Gunfight training: Hype vs. reality

By Ron Avery of The PoliceOne Firearms Corner

What we think or believe — and the value we place on these attitudes — will directly influence you, either positively or negatively, in a deadly-force or high-stress event. These values will even have an effect on your everyday training. I will address some areas of concern that I believe inhibit performance in deadly force encounters and other stressful events. I will very likely piss some of you off. That’s okay, because as long as I get you to thinking about this stuff, I’ll have done my job.

As a world-class professional shooter and trainer, I deal with all aspects of performance, but particularly the top end of performance, and constantly strive to push the envelope, both in the real world arena and the competitive arena for myself and my students.

What separates world-class performers from everyone else is what they think, believe, and program into their minds and are able to access under real-world conditions of stress, uncertainty, and the unknowns that come along — this, along with an extremely high work ethic and discipline toward all facets of performance in actual events and in training in the critical difference that leads to winning.

There are a lot of sayings and beliefs that get bandied about and are widely regarded as “true” but in reality there is often very little validation or substantive research done to affirm them. There are also widespread beliefs about what being “well trained” actually means, and opinions vary enormously on this one issue.

It is my intent to look at these sayings and belief systems and see where the truth really lies. Let’s get started with one from each category — Hype, Myth, and BS.