Posted by Gabriel Suarez on Mar 20th 2018

We train for gunfighting. In gunfighting the loser generally dies. Simple methods allow deployment under the worst circumstances. Simple methods are high success methods. Thus we seek to simplify as much as possible, everything we do.

As an example, consider the gunhandling methods of the others. You have speed loads, loads with retention, type one clearance, type two clearance, and so forth. You need a day itself just to train each possible technical interpretation. They follow the concept of complexity. That concept basically states that more complicated your methods, the cooler you will appear to be to your watchers and students. I am not interested in being seen as cool...but I am interested in being seen as the guy that won the gunfight with simple and boring techniques.

This is not for shooting a match on a sunny day or a pre-planned completion of a drill for score. This is for shooting for blood when another man or men are doing their best to kill you and in extremely reduced light, when you are at your worst and when you are so scared you are about to shit yourself. Look at the training in that context if it is to have any street transfer.

And so with that in mind I want to coin two protocols of weapon manipulation. The Proactive Protocol, and the Reactive Protocol.

The Proactive Protocol exists to ensure the weapon is loaded and to proactively keep it loaded during the fight. The objective of the protocol is to not run out of bullets mid stream. It is simple and requires no direct mental involvement so the active mind is free to strategize during a contact. The proactive protocol is aggressive, forward thinking and predatory in concept. In includes all tactical reload, reload with retention and all of those cool variations that guys come up with to be different.

It is executed thus -

At a time when it appears the fight is over and you have no others to shoot, nor are you being shot at, remove the on board magazine and secure it. Insert a fresh magazine and charge the action (operate the slide). This last insures without a shadow of a doubt that your weapon is loaded. If you are a lucky sort that has won multiple times in Vegas, feel free to omit the charging of the action.

The Reactive Protocol exists to regain the initiative during the fight when you are engaged and your weapon has stopped working. You have not the time to analyze the problem nor to determine the cause. You are about to be killed and you cannot take your eyes off the bad guy about to do this. The Reactive Protocol must be able to be executed on the run, behind cover, and in total darkness.

As soon as you realize the pistol has stopped working - without another thought - tap the bottom of the magazine to insure it is seated, cycle the slide and press the trigger again. If that fixes it, keep killing bad guys.

If not - manually extract the on board magazine and discard it. Replace with a fresh magazine and work the slide again. Press the trigger to make sure it worked. If it did...keep killing bad guys.

If not, manually extract the magazine and holding on to it, work the slide three or four times completely unloading the weapon, the reinsert the magazine and work the slide to reload the pistol. Press the trigger to insure it worked. If it did, keep killing bad guys.

That process - Tap Rack/Reload/Reboot - will fix every possible malfunction, running out of ammo possible problem short of an internal part that is broken, without a second thought or a need to analyze or look. That is the Reactive Protocol.

That is the terminology will be using from now on. Simple to recall, simple to execute, and good for winning gunfights.

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