“To prevail” is the end state; to “win”. Whether placed in harm’s way by occupation or by the wrongful actions of another, the goal of training must be to come out as the victor. What that victory looks like is highly situational--taking an objective without loss, stopping an active shooter, or making it home to one’s family--but the basic skills used to get to those results have quite a bit in common.
The problem with preparing for armed conflict is that there are many, many variables in situation and in the physiological aspects which may help or hinder our response. The required speed and accuracy, as well as where we are with respect to initiative, define the fight…and the physiological response mechanisms of the human body add more variables in tailoring our response. The situational and physiological factors faced by the assaulter on a direct action mission are not exactly the same as those faced by someone robbed at knifepoint on the way out of a theater. However, “Training in techniques that work when we are at the most disadvantaged points on those continuums with room for problem solving responses when we are at our best,” defines our approach to being ready to respond, in any situation.
Things that look great on a square range might not serve as well when the bad guy gets a vote. Ingraining those “immediate action” responses that can be counted on to work reliably under stress may not win us style points, but it can keep us alive. Training under the best stress simulations that we can devise within the confines of a course brings a greater capacity to perform when the stress is real.
Reality in training also considers that what we do to complicate our adversary’s side of the equation may be as important, or even more important, than what we do to solve our own side.
Correct repetition of appropriate techniques to the point of automatic execution is the key. A technique must be learned that is able to be performed while we’re running on stem power…tired, hungry, wet, cold, beaten, bloodied, or broken. Then, the technique must be performed correctly many times and performed correctly under stress many times. The more ingrained our core skills are, the more capacity we have available for solving problems, communicating, and executing our tactics, whatever they may be.
Smooth execution is efficient, fast, and repeatable. Limits must be pushed from time to time in order to increase speed and make those incremental gains, but not at the expense of proper execution. When personal boundaries are pushed, improvement occurs—but only if the point at which control degrades is recognized and acknowledged. Failing in a hurry is still failing, but pushing to and acknowledging the ragged edge of personal limitations in training makes us more likely to succeed when it counts; performing tasks quickly, but correctly.
We must hit what we need to hit, and probably hit it more than once. The degree of precision with which the fundamentals of marksmanship must be applied varies with distance, target size, and movement. The essential elements to “get the hits” across the continuum of required accuracy must be understood and ingrained. These methods of acquiring an aiming solution that work across the various portions of this continuum must be applied appropriately, and learned through repetition.
Getting effective hits in the minimum required time is generally the desired goal. There is a continuum here, and hits must come as fast as they can without losing the necessary precision. Misses do not bring victory, no matter how fast they are fired. On the other side of the spectrum, if a hit cannot be made in the required time…the result will be equally undesirable.
No matter the skill level, there are lessons to be learned that will improve performance. From the most fundamental level of learning to the most advanced, Magpul Dynamics has something for everyone. The more we find and defeat our failure points in training, the less they will surface in conflict. How well are manipulations ingrained? How capable is the shooter in the reactive as well as the proactive side of the initiative continuum? Do current techniques melt in the crucible of stress? Are there issues with non-standard positions or movement that have not been considered? In all levels of Dynamics training, find out what works, what doesn’t, where you are, and where you can be.
Starting with the first minutes in a Dynamics course, solid fundamentals are the order of the day. Teaching Mindset, Manipulations, Marksmanship, and Movement techniques that work as well at the highest levels of conflict as they do for the first time shooter on a square range only makes sense. Of course, there are tips and techniques that come in only at the higher levels of instruction, but the fundamentals are the same…they just get applied in increasingly demanding environments and under increasingly demanding standards of performance. The videos are a place to start, but things have evolved—Magpul Dynamics continually pushes the boundaries and questions establishment. See what is new and be surprised at the proficiency you can achieve by signing up for a Dynamics class, today.
“The arrogance of success is to think that what we did yesterday is good enough for tomorrow.”
― William Pollard
How good is “good enough”? No matter the height of achievement that has been reached, constantly questioning, constantly pushing, constantly improving has to be the goal. Magpul Dynamics addresses the reactive and proactive sides of the initiative continuum, manipulations, malfunctions, movement, mindset, and how they all relate in a way that may alter a shooter’s perspective for the better, at any level. Forget what you think you know about Magpul Dynamics. Jump into a class, and see what Magpul Dynamics is really all about.
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