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  • September 3, 2019

    Training Scars

    In range training, especially indoor range training, it’s easy to develop training scars. Everything is very linear, for safety reasons. That is important. We can’t have everyone firing in random directions. But that is the reality of lethal force encounters.

    However, in range training, our targets are usually directly in front of us. The targets are usually always the same size, the same distance away (if multiple targets), or they all turn at the same time, etc. Everything is very structured, linear, and set up, which is far from reality.

    A major benefit of the Type3MalfunctionRound™ is that we get to add just a touch of realism into our range training while still maintaining that safe environment.

    We can now insert a Type3MalfunctionRound™ into our magazines to practice experiencing, and clearing Type 3 Malfunctions at random, unpredictable points.

    In the traditional method of training on the Type 3 Malfunction, we’ve had to set it up manually and pretend it happened. We don’t ever get to experience it in the middle of a drill. We already know the steps involved for clearing the jam, but we may freeze when it happens at the range and we just look at our guns.

    In fact, there have been stories of officers in the past unloading the brass from their revolvers into their hands and putting it into their pockets while training, so they didn’t have to bother picking it up afterwards. Well, officers were allegedly found dead in lethal force encounters, with empty brass shells in their pockets. In the middle of a gun fight, they were worrying about putting their brass in their pockets because that's how some of them trained back then!

    They were developing a serious training scar they didn't realize at that time! We have learned a lot about training, stress, and the effect of fear on the human brain since then and our training is continuing to evolve with the development of the Type3MalfunctionRound™.

    At the range, when the Type 3 occurs, it is extremely important not to stop in the middle of your drill and just look at your gun and start to analyze. No matter what is happening, don’t try to analyze it. Just get the gun back up and running and back in the fight!

    By adding this one single element of unpredictability into our training, via the Type3MalfunctionRound™, we are stepping our training up a notch.

    Using the Type3MalfunctionRound™, we can now challenge ourselves to a new level, even at an indoor range, as well as improve not only our Type 3 Malfunction Clearing skills, but our combat mindsets.

    That mindset of getting the gun fixed and back in the fight as quickly and smoothly as possible. Of working through that problem no matter what happens and no matter how long it takes, or how you have to get it done.

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