SWAT Team Gun Training Not Practical
One thing that I can't accept about SWAT team training procedures I see in police and military training and actual videos is the concept of having the
long gun up in a truly unstable firing position and the head bent down to look through the sight/optics as the shooter moves into a situation.
Visually scanning the scene in conjunction with a sweeping motion of an out-thrust long gun is awkward and inefficient but good theater on those
confronted. However, pointing the gun in the direction scanned means the gun barrel and area of focus may be a long way from the direction of the
The raised gun, head down, through the sight/optics assessment of the scene seems a drawback, an over complication of a simple, fact-finding maneuver.
Perhaps it is the result of bureaucratic theory that set out to logically solve the problem of close-quarter combat by dividing the field of action
into pieces. Theoretically, each individual sweeps an arc within his designated area. Practically, it goes against tried-and-proven, age-old hunting
instincts which is the actual procedure taking place.
Gun hunters don’t hunt that way. They hold the gun at the ready, but not in the sighting-firing position. They take in as much of the scene as
possible in looking for the target(s) and estimating what is to be played out. Being prepared to shot is number two on the list.
I don't shoot much anymore, except with my battery-powered, AR-15 airsoft carbine. I find that I still retain my old skills learned in younger days
of accurately, consistently shooting with the gun below eye level, frequently from the hip. In that manner, I have a totally free, unobstructed view
around me without having the weapon blocking part of the view. In addition, with the gun at my waist or nearly so, the weapon is more balanced and
stable close to my body, and my body control and movements are more natural. I have better control and swifter movement of the muzzle than if it were
thrust out at arm’s length head high in front of me. From the hip, I can get a shot off quicker than the other guy who is swinging and stabilizing
his gun before he pulls the trigger. He also must get the target into his sights/optics, a learned action, of course, but yet one that complicates
and over-defines the situation and slows the process. My reflex action is to quickly swing the gun at the perceived target, shoot, and reflexively
auto-correct to where my initial projectile struck (or didn’t) and continue to hose the target as required. In a close-quarters gun-on-gun
situation, that tactic makes sense. When I see people with stubby, auto/semi-auto machine guns sighting through them in the videos, I ask myself,
As I round this thread out, I’m struck by how my way of firing is not only a hunter’s way, but is the natural way, learned by trial and error in
the field. If that is difficult to understand stated that way, think in terms of the modern bow hunter in relation to the primitive bow hunter.
Today, it can be an extremely complicated procedure to draw a string on a target and release it given the whole apparatus’ that can be variously
attached to a compound bow. To the early bow hunter needing to get off an arrow quickly at a fleeing game animal or approaching foe, he needed only
instinctual reflexes sharpened with experience. He pulled up and shot. Still don’t get my point? Ok, think about how a person can accurate throw
a rock to hit a target. Hint: Rocks don’t come with sights.
edit on 6-12-2013 by Aliensun because: Transferring from Word to ATS lost my graph breaks