Why your U.S.-based training is probably sucky

Two things related to Marcus Wynne.  First, as I mentioned in the previous post, he’s a novelist now (among a couple other things), but he wasn’t always.  If you like realistic adventure novels, check out his latest here.  I don’t read much fiction, but his are page turners.  The realism is thorough, and the inventive ways he describes to mess up really well trained bad (and good) guys is indicative of why he used to run in the big leagues.

Second.  The contacts that Marcus developed back when in the global CT community are the kinds of friendships that never die.  Although I never came remotely close to anything like that, occasionally Marcus will send me a (encrypted) video clip from a training that one of his former students in the bad places is conducting.  Most recent one:

  • Instructor tells the student to run this live-fire drill one handed.
  • Student asks, “Why?”
  • Instructor uses his staple gun to put a staple in the student’s arm and says, “Because you’re injured.”
  • Student immediately runs the drill. No questions, no shock that the instructor would do such a thing.

Think you could get away with that in the U.S.?  If you answer, “Well no, not in civilian training, but in law enforcement training”, then you are very wrong.  Many cops so wussified these days that it would be IMPOSSIBLE, and the instructor would be fired AND sued.

I am not making this up.  I could not even get some of the guys I trained to carry a TASER to be tased themselves (to be fair, most did).  That cowardly cop at the Broward County (Florida) shooting that HID OUTSIDE rather than go in AS HE WAS TRAINED TO DO is not atypical. (But again to be fair, I do know LOT’S of cops that wished they were there so they could have gone in.)

But I rant.  Instead, let Marcus rant:

Want to learn how to patrol in the Apocalypse? Run through a shoot house hosing down “terrorist targets”? Etc.?  Got you covered. Want to attend training that actually works in the real world, as taught by guys who’ve used it in the real world, that gives you the whole spectrum of the violent event on the street? Only a handful of people teach that, and then quite often watered down. The type of training I used to do overseas (and now train instructors to do instead) was physical and vetted, and often the guys left the range and came back with after action street reports…the next day. Seriously. I had students leave, get in a gun fight (one EPIC knife fight in an elevator too, LOL) or a street fight and come back the next day and report how the training worked for them.

So sure, you can get excellent shooting instruction state-side, but actual fighting training – you know, the kind that might actually save your life?  Not so much.

P.S. I need to add that many good instructors would like to teach beyond “how to shoot fast and accurately” but the market isn’t there.  And neither is the liability insurance.

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