Match Commentary – “Take Your Position” - 7/28/01
Our last match expanded the skill set we’ve been working on this year. We combined the basic skills of draw and fire accurately with some inconvenience. The world won’t always provide us with a level pea graveled square range. It won’t give us a rangemaster or a starting buzzer. There sure won’t be any opportunities to call a shot!
What did we learn?
Stage 1: Down but Not Out
It was observed that this stage might not have been survivable. Certainly possible, but if one doesn’t attempt to respond failure will be guaranteed! A principle of personal defense that is applicable in this stage is SURPRISE. Your assailants – for whatever reason – gave you room to act. Seize the moment. Shooting-wise I expected all to note (and most did) that it took no longer to come to one’s feet and begin a retreat than it did to remain on one’s knees.
Stage 2: Buy Gone Bad
Not survivable, either. But Walt Rauch – to whom this very scenario happened – did survive! He certainly surprised his assailants. And he was SPEEDy and prevailed. I did note one very dangerous practice on this stage. Several competitors, as they simultaneously rocked and lifted their pistols into a retention position, swept their thighs. One might not wish to walk with a permanent limp! Please remember that as one’s presentation progresses from rip to rock, that the pistol should remain indexed parallel to the body centerline. That way, vital body parts will remain clear of the muzzle. One may wish to dry practice from seated. This is a likely scenario at your local burger emporium.
Stage 3: Mini-Scrambler
Take cover! Properly… That means having as much of one’s body behind cover as possible while still making solid hits. What is likely to be used for cover in your environment? Truck, desk, vending machine, log? Some additional stress, in the form of designated positions, was added to the stage. The combination of assuming rarely practiced positions, in combination with some motion (Take Cover!) generated enough stress for surprising number of misses on a large target. With everything else to react to, focus on the front sight must be ingrained and reflexive! One must not loose PRECISON under stress.
I do want to thank all shooter for their muzzle awareness here. This stage could have led to lack of muzzle discipline – and it didn’t. Good job, everyone!
Stage 4: Where Did He Come From?
Turn, draw, fire at 2 close assailants, and engage a mover (He had a shotgun, didn’t you see) and then drop to braced kneeling to hit at a distance. Lots to remember but very well executed by most! This stage saw our first use of the mover to traverse a COF and all – too a man – engaged successfully without taking out the nonthreat target at the ramp’s end. Everybody was ALERT.
An excellent time was had by all! As always, our SO’s for the day (Devin Jones and Mike Martin) made it all run smoothly. Many thanks, too, for the lugging, toting, and range setup by our usual suspects!
Next match: A little more stress. As if we needed it!