This will be an article soon, but here are some notes -
Fights involve one person (or group) taking the initiative and starting the fight, and the other party responding. In essence one is ambushing the other and the other is responding.
This attack can be at any distance.
For those who have the initiative, all they need it marksmanship and the will to kill. If you know that 100% of the time 24/7/365 you will always be the ambusher, then stand your ground, pop into a good stance and shoot little groups all day long...just like at gun school.
OTOH, if you realize that you may be on the reactive end as much as proactive...if not more often, you will develop a method to avoid getting shot and get off the X.
In the sense of the rifle it is very much distance dependadnt. An attacker bringing his rifle or pistol to bear at 5 yards will be handled with different techniques than an adversary shooting from trees and bushes at 300 yards. Remember Anthony's post on reaction to enemy fire. The concept is the same.
When we look at the close range application we are familiar with from CRG and ECRG we know that moving to the right and left is far better than standing still or moving forward/backwards. The idea of moving towaqrds the left has always been a concern as you will either shoot from a twisted postition, or you will be backing up (with is not desirable).
Recently when discussing this with Sonny Puzikas at AK-Prescott he showed me how to transition from the right side to the left side while moving off the X. This was veryt good and we began to work it.
As we drilled in class, we found that there was a definite lag time when mounting the rifle on the left side. Guys would get off the X quickly and there would be a l;ag time until they remounted the rifle. The problem with this is that the bad guy would have adjusted fire by now.
It occurred to me that natural movement could be conducted and immediate fire placed on the adversary IF we mounted the rifle in the opposite shoulder. Basically the right hand remained on the pistol grip and the left hand on the handguard (for right handed shooter), but the rifle was mounted into the left shoulder. This facilitated moving left quickly while firing into the targets AS the students moved. Then after the first volley, the hands would be switched into their appropriate positions.
Hits were fine up close and movement was natural and quick.