated predator, death has come looking for blood. Street Fighters must bear down and counterattack with the same vigor as the third monkey on the ramp into Noah's ark.
Making the decision to become a Street Fighter becomes a full time quest to obtain knowledge and skill. Executed properly, it is not something you simply turn on or off. You must engage in repetition, learning and applying skills through practice for you will never be forewarned prior to a blitz attack. Street Fighters understand violence. The naysayers and Suits only exposure to violence is that vicariously obtained from screen, books or movies.
Street Fighters know they must study and understand the threat in order to be able to respond lawfully and effectively. Street Fighters have previously been confronted by predators who have meant them harm and are acutely aware of the depth of danger their profession requires them to face. They train and prepare so that when something bad does happen, it does not shock and overwhelm them by diminishing their ability to respond. Street Fighters look at tactical problems realistically knowing full well that conscious competence is far less common than unconscious competence. That is to say, there are far more gun totters out there who don't know what they don't know. We cannot let complacency leak into our self-defense mindset.
It is important that Street Fighters understand that concern is worry with action. Worry reduces focus while concern liberates creative outcomes. There are three categories of worry: the first are those worries we can do nothing about; the second are those worries that resolve themselves; and the third group of worries are those we can take care of ourselves.
The third group is where Street Fighters should concentrate their energy. Your energy will turn futile worries into useful areas of concern. Remember, focus and actions are the key to driving worries out of your life. Focus on your concerns and act on them right away. Fear is the little death that kills you over and over. Without fear, you die but once. Face your fears or they will climb over your back.
Due to limited training resources, no agency has either the time or the budget to train for every possible event. We cannot focus on everything that is possible, but we can focus on everything that is probable. What is the most likely event, the most likely scenario? We must examine what is the most probable by evaluating the empirical evidence. We can then narrow down those skill sets we will need to develop. We cannot cover 100 percent of the potential threats we may face. We must deal with what is the most plausible, the most likely event we will encounter. Therefore, as Street Fighters, we train for fighting from vehicles and fighting around positions of cover or concealment.
Recently, an undercover officer was shot in the head and killed during a drug deal gone awry. The undercover officer had arranged with a drug peddler to purchase an ounce of cocaine for $975.During the negotiations, the drug peddler, who was sitting in the back seat, convinced the undercover to drive them to a different more secluded location. When they arrived, the drug peddler got out of the vehicle saying he was going to pick up the cocaine. Instead of returning with the cocaine he came back with a pistol, got into the back seat and tried to Rip Off the undercover officer and informant who were sitting in the front seat.
Holding them at gunpoint, the drug peddler said, "You know what time it is, if I have to pop you, I'll pop you." The undercover officer tried to frantically get out of the car. The drug peddler shot him dead, one bullet to the head.
If you are caught in a vehicle during a blitz attack you may have been targeted because of the vehicle. The attack's location was chosen solely based on the vehicle being there. The intent of the blitz attack is to stun you into inaction; smash your will to fight. If you live through the initial onslaught, your only option is to run away from the car to the next piece of cover and continue the fight. Every yard you are able to get away from the car increases your life expectancy. Fighting over the hood or around the car comes down to whoever gets spotted first, gets shot first.
Try not to fight from the ground around your vehicle unless you have no other choice. If your attacker rapidly closes, it is very difficult to quickly thwart his rush by trying to get to your feet and engage with fire.
Being inside your vehicle and having to engage a threat through your windshield is not ideal. There are two schools of thought on how to quickly eliminate the threat.
First option: drive your pistol out, shoot through your windshield creating a port, and then release your seatbelt. It is important to recognize that your pistol is what makes the threat stop, not your seatbelt. You want to first drive your pistol out and eliminate the threat then worry about your seatbelt. This is your best option. Second option: release your seatbelt, drive your pistol out and shoot.
