Over the years of analyzing, writing about, and criticizing both LE and civilian training, and on a few occasions being the little boy crying “But the emperor’s naked!”, I keep coming back to 4 principles that are at the core of those efforts (they can’t properly be called skills!).
- All tactics, techniques and equipment are trade-offs. You almost never have a “pro” without a “con”, and proper discussion revolves, not around a, or a set of, pros nor cons, but around the trade-offs inherent in them and when they are appropriate and when not.
- The zombie fallacy. You can always paint yourself into a corner that you can’t get out of, or can’t get out of without <fill in a technique, tactic, or piece of equipment here>. That doesn’t mean that they are generally intelligent things to pursue. Example: two back up guns and 60 rounds in spare mags.
- KISS, or Keep it Stupidly Simple. We all get stupid under stress. All of us.
- Mroz’s Law. I loathe naming things after oneself, but I did it in this case quite some time ago and so I’m stuck with it. It was originally meant to refer to martial-arts/combatives technique, but it’s parallel to firearms should be obvious. Anything will work at 1/2 speed and 1/2 power, most things will work at 3/4 speed and power, a surprising number of things will work at 7/8 power and speed, but almost nothing works at full power and full speed.