Sunday, December 16, 2012

KISS 3 - Tactics

KISS Part 3


Several top instructors have said that there is nothing advanced in the gun world (shooting/carry techniques/room clearing/CQB/etc), just perfect application of the fundamentals.

How do you apply that to your training regime? I know one way I apply it for me, and its in my grip of a rifle or pistol. In my opinion, the grip must work with absolute minimal shift of hand or finger movement to activate low light devices either lights or lasers. This results in less mind boggle and hesitation when under the stress of using your firearm (real or on the range). I forget the company or instructor that said it, but “Simplicity under stress.”

Why do I stress the importance of a rifle or pistol to be griped in a way that works for day or night useage? Statistics. 80% of all self defense shootings take place during no light or low light conditions in the USA. That number drops to 70% for LE, who respond to calls during the daylight hours. Both statistics come from the FBI’s study of the Unified Crime Reports (UCR) statistics.

What are the lighting conditions for most of your range training or dry practice? For 99% of the people I talk to, it has been daylight conditions only. When you put these people into a low light/no light environment, they struggle. This is not a good thing as in a real world life or death situation, mind overload is already happening and simple things such as light activation do not need to be figured out then. I have changed my personal range training and dry practice schedule to be roughly 50+% in low light/no light conditions. This has only benefitted my day time use of a weapon as well as my low light/no light useage. 

There is another point of view that says that you should have a specific weapon for a specific purpose. For example, a dedicated night fighting weapon with a grip and equipment setup for use with Night Vision. This would allow a perfect IR laser placement as one is not concerned with daylight useage. This point of view is not wrong, its just impossible on most budgets, mine included.

With costs of ammo continuing to go up, efficiency in your training is very important. Consider the idea of a one grip doing most and how it can apply to you and your training. 

Examples of how minimal shift of daytime grip will allow weaponlight to be activated. 


  1. How's that Inforce WML holding up for you?

    1. I should have said that loks like the Inforce WML, is it holding up well for you?

    2. The light's pictured are both Surefire X300's. I still have a Inforce WML that I've been running off and on now since we did the low light shoot. It's still working fine and hasn't had anything break.

      Light output is a little low for my preference, but they are working to upgrade it.

    3. Couldn't see the first picture at work. Most pics get blocked. I can tell it's the SF now.
      Any idea how high Inforce is going to go on output? They're at 125 currently IIRC which is a little low compared to current conventional wisdom.
      For all the CCW civilians reading, get some low light training as the TTP's involved are probably some if the biggest gaps in most civilians training.
      As Bourneshooter mentioned we did a low light shoot about 10 months ago and it was about the best training I've ever had on many levels, mostly from a knowledge standpoint but also for time behind the gun in low light in a way that was legal.

  2. They released a Haley Strategic version that is now at 200 lumens (Way below the upgraded Surefire line at 250-500 Lumens) and have said in emails that they are looking at higher output models. For the money and switching style, it is hard to beat.

    Thanks for the complement on the training. I'm thankful it was very useful for you.