Think about manipulating your pistol while seated in your car. Position SUL is hazardous since you are covering both your legs and your femoral arteries. In position SUL, your support hand is flat on the chest, thumb pointed up. Shooting hand is wrapped around the pistol grip with the thumb flagged up. The middle knuckle on the middle finger of the gun hand rests on the same knuckle of the support hand. Thumbs are engaged at point to point and thumbs act as a swivel when the pistol is moved from SUL to a two-hand shooting grip. SUL is a great position but not inside your car.
Instead, Street Fighters should consider using the temple index. By employing the temple index, you are not flagging your teammates or yourself. Temple index is achieved by applying counter pressure against your head. You don't want the muzzle below your head nor do you want it too high above your head. If held too high, your muzzle can get caught against the frame of the car. Place the meaty part of your thumb against your ear, indexed on your temple. The reason you apply counter pressure, is to prevent your pistol from dropping lower on you.
If you are the passenger in a stationary vehicle and are attacked, you want to quickly draw your pistol and be prepared to engage your assailant from 360 degrees. If the attack comes from the passenger side, roll your back so that it's oriented toward the driver and present your pistol to the threat. If the attack comes from the front, do not lean forward since you will jam your pistol against the windshield. Instead, lean way back in your seat, aim forward, extending your arms as fully as possible. If the threat comes from the rear, do not muzzle flash yourself or the driver. Employ temple index, turn and be prepared to engage the threat. When being attacked on the driver's side, do not extend your pistol in front of the driver's face because your muzzle blast may strike him in the face. Extend your support hand and either push the driver's face, or body, back into the seat as your present your pistol past the driver.
There are several options to consider. Releasing your seat belt can be tricky. If you are a left hand shooter seated on the driver's side these techniques apply. If you are a right hand shooter on the passenger side these options apply:
Upon exiting the car Street Fighters can either beat feet pronto to the rear of the car, turn and face the threat or slowly back up to the trunk area, muzzle to danger. However, be cautious for there is an immense difference between the square range and reality. On the square range targets don't move; gunfights are dynamic. Your threat will not remain static but could be attempting to flank your position. Keep your head on a swivel. In the sage words of baseball pundit Yogi Berra, "its not over till it's over."
The left handed driver's response to a threat at the driver's window is to draw your pistol making sure your leg is clear of the muzzle. Orient your back toward the passenger side; push back into the seat thrusting your pistol directly at the threat. Do not concern yourself with your seatbelt. Be careful that your pistol does not hit the window if the window is raised. If the window is down, you do not want to extend your pistol outside the car because the attacker could knock your pistol out of your hand.
To re-holster, reach back with your right hand to release your seatbelt being careful it doesn't get tangled around your body. Bring your pistol back into your chest, reach under your pistol with your right hand, open the door, safely assess your environment, put your hand up by the roof and pull yourself up, step out and re-holster. If you decide to remain in the vehicle go to "temple index" with your pistol and perform a 360-degree scan. Be forewarned: it is extremely dangerous to re-holster while seated in your vehicle.
Street Fighters must train to safely draw from the appendix carry in a high stress encounter without flagging your legs by dangerously crossing them with the muzzle of your gun. Since your adrenalin will be coursing through your body, this could be the time you have a negligent discharge; therefore, we must train extensively. Typically you want to go through your normal draw stroke. Remove your cover garment, get a firm grip on the pistol, bring your pistol straight up, rotate your elbows down, bring both hands together and press out without your pistol covering your body.
As your draw your pistol spread your legs so you are not flagging them.
In the turbulence of a gunfight your muzzle may get caught in the steering wheel causing you to either drop your pistol or put a round into your dashboard. I was in a gunfight with Zack Robinson, a violent Harlem heroin and cocaine trafficker. He attempted to twist in his seat to shoot me through his open window. The barrel of his revolver got trapped for a second in the steering wheel, giving me the opportunity to dump beaucoup rounds into his chest. I recommend rolling your pistol along the contour of your steering wheel as you present to the threat. If you are a right hand shooter, keep your pistol oriented at the driver's side threat, place your left hand against your chest under your seatbelt and swim your hand down to the seatbelt and release. Then bring your support hand up underneath your pistol to release the door latch as you bail out of the car.
