Jeff Cooper on El Presidente

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“[El Presidente] has become a standard qualification test throughout the world and was named by my colleagues as a result of some professional work that I did for the president of Guatemala in the 1960’s. It is not a combat simulation, but simply a nerve exercise which tests various sorts of shooting skills. When I originated it it was thought to be impossible. Practice and application have caused it to become quite simple by today’s standards.” [emphasis added]

– Jeff Cooper on El Presidente at the suggested par of 12 centered hits in 10 seconds.

Simulate, not replicate. Drills are not scenarios, scenarios are not drills.

– Kevin Creighton

A Culture of Good Marksmanship Makes for a Good Police Force

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Another good article from Kevin Creighton. It’s worth nothing that every branch of the armed forces in our Department of Defense has official, regulatory guidance on conducting competitive shooting for service personnel and this formal, written policy is that such activity is a beneficial form of training. Most police departments do as well. In addition, Title 36 of the U.S. Code, Chapter 407 spells out the legal requirements for conduct of marksmanship and shooting competition. Conduct of shooting competition such as the National Matches and Small Arms Firing School are mandated by Federal law.

The problem is illiteracy, specifically, personnel (especially those in positions of authority) not realizing what the regulations actually say and failing to implement published requirements.

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