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Time and Distance, Thoughts on Solving the Equation

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Time and Distance: One Example of Solving the Equation

SwampRat and I have discussed this subject at considerable length, below is a compilation of his thoughts and mine.

We deal with time and distance equations in many areas of our lives daily. We learn to drive a car which is continually updating time and distance problems. The more time we have behind the wheel, the better we judge time and distance which directly corresponds as to how well we drive overall.

If we don't practice driving [ the training ] very often, we may eventually learn where the vehicles corners are, but in the meantime, we're going to have repair bills to pay until we establish a base of skills through practice [ training ] so that we become comfortable with our ability to solve these time distance equations to the point it's instinctive and done subconsciously.

Can we expect to be able to solve time and distance equations proficiently in the self defense arena if we've never experienced a self defense equation? I hardly think anyone can expect to answer that with a yes, yet many people who carry a gun believe they can solve a time and distance self defense equation simply by carrying a gun.

On the surface, a hand held readily available firearm would seem to solve most of the equations we'd expect to encounter, but if we actually break the self defense equation down into it's basic components, we discover it takes X amount of time to determine we need to respond to a threat, it takes X amount of time to physically get the weapon operational, and it takes X amount of solve the problem proficiently with that tool.

If we can determine that the sum of X's will be no less than some amount of time, we can then establish how much distance is required to allow us to have the time to accomplish the sum of the X's.

If you then look at the time and distance equation in this manner, you can see that distance directly relates to the amount of time needed to perform a task. The shorter the distance, the less time we have.

We can establish that there is a minimum amount of time necessary to accomplish the 3 X's which can be considered a constant. By training our reaction time and draw speed to first shot, we can reduce the time constant. Reducing the time constant [ for us ] means we are reducing the distance part of the equation as well as we know that distance is in direct proportion to time.

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Funny, I was just going to suggest you post that up over here. I read it on the Threat Focused Forum and it fits perfectly into the Speed Thread..Great Write up there Brownie. This is one of the most important topics I stress in my classes. In fact, I think you stole my thunder..I was going to write a piece on this exact same thing..:drinks
We've both discussed this at length, reread the opening line in bold :thumsup

Is it Enough?

Here's something I wrote back on 11-26-2006 on my own forum that also should be included in this theme.


Time/Speed/Distance.... 3 things also fundamental to a mariner.:thumsup

Question: The local range does not allow holsters, so I practice my holster work with an airsoft.... do you gentlemen (Brownie & SR) think I am hurting myself due to muscle memory "learning" the lighter weight, different trigger pull, and lack of a recoil?

I figured I could compensate by leaving the gun lay on the table, then picking it up, acquiring the target and shooting. The range almost had a blown gasket when I was picking the gun up from the table and double-taping (double taps are also verboten).
Airsofts will work fine for developing the draw speed muscle memory and to get the muzzle on threat [ verification the muzzle is pointing where you think it is and/or developing that skill further ].

Recoil and trigger cpntrol is something else. If I wanted to gain recoil control [ incorporating that into the practice ], I'd fire only one handed as fast as I could shoot with live ammo on the range until all my shots could be kept COM inside an 8" circle.

Putting the two together would be very beneficial in developing the various necessary proprioceptors. I'd also suggest drawing and dry firing at home with the actual weapon you carry. Men like Jelly Bryce, Bill Jordan, Col. Askins spent hours do this and they lived through many gun fights and died old men. They thought it was worth it, and I wouldn't question their opinions.

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