One Size Fits? Why there is no such thing as universal tactical advice.

Ever hear geeks arguing over which super hero or villain would win in a fight or which school of martial arts is better than another? The Tactical Timmy’s of this world like to do that as well. Which gun is better than another gun, which brand is better than another brand. Bitch please, we’ll start paying attention when you win two world wars… There are a lot of opinions, and there are a lot of people who make money off of selling things supported by those opinions.

Sherrif Jim Wilson thinks that if you don’t carry with a round in the chamber you are just in need of some good training, this article has been going around social media circles . And every time someone talks about possibly that isn’t the best case scenario for every concealed carrier in the US, someone will tell you how much of an idiot you are.

First off, don’t take pistol handling tips from cops. I know this may be a “cheap shot” but do I really need to link the youtube video of a cop shooting himself, in a school?

But in all seriousness, be safe out there. And not the “safety sin” either. As ToddG has written, it isn’t a sin to shoot yourself in the leg, it’s just a mistake. Because somehow shooting yourself in the leg while training is morally superior to shooting yourself in the line of work.

But this wasn’t a sin. It was a mistake. It was a mistake made by an intelligent, experienced gun handler.

I love those words “An intelligent, experienced gun handler.” As if everyone in the room is going to go, “yeah, because a gun without a round in the chamber is useless or something it is perfectly reasonable and intelligent to run the risk of shooting yourself in the leg during routine training.” The same crowd that is desperate for you to carry with a round in the chamber and get more training until you feel comfortable doing so is willing to say “mistakes happen.”

I think it is completely unreasonable to accept negligent discharges as a reasonable byproduct of an entire school of though.

Mistakes don’t just happen. Mistakes are the culmination of choices, and if the investigator feels that at any step a reasonable person in your situation would have made a different choice then the “mistake” can get classified as “negligence.” If you feel comfortable carrying a round in the chamber, that is great, be safe about it. If you don’t feel comfortable carrying a round in the chamber, that is great, don’t let anyone belittle you for your choice. If they get offended that you don’t take their “sage” advice just understand that their inability to control you is their problem, not yours.

Learn from the experience of others, don’t shoot yourself accidentally because you made a series of decisions that ended up with a loaded weapon pointed at some part of your body which you then discharged. If you are going to carry your weapon with a round in the chamber, you owe it to yourself to practice the four rules, because literally they are the only thing that is going to protect you from yourself. And if you don’t carry with a round in the chamber, THAT DOESN’T GIVE YOU AN EXCUSE FOR SLOPPY GUN HANDLING! I’ve been on too many investigations where “I didn’t know it was loaded” was the excuse given.

Be safe out there, whether you are carrying in condition one or three or two point five and always in Condition Orange or not. Don’t let anyone tell you that your choices are wrong, and don’t let anyone scare you with, “things can happen in the blink of an eye, so you need a round in the chamber at all times” because 1, if someone gets inside your OODA loop it doesn’t matter whether you have a round in the chamber or not, and 2, working on increasing your awareness doesn’t have anything to do with whether or not you have a round in the chamber or not.

Stay safe out there. Comments are open.

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One Response to One Size Fits? Why there is no such thing as universal tactical advice.

  1. Dick B says:

    While not a ‘Safety Specialist’ per se, safety was a major element of my job responsibilities in the
    Corps of Engineers doing both Civil and Military construction. Did all the ‘root cause’ crap for
    incidents on other guys’ jobs.

    Basically, there’s no such thing as an ‘accident’. Varying degrees of stupidity, negligence, or incompetence will sooner or later, kill or injure somebody. And you’re right, Cops are the last guys to ask about guns.

    I had a guy in the Mortars, refused to drink water out in the heat and sun. Fell out every time. I tried to get rid of the Dud but they wouldn’t let me. Finally he fell out and endangered the Scorer. They got rid of him pretty quick.Who’s to blame for that? Me as his NCO? In spite of all I did, pouring out his canteens of RC Cola, and making him refill at the Buffalo under supervision; in spite of my chronic bitching; and multiple requests to FirstSgt to send this puke to KP Kollege, I got a written ream. I learned something from that.


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