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[02/25/18]   Woulda Shouda Gunfights

The best acting is based on reality; being real in the moment. It must be natural. If you're thinking, the camera will we it, and so will we.

Not sure why that recent (school) deputy in FL did what he did. Technically, only war-fighters are conditioned mentally to charge into gunfire. After that, its not natural or normal. The public might be shocked to know how poorly trained law enforcement is in many cases. I've learned in SIM training as well as the real world that human intellect & human reaction are not the same. We think we will do something when not under attack then do something different when actually under attack. its similar to the guy that says "I would beat the crap out of..." -then finds himself in a bar fight sometime and forgets to throw a punch.This is commonly due to the phenomenon called B.ody A.larm R.esponse. That is why all CCW/ LTC carriers -for sure- need advanced training beyond their licensing. Meanwhile, I can assure you from personal experience that many if not most peace officers are either ill-trained or not trained enough. That tends to be dictated by the entities budget. Small-town sheriff's depts are generally suspect, e.g.

[02/25/18]   Woulda Shouda Gunfights

The best acting is based on reality; being real in the moment.

Not sure why that (school) deputy in FL recently did what he did. Technically, only war-fighters are conditioned mentally to charge into gunfire. After that, its not natural or normal. The public might be shocked to know how poorly trained law enforcement is in many cases. I've learned in SIM training as well as the real world that human intellect & human reaction are not the same. We think we will do something when not under attack then do something different when actually under attack. its similar to the guy that says "I would beat the crap out of..." -then finds himself in a bar fight sometime and forgets to throw a punch.This is commonly due to the phenomenon called B.ody A.larm R.esponse. That is why all CCW/ LTC carriers -for sure- need advanced training beyond their licensing. Meanwhile, I can assure you from personal experience that many if not most peace officers are either ill-trained or not trained enough. That tends to be dictated by the entities budget. Small-town sheriff's depts are generally suspect, e.g.

[09/22/16]   Squared-away for the Annual Japanese Film Student Event in L.A. - can't wait! This year's theme is: "Terror in the Skies!"

[02/10/16]   "The password is, 'TRAINING' " [sic]:

If you don't remember the tv game show, 'Password', disregard the title of this post. If you do, you'll get it. Don't tell the politicians, anti-gun crowd and most gun-owners this, but the best argument to make if you truly want to feel safe around guns and gun-owners is to challenge the concept of training, not “rights”. The “rights” issue is resolved, so is a dead-end. As an advanced certified firearms instructor, lifetime hunter and early career sport-shooting champion, I believe in the training argument. Like with any other power-tool, one can do different things with a gun. Make sure you do the “right” thing, folks. So, what is the “right” thing?

Training for the moment is the key. -yea, that moment. What is that moment for you? Most people that bought a gun did so, took it home, fired it a few times, put it in a sock drawer (with too much oil on it) and adopted a false sense of security that they were now ready for a sudden, violent moment they hope never happens. That's NOT training. That's stupid. That's dangerous, to them and others, even setting aside the un-load & lock-up issue. Let's not make it easy for idiots to be “incorrectly correct” about gun ownership, folks. Alas, it turns out that “common-sense” isn't so common anymore.

Moreover, for those whom think the cops are gonna save them so civilian guns are not necessary, I don't have time to waste convincing them. Know this: cops and fireman aren't the “1st responders”, the 'victims' and 'by-standers' are. 'Cops' and 'firefighters' usually get there in time to clean up the mess, tape off the area, gather names of witnesses and zip-up the body-bags. As has been said, “when seconds count, the police are only minutes away”. Oh, and by the way, the 'lawyers' are very close behind. So train to survive the legal system, too, if you make it that far.

I am a firm believer that the best way to 'stop a bad person with a gun is a good person with a gun' [sic]. By good person, I mean not only responsible, law-abiding and prudent, but well-trained for the moment. Just because you can carry legally doesn't mean you should. There are some days I don't, if I don't sense I have my A-game ready. I don't wanna be in a room-full of ya-hoos and miss-aimed cross-fire anymore than anyone else. You-know, like a typical LEO shoot-out with thugs?. This is because municipal departments, in particular, insist on “target-shooting” training for “gun-fighting” moments. Due to body alarm response (B.A.R.), it doesn't work and never will. If it's for self-defense, train for the end result of what you have the weapon for, whether it's a dog, pepper-spray, stun-gun, your fists, a knife, an arrow, a gun, a Lars rocket or an M1A2. That's called “active-shooter” training or some-such and is closer to real-world “combat” conditions than some stifling, indoor target-range, right?. Otherwise, if you're feeling inadequate for whatever reason, your best to leave (it) at home, because right about now, I can assure you that the bad-persons out there are out-training you, and you're most likely to get your weapon (whatever it is) taken away from you and killed with your own weapon -and that's just the statistics with police! Do I have your attention yet? So the answer is, get the training you need so you can be & stay ready. Simple enough? Take half your “ammo money” and dedicate it to “training money”. The training stays with you, if you stay with it. Yes, it's a perishable skill.

It's the training issue that is the correct challenge to make with every gun-owner, dictated by why they originally felt the need to purchase a gun, as in the purpose of the thing. Was it for hunting, target-shooting, competition-shooting, self-defense, collecting? Each one of those reasons suggests a different mindset, moment and piece of metal to shoot with, oftentimes. It requires a specific technique that barely over-laps with the others.

We should all train for the appropriate moment, each and as many as possible. Though there are no guarantees in life, we can put the odds more in our favor. Sadly, LEO's and others have demonstrated over many decades that “target-shooting” is no way to prepare for a “gunfight”, anymore than “dojo rules” prepare one for a “street-fight”. That's not putting the odds in your favor, is it?

It more than troubles me that the leaders in this country at every level are so clueless to the aforementioned concepts. Yes, it does perturb me that some, unarmed left-winged idiot thinks they can un-arm a person with a gun. But what frightens me even more, perhaps, are the people around me that are cocked, loaded and clueless. Get the training you need for moment you dread the most and then you can be genuinely confident and more secure, truly claiming the title of “responsible gun-owner”. If it turns out to be too much for you -no shame; find out in TRAINING, not a shoot-out or courtroom. Then make some adjustment. You still deserve to live, right? If all else fails, buy a “good-dog”. A “good-dog” won't hesitate to protect you. Just be sure and get some appropriate TRAINING with that dog :-)

All the best, everyone. Be safe. Stay safe.

-Mike C

– Mike C

A gun in a scene is the most powerful piece of business in show business. We must all start acting like it…

– Mike C Mike C

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