So it was a three day weekend, did some movie watching, enjoyed some gun play.
I watched a couple of young guys open up on some targets with a shooting style that seemed to be somewhere between John Woo and James Yeager. Obviously self taught from the school of Youtube tactical shooting videos.
I like competitive shooting. I do a little IDPA and Steel Challenge from time to time. I’m not hard core about it. New job, baby, wife not really working, I just don’t have the time or money to practice as much as I’d like. If I finish in the top 10, I call it a good day.
I have (thankfully) never been in a firefight. I’ve heard all the Youtube bravado that “competitive shooting will get you killed, it’s not like a gunfight at all.” Now I have no first hand experience with this, but in my humble opinion, competitive shooting is a fun way to hone critical shooting skills: accuracy and weapon manipulation. Even in you are mediocre at something like IDPA, you are still practicing the fundamentals of sight alignment, reloading and working your gun while looking at the targets, etc.
So when I see these shooters rolling around on the ground while shooting and trying for the perfect Mozambique drill and talking about double taps and “breaking the rhythm” and all that other Youtube tacticool crap, it makes me laugh.
I remember this video I saw a long time ago.
These guys are US Army Delta. The elite of the elite. The operator’s operator. The best there is. If you watch carefully there is not a Mozambique or tactical roll in the entire video. The shooting tactics of the best of the best is: fill the target with bullets, reload, repeat as necessary.
It is down right Steel Challenge in its simplicity. Doesn’t matter where you hit the target, just hit it and move on (plus grenades).
The tactical roll is stupid. The real G.I. Joes don’t do it. Practice the fundamentals of being able to hit what you are aiming at with a reasonable degree of speed. And for god’s sake, stop watching James Yeager.