Sig Academy instructors emphasize that drawing from a concealed carry holster while seated inside your vehicle is a critical skill a Street Fighter must have as part of his gun-fighting repertoire. Let's look at a few of your options. What happens if you are drawing from a strong side hip holster with the seat belt fastened? If you are dealing with a violent attack that precludes you from either driving out of the kill zone or bailing out of the vehicle, you must quickly get your pistol out of the holster and engage your attacker with gunfire.
Your pistol's grip will be sunk into the back of your bucket seat impeding your draw. You will have to lean forward to your left away from your gun side. Grasp the steering wheel with your left hand to obtain leverage allowing you to lift up your cover garment with your gun hand and obtain a firm grip on your pistol. The seat belt should not hinder your draw stroke. It will only have a negative impact if you want to bail out of your vehicle. Naturally you are going to have to devote a considerable amount of dry fire practice to master this technique.
You are in a confined space, literally in a box. Remember a lesson learned from the 1986 FBI Miami shootout. Just prior to the vehicle stop, an agent had removed his revolver from his holster and placed it onto the seat for ready access. In the ensuing crash his revolver skidded away from him. Unable to retrieve his weapon he rendered himself as a non-participant in the ensuing gunfight.
Your priority should be to keep your pistol concealed, but if your tactical situation dictates ready access while in the appendix carry, tuck your shirt behind your pistol. Take your seat belt and come behind your pistol. This technique pushes the pistol away from your body allowing a faster draw. It also allows you to quickly clear your seat belt.
There is a somewhat similar option for strong side carry. Tuck your outer garment behind your holster, which is a quick way to get your pistol into the fight. Pull your seat belt out away from your body. First insert the belt buckle then position both the chest and lap portions of the belt behind your pistol.
It will take a considerable amount of time to frantically try to grab hold of your magazine if you carry it in your pocket as opposed to removing it from a pouch. Carrying a spare magazine by simply dropping it inside a pocket means your reload is going to be very slow. There is a possibility you may not have a firm hold on your magazine, and as a result, it drops on the ground. If this happens at night, you have to go down on the ground to find that magazine. One method is to as sweep with your foot, find the magazine, go down on a knee and pick up your magazine.
There are compelling reasons for Street Fighters to carry a spare magazine. You may face multiple attackers or experience a malfunction. In many cases, the only way to clear a malfunction and get your pistol up and running is with a spare magazine because the original magazine is most probably the source of the malfunction. You must perform your own risk assessment to determine the necessity for carrying a spare magazine.
Spare magazines are difficult to conceal and are frequently uncomfortable. The NeoMag is a minimalist magazine holder that inconspicuously clips inside your pants pocket. Designed to look like a common clip, the NeoMag retains a magazine close to the lip of your pocket via a strong magnet so that it is not jumbling around the bottom of your pocket. The wings on ether side hold the magazine nicely and force the shooter to slide the magazine up vertically in a perfect draw stroke.
Undercover Street Fighters have vainly searched for a deep concealment holster that is difficult to detect but sturdy enough to carry a fighting pistol. Aaron Cohen is a former shooter who worked black operations for the secretive Israeli Sayaret (commando) unit known as Duvdevan (Hebrew translation-cherry) targeting terrorists. He has brought to America a deep concealment holster-the Cherries Medina X. This rig is an Appendix Below the Waistband (A-BWB) allowing total retention, zero print, while permitting an exceptionally fast draw. Another fine holster for Street Fighters is the appendix inside the waistband made by Bravo Concealment of Alamo, Texas.
