Tactically Inconsistent


Tiger McKee believes that practicing a malfunction/stoppage response must be done enough so that “getting the weapon running again, must be immediate.”

For example, when you press the trigger in real life – live fire practice and especially during a confrontation – and you get a click instead of a bang it means you have a malfunction. The response to this, clearing the stoppage and getting the weapon running again, must be immediate. In a fight time is a precious commodity. There is no time to stop, think or assess the problem and then correct it.

– Tiger McKee

In videos discussing his approach on “advanced skills”, Pincus states today’s guns are so reliable that skills required to clear malfunctions are among these and do not need to be emphasized or practiced regularly. He goes on to say that if one’s gun malfunctions, one should simply change the gun.

Malfunctions are not a fundamental defensive shooting skill…. Clearing a malfunction is an ‘advanced skill’.”

– Rob Pincus

Once again, two popular defensive shooting instructors (neither one with actual fight experience) have completely opposite approaches on a defensive shooting issue.

Where facts are few, experts are many.

– Donald R. Gannon

The ‘Net

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After reading Rich’s [Grassi] columns this week in the Shooting and Tactical Wires I had to follow up with some thoughts of my own on the information highway. The ‘net is a place to go for information, and it’s great having access to all types of sources. The problem, and this is the case with anything, is you always have to consider the source.

I don’t surf the ‘net or stay up on the various forums. A friend will send me something to read or someone asks a question concerning a particular discussion. As I read I have to remember these are “public” forums where anyone can state their opinion.

As Tiger McKee and Rich Grassi points out, you can’t trust everything you read on The ‘Net. Here are two examples.



Thanks to Tiger McKee and Rich Grassi for pointing out a problem and then authoring examples of same!

Grooving Bad Habits


Too often, tactical types just don’t get it. They avoid improving obvious, useful (though less flashy) skills in favor of fixating on rare, edge cases.

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