After being a serious student of firearms and tactics and techniques for 35 years, and an instructor for 20, I’ve come to the observation that none of what we do is really new. While we as instructors perhaps refine techniques and adapt them to new technology, have we really invented anything new?
The greats of our art, Col. Cooper, Thell Reed, Bill Jordan, Jack Weaver, etc. refined, codified, and brought our techniques to what they are today. However, I would make the observation that some poor soldier in WWI used a technique that allowed him to live, and his buddy next to him tried something else, and he died. He then put that in his “Tactical Toolbox” and perhaps passed it on to his comrades and a technique was born. We could of course take this further back in the history of combat to the time of the cap and ball revolver or perhaps who had the bigger rock and stronger arm.
The reason for my writing this is the continual stream of articles which name this technique or that technique for the instructor or his or her particular school. Each time I read one of these, I can’t help but get a feeling that I’ve seen and heard this all before. I like to tell my students that they’ll never hear a “Bob This or a Bob That” . While I may be able to teach them several ways to perform a given task, I didn’t invent any of them. Catch phrases will never be a substitute for the basics refined through training.
My observations are not to insult or demean anyone, but to point out the fact that we may all need to remember where we came from, and the sacrifices that those before us made to get us where we are today. The wheels still go round and round to get us where we’re going. And for me the journey is an ongoing one.
Train Hard and Be Safe.