On 7 July 2016 several officers from the Dallas Police Department and the Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) were either killed or wounded by a bold, highly proficient predator who possessed extraordinary marksmanship and tactical skills. In the following video, the DART officer is seen exchanging gunshots with the predator as he tried to maintain a position of cover by firing around the right side of the pillar. The officer anchored the left side of his body flat against the pillar for psychological security because this is the way he was trained. After shooting back and forth at each other there is a brief lull. The predator rapidly attacks, closing the distance, becoming a self-contained fire and maneuver element as he laid down suppressive fire. This forced the DART officer to pivot back behind the pillar and die.
We oftentimes underestimate our opponent's tactical skills. This same audacious mode of attacking through your own base of fire was sprung upon the FBI on 2 April1986. Platt, the killer, closed the distance on two FBI Agents, Ben Grogan and Jerry Dove. The two FBI Agents were ensconced behind their government vehicle and were killed by Platt.
Most of us who have prevailed in gunfights know our success is oftentimes attributable to the successful use of geometric angles; exposing as little of ourselves as possible. We learned this valuable lesson in the dense tropical jungles of Vietnam's Central Highlands where most of our killing was done on opposite sides of the same tree. When confronted by a violent physical attack where the predator is closing the distance, you want to center yourself on cover and stay facing the direction of the attack. Human nature will cause your mind to scream at you to both hug and lean into the cover, to drop your head and shoulders down. This brain lock is brought about by terror and panic. Staying off cover to see around cover is your only option. Unless you have received extensive realistic training, it is almost impossible to force yourself to face into the muzzle flashes as your attacker closes in on you for the kill.
In his final seconds of life the DART officer stepped out from behind the right side of the pillar. Instead of muzzle to danger he led with his head expecting to eyeball his attacker where he had last seen him. The predator executed a quick evasive turn, attacked right, opposite of where he had been last seen by the officer. He them hammered the officer into the ground with 5.56 rounds, killing him. Watch the video closely: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=murLU0us4eY&feature=youtu.be
I've trained with Mike Pannone and Mike Seeklander, who unlike many tacticians, do not just simply dust off one tactical concept, and a cold one at that, and apply it to today's threat. My goal in Street Fighter isn't to present unimaginative repetitious exercises, but rather meaningful exercises that can be incorporated into your personal training matrix.
Mike Seeklander has a shooting drill geared specifically to work on multi-directional movement that might have kept the DART officer alive. Set up three IPSC steel targets ten yards directly in front of the shooter, with one yard between each. Double stack two sets of barrels with their front edge set ten yards from the targets spaced one yard apart. The shooter starts with two magazines of ten rounds. On the timer beep, draw and fire two rounds on each steel plate (L-R) while moving between the barrels. The shooter will make a figure 8. Perform a slide lock reload while continuing to move. Re-engage the targets again for a total of twenty rounds. Keep your weight low and float your pistol in front of your face while watching your sights. Keep a very hard focus on your front sight and you should know where your pistol is pointing at all times. It is critical to call your shots as your sights lift.
Another of Mike Seeklander's drills is dubbed "Aggressive Entry." Target setup calls for four IPSC steel targets, divided into two groups of two, centered directly in front of each of two barrels with one yard between them. Double stack two sets of barrels positioned ten yards from the front edge of the targets spaced six yards apart. On the start signal, draw and run to the opposite barrel, fire two rounds on each target after breaking and moving around the front of the barrel. Your shots should occur while you are moving around the front of the arc of the barrel and somewhat to the rear. Sprint to the next barrel and repeat, then back to the other barrel. Keep your pistol high while sprinting. Float the gun and watch the sights. Scoring by counting the hits, as time is less relevant in this drill.
Mike Seeklander teaches to actively visualize each drill repetition before you do it. If you make a mistake during a drill, stop and take the time to visualize yourself doing that particular action correctly several times before you do the next drill. Mike instructs Street Fighters to "See yourself do it, then do it."
There was never a challenge or a night that could defeat the sunrise or the Street Fighter's grit and courage.