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  1. #1
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    Default ITS NOT ABOUT THE SHOOTING - THE FOREST AND THE TREES

    You know the analogy, not seeing the forest because of excessive focus on the trees...or in this case, a specific tree. Our study is not a study of shooting. Shooting is simple. You point an artifact at a piece of cardboard or steel, align a dot or a couple of pieces of metal on it, and operate a lever. That is all really. To make the entire exercise about this simple process is like suggesting that hand to hand combat is just about the right cross on a striking pad...or that Olympic fencing is only about the thrust of the foil. Boxers and Fencers will immediately tell you that, "No, you are oversimplifying...you are not seeing the forest for the trees".

    The guys that have made and continue to make a career of aligning a couple of pieces of metal on it, and operate a lever however will tell you that such is all there is to what we do. They make a big production about this simple process, develop games, and styles of aligning and pulling levers develop to win those games. It is all loud and flashy with bright costumes and pageantry and prizes. And the guys that play the games suggest that unless you also play games like theirs, you are a silly person living in a fantasy world. The secret is that the majority of those "players" don't even carry weapons with them away from the game fields. Why would they? After all...golfers don't carry their clubs with them when not on the course right?

    Don't be deceived by the pomp and circumstance. Here are some cold hard truths in a world obfuscated by the smoke of low powered range reloads.

    Its not about the shooting, its about the killing.
    The target is not a piece of tan cardboard, it is a human adversary whose life you will snatch from his body with gunfire.
    The fight won't start when some dude presses a beep on a timer, it will start when you decide you are justified in killing.
    Your movement won't be a sachet between shooting positions, it will be a mad explosive rush away from a muzzle as you race to kill before you are killed.

    That is reality, no matter how much some will argue vociferously that street fighting is just about the right cross on a striking pad and that Olympic fencing is only about the thrust of the foil. But those who have fought on the street or worked with actual swords will just roll their eyes and shake their heads, knowing what they know from experience...so will those who have fought and killed other men with firearms.

    Its not about the shooting, its about the killing.

    There is an entire forest that you are missing.
    Gabe Suarez

    Turning Lambs into Lions Since 1995

    Suarez International USA Headquarters

  2. #2
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    So very true.

    Reminds me of the scene with Val Kilmer in Spartan when he asks the young sergeant what she teaches to the Rangers and she says "Knife fighting". He replies " teach them to kill, then when they run into some knife fighter they will send his soul to hell".

    The mental discipline and forethought to make the hard and final decisions when it is time are simply not part of marksmanship training.

    Marksmanship is a fundamental tool that assists in a tactic. It is not the be-all end-all of winning a fight.

  3. #3
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    Simply put...a firearm is a dangerous boat anchor without the mentality allowing you to use it to its fullest capabilities. The mind is the weapon while the firearm is the tool.


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