The following is an article I wrote over at pfi-usa.com.
A question I often hear asked about trainers and people espousing various techniques, tactics, and strategies is, “Have they seen the elephant?” This question is asking is whether those people have actually been in real combat or a real “life and death” struggle. It’s a good question. What reason do we have to believe that a given peace of instruction will be useful when we are trying to protect life? If something worked well in an actual combat situation that means we should do it, right? It’s a perfectly sane thought but in a word, no. If something worked in a specific situation all that means is it worked then. It may never work again. What if the person was just lucky? I’ve heard people say they’d rather be lucky than good. So would I, but since I haven’t found a way to generate luck I’ll prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Even if that person was successful through skill, it still may not apply to me and the situations I’m likely to encounter. There are many very good military techniques that will not apply to us. Yet even here we should pay attention to the military and police to see if we can glean information that we, as ordinary citizens just trying to live our lives, will find useful.
I believe that a wise course of action is to learn about real world examples and look for lessons we can take from them. Below is a list of actual events that strip away nonsense and give us an accurate idea of what these conflicts are like. Some common features to these events are: it was a surprise or an ambush so the good guy(s) and gal(s) were a step behind, the defenders were injured, and the resources the defenders drew on were things like previous training and getting their thought process straight.
This video is 20 minutes but it is absolutely worth your time. I am very grateful Deputy Moore was willing to discuss this with that news team.
Some lessons I learned from this:
- Carry extra ammunition. Especially if you’re a cop.
- Carry a blowout kit. Especially if you’re a cop.
- NEVER quit. Deputy Moore started the fight with FOUR bullet wounds but he kept his head and won.
What did you learn?