Trim the Fat: Finding A More Effective Way to Discuss Practical Shooting Fundamentals
The marksmanship fundamentals are the first key tasks taught to new shooters, and are below only safe weapons handling in importance. Whether you were a recruit at the rifle range, a cop in the academy, or a young kid learning from your dad or uncle, these fundamentals were drilled into your head:
3. Sight Alignment/ Picture
4. Trigger Control
6. Follow Through
The purpose of the fundamentals, ostensibly, is to place a shot at the intended point of aim (POA) on a target (steel, paper, or flesh doesn’t really matter here). Let’s ask ourselves what, exactly, is required to complete that task?
Professional Problem Solver
I’m a professional problem solver. Not in the cool guy, action movie sense. But in the most literal sense of the words. I used to make my living in Executive Protection. I have worked in every environment, from high-net-worth corporate clients in the US, to low profile high threat clients overseas. Regardless of the environment or threat level, the principles of protection remain the same. In fact, these principles do not apply solely to EP Agents, they apply to everyone, everywhere, every day.
When I wasn’t working details I taught for a reputable executive protection program. Something I always asked my students was, “what are we” or “what do we really do”? I always got a range of answers: from “protectors” and “security specialists” to “glorified babysitters”. These answers are not wrong, necessarily, but they are not complete. After they've answered I always give them my answer, Professional Problem Solver. Regardless of what detail you are working, be it static or mobile, high threat or low threat, in Santa Monica or Kabul, you need to be a professional problem solver. CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE
(Authors Note: I wrote this article because I found myself frustrated with rhythm drills. Not the drills themselves, but the way they were presented and explained. Whether in classes or on the internet, I wasn't satisfied with any of the explanations or "the why" that I heard. The catalyst was a video I watched a few weeks ago of a YouTube instructor explaining rhythm drills. While nothing he said was wrong per se, I still felt like the larger point was being missed. So I set out to write this article, our attempt at a more coherent explanation behind the what, the how, and most importantly, the WHY.)
Rhythm shooting, or shooting with “cadence”, has become something of a buzz-phrase in the last few years, and you see it everywhere. 4-6 shots, preferably static, at a stationary target between 3 and 7 yards away. According to Instagram, YouTube, and every gun forum under the sun, you should always shoot with a rhythm. Well…why? As with many practical shooting concepts, rhythm shooting has been taken out of context, mischaracterized, and incorrectly fed back into the training loop. This article aims to interrupt that negative feedback cycle, and place rhythm shooting and rhythm drills back into their appropriate context. Properly understood, rhythm shooting is a useful tool that we can use to diagnose, observe, self-analyze, and eventually push past our failure points and improve. CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE
Becoming A Professional Student
In my time as an instructor I have had hundreds of students and have seen millions of rounds go down range. After a while, if you’re paying attention, a pattern starts to develop. What do successful students do? What behaviors do they share? What do unsuccessful students miss? There are some common missteps and hurdles every student faces. Some are easier to combat than others, but if we can at least identify them, it will make you a more conscientious and successful student. CLICK BELOW TO READ MORE
Gangster Rap Made Me Do It. This to some is more than just a song or catch phrase, for me it was a feeling. Noting to do with running the streets, but the idea that nothing could stop me, or at least I would do everything in my power to let nothing stop me. So we are dropping this design today and supporting our Homies at Hunter Seven, 15% of proceeds from any GRMMDI item will go to Hunter Seven to help with Veteran healthcare research.
May 08th, 2018
All Thrill No Skill
So we finally did it, we started the All Thrill No Skill Podcast. Episode 1 is live and as of right now you can find it on YouTube, Stitcher and Google Play. We are waiting on approval from Apple to get in to iTunes and also Spotify.
In this first episode we cover what listeners can expect from the show, discuss the brands of All Skill No Luck and Applied Violence and get in to some of the things we are working on. The show is meant to be listener driven, mean we want to know what you want to hear. Be it guest or topics, let us know.
If you dig what we are doing and want to support the show, be sure to stop by the shop and pick up a shirt, patch, hat or whatever. Make sure you sign up for the mailing list and subscribe to the YouTube channel for more.
Love you All
Whats up everyone. 2018 has been here for a few week and we here at Applied Violence are ready to kick this bitch in the teeth. We are working on the new website now and hope to have that up and running at 100% soon.
This page we will be posting articles written by AV personnel and guest writers. Topic will range from gun stuff, executive protection, tip, drills and whatever else we feel like. If there is some specific content you want to see let us know and we will make it happen.
We want to do a lot more videos this year, everything from gear reviews to what ever random cool shit we can think of. Stay tuned for that and make sure you are subscribed to the YouTube channel.
I appreciate all the support we have received our first year and look forward to delivering the content you guys want. Feel free to reach out to us just to say hi or whatever.